Why PUBG on Android is better than Fortnite on iPhone

Android users rejoice, for the gaming experience in PUBG mobile is better than that of Fortnite mobile. This should quite obviously be understood as an entirely subjective sort of declaration, but my reasons are basic and, I believe, pretty universal. When I play Fortnite mobile, I die right away, and when I play PUBG mobile, I don’t die nearly quite so quick.

I Die

The intricacies of the game in Fortnite for iOS are encouraging. This is easily one of the most involved and awesome online games created for the mobile platform. Those gamers given the opportunity to play Fortnite mobile via invite are lucky, because this game is incredible. But there’s a big problem with this game, for me: I die.

I die right away, and I die pitifully. I get crushed pitifully early, and I rarely find the time to loot enough to put up a decent defense. This game is mobile, sure, but for me it’s too quick. Games on smartphones and tablets should be potentially quick. But with these games, I feel as though there’s a necessity that there be a LITTLE bit of a chance to live, or maybe even knock another player out.

I Live

With PUBG, PlayerUnknown’s BattleGrounds, for iOS and Android, there’s a chance for glory. There’s certainly still a chance that I might get headshot in the first 5 minutes, but there’s plenty of time for me to get out there and find a helmet. I can find my way into a building, suit up – or at least find a weapon – and be back out on the run before someone else spots me.

Over at Kotaku, author Cameron Kunzelman has similar thoughts on the PC and console-based versions of these same games. There, Kunzelman suggests that PUBG is slow, and that’s a good thing. When it comes to mobile, I say that’s doubly true.

On Small Bots

In Fortnite, the world feels too small. The chances are too high that I be killed in a span of time less than that of the span I waited for the game to begin. That’s just frustrating. In PUBG, even IF their strategy for new players is to put them up against what Reddit suggests are low-level bots, it’s working. It’s making me feel like I’m at least OK at the game, and the more time I play, the more I feel I have to lose if I don’t continue.

You Android gamers still waiting for the Android release of Fortnite, don’t worry. You’re not missing a lot. Not yet, anyway. We’ll be continuing to play both games well into the future, so we’ll let you know if anything changes.

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Microsoft Edge launches support for iPad and Android tablets

The debate over which browser is the best has been going for nearly as long as the internet has been around. Though Microsoft’s Internet Explorer was once the butt of many jokes, the company has been doing some neat things with Microsoft Edge, which was introduced alongside Windows 10. If, by chance, Microsoft has managed to win you over with the features in Edge, then here’s a bit of good news: It’s available on more platforms beginning today.

Microsoft has announced that Edge is now available to everyone using an iPad or an Android tablet. We knew this day was coming up quickly, as Microsoft launched a beta test of Edge on iPads earlier this month. The fact that the browser is also coming to Android tablets today is a happy – though not entirely unexpected – surprise.

Edge on tablets is going look very similar to Edge on smartphones. There isn’t a whole lot that’s new here, aside from the obvious addition of support for larger screens. Edge’s “continue on PC” feature is also present in these tablet apps, so assuming your phone has been linked to your computer, you’ll be able to share webpages between the two with the tap of a button.

Other than that, though, these are essentially the smartphone apps optimized for the larger screen of your tablet. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but as The Verge points out, it means that Edge is missing some features you would expect on a tablet. This is especially evident in the iPad version of the app, which doesn’t have any kind of splitscreen support for the iPad Pro.

The hope, of course, is that Microsoft improves the tablet versions of Edge over time, instead of just optimizing them for larger displays and stopping there. We’ll see if Microsoft eventually launches some more tablet-friendly features for Edge, but for now, the newest version of the app can be found over on the iOS App Store [download] and the Google Play Store [download].

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YouTube’s dynamic player comes to Android at long last

Back at the tail end of 2017, YouTube launched a new dynamic player for its iOS app. Though it’s always a little weird to see new features for Google services come to iOS devices first, it happens more than you’d initially expect. Now, around three months later, the Android YouTube app is being brought up to speed, with a dynamic player of its own launching today.

YouTube announced the new feature by way of Twitter, letting Android users know that they can now expect the YouTube player automatically adjust to the aspect ratio of the video that’s playing. It isn’t perfect, of course, but when you’re watching vertical or square videos, you should notice that they lack the black bars that have plagued so many videos up to this point.

This new dynamic player has more uses beyond just getting rid of black bars on vertical aspect ratios. As you scroll down to look at comments and suggested videos, the player will now shrink in size, continuing to play while giving you more screen space to browse. In the end, this should make the viewing experience on YouTube a lot more fluid, regardless of the aspect ratio of the video you’re watching.

Once upon a time, recording in a vertical orientation would spark some degree of outrage among viewers, but as more and more people record and upload videos directly from their phones, they’ve become much more commonplace. Just as well, many people have started recording videos through other apps, such as Snapchat, Instagram, and – at one point in the not too distant past – Vine, resulting in a bunch of different aspect ratios that don’t always fit the standard 16:9 aspect we’re used to seeing on YouTube.

YouTube’s new dynamic player should help with that a great deal. YouTube was last updated around the time this tweet went live, so once that update has been applied, you should see its new dynamic player in all its glory.

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Spotify and Discord join forces for group listening while gaming

Today we’re hearing of a rather surprising team up between Discord and Spotify. This new partnership will allow you to link your Discord and Spotify accounts, opening up a bunch of new music listening options when you’re chatting with friends in Discord. Perhaps the coolest of these new features is the ability to listen to Spotify tracks as a group.

On the surface, Spotify functionality within Discord will work in a way that gamers are already used to. Just like it does when you’re playing a game, Discord will show others when you’re listening to Spotify in the user list of each server. From there, you can click on a user’s name to see exactly what they’re listening to.

In the pop-up panel that appears when you click a username, you’ll see information like song title, artist and album name, and even a progress bar that shows you how far along the user is in the song. You’ll also see buttons you can click to listen to that song in Spotify yourself or, if you’re a Spotify Premium user, listen along with the user in question.

Spotify Premium users also have the ability to invite other users to listen along with them, creating server-wide group listening sessions. “This is the next natural step to highlight the importance of music as an integral part of the gaming experience,” Spotify Product Director of Platform & Partner Experience Mikael Ericsson said today. “Starting today, we’re really excited to offer Spotify Premium and Discord users the ability to listen together as a group or highlight what they’re jamming out to while enjoying their favorite games.”

Getting going with Spotify in Discord is a fairly easy process. If you’ve got Discord running, you’ll want to restart it, and then head into your user settings page and click on “Connections.” Once you’re there, you should see a new Spotify icon among all the others, which you’ll then click to be redirected to a Spotify login page. From there, simply log into Spotify and both accounts will be linked, allowing you to put all of these new features to use.

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