Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Apple may launch new MacBook Pro later this month

Its been more than a month since Apple launched iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus and strangely there hasn't been much rumours about the new Macbook Pro which was rumoured a lot before the iPhone event. However, as per a latest report of Macotakara, Apple might launch the new MacBook Pro later this month, October 27th to be precise. Moreover, it may also launch a new refreshed variant of MacBook Air which will come with 13 inch display. Sadly, the 11-inch variant of MacBook Air will probably be discontinued.
The latest reports have also suggested that Apple is likely to include USB Type-C and Thunderbolt 3 ports instead of MagSafe connectors and traditional USB and Thunderbolt 2 ports. Apple implemented something similar in last year's 12-inch MacBook but hopefully it includes more than one USB Type-C portthis time and also we would love if Apple don't ditch the 3.5 mm headphone jack. Though we don't expect Apple to include a micro SD slot or HDMI port.
Earlier, reports from Bloomberg also claimed that the new MacBook pro will boast better graphics and Apple will finally introduce Intel's Skylake processors which will provide better performance and power efficiency.
Still, the most anticipated feature in the new MacBook is said to be the OLED panel located just above the keyboard. This OLED panel will be called 'Dynamic Function Row' and users will be able to control a bunch of controls through this OLED screen. Apple is also expected to slim down the new MacBook Pro. Further, there have been rumours before about Apple integrating the famous Touch ID into the new MacBook Prowhich in our opinion is long due.
Apple is also rumoured to launch a 5K standalone monitor with integrated GPUs. For this the company is said to be working with LG though there haven't been information and leaks about the same.

Google’s stock price soars to highest price ever, soon after first wave of Pixel reviews

Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL have not quite yet been released. However, the initial wave of reception from other blogs is quite optimistic. Not soon after this first wave of Pixel and Pixel XL reviews was released on the internet.

Today, Alphabet Inc’s stock opened at $814.21. Throughout the course of the day, stock began rising and reached a level that has not yet been reached by the company. Google’s stock reached $828.81 at around 02:20 PM this afternoon. The highest the stock has even been in its history. The stock value closed at the end of the day (4PM) at $821.49

Bloomberg attributes the soaring stock price to the first wave of reviews for the Pixel devices, which are generally positive. It appears that Google’s software and hardware efforts for the Pixel phones are already paying off, even though the phone isn’t fully released yet.
Customers should begin getting their devices starting around October 20. For those who pre-ordered the phone from the Google Store and opted for ground shipping, you won’t get your device until the estimated October 26-28. If you opted for next-day shipping, you can expect to have your device before the weekend or first thing on Monday morning.

Mysterious Motorola smartphone spotted, could be new Moto X

Famous tipster Evan Blass posted an image on Twitter today which resembled a lot to Moto X Style. Its been a while since Motorola released a phone in its X series and this might be the right time for it as well and this might be the next gen Moto X handset.

Recently, Moto X (2016) was even spotted on CCC certification website and some of the benchmarks revealed Snapdragon 820 chipset with 4GB RAM. The display is touted to be a 5.5 inch AMOLED display which, according to reports, could be Shatterproof. Further, Motorola may include the modular functionality which it recently introduced in Moto Z series.
Apparently, this is not Moto M which has been in the rumours recently. Regarding the specifications, Moto M is expected to feature a 4.6-inch full-HD display, 1.9 GHz Mediatek MT6750 octa-core SoC, 3GB RAM, 32GB storage, 16-megapixel rear camera, 8-megapixel selfie camera and Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS. A 3000 mAh battery and a fingerprint scanner is also expected.
Coming back to the Moto X (2016), not much has been revealed about the design so we are not much sure if this is the new Moto X or if company will ever release a new Moto X. Nevertheless, Moto X series has been one of the most successful lineup for Motorola.
The original Moto X Style though came with decent specifications didn't do well. Whereas, Moto X Play was extremely successful with its high performance battery. Lets wait and see if Motorola is planning to release yet another successful Moto X device.

Friday, 14 October 2016

Here's how to get Jio SIM online

Fed up waiting in the line to get a Jio SIM? If yes, then here is a good news for you. Now you can get a Jio SIM from the comfort of your home.
A website called 'aonebiz.in' is now offering Jio SIM online. All you have to fill up a form online and provide necessary details and they will deliver the SIM to the mentioned address.
The website says that it is totally free but is asking Rs 199 as delivery charges which make sense. Your SIM will be delivered to you in 7-10 business days which though seem a bit too much time to wait. At the time of delivery, some documents as address proof and identity proof and a passport size photograph has to be submitted.
Jio SIMs are in high demand these days as the operator is offering free voice, SMS and data services till December 31. Though Jio is offering free SIMs, vendors are charging as much as Rs 500 in the name of services, codes etc.
However, The Mobile Indian takes no responsibility for the website and you are advised to proceed at your own risk.

Thursday, 13 October 2016

How to return a Galaxy Note 7 bought second-hand

Samsung and several carriers and retailers in the US started exchanging potentially dangerous Galaxy Note 7 units earlier this week. The move followed the Korean phone maker’s decision to halt the Note 7 production after its battery fiasco went beyond Samsung’s control. But what about those who’ve purchased a second-hand or used Note 7? Well, worry no more, Samsung isn’t leaving you out in the cold.

Even though it was only released last month, the flagship has been out long enough that it’s hard to rule out the possibility of second-hand Galaxy Note 7s floating around. So if you’ve bought a used Note 7, chances are that you can’t go back to the original owner and have your phone swapped for a replacement handset. Fortunately, there’s a straightforward way for you to return your device direct to Samsung.
In a press statement, Samsung advises customers to contact the company directly:
Any customer who bought a Note 7 [used] should contact us directly at 1-844-365-6197 to exchange their device. We are working as quickly as possible to make the service experience for our customers as quick and smooth as possible and we are grateful to our Note 7 customers for their patience during this time.
The same policy that Samsung implemented during the recall process in September applies here. Also, you can swap out your second-hand Galaxy Note 7 for a Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge even without an official receipt of sale or warranty. However, be sure to power down the handset before returning it to Samsung.

Reports claim most Note7 customers are opting for an S7 edge replacement

If you didn’t get the memo, the Galaxy Note7 saga finally came to and end a couple of days ago. It was definitely not the resolution the Korean giant had hoped for, but the flagship phablet is officially canceled and no longer in production. However, there is still the matter of pulling all the units that are already out there.

Samsung is being extra accommodating about that process as well. Yesterday it announced that it will even be exchanging second-hand units, regardless of origin. By all accounts the Korean giant just wants the saga to end and move on, which despite all the criticism seems to be playing well with fans.
According to a Taiwanese supplier chain, around 90% or customers, coming in to return their Note7 units, as per the recall are opting to walk out with a Galaxy S7 edge instead. That is definitely a good sign of the unwavering fan love. And just to keep everybody's minds at ease, Samsung has also been pushing messages to Galaxy S7 units, to reaffirm they are not affected by the battery crisis.
The model-wide recall is being conducted in slightly different ways on various markets, but the aforementioned free replacement option is typically available and apparently quite popular, since major carriers have already reported that their Galaxy S7 edge stock is depleted and Samsung has been ramping-up production to cope.In Taiwan in particular, affected users have a pretty sweet deal. Not only can they take their Note7 into any local retailer or carrier and get a free replacement phone, but there is also a $95 gift certificate if they opt for an S7 edge or Note5. Better yet, since the Note7 was more expensive than than the aforementioned siblings, users will also get a refund for any price gap - usually between $125-$155 for the S7 edge and $125-$220 for the Note5.

Intex Aqua S2 with Android Marshmallow, Fingerprint scanner launched at Rs 4,990

Intex Aqua S2, which was spotted earlier this week, is now official. The handset has been listed on the company's website at Rs 4,990 and comes in three different colours- Champagne, White and Grey.
The Intex Aqua S2 has a 5-inch FWVGA (480 X 854 pixels) display with pixel density of 196ppi. It is 32-bit quad-core Spreadtrum (SC7731C) processor, which is paired with Mali-400MP GPU. The smartphone runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system. It has a 2450 mAh battery, which claims to deliver talk time of up-to 5 hours and stand by time of 110 hours. The device also houses a fingerprint scanner, which is located on its back panel. The Aqua S2 supports GIF images as well.
The Aqua S2 comes with 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, which can be further expandable up-to 32GB via micro SD card. The device has a 5-megapixel camera both in its front and rear panel. The rear camera comes with LED flash light. Besides, the Aqua S2 offers Dual SIM, 3G, WiFi (802.11 b/g/n), Bluetooth 2.1, GPS/AGPS, a micro USB port, Emergency Rescue, Smart Gesture, and G-sensor. The phone also comes with pre-loaded apps like Intex Service, Daily Hunt, Newspoint, Saavn, Opera Mini, LFTY, Matrabhasha, and Online Software Update(FOTA). The handset measures 146.4 x 73 x 9.65 mm and weighs 153.8 grams.

Google's new Pixel phones available to pre-order in India

As scheduled, Google's newly-unveiled smartphones - the Pixel and Pixel XL - are now available to pre-order in India. Flipkart currently has both the devices listed on its website.
Specifically, the Pixel is currently available in both 32GB and 128GB storage options, while the Pixel XL is only available in 128GB option. Those cost INR 57,000 (around $850), INR 66,000 (around $985), and INR 76,000 (around $1,135), respectively.

The retailer is also offering an exchange discount of up to INR 27,000 (around $405) as well as e-gift vouchers worth 10% of the price of the model being purchased (this offer is only available to first 1,000 customers).
As for color options, only the Quite Black models is currently listed. Google however confirmed that Very Silver will be up for pre-order by the end of today.

OnePlus e-commerce portal is now live in India

Oneplus announced the launch of its own e-commerce store website - http://oneplusstore.in - in India. As per OnePlus, the store will make it easier for customers to buy OnePlus products while offering a personalised shopping experience.
For initial customers, OnePlus has also brought up new exclusive OnePlus merchandise for a limited time period only. To avail these offers, users just have to register the IMEI details of their smartphones on the portal and get shopping.
Commenting on the launch, Vikas Agarwal, General Manager - India, OnePlus said, "We are very excited to bring the globally acclaimed OnePlus shopping experience to our fans in India. With the new platform, our users will find it easier to purchase genuine OnePlus products and fan merchandise, right from the comfort of their homes. The e-commerce platform marks yet another major milestone in our India journey and reiterates our long term commitment towards the Indian market and our fan community here."
On the website, OnePlus is selling all its latest smartphone devices such as One Plus 3 with various accessories such as Dash Charger, Back Cases, Tempered Glass etc.
OnePlus has already been pretty decent in after-sale service with opening service centers all across India. It has also tied up with brand having similar synergies to give better services to its users.
Earlier, the company tied up with Idea Cellular for opening its first experience store in India where people would be able to come and use OnePlus products. Further, OnePlus have buried recent rumours about it discontinuing the One Plus 3 for a new refreshed variant. The company might sell the OnePlus 3 with LCD panel rather than AMOLED panel due to shortage of AMOLED panels.

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

RIP Samsung Galaxy Note 7

Reportedly, Samsung has now decided to offer Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge to the existing owners of Note 7.

On October 7, The Mobile Indian was the first tech website to suggest Samsung to stop making the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7 and the Korean company seems to have listened to suggestion. On Tuesday, it announced its decision to discontinue the Galaxy Note 7 which has been marred in controversies ever since its launch in August this year.
The decision came after the replaced model of Note 7 too caught fire.
"Taking our customer's safety as our highest priority, we have decided to halt sales and production of the Galaxy Note 7," the company said.
Samsung even advised Galaxy Note 7 users world-wide to immediately switch off their original or replacement Note 7s. Earlier the company had asked telecom carriers and retailers to stop selling the Note 7.
Samsung shares had tumbled after the Tuesday announcement and as per estimates Note 7 would cost Samsung up to $2.8 billion.
Reportedly, Samsung has now decided to offer Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge to the existing owners of Note 7.
Samsung's loss though would bring cheers to its rivals, especially Apple and Google whose iPhone 7 and Pixel phones stand to gain the most.

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 stats getting Marshmallow update

Samsung has now released the Android Marshmallow update for its 2014 Note series flagship, Galaxy Note 4. As of now, the update has been rolled out by US Cellular. The update brings in all the features ofAndroid 6.0.1 such as Doze, Google Now on Tap, Redesigned app permissions etc. The update as usual will be rolled out via Over-The-Air update. If you own a Note 4, we recommend you check for latest updates by going into the Settings menu.
As for the specifications, the Galaxy Note 4 offers a 5.7-inch 2.5D Super AMOLED display with Quad HD (2560x1440 pixel) resolution. The display on the Note 4 offers curved glass at the edges.
Inside, there is an Exynos 5 Octa series mobile chipset with 1.9 Ghz quad-core and 1.3 Ghz quad-core set up or in some markets it comes with a Quad-core 2.7 Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 mobile chipset which comes with Adreno 420 GPU graphics processor. Both hardware variants are paired with 3 GB RAM. Depending on the market, Galaxy Note 4 also comes with 4G LTE Category 4 or Category 6 network support but VoLTE is not there.
For photography, there is a 16 megapixel camera with auto-focus and Smart OIS feature along with LED flash to capture best quality images. The camera can be used to shoot video to up to Ultra HD (3840x2160) resolution at 30 frames per second. At front, Galaxy Note 4 features a 3.7 megapixel camera with f/1.9 aperture and offering 90 degree viewing angles. All the necessary connectivity features are there such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS etc. It also has a bunch of sensors like sensors such as Proximity, Gesture, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Geo-magnetic, IR-LED, Barometer, Hall Sensor, Finger Scanner, UV, and Heart-rate monitor, which Samsung boasted a lot at the time of its launch. To power the entire device, there is a 3220 mAh battery which is removable. It comes with 32GB internal storage which is expandable via microSD card.
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 though 2 years old still looks strong on paper. Let us know in the comment section below about your experience using Android Marshmallow on this device.

Half a million Redmi devices sold in 72 hours

As part of the ongoing festive sales across leading e-commerce platforms in India, over 500,000 Xiaomi Redmi phones have been sold in the country in just three days. The announcement came from the Indian arm of the Chinese company on Twitter.
That translates into an impressive two phones sold each second. The company also revealed that the Redmi 3S was the top selling smartphone on Flipkart, while the Redmi Note 3 topped the charts on Amazon.
"More than six months of rigorous planning and hard work has helped us set a new benchmark in the industry," said Manu Jain, Xiaomi's India head. "Last year we sold more than half a million phones in 30 days during the month of October, and this year we were able to achieve a similar number within three days. Based on what we know, no other brand has ever achieved this in India."
For those who aren't aware, aside from Amazon and Flipkart, Snapdeal and Tata Cliq are also holding festive sales in the country.