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    Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ launch are just two days away, and we almost have every detail including specifications about the flagships that is there and today we also have the pricing as well. According to popular leakster Evan Blass, the Galaxy S9 is said to start at 841 Euros (US$1035 / Rs. 67125 approx.), while the bigger variant; the S9+ is expected to retail at 997 Euros (US$1228 / Rs. 79560 approx.) in Europe.  The Galaxy S9 is the most anticipated flagship to launch at the MWC 2018 event and going by the rumored and leaked specifications; it sure looks like it is worth the hype. The Samsung Galaxy S9 sports a 5.8-inches Quad HD+(1440 x 2960 resolution) while the S9+ packs a bigger 6.2 inches with the similar resolution. It is powered by the Snapdragon 845 Octa-Core processor. Outside of the USA, the S9 and the S9+ will be powered by the Samsung’s very own Exynos 9810 clocked at 2.9GHz Octa-Core processor. There is 4GB RAM and 64GB storage, while the S9+ will feature a bigger 6GB RAM and same 64GB storage. It runs on Android 8.0 Oreo with Galaxy Experience U.I 9.0. [HTML1] The Galaxy S9+ will have the dual-rear camera arrangement with ...

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    Google has been actively accelerating its RCS messaging experience on Android phones. The company recently partnered with Huawei, and today it announced that as of today it is working with 43 carriers and device manufacturers to bring better native messaging to every Android user. Google back in 2017 had opened up the Early Access Program to make it easier for brands to start participating in RCS business messaging and now companies from food, travel, retail and delivery services in the U.S. and Mexico have adopted RCS to have better conversations with customers. Google says that with RCS, businesses can send more useful and interactive messages to their customers. For example, images in place of text for better understanding and even let the customer select and buy something, without leaving the messaging app. Google in the U.S. has collaborated with Sprint to enable campaigns with 1-800 Contacts, 1-800-Flowers.com, Booking.com, SnapTravel, and Subway and many others. Along with messaging partners 3C, CM.com, Mobivity, OpenMarket, Smooch and Twilio. It is also working with Telcel to bring campaigns to Mexico soon with 5 Piso, Broxel, DHL Mexico and Secretaria de Salud along with messaging partners Airmovil, Auronix, Aldeamo, and Tiaxa. The company says that it is aiming to bring the RCS messaging to businesses ...

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    Intel has announced that it is partnering with Dell, HP, Lenovo, and Microsoft to launch 5G connected Windows PCs in 2019. The company will use Intel XMM 8000 series commercial 5G modems for the first high-performing 5G-connected PCs that are expected to be on sale from the second half of 2019. Intel said that it will showcase the concept 5G-connected PC 2 in 1 – connected by an early 5G modem at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) that is kick-starting in a couple of days. The concept 5G PC is powered by 8th Generation Intel Core i5 processors and show the power of the 5G on a PC by live streaming video over the 5G network. https://youtu.be/iMvdBb1r9gA Intel says that 5G is a new generation with a lot of positive opportunities for technology innovation across the computing and connectivity from the cloud to the network and the client. With 5G connectivity, it will a substantial amount of data needing processing but also new experiences for PC owners additionally untethered VR experience and fast download speeds. In addition to 5G, Intel will show its future of connectivity including a thin PC with 802.11ax Wi-Fi which builds enhanced levels of manageability and network efficiency. Furthermore, it will also showcase the eSIM functionality ...

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    Google is pushing very hard on perfecting the ARCore to bring augmented reality and according to a report from The Variety, the company is planning on releasing the ARCore V1.0 at the MWC 2018 event. ARCore brings augmented reality to billions of Android phones without having to rely on hardware like project Tango. However, it looks like the update is already available rolling out a bit earlier than planned. Additionally, Google is also expanding the ARCore SDK support to all Nougat devices, instead of just Oreo in the previous V0.91 version. The Variety report states that the V1.0 version is a major push in augmented reality including the release of the ARCore framework to third-party developers. Google is aiming to make the ARCore available to more than 100 million phones in the near future, and expanding support to Nougat device is the right way to go since Oreo adoption just went past 1%. You can install the ARCore V1.0 via the traditional Play Store or download the APK and side-load it. But with MWC 2018 starting in just a couple of days, we can expect a complete demo of the update with new features and additions at the event. Source | Via

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    Opera introduced Opera Max, data savings app in the U.S. and Europe in 2014, which was launched in India in 2015. In the same year Samsung introduced Galaxy J2 with Ultra Data Saving mode powered by Opera Max and started adding the feature in other budget and mid-range smartphones. Last year Opera discontinued the app and said that it will not get any update. Today Samsung has took over the app and renamed the app as Samsung Max so all the existing users who updates the app will see the change. Samsung says that the upgraded version will now get updates from Samsung and will feature improved Data Saving and Privacy Protection Mode, along with an enhanced design and user experience. Samsung also said that the app will now be available only for select Samsung smartphones and non-Samsung smartphone users will be not able to use it after the application. It also said that Samsung Max will come preloaded on all Galaxy A and Galaxy J series smartphones in India, Argentina, Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Nigeria, South Africa, Thailand and Vietnam. It is also available for download via the Google Play or Galaxy Apps stores on additional Samsung devices. Source

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    Huawei is expected to introduce its flagship smartphones in the P20 series at separate event in March in Paris. We had seen several renders of the smartphones in recent times. Now two smartphones with model numbers EML-AL00 and EML-TL00 have been listed on TENAA in China, which could be P20. This shows iPhone X-like top-notch that we had seen in the P20 Lite but the fingerprint sensor is present on the front instead of back in the P20 Lite. The image reveals a metal body and Huawei branding on the back. It shows dual rear cameras with LEICA lenses, which hints that only the P20 Plus will feature triple rear cameras. The phone is rumored to run Android 8.1 Oreo with EMUI 8.1 on top and is expected to be powered by Kirin 970 SoC. Huawei is expected to introduced new range of MediaPad tablets at the MWC 2018 next week, but are not expecting and new phones at the event. We should know more details about the P20 series when the phones get certified by TENAA in the coming weeks. Source 1, 2 | Via

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    After partnering with Intex, Karbonn and HMD Global, Airtel has partnered with Lenovo / Motorola to offer affordable 4G smartphone options to customers as part of Airtel’s ‘Mera Pehla Smartphone’ initiative. Under this partnership Moto C, Moto E4 and Lenovo K8 Note 4G smartphones are now available with cashback of Rs. 2000 from Airtel. These 4G smartphones will come bundled with a special Airtel recharge pack of Rs. 169 offering 1GB 4G data per day and unlimited calling – Local and STD. You need to pay upfront amount of Rs. 5,999, Rs. 8,499 and Rs. 12,999 for the Moto C, Moto E4 and Lenovo K8 Note, respectively and do 36 continuous monthly recharges worth Rs. 3500. You will get a cash refund of Rs 500 after 18 months and another Rs. 1500 after 36 months, taking the total cash benefit to Rs. 2000. Moto C specifications 5-inch (854 x 480 pixels) FWVGA display 1.1GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6737M 64-bit processor with Mali-T720 GPU 1GB RAM, 16GB internal memory, expandable memory up to 32GB with microSD Dual micro SIMs Android 7.0 (Nougat) 5MP auto focus rear camera with LED Flash, 1.4 microns, 74° lens, 720p video recording 2MP front-facing camera with LED flash, 1.0 microns, 63° lens 3.5mm audio jack, FM ...

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    Samsung back in September announced that it is working on 7LPP (Low Power Plus) with EUV (extreme ultra violet) lithography technology for smartphones that is targeted for initial production in the second half of 2018. Today, as expected, the company has announced that it is building new EUV (extreme ultraviolet) line in Hwaseong, Korea. Samsung will use EUV technology starting with its 7-nanometer (nm) LPP (Low Power Plus) process. Yesterday Samsung and Qualcomm announced that they have expanded their foundry partnership for on EUV process technology and also said that future Snapdragon 5G mobile chipsets will use Samsung’s 7nm LPP EUV process technology. Samsung said that the new EUV line will enable to strengthen its leadership in single nanometer process technology to meet demand from various applications, including mobile, server, network, and HPC (high performance computing). The new facility is expected to be completed within the second half of 2019 and will be ready for production in 2020. The initial investment in the new EUV line is expected reach USD 6 billion by 2020 and the company said that additional investment will be determined depending on market circumstances. Source

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    Micromax today launched its Ayurveda Series Air Conditioners in India starting at Rs. 29,990. The new series is specially designed for the diverse Indian weather conditions and curb the bad air quality. They are powered by the R32 eco-friendly refrigerant and has much lower ozone-depleting & global warming potential than some other refrigerants used in the market.  They are also made of 100% copper. It is also India’s first AC with a PM 2.5 filter powered by the goodness of 'Neem' which is also perfect for the Indian climate with its cooling solution, according to the company. Micromax claims that the new line-up is said to provide anti-bacterial & anti-allergen properties through the neem filter. The company in the next 12 months aims to capture 5% market share of the Indian AC market and establish itself as a serious player in the category. The Micromax Ayurveda Series Air Conditioners range between Rs. 29,990 to Rs. 39,990 depending on the variant.  The company says that it has also set up dedicated service centres and customer service applications for the new product segment for better customer reach. Commenting on the launch, Rajesh Agarwal, Co-founder, Micromax Informatics said: Indian consumer’s needs have been the topmost priority at Micromax and we ...

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    Xiaomi today announced that it has signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Microsoft to collaborate in cloud computing, artificial intelligence and the development of equipment for use with notebook computers. The companies will also collaborate in personal assistants using their own existing devices, including Microsoft’s Cortana. [HTML1] Partnership with Microsoft is not new for Xiaomi. In 2015 Microsoft tied up with Xiaomi to offer Windows 10 ROM for the Xioami Mi 4. In 2016 Xiaomi acquired 1,500 patents from Microsoft and said that it will pre-load Microsoft Office and Skype apps on its Android smartphones and tablets. The same year it also introduced Mi Notebook running Windows 10. With the latest partnership Xiaomi expects to bring more new products and services to its users and also allow Microsoft to reach more users using Xiaomi products. Commenting on the partnership, Xiaomi Senior Vice President Wang Xiang, said: We’ve been very happy in our collaboration with Microsoft, and we’re very happy to continue deepening the relationship with the signing of this strategic memorandum of understanding. Xiaomi’s mission is to let everyone in the world enjoy technology. This collaboration with Microsoft in many areas of technology will help us to more quickly deliver more outstanding products and services to our users. Source