Microsoft Reportedly Working on Mobile Reboot With New Software and Hardware Ketan Pratap, 31 May 2017

Microsoft’s Windows 10 Mobile effort could be very well declared dead and outdated with no update on the software and no roadmap for future. However, a new report claims that Microsoft may be working on its mobile reboot with all-new software and hardware.

Brad Sams of Thurrott.com in a report has claimed that Microsoft is testing out a new hardware internally which will run a “separate branch of Windows Mobile”.

Sams cites two independent sources inside the company and adds that the new hardware is targeted to provide “new experiences” with the device. The report also claims that the interface will be slightly different from what we have seen in Windows 10 Mobile. This also corroborates Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s statement recently, when he said the company hadn’t given up on phones just yet.

Image result for Microsoft Reportedly Working on Mobile Reboot With New Software and Hardware Ketan Pratap, 31 May 2017The report adds that Microsoft may drop support for older apps with the focus on new mobile experience. It also suggests that the new mobile experience may not support Microsoft’s Silverlight apps. Sams, however, adds that the plan for new hardware is still in early development, and things could see drastic change in the coming months. There’s no fixed timeline for the new Windows Mobile reboot but Sams predicts that it should not take over a year for the entire plan to materialise. We wonder how these reports tie-in with the company’s partnership with Qualcomm to develop Windows 10 for ARM chips.

Microsoft’s end of smartphone manufacturing news came last year with the company’s announcement of streamlining the smartphone hardware business. The move last year impacted roughly 1,850 jobs in the company. The Redmond giant had announced that the streamlining process would be completed by end of the calendar year while will be fully completed by July 2017.

The Redmond giant has been lately focusing on its Surface products, and recently introduced Surface Pro 2-in-1 at an event in Shanghai.

MediaTek MT7622 SoC Launched at Computex 2017, ‘World’s First 4×4 802.11n and Bluetooth 5.0 SoC’

Chipset giant MediaTek on Wednesday launched the world’s first 4×4 802.11n and Bluetooth 5.0 SoC featuring a dedicated Wi-Fi network accelerator at Chipset  2017.

MediaTek says that the new MT7622 SoC is created for premium networking devices that include routers and repeaters, whole home Wi-Fi, and home automation gateways that pre-integrates audio and storage features. The highlight, of course, is the chip’s single platform for 4×4 dual band and try-band premium networking devices. It also supports the latest Bluetooth technology, Bluetooth 5.0.

Additional features include NAT, Hardware QoS and a dedicated Wi-Fi engine – MediaTek’s Warp Accelerator. The Star Trek-sounding Warp Accelerator essentially removes bottlenecks by connecting the Gigabit+ class 802.11ac networking with multi-Gigabit internal pathways.

The MediaTek MT7622 SoC is powered by a 1.35GHz 64-bit dual-core ARM Cortex-A53 processor and comes with a number of advanced connectivity options like SGMII/RGMII, PCIe, SATA and USB, and 4×4 802.11n FEM integration.

MediaTek MT7622 SoC Launched at Computex 2017, 'World's First 4x4 802.11n and Bluetooth 5.0 SoC'MediaTek says that the MT7622 includes essential audio interfaces such as I2S, TDM and S/PDIF to meet the growing demand for applications using audio and voice controls. The new SoC also delivers a rich array of slow I/O alongside the integrated Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Zigbee co-existence for home automation gateways.

“Based on MediaTek’s Adaptive Network technology, the MT7622 features easy setup, network self-healing, roaming, band steering, smart quality of service, and advanced security for whole home Wi-Fi,” said Alan Hsu , General Manager of Home Smart Device Business Unit, MediaTek. “For manufacturers looking for flexibility in the design of innovative networking devices, this chipset couples high performance and extensively integrated functionality.”

The company recently also introduced the MediaTek MT8516 chipset at Google I/O, designed to enable Voice Assistant Devices and smart speakers including the Google Assistant. MediaTek said that new Google Assistant devices with this chipset can be expected in Q4 2017.

Huawei Y7 Prime With 4000mAh Battery, Android 7.0 Nougat Launched

Huawei has launched the Y7 Prime in Hong Kong. The big highlights of the device are its 4000mAh battery, Android 7.0 Nougat, and a fingerprint scanner at the back of the smartphone. The Huawei Y7 Prime seems to be another variant of the Enjoy 7 Plus launched in China earlier, and is priced at HKD 1,880 (roughly Rs. 15,500). The smartphone is available to buy at Vmall and is coming to Three soon.

The Huawei Y7 Prime ha a sleek metal unibody with no home button in the front, and on screen navigation buttons. The fingerprint scanner sits at the back right below the camera sensor, while the 3.5mm audio jack is seen at the top edge of the smartphone. The volume and the power keys are both housed at the right edge of the device. In Hong Kong, it has been made available in Silver, Grey and Gold colour variants.

Huawei Y7 Prime With 4000mAh Battery, Android 7.0 Nougat LaunchedAs for specifications, the Huawei Y7 Prime runs on Android 7.0 Nougat and supports a hybrid dual-SIM slot. It sports a 5.5-inch (720×1280 pixels) IPS display with 2.5D glass protection. It is powered by a 1.4GHz octa-core Snapdragon 435 SoC paired with Adreno 505 GPU and 3GB of RAM. The smartphone offers 32GB of internal storage as well with the option to expand further via microSD card (up to 256GB).

In the camera department, the Huawei Y7 Prime sports a 12-megapixel rear camera with f/2.2 aperture, PDAF, and LED flash support. At the front, there is an 8-megapixel sensor for selfies with f/2.0 aperture. The fingerprint scanner is claimed to have the accuracy of 0.3 seconds. As mentioned, it packs a 4000mAh battery, and connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.1, GPS, FM radio, and a Micro-USB port.

Some Google Pixel Users Reporting Search Issues, Pixel Launcher Update Suspected

Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones have been increasingly facing a lot of issues and bugs. Lately, an issue causing Pixel smartphones to freeze periodically was addressed in the June Android security update. Now, a few Pixel and Pixel XL users are reporting that their devices are not performing Google searches effectively due to some bug in the Pixel Launcher. The bug makes the Google Search pill entirely non-functioning for any search made.

A Reddit thread, spotted by 9to5Google, reveals that the Pixel Launcher’s Google Search pill is not working normally. Users report that on clicking the pill, no search history appears in the widget, nor do any type of search suggestions for the entered query. To worsen the issue, the search widget is also not returning any search results even after pressing enter. The Google hotword ‘Ok, Google’ is also not reportedly working for some users. The likely cause that has been reported in the thread is an update (version 7.1.1-3862848) to the Pixel Launcher.

Some Google Pixel Users Reporting Search Issues, Pixel Launcher Update SuspectedWhile it is still unclear if the issue is caused due to the recent update for Pixel Launcher, or some hidden bug in the Google app brought by the update, a phone reboot is reportedly diminishing the search issue for some users, though it seemingly returns for them after a some time. Other users suggested force stopping or killing Pixel Launcher and Google app to solve the issue.

Since the issue was first reported, many users have joined the thread to tell about the same problem that they are facing along with some working suggestions. Though the issue looks to mounting rapidly for all the Pixel and Pixel XL users, Google is yet to officially address it. Till then, if you are one of the users facing the same issue, rebooting or killing respective apps can possibly solve the problem.

Oppo F3 Plus Price in India Reportedly Cut, Said to Be Available for Rs. 27,990

Oppo F3 Plus, which was launched in India earlier this year, has received a price cut in the country. While the smartphone was initially launched by the company at Rs. 30,990, it will be available at Rs. 27,990 from Thursday onwards.

The Chinese brand has confirmed the Oppo F3 Plus will now be available at a discounted price in India. In a statement, Oppo said, “The Indian consumers can now own Oppo F3 Plus at INR 27,990. The new price is effective from 9 June 2017.”

To recall, the Oppo F3 Plus went on sale in India in April, and the biggest highlight of the smartphone is its dual selfie camera setup. It comes with one 16-megapixel 1/3.1-inch sensor with an f/2.0 aperture and one 8-megapixel sensor. While the former sports a 76.4-degree wide-angle lens, the latter sports a 120-degree wide-angle lens that allows for 105-degree field-of-view group selfies. Users can choose which lens they want to use, and, the smartphone comes with a Smart Facial Recognition feature that Oppo says automatically suggests which lens is ideal. The smartphone comes with various camera features, including the Beautify 4.0 app, Selfie Panorama, Screen Flash, and Palm Shutter.

Oppo F3 Plus Price in India Reportedly Cut, Said to Be Available for Rs. 27,990The Oppo F3 Plus also bears a fingerprint sensor on the home button, said to unlock the smartphone in as little as 0.2 seconds. The company is touting fingerprint activated app and call shortcuts as well. The dual-SIM (Nano-SIM) Oppo F3 Plus runs ColorOS 3.0 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. It bears a 6-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) JDI In-Cell 2.5D curved display with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. It is powered by a 1.95GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 653 SoC that’s coupled with the Adreno 510 GPU and 4GB of RAM.

On the rear, the Oppo F3 Plus sports a 16-megapixel Sony IMX398 sensor with 1.4-micron pixels, with dual-PDAF, an f/1.7 aperture, and dual-LED flash. The smartphone bears 64GB of inbuilt storage that’s expandable via microSD card (256GB). The smartphone bears a triple-slot tray, letting users utilise two SIM cards and one microSD card at the same time.

Connectivity options on board the Oppo F3 Plus include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz and 5GHz), Bluetooth v4.1, GPS/ A-GPS, 3.5mm audio jack, and Micro-USB with OTG. It is powered by a 4000mAh battery with the company’s own VOOC Flash Charge fast charging tech that is claimed to deliver up to 2 hours of talk time in 5 minutes of charging. Sensors on the smartphone include accelerometer, ambient light sensor, gyroscope, magnetometer, and proximity sensor. It measures 163.63×80.8×7.35mm, and weighs 185 grams.

Nokia 6, Nokia 5, Nokia 3 India Launch Set for June 13, HMD Global Confirms

While HMD Global sent out press invites earlier this month for a Nokia event on June 13, the company has now confirmed that it will be launching Nokia smartphones at this event. This means that the company can expectedly launch its Nokia 6, Nokia 5, and Nokia 3 Android smartphones finally in India next week. HMD Global invites doesn’t mention the devices, but only says “welcome the new era of Nokia Smartphones.” To recall, the new Nokia 3310 was launched in India in mid-May at a price of Rs. 3,310 via offline stores.

Nokia 3, Nokia 5, Nokia 6 price in India

A report by NokiaPowerUser also says the Nokia 6 price in India will be between Rs. 15,000 and Rs. 16,000. On the other hand, the India price of Nokia 5 will be around Rs. 12,000, while Nokia 3 will cost about Rs. 9,000.

Nokia 6, the best-specced of the new Nokia Android phones, has a 5.5-inch full-HD screen with 2.5D design and Gorilla Glass protection, and a fingerprint sensor. The smartphone was priced at EUR 229 (approximately Rs. 16,000) and runs Android 7.0 Nougat. It is powered by Snapdragon 430 SoC, packs 3GB RAM, features 32GB internal storage, comes with microSD card support up to 128GB, and houses a 3000mAh battery.

In terms of optics, the Nokia 6 comes with a 16-megapixel rear sensor, while the front camera’s resolution is 8-megapixel. There’s also a Nokia 6 Arte Black special edition model with glossy black body, 64GB built-in storage, and 4GB RAM.

Nokia 6, Nokia 5, Nokia 3 India Launch Set for June 13, HMD Global ConfirmsNokia 5, positioned as a handset for those who want a compact smartphone, was priced by the company at EUR 189 (about Rs. 13,250) and features a fingerprint sensor. It comes with a 5.2-inch HD screen and Android 7.1.1 Nougat operating system. It is powered by the Snapdragon 430 SoC coupled with 2GB of RAM, and comes with 16GB inbuilt storage; it supports expandable storage via microSD card (up to 128GB). When it comes to camera, Nokia 5 has a 13-megapixel unit on the back and 8-megapixel unit in front. Other features of the smartphone include Micro-USB 2.0, NFC, 3000mAh battery, and 4G LTE support.

Announced as a smartphone for those who want a premium-looking handset at a budget, Nokia 3 is priced at EUR 139 (about Rs. 9,750), and has a polycarbonate body and metallic frame on the sides; however, it does not have a fingerprint sensor. It has a 5-inch HD screen, Android 7.0 Nougat operating system, 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek 6737 SoC, 16GB internal storage, up to 128GB microSD card support, Micro-USB 2.0, NFC, 2650mAh battery, and 8-megapixel cameras on the front and back.

Notably, HMD Global this week also confirmed that the Nokia 3, Nokia 5, and Nokia 6 smartphones will be receiving the latest Android iteration, Android O, when it’s available.

iPhone 8, iPhone 7s Plus Schematics Leaks Tip Design Details, Mass Production Reportedly Begins

iPhone 8 rumours refuse to stop even though the launch is still months away. Its design details, especially, are leaked regularly, sometime giving us contradictory information, and sometimes corroborating a strong rumour. Today’s leak does the latter. The ‘final schematics’ leak of the iPhone 8 shows the device from all angles giving us a fair idea of what the anniversary smartphone will possibly look like. Furthermore, the lesser leaked iPhone 7s Plus has also been tipped in a similar schematics leak giving away design information.

The fresh leaks come from none other than tipster Benjamin Geskin, who has earned a reputation for leaking most of the iPhone 8 related information this year. Apart from the schematics, Geskin also notes that mass production for the iPhone models launching this year has started, and that there will be three models this year. He has leaked schematics of two iPhone models – and the third iPhone, presumably be called the iPhone 7s , has not been leaked. However, he notes that the schematics will be similar to its predecessor iPhone 7.

Starting with the iPhone 8 schematic and render, the back of the device matches previous leaks to show a vertical dual camera setup, an Apple logo, and no fingerprint scanner. The front sports a bezel-less display and there is no Home Button in the front indicating that the fingerprint sensor will be embedded underneath the display. The bottom edge has a Lightning connector, dual speaker grille, an elongated power key sit on the right edge, and the volume and mute switch sit on the left edge. The dimensions mentioned are at 143.4×70.77×7.51mm, which are slightly different from the previously reported 143.59×70.94×7.57mm.

iPhone 8, iPhone 7s Plus Schematics Leaks Tip Design Details, Mass Production Reportedly BeginsThe iPhone 7s Plus retains most of the design elements from the predecessor, with a horizontal dual camera setup, and the dimensions are at 158.38×78.1mm. The front drawing is rather interesting, with no Home Button seen in the front, nor any bezel, but this is just a schematic drawing and the final product will presumably include both the elements.

Geskin, in a separate tweet, also notes that the Calculator app in iOS 11 will see a revamp in design, very much inspired by the one seen on OS 1 and 2 back in the day. Despite several past reports of a delay, Geskin seems confident that the iPhone 8 will launch in September itself.

OnePlus 5 Official Image Shows Design Similar to iPhone 7 Plus’

Remember all those OnePlus 5 leaks that suggested a vertical horizontal camera setup? Now you can safely brush them aside as OnePlus has revealed that its upcoming flagship will feature a horizontal camera setup. In a new teaser for the OnePlus 5 launch, the company has finally shown the design of the smartphone, and it is identical to the leaked renders that surfaced earlier this week. As rumoured, the OnePlus 5 will have dual cameras on the back.

In a tweet posted on Thursday, OnePlus gave a close glimpse of OnePlus 5 for the first time and just like we said on the basis of leaked images, the teaser also suggests that the design elements on the smartphone closely resemble the ones on iPhone 7 Plus. After the leaked renders surfaced the Internet, there were many comparisons being drawn between the upcoming phone and Apple flagship, which might also be why the company chose to show the phone from a slightly different perspective in the teaser.

However, the antenna lines and the horizontal dual camera setup have already caused people on Twitter to accuse OnePlus of directly lifting iPhone 7 Plus design for the OnePlus. Irrespective of the design, OnePlus smartphones are known for their powerful hardware and this is why the upcoming flagship will likely be judged by consumers more on the basis of price point and performance. The teaser also mentions “dual cameras. clearer photos,” pointing to the USP of the smartphone.

OnePlus 5 Official Image Shows Design Similar to iPhone 7 Plus'As per the officially available information, we know that the OnePlus 5 will be launched globally on June 20 and in India on June 22. Notably, the phone will be made available for purchase exclusively through Amazon India on June 22 itself.

The company has confirmed that the smartphone will pack a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC, bear a front-facing fingerprint sensor, and feature a camera developed in partnership with DxO. The company also teased a camera sample showing excellent low light performance.

The source code on Amazon India teaser page has suggested that the phone will come with 8GB RAM and a separate leak has suggested that the phone might cost around EUR 550 (roughly Rs. 39,900) in Finland.

Samsung Galaxy S8+ 6GB RAM, 128GB Storage Variant Goes on Sale in India

After launching it last week, Samsung on Friday has made the Samsung Galaxy S8+ (Review) variant with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage available to buy in India. You can purchase it via Flipkart and the Samsung Shop. The Samsung Galaxy S8+ 6GB RAM, 128GB storage variant price in India is Rs. 74,900.

 As an introductory offer, the company says, all customers will be eligible for a free bundled wireless charger (worth Rs. 4,499)  with the smartphone. The new variant will only be available in the Midnight Black colour variant. On the Samsung Shop, the company is offering a Rs. 2,500 cash back to ICICI Bank credit card users, while there is also an exchange offer providing up to Rs. 15,000 discount. On Flipkart, it comes with a Reliance Jio double data offer providing 28GB+28GB at Rs. 309, as well as ICICI credit card cash back.

To recall, Samsung launched the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ back in April in India, featuring 4GB RAM and 64GB of inbuilt storage. The Samsung Galaxy S8 is priced at Rs. 57,900 (MOP), while the regular Galaxy S8+ variant is priced at Rs. 64,900 (MOP), giving the new variant a premium of Rs. 10,000. It also forgoes the Coral Blue and Maple Gold colour options the regular version is available in.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ India variants are powered by the Samsung Exynos 8895 SoC, and are almost identical smartphones. The primary differences are battery capacity, dimensions, and screen size of the Infinity Display, which is a dual-edge curved display with an 18.5:9 aspect ratio, complete with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. The Galaxy S8 sports a 5.8-inch QHD+ (1440×2960 pixels) Super AMOLED display, while the Galaxy S8+ sports a 6.2-inch display with the same resolution and display technology. The displays are certified by the UHD Alliance as Mobile HDR Premium.

The octa-core Samsung Exynos 8895 SoC sports a quad-core module clocked at 2.35GHz, and another quad-core module clocked at 1.9GHz. The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ smartphones feature 12-megapixel ‘Dual Pixel’ rear cameras with optical image stabilisation and an f/1.7 aperture. On the front, the smartphones bear 8-megapixel front cameras with autofocus, and also bear an f/1.7 aperture. Both smartphones’ inbuilt storage is expandable via microSD card (up to 256GB) in a hybrid dual-SIM configuration.

Samsung Galaxy S8+ 6GB RAM, 128GB Storage Variant Goes on Sale in IndiaConnectivity options on the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ include 4G LTE (Cat. 16), Wi-Fi 802.11ac (2.4GHz, 5GHz), Bluetooth v5.0, USB Type-C, NFC, and GPS. Sensors on board include an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, barometer, gyroscope, heart rate sensor, magnetometer, and proximity sensor. They both support Samsung Pay, with NFC and MST connectivity. The two smartphones come with iris scanner, fingerprint scanner, and facial recognition.

The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ support wireless charging as well as fast charging. The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ pack 3000mAh and 3500mAh batteries respectively. The Galaxy S8 measures 148.9×68.1x8mm and weighs 155 grams. The Galaxy S8+ measures 159.5×73.4×8.1mm and weighs 173 grams.

Of course, one of the biggest highlight features of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ is the Bixby virtual assistant. At launch, the virtual assistant will not feature Bixby Voice functionality, but, will offer Bixby Vision, Home, and Reminder features. Another highlight feature is IP68 certification for dust and water resistance.

OnePlus 5 Price in India Leaked, Top Model Said to Cost Rs. 37,999

OnePlus 5 is set to launch in India on June 22, and the company is rolling out details about the device bit by bit to keep the hype train going. Last night, OnePlus unveiled its first official render, giving us a glimpse of what the back of the device will look like. Now, new information has cropped up online revealing the OnePlus 5 prices in India. Of course, the prices are unofficial so you still need to wait for the official launch to get the final prices, but the leak indicates the next flagship will be the most expensive by the company yet.

OnePlus 5 price in India

If True Tech’s source is to be believed, then the OnePlus 5 will be priced starting at Rs. 32,999 in India. The OnePlus 5 is expected to launch in two variants, and the report states that the 6GB RAM/64GB storage variant will be priced at Rs. 32,999, while the 8GB RAM/128GB variant will be priced at Rs. 37,999.

OnePlus 5 Price in India Leaked, Top Model Said to Cost Rs. 37,999The recently leaked OnePlus 5 price in Europe that pegs the device at EUR 550 (roughly Rs. 39,990) also testify the same thing. OnePlus is known for its reasonable prices for its flagship level devices, and if this turns out to be the final pricing for the OnePlus 5, it would mark a considerable deviation from the company’s usual stance of providing flagship features at affordable prices as it would be knocking on the premium price range with this tag.

To recall, the OnePlus 3T was launched in India for Rs. 29,999 for the 64GB variant, and Rs. 34,999 for the 128GB variant. In any case, we’d recommend you to not take this as the final word, and wait it out for June 22. The OnePlus 5 is confirmed to sport a dual camera setup, a slick metal unibody, and a Snapdragon 835 SoC.