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.
It was announced just days ago that Motorola as a brand will no longer be breathing alive in the year 2016. Lenovo, the parent company of Motorola has decided only to use the Moto moniker of Motorola for its high end devices, while all the low end or budget devices will be under the currently existing Vibe lineup of phones. Motorola was perhaps the only major mobile manufacturer in 2015, which did not flirt with a fingerprint scanner on their phone, a trend that seems to be really the next big thing. Going forward in 2016, all the Motorola devices will come with fingerprint scanner and the news comes from Chen Xudong, SVP of Lenovo and President for Lenovo China and Asia Pacific who outlined the plans that Lenovo has for the new year.
Microsoft has been making apps for platforms other than Windows for a while now. Remember the excitement around the users when the Office was released for Macs, which prompted Steve jobs and Bill Gates to come face to face? Looks like not a lot has changed and Microsoft is very much, still interested in developing apps for Apple owned ecosystems. It’s been happening for OSX and iOS and yet again, yesterday, Microsoft announced an app that it has developed for iOS. The application is called Selfie and will be available to those with an iPhone, iPod Touch or an iPad.
It is usually this time of the year when the first stories, albeit extremely sceptical start to surface around the next iteration of the iPhone. This year, supposedly we set to welcome two new devices, with iPhone 6s as well as iPhone 6s Plus both being launched just in time for the holiday season. So far, very little is known about the device and what it will come with. But, Dow Jones has confirmed to CNBC that the plans are already in place for the new device with Apple anticipating a massive demand. As a result of this, Apple has already asked its assembly unit to be ready with at last 85-90 million iPhones by December 31st. It has been reported that the manufacturing and assembling of the new device is already underway.
Not just this, Jones also confirmed that the new iPhone will come with Force Touch, a technology that we have seen in the new MacBooks as well as the new Apple Watch. The next iteration of iPhone is also expected to come in a new color, with Pink being the most likely new addition to the lineup in order to woo the feminine side of the audience.
It is expected that the new iPhones will be revealed in September and if the same deadline is to go by, then we shall definitely be hearing more and more such rumors and stories in the coming days and weeks.
Following the strategy of last year, where they announced a couple of scaled-down models of their flagship smartphones, LG has announced that their latest flagship that is the G4 is set to undergo the same treatment so as to offer a wider range of products in the market. This is exactly where the LG G4 Stylus and LG G4c which were announced yesterday fit in.
The LG G4 Stylus, as the name suggests is very similar to utility ink of a Note 4, and comes with a 5.7 inch display while the LG G4c where c stands for compact comes with a smaller 5 inch screen, when compared to the 5.5 inch display of the LG G4.
In terms of specs, both the devices come with 1.2 Ghz Quad Core SoC with 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB internal storage. The camera configuration of the LG G4 Stylus is 13 MP+5 MP while the LG G4c comes with 8 MP+5 MP camera configuration. The battery to on the Stylus is higher at 3,000 mAh while the G4c comes with 2540 mAh unit. Both the devices though are running LG’s skin and, therefore will bring several of LG’s proprietary software tweaks including Gesture Shot / Glance View / Knock Code. The G4 Stylus will be available both in 3G and 4G variant in Korea and America while the G4c is strictly a 3G device. The prices and exact availability of the device have not been mentioned yet.
After announcing it in China back in July, Xiaomi has finally brought the much-anticipated Mi4 to India. The device was unveiled at a press event in New Delhi yesterday which saw Xiaomi give out some very interesting statistics such as having sold already more than a million smartphones in India in about 8 months of existing in the country. Xiaomi also announced plans to set up an R&D center in India exclusively which will start taking up shape soon. MIUI 6 was officially announced too and the update for the same to the Mi3 users has already begun rolling out.
The star of the show however, was the Mi4. The device is priced at Rs 19,999 which is not really all that budget friendly, especially if you consider the fact that only the white variant of the phone will be available and that too only in 16 GB variant without any LTE. The Mi4 has no expansion slot so the internal memory is definitely an issue. Xiaomi did say that the 64 GB variant of the device will launch down the line.
In terms of other specs, the phone is powered by a Snapdragon 801 SoC and has a 5 inch QHD display. The phone has metallic edges and plastic back and body primarily. You get a battery of 3080 mAh and RAM Of 3 GB which would help propel the device running on Android KitKat 4.4 with MIUI on top. The Mi4 has a 13 MP rear and an 8 MP front facing camera on board. The registrations for the device are already open and will go on sale on Flipkart on February 3.
Google Hangouts is gradually outwitting Skype as the preferred IM/ Voice/ Video call service for personal and business purposes. Hangouts recently received a major redesign to the Material Design guidelines for Android and if that was not enough, Google is making the move to Hangouts even more attractive by offering the first minute of any call to 25 selected countries for free.
The 25 countries that are included are:
Canada: Most calls will be free. A few destinations will cost USD 1 cent per minute after the first minute.
United States: Most calls will be free. A few destinations will cost USD 1 cent per minute after the first minute.
This means that whenever you will make an international call to the selected 25 countries, your first minute will not be chargeable and if you hang up, any time before the 60 second counter, the call will be free. This offer though is available only till the turn of the year and beyond that normal rates will apply. Whenever you attempt a call to these 25 countries, you will be notified of the scheme via a popup so that you can be absolutely sure. It would be available across all the platforms that Hangouts work with, including iOS, Android and desktop.
Google has also included a use and abuse clause in the agreement, so it will detect in case you keep disconnecting before 60 seconds and redialing to make effectively a long call, so be careful of that.
Intex mobiles has brought yet another budget smartphone for the consumers as the holiday season approaches in India. It has been observed that the sale of personal electronics goods has always spiked up on or around the auspicious ocassion of Diwali and this year all the records seem to be up for grabs with virtually every brand taking this period very seriously.
Intex Aqua Y2 Pro, is a smartphone that is targeted towards the progressive youth of India and hence brings top of the line specifications for the price range. The phone has been launched for an MRP of Rs 4,333.
The device supports Dual SIM and runs Android KitKat 4.4 out of the box with 1.0 GHz Dual Core Processor driving the operations. The rear camera is a 5 MP sensor while you have a VGA front facing camera. The Aqua Y2 Pro has an internal memory of 4 GB, though you do have a Micro SD slot for further expansion. The screen is a 4.5 inch FWVGA resolution panel while the RAM on board is a little underwhelming 512 MB.
Unlike plenty of other competitors, the Aqua Y2 Pro, would be going on sale, offline, rather than online and will be available, both in black and blue variants at the retail partners of Intex across India.
Samsung initiated the whole concept of phablet devices with the Galaxy Note 1 about three years ago. Back then, everybody including me, ridiculed at the idea of having a 5.5 to 6.5 inch devices as it just looked way too big. Worth remembering, it was the day and age, where 3 to 3.5 inch smartphones were considered ideal. Since then though, phablet has become a niche category in itself and plenty of OEMs have been working on phablets of their own. However, Samsung remains the market leader in such devices and are expected to announce the Note 4 at IFA 2014 next month.
Needless to say, the Note 4 would be the benchmark device when it comes to phablets and in the anticipation of the same, LG has decided to tweak its current flagship, LG G3 to take the Note 4 heads on with LG G3 Stylus. As you can identify with the name, the LG G3 Stylus is basically the same LG G3 but with an added stylus and a few hardware sacrifices from the internal. The first sacrifice comes in the form of the SoC, where each core on the device is clocked at 1.3 GHz in a Snapdragon 801 with a mere 1 GB of RAM. The screen though, remains the same 5.5 inch Quad HD display which seems like a bull that needs to be pulling with a thread, given the specs of the phone. The battery and the camera remains at 3000 mAh and 13 MP, same as the LG G3. There is no LTE on board either and the phone will be operational in 2G and 3G bands only. The phone runs the same Optimus UI as G3 with added app support for stylus with KitKat underneath.
The USP of the device remains the stylus, which for some reason still remains a popular add on. Given the demands of the digital input done in a right personalised manner, especially if you are in an industry where you need to draw on the screen to illustrate a point, the device may still have a position in the market. The phone is expected to launch in the countries like Brazil first and trickle to other nations later on.
iOS has had the ability to hide your last seen from friends for a while now. If you were an Android user, this was something you could not do unless you went with a client like Whatsapp Plus. However, just a day after being bought out by Facebook, Whatsapp for Android has been updated with privacy settings which allow you to hide your last seen, your status message as well as profile picture from everybody. This is a handy update as it keeps the stalkers who have been using the information from Whatsapp profiles for wrong purposes.
The latest build of Whatsapp that brings the update is not available on Play Store just yet. To get the update, all you need to do is to visit the official website of whatsapp and download the latest apk from here. Once you have the apk, transfer it to your phone and go ahead and install it like any other app. It will over ride your previous application without any modification.
Now, under settings, go to Account and from there under privacy, you will see three options of hiding your last seen, status message as well as profile picture. You can also pick the option of displaying all three to your friends which are in your contact book and not anyone else.