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Specs and other details of Pixel devices leaked a day before Google’s big launch event

Specs and other details of Pixel devices leaked a day before Google’s big launch event

We’re still one day away from Google’s big launch event where we are expecting our favorite tech giants to make a bunch of exciting announcements that include their new Pixel lineup for smartphones, Chromecast Ultra and a host of other devices. With all major launch events, you do expect a couple of leaked (rendered and sometimes actual) images of the devices that will be launched especially when it comes to smartphones. Same was the case with the Pixel devices, as our friends at Droid Life managed to get their hands on the complete details of both devices that are going to launch on Oct 4th, 2016. The following details have been extracted from the websites of various retailers but the one thing that is still to be made sure is the pricing and availability of the devices. Here is the info from Carphone Warehouse’s site: What are the takeaways from all of that? A few things stand out. For one, CW is referring to this as the “first standalone phone” from Google, which matches up with the #madebygoogle hashtag they are advertising it with. Even though HTC may have built these phones, Google must be looking at that relationship as nothing more than a manufacturer and not a partner. From there, CW talks about two sizes (Pixel and Pixel XL), having access to Google Assistant everywhere with the “OK, Google” command (not just in Allo), unlimited full resolution storing of photos through Google Photos, a “Smart Storage” feature to help you automatically clean up space on your phone, good low light photos from the camera, access to Google Duo and Allo (which is not unique to these phones), fast charging with USB Type-C (7 hours of battery in 15 minutes), and custom Live Cases like we saw for the Nexus 6P and 5X. Here are the specs according to CW: Pixel Pixel XL Software Android 7.1 Android 7.1 Display 5″ FHD AMOLED (1920×1080, 441ppi) Gorilla Glass 4 5.5″ QHD AMOLED (2560×1440, 534ppi) Gorilla Glass 4 Processor 2.15GHz Snapdragon 821 (quad-core, 64-bit) 2.15GHz Snapdragon 821 (quad-core, 64-bit) RAM 4GB 4GB Camera Rear: 12.3MP (f/2.0, 1.55um), Image stabilization Front: 8MP Rear: 12.3MP (f/2.0, 1.55um), Image stabilization Front: 8MP Battery 2770mAh Fast charging 3450mAh Fast charging Storage 32GB or 128GB No microSD support 32GB or 128GB No microSD support Other Fingerprint scanner, NFC, 3.5mm headphone, USB Type-C Fingerprint scanner, NFC, 3.5mm headphone, USB Type-C Dimensions 143.8 x 69.5 x 8.6 mm 143 grams 154.7 x 75.7 x 8.6 mm 168 grams SIM Nano Nano Here are two new press renders, courtesy of  Telus: (Pixel vs. Pixel XL) Those two images aren’t revealing much new, but the Google...

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HUAWEI’S NEW “EMOTION UI 5.0” WITH MAJOR REDESIGN – LAUNCH EXPECTED THIS FALL

HUAWEI’S NEW “EMOTION UI 5.0” WITH MAJOR REDESIGN – LAUNCH EXPECTED THIS FALL

Huawei has been the master inventor in the high technology products over the years. With its unique approach towards Android, Huawei has developed its own Emotion ROM, which has recently gained great popularity and is expected to be re-launched, as EMUI 5.0, after a major upgrade, sometime during fall 2016.  According to industry sources, Huawei has been working on a new major upgrade to the OS – version 5.0, which will bring an entirely new, smartly simplified UI, one closely resembling Stock Android. The current EMUI 4.1 used in the Huawei P9 smartphones is also very advanced, but the newly developed EMUI 5.0 will offer even simpler menu structure and navigation scheme.  Huawei’s Head of Mobiles Division – Li Changzhu stated that; the new EMUI has a new cleaner and minimalist look on the user-interface, while not affecting the original firmware module. This new-found push towards simplicity in the interface is done to resonate better with Western customers. However, this will surely not come at the expense of functionality or options to be customized, which play an important role in EMUI.  Emotion UI 5.0 launch will probably coincide with IFA 2016 in Berlin and in all likelihood, a new Huawei Mate 9 device will be unveiled as a superior smart device in technology and user experience. According to GSM Info; “The EMUI 5.0 will offer an interface that resembles vanilla Android, with a lot more customizable options. The changes are geared towards making EMUI more palatable to a Western audience. With Huawei’s strong presence in Europe and increasing foothold in the U.S. market, dialing the interface back will go a long way toward making its devices more appealing. The redesign of EMUI 5.0 is being led by chief UX designer – Abigail Brody, who was formerly the creative director for iOS at...

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The Galaxy Note 7 has been officially recalled by Samsung

The Galaxy Note 7 has been officially recalled by Samsung

Samsung has officially recalled, its latest flagship device the Galaxy Note 7 globally. The device was getting great reviews all over world less one complain. The battery would explode while the device was on charge. There were 35 reported sets which have had the issue so far. Korean news agency Yonhap first reported that Samsung was preparing the recall yesterday, and a spokesperson later confirmed to The Wall Street Journal that sales had been halted in the company’s native country of South Korea. Yonhap said that Samsung was in discussions with carriers including Verizon Wireless regarding how to handle the recall process. According to an unnamed Samsung official that spoke earlier to Yonhap, the vast majority of Note 7 phones should be unaffected, despite the sweeping recall. “Products installed with the problematic battery account for less than 0.1 percent of the entire volume sold,” said the official. “The problem can be simply resolved by changing the battery, but we’ll come up with convincing measures for our consumers.”   Samsung has also stated that, this issue will be handled properly and the handsets will be replaced by new units. Below is the statement given by them: Samsung is committed to producing the highest quality products and we take every incident report from our valued customers very seriously. In response to recently reported cases of the new Galaxy Note 7, we conducted a thorough investigation and found a battery cell issue. To date (as of September 1) there have been 35 cases that have been reported globally and we are currently conducting a thorough inspection with our suppliers to identify possible affected batteries in the market. However, because our customers’ safety is an absolute priority at Samsung, we have stopped sales of the Galaxy Note 7. For customers who already have Galaxy Note 7 devices, we will voluntarily replace their current device with a new one over the coming weeks. We acknowledge the inconvenience this may cause in the market but this is to ensure that Samsung continues to deliver the highest quality products to our customers. We are working closely with our partners to ensure the replacement experience is as convenient and efficient as possible. Picture Source:...

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Infinix officially launch the Hot 4 with a 4000mAh battery and Fingerprint scanner for PKR 12,599

Infinix officially launch the Hot 4 with a 4000mAh battery and Fingerprint scanner for PKR 12,599

When it comes to phones with great specs at extremely affordable prices, Infinix is one name that at once springs to mind. In the past one year, the brand has been a massive fan favorite mainly due to its different price variants catered to the needs and requirements of the everyday smartphone user. Continuing on that same practice, the Chinese OEM has yet again come up with another beautiful looking device that not only boasts some really good specs, but also at the same time tends to go easy on your wallets as well. Infinix in an exclusive Facebook live event recently launched the Hot 4, which as the name suggests is the fourth device of the highly acclaimed “Infinix Hot” series. Let us now take a closer look at what the Hot 4 has to offer. Display The screen is the most wanted item on the smartphone list. With the Infinix Note, the screen has been given top priority and modified into a spectacular display that shares such depth of clarity with detail so as to stun the viewer. The 5.5 inch 720p HD screen is perfect for entertainment viewers and regular smartphone usage at all times. The 12 ultra-bright backlight LEDs showcases a wonderful bright and clear picture that is adjustable to meet the user’s high standards. Ultra-Quad Core Processor The Infinix mobiles have spread like wildfire in Pakistan due to their attention to detail, more importantly the smartphone processor and improving upon it to produce some stellar results. The Hot 4 sports a 1.3 GHz Quad-core MediaTek MT6580 processor along with a Mali-400MP GPU, a perfect blend of speed and power needed for high end gaming and other processing tasks. Camera One of the major focus of smartphones these days are the front and rear cameras. With the selfie trend on the rise and the need of capturing those perfect moments, a good camera is always a plus point. On that similar note, the Hot 4 boasts an 8MP rear camera which captures some really decent shots. On the front of the device you will find a 5MP camera perfect for taking selfies. Smart & Secure Fingerprint Scanner The security protocols that are embedded into the Infinix Hot 4 are certainly a dream come true as the new fingerprint scanner has taken hold. Rather than complicate the entire process with long forgettable passwords and confusing patterns and lines, the simple imprint of the finger is enough for providing access to the owner. It’s simple, easy and takes away all the hard work from the equation. ROM & RAM Memory Expansion The Infinix Hot 4 comes with 16GB of on-board storage with...

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Telenor Rawaan takes you on a never before seen musical journey across Pakistan

Telenor Rawaan takes you on a never before seen musical journey across Pakistan

There is no denying the fact that Pakistan is filled with tremendous natural beauty and a plethora of cultural diversities. This was recently highlighted in a delightful music video called “Rawaan” sponsored by Telenor in which some of the major tourist attractions of the country have been highlighted. The video portrays the journey of a music producer who is in the midst of capturing some of the most breath taking sights and sounds of the country. The video not only promotes various cultures but at the same time also spreads the message of love and peace in a manner that is not only serene but at the same time quite soothing to the soul as well. The music composed in the video is a perfect blend of Sufi poetry and local folk songs stringed together in a single truly mesmerizing bundle. With the recent acquisition of the 4G spectrum, Telenor has come a long way from just being a simple network provider and has taken into its stride to not only provide their customers with the best services but in the process of doing so, also bridge the gap between various cultures of the country. In order to cater the high demanding communication needs of the country, Telenor Rawaan is most certainly a step in the right direction. It is a metaphorical manifestation of this very endeavor. The mystical voyage for enlightenment mirrors Telenor’s own philosophy of looking within the customer. Traveling across the land, it becomes evident how every region and its people have their own unique flavor and it is precisely these striking differences that unite us. In the way a garden unites all varieties of flowers rooted in the same soil. This symbolizes precisely how Telenor recognizes the differences that make each of its customers unique and allows Telenor to deliver customized, personal solutions. And finally the epic journey of self-discovery signifies Telenor’s own limitless journey driven by the ambition to fulfill its core value; ‘Customer First’. You can also be a part of this amazing journey. Just use the hashtag #TelenorRawaan on various social media platforms including Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and be a part of this new revolution to bring the different people of our beloved country even more closer to each other. For more information on packages and tariffs, click...

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Android 7.0 Nougat officially arrives on Nexus Devices

Android 7.0 Nougat officially arrives on Nexus Devices

For everyone who was waiting to taste the sweetness of Android Nougat, the wait is finally over at least for those of you owning a new Nexus device. Google have officially rolled out OTA updates of Android 7.0 Nougat to selective Nexus devices that include the Nexus 6P, the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Nexus 9, Nexus Player, Pixel C and General Mobile 4G (Android One). Google also announced that the LGV20 would be the first device to come with Android 7.0 out of the box but no further details were revealed. As far as other OEMs are concerned, the latest update will start rolling out in the next few months depending on carrier modifications and hardware compatibility. Let us now take a closer look at the official change log of Android 7.0 Nougat and relish into the sweetness: Performance JIT compiler: The new JIT compiler improves runtime device performance, reduces the amount of storage space required for apps, and makes app and system updates much faster. VR mode: With VR mode, Android Nougat is ready to transport you to new worlds. Coming soon with Daydream and Daydream-ready phones. Vulkan™ API: Vulkan API is a real game changer with high-performance 3D graphics. See apps leap to life with sharper graphics and eye candy effects. Battery & Data Doze: Doze is now dozier, with your device going into lower power usage when you’re on the move. That means your Android device will conserve battery even when it’s jostling around in your pocket. Data saver: Limit how much data your device uses with Data Saver. When Data Saver is turned on, apps in the background won’t be able to access cell data. http://www.talkandroidphones.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/datasaver.mp4 Productivity Split-screen mode: Now you can multitask with ease. Run two apps side by side in split-screen mode – watch a movie while texting, or read a recipe with your timer open. Picture-in-picture mode: On Android TV, you can continue watching your current video while browsing or changing settings. Quick switch: Double tap the Overview button to switch between your two most recently used apps. http://www.talkandroidphones.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/splitscreen.mp4 Notifications Bundled notifications: See what’s new at a glance with bundled notifications from individual apps. Simply tap to view each alert. Direct reply: Direct reply lets you quickly reply to a message, directly from within the notification shade. So, you no longer need to launch the app to fire off a quick response. Notification controls: When a notification pops up, just press and hold to toggle the settings. For instance, you can silence future alerts from an app in the notification itself. http://www.talkandroidphones.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/directreply.mp4 System usability improvements Customizable Quick Settings: Rearrange your Quick Setting tiles so you can get to...

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