Wednesday, September 20, 2017

[Leaked] Pixel 2 Will Come In Three Colors “Kinda Blue,” White, And Black Starting at $649

12:53:00 AM

You thought that was it? Nope, we got Pixel 2 leak as well. For those who were wondering about the smaller Pixel 2, here it is in all its glory. This the HTC-made Pixel 2 which will come in three color variant with the same storage options like Pixel 2 XL.  

The Pixel 2 will arrive in Kinda Blue, Just Black, and Clearly White. The prices are similar to the last year's Pixel, it come come in 64GB and 128GB of storage and priced at $649 and $749, respectively. Like the Pixel 2 XL, financing will be available for each storage option. The 64GB Pixel 2 will cost $27.04/mo over 24 months and the 128GB model will cost $31/21/mo.

Once available, you should be able to buy the Pixel 2 at the Google Store right here.
Source : Droid-Life

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[Leaked] Pixel 2 XL Will Come In Two Colors For $849 With 64GB And $949 128GB

12:28:00 AM

Google's next devices which are Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are two most hyped phones of this year. Finally, today we get to get a good look at them. The Pixel 2 XL (Yes, that's official) has been leaked in two different color variant with 64GB variant and 128GB storage variant in U.S. 

Look wise, the phone is pretty good looking and it will come in two colors "Just Black" and "Black & White". This year LG makes the Pixel 2 XL which resembels with the Nexus 5's panda look. Also there is an orange power button in the Black & White color, which is not in the Just Black model. And of course, the "G" logo at the bottom on the back.

The 64GB variant of Pixel 2 XL will cost $849, and the 128GB model $949. For comparison, last year's 128GB Pixel XL cost $869, marking an $80 increase in that arena. 

Once available, you should be able to buy the Pixel 2 at the Google Store right here.

Source : Droid-Life

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Motorola Gave Statement About The Android Oreo Update For Moto G4 Plus

10:46:00 PM

You might heard that Motorola recently took a step back when it came to Moto G4's Android 8.0 Oreo update. And recently they removed all the mentioning of Android Oreo from the Moto G4 lineup page. Previously the page used to say, device would get Android “versions N and O,” but the O part was removed. Today, Motorola has released a statement to clear up the situation.

The company says :

It’s been brought to our attention that there were some errors in our marketing materials around Android O upgrades for Moto G4 Plus. This was an oversight on our part and we apologize for this miscommunication. It’s our general practice for the Moto G family to get one major OS upgrade per device, but it’s important to us we keep our promises, so in addition to the N upgrade it has already received, we will be upgrading Moto G4 Plus to Android O. Because this is an unplanned upgrade, it will take some time to fit it into our upgrade schedule. Watch our software upgrade page for more information.
What they are trying to say that, they didn't plan this update and the mentioning of Android O/Oreo was a mistake. The G4 Plus was only supposed to get Android Nougat. To make up for the confusion, they will update the G4 Plus to Oreo after all. However, it could take a while for the update to be ready since it wasn’t planned.

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Google Tez UPI Based Digital Payment App Launched In India

2:54:00 PM

If you don't follow Google much, there is an Google's mobile payment app which is called Android Pay. But, the app only supports 14 countries excluding India. But today, Google launched a new app specially for India called Tez, which allows users to make payments, split bills and much more. 

Google has partnered with several popular services to boost its usage. Bus ticketing service RedBus, PVR Cinemas, Domino's Pizza, DishTV and Jet Airways are launch partners, it said on the website. The company suggests users to have look out for Google Tez logo in their favourite services to see whether it is supported. 

The company also has a business channel on its service, a feature WhatsApp recently started testing and Paytm is working on. Business channels will help customers easily find services, the company said. These businesses can then talk to the customers and give them discounts. Customers can then easily pay for the offers they avail from within the app. If you have a business, you can sign up for the service here.

On the security front, all the transactions on Google Tez app are guarded by something called Tez Shield to "detect fraud, prevent hacking, and verify identity," the company says. "We built Tez to provide security throughout the payment process from customer to business and back." One thing the company has done is introduce an additional PIN layout to protect any unauthorised usage. On iOS, the app supports Touch ID. A company executive said it has taken measures to prevent any business partners from spamming their users. 

The company has also introduced "Tez Scratch Cards", and from the description it appears it will be offering customers deals and vouchers through this feature to attract them. For all transactions over Rs. 50, users will receive a scratch card -- vouchers with some rupees. You can earn and win up to ₹1,000 per week through. Plus, on "Lucky Sundays," you'll be able to win up to 1 lakh ( ₹100,000). Money transfers are limited to ₹1,00,000 per day through UPI apps and 20 transfers per day.

With Tez, Google has become the latest international giant to enter India's increasingly growing digital payments market. Samsung in their respective services in the country this year. Amazon and Netflix are also planning to add UPI support to their respective services, people familiar with the matter said.

Google Tez's biggest rival could be WhatsApp, which also plans to introduce support for UPI payments in its instant messaging app later this year, a person with directly knowledge of the matter said earlier. With over 200 million active users, WhatsApp is the most popular messaging app in India. Google's services including search, Maps and Android have tremendous reach in the country as well. 

Tez is currently exclusive to India, but more Asian countries like Indonesia and the Philippines should follow if the trademarks that Google's recently registered can be trusted. Language support is great, with English, Hindi, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Marathi, Tamil, and Telugu all there.

Google, in particular, has arguably done more for consumers in India than any other global technology company. From its focus on localised search features, to free Internet at public places, to make its services more appealing to the less-educated and privileged of the market, the company is increasingly pushing the reach of its services in the country. Also if you're a business owner who would like to integrate Tez into your company, you can visit Tez for Business here.

You can download the app from your respective app store for your OS, like Google Play Store and iOS's App Store from below : 

Source : Tez

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Xiaomi Announces Mi MIX 2 With 5.99" 18:9 Full Screen Display, Snapdragon 835 And 8GB RAM

4:10:00 PM

Last year in October, Xiaomi released their Mi Mix which we all thought was nothing more than a concept with its bezel-less display, giant curved-edge 17:9 screen, and ceramic. Even Xiaomi said that it is an concept phone with a price which is around $516 and could be bought by anyone.

But today, the company goes even further than its predecessor with the Mi Mix 2. Representing a 5.99" inch screen crammed into a body that's 11.9% smaller. The chin of the phone is reduced of the original Mi Mix, and the display is now the same 18:9 aspect ratio we've seen employed by Samsung in its 2017 flagships. The piezoelectric earpiece is replaced by a more traditional speaker, which now takes up a little bit more space at the top of the screen. The front camera remains below the screen, aided by an ultrasonic proximity sensor.

It is powered by an Octa-Core Snapdragon 835 Mobile platform with 6GB of RAM and there is also a Special Edition with 8GB of RAM. It has a 12-megapixel rear camera with Sony IMX386 sensor and a 5-megapixel camera on the front on the right bottom that also supports face recognition.

It has a ceramic body and uses Cantilever piezoelectric ceramic acoustic system instead of a standard earpiece, allowing you to listen to calls without the earpiece, similar to the predecessor. It also has sound guided speaker that has 50mW high power speaker with sound guided tube for an enhanced audio experience. It has support for 6 modes and 43 bands. As we already know, world renowned designer Philippe Starck is the designer of the phone.

Here are all the specs of the devices : 

OSAndroid 7.1.1 Nougat with MIUI 9
Display5.9-inch IPS LCD, 2160 x 1080 (403ppi), 18:9
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 835
GraphicsAdreno 540
Storage64GB, 128GB or 256GB
Memory6GB or 8GB
Rear Camera12MP, Sony IMX 386, f/2.0, 1.25-micron pixels, 4-axis OIS, two-tone flash
Video Recording4K@30fps, 1080p@30fps, 720p@120fps
Front Camera5MP, 1080p video
ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11 ac, MU MIMO, 2x2 MIMO LTE with VoLTE, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS/AGPS/GLONASS/BeiDou
Dimensions151.8 x 75.5 x 7.7mm
OtherRear fingerprint scanner, USB-C, Quick Charge 3.0 (9V/2A), Dual nano-SIM slot
The Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 comes in Black color for the standard version with four-sided curved ceramic body with aluminium alloy frame and costs 3299 yuan (US$ 506 / Rs. 32,350 approx.) for the 6GB RAM with 64GB storage version, 3599 yuan (US$ 552 / Rs. 35,280 approx.) for the 6GB RAM with 128GB storage version and the 6GB RAM with 256GB storage version costs 3999 yuan (US$ 613 / Rs. 39,210 approx.).

The Mi MIX 2 Special Edition with full ceramic body comes in Black and White colors and costs 4699 yuan (US$ 721 / Rs. 46,060 approx.) for the 8GB RAM with 128GB storage version.

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Google's Privacy Dashboard Gets A Major Redesign

9:39:00 PM

Today, Google announced a major UI overhaul of their Privacy Dashboard page. The change is meant to make the existing control hub better suited for contemporary touchscreen devices, in addition to providing users with a more streamlined interface which presents relevant information in a straightforward manner. 

The upcoming iteration of the Privacy Dashboard looks like its most significant redesign since Google launched it in 2009, with the new take on the feature being more in line with the company’s Material Design guidelines. The Mountain View, California-based Internet giant said that the change was prompted by the constantly rising number of its products, with tools like My Activity and My Account supposedly showing that the Privacy Dashboard isn’t efficiently integrated into the firm’s other privacy control functionalities and warrants a redesign. 

As the subject of user privacy and online security is becoming increasingly more important, Google was seeking to design a more streamlined Privacy Dashboard which would allow users to quickly find out which of the company’s products are using their data and for what purposes, in addition to providing them with simple management options of limiting that usage. As you can see in the screenshot, the new interface is much cleaner for mobile devices and neat compared to the old one.

Left : Before / Right : After
Google also attempted to facilitate the process of downloading data which users are always able to initiate. The company stated that the redesigned version of the Privacy Dashboard was made in line with feedback from thousands of people who rely on its products on a daily basis, stating that it’s adamant to continue pursuing that development approach in the future. This update is rolling out worldwide and should be fully reach to users till next week.

Source : Google

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Saturday, September 9, 2017

Moto X4 Will Launch In The US As An Android One Phone

10:56:00 PM

If you are thinking Google is going to ignore their Android One project, you are wrong. Recently, the company teamed up with Xiaomi for the launch of an Android smartphone, the Mi A1. There have been other Android One handsets launched by smaller companies in various countries, so it appears that the offering will continue to grow.

Motorola, the company that once belonged to Google, is expected to join the Android One project very soon. The famous leaker Evan Blass suggests that a Motorola smartphone with a dual-camera setup and Android One branding is shown in a press render which is likely to be Moto X4.

Not much else is known about Motorola's Android One smartphone, but since the US company hasn't been approached by Google to build its next Pixel device, an Android One handset will do just fine. Moto X4 will indeed be the US's first Android One phone. This makes some sense, as unlike Cherry Mobile, General Mobile, or even Xiaomi, Motorola is a known brand stateside, and basing our first Android One device off of an existing phone would allow Google to properly gauge the market's interest in it. This would also line up with the rumors of the X4 being a Project Fi device.

Aside from the software, the Moto X4 Android One edition should have the same specs as its non-tramp stamped brother. That means a 5.2" 1080p display, a Snapdragon 630, 3 or 4 GB of RAM, 32GB or 64GB of storage, a 12MP/8MP dual rear camera setup, a 16MP front-facing camera, a 3000mAh battery, and IP68 certification. We're not too sure about pricing or availability, but we'll hopefully hear more about this soon.

Source : Evan Blass

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Google's New 'Data Transfer Tool' For Pixel 2 Hints Front Facing Speakers

10:36:00 PM

In case you don't follow Google or their announcements, Google will release their next generation Pixel devices as Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 next month. Today, Google has uploaded a new 'Data Transfer Tool' app to the Play Store, which is an system app for the Pixel 2.

Android already has a migration tool built-in which lets you transfer some data and apps from an old Android device to a new one. The first generation Pixel phones have a better version of that with the ability to transfer data from iPhone to Pixel with the included Type-C-to-Type-A adapter.

However, there is this one screenshot which appears to be the initial setup screen of the app which asks users to get their old Android or iOS devices, from which you can get the old data. The phone on the right seems to be a Pixel 2 XL which has a similar design like G6 with that rounded screen corners and relatively-small bezels. It's important to note that this is just an illustration, and the dimensions might not be completely accurate.

The interesting part is, Google switched out the above screenshot with a new one which you can see below. This new image has a Nexus device running Android Nougat.

We can't tell what this new app has for us because you can't install it on anything (probably locked to the Pixel 2), and the description simply says "This system app will be automatically installed on your phone. Please don't install this app." The changelog states "Updated usb migration for our great users," which is copy-pasted from the old app listing.

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