American Gods Ends its First Season With a War on Easter

first_imgStay on target ‘American Gods’ Season 2 Trailer: A Divine War Is ComingNYCC 2018: The American Gods Cast Gives Us a Glimpse of Season Two The first season of American Gods is over, and we’re not even a quarter of the way through the book. That’s OK. When I realized how well-done the additions to and deviations from the original story were, I became a lot less impatient. We’ll get to The House on the Rock, Lakeside and the Center of America eventually. Like any good road trip the journey has been so much fun; I don’t mind waiting for the destinations. Especially when the extra stops look like this.As the episode began, we finally saw Anansi again. Now going by Mr. Nancy, he tells Shadow and Wednesday a story while he sews them some clothes. Wednesday complains that they don’t have time, which is funny coming from someone driving from Chicago to Wisconsin by way of Kentucky. Sadly, the story Nancy tells isn’t the one about him stealing Tiger’s balls. We’ll just have to wait for season two to hear that one, I guess. Instead, his story tells us why an old god would join up with the new ones. He gives us the full story of Bilquis, also known as the Queen of Sheba. In the old days, people would worship her in massive orgies, after which they all turned into a black liquid and were drawn up into her body. Game of Thrones has nothing on this show.We see her change with the times, ending up in disco-era Iran before the Islamic Revolution takes her to America. There, starved for worship, she ends up homeless, sick and forgotten. Even she doesn’t remember that she’s a goddess. That is, until Technology Boy shows up. He offers her a modern way to get her worship: a dating app. Having no other choice, she accepts. Later, Technical Boy calls in a favor and sends her to Wisconsin, where Wednesday and Shadow will head next season. I like that Bilquis is given a much larger, more important role here than she was in the book. It’s looking like she’ll have a lot more agency in the plot next season. I just wish we got more of her in this one. For a show that expanded the characters of Laura Moon and Mad Sweeney to the point where their journey is half the season, it would have been nice to see Bilquis get a little bit of the same treatment.Orlando Jones (Photo via Starz)In any case, once the story is over, Shadow and Wednesday are off to Kentucky to meet Easter/Eostre/Ostara, the goddess of spring. All this season, Wednesday has been asking Shadow if he believes. Finally, after everything he’s seen, he’s starting to. All it takes is a room full of Jesuses for it to dawn on him that he’s working with gods. Easter now shares her holiday with Jesus, reasoning that people following old traditions (painting eggs, eating rabbits) and saying “Happy Easter” is worship enough. While Wednesday tries to convince her to join his side, Shadow tries to get a grip on reality by talking to Jesus Prime. It helps a little. Jeremy Davies is a fantastic Jesus Prime. Every line sounds like everything you’ve ever been told about Jesus. He’s wise, peaceful, kind, compassionate and just a little bit spoiled. There’s a great scene where Wednesday argues that Jesus stole Easter, and Jesus Prime it all too eager to play the martyr. “I feel terrible.”With everything he’s seen, Shadow has no choice but to believe in gods. His belief turns absolute once the new gods show up and Wednesday reveals himself to be Odin. At this point, that’s probably only a surprise to Shadow. They offer Easter a chance to update and evolve as they did for Bilquis. But converting Shadow, formerly a confirmed nonbeliever, gives Odin power. He summons lightning to kill the faceless Men in Black, one of whom Mr. World was speaking through. As he flickers out, he assures Wednesday that he has his war. Ostara starts the war by following Wednesday’s advice and taking away the spring. Deprived of food, humans will have to worship her again to get it back.Jeremy Davies, Ricky Whittle (Photo via Starz)I don’t think I’ve ever seen an adaptation quite like this. Scenes from the book are remixed, added to and moved around to tell a story that appears to be following the same path, but feels completely new. In the novel, Shadow and Wednesday don’t meet Easter until much later, and this showdown certainly doesn’t happen. I get that a TV show needs some kind of climactic battle for the season finale, but there’s more going on here.Wednesday needs to get Shadow to believe in him, or the rest of the story doesn’t work. In the book, it’s slow and gradual. Shadow stays with Wednesday because the alternative is worse. He slowly grows to believe in him, before finding out that… well, spoilers. You can’t do that in a TV show, especially when you only have eight episodes per season. In the show, Shadow needed a jolt to the system to get him to believe. And what better way to do that than rain lightning down on the new gods at an Easter party full of Jesuses?It was a gutsy move to make the first season like this. It wasn’t even guaranteed we’d get another, and still, they made a slow series with lots of detours that didn’t even get to the real meat of the novel. Once-minor characters have been put into the forefront of the story, and it worked. Mad Sweeney and Laura Moon are two characters we shouldn’t like nearly as much as we do. Their part of the finale contained the biggest reveal of the season. Following Shadow’s light to Ostara’s house, they learn that Laura can’t be resurrected. She’s been killed by a God. It turns out Wednesday caused her and Shadow’s casino heist to fail, and then had Mad Sweeney cause the car accident that killed Laura. The worst part is it’s not because Shadow is anyone special (as far as we know). He’s just the guy Wednesday picked. He took everything away from Shadow, so he’d have no choice but to join him. Now, it looks like Laura and Shadow should have a lot to talk about next season.Gillian Anderson, Bruce Langley (Photo via Starz)This show has been a joy to recap for its first season. The novel is one of my favorites, and I’m so thrilled the showrunners had the courage to take their time with it. It’s rare for an adaptation’s changes to make the world bigger than the source material, but that’s what’s happening here. Most of the show’s best moments were made up entirely. It’s exciting to see a show that’s able to surprise even those who know where the story is going. Now that season two is confirmed, this meandering prologue that was season one looks a little less risky. Still, it’s remarkable that they believed in the show enough that they made the first season like this. Just like in last night’s episode, the belief paid off.  We had a beautiful, meandering, contemplative first season that built up to a spectacular climax. Now I only wish we didn’t have to wait a year for more.Let us know how we’re doinglast_img read more

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Music copyright issue gets GTA Vice City pulled from Steam

first_imgIf you’ve been planning to catch up on the old Grand Theft Auto games before GTA V comes out, you might have been sorely disappointed. GTA: Vice City, arguably the best game in the series, has been removed from Steam.According to reports, Vice City has been blocked due a music licensing issue brought on by Sony Music Entertainment. The song that is apparently the root of the problem is Michael Jackson’s “Wanna be startin’ something?” The track is is played on the game’s Fever 105 radio station, which can be listened to when driving in a vehicle around Vice City.Don’t worry if you’ve already bought the game on Steam though, you’ll still be able to download it and play it as usual. You just cannot purchase the game, for now.It was originally thought that the reason it had been pulled from Steam was because it was going to be released on iOS and Android but this is not the case.This is not the first time music copyright issues have halted a digital release of a game. Atlantic Records stopped Hitman: Contracts from being released on Steam. Copyright for the song “Immortal” by Clutch was not renewed and this meant the game couldn’t be republished digitally.Rockstar has said they will make the game available again “as soon as possible” but no one knows how long that will take.via Cinemablendlast_img read more

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Nerdland An Admirable Full Length Attempt

first_img Titmouse Inc.’s Chris Prynoski Talks Venture Bros…. Stay on target On December 6th Fathom events had a one night only engagement to see Titmouse’s latest full-length feature, Nerdland. Originally written to be a live action black comedy in the 90s to be directed by David Fincher, the project ended up being scrapped. Now, after nearly two decades, this script written by Andrew Kevin Walker (Se7ven, Fight Club) was able to find a home at Titmouse.Chris Prynoski himself was at the helm directing with Patton Oswalt and Paul Rudd as the leads. With all of these positive and encouraging elements in play, was Nerdland as good as the sum of its parts?Let’s start with the story. An aspiring screenwriter named Elliott (Patton Oswalt) and an aspiring actor named John (Paul Rudd) who live together in Los Angeles have both turned 30 without the accomplishments they anticipated to have by now. Following a humiliating encounter with his actor idol, John’s obsession with becoming famous reaches new heights. He drags his reluctant, less motivated friend Elliott to follow his lead in a series of increasingly outlandish ‘get famous quick’ schemes.Along the way, our misfit protagonists blunder through ill-conceived plan after ill-conceived plan while rarely learning the lesson they need to learn in a timely fashion. We witness John go from down on his luck aspiring actor to crazed sociopath and Elliott from a lazy, unmotivated lump on the couch to slightly more motivated lump in the passenger seat of John’s car. We watch as they become more hateful and resentful of the success of those around them as the tone shifts from a Kevin Smith film to a David Fincher film slowly enough where it almost catches you by surprise.For the most part, it works. While you laugh early on at their dude-bro antics and how oblivious they are, you’ll find yourself nervously laughing at the edge of your seat about two-thirds of the way through. I was genuinely doing just that during a scene where John and Elliott find themselves in their neighbor’s apartment. I can’t say more without giving it away, but the tonal shift is part of what helps this animated feature stand out story wise. Plus we get some fun surprise voice acting cameos throughout.Let’s move to the animation. Titmouse has been in the game for a while now, and it shows. The characters are all designed very differently from each other to easily stand out, and the backgrounds have lots of gritty, grimy detail to reflect a gross side of Hollywood. A diner scene early on perfectly highlights the blemishes in the background. It’s this gratuitous attention to detail that makes most of the scenes in Nerdland engaging and memorable.That’s not to say the film is without flaws. While the banter that Patton Oswalt and Paul Rudd have with each other is genuinely fun, some of the side characters aren’t nearly as developed and make for less interesting engagements. A few of the jokes also feel dated. Since the screenplay was originally written in the 90’s it’s possible that those jokes had survived a few rewrites when maybe it would have been best to cut them. There were a few predictable moments, but I didn’t predict the ending which made me feel silly immediately after. Lastly, there was one set up they didn’t have a payoff for that left me a little disappointed.All in all, Nerdland was an enjoyable and rare full-length feature from Titmouse. If you enjoy the kind of movies Kevin Smith put out in his heyday, black comedies, dude-bro humor, or are in your mid-teens to early twenties, I think you’ll get a kick out of this one.I hope Titmouse continues to make more features and I look forward to checking them out.last_img read more

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Alicia Vikander Brings Lara Croft to Life in New Tomb Raider Images

first_imgMuch like the video game series, the Tomb Raider movie franchise will soon be rebooted. Director Roar Uthaug has shared the first images of Oscar-winning actress, Alicia Vikander, as Lara Croft. Donning a pick axe along with a bow and quiver, Vikander is the splitting image of the iconic video game heroine.This new Tomb Raider movie will be heavily influenced by the rebooted game. As you can tell from the images, Vikander is playing the younger, less-experienced Lara Croft from 2013’s Tomb Raider. Just like in the game, Lara becomes stranded on a mysterious island near Japan. Instead of traveling for adventure, Lara’s trip was motivated by a need to find her father, who she believes is on this previously uncharted island.“Suddenly, the stakes couldn’t be higher for Lara, who—against the odds and armed with only her sharp mind, blind faith and inherently stubborn spirit—must learn to push herself beyond her limits as she journeys into the unknown,” reads the movie’s official synopsis. “If she survives this perilous adventure, it could be the making of her, earning her the name tomb raider.”As for what will make Tomb Raider stand out from other (failed) video game movies, director Uthaug told GQ that his team “drew a lot of inspiration and reference from the game and the entire Tomb Raider canon to develop our world, and I believe fans will recognize that. At the same time, this is a completely different theatrical approach to Lara Croft that will offer something new in the origin and development of the character. It’s a story that not only highlights her incredible physical accomplishments but delves deeper into her humanity.”Speaking to Vanity Fair via e-mail, Vakinder talked about what it means to play Lara Croft. “When I was asked to take on this role I got really excited—Lara Croft is a truly iconic character. I think people can identify with her for lots of different reasons, but for me, I very much see her as a model for many young women. She’s trying to carve out her place in the world and connect her future with her past. She also has a fantastic mix of traits — tough, smart, vulnerable, plus she’s kick ass! She is also uniquely different to other characters I have taken on previously. It’s a lot of fun trying to get into Lara’s head, and the challenge of getting to grips with such a physical role is an element of this project that I find an absolute thrill.”As for how closely the movie will follow the 2013 game, Uthaug told GQ that the “game was certainly part of what inspired our film. I think fans will be delighted to discover many touchstones from the game throughout the story. At the same time, this is not the kind of video game adaptation you often see, with a lot of CGI and effects. Our movie takes a more realistic, grounded approach. Lara Croft is a hero and a champion, but she is not a superhero. She is very much human, and we see her deal with that humanity in many ways.”Video game movies don’t exactly have a great track record. Hopefully, this new Tomb Raider movie will finally break the curse. If the film manages to capture the spirit of the latest games, then we could be in for something special.Tomb Raider will be released in movie theaters on March 16, 2018.last_img read more

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MCU NEWS More Female Superheroes Johansson Confirmed for Black Widow Film

first_img Some of the best things are coming out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The fantastic characters, interlocking storylines, and the upcoming array of female superheroes that are slaying alongside our favorite male ones. Kevin Feige, the president of Marvel Studios, says that there will be more lady superheroes in the MCU to come. Screenrant asked the Feige about this in an interview.“… I think we’re getting to the point soon where we have so many great female characters that those are our heroes as opposed to when are they all female, all male. It’s just the Marvel heroes, more than half of which will be women.” It’s a promising future for ladies in the MCU to outweigh the men in more ways than one. Marvel’s database has a wide arrange of female superheroes (and baddies) that can be brought into the universe and it’s the right time to bring them in. In the meantime, we have some dope superbabes coming to screen in Ant-Man and the Wasp, in theaters July 6th. Also, how can we forget the first lady of Marvel to have her own solo title? Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel will be making her debut in her self-titled film slated for 2019. Captain Marvel will be played by the gorgeous and dazzling Brie Larson. I know, my epic crush is showing and there are no signs of stopping.Speaking of epic crushes, Scarlett Johansson has confirmed that she will be playing Black Widow in the standalone film, Black Widow. Appearing on Ellen, she told the host that to do the film it would have to be, “… something that we’ve never seen before that was really groundbreaking and incredibly badass.” Scarlett Johansson has starred as Natasha Romanoff (Black Widow) since Iron Man 2. Johansson has greatly grown the character into something that’s entirely her. We’re still not sure of the plot, cast and release date for the Black Widow film. All good things come in time.In more early development news, we’re entering the stage where we can whisper loudly about Marvel’s Phase 4 plans. Fans are already expecting some highly anticipated titles such as Spider-Man: Far From Home, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Black Panther 2, and (hopefully) Black Widow. Feige confirmed more female superhero, but what about teenagers? We’ve been #blessed with Marvel teens in the form of Runaways (Hulu) and Cloak and Dagger (Freeform). What if we brought Young Avengers to the big screen?Reported by Heroic Hollywood, Feige acknowledges that bringing specific kids and teens in the universe is leading up to something. In the first Ant-Man, we’re introduced to Cassie Lang, Scott Lang’s young daughter. Cassie Lang in the comics has a significant rule to play. Cassie becomes Stature in Young Avengers and later Stinger (Astonishing Ant-Man). The questions is, will Cassie Lang take up either of these titles and bring Young Avengers into the MCU? According to Feige, it’s a very big possibility! In Ant-Man and the Wasp, there’s reportedly a scene that hints to Cassie’s future.“… taking our cue from the comics as we always do – that’s why we wanted Cassie, a very young Cassie in this movie, to be inspired by her father. Just planting seeds.” Only time will tell if we see Cassie in her role as Stature or the Young Avengers in the MCU. It would be amazing to see some teenager kick some ass as much as the adults do on the big screen.Last, but certainly not least, let’s return to the Spider-verse for some news that will either excite you or make you go “huh?” According to Variety, Jared Leto is set to star in Mobius, a Spider-Man spinoff based on the infamous villain who tried to cure his blood disease but instead ended up becoming a vampire instead. The film will again star Jared Leto as the title character with Daniel Espinosa (Safe House, Life, Child 44) set to direct. Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless (Lost in Space) will be writing the script and Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach and Lucas Foster producing.The Spider-verse is quickly expanding! With the recent announcement of Silk, Venom set to hit theaters in October and Spider-Man: Far From Home coming soon after it’s a good time to be a Spidey fan. Now, we won’t pretend to forget his other comic book role as The Joker in Suicide Squad. However, this may be a very different comic role for Leto that lands him something great. Stars like Ryan Reynolds, Chris Evans, and Ayelet Zurer have managed to act in both DC and Marvel properties. Leto moving towards Marvel properties could be a dope thing for him. There’s no release date for the film, but we’re excited to hear more about it. James Gunn Once Again Directing ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’Dark Phoenix Trailer Released & More Marvel Movie News Stay on targetcenter_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Plants vs Zombies Heroes is PvZ vs Hearthstone

first_img EA ruining Peggle with new pay-to-play pricing structurePlants Vs Zombies: Garden Warfare quick review Stay on target Plants vs Zombies was a cute mobile game that has since become as giant as a redwood tree. The tower defense-like title has not only gotten a sequel but even a spin-off series in Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare. Crossing over into the third person shooter genre wasn’t enough for this franchise, however, as it is now getting a collectible card battle game similar in style to Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. Behold — Plants vs Zombies Heroes.Players will take on the role of a Plant or Zombie hero and use hundreds of cards based on characters from the franchise. The game features a campaign mode with 80 adventures and 400 levels. Those who want to compete against real opponents can face off against friends (or random strangers) online in ranked or unranked multiplayer matches.According to the game’s senior producer, Brian Lindley, Plants vs Zombies Heroes started off as a prototype card game that he and his team created to play during their spare time. Over time, it became a more fleshed out collectible card game full of secrets, depth, and strategy. Since the team was having such a blast playing it, they decided to create a full-blown game that everyone could enjoy.To celebrate the launch of Heroes, Plants vs Zombies 2 and Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 will have their own “Lawn of Doom” events. These will have Halloween-inspired levels, costumes, items, and bosses.The Plants vs Zombies franchise has proved that it can succeed by having games in vastly different genres so there is no reason to believe that Heroes won’t be another winner. The fact that collectible card games are a big thing these days should also be a big help. Don’t be surprised if this game becomes as popular as Hearthstone was when it first released.Plants vs Zombies Heroes is available now on iOS and Android.last_img read more

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The Ultimate Super Smash Bros Character Guide Toon Link

first_imgStay on target Toon Link Sets Sail!Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is huge. Not just in terms of hype and importance and sales potential, but just in terms of sheer stuff. The Nintendo Switch mascot fighter features over a hundred stages, nearly a thousand songs, and too many Pokemon and items and Assist Trophies to think of crammed onto a cartridge you can plan on the go or on a TV. When you have as many big franchises as Nintendo, putting them all in one game will make that game is very big boy indeed.But the biggest, most exciting thing about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is its mind-blowing, heartwarming roster of playable characters. Fighting games pride themselves not just on the strength of their mechanics but the strength of its fighters, especially in a crossover fighters like this. And Super Smash Bros. Ultimate crushes all rivals by including every single playable character from the across the four previous games in the twenty-year-old series. Include the new combatants and so far we have over 70 fighters to wrap our heads around. We’re excited, but we’re also intimidated. So to get ready for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, every day, character by character, we’re creating the ultimate guide to all of its characters. Today’s fighter: Toon Link. ‘Astral Chain’ and Other Dumb Nintendo SongsThe Ultimate Super Smash Bros. Character Guide: Hero center_img Who Are They?Toon Link is the catch-all term for Link’s appearances in more whimsical modern Zelda games, most notably The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker with its once-controversial cel-shading. You can find this Link riding on boats, conducting trains, wearing shrinking hats, and teaming up with two other versions of himself to play dress-up. Just because he’s cute doesn’t mean he’s less courageous.Smash HistoryToon Link was a secret character in Brawl, debuting alongside a spiffy pirate ship level. The way the game’s visual tech works means he couldn’t appear cel-shaded exactly, but the style is still there. As a younger, smaller, floatier Link, we assumed Toon Link was meant to be the new Young Link in Brawl and later Smash Wii U/3DS. But in Ultimate, everyone is here, including Toon Link and Young Link.What Looks New in Ultimate?While every character named Link is going to be similar in many ways, Toon Link has some unique moves of his own. His floaty jumps and powerful single-hit sword attacks help him pressure opponents on the ground and in the air. His arrows, bombs, and boomerang don’t have gimmicks to worry about. And like everyone else he’s just a lot zippier.Our Hopes?Considering there are three whole Links in Ultimate we had hoped Toon Link would receive more changes. With Link rocking Breath of the Wild gear and Young Link repping classic Link moves, maybe Toon Link could’ve had weirder Zelda items like the Minish Cap or the Wind Waker itself. But if you want to kick butt with the most adorable Link possible, and anger dudes who still have a grudge against Wind Waker for whatever reason, you still have Toon Link.Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is available now. Read our review of this majestic video game pageant. And for more check out cool Switch games to play that aren’t Smash Bros., because those definitely exist.View as: One Page Slides1/761. Read Mario’s Guide2. Read Donkey Kong’s Guide3. Read Link’s Guide4. Read Samus’s Guide5. Read Dark Samus’s Guide6. Read Yoshi’s Guide7. Read Kirby’s Guide8. Read Fox’s Guide9. Read Pikachu’s Guide10. Read Luigi’s Guide11. Read Ness’s Guide12. Read Captain Falcon’s Guide13. Read Jigglypuff’s Guide14. Read Peach’s Guide15. Read Daisy’s Guide16. Read Bowser’s Guide17. Read Ice Climbers’ Guide18. Read Sheik’s Guide19. Read Zelda’s Guide20. Read Dr. Mario’s Guide21. Read Pichu’s Guide22. Read Falco’s Guide23. Read Marth’s Guide24. Read Lucina’s Guide25. Read Young Link’s Guide26. Read Ganondorf’s Guide27. Read Mewtwo’s Guide28. Read Roy’s Guide29. Read Chrom’s Guide30. Read Mr. Game and Watch’s Guide31. Read Meta Knight’s Guide32. Read Pit’s Guide33. Read Dark Pit’s Guide34. Read Zero Suit Samus’s Guide35. Read Wario’s Guide36. Read Snake’s Guide37. Read Ike’s Guide38. Read Pokemon Trainer’s Guide39. Read Diddy Kong’s Guide40. Read Lucas’s Guide41. Read Sonic’s Guide42. Read King Dedede’s Guide43. Read Olimar’s Guide44. Read Lucario’s Guide45. Read R.O.B.’s Guide46. Read Toon Link’s Guide47. Read Wolf’s Guide48. Read Villager’s Guide49. Read Mega Man’s Guide50. Read Wii Fit Trainer’s Guide51. Read Rosalina and Luma’s Guide52. Read Little Mac’s Guide53. Read Greninja’s Guide54. Read Mii Fighters’ Guide55. Read Palutena’s Guide56. Read Pac-Man’s Guide57. Read Robin’s Guide58. Read Shulk’s Guide59. Read Bowser Jr.’s Guide60. Read Duck Hunt’s Guide61. Read Ryu’s Guide62. Read Cloud’s Guide63. Read Corrin’s Guide64. Read Bayonetta’s Guide65. Read Inkling’s Guide66. Read Ridley’s Guide67. Read Simon’s Guide68. Read Richter’s Guide69. Read King K. Rool’s Guide70. Read Isabelle’s Guide71. Read Ken’s Guide72. Read Incineroar’s Guide73. Read Piranha Plant’s Guide74. Read Joker’s Guide75. Read Hero’s Guide76.last_img read more

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Smartphone Makers Tease NotchFree UnderDisplay Selfie Cams

first_img Rugged BlackBerry Clone With QWERTY Keyboard Hits KickstarterA Smart Speaker Could Save You From Cardiac Arrest Stay on target For a good percentage of the smartphone-buying public it took a while to warm up to phones with notches. Now it looks like those notches could be disappearing in the very near future.Two Android OEMs — Xiaomi and Oppo — have just teased prototype phones that feature under-display selfie cameras. It’s yet another reminder of just how fast the pace of innovation is in the smartphone business.Sharp and Essential released the first phones with notched displays in August of 2017. We’ve seen manufacturers come up with creative ways to maximize screen space. Asus gave the Zenfone 6 a rear-facing camera that flips around to face the front. Some others have opted for pop-up selfie shooters.AdChoices广告For those seeking the perfect, notchless smartphone screen experience – prepare to be amazed. You are taking a very first look at our under-display selfie camera technology. RT! pic.twitter.com/FrqB6RiJaY— OPPO (@oppo) June 3, 2019Xiaomi and Oppo are utilizing brand new display technology. According to The Phone Talks, Xiaomi’s phone features an OLED panel with transparent cathode and anode panels situated above the camera. Their prototypes seem pretty similar in the teaser videos that were posted, but Oppo’s secret sauce is still a secret for now.Here’s how they work. First, a user fires up the camera app. When the selfie camera is selected, the pixels at the top of the display get turned off, leaving a band that makes the phone look pretty much like any “old-fashioned” smartphone. On Oppo’s model an animated circle briefly appears to highlight the position of the camera.Do you want a sneak peek at the future? Here you go…introducing you to Under-Display Camera technology!#Xiaomi #InnovationForEveryone pic.twitter.com/d2HL6FHkh1— Xiaomi #5GIsHere (@Xiaomi) June 3, 2019Assuming that the display tech can handle a few more on-off cycles (which seems like a safe bet), this should be a way better option for cutout-free displays. Sure, cameras that pop up or rotate provide a solution, but they also require moving parts. In a device that we work as hard as our smartphones it’s always a good idea to keep the number of moving parts to a minimum.On the other hand, neither Xiaomi or Oppo has given any sort of indication as to when we might be able to expect their first phones with under-display cameras to ship. Moving parts might be a better option than waiting it out depending on where you are in your phone’s life cycle.More on Geek.com:This Insane Gaming Phone Has a Cooling Fan Inside ItHelp NASA Measure Trees With Your Smartphone5 Upcoming Android Phones That Are Worth Waiting Forlast_img read more

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