Google Pixel 4 & Pixel 4 XL To Launch Today.



Google Pixel 4 is scheduled to launch on October 15 in NewYork. The Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL models are the most leaked phones of the 2019 Q3. Google will be live streaming the Pixel 4 launch event on Youtube. The live stream will begin at 7:30pm IST.

Google will be live streaming the Pixel 4 launch event in New York on YouTube. The live stream will begin at 10am EST i.e. 7.30pm IST, and you can watch it in the embedded video below. According to tipster Evan Blass, Google Pixel 4 will start at CAD 1,049.95 (roughly Rs. 56,000) for the 64GB variant and go up to CAD 1,199.95 (roughly Rs. 64,000) for the 128GB variant. Meanwhile, the Pixel 4 XL will be available at CAD 1,199.95 (roughly Rs. 64,000) for the 64GB variant and the 128GB model will be priced at CAD 1,359.95 (roughly Rs. 72,500). A later report claimed that Pixel 4 XL Verizon and Sprint models will be priced at $999 (roughly Rs. 71,000).

The Pixel 4 series may come in ‘Maybe Pink', ‘Sky Blue', ‘Really Yellow', ‘Slightly Green', ‘Clearly White', ‘Just Black', and ‘Oh So Orange' options. Its India price and availability details should be announced soon after the US launch event.


Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL specifications, features


According to a recent spotting on a Canadian retail site, the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL specifications have been leaked. The phone is expected to sport a new and improved Google Assistant, Google Camera 7.1 app, and Quick Gestures or Motion Sense powered by Soli that lets you control the phone without touching it.

The Pixel 4 is expected to sport a 5.7-inch full-HD+ OLED Smooth 90Hz display, while the Pixel 4 XL is tipped to feature a 6.3-inch Quad HD+ OLED Smooth 90Hz display. Both the phones should be powered by Snapdragon 855 SoC paired with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage. The phones should launch in more RAM + Storage configurations today.

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Coming to the cameras, the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL will sport 12-megapixel and 16-megapixel sensors, and 4K video resolution support. The phones are expected to pack 8-megapixel front cameras with 1080p video resolution support.

They will support Face Unlock as well. A recent report also suggests that the Face Unlock feature on the Pixel 4 phones would be used to enable payments on the Google Play Store. The feature could also be enabled for making transactions on Google Pay, similar to how you unlock Google Pay and make purchases on the App Store using the Face ID on a compatible iPhone or iPad device.

The Pixel 4 may pack a 2,700mAh battery and the Pixel 4 XL will pack a larger 3,700mAh battery.

Panasonic Toughbook 55



Panasonic has updated its popular Toughbook line of rugged laptops with a first-ever customisable option.

The new Panasonic Toughbook 55 is a clamshell notebook which allows users to boost graphics capabilities, add a smartcard reader, additional storage or a DVD or Blu-Ray drive with just a simple switch, fit and click of the new Toughbook Universal Bay. Additionally, a front expansion slot can be used to quickly integrate a fingerprint reader, RFID or regular smart card reader or even a second battery.


When configuring the device at checkout, users can also customize three additional ports for the device using its expansion slot to add VGA, True Serial and either a 4th USB, 2nd GLAN or a rugged Fischer USB.

"Buyers can invest in the device knowing that it has the flexibility to adapt to the changing needs of the business and the workforce over the long-term. Lastly, it cuts the carbon footprint of the device because it enables the repair and replacement of independent parts rather than discarding the device when one part fails or sending the whole device back for repair.”

Toughbook 55




The Toughbook 55 is a semi-rugged device that weighs just 2.08kg, slim at 32.8mm and easy to bring on the go thanks to its premium designed handle. It is also tougher than its predecessor with an enhanced Ingress Protection Rating (IP53) against dust and water splash while also being protected against drops of up to 91cm.

The device can be used in extreme temperatures and it operates comfortably in temperatures ranging from -20°C to +60°C. Panasonic's latest revision of the Toughbook also has increased the battery life of up to 20 hours and an extended capability of 40 hours when used with its hot-swappable second battery.

Panasonic Toughbook 55


In terms of performance, the Toughbook 55 comes equipped with an 8th generation Intel Core i5 vPro processor, 8GB of RAM (upgradable to 64GB) and a 512GB SSD. The device also has two USB3.1 ports, a USB C port, HDMI, Ethernet and a micro SDXC slot. Panasonic has included Bluetooth 5.0 to deliver faster data exchange and to communicate over long distances and the Toughbook 55 supports WLAN with an Intel Dual Band Wireless AC-9560 chip.

The Toughbook 55 will be available this month at a starting price of £1,772 + VAT and the device comes in three versions: HD, Full-HD and FullHD with a touch screen.

You Need To Pay Extra To Talk To Non-Jio Users

You Need To Pay Extra To Talk To Non-Jio Users

Jio users, we have some news for you. And this is an important one  Reliance Jio today announced that it will start charging users 6 paise per minute for calls made to other telecom networks. As you may soon be needing more than your standard Rs. 399 recharge to avail all of the company’s services.

It means if you call someone using with an Airtel or Vodafone SIM then you would be charged at a rate of 6 paise per minute. The new tariff won’t apply to Jio to Jio calls, all incoming calls, and Jio to landline calls. It also won’t be affecting your VoIP calls, i.e. WhatsApp or FaceTime calls.

Why is Jio Charging You Now?


Jio needs to pay money to Vodafone if you’re calling your friend who has a Vodafone number – i.e for an outgoing call to the other telecom operators. This charge is called Interconnect Usage Charge (or IUC) and had been subsidized by Jio for its valuable customers.

Reliance Jio, in an official announcement, says that it had subsidized the IUC charge for users and has been paying it themselves which is more than 13,000 crores over the past two years but Jio is now ending this practice because of TRAI.

Back in 2017, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India decided to eliminate IUC charges, with effect from January 2020. Jio placed faith in the regulatory body and didn’t levy IUC charger on its customers to date. However, TRAI is looking to extend the termination, thus, Jio is looking to now recover some charges to pay out its competitors until IUC is permanently terminated in the coming months.

In its official blog post, the company says, “Jio again assures its 35 crore customers that the 6 paise per minute charge on outgoing off-net mobile calls shall continue only till the time TRAI abolishes IUC, in line with its present regulation.” TRAI has already fixed IUC charges at 6 paise a minute, so that’s exactly what the company is going to charge you going forward.

New Calling Plans Detailed

Jio is now going to charge users to offset the losses. The list of top-up plans, showing how many IUC minutes and data you’ll receive on recharging your Jio number –



Now, if you recharge your Jio number after 10th October, you will have to complete an additional top-up to add IUC calling minutes to your Jio account. 

It’s only when a Reliance Jio user completes this recharge will they able to make outgoing calls to other telecom operators other than Jio. You can save yourself from the top-up voucher in two ways – either call the user on their Jio number or use WhatsApp to call them.

How to get started on Threads, Instagram’s DM app


Instagram released Threads this week, a messaging app strictly for communicating with those on your Close Friends list. It’s a boon for those who use Instagram as their primary social media platform.


So how to get started on Threads? Here’s a quick guide.
Download from here



After Download

After successfully Downloaded then open the app, the first thing you’re gonna be asked is which account you which to use. Since it’s not uncommon for users to have more than one account, take this opportunity to pick which one you want to use to communicate.






If you don’t have a Close Friends list on your Instagram account already, the next screen is a list of your contacts from which you can select your nearest and dearest. You’ll also have this chance to turn on notifications.






This is also where you’ll set up “Auto Status.” This setting will reportedly update your status with what it presumes you’re doing based on “location, movement, battery level, and network connection even when you’re not using the app.”






I declined to turn that on, as it struck me as a little unsettling because of threads app going to update its status based on location, battery level and type of network connection.


Camera work

Threads allow you to customize your camera with shortcuts. You can select up to eight of your contacts, and their pictures will be on the camera screen. Tapping their icons will allow you to send pictures directly their inboxes.






The app is camera-first, kind of like Snapchat (because what’s one more thing Instagram steals from Snapchat). When you open the app, you’ll be taken straight to the camera. Once you take pictures, you can edit and filter them the same as you can in classic Instagram.






To access your inbox, tap the Home icon at the top of the screen. You can call your friends from each inbox by using the camera button. And that’s pretty much all there is to it.
Now you’re all set up with Threads. Anything else you need us to know? Let us know in the comments section.

Live test: Watch how many folds the Galaxy Fold can take




Cnet is testing the Samsung Galaxy Fold on its youtube channel.

Samsung launched galaxy fold second time with an improved screen as it's the first launch is failed due to screen issues. Cnet started to test the galaxy fold to folding test. watch the live video to know more.

Video Summary.

Samsung GalaxyFold screen lost its partial functionality at 119380 folds. At this point in time, the left screen is fully black and touch responsive. The right screen is visible and touch responsive.

Microsoft’s Surface devices, including an Android not-phone

Microsoft’s Surface devices, including an Android not-phone

Microsoft did do it! We heard lots of whispers and tips that Microsoft’s Surface event in New York would be something bigger than just a round of refreshes. It was!

(Image: Stuart Ramson/AP Images for Microsoft)
Microsoft’s Chief Product Officer Panos Panay, presenting on the smallest stage I’ve ever seen (Imgur), literally in the crowd 90% of the time, and making deep philosophical thoughts for why products exist (Twitter), announced new Surface laptops, a new 2-in-1 option, earbuds… (Windows.com). 
But! Panay also announced two intriguing foldable devices: one like a tablet/laptop running Windows, one like a tablet/phone running Android.
First, what we expected:

Surface Laptop 3, Surface Pro 7 and Surface Pro X: new laptops, in new ways.
  • The Surface Laptop 3 had a major round of upgrades, now available with 13.5-inch or 15-inch screens, with new colours and finishes, including new aluminium or the Alcantara material finish, and more little details.
  • The big deal is new 10th-generation Intel Core processors in the 13.5-inch versions, while the 15-inch models use AMD Ryzen processors.
  • Both offer fast-charging includes USB-C and the older USB-A ports, and start at $999 and $1199 respectively.
  • Surface Pro 7 delivers new 10th-gen Intel CPUs as well, boosting power, and adding USB-C ports. It drops in price to start from $749, shipping October 22nd, but battery life has fallen a touch, from the previous 13 hours to 10.
  • The Surface Pro X offers an ultra-mobile 13-inch laptop solution, at 5.33mm thick and 1.68 pounds, with a Qualcomm processor. The touch display has thin bezels, reportedly looks great, and it has a Surface Pen dock for a new rechargeable stylus. It starts at $999, with LTE, from November 5, which isn’t cheap given the likely downgrades in performance from that processor but portability is everything, you can choose 8/16GB RAM and removable SSD with 128GB, 256GB or 512GB storage.
  • Surface Earbuds bring true wireless earbuds to Microsoft, the great bandwagon of 2019, and they look a little bit like gauge-style ear piercings, and are definitely distinctive, with some interesting tie-ins to Microsoft Office apps. The shipping holiday season for $249.
  • And Microsoft’s ergonomic keyboard is back, plus new Bluetooth keyboards, a Bluetooth mouse, and more.
But really, the big eye-catcher is the new dual-screen devices, Surface Neo and Surface Duo. These are still more than a year away, but Microsoft is betting on them in a big way, with form-factors that defy conventional names.
  • Surface Neo is a dual-screen device with two 9-inch screens, that combine into a 13-inch area, using Windows 10X: Windows 10 designed for dual-screens, for both Microsoft devices and other manufacturers - expect similar from ASUS, Dell, HP and Lenovo. 
  • The screens have a 360-degree hinge, with friction allowing you to bend the device into whatever posture suits you, from portrait to landscape, while a foldable keyboard keeps things productive. The two screens can display one desktop, and therefore movie or presentation, or split into two functions. 
  • It’s a trick PC, there’s room for a Surface Pen, and it folds down into a tablet-sized form. 
  • No price yet, availability in “holiday 2020”, meaning more than a year away.
  • It looks great in this configuration switch, it really does:

  • The Surface Duo is the little brother, with two 5.6-inch screens that unfold to an 8.3-inch area. 
  • But it runs Android! It can make calls, it has a camera, it fits in your pocket, and Microsoft and Android, together at last, again.
  • Microsoft worked on this with Google, and while the form is similar to the Samsung Galaxy Fold, this isn’t a single folding screen, but two little tablet screens that work together:

  • Again no price, later availability next year, and full specs are not clear. 
  • Indications are the device is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor and runs on Android 9 Pie now.
  • But by 2020 those will be yesterday’s hardware and two-year-old software, so… I’d expect better by the time this thing does come out.
  • But it’s a big deal because Microsoft and Android collaborating really could mean big things.
Duelling thoughts on the dual-screens:
  • Two separate devices, one bigger one for Windows productivity things, one smaller one for on the go, makes some sense in a vacuum, but practically I can’t see people owning both.
  • Windows apps vs Android apps isn’t really the fight, either. 
  • Everything we do is in the cloud now, so it’s more about the right form factor for you, where you see yourself using either device.
  • Oh, and we did first hear about this in June, but the rumours were a little vague, thinking this was all one unicorn device, not two separate options.
A device, not a phone: 
  • Microsoft really doesn’t want you to call the Surface Duo a phone, per WIRED:
  • No matter what you do, do not call the new Surface phone a phone. You can call it a Surface, a mobile product, a dual-screen device, a new kind of 2-in-1, a pathway to the all-important cloud. But Panos Panay, Microsoft’s chief product officer, doesn’t want you to call it a phone.
  • I get it. Calling it a phone is a tiny bit limiting and Microsoft doesn’t want to be seen as bringing out a phone to fight with the likes of Apple/Samsung/Huawei/etc., but bringing out an entirely new Surface experience.
  • However. The ZTE Axon M and the very recent LG G8X are very similar devices, that were phones and are phones. (Podcast host Adam Doud ran a nice ‘in defence of’ for the Axon M, by the way.)
  • Remember, LG announced its dual-screen G8X just a few weeks ago! It’s almost the same thing! 
  • But LG wasn’t talking this up as the future of productivity, just a useful addition to the main body of its existing, normal phone.
Can Microsoft transcend the phone?
  • Microsoft is aiming much higher. It made these two dual-screen devices a showpiece at a major launch. 
  • Heavyweight efforts are being into a device that Microsoft hopes will exist in a different category.
  • I don’t really think it can, without an unbelievably good software experience, with the hardware to back it up.
  • Otherwise, it’ll just be a Surface Duo, running Android, that most people will call the new Microsoft phone that will probably retail for more than an iPhone.
  • The other problem is that by the time the Surface Duo emerges, the likes of Samsung and its Galaxy Fold will be up to the Galaxy Fold 2.
  • In theory, that will be once the various production issues are ironed out, and it has an even further refined software experience as well, and perhaps is a touch cheaper.
  • And the rest of the foldable brigade is coming: Motorola has something, we’re waiting for the Huawei Mate X to be released, Xiaomi has demoed a device, Google is experimenting… it’s just we’re in about 1993 for foldable, right now.

Google pixel 4 Launch event Live Blog


You probably think you know everything there is to know about Google’s new phones, and we wouldn’t blame you for it.

But Google seems pretty confident it still has a few aces hidden up its sleeve. Whether that means just some new feature or a brand new device that nobody scooped so farUltraaaaa? we’ll find out today, starting at 11AM. Here’s what you need to know.

Google Pixel launch: When to tune in Unlike Google I/O, Google’s fall hardware event takes place in New York, meaning that it’s a bit earlier than usual.

Here’s when to tune in for the live stream and live blog,  on October  15, New Delhi: 8:30PM.


Bard Of Blood : Review


Bard of blood is directed by Ribhu Dasgupta is know for his previous work, Micheal and Te3n. The main actors in this series are Emraan Hashmi, Sobitha Dulipala, Vineet Kumar Singh, Rajit Kapoor, Rajit Kapoor, Danish Husain, Jaideep Ahlawat. This season contains seven episodes with a total running time of 331 minutes.

The first episode of the season starts with a bomb blast where Emraan Hashmi loses his best friend. Four Indian spies in Balochistan discovered a huge scandal against India. So they try to upload a data file containing the scandal from a thumb drive in an internet cafe. Taliban's disguised as Pakistan police raided the internet cafe and capture four Indian spies. The uploading is paused as one of the Taliban pulled out the thumb drive from pc. These four Indian spies are taken to their leader Mullah Khalid (Danish Husain), he ordered to behead the spies.


The pictures of capturing spies have been seen by Tanvir Shehzad (Jaideep Ahlawat) who is an ISA spy work for the Taliban. He rushes to the site to stop killing of the captured Indian Spies. Tanvir Shehzad convinces Mullah Khalid that he has a good plan against India that requires Indian spies. Mullah Khalid, Taliban leader agrees with him and postpone beheading for a week.

Meanwhile, In India, Indian Intelligence Wing came to know that its four spies have been captured by the Taliban from a video posted on the darknet traces back to Quetta a city in Pakistan. Sadik Sheik (Rajit Kapoor) briefs his chief Arun Joshi (Shishir Sharma) that these four spies are in Balochistan on his orders investigating about Taliban and ISA. Arun Joshi advice Sadik Sheik to disown them as IIW agents and create a fake profile as engineers from Kabul.

Sadik came to know that their four agents got a piece of big news for IIW through Isha (Sobitha Dulipala) who is an analyst. But IIW doesn't know what it is. Sadik tries to recruit an old spy who is disowned dishonourably due to a mistake done by him five years earlier. That is none other than Kabir Anand(Emraan Hashmi). Kabir currently working as an English teacher in a school. Isha follows him, kidnaps and transports Kabir to Sadiks house.

Sadik explains hostage situation and tries to recruit him. But Kabir disagrees to join with him and leaves the house. A Taliban surrenders the confiscated thumb drive to Tanvir Shehzad who is a Pakistan spy. He connects Pendrive to the laptop, the uploading of data file resumes. Sadik Sheik receives the data and starts decrypting it. He then quickly calls Kabir that he received a big data file from the four captured agents, something huge is being planned against India and his answers to his friend's death are in Balochistan.

Kabir Anand decides to go back to Sadik's house. By the time he gets there someone killed Sadik and empties the computer hard drive. Police on a disturbance complaint from neighbours came to the Sadik's house and find Kabir Anand in the house doing a crossword puzzle. The situation is informed to the director of the IIW and tries to investigate Kabir.

Kabir denies any wrongdoing to Sadik Sheik, IIW agents left him on a highway and tells him about the funeral timings and date. He attends the funeral, he saw someone taking pictures of the funeral and follows him but he misses. Kabir asks Isha to meet in a nearby hotel and tells her about the crossword puzzle that Sadik is solving before he was shot to death. In that puzzle, Sadik was thinking about a three-man rescue operation to save the four Indian agents. The agent's code name is written in the puzzle. The First agent is Kabir, The Second agent is Isha and the Third is a mystery one. So these three agents go rouge to save the captured agents.


From now on the mission is to save the four captured agents by recruiting the third one from Afganisthan who is undercover for seven years and to know about the data file that is cleaned on the Sadik's personal laptop.  The remaining plot is how they saved themselves from Pakistan government, Taliban's and ISA using each and every clue that can be obtained by three rogue agents whose mission is not sanctioned by their superiors. IIW not willing to help these rogue agents and create further problems to abort this rogue mission. How Kabir and his team try to get these captured agents back to India with little suspense and small subplots make you watch the whole season in a single go.

The Advantages of the series is the emotion carried by the Emraan Hashmi as a lover, as a best friend, as a patriot is excellent. There are a few scenes which seem real, where the true efforts of a spy go unnoticed to the nation. The cruelty of the Taliban's to reach their ulterior motive is shown well enough to understand the original situation in Taliban ruled areas. The role of Kriti Kulhari in Balochistan freedom fighter has weighed equal to the Emraan Hashmi. The things she had to do to keep her younger brother safe as a sister is truly tremendous. The third Spy Vineet Kumar Singh has made his role a perfect justice. I can't imagine anyone else for this role.

The main drawback of this season is the gun shooting scenes. There are almost six to eight shooting scenes in the seven episodes. You can see that everyone is just acting with Ak-47 recoiling in the burst mode. The gun shooting scenes need a bit more design with some action. The main reason these three agents to go rouge is to find the big scandal against India and to save captured Indian agents.

Even though their priority is to save agents the next good thing is to find the data. These Rouge agents only bother about the saving agents, not on the data file. After saving the captured agents no rouge agent is asked about what is in the file you sent to Sadik. The plot mostly turns around emotion and flashback of the hero Kabir Anand. There are too much emotion and less spy work in this series. They just go blindly according to the intel and that gets boring at one point of the time. But the series is straight forward with a bit of less drag comparing to similar genre Family Man.

At last, they find the man who is clicking the pictures at the funeral. He introduces as the killer of Sadik Sheik and someone shoots him. Kabir chases him and finds that his dead friend shot the man. This suspense leads to another season.

My rating:3/5

Google Pixel 4's Motionsense feature available in selective countries

Pixel 4's Motion Sense feature won't be available in all countries

The so-called Motion Sense feature on the upcoming Pixel 4 phones is no longer a secret since even Google itself teased the functionality. Motion Sense is based on the radar technology developed under the name Project Soli and it will see it for the first time on a phone. However, it won't be available for use in all countries and with all apps, according to new developments.

Pixel 4's Motion Sense feature won't be available in all countries

A more in-depth dissection of the pre-release version of the Motion Sense app reveals that the gestures will only work in 38 countries. Probably the radar technology needs approval from the authorities in some countries. Here's the list of the approved markets:


  • American Samoa
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Guam
  • Hungary
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Puerto Rico
  • Romania
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Virgin Islands 
  • U.S.


Moreover, Google has whitelisted only six media apps that would be compatible with Motion Sense. Supposedly, you will be able to skip tracks, go back, play, pause and control the volume. Perhaps future support for other apps will eventually come.


  • Amazon Music
  • Deezer
  • Google Play Music
  • iHeartRadio
  • Pandora
  • Spotify
  • Spotify Stations
  • YouTube Music
  • YouTube


When you think about it, Google's phones aren't exactly widely available and have a limited market reach. Each year the market pool is growing and the list might indicate that Pixel phones will be made available to some if not all of the countries listed above.

Google Play Pass Details

Google Play Pass

Google sure isn’t messing about trying to keep Apple Arcade from getting ahead, announcing it will launch this week. But at the same time, with the full details released by Google yesterday, we now know that Google Play Pass and Apple Arcade aren’t all that similar, despite definitely being competitors.

Here’s what we now know: 


  • Play Pass is a $4.99/m subscription service for access to 350+ unlocked Android apps and games, with a 10-day free trial. The first year will be $1.99/m until October 10th, 2019.
  • A Play Pass subscription can be shared with up to five other family members.
  • It’s US-only, for now.
  • There are no exclusives, and all apps via Play Pass are free of ads, along with those deeply problematic in-app purchases. The regular apps will still be present for non-Play Pass subscribers - there’s no lock-in for a Play Pass bundle only.
  • For developers and makers, nothing has to change. Google will dole out revenue to developers based on how much time subscribers spend with each app.

What's in it?:


  • Those 350+ apps and games?
  • We on’t know the full list yet, but the premium games list includes the likes of Terraria, Stardew Valley, Game Dev Tycoon, Reigns: GOT, and Monument Valley 2.
  • On the apps front is a much shorter list from what we know so far: Accuweather, Photo Studio Pro, Facetune, and ISS Live Now, for now.
  • More on that here, with more apps and games being added as they are confirmed.

What matters:


  • Subscription everything is the new model, which shouldn’t be a surprise.
  • The US-only launch is somewhat of a surprise. Google does this a bit with new services, but Android’s spread isn’t limited to its home market, and Apple Arcade did go live in 150+ countries simultaneously.
  • One big problem for Google is that Android hasn’t generated as much money for developers when compared to Apple/iOS.
  • The pirate scene of sideloading modded APKs, despite the risks of malware and the inconveniences of feature updates, is very active.
  • Pirating music was easier until good subscriptions emerged, and Play Pass may offer a way for Android users to fork out.
  • But it’ll have to be constantly updated and offering the latest and greatest apps, not just a list of already-popular apps/games.
  • That’s what differentiates the service from Apple Arcade mosts, along with the exclusives angle Apple is going for.

Oh, and will this encourage people to try more apps and games? The last check, via comScore, the majority of US smartphone owners downloaded zero apps.

Thoughts:


  • I can’t say if it’s a game-changer yet, because we don’t know how it will impact developers who need to make money to survive.
  • But anyone who plays mobile games should snap that introductory deal up, and it’s definitely something I’d try it for $2 a month, with the 10-day free trial, while $5 p/m is an acceptable regular price point as well.
  • I’ll be hoping it grows to encapsulate a lot more apps as well, to really make smartphones more useful in an obvious way.