Microsoft to End Support for Windows 10 Mobile This Year


Tech giant Microsoft has asked its users to switch to an Android or iOS device as it announced the end of support for Windows 10 Mobile. In an “End of Support” page, the Redmond company told users that Windows 10 Mobile will stop receiving new security updates after December 10. The news doesn’t come as a major surprise as Joe Belfiore, Corporate Vice President of Windows 10, had revealed back in October 2017 that Microsoft was no longer focussing on new features or hardware for Windows 10 Mobile.

“With the Windows 10 Mobile OS end of support, we recommend that customers move to a supported Android or iOS device. Microsoft’s mission statement to empower every person and every organisation on the planet to achieve more, compels us to support our Mobile apps on those platforms and devices,” the company wrote in the support page late on Friday.

According to Microsoft, its virtual assistant Cortana is no longer in direct competition with Google Assistant and Amazon’s Alexa.

“Cortana needs to be that skill for anybody who’s a Microsoft 365 subscriber. You should be able to use it on Google Assistant, you should be able to use it on Alexa, just like how you use our apps on Android and iOS, so that’s at least how we want to think about where it’ll go,” Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella was quoted as saying in the support page.

Back in 2017, the New York City Police Department (NYPD) reportedly scrapped as many as 36,000 Windows phones and replaced them with iPhone devices after previous acknowledgment that Microsoft mobile support would be ending.

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PUBG Mobile 0.10.5 Update Out Now, Adds Royale Pass Season 5


PUBG Mobile 0.10.5 Update Out Now, Adds Royale Pass Season 5

PUBG Mobile 0.10.5 update is out now but Zombies Mode isn’t a part of it

After a long wait, the PUBG 0.10.5 update is out now. With the PUBG Mobile 0.10.5 patch you’ll get the previously announced ‘Classic’ voice option, changes to what weapons and ammo you find on the Vikendi snow map, and Royale Pass Season 5 complete with new premium outfits and taunting emotes. Tencent has also confirmed that with the PUBG Mobile Royale Pass Season 5 comes server-wide pass upgrade events, which are a nice touch. Making a return is the game’s ‘Share For Deals’ feature after some tweaking and a new weapon — the MK47. It can be found on Erangel, Miramar, and Sanhok. No mention of Zombies mode though, safe to say that might show up in another announcement next week to coincide with Resident Evil 2’s release date.

If you haven’t got the PUBG Mobile 0.10.5 patch yet, don’t worry about it. Tencent has said it’s “slowly rolling out” so you should see it soon. Here’s the full patch notes.

PUBG Mobile 0.10.5 update patch notes

  • Added MK47, which can be found in Erangel, Miramar,  and Sanhok. It fires 7.62mm rounds and has two firing modes.
  • Added Laser Sight, a lower rail attachment that reduces spread when firing from the hip. Can be found in all maps.
  • Vikendi is now available as a map when creating rooms.
  • The “Classic” voice is back. You can find it in Settings after the update.
  • Spawn Island announcements can now be enabled or disabled in Settings.
  • Royale Pass Season 5 is here! Premium outfits and taunting emotes are available as rewards. There will also be server-wide Pass upgrade events.
  • Ranked Mode Season 5 is also here. Tiers are adjusted and new rewards are added.
  • Vikendi’s resource refresh (type and quantity) has been tuned.
  • Model for Swimmer Sandals has been updated.
  • Share For Deals is back after some tuning.
  • Clan benefit sharing has been tuned.
  • Avatar display of Crew Challenge winner has been adjusted.
  • Shop has been adjusted.
  • Supplies can now be accessed from the main menu.

When is PUBG Mobile Zombies mode out?

Thanks to PUBG Mobile YouTubers Mr. Ghost Gaming and Allthenewsisgoodnews, it appears that the PUBG Mobile zombies update could be out sooner than expected. A host of videos based on the PUBG Mobile 0.10.5 beta show off zombies added to the game. One of them, possibly based on datamined assets even has what appears to be a special map for the PUBG Mobile Zombies mode. However there’s no mention of this in the 0.10.5 update that’s out now. Mr. Ghost Gaming speculates that the zombies may be held back for 0.11.0 or beyond. While that seemed unlikely a week ago, it may just be the case now.

 


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PUBG Mobile Resident Evil 2 Duos Event Now Live, Zombies Mode Coming ‘Later This Month’


PUBG Mobile Resident Evil 2 Duos Event Now Live, Zombies Mode Coming ‘Later This Month’

PUBG Mobile Resident Evil 2 Duos event is now live and Tencent has hinted that Zombies mode could be next

Announced during the PUBG Mobile Global Finals in Dubai late last year, the PUBG Mobile and Resident Evil 2 collaboration is now under way with a PUBG Mobile Resident Evil 2 Duos event. There will be more to it than just a Duos event though. Tencent states that this is the first of its efforts alongside Resident Evil 2 creator Capcom, possibly hinting at Zombies mode, which has been widely speculated following the presence of the undead in recent betas. This announcement follows the game’s 0.10.5 update that went live earlier today. The 0.10.5 patch had a 190MB download size and brought with it Royale Pass Season 5, ‘Classic’ voices, new weapons, and the addition of Vikendi while creating rooms.

“In order to celebrate the highly anticipated Resident Evil 2 coming out on January 25, we are celebrating now with Duos event,” a tweet from the official PUBG Mobile account reads. “We look forward to the full release of the collaboration content later this month and can’t wait to share more with you!”

Considering that the Resident Evil 2 release date is January 25 for PS4, Xbox One, and Windows PC, this collaboration could last longer than the previous ones that featured Mission Impossible and BAPE.

“We’re thrilled to enter this partnership with Capcom and their iconic Resident Evil game, and look forward to an exciting collaboration that will delight fans of both franchises. It will present a combination of the world’s most popular mobile game and a video game masterpiece that will be well worth the wait,” said Vincent Wang, General Manager of Global Publishing Center, Tencent in a prepared statement at the time.

Details on Zombies Mode are scant, though it would be present in the Arcade section of the game and you’ll be able to gun down the undead during the course of play according to past reports. If the PUBG Mobile Chinese New Year event is any indication, it could be a cooperative experience. Hopefully we’ll see some official information from Tencent soon.


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How to Mute Voice Chat and Mic in PUBG Mobile


How to Mute Voice Chat and Mic in PUBG Mobile

It’s best to mute your mic when playing PUBG Mobile

PUBG Mobile is all the rage right now, but we have heard many people complaining about random chatter in the game. This happens with every multiplayer game, where some people keep their microphones on and broadcast their voice to all, which annoys many people. Chatter from other people can often distract you in PUBG Mobile and ruin a perfectly good game. Thankfully, there is an easy way to disable this chatter and focus on your game in PUBG Mobile, and we’ve broken it down into easy steps for you to follow.

How to mute voice chat in PUBG Mobile

Follow these steps to mute voice chat in PUBG Mobile.

  1. Start a match in PUBG Mobile. This can be in any mode, including sandbox.
  2. On the top-right, under the gear icon, tap the speaker icon and select the mute icon.
  3. You can choose Team instead of mute if you only want to hear what your team is saying. This only works if you are in a team game. If you select All you can hear everyone else who’s playing.
  4. Tap the microphone icon which is below the speaker icon. Tap the mute icon.
  5. Instead of mute, if you select Team, your teammates will be able to hear you. If you select All, everyone can hear what you say.

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If you mute the speakers, you cannot hear any other players talking. If you mute the microphone, nobody can hear your conversations. There’s no easy way to permanently mute the microphone in PUBG Mobile without entering a game. However you can try these steps to lower the volume temporarily.

  1. On the PUBG Mobile home screen, tap the gear icon on the bottom-right.
  2. Tap Audio.
  3. Under Voice, slide the Microphone volume to Low.
  4. Next, slide the Speaker volume to Low.

This will reduce the volume to a bare minimum but may not entirely mute audio.

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How to mute PUBG Mobile microphone permanently via Android system settings

You can disable microphone access for PUBG Mobile via Android system settings too. Follow these steps.

  1. On your Android phone, go to Settings.
  2. Search for App permissions via the search bar at the top.
  3. Tap Microphone.
  4. Scroll down to PUBG Mobile and flip the switch next to it to Off.

This will disable microphone on PUBG Mobile permanently on Android. If you want to re-enable it, you will need to go back to Settings and enable it.

How to mute PUBG Mobile microphone permanently via iPhone system settings You can disable microphone access for PUBG Mobile on iPhone as well. Follow these steps.

  1. On iPhone, go to Settings.
  2. Tap Privacy.
  3. Tap Microphone.
  4. Next to PUBG Mobile, flip the switch next to it to Off.

This will mute your microphone on PUBG Mobile on iPhone permanently.

For more tutorials, visit our How To section.


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Komparify Acquires Bengaluru-Based Ireff to Broaden Its Mobile App Capabilities


Chennai-based online aggregation platform Komparify on Thursday announced the acquisition of app-based mobile plans platform Ireff for an undisclosed amount, aiming to expand its presence in prepaid plans application space and broaden its mobile app capabilities.

Komparify helps consumers find and choose the best plan to recharge, pay bills and buy new connections using a variety of wallets and payment options and aggregate the best mobile, DTH and broadband plans from over a 100 operators across India.

Ireff is a Bengaluru-based start-up that delivers fresh prepaid plan information with a clean user interface (UI) via its mobile app. 

“We are proud to acquire this asset and bring choice to Ireff customers to discover plans from more services and allow transactions using India’s most cutting edge payment products,” said Jigar Doshi, Co-Founder, Komparify. 

The Chennai-based company plans to run both apps – Komparify and Ireff – independently with its existing team. 

The strategic acquisition integrates recommendation technology with transaction technology to enhance the current as well as new user experience. 

Post the acquisition, Ireff’s team is building a hyper-local commerce platform called Zopnote as an innovative cloud solution to address the pain points of vendors and increase convenience for end customers doing commerce.

“With Komparify, our users will now be able to do the same for post-paid mobile, DTH and streaming movies,” said Nizam Mohideen, Founder-CEO, Ireff.

This expansion is going to continue with Komparify’s plans to launch a streaming entertainment section by aggregating movies, TV shows, sports and live TV from various OTT streaming services, with the functionality of the entertainment section also rolling out on Ireff’s app. 

Currently, Komparify has over five million users and plans to double the user base to 10 million users, the company claimed.



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Mobile App Spend Soars With China a Top Market: App Annie


Mobile app downloads are surging around the world with growth in smartphone use, with nearly half coming from China, a market tracker said Wednesday.

Mobile research firm App Annie forecast that the amount of money spent on apps for smartphones or tablet computers this year will grow five times as fast as the global economy, surpassing $120 billion (roughly Rs. 8,50,000 crores).

“Games will fuel the bulk of consumer spend growth in the app stores, as mobile gaming will continue to be the fastest growing form of gaming,” the firm’s State of Mobile report said.

“China will remain the largest contributor to consumer spend growth in the app stores; however, we expect to see a slight deceleration in the aftermath of the game licensing freeze in China.”

Some 194 billion mobile apps were downloaded worldwide last year, with people spending a total of $101 billion on them or in them, according to the report.

China accounted for nearly 50 percent of total downloads of apps for Apple or Android mobile devices, App Annie indicated.

The top five mobile apps based on usage were Facebook, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, WeChat, and Instagram in that order, placing offerings from the US-based social network in all but one of the spots.

“The technological race between US and China surfaced in mobile with companies headquartered in the US and China generating more than half of total consumer spend in the top 300 parent companies in 2018,” App Annie said.

“China came out ahead.”

Chinese companies accounted $19.6 billion of global consumer spending on mobile apps, accounting for 32 percent of global consumer spending compared with 22 percent for US-based parent firms, according to the report.

The top five parent companies for global consumer spending last year were indicated to be gaming companies Tencent, NetEase, Activision Blizzard, Bandai Namco, and Netmarble, respectively.

Meanwhile, global consumer in non-gaming apps more than doubled in the past two years, App Annie reported.

Mobile morsels offered by the report included that there was significant growth last year in the use of food-and-drink apps, particularly in France, Australia and South Korea which saw growth of 325 percent, 300 percent, and 230 percent respectively when compared to 2016.

Globally, more than $2.2 billion was spent in aggregate last year on the top five video streaming services, with US-based Netflix the most lucrative of the pack, according to App Annie.



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PUBG Mobile Zombies Mode Map Leaked, Maybe Released Simultaneously With 0.10.5 Update


It seems that the PUBG Mobile 0.10.5 update may finally bring zombies to the game. Late last year, Tencent announced it was partnering with Capcom for Resident Evil 2, and while both companies have been tightlipped on what to expect, that hasn’t stopped leaks from showing up to give us an idea of what to expect in the PUBG Mobile 0.10.5 update. Zombies mode may end up being a co-operative experience with a map that’s a lot smaller than what you’d expect from PUBG Mobile. Furthermore, the 0.10.5 update is already in beta and features zombies in the waiting area and in maps although you can’t kill them.

Thanks to PUBG Mobile YouTubers Mr. Ghost Gaming and Allthenewsisgoodnews, it appears that the PUBG Mobile zombies update could be out sooner than expected. A host of videos based on the PUBG Mobile 0.10.5 beta show off zombies added to the game. One of them, possibly based on datamined assets even has what appears to be a special map for the PUBG Mobile Zombies mode.

Other new additions include cosmetics for the Royale Pass which would be in its fifth season. These are fresh costumes, gun skins, and hairstyles. Some of these fit with the apparent zombie theme, sporting a post-apocalyptic aesthetic that wouldn’t be out of place in the likes of Mad Max. A new sort of redemption system may be added too. This allows players to trade in their UC or Unknown Cash as this is known for Battle Points. Initial evidence suggests that 50UC would net 500BP.

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PUBG Mobile zombies map appears smaller than its other offerings

 

While we’re likely to believe that these would all be a part of the PUBG Mobile 0.10.5 update, Mr. Ghost Gaming speculates that the zombies may be held back for 0.11.0 or beyond. This would seem unlikely given that Resident Evil 2 is out on January 25 and it would make sense for Tencent to update its game before that, most likely around January 18 to 20 according to past reports.

What’s more is, you can also expect a new death cam feature to show you how you died in PUBG Mobile. In addition to this, a new weapon called the MK 47 Mutant, a laser sight gun attachment, and a rickshaw (or Tukshai as it’s called in PUBG Mobile) will grace the game as well. Dynamic weather may also be included for maps like Erangel and Miramar, allowing for rain to change PUBG Mobile’s moment to moment gameplay. Furthermore, Tencent teased the return of a voice option known as Classic Voices that will be present in the PUBG Mobile 0.10.5 update.

PUBG Mobile 0.10.5 update

  • Tukshai for Sanhok map
  • New snow area in Erangel map
  • New dynamic weather in Miramar and Erangel map
  • New death cam feature to show you a replay of how you died
  • Zombies Mode
  • MK 47 Mutant rifle
  • Laser sight for weapons
  • Snow bike for Vikendi
  • New dance emotes
  • Classic Voices
  • PUBG Vikendi snow map removed from beta
  • Royale Pass Season 5 cosmetics
  • Zombie map
  • UC for BP redemption system

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PUBG Mobile Zombies Mode Map Leaked, Release Date May Coincide With 0.10.5 Update


It appears that the PUBG Mobile 0.10.5 update may finally bring zombies to the game. Late last year, Tencent announced it was partnering with Capcom for Resident Evil 2, and while both companies have been tightlipped on what to expect, that hasn’t stopped leaks from showing up to give us an idea of what to expect when the PUBG Mobile 0.10.5 update hits. Zombies mode may end up being a co-operative experience with a map that’s a lot smaller than what you’d expect from PUBG Mobile. Furthermore, the 0.10.5 update is already in beta and features zombies in the waiting area and in maps although you can’t kill them.

Thanks to PUBG Mobile YouTubers Mr. Ghost Gaming and Allthenewsisgoodnews, it appears that the PUBG Mobile zombies update could be out sooner than expected. A host of videos based on the PUBG Mobile 0.10.5 beta show off zombies added to the game. One of them, possibly based on datamined assets even has what appears to be a special map for the PUBG Mobile Zombies mode.

Other new additions include cosmetics for the Royale Pass which would be in its fifth season. These are fresh costumes, gun skins, and hairstyles. Some of these fit with the apparent zombie theme, sporting a post-apocalyptic aesthetic that wouldn’t be out of place in the likes of Mad Max. A new sort of redemption system may be added too. This allows players to trade in their UC or Unknown Cash as this is known for Battle Points. Initial evidence suggests that 50UC would net 500BP.

zombies map pubg mobile 0.10.5 pubg_zombies

PUBG Mobile zombies map appears smaller than its other offerings

 

While we’re likely to believe that these would all be a part of the PUBG Mobile 0.10.5 update, Mr. Ghost Gaming speculates that the zombies may be held back for 0.11.0 or beyond. This would seem unlikely given that Resident Evil 2 is out on January 25 and it would make sense for Tencent to update its game before that, most likely around January 18 to 20 according to past reports.

What’s more is, you can also expect a new death cam feature to show you how you died in PUBG Mobile. In addition to this, a new weapon called the MK 47 Mutant, a laser sight gun attachment, and a rickshaw (or Tukshai as it’s called in PUBG Mobile) will grace the game as well. Dynamic weather may also be included for maps like Erangel and Miramar, allowing for rain to change PUBG Mobile’s moment to moment gameplay. Furthermore, Tencent teased the return of a voice option known as Classic Voices that will be present in the PUBG Mobile 0.10.5 update.

PUBG Mobile 0.10.5 update

  • Tukshai for Sanhok map
  • New snow area in Erangel map
  • New dynamic weather in Miramar and Erangel map
  • New death cam feature to show you a replay of how you died
  • Zombies Mode
  • MK 47 Mutant rifle
  • Laser sight for weapons
  • Snow bike for Vikendi
  • New dance emotes
  • Classic Voices
  • PUBG Vikendi snow map removed from beta
  • Royale Pass Season 5 cosmetics
  • Zombie map
  • UC for BP redemption system

Are you still playing PUBG Mobile? Let us know in the comments.


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PUBG Mobile India Series 2019 announced with a prize pool of Rs. 1 Crore


मोबाइल गेम पबजी मोबाइल ने अपने लांच के बाद से शानदार कामयाबी हासिल की है और अब तक इसके 20 करोड़ से ज्यादा डाउनलोड हो चुके हैं. इसकी निर्माता टेन्सेंट गेम्स और पबजी कापोर्रेशन ने ओपो पबजी मोबाइल इंडिया सीरीज 2019 की घोषणा की हैं जो कि भारत में आयोजित होने वाला पहला आधिकारिक ओपन-टू-ऑल टूर्नामेंट होगा.

PUBG की लत से शख्स खुद को मारने लगा मुक्के, खो दिया मानसिक संतुलन, डॉक्टर भी हुए हैरान

इस सीरीज के विजेता को 1 करोड़ रुपये की ईनामी राशि दी जाएगी. कंपनी ने गुरुवार को एक बयान में कहा कि यह देश में ई-स्पोर्ट के लिए एक टिकाऊ पारिस्थितिकी तंत्र तैयार करने की दिशा में प्रतिबद्धता जाहिर करने वाला ठोस कदम है. इस टूर्नामेंट में भाग लेकर 1 करोड़ रुपये की शानदार पुरस्कार राशि के अलावा ओपो द्वारा प्रायोजित फोन भी जीते जा सकते हैं. 

‘बड़ी जंग’ से पहले टीम इंडिया ने की जमकर मस्ती, विराट दिखे फैन्स के साथ तो बाकियों ने खेला PubG

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टिप्पणियां

बयान में कहा गया कि कंपनी ने पिछले साल अक्टूबर में पहले आधिकारिक पबजी मोबाइल कैंपस चैंपियनशिप का आयोजन किया था, जिसे जबर्दस्त रिस्पॉन्स मिला था. इस टूर्नामेंट के लिए 30 शहरों के 1000 से अधिक कॉलेजों से तीन सप्ताह के भीतर 2,50,000 से अधिक रजिस्ट्रेशन मिले हैं. 

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Knives Out Made More Money Than Fortnite and PUBG Mobile in 2018: Report


Knives Out is a battle royale game much like Fortnite and PUBG Mobile. According to a report from analytics firm Sensor Tower, Knives Out has generated more revenue on Android and iOS than either Epic Games’ or Tencent’s offerings. The report states that Knives Out creator NetEase has grossed $465 million worldwide versus Fortnite’s $455 million. In addition to this, it has eclipsed PUBG Mobile’s earnings too due to being able to monetise in China, something that PUBG Mobile is unable to do just yet due to local regulations. Oddly enough the report doesn’t include Android Fortnite earnings which are unknown at the moment, just iOS.

A majority of Knives Out’s earnings come from Japan, almost 80 percent according to Sensor Tower estimates.

“Nearly 80 percent of Knives Out’s revenue last year came from Japan, where players spent an estimated $370 in the game across the App Store and Google Play,” the post from Sensor Tower’s founder Oliver Yeh reads. “To put this into perspective within the genre, this figure is more than 11 times greater than what the country’s mobile gamers spent in PUBG Mobile on both platforms during 2018. It’s so surprise, given this, that NetEase updated the game with a new Tokyo map in November—and its revenue has only been increasing since.”

Based on the data the firm has, iOS players account for only 18 percent of Knives Out’s revenue, with a majority of the spending on Android. Considering Knives Out is able to accept in-app payments in China, this gives it a major advantage over PUBG Mobile. With iOS revenue on Knives Out amounting to $81 million, it’s far from a small audience.

And while Knives Out’s success can be attributed to markets like Japan and China, which Sensor Tower claims is its second largest market, the report doesn’t exactly paint a complete picture of the battle royale space on mobile. Reason being, Epic Games’ earnings on Android are unknown at this juncture with the aforementioned $455 million figure being iOS revenue alone. Plus, given Fortnite’s cross-platform nature, we don’t know if players are making in-app purchases on one platform, say PC or console, but spending a majority of their in-game time on another like mobile or vice-versa.

 


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