Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 15 Feb 2017 6:58 am
Samsung is likely to drop a few hints about the Galaxy S8 at MWC.
Samsung has already mentioned that it won't unveil the Galaxy S8 at this year's Mobile World Congress, with the official launch said to occur a month later — likely on March 29 — at an event in New York. A new report out of Korea suggests that Samsung will reveal the launch date for its upcoming flagship at its MWC event, which is...
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 15 Feb 2017 2:00 am
Xiaomi needs to embrace the offline market in 2017.
When Xiaomi burst onto the scene in 2012, it did so with little fanfare and zero reliance on advertising. The company was the first to understand the potential of online-only sales, and in the following four years, it would grow to dominate this field.
However, Xiaomi's competition has similarly latched onto online sales, and while the...
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 14 Feb 2017 7:29 am
Get ready for a phone with a deca-core CPU and 8GB of RAM.
Chinese handset manufacturer Vernee is all set to unveil a smartphone with a 10-core CPU along with 8GB of RAM at MWC. The successor to last year's Apollo, the Apollo 2 will be powered by MediaTek's Helio X30 SoC, which offers a tri-cluster CPU design with four Cortex-A73 cores clocked at 2.8GHz, four Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 2.2GHz...
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 14 Feb 2017 6:41 am
OnePlus shows off the "world's most lickable smartphones."
OnePlus has a history of making questionable ads. The company's earlier efforts were downright sexist and understandably caught a lot of flak, following which the brand turned its attention to videos that at least showcased its products.
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 14 Feb 2017 2:30 am
Chime is an easy-to-use video conferencing tool powered by Amazon's cloud platform.
Amazon Web Services has launched Chime, a cloud-based video conferencing service aimed at businesses. Available on Android, iOS, Windows, and Mac, Chime allows users to quickly set up meetings, offering VoIP and video calling, instant messaging, and screen sharing. The feature-set is similar to that of Hangouts...
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 13 Feb 2017 9:52 am
Easily create lists on Google Maps and share them with friends and family.
Google Maps is introducing a new feature that lets you create lists of your places and share them with your friends and family via text message, email, or social media. You'll be able to view and edit your lists even when you're offline, and there's also the option to create a public list that everyone will be able to...
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 13 Feb 2017 8:26 am
The LG G6 will offer the best audio experience on a mobile device.
We already know a lot about the upcoming LG G6 thanks to numerous leaks and teasers, and today the company has confirmed that the phone will feature an upgraded 32-bit Quad DAC. LG rolled out a Quad DAC in the V20 last year, and this year's flagship will similarly offer audiophile-grade sound thanks to the South Korean company'...
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 13 Feb 2017 7:42 am
Get the latest flagship phones for free when you trade in your older device and switch to Verizon's unlimited plan.
Verizon is bringing back its unlimited plan for $80, or $45 per line for four lines on a family plan. You'll be able to use high-speed LTE until 22GB, following which your data speeds will be de-prioritised in the case of network congestion. The plan also includes hotspot...
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 13 Feb 2017 6:13 am
Fitbit is offering a 25% discount on its fitness trackers in time for Valentine's Day.
Ahead of Valentine's Day, Fitbit is discounting its 2016 product lineup. The discounts range from $20 to $50, with the sale lasting until 9 a.m. PST, February 15. You can pick up the discounted products either from Amazon or directly from Fitbit.
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 13 Feb 2017 2:00 am
The Xiaomi Mi 5s offers much-needed improvements from the Mi 5, making it a significantly better device.
Although a mid-cycle refresh in Xiaomi's flagship series, the Mi 5s comes with an all-new metal chassis that looks upmarket. The phone has upgraded hardware in the form of a Snapdragon 821 SoC, the camera sensor has been overhauled, and Xiaomi is offering a global MIUI ROM with...
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 10 Feb 2017 8:11 am
Two-step verification comes to 1.2 billion WhatsApp users.
WhatsApp introduced two-step verification for beta users back in November, and the messaging platform is now rolling out the feature to all 1.2 billion users starting today. The feature brings an added layer of security to the service, and allows you to secure your account with a six-digit passcode.
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 10 Feb 2017 8:32 am
Telegram's messaging app lands on Android Wear 2.0.
Google introduced Android Wear 2.0 earlier this week, bringing a laundry list of improvements and new functionality to the watch operating system. One of the key changes in Android Wear 2.0 is the ability to install apps directly to the watch, with the OS now offering access to the Play Store.
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 10 Feb 2017 7:21 am
Motorola's developer challenge leads to interesting new Moto Mods.
Motorola kicked off the "Transform the Smartphone Challenge" last November, in which the company turned to third-party developers to come up with innovative ideas for future Moto Mods. After receiving over 700 submissions from 55 countries and 30 states, Motorola has picked out 12 finalists, with the shortlisted submissions now...
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 9 Feb 2017 11:50 pm
YouTube Go is aimed at Indian customers on spotty connections.
Last year, Google announced that it would be introducing a barebones version of YouTube for Indian consumers primarily on 2G connections. Dubbed YouTube Go, the app is now available in beta from the Play Store for those located in India, offering a simplistic user interface and the ability to save videos offline.
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 9 Feb 2017 3:03 pm
Make your Android phone interoperable with your PC.
Getting your Android phone to seamlessly connect to your PC isn't as daunting as it used to be. There are several services that let you mirror notifications, reply to messages, and sync data between your phone and PC. Here are some of the best options currently available on both platforms.
Pushbullet is the easiest way to send...
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 9 Feb 2017 7:44 am
HTC continues to be ignorant of the Indian market.
HTC doesn't have a great track record in India. The Taiwanese manufacturer rolled out the MediaTek Helio X10-powered One M9+ in lieu of the standard One M9 in 2015, charging ₹52,500 ($785) for it. The QHD display backed by an inefficient processor led to the phone lagging in everyday usage, and the high price drove customers to the Galaxy S6...
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 8 Feb 2017 7:18 am
Following initial rollout last October, Samsung Pay is now widely available in Thailand.
Samsung initially rolled out Samsung Pay in Thailand last October, and the company is opening up the service to everyone in the country starting today. Samsung Pay works with most MasterCard and Visa credit cards in the country, including KCC, Bangkok Bank, Citibank, KasikornBank, KTC and Siam Commercial...
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 8 Feb 2017 6:53 am
Moto G5 Plus leak details specs of Motorola's upcoming budget phone.
Motorola has announced that it will unveil a new phone at Mobile World Congress at the end of the month, and current rumors point to a new handset in the Moto G series. A new leak originating out of Brazil of an alleged Moto G5 Plus shows off the front of the device covered in a plastic film.
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 8 Feb 2017 6:29 am
Redmi Note 4X comes to China with Hatsune Miku branding.
Xiaomi has unveiled the Redmi Note 4X in China, with the phone offering the same internal hardware as the Indian version of the Redmi Note 4. The phone will be sold in five color variants — gold, pink, black, grey, and green — and the last color option is the most interesting, as it is the special edition model with Hatsune Miku branding...
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 8 Feb 2017 12:40 am
Xiaomi's Redmi Note 3 was one of the best-selling devices of 2016 in India. With its successor, the company is looking to continue the momentum.
It's hard to follow up on the Redmi Note 3, but Xiaomi has managed to deliver a great successor in the Redmi Note 4. The phone now comes with more memory and storage, and the design changes make the device feel upmarket. Battery life has...