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Mobile, Nokia sign $3.5-billion deal on 5G network equipment Mobile, Nokia sign $3.5-billion deal on 5G network equipment
- August 02, 2018

This is Nokia's largest 5G agreement globally. The deal also reflects T-Mobile's commitment to being among the first network operators to take a major step into the precision of a national 5G network. The deal is a key one for the Finnish network equipment maker. T-Mobile's 5G network will reportedly enable "faster speeds, massive connectivity", and a "super-responsive" network from a customer standpoint. (more...)
Google is developing a censored search engine for China
- August 02, 2018

It has reportedly been demonstrated to the Chinese authorities and might see a commercial launch within the next six to nine months. Google has more than 88,000 employees. For now, the company is focused on initially rolling out the Android app, which a large portion of China's population will be able to access, as Android devices make up for almost 80 per cent of all smartphones in the country. (more...)
Facebook and Instagram introduce time limit tool to tackle social media addiction
- August 02, 2018

View screen grabs of the new feature below. The blog also bragged about the other tools and features which have been included on Facebook with the intent of improving the overall user experience. They put the burden on users, for one. Accessing the new tools is a simple affair, although the methods do differ depending on which app you are using. (more...)
Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 Hands-On: Android Tablet for Multitaskers Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 Hands-On: Android Tablet for Multitaskers
- August 02, 2018

Finally, the Samsung Galaxy On8 (2018) runs on Android 8 .0 Oreo OS with custom Samsung Experience UI skin on the top with third-party customizations. Sure, you can always bring your own keyboard to the mix, but to truly maximise the Tab S4's mobile productivity, the keyboard kind of feels like a necessity. (more...)
Facebook, Instagram unveil tools to help users manage time Facebook, Instagram unveil tools to help users manage time
- August 02, 2018

The company said it "developed these tools based on collaboration and inspiration from leading mental health experts and organisations" as well academics and its users. The feature, at least initially, is focused exclusively on mobile users and does not appear to be available to users who access Facebook or Instagram via a desktop or laptop computer. (more...)
WhatsApp Finally Begins Generating Revenue by Charging Businesses
- August 02, 2018

Now, businesses will be able to craft Facebook ads that link out to WhatsApp chat interface so if customers like a particular Facebook ad, they can more easily message the company responsible for the advertisement. It is present alongside the reply option (available only to Android Oreo users) which allows users to reply to a message within the notification itself. (more...)
Samsung Targets iPad Pro with Galaxy Tab S4
- August 02, 2018

You can connect up a Bluetooth mouse, too. The tablet will go up for sale on August 10 through Amazon, Best Buy, and through Samsung's own website. It also features a 10.5-inch display with Super AMOLED technology as well as a 16:10 screen ratio. (more...)
Samsung Electronics misses forecast on lower phone sales Samsung Electronics misses forecast on lower phone sales
- August 02, 2018

In Samsung's just released Q2 report , the South Korean electronics conglomerate missed the mark on Galaxy S9 sales targets. Adding to its troubles, its vice-chairman Lee Jae-yong, scion of the founding family, was jailed previous year for his part in the corruption scandal that brought down former president Park Geun-hye. (more...)
YouTube Now Supports Vertical Video On Its Web App YouTube Now Supports Vertical Video On Its Web App
- August 02, 2018

Google-owned YouTube has officially rolled out a desktop update that makes it so that videos shot in portrait orientation and shared on the site won't be letterboxed with black bars. "Either give us a way to opt out of this, or fix it". While the new change brings the same experience that has existed on Android and iOS for the last some months, some desktop users are apparently not convinced. (more...)
Honor Note 10 is official with huge screen and battery Honor Note 10 is official with huge screen and battery
- August 02, 2018

Hardcore (mobile) gamers shouldn't worry about overheating, though, as this hot new hero device promises to stay nice and cool at all times thanks to some neat liquid cooling tricks. First and foremost, it's worth noting that the Honor Note 10 got announced in Midnight Black and Phantom Blue color variants, and that is made out of metal and glass. (more...)
'Fortnite' For Android Might Not Be Released On The Google Play Store
- August 01, 2018

According to XDA Developers , this could be a way for Epic to circumvent having to give a share of revenue to Google . Epic plans to make the game available on a variety of Android phones beginning with the Galaxy Note 9 in August. Thanks to the folks over at XDA , we have learned that when Fortnite arrives on Android, it may not actually be available to download from the Google Play Store . (more...)
"LG Stylo 4 6.2" phablet with stylus launches as Prime Exclusive
- August 01, 2018

That means that you can get it at a discounted price in exchange for the phone coming with some preloaded Amazon apps, like Prime Video, Amazon Kindle, and Amazon Music. On the back of the device, you will find 13MP camera while on the front sits a 5MP unit. LG has added software features to help you take advantage of that stylus, too, like Screen Off Memo that'll let you just pull the stylus out and begin writing on the screen without having to turn the display on. (more...)
Google puts its foot down: No Android phones can have three notches Google puts its foot down: No Android phones can have three notches
- August 01, 2018

In terms of hardware, Google has declared that "devices must ensure that their cutouts do not negatively affect apps", adding that "devices may only have up to one cutout on each short edge of the device". For developers, Google notes that Android P brings platform support for display cutouts with APIs that can be used to show content inside or outside of the cutout. (more...)
Audi teases PB 18 e-tron concept for Pebble Beach Audi teases PB 18 e-tron concept for Pebble Beach
- August 01, 2018

While the German auto maker is remaining tightlipped on details PB18 e-tron until closer to its unveiling, it hints the new supercar will take various design cues from the Le Mans winning Audi R18 e-tron race vehicle and include technical solutions being developed for an electric powered successor to the second-generation R8. (more...)
NVIDIA announces GeForce Gaming Celebration ahead of Gamescom 2018 with spectacular surprises
- August 01, 2018

In the event description, Nvidia even states, "this event will be filled with awesome new PC games running on the latest GeForce hardware". KitGuru Says: I would like to think that we will see new graphics cards at this event, but nothing is 100% certain yet. (more...)
Nintendo reports 88% hike in profits on strong sales of Switch Nintendo reports 88% hike in profits on strong sales of Switch
- August 01, 2018

All in all, Nintendo says 19.67 million systems have been sold , with roughly 1.8 million of those purchases falling during the three month quarter spanning April 2018 to June 2018. Sales of digital software, which includes downloadable versions of games and add-in content, hit 18.5 billion yen ($166 million), an 8 percent increase compared to the same period past year. (more...)
Flipkart unveils exclusive Samsung Galaxy On8 - a Galaxy J8 with a discount
- August 01, 2018

The move comes as the global market for premium smartphones hits a wall. Earlier this month, the company launched Galaxy On6 online, which was its first "Infinity Display" mid-segment smartphone to be sold exclusively on an e-commerce platform. (more...)
Sluggish Galaxy S9 sales hit Samsung's profits Sluggish Galaxy S9 sales hit Samsung's profits
- August 01, 2018

Samsung's difficulties in the mobile market, which accounts for about 40 per cent of its revenue, have been exacerbated by its recent lack of innovation to drive sales of its premium Galaxy series gadgets. The South Korean tech giant added however that demand for memory chips, its biggest earnings contributor by far, would remain strong in the second half thanks to the growth of server data centers. (more...)
Xiaomi, Oppo meet Korean parts makers for foldable phone
- August 01, 2018

The Apple Inc (AAPL.O) components supplier and smartphone rival said operating profit from the mobile business recorded its steepest rate of decline since the first quarter of 2017, as cheaper Chinese-made handsets put pressure on margins. (more...)
Mobile partners with Nokia in $3.5 billion 5G network deal
- July 31, 2018

Even then, full-featured, 5G phones are unlikely to go mainstream until at least 2020 for a mix of technical and economic reasons, analysts said. T-Mobile said Nokia would deploy 600 MHz and 28 GHz millimeter wave equipment, and that it would use Nokia products including its AirScale radio platforms and cloud-native core, AirFrame hardware, CloudBand software, SON and 5G Acceleration Services. (more...)
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Confirmed to Arrive With 4000mAh Battery Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Confirmed to Arrive With 4000mAh Battery
- July 31, 2018

While we haven't heard anything regarding the price in the USA, a recently leaked online pre-order banner seems to confirm these figures. The base model, with 128 GB of storage is priced at 13,500,000 Indonesian Rupiah, which is the equivalent of nearly Rs.120,000 while the up-specced variant, with 512 GB of storage will cost 17,500,000, which is equal to Rs.155,000. (more...)
Samsung Galaxy On8 (2018) Price in India Revealed Ahead of Reported Launch Samsung Galaxy On8 (2018) Price in India Revealed Ahead of Reported Launch
- July 31, 2018

But with competition "intensifying"-Apple is rumored to be readying three new iPhone models for this fall-Samsung will introduce its new Galaxy Note 9 "earlier than usual", and the device will offer customers "exceptional performance for a reasonable price", the firm says". (more...)
New voice, video calling feature goes live New voice, video calling feature goes live
- July 31, 2018

WhatsApp users now spend over two billion minutes on calls per day. The Facebook-owned company said in a blog post that group calling has been created to reliably around the world in different network conditions. Tap on that icon and add a member to the call from your contact list. Group calls are making their way to all users now, so you should be talking to your entire family at once in no time. (more...)
Epic Lists All Android Smartphones That Support Fortnite Epic Lists All Android Smartphones That Support Fortnite
- July 31, 2018

Naturally, with such huge revenues, Epic Games has weighed the risk of lesser popularity against the 30% cut that comes with being on the Google Play Store. And do you care about it not being able on the Play Store? Thanks to the folks over at XDA , we have learned that when Fortnite arrives on Android, it may not actually be available to download from the Google Play Store. (more...)
Moto Z3 likely to launch with 5G Moto Mod on August 2 Moto Z3 likely to launch with 5G Moto Mod on August 2
- July 31, 2018

Additionally, the Moto Z3 could be the first smartphone to offer true 5G networking capabilities. Besides that, the report also suggests the smartphone to come equipped with shatterproof glass, similar to the one featured on the Force edition models. (more...)
Apple to take the headphone jack out of iPad Apple to take the headphone jack out of iPad
- July 31, 2018

The 6.5-inch model, for instance, looks exactly like the iPhone X , aside from the fact that it's only bigger in size. Ben Geskin posted photos of the models on Twitter today: 2018 iPhone X Plus (6.5-inch) and iPhone (6.1-inch) Dummy Models. (more...)
OnePlus Announces Android P Update for OnePlus 3/3T OnePlus Announces Android P Update for OnePlus 3/3T
- July 31, 2018

The company announced its commitment to three years of updates for the OnePlus 3/3T, 5/5T, 6, as well as future devices. We don't know when the OnePlus 3/3T will get Android P , but it could be by the end of the year . The OnePlus 2 , OnePlus X , and OnePlus One , will not receive Android P. More updates are promised to come in the coming months, but the company notes that thanks to feedback from beta participants progress with developing an Android P-centric version of Oxygen OS ... (more...)
DJI Mavic 2 drone leak confirms Pro and Zoom models DJI Mavic 2 drone leak confirms Pro and Zoom models
- July 30, 2018

While the Argos advert spills the beans on everything except pricing, the surprising bit of news is that the Mavic 2 will come in two models - the Pro and the Zoom. In the catalogue, there is no mention of the recording capabilities, though we would not rule out 4K recording features. The appearance of the Mavic 2 in the catalog could mean the drone's debut is imminent, or that it was supposed to come right after the cancelled launch event, but wasn't pulled in time. (more...)
Help Galaxy Note 9 Will Have This Futuristic Feature
- July 30, 2018

The device will pack a big 4,000 mAh battery, an S Pen that's Bluetooth enabled for the first time, and an Infinity Display marginally bigger than the one in the S9+. Converted from Indonesian rupiah, $935 and $1,215 seem to be what Samsung will be asking for the Note 9, depending on whether you'll go for the 128- or 512GB variant, which seem to be the two flavors for 2018. (more...)
[Updated] Digimon Survive Will be Heading to Xbox One in 2019 [Updated] Digimon Survive Will be Heading to Xbox One in 2019
- July 30, 2018

As we previously knew, players will play as Takuma Momotsuka, who has been mysteriously transported from camp to a unusual world, where he, his partner Digimon Agumon, and others must survive in order to find a way back home. It is an SRPG game that has mixed visual novel elements and it is drawn with a 2D art style making it look like the animated show. No specific release date has been mentioned just yet, but Bandai Namco has said that further information will be "revealed soon". (more...)