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Ride-hailing service Uber inaugurated a support centre in Brazil’s biggest city on Tuesday with plans to invest BRL 200 million ($62 million) and create 2,000 jobs, underscoring an aggressive growth strategy in Latin America’s biggest nation.

The new facility in Sao Paulo may employ up to 7,000 people by the end of the year, providing technical support for around 9 million users in Brazil along with thousands of drivers, the company said in a statement.

Uber’s latest investment in Brazil comes just weeks after Didi Chuxing, China’s largest ride-hailing company, announced it was investing more than $100 million (roughly Rs. 679 crores) in Brazilian company 99, an on-demand taxi and ride-sharing service.
After a bruising battle in China, Uber agreed in August to sell its unit there to Didi, which is also investing $1 billion in San Francisco-based Uber Technologies in the deal.

Didi has also formed an alliance with Lyft in the United States, India’s ride service Ola and Southeast Asian startup Grab in an effort to compete with Uber’s global dominance.

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OnePlus has been actively pushing out firmware updates for its flagship smartphones recently and now the company has announced that it has started rolling out OxygenOS 4.0.2 update for its OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T smartphones. Notably, the latest update from the company doesn’t bring along a host of improvements or changes to the OS.

With the OxygenOS 4.0.2 update, OnePlus has fixed the bug associated with Google Play that prevented users from downloading apps from the store. The company has mentioned it its forum post that the Wi-Fi connectivity might still fluctuate, indicating that the issue associated with the connectivity might not be completely resolved with the OxygenOS 4.0.2 update.

The OxygenOS 4.0.2 update changelog from the company shows most of the bug fixes and improvements mentioned in the previous two updates as well. These changes include new design for notifications design, new design for settings menu, Multi-Window view, Direct Reply for notifications, support for custom DPI, added Status Bar icon options, improved shelf customisation, updated APN settings for select carriers, and more.
As it happens with every other update from the company, the rollout for OxygenOS 4.0.2 update will be performed in phased manner. Several users on company’s official forum have complained that they are experiencing battery life issues on their smartphones. As the company seems to be releasing updates one after the other, it will be interesting to see how soon it will issue the fix for this particular issue.

The company started rolling out its Android 7.0 Nougat-based OxygenOS 4.0.0 update from December 31 last year and then started rolling out the version 4.0.1 update earlier this month.


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At CES 2017, ZTE unveiled the result of its Project CSX – a smartphone with eye-tracking capabilities and a self-adhesive back. At that time, the company refrained from announcing any official specs, and just put up a concept phone on display. Now, ZTE has unveiled the specifications of the Hawkeye smartphone, giving you a fair idea on whether the smartphone is worth investing in or not. The Hawkeye can be backed on Kickstarter for $199. The main highlight in the specifications is the dual camera setup at the back.

The ZTE Hawkeye smartphone will sport NFC and have the fingerprint sensor embedded at the back of the device. It will sport a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display. The smartphone will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor paired with 3GB of RAM. The ZTE Hawkeye offers 32GB of inbuilt storage with the option to expand further via a microSD card (up to 256GB).

As for optics, it will sport a dual camera setup at the back – one sensor at 12-megapixel and the other at 13-megapixel with optical zoom. At the front, the smartphone will house an 8-megapixel selfie camera for video chatting. The ZTE Hawkeye will run on Android Nougat out of the box, and pack a 3000mAh battery with quick charging support. There’s also support for Hi-Fi Audio for superior sound quality from the smartphone. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac, USB Type-C port, and a dual-SIM slot.
The device is expected to be shipped sometime in the second quarter, most likely in September. ZTE first announced its crowdsourced smartphone idea in back in August, and called it Project CSX. Based on entries, the company announced the winning entry from the contributions in October – an eye-tracking, self-adhesive smartphone. Now that the specs are unveiled, the ZTE Hawkeye isn’t a bad package for its price, especially with the eye-tracking abilities that should allow you to browse through web pages just by moving your eyes. The company looks to raise $500,000 on Kickstarter, but has managed to raise over $31,400 only since January 4.

As for design, the Kickstarter page still has the prototype design, and doesn’t sport the dual camera setup at the back. ZTE should unveil the final device sometime in the near future.


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Android Nougat seems to be capturing the OS share in smartphone market at a snail’s pace but it might now gain some momentum as unlocked HTC One A9 smartphones have finally started receiving the much-awaited Nougat update. Further, leaks suggest that the Nougat update rollout for HTC 10, which was put on hold due to a bug, is now expected to be resumed in around three weeks.

Mo Versi, vice president of product management at HTC, announced on Twitter that the unlocked HTC One A9 smartphones have started receiving the Android 7.0 Nougat update from Monday. “HTC One A9 Unlocked Owners! We have received technical approval on the Nougat OS update, and OTA will begin tonight!” Versi said in his post.

Notably, at HTC One A9’s launch, the company made a bold claim by saying that every Android update will be passed on to the smartphone within 15 days of Nexus smartphones receiving it. Even though Nexus phones received the Nougat update in August, HTC was not able to uphold its promise.
Apart from HTC One A9 owners, HTC 10 users who did not receive the Nougat update in the initial rollout are now expected to receive the update as the company has been tipped to resume its update rollout within three weeks, as per a popular HTC tipster LlabTooFeR.

HTC Germany announced last week that due to some bugs, Android 7.0 Nougat rollout was put on hold, as reported by PhoneArena.

To recall, Android 7.0 Nougat brings along multi-window support, performance enhancements, improved battery life, and changes to notifications, among other new features.

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Samsung India on Tuesday announced the launch of the Galaxy C9 Pro in Bhubaneswar. Customers can pre-book the device through select stores and online platforms from January 27. The device will be available across all retail channels in the latter half of February 2017 at a price of Rs. 36,900.

The Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro will be available in two colours, Black and Gold. The South Korean manufacturing giant is offering one-time screen replacement for a period of 12 months on pre-booking.

The Galaxy C9 Pro is the company’s first smartphone with 6GB of RAM. It was launched in China back in October.

“India is one of the fastest growing smartphone markets. Consumer trends indicate that more users prefer larger screen smartphones. With the introduction of the Galaxy C9 Pro, we continue our commitment to offer our customers the very best of features and technology,” said Aditya Babbar, Deputy General Manager, Mobile Business, Samsung India.
The dual-SIM (Nano+Nano) 4G-enabled Galaxy C9 Pro runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow out-of-the-box. It sports a 6-inch full HD (1080×1920) AMOLED display, and is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 653 SoC, with four cores clocked at 1.95GHz and the rest at 1.4GHz.

For photography, the Galaxy C9 Pro packs a 16-megapixel camera on both front and rear. The rear 16-megapixel camera comes with an aperture of f/1.9 and a dual-LED flash. The selfie camera too has the same aperture sans the flash module. The smartphone packs inbuilt storage of 64GB that is expandable via a microSD card (up to 256GB).

The Galaxy C9 Pro has a fingerprint scanner mounted on its physical home button. The smartphone packs a 4000mAh battery with fast charging support. Apart from 4G LTE, the connectivity options on the Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro include Bluetooth v4.2, Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n), GPS, Glonass, Beidou, NFC, USB Type-C, and a 3.5mm audio jack. It measures 162.9×80.7×6.9mm and weighs 189 grams.


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US President-elect Donald Trump does not make India-born Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella nervous, and he is confident about the tech giant’s place as a job creator.

“We’re a US-based company that operates worldwide and our predominant employment is in the United States,” Indian-American Nadella told CNNTech at the Digital Life Design tech conference in Munich on Monday.

“We’ve already created a tremendous amount of high-paying jobs in the US.”

Microsoft employs over 113,000 people worldwide, more than 64,000 of whom are in the US, mainly in Washington state, according to the company.

But Nadella said Trump’s ascent to become the President has not changed the roadmap much for Microsoft.
“If anything, we’ll double down on what we’ve always done, which is be a US company that operates in the United States very responsibly, but also being a multinational company that contributes into every country that we work in.”

In the wake of Trump’s win in the November 8 election, companies are eager to play up the number of Americans they employ, CNN reported.

Companies like Amazon have made very public announcements about the jobs they expect to add, with messaging that seems to be in direct response to the real-estate magnate’s win.

Last month, the President-elect met with Nadella and 12 other technology titans in a bid to heal rifts and get them on board with his programme of creating more jobs and increasing investments in the US.

Trump, who had slammed the technology sector during his campaign for exporting jobs and manufacturing overseas, hailed them as an “amazing group of people”, and promised them, “I am here to help you folks do well”.
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Chinese handset maker Lenovo has announced a price cut for its Lenovo Z2 Plus smartphone in India. Effective from Monday noon (12pm IST), the Lenovo Z2 Plus’s price will start at Rs. 14,999 (for the 32GB model), down from the launch price of Rs. 17,999 – a price cut of Rs. 3,000. The Lenovo Z2 Plus smartphone will be available to buy via both Amazon India and Flipkart, in Black and White colour variants.

The 64GB model of the Lenovo Z2 Plus (Review) will now be available at Rs. 17,499, down from the launch price of Rs. 19,999 – a discount of Rs. 2,500 – and will be stocked by retail stores. With Monday’s sale, Lenovo Z2 Plus is not exclusive to Amazon anymore.

To recall, the Lenovo Z2 Plus was launched back in September last year in India. For specifications, the Lenovo Z2 Plus supports dual-SIM (4G+3G) and features a 5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display made by Sharp, with a pixel density of 441ppi. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor. As mentioned above, the Lenovo Z2 Plus will be available in either 3GB RAM with 32GB storage or 4GB RAM with 64GB storage models. It sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with PDAF, LED flash, and electronic image stabilisation (EIS). Lenovo Z2 Plus bears an 8-megapixel front-facing camera.

Lenovo Z2 Plus is powered by a 3500mAh battery that also features an intelligent charge cut-off feature to ensure the battery does not overcharge. Connectivity options on board include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, and 4G. The Lenovo Z2 Plus runs on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow with the company’s skin atop and also features Google Now Launcher which is preloaded.

One of the highlights of the Lenovo Z2 Plus is the preloaded U-Health app that can track data for steps, distance, running, and other physical activities. The smartphone also sports the U Touch 2.0 fingerprint sensor on the home button.


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Google seems to have acknowledged that the audio distortion issue, which was being experienced by several Pixel and Pixel XL smartphone users, is a hardware issue as the company is reportedly offering warranty replacements for the devices. Instead of coming out with a firmware update to resolve the problem, the company has opted to offer warranty replacements.

Mark Buckman, who goes by the username ‘badmark’, was earlier issued a refund by the search giant after he reported the issue earlier on company’s product forum last month. However, as per a new mail spotted by PhoneArena, dated January 13, Google has stopped issuing refunds and is now offering warranty replacements for its Pixel smartphones that are experiencing audio distortion issues.

In the mail, the Google Store representative from the company has clearly said that the issue mentioned is a hardware issue and not a software one.

Last month, several Google Pixel and Pixel XL users reported that they were experiencing audio distortion issues on their smartphones. One of the users even said that the issue was not source dependent. “At first I thought it was my headphones, so I put on my noise cancellation headphones and the same issue. Then I thought, ok maybe it’s a bad headphone jack so I paired my Jabra Sport headphones, same issue. Then I just played the music out of the speaker itself and it still happened,” the user posted on the community forum.

In a response to the complaint posts, Pixel community manager Orrin earlier said that the company was aware of the issue and was investigating the matter. It seems like the issues plaguing Google’s first self-branded smartphone are piling up as the phones were also reported to have an early shutdown issue last month.

Other Google Pixel, Pixel XL issues reported include a freezing camera and audio distortion on the phone as well. Other issues reported by users include Bluetooth pairing problems and spotty LTE connectivity.


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Post the Galaxy Note 7 debacle, several smartphone vendors are running additional safety tests on smartphones ahead of launch. LG, another South Korea-based smartphone brand, is one of the handset vendors that’s leaving no stone unturned when it comes to the safety of the upcoming G6 flagship.

A report claims that LG is running additional safety tests ahead of actual launch. The report adds that LG will be adopting a new ‘heat pipe’ cooling technology to conduct heat away from the processor. The next flagship LG G6 smartphone is widely expected to be revealed at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2017 event next month. Notably, the new heat pipe cooling system in G6 will help reduce temperatures by up to 6 to 10 percent by dispersing internal heat. The tech is generally used in laptops. Apart from heat pipe tech, LG is also said to be running “safety tests that are tougher than international standards.”

The Korea Herald in a report cites Lee Seok-Jong, Mobile Communication Operation Group, LG Electronics who said, “We will significantly improve the safety and quality of our new flagship smartphones as more consumers seek safe smartphones.”
Another LG official added, “We are conducting battery heat exposure tests to a temperature 15 percent higher than the temperature set by the international standards of the US and Europe. The battery also undergoes diverse tests such as piercing it with a sharp nail or dropping a heavy object on it from a high place.”

LG without confirming details teased some features of its upcoming G6 flagship including waterproofing abilities, a big screen, and a good grip design. The smartphone is expected to sport the company’s brand new 5.7-inch QHD+ (1440×2880 pixels) display with an aspect ratio of 18:9 and pixel density of 564ppi.

Other rumoured specifications include the Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 processor coupled with 6GB of RAM. It is also said to pack a removable battery with Quick Charge 4.0 support. LG is also widely rumoured to ditch the modular design on the G6.

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Android 7.1.1 Nougat update brought several useful additions to the mobile platform but has seemingly brought connection issues with in-car Bluetooth to some Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X smartphones. As per some of the online posts, the connection issues can be traced back as far as the beta program for Android 7.1.1 Nougat developer preview, which was launched in October.

As per users, post the Android 7.1.1 Nougat update, their devices are not able to connect to their in-car Bluetooth system, as pointed out in a report by GSMArena. Even if the connection is established in some cases, users are still not able to place or take calls hands-free, as per the report. One of the users has even tried updating the Bluetooth software on the car, only to find it made little difference.
Android Headlines points out in its report that the connectivity issue presents itself in various forms. In some cases, the devices form a connection for few seconds before disconnecting. In certain other cases, the device works in usual manner but disconnects after a call ends and has to be manually reconnected with the Bluetooth kit. Some users have reported that the connection is lost mid-way through the conversation.

Interestingly, the connection issue does not present itself when Bluetooth connection is established to play music through wireless speakers. It will be interesting to see how long Google will take before it releases a patch to solve the issue, which is clearly frustrating to the users and has been present on the devices for months now.


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