ZTE teases new audio-centric device for IFA

ZTE has officially set its IFA 2016 event for September 1 and today the Chinese manufacturer sent out a teaser of what we can expect. It appears the main focus this time will be on audio. This is clearly evident by the “right hear right now” slogan on the promotional banner, as well as the accompanying information, which promises a brand new device at the Berlin venue:

ZTE, one of the world’s leading smartphone manufacturers, will present its latest array of smart devices at this year’s IFA in Berlin. Featured among them, will be a brand new device launched during the company’s press conference on September 1.

The text does on to talk about fan-fueled inspiration and above everything else, a superior audio experience.

All signs really seem to point to a new Axon smartphone on its way to IFA and we can only hope so. The ZTE Axon 7 hit a homerun in the value department. An excellent specs sheet, including Snapdragon 820 SoC, QHD AMOLED display and 4GB of RAM, all for about EUR 450 is undoubtedly a deal. We can only hope ZTE manages to outdo itself.

[Source:- gsmarena]

ZTE Axon Max 2 with 6″ screen, S625 chipset found in benchmark lists

Axon launches are rare, but they usually bring something exciting. The next unit slated for release is the ZTE Axon Max 2 (C2017), its specs revealed by a GFX Bench listing.

A successor to last year’s 6″ model, it keeps the 1080p screen, but upgrades the chipset to the power-efficient Snapdragon 625, which still has enough oomph to record 4K video through the 13MP main camera. The front camera seems to be the exact same unit – 13MP stills and 4K video.

The Axon Max 2 will come with generous amounts of memory – 4GB RAM and 64GB storage (no info on a microSD card). It will run Android 6.0 Marshmallow with ZTE’s latest MiFavor skin.

The original ZTE Axon Max

Chipset aside, the phone has fairly high-end specs, but don’t hold your breath – the original Max launched in December last year, so we may be months away from seeing the Axon Max 2 hit the shelves.

[Source:- gsmarena]

Sony publishes official list of devices getting Android 7.0 Nougat

Yesterday Google started pushing out the final version of Android 7.0 Nougat to Nexus devices, the Pixel C tablet, and an Android One phone. And today Sony has been quick to publish the list of devices it plans on updating to the latest version of Android.

This comes after HTC has previously confirmed that three of its handsets will receive Nougat for sure, and a Samsung official said the new release will land on the Galaxy Note7 in two to three months.

So, without further ado, here’s Sony’s list of devices supposed to be graced with tasty Nougat treats: Xperia Z3+, Xperia Z4 Tablet, Xperia Z5, Xperia Z5 Compact, Xperia Z5 Premium,Xperia X, Xperia XA, Xperia XA Ultra, and Xperia X Performance.

That’s it. If you own another Sony device and were hoping to get an official Nougat update, know that Sony hasn’t said that more smartphones and tablets can be added to the list in the future. So for all intents and purposes, these are the only Sony devices ever getting Nougat.

[Source:- gsmarena]

Android Nougat Maintenance Release 1 to bring Nexus Launcher, Google Assistant, new buttons

Now that the final release of Android 7.0 Nougat is starting to arrive on people’s devices, many are noticing that certain rumored or leaked features are still nowhere to be found. And while up until this point you could assume Google would save these up for the stable release, that obviously didn’t happen. So what’s going on?

Well, as we told you yesterday the company is already working on the first Maintenance Release (MR) update for Android 7.0. Google will issue such MRs “regularly” in the future, and they will all be preceded by Developer Previews just like 7.0 was.

And a new rumor regarding the ‘missing’ features in the first Nougat release says we are in fact going to see the Nexus Launcher, Google Assistant, and even the redesigned Android buttons in Nougat – but in the first Maintenance Release.

What’s more, the outing of Android Nougat MR1 might be timed to coincide with the introduction of this year’s Nexus devices, both manufactured by HTC. That could happen in early October. But you can get the new features before that if you’re signed up for the Android Beta program, whenever the first Developer Preview for Nougat MR1 hits.

Apparently all the software-related leaks that we’ve seen over the past few weeks have been based on a very early Nougat MR1 build from the upcoming HTC Nexus handset codenamedMarlin. If this is true, then it’s pretty clear that Google wants the new Nexus phones to run MR1 from day one.

[Source:- gsmarena]

Android 7.0 Nougat factory images and OTA zip files are now available

Following the start of the over-the-air rollout of the update to Android 7.0 Nougat for supported devices yesterday, Google has now made factory images and OTA zip files available for those who don’t like to wait for the update notification.

This is no surprise in itself, since it’s Google’s usual way of doing things. What is slightly different than usual is that it took the company a whole day to do this, and also that for the time being factory images and OTA zips are only available for three of the supported devices.

These are the HTC Nexus 9 (Wi-Fi-only), the Google Pixel C, and the Asus Nexus Player. Still nothing for the Huawei Nexus 6P, LG Nexus 5X, Motorola Nexus 6, or the LTE-capable version of the Nexus 9. Clearly, the factory images and OTA zips for these are on the way, but it’s unclear what’s taking so long.

Anyway, if you have one of the three devices lucky enough to have images and zips available for them right now, and you know how to flash these manually, then head on over to the links below to grab what you need.

[Source:- gsmarena]

InFocus Bingo 50+ With 13-Megapixel Rear Camera Goes Official

InFocus Bingo 50+ With 13-Megapixel Rear Camera Goes Official

After launching the M535+ in July, InFocus now appears set to launch the Bingo 50+ in India. The smartphone is listed on the company’s official site, but the price and availability of the InFocus Bingo 50+ remains unknown.

Going by the name, the Bingo 50+ is an upgrade to theInFocus Bingo 50 that was launched earlier this year. The Bingo 50 was launched at a price of Rs. 7,499 and was made available exclusively on Snapdeal. The Bingo 50+ not only sees upgrades in the specifications department, but is also seen sporting a metal body. In comparison, the Bingo 50 (Read our review here) had matte metal sides, with options of fake leather or sandpaper finishes for the rear cover panel.

As for the specifications, the Bingo 50+ supports a hybrid dual-SIM (Nano + Nano) slot, and runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow with the company’s Infinite UI 2.0 skin atop. It features a 5.5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display, and is powered by a 1.3GHz MediaTek MT6753 octa-core processor paired with 3GB of RAM. It offers 16GB of inbuilt storage, with the option to expand via microSD card (up to 64GB).

Optics include a 13-megapixel rear camera with f/2.2 aperture, full-HD video recording, HDR mode, and autofocus. There is also an 8-megapixel selfie camera on board. It packs a 2600mAh battery that claims to last up to 12 hours of talk time, and 480 hours of standby time. The company claims that the InFocus Bingo 50+ can play music for 58 hours on single charge, and play video for 6.9 hours continuously. Connectivity options include GSM, WCDMA, 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth 4.1, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, FM radio, USB OTG, and 3.5mm audio jack.

The InFocus Bingo 50+ houses an accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer, and a proximity sensor. The dimensions are at 156×76.8×7.25mm, and the smartphone will be made available in Gold and Silver colour variants.

[Source:- gadgets.ndtv]

Idea Cellular denies report on merger talks with Vodafone

A man speaks on his mobile phone as he sits in front of a shop displaying the Idea Cellular Ltd's logo on its shutter in Mumbai April 28, 2014. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/Files

India’s No. 3 mobile phone carrier, Idea Cellular, strongly denied a news report on Tuesday that it was in exploratory talks about a merger with larger rival Vodafone India.

A spokeswoman for Idea’s parent, conglomerate Aditya Birla, called the CNBC TV18 report of talks between Idea and Vodafone “baseless and absolutely false”.

“This is absolutely untrue and preposterous,” she said in an email. “There is no such intent.”

Shares in Idea closed 6.9 percent higher on Tuesday after the TV channel said the two sides were in talks, citing unnamed sources.

A spokesman for Vodafone India, India’s No. 2 operator by market share and the local arm of Britain’s Vodafone Group Plc, declined to comment on the report.

India is the world’s second-biggest mobile phone market by subscriptions, behind China, but high competition in the crowded market has kept profits under pressure.

Adding to the competition, Reliance Jio – a telecom venture backed by India’s richest man Mukesh Ambani – is set to launch commercial operations in the coming months.

“Both of them are struggling with their data revenue market share and ahead of a big competitive change in the industry they might want to get bigger,” IDFC securities analyst Abhishek Gupta said of Idea and Vodafone India.

Any such deal would also face tough regulatory scrutiny and analysts say approvals would be unlikely, as the companies would breach the 50 percent revenue market share limit in many regions of the country if they did try to merge.

“It’s very unlikely,” PhillipCapital (India) analyst Naveen Kulkarni said, citing the regulatory hurdles.

“I’m doubtful whether this can go through but there could be some other form of merger, such as spectrum-sharing deals,” he added.

[Source:- Reuters]

Rupee recovers 7 paise against US dollar in early trade

MUMBAI: Reversing its three-day downward trend, therupee recovered by 7 paise to 67.12 against the US dollarat the forex market in early trade on Tuesday on fresh selling of the American currency by exporters.

Besides, the dollar’s weakness against some currencies overseas supported the rupee but early losses in the domestic equity market restricted gains, dealers said.
The rupee had lost 14 paise to close at one-month low of 67.19 against the US currency in Monday’s trade on increased dollar demand from importers and banks amid weak equity markets.
Meanwhile, the benchmark BSE Sensex was trading lower by 45.55 points or 0.16 per cent at 27,939.99 in early trade on Tuesday.
[Source:-timesofindia.indiatimes]

 

Yu Yunique Plus, Yureka S Launched: Price, Release Date, Specifications, and More

Yu Yunique Plus, Yureka S Launched: Price, Release Date, Specifications, and More

Micromax’s Yu Televentures subsidiary has launched two new smartphones in India – the Yunique Plus and Yureka S.Yu says both new smartphones are now available via retail stores across the country. The Yunique Plus is priced at Rs. 6,999, while the Yu Yureka S is priced at Rs. 12,999.

The Yu Yunique Plus is a dual-SIM smartphone runs Android 5.1 Lollipop out-of-the-box. It features a 4.7-inch (720×1280 pixels) IPS display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3. It is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 (MSM8916) processor coupled with Adreno 306 GPU and 2GB RAM. It comes with 8GB of inbuilt storage and can be expandable up to 32GB using microSD card. It sports an 8-megapixel rear camera with LED Flash and an f/2.0 aperture. There is a 2-megapixel front camera on board as well. It supports GPRS/ EDGE, 3G, 4G, Bluetooth, GPS, and Wi-Fi connectivity options. Notably, both the SIM cards support 4G. It is backed by a 2000mAh battery.

The Yu Yureka S, on the other hand, features a 5.2-inch (1080×1920 pixels) display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for protection from scratches. The smartphone is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor clocked at 1.1GHz coupled with 3GB of RAM. It supports 16GB of inbuilt storage and comes with hybrid SIM slot.

It runs Android 5.1 Lollipop and also features the company’s Around Yu, a service aggregator platform that was introduced last year alongside the Yutopia flagship. It sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, f/2.2 aperture, and also comes with full-HD video recording support. It sports a 5-megapixel front camera. The handset supports 4G LTE alongside other connectivity options including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and Micro-USB. It is backed by a 3000mAh battery.

Samsung W2017 ‘Veyron’ spotted with Snapdragon 820 this time

The Samsung Veyron has been dropping clues about itself for months now. Whether named for the car or the Grand Prix driver that inspired it, the Veyron is the Galaxy S7 reborn in clamshell form.

Last year Samsung unveiled the S6-based SM-W2016 and now the SM-W2017 is coming to conquer that niche market of people who want an old-fashioned flip phone and modern features.

The Veyron passed through Geekbench which recorded a Snapdragon 820 chipset with 4GB of RAM running Android 6.0.1. Earlier the phone was rumored to have an Exynos 8890chipset, but considering China (the primary market for such a flip phone) got a Snapdragon-powered S7 this year, our money is on that chipset over the Exynos.

Last year’s Samsung W2016

Anyway, through Zauba import info we know the phone will have a 4.2″ Super AMOLED screen (inside and out). The phone will likely keep S7’s camera, that is 12MP with OIS and 5MP on the front (though, with this factor you can just snap selfies with the main camera).

[Source:- gsmarena]