Telegram is possibly the most interesting solution as far as IM on smartphones go, if you do not want to use WhatsApp. Not only does the app have a ton of features, that WhatsApp does not have, they are always looking to add more things to their roster which makes the app really useful. Recently, the app has added the feature where you can edit the sent messages.
Samsung is set to bring a host of new wearable devices as it continues to focus on health tracking and fitness. The two devices that are pretty much confirmed to be on the out are Galaxy Gear Fit 2 and Gear IconX. The Gear Fit 2, as the name suggests is the successor to the original Gear Fit, a fitness tracker that does give you mobile notifications and an active display to glance at the time and few other tiny things. The IconX is an interesting device and looks to be a set of Bluetooth enabled earbuds, that double up as a standalone music player as well as a fitness tracker.
Carrier billing has been one of the most requested new features on Android for a while as far as India goes. This method of using your carrier credits for purchasing applications or content on the Google Play is something that is already prevalent in the United States and parts of Europe. Finally, Google has decided to go ahead and enable carrier billing with Idea Cellular, the third largest telecom player in India. Both prepaid and postpaid users will be able to go ahead and buy content from Google Play in addition to paying via credit card or debit card if they wish to.
Google and HP have announced a new Chromebook, calling it the HP Chromebook 13. The Chromebook takes some inspiration from the Pixel, the famous Chromebook that Google themselves made but is a lot lighter in the hand and on the pocket. The Chromebook 13 comes with anodized Aluminum chassis and weighs only 1.29 kilos, which is just around the 2.5-pound mark. The machine is incredibly thin too, measuring just 12.9mm on the thickness scale.
Huawei had a wonderful ending to the year 2015, thanks to the success of the Huawei Nexus 6P. This thrust the brand into the limelight like never before putting enormous pressure on Huawei to follow up with a good product range. The spotlight currently shines brightest on the Huawei P9, which is expected to be the upcoming flagship device. According to @Evleaks on Twitter, the device will be launched on April 6th, which means the anticipation will last another good month or some.
It what could well be one of the most interesting experiments to its Search functionality, Google plans to add a layer of Social on top of it. No, Google is not planning to integrate Google+ to Search but instead building a static layer, which would be non-interactive just on top of Search. To experiment this, Google is rolling out a feature where eminent personalities will be given their personal space to write or publish videos when someone searches for their name. Right now, Google is calling it Posts, though there could be a new name by the time this comes out.
Samsung announced the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge amidst a lot of interest at MWC in Barcelona last month. The phone largely comes with the same design as the Galaxy S6, though the major differentiating factor is a slightly bigger size, a little more roundish design and a water and dust resistance out of the box. The phone is rated IP68, as a result of which you will be able to use the phone under water for about 30 minutes.
If you are planning to pick up a Samsung Galaxy S7 or the S7 Edge, then we have some rather disappointing news for you. The device that is rocking the latest Snapdragon 820 chipset will not be coming with the latest QuickCharge 3.0 technology. Instead, Samsung has decided to only go with QuickCharge 2.0 technology, something that we have already seen on the devices that are using Snapdragon 810, like the Nexus 6P.
If you are still rocking a good old BlackBerry or a Symbian device, this is the time to dump them and push yourself to get a new smartphone. Not for any other reason, but that WhatsApp will no longer be supported officially. This means, while the app will continue to run, there will be no updates nor will the new features come in. WhatsApp has announced that it is pulling support, not just from all BlackBerry phones but also the good old Symbian S60 among other older platforms.
Sony has decided to kill one of the most iconic series in Android smartphones. With reports of a failing business and plans to perhaps fold away from the mobile business altogether, Sony has decided to do away with the Xperia Z series. The series that has seen several iconic phones like the Xperia Z1, Z3, Z5 and the Z3 Compact will no longer be updated as Sony has decided to pull the plug from the series. As a result, it is clear that there would be no Xperia Z6.