Friday, 6 January 2017

OnePlus opens its first Experience store in Bengaluru

1+ has finally opened up its first Experience store today in Bengaluru. The store is one of its kind and will shelf all the OnePlus products to experience. As reported earlier, the store is located at Hira Property No. 5, New No. 213, Brigade Road, Bangalore (read Bengaluru) and is one of the biggest stores on the most popular high-street retail hub and CBD of Bangalore - Brigade Road. However, note that the official opening of the store for the public will happen tomorrow i.e. 7th January at 2 PM. The entire store is spread across 14,000 square meters and is divided into four zones. There is an independent service centre in the basement, a retail cum community zone on the ground and intermediate floors, an office space on the upper floors and a cafe cum lounge area on the rooftop.

Further, the store is a result of the skills of both local and international architects including the renowned Husna Rehman of Fulcrum Studio from India and Infinity Design and Engineering.
OnePlus claims that the new Experience store will provide customers with a first-hand opportunity to come and have an immersive experience of all our products including smartphones, accessories and lifestyle merchandise. However, the store will only let customers experience the product and the official purchase will be done by company's official e-commerce partner Amazon India.
In addition to the regular display and retail activities, the OnePlus Experience Centre will act as a hub of various community engagement activities. All OnePlus fans are encouraged to visit the store and participate. To start with, OnePlus will be setting up an augmented reality game to illustrate its proprietary Dash Charge feature in a very engaging manner. Not only this, the company will also support the local technology and startup ecosystem by conducting regular workshops, knowledge sessions etc.

Huawei Honor 6X is expected to be launched in India on January 24

After announcing Huawei Honor 6X at CES 2017 and delivering a briefing about the device in India late last month, Huawei has finally started sending out the invites for the India launch of its new smartphone. Though the invite doesn't reveal the name or any specifications but as claimed by previous rumours, the device is likely to be the Honor 6X.
Quickly briefing you through the specifications, the new Honor 6X is Huawei's cheapest smartphone which comes with a dual-camera set-up at the back. Inside, it runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow with EMUI v4.1 on top and is powered by a Kirin 655 Octa-Core (4 cores at 2.1GHz + 4 cores at 1.7GHz) chipset with Mali-T830MP2 GPU paired with 3GB RAM + 32GB internal storage or 4GB RAM + 64GB internal storage. In both the cases, the internal storage is expandable via microSD card. Other than that, it comes with a 5.5-inch (1080x1920 pixels) full-HD IPS display with 2.5D curved glass protection. Yesterday, we also reported ( that the device will get Android 7.0 Nougat sometime in Q2 2017. Further, the new updates will also bring Huawei's new EMUI 5.0.

Coming back to the optics, The set up comes with phase detection autofocus (PDAF), LED flash etc. At the front, there is an 8-megapxel sensor for selfies. The rear camera setup on the Honor 6X is more like the one we saw in HTC One M8. The set up lets you dig into and play with shallow depth of field and one can change the focus of an image post clicking it. For the juice, there is a 3340 mAh battery inside. It also sports a fingerprint sensor at the back which is fairly accurate and responsive.
We have no information about India pricing as of now, however, the pricing is rumoured to be similar to that in China. In China, the device is priced at CNY 999 (roughly Rs. 9,900) for 32GB + 3GB RAM, CNY 1,299 (roughly Rs. 12,900) for 32GB + 4GB RAM, and CNY 1,599 (roughly Rs. 15,800) for 64GB + 4GB RAM. We are not really sure as to which variants will make it to India.

Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro with 6GB RAM to launch in India soon-Report

The Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro which was launched in China in October last year is expected to be launched in India thisJanuary. As per a report of MySmartprice, Samsung will be launching its first Galaxy C series smartphone in India by month end.
The report says that along with the smartphone, Samsung will also launch its smartwatch- Gear S3. Also, note that we had earlier reported that Samsung Galaxy Gear S3 might come to India in January 2017.
The Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro was launched at 3199 Yuan or approximately Rs 31,670 in China in Gold and Rose Gold colour variants. Later, the company also announced black colour variant in its home country, South Korea.
Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro a 6-inch display with full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) AMOLED display. It is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 653 (4 x 1.95GHz + 4 x 1.44GHz) processor and Adreno 510 GPU. The phone has a 6GB RAM, 64GB internal memory and 256GB expandable memory slot. The smartphone runs on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow operating system and is backed up by a 4,000 mAh battery with fast charging technology. The device also features a fingerprint sensor on the home button.
The Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro has a 16-megapixel shooter on the back with dual-tone LED flash, f/1.9 aperture and a 16-megapixel selfie camera. On the connectivity front, the device offers Dual SIM, 4G LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, NFC and a USB Type C. The handset measures 162.9 x 80.7 x 6.9 mm and weighs 185 grams.
Samsung had unveiled its Gear S3 line-up last year at IFA 2016. The Gear S3 comes in two variants - a rugged designed 'Frontier' and elegantly designed 'Classic' model. While the Frontier variant is designed for any occasion, the Classic variant is designed as a luxury watch with careful attention to detail such as size, shape etc. Both the variants are water resistant (IP68 certified) and have built-in GPS, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC support and WiFi. In addition to this, the Frontier variant also has its own 3G/LTE chip for mobile payments anywhere through Samsung Pay and LTE connectivity, though this feature will be region specific.
Recollecting the technical specifications, in the front, the Gear S3 sports a 1.3 inch Circular Super AMOLED display with 360 x 360-pixel resolution and Corning Gorilla Glass SR+ for protection. The new smart watch from the South Korean giant is powered by 1 GHz Dual-Core processor paired with 768MB RAM and 4GB internal memory. The Gear S3 runs on Tizen based wearable platform 2.3.2 and has a 380mAh Li-ion battery which interestingly supports wireless charging. Regarding the sensors, both the variants have Accelerometer, Gyro, Barometer, HRM and Ambient Light sensor.

Samsung Galaxy J1 4G launched in India for Rs 6,890

Samsung has today silently launched its new smartphone, Samsung Galaxy J1 4G for Rs 6,890. The smartphone is currently listed on the company's official website in Gold, Black and White colour variants. The Samsung Galaxy J1 4G is same as Samsung Galaxy J1 (2016) which was unveiled last year in international markets. It is the successor of Samsung Galaxy J1 which was launched in India in February 2015 for Rs 7,190.
As far as specs are concerned, the Galaxy J1 4G features a 4.5-inch (480x800 pixel resolution) Super AMOLED display which is slightly bigger than the 4.3-inch display of the original Galaxy J1. The new Galaxy J1 is powered by the 1.3 GHz Spreadrum SC7727SE quad-core processor and Mali-400 GPU. It has 1GB RAM, 8GB of internal storage and expandable memory of 128GB via micro sd card slot. The device runs on Android-based operating system, however, Android version is not mentioned on Samsung's website. But we expect it to be Android Lollipop since it was launched with Lollipop OS globally.
The smartphone flaunts a 5-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. The device is backed up by a 2050mAh battery which claims to offer up to 12 hours of talk time on 3G network. On the connectivity front, the handset offers 4G LTE with VoLTE, Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, Micro USB, Accelerometer and Proximity Sensor. The device measures 132.6 x 69.3 x 8.9 mm and weighs 131 grams.
The original Samsung Galaxy J1 has a 4.3-inch touchscreen with 480x800 pixels resolution, 1.2 GHz dual core processor, 512 MB RAM, 4 GB ROM, and a micro SD card slot for 64 GB capacity. The Galaxy J1 is based on Android 4.4 KitKat operating system and has a 5-megapixel autofocus rear camera with a LED flash. Besides, it has a 2-megapixel front camera, dual SIM and an 1850 mAh Li-Ion battery that claims to offers 10 hours of 3G talk time. The earlier Samsung Galaxy J1 model also offers FM radio, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi, WiFi Direct, GPS with A-GPS and GLONASS, Proximity sensor, and Accelerometer.

Monday, 2 January 2017

BHIM app already No 1 on PlayStore, has hit 3 million download mark

Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, had launched the BHIM (Bharat Interface for Money) app on 30th December 2016 and it has started trending on Google PlayStore. Just four days after its launch, BHIM app witnessed over 3 million downloads and is rated No 1 on the Play Store, claimed Niti Ayog CEO Amitabh Kant.
The exact tweet read - "Bhim App - 3 million download since launch, No 1 on Play Store in India amongst all apps, over 500,000 transactions since launch. #MakeinIndia."
If you are not aware, BHIM is a simplified payment platform to facilitate UPI (Unified Payment Interface) and USSD (Unstructured Supplementary Service Data) payment methods. As of now, the app is only available on Google Play Store and works in English or Hindi language. Being a Central Government initiative, most of the Indian commercial banks are already on board for this payment system including State Bank of India, ICICI Bank, Axis Bank, HDFC Bank, Bank of India, Canara Bank, Kotak Mahindra Bank, Oriental Bank of Commerce and Punjab National Bank, among others.
We tried the new BHIM app and found the process to be simple and easy.

OnePlus rolls out OxygenOS 3.5.6 update for the OnePlus 2 with network issue fix

Last month, OnePlus rolled out the OxygenOS 3.5.5 update for the OnePlus 2 only to pull it back after some time when several users started facing issues with the network. As per the complaints, many users claimed that the network on their OnePlus 2 after the update use to drop abnormally. Fortunately, OnePlus has now rolled out a fresh OxygenOS 3.5.6 update with the network issue fix.

Moreover, most of the users complaining about this issue happened to use Airtel or Reliance Jio Network. Also, the issue would pop up only when one use to switch on the mobile data whereas with Wi-Fi, the mobile network would behave just fine.
As always, the update is rolled out via OTA (over the air) and is an incremental update which implies that the update will be first rolled out to a small set of users after which gradually the update reaches everyone within a week or two.
OxygenOS 3.5.6 brings in a new Battery Saving Mode, App Lock (in Security and Fingerprint settings), Gaming Mode (Settings > Developer Options), Additional customizations for Alet Slider, Revamped UI and Volume Adjustment Bar, and other stability enhancements and bug fixes. Shelf is now clean and more customizable.
Meanwhile, OnePlus surprised us all on this new year's eve by rolling out stable Android Nougat update for the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T

More info reportedly leaks on Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 before CES 2017

The info comes from noted gadget leaker Evan “@evleaks” Blass, who apparently got a hold of an internal Qualcomm press release on the Snapdragon 835. Some of the features center on graphics. The press release says the new chip will have 25 percent faster 3D graphic rendering compared to the older Snapdragon 820, along 60 times more display colors. The Snapdragon 835 will also have 20 percent less motion-to-photon latency.
Smartphone cameras will also get some zoom and stabilization improvements with the new chip, along with better and faster auto-focus. The Snapdragon 835 was made on a new 10nm design, and it will be 30 percent smaller than the Snapdragon 820. This should allow smartphones to be thinner while still adding larger batteries. The chip will also use 40 percent less power while still getting a 27 percent performance increase. Qualcomm has already announced that the chip will support Quick Charge 4, which should be capable of adding five hours of battery life with just 5 minutes of charging time.
While Qualcomm has yet to announce which phones will get the Snapdragon 835 processor, ASUS has already hinted it will reveal a phone with the new chip at CES this week.

Lenovo P2 with 5,100mAh battery coming to India soon

Lenovo P2 which was officially unveiled back in September last year and went on sale a couple of months later, will soon be launched in India. This was revealed by the India subsidiary of the Chinese company in a tweet.
Specs-wise, the phone is powered by a Snapdragon 625 chipset, and sports a 5.5-inch full HD display. RAM options include 3GB and 4GB, while storage is 32GB. In terms of camera, the P2 features a 13MP/5MP combo. A large, 5,100mAh battery is there to keep the lights on.
The handset launched carrying a price tag of €249/€299 in Europe. There is currently no information on exactly how much it'll cost in India.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Moto M Heading to India Early December

Moto M is being by the company’s Twitter account, as it is  heading for India to launch early December. The phone which will be the first Moto phone to sport a fingerprint sensor at the back will feature  5.5-inch full-HD 2.5D IPS display with a pixel density of 401ppi. Running a 64-bit MediaTek Helio P15 chipset with a 2.2GHz CPU and 4GB of LPDDR3 RAM.
The Moto M will come with  32GB of inbuilt storage and have microSD card expandability(up to 128GB) via a  hybrid SIM slot with a  Micro-SIM or microSD card in the second SIM slot.
The new series of Moto is coming your way. Stay tuned to know what’s different and better!
— Moto India (@Moto_IND) November 29, 2016

For Optics the Moto M sports a 16 MP main shooter with PDAF and f/2.0 along with an 8 MP front camera. With a 3050 mAh battery the phone will support a turbo charging via the supplied turbo charger Type – C in the box. The Moto M works with 4G LTE networks in India and will support VoLTE. The Moto M comes with a USB – C port and also has NFC. The Moto M is expected to launch for Rs. 18,999 in India making it a good prospect for under 20k phone.

Nokia D1C to have two hardware versions, specs leak

2017 will be the year of the Nokia brand's re-entry into the smartphone space. This has already been confirmed multiple times by the Finnish company itself, most recently a couple of weeks ago. One of the first new Android-powered devices to bear the Nokia name is set to be the D1C, which we've so far seen leaked in three different benchmark databases. And while one of those pegged its screen size at 13.8", the reality is that this will in fact be a phone, according to a new rumor on the matter.
Well, not one phone, but two actually. Apparently we're set to see a lower-end 5-inch Nokia D1C with a 1080p touchscreen, 2GB of RAM, a 13 MP main camera, an 8 MP selfie shooter, and 16GB of built-in storage. It will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 chipset, sporting a 1.4 GHz octa-core Cortex-A53 CPU and an Adreno 505 GPU. It will run Android 7.0 Nougat.
Another D1C variation will keep all of those specs, except for packing a bigger 5.5-inch display (with the same 1080p resolution though), a 16 MP rear camera, and 3GB of RAM. Both models are already in the prototype testing phase, say purportedly reliable sources. Additionally, one or both of them might look similar to what's pictured in the renders above.
No clues about pricing have been outed yet, or any specific release time frame. Nokia could make these official at MWC in February, or it may hold a special event of its own at some other time for their introduction.

Android Nougat Open Beta 8 now available for OnePlus 3

Good News for OnePlus 3 users. The company has finally rolled out Android Nougat Open Beta 8 forOnePlus 3. Earlier this month, OnePlus said that it will release the beta version of Android Nougat this month with the stable build to be released next month.
Note that, you will have to flash this version manually (no OTA) even if you are running on previous betaversions. Also, once installed you cannot go back to Marshmallow without resetting the Operating System. For that, we would strongly recommend you to contact the OnePlus support to help you install the previous stable build again. This new beta 8 brings in all the features from Android Nougat such as new notification design, new settings menu, multi-window view, notification direct reply, custom DPI support etc. Apart from this, OnePlus has also included a bunch of extra features including status bar icons, quick launch for third-party apps, and new customizations for Shelf.
Further, since this is a beta version, there will be bugs. Also, OnePlus apparently revealed that Android Pay may not work properly on this build. Apart from that, we expect some stability and performance issues as well.
Nevertheless, it's good to see OnePlus sticking to its words which would mean that we might see the stable Nougat build for our beloved OnePlus 3 next month as mentioned by the company before. If you can't wait for the stable build, you can download the .zip file from the link given above, or else wait for the official stable build which would be pushed via OTA (Over-The-Air) sometime next month. Also, we would not be surprised if OnePlus release Android Nougat beta for OnePlus 3T in the coming week.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime is now available for purchase in US

The Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime, which has been available for purchase in India and a couple of other Asian markets so far, has now been launched in the United States as well. Amazon has the black colored variant listed for around $285 - the model is compatible with all GSM providers in the country.

Specs-wise, the phone is powered by Exynos 7870 SoC and sports a 5.5-inch HD display. RAM is 3GB, while internal memory options include 16GB and 32GB. In terms of camera, the handset offers a 13MP rear unit and an 8MP front shooter. It runs Android 6.0.1, packs in a 3,300mAh battery, and features a fingerprint sensor as well.