LG V20 With Dual Screen and Rear Cameras, Android 7.0, Snapdragon 820 Launched

LG V20, the first phone to ship with Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box, was officially unveiled in San Francisco on Tuesday. The LG V20 will be available in Korea later this month, and is expected to launch in India and other markets soon. LG V20 price would be revealed as and when it hits the retail shelves across the globe.

The LG V20 is made out of AL6013 metal – which is used to build aircraft, sailboats, and mountain bikes – and LG claims it can easily survive drops from a height of four feet. It comes with a 5.7-inch main IPS Quantum Display and a secondary display, also seen on the LG V10. The secondary display on the LG V20 comes with a font size that’s 50 percent larger font size compared to the V10, making it easier to view notifications and alerts at a glance. The new Expandable Notifications feature lets users tap a button on the Second Screen to enlarge notifications in order to check long messages at a glance and quickly send a reply or share information.

The LG V20 comes with features like 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC (with support for flac, dsd, diff, and alac file formats), HD Audio Recorder, and B&O PLAY speakers, to keep the audiophile in you happy.

LG has packed the V20 to the brim with features to keep shutterbugs happy as well. There’s a dual rear camera setup, a 135-degree 8-megapixel lens accompanied by 16-megapixel 75-degree lens, accompanied by a 5-megapixel 120-degree lens on the front. The Auto Shot feature detects when you are smiling and automatically clicks a selfie.

The LG V20’s Hybrid Auto Focus (HAF) integrates three AF mechanisms – Laser Detection AF, Phase Detection AF, and Contrast AF – for both videos and photos. LG V20 can also record Hi-Fi videos and the optional Low Cut Filter (LCF) technology is said to remove unwanted background noise and Limiter (LMT) while recording audio, which can now be captured using 24-bit / 48 kHz Linear Pulse Code Modulation (LPCM). Optical image stabilisation (OIS) 3.0 is thrown in for good measure.

LG V20 of course comes with Android 7.0 Nougat, and the Google In Apps search function, with LG UX 5.0+, an upgraded version of the LG UX 5.0 first introduced on the LG G5, on top. The new In App search in the Google app, lets users find content from built-in apps including contacts, emails, text messages, and photos, as well as from user-installed apps. It also features the Multi-window mode, that lets you run two apps side-by-side.

“The LG V20 is designed to offer customers a more dynamic experience by building on the most popular video and audio features of the V series,” said Juno Cho, president of LG Electronics and Mobile Communications Company. “With the LG V20, we are giving our customers more of everything they love and less of anything they don’t need to set a new standard for premium smartphones.”

LG V20 packs in a USB Type-C port and it will be available in titan, silver, and pink colours.

In terms of other specifications, the LG V20 is powered by a quad-core Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820, with two cores clocked at 2.15GHz and the other two running at 1.6GHz. It will come with 32GB and 64GB storage options, with a microSD slot to expand it by another 256GB. It is powered by a 3200mAh battery.

US FAA Warns Airline Passengers Not to Turn On Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Phones

Airline passengers should not turn on or charge their Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones during flights or stow them in checked baggage due to concerns over the phone’s fire-prone batteries, the US Federal Aviation Administration said.

In a statement on Thursday, the FAA said it “strongly advises” passengers to follow its guidance “in light of recent incidents and concerns raised by Samsung about its Galaxy Note 7 devices.”

The South Korean manufacturer announced last week it was recalling all Galaxy Note 7 smartphones equipped with batteries it has found to be prone to catch fire.

US FAA Warns Airline Passengers Not to Turn On Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Phones

Delta Air Lines Inc, the No.2 US airline by passenger traffic, said it is still studying the issue.

“Delta is in constant contact with the FAA and other bodies in its run of business as a global airline. We will comply with any directive and are studying this matter. Safety and security is always Delta’s top priority,” spokesman Morgan Durrant said in a statement,

United Continental Holdings Inc and American Airlines Group did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the FAA advisory.

Vaughn Jennings, a spokesman for Washington-based trade group Airlines for America, said the organization was “closely monitoring any developments as this issue evolves.””Each individual carrier makes determinations, in compliance with FAA safety rules and regulations, as to what is permitted to be carried on board and in the cargo hold,” Jennings said in a statement.

The FAA statement does not order US airlines to take action.

The International Air Transportation Association said airlines have conducted risk assessments and noted that other phones have been recalled for battery issues.

“Although Samsung is the most recent company advising of faulty devices, others have issued similar recalls and warnings regarding lithium batteries in laptops over the last 12 months, so the industry is familiar with and equipped to manage such situations,” the IATA said.

Australian airlines Qantas, Jetstar and Virgin Australia have banned passengers from using or charging the Galaxy Note 7 during flights over fire concerns.

Although customers will still be able to bring the phones on flights on the Australian carriers, the ban extends to the phones being plugged into flight entertainment systems where USB ports are available.

HTC Desire 10 Series to Sport Fingerprint Sensor, Hints Latest Teaser

HTC has now released another teaser video of the upcoming HTC Desire 10 series of smartphones, rumoured to be the Desire 10 Lifestyle and Desire 10 Pro. The video confirms that the two smartphones will sport a fingerprint scanner, and be launched on September 20 at 8am BST (12:30pm IST).

The video comes with the tagline #BeEdgier and begins with confirming that the Desire 10 smartphones will sport a fingerprint scanner. This information is again not new, because previous image leaks also show the scanner at the back.

HTC Desire 10 Series to Sport Fingerprint Sensor, Hints Latest Teaser

Previous leaks suggest that the HTC Desire 10 Pro is the premium variant of the two smartphones. It will sport better specifications than the HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle, but comprehensive details aren’t available at the moment.

The HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle, on the other hand, is rumoured to feature a 5.5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display. The smartphone is allegedly powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core SoC, and is pegged to come in two RAM/inbuilt storage variants of 3GB of RAM/ 32GB of storage and 2GB of RAM/ 16GB of storage. It is expected to run on Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box.

As for the camera, the HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle is expected to include a 13-megapixel rear camera with a BSI sensor and an LED flash. It also offers a 5-megapixel front camera that offers 1080p video recording. The HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle is expected to launch is several matte colour options, and will reportedly support BoomSound Hi-Fi Edition stereo speakers with 24-bit system audio.

No Man's Sky PR Strategy 'Wasn't Great': Sony Worldwide Studios Boss

Aside from being one of the biggest disappointments of the year, No Man’s Sky was a debacle for fans and the press. Reason being, creator Sean Murray promised a host of features that never quite made it to the final game.

No Man's Sky PR Strategy 'Wasn't Great': Sony Worldwide Studios Boss

For many, No Man’s Sky was nowhere close to what Hello Games founder Sean Murray promised it would be. More so with a massive Reddit post detailing missing features (which was deleted later) albeit archived on other sites such as the aptly named One Man’s Lie.

Despite Sony’s efforts at marketing the game, it couldn’t stop consumers trying to refund it en-masse. Safe to say, the game was a public relations nightmare. And Sony’s Shuhei Yoshida agrees. Speaking to Eurogamer, the President of Sony Worldwide Studios had this to say:

“I understand some of the criticisms especially Sean Murray is getting, because he sounded like he was promising more features in the game from day one.

“It wasn’t a great PR strategy, because he didn’t have a PR person helping him, and in the end he is an indie developer. But he says their plan is to continue to develop No Man’s Sky features and such, and I’m looking forward to continuing to play the game.”

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Won't Be Remotely Deactivated, Confirms Company

Samsung has denied it will remotely deactivate old Galaxy Note 7 units from September 30 to ensure that no faulty handset remains in the market.

The tech giant told Android Central that the reports are untrue, and that it doesn’t plan on doing any such thing. Furthermore, Samsung said that if any such decision were to be made in the future, then it would put out a statement on its website informing its customers about it.

Reports of Samsung deactivating Galaxy Note 7 units remotely surfaced on Reddit earlier this week, with a user claiming a Samsung customer care employee was the source of the news. The Redditor also claimed that Samsung would begin shipping out packages with a new Galaxy Note 7 handset, a free Gear VR, and a bag to hand back the old handset.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Won't Be Remotely Deactivated, Confirms Company

For now, the company has put out a statement urging customers to exchange their old handsets immediately. Cases of explosion have been reported worldwide, the recent casualties being a jeep owner and man whose garage caught fire because the Galaxy Note 7 was left on charge unattended.

Samsung has halted sales and shipments of the Galaxy Note 7, and will only recommence after the exchange process is over. This recall is expected to cost the company up to $1 billion. As the handset is now a safety hazard, airlines all over the world, including India, have banned the use of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 on flights.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Battery Quick Fix Is No Full Recharge

Samsung said Wednesday it would limit recharging of the batteries of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones to lower the risk of explosions in a measure apparently intended to jolt users into returning their devices following a recall.

The South Korean electronics giant on September 2 suspended sales of its latest flagship smartphone and announced a recall of 2.5 million units already sold, after faulty batteries caused some handsets to explode during charging.

Samsung announced a software update that will limit battery recharges to 60 percent of capacity in a half-page advert carried by major South Korean newspapers.

It would prevent the phones from overheating, and thus exploding, but would effectively mean a downgrade of the high-end device.

“It is a measure that prioritises consumer safety but we apologise for the inconvenience,” the ad said.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Battery Quick Fix Is No Full Recharge; Coming Soon

The automatic update for South Korean users will take place on September 20, a day after Samsung begins to hand out new Note 7 handsets with fault-free batteries.

Samsung had advised consumers to trade their handsets for temporary replacement phones provided by the firm until it releases new Note 7s.

But many users have snubbed the offer, choosing to wait until the new phones were available, citing the inconvenience of switching devices for an interim period.

Since the global launch of the oversized “phablet” smartphone in August, several users have posted images on social media showing the charred device, saying it suddenly caught fire.

Samsung said the problem was caused by a faulty battery cell and announced a large-scale recall – the first involving its flagship phone.

Since then, airlines and aviation agencies around the world including the US and Singapore have warned passengers against using them on flights.

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission last week urged Note 7 owners to stop using it.

The debacle dealt a major blow to the firm’s reputation and will likely hurt profits at a time when it faces a growing challenge from Apple’s iPhone in the high-end market and Chinese rivals in the low-end segment.

The mobile business accounts for a major share of profits at Samsung, which is the world’s largest smartphone maker but also produces home appliances and memory chips.

Google's Shop the Look Feature to Show Smarter Shopping Ads in Search Results

Google last year added ‘Purchases on Google’ or ‘Buy buttons’, making it easier for mobile users to shop while using Google Search. This was part of the company’s attempt to lure customers to its site rather than shop via Facebook or Pinterest. Google’s aim was to simplify the process of searching and buying products.

In an attempt to make mobile shopping even simpler, Google is now testing a new format called ‘Shop the Look’ that lets you search for specific outfits and home décor options, showing pictures and purchase links within ‘Shopping ads’ on the search engine. This means users will not have to switch to a different website to purchase the outfit or home decor.

Google's Shop the Look Feature to Show Smarter Shopping Ads in Search Results

To get the format going, Google is partnering with sites like LiketoKnow.it, Curalate and yahoo-owned Polyvore which are platforms that allow fashion bloggers to make money from their posts. Essentially, Google will source the content from these sites and pull the photos and affiliate links when a search related to that particular outfit or home décor option is initiated. Users can select one of the looks, which will then show similar products related to the choice.

Where users would previously use social apps like Instagram or Pinterest to follow their favourite fashion blogger and home decorator, they can now find their favourite blogger and purchase related options directly through Google’s engine without the need to use an app. This is what Google hopes to achieve with the ‘Shop the Look’ app.

This new feature could not only be beneficial for Google but also for fashion bloggers who until now have to use platforms like Polyvore to earn. By hopping on to Google’s engine, these bloggers can be discovered by a wider audience. Bloggers and retailers who want to show their products within the Shop the Look experience will need to create a shopping campaign, and optimise their bids for mobile. The ‘Shop the Look’ feature is currently being tested in the US.

Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime Review in 5 Points

Xiaomi launched its Redmi 3S smartphone last month in India in the sub-Rs. 10,000 segment. The Chinese company in its attempt to strengthen its position in the segment unveiled two variants of the Redmi smartphone: the Redmi 3S, priced at Rs. 6,999, and the Redmi 3S Prime, which is available at Rs. 8,999.

We got a chance to review the Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime, which offers more RAM, more storage space, and a fingerprint scanner for a small price increase. The Redmi 3S Prime smartphone is available via Flipkart and Mi.com. If you are thinking of buying the Redmi 3S Prime, make sure you read our review before you complete the transaction. In case, you won’t be unable to go through our entire review, here’s our short review of the Redmi 3S Prime.

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1. Looks good, built well
The Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime looks like a mini Redmi Note 3 from nearly every angle. It sports an all-metal body which means that the device itself feels premium regardless of the price tag it carries. At 144 grams, the Redmi 3S is slightly heavy for a budget device, but the curved sides make it easy to grip. The extra weight can safely be put down to the massive battery inside the smartphone.

2. Quick and accurate fingerprint sensor
One of the major differences between the Redmi 3S and the Redmi 3S Prime is the former doesn’t include a fingerprint scanner. The round sensor at the back is easy to reach and use. During our review period, we had no trouble unlocking the device at any time using the fingerprint scanner. The fingerprint scanner on the Redmi 3S Prime worked well even with wet fingers.

3. Impressive battery life
One of the biggest highlights of the Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime has to be the 4100mAh battery and we were definitely impressed with battery backup of the handset. The non-removable 4100mAh battery even with heavy usage managed to last through an entire day, with a good percentage of juice still left in the battery.

4. Heating issues with camera use
Camera performance of the Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime was satisfactory. We were especially impressed with indoor shots in well-lit conditions. The low-light shots were however slightly washed out. The phone did heat up a bit while using the camera app, but it never became too uncomfortable to use. Notably, there was no heating while charging the phone or talking on calls.

5. Hybrid SIM slot
The Redmi 3S Prime uses a hybrid SIM slot which means it accepts one Micro-SIM and another Nano-SIM or microSD card for storage. Unfortunately, this means that users will have to choose between a second SIM and a microSD card.

RJio’s full-fledged 4G services available to all from today

Consumers across the country can avail Reliance Jio’s services from Tuesday, as the company opens its doors to all potential users having any 4G-enabled handset in an aggressive quest to garner 100 million subscribers.

According to sources, the Jio SIM — which so far was available only at Reliance Digital stores — will now also be offered through multi-brand outlets and mobile phone shops.

“The SIMs will be available at nearly two lakh stores across the country, including locations where SIMs from other vendors are also sold,” sources said.
A major beneficiary of the offer would be users of devices like iPhone, Xiaomi, Motorola and Lenovo who were not a part of the preview offer so far. RJio, which had already roped in 1.5 million users in the test phase, is gunning for 100 million users at the shortest possible time.

Nearly 20 brands including Sony, Sansui, Videocon, LG, Samsung, Micromax, Panasonic, Asus, TCL, Alcatel, HTC, Intex, Vivo, Gionee, Karbonn and Lava were part of the preview offer which provided free 90-day unlimited calls and high-speed mobile broadband trials to 4G smartphone users of these brands.

The offer is now being rebranded as a ‘welcome offer’, which from September 5 will provide unlimited services till up to December 31, after which users have been promised voice calls – both local and STD – as well as roaming free of cost, for life. The data charges are also pegged as low as Rs 50 per GB, compared to Rs 250 a GB prevailing in the market.

The process of procuring the SIM, said sources, will now be simpler with eKYC, which does not require consumers to physically fill out lengthy forms and wait for an equally lengthy verification process.

The form filling and verification is done using Aadhaar data and the customer’s fingerprint and the facility is being rolled out at various locations.
“At the time of taking the SIM, consumers will have to choose plans – pre-paid or postpaid – and they will continue to get free services till December 31, after which tariff plans opted for will become applicable,” sources said.

The company has introduced 10 tariff plans beginning with a one-day plan at Rs 19 for occasional data users going all the way up to Rs 4,999 a month for heavy data users. Reliance is also offering a Jio apps bouquet worth Rs 15,000, complimentary to all active Jio customers up to December 31, 2017.

In the Rs 19 prepaid plan, users will get 100 MB data and 100 SMSes for a day, apart from unlimited free voice calling. The Rs 149 plan, available for both prepaid and postpaid users, will offer 300 MB data and 100 SMSes with a validity of about a month.
Under the Rs 4,999 plan, users will get 75GB of 4G data as well as unlimited 4G access at night for a period of 28 days or one month for prepaid and postpaid users, respectively.

iPhone 7 Launch Jitters See Many Already Waiting for iPhone 8

The iPhone 7 is expected to make its global debut on Wednesday, but many consumers and investors are already setting their sights on Apple Inc’s 2017 version of the popular gadget, hoping for more significant advances.

At its annual product launch in San Francisco on Wednesday, the world’s most valuable publicly traded company is expected by blogs and analysts to reveal an iPhone without a headphone jack, paving the way for wireless headphones, a touch-sensitive home button that vibrates, double-lens cameras for the larger ‘Plus’ edition and other incremental improvements.

iPhone 7 Launch Jitters See Many Already Waiting for iPhone 8

A large crowd of journalists, analysts and Apple employees crowded into the foyer of the Bill Graham auditorium in San Francisco on Wednesday morning ahead of the event, munching French toast sticks and asparagus quiche.

But implied volatility surrounding Apple options was the lowest ahead of an Apple product launch since 2009, indicating options traders are not foreseeing a jolt in the stock price. Shares were down less than 1 percent in midday trade.

Apple typically gives its main product, which accounts for more than half of its revenue, a big makeover every other year and the last major redesign was the iPhone 6, in 2014. The modest updates suggest that this cycle will be three years.

“It looks like part of the reason they are keeping the design the same this year is there are bigger changes they are working on for next year,” said analyst Jan Dawson of Jackdaw Research.

Sales of the iPhone dropped two quarters in a row this year, the first declines in the history of the device. With many consumers who purchased the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus due for an upgrade, Apple may eke out single-digit gains in sales for the 7, Dawson said.

But some consumer technology sites are advising users to hold off on upgrading until next year’s version, which will mark the 10-year anniversary of the iPhone.

Analysts say the iPhone 8 may feature a wider display that reaches from one edge of the device to the other and a home button integrated into the screen.

Wall Street is impatient for growth, and Apple will be hard-pressed to reverse the downward trend this year, said Colin Gillis, an analyst with BGC Partners.

“The iPhone 7 runs the risk of disappointing investors,” he said.

Consumers are waiting longer before replacing their phones, a shift that Apple must address in its product roadmap, said analyst Ben Bajarin of Creative Strategies.

Analysts predict the Apple Watch will be the second closely watched feature of the event. Apple is expected to revamp the wearable, released last year, with a faster processor and a GPS chip, enabling users to track runs and other workouts without their phones. Most analysts believe sales of Apple’s watch – which the company has not disclosed – have not yet justified the fanfare.

Starting at $299, well above many other wearables on the market, the most meaningful change Apple can make is a price cut, Bajarin said.