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    Motorola Moto G6, G6 Plus and G6 Play press images have yet again surfaced after being all over the internet yesterday. These press images offer a better look at the devices and also provide more details on the specifications and other details. If Lenovo's update cycle is any clue, we might see the new G-series phones at the MWC 2018 event in the coming month.  As for the specifications, the Moto G6 is expected to sport a 5.7-inch (2160×1080 pixels) Full HD+ 18:9 display and powered by the Snapdragon 450 SoC with 3GB RAM+32GB storage and 4GB RAM+64GB storage with a microSD card slot for memory expansion. It comes with 12+5MP dual rear camera setup and a 16MP front camera. A 3000mAh battery and USB Type-C port on board. The phone should be available in black and silver colors. The Moto G6 Plus is said to sport a large 5.93-inch 18:9 display and is powered by the Snapdragon 630 SoC with same 3GB RAM+32GB and 4GB RAM+64GB storage variants. In the camera department, it has a 12+5MP dual rear camera setup and a 16MP front camera. A 3200mAh battery for battery needs. The rear side of both the phones resembles the recent Moto X4. We ...

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    Recently there were reports about the Home and Chrome cast devices crashing on WiFi Network and today Google has acknowledged the issue saying that it is aware of the Chromecast built-in devices may be affecting Wi-Fi network performance. Since it is a widespread issue, Google said that it is starting to roll out the update from today, January 18th. Google in the new help document said that people with an Android phone and devices such as a Chromecast or Google Home device connected to the same Wi-Fi network may experience this issue. The company summarizes the issue as a bug in the Cast software on Android phones may be incorrectly sending a large amount of network traffic is temporarily crashing Wi-Fi networks. The impact on the network will vary depending on the router. However, the company said that the team has identified the issue and will start rolling out the update via a Google Play services update from today i.e. January 18th. We will make sure to update the article if any further complications arise post the update. Source

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    Huawei today announced that it would be teaming with Google to integrate Android Messages across their smartphone portfolio. Huawei will combine Android Messages and RCS messaging to offer native messaging and communications experience. The messaging service will include features like texting over Wi-Fi, rich media sharing, group chats, and typing indicators. It will also be able to offer Huawei users to make video calls directly from Android Messages through carrier ViLTE and Google Duo. Also, Messages from businesses will also be upgraded on HUAWEI’s devices through RCS business messaging from Google. To accelerate carriers development in deployment of RCS messaging across their networks, the company will team up with Google to offer the Jibe RCS cloud and hub solution to current and capable carrier partners. The integration of Android messages to Huawei phones will begin in the coming months. Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei's Consumer Business Group, said: HUAWEI and Google together by forming this strategic partnership will provide consumers with the best global user experience on HUAWEI products with RCS and will enable carriers the ability to offer unique services through business messaging. Hiroshi Lockheimer, SVP Platforms & Ecosystems, Google said: We are pleased to be working with HUAWEI to bring a better native messaging experience to hundreds of millions of people worldwide, through ...

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    Xiaomi introduced intelligent CPU acceleration and Dynamic resource allocation to focus on system optimization and fluent user experience with MIUI 9. These certainly helped in reducing app launch timings and made the overall performance better than ever on MIUI. Earlier this month, Xiaomi has introduced a dedicated Game booster to improve gaming performance. The option to enable Game Booster can be found under MIUI Security app. [gallery size="large" link="file" ids="240897,240898,240899"] A pop-up to create Game Speed Booster mode shortcut on home screen appears while setting up. The Cache and memory are cleaned by the system as soon as the Game Booster Mode is turned on so that users get the maximum memory required to run the game. Users need to manually add the games/apps for which they want to turn on the Game Booster mode. [gallery size="large" link="file" ids="240901,240902,240906"] There are a bunch of customization available in the Settings. Users can keep the screen brightness fixed, keep DND mode turned on, restrict background sync, turn off capacitive key lights, and take hands-free call while playing games. [gallery link="file" size="large" ids="240903,240904,240905"] We tested the MIUI Game Booster with Asphalt 8 on Redmi 4 and the performance was smoother but the phone did exhibit more heating as compared when the ...

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    Coolpad Group has received $300 million in funding from Power Sun Ventures after separating from LeEco in 2017. Coolpad with the new funding is aiming to expand its capabilities in artificial intelligence. Chinese property mogul Chen Hua, Founder, and Head, Kingkey Group, will be leading the new investment through Power Sun Ventures. With $300 million in cash, Coolpad will be expanding to Silicon Valley in an attempts to build up its capabilities in artificial intelligence. This line of funding should help Coolpad from recovering return to profitable growth after its shortfall with the collapse of LeEco. With the LeEco strategy backfiring, Coolpad from being top five smartphones brand in China and a well-known player in China fell drastically. Power Sun will invest a further $300m in coming years, during which Coolpad should be transformed from being a smartphone company to an AI-focused technology company by launching applications in communications, health, education, and gaming. Mr. Jiang Chao, CEO, Coolpad Group said: With this new investment, Coolpad  aims to shift its focus from being just into mobile business to an AI-focused technology company. We plan to expand this by creating AI focused applications across communications, health, education and gaming. Chen Hua, Founder, and head, Kingkey Group said: We are pleased to be investing  in Coolpad Group as we ...

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    Google today announced that it would start considering  page speed as a ranking factor for mobile searches starting from June 2018. Google focused on desktop searches up until now, but for June it will start considering page speed for mobile searches as well. The company is calling it as "Speed Update," and will only affect pages that are slow to users and will only affect a small percentage of queries. Regardless of the technology used to build the page, the Speed update will have same impact standard to all pages. However, since the search query is still a very strong signal, pages with slow speed will still rank if it has relevant content. Google advises developers to access about how performance affects a user’s experience of their page and also to consider experimenting with a variety of user experience metrics. There is no direct tool to verify the impact of pages with the new update but suggests to use resources like Chrome User Experience Report, Lighthouse, and PageSpeed Insights to have an idea about how the page is performing and any suggestions regarding performance optimizations. Source

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    Google rolled out a new update to Gboard bringing version number to V6.9, while the update doesn't bring any major changes, it does hint at many upcoming features. The update hints at Smart Reply suggestions, new keyboard, creating own GIFs and more. Smart reply suggestions for incoming notifications are available to most Google apps like Allo, Gmail, and Inbox and it is now finding its way to Gboard as well. This feature will be showing smart reply suggestions based on the preceding messages while replying from the notification shade in the row above the keyboard. For this feature to get activated, users need to give Gboard “Notification access” in system settings. The V6.9 adds more details to the creating own Gif functionality. Details like how users can start recording by tapping a new "Make a GIF" button are quite evident. The V6.9 APK also reveals strings related to "Universal Media Keyboard" that can “Search all media.” Once it is activated, a new icon will show up next to the alongside GIF, sticker and emoji search. Features of this function could be a universal search for all of Gboard’s expressive feature or searching news media and articles. Google's Gboard will soon add more detailed Bitmoji interface since the since the ...

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    Recently Apple has been in the news for all the bad reasons, removal of Touch ID, Removal of 3.5 mm headphone jack, and lately throttling down of the older iPhones' performance. Soon after the news broke down, the company clarified and offered a cheaper battery replacement plan (for $29 instead of $79). However, this was one way to say sorry, but the Apple enthusiasts expected the company to have transparent choices and users should be able to choose between the performance or the efficiency depending on one's need. In a recent interview with the ABC news channel, Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple explained how the company is working on improving the services in the US (to return back to the US due to recent tax cut). By the end of the interview, he also quoted that, "in the future, users will be able to see the health of the battery, which has been never done by Apple or any other smartphone brand" at the later part of the interview he also said that, "users will be able to turn off or turn on the CPU throttling". However, this will take sometime, as these features will be first tested on the beta version for ...

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    Motorola has been expanding its retail footprint across India rapidly. Today the company has announced the opening of 50 new Moto Hubs in New Delhi.  Some of the places include - Telepathy, G-21, Marina Arcade in Connaught Place, Mobile Zone in Janakpuri District Centre, Sigmen Stores in Kalkaji, Sanju Telecom in Lajpat Nagar, TS Group Store near Nehru Place Market. The Moto Hub store will house the entire portfolio of Motorola devices, including the online exclusives such as Moto X4 and Moto MODs as well as accessories like on-ear and in-ear headphones, moto shells and covers. Last month Motorola announced a strategic partnership with Poorvika Mobiles across 43 cities in Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry and Karnataka and with Big C and Lot Mobile stores across 55 cities in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Motorola Moto Hubs are now present in 6 states in the country, and the company is planning to open 1000 new Moto Hubs in top 100 cities in the second phase of retail expansion. Commenting on the launch of new stores, Sudhin Mathur, Managing Director, Motorola Mobility India said: Offering premium customer experiences is a pillar of our strategy. More than two-thirds of the smartphone customers make their purchase at retail, however, while there is access; experience has been a ...

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    Honor has announced that it has started rolling out a new software update to enable Face unlock feature through intelligent face recognition in Honor View 10 smartphone. The phone automatically detects it has been picked up, see your face and unlocks in a second. You can enable face recognition from the settings menu and enroll your face simply looking at the camera. It also detects the positioning between you and the phone and adjusts the direction accordingly. It works even when you lie down in bed, since the screen automatically rotates so that you can comfortably read any messages. It also has closed eye unlock prevention, so if eyes are closed, it will not unlock the screen. The phone already has Intelligent lock screen notifications, intelligent screen on, AI Motion detection, AI Zoom and more features. You can check out our Honor View 10 review to read more about the features. Honor said that the roll out has started from 17th January and will be rolled out to everyone by 24th January 2018.