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    OnePlus's Switch app makes it easy for users to migrate their app data and stuff to a OnePlus phone provided you're coming from a supported device. The app is getting a new update on Google PlayStore that brings the ability to migrate wallpapers and the app layout.  Furthermore, it also brings a support manual connection to mobile hotspots,  backup application data, and compatibility with more Android models. The version number appears to be the same version found in the latest OnePlus 6 open beta. You can update or download the app from Play Store. OnePlus Switch Changelog: Support migrate wallpapers and the app layout. (only for OnePlus; receiving launcher version should higher than then the sending) Support manual connection to mobile hotspots Support to backup application data Compatible with more Android models

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    It looks like Google seems to be working on a new "List and Notes" web app that ties into the Google Assistant. This would allow users to set their own default list and note taking provider in Assistant. The URL of the feature is live and is also mentioned in a string of the teardown of the latest Google app beta. The web app is very basic and is completely styled with the Google Material Theme. It features two tabs for “Lists” and “Notes,” as well as a bottom app bar. The multi-colored FAB at center allows users to create a new list or note. Since it is Google. the lists and notes are saved across devices. Users have the ability to make a simple list that has the option to mark off items or delete entirely. Lists and notes can be titled, but there is no other real feature set to them. The exact nature of this Google Assistant Lists and Notes web app is unclear. It could be a default option for Google Assistant but seems silly in the light of Google making an entirely different service that does not sync with Google Keep or Google Tasks. Google Keep which is rebranded to Keep Notes recently received ...

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    After rumors, OPPO has officially announced the R15x in China. It has similar specifications as the recently-announced K1, including a  6.4-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display with Waterdrop notch display with screen-to-body ratio up to 91% for a more immersive experience, Octa-Core Snapdragon 660 AIE with 6GB RAM, ColorOS 5.2 based on Android 8.1 (Oreo), 16MP rear camera with LED flash, secondary 2MP camera and a 25MP front-facing camera.  It has in-display Fingerprint sensor, 3D glass back and a 3600mAh battery. OPPO R15x specifications 6.4-inch (2340 x 1080 pixels) Full HD+ AMOLED 19.5:9 2.5D curved glass display Octa Core Snapdragon 660 14nm Mobile Platform (Quad 2.2GHz Kryo 260 + Quad 1.8GHz Kryo 260 CPUs) with Adreno 512 GPU 6GB RAM, 128GB internal memory, expandable memory up to 256GB with microSD Android 8.1 (Oreo) with ColorOS 5.2  Dual SIM 16MP rear camera with LED Flash, secondary 2MP camera 25MP front-facing camera In-display fingerprint sensor Dual 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz + 5GHz), Bluetooth 5, GPS + GLONASS 3600mAh battery The OPPO R15x comes in Glacial Silver and Nebula colors, is priced at 2499 yuan (US$ 360 / Rs. 26,410) for the 6GB RAM with 128GB storage version and will go on sale in China from November 1st. It ...

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    Four Indian brands; iBall, Sirena Technologies, boAt, and MyBox have announced products with Alexa built-in. These brand new products will enable users to ask questions, play music, control smart home devices, and more – hands-free. These four devices include Breathe-M, Vood, and boAt Stone 700A shockproof, waterproof smart speaker. The Breathe-M from iBall is a wireless Bluetooth over-ear headset with built-in Mic. These come with foldable, multi-functional and highly portable design with light-weight ear cups and soft leatherette cushions offer flexible wearing and a comfortable fit. They are engineered with LED circular ring lights on the ear cups which displays playful colors. The headphones come with a built-in rechargeable battery and mic to control calls and playback. Customers can access Alexa on these devices by downloading the VerveLife App from the App Store or the Google Play Store. The iBall Breathe-M comes in the dimensions 18 (H) x 16 (W) x 4.5 (D) cm in black color. Vood smart speaker is the world’s smallest portable smart speaker with built-in voice assistant. It comes with Wifi 11ac and Bluetooth and is made of wood and comes in two colors – red and brown. Vood is a portable digital assistant speaker with 5-6 hours of continuous audio streaming capability and 2 ...

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    After the Vivo Z3, new V1814T smartphone and V1818T/ V1818A have been certified by TENAA. The V1814T has similar specifications as the V11 Pro that has a 6.41-inch Full HD Super AMOLED Halo FullView display with 91.27 % screen-to-body ratio, 12-megapixel rear camera with f/1.8 aperture along with a 5-megapixel camera for portrait shots, 25-megapixel front camera with AI beautify feature and IR face unlock and a 3,400mAh battery. The Vivo V1818T/A has similar 6.22-inch HD+ screen with 19:9 aspect ratio as the Y81 or Y83, but this comes with dual rear cameras and packs a huge 4000mAh battery. Vivo V1814T rumored specifications 6.41-inch (1080 x 2340 pixels) Full HD+ Super AMOLED 19.5:9 aspect ratio display Octa-Core Snapdragon 660 14nm Mobile Platform (Quad 2.2GHz Kryo 260 + Quad 1.8GHz Kryo 260 CPUs) with Adreno 512 GPU (V11) 4GB, 64GB storage, expandable memory up to 256GB with microSD Dual SIM Funtouch OS 4.5 based on Android 8.1 (Oreo) 12MP Dual PD rear camera with dual-tone LED flash, f/1.8 aperture, 1/2.8″ sensor, 1.28 μm aperture, secondary 5MP camera with f/2.4 aperture 25MP front-facing camera, f/2.0 aperture In-display fingerprint sensor Dimensions: 157.91×75.08×7.9mm; Weight: 156g Dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz / 5GHz) 2×2 MIMO , Bluetooth 5 LE, GPS + GLONASS 3,400mAh battery with ...

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    Last week Xiaomi confirmed that the Mi MIX 3 will be introduced at an event in Beijing on October 25th. In the past few days the company has confirmed several features of the smartphone, including 24-megapixel Dual front cameras with LED flash, 5G support, 10GB of RAM and more. [embed]http://v.mifile.cn/b2c-mimall-media/56bb3474a46bb7f92ddf956a74fe9e3b.mp4[/embed] The company has posted a teaser video of the phone that shows people using the slider design easily, highliting that it will not have any issues over long period of usage. [embed]https://v.mifile.cn/b2c-mimall-media/c8c278230e59844d5452e8c3f7a34ea1.mp4[/embed] It has also confirmed 960fps Super Slow-mo video recording, following  Samsung, Huawei and Sony. The phone will liekly feature a large FHD+ AMOLED display with screen-to-body ratio of over 90%,  Snapdragon 845, and similar AI dual rear cameras as the Mi 8. It is not clear if the phone will feature an in-display fingerprint sensor. We will know all the details about the smartphone once it gets official on Thusrday. Source

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    Samsung Electronics has announced a new advanced display technology for the HMD Odyssey+, bringing true-to-life Windows mixed reality space through the Windows Mixed Reality Platform. It comes with exclusive Anti-Screen Door Effect (Anti-SDE) Display innovation. The Anti-Screen Door Effect is where fine lines separating pixels become visible in some displays, the Screen Door Effect can hinder immersion and even lead to dizziness or nausea over time. The Samsung HMD Odyssey+ deploys its cutting-edge display technology to fight irritating fixed-pattern noise, with 1,233 PPI for an enhanced mixed reality experience. It comes with dual 3.5-inch AMOLED displays with a combined resolution of 1,440 x 1,600 per eye. The Samsung HMD Odyssey+’s controller can act as a flashlight, allowing you to see the world around you for a more comfortable and convenient way to stay aware of your surroundings. The Samsung HMD Odyssey+ integrates AKG’s premium audio technology and comes built-in with the 360-degree spatial sound support that simulates 3D audio, delivering clear and precise acoustics from every angle. The headset also includes built-in volume controls, allowing you to easily adjust the volume whenever you need. It weighs 590g along with a wide eye box measuring 146mm to help match your facial features. Everything from the headband to ...

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    Google Pixel series and bugs seem like a never-ending story as the recent batch of Pixel 3 and 3 XL phones which are making their way into customer's hands are reporting of software related issues. It is being reported that Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, thanks to 4GB of RAM, could be having memory management issue. Reports state that taking a photo is apparently enough to kill the music player if it's playing music in the background. Tests suggest that the phone couldn't handle more than 3-4 apps as they are forced out of memory. The reports started flowing even before the phone hit the markets. Android Police's Artem who was testing the Pixel 3 XL and found that merely cycling between Chrome, Google+, and Twitter was enough to force Chrome out of memory on the Pixel 3 XL, requiring that the app is reloaded the next time it is opened. It is clear the reason behind this issue is because of the poor memory management, it isn't clear if it is a result of Google's decision to go with just 4GB of RAM. Hopefully, it's an issue that can be fixed via update. Moving along, memory management isn't the only issue Pixel 3 ...

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    Samsung has filed a patent with the USPTO and WIPO which is a method for acquiring biometric information and electronic device supporting the same’. The patent was published on October 18, 2018. Unlike the regular optical in-display fingerprint scanner, Samsung has patented a new technology that makes it possible to use the entire display as a fingerprint scanner. The patent describes a Samsung smartphone with one or two processors; a main processor and a second low-power processor which will control the biometric sensor, the touch sensor, and the lighting sensor. The 2nd processor can perform all tasks independently as long as the smartphone is locked. The main processor can remain in sleep mode and thus save on battery consumption. Once the touch is detected on the screen, the brightness of the display will be increased and post which a three scan authentication is done at different brightness levels. The information gathered will be combined for a more reliable authentication. This technique would also make it possible to scan a wet or dirty finger. For the three scans, the smartphone needs 60 to 90 milliseconds. The processor needs 200 to 300 milliseconds in between to adjust the brightness. However, the patent description doesn't give any ...

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    Earlier today at the 4G/5G Summit in Hong Kong, Qualcomm introduced its latest Snapdragon 675 Mobile Platform based on 11nm process technology, 2 performance (based on new Cortex A76) cores and 6 effciency cores (based on Cortex A55) as well as enhanced AI Engine, Spectra 250 ISP,  Kryo 460 CPUs and Adreno 612 GPU. At the event, Manu Jain, Vice President, Xiaomi and Managing Director said that the company will launch Snapdragon 675-powered smartphone next year. He did not go into specifics, so we will have to wait till next year to find out more details about this phone. Snapdragon 670 has support for up to three front and rear cameras, and supports features such as telephoto, wide angle, and super-wide image capture, enhanced portrait mode (Bokeh) as well as 3D face unlock. Hope we can expect a power-packed mid-range smartphone with advanced set of features. Met Cristiano @cristianoamon, Qualcomm's Global President, during #4G5Gsummit. @Qualcomm & @Xiaomi have been great partners. Qualcomm announced a new SoC: #Snapdragon675, which will come to devices next year. #Xiaomi will launch a new device with this incredible chipset. 🤝 pic.twitter.com/WhMABcfUlx — Manu Kumar Jain (@manukumarjain) October 23, 2018 Qualcomm already said that the Snapdragon 675 Mobile Platform is available for OEMs for ...

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    After so much hype, HTC has introduced its new blockchain-powered smartphone, “EXODUS 1,” as it promised. Right from the way how consumers can order the devices, the EXODUS 1 is wholly dedicated to blockchain encryption.  Genesis Block. Exodus Phone. This is official early access release to the EXODUS 1. We are inviting a community of developers and enthusiasts to work with us to keep building security. Join us in rebuilding trust together, one phone at a time. Get your early access now! pic.twitter.com/sPcNc7wnzj — HTC EXODUS (@htcexodus) October 23, 2018 HTC says that in a bid for elevated smartphone security amid recent security breaches, it wants consumers to truly own their data including browsing history, identity, assets, wallets, emails, and all without the need for central authorities. The HTC EXODUS 1 features a secure enclave, a locked area of the device completely protected from the Android OS. The secure enclave will hold crypto keys, whether that is currencies or non-fungible tokens. The device will also offer an easy and secure way to recover keys lost in the hardware in case if you lose your phone or forget your key. HTC also said that it will soon release APIs to allow third-party developers to use the EXODUS 1 specific hardware to protect ...

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    Ever since the inception, OnePlus has largely adopted the online-exclusive model for its smartphones and other products. That being said, the company has been focusing on expanding its footprint in the offline market recently. After opening authorized stores in several cities a few months back to boost its offline presence, OnePlus today announced its partnership with Reliance Digital, expanding OnePlus devices to more retail touch points for customers to experience and purchase across cities in India. With this strategy, customers will now have extensive offline options to experience the OnePlus products at conveniently located stores at the same price as online. Additionally, customers will also benefit from promotion campaigns run by Reliance Digital stores. In addition to it, OnePlus and Reliance Digital will be setting up exclusive experience zones with live demo phones on display and customers will also be able to interact with the stores’ well-trained staff about the device and address all product queries directly. Furthermore, OnePlus also has tie-ups with Croma as well which intensifies its network of offline touch points. It also focuses on those who may have heard about OnePlus through word of mouth, but may not have experienced any of the products. Being in partnership with Croma and ...

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    Xiaomi’s Black Shark just announced the Black Shark Helo Gaming Phone, successor of the Black Shark in China, as it had promised. It has a 6.01-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with HDR support even in games with independent image processing chip, is powered by Snapdragon 845 SoC with up to 10GB RAM, two liquid cooling pipes to keep the phone cool when gaming by reducing the CPU’s core temperature by up to 12-degree, compared to 8-degree in the predecessor. The fingerprint sensor has been moved to the back. There is a glowing RGB logo on the back with AI game lighting that changes depending on the game. It has a metal back shell that also combines 3D glass with condensed ridge line offering a three-dimensional look. It has  ‘X-style’ unique antenna design with WIFI antenna on the side. Cameras and battery remain same as the predecessor. It has a dedicated two-stage SHARK key that provides immersive gaming experience. In addition to the standard detachable left gamepad like the predecessor, this has a right gamepad with a tochpad that can be controlled at the same time. [gallery link="file" columns="2" size="medium" ids="266857,266856"] The company teased dual hand joystic case with dual fans for additional cooling and naked-eye ...

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    OnePlus is scheduled to launch the OnePlus 6T in a week and the company has been actively teasing the device on social media and their OnePlus forums. New to join are the details regarding the camera. Pete Lau, the company CEO has just posted a camera sample of a night shot.  Turn up the lights with the low-light capabilities of the #OnePlus6T. pic.twitter.com/kedDsV0Ipt — OnePlus (@oneplus) October 21, 2018 Since the camera sample lacks EXIF info, there is no way to know details like aperture or the manufacturer of the sensor. While the sample image looks flagship grade with accurate colors and various hues of the sky which also includes cloud texture. Unfortunately, this is where the good things end. In a forum post, Pete says that in his lifetime he has witnessed two major shifts in photography; the development of digital sensors and the convergence of the camera and the mobile phone. He further added that a smartphone camera is at its best when it’s able to produce images that remain faithful and true to the scene it’s representing. So we expect a major camera rehaul with the OnePlus 6T camera including a long-exposure mode for night shooting, similar to most flagships released this year. In the ...

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    OnePlus is all set to introduce its flagship OnePlus 6T smartphone in a week. Today the company has announced pop-up events globally, including India, as usual. Pop-ups will be held across 8 cities including Bangalore, Mumbai, Pune, Kolkata, Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Jaipur in India. Across the globe pop-ups will be held in New York,  Helsinki, Copenhagen,  Stockholm and more Nordic and several European countries such as Paris, London, Madrid and more. The brand conducts pop-up events after each launch for users to come together and experience the new flagship for the first time, engage with other users and the OnePlus team and purchase the new smartphone to walk away with exclusive goodies. On 2nd November, 2018 starting 11:00 am, people in these cities can check out the smartphones in these pop-ups. Early-bird attendees at the pop-ups will receive several exclusive OnePlus goodies including OnePlus 6T phone covers and bumpers, OnePlus Sketchbook, OnePlus ‘Never Settle’ T-shirts and OnePlus tote bags, said the company. Today, OnePlus also announced its partnership with Reliance Digital to sell accessories and smartphones, starting with the OnePlus 6T. The company said that the OnePlus 6 and pre-booking for the OnePlus 6T saw over 400 crores worth of bookings in ...

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    Google has quietly launched its third-generation Chromecast, after it was introduced at the Pixel event earlier this month. It still has a circular design with built-in HDMI cable and it comes with Wi-Fi 802.11ac (2.4GHz/5Ghz) support, however the Wi-Fi reception has been improved with maximum antenna gain of 4dBi compared to Chromecast 2’s 2.1dBi gain, which is about 50% improvement. It lets you cast content from mobile apps and PCs, Macs, Chromebook or laptops from Chrome browser to your TV at 1080p resolution at up to 60 fps. The specs page doesn’t reveal Bluetooth support, as it was revealed in the FCC filing, but we expect to hear more from Google. It lets users play music in sync with other speakers connected to Google’s smart devices, like a Chromecast Audio dongle, but it will be available via an update later this year. The Google Chromecast 3 comes in Charcoal color, is priced at Rs. 3,499, which is Rs. 100 more than the launch price of the Chromecast 2. It is available for pre-order from Flipkart, and goes on sale from today midnight during Flipkart's Festive Dhamaka Days sale.

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    Owing to the new aspects of an ad fraud operation across apps and websites that were monetizing with numerous ad platforms, Google in the past week removed apps involved in the ad fraud scheme, so they can no longer monetize with Google. It also blacklisted additional apps and websites that are outside of its ad network, to ensure that advertisers using Display & Video 360 do not buy any of this traffic. Google says that it is continuing to monitor this operation and will continue to take action if it finds any additional invalid traffic. Google estimates that the dollar value impacted how much advertiser spends across the apps and websites involved in the operation and is under $10 million. The majority of impacted advertiser spend was from invalid traffic on inventory from non-Google, third-party ad networks. Google deploys comprehensive, state-of-the-art systems and procedures to combat ad fraud. The company's engineering and operations teams, across various organizations, are also taking systemic action to disrupt this threat, including the take down of command and control infrastructure that powers the associated botnet. In addition, Google has shared relevant technical information with trusted partners across the ecosystem, so that they can also harden their defenses and ...

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    Ever since Apple launched the iPhone XS, it has been criticized for its front-camera for overly smoothening skin. Though Apple has always insisted it doesn’t use any beautification filters, whatever may be the case, the issue definitely exits. However, Apple acknowledged the criticism and said that it will fix this issue with iOS 12.1 update. The company will fix the bug in its smart HDR camera system that resulted in smoother-looking photos taken by the front camera on the iPhone XS and XR. Basically, the Smart HDR feature is choosing the wrong base for HDR processing when you take the selfie. Instead of choosing a frame with a short shutter speed to freeze motion and preserve detail, it would sometimes choose a frame with longer shutter speed. Since the front camera does not have optical image stabilization, it takes blurrier shots at the same shutter speed as the rear, stabilized camera. The result is a loss of detail in the image that looks like smoothing on the front camera. All these issues will be fixed in iOS 12.1 which will pick the sharpest base frame for the HDR merge when taking selfies. Source

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    HP has introduced the redesigned the Spectre x360 13 and HP Spectre x360 15. These come with Bang & Olufsen audio and come with aluminum CNC machining. The dual chamfer design makes the lid easier to lift from three sides. There is also a privacy camera kill switch allows the user to electrically turn off the webcam when not in use. They come equipped with optional HP Sure View, an integrated privacy screen to help users avoid prying eyes in public areas. They are always-connected PC with gigabit-class LTE and come with long-lasting battery life, with up to 22.5 hours in the Spectre x360 13  which is a 37% higher than the previous model. Up to 17.5 hours in the Spectre x360 15. Both the Spectre x360 13 and Spectre x360 15 are designed for performance that matches each individual‘s needs. The Spectre x360 13 is powered by the latest Quad-Core 8th generation Intel Core processors. The Spectre x360 15 is a 15-inch convertible that features a new thermal design, powered by up to the latest six-core 8th Generation Intel Core processors, and the optional NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050Ti with Max Q design. In addition, the Spectre x360 15 offers various display options which includes ...

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    Samsung Display has filed a patent for a tablet with a flexible and bendable screen. The patent was filed with WIPO in April 2018 for a 'Display Device' and was published on October 11, 2018. The patented tablet can be bent in two directions exactly in the middle The device lets you use it folded or unfolded; if you want to use a small display, you can bend the tablet in the opposite direction. The user interface will then be adjusted, compared to when you use the device in a fully open state. This Samsung tablet is expected to come with a flexible and bendable screen with a cover on both the left and right side of the display. The cover is made of a metallic material, such as aluminum foil and all the necessary components will also be included in the cover. The display itself is touch sensitive. With Samsung patenting so many technologies, it is unclear if the company would ever bring this foldable tablet into reality. Source | Via

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