In this week’s live updates from the world of technology, Redmi Note 7 will launch in India on February 28, confirmed the company. There’s a lot of hype around the Redmi Note 7 given it could be the cheapest phone in India to sport a 48MP camera at the back. Redmi Note 7 is expected to be priced under Rs 13,000 when it launches.
While Redmi Note 7 is coming this month, the Mi 9 is also launching in China on February 20 and new images of the Mi 9 have been leaked online. In the world of social media, Instagram has apologised after some influencers reported a big dip in their online follower count on the platform. Also, Apple is offering its new iPhone XR at Rs 1,999 per month along with other discounts.
Samsung to launch one new Galaxy A series in India every month starting March
Ranjivjit Singh, Samsung India’s chief marketing officer, told Reuters in a telephonic interview that it will be launching new Galaxy A series smartphones in India starting March. The new series will comprise of more than four devices. The launch cycle will begin in March and will go on until June. To learn more click here.
Apple iPhone XR is currently being offered at Rs 1,999 per moth
Apple's latest iPhone XR is currently available at Rs 1,999 per month for Citi Bank and Axis Bank credit card owners. Customers are also being offered an extra discount by on older smartphones thanks to the company's partnership with Cashify. Click here to know more about the offer.
Instagram admits internal bug caused drop in follower count
Instagram caused a nightmare for influencers and brands yesterday when many of them started reporting a big dip in their follower count. The natural assumption was that this was due to Instagram cracking down on fake followers and dead accounts. However, the drop in follower count was not taken well by many influencers. But it looks like this was a case of an internal bug in Instagram's system. The company later took to Twitter to announce that the drop in follower count was because of bug inside of their system and that they are currently investigating as to why this has happened.
We’re aware of an issue that is causing a change in account follower numbers for some people right now. We’re working to resolve this as quickly as possible.— Instagram (@instagram) February 13, 2019
PUBG Mobile update: Zombies coming soon
Mobile gamers are waiting for the rollout of PUBG Mobile 0.11.0 update, which will brings a new zombies mode in collaboration with Resident Evil 2. PUBG Mobile has shared another teaser for this upcoming 'zombie' update, but there's no exact confirmation on when the new update will start rolling out. PUBG Mobile 0.11.0 update will add new weapons and vehicles to the gameplay. Read more here.
Redmi Note 7 launch date in India confirmed
Xiaomi has officially announced that the Redmi Note 7 will launch in India on February 28. The smartphone will be one of the cheapest ones in India to sport a 48MP rear camera. Redmi Note 7 also has a glass design and is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor. Redmi Note 7 has already launched in China and the shipments for the phone have already crossed 1 million, according to the company. Read more about Redmi Note 7 launch in India here.
Apple iPhone 11 to continue with 5W chargers
Apple iPhone 11 will come with 5W chargers seen on the current variants. The 2019 iPhone models will continue with a Lightning Port and will not support a Type-C USB charging port as speculated previously. This was reported by Japanese tech blog Macotakara, which quotes an official from an accessory maker in the supply chain. The report adds that the company has decided to stick with a 5W USB power supply Adapter for upcoming iPhone models as the cost of a 7.5W charger is higher. Read more here.
Oppo F11 Pro with 48MP night sight camera to launch in India soon
Oppo has shared a teaser for its upcoming smartphone Oppo F11 Pro in India. The phone comes with a 48MP dual camera that can also take low light portraits. Oppo doesn't reveal anything other than that but a few days ago, a press render of the device has been leaked which shares some more details about Oppo F11 Pro.
Oppo F11 Pro does not have a notch or punch-hole. It is likely to have a 32MP selfie camera, which pops out of the camera strip at the back of the phone. Oppo F11 Pro is expected to have a high-end MediaTek processor, 6GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage. Read more here.
Xiaomi Mi 9 China launch confirmed for February 20
Xiaomi's flagship phone for 2019, Mi 9 will be launched on February 20 at an event in China, the company has confirmed. The phone is anticipated to come with three rear cameras, edge-to-edge AMOLED screen, fast charging capabilities, 5G-ready Snapdragon 855 processor, and more. In an official announcement on Chinese social networking site, Weibo, Xiaomi has stated that this will a ‘super-powerful’ flagship in 2019, and called it the ‘best looking Mi phone so far.’ Read more here.
WhatsApp for Android beta gets revamped Settings menu
WhatsApp for Android beta has been updated with a new Settings menu, which makes it easier to navigate the menu. Under the new update, tapping on any sub-section option under the primary Settings menu will give details about what that specific function does. Dedicated icons and information will also be added for each and every sub-section option under the Settings Menu. Read more here.
Fitbit Inspire is exclusively available to corporate customers
Fitbit has launched a new activity tracker called Inspire, but it can't be purchased directly. Instead, the tracker will be sold in bulk through corporate health programmes or insurance providers. The Inspire is Fitbit's cheapest activity tracker. The Inspire has all the basic features most activity trackers have. It is also water-resistant up to 50 meters.
Vodafone Rs 351 plan with unlimited voice calling
Vodafone has introduced a new prepaid recharge plan of Rs 351, which offers unlimited calling and SMS benefits for a period of 56 days. The prepaid recharge plan is an FRC (first recharge) that is applicable to only new Vodafone subscribers. Read more here.
Is this what Huawei P30, P30 Pro will look like?
Huawei is supposed to launch its new P30 and P30 Pro phones towards the end of March at an event in Paris. Now, case maker Spigen has already started selling protective cases for the upcoming Huawei P30 and P30 Pro, which give a good look at the design of the phone. According to the design, Huawei P30 Pro will be a top-end device with four cameras on the back that’s vertically arranged. The P30 will have triple cameras, according to the cases. Read more here.
These phones emit the highest radiation
Xiaomi’s Mi A1 device emits the highest level of radiation, followed by OnePlus 5T, according to Statista. The list is based on data from German Federal Office for Radiation Protection. There are two lists of top 16 smartphones emitting the most radiation and the least radiation. Xiaomi and OnePlus devices occupy a number of positions of the list of phones emitting the highest radition, while Samsung devices are doing pretty well in this area. Read more here.
Sound One X60 Neckband Wireless Bluetooth earphones launched in India
Sound One has launched its X60 Neckband Wireless Bluetooth earphones in India. The X60 wireless earphones are priced at Rs 3,490 in India, though the company has announced a special launch offer price of Rs 1,890 for a limited time period. The X60 Neckband comes with a MIC as well and offers wireless functionality and free access control. The earbuds magnetically clip together for easy, tangle-free use.
Sound One is promising battery life up to 8-10 hours. They support Bluetooth V4.2 and come with IPX5 water-resistant rating. The charging time is around two hours on these.
Vivo V15 Pro leaks: Specifications revealed
Vivo V15 Pro is supposed to launch on February 20, 2019. Specifications of the device have been leaked by tipster Ishaan Agarwarl, who claims the new Vivo phone will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 and host a 3700 mAh battery. The phone could sport a 6.39-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED Ultra FullView display with an in-display fingerprint scanner. Vivo has already confirmed that the V15 Pro will come with a 32MP front camera which will be a pop-up selfie camera. Read more here.
Apple iPhone XR unofficial price cut?
There were reports that the Apple iPhone XR's price in India has been slashed to Rs 70,500. This was claimed by Mahesh Telecom, which said it was offering customers this special price cut on the iPhone XR for a short period. However it should be noted that Apple has not said anything about a price cut and the price is the same on official website and with other retailers. Apple's starting price of iPhone XR is still officially Rs 76,900. Only Mahesh Telecom is offering the discounted price.
Kerala's Coconics laptops are made in India, officially announced
Kerala will be the first state in India design and its own manufacture laptops in the country. The state has announced Coconics, which is a public-private partnership (PPP) enterprise. Coconics has launched three laptops models. The first CC11B is a 2-in-1 notebook featuring a 11-inch FHD touchscreen display, Intel Celeron N3350 processor, 4GB RAM, 64GB eMMC storage, USB Type-C connectivity and up to eight hours of battery backup. There's also CC11A, which is a slim and lightweight notebook aimed at educational institutions. Finally, there's the C314A, a rugged notebook, is aimed at the enterprise market. Read more details here.
Google Maps is testing its AR feature in the US
Google Maps is supposed to get an Augmented Reality or AR Mode, which could assist you while walking in the real-world. The user would just have to point the camera to their surroundings, and the Maps app will try and figure out where they are (based on Google's Street View data) and then give directions for where the user wants to go. The Map will lay an AR element onto the real world as the user points their camera. Now this feature was announced back in May in 2018 when the last I/O developer conference from Google took place.
The Wall Street Journal has managed to get this feature and tested it out. The feature will apparently only roll out when Google is sure that it works fine, and is only being rolled out to some testers in the US. Read more details here.