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Monday, February 19, 2018

Sony MWC 2018 teaser highlights curved display, Xperia XZ2 and Xperia XZ2 Compact expected

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Sony Mobiles have just released a new teaser video of its MWC 2018 event which kickstarts in a week at Barcelona. Very little was shown in the brief 23-second video, all we see is just a curved display indicating a smartphone with a curved display. Sony is also expected to introduce two new flagships; the Xperia XZ2 and Xperia XZ2 Compact. While the exact specifications of the phones are unknown at the moment, a mysterious Sony phone with model number H8266 recently surfaced the benchmarks listing, which reveals that it sports an 18:9 Full HD+ display, powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC Octa-Core processor with 4GB RAM, 64GB internal storage. [HTML1] It is said to run Android 8.0 Oreo, come with IP65/IP68 rating, a 3210/3240mAh battery with Qnovo Adaptive Charging. We also expect to see a phone with 6GB RAM, 4K display much like its predecessors. Since these are just rumored and surfaced specifications, there's no way to tell if these are the actual deal. But with MWC 2018 event in just a week, we expect to see a lot more at the event.


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Honor 7X Battery Life Test – #OneChargeRating

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Huawei's Honor brand launched its mid-range Honor 7X smartphone in India recently. We already brought you the review of the phone, here we have the battery life test results of the phone. It packs a 3340mAh battery (typical) / 3240mAh (minimum), has a 5.93-inch Full HD+  display, is powered by Octa-Core Kirin 659 SoC, has 4GB of RAM and runs on Android 7.0 (Nougat) with EMUI 5.1. Check out the test results below. Talk Time It lasted for 33 hours and 36 minutes in our talk time test. 3G Browsing It lasted for 7 hours and 16 minutes in our 3G browsing test. WiFi Browsing It lasted 9 hours and 7 minutes in our WiFi Browsing test. Video Playback It lasted only for 8 hours and 28 minutes in our video playback test. Charging Time It took 2 hours 23 mins for charging it from 0 to 100% since it doesn’t have fast charging, and 0 to 50% takes about an hour. Standby Time It lasted for 54 days in our standby test. In achieved a One Charge Rating of 14 hours and 46 minutes, mainly due to brilliant talk time results. Check out our battery life test procedure, to know more about our tests in detail.


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Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ with Snapdragon 845, Stereo speakers surface in more press shots

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We are inching closer to the launch of the Galaxy S9 and S9+. We already saw most of the details about the upcoming flagships, however, today we have almost all the details, specifications and even the rendered images leaked ahead of the MWC 2018 announcement. The Galaxy S9 and S9+ will be powered by the Snapdragon 845, run on Android 8.0 Oreo. Looks wise, the Galaxy S9 and S9+ look almost identical to the S8 duo from last year except for the rear fingerprint sensor placement. The S9 duo will retain the Infinity-display with narrow bezels on all corners. The Galaxy S9+ will have the dual-rear camera arrangement with 12MP rear camera, variable aperture of f/ 1.5 and f/ 2.4 for the primary camera, 12MP secondary rear camera with f/2.4 aperture, and an 8MP front camera with f/ 1.7 aperture. On the other hand, the S9 will just have a single rear camera with a 12MP sensor with  f/1.5 and f/2.4 variable aperture and can record videos at 960 fps. [HTML1] [HTML2] As expected, the Samsung Galaxy S9 sports a 5.8-inches Quad HD+(1440 x 2960 resolution) on the other hand, the S9+ packs a 6.2 inches with the similar resolution. Outside of the USA, the S9 and ...


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Google Tez gets utility bill payments – Here’s how to pay post-paid mobile, broadband and electricity bills

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Google has updated its Tez mobile payments app that brings support for bill payments, as it had promised.  It has support for over 90 billers, including national and state electricity providers, gas and water, and DTH recharge. Some of them include billers like Reliance Energy, BSES and DishTV, and Google says that it will cover all states and major metros in India. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BeAd2n4_Vhg It also supports Bharat BillPay system, which lets you fetch the latest bill from your providers. For most recurring utility bills, Tez will fetch any new bill and send you a timely notification when it arrives. To add new biller and pay bill, you need to Tap on New Payment on the home screen Click Pay your bills Click the name of biller. You can also search for them by name. Once you’ve located your biller, select them and enter the number associated with your account to link it to Tez Give it an easy name to remember Pay the bill Tap biller's name on your Tez home screen to check whether you’ve paid a bill It also shows all past payments grouped by biller, as well as manage bills from multiple accounts.  Google is also offering a scratch card that could win ...


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Face Unlock ported to Honor 8 Pro; also works on Huawei Mate 9, P10 Plus, and possibly more devices

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Since Android 5.0 Lollipop, you’ve had a Face ID-like feature on your phone known as Trusted Face, but chances are you never knew about it or maybe never used it. Given Apple’s influence in the smartphone industry, the debut of facial recognition on the iPhone X has meant that nearly every other Android OEM is pushing for the same.

One company that has been busy rolling out software updates that add Face Unlock, as it has now been popularized in the Android ecosystem thanks to OnePlus 5T’s Face Unlock, is Huawei. The Chinese OEM has updated several handsets with the feature and promised the same for more others, which is perhaps the reason one concerned Honor 8 Pro fan felt the need to ask the company if the phone will also receive the feature alongside the Oreo update.

Unlike the Honor 7X , Huawei View 10 or even Honor 9i, there are no signs of Face Unlock for Honor 8 Pro users, even after the update to Android Oreo. On the brighter side, it appears that the phone, just like any other device running Android Lollipop and above, has had Face Unlock all along. It only needs to be enabled and that’s it.

Of course, there’s no toggle to enable and disable Face Unlock on the Honor 8 Pro. But as usual, folks at XDA Developers forum never disappoint. Forum members ante0 (who tweaked the files of the Honor 8 Pro using files from the Honor View 10 firmware) and LastStandingDroid (who tested and pointed out the location of the prop) have successfully ported the Face Unlock feature to the Honor 8 Pro.

Even more interesting is the fact that this port works on other Huawei phones, including the Mate 9, P10 Plus and possibly more. Since the P10 Plus is compatible, we expect nothing different from the standard P10.

If you want to join in the fun, feel free to check the XDA Developers forum, but as usual with flashing software on phones, do so at your own risk.



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Nokia 10: Rumors, Specs, Release date and more

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