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    Back in July European Commision has fined Google with $5.04 billion for misusing its position and forcing its apps on Android manufacturers. While Google appealed the decision last week, it is also working on how to comply with the decision. Firstly, Google is updating the compatibility agreements with mobile device makers that set out how Android is used to develop smartphones and tablets. The company, going forward, Android partners who are wishing to distribute Google apps may also build non-compatible, or forked, smartphones and tablets for the European Economic Area (EEA). Next, device manufacturers will be able to license the Google mobile application suite separately from the Google Search App or the Chrome browser. Since pre-installation of Google Search and Chrome together with other apps helped fund the development and free distribution of Android, Google will start charging a licensing fee for the Play Store and other Google apps for the first time. However, confirmed that Android would remain free and open source. Lastly, Google also mentioned that it would offer separate licenses to the Google Search app and Chrome. The company mentioned that it will also offer new commercial agreements to partners for the non-exclusive pre-installation and placement of Google Search and Chrome. These new licensing options will ...

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    Samsung has announced that it will acquire Zhilabs, known for its Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based network and service analytics, to further enhance its 5G capabilities. This will boost 5G offerings of automation and network analytics to finely tune the customer experiences in the 5G era. The company last month commited KRW 25 trillion investment over the next three years to acquire companies to boost artificial intelligence (AI), 5G, automotive electronics components and biopharmaceuticals. AI-based transformation can be used to analyze user traffic, classify application being used, and improve overall service quality, as such needs can no longer be addressed by existing solutions. Zhilabs, fully owned by Samsung, will operate independently under its own management. Samsung said that the joint capabilities will create new cutting-edge technology in the transformation from 4G to 5G. In addition to the acquisition, Samsung will continue to strengthen its automation solutions that measure the quality of each user service and can also automatically optimize service quality without human intervention. The company also plans to explore and invest in other business opportunities powered by the emerging technologies. Youngky Kim, President and Head of Networks Business at Samsung Electronics, said: 5G will enable unprecedented services attributed to the generation of exponential data traffic, for ...

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    Apple has introduced the Beats Studio 3 Wireless 'Skyline' collection with a selection of new color options. The new Skyline collection comes in Crystal Blue, Desert Sand, Midnight Black, and Shadow Grey colors featuring gold accents with a gold beats logo and gold band.  The Beats Studio 3 features Pure Adaptive Noise Cancelling which listens to your surroundings and algorithmically adjust the strength of noise cancellation to better match that. Beats claims its noise cancellation is more advanced than its competitors. With adaptive noise canceling turned off, Studio 3 can get you up to 40 hours of usage and up to 22 hours with the feature turned on. You can charge these headphones with a microUSB connector. The over-ear headphones come with W1 chip that enables easy pairing with an iPhone or iPad. On another note, to celebrate the 90th anniversary of Mickey Mouse, Apple has introduced special edition Mickey-themed Beats Solo 3 Wireless Headphones. The headphones come with a matching gray felt carrying case, a collectible pin, and a decal sticker. https://youtu.be/349GYBK_yG0 The new Mickey Mouse headphones are listed as "Coming Soon" on Apple's own website but can be pre-ordered from Amazon. The official launch date on Amazon is listed as November 11, 2018. It is priced at $329.95 ...

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    Following the tradition, iFixit has performed a teardown of the Pixel 3 XL giving some insight into the phone's hardware. Interestingly, it is found that the Pixel 3 XL is using an OLED panel from Samsung. iFixit also mentioned that it is fairly difficult to open the Pixel 3 XL, due to copious amounts of foam adhesive. Internal components of the Pixel 3 XL include 4GB of LPDDR4X DRAM from Micron, 64GB of Skhynix flash storage, the Pixel Visual Core, the Google Titan M security chip, and a Qi wireless charging receiver from IDT. Other components from Qualcomm, including the main Snapdragon 845 processor, radios, and an audio codec chip. Following the epic backslash from last year's Pixel 2 XL display, Google seems to be playing safe by going with Samsung panel despite investing in LG display. However, replacing a Pixel 3 screen will be tricky, and will most likely require replacing the whole frame of the phone. iFixit says that the vibration motor on the Pixel 3 XL is said to be improved from last year, capable of providing more precise haptic feedback.  The Pixel 2 XL rear glass covered 20% of the phone, while it is 100% crackable on the Pixel 3 ...

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    Google has rolled out the Chrome 70 for Windows, Mac, and Linux. This update brings an option to disable linking Google site and Chrome sign-ins, Progressive Web Apps on Windows, the ability for users to restrict extensions’ access to a custom list of sites, an AV1 decoder, and much more. Google with Chrome 69, tried to “simplify” how it handles Google site sign-ins by also signing you into Chrome with the same account. If you sign out, whether from Chrome or from any Google site, you’re signed out of both. This led to a massive outcry from Chrome users and this Chrome 70 is making some changes including an option that allows users to turn off linking web-based sign-in with browser-based sign-in. If you disable this feature, signing into a Google site will not sign you into Chrome. An update to the user interfaces to better communicate a user’s sync state and instead of keeping the Google auth cookies to allow you to stay signed in after cookies are cleared, the browser will once again delete all cookies. While these are certainly an improvement, it still doesn't solve the automatic sign-in concern. The Chrome 70 now supports Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) on Windows. These apps can launch from the ...

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    Asus has launched Zenfone Live L1 (ZA550KL), the company’s latest budget smartphone in India. It packs a 5.45-inch HD+ display with 18:9 aspect ratio and 82% screen-to-body ratio, is powered by Snapdragon 430 SoC with 2GB RAM, runs Android 8.0 (Oreo) with ZenUI 5, has a 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a 5-megapixel front camera with face unlock. It has dedicated dual SIM slots and packs a 3000mAh battery. Asus Zenfone Lite L1 (ZA551KL-4A021IN) specifications 5.45-inch (1440 x 720 pixels) HD+ IPS display with 18:9 aspect ratio, 400 nits brightness, 800:1 contrast ratio 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 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, expandable memory up to 256GB with microSD Android 8.0 (Oreo) with ZenUI 5.0 Dual SIM ( nano + nano + microSD) 13 MP rear camera with LED flash, 5P lens, PDAF, f/2.0 aperture 5MP front-facing camera with LED flash, f/2.4 aperture Face unlock Dimensions: 147.26 x 71.77 x 8.15mm; Weight: 140g 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n (2.4GHz), Bluetooth 4.2, GPS 3000mAh battery The Asus Zenfone Lite L1 comes in Black and Gold colors, is priced at Rs. 5999 (As a part ...

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    Asus today launched the  Zenfone Max (M1), the company's latest smartphone in India. It has a 5.7-inch HD+ display with 82% screen-to-body ratio, is powered by Snapdragon 430 with 3GB of RAM, has a 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a 8-megapixel front camera, both with support for portrait support. It has dedicated Dual SIM and microSD card slots, fingerprint sensor on the back and packs a 4000mAh battery. Asus Zenfone Max (M1) (ZB556KL-4A001IN) specifications 5.45-inch (1440 ×720 pixels) HD+ 18:9 2.5D curved glass 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 3GB RAM with 32GB storage, expandable memory up to 256GB with microSD Dual SIM (nano + nano + microSD) Android 8.0 Oreo with ZenUI 5.0 13MP rear camera with LED Flash, PDAF, f/2.0 aperture 8MP front-facing camera with LED flash, f/2.0 aperture Fingerprint sensor, Face unlock Dimensions: 147.3 x 70.90x 8.7mm; Weight: 150g 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS 4000mAh battery The Asus Zenfone Max (M1) comes in Black and Gold colors, is priced at Rs. 7499 (As a part of festive offer compared to Rs. 8999) and will be available exclusively from Flipkart during Festival ...

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    Panasonic has launched Eluga Ray 530, the company’s latest smartphone in the Eluga series. It has a 5.7-inch HD+ 18:9 aspect ratio display, is powered by quad-core MediaTek SoC with 3GB of RAM, runs Android 8.1 (Oreo), has a 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a 5-megapixel front camera that also has an LED flash. It also comes with face unlock. It has a fingerprint sensor on the back, features dedicated dual SIM and microSD slots and packs a 3000mAh battery. It comes with Arbo Hub -AI-powered app with self-learning technology. Panasonic Eluga Ray 530 specifications 5.7-inch (1440 × 720 pixels) HD+ 18:9 2.5D curved glass display 1.3GHz Quad-Core MediaTek MT6739WA 64-bit processor with PowerVR Rogue GE8100 GPU 3GB RAM, 32GB internal memory, expandable memory up to 128GB with MicroSD Android 8.1 (Oreo) Dual SIM 13MP primary rear camera with LED Flash, f/2.0 aperture 5MP front-facing camera with LED flash Dimensions: 152.4x72.18x8.3mm; Weight: 141g 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio Fingerprint sensor 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS 3000mAh battery The Panasonic Eluga Ray 530 comes in Blue and Black colors, is priced at Rs. 8999 and is already available from offline retailers. Commenting on the launch, Pankaj Rana, Business Head – Mobility Division, ...

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    Vivo just announced Z3, the company’s latest smartphone in the ‘Z series’ in China. It has a 6.3-inch Full HD+ display with slim bezels on the sides, 90% screen-to-body ratio. It is powered by Snapdragon 670 AIE / Snapdragon 710, depending on the model with 6GB of RAM, has a 12-megapixel rear camera with f/1.8 aperture along with a 2-megapixel secondary camera for AI portrait shots. It has IR face unlock that scans 1024 points in your face to unlock the phone quickly.  It packs a 12-megapixel front camera with AI beautify feature. It has Jovi AI, rear-mounted fingerprint sensor and packs a 3315mAh battery. Vivo Z3 specifications 6.3-inch (1080 x 2280 pixels) Full HD+ Super AMOLED 19.5:9 aspect ratio display Octa-Core Snapdragon 670 ( 2 x 2GHz Kryo 360 (performance) + 6 x 1.7GHz Kryo 360 (efficiency)) 10nm Mobile Platform with Adreno 615 GPU / Octa Core Snapdragon 710 10nm Mobile Platform (Dual 2.2GHz Kryo 360 + Hexa 1.7GHz Kryo 360 CPUs) with Adreno 616 GPU 4GB RAM with 64GB storage, 6GB RAM with 64GB / 128GB storage, expandable memory up to 256GB with microSD Dual SIM Funtouch OS 4.5 based on Android 8.1 (Oreo) 12MP rear camera with LED flash, f/2.0 aperture, secondary 2MP camera 12MP ...

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    Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro is amongst best-selling devices launched this year, Xiaomi launched it running on Android Nougat despite launching in February and later in June rolled out Android Oreo update. Redmi Note 5 Pro runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 mobile platform and devices like Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1, Nokia 6.1 Plus and Motorola One Power with the same SoC are confirmed to receive Android Pie update in the coming month but Xiaomi has not announced their plans about Redmi Note 5 Pro Android Pie update. If you go by the Android update history of Redmi devices then it won’t be wrong to assume that device will not get any Android update as last year’s bestseller Redmi Note 4 is still on Android Nougat 7.0 but users can still enjoy the latest Android on their Redmi Note 5 Pro, thanks to the awesome custom ROM developers community. We tried Pixel Experience ROM which is based on Android Pie 9.0 on our unit and here are our impressions, Performance and Benchmarks: [gallery columns="2" link="file" size="large" ids="266443,266444"] Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 is capable of delivering a solid day to day performance, we obtained AnTuTu score of 115397 on Pixel Experience ROM. We experienced a ...