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    Samsung has rolled out an update to Galaxy S9+ smartphone in India that finally brings Dual VoLTE support for the smartphone finally. This lets you use VoLTE on both the SIMs. The changelog also mentions improvements to VoLTE and VoWiFi. Even though it is not mentioned in the changelog, the smartphone has also received support for native call recording. This lets you record all the calls automatically and store them in the internal or external storage, instead of relying on third-party apps. The feature was rolled out in some countries along with the May Android security patch earlier this month, and via a new patch in countries like UK. Check out the complete changelog below Improved performance. - VoLTE, VoWIFI Dual VoLTE/VoWIFI service is available for both of the SIM cards in the dual SIM slots. ( ※ The service is provided only to dual SIM devices and can still be limited depending on the service operator for each SIM card. ) The security of your device has been improved The latest Samsung Galaxy S9+ update has the build number G965FXXU1BRE5 and is 426MB in size. Source

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    LG just announced V35 ThinQ, the company's latest flagship smartphone in the 'V Series', three months after the introduction of the V30S ThinQ at the MWC. It retains the same 6-inch QHD+ OLED display, 6GB RAM, IP68 rating for dust and water resistance and MIL-STD 810G certification for reliability of equipment performance in harsh environments. and 3,300mAh battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0, Wireless charging. There is also V35+ ThinQ with 128GB storage. It has Snapdragon 845 SoC, and the 16-megapixel rear camera with f/1.6 aperture is now coupled with another 16-megapixel camera with 107-degree super-wide-angle lens with f/1.9 aperture, and an improved 8-megapixel front camera, same as the G7 ThinQ. It retains the AI CAM that now offers 19 shooting modes, up from eight, Portrait Mode for both the front and rear cameras, and Stickers for 2D or 3D overlay effects using face recognition. It also has new Super Bright Camera with images that are up to four times brighter typical of photos shot in dim light through the combination of pixel binning and software processing, the AI algorithm adjusts the camera settings automatically when shooting in low light. Super Far Field Voice Recognition lets you hear your voice anywhere in the room. It also has DTS:X to deliver virtual 3D sound for ...

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    At the Mi 8 launch event, Xiaomi has also introduced the MIUI 10 which is its own proprietary operating system over Android. The new MIUI 10 comes with Xiaomi's Ai voice assistant along with full-screen hand gestures and improved recent menu that will take advantage of the full-screen bezel-less displays.  The company is introducing a new Driving Mode that takes full advantage of the Xiao Ai voice assistant to control the smartphone in a car, so users can safely use features such as navigating to a location and reply messages without touching the phone. It introduced a series of easy-to-use full-screen hand gestures which replaces the virtual on-screen buttons along with other additions like more content in the tiled taskbar and improved swiping gestures. Interestingly the company is giving a huge boost to older Xiaomi smartphones with single-lens cameras by bringing AI bokeh effects, aka portrait shots through MIUI 10 even without a dual camera setup. Following the AI bandwagon, Xiaomi is also focusing too much on AI-assisted features that are aimed at making the UI more helpful and user-friendly. The MIUI 10 can help decrease app load significantly. As it analyzes user behavior, the app load time can be reduced to zero. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2B1yGTlTm90 It also includes smart ...

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    Xiaomi has finally announced the most expected Mi Band 3 at the Mi 8 event in China, as it had promised. It has a 0.78-inch OLED display, compared to 0.42-inch in the Mi Band 2 so that it can display more characters including WhatsApp, Facebook or SMS messages, Weather info, caller ID and more. It also 5ATM water proof so that you can take it for swimming under 50 meters. Xiaomi says that it has improved activity tracking, and it shows real-time data for running, cycling, walking, and other activities. It still has a button on the front, and you can view the caller name on the band, and reject the call with a long press of the button. It has a larger 110mAh battery that promises about 20 days of standby. Xiaomi Mi Band 3 specifications 0.78-inch OLED (128 x 80 pixels) display with scratch-resistant glass, anti-fingerprint coating shows time, step, heart rate, activities, weather, notifications Photoplethysmography (PPG) / Heart rate sensor Monitors your fitness and tracks your sleep, Sedentary reminder 8.5g (20g with band) ultra light body 5ATM (50 meters) water resistant Bluetooth 4.2 LE, NFC (Optional) 110mAh Li Ion polymer battery with up to 20 days of standby The Xiaomi Mi Band 3 comes in ...

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    Xiaomi today at the Mi 8 event, also introduced the 75-inch Xiaomi Mi TV 4, a 4K HDR TV with a 11.4mm slim metal body with aluminum alloy frame, and it is also Xiaomi’s largest LED TV to date. The company introduced  49-inch, 55-inch, and 65-inch Mi TV 4 models last year. It has Xiao Ai voice assistant for content discovery, and patchwall UI based on Android. It has Dolby and DTS Audio and also comes with multi purpose Mi Remote Control, which also has infrared in addition to Bluetooth to work with most appliances such as setup box. Xiaomi Mi TV 4 75-inch specifications 75-inch (3840 x 2160 pixels) 4K display with 178-degree viewing angle, 8 ms response 1.8GHz quad-core Amlogic T966 Cortex-A53 processor with 750MHz Mali-T830 MP2 GPU 2GB DDR4 dual-channel RAM, 32GB internal memory (eMMC 5.1) MIUI TV with PatchWall AI based on Android, Xiao Ai voice assistant WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 / 5GHz) 2X2, Bluetooth 4.2 LE, Mi Port, 3 x HDMI 2.0, AV, 2 x USB,  1 x Ethernet Supports H.265 4K at 60 / 30 fps, H.265 1080P at 60 fps, H.263 1080P at 30 fps, MPEG1 / 2/4 DivX4 the VC-1 / WMV3 1080P at 60 fps, REAL 8/9/10 1080P at 30 ...

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    Early this month Nokia confirmed its plans to sell back its Digital Health business to Éric Carreel, co-founder and former chairman of Withings. Though rumors suggested that Google’s Nest is looking to acquire Nokia’s Health Division, the company today announced it had closed the sale of its Digital Health business to Eric Carreel, co-founder and former chairman of Withings. It should be noted that the licensing businesses of Nokia Technologies are not affected by the sale.  Nokia acquired Withings back in 2016 for 170 million euros ($191 million) in cash. It is popular for its digital health products and services. Last year it re-branded Withings and launched Nokia trackers, scales, vital health devices and home products under its own brand. Digital Health’s business portfolio includes consumer and enterprise products. This sale is now part of Nokia's honed focus on becoming a business-to-business and licensing company. However, the value of the deal has not been revealed.

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    Google today has launched the Neighbourly, a Q&A app for India, aimed at helping you ask your neighbors questions regarding the locality, share local expertise, and keep up with your neighbourhood. This app routes your questions to the relevant neighbours instantly, and then they can write back with the most up-to-date and accurate info. https://youtu.be/oo1VRwmf4oo As group chats keep getting bigger and noisier this app has a lot of potential in sharing knowledge regarding the locality and keep up with updated information. You can ask a question for your family, and it's routed to the neighborhood experts who can help. Users can take advantage of the Google's voice recognition and can speak your question or answer into the app, just like talking to a neighbor. The app currently works in English and eight Indian languages. As for those who share local expertise, you can easily swipe left and right through the questions and give answers. The more you answer, the more you’re recognized for your local expertise. Google says that all the personal details like your phone number, full name, and other contact information are kept private.  The app is currently available in Beta from Google Play Store. It is currently available in Mumbai, but should ...

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    Samsung has silently launched the Galaxy J4 (SM-J400) in the J-series in India, after it was introduced last week. It comes with 5.5-inches Super AMOLED 16:9 aspect ratio display, is powered by the Samsung’s very own Exynos 7570 Quad-Core 14nm processor with 2GB of RAM. It packs a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front camera, both with LED flash. It doesn’t come with any Fingerprint sensor or Face Unlock, unlike the J6 (2018) series. It runs on Android 8.0 Oreo with Experience U.I on top, has 3000mAh battery on board. Samsung Galaxy J4 specifications 5.5-inch (1280 x 720 pixels) HD Super AMOLED display 1.4GHz Octa-Core Exynos 7570 14nm processor with Mali-T720 MP1 2GB RAM with 16GB storage, expandable memory up to 256GB with microSD Android 8.0 (Oreo) Dual SIM 13MP rear camera with LED flash, f/1.9 aperture 5MP front-facing camera with LED flash, f/2.2 aperture Dimensions:151.7 x 77.2 x 8.1mm; Weight: 145g 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2 LE, GPS 3000mAh battery The Samsung Galaxy J4 comes in Black, Blue and Gold colors, is priced at Rs. 9990 and is available from offline retailers in the country. Source 1 , 2

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    Samsung with the launch of Galaxy S9 and S9+ introduced AR Emoji; a feature which is very similar to Apple's Animoji.  AR Emoji is available on the Galaxy S9, and the S9+ lets users inject emotion into messages. Today the company has updated the AR Emoji with 18 new stickers. These 18 new AR Emoji stickers bring the total count from 18 to 36 and the company also mentioned that it is planning on bringing 18 more expressions in the coming months which will bring the total number to 54. The new camera app update, available in the ‘My apps’ section lets users access and share the new AR Emoji stickers directly from the keyboard, or copy and paste them from the Gallery app into their favorite messaging platform. Source

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    Vivo has launched Y83, the company’s latest mid-range smartphone in the ‘Y Series’ in India, after it was introduced in China last week. It comes with a 6.22-inch HD+ screen with 19:9 aspect ratio, 2.15mm narrow bezels and 88% screen-to-body ratio. It it is the world’s first smartphone to be powered by MediaTek’s latest Helio P22 Octa-Core 12nm SoC. It has a 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, portrait mode, an 8-megapixel front camera with AI beauty features and face unlock. It runs Android 8.1 (Oreo) with Funtouch OS 4, has a glossy mirror back that changes color as light hits the phone at certain angles, comes with dedicated dual SIM and microSD slots and a fingerprint sensor for India. It packs a 3260mAh battery. Vivo Y83 specifications 6.22-inch (1520×720 pixels) HD+ 19:9 IPS 2.5D curved glass display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection 2GHz Octa-Core MediaTek Helio P22 (MT6762) 12nm processor with 650MHz IMG PowerVR GE8320 GPU 4GB RAM, 32GB internal memory, expandable memory up to 256GB with microSD Dual SIM 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 Fingerprint sensor Dimensions: 155.21x 75.24 x 7.7mm ; Weight: 151g 4G VoLTE, WiFi ...

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    After rumors, Huawei has finally introduced the Watch 2 2018, successor of last year's Watch 2. Even though the design and specifications are the same, this has support for eSIM instead of a nano SIM in last year's 4G version of the Watch 2. This lets you call, send and receive messages and use 4G for apps without connecting it to a phone. Watch and phone share a single number similar to the Apple Watch 3. It also comes with dual microphones for improved call quality, but you can also connect it to a Bluetooth headset to make calls. Huawei says that its technology doesn't cause a lot of radiation. It has a ceramic bezel, and a new crown design with a shortcut key to enter sport mode to make a quick selection of exercise, however you can customize it to launch another app. It can track eight kinds of exercise, offers real-time continuous heart rate monitoring, built-in GPS and the  FIRSTBEAT motion algorithm offers training plan for you, providing exercise guidance. It has support for Huawei Pay that supports several banks and payments via Alipay, WeChat and more. Huawei Watch 2 2018 specifications 1.2-inch (390×390) circular AMOLED display with 328 ppi, Gorilla Glass 3 1.1 ...

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    HMD Global has rolled out an update to the Nokia 8 which brings the much talked Pro camera mode which brings you full manual controls over white balance, focus, ISO, shutter speed and exposure compensation, as it had promised at its global event in Russia earlier this week. Other inclusions with this latest OTA update include stability improvements and user interface improvements. Take control of every photo. I’m glad to announce that Pro Camera mode is now available for #Nokia8 ! pic.twitter.com/q2sTWh3IvU — Juho Sarvikas (@sarvikas) May 31, 2018 I got it. pic.twitter.com/E25Gjxgkri — Shakiluz Jaman Ahmed (@ShakiluzAhmed) May 31, 2018 The update is already rolling out, and it comes in around the 603MB size and brings the version number to V4.88B. Nokia 8 is already running on the latest Android 8.1 Oreo and this update adds more refinements to the phone. As we mentioned, the update is already out everywhere including India, so it might take sometime it reaches everyone. The company also promised Android Oreo update will hit the Nokia 2 in June. The company also promised Android P update for its entire lineup.

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    Earlier this week Lenovo confirmed that it will introduce its flagship Z5 smartphone with bezel-less display at an event in Beijing on June 5th. Since then the company had been teasing the phone in several images, but it is yet to reveal the image of the bezel-less screen. Today an alleged render of the phone has surfaced in China that shows the near bezel-less screen and the front camera is present in the centre of the bottom bezel. Earpiece is not seen in the images, so it could use Cantilever piezoelectric acoustic system, similar to the first-gen Mi MIX smartphone. The company has released several teaser images that show a metal frame around the phone with antenna lines visible on the top and the bottom edges. It also shows a glass back, so there are chances it might feature wireless charging. The phone will have AI-powered dual rear cameras, Snapdragon 845 SoC, but it is not expected to feature an in-display fingerprint scanner. According to earlier rumors, the phone will have over 95% screen-to-body ratio, and a large battery with support for fast charging, up to 45 days standby time and allow the user to talk for half an hour even with 0% battery. We should ...

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    After rumors last month, OPPO has officially teased the Find X smartphone in India, Thailand and China. It has been four years since we had seen the last Find series smartphone from OPPO. Even though we heard rumors about the Find 9 last year, it did not go official. The company says that the Find X will be its futuristic flagship. Hi! It's been a long time. The OPPO Futuristic Flagship phone is coming. #OPPOFindX pic.twitter.com/uiJIv2tEgc — OPPO Mobile India (@oppomobileindia) June 1, 2018 OPPO Thailand has also shared a video teaser for the smartphone. We still don't know any of the specifications of the Find X, however some rumors say that the phone will feature a QHD+ bezel-less screen, Snapdragon 845 with up to 8GB RAM, rear camera with 5X optical zoom, 3D face unlock that was recently introduced in the Mi 8 Explorer Edition and VOOC Super Flash Charge technology. We can expect more details and the release date for the phone in the coming weeks. Source 1, 2

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    Last year at the Redmi Y1 launch event Xiaomi announced roll out details of MIUI 9 Global Stable ROM  for its phones. The company introduced MIUI 10 at its Mi 8 launch event yesterday in China, and also said that beta from will roll out in China starting later this month. Now Xiaomi India has shared a video for MIUI 10 and also says that it is coming soon, so it might reveal global ROM roll out details at the Redmi Y2 event on June 7th. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EM8E-51meSA Even Xiaomi India's Vice President and Managing Director Manu Jain has shared a teaser hinting at the MIUI 10 global launch. Coming soon. #FullScreenExperience Can you guess what are we talking about? 😇 @XiaomiIndia @MIUI_India pic.twitter.com/wp5Oebny8o — Manu Kumar Jain (@manukumarjain) June 1, 2018 MIUI 10 brings a new design, One-touch full screen gesture, improved notification center, improved multitasking management to make use of large 18:9 aspect ratio screens in new phones, system-level AI integration, Driving mode with voice control, improved start-up speed of system-level applications compared to MIUI 9 with new AI deep learning that predicts the application to be used and pre-loads it in the backround in advance, achieving a zero-second instant start. It also includes AI portraits for background blur even with single camera on ...

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    Vivo introduced APEX as the world’s first bezel-less smartphone with in-display fingerprint scanner and over 90% screen-to-body ratio at the MWC 2018 back in February. Last month the company released an image that said that the phone will be introduced at an event in Shanghai, China on June 12th. Today the company has confirmed that the phone will be called NEX. It has also teased some of the features of the smartphones such as bezel-less display, AI, powerful SoC and more. Earlier rumors said that the phone will come in two models, one with a pop-up front camera as seen in the image below, and Snapdragon 845 SoC. The other version called NEX S is said to be powered by Snapdragon 710 and the front camera on the bottom right corner on the bezel, similar to the Mi MIX 2. The Vivo NEX with Snapdragon 845 is rumored to be priced at 6998 yuan (US$ 1090 / Rs. 73,270 approx.) , while the Snapdragon 710-powered NEX S is rumored to cost 4998 yuan (US$ 780 / Rs. 52,330 approx.). We should know all the details of the smartphone when it goes official in less than a couple of weeks. Source

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    OnePlus  launched the OnePlus 6 smartphone in India last this month in Mirror Black, Midnight Black and Limited-edition Silk White versions. Today the company has announced that the Limited-edition Silk White will be available in the country from June 5th and also announced launch offers. The OnePlus 6 Silk White Limited Edition is precisely polished to create a restrained elegance in both look and feel, the subtle shimmering effect is achieved using a sprinkling of pearl powder. Six different layers of glass have been carefully applied to the device to create a smooth, white texture. OnePlus 6 Silk White 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 Silk White Limited Edition with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage will go on sale on June 5th, Tuesday, exclusively on  Amazon.in and oneplus.in online for Rs. 39,999.

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    Apple iPhone SE 2 has made news a bunch of times in the past, though Apple is tight-lipped about it like always, the rumor mill never rests. Back in May, we have seen the SE 2 renders with iPhone X-like bezel-less and notch display and today in what appears to be the screen protector of the SE 2 has surfaced online sitting next to the iPhone X.  iPhone SE 2 (left) iPhone X (right) screen protectors. SE appears to share the design, however smaller notch. pic.twitter.com/PCJaPkgAOR — Sonny Dickson (@SonnyDickson) June 1, 2018 Apple uses the notch area to accommodate the front camera and Face ID, it might be safe to assume that the iPhone SE 2 might also feature the Face ID unlocking system bidding farewell to TouchID. As you can see from the leaked image, the notch area is smaller when compared to the iPhone X this presumably means that the phone will have a smaller form factor. The device's notch will be around half as wide as the one on the iPhone X. It is also hard to imagine Apple would include Face ID on the iPhone SE 2  without hiking up the price significantly. With Apple including the feature on a phone that costs ...

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    According to a report from Patently Apple, a new patent application from Apple published today hints at a more durable glass design for future iPhones and iPads. It might be a glass with “enhanced stiffness” for portable electronic devices like iPhone and iPads.  This new patent application explains it as a cover glass for Apple devices and the cover glass might be applied over a display or over the body of the device for an added layer of protection. This makes the device more durable and more resistive to cracking. In theory, it can be explained as “ribbed” design; meaning it might be a protective layer that can be designed with a crosshatch of fiberglasses, strengthening the glass and prevent cracking. The Apple patent explains how the sapphire coating could be used to improve strength. To remind you, Apple started using sapphire on iPhone camera lenses and Apple Watch, but this patent describes how a sapphire coating could be used on other devices as a cover glass and provide “sufficient stiffness.” This new patent adds to the Apple engineers efforts who have previously worked extensively on various glass designs. Whether or not this cover glass design makes it to the final stages remains to be seen. Source

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  • 06/01/18--05:47: Smartron t.band Unboxing
  • Last month Smartron launched its first wearable device dubbed as t.band with ECG (Electrocardiography) and BP (Blood Pressure) monitoring as well as heart rate sensor. We recently unboxing the smart band. Check out the video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mtx80EdemEI Box Contents Smartron t.band Smart Band USB Charging Cable and Dock Additional Strap with leather-like finish User Manual The t.band features a 0.96-inch (128×64 pixels) OLED touch display that shows call, text and application notifications, in addition to steps, distance,  calories burnt and more . It has IP67 ratings for dust and water resistance and offers customizable alerts for waking up and medicine reminders. It is powered by MT2523/MT2511 processor and uses Bluetooth 4.1 to connect to  iOS or Android smartphones.   It has a heart rate sensor on the back that lets you continuously measure heart rate as well as resting heart rate. It has BP (Blood Pressure) monitoring to measure a Unique Fatigue & Stress Factor and ECG (Electrocardiography), however these might not be accurate compared to devices used in the hospitals. The 18mm strap is easy to change. It has a 100mAh battery that promises 2-4 days of battery life depending on notifications and usage, however it lasted only for a day based on our usage. It is priced at Rs. 4999 and ...

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