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Speedy, efficient fingerprint scanner confirmed for the OnePlus 2

When OnePlus revealed that they were going to be using the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 on their upcoming flagship smartphone – the OnePlus 2 – they also committed to sort of unveiling the phone feature by feature and element by element. Apart from the processor – which is an “improved” version of the embattled Snapdragon 810, they say – they have also let out that the OnePlus 2 will have a USB Type C port. Now, we get another confirmation – OnePlus’s new phone will have a fingerprint scanner.

Stealth action game ‘The SilverBullet’ arrives on Android

There are very few stealth action games in the Google Play Store for mobile worthy of the name, but we think this new game called “The SilverBullet” – from the Korean indie production house Byulbran Studio – could fit the bill. Cool graphics and sophisticated gameplay are what the game offers to hardcore mobile gamers.

BRAWL is basically Bomberman, violently re-imagined

If you grew up in our generation, then you will understand what Bomberman is – that cute game with the animated bomb-laying guy out to finish a seemingly endless number maze levels against similarly cartoon-y villains. It was actually lots of fun. So take that, and then mix it with a horrible slasher movie like “Saw” or “Friday the 13th” and that’s basically what BRAWL is – a fun take on the old maze classic, but very much an adult game for the violence.

GFXBench shows ‘Sony E5663’ device specs, possible Xperia Z4 Compact

GFXBench is one of the best sources for specs of upcoming devices. You’re never really quite sure of which device it is – the manufacturer’s coded names makes sure of that – but you can take an educated guess. And because of the way the benchmark works, we’re given a pretty good picture of what the device is capable of – like this new device from Sony which just might be the Xperia Z4 Compact.

Hugo Barra: Xiaomi handsets will not be in the US anytime soon

China-based device manufacturers Xiaomi may still have aspirations of one day releasing a device for the US market, but that time is not anytime soon, according to Xiaomi Vice President and former Android product spokesperson Hugo Barra. While most of us are waiting for a specific timeframe on Xiaomi’s plans to go stateside, we might have to wait a bit more.

Google ending support for Android Developer Tools in Eclipse

It does look like Google is moving ever forward with Android, this time pointing app developers to its new Android Studio – released last year and has garnered the praise of a lot of developers who got on board. It was only a matter of time before older app development tools would have to be killed off, and that’s what’s happening to Android Developer Tools in Eclipse.

Valve updated the Steam app to Material Design spec, sort of

Let’s all be honest here, Valve is not going to win any design awards for the way they have designed the Steam Android app, or even the Steam program on your PC. A lot of people have not-so-nice things to say about the Steam apps, but hey, they do the job. We should be a bit happy to know that Valve has sort of updated the Steam app to reflect a UI close to (but not totally) Material Design.

Plex updated to v4.5, adds voice search using Google Voice

This is the second time this month that we’re getting a version upgrade for Plex. The upgrade to version 4.4 was exciting, bringing fixes for Plex interfacing with Android TV and the addition of channel support. Now we go to version 4.5, where you can now launch Plex from the device’s launcher using a voice prompt through Google Voice.
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