Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 6 Mar 2017 7:20 am
Samsung Pay officially launches in India.
Samsung rolled out registrations for early access to Samsung Pay in India last week, and the company has now officially launched the service in the country. Those that signed up for early access can now add credit and debit cards from qualifying banks, as well as link their Paytm digital wallets.
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 3 Mar 2017 12:00 pm
Update March 2017: The Google Assistant is coming to all Android phones running Marshmallow and above, making it available on hundreds of millions of new devices.
OK Google, let's see what you can do.
Google's AI-powered Assistant is the standout feature of the Pixel and Pixel XL — and it is now available on hundreds of millions of Android devices. The Assistant is an evolution of Google Now...
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 3 Mar 2017 7:42 am
LG is throwing in a lot of freebies with G6 pre-orders.
South Korean carriers have kicked off pre-orders for the LG G6 ahead of the phone's official debut in the country on March 10. The device will retail for 899,800 won ($780), and LG is throwing in freebies worth 450,000 won ($390) with every order. Customers pre-ordering the device will receive a one-year screen replacement service, an...
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 3 Mar 2017 7:22 am
LeEco's woes continue in India.
LeEco announced at the end of last year that it would downsize its operations in all markets, and the company has followed through on its word today by letting go of over 75% of its Indian workforce. In a statement to Gadgets360, LeEco said that it reduced its headcount from 350 to just over 80, with the company calling the team size "in line with industry...
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 3 Mar 2017 4:09 am
Get the latest Gboard and Google Play Services features before everyone else.
Google is now offering beta versions of Gboard and Google Play Services, allowing you to test out upcoming features before they're available to all users. Doing so is relatively straightforward — you have to head to the signup page for Gboard and Google Play Services and hit the "Become a tester" button.
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 3 Mar 2017 2:12 am
Spotify is about to launch the 'ultimate music experience.'
Spotify announced back in September that it crossed 40 million paying customers, and it took the world's largest streaming service just five and a half months to pick up an additional 10 million subscribers. In a tweet, Spotify revealed that it crossed 50 million paid subscribers. 2016 was a great year for streaming services in...
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 2 Mar 2017 10:16 pm
You can now register to access Samsung Pay ahead of its official debut in India.
Samsung is all set to kick off its early access program for Samsung Pay in India. The company has teased the launch of its digital payments service last month, and a recent update to the Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy A series in the country introduced the Samsung Pay app. Samsung is now taking registrations for early...
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 2 Mar 2017 9:59 am
Android 7.1.1 Nougat is now available in the beta build for the OnePlus 3 and 3T.
OnePlus is currently rolling out a OxygenOS update to the beta channel that brings Android 7.1.1 Nougat to the OnePlus 3 and 3T. Open Beta 3 for the OnePlus 3T — and Open Beta 12 for the OnePlus 3 — comes with several gallery improvements, including a new image editor, additional options for arranging your media...
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 1 Mar 2017 8:09 am
Be the first to try EMUI 5.0 on the Honor 6X.
Honor has announced that it will roll out the Nougat-based EMUI 5.0 update to the Honor 6X sometime in the month of March, and the company is now kicking off the beta test for those located in the U.S. If you're using an Honor 6X in the U.S., you can sign up to test the update by sending your device's IMEI number to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 1 Mar 2017 7:49 am
Mobile VR usage has skyrocketed last year.
Google has announced that it shipped over 10 million Cardboard VR viewers since its launch in 2014. The company also said that over 160 million Cardboard apps have been downloaded, out of which 30 apps have over 1 million downloads. The numbers are a healthy increase from January 2016, when Google touted 5 million sales and 25 million installs for...
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 1 Mar 2017 12:17 am
This is the Galaxy S8 leak we've been waiting for.
With less than a month to go, the Galaxy S8 leaks are coming in thick and fast. The latest leaked image — courtesy of Evan Blass — is that of the official press render, and offers the clearest look yet at Samsung's upcoming flagship.
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 28 Feb 2017 2:00 pm
There's a lot to like about the Moto G5 and G5 Plus.
With the smartphone segment getting increasingly competitive, Lenovo is turning to the Moto G series to solidify its footing. The Moto G4 and G4 Plus sold in huge numbers in Latin America and India last year, and going into 2017, Lenovo is offering faster processors, more storage and memory, and a premium design with the Moto G5 and G5 Plus...
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 28 Feb 2017 6:48 am
All Galaxy phones running Marshmallow and above will get RCS messaging.
Samsung acquired RCS operator NewNet Canada back in November, and the South Korean manufacturer is now integrating NewNet's technologies into its phones. To that effect, the company is expanding RCS services to include "RCS-enabled devices, native/downloadable device clients, cloud-based RCS application servers, an...
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 28 Feb 2017 6:28 am
Access award-winning journalism for just $1.
If you're an Android Pay customer looking to access high-quality journalism, you'll want to take a look at the latest promotion. For a limited time, you'll be able to pick up an 8-week subscription to The Washington Post for just $1 when paying with Android Pay. After the promotional period runs out, a monthly subscription will run you $5.99, down...
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 28 Feb 2017 4:07 am
Pocket is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mozilla.
Pocket is one of the best options if you're looking to save articles for reading later on your Android phone, but the app originally started out as a Firefox extension nine years ago. So it's only fitting that the company behind Pocket, Read It Later, is being acquired by Mozilla.
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 28 Feb 2017 4:57 am
Meizu's fast charging tech is faster than anything else in the market today.
Meizu showed off its Super mCharge fast charging tech at Mobile World Congress, claiming that its solution will fully charge phones from zero to 100% in just 20 minutes. Meizu is relying on a 11V/5A charger to deliver an astounding 55W, and that charge is delivered via an "upgraded data cable" that can support up to...
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 28 Feb 2017 4:30 am
Xiaomi's first in-house chipset is now official.
In a bid to reduce its reliance on Qualcomm and MediaTek, Xiaomi has launched its in-house chipset, dubbed the Surge S1. The SoC is built on a 28nm node and offers eight Cortex A53 cores in two clusters. The first cluster sees four cores clocked at up to 2.2GHz, whereas the second cluster sees two cores at 1.4GHz. The chipset also offers a Mali...
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 28 Feb 2017 1:47 am
T-Mobile's latest promotion is its best yet.
T-Mobile has relied on deals and promotions to lure customers away from rival carriers in the past, and its latest offer is no different. Starting March 1, the carrier is giving an additional line for free provided you already have two lines or more with T-Mobile.
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 27 Feb 2017 9:35 am
OPPO's latest camera tech brings 5x optical zoom with no loss in quality.
OPPO isn't launching a new phone at Mobile World Congress, but the Chinese manufacturer is showing off its latest camera tech at the conference. The company is debuting 5x Dual Camera Zoom, an interesting take on the dual camera module designed to deliver 5x optical zoom without the need for a bulky module.
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 27 Feb 2017 9:51 am
Nokia's Android phones will be locally manufactured in India.
Nokia unveiled its first Android phones for the global market at Mobile World Congress, and there's a lot to be excited about. The Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 are all aimed at the budget segment, but they bring Nokia's storied design as well as decent specs for the asking price.
India has always been a huge market for Nokia, and...