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Monday, May 21, 2018

HMD Global raises $100 million, will invest in growth of Nokia

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HMD Global - the home of Nokia phones, today announced that it has raised additional $100 million from multiple investors to scale business operations and fund the company’s growth in its second year. This round of investment has been led by Geneva-based, Ginko Ventures via Alpha Ginko Ltd. with participation from DMJ Asia Investment Opportunity Limited and Wonderful Stars Pte. Ltd., a subsidiary of FIH Mobile Ltd. With the current round of funding, the market valuation exceeds $1 billions, and HMD Global have said to make strategic investments in scaling its fast-growing business operations. In 2018, the company plans to expand its portfolio of Nokia smartphones aggressively, and double down on expanding channel reach in strategic markets. In its first year, HMD Global has shipped more than 70 million Nokia branded phones in over 80 countries with phone activations coming from 170 countries. The Nokia phones are now being sold at over 250,000 retail outlets across the world, and more than 600 direct trade partners are committed to joining soon. In the financial year 2017, HMD Global posted a total revenue of EUR 1.8 billion (USD 2.13 billion) along with an operational loss of EUR 65 million (USD 77 million). Florian Seiche, CEO, HMD Global, ...

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Qualcomm, Facebook partner to bring high-speed internet connectivity in urban areas

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Qualcomm has partnered with Facebook to deliver high-speed internet connectivity with Facebook’s Terragraph technology through the development of a multi-node wireless system based on 60GHz technology from Qualcomm. This terrestrial system improves speed, efficiency, and quality of internet connectivity around the world at only a fraction of the cost of fiber deployments. Qualcomm will integrate its QCA6438 and QCA6428 chipsets with Facebook's Terragraph technology and will help in building 60GHz mmWave solutions using the unlicensed 60GHz spectrum and provide Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) consumers in urban areas access to high-speed broadband connections. Yael Maguire, vice president of connectivity, Facebook said: We’re excited to work with Qualcomm Technologies to advance the adoption of pre-802.11ay and 802.11ad 60GHz technologies and build a robust ecosystem of interoperable solutions based on Terragraph. With Terragraph, our goal is to enable people living in urban areas to access high-quality connectivity that can help create new opportunities and strengthen communities. Irvind Ghai, vice president, product management, Qualcomm Atheros said: Our collaboration with Facebook will bring advanced 11ad and pre-11ay technologies to market increasing broadband penetration and enabling operators to reduce their capex for last mile access. Terragraph cloud controller and TDMA architecture coupled with Qualcomm Technologies solution’s 10 Gbps link rate, low power consumption and early interference mitigation ...

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Qualcomm introduces first 5G NR solution for small cells and remote radio heads

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Qualcomm today has announced an industry first 5G NR solution targeted for small cells and remote radio head deployments that is built on proven Qualcomm FSM Platform for 3G and 4G small cells. It supports 5G NR in both mmWave and sub-6 GHz spectrum. This solution enables OEMs to use both software and hardware designs across sub-6 and mmWave products with support for both .high-bandwidth and robust coverage for mobile subscribers around the globe. The 'Small Cell Densification' will again be a critical component of 5G network deployments. The FSM100xx applies Qualcomm Technologies’ expertise in 10nm mobile technologies to bring improved power consumption and performance in critical outdoor deployments and challenging indoor scenarios. Irvind Ghai, vice president, product management, Qualcomm Atheros, Inc said: Qualcomm Technologies is leading the world to 5G by providing this 5G NR small cell solution to support 5G NR in both sub-6Hz and mmWave spectrum. With small cells expected to play a critical role in 5G networks, we are happy to announce our highly flexible FSM100xx solution capable of supporting a wide range of use case and deployment models, and to support our customers to deliver on the promise of 5G. Source

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Vodafone launches VoLTE services in Kolkata

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After Delhi-NCR, Mumbai, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Goa and Rajasthan,Haryana,  Uttar Pradesh (UP) west, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh (UP) East,  Punjab, Chennai and Kerala, Vodafone has finally launched VoLTE (Voice Over LTE) services in Kolkata. Vodafone is calling it Super VoLTE and said that the technology delivers high-quality sound over voice calls across the Vodafone SuperNet 4G network so that users will experience ultra-clear voice quality and reduced background noise. If you have a VoLTE enabled handset, you can SMS 4G CHECK to 199 to know if you your smartphone is Vodafone Super VoLTE compatible. If you have Dual SIM handset, Vodafone SIM should be inserted in the SIM slot with data capability and network mode should be set as “4G/3G/2G (Auto)”. Vodafone said that it has invested over Rs 6,000 crore till date in Kerala circle including more than Rs 200 crore last year. With the investment, it rolled out over 4000 sites in the last one year, which is equivalent to 11 sites per day. Vodafone already said that it will extended the service across the country in a phased manner over the next few months. You can check out the list of Vodafone VoLTE supported devices here. Commenting on the launch of VoLTE in the state, Arvinder Singh Sachdev, Business Head – Kolkata and ROB, ...

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LG Q7, Q7+ and Q7α with 5.5-inch FHD+ FullVision Display, water-resistant body, military-level durability announced

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LG just announced Q7, the company's latest smartphone in the 'Q series' and the successor of last year's Q6, after several leaks. It has the same 5.5-inch  FHD+ FullVision Display and packs the same 3,000mAh built-in battery, but this is powered by a new 1.5GHz Octa-core / 1.8 GHz Octa-core SoC and runs Android 8.0 (Oreo). The top-end Q7+ comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage, as well as a 16-megapixel rear cameras, while the Q7 and budget Q7α features a 13-megapixel rear camera, 3GB RAM and 32GB storage. In addition to military grade durability with MIL-STD 810G, same as the predecessor, this is also IP68-certified for water and dust resistance. It also has Portrait mode, QLens, Hi-Fi quality audio, DTS:X 3D Surround Sound, and the top-end Q7+ also comes with Hi-Fi Quad DAC. Even though it has the same 3000mAh battery has the predecessor, LG has added support for Qualcomm’s Fast Charge technology that change the phone from 0 to 50%  in 30 minutes and it also has USB Type-C, replacing the micro USB on the Q6. LG Q7, Q7+ and Q7α specifications 5.5-inch 18:9 FHD+ (2160 x 1080 pixels) FullVision 442ppi Display 1.5GHz Octa-core / 1.8 GHz Octa-core processor 3GB RAM with 32GB storage (Q7 and Q7α) /  4GB RAM with 64GB storage ...

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Huawei opens Android Oreo door for the Honor 8 Lite

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We’ve known for a while that Huawei will at some point update the Honor 8 Lite to Android 8.0 Oreo, but we just didn’t know when.

A while back, Huawei surprised many by announcing the Honor 6X Oreo update and today, there’s more to smile about as the company has now opened Oreo doors for the Honor 8 Lite. Like the 6X, those using the Honor 8 Lite can now join the beta testing program that will grant them access to the latest EMUI 8.0.

Being a beta program, not all Honor 8 Lite users will be able to join the party, at least for now (only 20,000 slots are up for grabs). However, to get Oreo on your handset, here’s what you need to do right now:

  • Ensure the installed Honor service app is the latest version
  • Launch the app and tap on the services tab
  • Tap on Upgrade application and hit Apply

After your application is accepted, Huawei will send a notification to your Honor 8 Lite, granting you access to the EMUI 8.0 download. With beta software, you are getting an unfinished product that could cause your phone to behave unusually, so take this step with caution.

Also, there are specific models of the Honor 8 Lite that are eligible for this Oreo beta. These are model numbers PRA-AL00 (3/32GB and 4/64GB), PRA-AL00X (4/32GB and 4/64GB), and PRA-TL10 (4/32GB and 4/64GB).

It’s worth noting that the Honor 8 Lite has several names in other markets. The phone is also sold as Huawei P8 Lite (2017), P9 Lite (2017), Huawei GR3 (2017) or Huawei Nova Lite. In short, all of these variants should receive Android 8.0 Oreo in the coming weeks.

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