Google Pixel, Pixel XL Leaked on Verizon Ahead of October 4 Event; Google Magic and Blue Colour Variant Revealed

Google Pixel, Pixel XL Leaked on Verizon Ahead of October 4 Event; Google Magic and Blue Colour Variant Revealed

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Site suggests the Google Pixel and Pixel XL will be offered in Blue
  • Verizon also mentions ‘Google Magic’ as one of the highlights
  • The phones will be offered in 32GB and 128GB storage options

We’re just a few hours away from the launch of Google’s Pixel smartphones and the leaks continue to pour in. After pretty much revealing all there is to know about the devices on UK retailer Carphone Warehouse, we now have a little more from Verizon. The listing on Verizon’s site unofficially confirms a Blue model along with Black and White options that was previously leaked by Canadian carriers Bell and Telus.

(Also see: Everything You Can Expect From the Google Pixel Event Today)

The listing, spotted by Gizmodo, also shows some highlights about the devices, which includes what Verizon is calling ‘Google Magic’, which could just be the site’s own marketing ploy, but could also refer to a new, unknown feature. The site further reveals that the Google Pixel and Pixel XL will be offered in 32GB and 128GB storage options. Lastly and unsurprisingly, the devices come with 4G LTE support.

A separate reveal by TheTrademarkNinja shows an EU trademark application filed by the company with an official logo that reads “G Pixel Phone by Google”, which confirms that the devices are in fact going to be ‘Pixel’ smartphones.

Based on the Carphone Warehouse leak, the Google Pixel is said to feature a 5-inch full-HD (1080 x 1920 pixels) Amoled display with a pixel density of 441ppi and Gorilla Glass 4 on top. The device is powered by a 2.15GHz quad-core Snapdragon 821 processor with 4GB of RAM.

Meanwhile, the Google Pixel XL is listed with a 5.5-inch Quad HD (1440×2560 pixels) display sporting a pixel density of 534ppi and Gorilla Glass 4 on top. Other than the size and resolution of the display, the rest of the features are similar to the smaller Pixel. Both the devices also feature a 12-megapixel rear camera and 8-megapixel front.

The Pixel and Pixel XL will run on Android 7.1 Nougat with Pixel Launcher. The listings also mention both 32GB and 128GB inbuilt storage variants. Storage expansion via microSD card is also listed, but this seems unlikely considering Google’s entire previous Nexus lineup. The Pixel is listed to sport a 2770mAh battery, and the Pixel XL is listed with a bigger 3450mAh battery, both with fast charging capability.

On the software front, the Pixels is likely to come with Google’s latest Allo and Duo applications preloaded. Carphone Warehouse also revealed the two devices will offer unlimited storage for photos and videos at full resolution with Google Photos.

Along with the unveiling of the Pixel smartphones, the event on Tuesday is also expected to see the launch of the Google Home smart speaker, alongside other rumoured products like the Google Chromecast Ultra, and Google Wi-Fi smart router. The Daydream VR headset unveiled at at Google I/O this year is also expected to make an appearance.

Google’s event is set to start at 9:00am PT (9:30pm IST) on Tuesday, and Gadgets 360 will be covering the event live from San Francisco – so stay tuned.

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Apple Launches 2TB iCloud Storage Plan Ahead of iPhone 7 Event

Apple Launches 2TB iCloud Storage Plan Ahead of iPhone 7 Event
HIGHLIGHTS
It costs $19.99 in the US
50GB, 200GB, 1TB iCloud storage options still available
The iPhone 7 is set to launch on September 7
Apple has introduced a new tier in its iCloud storage plans. Alongside the 1TB plan, the Cupertino giant has now introduced a 2TB plan for $19.99 per month as well. For Indian users, the new plan costs Rs. 1,300 per month.

This move comes just a week before the iPhone 7 launch event on September 7. Apple is heavily rumoured to unveil the new 256GB storage variant, and upping the iCloud storage plan seems certainly seems to be an associated strategic move.

Expanding to 2TB would follow the current iCloud storage pattern, as 9to5Mac notes. The former largest tier, 1TB, was roughly eight times as large as the top storage model – 128GB. With the bump up to 2TB of iCloud storage available to users, Apple appears to want to maintain the same ratio for the anticipated 256GB storage variant.

For users who are unaware, when you first sign up for iCloud storage, the first 5GB is free. After that, Apple offers plans for 50GB, 200GB, 1TB, and now 2TB as well. In the US, these plans cost $0.99, $2.99, $9.99, and $19.99 per month respectively. In India, these plans cost Rs. 65, Rs. 190, Rs. 650, and Rs. 1,300 per month respectively. For other countries, check the price list here.
In any case, Apple is going to unveil the iPhone 7 with its new storage options next week. This year, Apple is sticking with minor changes and looks to break its tick-tock cycle. The camera on the 4.7-inch variant is pegged to get OIS, while the 5.5-inch variant is said to sport a new dual camera module. The company is ditching the 16GB base storage variant, in favour of 32GB. There’s also a Space Black variant that is expected to be introduced.

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Archos 50 Saphir With IP68 Certification, 5000mAh Battery Launched Ahead of IFA

Archos 50 Saphir With IP68 Certification, 5000mAh Battery Launched Ahead of IFA

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Archos 50 Saphir is priced at roughly Rs. 7,500
  • The smartphone is IP68 certified
  • The company claims that it can survive a fall from one meter

Just a day after unveiling a slew of Helium smartphonesahead of IFA 2016, Archos has now launched another smartphone called 50 Saphir. The smartphone will also be showcased at IFA, and will be made available in Europe starting October for EUR 99 (roughly Rs. 7,500).

The highlight of the Archos 50 Saphir smartphone is that it is highly water-resistant. The smartphone is IP68-certified which means it can survive immersion in up to one metre of water for up to 30 minutes. Archos further claims that it can withstand falls from one metre.

As for specifications, the Archos 50 Saphir runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow and supports dual-SIM (Micro) slots. It features a 5-inch (720×1280 pixels) IPS display, and is powered by a 1.5GHz quad-core MediaTek MTK6737VWT processor with 2GB of RAM. It offers 16GB of inbuilt storage that can be further expanded via microSD slot (up to 128GB).

Optics include a 13-megapixel rear camera with autofocus, 1080p video recording, and LED flash. There’s also a 5-megapixel selfie camera on board. The Archos 50 Saphir packs a huge 5000mAh non-removable battery. The company claims that the smartphone can run for two days on one full charge.

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Connectivity options include LTE connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, Wi-Fi Direct, USB OTG, 3.5mm audio jack, and FM radio. The Archos 50 Saphir comes with light and proximity sensors, and the dimensions of the smartphone measure 146.6×75.9×13.9mm. The device will be made available only in Black colour variant. There is no word on international availability outside of Europe.

As mentioned, Archos also announced the 50f Helium and 55 Helium smartphone lines, and even confirmed its ‘worldwide’ availability for October). All of these smartphones will be demoed at IFA in Berlin.

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HTC One A9s Launch Tipped for Thursday Ahead of IFA 2016

HTC One A9s Launch Tipped for Thursday Ahead of IFA 2016

HIGHLIGHTS

  • HTC’s One A9 successor tipped to be named HTC One A9s
  • The smartphone is expected to be launched on September 1
  • One A9s tipped to come in Black, Gold, and bluish-silver colours

It will be an understatement to say that HTC’s One A9shares some design similarities with Apple’s iPhone 6/ iPhone 6s, with critics as well as consumers around the world pointing out how the devices look exactly the same, barring some minor changes here and there. If rumours are to be believed, the successor to the HTC phone will not only carry a similar hardware design but also the naming convention followed by latest smartphones in Apple’s iPhone series.

According to a person familiar with the matter, HTC is planning to unveil the successor to its One A9 smartphone a day before the scheduled start of IFA in Germany and it will be called HTC One A9s,reports Venture Beat’s Evan Blass. As per the leaked images of the smartphone provided to the website, except for repositioning of camera lenses, flash, and sensors, the hardware design of the smartphone looks exactly like its predecessor.

The HTC branding has been removed from the front of the phone and from the leaked images it looks like the smartphone will come in Black, Gold, and bluish-silver colour variants.

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There have not been many leaks regarding the phone’s specifications but it is believed to come with a 13-megapixel rear camera, unchanged from predecessor, and a 5-megapixel front camera.

The HTC One A9s is expected to be launched by the company on September 1. Even though the leaked information looks solid, we will have to wait for the company to make an official announcement.

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Archos Unveils 50f Helium, 55 Helium Smartphone Lineups Ahead of IFA 2016

Archos Unveils 50f Helium, 55 Helium Smartphone Lineups Ahead of IFA 2016

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The 50f Helium is priced at roughly Rs. 8,800
  • The smartphone comes with a fingerprint sensor
  • 55 Helium, 55 Helium Ultra, and 55 Helium Ultra 4 Seasons also launched

French smartphone company Archos gearing up to showcase its new smartphones at IFA, alongside big names like Sony, Lenovom and Samsung. The company has announced the 50f Helium and 55 Helium smartphone lines, and has confirmed ‘worldwide’ availability for October.

Beginning with the 50f Helium smartphone, Archos has announced that it will be available on the company website and through its distribution’s channel worldwide for GBP 99.90 (roughly Rs. 8,800). As for specifications, the smartphone features a fingerprint sensor, and a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) IPS display. It is powered by the 1.1GHz quad-core Snapdragon 210 SoC with 2GB of RAM and Adreno 304 GPU. It offers 32GB of inbuilt storage with the option to expand further via a microSD card slot (up to 128GB).

Optics include an 8-megapixel rear camera with autofocus and LED flash, and an adjacent 2-megapixel selfie camera. The Archos 50f Helium smartphone packs a 2000mAh removable battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge feature. It also supports 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, and FM radio. It runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow out-of-the-box and supports dual-SIM (Micro). The dimensions measure at 144×72.2×9.1mm, and the smartphone weighs 158 grams. There’s also anArchos 50f Helium Lite version that comes with 1GB RAM and 8GB of inbuilt storage offering. The Lite version will also be available in October for GBP 79.90 (roughly Rs. 7,100).

Apart from the 50f Helium, Archos has unveiled a separate new Helium range and will showcase the smartphones at IFA as well. The most premium handset in this range is the Archos 55 Helium Ultra, and it features a 5.5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) IPS display. It is powered by a 1.3GHz MediaTek 6737 quad-core SoC with 3GB RAM and ARM Mali T720 MP1 GPU. The storage, camera, and connectivity features are similar to the 50f Helium smartphone. It packs a slightly larger 2700mAh battery that claims to last up to 160 hours of dual-SIM standby time. The dimensions measure at 155x77x8.1mm, and the smartphone weighs 162 grams.

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The 55 Helium Ultra is priced at GBP 119 (roughly Rs. 10,500). There is also another variant calledArchos 55 Helium 4 Seasons, and it comes with 1GB of RAM, 16GB of inbuilt storage, and 4 back casings at a price of GBP 100 (roughly Rs. 8,800). Both these smartphones will be available in October. The base variant called Archos 55 Helium priced at GBP 89 (roughly at Rs. 7,900), and comes in a 1GB RAM/16GB inbuilt storage bundle. This variant will be made available on the company website from September onwards.

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Archos 50f Helium

Archos 50f Helium

Display

5.00-inch

Processor

1.1GHz

Front Camera

2-megapixel

Resolution

1280×720 pixels

RAM

2GB

OS

Android 5.1

Storage

32GB

Rear Camera

8-megapixel

Battery capacity

2000mAh

See full Archos 50f Helium specifications
Archos 50f Helium Lite

Archos 50f Helium Lite

Display

5.00-inch

Processor

1.1GHz

Front Camera

2-megapixel

Resolution

1280×720 pixels

RAM

1GB

OS

Android 5.1

Storage

8GB

Rear Camera

8-megapixel

Battery capacity

2000mAh

See full Archos 50f Helium Lite specifications
Archos 55 Helium

Archos 55 Helium

Display

5.50-inch

Processor

1.3GHz

Front Camera

2-megapixel

Resolution

1280×720 pixels

RAM

1GB

OS

Android 6.0

Storage

16GB

Rear Camera

8-megapixel

Battery capacity

2700mAh

See full Archos 55 Helium specifications
Archos 55 Helium Ultra

Archos 55 Helium Ultra

Display

5.50-inch

Processor

1.3GHz

Front Camera

2-megapixel

Resolution

1280×720 pixels

RAM

3GB

OS

Android 6.0

Storage

32GB

Rear Camera

8-megapixel

Battery capacity

2700mAh

See full Archos 55 Helium Ultra specifications
Archos 55 Helium 4 Seasons

Archos 55 Helium 4 Seasons

Display

5.50-inch

Processor

1.3GHz

Front Camera

2-megapixel

Resolution

1280×720 pixels

RAM

1GB

OS

Android 6.0

Storage

16GB

Rear Camera

8-megapixel

Battery capacity

2700mAh

See full Archos 55 Helium 4 Seasons specifications
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LG Tone Active+ Bluetooth Stereo Headset Announced Ahead of IFA 2016

LG Tone Active+ Bluetooth Stereo Headset Announced Ahead of IFA 2016

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The LG Tone Active+ is priced at roughly Rs. 12,100
  • LG is also showing off the LG Beetle Bluetooth wireless mouse
  • The LG Force HBS-S80 headset will also be demoed at IFA

LG has introduced new Bluetooth headsets just ahead of IFA 2016. The most important one is the Tone Active+ Bluetooth stereo headset. It will be available at a price of $179.99 (roughly Rs. 12,100), and will be demoed further at IFA 2016.

The Tone Active+ supports Bluetooth 4.2, and comes with IPX4 rating for water and sweat resistance. It comes with a quad-layer speaker technology and external stereo speakers. The Tone Active+ has a Qualcomm aptX/Qualcomm aptX HD audio codec for 24-bit lossless audio and a Digital MEMS microphone for voice calling.

LG says the earbuds on the Tone Active+ slide out in a way that makes them fit comfortably in the ears, and then just slide back in once the user is done with it. These new retraceable earbuds essentially aim to reduce the need for chord management. The wireless headset comes with a rechargeable battery that claims to give you 13 hours of talk time (speaker mode up to 9.5 hours) and up to 17.9 days of standby time.

Alongside the LG Tone Active+, the company is also going to demo many other accessories. The HBS-A80 entry-level Bluetooth headset, and the HBS-820S Bluetooth headset with one external speaker will be showcased at the commercial fair. There’s also the LG Force HBS-S80 headset which comes with earring shaped-buds made of silicone. Lastly, LG is also looking to showcase the LG Beetle wireless mouse. It supports Bluetooth, and the big talking point of the mouse is the interchangeable covers. LG is making the removable covers available in Grey, Lime, Indigo, Mint, and Pink.

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Apart from LG, Sony is also hosting an event ahead of IFA on September 1. The company is widely expected to launch the Sony Xperia X Compact, and the Sony Xperia XZ at the event.

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Pokemon Go Launched in Brazil Ahead of Rio 2016 Olympics

Pokemon Go Launched in Brazil Ahead of Rio 2016 Olympics

Creators of Pokemon Go on Wednesday said the blockbuster mobile game has been released in Brazil just in time for the Rio Olympics which start on Friday.

A spokesman for the game’s publisher Niantic confirmed in an email that “the app is currently rolling out across all of Central and South America.”

Earlier in the day, the official Twitter account for Pokemon Go tweeted that it was working hard to launch the game in South America’s largest nation and told fans to “stay tuned.”

Before the game was widely available in the country, some athletes had already been playing it and racked up hefty phone charges. Japanese gymnast Kohei Uchimura landed a nearly $5,000 phone bill in Rio after he was persuaded by his teammates to download the game shortly after touching down in Brazil for a pre-Games training camp last week.

(Also see: Pokemon Go Update Resets Game Progress, Some Users Complain)

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Some in Brazil have questioned how Pokemon Go players will stay safe. Robbers in other countries have targeted distracted mobile phone players, and Brazil’s steepest economic recession since the 1930s has been stoking crime and straining public finances. There have been threats of police strikes on the eve of the games.

In the United States, some players have been drawn down dark alleys and into dangerous neighbourhoods in search of the imaginary creatures, only to be targeted by criminals. Players have also been involved in car accidents.

(Also see: Pokemon Go Advanced Tips and Tricks)

The game can work anywhere in the world using GPS but it was officially unavailable for download by local users in Brazil until Wednesday.

Earlier, athletes who arrived at the Olympic village expressed disappointment about the game not being widely available.

US diver Abby Johnston tweeted July 26 that the worst thing about the Olympic village was she could not play the game.

Players use their mobile devices to search various real-life locations in hopes of finding and capturing virtual Pokemon characters such as cuddly yellow Pikachu.

The game marries a classic 20-year-old Nintendo franchise with augmented reality and has surged on Apple Inc’s app charts since its release last month. It is on its way to becoming the first mobile game to break the $4 billion-per-year barrier, beating Candy Crush Saga. Japan’s Nintendo Co Ltd owns 32 percent of the Pokemon Company, which holds Pokemon’s intellectual property.

There will be around 10,500 athletes competing in the Olympics from August 5 to August 21 in Rio, plus 5,000 coaches and team officials.

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Rupee closes weaker against US dollar at 66.89 ahead of IIP, CPI data

India’s 10-year bond yield closed at 7.103%, from its Thursday’s close of 7.083%. Pradeep Gaur/Mint

India’s 10-year bond yield closed at 7.103%, from its Thursday’s close of 7.083%. Pradeep Gaur/Mint

Mumbai: The Indian rupee closed lower against the US dollar ahead of the macroeconomic data due later on Friday.

The home currency closed at 66.89 a dollar, down 0.06% from its Thursday’s close of 66.84. The rupee opened at 66.84 a dollar and touched a high and a low of 66.79 and 66.89, respectively.

The government will issue Consumer Price Index (CPI)-based inflation data for July and Index of Industrial Production (IIP) data for June on 12 August after 5.30pm. According to a poll of Bloomberg analysts, CPI will be at 5.9% in July against 5.77% in June, while IIP will be at 1.6% in June against 1.2% in May.

Meanwhile, India’s 10-year bond yield closed at 7.103%, from its Thursday’s close of 7.083%.

India’s benchmark Sensex rose 1.05%, or 292.80 points, to close at 28,152.40. So far this year, it has gained 7.79%.

Year to date, the rupee is down 1%, while FIIs have bought $5.42 billion in equity and sold $1.16 million in debt markets.

Asian currencies weakened. Malaysian ringgit was down 0.57%, Taiwan dollar 0.34%, South Korean won 0.3%, Singapore dollar 0.22%, China offshore 0.21%, China renminbi 0.2%, Japanese yen 0.14%, Thai baht 0.13%, Indonesian rupiah 0.11%. However, Philippines peso was up 0.33%.

The dollar index, which measures the US currency’s strength against major currencies, was trading at 95.849, up 0.01% from its previous close of 95.857.

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Samsung Galaxy Note7 Press Renders Leaked Just Ahead of Launch

Samsung Galaxy Note7 Press Renders Leaked Just Ahead of Launch

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The smartphone will come in a Coral Blue colour variant
  • It will sport the iris scanner on the top bezel
  • The launch event will be live streamed on Samsung website

Just ahead of its launch, the Samsung Galaxy Note7 has been subjected to a massive leak. Onleaks seems to have got hold of the official press renders, revealing the smartphone from all angles. A separate leak also gives us details on the possible Europe launch date.

These renders (via Nowhereelse) pretty much speak the same story that recent past leaks have been suggesting. It sports an Edge display, comes with the iris scanner, and has made the switch to USB Type-C port. The Samsung Galaxy Note7 is leaked in three colour variants – Black, Silver, and Coral Blue – again confirming past leaks.

Alongside these press renders, the tipster also revealed a clear image of the Gear VR headset rumoured to be launched alongside the Galaxy Note7. The image confirms that it isn’t going to see much of an upgrade with respect to design, however it will come with support for USB Type-C port. It will also support old Samsung Galaxy Note devices as well. The Gear VR is expected to be priced at USD 90 (roughly Rs. 6,700).

samsung_gearvr_onleaks.jpgAs for the Galaxy Note7, it is expected to be priced at EUR 849 (roughly Rs. 63,000) on launch, and will be made available in Korea on the same day. A new report by Android Planet hints that the phablet will enter the European market on August 16.

Samsung had managed to keep the new features of the S Pen a closely guarded secret so far, but all that has changed with a new leak from Android Galaxys.net revealing three distinct features. The S Pen is expected to have a feature called Translate, which will translate words in other languages just by hovering the S Pen on top of that word. Another feature is called Magnify, which simply zooms in to the selected display area. The last feature is called Glance, and it allows users to switch between apps by hovering the S Pen over a floating app thumbnail.

Also, an anonymous user on Reddit was conducting an AMA revealing all details of the Galaxy Note7. Apart from its specs, the user also said that the S Pen will have the abilities to work underwater, and will also support making gif images. Users need to trace a section of a video for making the gif images, and it will automatically be saved to the device.

Casemaker Spigen has also already started selling the Galaxy Note7 protective cases on its site for Indian users. First spotted by Tekkitake, the cases are priced starting Rs. 999, and go all the way up to Rs. 2,099.

(Also see: Samsung Galaxy Note7 Price, Release Date, Specifications, and All Other Rumours)

For its alleged price point, Samsung is pegged to offer a 5.8-inch QHD Super Amoled display with Gorilla Glass 5 protection. The smartphone is expected to come in two variants featuring Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 and Exynos 8893 SoCs paired with 6GB of RAM (10nm chip). However, there have been contrasting reports of a Snapdragon 820 processor paired with 4GB RAM as well. The Galaxy Note7 will offer three inbuilt storage options – 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB (with the choice to expand as well). It is rumoured to sport a 12-megapixel rear camera, 5-megapixel front camera, both with Dual Pixel technology. The company is also expected to pack a 3600mAh battery on board, alongside fast charging capabilities. It will run on Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based TouchWiz Grace UX.

The Galaxy Note Unpacked event in New York is scheduled for 8.30pm IST on Tuesday, and will be live streamed on the Samsung website. The Korean giant has also started taking pre-registrations on its site to gauge the purchase interest levels in the Indian market.

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Avatar Mobile Game to Launch Ahead of Film Sequels

Avatar Mobile Game to Launch Ahead of Film Sequels

Before moviegoers return to Pandora, they’ll be able visit the exotic alien world from Avatar on their smartphones.

Lightstorm Entertainment and 20th Century Fox have enlisted game studio Kabam to develop an Avatar mobile game for release ahead of the next four film sequels.

“The idea is to extend the world beyond the big screen and create an experience that will be true to what James Cameron did in making the most technologically advanced film of its time,” said Kabam COO Kent Wakeford. “That’s what we want to do with this game.”

The multiplayer strategy game is set for release in 2018 before the second Avatar film hits theaters. Wakeford said Kabam plans to update the game as Avatar sequels unfurl every other year through 2023.

Kabam previously released mobile games based on such franchises as Star Wars, Marvel and Fast & Furious. Wakeford said the budget to produce the Avatar game will be sustainably more than $14 million, the average cost of Kabam’s previous titles.

The original 2009 film centered on the conflict between the human-led Resources Development Administration and the blue-skinned alien race Na’vi of Pandora. The film sequels will explore Pandora’s other environments and cultures.

“For us, to be able to come out ahead of the movie and start to introduce a whole new set of characters and experiences when the movie releases and then again and again and again as the new films roll out, it’ll allow us to create a really engaging game,” said Wakeford.

The game won’t only rely on the first movie for inspiration. For the past year, the developers at Kabam have been collaborating with artists and others working on the next Avatar installments at Lightstorm.

“There might be a creature or RDA aircraft that was not in the first movie that we designed for the sequels that’s part of the texture of the films,” said Avatar producer and Lightstorm COO Jon Landau. “If it doesn’t reveal a story point from the films, why not share that with Kabam and allow them to use it in that space?”

The four sequels are slated to be simultaneously filmed. Landau said screenwriters are close to finishing their scripts and filming with the principal cast, which includes Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana, is set to begin in early 2017.

Landau said the mobile game’s plot will be separate from the Avatar films and will allow players to align together and make decisions that will affect the narrative.

“I think science fiction can be a great metaphor for the world in which we live,” said Landau. “As people play this game, I want them to have choices, just like they have in life. The choices you make in a game create different experiences for you – some for the better, some for the worse. It’s about engaging people in this world but never losing sight of the ethos of Avatar.”

A series of Avatar games, including mobile editions and a console game developed by UbisoftEntertainment, were released alongside the first Avatar movie and received a mixed reaction from critics and fans. Landau said the partnership with Kabam doesn’t mean Lightstorm has ruled out developing another console game.

While filmmaker James Cameron’s sci-fi saga remains the biggest blockbuster of all time with $2.8 billion at the worldwide box office, Avatar has mostly been away from cultural consciousness except for a touring exhibit and Cirque du Soleil show. Walt Disney World is set to open an Avatar-themed land in 2017, while Dark Horse Comics is working on an Avatar series.

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