Archive for January, 2017



Swipe has introduced its new Elite Power smartphone in India. The latest Swipe Elite Power is now listed on e-commerce website Flipkart and will be going on sale from Tuesday. Unfortunately, the pricing of the smartphone has not been revealed as of now. Interested consumers can sign up on Flipkart to get notified when the Swipe Elite Power goes on sale.

The Swipe Elite Power packs a 4000mAh battery which is the highlight of the smartphone. The online listing confirms that the smartphone sports an all-metal body and supports 4G with VoLTE. It features a 5.5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) IPS display and runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow out-of-the-box.

It is powered by a 1.1GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 (MSM8909) processor coupled with 2GB of RAM. It packs 16GB of inbuilt storage and supports expandable storage via microSD card (up to 32GB). The online listing reveals that the Swipe Elite Power comes with hybrid-SIM slot and supports a Micro-SIM and Nano-SIM.

The smartphone sports an 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash while there is a 5-megapixel front camera on-board as well. The Elite Power also sports a fingerprint scanner at the back panel. It measures 156.5x77x8.8mm and will be available in Space Grey colour.

Swipe Telecom earlier this month launched the Konnect Grand in India at Rs. 2,799. The phone runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow and was available exclusively via ShopClues in Black colour. Other specifications of the Swipe Konnect Grand include a 5-inch FWVGA (480×854 pixels) display; a 1.2GHz quad-core processor; 1GB of RAM; 5-megapixel rear camera with flash, and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera.

 

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After the first live photo leak of the Samsung Galaxy S8, accompanied by its full specification reveal, there’s very little that is not known about the device. As the launch date draws near, leaks are picking up pace, and the latest one comes in the form of a concept render – the first one of the upcoming flagship.

The render has been made by Twitter user Benjamin Geskin who claims to make ‘realistic renders based on rumours and leaks’. It’s important to reiterate that this image is not the official one, and is just inspired from the hordes of leaks of the Samsung Galaxy S8. The image shows the hardware Bixby button on the right edge, and the volume and power buttons on the left edge. The back has the fingerprint scanner and the camera sensor sitting side by side, and the Samsung logo is at the back as well.

The front is occupied mostly by the large dual-edge curved display. There is no Home Button or navigation buttons seen at the bottom. The top chin of the display has sensors positioned slightly different than what was seen on the panels leaked earlier. The Galaxy S8 is tipped to come with an iris scanner in the front as well.

The smartphone is tipped to launch on March 29 at an Unpacked event in New York, and go on sale on April 21. The Samsung Galaxy S8 is expected to be priced at EUR 100 (roughly Rs. 7,300) more than its predecessors – 5.8-inch model tipped to be priced at EUR 799 (roughly Rs. 58,100) and the 6.2-inch Galaxy S8 Plus model tipped to be priced at EUR 899 (roughly Rs. 65,400).

Past rumours indicate that the Samsung Galaxy S8 variants will run on the latest Snapdragon 835 processor (or a 10nm in-house processor depending on regions) paired with 4GB RAM, and offer 64GB of inbuilt storage that’s expandable via microSD card (up to 256GB). Galaxy S8’s front camera sensor will be at 8-megapixel, the rear camera at 12-megapixel, with both maintaining the f/1.7 aperture of their predecessors. The battery capacity will be 3000mAh and 3500mAh for the two variants, but will come with other optimisations to improve on overall usage time.

 

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ZTE has sent out invites for the launch of a new smartphone in India this week. The event will happen on Friday, February 3, and will be the first smartphone to launch this year from the company. Judging from the teaser image attached with the invite, ZTE is expected to launch the Blade A2 Plus smartphone in the country.

The ZTE Blade A2 Plus was launched in China last year. The teaser, also posted on Twitter by ZTE India CMO Sachin Batra, just shows the device’s half-back revealing the square shaped camera, flash and fingerprint scanner, sitting one below the other vertically. A separate tweet touts the smartphone’s battery performance. This is similar to what is seen on the Blade A2 Plus sparking speculations. The big highlight if the device is its massive 4900mAh battery that supports fast charging.

The ZTE Blade A2 Plus sports a 5.5-inch (1080×1920 pixels full-HD display, and it is powered by the 64-bit MediaTek MT6750T octa-core processor paired 3GB or 4GB of RAM and Mali T860 GPU. The inbuilt storage is at 32GB with the option to expand further (up to 128GB via the microSD card).

As for optics, the ZTE Blade A2 Plus sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with PDAF, dual-LED flash. At the front, there is an 8-megapixel sensor with LED flash as well. The hybrid dual-SIM (Nano + Nano) device runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based Mifavor 3.5 OS. Connectivity options include Bluetooth v4.0, GPS, 4G LTE, and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n. Lastly, the ZTE Blade A2 Plus weighs 189 grams, and sports dimensions of 155×76.2×9.8mm.

In China, the ZTE Blade A2 Plus comes in Gold and Silver colour options. The 3GB variant was priced at CNY 1499 (roughly Rs. 15,000) and the 4GB variant was priced at CNY 1,699 (roughly Rs. 17000) respectively. It remains to be seen what configurations and colours make its way to India. All of that, and the pricing, will be unveiled on Friday.

 

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Vodafone said on Monday it was in talks to merge its Indian operations with rival Idea Cellular in an all-share deal that would create a new market leader better able to cope with the brutal price war convulsing the industry.

India’s three leading mobile operators, Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Idea, have all been hammered by the arrival of Jio Infocomm, a new operator owned by the billionaire Mukesh Ambani which has shaken up the market by offering free voice and data to customers.

Vodafone confirmed growing media speculation that it was in talks with Idea’s parent, conglomerate Aditya Birla, over a deal that would result in Idea issuing new shares to Vodafone.

Vodafone’s stock jumped 3 percent after it said a deal would enable it to deconsolidate the asset, or take it off its books, and receive a dividend from the combined group.

Bharti and other local rivals, including Vodafone’s India unit, have slashed prepaid tariffs and unveiled cheaper data plans to compete against Jio.

But analysts warn that the strategy will extract a cost, with Vodafone forced into a $5 billion writedown of its India business last year because of competition in the country.

Vodafone has been looking to spin off its Indian business but said on November 15 it would wait for market conditions to stabilize before listing Vodafone India’s shares.

 
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Alongside the iOS 10.3 beta 1, macOS Sierra 10.12.4 beta 1 has also been released for Mac developers. This arrives a day after the commercial release of macOS Sierra 10.2.3 that bought along mainly bug fixes and improvements.

macOS Sierra 10.12.4 beta 1 introduces the much needed ‘Night Shift’ feature to encourage users to snooze a bit more. This feature works just like f.lux, and automatically shifts your display colour to the warmer end of the spectrum as night falls. This is done to put less strain on the eyes, and encourages shut-eye time. The yellow tinge in Night Shift mode is essentially light that’s devoid of the blue wavelengths that tend to keep people surfing the Web more, cause strain on the eyes, and prevent sleep. The Night Shift mode makes the screen warm-orangey automatically, putting less strain on the eye, and reminding the user to take some time off from the screen.

Furthermore, just like the iOS 10.3 beta, it also brings Siri support for checking cricket scores, schedules, and player rosters from the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the International Cricket Council (ICC). The digital assistant will give you real-time ball-by-ball update of IPL and ICC cricket games, a handy feature for all cricket fans in the country and across the world. iOS 10.3 beta version also brings support for AirPods in Find My iPhone, improved Spotlight search, transition to the new APFS file system, new API to give the developers the ability to ask reviews from customers, and a revamped Settings app.

 
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Intex on Wednesday unveiled the successor to the Cloud Q11 smartphone, the Cloud Q11 4G, in India. Priced at Rs. 6,190, the new Intex Cloud Q11 4G will be available exclusively via Amazon India – same as its predecessor.

Intex is promoting the new in-house VAS feature, LFTY, which will come preloaded on the Cloud Q11 4G. The company is also touting artificial intelligence experience on the Cloud Q11 4G for online shopping on the handset.

The dual-SIM Intex Cloud Q11 4G runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and features a 5.5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) IPS display with a pixel density of 269ppi. The new Intex smartphone is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6737V processor, coupled with 1GB of RAM. Sporting an 8-megapixel rear autofocus camera with dual-LED flash, the Intex Cloud Q11 also sports a 5-megapixel front-facing camera with an LED flash. It bears 8GB of built-in storage that is expandable via microSD card (up to 32GB). Connectivity options include 3G (HSPA+), Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, Micro-USB 2.0, GPS/ A-GPS, 4G with VoLTE, and a 3.5mm audio jack.
Measuring 153×77.5×10.3mm, the Intex Cloud Q11 4G is backed by a 2800mAh battery. It weighs 176 grams and bears an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, and proximity sensor. Amazon India has listed the Intex Cloud Q11 4G in Champagne colour. To recall, the Intex Cloud Q11 was launched last year in September priced at Rs. 4,699.

Earlier this week, Intex introduced its new budget Cloud Style 4G smartphone in India. Priced at Rs. 5,799, the new Intex Cloud Style 4G was listed on the company’s site.

 
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Apple Inc on Wednesday indicated to the government that it is ready with a blueprint to begin manufacturing iPhones in India, but wants fiscal concessions, including Customs duty waiver on import of components.

Apple executives made a detailed presentation on its road map for setting up a manufacturing unit in India to an inter-ministerial group headed by Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion Secretary Ramesh Abhishek, sources privy to the development said.

The presentation was made by senior executives of the company, including Global Vice-President (iPhone operations) Priya Balasubramanian. It cited the country’s business friendly ecosystem for keenness to start local manufacturing.

With sales tapering in the US and China, Apple is eyeing India – the fastest growing smartphone market in the world – and looking to set up a local manufacturing unit to cut costs.

It, however, does not manufacture devices on its own and rather does it through contract manufacturers.

Besides exemption from the Customs duty on imports of components and equipment for 15 years, Apple wants relaxation in the mandated 30 percent local sourcing of components.

When contacted, Apple spokesperson told PTI: “We have been working hard to develop our operations in India and are proud to deliver the best products and services in the world to our customers here.”

The spokesperson added: “We appreciate the constructive and open dialogue we have had with the government about further expanding our local operations.”

On the duty and tax-related concessions being sought by the company, the sources said most of them are within the policy domain and decisions will be taken by the respective departments.

“They are seeking certain duty exemptions and other concessions. Respective departments will look at those demands,” they added.

The official also said the company has indicated that it would gradually make India a major manufacturing hub for its products.

“The company setting up its manufacturing unit in India is going to be a reality. They have full-fledged plans. There is no policy impediment. They would also bring their supply chains,” the sources divulged.

The company executives on Tuesday called on Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.

In a communication to the government, the Cupertino-based technology major has asked for several tax and other incentives, including long-term duty exemptions, to enter the manufacturing sector in India.

Currently, the government provides support by way of benefits under the Modified Special Incentive Package Scheme (MSIPS) to boost electronic manufacturing.

The company sells its products through Apple-owned retail stores in countries like China, Germany, the US, the UK and France, among others. It has no wholly-owned store in India and sells its products through distributors such as Redington and Ingram Micro.

 
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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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