Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 18 Apr 2017 8:10 am
Google Earth gets a new home.
You no longer have to download the desktop app or use a browser plug-in to access Google Earth. Just in time for Earth Day, Google has launched a redesigned Google Earth that's accessible over the web and on Android. The redesign took over two years, and includes new features like Voyager, a series of interactive stories that let you explore interesting places from...
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 18 Apr 2017 5:49 am
If you want to buy the Galaxy S8 or S8+ online in India, you'll have to head to Flipkart.
Samsung is all set to launch the Galaxy S8 and S8+ in India tomorrow, and the phones will be sold online exclusively on Flipkart. Pre-orders will kick off at 12 p.m. on April 19, just as the launch event kicks off in New Delhi. We don't know the pricing, but it will likely be under ₹60,000. As is always the...
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 17 Apr 2017 9:06 am
HTC is serving up exciting discounts in its Easter sale.
HTC is running a week-long Easter sale that sees the HTC U Ultra discounted to $599, a $150 price cut. HTC's latest handset doesn't quite manage to live up to expectations owing to the average camera and lack of a headphone jack, but at $600, it becomes a much more palatable option. The discount is valid on all three color options of the...
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 17 Apr 2017 8:42 am
The headphone jack is coming back to the Moto Z series.
According to the ever-reliable Evan Blass, the Moto Z2 Force won't be exclusive to Verizon, with the phone set to be available on T-Mobile and Sprint. With no exclusivity contract in place like last year, the phone could be offered unlocked directly from Motorola as well. We've known as much considering Sprint was using the device during...
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 17 Apr 2017 7:21 am
Xiaomi is bringing the Mi Headphones Comfort to India.
Xiaomi is adding to its arsenal of affordable audio products by launching the Mi Headphones Comfort in India. The 3.5mm closed-back on-ear headphones are set to go on sale in the country starting tomorrow, April 18, and will retail for ₹2,999 ($45). The headphones incorporate a lightweight construction and ear cups made out of breathable...
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 17 Apr 2017 7:56 am
The LG G6 may launch in India before the end of April.
Samsung is getting ready to launch the Galaxy S8 and S8+ in India later this week, and it looks like the announcement made LG realize that it also has a flagship that's yet to make its debut in the country. The South Korean company has finally started taking registrations for the LG G6 in India, which means that a launch isn't too far away...
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 14 Apr 2017 8:13 am
Samsung is working on a ruggedized version of the Galaxy S8.
Samsung has released rugged variants of its flagships exclusively on AT&T for a few years, and it looks like the company will continue that trend with the Galaxy S8. According to the folks over at SamMobile, Samsung is working on the Galaxy S8 Active with a model number SM-G892A codenamed Cruiser that's destined for AT&T.
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 14 Apr 2017 7:52 am
Samsung is bringing its 2017 flagships to India next week.
Samsung is all set to launch the Galaxy S8 and S8+ in India on April 19. The phones are up for pre-registration, and the brand confirmed the launch date in a now-deleted tweet. For now, Samsung is just stating that the phones will debut sometime next week, but it's looking very likely that we'll see the manufacturer's 2017 flagships make...
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 14 Apr 2017 1:01 am
Google is now targeting the hyperlocal segment with Aero.
Google has launched several India-specific initiatives recently, including a data-friendly version of YouTube and free public Wi-Fi at train stations. The company is now setting its sights on the burgeoning hyperlocal segment with a new app called Aero.
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 12 Apr 2017 8:57 am
Wi-Fi calling is coming with Android 7.1.2 Nougat to the Pixel and Pixel XL on Jio.
Google added VoLTE support for the Pixel and Pixel XL on Jio back in December, and will soon offer Wi-Fi calling via an upcoming Nougat update. The update will make it easier for customers to make calls using Wi-Fi in situations where they don't have great cellular coverage in their homes. The call will be routed...
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 12 Apr 2017 4:11 am
Near-identical hardware, vastly different software.
Motorola has enjoyed a lot of success in India following its resurgence, with the company now counting the subcontinent as its largest global market. A lot of that has to do with strong sales of the Moto G series. Motorola revealed earlier this year that it sold over 6 million Moto G devices in India since the series debuted in 2013, and last...
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 11 Apr 2017 9:06 am
Motorola could be launching a new entry-level series called the Moto C.
Motorola unveiled the Moto G5 and G5 Plus earlier this year, with the phones aimed at the $200 to $300 segment. It looks like Motorola is now turning its attention to the entry-level category, with a recent anniversary video showing off what could potentially turn out to be the Moto E4.
The low-res image gives us a few...
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 11 Apr 2017 6:08 am
Xiaomi's 2017 flagship will be unveiled next week.
Xiaomi decided to forgo Mobile World Congress this year, with rumors suggesting that the company was delaying the launch of its 2017 flagship on account of Snapdragon 835 shortages. Later rumors hinted at a possible Snapdragon 821 version making its debut initially, followed by a model powered by the Snapdragon 835. All that speculation will be...
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 11 Apr 2017 2:00 am
Samsung Pay offers an incredibly convenient way to pay for your purchases.
Samsung Pay is now live in India, and the digital payments service works at millions of retail stores across the country. With the current uptick in mobile wallets and digital payments, Samsung timed the launch of Samsung Pay in India to perfection and has partnered with leading banks and card issuers to facilitate...
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 10 Apr 2017 8:19 am
Everyone can now make audio calls on Google's Duo.
Google rolled out audio calling in Duo last month, starting with users in Brazil. The feature lets you easily toggle between video or audio calls from within Duo's interface, and the app's technical lead Justin Uberti announced today that audio calling is now available to all users globally.
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 8 Apr 2017 1:00 am
WhatsApp isn't just a texting app. It's an all-encompassing platform.
WhatsApp usage is ubiquitous in India. Out of 1.2 billion global users, 200 million are located in India, making the country the largest market for the messaging service. Over the course of the last two years, WhatsApp evolved from a barebones messaging app — which is how it gained prominence in India — to a full-fledged...
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 7 Apr 2017 7:01 am
Facebook Messenger users in the U.S. will now get contextual suggestions from M.
Facebook started testing its AI assistant for Messenger — simply called M — back in 2015, and the company is finally rolling out the service to everyone in the U.S.
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 7 Apr 2017 7:00 am
Google Maps lets you easily share your location with friends and family.
Google uncoupled location sharing from Google+ and brought it back to Maps last month. There were a few missteps along the way as the company phased out the service in Google+ before reintegrating it into Maps, but as of today, the feature is available to all Maps users.
With the feature enabled, you can easily share...
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 7 Apr 2017 6:07 am
Samsung forecasts record-breaking profits in Q1 2017.
As the largest Android manufacturer, Samsung records more profits than the rest of the field put together. And it now looks like the company is set to post its highest-ever profits in the first quarter of a year, culminating in its second-best quarter ever.
In its Q1 2017 earnings guidance, Samsung forecast an operating profit of $8.8...
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 7 Apr 2017 5:28 am
Samsung is going after OPPO and Vivo with the Galaxy C7 Pro.
To create more of a differentiation between its Galaxy A series — which sits one tier below the flagship Galaxy S lineup — and the budget Galaxy J series, Samsung is rolling out the Galaxy C lineup. First unveiled in China earlier this year, the Galaxy C7 Pro has made its debut in India, and there's a lot to talk about.