New image show the LG G4 like we have never seen it before. Meanwhile, ASUS is launching a new fitness-focused watch and Final Fantasy 13 goes mobile.
In what could be the biggest leak of press renders we have see in history, the new LG G4 looks to be quite a different device. We have seen the LG G4 before, but this time we are taking a look at it in different angles, colors, and even with leather back covers.
This is a nice taste of the G4 only some weeks before its official announcement on April 28th. There’s more than enough images to look at, so give them a quick browse right below.
Opinion: To be honest, that leather back is not quite my cup of tea, but it’s starting to grow on me, the more I look at it. It will definitely start some fun bar conversations; that’s for sure.
ASUS is no stranger to the wearable market, and they have released one of our favorite Android Wear devices – the ASUS ZenWatch. That watch is not for everyone, though. ASUS is trying to enter another market with an upcoming watch that is said to have a 10-day battery life (WOw!).
It’s said to be a fitness-focused watch of sorts, with the ability to monitor your heart rate, tracking your sleep and more. In addition, it can stay protected from the elements with its IP67 stainless steel body. We can’t tell much more and ASUS isn’t revealing all the details yet, but it looks like ASUS is skipping on Android Wear for this one.
Opinion: I am all for manufacturers developing their own wearable software, but only if they will do the work such a platform requires. Will ASUS keep the watch updated? Will they support it for a long time? We will see, but 10 days of battery life sure sounds sweet.
We have good news and bad news. The good news is Final Fantasy 13 is now available on mobile platforms iOS and Android. The bad news is that it’s only available in Japan so far. But this story is not simply about a new game coming to a mobile platform. It’s what’s going on in the background that is interesting.
Those of you who have played Final Fantasy 13 will know that this is no simple game with lame graphics you can just port over to a mobile platform. It’s a high-end, console title. How did Square Enix manage to bring it to smartphones as a 20 MB application?
This game is being powered by the cloud, a la OnLive or PlayStation Now. The game is pretty much being played at a G-Cluster server, which can then send you video stream of your game while you send them over your actions.
People in Japan can get the app straight from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. All they need is a 3 MB/s connection. The demo includes 30 minutes of playtime, after which they can pay 2000 yen to keep the full game (about $16.65).
Opinion: This really shows a different mindset in the future of cloud gaming. We have all been waiting for some company to create a cloud gaming platform everyone can use, but what if game developers just made cloud games on their own? Square Enix is showing us we don’t need a common entity to depend on.