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    OnePlus has rolled out OxygenOS 5.0.3 update for the OnePlus 3 and 3T that finally brings Face Unlock feature  that was being tested in beta since January this year. The update also brings new features for Launcher, Gallery, File Manager and Weather that are already available for OnePlus 5, 5T and 6. Check out the changelog below. System Updated Android security patch to 2018.5 Supported FaceUnlock Launcher Refined Shelf UI design New design for App shortcuts Supported more options when long pressing an icon Gallery Places: a map view of photos by location Supported sharing photos to Shot-On-OnePlus Added "Recently Deleted" collection File Manager Added "Large files" category Weather Added new widget for Launcher Improved the positioning accuracy Adjust refresh interval for weather information update The OnePlus 3 and 3T OxygenOS 5.0.3 update is 594MB in size and also brings Android security path for May, 2018. It should be available for everyone in the next few days. Source

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    Xiaomi has introduced four new Mi TV 4 models Mi TV 4S 55-inch curved 4K HDR TV, Mi TV 4X 55-inch and Mi TV 4S 43-inch 4K HDR TVs and Mi TV 4C 32-inch HD TV in China. All these have PatchWall, on top of the Android OS that’s based on deep learning AI technology that can curate content based on recommendations and also has DTS Audio. The 4K TVs also have multi purpose Mi Remote Control, which also has infrared in addition to Bluetooth to work with most appliances such as setup box as well as Speech Recognition for voice control. Xiaomi Mi TV 4S (55-inch curved) specifications  55-inch (3840 x 2160 pixels) 4K curved (4000R) LED display with 178-degree viewing angle,  8ms dynamic response, 60Hz refresh rate 1.5GHz quad-core Amlogic Cortex-A53 processor with 750MHz Mali-450 MP3 GPU 2GB RAM, 8GB internal memory MIUI TV based on Android WiFi 802.11 ac (2.4 / 5GHz), Bluetooth 4.2 LE, 3 x HDMI, AV, 2 x USB, 1 x Ethernet Supports HDR 10 and HLG,H.264, H.265, Real, MPEG1/2/4, WMV3, VC-1 2 x 8W speaker, DOLBY AUDIO / DTS- HD audio dual decoding Xiaomi Mi TV 4X (55-inch) specifications  55-inch (3840 x 2160 pixels) 4K LED display with 178-degree ...

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    Vivo has announced Y83, the company's latest mid-range smartphone in the 'Y Series' in China. It comes with a 6.22-inch HD+ screen with 19:9 aspect ratio and minimal bezels, and it is the world's first smartphone to be powered by MediaTek's latest Helio P22 Octa-Core 12nm SoC that was introduced earlier this week. It has a 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, and an 8-megapixel front camera with AI beauty features and face unlock, but it doesn't have a fingerprint sensor. It runs Android 8.1 (Oreo) with Funtouch OS 4 that brings intelligent reminders, Game mode and more. It has a glossy mirror black that changes color as light hits the phone at certain angles. It packs a 3260mAh battery. Vivo Y83 specifications 6.22-inch (1520×720 pixels) HD+ 19:9 IPS display 2GHz Octa Core MediaTek Helio P22 (MT6762) 12nm processor with 650MHz IMG PowerVR GE8320 GPU 4GB RAM, 64GB internal memory, expandable memory up to 256GB with microSD Hybrid Dual SIM (nano + nano / microSD) Funtouch OS 4.0 based on Android 8.1 (Oreo) 13MP rear camera with LED flash, f/2.2 aperture 8MP front-facing camera, f/2.2 aperture Dimensions: 155.21x 75.24 x 7.7mm ; Weight: 150g 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz / 5GHz), Bluetooth 5, GPS ...

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    Google, earlier this month introduced the 'Google One' brand where it will be replacing the non G-suite Google Drive storage plans with a new cheaper paid storage plans. All paid consumer Google Drive storage plans will be upgraded to Google One and this change doesn’t affect G Suite business customers. Today, Google has released the Google One app in the Play Store, but since the service isn't live yet, the app does nothing for now. Google One has a lot of storage options, ranging from 100GB to 30TB for you to pick the right option that suits you. Interestingly, Google One also includes plans that are sharable within a family, you can add up to five family members to your plan and simplify storage under one bill. The base-level storage plan with 100GB storage costs $1.99 per month (or $19.99 per year). There is a new 200GB plan which will be available for $2.99 a month and the 1TB deal is replaced by 2TB for the same price of $9.99 a month. Installing the app is of no use just yet, except for signing up for updates. Interestingly, digging inside the code revealed a string 'subscription.red" similar to YouTube Red, but considering YouTube Red is now re-branded to YouTube ...

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    Meizu has announced M8c, the company's latest budget smartphone and the successor of last year's  M5c in Russia. It has a 5.45-inch HD+ 2.5D curved glass screen with 18:9 aspect ratio, is powered by Snapdragon 425 with 2GB of RAM, runs Android 7.0 (Nougat), comes with a 13-megapixel rear camera and an 8-megapixel camera on the front. It has a polycarbonate body, features a hybrid dual SIM slot and packs a 3070mAh battery. It doesn't have a fingerprint sensor. Meizu M8c specifications 5.45-inch (1400 x 720 pixels) HD+ 2.5D curved glass display with 450 nits brightness, 1000: 1 contrast ratio 1.4GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 425 Mobile Platform with 500MHz Adreno 308 GPU 2GB RAM, 16GB / 32GB internal storage, expandable memory up to 128GB with microSD Android 7.0 (Nougat) 13MP rear camera with LED Flash, f/2.2 aperture 8MP front-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture Hybrid Dual SIM (nano+nano/microSD) Dimensions: 146.4x 70x 8.5mm; Weight: 140g 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS + GLONASS 3070mAh battery The Meizu M8c comes in Black, Blue, Red and Gold colors, starts at 9,990 rubles (US$ 160 / Rs. 10,900 approx.) in Russia and is expected to go on sale in other countries soon. Source

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    Apple's WWDC 2018 event is about to kickstart on June 4th where the company will be introducing the iOS 12. But before the official announcement, it is now revealed that iOS 12 will be giving some third-party developers full access to the NFC chip inside iPhones for additional features beyond just payments.  The report further says that Apple wants users to use iPhone in many more contactless interactions beyond just Apple Pay payments including hotel door key or as a virtual transit card for easier transportation. Going back in time, Apple with iOS 11 started going down this road by adding the CoreNFC framework which will allow apps to use the NFC chip as an arbitrary scanner of RFID tags. The only drawback to this NFC API is that the app must be in the foreground and the app must present a specific system modal sheet to start scanning. It is also reported that Apple is in the final stages of this feature and is already experimenting with these features in the Apple Park. Apple employees are already using their iPhones to gain access to Apple Park buildings. Some hotels already support ‘contactless’ activation of iPhones as a door key, by using low energy ...

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    Back in April, US Govt has banned ZTE for violating the terms of a sanctions settlement. The company was caught illegally shipping goods to Iran, the U.S said the officials. ZTE then responded and said the verdict is unfair and threatens the survival. However, Earlier this month, American President Donal Trump Tweeted and pledged to reverse course saying that President Xi of China and him are working together to give ZTE a way to get back into the business, fast. Senator Schumer and Obama Administration let phone company ZTE flourish with no security checks. I closed it down then let it reopen with high level security guarantees, change of management and board, must purchase U.S. parts and pay a $1.3 Billion fine. Dems do nothing.... — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 25, 2018 ...but complain and obstruct. They made only bad deals (Iran) and their so-called Trade Deals are the laughing stock of the world! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 25, 2018 This move from President Trump drew criticism from many government officials as this was the second time ZTE broke US law. However, Trump in a series of Tweets announced course action for ZTE to get the ban lifted. The company now requires purchasing U.S. parts; this move is confusing ...

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    PayPal and Google already work together to allow users to pay via PayPal in-store, online and in-app with Google Pay and on Chrome mobile web at millions of online merchants using their PayPal accounts. Today both the companies are extending their partnership across Google ecosystem.  As a part of this partnership, users in the U.S. who add PayPal to any one of Google’s services will be able to pay across the Google ecosystem, and anywhere PayPal is supported as a payment method. It is available as a payment option across Google services like Gmail, YouTube, Google Pay and Google Store, including where Google offers peer-to-peer payments, without the user needing to log in again. Bill Ready, COO, and EVP, PayPal said: PayPal and Google Pay share common goals of creating simple payment solutions across our platforms that enable people to shop more seamlessly. We look forward to continued collaboration that helps increase conversion for merchants and gives users the flexibility, security and speed that digital payments can offer. Source

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    Huawei is busy prepping to launch the MediaPad M5 tablet as the device is now spotted passing through the FCC. According to the FCC listing, it sports an 8-inches display, support for eSIM. The tablet has passed through the FCC Huawei MediaPad M5 wp; the WP might stand for WaterPlay so, it might be introduced as Huawei MediaPad M5 WaterPlay. Since it has water in the naming, it is fairly obvious that the tablet is waterproof so that would fit nicely into Huawei’s WaterPlay lineup. In terms of camera department, the tablet might feature a 13MP camera+2MP camera with bokeh effect even after taking the picture and an 8MP front camera. It also packs Harman/Kardon audio, and a fingerprint reader embedded in the home button. It sports an 8-inch Full HD display, packs 3GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage. It will have a 4980 mAh battery too. The chipset details are unknown for now since it is expected to come with eSIM support. It measures 8mm thickness and weighs 310 grams. The tablet is expected to be launched in August, and it comes in silver-grey, champagne gold. In Japan, the tablet will be part of Docomo Dtab series, while in other places it may be ...

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    According to Avast, thousands of Android smartphones are being shipped with adware pre-installed, including the devices from manufacturers like ZTE and Archos. Interestingly, the majority of these devices are not certified by Google. The malware is named 'Cosiloon' creates an overlay to present an ad over a webpage within the users’ browser. Avast claims that the adware has been active for at least three years, and is difficult to remove as it is installed on the firmware level and uses strong obfuscation. Whats scarier is that thousands of users are affected, and in the past one month the latest version of the adware is found in around 18,000 devices located in more than 100 countries including Russia, Italy, Germany, the UK, as well as in the U.S. The company says that it is in touch with Google who is aware of the issue and is also taking steps to mitigate the malicious capabilities. Google is working on fixing the malware's app variants on Android smartphones using internally developed techniques. Though there is Google Play Protect, the malware comes pre-installed which makes is harder to address. Google is reaching out to firmware developers to bring awareness to these concerns and encourage in taking steps accordingly. It is also unclear how ...

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  • 05/26/18--19:18: Alcatel POP 4 10 4G Review
  • Alcatel launched POP 4 10" tablet in India earlier this year along with a keyboard. It has 4G LTE connectivity via SIM, voice calling capabilities, dual front-facing speakers with Waves Maxx audio support and packs a 5830mAh battery. How good is the tablet? Let us find out in the complete review. Box Contents Alcatel POP 4 10″ 4G tablet in black color 2-pin charger Micro USB cable Keyboard User Manual and Warranty information Alcatel POP 4 10″ specifications 10.1-inch (1920 x 1200 pixels) WUXGA Fully Laminated display 1.4 GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 430 Mobile Platform with Adreno 505 GPU 2GB RAM, 16GB internal memory, expandable memory up to 32GB with micro SD Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) OS Single Micro SIM 8MP rear camera 5MP front-facing camera Dimensions: 259.2 x 155.8x 7.95mm; Weight: 449g 3.5mm audio jack, Dual Speakers, Waves Maxx audio, FM Radio 4G LTE (with voice calling), WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, A-GPS, Wi-Fi direct 5830mAh battery Display, Hardware and Design The tablet has a 10.1-inch display at a resolution of 1920  by 1200 pixels at a pixel density of just 224 PPI and 16:10 aspect ratio. The display is bright, offers good color reproduction, however it is a bit glossy so the sunlight legibility is not the best, but the viewing angles are ...

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    In an attempt to take down the Xiaomi's Redmi Note 5, the sub-brand of OPPO, named as Realme launched its first smartphone in the Indian market dubbed as Realme 1 with some impressive specification on board. The Realme 1 comes under the VFM (Value For Money) segment, unlike other over-priced phones. Here is a comparison of Realme 1 with its arch-rival Redmi Note 5 to find out who wins the competition. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgR64VWUDqQ Design Talking about the design, the Realme 1 is surprisingly refreshing with a glossy back and symmetrical design that makes the phone look like a diamond with each angle reflecting and shinning different black colors. There are 15 tangent planes carved on the back body, and each plane has different colors. These colors differ as for the density and dip angle changes. There is a glossy rim running on the sides that house the interactive elements of the device. Talking about the build, the Realme 1 feels solid in hand and definitely looks premium too. It offers good grip, attracts fingerprints on the back and bit slippery as well. Having said that, the problem can be solved if you use the back case given inside. The device measures 7.8mm in thickness ...

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    Xiaomi openly announced that it would introduce the Mi 8 flagship on May 31st along with many other products which happen to be the Mi Band 3, MIUI 10 and more. Though we are just a couple of days away from the announcement, leaksters are not sparing any details till the launch. Latest to join the list is the retail box leak which not only confirmed few details but also revealed something new.  Anyone who is closely following whats happening in and around tech can easily guess the Xiaomi Mi 8 would be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC and a full-screen display. Confirming the details, the leaked images of the Mi 8 retail box and what looks like a presentation side showcases the Xiaomi Mi 8 with slim bezels and a notch. It will come in few variants, one of which is the 6GB RAM with 64GB internal storage. There are other models with 8GB of RAM and bigger storage options. Another highlighting feature of the Mi 8 is the dual-GPS module, but we should know the importance of it in the coming days. Furthermore, it will also have dual-rear cameras arranged in an iPhone X style. As expected the Mi 8 ...

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    Huawei's Honor brand today scheduled an event on June 6th in Beijing where it will introduce it new Honor Play series smartphones with AI capabilities. The company says that it will have a breakthrough technology. It will also introduce new Honor 9i smartphone (not to be confused with the Honor 9i that was launched in India last year). The Honor LLD-AL30 and LLD-AL20 model that have been certified by TENAA today could be the Honor 9i. Most of the specifications of the phone are similar to the Huawei P20 Lite. Honor 9i 2018 (LLD-AL30) rumored specifications 5.84-inch (1080 x 2280 pixels) Full HD+ 19: 9 2.5D curved glass display Octa-Core Kirin 659 processor (4 xA53 at 2.36GHz + 4 x A53 at 1.7GHz) with MaliT830-MP2 GPU 4GB RAM, 32GB / 64GB / 128GB storage, expandable memory up to 256GB with microSD Android 8.0 (Oreo) with EMUI 8.0 Hybrid Dual SIM (nano + nano / microSD) 13MP rear camera with LED flash, secondary 2MP camera 16MP front-facing camera Fingerprint sensor Dimensions: 149.2×71.8×7.7mm; Weight: 152g 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS / GLONASS 3000mAh (typical) / 2900mAh (Minimum) battery The Honor 9i is expected to come in Black, Gray and Blue colors. We should know more ...

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    OnePlus 5 and 5T received OxygenOS 5.1 Android 8.1 (Oreo) stable update last month, and soon the company rolled out OxygenOS 5.1.1 for the phones with an Hot Fix to fix ringtone issue for phone and notifications. Now it has rolled out OxygenOS 5.1.2 update that brings several new features for Gallery, fixes for WiFi, microphone issues when using AKG earphones and finally double-tap to wake-up for the lock screen. Check out the complete changelog below. System Updated Android security patch to 2018.5 Fixed auto-rotation stability issue Gallery Places: a map view of photos by location Added “Recently Deleted” collection Wireless & Network Fixed Wi-Fi connecting issue Launcher Double-tap to lock screen Earphone Fixed microphone not functioning issue for AKG earphones The update is 1.6GB in size for the phones since it is releasing the full ROM instead of the releasing just the update as usual. It also includes Android security patch for May1, 2018. Source

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    Huawei’s Honor brand has introduced Honor 7S, the company's latest budget smartphone after it got certified earlier this month . It has a 5.45-inch HD+ display with 18:9 aspect ratio, 73% screen-to-body ratio, is powered by a Quad-Core MediaTek SoC with 2GB RAM, runs Android 8.1 (Oreo) with EMIUI 8.1 on top, has a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, both with LED flash. It has dedicated dual SIM and microSD slots and packs a 3020mAh battery. Honor 7S specifications 5.45-inch (1440 x 720 pixels) 18:9 FullView 2.5D curved glass display 1.5GHz Quad-Core MediaTek MT6739 64-bit processor with PowerVR Rogue GE8100 GPU 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, expandable memory up to 128GB with microSD Android 8.1 (Oreo) with EMUI 8.1 Dual SIM 13MP rear camera with LED flash, PDAF 5MP front-facing camera with LED flash 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio Dimensions: 146.5 x 70.9 x 8.3mm; Weight: 142g 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS 3020mAh built-in battery The Honor 7S comes in Black, Blue and Golden colors, is priced at PKR 14,499 (US$ 125 / Rs. 8,430 approx.) in Pakistan, and is expected to roll out in other Asian and European markets soon. Source 1, 2 | Via

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    Amazon's Alexa in India has gained music alarms, and this feature will enable users to set their favorite music as alarm tones to wake up to your favorite songs. With the new capabilities, you can set up alarms to play songs from Amazon Prime Music, Saavn or radio stations with TuneIn. Furthermore, you can also use artist names, songs, playlists or genres for your alarm. Each Alexa device uses timers and alarms independent of other Alexa devices registered on your Amazon account. You can also manage your voice alarms from the Alexa app and can also set up alarm up to 24 hours ahead. It's always fun to have custom songs as alarms, just try saying “Alexa, set an alarm for 7 am to play Lata Mangeshkar.” However, in case your device is muted or not connected to Wi-Fi, your alarms will still go off but will use the default alarm tone as for the music to be streamed requires internet connectivity. The Alexa app can manage up to 100 timers and alarms and 'Do Not Disturb' doesn't block timers and alarms. The new music alarm feature is available on Amazon Echos or any Alexa device in India.

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    OnePlus  launched the OnePlus 6 Marvel Avengers Limited Edition smartphone in India earlier this month. Today the company has announced launch offers for the smartphone ahead of sale tomorrow in the country. OnePlus 6 Marvel Avengers Limited Edition customers can avail Cashback of Rs. 2,000 on transactions using Citibank Debit and Credit Card during the first week No Cost EMI for up to 3 months on all popular banks. 12-month Accidental Damage Insurance by Servify on downloading Kotak 811 app Rs. 250 for all Amazon Prime Video consumers Discounts up to Rs. 500 on Amazon Kindle e-books. Rs. 2,000 cash back and Device Insurance for Idea subscribers Benefits up to Rs. 25,000 on flight and hotel bookings from ClearTrip. The OnePlus 6 Marvel Avengers Limited Edition with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage  goes on sale from tomorrow, May 29th, 12 noon, exclusively on Amazon.in and oneplus.in online for Rs. 44,999. It will be available across all offline stores including the Bangalore experience store, authorised stores and Croma stores across India, starting 3rd June 2018. The company already announced that the Silk White version will be available from June 5th. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EIX7JixlY8c Check out the unboxing here. Also check out the OnePlus 6 review, if you are planning to buy the phone.

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    Update: @evleaks now says that the phone will be released this Summer, which could be sometime in June or July. The phone is said to feature dual rear cameras with optical zoom, and low-light enhancement powered by dual rear cameras. After nothing new on these BlackBerry Ghost handsets from Optiemus for awhile, finally hearing that a summer release is expected. (Also told that the dual rear cameras feature low light enhancement and optical zoom.) — Evan Blass (@evleaks) May 24, 2018 A new BlackBerry smartphone code-named 'Ghost' has surfaced online, thanks to @evleaks who also says that the Android smartphone will have a bezel-less display and will be a premium smartphone. The image shows a sleek smartphone with a metal frame, cured corners, SIM slot and antenna cutouts present on the side. It also shows a front-facing camera and an earpiece above the display. BlackBerry 'Ghost': a bezel-less, premium Android handset from licensee Optiemus; coming soon to India. pic.twitter.com/KTAvKbDl5v — Evan Blass (@evleaks) February 26, 2018 The phone is said to launch in India soon and will be made by Optiemus Infracom, who also designed, manufactured and sold last year's BlackBerry KEYone in India as well as Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Even though we had seen BlackBerry smartphones ...

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    Google usually introduces Pixel-branded smartphones and other hardware products at the Pixel event in October. Following the tradition this year as well, Google is expected to introduced Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. But before the company launches them, here we might have the first look at the front tempered glass screen protectors of the upcoming Google flagships.   From the leaked front screen protector design, it is evident that the Google Pixel 3 XL will be embracing the notch, following the trend. The notch area will have the selfie shooter, main earpiece, sensors, and possibly a senor for 3D face unlock. There is a cut out at the bottom, we hope it might be for speaker grill, similar to the predecessor. On the other hand, the regular Pixel 3 will have an 18:9 aspect ratio display and it looks a lot like the Galaxy S8/S9. Interestingly, even this has similar cut outs at the top and the bottom. This is a huge step forward for Google in terms of design and the company might be officially ditching the typical 16:9 aspect ratio for good. In terms of specifications, our educated guess would be an AMOLED display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, 4/6GB RAM and range ...

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