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    OnePlus has released new OxygenOS 5.1.5 update for the OnePlus 5 and the 5T that finally brings support for Project Treble, after it was released in a beta update back in July. At that time it said that it has finally found a solution to bring Treble support after several months of evaluation and hard work, even though last year it said that old devices won’t get Project treble.  It also now lets you confirm your PIN without tapping, which was introduced in OxygenOS 5.1.11 update for the OnePlus 6 last week. Check out the complete changelog below. System Updated Android security patch to 2018.8 Confirm PIN without tapping √ to unlock the phone (Settings -> Security & lock screen -> Screen lock -> PIN) The OnePlus 5/5T OxygenOS 5.1.5 update also includes August 2018 Android security patch.

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    Update- August 22, 2018 - Video has released a new video teaser highlighting the design and features of the smartphone. It also confirms 8GB RAM and 128GB storage for the smartphone. [embed]http://wwwstatic.vivo.com.cn/vivoportal/resource/files/1534836738233/20180821/a_0817.mp4[/embed] Earlier: We already know that Vivo is gearing to launch the X23 smartphone in China. Today the company officially released the images of the smartphone, showing off its 91.2% screen-to-body ratio screen with a teardrop design, similar to OPPO R17 and F9/F9 Pro. It also uses an improved fourth-generation in-display fingerprint sensor. The company also said that it will have an AI dual rear cameras, one with super wide-angle lens, which seem similar to the one in the LG smartphones. It has 3D aurora finish on the back and also reveals a 3.5mm audio jack on the top. The company has started taking registrations for the smartphone from today, August 20 till September 5th, so it could be announced sometime in early September. We should know more details about the smartphone in the coming weeks. Source

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    After a considerable gap, OPPO launched  F9 Pro smartphone in the Indian market at an event in Mumbai yesterday . The OPPO F9 Pro comes with a waterdrop-shaped display notch, updated camera features, and of course the company's proprietary VOOC flash charging support. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FIMWpB3esHI This time,OPPO has concentrated more on design bringing unique looks to the mid-range smartphone. It has a gradient color design, again a first in the F series, which uses advanced color processes. To achieve a unified design, F9 Pro for the first time has used the same gradient design on the side frame as well, making the sides and the back a naturally connected whole. The OPPO F9 Pro sports a 6.3-inch FHD+ display with a screen-to-body ration of 90.8 percent. Having said that, it has little to no bezel the sides, thereby maintaining the comfortable size one-handed operation. [gallery link="file" size="medium" columns="2" ids="261622,261624,261628,261625"] Talking about the placement, the OPPO F9 Pro has volume buttons, dedicated memory and dual SIM slot on the left, while the power button is placed on the right side. The 3.5mm audio jack, micro USB port, and speaker grille sit on the bottom of the device. Turning back, the rear side consists of a dual camera setup that protrudes a ...

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    After rumors, Qualcomm has officially confirmed that its  upcoming flagship mobile platform will feature a system-on-chip (SoC) built on the 7nm process node. It also hinted that it will be 5G-capable and can be paired with the Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 5G modem to power premium tier smartphones and other mobile devices. Qualcomm has begun sampling of its upcoming flagship mobile platform to multiple OEMs developing next-generation consumer devices.  It also said that it will be power-efficient with on-device AI, as rumored. It will offer superior battery life, and performance while extending globally to innovative technologies, solutions, experiences and applications in automotive and IoT. A recent report said that it be called Snapdragon SM8150 instead of 855, as rumored earlier. Qualcomm's next-generation flagship mobile platform is expected to power first 5G mobile hotspots by the end of 2018, and smartphones in the first half of 2019. The company will reveal more details about the SoC in Q4 2018.

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    Xiaomi launched the second-generation Android One device - Mi A2 in India earlier this month. At the event, Xiaomi and Google promised Android version updates along with monthly security patch updates as the device was launched under the Android One program. Going by the history of first gen of Android One device Mi A1, Xiaomi has managed to provide monthly security patch updates, at the time of writing Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite have already received August security patch while Mi A1 is yet to receive it.  In past, the company has struggled to deliver on the promise of keeping the Android version up to date, as Mi A1 received Android Oreo 8.1 update in June 2018, the same update was rolled out to Mi A1 Beta ROM testers in mid-June. Xiaomi has a tradition of involving users in Beta testing for their devices and in case you managed to purchase a Mi A2 in the flash sale and want to test the updates before everyone else, there is a good news for you. Xiaomi has recently posted recruitment for Beta testers for Mi A2 on Mi Community India, you can apply here to be a part of the Beta testing team ...

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    HMD Global at the Nokia 6.1 Plus launch in India had announced that it is rolling out new camera experiences with enhanced functionality and user experience for Nokia 8 Sirocco, Nokia 7 Plus, and Nokia 6.1 users. Today it has started rolling out the features for the phones. The AI stickers is available for Nokia 8 Sirocco and Nokia 7 Plus.  This update lets users easily switch between aspect ratios and shooting functions, as well as adjust parameters within different camera modes, such as the intensity of effects like Bokeh and Beautify. Furthermore, it also brings Google Lens and Motions integration directly into the viewfinder. Google Lens provide information about the world around you in real time like overlaying information about objects right in the viewfinder or copy-paste text from the real world to your phone. As for the Motions, it allows you to capture short videos which can be shared directly to messaging services and social media as a GIF. The update is available via Google Play Store for the said smartphones.

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    Xiaomi today reported its earning  for the second quarter (Q2 2018) and first half of 2018 (H1 2018) ended June 30, 2018. It reported revenue of 45.24 billion yuan (US$6.60 billion), an increase of 68.3% year-on-year, among which international revenue grew 151.7% year-on-year to 16.4 billion yuan, accounting for 36.3 percent of total revenue. Operating (loss) was 7.5 million yuan compared to 3.6 million the same quarter last year. Adjusted profit grew 25.1% to 2.1 billion yuan year-on-year. All business segments achieved strong revenue growth, with the fastest growth seen in our IoT and lifestyle products segment, said Xiaomi. Net profit for the second quarter was 14.63 billion yuan, from a loss of 7.03 billion yuan in Q1 2018. Adjusted profit (Non-IFRS Measure) increased by 25.1% year-on-year to 2.1 million yuan. International revenue grew 151.7% year-on-year to 16.4 billion yuan, which accounted for 36.3% of the total revenue Smartphones segment recorded approximately 30.5 billion yuan in revenue for the second quarter of 2018, representing year-on-year growth of 58.7%. Smartphone growth was driven by an increase in both smartphone sales volume and average selling price (ASP). Xiaomi shipped 32 million units, up 43.9% on a year-on-year basis. Xiaomi's smartphone ASP in mainland China increased over 25% ...

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    We had already seen live images of the upcoming Pixel 3 XL smartphone including box contents. Now a Russian blog has posted more live images of the phone, box contents as well as camera samples from the smartphone. Since this is pre-release hardware, EXIF mentions the phone as "QCAM-AA". You can check out set of images in the source link at the end. Box contents image have surfaced again revealing USB Type-C headphones, USB Type-C cable, USB adapter, 3.5mm to USB type-C dongle, 2-pin charger and documentation. A demo video confirms support for wireless charging. pic.twitter.com/XtAtAeWreH — Максим Хорошев (@khoroshev) August 22, 2018 AnTuTu leak already revealed 6.7-inch (1440 x 2960) 19:9 aspect ratio display, Snapdragon 845, 4GB RAM, 64GB internal storage, 12.2 MP rear camera, 8.1MP front camera and a 3,430mAh battery. Google might have accidentally revealed the Pixel 3 series announcement date which is said to be set to October 4th. Source 1, 2

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    LG Electronics today has unveiled the company's first “human-centric” wearable robot and unlike the previous robots from LG, the new LG CLOi SuitBot doesn’t navigate airport lounges and hotel hallways by itself. Instead, it will support and enhance a user’s legs to allow for more mfobility and lower limb strength. The LG CLOi SuitBot was designed in collaboration with the startup, SG ROBOTICS. Thanks to the comfortable fit and naturally rotating joints, CLOi SuitBot is capable of moving in a more relaxed and natural way to enhance the lower body while walking, standing or working. Its sandal-type shoes and automatic adjustment feature allow the wearer to get in and out of the suit more easily. The LG CLOi SuitBot can connect to other LG service robots so that it can become a part of a smart working network to deliver information and tools required at work sites such as manufacturing, logistics, and distribution. The AI technology lets LG CLOi SuitBot learn and evolve through the recognition and analysis of biometric and environment data, measuring and analyzing movements to suggest optimal movements and stances for maximum power efficiency. The new LG CLOi SuitBot robot will be displayed at IFA in Berlin from August 31 to September 5. Song Dae-hyun, president ...

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    Infinix Mobility just launched the Note 5, an Android One smartphone as the successor of last year's Note 4. It has a 5.99-inch Full HD+ screen, is powered by an Octa-Core MediaTek Helio P23 SoC with up to 4GB of RAM and runs on Android 8.1 (Oreo), has a 12-megapixel rear camera with dual LED flash, AI-powered portrait mode and a 16-megapixel front camera with AI features that can map 255 facial points for portrait and AI beautify features. It has a fingerprint sensor on the glass back, comes with dedicated dual SIM and microSD slot and packs a 4500mAh battery with 18W fast charting and up to 3 days of battery life. Infinix Note 5 specifications 5.99-inch (2160×1080 pixels) FHD+ 18:9 IPS 2.5D curved glass display 2.5GHz Octa-Core MediaTek Helio P23 16nm processor with 800MHz ARM Mali G71 MP2 GPU 3GB RAM with 32GB storage / 4GB RAM with 64GB internal storage, expandable memory up to 128GB with microSD Android 8.1 (Oreo) Dual SIM (nano + nano + microSD) 12MP rear camera with Dual LED flash, 1.25μm pixel size, f/2.0 aperture 16MP front-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture Fingerprint sensor Dual 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, USB OTG 4500mAh battery with fast charging The Infinix ...

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    Google today announced that it is adding a quick-access side panel to the Docs editors and Google Calendar to help you quickly access other G Suite products without leaving the screen. Revamped Gmail packs similar side panel with easy access to Google Calendar, Tasks, Keep and your Gmail extensions. Google is now bringing this integration to Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Drawings. Within Google Calendar, you’ll be able to quickly access Keep and Tasks, while in the rest of the G Suite apps, you’ll get easy access to Calendar, Keep and Tasks. You’ll also see the side panel in Google Calendar, where you’ll be able to use Keep and Tasks. In Gmail, you will be to access various G Suite extensions that you may have installed from the marketplace. However, this functionality isn't possible in Docs and Calendar at the moment. The feature appears to be slowly expanding across G Suite, and Google says that it might take two weeks before the complete roll out. Source

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    Samsung Electronics today announced that it has received the official HDR10+ logo certification for its 2018 Premium UHD and QLED TVs being HDR10+ compatible. The HDR10+ is a next-gen technology that provides users with a premium HDR viewing experience and delivers pristine images as originally intended by creators.  Thanks to the HDR10+ technology which helps HDR TVs to optimize brightness levels on a scene-by-scene by incorporating dynamic metadata, Samsung TVs can produce brighter highlights and darker darks for additional depth and sense of realism on-screen. TP Vision, which oversees Philips TV development, manufacturing, and marketing, will introduce HDR10+ to its entire lineup of 4K TVs next year. Furthermore, V-Silicon will show a demo of HDR10+ in its private booth at IFA 2018. It also mentioned that Hollywood film production company Warner Bros. will also start creating HDR10+-compatible contents, which will be available for home distribution later this year. Samsung is also partnering with Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation to standardize the HDR10+ licensing process, in order to make it easier for content creators to realize its technology.  Twentieth Century Fox is currently exploring several titles for release and will announce the availability in the coming weeks. Doochan Eum, Vice President of Visual Display Business at ...

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    Update - August 23: Qualcomm India has confirmed that the phone will be powered by a Snapdragon Mobile Platform. The Realme 1 was powered by  MediaTek Helio P60 SoC. Realme also confirmed that the phone will feature a 6.2-inch display with 88.8% screen-to-body ratio, compared to 6-inch display with 75.7% screen-to-body ratio on the Realme 1. Based on Flipkart's teasers the phone will be exclusively available with them. The Realme 1 was launched exclusively on Amazon.in. Welcome Realme 2 to join Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ family. @realme pic.twitter.com/pdD0SLNeZG — Qualcomm India (@qualcomm_in) August 23, 2018 #Realme2 with @qualcomm_in Snapdragon processor is designed to provide you #ANotchAbove experience with spectacular performance, ultrafast speed, astonishing graphics, and a long lasting battery. Like if you’re as excited for the launch as we are. pic.twitter.com/33a6LrOv52 — Realme (@realmemobiles) August 23, 2018 Earlier: 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 ...

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    After the launch of Z61, Lava has launched Z60s, a new Android Oreo (Go Edition) smartphone.  It has a 5-inch HD+ Full View Full-lamination 2.5D curved glass display, is powered by a 1.5GHz Quad-Core processor with 1GB of RAM, has 5-megapixel rear and front cameras with  LED flash and Bokeh Mode. Lava Z60s specifications 5-inch (1280 x 720 pixels) HD 2.5D curved glass display 1.5GHz Quad-core processor 1GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, expandable memory up to 128GB with microSD Android 8.1 (Oreo) Go Edition Dual SIM 5MP auto focus rear camera with LED flash 5MP front-facing camera with LED flash Dimensions: 144.3 x 71.4 x 8.5mm; Weight: 136g 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS 2500mAh battery The Lava Z60s comes in Gold and Black colors, is priced at Rs. 4949 and is available at over 75,000 retail outlets across India. Commenting on the launch, Gaurav Nigam, Head – Product, Lava International, said: Our Z60 smartphone gained unprecedented popularity with our consumers in a short time. Following an overwhelming response to Z60; we are now pleased to offer its power packed successor- Z60s. Our go-to-market strategy is aligned with creating value for our customers through improvisation based on constant customer feedback, our Z60s is a true testimony to that. We are sure ...

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    Flipkart has announced 'Superr Sale' on August 25th. Today Asus has announced that the Zenfone Max Pro (M1) 3GB/32GB and 4GB/64GB variants will get a Rs. 500 discount during the sale. ZenFone 5Z buyers can avail  extra Rs. 3000 off on exchange and additionally, Rs. 2000 off on select bank card. Flipkart will also offer up to 70% discount on TVs, up to 80% off on Laptops, Audio, Camera, Wireless headphones for under Rs. 2,999, up to Rs. 40,000 off on DSLRs, and more. It will also hold Rush Hour sale from 12 to 2AM. Flipkart also offers 10% instant cash back on HDFC Bank debit/credit cards and EMI transactions. The ‘Superr Sale’ will be on 25th August 2018, however Flipkart Plus Members can avail early access starting at 9:00 PM on 24th August 2018. You can check out all the details on Flipkart website here.

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    HTC has scheduled an event on August 30th, just in time for the IFA 2018 in Berlin, where it is expected to introduce mid-range U12 Life smartphone codenamed Imagine Life. Specifications of the phone surfaced last month. Even a design sketch of the phone surfaced recently. Beauty and power meet on August 30th 2018. pic.twitter.com/pOVKlEzSGY — HTC (@htc) August 23, 2018 HTC U12 Life rumored specifications 6-inch (2160×1080 pixels) Full HD+ 18:9 2.5D curved glass display 1.8GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 636 14nm Mobile Platform with Adreno 509 GPU 4GB RAM, 64GB storage, expandable memory  with microSD Android 8.1 (Oreo) Dual SIM (nano + nano) 16MP rear camera with LED Flash, secondary 5MP camera 13MP front-facing camera Fingerprint sensor 3.5mm audio jack Dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 5, GPS + GLONASS 3600mAh battery Looking at the price of  Desire 12+ that was launched in India. This could very well cross Rs. 20,000 mark. We should know all the details when the phone goes official later this month.

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    After confirming all the details about the R17 and taking pre-orders last week, OPPO recently confirmed that it will be introduced at an event in Shanghai on August 23rd, now the company has unveiled the price of the smartphone and said that the OPPO R17 Pro with a f/1.5/2.4 variable aperture camera, OIS, triple rear cameras will be introduced on that date. We already know that it will come with a 6.4-inch Full HD+ 19:9 aspect ratio display with a notch and 91.5% screen-to-body ratio and Corning Gorilla Glass 6 protection, 10nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 SoC and an in-display fingerprint sensor that can unlock the phone in 0.41 seconds. It features a 16-megapixel rear camera with f/1.8 aperture, 5-megapixel secondary camera for portrait shots and AI scene recognition, 25-megapixel AI front camera, comes with a a gradient glass back, metal frame and a 3500mAh battery with VOOC Flash charge fast charging. OPPO R17 specifications 6.4-inch (2280 x 1080 pixels) Full HD+ 19:9 aspect ratio display with  91.5% screen-to-body ratio, Corning Gorilla Glass 6 protection Octa-Core Snapdragon 670 ( 2 x 2GHz Kryo 360 (performance) + 6 x 1.7GHz Kryo 360 (efficiency)) 10nm Mobile Platform with Adreno 615 GPU 6GB / 8GB RAM, 128GB internal memory Dual SIM ColorOS 5.2 based on ...

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    OPPO just announced R17 Pro, as it had promised. It has a 6.4-inch Full HD+ 19:9 aspect ratio AMOLED display with a notch, 91.5% screen-to-body ratio and Corning Gorilla Glass 6 protection an in-display fingerprint sensor that can unlock the phone in 0.41 seconds. runs ColorOS 5.2 based on Android 8.1 (Oreo) and has a 25-megapixel AI front camera, similar to the R17, but this is powered by Snapdragon 710 SoC with 8GB RAM. It has a 12-megapixel rear camera with f/1.5 and f/2.4 variable aperture that intelligently switches depending on the light and also has OIS. There is also a secondary 20-megapixel camera to capture depth information in portrait shots and zoom. It also has a Time of Flight (TOF) 3D Sensing camera that can get high-precision 3D depth information through nanosecond infrared light measurement. You can use it to take 3D photos and can also connect it to your TV and turn it into a home game console. It has a new fog gradient that  uses 3D fog glass and a new condensing grading process to make the colors blend on the back of the phone and flow with the light and shadow. It has a 3700mAh (2 x 1850mAh)  battery with SuperVOOC Flash Charge technology that was introduced with the Find ...

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    LG today announced that the company would integrate Google Assistant on their 2018 TVs with AI ThinQ in the Q4 of 2018. LG also mentioned that it would be introducing the Google Assistant in seven more markets – Australia, Canada, France, Germany, South Korea, Spain and the United Kingdom with support in up to five languages. The company says that this expansion is a part of LG's global strategy to raise the bar for voice recognition solutions enabled with LG’s ThinQ platform and the Google Assistant built in. Google Assistant will be available on all of LG’s webOS-based AI TVs in the new markets. LG’s 2018 AI ThinQ-enabled TVs with the Google Assistant built in, offers a streamlined experience that allows users to manage daily tasks, find answers or control compatible smart home devices. Users can simply press and hold the mic button and ask for information, such as the weather forecast, a nearby restaurant’s hours, the latest sports scores or to dim the lights without interrupting the viewing experience. The Google Assistant is compatible with more than 5,000 smart devices across hundreds of popular brands. This feature will become available to customers in France, Germany, Japan and South Korea by the end of 2018. LG ...

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    After teasers, Samsung has officially launched the  Galaxy A8 Star, a new mid-range smartphone in India exclusively on Amazon.in. It has a 6.28-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED Infinity display, is powered by Snapdragon 660 with 6GB of RAM, has a 16-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a secondary 24-megapixel rear camera with smart beauty, pro lighting and AR stickers. Samsung calls its Dual camera Intellicam since it adjusts itself intelligently to take images in every light condition. It has a fingerprint sensor on the back and packs a 3700mAh battery with support for adaptive fast charging. 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 6GB 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, Face unlock Samsung Pay Dimensions: 162.4×77.0×7.55mm; Weight: 188g 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac (2.4/5GHz), Bluetooth 5 LE, GPS with GLONASS, NFC 3700mAh battery with adaptive fast charging The Samsung Galaxy A8 Star comes in Midnight Black and Ivory White colors, is priced at ...

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