Pokemon GO code leak tips game headed back to its roots

In the world of mobile gaming, nothing is so addictive as achievements. The world of “challenges” and “rewards” and “check-ins” is inextricably tied to mobile games. In the case of one of the most successful mobile games and experiences yet produced, Pokemon GO, a new way to get rewards and achieve in challenges is about to arrive.

Thanks to the teardown efforts of the PokeMiners crew. We’ve got a LOT of information about what’s coming to Pokemon GO next. There we get our first glimpse at Route Badges. It is with Route Badges that gamers will be encouraged to get up and get out again – now that the world is inching back toward pre-COVID-19 normalcy. Back to the golden original days of Pokemon GO, when the world seemed new and strange… and sometimes disturbing.

With the Route Badge system, we’ll see achievements similar to what we have now with Gym Badges. The difference is the path one must take to get such a badge. With a Route Badge, users are encouraged to walk and explore a path connected by a series of landmarks.

The whole Route Badge system isn’t quite loaded in the APK for the game – but from what we understand for now, there’ll be a system of “stamps” that’ll appear as one moves through a Route. Once all the stamps are collected, the Route Badge is awarded.

Each route may also included “activities” like trading (Pokemon, gifts), and comparing Pokemon to other Pokemon. There is also a system of comparing Pokemon to one another that’ll deliver awards to gamers as they make said comparisons.

There’s also a “tappables” system that appears on a route – this might just be part of the “activities” bit, though it does appear that it’s POSSIBLE this is a system separate from routes altogether.

In any case, a lot more achievements and rewards are coming to Pokemon GO in the near future. This system SHOULD give Pokemon trainers reason to leave their home this summer, even if it’s just to walk to a local park and back. Don’t be shocked to find yourself in need of our original 2016 list of tips and mistakes we made back at the start of all this business. They’re still good tips!

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Powerful new Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus headed for gaming phones

The rumors were true: Qualcomm unveiled the Snapdragon 865 Plus 5G platform on Wednesday, offering faster CPU and GPU clock speeds, upgraded Wi-Fi, plus 5G modem support.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus 5G platform (also referred to as the Snapdragon 865 Plus, when speaking about the chip itself) is essentially an upgraded version of the Snapdragon 865 chip the company unveiled last December for premium smartphones. The Snapdragon 865 introduced a host of new features, including camera upgrades, AI, security, and gaming. The Snapdragon 865 was designed around Qualcomm’s standalone X55 5G modem, and the Snapdragon 865 Plus is as well, though neither is integrated. Both the 865 and the 865 Plus are 7nm chips.

Almost all of the features on both the Snapdragon 865 and 865 Plus are common to both platforms. The Kryo 585 CPU, the Adreno 650 GPU, the Hexagon 698 DSP and the Spectra 480 image signal processing remain in place. Qualcomm left the associated memory unchanged.

What’s different are the clock speeds and subsequent performance improvements. The Kryo 585 in the Snapdragon 865 Plus is now clocked at 3.1GHz, versus 2.84GHz, a 10-percent performance increase, Qualcomm said. Qualcomm didn’t release the speed of the Adreno 650, but the company said performance increased by 10 percent there, too.

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Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Elite Gaming represents the company’s foray into mobile gaming…

Gaming appears to be a key focus for the Snapdragon 865 Plus, as it was for the Snapdragon 765G in the prior generation. That chip bumped up the clock speed (compared to the regular Snapdragon 765) to attract mobile gamers, and it added a Snapdragon Elite Gaming package, whose features included PC-like graphics effects and downloadable driver updates. All of those Elite Gaming features are included with the Snapdragon 865 Plus, too.

Broadcom may have been the first to ship a Wi-Fi 6E chip for mobile devices, but Wi-Fi 6E represents the other major upgrade to the Snapdragon 865 Plus 5G. Now that the FCC has opened up additional channels for Wi-Fi, Qualcomm’s new FastConnect 6900 can tap into the new 6GHz spectral band and 160GHz channels. In the real world, that means gobs more bandwidth, provided there’s a Wi-Fi 6E router feeding the beast. It all translates into 3.6Gbps peak throughput, versus 1.774Gbps with the Snapdragon 865’s FastConnect 6800 subsystem.

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…with PC-like features such as support for adaptive-rate displays.

What hasn’t changed is Qualcomm’s insistence that phone makers bundle the X55 5G modem as part of the Snapdragon 865 Plus 5G chipset. Phone journalists spent much of 2019 jetting to odd locales and testing the bandwidth of 5G’s mmWave and sub-6GHz modes, as carriers slowly ramped up their coverage areas and solidified their messaging.

The current pandemic has likely slowed down demand as most people stick closer to home. As regions of the world phase back to some level of normal activity, travelers will thirst again for wide, deep channels of data flowing back and forth from their phones. It’s also true, however, that adding a 5G modem will tack on some additional cost to phones at a time when economies worldwide are reeling from the pandemic’s effects.

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