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    According to a new report, OnePlus 6T which is rumored to be the next OnePlus flagship will be T-Mobile exclusive when it launches in the U.S later this year. This means that the OnePlus 6T will be optimized for T-Mobile's network. This in addition to the standard global version that's unlocked.  According to reports, the price of the OnePlus 6T is tentatively set at $550 and pricing stands as the major reason for OnePlus phones to be the best alternatives to the $1000 flagships in the U.S. Though the company enjoys immense popularity among Android users, it hasn't become a household name mostly because of the lack of carrier backing. With T-Mobile backing, OnePlus now has an edge in attracting more users. Instead of going the carrier way in the USA, OnePlus took a different route altogether by launching its phones unlocked directly and has built a cult following for itself. This new development falls in line with company's CEO, Pete Lau statement back in January where he said that he "would begin talking with the US carrier this year. If the right opportunity and right timing come along, we'll be very happy to experiment" Since OnePlus phones are supported on AT&T and T-Mobiles, the odds were always ...

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    Google is said to be working on releasing a smart speaker equipped with a display later this year, according to sources. This new smart speaker with the display will compete against rivals from Amazon.com and would round out Google's range of smart speakers that are running AI voice assistant. Furthermore, Google is targeting to ship around 3 million units in the batch, whereas, Amazon managed to ship only 315,000 units in 2017, after introducing the Echo Show last year. Google already has Smart Displays that it launched in partnership with Lenovo, JBL, LG, and others. This allows the companies to build Echo Show-like devices of their own. Google's current AI speaker lineup includes the standard Google Home, the cost-effective Home Mini, and the high-end Home Max. The upcoming smart speaker with the display would rely on voice commands but users might have the ability to play YouTube videos, check their calendars and view maps. A total of 35 million smart speakers were shipped worldwide in 2017 of which Google accounted for 32%, according to Canalys data. Sources also claim that Google is ambitious about building an end-to-end ecosystem and platform with its own product lineup. Google, as expected, declined to comment about the new Smart Speaker with a display. Source

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    Microsoft India and Apollo Hospitals as a part of company's AI Network for Healthcare initiative, announced the launch of the first ever AI-powered Cardiovascular Disease Risk Score API (application program interface), designed specifically to predict the risk of Cardiovascular Disease (CVD). Thanks to the AI-powered API, doctors across the Apollo network of hospitals can now leverage on this to predict the risk of CVD and drive preventive cardiac care. It is built on Microsoft Azure and aims to determine a more accurate CVD risk score for the Indian population. It is been developed using a combination of applied AI and clinical expertise on a large sample of retrospective data on health checks and coronary events. The scoring considers risk contributors including lifestyle attributes such as diet, tobacco & smoking preferences and physical activity as well as psychological stress & anxiety as reflected via the rate of respiration, hypertension and systolic & diastolic blood pressure. It also categorizes risk into high, moderate and minimal and also provides insights into the top modifiable risk contributors. The company says that its AI Network for Healthcare aims to maximize the ability of artificial intelligence and cloud computing to accelerate innovation in the healthcare industry and improve the lives of ...

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    Future version of Android releases could allow users to start manually backing up app data to Google Drive, according to the Android development team on the Google Issue Tracker. This backup includes your application data, call history, device settings, and text messages. Currently, Google Drive backups are done without user intervention and it depends on certain conditions like time, power status, and more. However, in the future versions of Android, users will be able to trigger the backup themselves. This makes the change of phones easy without having to worry about data loss. Using ADB on your computer, you can trigger a manual backup, but with the introduction of such features eliminates the additional work.  Android P, as it stands, only offers the ability to switch on and off auto-backup by going to Settings -> System -> Backup & Reset. But once Google adds such feature, you don't have to rely on the ADB commands anymore. While it might not be a groundbreaking feature of some sorts for an average consumer, it sure is a life-saving option for those who change phones frequently. Source | Via

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    Xiaomi’s MIUI is amongst the most popular Android skins with more than 200 million worldwide users. MIUI Beta ROM gets updated biweekly, which includes closed beta on every Tuesday and public beta on every Friday but all devices running MIUI come with MIUI Global Stable ROM pre-installed. Users could switch to MIUI Global Beta ROM using Updater method or Fastboot method but company always advised users to flash MIUI Global Beta ROM using Fastboot method after unlocking the bootloader of their device, but now users don’t need to unlock bootloader to switch to MIUI Global Beta ROM. After release of recent MIUI Global Beta ROM update, Mi Community admin posted an announcement thread and as per the information provided in post Redmi Y1 Lite, Redmi Y1, Redmi 5A, Redmi 5, Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 5 Pro users can switch to MIUI 10 Global Beta ROM from MIUI 9 Global Stable ROM without unlocking bootloader. Users of above mentioned devices can download latest Global Beta ROM from here and flash using Updater method. Users of other devices are supposed to stick to Fastboot method for now, as no information is provided for other devices. Xiaomi has started rolling out MIUI 9.6 Stable ...

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    Details about Qualcomm's upcoming flagship Snapdragon 855 SoC, successor of Snapdragon 845 surfaced earlier this year. A recent report said that TSMC will be making the 7nm (FinFET) chips and the production will start by the end of 2018 or early 2019. Now another report reveals that the company might go for a new naming scheme.  Snapdragon 855 codenamed "Hana" internally called SDM855 will reportedly launch as SM8150. The name change is presumably to make it easier to distinguish SoCs for smartphones and the one used in laptops.  The company is also said to rename its ARM-based laptop processor previously developed as the SDM1000 codenmaed "Poipu" to SCX8180. The SM7150 and SM7250 names have also surfaced, which could be the Snapdragon 670 and Snapdragon 710, the company's latest mid-range 10nm SoCs. The Snapdragon SM8150 SoC is also expected to feature a dedicated AI processing unit, similar to Huawei's Kirin 970 that was introduced last year as the world’s first mobile SoC with dedicated Neural Processing Unit (NPU). Huawei is now gearing to introduce the Kirin 980 SoC at the IFA 2018 later this month. Qualcomm's currently high-end and few mid-range SoCs already have AI features, but doesn't use a dedicated computing unit for AI ...

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    ZTE has announced an event at the IFA 2018 in Berlin later this month where it is expected to introduce Axon 9, successor of the Axon 7 that was introduced back in 2016, according to the teaser. ZTE will also introduce “leading 5G innovations” on display at a trade show booth. See you at #ifa2018 ! pic.twitter.com/LROy1FTYcq — ZTE Device (@ZTEDevice) August 16, 2018 The Axon 9 is expected to feature 18:9 aspect ratio display, powered by Snapdragon 845 SoC and feature dual rear cameras, similar to most other flagships. ZTE is also expected to introduce new Blade series smartphone at the event. Back in April, the US Govt banned ZTE from using American technology for seven years. Last month the US Secretary of Commerce Department lifted the ban on American firms selling products to them, after ZTE paid the final penalty of $400 million from the $1.4 billion in escrow at a U.S. bank. ZTE's IFA event is scheduled for 30th August and starts at 4PM CEST (7:30 PM IST). We should know more details about the smartphone in the coming weeks. Source

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    Motorola One Android One smartphone with the model number XT1941 has been certified by TENAA in China, after the press images of the phone surfaced in renders.  The smartphone that surfaced in live images and TENAA certification  was actually the P30 that was introduced in China earlier this week. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="640"] Image AH[/caption] This certification site reveals a glass back, 5.86-inch HD+ 19:9 aspect ratio screen with a notch, 2.2GHz Octa-Core SoC (which could be Snapdragon 626 or 630), up to 6GB RAM, 13MP rear camera along with a secondary camera that are separated by an LED flash in the middle, and an 8MP front camera. TENAA even says that the phone has four cameras, so it could house a secondary front camera. The image shows a shiny metal frame, Motorola logo on the front, below the screen, and the fingerprint sensor is present on the back with a Motorola logo, similar to the P30. The image on TENAA doesn't have an Android One branding on the back, compared to the render that surfaced earlier, so it might not be launched as an Android One smartphone in China. Motorola One (XT1941) rumored specifications 5.86-inch (1520 x 720 pixels) 19:9 aspect ratio 2.5D curved glass display 2.2GHz ...

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    At the Gamescom, HP has introduced new OMEN hardware and mobile software innovations for gaming enthusiasts. The OMEN Obelisk is the company's the latest addition to the desktop gaming family. It is also introducing new OMEN Game Stream for Android with an aim to bring OMEN gaming experiences to mobile devices. The HP OMEN Obelisk will be one of the first systems pack the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 20 series GPUs, powered by all-new NVIDIA Turing architecture. The integration of HyperX high-performance memory within the OMEN Obelisk helps in utilizing the latest GPUs, RAM and other components through an industry-standard upgrade path vital. It is powered by up to 8th Generation Intel Core i+ CPUs with up to six cores or up to 2nd Generation AMD Ryzen CPUs with eight cores. it also offers a variety of storage options including PCIe NVMe SSD, dual storage (SSD + HDD), triple storage (SSD + 2x HDD), single-HDD, or HDD+ Intel Optane memory for storage acceleration. The new OMEN Mindframe Headset is the world’s first headset with active earcup cooling technology. It is aimed at delivering added comfort and audio benefits for both competitive play and streaming. It features noise cancelation, real-time audible feedback via sidetone to take advantage of noise cancellation, ...

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    Along with the F9 Pro, OPPO also introduced the F9, a cheaper version in the ‘F series’ in India. It has a 6.3-inch Full HD+ display with Waterdrop Screen with screen-to-body ratio up to 90.8% for a more immersive experience, is powered by Octa-Core MediaTek Helio P60 12nm processor, has 16MP rear camera with LED flash, and secondary 2MP camera, similar to the F9 Pro, but this features a 16-megapixel front camera, packs 4GB of RAM and doesn't have VOOC Flash charge even though it packs the same 3500mAh battery.  It has dedicated dual SIM slots and a Fingerprint sensor on the back, which looks similar to OPPO F7's Diamond patterns. OPPO F9 specifications 6.3-inch (2280 x 1080 pixels) Full HD+ 19.5:9 aspect ratio display Octa Core MediaTek Helio P60 12nm processor (Quad 2GHz Cortex A73 + Quad 2GHz Cortex A53 CPUs) with ARM Mali-G72 MP3 GPU 4GB RAM, 64GB internal memory, expandable memory up to 256GB with microSD Dual SIM (nano + nano + microSD) ColorOS 5.2 based on Android 8.1 (Oreo) 16MP rear camera with LED flash, f/1.85 aperture, secondary 2MP camera 16MP front-facing camera Fingerprint sensor 3.5mm audio jack Dual 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz + 5GHz), Bluetooth 4.2, GPS ...

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    Samsung introduced Galaxy A9 Star smartphone in China in June, later the smartphone was introduced for the global markets as Galaxy A8 Star. Now the company has started teasing the launch of the A8 Star in India, exclusively on Amazon.in. It has has a 6.28-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED Infinity display, is powered by Snapdragon 660, has a 16-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a secondary 24-megapixel rear camera. It has a fingerprint sensor on the back and packs a 3700mAh battery. Samsung Galaxy A8 Star specifications  6.28-inch FHD+ (1080×2220 pixels) FHD+ Super AMOLED Infinity display Octa Core Snapdragon 660 14nm Mobile Platform (Quad 2.2GHz Kryo 260 + Quad 1.8GHz Kryo 260 CPUs) with Adreno 512 GPU 4GB LPDDR4x RAM, 64GB internal storage, expandable memory up to 256GB with microSD Android 8.0 (Oreo) Dual SIM 16MP primary rear camera with LED Flash, f/1.7 aperture, 24MP secondary rear camera 24MP front-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture Fingerprint sensor Dimensions: 162.4×77.0×7.55mm; Weight: 188g 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac (2.4/5GHz), Bluetooth 5 LE, GPS with GLONASS 3700mAh battery with fast charging The Samsung Galaxy A8 Star comes in Black and White colors, and Amazon.in teases that it will cost over Rs. 30,000.

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    The ASUS Republic of Gamers at the Gamescom today announced three gaming graphics cards; the ROG Strix, ASUS Dual and ASUS Turbo versions of the brand-new NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti and 2080 GPUs. It also introduced the Zephyrus S, ROG Strix SCAR II, and ASUS TUF Gaming FX505 and FX705 gaming laptops. Furthermore, the company is also introducing range of new products including the ROG Swift PG65UQ and PG27UQ 4K HDR gaming monitors, ROG Ryujin and Ryuo AIO CPU coolers, ROG Thor 1200W Platinum power supply, ROG Rapture GT-AX11000 tri-band 802.11ax router, ROG Delta gaming headset, ROG Gladius II Wireless gaming mouse, and ROG Balteus Qi wireless charging gaming mouse pad. The company announced that it has also collaborated with seven major game-title publishers; Koch Media/Deep Silver, Activision, Bethesda, Kalypso, THQ Nordic, and 1C Company to display over 3000 ASUS and ROG products at Gamescom. The products include 800 Powered-by-ASUS PCs built by BoostBox with ROG Strix or ASUS TUF Gaming motherboards and over 2500 ROG products, including motherboards, graphics cards, monitors, routers, laptops, desktops, and peripherals. The ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 Ti and 2080 feature the new Turing architecture cool with brand-new Axial-tech fans. The size of the fan hub has been reduced to allow ...

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    After a teaser, Realme has announced that the Realme 2, successor of  Realme 1 in India on August 28th. The company already teased that the phone will have a notch and feature dual rear cameras. The company today confirmed that it will pack a 4230mAh battery compared to the 3300mAh battery in the predecessor. From night long movie marathons to unending gameplays, with the 4230mAh battery of #Realme2, let the fun never be interrupted! #ANotchAbove pic.twitter.com/a2LIgWHLcW — Realme (@realmemobiles) August 21, 2018 We had already seen a render of the smartphone that revealed its design. This also revealed a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor that the Realme 1 lacked and a glossy back with a symmetrical design, similar to the predecessor. Last month Realme announced that it will be an independent brand and  Sky Li, the former Vice President of OPPO will head the company. We should know more specifications in the coming days, and the price when it is launched next Tuesday.

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    LG has introduced  TONE Platinum SE (HBS-1120) with a dedicated Google Assistant button and LG TONE Ultra SE (HBS-835S) featuring an external speaker ahead of IFA 2018 later this month. The LG TONE Platinum SE is the first in the TONE series to offer Google Assistant and real time translation at the press of a button with Google Translate. You can use the button instead of using "OK Google" hot-word for faster, more responsive AI, especially when using services such as Google Translate. It has a hybrid unit consisting of a balanced armature driver that generates clear high-frequency sound while the dynamic drivers deliver robust bass. The LG TONE Ultra SE features an external mono speaker in addition to earbuds. This lets you make calls and listen to music without blocking out ambient sounds Both these have  dual MEMS microphone for the best call clarity and support for the Tone & Talk smartphone app. Both these will be available in Black, Blue and Gold colors and will be showcased at the IFA from August 31 to September 5. Pricing and availability will be announced later.

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    Samsung Electronics unveiled its new CJG5 curved gaming monitor at Gamescom 2018. The CJG5 comes in two models; 32-inch(C32JG5) and 27-inch(C27JG5) and these monitors feature key gaming technologies such as WQHD high resolution, curved display, 144Hz refresh rate and a high contrast ratio. The CJG5 bezel-less, game-optimized gaming monitor provides a completely smooth and immersive gaming experience. It sports a WQHD (2,560 x 1,440) resolution display with a high contrast ratio of 3000:1. The 1800R curvature minimizes eye fatigue by reducing the change in the user’s focal distance. It comes with game and cinema modes that automatically optimize the black gamma level, contrast, sharpness, and saturation. Users can also instantly check and control key settings during the game with ease, using the game-dedicated On Screen Display (OSD) dashboard menu with game style UI. It comes with 2x HDMI (1x 2.0, 1x 1.4), 1x DP 1.2, Headphone. The Samsung CJG5 curved gaming monitor will be available globally from the Q2 2018. Seog-gi Kim, Executive Vice President of Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics said: Due to the rapidly increasing demands of gaming monitors, we sought to offer competitively-priced gaming monitors for more users to benefit from premium technology. With the technological expertise that we have accumulated throughout the years, we ...

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    OnePlus already released open beta for the OnePlus 6 back in May, and it keeps updating it frequently.  Now the company has announced that it is opening registrations for closed beta program to get feedback and refine or revise the OxygenOS based on that before pushing the public beta. The closed beta usually includes an elite crew of OnePlus community members who are not allowed to share the builds with others since they get new features weeks or even months before they are released to the public. The company also says that those who are selected for this are required to sign an NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement) with OnePlus to be part of this program. It will be selecting 100 people into this Closed Beta Program, and in order to be eligible the OnePlus 6 users need to be an active member of OnePlus Community and should be willing to constantly communicate and provide feedback to the OnePlus team on Slack Those who are interested can register here. Last month OnePlus released the Android P Beta 3  (DP4) for the OnePlus 6 smartphone, and is expected to release another beta later this month. Source

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    Itel today launched three new smartphones - A22, A22 Pro and A45 in India. All these have 18:9 aspect ratio displays, while the A45 comes with a 5.45-inch HD+ display, has dual rear cameras and also features a fingerprint sensor on the back. The A22 series is powered by Snapdragon 210 SoC and the A45 is powered by MediaTek MT6739 SoC. The A22 and A45 run Android 8.1 Oreo (Go edition) and the A22 Pro runs Android 8.1 (Oreo). itel A45 specifications 5.45-inch (1440 × 720 pixels) HD+ 18:9 2.5D curved glass display 1.3GHz Quad-Core MediaTek MT6739WA 64-bit processor with PowerVR Rogue GE8100 GPU 1GB RAM, 8GB storage, expandable memory up to 128GB Android 8.1 (Oreo) Dual SIM 5MP auto focus rear camera with LED Flash, secondary VGA camera 5MP front-facing camera with soft LED flash Fingerprint sensor 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2 LE, GPS 2700mAh battery itel A22 / A22 Pro specifications 5-inch (480 x 960 pixels) FWVGA+ 18:9 aspect ratio display 1.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 (MSM8909) Mobile Platform with Adreno 304 GPU 1GB RAM with 8GB internal memory (A22) / 2GB RAM with 16GB internal memory (A22 Pro) , expandable memory up to 32GB with microSD Dual SIM Android 8.1 Oreo (Go edition) (A22) ...

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    With Apple plans to open its own Stores in India pending due to government's approval, the company is seeking to open biggest franchisee outlets at key locations in metropolitan cities in India. According to a latest report, the 5-6 franchisee-run outlets will each be at least three times larger than the current, 1,000-square foot stores and may even go up to 5,000 square foot. Though the Apple outlets are a “stepdown” version of the iconic company-owned Apple Retail Stores, these outlets will come up in “extremely prominent locations” as anchor shops in malls and high-street shopping areas, said the executives. It is already reported that Apple is planning to regain its position in India with strong retail strategy, Stores, dedicated services and more. It is hoping to drive experience-based sales after the steep setback brought about by excessive online discounting. The company currently has about 150  Premium Reseller stores run by the franchisees in India, which are up to 1,500 square feet in area. The new stores will come up in New Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, and Chennai, which are Apple’s biggest markets in India, and later focus in Hyderabad and Pune. Furthermore, Apple is even game to open a couple of franchise stores that are as large as large as ...

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    Xiaomi's sub-brand POCO just launched the F1, the company's first smartphone in India, as it had promised. It has a 6.18-inch Full HD+ 2.5D curved glass display with a notch, is powered by Snapdragon 845 with up to 8GB RAM and LiquidCool Technology. It runs Android 8.1 (Oreo) with MIUI on top with POCO launcher, and the company has promised Android 9.0 (Pie) update in Q4 2018. It has a 12-megapixel rear camera with LED flash along with a secondary 5-megapixel camera to capture portrait shots, real-time AI, intelligent scene recognition that can detect 206 scenes across 25 categories. It also comes with a 20-megapixel front camera with AI features and pixel binning. It has IR face unlock that can unlock the phone 0.4 seconds, even in pitch darkness. It features a hard-coated polycarbonate unibody design and also comes in Kevlar back option called Armored Edition that uses Kevlar aramid fibre, as you can see in the image above. It has a fingerprint sensor on the back, has Dual 4G VoLTE as well as 4G+ that promises up to 275% faster data throughput over conventional 4G and packs a 4000mAh battery with support for Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 fast charging, and also includes 9V/2A ...

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    It's safe to say that Xiaomi can be credited for kickstarting the whole affordable flagship trend with the launch of the Mi3 way back in 2014. There's been ample competition since then with OnePlus standing out in particular as a success story. Enter POCO, an entire new sub-brand building on the strengths of Xiaomi. The POCO F1 is the first phone under this brand and like its namesake race, this is one screaming fast phone. We've spent a bit of time with it and here's what we think.  POCO F1 specifications 6.18-inch (2246 × 1080 pixels) Full HD+ 18.7:9 2.5D curved glass display, 1500:1 contrast ratio, 84% NTSC color gamut, Corning Gorilla Glass protection Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform with Adreno 630 GPU 6GB/8GB LPDDR4x RAM, 64GB / 128GB/256GB (UFS 2.1) storage, expandable memory with up to 256GB with microSD Android 8.1 (Oreo) with MIUI 9, upgradable to Android 9.0 (Pie) Hybrid Dual SIM (nano + nano / microSD) 12MP rear camera with dual LED Flash, f/1.9 aperture, 1.4μm pixel size, Sony IMX363 sensor, Dual Pixel auto focus, secondary 5MP camera with Samsung sensor 20MP front-facing camera with ƒ/2.0 aperture Fingerprint sensor, IR face unlock 3.5mm audio jack, Dirac HD, Dual Smart PA Dual 4G+ ...

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