Thursday, 29 September 2016

Moto Z series, Moto G4, Moto G4 Plus to get Android Nougat in Q4 2016

HTC and Sony has already confirmed which of its devices will get Android 7.0 Nougat. Now it's Motorola turn to reveal the devices that will get the latest Android treat.

The Lenovo owned company has confirmed that the Moto Z line up, Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus will get Android Nougat update starting from Q4 2016, which is between October and November. As usual, the company has not revealed the exact time frame for the roll out.

List of Moto smartphones to get Android 7.0 Nougat
  • Moto Z
  • Moto Z Force
  • Moto Z Play
  • Moto G4
  • Moto G4 Plus
There's is no word yet on Android Nougat update for Moto's new smartphones: Moto G4 Play and Moto E3 Power, but it is likely to get Nougat in near future. As for old Moto phones in the Moto X and Moto G series (2015 edition), the company says it will share upgrade plans later. Meanwhile, you can also head to the Motorola's software update page to know about the upgrade for your phone.

Just a quick reminder, Moto India will launch the Moto Z series (Moto Z, Moto Z Force, Moto Z Play) along with Moto Mods in India on October 4. However, at this point it is not known which Moto Z devices will land in the country.


BlackBerry DTEK60 surfaces in press images, to reportedly release on October 11 for $530

Last week BlackBerry accidentally revealed details of its upcoming Android phone DTEK60. The DTEK60, will be BlackBerry's second Android powered flagship after Priv, but will be the third Android smartphone overall (second one is DTEK50).

The DTEK 60 recently passed through FCC and WiFi Alliance certification, and now official press images of the handset has leaked. The images confirms that the DTEK60 will be a re-branded TCL 950 and sport similar design and specifications. The DTEK50 was also a re-branded Alcatel Idol 4s, which was manufactured by TCL.

As for the specs, the DTEK60 will feature 5.5-inch Quad HD display, Snapdrahon 820 SoC, 4GB RAM, 32GB inbuilt storage, 21MP rear camera, 8MP front camera, 4G LTE, USB Type-C, Android Marshmallow, 3000mAh battery and Quick Charge 3.0 support. IT will be BlackBerry's first smartphone to boast fingerprint scanner, which is located at the back.

According to reports the DTEK 60 will be priced at CA$ 699 ($530 | Rs. 35,000) and will release on October 11. An official announcement can be expected soon. 


DJI Mavic Pro is a small, powerful, foldable drone

To compete with GoPro's first drone Karma, popular drone maker DJI has introduced Mavic Pro. Similar to Karma, the Mavic Pro can be easily folded, making it small enough to fit inside a backpack. It weighs just 743g.

The DJI Mavic Pro can be controlled using its own controller with OcuSync transmission technology that uses the smartphone as a display. The controller has a range of 4.3 mile (7km).

It has Stabilized camera with 3-axis gimbal stabilization. The camera is a 12MP unit with CMOS sensor and is capable of recording 4K video at 30fps, 1080p videos at 96fps and shoot stills with Adobe DNG RAW support.

The drone has a Flight Autonomy mode so that it can avoid obstacles and hover precisely with  visual navigation system consisting of five camera, GPS+GLONASS navigation system, dual ultrasonic range finders and reduant sensor and 24 computing cores. It is backed by 3830mAh battery, which offers 27 minute of flight time.

DJI also introduced an optional DJI Goggles which can display an 85-degree view from the drone in 1080p resolution. It also has a built-in OcuSync technology, to provide live video feeds directly from the drone in the air.

The DJI Mavic Pro is now up for pre-order and shipping will start October 15. It will also be available in mid-October at DJI"s three flagship stores in Shenzen, Seoul and Hong Kong. It is priced at $749 (Rs.50,000) without the remote control and $999 (Rs. 66,350) with remote control.  Additional Mavic Pro Intelligent Flight batteries will cost $89 (Rs. 6,000).

There's also a Mavic Pro Fly More Combo priced at $1299 (Rs. 86,000), which includes Mavic pro, two extra Intelligent Flight Batteries, extra propellers, a charging hub, an adapter, a car charge and a shoulder bag.

Google Play Music now available in India

Google has finally launched the Play Music store officially in India. The music store took a long time to hit the  country, as it has been available in other countries including the U.S since 2011.

Google Play Music option will now be present alongside Movies, Books and Newsstand in the Play Store. The music in Google Play Music store is sorted in three broad categories: top songs, top albums and top releases. It appears that apart from Bollywood music and regional language music, the entire international catalogue is available as well.

Most of the single tracks are priced at Rs. 15. However, album prices vary, depending on Artist/ Album release date and cost about Rs. Rs 90 – Rs. 200. Both are priced bit higher when compared to Apple iTunes and Airtel's Wynk. Furthermore, users can upload up to 50,000 songs stored on your PC via Chrome, so you can stream them from the app.

Unfortunately, some of the services including unlimited streaming, radio, podcasts and family plans are not available at the moment.

Google Play Music is now live on web, Android and iOS devices. It will compete directly with Apple's iTunes and Airtel's Wynk Music for digital purchases market in the country.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Intex Cloud Q11 5.5-inch 3G smartphone with selfie flash launched for Rs. 4,699

Intex has launched a new entry-level 3G smartphone dubbed Cloud Q11 in India running Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

The Intex Cloud Q11 features 5.5-inch HD display, quad-core MediaTek MT6580 processor, 1GB RAM and 8GB inbuilt expandable storage. It has 8MP rear camera dual LED flash and 5MP front camera with an LED flash. It is fueled by 2800mAh battery and for connectivity includes 3G HSPA+, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS.

The handset is VR-enabled and has a dedicated silent button on one side. It also comes with value added service (VAS) called LFTY, which lets you 'Experience the new Left'. This is a single screen for multiple utilities and content categories that gives you access to content and utilities (Video, Music, News, Shopping, Weather, Twitter) with a single swipe.

The Intex Cloud Q11 is priced at Rs. 4,699 and will be available exclusively from Amazon India in Blue and White colors.

Airtel introduces new international roaming packs with free incoming calls

Airtel has announced new international roaming (IR) packs which comes bundled with data benefits, free India calling minutes, free incoming call and free texts to India. The telecom operator has also reduced rated of outgoing calls to India, local calls and mobile data in the new international roaming packs as well.

The IR pack starts at Rs. 499 with one day validity, and goes up to Rs. 4,999 for 30 days validity.  In these packs, charges for calls to India, and local in-country calls have been reduced to as low as Rs. 3/min. Post the exhaustion of pack data benefits, the data will be charged at just Rs. 3/MB, a reduction of 99 percent from Rs. 650/MB.

These packs are available for U.S, Canada, UK, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and the UAE and comes with one day or 30 days validity, depending on your preference. These packs can be activated via Airtel's website, myAirtel app, and customer contact centres.

The details of new Airtel International roaming packs are mentioned below:

Airtel says that it plans to launch another pack with 10 days validity by middle of October 2016.


OnePlus X gets Android Marshmallow with OxygenOS 3.1.2 update

OnePlus has finally released Android Marshmallow update for the OnePlus X in the latest OxygenOS 3.1.2 stable update. Apart from Marshmallow the update also includes new features, general bug fixes and October Android security patch.

The whole update weighs around 760MB is being rolled out over the air in phases, so it may take some time before it reaches all OnePlus X units. You can also manually flash the update by downloading the OTA zip from here.

Here's what OxygenOS 3.1.2 brings to the OnePlus X.
  • Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow upgrade
  • Launcher upgrades: New icon packs; Google search bar UI customization; New design of wallpaper picker
  • Shelf UX improvements: Long press boards to rearrange or remove
  • General system performance improvement
  • Settings changes: New (native Android) app permissions; New Alert Slider settings with more customization options
  • New apps: OnePlus Music Player, OnePlus Gallery
  • Implemented October Android security patches
  • General bug fixes
In related, OnePlus executives in a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) session revealed that the company is actively working on bringing Android 7.0 Nougat for its latest flagship killer the OnePlus 3. Exact timeline for the roll out of Nougat is still not known.

LeEco Le Max 2 price dropped to Rs. 17,999, will be available on Flipkart, Amazon India, Snapdeal

Chinese conglomerate LeEco in a bid to strengthen its presence in the e-commerce market in India has announced a partnership with Amazon India and Snapdeal. The company has also reduced the price of its flagship the Le Max 2, and is offering several goodies on all of its e-commerce platforms for the upcoming festive season.

The LeMax 2 4GB RAM/ 32GB storage version which was launched at Rs. 22,999 will retaill for Rs. 17,999 for a limiter period time on Flipkart, Amazon India, Snapdeal and LeMall online store. The handset will be available at the discounted rate during Flipkart's Big Billion Days sale from October 2 to October 6, Amazon's Great India Festival sale from October 1 to October 5 and Snapdeal's Unbox Diwali sale from October 2 to October 6.

In addition, LeEco to promote its LeMall online store, is hosting flash sales starting September 30, and will give away 2,000 gift vouchers to customers which can be redeemed for an additional discount of Rs. 1,000.

Apart from the one-year membership, which gives users access to contents from Eros Now and YuppTV, the company has also partnered with Hungama to give users access to library of over 3.5 million songs in 25 Indian and six international languages. The entire content will be ad-free and go live in October.

Hindi support for Assistant and Smart Replies coming soon to Allo

Google recently released its smart messaging app dubbed Allo on Android and iOS devices. One of the main highlight of the messaging app is the integration of Google assistant that lets you interact with app directly for suggestions and to answer your question. Currently Google Assistant supports conversations in English. 

However, to make the app India-friendly Google has announced that it will bring Hindi support to Assistant by end of 2016. 

The company also said that the 'Smart Replies' feature in the app that lets users send quick responses will also be available in Hindi. Currently, the feature offers suggestion in English and Hinglish. Google is also working with independent emerging artist to make stickers available on Allo.

The search giant also revealed that Google Assistant will be soon available in more Google products in the coming months.

Chrome for Android gets data saver for videos, ability to download entire webpage

Google introduced a new data saver mode on Chrome for Android last year, which saved up to 70 percent of your data by compressing images and texts.

Now data saver has expanded to video as well, which allows you to save 67 percent of your data when viewing MP4 video formats on Chrome browser for Android. Thanks to the new optimization, web pages on Chrome browser (for Android) will load two time faster and also save up to 90 percent of your data if you're on 2G or 3G network.

Chrome for Android is getting another feature where users can download entire web pages, including music, pictures or videos on Chrome. The app gets a new tab to download the page and also includes the ability to automatically resume any download later, if the connection is interrupted.

Lastly, Google has added a new content discovery feature to Chrome, wherein it will recommend pages to users, considering their browsing history and habits.

The new features are available on Chrome Beta version 54 & 55, and will soon roll out to public.


YouTube Go is a new app for viewing and sharing videos offline

Google has introduced new YouTube app called YouTube Go in India, which will offer offline video viewing and sharing. The app is aimed at Indian users and is designed to be offline first and work even when there is poor or no connectivity.

With YouTube Go you can load and play YouTube video seamless across various connectivity situations and gives you transparency and control over mobile data consumption. You can preview the video first and then choose video's file size/ resolution before you save it for offline viewing.

The app also offers a feature called offline video sharing, that allows users to share videos without a working data connection. For this the app creates a Wi-Fi connectivity between devices (same as ShareIt) to ensure fast and seamless transfer of videos, without requiring any data.

You can (Indian users) sign up now to test YouTube Go, but there's no word when the app will formally release. In 2014, YouTube got offline mode, that allowed users to download videos to watch where there was not connectivity, and earlier this year received Smart offline feature, which lets users to schedule download at night, to take advantage of cheaper night data rates.

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Google Station aims to bring reliable, fast Wi-Fi to more public locations in India

Earlier this year Google partnered with Indian Railways and RailTel to offer free WiFi across railway stations in the country, which is currently available across 52 stations with 3.5 million monthly active users.

Now Google wants to expand the service to other public places in India and also other countries across the globe through a new public Wi-Fi initiative called Google Stations.

Under the service, Google will provide reliable, safe, secure and fast Wi-Fi at public places like malls, bus stops, city centers, cafes and more, which is visited by large number of people. Currently the free Wi-Fi network is expected to expand to 100 cities in India, and more locations around the world soon.

Google is seeking out for partners such as large venues and organizations, network operators, fiber providers, system integrators, and infrastructure companies for the Google Station initiative

Huawei built Nexus tablet, Pixel 3 laptop will reportedly run Andromeda

Earlier this year, a rumor surfaced that Google is merging its Chrome OS to Android for a new single operating system. Just recently, two separate reports confirmed the rumor was true and added that the merged OS is code-named Andromeda, and is being tested on Nexus 9 tablet. 

Now the same sources have revealed further details of Google's new operating system. According to new reports, Google is planning to launch Andromeda OS on a convertible laptop called Pixel 3 and Huawei Nexus tablet.

Regarding the Pixel 3 convertible laptop, Android Police citing "independent and reliable" sources claim the convertible is code-named Project Bison internally and will be released in Q3 2017 as the first laptop to run Andromeda OS. Pixel 3 will reportedly have 12.3-inch display, fingerprint scanner, 2 x USB C ports, stylus support and a bunch of sensor.

The report further mentions that Pixel 3 will feature pressure-sensitive trackpad similar to Macbooks and have a battery life of up to 10 hours. There will be two models, one with Core M3 processor, 8GB RAM and 32GB storage, and another with Core i5 processor, 16GB RAM and 128GB storage. They will feature a sleek profile (less than 10mm thickness) and prices will start at $799, making it more expensive than Chromebooks.

Furthermore, 9to5Google reports that, Google is working on a 7-inch Huawei made Nexus tablet that will also run Andromeda OS. The tablet will reportedly ship with Android, but will support developer preview of Google Andromeda.

Nothing much is known about the tablet, but it's worth mentioning that Evan Blass had tipped about a Huawei built Nexus tablet with 7-inch display and 4GB RAM and was rumored to be called Huawei 7P.