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    After creating Guinness World Record by building the largest light mosaic (logo) in the world, back in September Xiaomi today announced that it has created a new Guinness World Record by inaugurating over 500 Mi Stores simultaneously at the exact same time. Located across 14 states, all new Mi Stores were collectively inaugurated at sharp 12 pm on 29 October, 2018, marking a first of its kind, unique achievement for the brand. Spanning across an average size of 300 sq ft., Mi Stores reflect the signature design of Xiaomi’s Mi Home stores. Mi Stores display futuristic interiors with minimalism concept, offering customers the valuable opportunity to experience and purchase all Xiaomi products of India under one roof. In line with its expansion plans, the company is planning to open over 5,000 Mi Stores all over India by the end of 2019. We're proud to share the 3rd #Super3 BIG NEWS today! #OfficiallyAmazing, yet again! 😎 We have opened 500+ new #MiStore across India simultaneously and have set a new Guinness World Record @GWR. pic.twitter.com/eG6vFUMvxN — Mi India (@XiaomiIndia) November 20, 2018 The Mi Store project is being led by Sunil Baby nationally, who earlier led offline team efforts as Regional Sales Manager at Xiaomi India. The ...

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    ASUS launched its flagship Zenfone 5Z (ZS620KL) smartphone in India back in July running Android Oreo with ZenUI 5.0. Today the company has confirmed that it will roll out the Android 9.0 (Pie) update for the smartphone by the end of January 2019. It also said that the update will be rolled out in a phased manner to avoid update server congestion. Users will get a notification when the update is available. They can also check for the update manually by going to Settings > System > System Updates > Check for Updates. The latest Android Pie update brings several new features, including 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,  Slices are a new way to surface rich, templated content in places like Google Search and Assistant, all-new contextual pop-up volume bar, new Magnifier feature for easier copy-and-paste and lots more. We will let you know once the the update starts rolling out for the smartphone.

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    Lenovo-owned Motorola is said to be working on a new smartphone codenamed 'Odin' which will feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8150 chipset and 5G Moto Mod support. Though this won't be the final name for the device; we are inclined to believe it would be Moto Z4.  According to latest report, the upcoming Motorola flagship is based on the upcoming Snapdragon 8150 platform with 4GB RAM and 32GB storage. However, the phone is still in early development so there could be higher RAM and storage models. It runs on Android 9 Pie and will also have Moto Mod support. Motorola has previously committed to “three generations” of support on the Moto Z lineup, and this device will be a fourth-generation model, so we can expect design changes. The Motorola “Odin” will support Motorola’s upcoming 5G Moto Mod, thanks to the Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X50 modem, which Verizon has used to complete its first 5G data transmission using the Moto Z3 and the unreleased 5G Moto Mod. Lastly, Motorola is also said to be working on a software that can handle an in-display fingerprint scanner but isn't confirmed whether the Moto Odin would sport the sensor. The Qualcomm 8150 chipset is rumored to feature a dedicated NPU and manufactured on a 7nm process. That's all ...

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    Update - November 20, 2018: OPPO has confirmed that it is indeed launching the R17 smartphone in India, as we had guessed.   View this post on Instagram   A mesmerising device to look forward to - #OPPOR17. Stay tuned. #OPPO #OPPORSeries #RSeries #ComingSoon #Smartphone A post shared by OPPO Mobile India (@oppomobileindia) on Nov 19, 2018 at 9:28pm PST Earlier: OPPO India today teased that it will launch a R Series smartphone soon. The teaser shows the side profile of a smartphone in Purple color which doesn't give any hint of what to expect, but it will likely be R17 or R17 Pro smartphone that were introduced recently. Stay tuned! Something new is coming up. #OPPO R-Series. pic.twitter.com/2GQ1sG5FQP — OPPO Mobile India (@oppomobileindia) November 19, 2018   View this post on Instagram   Stay tuned! Something new is coming #OPPO #OPPORSeries #RSeries #ComingSoon #Smartphone A post shared by OPPO Mobile India (@oppomobileindia) on Nov 18, 2018 at 11:19pm PST OPPO R17 specifications 6.4-inch (2280 x 1080 pixels) Full HD+ 19:9 aspect ratio display with  91.5% screen-to-body ratio, Corning Gorilla Glass 6 protection Octa-Core Snapdragon 670 ( 2 x 2GHz Kryo 360 (performance) + 6 x 1.7GHz Kryo 360 (efficiency)) 10nm Mobile Platform with Adreno 615 GPU 6GB / 8GB RAM, 128GB internal memory Dual SIM ColorOS 5.2 based ...

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    Xiaomi launched the Redmi 6 Pro in India back in September running MIUI 9, now it has started receving MIUI 10 Stable update. The update is also available for the Redmi 5 smartphone that was launched earlier this year running MIUI 9 based on Android 7.1.2 (Nougat). This comes after the Xiaomi Redmi 5A got the MIUI 10 update last week. The new update comes as MIUI 10.0.1.0.ODMMIFH for the Redmi 6 Pro and is about 609MB in size, and the update comes as 10.1.2.0.NDAMIFI for the Redmi 5, which is 348MB, but the Redmi 5 update is based on Android 7.1 (Nougat). Xiaomi has not updated the Android security patch on Redmi 5 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 for Redmi 6 Pro and Redmi 5 and flash it using the recovery method or download the fastboot ROM here for the Redmi 6 Pro and Redmi 5 and flash it using the fastboot method. These phones were kept in the second batch of devices along with Redmi Note 4 to receive MIUI 10 Global Stable update in India, and other devices ...

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    OnePlus produces one of the best Android smartphones in the market at present by all means. OnePlus 6T being the most recent outing, the company has disrupted the entire mobile market now and in the past with its commitment to flagship-quality specs with mid-range pricing. Taking this into account, other tech-giants has been forced to re-examine their approach. Apart from smartphones, OnePlus also ventured into the backpack business a couple of years ago with OnePlus Travel Backpack. Unlike the traditional ones, OnePlus's backpack is designed in a most minimalist way for the techies-on-the-go. The company already revealed it will be launching the new OnePlus Explorer Backpack through a post on the OnePlus Forum last month. This Explorer Backpack is all about minimalistic design and making your travel much simpler. It comes with multiple compartments which help you in sorting and organising things on-the-go. For example, there is a nifty secret pocket on the back, help keep valuables like your phone and passport safe while the padded laptop partition also serves as a comfortable buffer for your back. Worried about those unexpected showers? Well, the Explorer Backpack features a compartment with breathable vents uniquely designed for wet items like umbrellas and wet clothes. On ...

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    Xiaomi has a good reputation when it comes to providing the software update to devices, the company usually provides MIUI updates to devices for 4 to 5 years.  Even at the MIUI 9 Global launch, Xiaomi highlighted the fact that 5-year-old phones including Mi 2/2S will be supported for MIUI 9 Global Stable update. Last year, it dropped software support for some devices that were launched in 2015 or before, now as per a post on MIUI China Forum Xiaomi has decided to suspend MIUI China ROM updates for some of its smartphones including 2016 flagship Mi 5, and these devices will not receive MIUI 11 update. Devices affected by the decision are: Redmi Note 3 Pro (called Redmi Note 3 in India) Mi 5 Mi 4 Mi 4C Mi 4S Post from MIUI China Forum admin says (translated with Google Translate), MIUI has been updated to 395 weeks so far. At the same time as the weekly update, MIUI is also continuously optimizing the experience of each model, hoping to bring a better system experience to rice noodles. At the same time, due to the consideration of the model release date, model activity, stability, software experience and other comprehensive factors, MIUI released the last one of Xiaomi mobile phone ...

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    Google's Digital Wellbeing feature which debuted with Android Pie is aimed at being responsible with smartphone usage. The app has finally exited the beta stage and is now available to all Pixel phones running Android 9.0 Pie. Apart from Pixel, Android One phones those who have signed up for beta are also getting the update. Digital Wellbeing displays how long you've been using certain apps, ability to restrict the usage, graphs, and visuals detailing how many times you unlock your phone per day and how many notifications you receive, and much more. The Wind-down feature limits notifications and also gradually makes the display a greyscale, to make it easier on the eyes and to encourage you to unplug. Google introduced these features with the Android 9.0 Preview back in May, and they first became available in August with the launch of Android Pie. You can now download the Digital Wellbeing app from Play Store, but you need an Android phone running 9.0 Pie.

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    Google introduced Neighbourly app for local information sharing for Android back in May this year. Today the company has announced that it is expanding to Bengaluru and Delhi, and will soon invite new cities to join every day, including Chennai, Hyderabad, Pune, Kolkata, Chandigarh, Lucknow, Indore and more. Since June, seven cities have gotten early access to Neighbourly, which includes Ahmedabad, Coimbatore, Mysore, Vizag, and Kota. "We’ve seen people integrate Neighbourly into their daily routines asking just about anything, from the source of a strong LPG smell to why there are elephants on the street outside," said Google. The Neighbourly Beta app is now available on the Google Play for all smartphones running Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) and higher. Google said that it will expand the app to more neighborhoods across India soon. Join your neighbourhood with a tap. You’ll get automatic suggestions on the nearest neighbourhood so you can jump right in. Switch between multiple neighbourhoods. If you live in one neighbourhood but work in another, you can add both and switch between them one at a time -- hearing from neighbours in each. See better questions just for you. Every time you open Neighbourly, you’ll see the best questions from your neighbourhood. The more you use Neighbourly, ...

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    According to Samsung's key executive, Samsung’s much-awaited foldable smartphone will ship with Bixby 3.0. It is known that Samsung’s Bixby Developer Day is underway in South Korea which has Samsung’s Vice President Eui-Suk Chung scheduled to speak as well. He leads the research and development of software and Bixby at Samsung’s mobile business. He’s the one responsible for Bixby’s development. The Samsung Developer Conference 2018 was where Samsung unveiled much of what it’s showcasing today at the Developer day in South Korea. The Bixby Developer Studio and the Bixby Marketplace are the most noteworthy announcements. Furthermore, Samsung is now allowing third-party developers to create features for its virtual assistant. Eui-Suk Chung also mentioned that Samsung is preparing to ship the next iteration of Bixby with the foldable smartphone. “The new Bixby currently in the pipeline will be featured in the foldable smartphone,” however, the company hasn't revealed if it will be branded as Bixby 3.0. He didn’t provide a lot of details about the next generation of Bixby, only that it will be an upgraded platform with more capabilities. Samsung rolled out Bixby 2.0 with the Galaxy Note 9 earlier this year. To remind you, Samsung has provided the glimpse of its foldable display at the SDC 2018 earlier this month. It ...

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    Xiaomi this week reported its earning for the second quarter (Q3 2018) that ended September 30, 2018. It reported revenue of 50.846 billion yuan (US$($7.3 billion), an increase of 49.1% year-on-year, among which international revenue grew 112.7% year-on-year to 22.3 billion yuan, accounting for 43.9% of total revenue. Net profit for the third quarter was 2.481 billion yuan ($357 million) for the quarter. Adjusted profit (Non-IFRS Measure) increased was 2.885 billion yuan, up 17.3% YoY and up 36.3% QoQ. International revenue grew 112.7% year-on-year, contributing to a higher percentage of total revenue. Smartphones segment recorded revenue of approximately RMB35.0 billion, representing an increase of 36.1% year-on-year, which was mainly driven by increases in both smartphone sales volume and the average selling price (“ASP”). 33.3 million smartphones shipped in Q3 2018, up 20.4% YoY As of October 9, 2018, flagship Mi 8 series shipped over 6 million units As of October 26, 2018, Xiaomi’s smartphone shipments exceeded 100 million units, successfully achieving full-year target more than two months ahead of schedule. Monthly active users (“MAU”) of MIUI increased 43.4% from 156.5 million in September 2017 to 224.4 million in September 2018. The average revenue per MIUI user (“ARPU”) for the quarter under review increased by ...

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    Microsoft is making it easier to protect your identity on Windows, it is making updates to the Account Protection page, which clearly alerts you if there’s an action to take to improve your account protection. This page aims to make it as simple as possible for you to protect your account. From the setting page, you can set up Windows Hello for faster, more secure sign-in and you’ll also be alerted if there’s an issue with Dynamic Lock. As a refresher, Dynamic Lock works when you Bluetooth pair your phone to your PC and once you’re out of range with your phone, your PC will automatically lock. The company is also making it easier to set up Windows Hello from the lock screen, which means, you no longer have to dig through the Settings. Once you’ve signed into your Microsoft account, you’ll see the Windows Hello icon show up next to the password icon. Lastly, you can now sign in with your Microsoft account to online Microsoft services using Windows Hello or a compatible security key. Your Microsoft account provides you access to Microsoft digital services. FIDO2 enables users to leverage standards-based devices to easily authenticate to online services in both mobile and desktop environments. https://youtu.be/v_58pD6961w Microsoft says that ...

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    One of the handiest features Google introduced with Pixel 3 was Call Screen, meaning it will screen unknown calls so you know who’s calling and why before picking up. It will display a new "Screen call" button when you get an incoming call. Just hit the button and it will start screening the call.  The system will ask why they're calling and you'll see a transcript of their response in real-time. Then you can decide whether to pick up, mark the call as spam, or tap to respond with one of the quick replies. Google says that this ability to screen calls is designed to help you quickly determine whether the call is important. The feature is powered by AI and runs in real-time on your device. The company says that the experience is fast, responsive, and private to you. It keeps power consumption to a minimum and even works without a data connection. Call Screen is initially available in English to Pixel 3 users in the US and will launch to Pixel 1 and 2 users later this year.  These transcripts will be saved automatically to the dialer app once the call has ended and will be available for later viewing. Source | Via

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    Samsung's Galaxy S10 is turning out to be the company's most hyped smartphone in recent times. With every rumor and report, the device is becoming exciting and worth the wait. The latest report from The Wall Street Journal states that 10th anniversary S flagship will have three versions of the regular Galaxy S10 as well as a high-end “Beyond X” model that would feature a 6.7-inch display, six cameras, and support for 5G. The three S10 models are expected to range in size from 5.8 inches to 6.4 inches which is slightly larger than the S9 Plus, and feature between three and five cameras between the front and back, depending on the model. The company much like the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, is said to be considering adding a reverse wireless charging feature that could allow the S10 models to charge the battery of other smartphones. As for the high-end “Beyond X” model, it is said to offer a massive 6.7-inch display, pack a total of six cameras; two front and four on the rear, and support for next-generation 5G networks. The design and technology of the 'Beyond X' look to be pushing the entire lineup further into the future, instead of sticking to the ...

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    Huawei's Honor brand just announced Honor 10 Lite, the company's latest mid-range smartphone in China, as it had promised. It has a large 6.21-inch Full HD+ waterdrop notch display with 19:5:9 aspect ratio and over 90% screen-to-body ratio, is powered by Kirin 710 SoC with up to 6GB RAM and support for GPU Turbo 2.0 and runs Android 9.0 (Pie) with EMUI 9.0 on top. It has a 13-megapixel rear camera with f/1.8 aperture along with a secondary 2-megapixel camera for AI portraits and AI scene detection for detecting 22 different scenes. It also comes with a 24-megapixel front camera with AI selfies, has a glass back with gradiant finish in some models, rear-mounted fingerprint sensor and packs a 3400mAh battery. Honor 10 Lite specifications 6.21-inch (2340 x 1080 pixels) Full HD+ 19:5:9 2.5D curved glass display Octa-Core Kirin 710 12nm (4 x 2.2GHz  Cortex-A73 +4 x 1.7GHz Cortex-A53) with ARM Mali-G51 MP4 GPU 4GB RAM with 64GB storage / 6GB RAM with 64GB / 128GB storage, expandable memory up to 256GB with microSD Android 9.0 (Pie) with EMUI 9.0 Hybrid Dual SIM (nano + nano / microSD) 13MP rear camera with f/1.8 aperture, LED flash, secondary 2MP rear camera 24MP front-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture Dimensions: 154.8×73.64×7.95mm; ...

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    Panasonic just launched Seekit Edge and Seekit Loop, two new Bluetooth trackers in India. These tags have Bluetooth 5.0 and let you find lost items such as keys, wallet, luggage and even keep your pets safe. The Seekit Loop is curved for utility and comfort, the perfect keychain and more, while the Seekit Edge is compact and sleek, perfect for a wallet and so much more, says the company. Both have IP65 ratings for water resistance. These have Bi-Directional tracking and come with Separation Indicator that makes it virtually impossible for you to leave your belongings behind. You can Hear an alert on your smartphone as soon as your valuable disconnects. The app shows last seen location, and also comes with proximity guidance to track as you move closer. These also come with a Selfie Button for quick selfie and Multiple Alert Modes (up to 80db). You can send an SOS alert along with your GPS location to 3 of your near and dear ones, by just pressing the Seekit button thrice. The Seekit Loop and Edge use coin cell and promise 12 months and  18 months of battery life, respectively. Panasonic Seekit Loop and Edge specifications Bluetooth 5.0, Tracking range of up to 100 feet Seekit app is compatible with both Android and iOS Water-resistant (IP65) ...

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    Xiaomi launched the Mi Max and Mi Max Prime in India back in 2016 running MIUI 7 based on Android Marshmallow, and got MIUI 8, MIUI 9 as well as Android Nougat updates later, now it has finally started receving MIUI 10 Stable update. 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. The new update comes as MIUI 10.1.1.0.NBCMIFI for both the phones, is 307MB in size, but it is based on Android 7.0 (Nougat) and still has Android security patch for April, 2018. You can download the recovery ROM here for Mi Max and Mi Max Prime and flash it using the recovery method or download the fastboot ROM here for the Mi Max  and Mi Max Prime and flash it using the fastboot method. These phones were kept in the second batch of devices along with Redmi Note 4 to receive MIUI 10 Global Stable update in India, and other devices from the second batch are also expected to receive MIUI 10 soon. Check out the changelog below. Designed for full screen Experience All-new full screen gestures will change the way you interact with your device. They can do everything you used buttons for, except ...

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    ASUS has sent out invites for the launch of ROG Phone, the company's first gaming smartphone in India on November 29th. It was introduced back in June and comes with a 6-inch Full HD+ AMOLED HDR 90Hz, 1ms response time AMOLED display with DCIP3 gamut with Gaming HDR and Mobile HDR supported by dedicate hardware display chip, is powered by Snapdragon 845 SoC that is clocked up to 2.96GHz with 8GB RAM. It has new GameCool system that improves thermals with a copper heat spreader and 3D vapor chamber that efficiently transfer heat away from the SoC and into the body, says the company. It has dedicated ultrasonic buttons, two on the left edge and one more on the bottom right edge actuate with only 20 grams of force for both landscape and portrait modes. Each one can be customized to perform different functions, including executing macros that reliably reproduce game-specific gestures. The buttons can also be configured for non-gaming tasks, like instantly launching specific apps and activating functions like one-handed mode. Under the hood, an advanced haptic engine generates nuanced vibrations for more detailed force feedback in games. It is WiGig-certified for 802.11ad 60GHz WiFi with both 2×2 MIMO and WiFi Direct. ...

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    Google has rolled out an update to Assistant on iOS which brings support for Siri Shortcuts. The company is trying hard to make Assistant a best replacement for Siri which currently is deeply ingrained within Apple’s platform. However, Google doesn't want to miss any chance. Once updated, you can also set up Siri shortcuts for phrases you frequently use with Assistant. Once the setup is done, whenever you say that to Siri, the Assistant app will open and immediately start listening for your command. You can access Assistant even when your phone is locked just by saying “Hey Siri” and then “OK Google." You can use it with custom voice command for a single smart home action or trigger your Google Assistant smart home routines inside of Siri. Saying something like “Goodnight Google” to Siri could open Assistant and run a routine like turning off all your lights and locking the door. For the new Assistant shortcut to work, just update the Assistant app for iOS to the latest version from App Store directly.

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    Apple has acquired Silk Labs, an AI startup that focuses on making AI software "lightweight enough" for consumer hardware like cameras and speakers. Silk's website says that it aims to "bring next-generation visual and audio intelligence to connected products" with "state-of-the-art image and audio recognition."  Apple is said to have purchased Silk Labs, a small startup with approximately a dozen employees, earlier this year. According to the Silk's website, its technology has a number of potential uses for home security, retail analytics, package monitoring, digital display metrics, access control, parking lot monitoring, and building surveillance with capabilities like people detection, facial recognition, audio detection, object recognition. Silk blog which used to have its technology explained is no longer active, so is the company's Twitter account which has not been updated since 2017. The company's website, does, however, provide insight into its technology, though there's no word on how Apple might be planning to use it. Silk The company has introduced a new product called Sense, which debuted on Kickstarter three years ago. The Sense was designed to be a "digital brain" for smart home products, communicating with them to improve interoperability and to learn a person's smart home needs over time. The startup was founded by Andreas Gal, ...

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