Samsung may announce Galaxy S9 in February

Competition is as strong as ever in the flagship smartphone market. The biggest release of this year has arguably been the iPhone X, which has been a huge departure from the norm for Apple. While we can sit here all day and tell people how Android devices have had the new iPhone X features years ago, people are understandably excited about a new and unique Apple product.

In the face of this competition, Samsung may be announcing the Galaxy S9 line a month early. The company is said to be announcing the device in February and even launch it as early as March. This would bring the new devices to the market sooner to take some sales away from Apple.

The lineup is said to be pretty similar to this year’s Galaxy S8 and S8+ but with the expected upgrades and a new camera system. It would make sense to keep a similar look as last year rather than a full revamp, but a completely new device may compete better against the iPhone X.

If the device lineup is launched early, we only hope that no aspect will be rushed. We don’t want a repeat of the Note 7.

Monument Valley 2: 5 Things to Know

Monument Valley 2: 5 Things to Know is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

In this post we’ll go over everything you need to know about Monument Vally 2, the sequel to the original fan-favorite and critically acclaimed game from 2014. After being released earlier this summer for iPhone, Monument Valley 2 is finally coming to Android in early November.

If you loved Monument Valley, the second one delivers everything you loved about the original and then some. The developers recently confirmed the Android release, and now millions are waiting for it to arrive.

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While the two games are similar, Monument Valley 2 isn’t just a copy of the first title. They added new game mechanics, an eerie but relaxing soundtrack, new characters to control, and a nice storyline. Whether you played the first game or are simply looking for something new, here’s what you need to know about this exciting 3D puzzle game.

Monument Valley 2 Android Release

As you can see from the video above, Monument Valley 2 is coming to Android on November 6th. After months of waiting and watching iPhone users enjoy this classic game, it’s finally coming to Android. The developers at UsTwo Games recently released the teaser trailer, confirmed the release date, and gave us a glimpse at some of the changes players can expect.

Monument Valley 2 hit the iTunes Store back in June, so millions of iPhone users already beat the game. For that that haven’t played it yet, try it today or keep reading for more information.

The game will likely cost $4.99 on the Google Play Store, just like iTunes, and that’s a one-time purchase. It won’t bombard you with in-app purchases like other popular mobile games. It’s a small price to pay for a game you can enjoy over and over again.

Pre-Register to Download it for Android right here.

How to Play Monument Valley 2

The goal of this game is to solve puzzles and use your brain while making your way to some sort of final destination. Usually, this is a door on the other side of the map that looks easy to navigate to. However, you’ll quickly notice the ground or walls moving and other game mechanics that make it very challenging.

You tap around on the screen to control Ro, the main character in the game. If you saw the video above, you noticed Ro has a new friend. Monument Valley 2 has another character that follows you through puzzles, and at certain points, you’ll even get the chance to control this new character.

Swipe on the screen and solve puzzles or find ways around obstacles to reach the door or finish line. You’ll also need to swipe, tap, or drag items or obstacles to complete your tasks and make a clear path.

It sounds pretty simple, but it’s not. You’ll also love the soft and almost calming music that accompanies the game and each level. The new soundtrack has an eerie vibe but in a good way. Combine that with the subtle storyline, that gets told without words, and the game will quickly draw you in.

Spinning Handles

Similar to Pokemon Go, UsTwo Games added what they call Spinning Handles to the game. Throughout the game and different levels, you’ll run into these little handles. Swipe them on your screen and as they spin the Handle will change your path, move obstacles, or even move pieces of the puzzle to help you finish each map. Be careful though, not every handle will help you on the journey.

Keep in mind that when the main two characters, Ro and her daughter, are on any path where a Handle is you can’t spin it. So think ahead, be strategic, and plan out a path before you begin.

Game Mechanics

A lot of different aspects or game mechanics will feel familiar, but some are completely different UsTwo games added some neat changes to its second game. You’ll find all types of moving platforms, pressure plates, and optical illusions. Don’t think in one dimension, and instead, think about walking on the side of a path or upside down to reach your destination.

I find it easy to rotate my phone and see different angles and approaches before I begin. Then use any of the pressure plates or handles to change the map as you see fit, and where you need to finish.

Other Details

Again, Monument Valley 2 is available now for iPhone and costs $4.99. It arrives on the Google Play Store for Android devices starting November 6th. Pay $4.99 once to get this impressive game, and enjoy it for years to come.

Once it arrives we’ll update this post with additional details, tips, and information to help players get the most from Monument Valley 2.

Monument Valley 2: 5 Things to Know is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

Huawei Maimang 6 launches in China, may launch outside of China as Mate 10 Lite

Huawei has made the Maimang 6 official in China and pre-orders start today! The Maimang 6 is basically a Mate 10 Lite for the Chinese market, matching previous leaks and specs.

The device features the quad camera setup we saw earlier, with dual rear and front cameras for that bokeh effect Huawei does quite well. You can get a shallow depth of field like a DSLR through software and depth data from the second camera. Here are the rest of the specs:

  • 5.9-inch (2160 x 1080 pixels) Full HD+ 2.5D curved glass display
  • Octa-Core Kirin 659 processor (4 xA53 at 2.36GHz + 4 x A53 at 1.7GHz) with MaliT830-MP2 GPU
  • 4GB RAM, 64GB internal memory, expandable memory up to 256GB with microSD
  • Android 7.0 (Nougat) with EMUI 5.1
  • Hybrid Dual SIM (nano+nano/microSD)
  • 16MP rear camera with dual-tone LED flash, secondary 2MP camera
  • 13MP front camera with soft LED flash, secondary 2MP camera
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Dimensions: 156.2 × 75.2 × 7.5mm; Weight: 164g
  • 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS / Glonass, NFC
  • 3340mAh battery

The device is aimed more towards the mid-range but retains some solid specs. It’s likely to launch in other markets as the Mate 10 Lite in the future. It’s currently available for pre-order in China in black, gold, and blue for 2,399 yuan, or around $364 USD.

Unlocked Essential Phone comes to Best Buy

The most difficult thing about buying a smartphone online is never having the chance to hold it first. Not knowing how it feels in the hand is tough because that’s such a critical part of enjoying using your phone on a day to day basis.

If you want to play with the Essential Phone in person, and maybe buy one if you fall in love, head over to Best Buy. The retail chain now has the unlocked device in stock both online and in stores.

With a 5.71-inch 1312×2560 display, a Snapdragon 835, 4GB of RAM, 128GB of internal storage, dual 13MP cameras, a ceramic back, a titanium frame, and the stock Android experience, it’s definitely a tempting buy at $699.99. The build quality is especially alluring. You willl have to live without a headphone jack and water resistance, though. Let us know if you pick one up!

Moto G5S Plus goes up for pre-order for $50 off

The Moto G5 Plus is getting an upgrade, and it’s coming to the US soon. The G5S Plus features some upgraded specs over the previous year’s device and is now available for pre-order.

The 32GB variant with 3GB of RAM is currently up for $229.99 and the 64GB model with 4GB of RAM is $299.99. Both prices are currently $50 off but that discount will go away soon, bringing the prices up to $279.99 and $349.99 respectively.

Other specs include a 5.5-inch HD display, a Snapdragon 625 processor, a 3,000mAh battery, dual 13MP rear cameras, 8MP front camera, and Android 7.1 Nougat.

The device is launching on September 29 and you can pick it up on Newegg, B&H, and Motorola’s site in either Lunar Gray or Blush Gold.