Thursday, 14 December 2017

OxygenOS 4.5.15 update for OnePlus 5 brings October security patch and fixes

OnePlus has rolled out a new update to the OnePlus 5 in the form of OxygenOS 4.5.15. Just last month, the OnePlus 5 received its first Android 8.0 Oreo based Open Beta build, but the new update is rolling out for users who are on the stable build.

The latest update brings GPS improvements, October security patch and general bug fixes. It also has fixes for issue related to alarm and Bitmoji. In the former's case, users were not able to set customized alarm ringtone, whereas in the latter's case users were not able to share emoji from Bitmoji. But now both issues are fixed.

Here's the changelog of OxygenOS 4.5.15
GPS improvements
Fixed issue of not able to set customized alarm ringtone
Fixed issue of sharing emoji from Bitmoji
Updated Android security patch to October
General bug fixes

The update weighs at 74MB and is rolling out over the air in phases, so only a small percentage of OnePlus 5 unit will get the update first, followed by a wider roll out in the coming days.

Huawei Enjoy 7s specs and render leaked, to be announced on December 18

China's top smartphone maker Huawei has scheduled an event in home country on December 18 to launch a new phone, the Enjoy 7S. 

Ahead of the official unveiling the specs and design of the Enjoy 7S are no mystery. The phone was certified by TENAA revealing the features of the phone, meanwhile Evan Blass has also shared an official render of the phone, along with the specs.

As seen in the images, the Enjoy 7S will have a modern design, where the screen will take most of the front panel for higher screen-to-body ratio. It also features dual-camera and fingerprint scanner at the back.

In terms of specification, the Enjoy 7S will come with 5.65-inch Full HD+ display with 2160 x 1080p resolution and 18:9 aspect ratio. It will be equipped with octa-core Kirin 659 processor, 3000mAh battery and come in two variants: 3GB/32GB and 4GB/64GB. 

For photography, it gets dual 13MP+2MP cameras at the rear and 8MP front facing camera for selfies. It runs Android Oreo based EMUI and includes support for microSD card, dual-SIMs (via hybrid solt), 4G VoLTE, WiFi and Bluetooth.

According to TENAA, the Enjoy 7S will be offered in Gold, Black and Gold hues. Since TENAA and Blass are reliable source for leaks, these are likely to be the final  specs of the phone. Next week we should know the pricing and availability.

Google Assistant lands on tablet, Android Lollipop 5.0 phones

Google Assistant, the Pixel maker's AI powered voice-assistant was first launched in 2016, and was exclusively available on Pixel phones. However, earlier this year, the support rolled out for all smartphones running Android Marshmallow or later.

Now Google is rolling out Assistant for smartphones running Android 5.0 Lollipop. The support will roll out to users with the language set to English in the US, UK, India, Australia, Canada and Singapore, as well as in Spanish in the US, Mexico and Spain. It’s also rolling out to users in Italy, Japan, Germany, Brazil and Korea.

It looks like Google wants more users to use it voice assistant. If you've been following the Android Distribution stats, the latest report reveals that Lollipop is running on 26.3 percent of active devices out there, and is the second widely used Android mobile operating system. This is likely to be the reason for Google to extend Assistant support to Lollipop.

In addition Assistant will also support tablets as well, given that it runs Android Marshmallow or later version. It will be rolling out over the coming week to users with the language set to English in the U.S.

The Google Assistant is a beefed up version of 'OK Google' voice search/command. You can give voice commands to Assistant to set reminders, perform web search, ask for news or weather updates, control smart home products and more. To bring up Google Assistant, you can either long press the home button or say 'Ok Google' and give the voice commands.

Apart from smartphones and tablets, Google assistant is also available on Android Wear 2.0 watches, Google Allo Chat app and smart speakers. 


Nokia 6, Sony Xperia XZ, Xperia XZs, Xperia XZ Performace pick up December security patch

Sony Mobiles and HMD Global (parent company of Nokia) have been regularly pushing the latest security update for their devices. HMD recently rolled out December security patch for Nokia 3, while Sony also rolled out the December security update to Xperia X and Xperia X Compact. Now more devices are joining the list.

Sony is now rolling out a new update to Xperia XZ, XZs and X Performance. The update carries build number 41.3.A.2.24 and includes November Android security patch. All these phones are running on the latest Android Oreo.

HMD Global on the other hand, has also rolled out December security update for the mid-range Nokia 6. The update arrives as build number 00CN_3_31G and weighs at 111MB. It is currently available for the TA-1000 and TA-1003 models. The phone currently runs on Android 7.1.2 Nougat, and will soon receive Oreo beta.

If you happen to own any of the aforementioned device, you will be notified to download the update and install it, or you can check for it manually, by going to Settings > About phone > System updates. 


Samsung Notebook 9 Pen and Notebook 9 (2018) announced

Samsung has introduced 2018 models of Notebook 9 series and Note 9 Pen laptops featuring 8th-gen Intel Core processor. These will be showcased at CES 2018, Las Vegas.

The Notebook 9 (2018) series include 13-inch and 15-inch laptops boasting thin bezels, and includes 360-degree hinge to offer tablet mode. It is also lightweight at 995g. Both models comes with fingerprint scanner and 75Wh battery. The bigger 15-inch model comes with NVIDIA GeForce MX150 GDDR5 2GB graphic card.

The Notebook 9 (2018) Pen offers the same configuration as Notebook 9 (2018) series, but has 39Wh battery. It also comes with S Pen that can recognize 4096 levels of pressure with a fine 0.7mm tip. When the S-Pen is ejected, the laptop launches S Pen shortcuts, Samsung Notes and Autodesk Sketch book allowing users to take notes or draw immediately.

Samsung said the Notebook 9 (2018) and Notebook 8 Pen will be available in select countries starting with home market Korea this month, followed by US in the first quarter of 2018.

You can check out the specs of each model below. 

Samsung Notebook 9 (2018) 13
13-inch Full HD RealView display
Up to 8th-gen Core i7 processor
Up to 16GB RAM
Up to 1TB PCIe SSD
75Wh battery
Backlit keyboard
720p camera
IR front-facing camera for facial recognition login through Windows Hello
Fingerprint scanner
2 x USB 3.0 ports
USB Type-C
HDMI 3.0 

Samsung Notebook 9 (2018) 15
15-inch Full HD RealView display
Up to 8th-gen Core i7 processor
NVIDIA GeForce MX150 (select models)
Up to 16GB RAM
Up to 1TB PCIe SSD
75Wh battery
Backlit keyboard
720p camera
IR front-facing camera for facial recognition login through Windows Hello
Fingerprint scanner
USB Type-C (or Thunderbolt 3)
2 x USB 3.0 ports
2 x USB 2.0 ports

Samsung Notebook 9 Pen (2018) 13
13-inch Full HD display
Up to 8th-gen Core i7 processor
Up to 16GB RAM
Up to 512GB PCIe SSD
39Wh battery
Backlit keyboard
720p camera
IR front-facing camera for facial recognition login through Windows Hello
Fingerprint scanner
Integrated S-Pen stylus
USB Type-C
USB 3.0

LG will introduce new Gram laptops at CES 2018

LG has announced that it will introduce the next-gen Gram line of laptops at CES 2018, which will be equipped with 8th-gen Intel Core chips. The Gram line up was first introduced back in 2014, and are known for their light-weight design and thin form factor.

The LG Gram 2018 edition includes 13-inch and 14-inch display models that offer Full HD resolution and IPS touchscreen panel with minimal bezels. They are equipped with 8th generation Core i7 and i5 processor and have SSD storage, which offer faster boot times. There's also a secondary SSD storage as well. It will pack 72Wh battery, which promises up to 19 hours of usage time.

LG says that the new gram models are durable enough to use in the most extreme environment. They have carbon magnesium full metal body and have passed seven U.S military MIL-STD 810G durability tests for resistance to impact, pressure and temperature.

Each model will come with backlit keyboard, precision touch pad, fingerprint reader and Thunderbolt 3 ports. They also support DTS Headphone X which provides a multi-channel sound of up to 11.1 channels for rich 1.5W hi-fi surround sound.

The 2018 LG Gram laptop series will be available in the U.S from next month, and will gradually roll out to other markets. Pricing is yet to be announced.

Idea's Rs. 309 plan offers free roaming calls, 1GB data per day for 28 days

Idea Cellular has come out with a new Rs. 309 plan for its prepaid customers that offers voice and data benefits. 

The Rs. 309 plan offers unlimited local and STD calls, free roaming outgoing calls, 100 SMSes per day and 1GB of 3G data per day for 28 days. However, you can get additional 1GB data (only) for the validity period if you recharge the pack from Idea's website or MyIdea app. The additional 1GB data can be used on top of daily 1GB FUP.

Do note that, just like other Idea plans, in the new Rs. 309 plan the free calls are capped at 250 minutes per days and 1000 minutes per week. Once the limit is exhausted, you'll be charged 1 paisa per second. Also, users are not allowed to call more than 100 unique numbers in a week. If you cross the limit the calls will be charged at 1 paisa per second.

Just recently Idea rolled out Rs. 509 prepaid plan that offers 1GB data per day but with longer validity. It comes with 84 days validity and also offers unlimited local and STD calling facility, free-roaming outgoing calls as well as 100 SMSes per day. Idea is also offering 1GB of extra data for 28 days if you recharge via MyIdea app.The additional 1GB data can be used on top of daily 1GB FUP. 


Twitter's threads feature lets you easily link tweets together

After increasing the character count in Tweet from 140 to 280, Twitter is now adding a new feature to its platform, that will make it easier for users to build tweetstorms by linking several tweets together in threads.

For a number of years now, users used to reply to the parent tweet and stitch tweets together to share more information or tell longer story. However, it was difficult to discover previous tweets in a thread and add more information.

Now to make it simpler to thread Tweets together, Twitter has added a plus button to the composer that lets you add new tweet to existing ones, then publish the entire thread in one go. You can also continue to add more tweets to your published thread at any time by clicking “Add another Tweet” button.

Twitter is also adding a "Show this thread" label to make it easier to discover threads.

The update that include the new thread feature will start rolling out to iOS, Android and in the coming weeks. 

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Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Panansonic Eluga I9 with 3GB RAM, selfie flash launched at Rs. 7,499

Panasonic is expanding its budget Eluga line up with the launch of Eluga I9 in India. It has been priced at Rs. 7,499 and will be exclusively on Flipkart starting December 15 in Space Grey, Champagne Gold and Blue colors.

The Eluga I9 features 5-inch HD IPS 2.5D curved glass display and is powered by 1.25GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6737 processor further aided by Mali T720 GPU and 3GB RAM. It comes with 32GB internal storage, which can be expanded via microSD card and runs Android Nougat out of the box.

It ships with 13MP f/2.2 rear camera with an LED flash, and 5MP f/2.4 front facing camera for selfie, also assisted by an LED flash for brighter low-light self-portraits.

Connectivity duties are handled by dual-SIM slots (hybrid), 4G VoLTE, WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS. It supports USB OTG as well, and has a fingerprint scanner at the back. A 2500mAh battery runs the show.

Airtel slashes 4G Hotspot dongle price to Rs. 999

Airtel has permanently slashed the price of its 4G hotspot dongle by Rs. 501. The device was earlier priced at Rs. 1,500, but is now available at just Rs. 999. At the new price the 4G hotspot dohngle will be available at all leading Airtel retail stores across the country. It will also be available on Amazon India soon.

The Airtel 4G hotspot dongle lets you connect multiple device like smartphones, laptops, tablets and TV, and promises up to six hours of battery life on mixed usage. The dongle is capable of connecting up to 10 devices at a time.

Customers need to have an Airtel 4G SIM to use the service of the Airtel 4G hotspot. Airtel is offering a number of prepaid and postpaid plans for the 4G hotspot.

Airtel currently offers 4G hotspot services in all 22 telecom circles of the country, and recently launched its 4G services in Kargil, Dras and Leh in Ladakh region covering 130 towns and villages. In case, 4G network is not available in a circle, the hotspot will switch to 3G network.

Airtel VoLTE service now live in Chennai

India's leading telecom operator Airtel has announced the launch of its VoLTE services in Chennai. This means Airtel customers in the city owning a 4G handset can enjoy HD voice calls through VoLTE (Voice Over LTE).

With the addition, Airtel's 4G VoLTE services is now spread across Mumbai, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra & Goa, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh & Telangana and Karnataka. According to Telecomtalk, Airtel is currently testing VoLTE service in Pondicherry and Kolkata, so we can expect the service to go live soon.

Airtel's VoLTE services promises seamless connectivity and in the case of non-availability of 4G, Airtel VoLTE calls will automatically switch to 3G/2G network. Another benefit of VoLTE is that you'll be able to continue your 4G speed Internet session, while the call is in progress.  Users can even call any mobile and landline network using VoLTE.  There will be no additional data charges for VoLTE and calls will be billed as per existing plan or packs benefits.

To enjoy Airtel's VoLTE services, you will need to have 4G/LTE enabled smartphone, and Airtel 4G SIM. Customers with dual-SIM phone have to ensure that Airtel 4G SIM has been inserted in the SIM slot 1, and network mode has been set as "4G/3G/2G (Auto)".

Currently, popular smartphones such as Apple iPhone X, OnePlus 5T, OnePlus 5, Samsung Galaxy S7, Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, among others have support for Airtel VoLTE. It's worth mentioning that even though most of the handset launched now-a-days are VoLTE ready, the device maker need to upgrade the phone's software to support Airtel's VoLTE services.

Lenovo K320t with near bezel-less design, dual cameras certified by TENAA

Lenovo will soon be the latest smartphone maker to trim the bezels of its phone. The brand's upcoming smartphone with model number K320t was spotted on TENAA flaunting taller bezel-less display on the front.

According to TENAA, the Lenovo K320t will feature 5.7-inch HD+ display with 1440x720p resolution, which means the screen will have an aspect ratio of 18:9. It will be powered by 1.3GHz quad-core processor, and come in two RAM/Storage variants: 2GB/16GB and 3GB/32GB. MicroSD card slot is also present on both models for storage expansion.

For photography, the phone will get dual-cameras at the rear, but there is no information regarding the resoltion. The front shooter is an 8MP unit. It will run Android Nougat, and pack a decent 3000mAh battery. Support for 4G VoLTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, fingerprint scanner is also on-board. Considering the specs, this should be a budget-friendly phone priced around Rs. 9,000.

The listing reveals that the Lenovo K320t will be offered in Black and Silver colors. Do note that, Lenovo K320t is not the final name of the phone, so it will hit the market with different moniker. However, the phone is likely to be part of Lenovo's K line up. Unfortunately the launch date is not know, but since it has received TENAA certification, an announcement can be expected soon. 

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Apple iMac Pro with 27-inch Retina 5K display goes on pre-order in the US from December 14

Apple at its WWDC event in June introduced its most power iMax machine till date, the iMac Pro, and said it will be available in December. 

Now Apple has announced that it will open iMac Pro's pre-order in the U.S starting December 14 (tomorrow). The price starts at $4999 (Rs. 3,22,000) for the base model with  32GB RAM, an 8-core Xeon processor and 1TB storage.

The iMac Pro is an entirely new workstation-class product line designed for pro users with the most demanding workflows like advanced graphics editing, VR content creation and real-time 3D rendering.

It features 27-inch Retina 5K display with support for 1 billion color, up to 18-core Xeon processor (8-core, 10-core 14-core and 18-core) and Radeon Pro Vega GPUup to 22 Teraflops of graphics computation thanks to Radeon GPU (up to 16GB RAM). 

The AIO can be configured with up to 128GB DDR4 EEC RAM (32GB, 64GB or 128GB), 4TB SSD (1TB/2TB/4TB), and each model will have four Thunderbolt 3 ports with support for two 5K displays at the same time. For the first time ever in Mac machine, the iMac Pro gets 10GB Ethernet for up to 10-times faster networking.

It sports the same design as the 27-inch iMac, but comes in Space Grey color, and includes an all-new thermal design to provide up to 80 percent more cooling capacity, in the same slim and thin iMac design.