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After the Samsung Galaxy C5, the company has also made the Galaxy C7 go official. While the Galaxy C5 is up for pre-orders in China, and will be available from June 6, availability details of the Galaxy C7 haven’t been revealed yet.



The Samsung Galaxy C7 is essentially the larger variant of the Galaxy C5. It runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow out-of-the-box, and sports a hybrid dual-SIM card slot. It features a 5.7-inch Super Amoled full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display, and is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 625 SoC coupled with 4GB of RAM.

The Galaxy S7 bears a 16-megapixel rear camera, and an 8-megapixel front camera – both with f/1.9 aperture. The smartphone offers 32GB and 64GB storage options, which is expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB) via the hybrid dual-SIM slot. There’s a 3300mAh battery inside, and connectivity options include NFC (with Samsung Pay support), 4G LTE, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, and Bluetooth 4.2.

The fingerprint scanner is embedded inside the home button in the front, and will be available in Gold, Pink Gold, Grey, and Silver colour options. The Galaxy C7 is at a slight higher price point than the Galaxy C5, with the 32GB variant priced at CNY 2,599 (roughly Rs. 26,600), and 64GB is at CNY 2,799 (roughly Rs.28,600).

Just to compare, the Samsung Galaxy C5 has a 5.2-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) Super Amoled display, runs on an octa-core Snapdragon 617 SoC, and packs a 2600mAh battery. All other specs remain the same. The Galaxy C5 smartphone is only available on pre-orders in China as of now. The 32GB is priced at CNY 2,200 (roughly Rs. 22,500), and the 64GB is priced at CNY 2,400(roughly Rs. 24,600).


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ZTE has added a new flagship smartphone to its portfolio. Calling it the Axon 7, the device has been made available for pre-orders in the Chinese market, and will be available for purchase online and retail stores on June 2. The smartphone should make its way to US shores soon as well, like the previous generation.



The Axon 7 is available in three variants – Basic, Standard, and Premium. The Basic variant is priced at CNY 2,899(roughly Rs. 29,600), the Standard at CNY 3,299 (roughly Rs.33,800), and Premium at CNY 4,099 (roughly Rs. 42,000). The Premium variant comes with a Force Touch pressure sensitive display.

Coming to the specs, the ZTE Axon 7 dons an aluminium unibody, and runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow with MiFavor UI 4.0 on top. It supports hybrid dual-SIM, and features a 5.5-inch QHD Super Amoled display. It is powered by the 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 (MSM8996) quad-core SoC with Adreno 530 GPU and 4GB RAM.

On the camera front, the ZTE Axon 7 has a 20-megapixel rear camera with dual-LED flash, f/1.8 aperture, and OIS+ EIS+ PDAF. It captures 4K video at 30fps, and slow motion is captured at 720p at 240fps/480p at 300fps. The selfie camera is at 8-megapixel. Onboard, there is 64GB of inbuilt storage, which can be extended via microSD card (up to 128GB).

It packs a 3140mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0. The company claims that the battery can last up to 16 hours of talktime, and 360 hours of standby time. The Quick Charge feature can recharge the Axon 7 up to 50 percent in just 30 minutes. Connectivity options include USB Type-C port, NFC, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and 4G LTE. The fingerprint sensor is at the back of the smartphone.

ZTE is betting big on the audio output of the Axon 7. It houses dual speakers, M-Base support material, and claims to bring high fidelity sound performance. ZTE has even made renowned pianist Lang Lang as the brand ambassador of its Axon series.

The company announced that the Axon 7 will receive the Android N update, when it arrives later in the year, and will support Google’s DayDream VR. Alongside the Axon 7, the company even unveiled the ZTE VR headset, but said little about the availability and tech details. The headset is priced at CNY 518 (roughly Rs. 5,300).


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Samsung has announced that it will release a limited edition Batman-themed Galaxy S7 Edge smartphone in early June, called the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Injustice Edition. The company is commemorating the third anniversary of the game, Injustice: Gods Among Us. No price has yet been detailed.



This limited edition version will only roll out in few regions including China, Singapore, Korea, Latin America, and Russia. However, Samsung announced that other regions will follow. This Batman-inspried edition is a black smartphone with gold edges across the home button and camera. The company name at the front is also written in Gold, while the back sports the Batarang symbol (in Gold again).

The Samsung Galaxy S7 Injustice Edition brings Batman screensavers as well. The box will include a Gear VR, a Batman-styled smartphone back cover, a Gold Batarang, along with the charger and headphones.

The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge smartphone was launched in India in March starting at Rs. 56,900. It runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and comes a hybrid dual-SIM slot. It features 5.5-inch QHD Super Amoled display, and Samsung’s octa-core Exynos 8890 SoC. Globally, the Galaxy S7 Edge housed Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 chipset.

It comes in two storage variants – 32GB and 64GB. Additionally, the smartphone has a 4GB of RAM, a 12-megapixel ‘Dual Pixel’ rear camera with an f/1.7 aperture and smart OIS feature, as well as a 5-megapixel front camera with f/1.7 aperture.The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge has a IP68 rating for dust and water resistance. It packs a 3600mAh battery.


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Lava on Friday launched its 4G-enabled tablet in India, the IvoryS 4G, priced at Rs. 8,799. Apart from 4G connectivity (with support for both Indian LTE bands), the highlight of the voice-calling tablet is its dual-SIM support. The tablet will be available through both offline and online channels.



The Android 5.1 Lollipop-based Lava IvoryS 4G bears a 7-inch HD (1280×800 pixels) IPS display, and is powered by a 1GHz quad-core Cortex-A53 CPU coupled with 1GB of DDR3 RAM. It comes with a 5-megapixel rear autofocus camera with LED flash and 1080p video recording, apart from a 3.2-megapixel front-facing camera.

The Lava IvoryS 4G bears 16GB of inbuilt storage that is expandable via microSD card (up to 32GB). It is powered by a 3000mAh battery. The dual-SIM card slots support 4G connectivity on one slot, and 3G+2G on the second slot.

Commenting on the launch, Raman Sharma, VP and Head of Tablets and IT, Lava International said, “As per industry reports, India will have over 300 million 3G and 4G subscribers by 2018. With our vision to empower people to do more and be more, we are committed to drive the 4G adoption in India. As one of the leading players in the tablet category, our endeavour is to provide world-class technology accessible to all and IvoryS 4G is a step further in that direction. In a burgeoning tablet industry, tactical differentiators are passe – it is all about discovering and experiencing the difference. And, our reliable products are testimony to that, which further gets reinforced by IvoryS 4G.”


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Microsoft announced Wednesday it would let go up to 1,850 employees and a Finnish union called it the end of the company’s smartphone manufacturing business, bought from Finnish telecom equipment maker Nokia.



“Microsoft Corp. on Wednesday announced plans to streamline the company’s smartphone hardware business, which will impact up to 1,850 jobs,” it said in a statement, adding 1,350 of those jobs would be eliminated in Finland where its smartphones have been designed. The other 500 jobs will be cut “globally”.

Microsoft’s chief shop steward in Finland, Kalle Kiili, told AFP the decision means Microsoft will no longer design or manufacture phones.

Microsoft “will not be manufacturing (phone) devices, at least for the time being. It will do software, however,” Kiili said.

Microsoft said the move would result in “an impairment and restructuring charge of approximately $950 million” (EUR 852.6 million or roughly Rs. 6,398 crores) for the company.

The decision means Microsoft scraps what was left in Finland of Nokia’s former glory as the world’s former top mobile phone maker.

Nokia was the world’s leading mobile phone maker from 1998 until 2011 when it bet on Microsoft’s Windows mobile platform which proved to be a flop.

The Finnish company sold its unprofitable handset unit in 2014 for some $7.2 billion (roughly Rs. 48,493 crores) to Microsoft, which is closing the entire unit.

Nearly 2.4 million Windows Phones were sold in the latest quarter, around 0.7 percent market share overall. That’s a decrease from the 2.5 percent market share of Windows Phone during the first quarter of 2015, according to the US-based analyst group, Gartner Inc.

A week ago Microsoft announced the sale of its feature phone business for $350 million (EUR 310.5 million) to a new Finnish company HMD Global and its Taiwanese partner, FIH Mobile of Foxconn Technology Group, which will jointly begin manufacturing handsets and tablets under the Nokia brand again.

Microsoft had called up all its employees in Finland to hear the news which Kiili said left the crowd “silent”.

“We had rumours that something would happen but not that everything would go,” he described.

Employees at Microsoft Oy, a separate Microsoft sales subsidiary based in Espoo, Finland, would not be affected by the job cuts.

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Microsoft India on Wednesday sent out media invites for an event it is holding in New Delhi on Monday. The event, titled ‘Tech for Good, Ideas for India’, is said to be “a conversation with young achievers, students, developers, and entrepreneurs.”



The event’s keynote address will be delivered by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, while Jayant Sinha, the Minister of State for Finance, will also be in attendance.

The Microsoft CEO’s visit follows a whirlwind tour of India by Apple CEO Tim Cook, who visited a temple, dined with Bollywood celebrities, and saw an IPL match apart from inaugurating the company’s Maps development centre in Hyderabad, announcing a development accelerator in Bengaluru, meeting app developers, and the discussing Apple’s plans with the Indian Prime Minister.

Microsoft was in the news on Wednesday for its decision to further streamline its smartphone business. In a press statement, the company confirmed it would be cutting 1,850 jobs, most of them in Finland, and write down $950 million (roughly Rs. 6,403 crores) from the operation.

The Redmond giant also said it would close down its research and development site in Tampere, Finland, but continue to develop Windows 10 Mobile platform and support its Lumia smartphones. The company declined to say whether it would develop new phones.

“We are focusing our phone efforts where we have differentiation,” said chief executive Satya Nadella in a statement, “We will continue to innovate across devices and on our cloud services across all mobile platforms.”

Earlier this month, Microsoft divested its entry-level feature phones business for $350 million (roughly Rs. 2,359 crores).


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Instant messaging app WhatsApp is the most popular messaging app all over the world and is used in 109 countries, or 55.6 percent of the world, a new report said on Wednesday.



The countries include India, Brazil, Mexico, Russia and many other countries in South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Oceania.

WhatsApp currently has over one billion monthly active users. In India, over 70 million people use the messaging service.

Of the 187 countries that SimilarWeb – a Britain-based information technology company – examined, WhatsApp was the world leader claiming 109 countries.

“Facebook’s Messenger app came in second overall, claiming 49 countries including Australia, Canada and the US. After Messenger, Viber was the only other messaging app to claim 10 or more countries,” the report said.

Viber has strong popularity in Eastern Europe and is the top app in Belarus, Moldova, Ukraine, among others, and as of April 2016, Viber was installed on 65 percent of all Android devices in Ukraine.

Line, WeChat, and Telegram are three other messaging apps claiming multiple countries with China, Iran and Japan representing countries using one of these apps.

The report also said that BlackBerry’s BBM is still used by the masses in at least one country in the world: Indonesia.

“As of April 2016, the app was installed on 87.5 percent of all Android devices in the country, far surpassing any other country in terms of BBM use,” the report noted.

In the US, only 0.42 percent of Androids had the BBM app, with Australia and Britain showing slightly higher use.


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Xiaomi, as expected, on Wednesday unveiled its first drone – a quadcopter called the Mi Drone. Similar like other Mi devices, Xiaomi has worked with Flymi, a China-based company, on the development of the drone.



The new Mi Drone – equipped with a camera – will be available in two variants, an affordable variant that can shoot 1080p video priced at CNY 2,499 (roughly Rs. 26,000), and one that can shoot video in 4K that has been priced slightly higher at CNY 2,999 (roughly Rs. 31,000).

The company has announced that the Mi Drone (1080p version) will be crowdfunded on the Mi Home app starting Thursday, while the Mi Drone (4K version) will be available for testing via an open beta programme beginning late July. At this price point, Xiaomi’s first Mi Drone is much cheaper than some of its competitors in the drone segment such as DJI, one of the most popular drone makers.

The Mi Drone packs a 4-propeller system with detachable shields and is backed by a 5100mAh battery at 17.4V which is claimed to offer 27 minutes of non-stop flying. The 1080p as well as 4K versions offer up to 104 degree wide-angle lens. The 4K camera records at 3840×2160 pixels and supports recording of stills in RAW format.

Xiaomi says that the drone packs camera attached to a 3-axis gimbal which stabilises up to 2,000 vibrations per second. The device includes GPS and Glonass. The Mi Drone also comes with Autopilot option that allows it for automatic take-off and landing, waypoint flight path planning, tap to fly on map, circle an object on the ground. The device intelligently detects low battery and returns home automatically. The drone also does real-time location tracking for retrieval of the device even post-crash scenario.

The company boasts that the Mi Drone can hover automatically at the edge of no-fly zones. The remote control comes with built-in PCB antenna array for maximum reach. The PCB antenna amplifies the signal of the Mi Drone and it can be controlled up to 2 kilometres. The Mi Drone sports modular design and foldable landing gear.

One of the highlights of the Mi Drone is it returns back to the user automatically if disconnected from the remote. Users can trace and monitor the battery of Mi Drone from the attached phone screen of the remote. In case of low battery in Mi Drone, there is warning alarm on the phone screen.

During the launch live stream, CEO and Founder Lei Jun showed how easy it is to carry the Mi Drone. The module design makes it easy to disassemble and assemble, according to Xiaomi.


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In a new development, Motorola has registered the Moto Z trademark with the US Patent and Trademarks Office (USPTO). The Lenovo-owned company was already expected to ditch the Moto X brand and replace it with Moto Z.



We first heard the demise of Moto X from noted tipster Evan Blass aka evleaks. Now, the Moto Z trademark has been approved by the USPTO (via Droid Life), pretty much cementing the demise of Moto X. The name was trademarked for use on “mobile phones, smartphones and accessories therefore, namely battery chargers and adapters.” The company was already reported to be looking to launch two smartphones under the new ‘Z’ series namely Moto Z, and Moto Z Play.

Motorola certainly managed to grab headlines last week when it released an teaser video for its June 9 launch at Lenovo Tech World, a video that showed a nostalgic look at one of the company’s most popular phones ever – the Moto Razr. This caused a riot of speculation that Motorola would bring back its iconic flip phone in a new avatar. However, the company may just be generating interest in its brand ahead of its official reveal in June, making a play on the letter ‘Z’, or even pointing to the razor-slim nature of one of the two rumoured phones, the Moto Z – supposedly codenamed Vertex Thin.

The Moto Z aka Vector Thin is said to feature a 5.5-inch QHD display, a Snapdragon 820 processor, 3GB or 4GB of RAM, 16-megapixel rear camera, 32GB of inbuilt storage, and 2600mAh battery. Meanwhile, the Moto Z Play aka Vertex is expected to sport a 5.5-inch full-HD display, a Snapdragon 625 SoC, 2GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel rear camera, 16GB and 32GB storage variants, and pack a 3500mAh battery.

Motorola is reportedly also introducing its MotoMods aka Amps module lineup alongside the two smartphones. The Moto Z and Moto Z Play will have 16-pin connectors at the back to attach modular backplates. These backplates aka MotoMods bring various utilities like – optical zoom, stereo speakers, wide angle lens, battery pack, and even a pico projector.

A leaked invite for the June 9 event has also surfaced on the Web. For now, the June 9 event official will see the launch of the “world’s first consumer Project Tango-enabled smartphone in partnership with Google.” The company in its press release had also hinted at new products from Motorola, saying – “Lenovo will also announce new mobile technology designed by Motorola that will dramatically change the way people think about and use their most personal devices – in a snap.”


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Twitter announced Tuesday it was easing its 140-character limit for tweets, allowing users to add links, attachments and some other features within the short messages.



The move comes as Twitter’s efforts to increase its user base and engagement have been sputtering, raising questions about its growth trend.

“Over the past decade, the tweet has evolved from a simple 140-character text message to a rich canvas for creative expression featuring photos, videos, hashtags, Vines, and more,” said Twitter product manager Todd Sherman in a statement.

“So, you can already do a lot in a tweet, but we want you to be able to do even more. In the coming months we’ll make changes to simplify tweets including what counts toward your 140 characters.”

Sherman said names in replies, and media attachments such as photos, videos, and polls will no longer be counted toward the character limit.

He added that updates would be implemented “over the coming months” and that developer partners would be given the tools to enable the change on sites that use Twitter.

Relaxing the 140-character limit, which was set due to mobile phone text messaging constraints in place when Twitter launched in 2006, is expected to encourage more use and sharing of pictures, videos and links.

Sherman said a few other tweaks were being made to how Twitter works.

One new feature will enable users to retweet or “quote” their own messages “when you want to share a new reflection or feel like a really good one went unnoticed.”

Twitter will also broadcast the “reply” tweet to all a user’s followers. This will eliminate the need for a sometimes misunderstood technique in which users had to add a character to a reply to allow it to be viewed broadly.

Twitter last month released a quarterly update that showed little change in its user base. In a key metric in the fast-evolving social media world, Twitter’s trend was flat.

The number of monthly active users was 310 million, up three percent from a year ago and only slightly higher than the 305 million in the previous quarter.


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