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Unannounced Samsung Galaxy Tab E shows up in Taiwan

In Q1 of 2015, Samsung started copyrighting Galaxy Tab letters like crazy – that included copyrights for Galaxy Tab A, Tab J, and Tab E. Lo and behold, we are getting noises from over in Taiwan of a previously unannounced tablet which appeared in a catalogue under the name Samsung Galaxy Tab E.

Android M’s Doze feature drastically improves battery life

When Android M was announced at this year’s Google I/O conference, we’ve started to look forward to some exciting features coming with Android’s new iteration. One of them is called Doze, which is Android’s contribution to the ever present problem of battery life. It is a deep sleep mode for your device that increases the standby time by more than double. That feature was put to the test by German tech blog ComputerBase.de.

Square Enix updates Final Fantasy: Record Keeper, free in-game currency

We have some updates to Square Enix and DeNA’s lovechild – that is, Final Fantasy: Records Keeper. We talked about the game at length, basically it’s a rehash of all your favorite Final Fantasy moments, together with the Final Fantasy characters that you’ve grown to love (because nostalgia is great like that). Square Enix has just added some new content to the game, including a way for you to earn free in-game currency.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Active set to launch with AT&T

For the third straight year, US mobile carrier AT&T will be the exclusive retailer of the outdoors-y rugged version of Samsung’s flagship – and this year it is the Samsung Galaxy S6 Active. Timing it generally for a summer launch – when people usually go outdoors for camping trips and beach vacations – Samsung is giving us a not-so-heavily-armored version this year, but with all the usual resistances still embedded.

Alpha Squadron 2 is a Star Wars-like space shooter, free trial

If some of you have played Star Wars Rogue Squadron on a Nintendo 64 or Gamecube then you will have no trouble at all getting into Alpha Squadron 2. The games are very much alike, probably enough for the Star Wars developers to consider lawsuit options (we kid, of course). But if you’re up for some starfighter shoot-em-up time, then this game is for you.

BREAKARTS is a mecha racing game, you are not ready for it

You’ve seen mecha battle and fighting games, and you’ve probably played a number of car racing games as well. But mix-up the genres and come up with a racing game that features mechs? We are so not ready for this. But nonetheless, “BREAKARTS: Cyber Battle Racing” is here, whether we’re ready or not.

Bandai Namco releases Drift Spirits racing game globally

Apparently, drift races are popular in Japan (we apologize for those who don’t recognize the car racing term), hence the movie reference for “Tokyo Drift”. And so we are not surprised that this drift racing game by Bandai Namco called “Drift Spirits” is uber popular in that market, with 5 million downloads in its pocket. Now Bandai Namco is releasing Drift Kings globally, hoping to infect the Android gaming market with some drift fever.

Key Plus allows launch of apps from LG device volume buttons

Much has been said about the patented rear-placed power button and volume rocker of recent LG smartphone devices, but to tell you the truth, it really does make life easier. Key Plus is one of those apps that take advantage of the unique volume button placement on LG smartphones, giving you convenient access to launching apps even when the phone is locked.

Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the Lions optimized for mobile, now available

Square Enix’s “Final Fantasy Tactics” was one of the iconic games that served as the foundation for the Japanese outfit’s rise to gaming legend. The RPG was launched for the Sony PlayStation in 1997, and was updated and re-released for the PlayStation Portable in 2007 as “Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the Lions”. Now Android gamers can enjoy on of the most loved RPGs coming from Square Enix, as the game has now been optimized for mobile and is now available via the Google Play Store.