Archive for January, 2017

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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Nokia 6, the first Nokia Android phone by HMD Global, was launched on Sunday in China. While only the black colour variant of the smartphone was launched officially, a Nokia 6 Silver colour option has shown up on Chinese certification website TENAA. This suggests that nother Nokia 6 variant may be on the way, though whether this model will be headed to international markets is still under question.

Another notable point revealed by the Nokia 6 Silver variant’s TENAA listing is that the new Nokia Android phone carries the codename TA1000, which was earlier spotted passing the 3C certification, which was earlier touted as Nokia E1 smartphone, as per a report by NokiaPowerUser.

The Nokia 6 smartphone, which was launched exclusively for China, runs Android 7.0 Nougat. The phone packs a 5.5-inch full-HD display enveloped in 2.5D Gorilla Glass. Nokia 6 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 SoC alongside 4GB of RAM and 64GB of inbuilt storage. The dual-SIM smartphone houses a 3000mAh non-removable battery.

In terms of optics, the Nokia 6 smartphone features a 16-megapixel rear camera with dual-tone flash and phase detection auto focus. At the front, the Nokia 6 comes with an 8-megapixel f/2.0 camera for selfies. The smartphone also makes use Dolby Atmos technology and ‘dual amplifiers’ for louder sound. Nokia 6 features a fingerprint scanner that is embedded right into its home button.

The Nokia 6 has been priced at 1,699 CNY (roughly Rs. 16,750) and will be made available “in early 2017”.

Recent reports suggested that HMD Global might be working on its own text- and voice-based virtual assistant named ‘Viki’ for its Nokia Android phones. HMD Global recently filed for a trademark in the European Union for the name ‘Viki’, which appears to be a digital assistant from the description.

HMD Global has said that it has no plans of launching the smartphones for regions other than China but says “Nokia 6 marks the first step for the Nokia brand into Android smartphones with more to come in H1 2017.”


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The Lenovo P2 smartphone with 5100mAh battery was launched in India on Wednesday by the Chinese company. The new Lenovo P2 smartphone has been launched in two memory variants – 3GB RAM at Rs. 16,999 and 4GB RAM at Rs. 17,999. The smartphone will be exclusively available on Flipkart from Wednesday midnight in Champagne Gold and Graphite Grey colour variants. Lenovo P2 launch day offers in India include an exchange offer of up to Rs. 2,000 when exchanging an old smartphone, and 10 percent discount on SBI credit cards.

The highlight of Lenovo P2 is its 5100mAh battery, which the company claims can provide up to 3 days of battery life, or over 18 hours of continuous video playback. Lenovo P2 also sports a fast charging feature that is claimed to be almost 30 percent faster than Quick Charge 3.0 – 15 minutes of charging can provide 10 hours of normal usage, Lenovo says. The new Lenovo P2 smartphone can be used a power bank for other devices as well.

Lenovo P2 bears a fingerprint sensor on the home button. The company also talked about the smartphone’s Dual Apps mode that allows apps to be used with two different accounts on the same device.
The dual-SIM (Nano-SIM) Lenovo P2 runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow out-of-the-box, and sports a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) Super AMOLED display with 2.5D Gorilla Glass. It is powered by a 2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 MSM8953 processor, coupled with either 3GB or 4GB of LPDDR3 RAM. Lenovo P2 bears a 13-megapixel rear camera with a Sony IMX258 sensor and a 5-megapixel front camera.

The metal unibody Lenovo P2 packs 32GB inbuilt storage with expandability via microSD card (up to 128GB). Connectivity options of Lenovo P2 include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v4.1, and FM radio. It measures in at 153x76x8.2mm.


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Samsung’s 2016 flagship smartphone Galaxy S7 may soon start receiving Android Nougat update, if a new leaked screenshot is to be believed. The Nougat update is expected to arrive on the European Samsung Galaxy S7 models from next week.

According to a leaked screenshot shared by The Android Soul, the Samsung Galaxy S7 with model number SM-G935F will start receiving the update from January 17. The company has already confirmed that the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge will be updated directly to Android 7.1.1 Nougat in January, and will not receive Android 7.0. We can expect the final Nougat update to also arrive to the Galaxy S7 Edge considering that Samsung few months back rolled out its Galaxy Beta Program for both the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge users to test Android 7.0 Nougat on their devices. Unfortunately, the Beta program was only available for users residing in the US, UK, and Samsung’s homeland South Korea, alongside China.

To recall, Google started rolling out the final Android 7.1.1 Nougat update for Nexus and Pixel devices last month. The new Android 7.1.1 update also included the company’s monthly security update for December. The Android 7.1.1 Nougat update brought new emojis that reflect gender equality. Apart from emojis, Google also added support for GIF images directly from keyboard on supported apps. Some of the apps that support GIF images include Google Allo, Google Messenger, and Hangouts. The Android 7.1.1 Nougat update also brought app shortcuts directly from home screen. Users can launch actions on any apps by simply long pressing the app icon.


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