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    Xiaomi’s sub-brand POCO launched the POCO F1 running on Android 8.1 (Oreo) with a skin on top, which company is referring to as MIUI For POCO. MIUI for POCO is regular MIUI with few new additions like POCO launcher, stock Android like quick setting tiles and others. POCO Launcher (Beta) was leaked early, later it appeared on the Play Store bringing several news features.  After over a month of test, the app is now out of beta and is available for download for several smartphones. [gallery link="file" size="large" ids="262241,262242,262243"] The POCO Launcher v2.6.0.6 stable release doesn't bring any new features, but the changelog says that update includes bug fixes and has  optimized performance and improved the fluency of the launcher. If you are not able to install from the Play Store, you can grab the APK from the link below. Download POCO Launcher Beta [APK] Highlights of POCO Launcher Clean Home screen - POCO puts all apps in the App drawer, so your Home screen looks neat and clean. Convenient search - App recommendations, icon color categories, and lots of other customizable features allow you to find what you need much faster. Manage apps - Group apps by category automatically or create custom groups to always keep important things just a tap away. Customize icons - Use third party ...

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    It is a known fact that Samsung is working on the foldable phone but the phone hasn't made its appearance still. However, D.J. Koh, CEO of Samsung's mobile business, now in a revealing statement said that users will be able to use the device as a tablet with multitasking capability before being able to fold it up into a more portable phone. The company's Koh said that whenever it delivers a foldable phone, it has to be really meaningful to the customer and If the user experience is not up to the standards, I don't want to deliver that kind of products. He once again stressed the foldable phone wouldn't be a "gimmick product that will disappear after six to nine months after it's delivered. He also confirmed that the device would be available globally, unlike previous phones. Since  Galaxy Round is Samsung's testbed kind of device, it gives the company a chance to see how reviewers and the market react. The Galaxy Round, which bowed vertically in the middle, was Samsung's first curved-screen phone. Koh also confirmed that Samsung's upcoming foldable device would be launched this year and could debut as early as next month at Samsung's Developer Conference. To remind you, Samsung isn't the only company ...

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    Google Pixel line-up though packs extremely good set of cameras on a smartphone, they don't allow the use of external microphones in the default camera app. However, that might change as early as next week. A Google employee in a Pixel support thread from 2016 commented saying that the feature would become available on October 18th which happens to be the day of Pixel 3 and 3 XL launch. If the language of the confirmation is any clue, all the model of Pixel would be getting the support on 18th October. This indeed is good news for Pixel users who are into mobile photography. However, for Pixel 2 and 3, users would still need a dongle to connect them. Isaac, Pixel Camera engineering team in the forum said: Hi, folks -- I have been keeping an eye on this thread since the beginning and have good news. At the same time as Pixel 3 launch (October 18th), we will introduce support for Android-compatible plugged-in external microphones in the default camera app for all Pixels. I hope you all enjoy the update. Source

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    Google is testing a new content discovery interface in the Chrome browser's new tab page called 'Explore.' Users can access it on Android by enabling an experimental flag. It is clear that the interface is currently in early stages as it contains a large number of placeholder sites at the moment. Interestingly, most of these placeholders are specific to the Indian users but doesn't necessarily mean, they are targeted just for the Indian market as the websites appearing in the new UI have been chosen as examples by the team that is behind the development. To put this feature in short, it can be a channel in the browser that could potentially be of interest to the user. However, it is unclear if this would be based on your individual habits or if it will be more broadly tailored to locales and regions than specific users. To enable the Explore interface, go to chrome://flags in your browser, search for 'explore', and you should see the 'Explore websites' flag. Set it to 'enabled' and relaunch Chrome, then open a new tab. The Explore interface should then appear on the new tab page. As said, since it is in the early stages, the feature might not ...

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    Xiaomi launched Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 5 Pro duo in India back in February, the company usually releases successors of devices at an interval of 10-12 months but this year Xiaomi launched Redmi 6 and Redmi 6 Pro within 6 months of launching Redmi 5, and it seems like Xiaomi is preparing to launch Redmi Note 6 Pro in India which was announced last month in Thailand. As per Ishan Agarwal, Xiaomi is preparing to launch a new device in India next month. A new Xiaomi device making its way to India soon, probably in a month or so, in time for the festive season. Any guesses? 🤔🤔 Well Colour and Storage variants (that will be available in India) leak coming soon! #Xiaomi #XioamiIndia #Mi #MiIndia pic.twitter.com/1L9fq0rLG4 — Ishan Agarwal (@IshanAgarwal24) October 13, 2018 As per our sources, Xiaomi is planning to launch Redmi Note 6 Pro in India and as per the tweet mentioned above, it may be launched after Diwali festival. Redmi Note 6 Pro features a 6.26-inch 19:9 Full HD+ display with a  Notch and packs dual cameras at the front. It features micro-USB port and runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 similar to its predecessor. Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro specifications 6.26-inch (2280×1080 pixels) Full ...

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    OnePlus 6T is scheduled to go official on October 30th and the company is actively started teasing the device on social media. In an interview with resident software expert Szymon Kopeć, it is revealed that the OnePlus 6T will come with redesigned UI, improved gestures and more.  The company said that it is working on a whole new UI that is aimed at making it the most distinct and intuitive version of OxygenOS yet. It is also said to be focusing on improving the camera behind the scenes, so you can expect to take even better pictures. OnePlus got a specialized ‘FSE’ team, (Fast, Smooth, and Efficient’) whose goal is to make the most out of the hardware. Some of the advanced features focused on improving the user experience include an advanced Do not Disturb mode and new Navigation Gestures. OnePlus's upcoming navigation gesture said to be smoother than before; whenever you swipe up in an app, the application window will follow your finger, making for a more natural experience. With a flick from the bottom of the screen towards the right of your screen, you can change between 2 recently used apps. Since there is no home button when the gesture-based navigation is enabled, there is no ...

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    Samsung recently launched the Galaxy A7 (2018) which is its first phone to come with triple rear-cameras and A9 is the world's first smartphone with four rear-cameras. Now it looks like Samsung is working on yet another A-series phone that will be launched only in China initially. It is also said to be the company's first ODM device which means that a third-party would manufacture it for the company. A recent report suggests that Samsung would outsource manufacturing to Wintech. The devices will have its logo at the back and this would help the company restructure its manufacturing costs as it aims to get back in the game in China. This move from the company comes at a time where the speculation are rife that Samsung is shutting down one of its two manufacturing plants in China. It might be because of the sluggish sales and rising labor costs. The leaked Galaxy A6s images that surfaced on the Weibo claim that it would be the company's first ODM smartphone and it essentially looks very much like the Galaxy A9 at first glance. it features vertical dual-rear cameras and gradient colors and no physical home button but packs thick bezels. It has a ‘Galaxy Phoenix’ name ...

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    Back in May, about HTC confirmed that it will be launching 'Exodus' smartphone with native blockchain for secure cryptocurrency trading. The wait now seems to be coming to an end as the company will launch the phone as early as this month. It made the announcement on the newly opened HTC Exodus Instagram account.    View this post on Instagram   10.22 A post shared by Official HTC EXODUS (@htc.exodus) on Oct 12, 2018 at 10:12am PDT The teaser doesn't reveal anything specific about the device except for the fact that it will indeed be called as 'Exodus.' It will feature universal wallet and a built-in secure hardware that support cryptocurrencies and decentralized applications (DApp). HTC has roped in Phil Chen; the creator of its virtual reality headset Vive, who will now be responsible for all blockchain and cryptocurrency related to HTC’s Exodus. It is also reported that the company is planning on creating a native blockchain network that will use all the Exodus phones as nodes to facilitate cryptocurrency trading among phone users. It is also reported that HTC is working a way to accepting cryptocurrency as a form of payment for the phone, however, the price of the phone has not been decided just yet. The HTC Exodus will be launched on October ...

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    Google is expanding the real-time translations on the Pixel Buds to all Google Assistant-optimized headphones. The company has updated their Pixel Buds support pages yesterday saying that “Google Translate is available on all Assistant-optimized headphones and Android phones.” Prior to this change, the feature was limited to Pixel Buds where it can convert real-time speech from a foreign language into your primary language. It supports up to 40 languages that can be translated in real-time using Google Translate. This means that the USB-C buds that Google includes in the box with the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL can do real-time translations. However, there aren’t any other details available on the list of headphones that can use Google Translate like the Pixel Buds. Source | Via

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    Google Android 9.0 Pie changes the way backups are stored in a way that even Google can't read the data. It is known that Google automatically backs up data like SMS, messages on Pixel phones to the cloud so if you wipe your device you can restore them back again. Now, in the company's security blog, Google revealed that "devices can take advantage of a new capability where backed-up application data can only be decrypted by a key that is randomly generated at the client." This key is based on the user's lock screen password, which isn't known by Google. Post which the data is stored on a Titan security module on Google's servers which permanently blocks access after too many failed attempts. Google even hired NCC group to perform a full audit to ensure the new backup method is fully secure. Though the agency discovered a few issues, Google says the problems were quickly fixed. However, it is not clear which phones can use this new backup functionality but Android 9.0 Pie is one of the requirements. Source

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    Google is said to be launching its shopping tab in India allowing users to search and buy products and direct them to merchant websites or e-commerce platforms for product listings, according to sources. The feature said to be testing for several months and will be piloted soon, prior to a full-fledged launch before the end of the year. When asked for a comment, a Google spokesperson in an emailed response said, “We are always exploring options to help consumers find the products they want to buy more quickly and efficiently from local merchants.” Google is also said to be in talks with Flipkart, Paytm, Snapdeal to partake in the company’s shopping tab initiative. However, Google at the moment will not fulfill online shopping either through its payment product or otherwise. It is likely to Tap Into SMEs Besides large e-commerce websites, Google is also expected to tap into its large network of registered small and medium enterprises or SMEs — from neighborhood Kirana stores to high-end handicraft stores to help users discover more products. For now, this service is being offered for free, but this could lead to a big picture where Google eventually setting up an e-commerce marketplace. It will understand the ...

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    Apple is likely to introduce the iPad Pro 2018 at an event which might happen later this month. The Cupertino giant is said to be testing the new models internally over the past few months. What's interesting about the new iPad Pro models is that the new models appear to have the same display resolutions as the latest 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch models. The iPad8,1 through iPad8,4 models will have a resolution of 1,112×834 points, while the iPad8,5 and iPad8,8 measure in at 1,366×1,024. The iPad Pro displays use Apple's high-resolution @2x modifier which means that there are four pixels for every point. The data suggests that iPad Pro models with Face ID will have the same-size 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch displays, and retain 4:3 aspect ratios. The iPad Pro is expected to pack an iPhone X like edge-to-edge display. However, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said the next iPad Pro models will have 11-inch and 12.9-inch displays, so if the 10.5-inch model is indeed the 11-inch version, the resolution would be different. Up next, the dimensions from Japanese blog Mac Otakara and a photo on Slashleaks suggest the new 10.5-inch iPad Pro will be approximately 4mm wider. In another note, the iPad Pro could be the thinnest devices yet measuring at 5.9mm thick. This thickness comes at a ...

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    Coolpad has launched Note 8, the company's latest smartphone in the 'Note' series in India. It has a 5.99-inch Full HD+ 18:9 aspect ratio display, is powered by an Octa-Core MT6750 SoC, runs Android 8.0 (Oreo), has a 16-megapixel rear camera along with a secondary 0.3-megapixel camera for portrait shots. It has an 8-megapixel camera on the front, face unlock, fingerprint sensor on the back and a 4000mAh battery. Coolpad Note 8 specifications 5.99-inch (2160 x 1080 pixels) Full HD+ 2.5D Curved Glass display Octa-Core MediaTek MT6750 (4 x 1.5GHz A53 + 4 x 1.0GHz A53) processor with Mali T860 GPU 4GB RAM, 64GB internal storage, expandable memory up to 128GB with microSD Android 8.0 (Oreo) Dual SIM 16MP rear camera with LED flash, f/2.0 aperture, secondary 0.3MP camera 8MP front camera with f/2.2 aperture Fingerprint sensor 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS 4000mAh battery The Coolpad Note 8 comes in Black color, is priced at Rs. 9999 and will go on sale exclusively on Paytm Mall starting today. Commenting on the launch, Syed Tajuddin, CEO, Coolpad India, said: After going through a rough phase we are looking forward to make an impact in the Indian market with Coolpad Note 8. This product will also be ...

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    Sony has announced the development of a digital rights management (DRM) platform based on the blockchain. This new system is based on Sony and Sony Global Education’s previously developed system for authenticating, sharing, and rights management of educational data, and additionally features functionality for processing rights-related information. The DRM solution will focus on the protection of digital content, including electronic textbooks, music, films, VR content, and e-books. Sony says that this newly-developed system is specialized for managing rights-related information of written works, demonstrating the date and time that electronic data was created, leveraging the properties of blockchains to record verifiable information, and identifying previously recorded works. In addition to the creation of electronic data, booting up this system will automatically verify the rights generation of a piece of written works, which has conventionally proven difficult. Sony is contemplating possible uses in a wide range of fields. The system is currently in the prototype stage but if it becomes successful, Sony intends to commercialize the platform and open up its use to other IP holders. Commenting on the same, Sony said: Sony Global Education is continuously carrying out technological development and prototyping towards the use of blockchain technology in the educational field. This newly developed system can be ...

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    Update - October 15, 2018: The  company has posted a new teaser image that shows a notch display, similar to what we had seen on TENAA recently. Earlier: HMD Global has announced that that its mid-range X7 smartphone will be introduced at an event in Beijing on October 16th. The company said that dual rear camera on the phone with ZEISS optics will offer the best shooting experience even in low-light. It also shared few images shot on the phone. Check them out below. [gallery link="file" size="large" columns="2" ids="265650,265651,265652"] The Nokia 7.1 Plus aka X7 got certified by TENAA recently that a 6.18-inch Full HD+ 19:9 aspect ratio display with a notch, 2.2GHz Octa-Core SoC with could be the Snapdragon 710, up to 6GB of RAM, 12-megapixel rear camera along with a secondary 13-megapixel secondary camera, probably similar to the Nokia 7 Plus, and a 20-megapixel front-facing camera. It also revealed a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, metal frame and a 3400mAh battery. Nokia X7 (Nokia 7.1 Plus) rumored specifications 6.18-inch (2246 × 1080 pixels) Full HD+ display with 19:9 aspect ratio Octa Core Snapdragon 710 10nm Mobile Platform (Dual 2.2GHz Kryo 360 + Hexa 1.7GHz Kryo 360 CPUs) with Adreno 616 GPU 4GB RAM with 64GB storage ...

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    After certification, Huawei has officially announced the Enjoy Max with similar specifications has a Honor 8X Max that was introduced last month with a 7.12-inch Full HD+ display with narrow bezels and 90.5% screen-to-body ratio, Snapdragon 660, 16-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, AI scene recognition, 2-megapixel secondary camera to capture depth information in portrait shots, 8-megapixel front camera and a 5000mAh battery, but this comes with a leather-like back. The company also introduced the Enjoy 9 Plus that has similar specifications as the Honor 8X, including a 6.5-inch Full HD+ display with a 4.25mm narrow chin and 91% screen-to-body ratio and Kirin 710 SoC, but this has a 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, AI scene recognition, and a 2-megapixel secondary camera to capture depth information in portrait shots and a 16-megapixel front camera along with a 2-megapixel secondary camera for portrait selfies. This also packs a 4000mAh battery. Honor Enjoy Max specifications 7.12-inch (2244×1080 pixels) Full HD+ 18.7:9 2.5D curved glass display, 72% NTSC Color Gamut Octa-Core Snapdragon 660 14nm Mobile Platform (Quad 2.2GHz Kryo 260 + Quad 1.8GHz Kryo 260 CPUs) with Adreno 512 GPU 4GB RAM, 64GB / 128GB internal storage, expandable memory up to 256GB with microSD Android 8.1 (Oreo) with EMUI 8.2 Dual SIM (nano + nano + microSD) ...

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    A device is more than the sum of its parts. In the three years since Google first introduced the Pixel series of smartphones, it has consistently proved that plain and simple hardware specs do not matter as much as Google’s OEM partners would have you believe. Bearing testament to this is the fact that despite the Pixel 3 XL smartphone having leaked in the flesh three months ahead of launch, the event itself had so much more to reveal. I’ve spent the last week using the Pixel 3 XL as my principle smartphone and here’s what I think about Google’s latest and greatest. Video Review https://youtu.be/KUUySxAWydY Design Notch disdain is commonplace. Honestly though, it’s a non-issue. I’ll probably get called out as an apologist for this but hear me out. It takes mere minutes for you to get used to the notch on any phone, not just the Pixel. What the phone does get wrong though is the extra-large notch that cuts deep into the display. It looks unbalanced for lack of better words. Add to that the chin along the bottom edge and you’re looking at a design that is fine but not particularly endearing. Let’s just call it functional. [gallery link="file" columns="2" ...

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    After rumors, Palm, a California company that purchased the rights to the Palm brand from TCL, today launched the Palm Phone with a 3.3-inch HD screen, aluminum chassis, Gorilla Glass protection on the front and back and a water and dust-resistant body with IP68 ratings. It runs Android 8.1 (Oreo), is powered by Snapdragon 435 with 3GB of RAM, has a 12-megapixel rear camera with flash and an 8-megapixel camera on the front. It comes with an embedded SIM card and an 800mAh battery. The phone has a custom UI without a home screen, instead it shows all the on-board apps. The gesture pad at the bottom of the screen can be accessed by swiping up, can be used to search for apps based on scrawling the first letter of the app, and shortcuts to the phone, messages, camera, and music apps. The Life Mode puts the phone to sleep when you turn off the screen, preventing calls and notification. It also has Google Assistant and works with custom, voice-activated shortcuts. It weighs just 62.5 grams Palm Phone specifications 3.3-inch (1280 x 720 pixels) HD display, 445 PPI 1.4GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 435 processor with Adreno 505 GPU 3GB RAM, 32GB internal memory, expandable memory up to ...

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    Samsung Electronics has announced two new automotive solution brands; Samsung Exynos Auto and Samsung ISOCELL Auto to bring application processor and image sensor technology solutions to the road. Based on the qualities of the Exynos mobile processors, Exynos Auto meets industry requirements for harsher environments, allowing automotive manufacturers to develop applications such as infotainment, advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS) and telematics. Samsung says that the processors provided by Exynos Auto are sorted into three sub-categories; Exynos Auto V series for advanced in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) systems; Exynos Auto A series for ADAS; and Exynos Auto T series for telematics solutions. The Samsung Exynos Auto is built on a cutting-edge fabrication process that features advanced CPU, G, U and an LTE modem to enable the next level of in-vehicle infotainment. Exynos Auto will support up to four Full HD displays. The new automotive lineup will help bring the power of sight to cars, thanks to its leading ISOCELL image sensors. The sensors provide greater visibility of the road and surroundings even in a low-light environment while enabling more precise identification of objects. This allows, for example, vehicles to perceive road conditions or potential hazards even when driving through tunnels or other high-contrast environments. It comes with wide dynamic range (WDR) of ...

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    Microsoft rolled out the dictation feature in the Word desktop app earlier this year and it is making its way to the web version of the office. The dictation feature to word and OneNote online will be available in the coming weeks. The company says that it will work on any browser.  The dictation feature simply helps you type with your voice and this feature will be coming to PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook in 2019.  The company is also adding real-time translation inside its reader to Word, OneNote, and Outlook online, as well as OneNote for iPad, Mac, and Windows 10. It works in translating full pages, words, or sentences into another language. This new capability will support Read Aloud, Syllables, Parts of Speech and Picture Dictionary. The full page and word translations will start rolling out later this year and sentence translations will be available later. Immersive Reader is coming to Office Lens on Android. Once students and teachers take a photo of a book page or worksheet, they can send it to Immersive Reader, which uses optical character recognition (OCR) on the image. This allows the user to turn the image into accessible text content and use Read Aloud, Voice Speed, Text Spacing, Font Size, and Forward/Backwards. Now, students ...

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