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Xiaomi is hosting an event in China tomorrow, and it is widely expected to launch the Redmi 4 smartphone. The company has released teasers where two of its brand ambassadors are holding a smartphone, and has announced that ‘a new Redmi product’ is joining the family. In the meanwhile, a report is resurfacing speculation that the Redmi Note 4 may instead be launched at the event.

The teasers were released on the company’s forum confirming the previously tipped launch date of August 25. The Redmi 4 has been subjected to numerous leaks and it is expected to sport a full metal body. In the teaser, actress Liu Shishi is holding a metal device further attesting to it, while actor Wu Xiubo is seen holding a glowing smartphone.

The rumoured price of the Redmi 4 is at CNY 699 (roughly Rs. 7,000). It is pegged to feature a 5-inch display, and be powered by a 2GHz MediaTek Helio X20 deca-core processor or a 2GHz Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor. It should be available in two memory/ storage variants – 2GB RAM/16GB storage and 3GBRAM/64GB storage.

Optics may include a 13-megapixel rear camera, and a 5-megapixel front camera. It is expected to run on Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based MIUI 8 out-of-the-box, and sport a 4100mAh battery. The dimensions of 141.3×69.6×8.9mm, a 160-gram weight, and Gold and Silver colour variants. Connectivity options tipped include 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11ac (2.4 and 5GHz), Bluetooth 4.2, and GPS.
In the meanwhile, GizmoChina speculates the company may launch the Redmi Note 4 instead, a smartphone that was tipped to launch back at the company’s July 27 event, but never materialised. While earlier it was tipped to sport a Snapdragon 652 SoC, the latest rumours point to a MediaTek Helio X20 deca-core processor. Other rumours specifications include a 5.5-inch (1080×1920 pixels) full-HD IPS display; 3GB RAM, 32GB and 64GB inbuilt storage options with the option to expand storage via microSD slot. The camera on the Redmi Note 4 is said to be the same as the Redmi 4, and it is expected to feature a 4000mAh battery.

Xiaomi is also expected to launch the Mi Note 2 on September 2, and is expected to don a dual camera setup, dual-edge display, and 64GB and 128GB storage offerings. It is pegged to be priced at CNY 2,499 (approximately Rs. 25,000) and CNY 2,799 (approximately Rs. 28,000) respectively.

 
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In a move to ease up the transition from iOS to Android for its users, Google has introduced a new option in its device setup process on recently launched Android 7.0 Nougat. The new option essentially helps users to transfer their data from their earlier device to their Android device.

However, the utility of the new option is debatable as instead of following an active approach and creating an app to ease the transition, as in case of Apple’s Move to iOS app, Google has taken a more passive approach by providing people with instructions to transfer their data using individual apps.

As pointed out by 9to5Google, in Android 7.0 Nougat’s device setup process, Google gives the options to copy data from another Android phone, or a backup stored on your Google account and now also includes the option to move data from an iOS device to Android. On choosing the option for iOS devices, the following instructions come on the screen:

On your iPhone or iPad device:
1. Open Safari

2. Go to android.com/switch

3. Follow the instructions

When you go to the Android Switch website, you get the instructions as to how to create backup of your photos, mails, contacts and apps by using various offerings from the search giant.

Although the instructions are definitely useful and will help the users to transfer their data with ease, it still seems like the company could have made it easier to switch from its rival mobile platform.
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HP Inc, the hardware business of the former Hewlett-Packard Co, reported higher-than-expected quarterly revenue and profit as demand recovered for its notebooks.

However, HP forecast current-quarter profit below analysts’ estimates, reflecting weak sales of its printers as companies cut costs across industries. HP’s shares fell nearly 6 percent in extended trading on Wednesday.

Third-quarter revenue from the company’s computer business rose 7.5 percent from the second quarter as sales of notebooks improved.

From a year earlier, sales were flat in the business, which accounts for two-thirds of HP’s total revenue, showing signs of recovery after a drop in the past two quarters.

Notebook volumes increased 12 percent, but the benefit was offset by weak desktop sales and low demand from commercial clients. Revenue from its printer business declined 14.3 percent from a year earlier and 4.6 percent from the second quarter.

“The markets remaining challenging and somewhat volatile,” Chief Executive Dion Weisler said on a conference call. “We have more work to do.”
HP said it cut about 1,000 jobs in the third quarter, taking the total number of job cuts to about 2,300 this year.

The company, which had about 287,000 employees as of October 31, said in February that it expected to slash around 3,000 jobs by the end of this fiscal year.

Weak forecast
HP forecast adjusted earnings of 34-37 cents per share from continuing operations for the current quarter. Analysts on average were expecting 41 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters.

Net earnings from continuing operations rose more than a fifth to $843 million (roughly Rs. 5,650 crores), or 49 cents per share, in the three months ended July 31, as costs fell about 9 percent.

Excluding items, HP earned 48 cents per share, beating the average analyst estimate of 44 cents. Total revenue fell 3.8 percent to $11.89 billion (roughly Rs. 79,769 crores), but topped the average estimate of $11.46 billion. HP shares were trading at $13.60 after the bell.

Up to Wednesday’s close, the stock had risen 12.5 percent since HP started trading as a separate company.

 
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A US appeals court on Wednesday upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit accusing BlackBerry of fraudulently inflating its stock price by painting an upbeat picture of the prospects for its BlackBerry Z10 smartphone line that was misleading.

While the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals in New York said the lawsuit failed to state a plausible claim, it ordered a lower-court judge to reconsider whether to let the plaintiffs amend their complaint in light of what they said was new evidence.

Neither BlackBerry nor a lawyer for lead plaintiffs Todd Cox and Mary Dinzik responded immediately to requests for comment.

BlackBerry launched its Z10 phone in January 2013 in a bid to recoup market share lost to Apple’s iPhone, and Samsung devices powered by Google’s Android.

The BlackBerry Z10 won positive reviews, but low sales led to a projected $930 million (roughly Rs. 6,240 crores) writedown for unsold inventory on September 20, 2013. BlackBerry shares lost about one-sixth of their value that day.
The Waterloo, Ontario-based company ousted its chief executive officer, Thorsten Heins, less than two months later. The lawsuit alleged that BlackBerry attempted to conceal the poor performance of the Z10 in order to artificially inflate its stock price.

In Wednesday’s decision, the 2nd Circuit upheld US District Judge Thomas Griesa’s March 2015 dismissal of the lawsuit for the failure to allege that BlackBerry and its executives knowingly misled investors.

The three-judge appeals panel said the plaintiffs’ claims amounted to “fraud by hindsight” by saying that the defendants must have known the device would be unsuccessful.

The court nonetheless said the plaintiffs could try to persuade Griesa to let them amend their complaint in light of new legal developments and evidence that the plaintiffs said would support their claims.

The appeals court said if Griesa refuses to let the plaintiffs amend their complaint, he should explain his reasons, which he had not done before.

The case is Cox v. BlackBerry Limited, 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals, No. 15-3991.

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If auto-play videos (without sound) on Facebook wasn’t enough of an annoyance on our minds and a cause of data usage, Facebook is now testing auto-play videos with sound. This means that the feature is rolled out to users, videos will automatically start playing with sound as you casually scroll through your News Feed.

When Facebook first introduced auto-play sometime in 2013, videos started playing in the background when you scrolled over them. However, audio only began when you tapped on the video manually. Now, Facebook is testing auto-play with sound on select News Feeds in Australia.

“We’re running a small test in News Feed where people can choose whether they want to watch videos with sound on from the start. For people in this test who do not want sound to play, they can switch it off in Settings or directly on the video itself. This is one of several tests we’re running as we work to improve the video experience for people on Facebook,” a Facebook spokesperson told Mashable Australia.

Auto-play is great if you watch a lot of videos and have a fast Internet connection with a generous data cap. However, many people are likely to find auto-playing videos annoying, and it can waste data. Auto-play with sound will cause even more discomfort to many users, especially in public places, as their smartphones would just start to emit sounds without warning. If you want to disable auto-play on Facebook follow the steps here, or watch the video below:

Facebook has been pushing video enormously in the recent past, from bringing in 360 degree support to videos, to introducing Facebook Live for users worldwide. The social giant has been trying hard to get brands, celebrities and users to upload videos on Facebook directly, instead of YouTube.

The tech giant has also been launching new improvements to Facebook Live, the recent one being the ability to broadcast with another person sitting in a separate region simultaneously. This feature has been rolled out on to iOS users in select regions, with a verified account, and a Facebook Mentions app.

 

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Samsung started sending out media invites for a smartphone launch on Tuesday and the South Korean company is widely anticipated to announce its Tizen-powered smartphone Samsung Z2 at the event. As it goes with almost every tech industry event these days, the leaks about the smartphone have emerged ahead of its anticipated launch on Tuesday.

Galaxy Club, a website based in Netherlands, has come up with leaked images of the Tizen-powered smartphone and from the looks of it; the smartphone seems quite similar to company’s smartphone Z3 but has a textured back. Confusingly enough, Samsung Z3 was the second handset to be launched in the company’s Tizen-powered Z series of smartphones.

Samsung Z2 is also suggested to come with My Money Transfer app, which is said to be a new exclusive feature on the smartphone for the Indian market. Apart from this, the phone is rumoured to include WhatsApp and Telegram as pre-installed apps.

An earlier report suggested that the Z2 will be priced at Rs. 4,499 and will come with a 4.5-inch display, 2000mAh battery, 1GB of RAM, dual-SIM support, and 4G with VoLTE support.
However, new leaks suggest that the phone might come with a 4-inch WVGA (480×800 pixels) Amoled display, 1500mAh battery, 1.5GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, dual-SIM support, and 4G with VoLTE support.

It will be interesting to see which rumoured specifications are able to match the actual specifications of the smartphone, but for that to happen, we will have to wait for the launch of the smartphone, if that indeed happens on Tuesday.

In a separate leak by Sammobile, the company will reportedly be expanding its C-series of smartphones by introducing a smartphone codenamed “Amy”, and has said that it will be called the Galaxy C9 (SM-C9000).

 

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Handset maker Gionee will set up a manufacturing unit in northern India, pumping in about Rs. 500 crore, to tap into the demand in India as well as to serve markets like Africa and South East Asia.

The Chinese company, which assembles its smartphones in India through third-party players like Foxconn and Dixon, expects the plant to be operational in about 2 years.

“We are in process of getting land in northern India. The 50-acre unit have an annual capacity of 30 million units. It should be operational in about two years,” Gionee India MD and CEO Arvind Vohra told PTI. He declined however to share details about the location of the plant. “It will be an end-to-end manufacturing unit. It will help us cater to demand in India as well as nearby markets and African region… We will invest about Rs. 500 crore on the plant,” Vohra said.

About 60 percent of Gionee India’s devices sold in the country are manufactured locally at facilities run by Foxconn (Tamil Nadu) and Dixon (Noida).

According to research firm IDC, smartphone shipments in India grew 17.1 percent sequentially to 27.5 million units in April-June quarter, with Chinese vendors like Lenovo, Xioami, Gionee and Vivo driving the growth.
The shipments have revived after two successive quarters of decline. Samsung led with 25.1 percent market share followed by Micromax (12.9 percent), Lenovo (7.7 percent), Intex (7.1 percent) and Reliance Jio (6.8 percent).

Vohra said Gionee India has crossed half million units sales per month and by year-end, he expects the number to go up to one million. Vohra aid the company has witnessed 100 percent growth last year and expects a “robust growth” this year too.

To cash in on the festive season demand, Gionee India will spend around Rs. 400 crore on marketing and branding activities over the next few months. It also plans to launch four new smartphones, priced between Rs. 9,999 and Rs. 24,999, by mid-October as part of its efforts to expand its market share in India to 7-10 percent by next March from the current five percent.

“We had earmarked a budget of Rs. 600 crore this year and we have utilised one-third of it till now. About Rs. 200 crore will be pumped in the festive season and the remaining amount will be used in the latter part of the fiscal towards various marketing and branding efforts,” Vohra said. Gionee India has signed up Bollywood actress Alia Bhatt as its brand ambassador and is in discussions for signing up another celebrity but that is yet to be finalised, he said.

The company today launched its S6s, priced at Rs. 17,999. The 5.5-inch handset features 1.3GHz octacore processor, 3GB RAM, 32GB internal memory (expandable up to 128GB), 13-megapixel rear and 8-megapixel front camera and 3,150mAh battery.

 

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Samsung has dropped the prices of its flagship smartphones in India, specifically, the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. The two smartphones have received price cuts of Rs. 5,000 each from their launch prices in India.

The price drops of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge were first tipped by an established Mumbai-based retailer, but Gadgets 360 has received independent confirmation of the move.

The Samsung Galaxy S7 will now sport a dealer price of Rs. 43,400 in India, while the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge will sport a dealer price tag of Rs. 50,900. Both prices are referring to the 32GB variants of the smartphones in the country, which were launched carrying a consumer-facing MRP of Rs. 48,900 and Rs. 56,900 respectively.

To recall, Samsung had launched its two flagship smartphones at MWC 2016, and brought them to India a month later in only their 32GB variants.

We’ve since reviewed the smartphones, and found them to very compelling options if money is no object. Samsung may have dropped the prices of the smartphones to boost their demand ahead of the availability of its flagship phablet in India, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7.

Launched in India earlier this month, the Galaxy Note 7 will go on sale from September 2. Pre-bookings for the smartphone began on Monday, and thus the timing of the price drop seems to indicate a connection. Pre-bookings will carry on till August 30

 

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Samsung is anticipated to launch the latest device in its Z Series of Tizen-powered smartphones at an event in New Delhi on Tuesday that’s scheduled to begin at 11:30am IST. Tipped to be called the Samsung Z2, the smartphone has been the subject of numerous leaks in recent weeks.

Nothing is known about the Samsung Z2 from official sources, but based on recent rumours, Samsung will launch its My Money Transfer app with the smartphone – a feature that’s supposedly exclusive for the Indian market. The Tizen-powered Samsung Z2 is also rumoured to come with include WhatsApp and Telegram as pre-installed apps.

Recent leaks tipped that the Samsung Z2 will sport a 4-inch WVGA (480×800 pixels) Amoled display, a 1500mAh battery, a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, dual-SIM support, and 4G with VoLTE connectivity support.

Previous leaks however indicated that Samsung’s latest Tizen-powered smartphone will sport a 4.5-inch display, a 2000mAh battery, 1GB of RAM, dual-SIM support, as well as 4G with VoLTE support. A leak also tipped a Rs. 4,499 price point.

The smartphone was also leaked in alleged images, showing a design similar to the Samsung Z3, but featuring a textured back panel. Finally, the smartphone was also leaked in a promotional video suggesting features like Ultra Data Saving Mode. The video once again showed a design close to the Z3.

To refresh, Samsung back in January last year launched its first Tizen-based smartphone, the Samsung Z1, in India. In October, it launched its successor – the Samsung Z3. The Samsung Z2 will be the third smartphone in the company’s Tizen range.

We’ll have to wait and see how these rumours pan out at the launch, which will begin soon. Stay tuned to Gadgets 360 for the latest update from Samsung’s Tuesday event in New Delhi.

 

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Xiaomi has slashed the price of its flagship smartphone the Xiaomi Mi 5 in India by Rs. 2,000. The smartphone will now be available at Rs. 22,999 against its launch price of Rs. 24,999, Xiaomi India Head Manu Jain tweeted on Tuesday morning. The Xiaomi Mi 5 is available for purchase via Flipkart and mi.com, though the websites are yet to reflect the new prices at the time of filing this report.

The dual-SIM (Nano + Nano) Xiaomi Mi 5 features a 5.15-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) with curved 3D Ceramic glass, and a pixel density of 428ppi. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor coupled with Adreno 530 GPU. It sports a 16-megapixel Sony IMX298 camera sensor with PDAF (phase detection autofocus) and LED flash. The rear camera also sports 4-axis OIS (optical image stabilisation) and sapphire glass protection lens. The smartphone supports 4K video recording. It also sports a 4-megapixel front camera with 2-micron pixels. Both cameras feature an f/2.0 aperture.

It measures 144.5×69.2×7.25mm and weighs 129 grams. The Mi 5 packs a 3000mAh battery and supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0. The company says that the Quick Charge 3.0 is 20 percent faster than its predecessor, the Quick Charge 2.0. Also onboard is a USB Type-C port. Connectivity options include VoLTE support, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/ac, 4G, Bluetooth 4.2, Glonass, and NFC.

 

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