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    OPPO has announced RX17 Pro and RX17 Neo smartphones for Europe, at an event in Italy. Both the smartphone feature a 6.4-inch Full HD+ 19:9 aspect ratio AMOLED display with a notch, 91.5% screen-to-body ratio, an in-display fingerprint sensor that can unlock the phone in 0.41 seconds, run ColorOS 5.2 based on Android 8.1 (Oreo) and has a 25-megapixel AI front camera, similar to the R17 Pro. The  RX17 Pro is powered by Snapdragon 710 SoC with up to 8GB RAM, while the RX17 Neo is powered by Snapdragon 660 with 4GB of RAM. The OPPO RX17 Pro 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 3700mAh (2 x 1850mAh)  battery with SuperVOOC Flash Charge technology that was introduced with the Find X Lamborghini Edition. This can charge the ...

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    With the launch of the all-new Amazon Echo Plus, the company appears to have taken consumer feedback seriously and has made some very tangible changes to the hardware. From improved acoustics to design and more, there's a lot going for the Amazon Echo Plus 2018 Edition. But how does it compare to competitors like the Google Home? Let's find out in our review. Design The 2nd generation Echo Plus is a complete departure from the original industrial looking model. Where the first generation Echo Plus resembled a really high tech trash can, the all-new Echo Plus has a fabric and plastic design that simply looks more organic and fits well into home decor. The metal mesh design has been replaced by a fabric shell that runs around the entire body of the speaker. The top is made of black plastic and has four buttons that let you adjust volume, mute and invoke Alexa. The plastic surface, at least in the black variant, looks a bit cheap but is rugged enough to hold off scratches. There's a 360-degree ring of LEDs around the top edge that turns a deep blue every time you call out Alexa. These are RGB lights that can change colour depending on ...

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    LG introduced its G7 Fit mid-range smartphone at the IFA back in August. Today the company has announced that the phone will roll out starting this month It has a 6.1-inch QHD+ 19.5:9 FullVision LCD Super Bright display, is IP68 rated for dust and water resistance, meets MIL-STD 810G requirements, has Hi-Fi Quad DAC, is powered by Snapdragon 821 SoC with 4GB of RAM, has a 16-megapixel rear camera with f/2.2 aperture, 8-megapixel front camera and a 3000mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0. LG G7 Fit specifications 6.1-inch (3120 x 1440 pixels) 19.5:9 FullVision Super Bright IPS Display Quad-core Snapdragon 821 Mobile Platform with Adreno 530 GPU 4GB LPDDR4x RAM, 32GB / 64GB (G7+ Fit) (UFS 2.0) storage, expandable memory up to 2TB with microSD Android 8.1 (Oreo) with LG UX 16MP rear camera with f/2.2 aperture, 76-degree wide-angle lens, LED flash 8MP front camera with 80-degree wide-angle lens,  f/1.9 aperture Fingerprint sensor Water, dust resistant (IP68), MIL-STD 810G certified Dimensions: 153.2 x 71.9 x 7.9mm; Weight: 158g 3.5mm audio jack, 32-bit Advanced Hi-Fi Quad DAC, Boombox Speaker, FM Radio 4G LTE, WiFi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz and 5GHz), Bluetooth 4.2 LE, GPS, NFC, USB Type-C 2.0 (3.1 compatible) 3000mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 The LG G7 ...

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    Alongside the all new 2018 edition Echo Plus, Amazon also announced a new Echo Dot recently. The 3rd generation Echo Dot makes improvements in design and audio while retaining the same basic formula. Let's take a closer look at it. Design Like the Echo Plus, the new Echo Dot too eschews the industrial looking all metal design. A shorter and squatter version of the Echo Plus, the Dot is surrounded by fabric on the sides while the top is matte plastic with four buttons on top. The buttons let you control volume, mute the microphones and invoke Alexa. A ring of LEDs run around the top of the speaker that turns blue when you invoke Alexa. A greenish yellow light indicates volume percentage. Meanwhile, just like the larger speakers, a teal coloured light bar follows you around as the Dot switches between the four far-field microphones to the one nearest you. The lights turn red when the speaker is on mute. At the back is a power port as well as an auxiliary port for connecting the Dot to larger speakers. Unlike on the Echo Plus, you cannot use the port as an input but the Dot's limited audio capabilities mean that you're not really ...

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    As promised, ZTE's Nubia brand has opend crowdfunding for its upcoming second-generation Red Magic Gaming phone via jd.com in China. This will be powered by Snapdragon 845 with 10GB of RAM, 256GB storage and comes with both liquid cooling and air cooling to reduce the temperature by up to 13.2 degrees and increases the CPU performance by up to 70%. It runs  Android 9.0 (Pie) with Red Magic OS on top. It also comes with two-sided Red Magic touch game buttons, offers 4D gaming experience with real-time recognition of the game scene that vibrates the phone to intelligent match more than 40 game scenes and DTS 7.1 channel + 3D surround sound. It has an unique LED light strip on the back. The New Nubia Red Magic Gaming phone 10GB RAM, 256GB storage version is now available for order starting at 3888 yuan (US$ 561 / Rs. 40,800 approx.) through jd.com crowdfunding. It said that will continue to collect funding till December 6, 2018 till it reaches 1000000 yuan, but it has already collected 2164170 yuan, ahieving the target in few hours of funding. The company has not announced when it will start shipping the phone. We should know more details of the smartphone in the coming ...

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    Xiaomi launched the Redmi 6 and Redmi 6A smartphones in India back in September. Now the company has announced that the phones are available via open sale in the country. Even thoug the Redmi 6A 2GB RAM with 32GB storage version is now available for Rs. 6999 from Amazon.in in an open sale. However, the 16GB version will be available on Amazon.in for Rs. 5999 November 14th. The Redmi 6 3GB RAM with 64GB storage version is available from Flipkart for Rs. 9499, however the 32GB storage version at Rs. 7999 will be available from Flipkart tomorrow. These are also available from mi.com. Xiaomi Redmi 6A specifications 5.45-inch (1440 × 720 pixels) HD+ 18:9 2.5D curved glass display, 1000:1 Contrast ratio 2GHz Quad-Core MediaTek Helio A22 12nm processor with IMG PowerVR GE-class GPU 2GB RAM, 16GB / 32GB internal storage, expandable memory up to 256GB with microSD Android 8.1 (Oreo) with MIUI 9, upgradable to MIUI 10 Dual SIM (nano + nano + microSD) 13MP rear camera with LED Flash, PDAF, f/2.2 aperture, EIS 5MP front-facing camera, f/2.2 aperture Dimensions: 147.5×71.5×8.3mm; Weight: 145g 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio, dual microphones Dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS + GLONASS 3000mAh (typical) / 2900mAh (minimum) battery Xiaomi Redmi 6 specifications 5.45-inch (1440 × 720 pixels) HD+ 18:9 ...

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    At Samsung Developer Conference 2018, Samsung is opening Bixby Developer Studio, an Integrated Development Environment (IDE), to developers. It offers access to the same development tools Samsung’s internal developers used to create Bixby Capsules. This move is in line with Samsung's approach towards AI and with a goal of building a scalable open AI platform where developers and service providers can access tools to bring Bixby to more people and devices around the world. This collection of tools provide an intuitive way for developers and partners to infuse intelligence into more services and devices. Developers will be able to create Bixby Capsules features or services created for Bixby and make them easily accessible to consumers in the Bixby Marketplace. The Bixby platform will allow developers to easily adapt their capsules from mobile phones and televisions to home appliances and other products across the Samsung ecosystem. Samsung is also expanding support to five new languages in the coming months, including British English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. It is available in more than 200 markets around the world. Samsung is now making it faster and easier for developers to connect their devices and services to the SmartThings platform with a new suite of tools in the redesigned SmartThings Developer ...

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    The U.S. federal court in a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which monitors acts of commerce, ruled against Qualcomm over the alleged anti-competitive practices and abuse of FRAND patents. This means that Qualcomm must license its modem patents to competitors. The motion was strongly supported by the rest of the industry and potentially weakens its stranglehold on the market. The ruling came out of a Federal Trade Commission lawsuit against Qualcomm, which was filed near the start of 2017. The key highlight of the ruling is whether Qualcomm has to license standard-essential patents to competitors and the court has ruled that it should do. Until now, Qualcomm has only offered licenses to companies that directly manufacture smartphones. Qualcomm seems to have done that only when it was directly selling the chips to them. This means that companies like Intel which is badly trying to compete with Qualcomm had to work around Qualcomm's patents to sell its modems of its own and brands like Apple and Samsung also had to play by Qualcomm to sell its smartphones. This is definitely bad news for Qualcomm and a sign of relief for rest of the industry. What doesn't change with this ruling is how much Qualcomm charges for those ...

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    Apple's Clips app gets a new update that brings more great content for video creation. The new version of Clips adds six Selfie Scenes. The Selfie Scenes use the TrueDepth camera system to allow users to record themselves against immersive, animated backdrops including a beautiful rainforest, a mad scientist’s lab and even an action-packed scene from Disney Pixar’s Incredibles 2. The Selfie Scenes tap takes advantage of the Neural Engine on the A12 Bionic chip to deliver incredible portrait segmentation during preview and recording. Clips also get three new filters including a black-and-white comic book, monochrome watercolor painting, and aged film. New posters let users create great-looking title cards for their videos with themes like science, sports, and a silent movie, as well as animated posters from Disney Pixar’s Incredibles 2 and Coco. New stickers and text labels let users add emphasis and fun annotations to videos. Clips 2.0.5 is available today as a free update on the App Store and is compatible with iPhone 5s, iPad Air and iPad mini 2 and later models running iOS 11.1 and later. Style transfer effects require iPhone 7 or 2017 iPad Pro and later. Selfie Scenes require iPhone or iPad Pro with a TrueDepth camera. Source

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    Samsung, as expected, has finally showcased its foldable display at its developer's conference in San Francisco. The company has provided the details like screen resolution that are needed for developing a foldable smartphone to developers.  Samsung’s foldable device sports a 7.3-inch display when it’s open to offer a tablet-like viewing experience and when folded, it sports a 4.6-inch display on the outside. The outer 4.6-inch display packs a 21:9 aspect ratio, 840 x 1960 resolution, 420 PPI, and the 7.3-inch display come with 1536 x 2152 pixels and the same pixel density. Google already announced support for flexible displays, so apps will use the outer display will expand to occupy the 7.3-inch main display when the device is unfolded, and users will also have the option to use three apps in tablet mode. "Since glass is not pliable, we developed a new maerial for the cover window that's flexible and durable. And to ensure the reliability of the display, we found a unique adhesive that enhances the display's elasticity and keeps its strength even when ifs folded and unfolded over and over again," said Samsung. However, Samsung isn't revealing the entire spec sheet of the foldable tech. The company didn't showcase the device fully just ...

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    Google Photos has gained a new update which doesn't bring any major changes to the surface. However, a teardown reveals that there might be a new informative boxes coming that can explain why backups aren't running, and the ability to backup only when charging the phone might be making a return.  Considering at how inappropriate Photos app is in performing backups, Google Photos team which for some reason removed the ability to backup photos during charging looks to have decided to undo the feature. The setting might appear in the "Back up & sync" settings, but it's not actually part of the layout for that page or any other. However, it is used in code and will only be shown when the right conditions are met. Whatever may be the reasons, the string related to the backup while charging is a good sign that users will be getting at some point. Google Photos often do things in the background depending on the situations and for the sake of letting users know a bit more about this and give some guidance in the process. A couple of more widgets similar to the Backup Complete box are going to be added. There are two new additions. The ...

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    GigSky has officially launched the eSIM service for iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max, and iPhone Xr to its North American and worldwide mobile data plans. For this functionality, you need to update to iOS 12.1 update which Apple rolled out last week. Users can complete the process of eSIM conversion from GigSky app.  The company, in order to celebrate the occasion, is offering 50% off your first, 1-day data plan. Simply enter code ESIM123 when you create your GigSky account. To remind you, Apple has flipped the switch for eSIM with the iOS 12.1 update, but it is still carrier dependent. The eSIM eliminates the need to use a physical SIM giving users the ability to use dual SIMs (one eSIM and one physical). Plans with GigSky start at $10. Download the GigSky app for iOS from the AppStore. The release notes of the GigSky app reads: Support for eSIM on iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR. UI improvements and Bug fixes. The company commenting on the same said: You can use iPhone's built-in eSIM to purchase a GigSky data plan in over 190 countries. It's super easy to use and great for travel – just update to iOS 12.1, download the GigSky app, and select your plan of choice.  To ...

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    Amazon has finally launched its Audible service in India. This lets you listen to your favourite books using the Audible app. The company says that it has over 200,000 audiobooks narrated by  performers across several genres. The company says that the service is currently in beta and it is still adding more new and exciting Indian and international audiobooks every day. Audible subscription costs Rs. 199 per month after a 30-day trial as well as one free audiobook. You can cancel the subscription anytime. Select users get 90-day free trial along with a credit towards three free audiobooks. For Indian users, it is offering 1 credit a month that lets you use it on any audiobook regardless of the price. You can roll over up to six unused credits to the next months. Once you subscribe, you get to keep the audiobooks in your Audible library, even if you cancel the membership. You can also swap the books if you don't like it.  Apart from the base subscription, you also have a 6-month and 12-month plan priced at Rs 1,345 and Rs 2,332 respectively.  The company says that it is offering 30% off on additional saving on audiobooks for exclusive members. You can signup for Audible using you existing Amazon ...

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    After Galaxy J2 Core (SM-J260), the company’s first Android Oreo (Go edition) smartphone that was launched back in August, Samsung is gearing to launch the  Galaxy J4 Core soon. This reveals a 6-inch HD+ display, Snapdragon 430 SoC with 1GB of RAM, 8-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front camera both with LED flash. It will likely come with Samsung’s Smart Manager delivers automatic RAM management that ensures the device has sufficient free memory and remains fast and optimized. It doesn’t come with Fingerprint sensor or Face Unlock. It has a 3300mAh battery on board. Samsung Galaxy J4 Core rumored specifications 6-inch (1480 x 720 pixels) HD+ TFT display Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 ( 4 x 1.2 GHz Cortex A53 + 4 x 1.5 GHz Cortex A53) 64-bit Mobile Platform with Adreno 505 GPU 1GB RAM, 16GB storage, expandable memory up to 256GB with microSD Android 8.1 Oreo (Go edition) Dual SIM 8MP rear camera with LED flash, f/2.2 aperture 5MP front-facing camera with LED flash Dimensions: 160.6 x 76.1 x 7.9mm; Weight: 170g 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2 LE, GPS 3300mAh battery The Samsung Galaxy J4 Core will come in Black, Gold and Blue colors. We can expect the official announcement soon. Source | Via

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    Despite facing tough times with the smartphone division, LG isn't giving up anytime soon. We have recently seen the company filing patents for square-shaped camera setup on the rear. This time, the company has filed for multiple design patents in South Korea with KIPO (Korean Intellectual Property Office) for a full-screen smartphone with a camera under the display. The design patents show two smartphone models; one with a bezel-less design and rounded corners, another design is edged-curved on the right-hand side, making the device thinner on the right side. The company, in both the cases, is using a flexible display. It contains an oval hole where the selfie-camera is present. The display contains an oval hole for the selfie camera, which is made of a transparent material. This oval hole can be placed at different locations; in the middle, also in the left or right top of the device. However, it isn't clear why the company chose the oval shape, but it is ideal size if it wants to place two selfie-cameras. The patents were published on 24 October and 2nd November 2018. Via

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    Huawei's Honor brand has announced that it has sold over 1 million or 10 lakh smartphones during the Diwali festive season sale on Flipkart, Amazon and Honor store. The Honor smartphones such as the Honor 9N, Honor 9 Lite, Honor 7S, Honor 9i, Honor 10 and Honor 7A were sold on special prices and offers. The company said that its Honor 9N was the star product during the Flipkart Big Billion Days sale and the Honor 8X was the best-seller in the Rs. 12,000 to Rs. 15,000 category during the Amazon Great Indian Festival sale. Honor also announced 300% YoY growth as compared to 2017 during the Diwali season sale. "According to in house research, Honor fans increased by 32% out of which most of them are fashionable youth and tech-savvy," said the company. Due to the overwhelming response and love received by customers, the company has extended its attractive offers on its best-selling smartphones on Flipkart till stocks last. Commenting on the new milestone, P Sanjeev, Vice President, Sales, Huawei Consumer Business Group said: We are glad to have received the enormous love and acceptance by our Indian customers for all our devices launched this year. Our campaign #YehDiwaliHonorWali too received a great response from ...

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    Google launched Files Go app to free up space on mobile phones, find files faster and share them with others back in December 2017. The app currently has over 30 million monthly users. Google today is finally rebranding the app to just Files by Google, and the company has also redesigned the user experience. Google is ensuring that the content of your mobile phone is the focus when you use the app. When you clear out files you no longer need, we now tell you what you’ve freed up room for. The app lets you free up space more quickly and easily than ever. You can even delete old photos and memes from chat apps, remove duplicate files, delete unused apps, clear your cache and more. You can use Files to see how much free space is left on your phone and SD card. Files by Google can be downloaded directly from Google PlayStore. Source

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    Xiaomi has officially entered U.K with the launch of Mi 8 Pro alongside a range of other products including Mi 8, Redmi 6A smartphone, the Xiaomi Band 3 fitness tracker, and the Mi electric scooter. Apart from U.K, Xiaomi is steadily rolling out its range of products in new regions including Latin America and parts of northern and eastern Europe. A recap of the products (and prices!) that we unveiled today at our first UK Launch event. #ThisIsMi pic.twitter.com/ZxEm6cgVYw — XiaomiUK (@XiaomiUK_) November 8, 2018 Though Xiaomi products were available in the UK through a 3rd party, this marks the official entry and a major push for Xiaomi. They will be available through brick-and-mortar Mi Store in Westfield London which will be opened on November 18. The Chinese smartphone giant first debuted the Mi 8 Pro alongside the Mi 8 Lite in China back in September, following Mi 8 which launched in May. The company’s senior VP, Wang Xiang said: “Today we witness a new chapter in Xiaomi’s global expansion journey, underpinned by our global ambitions.” The Mi 8 Pro comes with a pressure-sensitive in-display fingerprint sensor. This only activates the unlocking process once you place your finger on the screen, which is faster and more power-efficient and is ...

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    With Chrome 71 that will be released in December 2018, Chrome will show a warning sign about the insufficient mobile subscription information pages, so that users can make informed decisions when signing up to mobile-based subscription services. Users will be offered the choice to proceed to the page or go back if they were unaware that they were entering a billing page. Google says that it wants to make sure Chrome users understand when they are going through a billing flow and trust that they’ll be able to make informed decisions while browsing the web. To adequately inform users, it’s important to provide a sufficient level of details within the billing page as outlined by the new mobile billing charges. If Chrome detects pages that don’t provide sufficient billing information to users, it will display a warning sign to the user on Chrome mobile, Chrome desktop, and Android’s WebView. When Google identifies such pages, it will notify the webmaster through Search Console where there will be an option to let it know about the changes they’ve made to clarify the billing process. Google won't make any changes if websites offer clear information about the billing process. Source

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    At GDC 2018, HTC Vive announced that it will roll out the Vive focus to global markets later this year. Vive Focus is the first 6DOF stand-alone VR headset to be commercially available. The company is also making Vive Focus developer kits available to registered developers in most countries through the developer portal. Built upon Vive Wave, the open VR platform and toolset that is unifying the development experience for standalone and mobile VR devices, along with Viveport as its content platform. In addition, developers who bring content to Viveport in China for either Vive Focus or PC-based Vive will receive 100% rev-share from title sales and Viveport subscription in China between April and September 2018. The Vive Focus is the company’s first Standalone VR Headset for the China market and is the first commercial standalone device to deliver inside-out 6-degree-of-freedom tracking (6DoF). Meaning you don’t need a base station like PC or mobile to connect it nor sensors and you get the freedom of mobility to use it anywhere. The Vive Focus VR packs an AMOLED screen to deliver the best VR experience with low latency, and it is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 VR Platform and utilizes the Vive Wave VR open platform. It has a ...

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