Monthly Archives: April 2016

Samsung accidentally reveals version number for Android N

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Google might have released a developer preview of its upcoming Android OS (currently known as Android N), but the company is yet to officially reveal what exactly will the OS be called, and what version number will it carry.

While there have already been some rumors about its official name, looks like now we have a confirmation of sorts as far as Android N’s version number is concerned.

In the release notes of its MultiWindow feature SDK, Samsung – one of the search giant’s high-profile Android partners – has revealed that Android N will be version 7.0. “This version has been released with Android N(7.0) compatibility,” the release notes say.

So, no surprises here, as the version number is inline with previous versions – for example, Lollipop from 2014 was 5.0 and Marshmallow from 2015 was 6.0. However, we’ll still have to wait for official confirmation from Google, which will reveal these details as well as more about the new OS at its I/O conference next month.

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Google Photos for Android gets updated with manual backup feature

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Google has started rolling out an update to its Photos app on Android that brings a couple of new features, including the ability to manually back up photos. The update bumps the app version to 1.18.

“Save what you want, when you want with manual backup,” the Google Photos team wrote in a Google+ post. To use the feature, first select the photos you want to backup, then tap the three dot over flow menu, and finally choose the “Back up now” option.

In addition, the update also brings along the ability to search photos by emoji. The updated app can be downloaded from the Play Store – hit the Source 2 link below.

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SD820-powered ZUK Z2 Pro tipped to launch next week

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Lenovo-backed ZUK will launch a new smartphone next week – April 21 to be precise. This was revealed by the Chinese company’s CEO Chang Cheng on Weibo (China’s Twitter). While he didn’t reveal the name of the handset, reports say it’ll be the Z2 Pro.

Meanwhile, a new ZUK phone – dubbed Z2121, and alleged to be the Z2 Pro – was spotted on AnTuTu, revealing some of its key specs. The benchmark listing reveals that the device is powered by Snapdragon 820 SoC, and sports a full HD display.

It comes in 3GB as well as 4GB RAM options, while the internal memory is listed as 32GB. The camera department is handled by a 13MP rear unit and an 8MP front shooter. The phone runs Android 6.0.1 out of the box.

If you recall, there have already been rumors about a ZUK Z2 featuring a rotating camera (render shown below).

There’s currently no information on whether or not the Z2 and Z2 Pro are the same handsets.

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HTC still undecided about HTC 10’s India launch, will clear the air soon

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Yesterday, we told you about the HTC 10 Lifestyle, an SD652-powered variant of the Taiwanese company’s flagship smartphone HTC 10. Given that the former was listed on the company’s India website instead of the latter, we took it as a confirmation of sorts that the latter won’t be officially available in India.

However, turns out we’ll have to wait for sometime before this is officially confirmed, as an HTC spokesperson has said that the HTC 10 Lifestyle listing – and the absence of the HTC 10 – should not be taken as a confirmation that the SD820-powered flagship won’t be available in the country.

He also added that an announcement in this regard will be made soon, although no specific time-frame was given. So for those who were disappointed with the news yesterday, there still seems to be some hope – fingers crossed.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (32GB, Verizon unlocked) selling for $300

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The 32GB Samsung Galaxy Note 4 has received a price cut in the United States, where eBay seller Qualitycellz is currently offering the Verizon unlocked model (N910V) for $299.99. For comparison, Amazon is selling the same model for $350, while Newegg has it listed for $365.

While the deal is available on both White and Black colored variants, only the former is available at the moment (the latter is being shown as ‘out of stock’). The seller says the device is available in limited quantity – 115 units have been sold as of writing.

There’s no information on when the promo ends. So, if you want to take advantage of the deal, you may want to act fast.

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Startup CREO launches its first phone, the Mark 1

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CREO, a Bangalore, India based startup, has launched its first smartphone in the Indian market, the CREO Mark 1. The Mark 1 is a flagship device for the company, and as such comes with all the hardware bells and whistles, but the main focus for the company is the software.

The phone comes with what the company calls FUEL OS, which is based on Android. It comes with features such as Sense, a universal search engine that can find anything on the phone and can be evoked by a double tap on the home button, Echo, which is a voicemail service of sorts that can work with any carrier, Retriever, which sends an email to you if another SIM is inserted in your device, smart forwarding to forward calls from one SIM to another one it is unreachable, notification manager, and segregated SMS inbox for messages from people and businesses, with quick reply and copy OTP functions.

But CREO’s claim to fame is the ‘A New Phone Every Month’ initiative, where the company will push out updates to the phone every month that will add functionality to it. And the updates will be based on community feedback and what the users want, and you will be informed of all the changes before you install the update.

Coming to the hardware, the Mark 1 has Gorilla Glass 3 protection on the front and back and a metal frame in Gunmetal Black. On the front is a 5.5-inch QHD display and powering it is a MediaTek Helio X10 with 3GB RAM and 3100mAh battery. The phone also packs a 21 megapixel Sony IMX230 sensor on the back with PDAF, 4K video and 120fps slow-motion capture. On the front is an 8 megapixel shooter with features such as 3D Photos, Live Photo mode, and Beautify.

The company has set up a countrywide service network of 106 centers in 96 cities (set to increase to 300 centers in 150 cities in the coming months) and pick up and drop service in 15 cities. You can also chat with the customer service by typing “CREO Support” in the aforementioned Sense.

The CREO Mark 1 will be available on the company’s website and Flipkart for INR 19,999 ($300).

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Deal: Trade-in your Lumia 920/925/1020 and get $150 discount on Lumia 950/950 XL

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Microsoft is currently running a promo that allows Lumia 920, 925, and 1020 users to trade-in their phone and get a good $150 discount on the Redmond, Washington-based company’sLumia 950 and 950 XL Windows 10 flagship smartphones.

In case you don’t know, although the software giant has officially started Windows 10 Mobile roll-out for older devices, the three Lumia’s mentioned here are not in the list, meaning they won’t be getting the update. Probably, that’s why Microsoft has come up with this promo.

Anyway, in case you’re interested in taking advantage of the deal, you can do so both online as well as at the company’s physical stores. The promo runs through June 30 – for more details, head to the Source link below.

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