Technology News Live updates: In today’s live blog, we look at how to select DTH channels for Airtel Digital TV, Tata Sky and Dish TV as implementation deadline for TRAI’s new framework for DTH and channels comes closer. Subscribers have till January 31, 2019, to choose their 100 channels or more as TRAI’s new framework comes into effect from February 1.
According to research firm Canalys, Apple has overtaken Samsung to become the largest smartphone vendor for Q4 2018. Samsung took the second spot with Huawei, Oppo, and Xiaomi in the top five. Meanwhile, Gmail app for Android and iOS is getting a design revamp with the company now rolling out the material design theme look. Oppo is expected to launch a new mid-range smartphone in India with an in-display fingerprint sensor, suggests a teaser on Flipkart.
Technology News Live update: How to select DTH channels, Gmail app redesign, Oppo teaser
TRAI's new rules for DTH, cable TV: How to choose channel packs on Airtel Digital TV, Tata Sky and Dish TV
TRAI has rolled out a new framework for DTH and TV cable channels that will be effective from February 1, 2019, onwards. Under new rules, subscribers have till January 31 to choose their 100 channels or more. DTH providers like Airtel Digital TV, Tata Sky, Dish TV as well as cable operators and multi-system operators (MSOs) have put out channels list with individual prices. One can select individual channels and customise their own monthly pack. If one chooses 100 channels, a base monthly network capacity fee (NCF) of Rs 130 plus 18 per cent GST will be applicable. For information on how to choose channels for Airtel, Tata Sky and Dish TV, click here.
Daiwa 65-inch 4K ultra HD Quantum Luminit Smart LED TV launched
Daiwa has announced its 65-inch 4K ultra HD Quantum Luminit Smart LED TV at price of Rs 66,990. The TV has ultra slim bezels. It features a 65-inch display with a resolution of 3840x2160 pixels and A+ grade panel. It runs Android version 7.0 with 1GB RAM and 8GB internal memory. Other features include WiFi support as well as pre-loaded entertainment apps. It comes with a built-in sound bar.
Daiwa 4K TV features AI-powered Sensy Technology with Voice Command that creates a wall of moments directly accessed from the Set-top Box. It also allows users to access set top box with TV remote. Connectivity options include three HDMI inputs, two USB inputs and one optical output. An Ethernet port is available. The TV can be bought online from Amazon, Paytm as well as leading retail stores in India.
Oppo is gearing up to launch a new mid-range smartphone in India with in-display fingerprint sensor, suggests a teaser on Flipkart. The teaser showcases the bottom part of a phone with in-display sensor. The phone is speculated to be Oppo K1 that was launched in China in October last year. The image has been posted with the caption, “A new series from Oppo is coming soon to #UnlockWithStyle” for you,” hinting Oppo could bring its K-series to India soon. read more here.
Apple is now the largest smartphone vendor globally: Canalys
Apple is now the largest smartphone vendor globally in Q4 2018, according to research firm Canalys. On the second spot was Samsung with Huawei, Oppo and Xiaomi in the top five. Apple shipped 71.7 million units of iPhone, with Samsung close at 70.3 million units. In 2018, 1.4 billion smartphones were shipped globally, down from 1.5 billion in 2017. The Canalys report said that Samsung’s shipments declined five per cent as it “succumbed to hyper-aggressive price competition by Huawei, Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo”. Read more here.
Gmail app for Android, iOS gets new material theme design
Gmail app for Android and iOS has been revamped with a new material theme look, that was already rolled out to Gmail on the desktop. Elements of the new design include the ability to view attachments without opening conversations, big red warnings to alert users of potential phishing email, new hamburger menu on the left to access other tabs, and more. read more here.
Gmail appears to be down
Google's Gmail is down and of course, folks have taken to Twitter to complain about this. Downdetector right now shows that service is facing an outage in parts of India, Europe. The Google App Status dashboard shows no outage. However, users are posting screenshots with the 404 error when trying to open Gmail. Read more here.
Redmi Go officially launched
Redmi Go is Xiaomi’s first Android Go edition smartphone. The Redmi Go has launched in the European market for a starting price of 80 euros, which is around Rs 6,500 on conversion. There’s no word from Xiaomi on whether the Redmi Go will launch in other markets, including in India. Redmi Go has a 5-inch HD resolution or 720p display, Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core processor, clocked up to 1.4Ghz. It has an 8MP rear camera and 5MP front camera. The camera has LED flash at the back. Redmi Go also comes with a 3000 mAh battery on board. The RAM and storage details are not mentioned. Read more here.
NASA's Curiosity rover clicks last selfie on Martian ridge
NASA’s Curiosity rover has taken its last selfie on the twisting ridge on Mars that has been the robotic explorer’s home for more than a year. After having collected new samples from the Vera Rubin Ridge, the car-sized rover will now descend toward a clay region of Mount Sharp. Read more here.
Redmi Note 7 global launch teaser?
Redmi Note 7 could launch globally, according to a new teaser shared by Xiaomi’s global spokesperson and Director of Product Management Donovan Sung. Redmi Note 7 packs a 48MP rear camera and has already gone on sale in China. Xiaomi India Managing Director Manu Kumar Jain has already indicated that the new Redmi Note 7 will launch in India soon. The exact launch date is not confirmed. Read more here.
Vivo V15 Pro to launch in India next?
Vivo has sent invites for a February 20 launch event in India, where the Vivo V15 Pro smartphone with a pop-up selfie camera could be revealed. This device also has a triple-camera at the back. Vivo V15 Pro leaks have taken place recently hinting at the pop-up selfie camera as well. Vivo's invite also makes it clear that the phone will have this kind of camera in the front. Read more here.
Honor View20 price in India starts at Rs 37,999: Sale date, launch offers
Honor View20 India price starts at Rs 37,999 for 6GB RAM+128GB storage variant, while 8Gb RAM+256GB storage option will be available for Rs 45,999. The sale starts January 30 from 12 AM on Amazon and Honor online store. Honor View20 will be available in three colour options in India - Phantom Blue, Sapphire Blue, Midnight Black.
Honor View20 India launch: New Kirin 980 processor, 4,000mAh battery
Honor says that with the new Kirin 980 processor, the company has been able to increase the CPU performance by 75 per cent, GPU performance by 40 per cent and AI processing speed by 120 per cent compared to its predecessor Kirin 970. Honor View 20 comes with GPU Turbo 2.0 technology, which the company claims helps users get a better gaming experience.
The device is backed by a 4,000mAh battery that the company claims will last its users over 1.5 days on a single charge. It comes with support for the company's own 5V 4A fast charging technology, which according to the company will provide a full days worth of charge within 30 minutes.
Honor View20 India launch: 48MP rear camera, 3D ToF sensor and more details
Honor View 20 sports an AI-backed 48MP primary camera. The primary sensor is paired with a secondary 3D ToF sensor that according to the company helps take really good portrait images.
Augmented Reality (AR) based 3D games and 3D camera run very smoothly with the help of the company's AI-based HiSilicon Kirin 980 processor. The front camera also supports live subject tracking, which makes the user experience even better.
Apple working on Netflix-like streaming service for gamers: Report
Apple is reportedly working on a Netflix-like service for gamers. As per a Cheddar report, the plans are still in early stages and the company has been talking to game developers for months for the service. Details on subscription prices, or what Apple's streaming service will exactly offer are unclear at this point.
Honor View 20 launch in India today: Timings, expected price and specifications
Honor View20, the company's latest flagship phone for India will launch today in Delhi at 12.30 pm. The Honor View20 has a 48MP rear canera and a secondary 3D Tof or Time of Flight sensor. The front camera is 25MP but what is unique is that the company has gone for a hole in the display for this feature, rather than adding a notch. The Honor View20 is powered by the Kirin 980 processor and comes with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. The expected price of the phone is around Rs 40,000, according to reports. Read more on how to watch livestream of Honor View20 here.
Samsung Galaxy M10, Galaxy M20 to go on sale from Feb 5
Samsung Galaxy M10 and Galaxy M20 will go on sale in India from February 5. The Galaxy M10 with 2GB RAM +16GB storage is priced at Rs 7,990, while the 3GB RAM+32GB storage variant will set you back by Rs 8,990. Meanwhile, the Galaxy M20 with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage is priced at Rs 10,990. The M20 is also available with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage, and that model will cost Rs 12,990.
Samsung Galaxy M10, M20 launched in India
Samsung has launched the Galaxy M10 and Galaxy M20 smartphones in India. India is the first country where Samsung has launched the Galaxy M-series. Both the Galaxy M10 and M20 smartphones are available on Amazon.in as well as Samsung's own online store.
Realme C1 gets a storage upgrade
Realme has launched two new variants of the Realme C1 in India with more storage. The phone will be available in 2GB+32GB and 3GB+32GB variants for Rs 7499 and Rs 8499 on Flipkart. The rest of the specifications are the same as the original phone. It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor with a 4230mAh battery on board. Read more here.
Microsoft Surface Pro 6, Surface Laptop 2 launched in India
Microsoft has officially launched its Surface Pro 6 and Surface Laptop 2 in India. The Surface Pro 6 is the hybrid tablet with a detachable keyboard, while the Surface Book 2 is more of a traditional notebook with a touchscreen. The new Surface Pro 6 comes with Intel’s 8th generation Core processor and starts at Rs 83,999 for the model with an 8th generation Core i5 processor, 8GB RAM and 128GB of SSD storage. The top-end model all the way goes up to Rs 176,999.
The Surface Laptop 2 also comes with Intel’s 8th Core processors. It starts at Rs 91,999 with a Core i5 processor, 8GB RAM and 128GB of SSD storage. Read more details here.
Samsung Galaxy M10, M20 livestream details
Samsung is hosting the livestream for its Galaxy M10, Galaxy M20 launch on Samsung India and Samsung Bharat Newsrooms websites. The respective links are https://news.samsung.com/in/ and https://news.samsung.com/bharat/. Samsung Galaxy M10 could be priced under Rs 8,000, while the Galaxy M20 will be priced under Rs 12,000, according to some leaks. The phones are expected to come with a new Infinity V notch. The Galaxy M20 could have a 5000 mAh battery. Both phones will have a dual-rear camera. Read more here.