The Curious Case of Grey Area of Smartphones in India: Rs 15,000 to Rs 30,000

 

We generally tend to divide smartphones into three different categories when we speak. There is a budget category, which is generally below Rs 10,000, there is a flagship category where the phones are in the regions of about Rs 34,000 and above and then there is a mid-range category which is somewhere in between. You would perhaps ask, if I strictly had to talk about the mid-range category smartphones, the price bracket in the post title would be wrong. Just like real life, the title takes into consideration ‘price drops’. A phone launched at anything below Rs 15,000 generally falls down to the sub Rs 10,000 category and a Rs 34,000 priced device will come soon tumbling below the Rs 30,000 mark. So, therefore, the former would automatically be considered a budget phone, while the latter would be a mid-ranger anyway. This leaves the Rs 15,000 to Rs 30,000 strictly being labeled as the mid-range and an odd category.

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7.5% Android Phones are Running on Marshmallow Now

Google releases the distribution numbers monthly, giving everyone an idea of how much is the adoption rate of the latest Android version. This report basically tells you the percentage break of the Android versions that are running on the active Android phones. Google has been notorious for their update program where only the Nexus smartphones get the latest updates instantly while everyone else has to wait for their carrier and telecom service provider to come together. This usually means a slow rollout of updates and this has been no different for Android Marshmallow update.

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All you need to know about Android 7.0 Nougat Operating System

Google has recently introduced its latest Android OS – 7.0 Nougat which follows the Android 6.0 Marshmallow. It has already been released for Nexus devices and is now rolling out for Android One smartphones and tablets. Soon, the upcoming phones will come built-in with this OS. We have listed out the features of Nougat below:

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  • Split-screen mode: Nougat has brought split screen functionality for stock Android devices, which was long overdue. This feature can be used in both -landscape and portrait modes and the windows are resizable in the portrait mode.
  • Better Battery Life: While Android 6.0 Marshmallow introduced a ‘Doze’ feature which helps you save battery when your device is stationary, it has been improved in Nougat with on the go functionality. It means even when you are moving, and even the phone is not being used, the battery will enter saving mode.
  • Redesigned Notifications mode: The notifications are now bundled together, and you have a new quick reply feature, where you can respond immediately without the necessity of opening the app. Also, you can put notification sounds in silent mode, block mode or don’t block or silence.
  • Do Not Disturb: This feature has been tweaked and has multiple options for you to choose from, which include total silence, priority only short period or extended periods, alarms only, set rules for weekends, office hours & also block visual notifications.
  • Better Quick Settings: Your notifications area will always have five toggles where you can customize your quick settings. You can only keep those shortcuts which you use regularly and access the others through settings.
  • More emoji options: This update is for those of you who can’t get enough of those fun faces. Nougat supports, even more, emoji’s and you will be able to change the skin tone of your emoji also.
  • Improvements in Security: This OS has introduced a new function, called seamless updates where it will allow your phone to download the software updates in the background and without interrupting your normal usage. The files will also be encrypted better, so there is a lesser chance of any deadly attack.

Review: Mivi USB Type C to USB A 3.0 Braided Cable

It is no secret that the world is now moving towards USB Type-C connectors. While the Micro-USB port that we have come to love and appreciate on our Android phones is really convenient, it has its issues. It lacks versatility, it is not reversible and the connector is rather slow when it comes to read and write, in an age where we all are hungry for more and more speed. To cater to these requirements, we have moved on from Micro-USB points on phones to USB-Type C ports. These ports are one stop solution for charging your phones, playing music through them or even connecting multiple displays. 

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YouTube Application Set to Receive new Filters

XDA Developers has uncovered a few strings from the latest release of the Youtube application that points towards some new filters coming in. So far, it is absolutely clear that the application of YouTube really lags behind the desktop experience. There are plenty of things you can do on the desktop that you still cannot do on the app. This is a bit of a surprise especially as people today are more likely to consume content on their smartphone using an application rather than firing up their desktops for a five-minute video.

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OnePlus 3 Surfaces in China With Specifications

OnePlus is expected to announce the OnePlus 3 in the coming month. We have already seen that OnePlus has shared in a mailer that they would begin selling their Virtual Reality headsets once again globally so that users can purchase the same and enjoy the full VR launch that promises to take them to virtual space in order to announce their latest flagship device. The OnePlus 2 was announced via a VR launch last time around and received very mixed reactions. 

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Carrier Billing Finally Comes to Android Play Store

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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.

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The Latest Leak Suggests that Motorola Moto G (4th Gen) Will be the Biggest Upgrade to Motorola Moto G Phones

Post the takeover by Lenovo, there have been long question marks hanging over Motorola’s future. In fact, it was made clear earlier in the year that the Moto branding altogether will be ditched for the phones in the budget range and only be used for high-end flagship phones which sure shot will also ship with fingerprint scanners. However, it looks like Lenovo has decided to move the boundaries a bit as far as defining high-end phones go.

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Huawei P9 Expected to be Launched on April 6th

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.

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