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Pokemon GO leak data shows iPhone-only eggs and SMS contact

Those iPhone Pokemon GO users that were bummed to see Google Play sponsoring the Pokemon GO Fest 2021 event will be glad to see iOS-specific eggs in the near future. The latest update to the game files for Pokemon GO revealed this (iOS-specific eggs) and a wide variety of wild new updates and teasers for future items and features in the game. Also found were new fitness tracking mods, dynamic re-load of map elements, cross game settings between other Niantic games, and an expansion of the ways in which a player can work with their address book.

This new set of updates comes in a big way from exploration done by PokeMiners Toronto as posted with The Silph Road on Reddit. Data and code for Pokemon GO found in this way doesn’t always guarantee real live features, but given their appearance in the game’s release build file, there is (or has been in the past) a REALLY GOOD chance we’ll see what’s teased make its way to live play.

The iOS eggs element appears as such: IOS_EGGS and IosEggs, right alongside HATCHING, NON-HATCHING, and HATCHED. It may be that Niantic needed to make a specific element to account for Apple’s rules for “loot boxes” and such, but given the still largely free set of rules surrounding eggs, it’s difficult to see why that’d be true. It might also be that “IOS” does not refer to iOS, the operating system – but we shall see!

Map Update were given a bit of a boost in this update. Code “cachedMapSettings” and other elements indicate that the user will have more control over how and when the map is updated, and – we hope – how much data a user is using when they play the game. Cross your fingers this means we’ll see less of this recurring app data bug situation in the future.

Fitness Updates just keep coming! In this latest update, Niantic added a “get_NumOfHours” element to the fitness section of the game. This sits beside number of days, number of weeks, and so forth.

Niantic games cross-talk increases with this update. We’ll soon be able to set Niantic Profile, online status, cross game friends lists, game invites, a shared friend graph, nickname, cross game online status, and work with address book imports.

In the address book arena, Niantic also continues to attempt to get users to invite friends and family. Syncing your contacts list with the game will continue to be pushed, invites for friends will be encouraged. Niantic is also attempting to add some “contact method” system elements with email and SMS messaging – weird!

Take a peek at the timeline below for more information on recent updates to Pokemon GO. Also stay tuned – there’s a BUNCH of Shiny action on the horizon.

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Pokemon GO Fest code leak shows major fan favorite Mythical release

Intrepid seekers of future data looked at codes delivered with the latest version of Pokemon GO this week and found some secrets. Early peeks at updates to the game can be found if a person knows where to look – and this week’s update to the game included a DOOZY of a leak as such. At this point we’re going to issue a SPOILER ALERT for those of you who wish to remain excited and surprised by what’s coming next.

If you’re ready to be surprised, but want to wait until the event takes place, turn back now! We’re looking at a sneak peek of the game that’ll have its most major in-game event this weekend, complete with a reveal of a Mythical Pokemon that’s not yet appeared in the game in any form.

The Pokemon found by Pokeminers on The Silph Road is none other than Hoopa! Are you surprised? This is the Mythical Pokemon Hoopa, the same Hoopa that had his own Pokemon movie special release. This is the Pokemon whose powers seemed so impossibly top-tier that we thought there was no way he’d be entering the realm of Pokemon GO – but hey! There he is!

Per leaked dialogue from the game, Professor Willow says – or will say – “I was just out on a stroll and witnessed the most incredible sight. Several rings had appeared in the sky, and as I stared up at them, something truly remarkable occurred.” Willow goes on to say, “Legendary Pokémon began emerging from the rings as if by magic!”

Unfortunately, it would appear that Hoopa will not actually be available to capture DURING the event. It’s been suggested by the folks at GO Stadium (as shown in the Tweet below) that while Hoopa will appear at GO Fest 2021, he will not be able to be caught. It’s very likely that Hoopa will play a role similar to the movie, releasing Legendary Pokemon for players to battle. We’re talking wild and generally super-rare Pokemon up in Raid Battles aplenty!

Yes, Ben, it’s not Hoopaning. On the positive side of the situation, it would appear that Niantic remains confident that trainers will one day be able to catch Hoopa, somehow or another. Text in the game suggests that “it doesn’t seem like Hoopa is in the area at the moment. Let’s use this time to prepare to catch it, hm?”

The game also includes not-yet-used text that suggests that “You’ll need your skills at their sharpest to catch Hoopa.” It’ll likely be a situation where GO Fest 2021 sets us up for another major event in the future, an event that’ll bring Hoopa to trainer collections in a very real way. For now, it’s all about the HOOPS.

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Google Pixel 6 family release details leak a 5-year Pro pair

The Google Pixel 6 and the Google Pixel 6 XL (Pixel 6 Pro) were the subject of a data leak this afternoon before Google’s official release event. Both devices will be revealed by Google at the same time at an event where the final release date will be revealed. The same is true of the prices for both devices – along with the release price for the Google Pixel 5a, another device which had some significant data leakage today.

Both the Google Pixel 6 and Google Pixel 6 Pro appeared in a report from FrontPageTech today with specifications in tow. This device set will be the first to come with a guaranteed 5 years of software updates, according to the same source: Jon Prosser. It’s likely these devices will be released in around October of the year 2021.

Google Pixel 6 specs

The Google Pixel 6 will look a whole lot like the Google Pixel 6 Pro, with the same unique industrial design – and a sort of bridge element that’ll include its full main camera array. This Google Pixel 6 will likely have a 6.4-inch AMOLED display, 8GB RAM inside, and two options for storage: 128GB and 256GB.

The Google Pixel 6 appeared in a leak today suggesting that the back-facing cameras would be 50MP and 12MP, the 50MP having a wide-angle lens, the 12MP camera having an ultra-wide angle lens. This device is reported to have an 8MP camera up front and a 4614mAh battery inside.

The Google Pixel 6 and Google Pixel 6 Pro will launch with Android 12. Like most Google hero phones, these devices will act as the premiere destination for users looking to get the most feature-filled Google-designed software and hardware experience in an Android smartphone.

Google Pixel 6 Pro specs

The Google Pixel 6 Pro is tipped to roll with a 6.71-inch “Plastic OLED” display panel. This device is tipped to have a Google-designed processor, 12GB RAM, and three options for storage: 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB. It’ll likely be released with more than one color casing option right out the gate.

SEE TOO: Google Pixel 6 and 6 Pro: Everything we know so far

This Google Pixel 6 Pro device has three back-facing cameras, according to rumors appearing over the past several weeks. In the data leak today from Prosser, the three cameras appear to be 50MP (for a wide camera, the main camera), 48MP (with a telephoto lens), and 12MP (for an ultra-wide lens-toting camera). There’ll likely be a 12MP camera up front, and a 5000mAh battery inside.

Cross your fingers we’ll see these devices delivered with a friendly software experience this Fall with a price that does not break the bank. The report of a 5-year commitment from Google for software upgrades seems too good to be true – but it’s not impossible!

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Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Buds 2 prices leak ahead of August event

It seems that Samsung’s Unpacked has been set, and fans will be counting down the days to the company’s new devices. Most of the attention will probably be lavished on the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3, and, without the Galaxy S21 FE, that will be it as far as phones are concerned. That said, Samsung does also have wearables destined to debut at the same time, and a new rumor gives those excited for the Galaxy Watch 4 series and Galaxy Buds 2 an idea of how much they need to save up.

Outside of the foldable phones, the Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 4 Classic are bound to be interesting new members of Samsung’s lineup. Breaking away from its own Tizen-based operating system, these will be the first Samsung smartwatches to use Google’s Wear OS, albeit with a new skin that more closely resembles the company’s One UI experience. This marks not just a new phase for Samsung’s smartwatches but also for Wear OS itself.

Those who have their hearts set for the Galaxy Watch 4 will have two sizes to choose from with matching prices. According to MySmartPrice’s sources, the 40mm model will go for 350 EUR, or around $415, while the larger 44mm variant starts at 380 EUR, roughly $450.

There was a recent leak about a Galaxy Watch 4 Classic, and that, too, is tipped to have two sizes available, both larger than their non-Classic equivalents. The 42mm size has a 470 EUR ($560) price tag, while the 46mm smartwatch will retail for 500 EUR ($600). There is actually a rumored 44mm variant, but the site has no information on its pricing yet.

The Galaxy Buds 2 will also be making its way on August 11, if the rumors are correct. The rumored price for this next-gen “hearable” is 180 EUR, roughly converted to $215. Of course, these prices are still unofficial that will vary by region, but they give ballpark figures on how much those will cost. And those hoping to wrap a Galaxy Watch 4 around their wrists might have some budgeting to do first.

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Pokemon GO leak shows July 2021 surprises

Today we’re taking a peek at a variety of elements leaked in the latest APK for Pokemon GO. From the text included in the app update, we can see bits and pieces of what’s in store for the Fifth Anniversary event series in this, the most mobile of Pokemon games. The data released today starts with a simple quest – a buddy quest – one where you win a raid with your Buddy Pokemon. Simple, yes?

Courtesy of the Pokeminers efforts this week, we’ve got a closer look at what’s coming to Pokemon GO in the near future. The Pokemon GO update released this week features a set of text messages in the game – some of which are live, some of which are still unused.

In addition to the Buddy Raid quest noted above, there’s a new Quest Branching system coming to Pokemon GO. Users will be asked to “choose a path” for future quests, and stick by their choice! Per the text retrieved today, users will be shown the following message: “Choose wisely! You can select only one path below, and you’ll remain on that path until the end of the research.”

A big collection of new bonus rewards were outlined in this latest update, including the following:
• +200 Catch Stardust
• +200 XP for spinning PokéStops
• +300 Catch Stardust
• +300 Catch XP
• +300 XP for spinning PokéStops
• +400 Catch Stardust
• +400 Catch XP
• +500 Catch Stardust
• +500 XP for spinning PokéStops
• +4 Catch Candy
• +5 Catch Candy
• 3x XP for Nice, Great, Excellent, and Curveball Throws
• 4× XP for Nice, Great, Excellent, and Curveball Throws
• 5× XP for Nice, Great, Excellent, and Curveball Throws
• 1/2 Hatch Distance
• 1/4 Hatch Distance

There’ll be a new set of Collection Challenges in Pokemon GO soon. Each will have to do with a Habitat Hour that’ll be happening in Pokemon GO during Pokemon GO Fest 2021. Each Collection Challenge will require that you collect a certain number of Pokemon during a certain hour:
• GO Fest 2021: Cave Habitat
• GO Fest 2021: Desert Habitat
• GO Fest 2021: Jungle Habitat
• GO Fest 2021: Ocean Habitat

As this update suggests, each new Habitat “hour” will be shown in-game with a notification. There’ll be one of each of the following – Habitats and Raid Hours, too. All for Pokemon GO Fest 2021:

• Now: Cave habitat!
• Now: Desert Mountain habitat!
• Now: Jungle habitat!
• Now: Ocean Beach habitat!
• Now: Frost Hour!
• Now: Lava Hour!
• Now: Thunder Hour!
• Now: Wind Hour!

There’ll be some new “Bands” action during Pokemon GO Fest 2021, too. They’ll be formatted (in code) like “gofest_2021_band_boisterous” and will include adjectives as such:

• Boisterous
• Cheerful
• Stylish
• Emotional
• Energetic
• Extravagant
• Lively
• Spirited

Finally, we’ll see some general alerts for Pokemon GO Fest 2021. One of the messages is “Welcome to Pokemon GO Fest 2021!” Another is “Pokemon GO Fest 2021 Day 1: Catch!” And another: Pokemon GO Fest 2021 Day 2: Raid!” Take a peek at the timeline below to see other recent revelations in Pokemon GO and for the events that’ll be arriving soon – July is going to be lit!

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Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 leak as a colorful value play

The latest Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 have apparently leaked, potentially spoiling one of the company’s MWC 2021 surprises later today. The new earbuds follow 2019’s original Galaxy Buds, and are expected to be an affordable alternative to models like Google’s Pixel Buds A-Series and Apple’s AirPods.

That’ll also mean they miss out on some of the more high-end features which we’ve seen launch recently on models such as Sony’s WF-1000XM4 earbuds. Don’t expect active noise cancellation, for one thing.

Still, the original Galaxy Buds scored points for their comfortable fit, and we’re hoping for more of the same from this 2021 update. According to 91mobiles‘ sources, there’ll be a different design, with the two-tone glossy and matte finish of the 2019 Galaxy Buds dropped in favor of a single texture. Each earbud will have two microphones, it’s believed.

That won’t power active noise cancellation, but it should add up to active noise reduction: think a tamping down of external sounds, but not full isolation.

As for the charging case, that’s now square rather than rectangular. It’ll be white outside, but there’ll apparently be four different finishes of both earbud and matching case interior. They’re expected to be white, black, purple, and green.

The case itself is expected to have a 500 mAh battery, and be used to charge up the 60 mAh batteries in each earbud. The original Galaxy Buds supported Qi wireless charging – including reverse power-sharing from a compatible Samsung Galaxy phone – and it’s likely Samsung will carry that over to this new set too.

The big question is just how aggressively priced Samsung can make them. Currently, a set of Samsung Galaxy Buds+ is available directly from the company for just $99.99; the Galaxy Buds Pro with active noise cancellation are $199.99. With Google’s recently-released Pixel Buds A-Series offering ANC at just $99, it would certainly seem like Samsung would need to target $80 or lower in order for the value proposition on the Galaxy Buds 2 to make real sense.

We’ll presumably find out more later on today, when Samsung holds its product showcase at Mobile World Congress. The MWC 2021 event kicks off at 10:15am PT / 1:15pm ET today, Monday, June 28. You can watch the livestream below.

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Google Pixel 6 leak confirms weird new direction

The Google Pixel 6 represents a whole new direction for the industrial design of the Google Pixel line. It would appear that smartphone that represents the most essential bits of the Android experience from Google does not need to be basic – it does not need to be a clean, standard slate on which Android itself is the only focus. With the leaks we’re seeing now, it’s clear that the Google Pixel 6 will take the Google smartphone experience out a whole new door.

Imagery shown in the leak from Ice Universe this week shows a Google Pixel 6 with a sort of bar section near its head. This is the “bridge”, as we’re calling it, that holds the device’s camera array. As cameras on smartphones went from single lens to multiple lens, the back-facing camera array went from a circle to an island. Now, with Google Pixel 6, this island spans the length of the smartphone.

The Google Pixel 6 will likely be released in more than one configuration, probably as a Google Pixel 6 and a Google Pixel 6 Pro, or Max, or XL. The case leaked this week shows spaces for a single microphone hole at the top of the phone, power and volume keys to the right, two speaker arrays at the bottom, and a space for a USB-C port.

At the bottom right is likely a case-maker addition – a place where a user can run an attachment loop that could fit around one’s wrist, act as a loop for fun dangling toys, etc. The clarity of the case also likely indicates the manufacturer’s knowledge of the beauty of the color scheme(s) of the phone – they’ll let them shine through.

The Google Pixel 6 device family will likely be released at the same time, in late September or early October of 2021. Cross your fingers we’ll see a release without delay – you never know here in the new world, not quite out of a pandemic, in a place where anything could happen!



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Samsung Galaxy S22 leak tips iPhone 13-matching potential

The Samsung Galaxy S22 was leaked today in three sizes, each of them either relatively small or surprisingly large. The Samsung Galaxy S22 would appear to be spreading out their options, according to the data shared. The Samsung Galaxy S21 had display sizes of 6.2-inches, 6.7-inches, and 6.8-inches. That wasn’t all that far off from the Samsung Galaxy S20, which came with display options of 6.2, 6.7, and 6.9-inches.

The latest leak this week from MauriQHD suggests there’ll still be three display sizes for the Samsung Galaxy S22. The largest display size is tipped at 6.81-inches splitting the gap between the largest sizes of the Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S21.

The medium Galaxy S22 (probably the Galaxy S22+) is rumored to roll with a 6.55-inch display. This is .15-inch smaller than the standard “plus” devices in the Galaxy S line over the past couple of years. This size also cuts (on the high side) between the small and medium Galaxy S display sizes of the last couple of generations.

The Samsung Galaxy S22, the smallest device in the Galaxy S22 lineup, was tipped this week to come with a 6.06-inch display. That’s approximately 0.14-inch smaller than the previous smallest Galaxy S device (main lineup) device released over the last couple of generations. It’s also quite possible we’ll see some advanced camera hiding tech with this generation of devices.

The leak linked above also notes that the Galaxy S22 Ultra (or whatever the largest device is called), will work with a low-temperature polycrystalline oxide (LTPO) display, likely something like what we saw rumored earlier this year as created by Samsung Display for the next major iPhone release. Can you imagine the newest Samsung Galaxy S and the newest iPhone released with the same sort of display tech the same year?



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Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3 Unpacked gets another date leak

Samsung definitely has a lot of devices coming that will compete for consumers’ attention and wallets, but it seems that sources can’t agree on when they will actually debut. The most that leaks could agree on is “some time in August,” which might not be enough time for some to prepare their finances. The latest word from the South Korean market seems to push forward a more believable theory for the next Unpacked 2021 that will unveil Samsung’s next batch of mobile products. Unfortunately, one of those might not arrive as soon as the others.

Some put an August 3 date on the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3, while others say August 27. Those two dates might actually be correct but in slightly different ways. According to South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency, Samsung will unveil the devices in the early half of August and then make them available for purchase before the end of the month.

More specifically, there is a chance that the August 3 date for Unpacked was close to correct but, since Samsung often does its unpacking on a Friday, an August 6 date is more likely. Even so, August 13 is also a probable date, according to the report. Either way, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 will launch on August 27.

The foldable phones won’t be alone on the stage, though. It will be accompanied by accessories such as the Galaxy Buds 2 and the Galaxy Watch 4, and the Galaxy Watch Active 4. The last two will be of particular interest since they are expected to run Wear OS rather than Samsung’s Tizen.

The Galaxy S21 FE will also be sharing the spotlight, but its story will play out differently. Instead of launching in late August, Samsung has reportedly delayed the smartphone’s launch to Fall, probably sometime in September. Part of the reason was to give more attention to the two new foldable phones, but the shortage of chips, particularly the Snapdragon 888, reportedly also played a role in that decision.

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New Intel Raptor Lake Leak Shows 24-Core CPU Coming in 2022

A new leak from YouTuber Moore’s Law is Dead lays out Intel’s plans throughout 2022. According to the rumor, Intel plans on releasing Alder Lake HX mobile processors in early 2022, bringing desktop-class performance to laptops. The company is also gearing up for the next-gen Raptor Lake launch in late 2022, and the flagship chip from the range is said to feature a total of 24 cores.

We’ve known for a while that Intel plans on using a big/little core design for Alder Lake processors. Similar to Apple’s M1 chip and most mobile processors, Intel plans on using big, powerful cores to handle demanding workloads that only require a few threads. For multithreaded workloads, the processor can use little, high-efficiency cores to split the workload.

Alder Lake desktop chips will be based on two designs. The S1 design comes with eight big cores, known as Golden Cove, and eight little cores, known as Gracemont. The S2 design features six Golden Cove cores and no Gracemont cores.

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The leak says Intel plans on lifting the review embargo for its first Alder Lake processors on October 25. Intel plans on launching an i9, i7, and i5 processor around that time. The i9 will feature eight Golden Cove and eight Gracemont cores, the i7 will come with eight Golden Cove and four Gracemont cores, and the i5 will come with six Golden Cove and four Gracemont cores. All three processors will come with 32 execution units (EUs) based on Intel’s Xe graphics.

Following the desktop launch, the leaker says that Intel will announce Alder Lake mobile processors after CES 2022. These processors will support DDR5 and PCIe 5.0 on mobile and come with 96 EUs for Xe graphics. The H-series chips will feature six Golden Cove and eight Gracemont cores. U-series chips for low-power laptops will come with two Golden Cove and eight Gracemont cores.

The most exciting news comes in the high-performance realm. The leak claims that Intel plans on launching Alder Lake HX processors at the same time, which are said to deliver desktop-class performance to laptops. This chip is based on the desktop design, with eight Golden Cove and eight Gracemont cores.

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Later in 2022, Intel will launch Raptor Lake processors. These chips also use the big/little core design, and they’re based on the same underlying architecture as Alder Lake. They’ll feature enhanced Golden Cove cores — called Raptor Cove — while using the same Gracemont cores from Alder Lake. They’re set to launch in time for the 2022 holiday season.

The flagship chip is said to feature eight Raptor Cove cores and 16 Gracemont cores, showing Intel’s dedication to this design. Raptor Lake processors will compete with AMD’s upcoming Zen 4 processors, but Intel’s fiercest competition may come from Apple.

“Honestly, Apple scares us much more than AMD at the moment. They aren’t sitting still, and we are worried they have far greater ambitions then most people are currently assuming,” an anonymous source told Moore’s Law is Dead.

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