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MWC: Gameloft for Android, Intel



Digital and social games publisher Gameloft is at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, demonstrating how its games have been optimised for Android smartphones and tablets using Intel chips.

Gameloft, a publisher of digital and social games, announced they have optimised many of their titles for new Android smartphones and tablets based on Intel technology.

Asphalt 6: Adrenaline, Modern Combat 2: Black Pegasus, UNO have been optimized for Intel architecture. Each title was ported with Google’s Android Native Development Kit (NDK) and utilizes the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator to deliver HD quality and performance. Available in the Android Market, consumers can download these games on Intel Atom processor-based smartphones and tablets as they become commercially available around the world.

“We are pleased to team up with Intel to demonstrate our high performance HD games on new Intel Atom devices,”” said Ludovic Blondel Vice President of OEM at Gameloft. “”With the power of Intel processors coming to Android smartphone and tablets, Gameloft plans to tap into the performance and graphics advantages to produce more visually stunning mobile games. In collaboration with Intel, the announcement is the first step to producing the best gaming experiences for our players.””

“”We are excited to see Gameloft port and optimise their Android HD games for the new Intel Atom devices coming to market,”” said Christos Georgiopoulos, vice president and general manager Developer Relations Division of the Intel Software and Services Group. “”Creating a high-end mobile game is challenging if you don’t have the performance and graphics support required to deliver the game.””

Intel are demonstrating many of Gameloft’s popular HD titles running on Intel Atom processor-based smartphones and tablets at the Intel booth at Mobile World Congress 2012.

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YouTube Music announces Smart Downloads, SA playlists

The service has introduced Smart Downloads which takes allowing users to store and play hundreds of tunes offline, automatically.



The latest updates from YouTube Music, for subscribers of its Music Premium and Premium services, include a new feature that allows users to switch seamlessly between a song and its music video for an uninterrupted experience.

It has also introduced Smart Downloads which takes the work out of downloading music, allowing users to store and play hundreds of tunes offline, automatically. YouTube Music has also announced new playlists for South Africa. 

The updates all reflect features that are popular on the global leader in music streaming, Spotify, and that have been key to its growth.

YouTube said in a statement on Friday: “Imagine listening to a new track by your favourite artist in the YouTube Music app and having the ability to seamlessly switch over to watch the music video – no pauses, no interruptions, just a simple tap that keeps the music flowing. This standout new feature from YouTube Music allows YouTube Premium and YouTube Music Premium subscribers to make a seamless transition between a song and its music video for uninterrupted listening and/or watching. Whether you’re in the mood for listening or watching (or a little of both)… it’s all here – no app switching required.”

With Smart Downloads, YouTube Music automatically saves music at night, when connected to Wi-Fi, helping subscribers to use less mobile data, enjoy a smoother updating experience and save up to 500 songs offline using Liked Songs playlist as well as other playlists and albums. 

Previously, music lovers could use the Offline Mixtape feature to download up to 100 songs, specifically chosen for them based on what they listened to most on the platform. Now, with Smart Downloads, they select the number of songs they would like automatically downloaded by toggling their YouTube Music Settings. This means YouTube Music Premium subscribers with Smart Downloads enabled on their mobile devices can now access hundreds of tracks regardless of connectivity. 

This feature is currently available on Android, with plans to bring it to iOS in the future.

Click here to read more about YouTube Music playlists, and find out what is inside them.

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Warriors of Waterdeep RPG gets mobile launch



Top game developer Ludia has announced the global launch of Warriors of Waterdeep, a mobile turn-based RPG game, based on the ever-popular Dungeons & Dragons franchise for the App Store and Google Play Store. This release marks the first partnership between Ludia and Wizards of The Coast, leaders in fantasy role-playing games.

In Warriors of Waterdeep, players will need to summon a team of heroes as the great city of Waterdeep is threatened by powerful dark forces. Players will need to take their heroes into battle against monsters from the Forgotten Realms in tactical, turn-based combat. Level up and upgrade your heroes with free daily chests, and win rewards in exciting limited-time events.

“We are excited to bring the Dungeons & Dragons experience to mobile devices,” said Alex Thabet, CEO of Ludia. “We believe fans of the franchise will find Warriors of Waterdeep stays true to the spirit of Dungeons & Dragons with challenging storylines and innovative turn-based gameplay.”

Warriors of Waterdeep will launch with a real-time Player-vs-Player (PvP) mode. Take on teams of four in order to earn trophies, collect rewards and unlock new arenas. Rewards improve with every arena level up, to further improve your team of heroes.

Warriors of Waterdeep is now available to download for free, with in-app purchases, on the App Store and Google Play Store.

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