Huawei P20 and P20 Plus expected to be announced on March 27 in Paris

It is already known that Huawei has backed out of the MWC 2018 event with the P20 announcement and now it is learned that the flagships will be announced at a separate event in March. Press invites for the event have already been sent out to the media. The new report falls in-line with the earlier rumored information.

Though the invite doesn’t explicitly mention about P20, the “new flagship devices” are probably going be P20 and P20 Plus. The P20 duo is the successors to the P10 flagships that were introduced back in 2017 at the MWC 2017. The March 27th data is exactly a month after the MWC 2018 event.

The rumored specifications of the P20 include a larger display and will be powered by the Kirin 970 SoC and is also said to feature a 40-megapixel triple rear camera with 5x hybrid zoom, along with a 24 MP front-facing camera. It will run on Android Oreo 8.0 or 8.1 with EMUI on top. Like the Mate 10 series, the P20 series might also pack the A.I enhancements.

Though these rumored specifications might not be from credible sources, we shall know more details as we inch closer to the launch. The Huawei P20 …

It is already known that Huawei has backed out of the MWC 2018 event with the P20 announcement and now it is learned that the flagships will be announced at a separate event in March. Press invites for the event have already been sent out to the media. The new report falls in-line with the earlier rumored information. Though the invite doesn't explicitly mention about P20, the "new flagship devices" are probably going be P20 and P20 Plus. The P20 duo is the successors to the P10 flagships that were introduced back in 2017 at the MWC 2017. The March 27th data is exactly a month after the MWC 2018 event. The rumored specifications of the P20 include a larger display and will be powered by the Kirin 970 SoC and is also said to feature a 40-megapixel triple rear camera with 5x hybrid zoom, along with a 24 MP front-facing camera. It will run on Android Oreo 8.0 or 8.1 with EMUI on top. Like the Mate 10 series, the P20 series might also pack the A.I enhancements. Though these rumored specifications might not be from credible sources, we shall know more details as we inch closer to the launch. The Huawei P20 ...

Qualcomm and Samsung expand multi-year cross-license agreement

Qualcomm today announced that the company and Samsung Electronics have signed a multi-year strategic relationship agreement over various technology areas and across a range of mobile devices. This agreement will also expand the companies relationship as technology partners. 

The agreement will also cover mobile devices and infrastructure equipment and as a part of the agreement, Samsung will now withdraw its interventions in Qualcomm’s appeal of the KFTC decision against an $868m fine in 2016 over excessive” licensing fees in the Seoul High Court.

Qualcomm did not disclose any terms and conditions of the amended deal but said it consistent with global-handset pricing. Both Qualcomm and Samsung are also said to work together for Qualcomm’s processors that also include the transition to 5G. Qualcomm early last week signed similar commitments with Lenovo, OPPO, Vivo, and Xiaomi in China.

Commenting on the agreement, Cristiano Amon, president, Qualcomm Incorporated said:
The announcement today underscores the importance of our longstanding strategic relationship with Samsung in driving core mobile technology into many different segments. As Qualcomm continues to lead the world to 5G, the opportunities between our companies are growing and this agreement sets us both on a path for continued success.
TM Roh, executive vice president and the head of mobile R&D, Samsung Electronics said:
We …

Qualcomm today announced that the company and Samsung Electronics have signed a multi-year strategic relationship agreement over various technology areas and across a range of mobile devices. This agreement will also expand the companies relationship as technology partners.  The agreement will also cover mobile devices and infrastructure equipment and as a part of the agreement, Samsung will now withdraw its interventions in Qualcomm’s appeal of the KFTC decision against an $868m fine in 2016 over excessive” licensing fees in the Seoul High Court. Qualcomm did not disclose any terms and conditions of the amended deal but said it consistent with global-handset pricing. Both Qualcomm and Samsung are also said to work together for Qualcomm’s processors that also include the transition to 5G. Qualcomm early last week signed similar commitments with Lenovo, OPPO, Vivo, and Xiaomi in China. Commenting on the agreement, Cristiano Amon, president, Qualcomm Incorporated said: The announcement today underscores the importance of our longstanding strategic relationship with Samsung in driving core mobile technology into many different segments. As Qualcomm continues to lead the world to 5G, the opportunities between our companies are growing and this agreement sets us both on a path for continued success. TM Roh, executive vice president and the head of mobile R&D, Samsung Electronics said: We ...

Google Flights can now predict airline delays, gets new fare type options

Google Flights has received two new features to help your travel experience. One among them is the ability to predict flight delays, and another is the new fare type option to show cheap fares.

The new fare type feature includes options like “Basic Economy” for those who are traveling on a budget. To make it more comfortable, Google will also include additional charges like overhead bin space, ability to select your seat and baggage fees. This feature is available for flights on American, Delta, and United.

On the other hand, Google will now use historic flight status data, and machine learning algorithms to predict delays even when this information isn’t available from airlines yet and Google says that it will flag a delay status if it is at least 80% confident. However, Google advices you to reach the airport beforehand.

To know the status, one simply needs to search for the flight or the airline and flight route, and these details will appear right in your search results. This really is a nifty little feature to have, but the availability seems to be limited to selected regions right now.

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Google Flights has received two new features to help your travel experience. One among them is the ability to predict flight delays, and another is the new fare type option to show cheap fares. The new fare type feature includes options like "Basic Economy" for those who are traveling on a budget. To make it more comfortable, Google will also include additional charges like overhead bin space, ability to select your seat and baggage fees. This feature is available for flights on American, Delta, and United. On the other hand, Google will now use historic flight status data, and machine learning algorithms to predict delays even when this information isn’t available from airlines yet and Google says that it will flag a delay status if it is at least 80% confident. However, Google advices you to reach the airport beforehand. To know the status, one simply needs to search for the flight or the airline and flight route, and these details will appear right in your search results. This really is a nifty little feature to have, but the availability seems to be limited to selected regions right now. Source

UFS 3.0 standard released, offers 2x faster performance than UFS 2.1

JEDEC Solid State Technology Association today announced the new UFS 3.0 standard making it the first to introduce MIPI M-PHY HS-Gear4 with a data rate of up to 11.6 Gbps per lane which is a 2x performance increase over UFS 2.1.

The new UFS 3.0 standard brings along two new features specifically designed for the automotive market. It brings the ability to function at an extended temperature range (-40°C to 105°C) and refresh operation. UFS high-speed serial interface and optimized protocol enable significant improvements in throughput and system performance.

JEDEC’s UFS leverages the industry-leading specifications from the MIPI Alliance to form its interconnect layer in order to achieve the highest performance and most power efficient data transport. JEDEC 3.0 standard’s  single lane can carry up to 11.6 Gbps. For more speed, two lanes can be used for a total of 23.2 Gbps. The new version is also moved to 2.5V operation compared to the previous generation which worked on 2.7V to 3.6V.

JEDEC’s 3.1 defines the use of MIPI M-PHY v4.1 and the recently released MIPI UniProSM v1.8 specification to form the Interconnect Layer. It also takes advantage of the Adapt support in MIPI M-PHY v4.1 and QoS support from the recently released MIPI UniPro v1.8 specification to support more reliable link …

JEDEC Solid State Technology Association today announced the new UFS 3.0 standard making it the first to introduce MIPI M-PHY HS-Gear4 with a data rate of up to 11.6 Gbps per lane which is a 2x performance increase over UFS 2.1. The new UFS 3.0 standard brings along two new features specifically designed for the automotive market. It brings the ability to function at an extended temperature range (-40°C to 105°C) and refresh operation. UFS high-speed serial interface and optimized protocol enable significant improvements in throughput and system performance. JEDEC's UFS leverages the industry-leading specifications from the MIPI Alliance to form its interconnect layer in order to achieve the highest performance and most power efficient data transport. JEDEC 3.0 standard's  single lane can carry up to 11.6 Gbps. For more speed, two lanes can be used for a total of 23.2 Gbps. The new version is also moved to 2.5V operation compared to the previous generation which worked on 2.7V to 3.6V. JEDEC's 3.1 defines the use of MIPI M-PHY v4.1 and the recently released MIPI UniProSM v1.8 specification to form the Interconnect Layer. It also takes advantage of the Adapt support in MIPI M-PHY v4.1 and QoS support from the recently released MIPI UniPro v1.8 specification to support more reliable link ...

Apple’s manufacturer Wistron nears land deal in Bengaluru, to invest $157 million: Report

Apple’s Taiwan manufacturer Wistron Corp is said to be on the verge of closing a land deal in Bengaluru and is also is likely to invest about $157 million to develop the site, according to a latest report from Reuters.

It is rumored earlier that Wistron’s who currently assembles Apple’s low-cost iPhone SE in India, has been scouting for some land in Bengaluru, and now reports coming claim that some of the Wistron’s global executives and its India’s head met with the industries minister of Karnataka earlier this month and a deal on the land lease may be struck in a few weeks.

Apple, Wistron and Karnataka government body that deals with investment proposals are yet to comment on the ongoing development. While the part of the land bought by Wistron will be used to set up new assembly lines for Apple. On the other hand, on a different note, another source claim that Apple is likely to start assembling its iPhone 6s models in India through Wistron soon in order to cost cut and diversify its production base. Since 6s is still one of the top sellers for Apple, it makes sense.

Since ICT has recently won federal approval to import machinery from China into India, …

Apple's Taiwan manufacturer Wistron Corp is said to be on the verge of closing a land deal in Bengaluru and is also is likely to invest about $157 million to develop the site, according to a latest report from Reuters. It is rumored earlier that Wistron’s who currently assembles Apple’s low-cost iPhone SE in India, has been scouting for some land in Bengaluru, and now reports coming claim that some of the Wistron’s global executives and its India's head met with the industries minister of Karnataka earlier this month and a deal on the land lease may be struck in a few weeks. Apple, Wistron and Karnataka government body that deals with investment proposals are yet to comment on the ongoing development. While the part of the land bought by Wistron will be used to set up new assembly lines for Apple. On the other hand, on a different note, another source claim that Apple is likely to start assembling its iPhone 6s models in India through Wistron soon in order to cost cut and diversify its production base. Since 6s is still one of the top sellers for Apple, it makes sense. Since ICT has recently won federal approval to import machinery from China into India, ...

Airtel, Jio commit to invest Rs. 74,000 crore to expand infrastructure over call drops

 

Airtel and Jio have readily committed to investing Rs. 74,000 by next fiscal year to upgrade and expand infrastructure and address the issue of call drops said Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararajan post the DoT review. 

Bharti Airtel said that they have already invested Rs 16,000 crore on infrastructure and now will be spending another Rs 24,000 crore. On the other hand, the Reliance Jio are also committed to invest Rs 50,000 crore in installing 1 lakh towers in the coming fiscal year, Sundararajan said, after meeting senior officials of telecom companies.

Apart from Airtel and Jio, Idea Cellular and Vodafone are also ready in committing to increasing mobile towers in their network. Furthermore, she said that while telecom operators in India have stabilized the call drop, it is the other problems like voice fading that have increased due to various issues, like mobile phones these days not complying with required certification norms.

They have also raised the issue of illegal repeaters installed in networks which might be creating interference and affecting call quality. To which Sundararajan responded by saying “We will look into enforcing rules more stringently.” Telecoms have reportedly claimed that around 400 callers in India are using the same mobile tower during same time which is not the case with other …

  Airtel and Jio have readily committed to investing Rs. 74,000 by next fiscal year to upgrade and expand infrastructure and address the issue of call drops said Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararajan post the DoT review.  Bharti Airtel said that they have already invested Rs 16,000 crore on infrastructure and now will be spending another Rs 24,000 crore. On the other hand, the Reliance Jio are also committed to invest Rs 50,000 crore in installing 1 lakh towers in the coming fiscal year, Sundararajan said, after meeting senior officials of telecom companies. Apart from Airtel and Jio, Idea Cellular and Vodafone are also ready in committing to increasing mobile towers in their network. Furthermore, she said that while telecom operators in India have stabilized the call drop, it is the other problems like voice fading that have increased due to various issues, like mobile phones these days not complying with required certification norms. They have also raised the issue of illegal repeaters installed in networks which might be creating interference and affecting call quality. To which Sundararajan responded by saying "We will look into enforcing rules more stringently." Telecoms have reportedly claimed that around 400 callers in India are using the same mobile tower during same time which is not the case with other ...

VLC for Android beta adds Chromecast and Samsung DeX support

VLC has finally added support for Chromecast, which was first introduced back in 2013. The latest beta update for Android with V2.9.0 also brings support for Samsung’s DeX as well as improved Chromebook support.

Though the update is live in this update, it still states as experimental, meaning there might be unexpected crashes or might not work reliably. Apart from Chromecast support, the update also brings bug fixes, improvements for Android Oreo, and improved stability, and added support for more platforms.

Opening up the VLC app, you can now see Chromecast icon when a compatible device is on the same network as your device. Once you press the icon, you will be shown Cast-compatible TVs, streaming sticks, speakers, etc. You can play your media be it video or audio. Chromecast with VLC is working with both local content and internet streams, but then, streams aren’t fully supported just yet, which is why we guess the feature is in experimental.

You can download the update from PlayStore if you are a beta tester, if not, you can manually side-load the APK from here and try it out.

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VLC has finally added support for Chromecast, which was first introduced back in 2013. The latest beta update for Android with V2.9.0 also brings support for Samsung's DeX as well as improved Chromebook support. Though the update is live in this update, it still states as experimental, meaning there might be unexpected crashes or might not work reliably. Apart from Chromecast support, the update also brings bug fixes, improvements for Android Oreo, and improved stability, and added support for more platforms. Opening up the VLC app, you can now see Chromecast icon when a compatible device is on the same network as your device. Once you press the icon, you will be shown Cast-compatible TVs, streaming sticks, speakers, etc. You can play your media be it video or audio. Chromecast with VLC is working with both local content and internet streams, but then, streams aren't fully supported just yet, which is why we guess the feature is in experimental. You can download the update from PlayStore if you are a beta tester, if not, you can manually side-load the APK from here and try it out. Source

Google Photos v3.13 brings motion photos search filter, photo book notifications and more

Google is rolling out a new update to the Photo app bringing the version number to V3.13. Unlike the recent updates, the latest version brings new features including motion photos search filter, photo book notifications, controls over promo notifications and more. 

Google introduced Motion photos back in November which are direct competition to Apple’s Live photos. However, the feature lacks the ability to search for the record motion photos unless you remember the time stamp. However, with today’s update, Google is solving the problem by adding a new search bar that specifically pulls out the motion photo that you needed.

To access the list of motion photos, simply tap on the search bar, then hit the “show more” button in the group of categories and then you will be able to find Motion Photos at the bottom of the list. Moving along, the new update also adds three new notification settings each connected to Photo Books. One notification when enabled will let you know the special pricing and promotions for purchasing printed books, another notification setting will post reminders about unfinished drafts, and the last will let you know the Photo Book suggestions.

However, if you wish to stay silent, you can turn off the toggles in the open Settings -> Notifications …

Google is rolling out a new update to the Photo app bringing the version number to V3.13. Unlike the recent updates, the latest version brings new features including motion photos search filter, photo book notifications, controls over promo notifications and more.  Google introduced Motion photos back in November which are direct competition to Apple's Live photos. However, the feature lacks the ability to search for the record motion photos unless you remember the time stamp. However, with today's update, Google is solving the problem by adding a new search bar that specifically pulls out the motion photo that you needed. To access the list of motion photos, simply tap on the search bar, then hit the "show more" button in the group of categories and then you will be able to find Motion Photos at the bottom of the list. Moving along, the new update also adds three new notification settings each connected to Photo Books. One notification when enabled will let you know the special pricing and promotions for purchasing printed books, another notification setting will post reminders about unfinished drafts, and the last will let you know the Photo Book suggestions. However, if you wish to stay silent, you can turn off the toggles in the open Settings -> Notifications ...

Google took down over 700,000 bad apps from Play Store in 2017, 70% more than 2016

Android is the primary target for hackers to inject malware and Trojans. While Google actively purses in eliminating any vulnerabilities, some still make it in the form of Apps. Today Google has announced that it took down 700,000 bad apps that violated the Google Play policies from Play Store in 2017 which is also 70% more than the apps that it took down in 2016.

Google further added that it not just removed the apps but also was able to identify and act against them. Close to 99% of apps were identified and rejected before anyone could install. This was possible through significant improvements in the ability to detect abuse such as impersonation, inappropriate content, or malware through new machine learning models and techniques, said Google.

The new detection models and techniques that are capable of identifying repeated attempts and offenders took down 100,000 bad developers in 2017. Google further listed out the apps that fall into the bad category. First on the list is the “Copycats.” This section apps deceive users by impersonating famous apps which is one of the most common violations. Since popular apps get tons of traffic and searches, it only makes sense.

Next is the “Inappropriate content,” Apps that promote content, such as pornography, …

Android is the primary target for hackers to inject malware and Trojans. While Google actively purses in eliminating any vulnerabilities, some still make it in the form of Apps. Today Google has announced that it took down 700,000 bad apps that violated the Google Play policies from Play Store in 2017 which is also 70% more than the apps that it took down in 2016. Google further added that it not just removed the apps but also was able to identify and act against them. Close to 99% of apps were identified and rejected before anyone could install. This was possible through significant improvements in the ability to detect abuse such as impersonation, inappropriate content, or malware through new machine learning models and techniques, said Google. The new detection models and techniques that are capable of identifying repeated attempts and offenders took down 100,000 bad developers in 2017. Google further listed out the apps that fall into the bad category. First on the list is the "Copycats." This section apps deceive users by impersonating famous apps which is one of the most common violations. Since popular apps get tons of traffic and searches, it only makes sense. Next is the "Inappropriate content," Apps that promote content, such as pornography, ...

Snapchat gets Bitmoji Deluxe with new skin tones, facial features and more

Snapchat today introduced Bitmoji Deluxe feature with hundreds of new ways to customize your Bitmoji. The Bitmoji Deluxe feature includes new skin tones, hairstyles, eye and hair colors, facial features, and accessories.

To start using the new Bitmoji Deluxe, you can click a Snap of yourself and use it as a reference to design your avatar. The feature will preview your avatar in the builder customization for you to know how your Bitmoji will look like. Once the feature is available for you, you can start accessing the tool via settings in the Bitmoji app and to change or customize, you can tap on “change avatar style”.

The app will prompt you for the new options if you are editing your avatar for the first time after the new feature is launched. If you love your current Bitmoji style, Bitmoji “Classic” and Bitstrips styles will still be available. Snap said that the new changes are introduced after collecting feedback from Bitmoji users and the internal team about new options.

Snapchat bought Bitstrips by  Bitmoji back in 2016 for a reported $64 million in cash and stock. Since then it has introduced wide-range of features like Friendmoji stickers, 3D Bitmoji world lenses, and Bitmoji geofilters. The update with Bitmoji Deluxe already started rolling out to …

Snapchat today introduced Bitmoji Deluxe feature with hundreds of new ways to customize your Bitmoji. The Bitmoji Deluxe feature includes new skin tones, hairstyles, eye and hair colors, facial features, and accessories. To start using the new Bitmoji Deluxe, you can click a Snap of yourself and use it as a reference to design your avatar. The feature will preview your avatar in the builder customization for you to know how your Bitmoji will look like. Once the feature is available for you, you can start accessing the tool via settings in the Bitmoji app and to change or customize, you can tap on "change avatar style". The app will prompt you for the new options if you are editing your avatar for the first time after the new feature is launched. If you love your current Bitmoji style, Bitmoji "Classic" and Bitstrips styles will still be available. Snap said that the new changes are introduced after collecting feedback from Bitmoji users and the internal team about new options. Snapchat bought Bitstrips by  Bitmoji back in 2016 for a reported $64 million in cash and stock. Since then it has introduced wide-range of features like Friendmoji stickers, 3D Bitmoji world lenses, and Bitmoji geofilters. The update with Bitmoji Deluxe already started rolling out to ...