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Following a quiet launch of the Aqua Selfie earlier this week, Intex on Thursday unveiled another budget smartphone in its Aqua series, the Aqua Lions 3, which has been priced at Rs. 6,499. The smartphone highlights 4G VoLTE support, Android 7.0 Nougat, and SwiftKey integration that, among other things, brings multilingual support baked right into the keyboard. The Intex Aqua Lions 3 will be available via offline channels in Champagne and Black colour options.

The Intex Aqua Lions 3 runs on Android 7.0 Nougat and sports a 5-inch HD IPS display with 2.5D curved DragonTrail glass on top. It is powered by a 1.25GHz quad-core processor coupled with 2GB of RAM. You get an inbuilt storage of 16GB, which is expandable via a microSD card (up to 128GB).

Both the front and back cameras on the Aqua Lions 3 feature an 8-megapixel sensor along with LED flash for better low-light pictures. The handset packs a 4000mAh battery, measures 139.6×68.8×9.4mm, and weighs 162 grams. Connectivity options on board include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 4G VoLTE and OTG support, among other things.

One of the focal points during the launch event in New Delhi on Thursday was Intex’s partnership with SwiftKey. With this, the Aqua Lions 3 gets a new SwiftKey app pre-loaded, which offers multilingual support with the ability to type in different Indian languages simultaneously via the keyboard to provide an enhanced keyboard experience. SwiftKey India’s Country Head, Sarabjeet Singh, at the launch said, “With SwiftKey’s three adaptive ways to type Indian languages, every Indian user can communicate easily. We’re excited to make this available to Intex customers.”

Additionally, the Index Aqua Lions 3 also comes pre-loaded with services like QR Code, Xender app that allows you to transfer your contacts, photos, SMS and other details from your old phone to the Aqua Lions 3. It also comes with music streaming and video streaming apps like Gaana and Amazon Prime Video pre-loaded.

“With Aqua Lions 3 smartphone, we are not only providing the best specs, but also with SwiftKey keyboard integration enabling Intex’s diverse consumers from different parts of the country the freedom and joy to express themselves in their mother tongue. Intex has always designed products keeping in mind consumers’ needs and demands and Aqua Lions 3 model will surely be a delight,” Ishita Bansal, Product Head – Mobiles, Intex Technologies said.

 

 

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Google on Thursday rolled out its Expeditions app with a new solo mode for all users.

“Using this mode, they can explore over 600 different tours on their own. All that users need to do is download the Expeditions app (available on both Android and iOS), drop their phone into Google Cardboard and get ready for an adventure!” the company said in a statement.

For the past two years, the app was available only for teachers as a tool to extend learning inside the classroom, helping students to gain exposure to new career paths and learn about various social impact initiatives happening around the globe.

With the new update, users can either take these tours as an explorer or a guide.

As an ‘Explorer’, users can experience the tour on their own, where they can view more detailed information on various points of interest within the experience.

The ‘Guide Mode’ lets teachers preview a tour before embarking with their students on a virtual journey.

Expeditions also works on Daydream View VR headset-ready phones for more immersive and engaging experience.

 

 

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Nokia 8 is on the top of everyone’s minds now that the Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 release plans are out of the way. Considered the true Nokia flagship after the mid-range budget handsets unveiled so far, the Nokia 8 and its specifications have been leaked multiple times over the past few weeks. Now, press renders of the smartphone have been outed, giving away the Nokia 8 design details with Carl Zeiss optics and dual camera setup. This leak comes a day after a report pegged July 31 as the launch date for the smartphone.

Nokia 8 design

Tipster extraordinaire Evan Blass (aka @evleaks) has posted a press render of the Nokia 8 flagship showing the device from the front and back. A Blue colour variant is seen sporting a metal body and a vertical dual camera setup at the back. The lenses are Zeiss branded, making this the first smartphone to be leaked with this after the announcement of HMD Global and Zeiss partnership earlier this month. @evleaks also leaked the dual camera module separately showing two camera lenses, a flash at the bottom, and an extra hole presumed to be for laser autofocus. However, that’s just speculation and the fourth hole could be for something entirely different.

There’s a Home Button in the front with hardware capacitive keys on either side for navigation. The volume and power keys both are seen situated on the right edge of the device, while the 3.5mm audio jack is seen sitting on the top edge.

Nokia 8 specifications

The Nokia 8 is tipped to run on Android 7.1 Nougat and sport a 5.3-inch QHD display. It is expected to be powered by the Snapdragon 835 processor. Nokia 8 may launch with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage initially, though the rumoured 6GB RAM and 8GB RAM variant may see the light of the day a little bit later. Two 13-megapixel rear lenses from Carl Zeiss are a possibility, and a 13-megapixel front camera is expected as well. The dimensions are tipped to be at 151.55×73.7mm.

Furthermore, the Nokia 8 is largely expected to be priced at EUR 589 (roughly Rs. 43,400). Lastly, at launch, the Nokia 8 will be available in four colour options – Blue, Steel, Gold/Blue, and Gold/Copper.

 

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Xiaomi Redmi 4A flash sale in India will held on Thursday on Amazon India. The Redmi 4A smartphone (Review) will be made available for purchase on the e-commerce site at 12pm IST, and customers do not need to register in advance to buy it. The budget smartphone is available in only one variant (2GB RAM/ 16GB inbuilt storage) in the country, with three colour options – Dark Grey, Gold, and Rose Gold. The Redmi 4A was launched in the country in March, and has since been made available via flash sales.

Xiaomi Redmi 4A price in India
Xiaomi Redmi 4A price in India is Rs. 5,999. As we mentioned, the smartphone is available only in a single RAM/ storage configuration in India – 2GB RAM/ 16GB storage.

Xiaomi Redmi 4A specifications
Featuring a polycarbonate body, the Redmi 4A bears a hybrid dual-SIM card slot, and runs MIUI 8 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The smartphone features a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display, and is powered by a 1.4GHz quad-core Snapdragon 425 SoC coupled with the Adreno 308 GPU and 2GB of RAM.

It sports a 13-megapixel sensor with PDAF, a 5-lens system, an f/2.2 aperture, and is backed by a LED flash. There is a 5-megapixel sensor with an f/2.2 aperture on board as well. The Redmi 4A comes with 16GB of inbuilt storage that is expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB).

The Redmi 4A’s connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS/ A-GPS, and Bluetooth v4.1. Sensors on board the smartphone include accelerometer, ambient light, gyroscope, infrared, and proximity. Dimensions of the new Xiaomi smartphone are 139.5×70.4×8.5mm, and it weighs in at 131.5 grams. Redmi 4A is powered by a 3120mAh battery with fast charging support.

 

 

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Asus ZenFone AR, claimed to be the world’s first smartphone with 8GB of RAM, will be launched in India on Thursday. The company will be live streaming the launch, which kicks off at 2pm IST, and you can catch it right here. To recall, the Taiwanese consumer electronics giant had launched the ZenFone AR at CES 2017.

Apart from the massive amount of RAM it offers, the smartphone’s biggest highlight is support for Google’s Tango augmented reality platform. It also sports a modfied Snapdragon 821 SoC that’s been optimised for Tango performance. To facilitate Tango, the handset also sports a camera arrangement and sensors that allow motion tracking, depth perception, and area learning.

Asus ZenFone AR price
So far, the ZenFone AR has been launched in the company’s home market – Taiwan. The Asus ZenFone AR price is TWD 24,990 (roughly Rs. 53,100) for its 8GB RAM and 128GB storage variant. We can expect the Asus ZenFone AR price in India to be around the same.

Asus ZenFone AR specifications
In terms of specifications, the Asus ZenFone AR runs Android 7.0 Nougat and sports a 5.7-inch QHD (1440×2560 pixels) Super AMOLED display and is powered by a Snapdragon 821 SoC that has been claimed to be customised for Tango by the company. As mentioned earlier, the handset comes with an impressive 8GB of RAM.

In terms of optics, Asus ZenFone AR comes with a 23-megapixel Sony IMX318 module with TriTech+ autofocus system, dual-PDAF, second-gen Laser Focus, and continuous-focus. The rear camera supports 4-axis OIS (optical image stabilisation) as well as 3-axis EIS (electronic image stabilisation) for video recording alongside support for 4K video recording. At front, there is an 8-megapixel camera with an f/2.0 aperture and an 85-degree wide angle lens.

The ZenFone AR comes with up to 256GB of built-in storage, which is further expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB) in a hybrid dual-SIM (Micro+Nano) configuration. It houses a 3300mAh battery and connectivity options offered by the smartphone include USB 2.0 Type-C port, Bluetooth v4.2, and Wi-Fi 802.11ac connectivity.

The Taiwanese company has previously confirmed that the Asus ZenFone AR features vapour cooling system to avoid overheating. We will not have to wait very long for the Asus ZenFone price in India and availability as the launch date is not far away.

 

 

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Nokia 3, the cheapest of the three new Nokia Android phones, will now be available in India with interest free financial schemes. HMD Global has struck a deal with Home Credit to offer prospective Nokia 3 buyers an interest free scheme. Nokia 3, an offline-exclusive Nokia Android phone, went on sale in India few weeks back. It is available in the country at a recommended best buy price of Rs. 9,499, and comes in four colours, namely Matte Black, Silver White, Tempered Blue and Copper White.

Under the new partnership with Home Credit, Nokia 3 will be available to buy with financing schemes that will offer 0 percent interest loans with flexible EMI and down payment options. With the new partnership, Nokia 3 potential buyers can opt for to pay their EMIs in six or seven months.

Commenting on the partnership, Tomas Hrdlicka, Chief Marketing Officer, Home Credit India Finance, said, “This strategic partnership is aimed at enabling customers to have easier access to Nokia phones with hassle free financing options. We are optimistic that our collaboration with HMD will make buying of the new range of mobiles much easier and convenient given our huge network of point of sales across the country.”

Ajey Mehta, Vice President India, HMD Global said, “The consumer is always at the centre of whatever we do. Keeping this in mind, it is our constant endeavour to offer a smooth and convenient ownership experience to our consumers. This led to our partnership with Home Credit to ensure that consumers buying Nokia 3 can avail of ‘interest-free’ financial schemes.”

To refresh on specifications of the Nokia 3, the smartphone is targeted at those who are looking for a premium-looking handset at a budget and features a 5-inch HD display, Android 7.0 Nougat, and 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek 6737 SoC. It comes with 16GB of inbuilt storage, which is expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB). Optics include an 8-megapixel camera on both the front and back. The Nokia 3 packs a 2650mAh battery and measures 143.4×71.4×8.4mm.

 

 

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It seems as though Google’s Android platform is facing its worst time yet as far as malware infestations go. After two malware-related reports in the past week – CopyCat and SpyDealer – there are now reports of another malware, called LeakerLocker, that has the potential to send your personal pictures, messages and browser history to your friends. What’s more, this malware is also reportedly a ransomware that does not encrypt files.

Popular security technology company, McAfee has discovered that the LeakerLocker ransomware can be accidentally downloaded from the Google Play. As of now, It has noted two apps in particular, Wallpapers Blur HD and Booster & Cleaner Pro, that seem to carry the malware. Notably, the ransomware steals the information, creates an unauthorised backup, but does not encrypt them. Instead, it demands “a modest ransom,” failing which the attacker would leak the victim’s private data to their contacts.

McAfee has reported the ransomware to Google. One of the apps, Wallpapers Blur HD, has been downloaded between 5,000 and 10,000 times, and one user has pointed out that the wallpaper app strangely requests permissions such as calls, reading and sending SMS, access to contacts, among other things. The second malicious app, Booster & Cleaner Pro is an easier target as this is the sort of app that requires access to almost everything in your phone to function properly, which users may unwittingly give permission to.

LeakerLocker is the third in a series of malware-related reports this past week. On Monday, it was reported that an Android malware, named SpyDealer, had the ability to steal a user’s personal data from over 40 popular apps that include Facebook, WhatsApp, Skype, Telegram and more. This comes following another report last week of a CopyCat malware that had reportedly affected over 14 million Android devices last year. These cases have started to paint a pretty gloomy picture about the safety of Android OS, but at least we know that Google is taking some active anti-malware measures to help out its users.

For Android users who feel recent malware-related reports are getting too much for Google’s own good, there may a bit of relief in knowing that the tech giant has been reported to be working on an Android ‘panic button’ that would help users exit a potentially malicious app and back to the home screen. There’s no word on when Google will release this feature, but when last reported, it was being tested on Android 7.1 Nougat. It may not be much, but at least we know Google is taking some active measures to fight off compromised apps.

 

 

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While we expected LG Q6 to launch at an event in Poland, the LG on Tuesday went ahead and unveiled three new smartphones LG Q6, LG Q6+, and LG Q6a. The company says that its Q series offers some of the most sought premium features at a competitive price. As these are all variations of the same smartphone, all three models come with the company’s FullVision display, which was introduced with LG G6, and features a taller-than-usual aspect ratio of 18:9.

Despite mentioning the “competitive pricing” part, LG hasn’t announced the pricing for the new handsets but says that the LG Q6 and it’s variants will go on sale in key markets in Asia starting next month. This will be followed by availability in Europe, Latin America, and North America.

Notably, the LG Q6+, LG Q6, and LG Q6a feature exact same design, similar to the LG G6, and will all be made available in Astro Black and Ice Platinum colours. LG Q6+ will additionally be offered in Marine Blue colour while the Q6 will come in Terra Gold and Mystic White colours as well. The LG Q6a will be available in Terra Gold colour variant too. Other differences are in terms of RAM and inbuilt storage.

Coming to the specifications, the LG Q6+, LG Q6, and LG Q6a run Android 7.1.1 Nougat out-of-the-box and sport a 5.5-inch FullVision display with a screen resolution of 1080×2160 pixels. The smartphones are all powered by a Snapdragon 635 processor. However, in terms of memory, the LG Q6+ comes with 4GB of RAM, the Q6 packs 3GB of RAM, and the Q6a features 2GB of RAM.

In terms of optics, all three models come with a 13-megapixel single rear camera, unlike the dual camera setup on the LG G6. At front, the smartphones feature a 5-megapixel camera with wide-angle lens. Moving to the storage, the LG Q6+ has a built-in storage of 64GB while the Q6 and Q6a come with inbuilt storage of 32GB and 16GB respectively.

The connectivity options on the smartphones include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, and USB Type-B 2.0. The LG Q6+, Q6, and Q6a house a battery with 3000mAh capacity. The handsets measure 142.5×69.3×8.1mm and weigh 149 grams each.

“The LG Q6 is a blend of premium features, great performance and attractive pricing, a combination that is extremely important to us as we look at the way consumers are using smartphones around the world,” Juno Cho, president of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company, was quoted as saying in the company’s release.

 

 

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Samsung on Friday launched a new Flipkart exclusive smartphone, the Galaxy On Max. The smartphone’s highlights are the presence of 4GB RAM, a 5.7-inch full-HD display, front flash, large aperture cameras, and support for Samsung Pay Mini, all of which are standout features for a Samsung smartphone at its price. As we mentioned, the Samsung Galaxy On Max will be available via Flipkart, where it is listed as ‘coming soon’. Unfortunately, an exact release date has yet to be provided by either Samsung or Flipkart.

Commenting on the launch, Sandeep Singh Arora, Vice President, Online Business, Samsung India, said, “Today consumers use their smartphones to capture memories. Galaxy On Max is the perfect device for this, enabling users to click brilliant photographs under all light conditions. It also offers the option of sharing pictures on-the-go with a single click. Galaxy On Max will redefine the way people click and share pictures.”

Samsung Galaxy On Max price in India
The Samsung Galaxy On Max price in India is Rs. 16,900, while the smartphone will be available in Black and Gold colour variants in the country. For now, no launch offers have been listed by the company. At its price, the smartphone compares with the Oppo F3, Moto G5 Plus, Oppo F1s, Honor 8, Honor 8 Lite, and even the Samsung Galaxy J7 Max and Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime.

Samsung Galaxy On Max specifications
The dual-SIM Samsung Galaxy On Max runs Android 7.0 Nougat, and sports a 5.7-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display. The smartphone is powered by an octa-core MediaTek MTK P25 SoC (with four cores clocked at 2.39GHz and four cores clocked at 1.69GHz) coupled with 4GB of RAM.

Coming to the cameras on the Samsung Galaxy On – the smartphone bears 13-megapixel sensors and LED flash modules both on the front and back. The front sensor is coupled with a f/1.9 aperture lens, while the rear sensor is coupled with a f/1.7 aperture lens, which the company claims provide great low-light performance.

The smartphone bears 32GB of inbuilt storage that’s expandable via microSD card (up to 256GB). For connectivity options, the smartphone offers 4G VoLTE, alongside Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a 3.5mm audio jack, and a Micro-USB port. It weighs 178 grams and measures 156.6×78.7×8.1mm. It is powered by a 3300mAh battery.

Samsung Galaxy On Max features
The Samsung Galaxy On Max sports a fingerprint sensor on the home button. It also supports Samsung Pay Mini, which was launched in India last month alongside the Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro and Galaxy J7 Max. It supports UPI-based payments and integrates a mobile wallet, but forgoes the NFC and MST-powered offline tap-to-pay features that essentially replace debit and credit cards.

Samsung is also touting the Social Camera Mode on the Samsung Galaxy On Max – the feature is supposed to provide instant sharing options to users, letting them pin their favourite social media contacts for quick sharing. The company says the Social Camera Mode also lets users utilise live stickers.

 

 

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At MWC 2017, HMD Global’s Chief Product Officer, Juho Sarvikas had confirmed to Gadgets 360 that Nokia Android phones will receive timely security and software updates for its smartphones. Keeping that promise, the Nokia 6 is now reportedly receiving the July Android security update via an OTA to all users in Hong Kong and Taiwan. The report came ahead of the July Android security update rollout for Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL smartphones, making it the first smartphone to get this month’s security patch.

The security patch brings a lot of fixes to recent vulnerabilities ensuring your device is not exposed to new flaws and bugs. Nokiapoweruser has shared screenshots from a Nokia 6 smartphone downloading the security patch (above), and the update size is reported to be at 149MB. HMD Global had promised timely updates and software support for up to two years for its Android phones. The company also confirmed that Android O will arrive on Nokia 3, Nokia 5, and Nokia 6 smartphones.

The Nokia 6 has been made available in China, Hong Hong and Taiwan only for now, but is set to arrive in many markets in a month or two. It was supposed to arrive in the UK this month, but got delayed till August 16 due to high demand. In India, the Nokia 6 has been launched at Rs. 14,999. The Nokia 6 registrations for the first sale will start on July 14, but the company has not announced when the smartphone will go on sale.

Nokia 6 specifications
Nokia 6 sports a 5.5-inch full-HD display with a 2.5D Gorilla Glass on top. It is powered by a Snapdragon 430 SoC coupled with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. The dual-SIM Nokia 6 smartphone comes with a 3000mAh non-removable battery with fast-charging support. On the camera front, Nokia 6 comes with a 16-megapixel rear camera with f/2.0 aperture, phase detection autofocus, and dual-tone flash, as well as an 8-megapixel front camera with f/2.0 aperture. The Android 7.0 Nougat smartphone has USB 2.0 port for connectivity, fingerprint sensor in the front, stereo speakers and Dolby Atmos audio enhancement.

 

 

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