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Thursday, August 1, 2019

Redmi Note 7 series achieves 5 million sales in India

Redmi Note 7 Pro

While the Indian smartphone market continues to bring positive and noteworthy results to phone makers, the Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi's sub-brand Redmi is outperforming in the country compared to other brands. This time, Redmi Note 7 handsets have achieved 5 million sales in India.

The Redmi Note 7 series was launched in India during the last days of the February, means the company sold 5 million units of the Redmi Note 7 series in 5 months. The devices mentioned in the 5 million sales are Note 7, Note 7 Pro, and Note 7S. All mobile phones from the said series have made the Indian market thriving with its excellent price tag and good features.

In fact, a recent study confirmed that Xiaomi has achieved 28% of market share in the country. This was recorded in the second quarter (Q2) in 2019. But the growth was driven by a lot of factors, including 'price cuts', back-to-back launches and discount offers. CounterPoint research, however, didn't revealed Note 7 series.

According to Mi India's latest announcement, the brand's Note 7 Pro device can now be purchased via open sale in the country. Whenever a customer wants to buy Pro variant of Redmi Note 7 mobile, they can place an order without worrying about "special sales" as the handset has been made available for 24/7.

Standard storage version 4GB RAM + 64GB, Redmi Note 7 Pro is priced at INR13,999 and can be purchased via Amazon, Flipkart, Mi India, and other respective stores.

Redmi Note 7 price starts at INR9,999 for 3GB RAM + 32GB internal storage while the Note 7S with 3GB+32GB storage can be purchased for INR 10,999 and is available in three color options, including ruby red, onyx black and sapphire blue.

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Xiaomi to launch Mediatek Helio G90T-powered Redmi smartphone, confirms Lu Weibing

Redmi phone Mediatek Helio G90T

A day after Mediatek launched its new gaming-centric chipsets Helio G90 and Helio G90T for upcoming Android phones, the Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi announced that the company will soon bring Helio G90T-powered Redmi smartphone in the market.

Lu Weibing, the vice president of Xiaomi and director of Xiaomi's subbrand Redmi, confirmed that the company's new mobile phone will soon be launched with the Mediatek's latest chipset Helio G90T, however, it was confirmed whether Redmi's other upcoming phones will also be equipped with Mediatek's chipset.

Qualcomm's Snapdragon mobile platform is used by many Xiaomi branded smartphones. In fact, the Redmi K20-series K20 Pro and K20 are equipped with Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 and Snapdragon 855 respectively. Another Redmi phone, Note 7S, also includes Qualcomm-developed chipset. The company's other game-centric SoC, the Snapdragon 855+, powers the Black Shark 2 Pro smartphone.

As confirmed by the benchmark score rating tools AnTuTu and Geekbench, the latest launched Mediatek SoCs surpasses the Snapdragon 730 chipset.

The Mediatek Helio G90T-powered smartphone that Xiaomi has teasing about is not in our knowledge. Therefore, adding any further information could be confused. However, for a smooth gameplay experience, the Redmi's next device could be equipped with a 4,000mAh battery, better camera setup with powerful image sensors, smoother touch sensitivity, and ultra-fast memory capabilities. All expected features are the main reasons for using the Helio G90T chipset.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Truecaller bug allowed Indian users to register for payments service without consent

Truecaller Pay

Spam call blocker and UPI payment service provider Truecaller suffered a bug that allowed Indian users to register for its payments services Truecaller Pay without user consent. The latest released Android app bearing version number 10.41.6 have been discontinued immediately after the bug was discovered by some users.

Truecaller, in a statement, has confirmed that bug has affected a small number of Android users in India and the new app is being released with a fix. The bug was first reported by some twitter users who sent out a series of tweets accusing the app's unauthorized attempts.

Truecaller Pay needs a lot of manual inputs to process the complete registration with the service using UPI. Therefore, affected users would not have actually completed their registration. In case, the user wants to cancel the registration, can go through the overflow menu and choose to 'deregister', 'delete' or similar to the account deletion options.

Since the app attempted to access the UPI bank details without a user's permission and manual inputs, this would be a serious breach that could abuse the users' privacy. Truecaller, however, apologize for any inconvenience caused to its consumers.

In March 2017, the multi-service provider Trucaller launched its UPI payment service in the country and later this year in June, the Swedish company launched VoIP calling feature for Android users. Truecaller Pay has received a lot of attention from users in India counting with over 15 million customers, according to earlier reports.

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MediaTek launches gaming-centric chipsets Helio G90 and G90T with HyperEngine game technology

mediatek helio g90

Taiwanese semiconductor company MediaTek today unveiled HyperEngine game technology-based chipsets Helio G90 and G90T, exclusively designed to boost the gaming mechanism on MediaTek G90-powered smartphones, company confirmed at an event in New Delhi.

The new chipset also enhances network connectivity, image quality, and screen touch sensitivity when playing games. To make smartphones even more gaming-centric, the MediaTek Helio G90 series Helio G90 and G90T are paired with HyperEngine game technology that improves the overall gaming experience and can be clocked up to 2.05GHz.

According to MediaTek’s blog post published today, the Helio G90 SoCs uses a combination of Arm Cortex-A76 and six Cortex-A55s. Paired with the Arm Mali-G76 carrying version number 3EEMC4, delivers speeds up to 800MHz, even when it comes to heavy mobile games. In addition to this, the combination of distinct processors CPU, GPU, and APU delivers up to 11TMACs performance.

The SoCs in the talk comes with 10GB of LPDDR4x (Low Power DDR4X) and up to 2133MHz memory. More importantly, receiving or making a phone call during a game-play moment will not disconnect the device from the network.

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Samsung Galaxy A80 gets new software update, adds autofocus for selfie camera

Samsung Galaxy A80

A few days back, Samsung Galaxy A50 users started receiving new software updates with Android July security patch that was aimed at improvements and security fixes. Now, the South Korean smartphone maker is rolling out a new update for Galaxy A80 handsets over the air.

The latest firmware update carries build number A805FXXU2ASG7 and weighs 413MB in size. The firmware was originally released on July 22 with Security patch level to July 1, but Galaxy A80 handsets recently started receiving it via OTA update.

As we know, the Galaxy A80 features a pop-up camera setup that uses a rotation mechanism when taking photos with a selfie shooter or back camera. More specifically, its 48-megapixel camera is used for both selfies and back cameras. However, the 48MP main camera's autofocus feature seems to have been missing when used as a selfie shooter. Therefore, to fix this technical error, Samsung has released the said OTA update designed to add new autofocus functions.

Apart from adding new functionality to its camera, the firmware improves camera stability and device security. As far as phone security is concerned, it fixes the known-bugs till July 1 and will further be validated once new updates are released.

If you have not received A805FXXU2ASG7 firmware yet, you can access the device settings and manually check for updates. Once the check is completed, your phone will begin receiving it if the update is available to your Galaxy A80 before a broader rollout.

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Monday, July 29, 2019

Google Newsstand closed, the service permanently merged with Google News

Google Newsstand closed

A few days ago, the search engine giant Google shut down Google Play Newsstand permanently and migrated it to another news serive. The site was first launched in 2013, but last year on May 8, Google announced at Google I/O that its news aggregator will be migrated to Google News.

Since its shutdown announcement, the site was live till July, however, a few days before when one of our editors tried to access the news library at newsstand.google.com, the site redirected to news.google.com.

This is not the only product that Google closed, the internet giant has previously discontinued a lot of apps and websites in its history, making it the top tech giant with a good track record of closing the services. Google+, Google Map Maker, Blog Compass, Pixate, and other many other services are the example of the digital Graveyard.

Launched in 2002, Google News is a comprehensive news aggregator that organizes a variety of magazines more efficiently. According to Google, the new service is more reliable and advanced compared to its old Newsstand.

Despite its proven track record in closing services, Google has also made new improvements across its products. The dynamic tech giant is constantly working on new software and products that meet consumers demand.

Huawei Mate X to pass a series of tests before reaching the market, says He Gang

Huawei Mate X

Chinese smart device maker Huawei does not want to make the mistakes like Samsung that led the South Korean smartphone manufacturer to cancel Foldable phone after launching it publicly. Smartphone makers do not seem to be in a hurry, and now, it's clear that they are considering to launch foldable phones after passing a series of tests.

Following the company's stringent and high-quality requirements regarding the hardware stability of its foldable 5-connected smartphone, the director of Huawei's consumer business mobile phones He Gang has confirmed the company will not release the Mate X until it is not fully optimized for the market.

Huawei would prefer to make its Mate X phone more anticipated than launching it in rush, the director added. He further stated that if it does not meet the company's expected quality requirements, it will not let the Mate X enter the market.

When asked about the progress of Mate X, He Gang said in a conversation with Chinese news agency news.mydrivers.com that the company has invested heavily in the development of its 5-connected mobile phone, so any problem or hardware issue if found in Mate X, will be fixed cautiously before bringing the device to the market.

He Gang said that Huawei is committed to high-quality products that consumers love. For us, considering an earlier release is not a key point. The key point we consider is to honor what meets consumers expectations. the report read.

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