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Samsung India Launches Limited-Edition Galaxy S8

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Samsung India today announced the launch of its hugely successful flagship, Galaxy S8, in the majestic Burgundy Red colour. Royal and a true statement of class, the Burgundy Red edition shares its attributes and essence with the flagship’s exemplary features.
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The new hue – Burgundy Red – is a definite show stopper. It not only lets consumers make a style statement, but also takes elegance and gorgeousness to an entirely new pedestal.

“Galaxy S8 continues to be a bestseller, even a year after its launch. The limited edition of Galaxy S8 will set our consumers apart from everyone else. The Burgundy Red edition of Galaxy S8 will wow consumers and allow them to express their own personal style,” said Aditya Babbar, General Manager, Samsung India.

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Galaxy S8 builds on Samsung’s heritage of creating stunning designs and meaningful innovations that transform people’s lives. The smartphone redefines the future of style and consumer experience with a stunning bezel-less, dual-edge Infinity Display that provides a truly cinematic viewing experience. The device also comes with Samsung Pay, the mobile payment service with defense-grade security, the best low-light camera and a virtual assistant, Bixby.

The Burgundy Red edition of Galaxy S8 will be offered to consumers at INR 49,990 with an additional Paytm cashback of INR 10, 000 at all leading retail stores.

With the launch of Burgundy Red colour, Galaxy S8 will be available in a rich colour palette, including Midnight Black, Maple Gold, Orchid Gray and Burgundy Red. The Burgundy Red edition of Samsung Galaxy S8 will be available for sale from April 13 onwards.

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iPhone X launch: the five most important things from the Apple keynote

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iPhone X launch: the five most important things from the Apple keynote

 

It’s September, and that means that there are some new iPhones in town.

Specifically, there were three new phones announced today at Apple’s fall event: the high-end iPhone X, which was the star of the show with a new bezel-less design, OLED screen, and 3D face-scanning tech. There’s also the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, the Apple Watch Series 3 (i.e., the Apple Watch Series 2 with LTE), and the Apple TV 4K (a, um, Apple TV with 4K). Oh, and everything is more powerful and faster, too.

Missed something during all the chaos? We’ve got the details below, along with full coverage of Apple’s newest iPhones and products.

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The iPhone X is here

Apple’s new flagship phone is the iPhone X (pronounced “iPhone 10”). As expected from the leaks, there’s an all-new design, featuring what Apple calls a Super Retina display. The new screen is an edge-to-edge 5.8-inch OLED panel with 2436 x 1125 and support for HDR (both Dolby Vision and HDR10).



There’s no home button, with Apple instead using a new 3D scanning system, called Face ID, that unlocks your phone display using facial recognition. There’s also a new A11 Bionic processor that’s more powerful than the previous generation chip, support for wireless charging, and a new animated emoji feature for messaging. The cameras are also upgraded, with dual 12-megapixel rear cameras with dual optical image stabilization, and an improved front camera that supported portrait mode, too. On the battery front, Apple says that the iPhone X will last up to two hours longer than the iPhone 7.

 

Apple also showed off a new AirPower charging mat that can charge your iPhone X, Apple Watch Series 3, and AirPods (with a new charging case) simultaneously, although the charging pad won’t be out until next year.

The iPhone X comes in two colors: space gray and silver. It’ll come in two storage configurations — 64GB for $999, and 256GB for a whopping $1,149. Preorders will start on October 27th, with shipping set to start on November 3rd.

 

 

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OnePlus is giving students a 10 percent discount

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OnePlus is giving students a 10 percent discount on its smartphone


 

If you haven’t upgraded your smartphone before making a return to college, OnePlus is now willing to shave 10 percent off the price of its latest flagship, the OnePlus 5. You’ll have to verify that you’re actually a student to receive the coupon code, but it seems like that’s really all there is to it. Once that step’s done, you can save a bit of money and get yourself a device that very few people on campus will have. Jobs

But it’s worth giving some thought to whether the OnePlus 5 is right for you — even marked down. Earlier this month, the company released a new update for the phone that added (electronic) video stabilization to 4K recordings. So OnePlus is at least working to address some of the shortcomings that the 5 shipped with.

Also, the 10 percent comes off your entire order from the OnePlus web store, so it’s up to you whether to just get a phone by itself or add on some accessories. If you’ve already got a OnePlus handset, I guess you could also use it to save on a spare Dash charger or some cases.



The offer is open in the United States, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Austria, Belgium, Portugal, Poland, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Croatia, and Hungary. You’ll have a month to use your discount code, but students will be able to redeem the deal once each year while enrolled. The full details can

 

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Android 8.0 Oreo Major Features Details

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Android 8.0 officially landed on 21 August, during first total solar eclipse in the US since 1917. The launch was conducted through a livestream. Developers have had access to a preview version of Google’s latest mobile operating system since mid-March, with updated versions releasing in May, June and July. Hints from the code and promotional videos have previously indicated that the operating system could be named Android Oreo or Android Oatmeal Cookie. We now know that Android 8.0 is officially called Oreo.

The Android Oreo presentation at Google I/O revealed a number of new features expected in the latest version of the operating system. New features include icon shapes, dots for notifications, more security options, an autofill fill service, smart text selection, and a picture-in-picture mode. Some of the features were limited to the Pixel phones during the releases of the developer previews. Here is everything that is new in Android Oreo.



User Interface and Experience

Users can now organise notifications into custom channels, and modify the alerts for the entire channel. This can be specifying the sounds if the notification triggers a vibration, and if the notification is allowed to override the do not disturb setting. Developers can specify the importance of notifications, with a weightage from 0 to 4. There are also badges on the applications, known as notification dots that indicate which applications have unread notifications.

Developers can set background colours for notifications, to indicate the nature of the notification. Developers can also create a notification timeout, which is particularly useful for time sensitive alerts. Developers can choose to specify a time period, after which the notification is cancelled if the user does not read it. Users can choose to snooze notifications for a period of time, and the notifications will start appearing after the time period has finished.

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An autofill framework in the operating system makes the repeated filling of forms easy for the user. This can range from sign up information to a new service, or credit card information to make a payment. The feature will prevent frustration and repetitiveness by allowing users to quickly fill in a form. Users will have to opt-in for the Autofill framework, after which new and existing applications can make use of the feature.

A new picture in picture mode, which was initially introduced for Android TV is now available on Android-based smartphones as well. The mode is meant mostly meant for videos, so users can continue operating the device without interruptions even while watching a video. One of the earliest applications to use this new feature, is WhatsApp, which had included a picture in picture mode for video calls in the beta version, meant to be rolled out with the launch of Android Oreo. HR Social..

One of the most interesting changes in the UI is the support for adaptive icons. Original Equipment Manufacturers can specify a look and feel for the UI by choosing between various icon shapes. Different shapes can be used on some models. The feat is achieved by applying masks over a base layer. The supported shapes are Circle, Squircle, Rounded Square and Square. Adaptive icons can be created using Android Studio.

New colour management features allows developers to load bitmaps with an extended colour gamut to take advantage of newer devices with displays that support wider colour gamuts. Android O also allows for multiple displays, with users being able to move activity from one screen to another. An App Category feature allows developers to categorise their applications, which will be clustered together when presented to the user. There is also a new Android TV launcher that allows users to configure which channels they want to see on the homescreen. The developers have the option of publishing multiple channels.

Under the hood

Each application is now allocated a cache budget. When the system is low on resources, the applications that exceed the cache budget the most will be the first to have their cached files deleted. Developers can avoid the penalty by making sure that their applications stay within the limit of the cache allocated to them. Developers can use a special request to indicate that they need cache space for especially large files, in which case, Android will clear the cache to accommodate the request.

Content refreshing is now more streamline experienced, as there is now an easier way for applications to check if they are displaying the latest content on the screen. Developers can also set custom triggers to update the content when it is stale or outdated, even without a specific request from the user. There are now background execution limits, to make sure that the applications running in the background are not hogging up an inordinate amount of system resources. There are improvements in the OS that allow developers to comply with these new background execution limits. Post Your Job



Media playback should be significantly improved for users, as now there is fine-grained control to scrub to a particular frame in a video. The MediaPlayer now also has support for DRM protected material. A VolumeShaper functionality allows developers to integrate support for fade-outs, fade-ins and crossfades. Streaming from the device has been improved with the support for MPEG2_TS. Applications can also now mix multiple audio and video tracks at once, for streaming purposes. This is particularly useful for streaming gameplay videos where users can capture the screen, themselves through the front-facing camera, the audio from a game, and any commentary from the user.

Connectivity and security 

There is now support for Wi-Fi Aware, an energy-efficient way by which supported hardware can discover and chat with each other without a Wi-Fi hotspot or an internet connection. There is also a support for the new Bluetooth Low-Energy (BLE) 5.0 standard.

A smart sharing feature allows the operating system to guess the context of a photo, and pick the best application to hand the image over to. For example, if the photo of a receipt is clicked, an expense tracking application is pulled up, but if a selfie is clicked, an instant messaging client is handed over the image. The phone learns the behaviour of the user over time, to improve the guesses of the smart sharing feature. A smart copy feature enables similar functionality for text, figuring out if an address, phone number or name of an entity is copied, and directing the copied information to the most relevant application. For example, if an address is selected, a floating toolbar suggests applications, including a maps app, into which the selected text can directly be pasted.

There are some new permissions that are available to developers. Applications can be configured to programmatically answer phone calls, which may allow for a new type of applications to use the added functionality. Android has normal and dangerous grades of permissions, for security purposes, and the ability to answer phone calls is classified as a dangerous permission. Browsing on the web has now been made more secure with the integration of the Google Safe Browsing API.

Android Oreo succeeds Android Nougat, which was released in August 2016. As expected, the first phone to get Android 8.0 is the Google Pixel and the Google Pixel XL, on the day of the launch itself. Android Oreo has been confirmed to land on the OnePlus 5, as well as the OnePlus 3 and 3T later this..

 

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Nokia 6 review

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Nokia 6 design, display, interface and performance

Update: The Nokia 6 release date window has been announced, at least for the US. It will launch on July 10 and be sold through Amazon for $179, according to HMD Global. We’re still waiting for the UK release date, but here’s our hands-on Nokia 6 review in the meantime.

Nokia has returned! The once-iconic smartphone brand is back in business thanks to Finnish startup HMD signing a 10-year deal to stick the Nokia name on smartphones and tablets, and the Nokia 6 is the current top dog in its initial lineup of four devices.

Nokia’s trio of new Android smartphones (the fourth is the feature phone 3310 reboot) were launched at MWC 2017 and focus on a premium build, a simple UI and affordable price tags – and early indications are positive as we got to grips with the new Nokia 6.

The phone boasts a 5.5-inch Full HD display, Snapdragon 430 chipset, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, 16MP rear camera, 8MP front camera, fingerprint scanner and a 3,000mAh battery.

 

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Nokia 8 Concept Looks Too Good To Be True

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Nokia 8 Concept Looks Too Good To Be True

Nokia fans, this might be the dream mobile phone you’ve been waiting for. Some of the talented designers have put together a couple of concepts of Nokia 8 which are too good to be true.

As we all know that Nokia Android smartphone, Nokia 6 was announced a few days ago and as expected it was turning to be a huge hit. Well, Nokia 6 is a mid-range device just made a comeback and rumors regarding Nokia 8 started to spread like a fire on the internet.

Well, Nokia 8 will be the high-end smartphone and can be compared directly to iPhone 8 or Samsung Galaxy S8. Some of the talented designers have put together a couple of concepts of Nokia 8 which are too good to be true.

 

The concept video shows that Nokia 8 is of a boxed style and it looks like a USB Type-C connector located on its foot. On the back of the device is a large rounded camera and alongside sits a heart rate monitor. The 3.5mm headphone port is located at the top of a device.

It was just a concept. Therefore, details about the hardware inside the Nokia 8 is yet to be disclosed. However, we can let you know the rumored features of Nokia 8.

Nokia 8 Rumored Specifications:

The phone will be running on Android 7.0 Nougat. Nokia 8 is expected to arrive in two variant Snapdragon 821 processor along with 4GB RAM and Snapdragon 835 processor along with 6GB RAM. It will have the internal memory of 64/128GB that can be expanded up to 256GB with the help of microSD card.

Nokia 8 will have the huge display of 5.7 inches with a resolution of 2560×1440, and it will feature 24MP Rear camera along with the Carl Zeiss optics that will support OIS and Super EIS. While at the front, it will feature 12MP secondary camera along with dual speakers.

So, what do you think about Nokia 8 concept? Share your views in the comment box below.

 

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LG to Supply Apple, Google and Samsung with Foldable Display for Smartphones

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Bendable smartphones might be the future and your next iPhone might feature a flexible screen. If that’s the case, then your iPhones won’t look exactly the same as they did for the past 3 years. This might become a possibility due to the fact that Apple, Google and Microsoft might get folding displays in 2018 from LG Electronics.

According to Korean News site Electronic Times, display maker LG Electronics will supply these aforementioned folding displays as soon as they begin mass production come 2018.

The hype over foldable phones is understandable, considering their huge potential, which allows them t0 dramatically increase your screen size as you remove them from your jean’s pocket and yet at the same time, keep them highly portable. This enlarged screen size would be useful in helping you enlarge text, watch videos more engagingly, see more of your inboxes and even allow app developers more space on their apps to allow for more engaging videos. However, foldable displays aren’t readily available today because these screens still face many challenges, mainly surrounding the fact that they are an engineering nightmare as well as their insanely high cost.

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Samsung files patent for a bizarre folding smartphone

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The design has a “semiautomatic” folding mechanism and flexible display.

 

Samsung has filed a patent with the Korean Intellectural Property Office for a smartphone with a that could be folded in half like a flip phone. The device would also have a secondary screen, presumable on the outside, that’s activated when it’s folded shut, according to the claims. The screen even has a complex “semiautomatic” powered folding action as one of the options. Of course, patents don’t usually lead directly to products, but this one stands out because Samsung is reportedly working on smartphones with bendable OLED screens.

Even if the patent leads nowhere, it’s fun to see what a company’s engineers are dreaming about. For instance, bendable screens once seemed like a silly idea, but Samsung eventually deployed them in its popular curved-screen Galaxy S6 Edge and S7 Edge products. Lenovo is also playing with the idea, and developed a smartphone you can bend around your wrist.

Unlike a split-screen phone or tablet à la Sony’s crazy Tablet P, the device would work with a flexible OLED screen that also folds, either midway or further down. It looks an awful lot like the mockup phone Samsung showed off for its flexible Youm display back in 2013 (see the tacky video, below). A device like that would certainly be fun, but at this point Samsung’s probably just making sure it doesn’t mess up its next Galaxy S8 smartphone release.

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India Smartphone Market Grew 23% Amid Flat Global Annual Growth

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According to the latest research from Counterpoint’s Market Monitor service, the smartphone shipments in India grew a healthy 23% annually in Q1 2016 compared to the global growth, which stalled for the first time ever since smartphones first begun to sell.

Commenting on the findings, Peter Richardson, Research Director at Counterpoint Research highlighting India’s role in contribution to the global smartphone growth, “India which surpassed USA to become the second largest smartphone market in terms of users has continued to register strong demand for smartphones. There is a massive opportunity for every player in the mobile value chain when the second largest market by volume is still under penetrated and growing, while the rest of the world smartphone demand has waned. India is the next China.

To provide some color, more than a billion smartphones will be sold in India over the next five years. This will drive the number of smartphone users from quarter of a billion to more than half a billion in the same time period, which will still be just 55% of the total population. Furthermore, the advent of advanced 4G LTE network infrastructure will also be a key catalyst in the country’s smartphone adoption in coming years. The role of players such as Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel will be important to drive this growth by leveraging an ecosystem-level approach.”

Tarun Pathak, Senior Analyst at Counterpoint, commenting on Q1 2016 market and vendor performance, “The Indian smartphone market demand was healthy, as we saw newer brands continued to enter with attractive offerings and aggressive pricing throughout the quarter. The demand for LTE smartphones remained strong as two out of three smartphone shipped was LTE capable. With 4G LTE capability, 5-inch and above screen size is becoming important for Indian consumers as more than 60% of the smartphones shipped were phablets. More real estate in the hand means, smartphone users will do more on their devices from communication, content consumption, commerce to productivity.

Talking about the importance of LTE, the biggest surprise of the quarter was the rise of upcoming LTE operator Jio’s smartphone brand LYF. In the first quarter of its inception, LYF instantly climbed to become one of the top five smartphone brands in India in terms of shipment volumes. Jio with its massive LTE network and scale could be the key player to watch out for as it has already become the second largest LTE phone supplier during the quarter.”

Market Summary:

  • More than 45% of the mobile phones shipped were smartphones.
  • Two out of every three smartphones shipped in India were LTE capable.
  • Samsung led the “Make in India” traction followed by Intex, Micromax and others.
  • More than 60% of the smartphones shipped sported a 5” or larger display.
  • One in Three smartphones shipped was powered by a MediaTek processor, while almost 39% of LTE smartphones were integrated with a Qualcomm processor.

Vendor Summary:

  • Samsung, led the mobile phone and smartphone market capturing more than a fourth holding its position during the quarter of launch of its flagship Galaxy S7/S7 Edge and refresh for its popular J series of smartphones.
  • Domestic brands such as Micromax, Intex and Lava continued to perform well in the local market to compete with onslaught of Chinese brands such as Lenovo, Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo.

Samsung

  • Samsung led the overall mobile phone market and the smartphone segment during the quarter with market shares of 24.9% and 28.8% respectively.
  • Samsung’s J series drove volumes for Korean giant as it ramped up the series by launching multiple SKUs in entry to mid-level segment.
  • With the help of improved design, stronger marketing push and wider distribution channels this Korean giant maintained its leading position despite stiff competition from local and Chinese players.
  • It also led the LTE smartphone segment during the quarter, thanks to the broader refresh of portfolio with LTE capabilities.

 

Micromax

  • Micromax maintained the second position in both overall mobile phone market and the smartphone segment with a market share of 14.2% and 16.6% respectively.
  • Micromax saw 19% increase in mobile phone shipments annually
  • However, it faced intense competition in $50-$100 price segment from other local brands which led to decline in shipments during the quarter.
  • It was the third largest LTE player during the quarter, falling behind the push from Reliance Jio which captured the second slot.
  • Micromax’s Cyanogen based online only brand ‘Yu’ is growing steadily and saw a sequential growth of 8% in first quarter of CY2016 ending this March.

Intex

  • Intex maintained its position in top 3 mobile phone players even though it lost some market share sequentially.
  • The company held 11% of the overall mobile phone market and 10% share in the smartphone segment cementing its number three position in Q1 2016.
  • Intex shipments grew a massive 45% annually in Q1 2016 thanks to expanding distribution, marketing and strength in tier-2 and tier-3 towns
  • Smartphone shipment for the company grew at 24% annually with strong demand sub-$75 smartphone price band which is the key reason for its growth. However, the vendor needs to scale portfolio and drive volumes in mid smartphone segment to capture the growing number of upgrades.

Others:

  • Lava maintained the fourth spot in the overall mobile phone market with 9% market share but lost its spot in top 5 smartphone players in the quarter to Lenovo (including Motorola) and Reliance’s Lyf brand.
  • Lenovo including Motorola slipped to fourth position in smartphone segment, with a combined share of 8%. The dip was mostly due to aggressive competition in $150 price segment especially from new launches like Redmi Note 3 and Le1S.
  • Lenovo was also the fourth largest LTE player during the quarter.
  • A surprise in the quarter was the rise of Reliance Jio’s Lyf brand in first quarter of its inception, to top 5 position in the smartphone segment capturing 7% market share. This is the level of scale Jio is targeting once it switches on its LTE network later this year. We estimate, this quarter strong shipment was more of channel filling, the actual sell-through will happen in Q2 2016 as the operator starts full-fledged marketing and promotional activity.
  • Lyf also instantly jumped to become the second largest LTE phone supplier surpassing Micromax & Lenovo during Q1’16.
  • India smartphone market continues to attract new smartphones players. The entry of LeEco and subsequent positive response from the end users have lowered the barriers to entry in competitive Indian smartphone market.
  • Meanwhile, Apple recorded a stellar 62% annual growth in the first quarter, though on a lower base, thus registering back-to-back sequential growth in spite of negative growth results globally for iPhones
  • Apple’s iPhone SE saw a lukewarm response in the Indian market as exorbitantly high pricing seized to appeal the consumers.
  • Microsoft further lost its market share in the smartphone segment with shipments now accounting for less than half a percent in Q1 2016 as it undergoes a strategy change limiting prospects for its own-branded phones.
  • Meanwhile, the other brands which grew significantly during the quarter were the Chinese brands, Vivo (+759% YoY), OPPO (+183% YoY), Xiaomi (+35% YoY).
  • Chinese brands all together captured 21% share of total smartphone shipments in Q1 2016.

 

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Samsung Z2 press images surface ahead of India launch

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Samsung is all set to launch Z2, its next budget Tizen OS smartphone in India tomorrow. Now the press shots of the smartphone has surfaced online. It shows a family design similar to other Samsung smartphones with 4G and Samsung branding on the back. It also has Samsung’s signature home button along with capacitive touch buttons.

The phone is said to come with new Money Transfer app and also its latest S Bike Mode that is available on most other budget Galaxy smartphones.

Samsung Z2 rumored specifications

  • 4-inch (800 × 480 pixels) WVGA AMOLED display
  • 1.5 GHz quad-core processor
  • 1GB RAM, 8GB internal memory, expandable memory with microSD
  • Tizen OS 2.4
  • Dual SIM
  • 8MP rear camera with LED Flash
  • VGA front-facing camera
  • 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS
  • 1500mAh battery

The Samsung Z2 is rumored to be priced at Rs. 4,499 and could be Samsung’s most affordable 4G smartphone. We should know all the details about the phone when it launches tomorrow.

 

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