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    Last week Xiaomi confirmed that it will unveil the Mi Max 3 smartphone in China on July 19th. Yesterday, Xiaomi co-founder and President Bin Lin shared images of the smartphone in Blue Black and Gold colors. Today the company has posted the detailed specifications of the smartphone. All these coincide with earlier rumors. The company also revealed AI features for the camera that can detect 206 scenes, AI voice assistant, AI face unlock and more. Xiaomi Mi Max 3 specifications 6.99-inch (2160 x 1080 pixels) Full HD+ 18:9 IPS 2.5D curved glass display 1.8GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 636 14nm Mobile Platform with Adreno 509 GPU 4GB RAM with 64GB storage, 6GB RAM with 128GB storage MIUI based on Android 8.1 (Oreo) Dual SIM 12MP rear camera with Sony IMX363 sensor, 1.4µm pixel size, Dual PD focus, LED flash, 5MP secondary rear camera 8MP front-facing camera with LED flash Fingerprint sensor Dimensions: 176.15×87.4×7.99mm; Weight: 221g 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac (2.4 / 5GHz) MIMO, Bluetooth 5, GPS + GLONASS, USB Type-C 5500mAh (typical) / 5400mAh (minimum) battery with Quick Charge 3.0 The Xiaomi Mi Max 3 has hinted that pricing will start at 1_99 yuan without revealing the second digit. There are also rumors of Snapdragon 710-powered version, but the company has ...

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    Google today announced that it is rolling out a new visual overview of your day the next when you open the  Assistant app on your Android phone. It will fill it with proactive suggestions and personalized information to help you stay on top of your day. Google is calling this new addition; 'visual snapshot' and it provides curated, helpful information based on the time of day, location, and your recent interactions with the Assistant. This will be available on Android and iOS devices in all languages supported by the Google Assistant. Google is putting travel times in the center, so you know when to hit the road. As you scroll down, you’ll see your agenda, reminders, restaurant or movie reservations, your favorite stocks, upcoming bills, packages in transit, and suggestions for new Actions you should try. You can access the all-new experience by tapping on the new icon in the top right corner of the screen after you’ve activated your Google Assistant. In case if you are an iOS user, your personal updates will be shown as soon as you open the Google Assistant app. Google also said that over time, it would add more features like offering an overview of your notes and ...

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    Google recently announced a new look for the Google sign-in screen, but then again due to some unforeseen delays it pushed the launch. However, it is finally rolling out the new design this week including some minor changes. This new design takes advantage of the new Material Theme styling. Going forward, when you sign in to your G Suite account, you may notice the screen looks slightly different with some of the changes include tweaks to the Google logo and center alignment of all items on the screen. This change is a part of the Google's efforts to update the G Suite applications in-line with its other products. However, the outline around the text field when entering your email address/phone number and password. This change will appear in the coming months. As said, the new change centers the Google logo and other times on the screen to give it a more modern appearance. The sign-in screen will continue to use the current field, but with bolded text for the upcoming launch. However, the outline around the text field will be arriving in the coming months. Source

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    HMD Global has finally released Android P  Developer Preview 4 (Beta 3) V3.110 for the Nokia 7 Plus smartphone, weeks after Google pushed the update for its Pixel devices. In addition to option to side-load the update manually, the company is also offering  OTA update, similar to Google.  Check out the procedure on how to get the Android P OTA update for the Nokia 7 Plus 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 push OTA update to your phone (OTA delivery will automatically wipe all User data from your device so backup everything before doing this). After downloading, you device will boot with the latest Android P Beta The Nokia 7 Plus Android P  Developer Preview 4 (Beta 3) V3.110 is 1.4GB in size and also includes Android security patch for July 2018. You can also roll back to Android Oreo via OTA, which will again wipe out the data. We did not find any issues with the camera or the Android features, but most of the apps like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video crashed. This ...

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    Samsung Electronics today has announced that it is adding Deezer High Fidelity Lossless Audio on select Samsung soundbars and wireless speakers. This move comes from the company's partnership with Deezer.  The Deezer HiFi streams music at 16-Bit/ 44.1 kHz in lossless audio. This ensures the highest sound quality, perfect for music lovers that want to hear every single element of a track. It also includes Flow, a personal soundtrack that uses smart data to play familiar favorites and new recommendations for users, as well as ad-free listening, unlimited music play and access to an extensive library of playlists, albums, music genres and more. Deezer HiFi users have unlimited access to 36 million HiFi tracks in more than 180 countries. The service is now available to Samsung users with a compatible wireless device. Taeho Park, Vice President of Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics. At Samsung, we prioritize innovation and sound quality when introducing audio products to our consumers,” said  “We are driven by our commitment to providing a listening experience that’s unrivaled by our competitors, and our partnership with Deezer speaks directly to our mission to produce the best sound quality in the market. Riad Hawa, Vice President of Hardware Partnerships at Deezer said: Our partnership with Samsung ...

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  • 07/18/18--02:28: Infinix Hot 6 Pro Review
  • Over the last year, Infinix has managed to carve out a niche for itself. With well-balanced devices that offer large displays and good battery life, they've managed to stand out against the competition. The Infinix Hot 6 Pro is yet another smartphone that brings some key features like a large display and big battery at an affordable price point. Neither of these are new features in a very crowded market so let's take a closer look at how the phone performs. Infinix Hot 6 Pro (X608) specifications 5.99-inch (1440 x 720 pixels) HD+ 2.5D curved glass display with 18:9 aspect ratio 1.4GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 425 Mobile Platform with Adreno 308 GPU 3GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, expandable memory with microSD Android 8.0 (Oreo) with XOS 3.2 Dual SIM (nano + nano + microSD) 13MP rear camera with Dual LED Flash, f/2.0 aperture, secondary 2MP camera 5MP front-facing camera with soft LED flash, f/2.0 aperture Fingerprint sensor Dimensions: 160.43 x 76.21 x 8.6mm; Weight: 158g 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS 4000mAh battery Design The Infinix Hot 6 Pro is a premium looking device with a design that emphasises the large screen front. The 5.99 inch 18:9 display is one of the largest you can ...

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    Huawei has introduced TalkBand B5, successor of TalkBand B3 which was introduced back in 2016. It has a 1.13-inch AMOLED 2.5D curved glass touch screen display, which is 2.4 times bigger than the predecessor. The pop-up Bluetooth headset has trip-core audio chip with high-definition voice, thanks to dual microphone with noise reduction. It has caller ID support, call muting as well as speed dial option to quickly call a person. It has IP67 ratings for dust and water resistance, comes with optional 18mm straps in silicone, leather and even stainless steel for a premium look. It has Huawei TruRelax Technology that analyses heart rate variability and accesses your stress status. It also offers breath training for relaxing. The Huawei TruSleep 2.0 uses cardiopulmonary coupled dynamics spectrum (CPC) to monitor complete sleep structure including deep sleep (REM) to analyse sleep and offer personalized sleep recommendations. The Huawei TruSeen 2.0 heart rate technology offers 24-hour continuous heart monitoring when running, walking, cycling and more. In addition to step counting, calorie calculation and distance measurement, you can set up a running plan based on heart rate evaluation, V02max, recovery time suggestion and more. It can also double up as smartphone selfie trigger and find the phone when it is far away ...

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    Huawei Nova 3, the company's latest smartphone in the Nova series is now official, after rumors and certification. It packs a 6.3-inch FHD+ 19:5:9 aspect ratio curved glass display with a notch, is powered by Kirin 970 SoC with support for GPU Turbo, packs 6GB of RAM and runs Android 8.1 (Oreo) with EMUI 8.2, similar to the Honor Play, but this has a 16-megapixel rear camera AI scene recognition that can detect over 500 scenes and the 24-megapixel secondary rear camera for portrait shots. It has a 24-megapixel front camera along with a 2-megapixel secondary camera. It has face unlocking that uses infrared light to gather face information even in dark conditions. There is also 3D Qmoji, which is similar to Apple's Animoji. It features a glass back, fingerprint sensor on the back and packs a 3750mAh battery with support for fast charging. Huawei Nova 3 specifications 6.3-inch (2340 x 1080 pixels) Full HD+ 19:5:9 3D curved glass display, 85%  NTSC Color Gamut Octa-Core Huawei Kirin 970 (4 x 2.4 GHz A73+ 4 x 1.8 GHz A53) 10nm processor with Mali-G72 MP12 GPU,  i7 co-processor, NPU, GPU Turbo 6GB RAM, 64GB / 128GB internal storage, expandable memory up to 256GB with microSD Android 8.1 (Oreo) with ...

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    After rumors, Huawei has officially announced the Nova 3i, a cheaper version of the Nova 3 in China. It packs a 6.3-inch FHD+ 19:5:9 aspect ratio curved glass display with a notch, runs Android 8.1 (Oreo) with EMUI 8.2 and a 24-megapixel front camera along with a 2-megapixel secondary camera, similar to the Nova 3, but this has a 16-megapixel rear camera AI scene recognition along with a 2-megapixel secondary rear camera for portrait shots. It is powered by new Kirin 710 Octa-Core 12nm SoC with support for GPU Turbo feature. There is also 3D Qmoji, which is similar to Apple’s Animoji. It is has a fingerprint sensor on the glass back and packs a slightly smaller 3340mAh battery compared to the Nova 3. Huawei Nova 3i specifications 6.3-inch (2340 x 1080 pixels) Full HD+ 19:5:9 2.5D curved glass display, 85%  NTSC Color Gamut Octa-Core Kirin 710 12nm (4 x 2.2GHz  Cortex-A73 +4 x 1.7GHz Cortex-A53 1.7GHz) with 4GB RAM with 128GB storage, 6GB RAM with 64GB / 128GB internal storage, expandable memory up to 256GB with microSD Android 8.1 (Oreo) with EMUI 8.2 Hybrid Dual SIM (nano + nano / microSD) 16MP rear camera with LED flash, secondary 2MP rear camera 24MP front-facing camera ...

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    The European Commission has fined Google €4.34 billion ($5.04 billion) for breaching EU antitrust rules. It claims that since 2011, Google has imposed illegal restrictions on Android device manufacturers and mobile networks to cement its dominant position in general internet search. The commission says that Google needs to put an end to the conduct within the next 90 days or face penalty payments of up to 5% of the average daily worldwide turnover of Alphabet. It says that Google imposed conditions that manufacturers have to pre-install the Google Search app and browser app (Chrome) as a condition for licensing Google's PlayStore. Google said to have made payments to certain manufacturers and mobile network operators on condition that they exclusively use the Google Search app on their devices. Google said to have prevented manufacturers wishing to pre-install Google apps from selling smartphones other than Android. EU says that Google gets the vast majority of its revenues via its flagship product, the Google search engine. Anticipating the change from desktop PCs to mobile internet, Google developed a strategy to make sure that users would continue to use Google Search also on their mobile devices. The Commission decision concerns three specific types of contractual restrictions that Google has imposed ...

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    Samsung apart from working on Tab S4 is also busy prepping the Tab A 8.0 (2018) and from the rendered image, you can read the date August 9, possibly hinting at its launch date, which also happens to the same day as the Galaxy Note 9 launch. As the name suggests, the tablet sports an 8-inches display with more compact housing compared to the Tab A (2017). Samsung seems to be working on eliminating the physical home button to save space as much as possible. The rounded glass on the left and right of the screen gives the Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2018) more premium on the eye. On the right are the volume buttons and the power button with microSD card slot for memory expansion. It is 7.5 millimeters shorter and comes out at about 204.6 millimeters. The tablet is expected to come with Android Oreo. However, at this moment, there are details on the specifications of the tablet, but with the probable launch inching closer, we should know more details at the time of launch. Source

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    Ahead of Nova 3 launch in India next Thursday, Huawei today said that it is boosting its efforts on the innovation of AI capabilities with specialized team that focuses on R&D, here in India. The company said that it has focused on customer research and localization of its offerings to provide the best ever experience on mobile phones. Huawei invests in intelligent sensing, intelligent cognition, and intelligent computing. The company has developed artificial intelligence systems that enable synergies between software and hardware, as well as between devices and cloud. In addition, Huawei strives to bring a smarter experience to consumers in all scenarios. The company has made major breakthroughs in areas including chipsets, user interface (UI), and dual/triple-lens camera technology. Huawei has also built new capacity for product innovation. Chipset: As a new-generation chipset applied to Huawei's flagship smartphones, the Kirin 970 features dedicated NPU (Neural Processing Unit) ultra-fast connection, intelligent computing capability, HD audio-visual effects, and long battery life. Through this chipset, Huawei aims to enable broader use of AI technology in the application field and provide consumers with a never-before-seen AI experience right in the palm of their hands UI: Addressing the issue of Android phones slowing down, Huawei’s R&D team, led by some ...

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    BlackBerry announced its flagship KEY2 at an event in New York City last month. Now the details about the cheaper KEY2 Lite has surfaced along with a live image, thanks to @evleak. The smartphone is said to come with a similar design and form factor as the KEY2, but this will have a plastic body. *This plastic 'Berry is said to launch late August / early September, perhaps at IFA. — Evan Blass (@evleaks) July 18, 2018 This is code-named Luna, which was rumored earlier and will likely feature a similar 3:2 aspect ratio display along with a 4-row QWERTY physical backlit keyboard. The smartphone is said to come in Red, Blue, and Copper. The image that has surfaced shows a Blue or Black back with red finish on the sides, and probably on the front as well. The BlackBerry KEY2 Lite is expected to be announced sometime in late-August or early September, so there are chances we might expect it at the IFA 2018. Source

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    Samsung is rumored to launch a new smartphone for quite some time, it is also reported that the company is sketching plans to bring the smartwatch series under the Galaxy line-up. In what was initially believed to be called as the Gear S4 may actually be launched as the Galaxy Watch. But what is unknown are the details regarding the launch. Previous reports suggested that it will be launching alongside the Galaxy Note 9 at the IFA 2018 convention in Berlin this September. However, a new report from Korea now says the same and goes on to claim that it will go on sale on the same as the Galaxy Note 9; i.e, on August 24th. Though Samsung confirmed the Galaxy Note 9 launch on August 9th, it hasn't teased anything about the Galaxy Watch. Contrary to rumors, the new Galaxy Watch will still be a Tizen device and will run Tizen OS, not the Wear OS. It will be available in two versions that differ in size. Report further states that Galaxy Watch will pack improved healthcare features and the company will offer top of the line app relating to the fitness features. Pre-orders for the Galaxy Watch will reportedly begin on August 14, which again ...

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    HMD Global has launched Nokia 3.1, successor of last year’s Nokia 3 in India. The Android One smartphone was introduced at an event in Russia back in May, and packs a 5.2-inch HD+ 2.5D curved glass display with 18:9 aspect  ratio, is powered by MediaTek MT6750 SoC with 2GB RAM, runs Android 8.0 (Oreo), which is upgradable to Android P in future, has a 13-megapixel rear camera and an 8-megapixel camera on the front. It has a polycarbonate back and aluminium sides with a dual diamond cut design and packs a 2900mAh battery. Nokia 3.1 specifications 5.2-inch (720 x 1440 pixels) HD+ 2.5D curved glass display with Corning Gorilla Glass protection Octa-Core MediaTek MT6750N (4 x 1.5GHz A53 + 4 x 1.0GHz A53) processor with Mali T860 GPU 2GB RAM, 16GB internal memory, expandable memory up to 128GB with microSD Android 8.0 (Oreo) OS, upgradable to Android P Dual SIM 13MP rear camera with LED Flash, f/2.0 aperture 8MP front-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture, 84.6-degree wide-angle lens 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio Dimensions: 146.25 x 68.65 x 8.7mm; Weight: 138.3 g 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1 LE, GPS 2990mAh battery The Nokia 3.1 comes in Blue/Copper, Black/Chrome and White/Iron colors, is priced at Rs. 10,499 and will be available ...

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    The EU has fined Google with a $5.04 billion for forcing its apps on Android manufacturers. To put it in simple words, EU wants Google to unbundle its Chrome and Search app from Android phones, but this might have implication in the future of free-Android business model. Google CEO Sundar Pichai in a response to  EU’s $5 billion fine, claims that users install an average of 50 apps themselves and also gives the ability to remove the pre-installed app any time they wish.  The vast majority of the free-Android model is dependant on the app bundling and preventing it from bundling its own apps, will upset the Android ecosystem. In a blog post, Google CEO, Sundar Pichai said: "If phone makers and mobile network operators couldn’t include our apps on their wide range of devices, it would upset the balance of the Android ecosystem. So far, the Android business model has meant that we haven't had to charge phone makers for our technology or depend on a tightly controlled distribution model. " On the other hand, EU made no suggestions on how Google should solve its app bundling violations. But if the phone makers were given the chance to bundle their browser instead of Chrome and point search ...

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    Vivo just launched NEX, the company's latest smartphone in India, as it had promised. It was introduced as NEX S in China in May, packs a 6.59-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED screen with ultra narrow bezels with 91.24 screen-to-body ratio, Screen SoundCasting Technology, and 8-megapixel pop-up front camera that automatically rises and hides when you open and close the camera app. This uses extremely precise micro-stepping motors, with independent drive ICs and precision control algorithms to precisely control this process, says Vivo. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YAXnvS45D0c It has a 12-megapixel rear camera with Sony IMX363 sensor, 4-axis OIS, along with 5-megapixel secondary rear camera for AI portrait shots with auto scene detection. It has an in-display fingerprint sensor, and the company says that the third-generation screen fingerprint technology, is smaller, and more powerful offering 50% better accuracy and the unlocking speed is increased by 10% compared to the predecessor. The phone runs on Android 8.1 (Oreo) with Jovi AI and Funtouch OS 4.0. The phone comes in Star Diamond Black color that uses holographic technology and a metal frame. Vivo NEX 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 8GB RAM, 128GB storage Dual SIM Funtouch OS ...

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    iBall has launched Baton 1200M Smart Dual Band Wireless AC Router offering with a transmission speed of up to 1200Mbps. It has Wi-Fi standard 802.11ac, supports both DSL and Broadband connections, sports 4 omnidirectional antennas, with MU-MIMO Technology that shares the available bandwidth into separate individual streams equally to the connected wireless devices to improve Wi-Fi experience with better bandwidth performance and handle data more efficiently – stronger speed with better performance. The Beamforming Technology improves coverage by directing bandwidth to connected devices.  In sync with the Mobile App i-Connect, the router can be managed remotely, anytime, anywhere. This further enables password protection, monitoring of online client devices, LED control, Remove Wake up among several others. Highlights of iBall Baton 1200M router 802.11ac Wi-Fi 2.4GHz and 5GHz 2X2 up to 1167 Mbps  4 x 5dBi omni-directional antennas with MU-MIMO Technology Smart App Management to manage and monitor your Router at your fingertips Wireless scheduling and Bandwidth management Multi-operation mode: Router / WISP / Access Point function  3 x 10/100 Mbps LAN ports, 1 x 10/100 Mbps LAN port Buttons - 1 x WPS/Reset button, 1 x WiFi on/off button LEDs - 1 - SYS, 1 - WiFi, 1 - WAN, 3 - LAN The iBall ...

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    HMD global introduced the Nokia X6 smartphone in China back in May, and the global version of the smartphone,  Nokia 6.1 Plus appeared in a benchmark listing earlier this week. Now the Nokia Mobile Taiwan has started teasing the launch of the long-awaited Android One smartphone with an image. This is will be the first time the smartphone will go on sale outside China.   Nokia 6.1 Plus (X6) specifications 5.8-inch (2280 × 1080 pixels) Full HD+ display with 19:9 aspect ratio with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection 1.8GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 636 14nm Mobile Platform with Adreno 509 GPU 4GB RAM with 32GB / 64GB internal storage, 6GB RAM with 64GB internal storage, expandable memory up to 256GB with microSD Hybrid Dual SIM (nano + nano / microSD) Android 8.1 (Oreo), upgradable to Android P 16MP (RGB) rear camera with dual-tone LED flash, f/2.0 aperture, 1.0um pixel size, 5MP (Monochrome) secondary rear camera with f/2.2 aperture, 1.2um pixel size 16MP front-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture, 1.0um pixel size Fingerprint sensor 3.5 mm headphone jack, FM Radio Dimensions:  47.2 x 70.98 x 7.99~8.59mm; Weight: 151g 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz + 5GHz), Bluetooth 5, GPS + GLONASS, Type-C 3060mAh (typical) / 3000mAh (minimum) battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge ...

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    OnePlus has released Android P Beta 3  (DP4) for the OnePlus 6 smartphone. This includes several fixes and improvements, including camera improvements and camera functionality with third-party apps. There are also issues with the power consumption, Bluetooth compatibility and third-part app compatibility warns OnePlus. Changelog: System Updated Android security patch to 2018.7 Updated Google Mobile Services Improved system stability Fixed issue with hotspot functionality Camera Improved image quality Fixed issue with watermark option functionality Third-Party Apps Improved camera functionality with third-party apps Fixed compatibility issues with certain third-party apps Other known Issues System System stability and power consumption issues Bluetooth Compatibility issues with Bluetooth connectivity Third-Party Apps Some apps may not function as expected when running on this Developer preview release There is no OTA update, and you have to flash manually, which is easy. You can find the ROM link and instructions from the source link below. Since this is beta, there will be a lot of bugs as OnePlus has mentioned, so do it at your own risk, and backup important data. Source

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