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    Xiaomi launched the Redmi Note 5 Pro smartphone in India in Black, Gold, Rose Gold and Blue colors earlier this year. Later it introduced the same phone as Redmi Note 5 with better specifications in same colors in China. Now the company has introduced Flame Red color variant of the smartphone in China. The Mi 6X, Mi 8 SE, and the latest Redmi 6 Pro smartphones in China are available in Red color. To remind you, the Chinese version of the smartphone  with the same 5.99-inch Full HD+ 2.5D curved glass screen, Snapdragon 636 SoC with up to 6GB RAM, Hybrid Dual SIM slot, 4000mAh battery and  a 12-megapixel rear camera, same as the Indian version, but this has a f/1.9 aperture camera with 1.4μm pixel size, Dual PD dual-core speed focus for fast and accurate focus, 5-megapixel secondary camera, 13-megapixel front camera, Android 8.1 (Oreo) with Treble support,  Dual 4G VoLTE support and Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 (Redmi Note 5 Pro) Red went on sale in China today at 999 yuan (US$ 152 / Rs. 10,360 approx.) for the 3GB RAM with 32GB storage version and the 4GB RAM with 64GB storage version costs 1299 yuan(US$ 197 / Rs. 13,475 approx.). Source

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    Nokia promised the face unlock feature on the recently launched Nokia 8 Sirocco, 7 Plus, Nokia 6 (2018) but the feature is nowhere to be seen yet even after months since the launch. However, Nokia Mobiles on Twitter has confirmed that the Nokia 8 Sirocco, Nokia 7 Plus and the new Nokia 6.1, as well as the Nokia 8, will get face unlock as an OTA update in the coming months. @deepalakshmii Nokia 8 Sirocco, Nokia 7 plus and the new Nokia 6, as well as the Nokia 8 will get face unlock as an OTA update in the coming months — Nokia Mobile (@Nokiamobile) June 23, 2018 Though this might sound like yet another vague reply from the company, it still gives hope that the feature might end up coming somewhere in the future. The company didn't mention any time frame for the same, just says that it will be coming in the near future. On another note, HMD Global's hit phone; the Nokia 7 Plus has gained ARCore support and it is now in the list of ARCore supported devices. Apart from Nokia 7 Plus, Nokia 8 Sirocco, and Nokia 6.1 (2018) support ARCore since launch. The company's Cheif Product Officer; Juho Sarvikas confirmed that the ...

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    At the Mobile World Congress Shanghai, Qualcomm Technologies has announced its first platform; the Snapdragon Wear 2500 targeted specifically for 4G connected kids watches. It is aimed at delivering extended battery life, an integrated sensor hub with pre-optimized algorithms, low power location tracking, and the company’s fifth-generation 4G LTE modem, and optimized version of Android for kids. The platform also helps in kids stay in touch with family, learn and grow with access to multimedia content, have fun and play with friends, and stay fit and active throughout the day. It is designed to consume low power with up to 14% longer battery life across both active and standby modes of operation compared to prior generations. This is made possible thanks to several new additions including Wearable PMIC, RF Front End (RFFE), location engine, Bluetooth streaming architecture, and processor and modem software optimizations. The new Wearable PMIC is designed to reduce Rock Bottom Sleep Current (RBSC) by up to 14%. The new Gallium Arsenide (GaAs) based RF PAs are designed to consume up to 20% lower peak power compared to their predecessors. It is globally certified the fifth generation 4G LTE multi-mode modem. It supports more accurate location tracking and is also an optimized ...

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    Samsung launched the Galaxy J6 and Galaxy J8 smartphones in the ‘J Series’ in India  last month. At that time the company said that the Galaxy J8 will be available from July. Today the company has announced that the phone will be available from tomorrow, few days earlier. To remind you, it has a 6-inch HD+ Super AMOLED 18.5: 9 Infinity 2.5D curved glass display, is powered by Snapdragon 450 with 4GB of RAM and runs Android 8.0 (Oreo) with Samsung’s own UI on top. It has dual rear cameras (16MP with f/1.7 aperture and 5MP with f/1.9 aperture) with Background Blur Shape, Portrait Dolly, and Portrait Backdrop. There is a 16-megapixel camera on the front with f/1.9 aperture, LED flash and face unlock. With Background Blur Shape, you can make the pictures talk by adding soft light effect in different contextual shapes. The Portrait Dolly feature delivers a moving GIF image with zoom movements in the background for a cinematic photography experience. The portrait backdrop mode gives a professional touch to photography by creating cool and funky backgrounds effects. It comes with “Chat Over Video” feature which facilitates an uninterrupted and uncompromised video viewing experience while chatting, hence eliminating the need to compromise between video viewing or chatting. ...

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    Lenovo today has launched the Ideapad 530S and Ideapad 330S laptops in India. Both the laptops are powered by 8th Gen Intel Core processors and will go up to Quad Core i7-8550U processor with up to 16GB onboard DDR4 RAM.  The Lenovo Ideapad 530S sports a 14-inches display with WQHD (2560 x 1440) IPS variant and Full HD. It is powered up to 8th Gen Intel Core i5 / i7 Processor, NVIDIA MX 150 or Intel Integrated Graphics. It packs up to 16GB DDR4 RAM and 512 GB PCIe SSD storage. It runs on Windows 10 S operating system. The company claims that it can last up to 8 hours on single charge, it also packs rapid charge feature which provides 2 hours of usage with 15 minutes of charge. It measures 1.49 kgs and 323.4 mm x 226 mm x 16.4 mm. The laptop also features Harman speakers with Dolby audio. A fingerprint reader, backlit keyboard, faster data transfer with reversible Type C port and dedicated 2GB Nvidia MX 150 graphics. Lenovo has also launched Ideapad 330S and it comes in two variants; one that sports a 15.6-inches display in Full HD and HD options. Another variant with 14-inches FHD and HD display options. It is powered by up to 8th ...

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    Spice Devices, has launched F311, the company's first  Android Oreo (Go edition) smartphone.. It has a 5.45-inch FWVGA+ 18:9 aspect ratio display, fingerprint sensor, social share key, is powered by a quad-core MediaTek SoC and the Android Oreo (Go edition) comes pre-installed with new Google’s Go apps offering better performance, less demand on storage, and efficient data use. It has a fingerprint sensor, dual-SIM support, along with a dedicated social share key on the left side, for faster social sharing, and packs a 2400mAh battery. Spice F311 specifications 5.34-inch (480 x 960 pixels) FWVGA+ 18:9 display 1.1GHz Quad-core MediaTek MT6737M with 400MHz Mali-T720 GPU 1GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, expandable memory up to 32GB with microSD Android 8.1 (Oreo Go Edition) Dual SIM 5MP auto focus rear camera with LED flash,  1.4 μm pixel size, f/2.0 aperture 5MP front camera with LED flash Fingerprint sensor, Share Key Dimensions: 153 x 73.55x 8.25mm 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, USB OTG 2400mAh battery The Spice F311 comes in Rose Gold, Black and Phantom Red colors and is priced at Rs. 5599. Commenting on the launch, Pankaj Madaan, Deputy General Manager, Marketing, Spice Devices, said: Reiterating our promise to pace up the smartphone adoption, we have joined hands with MediaTek and Google for Android ...

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    MIUI Notification panel was amongst the things that users hated back in MIUI 8 days because it didn’t have basic stock android features like bundled notifications and had painful two finger swipe down gesture to expand notifications. Xiaomi addressed the complaint and announced New Notification Shade with MIUI 9 and started rolling out the feature to MIUI Global Beta ROM users in November 2017 but MIUI Global Stable ROM users had to wait till March 2018 as company enabled New Notification Shade with MIUI 9.5 update. Redmi Note 5 Pro users are yet to receive this feature as MIUI 9.5 update for Redmi Note 5 Pro is expected to be rolled out this week. [gallery link="file" size="large" ids="254568,254569,254557"] Now, it seems like MIUI 9 Notification Shade didn’t go well as company removed a feature and it also got a makeover with MIUI 10. We already brought you first impression of MIUI 10 (China ROM) on Redmi Note 5 Pro, later we also tried leaked MIUI 10 Global Beta 8.6.14 on Redmi Note 5 Pro and noticed the inability to expand notifications via swipe down that was introduced in MIUI 9 Notification Shade. In MIUI 10, notifications can be expanded with a long press ...

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    Xiaomi introduced the Mi Band 3 along with the Mi 8  in China last month, and the fitness tracker when on sale on June 5th. Now the company's  CEO Lei Jun has announced that the company has sold 1 million units of the Mi Band 3 in just 17 days. The Mi Band 3 is one of the most expected accessories from Xiaomi, since it has been 2 years since the Mi Band 2 was introduced. The Mi Band 3 comes with a large 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. It shows real-time data for running, cycling, walking, and other activities. It still has a button on the front, that lets you can view the caller name on the band, and reject the call with a long press of the button. It has a 110mAh battery that promises about 20 days of standby. Xiaomi is yet to reveal details about the global roll out, which could happen later this year. Source

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    HMD Global is planning on launching a new high-end flagship Nokia smartphone. According to reports, the phone is said to be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845. Surprisingly, the device also features an in-display fingerprint sensor, which will make it the first Nokia phone with this feature. Furthermore, HMD Global is said to be working with its hardware supplier and manufacturing partner FIH Mobile (Foxconn) on a new flagship smartphone. The device is referred to internally as A1 Plus. The phone will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 with eight-cores clocked at 2.8GHz. Since in-display fingerprint sensor requires OLED display, it will feature an LG Display. As for the camera, the company is said to have begun the work back in February 2018 for it. Though it was initially aimed at mid-2018 launch, due to the hurdles during the development, the device now appears to be coming only in the second half of the year. It will also become the smartphone with first in-display to launch in the European market. Since there are many rumors about the Nokia 9 launch since March, this might very well be it. If things fall in place, HMD might announce the new "Nokia 9" at the IFA 2018. Source

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  • 06/27/18--05:31: Honor 10 Giveaway
  • Hello readers! Thanks for your amazing response for all our giveaways. Yes, after a long time, we are back with another giveaway just for you. This time we are teaming up with Honor India to giveaway the latest Honor 10 smartphone with FullView Display, Aurora Glass Design and AI features, powered by an independent NPU. To enter the giveaway you need to follow @HiHonorIndia on Twitter and also need to tweet the answer to a simple question about the Honor 10 using #Honor10 and tagging @HiHonorIndia and @FoneArena. Pretty easy, isn’t it? You can also increase your chances of winning by tweeting about the giveaway with #Honor10 using the link below. Check out the widget to enter the giveaway. Honor 10 Giveaway Important terms:  Giveaway is open only to residents of India. No employees of FoneArena, Honor India or their family members and people connected in setting up this giveaway is permitted to enter the giveaway. Winners will be announced within 15 working days after giveaway gets over. Gifts will be dispatched within 90 working days after the winning notice. Winner will have to respond within 24 hours to claim their prize. If the winner does not respond within the period, a new winner will be chosen. Asking for exchange, invoice of the gift, getting into arguments ...

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    Vivo introduced its NEX series smartphones - NEX S and NEX A in China last month. Today the company has sent out invites for the launch of the smartphone in India on July 19th. The main highlight of the smartphone is its 6.59-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED screen with ultra narrow bezels, Screen SoundCasting Technology, and 8-megapixel pop-up front camera that automatically rises and hides when you open and close the camera app. Vivo NEX A / NEX S (Ultimate) specifications 6.59-inch (2316×1080 pixels) Full HD+ Super AMOLED 19.3:9 aspect ratio display, DCI-P3 color gamut 2.8GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 845 64-bit 10nm Mobile Platform with Adreno 630 GPU (NEX S) / Octa-Core Snapdragon 710 10nm Mobile Platform (Dual 2.2GHz Kryo 360 + Hexa 1.7GHz Kryo 360 CPUs) with Adreno 616 GPU (NEX A) 8GB with 256GB / 128GB storage (NEX S), 6GB RAM with 128GB internal storage (NEX A) Dual SIM Funtouch OS 4.0 based on Android 8.1 (Oreo) 12MP Dual PD rear camera with dual-tone LED flash, Sony IMX363 sensor, 4-axis OIS, f/1.8 aperture, secondary 5MP camera with f/2.4 aperture 8MP front-facing camera, f/2.0 aperture In-display fingerprint sensor (NEX S) / rear-mounted fingerprint sensor (NEX A) Dimensions: 162×77×7.98m; Weight: 199g 3.5mm audio jack, CS43199 + SSM6322 Amplifier (NEX S) ...

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    Vivo at the MWC Shanghai 2018 showcased its Time of Flight (TOF) 3D Sensing Technology.  This detects the time it takes emitted pulse light to return to the sensor to accurately map objects at up to three meters in front of it. "It enables new opportunities in facial, gesture and motion recognition, 3D photography and AR, expanding the capabilities of the next generation of smart devices," said Vivo. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRiOK6zgsug Highlights of Vivo Time of Flight (TOF) 3D Sensing Technology Features industry-leading performance in depth of information captured with its 300,000 sensor points, which is 10 times the number of existing Structured Light Technology. Enables 3D mapping at up to three meters from the phone while having a smaller baseline than Structured Light. Simpler and smaller in structure and allows for more flexibility when embedded in a smartphone. Through precise and accurate tracking of gestures and movements of the user’s entire body, TOF 3D Sensing Technology creates entirely new ways to interact with and experience the world. Using AI to beautify a photo according to the entire person is a whole step above current photography applications. Merging this technology with AR capabilities allows them to try on clothes virtually with enhanced 3D virtual fitting. ...

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    In what can be seen as a relief, Apple and Samsung on Wednesday have finally settled a seven-year patent dispute over the allegations that Samsung violated its patents by copying the design of the iPhone. Back in May, the U.S. jury awarded Apple $539 million. Samsung previously paid Apple $399 million to compensate for the patent infringement. However, Samsung would need to make an additional payment to Apple of nearly $140 million if the verdict was upheld. The string of lawsuits started in 2011 after the company threatened to act on rivals that used the Android operating system. However, it is unclear on how much Samsung should now pay Apple under Wednesday’s settlement. Both Samsung and Apple declined to comment on the developments. Apple in a statement said: Apple “cares deeply about design and this case has always been about more than money.” Regardless of the expenses involved during the lawsuit, Apple and Samsung still remain the title contenders of the world’s largest smartphone maker. Apple gained a major public relations victory with an initial $1 billion verdict in 2012, however, Samsung also obtained rulings in its favor and also dodged the risk of going out of business in the USA. Source

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    US-based Kai Technologies, mobile operating system provider for feature phone like the popular JioPhone and Nokia 8110 4G, today announced that it has received $22 million Series A investment from Google. In addition to the investment, Google and KaiOS have also agreed to work together to make the Google Assistant, Google Maps, YouTube, and Google Search available to all KaiOS users. The company said that these Google apps have been developed specifically for the KaiOS platform, which is entirely web-based, using open standards such as HTML5, JavaScript, and CSS. Some of these apps are already available for JioPhone, and the most popular feature phone in India also got Facebook app a few months back. There are also rumors of WhatsApp working on a version for the KaiOS. KaiOS is baked on Firefox OS which is an open-source project started in 2011 and the operating system debuted in the USA in 2017. The operating system’s Store is based on HTML5 so most of the games, apps, messaging, streaming apps, and social media are already available. It also has support for 4G/LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS, and is compatible with chipsets from major manufacturers. KaiOS works closely with manufacturers like TCL, HMD Global, and Micromax and has partnerships ...

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    Google at the I/O 2018 has demoed the Google Duplex; this tech is where Assistant dupes itself as a human, call a business and get you a reservation. To make it sound like more human has added in human ticks like "umm." However, concerns were raised regarding how ethical this feature is. Back in May, Google clarified in a statement that the experimental system would have “disclosure built-in.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-qCanuYrR0g Google today posted a new demo video of Duplex, and this time Assistant identified itself. In the new video, Assistant identifies itself by saying "Hi. I'm the Google Assistant calling." right after the call gets connected. You can initiate a Duplex call yourself; meaning that you can ask Assistant to make a reservation on a specific day, Assistant gathers more info, and then a different "version" of Assistant places the call. As for the demo, it is quite neat and impressive, but it still needs to be seen how it'll work in real life. As you can see, the automated call will be recorded probably to improve the quality of the call. Google will begin testing Duplex with select users and businesses later this year.

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    Google as a part of the Well-being initiative today is introducing a new out of office option and customizable working hours to Google Calendar. When you are about to create an event on the web, simply select the “Out of office” Calendar entry. The Out of office object will have a different look on the Calendar grid, signaling to others that you’re unavailable.  Google Calendar will automatically decline meetings that occur during this period. You can customize both the decline message as well as the visibility of the title of your out of office object. In future, it will also detect based on the title entered, when you’re creating an out of office object and change the type automatically. However, you can still manually change this if you’d like to opt for a different entry type. You can also restrict your working hours and protect your personal time. When someone tries to schedule meetings with you outside of these hours will be informed that you are not available at that time. You can now customize your work hours for each day separately. These new features are rolling out and should reach everyone within the next two weeks. Source

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    Amazon today announced the launch of Fire TV Stick, Kindle and Echo on Prime Now, an app-only ultrafast delivery service available to Prime members in Bengaluru, Mumbai, New Delhi and Hyderabad. Amazon will offer a limited time introductory discount of 15% on Amazon devices purchased on the Prime Now app. Amazon says that customers in these cities will now have access to the fastest and convenient delivery on the Fire TV Stick, the latest Kindle, Kindle Paperwhite (WiFi), Echo Dot and Echo. It also provides exclusive 2-hour ultra-fast delivery to Prime members anytime between 6 am to midnight. Prime Now currently has a selection of over 10,000 products; this includes selection across all categories like Consumer Electronics, Home & Kitchen, and Grocery fulfilled by Amazon. Download Amazon Prime Now – Android | iOS Jayshree Gururaj, Director – Amazon Devices said: Prime Now brings our fastest and most convenient delivery option for Amazon Devices. You can now get your Fire TV Stick delivered within hours to watch your favourite show or movie, or get your Kindle delivered before you board the flight tonight to your holiday. Siddharth Nambiar – Head of Prime Now, India said: We are excited to add Fire TV Stick, Kindle and the Echo range of devices to Prime Now selection of over ...

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    Xiaomi today announced that its Redmi Note 5 series that includes the Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 5 Pro have crossed 5 million sales in India, since it was launched back in February this year.  Xiaomi says that it's the fastest selling phone series in India to cross the 5 million mark in the given time across all platforms. It took 6 months for the Redmi Note 4 to cross 5 million units, and 10 million units within one year of launch. The company did not individual sales numbers for the smartphones. Even though it has been 4 months since the launch, the company still continues to sell the smartphone every week online, and the 6GB RAM version of the Redmi Note 5 Pro goes out of stock within minutes. We're proud to announce that we've sold 5 MILLION UNITS of Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 5 Pro in just 4 months. Thank you for such an amazing response! RT this and help share the success. F-codes up for grabs. pic.twitter.com/FjJgVgXWRn — Redmi India (@RedmiIndia) June 28, 2018 In a statement, Xiaomi said: Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 5 Pro, including all variants for both smartphones, have gained massive popularity and received huge love from ...

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    Samsung launched the Galaxy A6 smartphone in India last month starting at Rs. 21,990, along with the Galaxy A6+. Today the smartphone has received Rs. 2000 price cut in just a month of launch, and is available for Rs. 19,990. The company also introduced the 64GB version of the smartphone alongside for Rs. 22,990, now this variant of the phone will go on sale soon for Rs. 20,990, which is Rs. 2000 cheaper than the original price. Samsung Galaxy A6 specifications 5.6-inch (1480 x 720 pixels) HD+ Super AMOLED 18.5: 9 Infinity 2.5D curved glass display 1.6GHz Octa-Core Exynos 7870 14nm processor with Mali T830 GPU 4GB RAM with 32GB / 64GB internal storage, expandable memory up to 256GB with microSD Android 8.0 (Oreo) Dual SIM 16MP rear camera with LED flash, f/1.7 aperture,LED flash 16MP front-facing camera with f/1.9 aperture, LED flash Fingerprint sensor Samsung Pay Mini 3.5mm audio jack, Dolby Atmos Dimensions: 149.9 x 70.8 x 7.7 mm; Weight: 162g 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n (2.4/5GHz), HT40, Bluetooth 4.2 LE, GPS 3000mAh battery The Samsung Galaxy A6 32GB storage version in Black, Blue and Golden colors is available for Rs. 19,990 on Amazon.in. The 64GB storage version is listed on Samsung online Shop, and is expected to go ...

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    YouTube TV introduced a picture-in-picture mode with Android 8.0 Oreo back in November and has also extended to its Premium and Music services. The videos are minimised to a corner to let you keep watching while browsing around other apps. However, it now seems to be rolling out to non-paying YouTube users.  However, it's restricted to the US for now. Once the picture-in-picture is toggled on in both the YouTube app and system settings, users will have the ability minimize the videos to a corner. It doesn't seem to work with most music videos without a YouTube Premium subscription, according to the service's FAQ page. Since there is no time frame mentioned, it's unclear how long it will take to roll out to all Android users. With YouTube adding feature to its desktop platform, we could expect it's coming to non-Premium viewers across the service sometime in the near future. Source | Via

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