Micromax Smartphone Users to Get Exclusive Discounts on Oyo Rooms

Micromax Smartphone Users to Get Exclusive Discounts on Oyo RoomsMicromax on Thursday announced a partnership with Oyo Rooms to give customers of its devices a ‘seamless booking experience’ as well as exclusive deals. The integration will available either in the form of an on-device native experience via its Around-Steroid Launcher, and via factory preloaded Oyo app on other devices, the two companies said in a joint statement.

Micromax users will also be able to avail of Oyo’s recently unveiled feature of assured early check-ins at hotels across the country along with exclusive offers – 25 percent instant discount and 100 percent cashback on checkout. A precise timeline for when these features and discounts will become available to Micromax smartphone users was not specified.

To recall, Micromax’s ‘Around’ services are centred around the Steroid Launcher that aggregates information from various popular apps in categories such as food, travel, shopping, cabs, cricket, news, and weather. The service was first launched with the company’s Yu brand of smartphones in December 2015.

Commenting on the partnership Rahul Sharma, Co-Founder, Micromax Informatics, said, “In our pursuit to provide innovative product services hassle free experiences on a click of button rather than logging into multiple apps downloaded from play store, Micromax will now offer hotel stay across 200 cities in India with exclusive offers deeply integrated in Micromax in-house platforms such as Around-Steroid Launcher or / and a full Oyo App Experience to Micromax users. With the holiday season and long weekends in the New Year 2017, our users can enjoy the deep integration of OYO, and avail offers, anytime anywhere in India.”

Speaking on the partnership Anurag Gaggar, VP – Product, Oyo, said, “We have been consistently working towards providing best in class hotel experiences to our consumers across the country. This partnership enables us to deliver Oyo’s premium booking and stay experience to our guests and new users through innovative delivery platforms such as Around-Steroid launcher, notification updates & other exclusive platforms of Micromax to its 3.3 million monthly active customers.”

OnePlus 3T India Launch Set for Today

OnePlus 3T India Launch Set for TodayOnePlus is set to launch the OnePlus 3T smartphone in India on Friday, at an event in New Delhi. The launch event kicks off at 11am IST, and the company is expected to reveal India price and availability of the smartphone.

To recall, the OnePlus 3T was first unveiled last month, and so far, has been made available in the US, Europe, and the UK. In these regions, the smartphone has replaced the original OnePlus 3 (Review). However, that may not be the case in India – as OnePlus earlier confirmed to Gadgets 360 that it will “continue to sell the OnePlus 3 in India” which means both smartphones may be available in the market.

The only differences between the OnePlus 3T and OnePlus 3 are a faster SoC, increased storage, an improved front camera, and a larger battery. In the US, the 64GB model has been priced at $439 (roughly Rs. 29,800), while the 128GB model has been priced at $479 (roughly Rs. 32,500). To recall, the OnePlus 3 was launched at $399 (priced at Rs. 27,999 in India) – and it was only available in a 64GB model.
Getting to the exact differences between the OnePlus 3T and the OnePlus 3 – the newly launched smartphone sports a faster Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 SoC (two cores clocked at 1.6GHz and two cores clocked at 2.35GHz) compared to the Snapdragon 820 SoC on the original. It comes in both 64GB and 128GB storage models, compared to just a 64GB model on the OnePlus 3.

As for the improved front camera, OnePlus has doubled the resolution of the front camera from 8-megapixel on the OnePlus 3 to 16-megapixel on the OnePlus 3T – whilst also switching sensors from the Sony IMX179 with 1.4-micron pixels to the Samsung 3P8SP with 1-micron pixels.
Finally, the OnePlus 3T gets a larger 3400mAh battery compared to the 3000mAh offering on the OnePlus 3. It once again supports Dash Charge (5V 4A) fast charging technology.

Everything else about the two smartphones is identical. The OnePlus 3T bears the same anodised aluminium metal unibody design, the same fingerprint sensor on the home button, and the same Alert Slider apart from capacitive hardware keys. It also comes with the same USB 2.0 Type-C port, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. It sports a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) Optic AMOLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection. The SoC is coupled with 6GB of LPDDR4 RAM.

Connectivity options on the OnePlus 3T include 4G LTE (with support for India’s LTE bands), Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, and GPS/ A-GPS. It bears the same measurements as the OnePlus 3 at 152.7×74.7×7.35mm, and the same weight at 158 grams.

HMD Announces Official Entry Into the Mobile Market With Nokia-Branded Phones

HMD Announces Official Entry Into the Mobile Market With Nokia-Branded PhonesFinnish company HMD Global has officially announced its entry into the mobile market with Nokia-branded phones. The first Nokia-branded Android smartphones will be available in the first half of 2017, HMD said in a press statement on Thursday.

The announcement comes less than six months after the company signed a strategic licensing agreement with Nokia, giving HMD the exclusive use of the Nokia brand on mobile phones and tablets worldwide for the next 10 years. Back then, Nokia had said it was the process of acquiring from Microsoft the rights to use the “Nokia” trademark on feature phones until 2024, and design rights relating to Microsoft’s feature phone business, which Redmond had acquired after it purchased Nokia’s mobile business in 2013. With Thursday’s announcement, it’s clear that all the necessary arrangements are in place for HMD to use the Nokia name for smartphones, feature phones, and tablets.

“HMD has today announced the completion of transactions between HMD, FIH Mobile Limited (a subsidiary of Hon Hai Precision Industries trading as Foxconn Technology Group) and Microsoft, which means that HMD can begin operations as the new home of Nokia phones,” Nokia said in a statement.
“Under the agreement, Nokia will receive royalty payments from HMD for sales of every Nokia branded mobile phone and tablet, covering both brand and intellectual property rights,” the statement added.
HMD says it working on a range of consumer devices that will focus on “innovation, quality, and experience” to combine with “iconic Nokia mobile phone attributes of design, robustness, and reliability”. HMD has hired a lot of ex-Nokia employees (who transitioned to Microsoft after the buyout) to steer its efforts in regional markets like India.

“Nokia has been one of the most iconic and recognisable phone brands globally for decades,” Arto Nummela, CEO of HMD Global said in the statement. “The excitement of re-introducing this much-loved, well-known and trusted brand to smartphone consumers is a responsibility and an ambition that everyone at HMD shares.”

HMD is widely expected to unveil the first Nokia-branded smartphones at MWC, where it has signed up as one of the exhibitors. The upcoming Nokia Android phones have been the subject of several leaks, with the latest leaks suggesting the ‘Nokia D1C’ could come in two variants.

Coolpad Mega 3, Note 3S Launched in India: Price, Specifications, and Features

Coolpad Mega 3, Note 3S Launched in India: Price, Specifications, and FeaturesAs expected, Coolpad has launched the Mega 3 and Note 3S smartphones in India. The smartphones are priced at Rs. 6,999 and Rs. 9,999, and will be sold from December 7 exclusively on Amazon India. The big highlight of the Coolpad Mega 3 smartphone is that it dons triple-SIM slots and comes with VoLTE support. The Note 3S, on the other hand, sports a fingerprint sensor at the back.

Beginning with the Coolpad Mega 3, the smartphone features a 5.5-inch HD (720×1080 pixels) IPS display with 269ppi pixel density. It is powered by a 1.25GHz MediaTek MT6737 quad-core processor paired with 2GB of RAM. The smartphone offers 16GB of internal storage with the option to expand it further via microSD slot (up to 64GB).

The Coolpad Mega 3 runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and packs a 3050mAh battery to keep it powered on. Coolpad claims that the battery can lasts up to 200 hours when the device is in standby mode. As for the optics, the smartphone sports a 8-megapixel rear camera with auto focus and f/2.2 aperture. The front camera of the Coolpad Mega 3 also sports a 8-megapixel sensor for video chats and selfies, and comes with fixed focus and f/2.2 aperture. The selfie camera has 80.1 degree field of view.

Connectivity options on the Coolpad Mega 3 include Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.0, 4G VoLTE, and triple-SIM slots. The dimensions are at 154.4×76.8×8.35mm and the smartphone weighs 170.5 grams. It will be made available in Gold, Grey, and White colour options.
(Also see:Coolpad Mega 3 vs. Coolpad Mega 2.5D)

The Coolpad Note 3S features a similar 5.5-inch HD (720×1080 pixels) IPS display with 2.5D screen protection. It is powered by the 1.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 415 MSM8929 octa-core processor with 3GB of RAM. It offers 32GB of internal storage with the option to expand further via a microSD slot (up to 32GB). Both the smartphones support OTG.
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The Coolpad Note 3S runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow based of Cool UI 8.0. Optics include a 13-megapixel rear camera with auto focus and f/2.2 aperture. There’s a 5-megapixel selfie camera with fixed focus and f/2.2 aperture as well. It packs a 2500mAh battery that claims to last up to 200 hours on standby. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.0, 4G VoLTE, and dual-SIM slots.

(Also see:Coolpad Mega 3 vs. Coolpad Note 3S)

The dimensions of the Coolpad Note 3S are 154.5x77x8.6mm and the Note 3S weighs 167 grams. It will be made available in Gold and White colour options. Apart from the fingerprint sensor at the back, the smartphone also houses an accelerometer, magnetic sensor, proximity sensor, and light sensor.

Huawei P9 Worldwide Sales Have Topped 9 Million, Claims Company

Huawei P9 Worldwide Sales Have Topped 9 Million, Claims CompanyChinese handset maker Huawei has claimed that it has sold over 9 million Huawei P9 units globally since the smartphone’s launch in April. The company made the announcement at an event on Thursday.

Notably, the company back in September had claimed that it sold 6 million P9 smartphones, which means the company has sold an additional 3 million units within two months.
One of the biggest highlights of the Huawei P9 smartphone is its dual rear camera setup that was ‘co-engineered with Leica’. The smartphones sport two 12-megapixel rear camera with with f/2.2 apertures – one camera captures colour images, while the other captures monochrome images. It also sports an 8-megapixel front-facing camera.
To recall, the Huawei P9 had been unveiled alongside the Huawei P9 Plus back in April. The Chinese company in August launched the P9 flagship smartphone in India at Rs. 39,999.
The Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based Huawei P9 features the company’s EMUI 4.1 skin on top, and sports a 5.2-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) IPS LCD display. It is powered by a Hi-Silicon Kirin 955 octa-core processor (2.5GHz quad-coreCortex-A72 + 1.8GHz quad-core Cortex-A53 cores) that’s coupled with 3GB of RAM. It bears 32GB of inbuilt storage, which is expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB). Huawei has also unveiled a 4GB of RAM/ 64GB of inbuilt storage variant which is not available in India. Connectivity options on board the Huawei P9 include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth v4.1, Infrared, and USB Type-C. The smartphone features a 3000mAh battery and comes in Ceramic White, Prestige Gold, and Titanium Grey colours.

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iPhone 8 Could Bring Truly Wireless Charging: Report

iPhone 8 Could Bring Truly Wireless Charging: ReportA new report claims that the iPhone 8 could feature brand new wireless charging technology that hasn’t been seen on Android phones launched so far. The new wireless charging feature reportedly will let the upcoming iPhones get charged from a distance of about 15 feet which means that users won’t need to place the iPhone on a wireless charging plate, like we’ve seen with wireless charging technology so far.

There have been several reports suggesting that Apple may ditch the ‘iPhone 7s’ name for next year’s iPhone based on its naming convention and directly name it iPhone 8 considering 2017 is Apple’s tenth anniversary of launch of the original iPhone.

(Also see: iPhone SE Will Not Get a New Model in 2017, Claims KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo)

According to a report by Zach Epstein of BGR, Apple may use wireless charging tech developed by Energous that could let the iPhone 8 charged from across the room. The report claims that a small chip on the iPhone will let the device wirelessly connect to a base station and also charge from a distance of up to 15 feet.

“Energous has repeatedly stated on earnings calls that it is working with a “tier 1″ smartphone manufacturer, and all signs in the past have pointed to Apple,” notes the report.

If true, then the next iPhone can be charged constantly without needing to plug or place the device on a charging plate.

A previous report had suggested that the iPhone 8 wireless charging components are already being manufactured by Foxconn, which will also test it. Rumours claim that the wireless charging capabilities may be exclusive to the premium iPhone 8 variant, similar to how the dual-rear camera setup is limited to the more expensive iPhone 7 Plus variant.

The new BGR report also adds that the iPhone 8 is likely to bring biggest design changes since iPhone 6 launched in 2014. It adds that the iPhone 8 may feature a glass front and back panels which will be connected by metal around the edges. In-line with previous leaks, the new report also suggests the iPhone 8 may use OLED screen.

Some of the other changes expected on the iPhone 8 include next-generation Touch ID, new 3D Touch gestures, and a new A11 Fusion processor.

Android Nougat’s Night Mode May Soon Come Back to Nexus Devices

Android Nougat's Night Mode May Soon Come Back to Nexus DevicesGoogle’s ‘Night Mode’, which works similarly to Apple’s Night Shift, has been a feature that has been awaited impatiently by Nexus users. The search giant removed the feature from the final release of Nougat after giving an early glimpse in a developer preview for Nexus devices as the feature was not completely ready. Now, the ‘Night Mode’ will reportedly be making its way back to Nexus devices in the upcoming Nougat 7.1 update.

After the feature was removed from the final build of Nougat, a thread named “Bring Back Night Mode” was posted on company’s issue tracker. Now, the search giant has changed its status to ‘Future Release’, as pointed out by Phandroid. This indicates that the night mode is likely to come back in a future release, possibly the upcoming Android 7.1 Nougat update. Of course users might have to wait for longer if the company decides to push out the feature with a future update.

The ‘Night Mode’ essentially adjusts the screen colour temperature in order to prevent excessive strain on user’s eyes. There have always been apps that can help users adjust the screen colour temperature, such as f.lux, but system-level integration makes this feature extremely useful.

Regarding the removal of night mode features in the Android N, a team of Google Engineers had earlier revealed that both dark theme and screen tinting had to be abandoned for similar reasons. The team claimed that both these were not going to be ready by the time Android N was launched publicly. Further, the team said that it did not want to leave a “half-working” feature in the platform.

The team pointed out that the implementation on an ecosystem-wide scale was difficult, and work on the features was not judged to be a sound allocation of resources.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 Tipped to Sport Optical Fingerprint Sensor

Samsung Galaxy S8 Tipped to Sport Optical Fingerprint SensorDrowning in controversies, Samsung has confirmed that it won’t give up on its plans to launch the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 next year. Traditionally, Samsung launched its ‘S’ series flagship at MWC in Barcelona, and if that is the case this time as well, then work on the Galaxy S8 should have already begun. There have been quite a few leaks testifying this, and the latest hints that the smartphone will sport optical fingerprint recognition that will enable reading thumb print through the display as well.

This leaks comes out of Weibo, and is first spotted by Sammobile. It hints that the company will not embed the fingerprint scanner in the home button, and will instead have it under the rumoured 4K screen. The smartphone is also expected to sport a bezel-less design, with no home button, and a curved display on the top and bottom edges as well.

If this leak is accurate, then the Samsung Galaxy S8 will be the first smartphone to sport an optical fingerprint technology. This new tech is pegged to be much faster and more accurate than the ultrasonic fingerprint recognition found on several top-end smartphones today.

Previous leaks suggest that the Samsung Galaxy S8 will feature a 5.5-inch 4K (2160×3840 pixels) Super Amoled display and will boast of an impressive pixel density of 806ppi. It will be powered by the company’s in-house Exynos 8895 SoC paired with 6GB of RAM. It is said to sport a 16-megapixel and 8-megapixel dual camera setup. It is expected to launch on February 26 next year.

For now, it has been reported that work on the Galaxy S8 has been delayed as all focus is on finding the fault in the Galaxy Note 7. If you have been living under a rock, the Galaxy Note 7 is now a dead affair and Samsung is replacing the units with a Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge. It is also giving full refunds or letting users be a part of the S8 or Note 8 update program if they so prefer. Several Samsung Galaxy Note 7units have caught fire while on charge, and the cause of it is still a mystery, with some theorizing that the fault lies in the SDI and Amperex-made batteries, while others claim that the fault is in the speeding up of chipset to enable fast charging.

Whatever the case may be, Samsung needs to ensure that it leaves no stones unturned to ensure that the Galaxy S8 is explosion-free.

LG X Power With 4G VoLTE Support, 4100mAh Battery Launched at Rs. 15,990

LG X Power With 4G VoLTE Support, 4100mAh Battery Launched at Rs. 15,990LG on Thursday launched its 4G VoLTE-enabled X Power smartphone in India, priced at Rs. 15,990. It will be available for sale “pan India in a day or two”, the company said, in Black and Gold colour variants.

The LG X Power, which runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box, is a dual-SIM smartphone. It sports a 5.3-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) In-Cell Touch display, and is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6735M processor coupled with 2GB of RAM. It comes with 16GB of inbuilt storage, which is expandable via microSD card.

In terms of optics, the LG X Power comes with a 13-megapixel rear camera, tagged with LED flash, and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera for taking selfies. The smartphone houses a large 4100mAh battery. The connectivity options for the smartphone include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS, and Bluetooth 4.1. The smartphone measures 148.9×74.9×7.9mm and weighs 139 grams.

The smartphone comes with PE+technology, which helps the smartphone to charge at a faster rate, the company claims. “Its Fast Charging technology PE+ makes it almost [twice as fast to charge compared to] other batteries,” the company said in its release. Other features of the phone auto shot, the film effect, the gesture selfie, the quick share, the company said.

“We are relentless in our pursuit to ensure that all our products enable peoples’ life to become easier, efficient and help them work smarter. Today in India, we all are witnessing the 4G LTE evolution at a very fast pace and this technology brings excessive use of videos, music, streaming etc., which are battery consumption intensive features. Keeping in view of consumer’s needs, LG XPower brings huge 4100mAh battery that runs longer under heavy multimedia use,” Marketing Head – LG Mobiles, Amit Gujral, was quoted as saying in the release.

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Lenovo, Xiaomi See Gains in Indian Smartphone Market in Q3 2016: Canalys

Lenovo, Xiaomi See Gains in Indian Smartphone Market in Q3 2016: CanalysAccording to a market research firm, the Indian smartphone market in Q3 2016 experienced a 20 percent year-on-year growth in terms of shipments, growing to 30 million units. Samsung grew along with the market, and retained a lead of just over 20 percent. Other manufacturers like Micromax, Intex, and Lava have seen a slump in their shipments in the country whereas Chinese mobile giants – Lenovo and Xiaomi have climbed to get the second and fourth positions respectively.

Canalys on Tuesday published its report for Q3 2016 smartphone shipments in India, giving an insight into the smartphone growth in the country. Lenovo has ousted Micromax from the second spot, and the research firm cites an increase in offline sales as the reason for its growth in shipments. Micromax stands at the third spot. Xiaomi, on the other hand, has reached the number four spot, thanks to an increased number of shipments – a 170 percent growth year-on-year, and more than double when compared to the previous quarter. Canalys says this was the company’s strongest quarter yet in India, in terms of shipments.

Canalys Analyst, Rushabh Doshi, says, “Lenovo’s focus on offline channels and Xiaomi’s move away from being an online-only vendor have clearly helped.”

The number of smartphones that support 4G LTE are increasing in the country, with almost every manufacturer increasing its 4G portfolio. The new entrants like Lyf have also climbed to gain good positions on the ladder, with Lyf itself holding the fifth position. The advent of recently-launched Reliance Jio has shot up the 4G smartphone market in India, among other reasons to boost up to the new statistics.

Doshi adds, “Indian consumers are increasingly looking past local players’ smartphones in favour of international brands. There is ongoing portfolio consolidation as local players change their product strategies, emphasizing the 4G-enabled models that are now becoming mainstream. Besides having a strong LTE portfolio, channel strategy is increasingly important for smart phone success… ‘Despite its smartphone shipments halving, Micromax held onto third place, but it is coming under pressure from Xiaomi and fifth-placed Lyf.”

In a related news, India is also predicted to reach 1 billion unique mobile subscribers by 2020, as per a latest report published by GSMA at an event in Gurgaon. The 4G connections in the country are also forecast to grow rapidly, growing from just three million at the end of 2015 to 280 million by 2020, the report says.