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    SHARP has announced AQUOS R2, the company's latest flagship smartphone and the successor of last year's  AQUOS R smartphone in Japan. It has a 6-inch WQHD+ IGZO LCD display with 19:9 aspect ratio 100 Hz refresh rate and support for Dolby Vision. It is powered by Snapdragon 845 with 4GB RAM and runs Android 8.0 (Oreo). It has a 22.6-megapixel primary camera along with a 16.3-megapixel secondary rear camera with 135-degree ultra wide-angle lens to shoot videos in 4K 2K (3840 × 2,160 pixels) resolution. The AI live shutter support will take pictures automatically during movie shooting. It addition to Dolby Vision, it also has Dolby Atmos and also supports Dolby AC-4 for an immersive audio experience, making it the world's first smartphone to support both these Dolby features. It also supports playback of HDR content such as HDR 10 and VP9. It is also water and dust resistant  with IPX 5 – IPX8 / IP6X ratings, similar to the predecessor. SHARP AQUOS R2 specifications 6-inch Quad HD+ (3040 × 1440 pixels) 19:9 IGZO LCD 2.5D curved glass display, 100 Hz refresh rate 2.8GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 845 64-bit 10nm Mobile Platform with Adreno 630 GPU 4GB LPDDR4X RAM, 64GB storage (UFS), expandable memory up to 400GB with microSD Android 8.0 (Oreo) 22.6MP ...

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    HMD Global announced the new Nokia 6 Android One smartphone at the MWC, which was launched in India last month for Rs. 16,999. Today the company teased a new phone with more storage is coming soon, which hints at 4GB RAM and 64GB storage version of the phone, compared to 3GB RAM with 32GB storage version. [HTML1] To remind you, the phone packs a 5.5-inch 1080p 2.5D curved glass display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection, is powered by Snapdragon 630 Mobile platform, runs on Android 8.1 (Oreo), has a 16-megapixel rear camera with f/2.0 aperture, dual-tone LED flash, ZEISS optics and a 8-megapixel front-facing camera. It has a unibody metal design made of 6000 series aluminium and has Nokia’s Dual Sight / Bothie feature and will get face unlock through OTA update in Q2. It packs a 3000mAh battery with support for fast charging that can charge the phone up to 50% in 30 minutes. Nokia 6 (2018) specifications 5.5-inch (1920 x 1080 pixels) 2.5D curved glass display with 450 nits brightness, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection 2.2 GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 630 14nm Mobile Platform with Adreno 508 GPU 3GB RAM with 32GB storage, 4GB RAM with 64GB storage, expandable memory up to 128GB with microSD Android 8.0 (Oreo) ...

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    Flipkart has once again confirmed that the phone will go on sale  starting midnight on May 16 2018, a day after the launch. Honor is also offering live stream of the event starting from 2PM BST (6:30 PM IST) on May 15th. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZF_TzDjxtk&feature=youtu.be Update: Flipkart has now confirmed that the Honor 10 will launch exclusively with them on May 15th, the same day as the phone gets introduced for the global markets at an event in London. Huawei’s Honor brand announced its flagship Honor 10 smartphone in China last month. Today Honor India has confirmed that the phone will launch in the country by the end of May exclusively on Flipkart. The Honor View 10 was launched in India exclusively on Amazon earlier this year. The Honor 10 is expected to be introduced for the global markets at an event in London on May 15th. To remind you, the phone packs a 5.84-inch Full HD+ 2.5D curved glass display with a notch and 19:9 aspect ratio,n Octa-Core HiSilicon Kirin 970 10nm SoC with i7 co-processor, Android 8.1 (Oreo) with EMUI 8.1 on top, dual rear cameras with 16-megapixel RGB sensor and 24-megapixel monochrome sensor with 2x Zoom, LED flash, AI scene recognition, and a 24-megapixel front-facing camera with AI ...

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    At the I/O 2018 event, Google introduced a bunch of new features to Google Maps which will make it more assistive and personal to use. Next time where you are trying to explore somewhere new with friends or you are visiting a new city, you can use Google Maps to make quick decisions. Google has announced that it is redesigning the Explore tab and it will now act as your hub for everything new and interesting nearby. From now, when you check out a particular area on the map, you will start seeing dining, event, and activity options based on the area you’re looking at. It will also show top trending lists and for suppose you are a Foodie, it will show you a List where the tastemakers are going, and help you find new restaurants based on information from local experts, Google’s algorithms, and trusted publishers. It will also help you track your progress against each list. Furthermore, it is also bringing 'Your Match' feature which will display how likely you are to enjoy a place and reasons explaining why once you tap on any food or drink venue. Google is using machine learning to generate this based on factors like food and drink preferences ...

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    Google debuted ARCore 1.0 at the MWC event back in February, and at the I/O event, it announced major updates to the platform. This update will help developers build more collaborative and immersive augmented reality apps. https://youtu.be/uDs9rd7yD0I Google is introducing a new capability to AR called Cloud Anchors that will enable new types of collaborative AR experiences, like redecorating your home, playing games and painting a community mural together with your friends. You’ll be able to do this on Android and iOS. With this new update, ARCore now features 'Vertical Plane Detection' meaning now you can place AR objects on more surfaces, like textured walls. This will open up to new possibilities like viewing artwork above your mantlepiece before buying it. Thanks to Augmented Images, you can bring images back to life just by pointing your phone at them. Google is bringing new  Sceneform platform so that Java developers can now build immersive, 3D apps without having to learn complicated APIs like OpenGL. Developers can start building ARCore app with these new capabilities today. Source

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    According to research, there are over 253 million blind or visually impaired people in the world and to make the world accessible to them; Google is developing a new Lookout app. This app will help visually impaired in becoming more independent by giving auditory cues as they encounter objects, text, and people around. https://youtu.be/k1mz7b-A22c For this to work, Google recommends having Pixel device in a lanyard around your neck, or in your shirt pocket, with the camera pointing away from your body. Open the Lookout app, select the mode and the app will process the items of importance in your environment and shares information it believes to be relevant. It can be text from a recipe book, an exit sign, a chair or a person nearby. Lookout delivers spoken notifications, designed to be used with minimal interaction allowing people to stay engaged with their activity. There are four modes to choose from within the app; Home, Work & Play, Scan or Experimental. On selecting a specific mode, Lookout will deliver information that’s relevant to the selected activity. It also gives you an idea of where those objects are in relation to you. If you select “Work & Play” mode when heading into the office, it will notify you ...

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    Google announced that it is bringing the ability for Chromebooks running Chrome OS to run Linux applications. It is bringing the ability to code on Chromebooks, be it for building apps or writing a quick script.  While Chromebooks already have access to apps from the Google Play store, Google is aiming to expand it by bringing access to the tools that create it. With support for Linux, developers will have the ability to create, test and run Android and web app for phones, tablets and laptops all on one Chromebook. You can run code in your favorite coding language, launch projects to Google Cloud with the command-line. Linux will run inside a virtual machine that was designed from scratch for Chromebooks. Linux apps can start with a click of an icon, windows can be moved around, and files can be opened directly from apps. The preview of these new tools will be released on Google Pixelbook soon. Source

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    Google is rolling out a new update to Gmail for iOS using which you can send and receive money, and snooze emails. Using Google Pay with Gmail, you can now send or receive money. This was rolled out for Android last year.  Gmail will send the payments as attachments, and the recipient only needs an email address to receive their money. To send money, open Gmail app on your iOS device and in the bottom right corner of the screen, tap compose and hit attach to enter to enter the amount you want to send and choose a payment method. You can also add a memo which is optional and once you are finished, tap done to send the email. Using the same process, you can also request money from your contacts. To receive money, on your iOS device open the Gmail app and open the message with attached money and tap transfer to the bank. From here you can now add a debit card and enter the required details to claim the cash As for snooze emails, you can hit a snooze button to deal with the Emails later. You can download Gmail for your iPhone, iPad from the App Store directly. Source

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    Few hours back Google released Android P Beta for several smartphones, including Nokia 7 Plus Android One smartphone, making it one of the first smartphones in the world to officially support Android P. Unlike Pixel phones that get Android P beta via over-the-air (OTP), you have manually flash the build. Here is a quick procedure on how to do it. Requirements Nokia 7 Plus (TA-1046 or  TA-1055) Nokia 7 Plus Android P Beta / Developer ROM ADB software (For windows) / Android zip file (For Mac) If you are on a Mac you need to Extract the Android zip and place the folder on your Desktop. Open Terminal Type cd Desktop/Android Enter ./ADB-Install-Mac.sh [gallery size="large" link="file" ids="251889,251888,251887"] Go to Nokia Developer page, sign in with your Nokia, Facebook or Google Account, Enter the phone's IMEI, Operator and Country and register the device After the phone has been added successfully, it will display Validation OK Click Install manually, scroll down, tick the check box and click download to download the zip file Enable USB Debugging Type ‘fastboot devices’ in command prompt and check if the device is detected by the system. In command prompt type adb reboot recovery. If it doesn't work, long press the Volume up and Power Button for ...

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    Google is out with Android distribution numbers for the month of May and according to the number, Oreo adoption rate now at a decent 5.7% which also includes the Android 8.1 as well. Google announced Android P beta a few hours ago at the I/O 2018 event, which is available in beta for selected devices. Oreo adoption  slowly, yet steadily is increasing which is a good sign for Google. it has seen a solid 1.1% increase in just one month. Android Nougat; both Android 7.0 and Android 7.1 Nougat is now on 31.1% devices; with a jump from 30.8% from April which is again a steady growth. Android 6.0 Marshmallow is now at 25.5%, declining from 26%. The Lollipop operating system adoption now stands at 22.4% down from 22.9%. KitKat OS now stands at 10.3% down from 10.5%. Jellybean is currently at 4.3% down from 4.5%. Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich are at 0.3% and 0.4%, respectively with no change. The data was collected 7-days prior ending on May 7, 2018, said Google. Source

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    At the Google I/O 2018 event a few hours ago, along with Android P, and Assistant updates, Google also made announcements regarding the Android TV and whats new in it. The Android TV platform on Android P is getting quicker setup, Autofill, suggested settings and more. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4LVFX2xGYQ&t=56s Most importantly, Android TV on P is going to see a huge improvement in performance and host of new changes should speed up the OS, bring reliability, and much more. Trusting these improvements, Google is working on backporting some of these features to Oreo so that OEMs can start pushing them to their devices eliminating the need for waiting for stable Android P update. Google Android TV team is also working with its partners to develop a series of software and hardware configurations with an aim to promote more consistent experience for end users, and also to speed up OS updates. The company will also begin maintaining generic Android TV images so that the OEMs can streamline the development. This is an opt-in type of program. As for the new features in Android TV, with Android P the setup process is now simpler and quicker and will prompt you through a nearby Android device to finish the setup. It can ...

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    Sony today launched new USB drives - USM-CA2 USB Type-C and Type-A Dual Connection Drive, USM-BA2 USB and Micro USB Dual Connection Drive and USM-MX3 metal USB Drive in India.  All the three models are metallic, anti-corrosive and compliant with superSpeed 3.1 Gen 1 which helps transfer large media files to PC in seconds. These have sleek and compact design, while also being durable enough to protect any data. The USM-MX3 series are tiny size handy USB Flash Drive with matte-finished parts making it easy to firmly grip the USB Flash Drives with fingers. It also has strap-hole for convenient carrying. The USM-BA2 series and USM-CA2 series are on-the-go USB Flash Drives for multiple device transfers. The USM-BA2 series is equipped with dual-port bridge with both Micro USB and USB Type-A ports and the USM-CA2 also supports dual-port bridge which is equipped with both USB Type-C and A ports for. The USM-BA2 series are compatible with Windows, Macintosh, Android smartphone and Tablet all equipped with USB Type-A port. Whereas the USM-CA2 series is compatible with Windows PC, Macs, Android Smartphones and Chromebook Pixel equipped with USB Type-C / Type-A port. Pricing and availability Sony USM-BA2 USB and Micro USB Dual Connection Drive - 16GB for Rs. 950, ...

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    After teasing it yesterday, HMD Global today confirmed that the Nokia 6 2018  Android One smartphone with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage will be available in India on May 13, exclusively on Amazon.in as Nokia 6.1 This follows the Nokia 6 2018 3GB RAM with 32GB storage version that was launched in the country last month. [HTML1] To remind you, the phone packs a 5.5-inch 1080p 2.5D curved glass display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection, is powered by Snapdragon 630 Mobile platform, runs on Android 8.1 (Oreo), has a 16-megapixel rear camera with f/2.0 aperture, dual-tone LED flash, ZEISS optics and a 8-megapixel front-facing camera. It has a unibody metal design made of 6000 series aluminium and has Nokia’s Dual Sight / Bothie feature and will get face unlock through OTA update in Q2. It packs a 3000mAh battery with support for fast charging that can charge the phone up to 50% in 30 minutes. Nokia 6 2018  / Nokia 6.1 specifications 5.5-inch (1920 x 1080 pixels) 2.5D curved glass display with 450 nits brightness, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection 2.2 GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 630 14nm Mobile Platform with Adreno 508 GPU 4GB RAM, 64GB storage, expandable memory up to 128GB with microSD Android 8.0 (Oreo) ...

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    During Google I/O 2018 event, Google released Wear OS developer preview 2 which is a continuation of the DP 1 which it released back in March. While the developer preview 1 introduced dark mode, SDK restrictions and now with Developer preview 2, Google is bringing Action on Google and enhanced battery improvements. Google has revamped the Assistant on Wear OS to support features like visual cards, follow-on suggestion chips, and text-to-speech. And now for developer, Google has added support for Actions on Google to Wear OS and existing Actions will work on Wear OS out of the box. However, interestingly, this feature is not dependent on Android P and is being rolled out to all Wear 2.0 users. Furthermore, with Android P developer preview 2, Google is introducing a new battery saver mode. When the watch is in the battery saver mode, watch shows a power efficient watch face and turns off services including radios, the touch screen, and tilt to wake. It is also bringing the ability to display the time by pressing the side button. By long pressing, users can switch back to a fully-operational mode and perform set off actions like paying with NFC, replying to a message. In previous developer preview Wi-Fi would not connect when disconnected ...

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    After rumors HMD Global recently announced that the Nokia X (TA-1099) with a notch and an 19:9 aspect ratio display will be announced on May 16th in China and also showcased the phone at the Sanlitun experience store. However, it did not reveal the specifications of the phone at that time. Now the phone has been certified by TENAA in China that confirms all the specifications. This reveals a 5.8-inch  display with a notch and an 19:9 aspect ratio, 1.8GHz Octa-Core SoC, which should be Snapdragon 636 as rumored earlier, with up to 6GB RAM, Android 8.1 (Oreo), 16-megapixel rear camera along with a secondary rear camera, 16-megapixel front camera and a 3000mAh battery. Nokia X rumored specifications 5.8-inch (2280 × 1080 pixels) Full HD+ display with 19:9 aspect ratio 1.8GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 636 14nm Mobile Platform with Adreno 509 GPU 3GB LPDDR4 RAM with 32GB internal storage / 4GB / 6GB LPDDR4 RAM with 64GB internal storage, expandable memory up to 128GB with microSD Hybrid Dual SIM (nano + nano / microSD) Android 8.1 (Oreo) 16MP rear camera with LED flash, secondary rear camera 16MP front-facing camera Fingerprint sensor 3.5 mm headphone jack Dimensions:  147.2×70.98×7.99; Weight: 151g 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz + 5GHz), ...

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    Xiaomi just announced Redmi S2, the company latest selfie-focused smartphone in the Redmi series in China. It packs a 5.99-inch HD+ display with 18:9 aspect ratio, is powered by Snapdragon 625 with up to 3GB RAM, runs Android 8.1 (Oreo) with MIUI 9 on top, has a 12-megapixel rear camera with LED flash along with a secondary 5-megapixel camera to capture depth information for AI portrait shots. There is a 16-megapixel front camera with soft LED flash that supports AI beauty feature and uses pixel binning technology, combining the information from four pixels to create one large 2.0µm pixel. It also has face unlock. It comes with dedicated dual SIM and microSD slots and packs a 3080mAh battery. Xiaomi Redmi S2  specifications 5.99-inch (1440 × 720 pixels) HD+ 18:9 2.5D curved glass display with 1000:1 contrast ratio, 450 nits (typ) Brightness, 70.8% NTSC color gamut 2GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 625 14nm Mobile Platform with Adreno 506 GPU 3GB RAM with 32GB storage / 4GB RAM with 64GB storage, expandable memory up to 256GB with microSD Android 8.1 (Oreo) with MIUI 9 Dual SIM (nano + nano + microSD) 12MP rear camera with LED Flash, 1.25μm pixel size, PDAF, f/2.2 aperture, secondary 5MP camera 16MP front-facing camera with LED flash Fingerprint sensor, ...

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    HP has introduced the EliteBook 700 G5 and ProBook 645 G4 laptops with AMD Ryzen PRO mobile processor and runs on Windows 10. These laptops are designed for business as well as enterprise customers and one unique feature of these laptops is that they are compatible with upcoming Thunderbolt Dock G2 over a Thunderbolt 3 or a USB interface. The HP EliteBook 700 series comes in three variants; EliteBook 735 G5, EliteBook 745 G5, EliteBook 755 G5 and they sport a 13.3, 14, and 15.6-inch display with 1366×768, 1920×1080, 2560×1440 resolution respectively. They are powered by the AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 2700U clocked at 2GHz (boost speed up to 3.8 GHz), with Radeon Vega 10 GPU, cache size 2 MB L2 + 4 MB L3 for the high-end variant. They come with up to 1TB PCIe/NVMe SSD and 500GB HDD and runs on Windows 10 Pro. They come with 802.11ac + Bluetooth wireless module, as well as an optional 4G/LTE modem. The TB3 port is compatible with HP’s recently introduced Thunderbolt 3 Gen 2 and an optional audio module. It also comes with Bang & Olufsen-branded speakers with the HP Noise Cancellation capability to improve quality of conference calls. Furthermore, they come with HDMI port, 720p webcam (with IR and select SKUs), ...

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    Google announced the Android P Beta, a major OS update at the I/O 2018 event earlier this week and for the first time the public beta is available to non-Pixel devices as well including the Sony Xperia XZ2, Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S, Nokia 7 Plus, Oppo R15 Pro, Vivo X21, OnePlus 6 and Essential PH‑1.  The main force behind this move is Project Treble. Qualcomm already announced that it has teamed up with Google with an aim to support fast commercial availability of Android. Android P Beta provides an opportunity for developers and early adopters around the world to try the latest Android release, test their apps, and provide feedback back to Google. This was a combined effort of  Google, silicon manufacturers (SM), device manufacturers (OEMs), and carriers. Google says that this process is technically challenging and requires aligning the schedules between the industry partners. To reduce the difficulties in the process, Google launched the Project Treble as a part of the Android Oreo, and this is where Google's partnership with Qualcomm comes into play which is the most important aspect in making a smartphone. For any Android phone, the Android software version is based on a SoC with the proper software support for it which is referred to ...

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    Huawei, Samsung , and now Motorola have joined foldable smartphone race according to the new patent filed and approved by the World Intellectual Property Organization on March 13, 2018, although it was filed back in September 2016. The patents hint at a foldable smartphone that unfolds into a tablet. Although the concept of it seems pretty close to ZTE's Axon M, the hinge design is the not the most elegant designs. Moving along, the main camera is positioned at the left top, and the loudspeaker is present at the right top.  It also offers space for another camera right next to the loudspeaker which is where you have the selfie shooter. Interestingly, the design of it allows you to use both the cameras at the same time and record stereo images, creating a 3D visual effect. When folded, it behaves and looks like a regular smartphone and when unfolding the user has two complete phone screens resulting in a tablet format.  The battery is located in the right housing. It also comes with a removable cover, that can be used to charge the device wirelessly. There is a cut-out for the camera and a window, so that part of the display remains visible in the folded position. Like with ...

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    Last month Google rolled out revamped Gmail with refreshing new design and interface and now the company has announced an update to Google Drive on the web. This includes a range of visual tweaks to align with Google’s latest material design principles. The company is touting the new interface as responsive and offer an efficient experience for Drive users. Other notable changes include the logo in the top left has been changed to the Google Drive logo and all the custom company logos are now moved to the top right. The settings icon has now been moved in line with the search bar and the Help Center icon has been moved in line with the search bar. The page background is now white, not gray and the header font has also been changed. The new interface does not change any functionality and will work exactly how it did before. The redesigned GDrive will be available for everyone in the next two weeks. Source

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