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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Meizu HALO Bluetooth headset with glowing laser light and POP Bluetooth water-resistant earbuds announced

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Meizu along with the 15 series smartphones also introduced its new Halo headset, which is a Bluetooth in-ear headset with built-in laser light in the cable that can flash with the music beat. It uses OSRAM laser diode so the brightness is 5x more compared to traditional LED, says Meizu. It also has CORNING custom side-emitting glass fiber, so the brightness is thorough and uniform. It also has customized app to adjust laser brightness, switch mode and other functions. Meizu also introduced POP really wireless water-resistant earbuds that has a 5.8g light-weight design. It has touch interaction and comes with a case for charging, and that case has wireless charging.  It has an ergonomic in-ear design so that it doesn't fall off easily even during strenuous exercise such as running and other fitness activities, says the company. Highlights of Meizu HALO In-ear earbuds Last light that glows to the beat, dedicated switch to turn laser on/off. Three buttons for playback control, volume adjustment, Bluetooth pairing and call capabilities Optical fiber from Corning Fibrance and laser from Osram Light, thin, elastic and flexible cable offers 360° uniform light Frequency Range:20Hz - 20kHz; sensitivity:96db@1KHz Bluetooth 4.1 with Qualcomm aptX lossless-audio technology, tri-band equalization Earbuds (S/M/L) in three different sizes 360mAh battery, 1.5h ...


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Meizu 15 and 15 Plus with Super AMOLED displays, 12MP + 20MP dual rear cameras and Meizu 15 Lite announced

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Meizu just announced 15, 15 Plus and 15 Lite smartphones at an event in China, as it had promised. The Meizu 15 has a 5.46-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display from Samsung with 1.175mm ultra-narrow frame and the 15 Plus has a 5.95-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display from Samsung. Both the phones have a 12-megapixel rear camera with Sony IMX380 sensor, 1.55μm pixel size, f/1.8 aperture along with a 20-megapixel secondary telephoto lens with Sony IMX350 sensor for portrait shots and 3x loss-less zoom and a 20-megapixel front facing camera with AI beauty recognition and Face unlock.  These have front-mounted fingerprint sensor that can unlock the phone in just 0.08 seconds and the built-in mEngine offer more real and delicate vibration effect.  The small home button has pressure sensor chip, which combined with mEngine can simulate the feel of the physical buttons, says the company. The phones pack a 3000mAh and 3500mAh battery, respectively with 24W mCharge flash charge. Meizu 15 specifications 5.46-inch (1080 × 1920 pixels) Full HD Super AMOLED display, 10000 : 1 contrast ratio Octa Core Snapdragon 660 14nm Mobile Platform (Quad 2.2GHz Kryo 260 + Quad 1.8GHz Kryo 260 CPUs) with Adreno 512 GPU 4GB RAM with 64GB / 128GB internal memory Dual SIM Android 7.1.2 (Nougat) with Flyme ...


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Saturday, April 21, 2018

How to solve the error 86006 problem to unlock Xiaomi bootloader without binding the phone number

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Lots of frustrated users of a number of Xiaomi devices like the Redmi Note 5 (Redmi 5 Plus) and Redmi Note 5 Pro have been airing their unhappy selves on different platforms, all thanks to the dreaded error 86006. If this error doesn’t ring a bell, you might as well check yourself out, but if it does, read on.

Seemingly, some Xiaomi phones that come with a “Made in India” tag are proving to be a tough nut to crack for some users whose aim is to eventually get rid of the custom MIUI skin. Apparently, some people who tried unlocking the Redmi Note 5, Redmi Note 5 Pro, Xiaomi Mi Max 2 and a bunch of other Mi phones have been met with the error 86006 when binding, thus unable to unlock the bootloader.


Also read: How to root Xiaomi Redmi 5 and Note 5


There’s nothing you can do from your end to solve this problem, but Xiaomi can and in fact, the company is already doing something to rectify this annoyance after being contacted by unhappy Mi fans.

According to the XDA Developers forums, the company has started fixing this issue and while not every affected person will find a solution in this fix, some (probably most) will. It’s also worth noting that this fix doesn’t work on Whyred variants of the Redmi Note 5 Pro.

How to fix error 86006 on Xiaomi devices

As per the XDA post, here’s what Xiaomi has for you to fix error 86006.

  • Create a backup (data will be deleted)
  • Turn on Mi Sync (Settings -> Sync)
  • Connect Device to Laptop/Desktop
  • Open Mi Unlock tool on your Laptop/Desktop (Download)
  • Open the App, Install Drivers.
  • Shut down the phone, connect to your Laptop/Desktop and restart in Fastboot Mode (Click Volume Down and Power Button)
  • Follow the steps thereafter and that’s it!

Now, there’s also this other method that has popped up via the same XDA Developers forum and is proving to be effective for some affected users, which we’ve shared below as well.

  • Connect to Wi-Fi and enable Sync
  • Go to developer settings and enable OEM unlocking
  • Using your computer (PC), log in to your Mi Cloud account at i.mi.com using your phone number and not your email account. This means that your phone number MUST be registered to your Mi account, otherwise, this method won’t work.
  • Make sure you are signed in the account, both on PC and mobile phone
  • Click on send OTP (one-time password), where an OTP will be sent to the registered phone number
  • Enter the OTP in the setup
  • On the main page, click on Locate device (your device will be traced and located, then displayed on a map with the name in the top right corner) and make sure that you can actually see it online
  • Open the Mi Flash tool and once again, sign in using your phone number and then switch your phone into fastboot mode.
  • Follow the steps and the device will unlock and clear all data, you can proceed and unlock your phone’s bootloader normally without experiencing error 86006.

Also read: The best Xiaomi phones to buy right now


As noted earlier, we cannot guarantee that these methods will work, however, since some people have already found solutions in them, why not give it a try? On the other hand, it also seems that Xiaomi is doing something from the server side as some users are reporting that they have been able to unlock their bootloaders without doing anything special other than simply getting the unlock permission, which is pretty much interesting.

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Whether the company has switched on the ability to unlock the bootloaders of affected units or not still remains unclear, but we should know more details with time. You can also check out the XDA threads below to see what worked and what didn’t for users affected by error 86006.

Meanwhile, do let us know if either of these tricks works for you in the comments below.

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Motorola Moto E5 update: Android P is a no-no!

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Moto-E5-Plus-1Motorola was in Brazil on April 19 to launch its first handsets of the year – the Moto G6 and Moto E5 series. While the line between the two groups has become even more blurry, they still have their own differences, especially on matters of software updates, which is what this page is about.

As usual, the selling point of the Moto E5 and E5 Plus is the battery life/capacity, where you get massive 4000mAh and 5000mAh units in the pair, respectively. Like the G series, the E5 trio, including the Moto E5 Play, comes preinstalled with Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box, which is great but not unexpected. However, the disappointing part, like it has always been the case with previous Moto E series phones beginning with the third-generation model, there won’t be many software updates directed towards the Moto E5 series.

Moto E5 Android P update

Android P is a no-no!

Moto-E5-Plus-2At the launch event in Brazil, Motorola promised that all three Moto G6 handsets will receive one major OS upgrade in the shape of Android P. The company also promised that the trio of devices will not receive monthly security updates, rather, these updates will be rolled out after intervals of between 60 and 90 days.


Also read: These phones will be upgraded to Android P


Apparently, the whole story isn’t the same when it comes to the Moto E5 family. Here, there is no promise of Android P for any of the three phones. As noted earlier, it’s nothing strange that the Moto E5 range will not receive any major OS upgrade. This has been happening since the Moto E3, which came preinstalled with Marshmallow and never made it to Nougat.

Sorry folks!

Moto E5 security updates

Moto-E5-PlayIf you can’t give us a new OS, at least give us monthly security updates, right? Well, not according to Motorola. Apparently, the Lenovo-owned company says that Moto E5, Moto E5 Plus, and Moto E5 Play will not receive security updates on a monthly basis, rather, they will be rolled out after 60 to 90 days.

To be fair, this isn’t new in the world of Android. Many OEMs do this with their older flagship phones or new entry-level to midrange devices, where they roll out security patches after 2-3 months. Well, it happens that the Moto E5 family falls in one of these categories – new entry-level devices.


Related: Moto G6 Play: 6 things you should know


Moto E5 update timeline

Device Date Software version Android OS Changelog
Moto E5 19 Apr 2018 Preinstalled Android 8.0 NA
Moto E5 Plus 19 Apr 2018 Preinstalled Android 8.0 NA
Moto E5 Play 19 Apr 2018 Preinstalled Android 8.0 NA

In case of any questions, feel free to drop them via our comments section below.

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Motorola Moto G6 and G6 Plus update: Android P is a go, but could take forever

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Moto-G6-PlusMotorola took the wraps off the Moto G6 and Moto G6 Plus at an event in Brazil on April 19 and the pair, alongside the Moto G6 Play and Moto E5 family, will go global in May/June 2018.

Even as you get ready to welcome the new Moto G6 series, there are a few concerns here and there – or perhaps one major one: software updates. For years, Motorola was the best non-Google OEM when software matters came to the table, but since Lenovo stepped in to fill the shoes left by the search giant, things have gotten quite unbearable.

For instance, it’s been eight months since Android Oreo came out and some eligible Motorola phones, including the 2016 and 2017 Moto G handsets, have yet to get the update, something we rarely saw back in the day. Now, apparently, it seems adopters of the Moto G6 and Moto G6 Plus will have an even longer waiting period before the arrival of the next OS upgrade – and this should be a concern for anyone, especially since security updates are also victims of the latest decision by Lenovo.

Moto G6 and Moto G6 Plus Android P update

Expected release date: Q1 2019

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This year’s Moto G6 family comes preinstalled with Android Oreo out of the box, sadly, you still get the OG version 8.0. It’s unlikely that the Moto G6 and G6 Plus will receive an upgrade to Android 8.1, but it’s a guarantee that Android P will arrive at some point.


Also read: These devices will receive Android P update


Unlike the Moto G4 Plus, which is expected to receive an update to Android Oreo after having already received the Nougat treat, the Moto G6 and G6 Plus will only get a single OS upgrade in Android P. When exactly this will roll out is still unclear, but if Motorola’s statements are any indicators, it may take longer than usual before these two devices receive Android P. This is despite the presence of Project Treble, a feature that is mandatory on any device preinstalled with Oreo out of the box.

In short, we could be looking at a Q1 2019 release date for Android P on the Moto G6 and G6 Plus, but we won’t mind a Q4 2018 release date, too.

Now, it’s worth noting that the Moto G4 Plus’ case is a little unique, but typically, Motorola only rolls out one major OS upgrade to the Moto G series, which doesn’t surprise us that the G6 – and probably the G6 Plus – will only get one major OS upgrade.

Moto G6 and Moto G6 Plus security updates

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Google releases monthly security updates for not only its Pixel phones, but also all other Android devices, but as we all know, individual smartphone vendors handle respective security updates for their devices.

At a time when OEMs like Samsung, Huawei, HMD Global and even Xiaomi are working hard to keep their devices – be it entry-level or even older handsets – up to date with the latest security updates on a monthly basis, it appears Lenovo isn’t backing off its mission to take Motorola to the grave. Apparently, the Moto G6 and G6 Plus will not receive monthly security updates like other Android devices, rather, the company will only be sending out these updates after a period of between 60 and 90 days.


Also read: These are the best Motorola phones available right now


To be fair, there are plenty of other devices out there that follow a similar pattern when it comes to security updates, however, this usually happens to older or the most entry-level devices, none of which the Moto G6 and Moto G6 Plus are. So, why Motorola would make such a decision still amazes us, but it does say a lot about Lenovo as a company, right?

Moto G6 and G6 Plus update timeline

Device Date Software version Android OS Changelog
Moto G6 19 Apr 2018 Preinstalled Android 8.0 Preinstalled
Moto G6 Plus 19 Apr 2018 Preinstalled Android 8.0 Preinstalled

Any questions about the latest Moto G6 and Moto G6 Plus handsets, even unrelated to software updates? Feel free to shoot them in your comments below.

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LG V35 ThinQ: All you need to know

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V30S-ThinQ-New-Platinum-Gray-01-1Since the turn of the year, we’ve heard a lot about LG flagship phones and the company’s smartphone business in general.

In early January, it was revealed that LG was planning to rebrand the G series, beginning with the LG G6 successor. At the time, it emerged that the device was undergoing development from scratch and that it would be called LG Icon. A few weeks later, just ahead of the MWC 2018, an event that was largely anticipated to host the G6 successor’s launch, details of LG Judy (codename) emerged, pointing to an alleged LG G7.

At the MWC 2018, LG surprised many by unveiling a new version of the V30 and baptized it LG V30S ThinQ, but in actual sense, this wasn’t a new phone by any means. It doesn’t bring any hardware changes, but it does include new AI camera features courtesy of ThinQ. Little did we know that the ThinQ branding is LG’s way forward until details of the LG G7 ThinQ emerged a while ago.

Now, it is emerging that not only will LG unveil the G7 ThinQ in the coming week(s), but the tech giant will also follow up the G6 successor with a half-proper V30 successor dubbed LG V35 ThinQ sooner than later.

Here’s everything you need to know about the LG V35 ThinQ specs, features, availability, and price.

LG V35 ThinQ specs and features

  • 6-inch FullVision 18:9 QHD+ OLED display (no notch)
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor
  • 6GB RAM and 64/128GB storage (expandable)
  • Dual 16MP + 16MP main camera
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • Extras: 32-bit Hi-Fi QDAC, Super Bright camera mode, AI Cam, Google Lens, etc.

LG-V30S-ThinQ-1LG V35 ThinQ, as the name suggests, will reportedly take some notes from the current LG V30 as well as the upcoming LG G7 ThinQ, Android Headlines, which had exclusive access to the phone’s details, revealed.

There has been talk of a “premium glossy finish” that will add more style to the rather boring black and gray color variants expected. The edge-to-edge design is expected to make the V35 ThinQ a better device when it comes to one-handed use, but with a 6-inch panel, it’s unlikely to be the case.

What makes us feel good about the design of the LG V35 ThinQ is the alleged omission of the notch, which, sadly, will be part of the LG G7 ThinQ. Like the V30, though, we expect things like IP68 rating and even MIL-STD-810G certification, among other protective measures.


Also read: The best LG phones available right now


And then there’s the camera and all its ThinQ camera AI glory. As noted, we expect to see a similar camera to the G7 ThinQ, probably with a few tweaks here and there, but the AI camera features to be used should be the same all through. Furthermore, the first lens will support 10-bit HDR for better color capture while the second lens will take care of wide-angle shots of up to 107 degrees.

LG is also said to be including a super-sensitive Voice AI that will ensure the voice assistant is able to hear your commands even when as far as 17 feet away from your V35 ThinQ handset.

LG V35 ThinQ price and release date

LG V35 ThinQ is mostly a rumor, but looking at the track records of people behind the rumors, especially one Evan Blass, it’s easy to believe that the phone is almost here. In fact, Blass thinks that the V35 ThinQ will be unveiled around the same time as LG G7 ThinQ, which we know will launch on May 2, 2018.

Like its immediate predecessor, the V30S ThinQ, we don’t expect the LG V35 ThinQ to come on the cheap, rather, figures in the regions of $800 and $900 are more likely. And as you can see from the tweet above, the company is also lining up a new LG V40 ThinQ, which we’ve also covered extensively here.

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