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    Google in recent times has pushed out several updates to Wear OS indicating that it hasn't given up on the platform. However, the company has made few more changes and is now rolling out through the 'H' update. This update includes the battery saver improvements, improved off body efficiency, smart app resume for all apps and more.  We’ve been working on updates to help you get more time out of your #WearOSbyGoogle watch. See what’s rolling out: https://t.co/eAw5qTGPMh pic.twitter.com/KWkjOvIvpg — Wear OS by Google (@WearOSbyGoogle) November 15, 2018 The company says that this update extends your battery life even further by turning on Battery Saver to only display the time once your battery falls below 10%. Improved off body efficiency after 30 minutes of inactivity, your watch will go into deep sleep mode to conserve battery. Smart App Resume for all Apps can now easily pick up where you left off across all apps on your watch. Two Step Power Off brings more way to turn off your smartwatch. You can now turn off your watch in two easy steps. To turn off your watch, simply hold the power button until you see the power off screen and then select 'power off' or 'restart.' This changelog ...

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    Samsung has just pushed the One UI beta based on Android 9.0 Pie in the US soon after it went live in South Korea. In the US, the beta program is available for T-Mobile and Sprint and to those using an unlocked Galaxy S9 or S9+. The Korean version of the Galaxy S9 series has been updated with Android Pie Beta and One UI. pic.twitter.com/9Btf58XER1 — Ice universe (@UniverseIce) November 15, 2018 It is unclear when other carriers in the USA would start the beta testing. To register for the beta, head over to the Samsung+ app and tap the notice that says “One UI with Android 9.0 on Galaxy S9/S9+.  The update can then be downloaded by going into the Settings app, tapping Software update, then hit the Download updates manually option. Apart from the One UI visual changes, there are many other changes and new features. Some of the new features include new adaptive themes for the keyboard that change based on the app you’re currently using, charging information in Always On Display, Scene Optimizer for the Camera app, and the ability to run DeX with a USB Type-C to HDMI cable while also being able to use the phone when DeX mode is active. It also brings November security ...

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    After temporary price cuts during festive sales recently, Xiaomi has announced Rs. 1000 permanent price cut for the Xiaomi Mi A2, Redmi Note 5 Pro and Redmi Y2 smartphones. The company says that this is to celebrate Xiaomi being is the top Smartphone Brand for 5 quarters in a row as per the latest IDC report. The company says that Xiaomi India has an amazing 42% share of dual camera phones. It recently hiked the rates of  Redmi 6, Redmi 6A, 10000mAh Mi Powerbank 2i and Mi TV (32″ Pro & 49″ Pro). List of Xiaomi smartphones that have received permanent price cut Xiaomi Mi A2 (4GB+64GB) - Rs. 15,999 (Rs. 1000 off) Xiaomi Mi A2 (6GB+128GB) - Rs. 18,999 (Rs. 1000 off) Xiaomi Redmi Y2 (4GB+64GB) - Rs. 11,999 (Rs. 1000 off) Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro (4GB+64GB) - Rs. 13,999 (Rs. 1000 off) Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro (6GB+64GB) - Rs. 15,999 (Rs. 1000 off) These price adjustments are already live across all sales platforms. This comes before the launch of Redmi Note 6 pro smartphone with a notch and dual front and rear cameras on November 22nd. The company already said that it will reveal one more big news on Monday, November 19th.

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    Update - November 16: Sony has rolled out new Android Pie update with build number 52.0.A.3.84 that includes November security patch for the Xperia XZ2 Premium, Xperia XZ3, Xperia XZ2 and Xperia XZ2 Compact. Earlier: Sony has started rolling out the Android 9.0 Pie update to the Xperia XZ Premium, Xperia XZ1, and Xperia XZ1 Compact as it had promised. At the moment, the update is rolled out in batch-wise in specific regions, and model number, but should have widened release in the coming days. The update brings the model number 47.2.A.0.306. It also brings October 2018 Android security patch. Since the update was due in October but got delayed due to last minutes bugs and this is why we suspect Sony didn’t push the update with the latest November security patches. The new update brings Sony’s new camera interface, Full HD 960fps slow-motion video support and HDR video image enhancement (X-Reality with HDR converter). Selfie camera display flash is also included. However, Sony hasn't updated the interface with gestures and you will have to rely on navigation buttons. Other inclusions in Pie include Adaptive Battery power prioritization for users’ most commonly used apps/services, Adaptive and optimized brightness levels, Predictive Application Actions and more. Since the update just started ...

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    Sony's PlayStation 4 is now five years old and the company announced that it has sold over 86.1 million units in addition to over 777.9 Million software units worldwide. To celebrate this occasion, the company is releasing a new PS4 bundle; Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 PS4 bundle. Since launch, the company has rolled out around 11 major software updates including the recent 6.0. Call of Duty Black Ops 3, GTA V, Call of Duty WWII, Fifa 17/18 remain the best sellers. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is the latest multiplayer first-person shooter that features gritty, grounded, fluid Multiplayer combat, the biggest Zombies offering ever with three full undead adventures, and Blackout, where the universe of Black Ops comes to life in one massive battle royale experience. This bundle will be available from November 27th and is priced at $299.99/ $379.99 and includes a jet-black 1TB PS4 system, a matching DualShock 4 wireless controller, and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 on Blu-ray Disc.

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    There are few products that manage to take a giant step forward with every successive iteration. Sony's 1000XM line of headphones is one such product that not only excels on their own but has taken the competition head-on.  The XM2 doubled battery but generally played it safe. With the WH-1000XM3 though, Sony has gone back to the drawing board and is making massive changes all around. What does it mean for the lineup? Find out in our review. In terms of design, Sony has completely re-engineered the headphone and the changes are almost universally positive. The headphone is flat out more comfortable to wear. From the pillowy faux-leather ear pads to the overall weight reduction, you can wear the MDR-1000XM3 for hours on end without any fatigue. During my testing period, I wore the headphone on flights, long bus rides and occasionally even when trying to sleep. There's more padding at the top which helps reduce pressure and Sony has reworked the design of the ear cups giving it a longer, more oval shape. The entire headphone now sits closer to the ears, which generally makes them more compact to carry around as well. Of course, like all the previous models, the ...

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    Motorola just announced that it has started rolling out Android 9.0 (Pie) update for the One Power Android One smartphone in India, as it had promised at the launch in September. At the launch the company also promised Android Q update for the phone, as well as security updates for three years from the initial global launch date. Android 9 Pie update offers even longer & improved battery life, an entirely new UI with redesigned Quick Settings and a revamped split-screen. The update also brings forth a fresh intuitive navigation, simplified volume controls and an improved Do Not Disturb mode. It also brings Dual SIM Dual VoLTE Support and an improved camera performance including the panorama feature and better low light images. Since the update just started rolling out, it should reach everyone in the next few days. The phone available exclusively from Flipkart at Rs. 15,999.

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    Update - November 16, 2018: Realme today announced that the first MediaTek Helio P70-powered smartphone will launch under new 'U series'. Since the company has started teasing it might be launched in December. Yes, it’s coming. #Realme is bringing to you world’s first #MediaTekHelioP70 smartphone with our brand-new U series product. Are U excited? @MediaTek pic.twitter.com/87xBltHsdo — Realme (@realmemobiles) November 16, 2018 Earlier: MediaTek introduced the MediaTek Helio P70 SoC yesterday. At the MediaTek event today at the India Mobile Congress (IMC) 2018, Realme has confirmed that it will be the first brand to launch MediaTek Helio P70-powered smartphones globally. “The next Realme will be powered by P70 and it is coming soon,” said Madhav Seth, Chief Executive Officer, Realme India. Realme India CEO at the event said that Realme 1 did very well achieving 4.5 out of 5 stars as an average rating on Amazon.in. Realme 1 was powered by MediaTek Helio P60, which is the P70's predecessor, however the company went with Snapdragon 450 for the Realme 2 and the Snapdragon 660 for the Realme 2 Pro that were launched recently. The MediaTek Helio P70 is based on the same TSMC’s 12nm FinFET technology as the predecessor, but this comes with multi-core APU operating at up ...

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    Xiaomi launched the Redmi 5A a year ago running MIUI 9 based on Android 7.1 Nougat. As per an official announcement, Redmi 5A is eligible for Android Oreo update, the device has already been updated to Oreo with MIUI China Beta ROM update last week. MIUI Global Beta ROM for Redmi 5A is not released for past couple of weeks and we are expecting Android Oreo based MIUI Global Beta ROM to be released soon. The company started rolling out MIUI 10 Stable for Redmi Note 4 couple of days ago, and today it has started rolling out MIUI 10 Global Stable ROM for Redmi 5A. [gallery link="file" size="medium" ids="268786,268787,268788"] The new update comes as MIUI 10.1.1.0.NCKMIFI and is 271 MB in size but it is based on Android 7.1 (Nougat). Xiaomi has not updated the Android security patch on Redmi 5A and it runs on July, 2018 security patch. MIUI 10 brings major changes like Full-screen gestures, Redesigned Notification Panel, Redesigned Volume Sliders, Improved multitasking management, natural sound system, and a lot more, for more details on MIUI 10 refer to this post. You can download the recovery ROM here and flash it using the recovery method or download the fastboot ROM here and flash it using the fastboot method. Redmi 5A was ...

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    Xiaomi launched the second-generation Android One device – Mi A2 in India back in August running Android 8.1 (Oreo). 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. Today the company has rolled out stable Android 9.0 (Pie) update for the smartphone, as it had promised, after few months of beta testing. Android P includes Adaptive Battery that uses machine learning to prioritize system resources for the apps, App Actions that helps you raise the visibility of your app and help drive engagement using machine learning, and Slices are a new way to surface rich, templated content in places like Google Search and Assistant. Xiaomi Mi A2 Android Pie update is 1.06GB in size and also includes Android security patch for November 5, 2018. According to reports, camera2 API has not been enabled with the update. We will be updating the download link soon. Source

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    Xiaomi launched the second-generation Android One devices – Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite back in July at an event in Spain. 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, but it has struggled to deliver on the promise of keeping the Android version up to date as Android Oreo 8.1 update for Mi A1 was delayed and was released in June 2018. Xiaomi has a tradition of involving users in Beta testing for their devices and in case you own a Mi A2 Lite and want to test the Android Pie update before everyone else, there is a good news for you. Xiaomi has recently posted recruitment for Beta testers for Mi A2 Lite on MIUI Forum, you can apply here to be a part of the Beta testing team in case you’re interested. The recruitment is open only for Mi A2 Lite variant as the company had already selected Beta testers for Mi A2 back in August. Though the recruitment is open to all users, active ...

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    After A7x, OPPO has introduced A7, the company’s latest mid-range smartphone in China. It has a 6.2-inch HD+ display with Waterdrop Screen with screen-to-body ratio up to 88.3% for a more immersive experience, is powered by Octa-Core Snapdragon 450 SoC, has 13MP rear camera with LED flash, secondary 2MP camera, features a 16-megapixel front camera with AR stickers, packs 4GB of RAM, 64GB storage, fingerprint sensor on the back and a 4230mAh battery. OPPO A7 specifications 6.2-inch (1520 x 720 pixels) FullView 2.5D curved glass display 1.8GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 450 14nm Mobile Platform with Adreno 506 GPU 4GB RAM, 64GB internal storage, expandable memory up to 256GB with microSD ColorOS 5.2 based on Android 8.1 (Oreo) Dual SIM 13MP rear camera with LED flash, f/2.2 aperture, secondary 2MP camera with f/2.4 aperture 16MP front-facing camera, f/2.0 aperture Fingerprint sensor Dimensions: 156.1×75.7×8.2mm; Weight: 170g 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS + GLONASS, USB OTG 4230mAh (typical) / 4100mAh  (minimum) built-in battery The OPPO A7 comes in Fresh Pink, Lake Green and Amber Gold colors with 3D glass back with patterns, is priced at 1599 yuan (US$ 230 / Rs. 16,540 approx.), available for pre-order and goes on sale in China from November 22.

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    In the recent past, the emphasis given to the body colours by the smartphone makers is on the rise. Currently, we are witnessing a variety of hues, materials, and shimmer to suit anyone's tastes. While some people cover their device with thick protective cases, a vast majority of people either opt for a clear case to see the phone as it was intended. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEELWTJNem4 With that being said, OnePlus is one of the few companies out there that concentrates more on design, quality and colour as its core philosophy. This has been evident with its smartphones right from OnePlus One to OnePlus 6T. Be its design language, form factor or the quality everything was on point. Moving on, OnePlus has launched a new colour for the OnePlus 6T called Thunder Purple OnePlus 6T. This Purple model joins the Mirror Black and Midnight Black colour options that have been available since the 6T’s initial launch in October. It's worth mentioning this is the same device in terms of specifications and other factors except for the colours. This provides users with a considerable range of choices to select from. The special edition of the much-lauded OnePlus 6T comes with a gradient back that fades from black ...

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    Google launched the Pixel 3 series phones worldwide and they are already on sale in major markets. However, it looks like the company isn't done yet as a new variant dubbed Pixel 3 Lite surfaces. The device in question is powered by the latest Snapdragon 670 SoC and packs a 3.5mm headphone jack.  The Pixel 3 Lite is codenamed "Sargo" and we have heard rumors of the same back in October in the ARCore code. Externally, the Pixel 3 Lite looks very similar to the regular Pixel 3 with regular 18:9 aspect ratio and tall display. There is volume rocker, bright green power button on the right and on the left, there is a slot for a SIM card, speaker. At the top, a second microphone and 3.5 mm audio jack. [gallery link="file" columns="2" size="large" ids="268826,268824,268825,268827"] The fingerprint sensor is present on the rear along with the primary camera and packs a plastic build. As for specifications; it sports a 5.56-inch IPS-display with a resolution of 2220 × 1080 pixels and is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 10nm Octa-Core processor with the Adreno 615 graphics chip, supports UFS 2.1 and eMMC 5.1 flash memory. RAM in the smartphone 4 GB, built-in 32 GB. It packs a 2915 mAh with support for Quick ...

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    Microsoft is said to be planning on releasing a new hardware product which is an updated Xbox One console but won't be in the Scarlett devices which are next-gen consoles and are not expected until 2020 but in 2019. The company is planning to release a disc-less console.  However, if you have physical games lying around, Microsoft has a plan for that. It will have a ‘disc-to-digital’ program, which as the name states, turns your physical games into digital downloads. You will have to take your disc to a participating retailer and trade in your disc for a digital download. The goal with the new console is to lower the price point for the hardware. The current cost of the Xbox One is $299 and the company is looking to lower that price by possibly as much as $100; the new console price point is expected to be $200 or less. In addition, the company also has a revised Xbox One S SKU that is targeted for later in the year that focuses solely on cost reduction but does feature a disc-drive. As for Scarlett, Microsoft is still trying to decide if that console will include a disc drive but should be making the final decision very ...

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    Xiaomi’s sub-brand POCO launched the F1 smartphone back in August in Graphite Black, Steel Blue and Armored Edition with Kevlar back, and it launched the  Rosso Red Edition of the smartphone last month. Here we have the photo gallery of the smartphone. The Red edition has a smooth polycarbonate body. It has the same 6.18-inch Full HD+ 2.5D curved glass display with a notch, Snapdragon 845 SoC with up to 8GB RAM and LiquidCool Technology. runs Android 8.1 (Oreo) with MIUI on top with POCO launcher, 20-megapixel front camera with AI features and pixel binning, IR face unlock that can unlock the phone 0.4 seconds, even in pitch darkness. [gallery link="file" size="large" columns="2" ids="268077,268076,268075,268082"] The power button and the volume rockers are on the right, USB Type-C port, volume rocks and the loudspeaker grill are on the bottom and the secondary microphone and the 3.5mm audio jack is on the top. Even the Hybrid SIM slot of the left side is also in red color. It has a 12-megapixel rear camera with LED flash along with a secondary 5-megapixel camera to capture portrait shots, real-time AI, intelligent scene recognition that can detect 206 scenes across 25 categories. It has a fingerprint sensor on the back, comes with Dual ...

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    OnePlus has rolled out new Open Beta 7 for the OnePlus 6 the brings several new features including new OnePlus Roaming feature that allows users to use internet without a SIM card, somewhat like virual SIM. However, this doesn't work for calls. OnePlus says that this will work globally in most of the countries/regions, and it will list out the plans available for the country/regions you are in so that you can purchase a suitable plan and access the Internet without a SIM. This is similar to Mi Roaming feature that was introduced by Xiaomi few years back. It is easy to select destinations and buy data package in your own currency, including INR. You can pay for the package using credit card or Paypal. After arriving at the destination, choose the purchased plan from the ordered list and enable it. The update also brings Video Enhancer in Display settings to enhance colors while watching videos. Now you can assign a specific SIM for a specific contact or group of contacts when using dual SIM. The OnePlus 6 OxygenOS Open Beta 7 is about 350MB in size and also includes Android security patch for November 2018. Check out the complete changelog below. System Added Video Enhancer feature Added OnePlus ...

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    Google has announced that starting from January 7th, 2019, SMS notifications from Google Calendar will no longer be available. Since Calendar offers in-app notifications, you can still get notified, regardless of your device or connection. All the previous Calendar notifications via SMS will be replaced with in-app and email notifications. You’ll see these notifications as event notifications in a web browser that has Calendar open or a mobile device if you have the Google Calendar app for Android or iOS installed. In an email, if you had set up SMS notifications for new events, changed events, canceled events, or event responses. Google will also make some changes to the Calendar API to support this change. Source

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    As we are inching closer to the Galaxy S10 launch, we are hearing more and more details about the flagships. Two latest reports suggest that the Samsung Galaxy S10 Will Feature next gen M9 Display Panels With Diode Pumped Solid State (DPSS) Laser Drilled Holes For The Front Camera And Infrared Sensor.  Given the strength of the Samsung display, the company should be very comfortable with display panels. Samsung introduced three new ‘notched’ screens at its developer conference earlier this month. One of them is an Infinity-O display, which, as the name suggests, features a circular cutout for the front camera, instead of a notch. Furthermore, now we heard that the panel will feature two holes, one for the front camera and the other for the Galaxy S10’s infrared sensor. Both these holes will be drilled with a Diode Pumped Solid State Laser drill. Samsung will use SFA, Phil Optics and Wonik IPS’ laser equipment to carry out this drilling. However, the company is not comfortable with DPSS and might adopt an alternative approach. Reports suggest that Samsung’s OLED panels for the Galaxy S10 will mark a generational upgrade over their predecessors. Samsung will use what are being termed as ‘M9’ OLED panels for ...

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    Samsung just launched the Galaxy A9 2018 (SM-A920F) the company's latest top-end smartphone in the 'Galaxy A' series in India, as it had promised. It was announced last month at an even in Malaysia, packs a 6.3-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED screen, is powered by a Snapdragon 660 with up to 8GB of RAM, has a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, and packs a 3,800mAh battery with support for fast charging. The rear camera arrangement includes a main 24-megapixel sensor with f/1.7 aperture, 10-megapixel Telephoto lens with f/2.4 aperture for 2x optical zoom, 8-megapixel 120° Ultra Wide Lens for wide-angle photos and the fourth 5-megapixel camera to capture depth information for portrait shots.  It also has a 24-megapixel front camera with f/2.0 aperture. Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) specifications 6.3-inch (1080×2220 pixels) Full HD+ 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 / 8GB RAM with 128 GB Storage, expandable up to 512GB via micro SD card Android 8.0 (Oreo) Dual SIM ( nano + nano + microSD) 24MP rear camera with LED flash, f/1.7 aperture, 10MP wide-angle lens with f/2.4 aperture, 8MP 120° Ultra Wide camera with f/2.4 aperture and 5MP f/2.2 depth ...

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