Monday, 24 July 2017

Sapphire Blue HTC U11 now available in India

The HTC U11 smartphone was launched in India last month for Rs. 51,990, and was offered in only Brilliant Black and Amazing Silver colors. Besides these colors the phone also comes in Sapphire Blue, Ice White and Solar Red.

Today HTC has launched the Sapphire Blue version of HTC U11 in India. It is priced the same at Rs. 51,990 and is now available for pre-order from HTC eStore. Shipping begins July 30. 

Features and specs of HTC U11
The HTC U11 is the world's first smartphone to boast Edge Sense technology. The tech allows you to trigger certain actions like opening camera, send text by voice, check email and more by squeezing the edges of the phones.

It features 5.5-inch QHD Gorilla Glass 5 display, Snapdragon 835 Mobile Platform, 6GB RAM, 128GB storage with microSD card expansion, 12MP UltraPixel 3 f/1.7 rear cameras (w/OIS, dual-LED flash, hyper-lapse shooting, HDR boost, 4K video recording), 16MP front camera (w/ BSI sensor), fingerprint scanner, IP67 rating for water & dust resistance and 3000mAh battery. 

It runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat of the box and supports dual-SIMs, WiFi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC and USB Type-C port.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Active surface in live images

For the last four years, Samsung has been releasing a rugged version of its flagship Galaxy S line with the 'Active' moniker. Even this year the South Korean tech giant will also release an Active variant of its flagship Galaxy S8, and it seems like the launch is getting closer as a number of live images have flooded online.

Like the previous Active devices, Samsung's Galaxy S8 Active will be more rugged and durable version of Galaxy S8, but will get some design change. It is expected to have the same screen size as the standard Galaxy S8's 5.8-inch unit, but ditch the dual-curved edge display. Instead it will have flat display with thick bezels on all side to protect the display. The body is said to be made of polycarbonate, but will have metal frames.

The Active version will also ditch the capacitive buttons for on-screen button, and the Active key has been replace by Bixby button. Also given that it's a rugged model, the Galaxy S8 Active is 1.5 times thicker than the standard Galaxy S8.

The source also says that Galaxy S8 Active will pack 4000mAh battery instead of 3000mAh battery used on Galaxy S8, and be exclusive to US carrier AT&T. Since this is a rugged device, we can expect it to have military grade casing to withstand drops, extreme environements and IP68 for water and dust resistance.

Other expected specs for the Galaxy S8+ include Gorilla Glass 5 protection for the screen, Snapdragon 835 Mobile Platform, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage with microSD card expansion, rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, wireless charging, 12MP rear camera and 8MP front camera. It will run Android 7.1.1 out of the box and will not feature underwater camera mode present on previous Active models.

As mentioned earlier, the Galaxy S8 Active will be exclusive to the U.S market and is expected to launch soon. 

Source | Via

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Samsung Galaxy J7 Nxt launched in India for Rs. 11,490

Samsung is expanding its Galaxy J line up in India with the launch of Galaxy J7 Nxt (SM-J701FZDD). This is the second mid-range offering from the South Korean tech giant to the Indian market this month, the previous one being Galaxy On Max priced at Rs. 16,900.

The Galaxy J7 Nxt features 5.5-inch HD Super AMOLED display and is powered by in-house 1.6GHz octa-core Exynos 7870 mobile processor with 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage, which can be further increased via microSD card.

It gets 13MP f/1.9 rear camera with LED flash and 5MP f/2.2 front shooter also assisted by flash, to help the selfie camera capture better selfie in low-lighting conditions. The dual-SIM phone runs Android Nougat out of the box and for connectivity supports 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1 and GPS. A 3000mAh battery keeps the lights on. Unfortunately it does not have NFC support and fingerprint scanner.

It runs Android Nougat out of the box and sports textured back giving a good grip to hold the phone. Color options include Black and Gold.

The Galaxy J7 Nxt has been priced at Rs. 11,490, and is available for purchase from Samsung India eStore


JioPhone to launch in two processor variants: Snapdragon 205 and Spreadtrum

The JioPhone touted as "India Ka smart phone" is said to be the next big thing in the Indian handset market.And Jio is targeting over 50 crore feature phone users who are still on 2G/3G connection to migrate to 4G networks at an affordable cost.

The handset was announced at Reliance Jio's AGM a few days ago. While most of the details were revealed at the time of launch, Jio did not confirm which processor the handset use, but now the information is out.

The JioPhone will come in two processor variants, one with Snapdragon 205 SoC and the other with Spreadtrum's chip. Qualcomm and Spreadtrum made the announcement on Twitter, however the latter has not revealed the chipset yet, but is most likely to be the Spreadtrum SP9920A chip which is utilized by another 4G VoLTE ready handset, Lava 4G Connect M1. It is yet to be known, which parts of the country gets which processor version.

The Snapdragon 205 Mobile Platform is designed for feature phones. It is a dual-core processor clocked at 1.1GHz and has X5 LTE modem and LTE Category 4 (downlink) with download speed of up to 150Mbps and upload speed of up to 50Mbps. The processor supports HD video streaming, up to 3MP front and rear camera, dual-SIMs, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, FM Radio and 4G VoLTE.  

JioPhone specifications
2.4-inch QVGA display
Alpha numeric keypad
Four-way navigation key
Rear camera
FM Radio
Torch light (dedicated button)
microSD card slot
Headphone jack
SOS function (activate by pressing 5 on keypad)
Jio TV, Jio Music and Jio Cinema
NFC support for quick payments
22 major Indian languages support
Voice commands support

The JioPhone will be offered for an “effective price of Rs. 0”, but you'll have to shell out a security deposit of Rs. 1,500, which is refundable after a period a three years. Trial sales bring August 15, followed by pre-bookings for the public on August 24. The handset can be pre-ordered from My Jio app, or from local Jio Stores. Shipping will begin in September.

Moto Z2 Force poses for the camera

Motorola will unveil the Moto Z2 Force on July 25, and the details of the device are no secret. We already know the design of the phone thanks to renders, and the specs sheet as well. 

Now just two days before the official unveiling live images of Moto Z2 Force have hit the interwebs that shows the device in Black. There is nothing new revealed in the live images.

The Moto Z2 Force will be Motorola's first smartphone to sport dual-rear cameras and will be aligned horizontally. It will feature metal body, 16-pin connector for attaching Moto Mods, selfie flash and gesture based fingerprint scanner, but ditch the 3.5mm audio jack, just like its predecessor, in favor of USB Type-C Audio. 

The body will have a thickness of 6mm, that is 1mm slimmer than its predecessor Moto Z Force (7mm). The decrease in thickness will result in reduction in battery size. The Moto Z2 Force  will pack 2730mAh battery, 22 percent smaller the Moto Z Force's 3500mAh battery.

As for the other specs, there is no surprise. It will have 5.5-inch QHD display with ShatterShield screen, Snapdragon 835 Mobile Platform, dual 12MP cameras, 5MP selfie camera, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC and WiFi 802.11ac. It will run Android 7.1.1 and arrive in three versions: 4GB RAM/64GB storage for the U.S market, 6GB RAM/128GB storage for the China market and 6GB RAM/64GB storage for the rest of the world. All models will have microSD card slot, and the versions for Asia will have dedicated dual-SIM slots.

The color options rumored are Super Black, Fine Gold and Lunar Grey. Also there's news for the US market. Last year's Moto Z Force was exclusive to carrier Verizon, but this year, the Moto Z2 Force will be sold via all four major US carriers including T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon and Sprint.

That's almost everything known about the upcoming Moto Z2 Force, and only details of the pricing and availability are yet to be known. 


Saturday, 22 July 2017

Essential Phone shipping in a few weeks, says Andy Rubin

The Essential Phone is one of the most surprising and interesting smartphone of this year. It is a premium looking bezel-less smartphone and also boasts modular functionalities. It is also well equipped, in terms of hardware including the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor and dual-cameras, making it a strong competitor to Samsung Galaxy S8 & S8+, LG G6, HTC U 11, as well as the upcoming Moto Z2 Force, Galaxy Note8, LG V30 and Google's Pixel 2 line.

The smartphone comes from Android creator Andy Rubin's newly formed Essential company. Even though the phone was introduced back in May, it is yet to be released commercially. 

The Essential Phone went up for pre-order back in May itself when it was introduced, but was supposed to ship sometime in June, however, it failed to meet the deadline.

Now Rubin in a tweet stated that the Essential Phone will start shipping in the coming weeks, but an exact time-frame was not revealed. The phone has been delayed because it is currently going through certification and testing process with several US and international carriers.

The Essential Phone offers edge-to-edge display, dual-cameras and modular attachments like a 360-degree camera. The specs include 5.7-inch QHD display, Snapdragon 835 Mobile Platform, 4GB RAM, 128GB internal storage, 13MP dual cameras, 8MP selfie camera, NFC, USB Type-C port, fingerprint scanner, and 3040mAh battery. It runs Android Nougat and costs $749 (Rs. 48,500).

Bingo launches F1 & F2 fitness band with heart rate sensor

Bingo Technologies is launching two new fitness tracker in India called Bingo F1 and F2 Smart Bands. Both bands have the same features, and performs the same function, but the band design is different. The F1 has a bigger screen, while the F2 comes with a smalle screen and has an additional push button on the right side. 

The Bingo F1 and F2 Smart Bands features OLED touch display that shows time and date, and fitness data. It is IP67 rated for water and dust resistant, and promises up to 300 hours of standby time. 

It is capable of tracking daily physical activities like steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned and sleep monitor. It also has a heart rate sensor to check heart rate, and offer sedentary reminder, to remind you to move if you're still for an hour.

The wearable connects to compatible Android and iOS devices via Bluetooth, and alerts the users, of incoming notification like calls, SMS, social media alerts, calendar alerts and more.

The Bingo F1 and F2 are priced at Rs. 1,499 and Rs. 1,699 respectively and will be available online from Amazon India, Flipkart and others in Blue, Pink, Green, Black and Purple colors.

Samsung Galaxy C7 (2017) with dual-cameras spotted on TENAA

Samsung's Galaxy Note8 is most likely to feature dual-cameras at the back. But the South Korean tech giant also intends to bring dual-cameras to mid-range phones as well. The 2017 edition of Galaxy J7 for the China market is rumored to have dual-cameras. It launched with a single camera elsewhere.

Now another dual-camera phone from Samsung has surface online. This one belongs to the Galaxy C line, and is called Galaxy C7 (2017). The handset has been spotted on Chinese certification authority TENAA, and confirms the presence of the dual-camera, that's positioned vertically.

As per TENAA Galaxy C7 2017 will feature 5.5-inch Full HD AMOLED display and equipped with 2.39GHz octa-core processor (Snapdragon 660 or Exynos 7872 chip), 2850mAh battery and 16MP selfie camera. The dual-camera setup will comprise of 13MP and 5MP sensors.

It will arrive in two variants: 3GB RAM/32GB storage and 4GB RAM/64GB storage. Other specs include selfie flash, USB Type-C port, fingerprint scanner, and dedicated dual-SIM and microSD card slot.  

For software it runs will be the Android 7.1.1. It will be 7.9mm thick, weigh 178g and come in Black and Gold colors. 

Apart from C7 2017, Samsung is also readying C10 with dual-cameras as well. As of now it's not known when the new Galaxy C line will be unveiled. 


Friday, 21 July 2017

Google Street View now lets you explore the International Space Station

Google Street View is a technology featured in Google Maps that lets you explore landmarks, discover natural wonder, and more in panoramic views. Now the search-giant has added one place that will excite those who want to know more about outer space. Starting today you can explore the ISS (International Space Station) on Google Maps.

To make this possible, Thomas Pesquet, Astronaut at the European Space Agency (ESA) spent six months abroad the ISS as flight engineer and captured the Street View imagery in zero gravity. Also the Street View team worked with NASA at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas and Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama to design a gravity-free method of collecting the imagery using DSLR cameras and equipment already on the ISS. The still photos captured by Pesquet were sent down to Earth where they were stitched together to create panoramic 360-degree imagery of the ISS.

These images are now available on Street View and will let you discover and explore the experience of being on the International Space Station. The images show the interiors of the ISS including crew quarters, space suit vault and more. It also gives users a view of the Earth from the outer space. The Street View imagery also has handy little dots, and when you click them additional information or fun facts will pop up.

The ISS acts as a base for space explorations and for over 16 years, astronauts from around the world have been working and living on the ISS, a structure made up of 15 connected modules that floats 250 miles above Earth. 

It also acts as a reservoir that collect data on the Earth's oceans, atmosphere and land surface. It can be also be used to conduct experiment and studies that is not possible in Earth like monitoring how the human body reacts to micro-gravity, studying  cyclones in order to alert populations and governments when a storm is approaching, or monitoring marine litter.

Source | Via

Google Search now lets you discover local events in India

Back in May Google added a new local events search feature to its Google app and mobile web. The feature was first rolled out to the U.S, but is now available in India as well.

The new local events search feature will make it easier for you to search local events happening near you like concerts, exhibition and more. In India, doing a search for any events nearby will bring up a clear summary of activity from sites from across the web like,,, and more.

Now when a perform a search for "food festivals in Mumbai" or "dance performance in Delhi", you'll get at-a-glance details about various aspects, like the event title, data and time, and location. Tapping on more events, will give you additional options. Once you find the event that's up your alley, tap on it for more details or buy tickets directly from the event website.

You can search for events happening today, tomorrow, next week, next month and so on. For instance, if you search for "art event this weekend", Google search will bring up a list of art related events taking place around you.


Motorola Pulse M headphones launched in India

Motorola is not only launching new budget smartphone in India, but also headphones as well. Earlier this month the company launched Moto Earbuds Metal & Earbuds Sports headphone, and Verve Loop Sports Bluetooth in-ear headphones in the country. Today it has launched Pulse M Over-The-Ear Wired Headphone, that has a premium looks and is targeted at users who are looking for rich audio experience at a budget.

The Pulse M sports headband design with white leather and rose gold metal finish, and has over-ear cups for a comfortable audio experience. It has a detachable 3.5mm audio cable for easy storage that's 1.2m long. It has in-line microphone for hands-free calling as well as in-line remote to play/pause music and answer/end a call.

The headphones comes with an audio output of 96dB and is equipped with 40mm speaker driver with neodymium magnet to deliver strong bass and high quality sound.

The Pulse M has been priced at Rs. 2,999 and will be available in physical retail stores across the country and online stores in White/Gold and Black/Silver colors

Moto Z2 Force will be thinner and have smaller battery capacity than its predecessor

Motorola so far this year has focused on budget smartphones, but now the company is all set to launch its first top-end flagship of the year. Dubbed Moto Z2 Force, it will be unveiled at an event in New York on July 25.

Now just a few days before the official launch, Evan Blass has shared a new render, along with details of the Moto Z2 Force. Earlier this year @Onleaks revealed that the Moto Z2 Force will measure 5.9mm around the waistline, making it slimmer than its predecessor Moto Z, that was 7mm thick, and Blass confirms the same. This to reduce the bulk of the phone when Moto Mods are attached. But its slimness will come at a cost. 

Motorola is said to sacrifice the battery capacity, as Moto Z2 Force will reportedly pack a smaller 2730mAh battery, that is 22 percent smaller than Moto Z's 3500mAh battery. Blass. The 3.5mm audio jack will again get a miss.

The new render again confirms that Moto Z2 Force will have metal body, and the body will have water-repellent nano-coating so that it can withstand light splashes. It will have dual-cameras at the back w/ dual-tone LED flash, a selfie flash on the front, fingerprint scanner (gesture-based, same as Moto G5), 16-pin connector for attaching the Moto Mods and USB Type-C port.

As for the other specs, According to Blass, Moto Z2 Force will have 5.5-inch QHD Super AMOLED shatterproof display, Snapdragon 835 Mobile Platform, 12MP dual cameras and 5MP front camera. It will arrive in three versions 4GB RAM/64GB storage for the U.S market, 6GB RAM/128GB storage for the China market and 6GB RAM/64GB storage for the rest of the world. It will run Android 7.1.1 and support Bluetooth 5.0, WiFi 802.11ac and NFC for connectivity.

The Moto Z2 Force is said to come in Super Black, Fine Gold and Lunar Grey color. As mentioned earlier the unveiling event takes place on July 25 and will start at 11:00am EST (8:30pm IST). Motorola is also expected to introduce new Moto Mods, and there is a slight chance of Moto X4 and Moto G5S Plus also making an appearance.

Asus ZenFone 4 official teasers confirm dual-camera

Asus released the first member of the ZenFone 4 line earlier this month called ZenFone 4 Max with dual-cameras and massive battery. But according to reports four more ZenFone 4 models are expected to launch next month.

Now Asus has released a teaser of the ZenFone 4 line on its Taiwan Facebook page, and the teaser confirms that they will sport dual-cameras at the back. The teaser also shows off the camera's capabilities like wide-angle shots, zooming and bokeh effects.

Dual-cameras has become a new norm in the smartphone market. Asus's first dual-camera offering was the ZenFone 3 Zoom, followed by ZenFone 4 Max. Apple, LG, OnePlus, Oppo, Xiaomi, ZTE, nubia, Huawei, Xiaomi and Honor are some of the smartphone makers who have already adapted to dual-cameras. While other smartphone makers like Nokia, Sony and Samsung's upcoming devices will have dual-cameras.

Asus usually launches three to five versions of its latest ZenFone phones, and this time we can expect the same. Besides ZenFone 4, Asus is also expected to launch ZenFone 4 Pro, ZenFone 4 Selfie and ZenFone 4V.

The specs of the new ZenFone 4 line are still unknown. But it is most likely the new new phones in the ZenFone 4 range will target the mid-range to the premium-range segment and will feature Full HD/QHD display, Snapdragon 660, 835 chipsets, up to 8GB RAM, up to 256GB internal storage, fingerprint scanner and run Android 7.1.1.