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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Reliance Jio launches new Rs. 459 plan with 84 days validity, revises other plans

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Reliance Jio launched new Rs. 399 Jio Dhan Dhana Dhan offer back in July, after the old Rs. 309 offer ended. Now the 84-day Dhan Dhana Dhan offer is ending soon for those who had activated it back in August, it has launched new plans for Prime members that comes into effect from October 19th. But you can … Continue reading "Reliance Jio launches new Rs. 459 plan with 84 days validity, revises other plans"

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Motorola’s Moto Z gets an Amazon Alexa moto mod

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Alexa Moto ModMotorola has announced that it is launching a smart speaker moto mod for the Moto Z smartphone. This moto mod is called Moto Smart Speaker with Amazon Alexa and as it is kind of a snap-on Amazon Echo for your phone.

The moto mod comes with four powerful microphones, built-in battery, and a speaker, all in a dockable design.

According to the company, it will carry a price-tag of $149.99 and will go on sale in November in the markets where Amazon Alexa is available – US, UK and Germany. Given that Alexa is coming to India as well next month, we might see the release of Moto Smart Speaker with Amazon Alexa in the country.

The smart speaker will provide almost all functions that Alexa offers on Echo devices like controlling the smart home devices, playing music, answering queries, sharing news, getting you a cab and more.

“Just like all of our moto mods, Moto Smart Speaker with Amazon Alexa is easy to use — simply snap it on your moto z and head out. Charging is also easier than ever with the new dock design that’s perfect for the nightstand; whether at home or in a hotel room, your phone charges while still providing the convenience of Alexa,” Motorola explained in a blog post.Alexa Moto Mod

Being an Android smartphone, Moto Z already includes Google Assistant and if you really want Alexa as your digital assistant, you can install the official Android app. So, this moto mod isn’t likely to find many takers and is clearly meant to hard-core Alexa users.

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HTC U11 Plus to come with 6-inch bezel-less display and Android 8.0

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Some new details regarding the upcoming HTC U11 Plus have surfaced online. The device has appeared on GFXBench, and earlier today, it showed up on Geekbench as well.

As per the listing, the new HTC U11 Plus will most likely come with Android 8.0 Oreo on board. It looks like 6-inch bezel-less display has also been confirmed by the listing. There will also be two variants of the device, one with 4GB of RAM, and another with 6GB. The listing only shows the base model with 4GB of RAM.

Also readHTC Android 8.0 update

In the camera department, the U11 Plus will retain the same 12MP camera found on the U11. However, in the front, there will be an 8MP unit, which is a downgrade from the 16MP snapper on the U11. Other internals such as CPU(Snapdragon 835) and storage seem to be the same as the U11.

HTC has already sent out invites to the media for an event scheduled on November 2nd. The U11 Plus will be very similar in terms of hardware, but with a bezel-less display and the latest Android 8.0 Oreo software.

Source: GFXBench

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HTC U11 Plus shows up on Geekbench, runs Android 8.0 Oreo

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HTC LogoAhead of the expected announcement on November 2 in Taipei, HTC’s upcoming U11 Plus smartphone has been spotted in a the database of Geekbench.

As per the Geekbench listing, HTC U11 Plus (2Q4D1) will run on Android 8.0 Oreo, making it the first HTC phone to get the new operating system. Among other specifications, the phone will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 octa-core processor and come with 4GB of RAM.

The leaked processor and RAM are in line with previous reports about the phone, which also suggest that the phone will sport a 5.99-inch 2880x144p 18:9 edge-to-edge screen.

Additionally, the U11 Plus will reportedly feature 64/ 128-gigabytes of internal storage, IP68 water resistance, 12-megapixel primary camera, 8-megapixel selfie camera, and Edge Sense (squeezable sides) support.

Other details of the phone are still a mystery but given that Nov 2 announcement is less than a fortnight away, we won’t have to wait for long.


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Google releases Play Store APK update as version 8.3.72

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And then there was another. Google is now rolling out a new version of the Play Store to users. This is the Google Play Store 8.3.72 version. Just earlier today, the company updated the Play Store to version 8.3.43, which seems to be minor update given that the build that preceded it was 8.3.42.

That’s exactly why we see the latest version, 8.3.72, as a slight big bump to Play Store APK, one which may bring us host of news changes.

Last week, another minor update was released carrying version number 8.3.42. There weren’t anything different between the last two updates, both were minor, and probably fixed certain underlying bugs. The big update came in the form of Play Store 8.3.41, which included several new features such as Quick Install, Fast Scroll, FAB button, and more.

With the new Play Store 8.3.72, Google is probably trying to make everything more stable. We shall look into the code to find out what has changed and update the post later.

The update isn’t going to available for all users right away. It could a few days, weeks, or even months to reach your device. Instead, you could just download the APK and side-load it onto your smartphone. Download link and instructions below!

→ Download Play Store APK (version 8.3.72)

For help installing an APK file on Android devices, be sure to check our APK installation guide.

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DxO One snap-on phone camera is coming to Android

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DxO OneDxO, known for its imaging quality benchmark, has announced that it is bringing its snap-on smartphone camera – DxO One – to Android. The company recently opened the early access program to Android users, who want to be the first to use the detachable camera unit.

DxO One Android edition will come with a USB Type-C plug to fit into your compatible Android smartphone or tablet. Although the company hasn’t detailed the specifications of the Android unit, they are most likely going to the same as the iPhone unit, which is already on sale.

The iPhone unit comes with a one-inch sensor with 32mm fixed focal lens and f1.8 aperture capable of taking 20.2-megapixel images. It also includes Wi-Fi and a small battery, which lasts upto 200 image captures.

The one-inch sensor on-board the camera makes sure that the images taken are better than your smartphone camera, but the added bulk and the need to plug it in your phone every time might not be everyone’s cup of tea. However, you can shoot blind from it without plugging it in your phone.

There is no word on the pricing at this, but given the iPhone variant costs $499, I expect a similar price-tag for Android version. If you are interested in the camera, you can head over the DxO website to be a part of the early access program.

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