Truecaller hits 100 million daily active users worldwide

Truecaller just announced that it has hit 100 million daily active users globally. With this new achievement, Truecaller in less than a year has moved passed from 100 million monthly active users (MAUs) to 100 million daily active users (DAUs).
Trucaller started off as a simple Caller ID and spam blocking application, and has evolved into a full-fledged communications platform with calling, SMS, Flash Messages and payment services. The company has also said that Trucaller has become a resource for women’s safety in many countries and has helped in e-commerce and courier services around the globe to facilitate the difficult last mile of delivery, or allow more people to experience a data-only product in offline mode.
Commenting on the same, Alan Mamedi, CEO & co-founder said:

It was so big, in fact, that Truecaller is pleased and excited to announce that we now have more than 100 million daily active users using our app for their daily communication. There are only a handful of mobile-only services that impact as many users each and every day, and we are humbled to be able to join this exclusive group. 
We’re continuously working to make your communication more safe and efficient and the fact that so many of you have joined us validates our …

Truecaller just announced that it has hit 100 million daily active users globally. With this new achievement, Truecaller in less than a year has moved passed from 100 million monthly active users (MAUs) to 100 million daily active users (DAUs). Trucaller started off as a simple Caller ID and spam blocking application, and has evolved into a full-fledged communications platform with calling, SMS, Flash Messages and payment services. The company has also said that Trucaller has become a resource for women’s safety in many countries and has helped in e-commerce and courier services around the globe to facilitate the difficult last mile of delivery, or allow more people to experience a data-only product in offline mode. Commenting on the same, Alan Mamedi, CEO & co-founder said: It was so big, in fact, that Truecaller is pleased and excited to announce that we now have more than 100 million daily active users using our app for their daily communication. There are only a handful of mobile-only services that impact as many users each and every day, and we are humbled to be able to join this exclusive group.  We’re continuously working to make your communication more safe and efficient and the fact that so many of you have joined us validates our ...

Spreadtrum announces support for Android Oreo (Go edition)

Unigroup Spreadtrum & RDA today announced that its high-performance mobile chip platform Spreadtrum SC9850 and SC7731E fully support Google’s Android 8.1 (Go version). The company’s collaboration with Google for Android Go will provide devices with robust security and a better performance experience.

The company also mentioned that support for more SoC platforms is coming very soon. Smart devices based on Spreadtrum SC7731E Android 8.1 (Go version) results in smooth performance and excellent user experience even with 512 MB of RAM. Unigroup Spreadtrum & RDA SoC platforms have already passed Android Go Certification.

The company is now eligible to provide mobile device manufacturers with pre-tested, pre-certified and fully compatible Android software, which also includes Google Mobile Service (GMS), Google Compatibility Test Suite (CTS), and monthly security updates. Qualcomm and MediaTek have already announced their support, and we have already started seeing Android Oreo (Go edition) compatible phones.

Adam Zeng, Global Executive Vice President of Unigroup and CEO of Unigroup Spreadtrum & RDA, said:
Unigroup Spreadtrum & RDA has always been committed to providing customers with cost-effective, end-to-end solutions. By working with Google on Android Go version and GSM Express program, we can supply customers with high-performance chip platforms with competitive configurations whilst helping them achieve …

Unigroup Spreadtrum & RDA today announced that its high-performance mobile chip platform Spreadtrum SC9850 and SC7731E fully support Google's Android 8.1 (Go version). The company's collaboration with Google for Android Go will provide devices with robust security and a better performance experience. The company also mentioned that support for more SoC platforms is coming very soon. Smart devices based on Spreadtrum SC7731E Android 8.1 (Go version) results in smooth performance and excellent user experience even with 512 MB of RAM. Unigroup Spreadtrum & RDA SoC platforms have already passed Android Go Certification. The company is now eligible to provide mobile device manufacturers with pre-tested, pre-certified and fully compatible Android software, which also includes Google Mobile Service (GMS), Google Compatibility Test Suite (CTS), and monthly security updates. Qualcomm and MediaTek have already announced their support, and we have already started seeing Android Oreo (Go edition) compatible phones. Adam Zeng, Global Executive Vice President of Unigroup and CEO of Unigroup Spreadtrum & RDA, said: Unigroup Spreadtrum & RDA has always been committed to providing customers with cost-effective, end-to-end solutions. By working with Google on Android Go version and GSM Express program, we can supply customers with high-performance chip platforms with competitive configurations whilst helping them achieve ...

WhatsApp for Android beta and iOS gets ‘dismiss as admin’ feature

WhatsApp is now rolling out ‘dismiss as admin’ feature for Android and iOS which is long overdue. WhatsApp was first found testing this feature back in January 2018. This feature will let group administrators demote other admins, but group creators can’t be dismissed from being an admin. 

The feature is currently live for both and Android. However, the app needs to be updated to version number V2.18.116 for Android and 2.18.41 for iOS. Though there is a much latest update to WhatsApp for Android; V2.18.117,  ‘dismiss as admin’ feature is working only on V2.18.116. Since the feature is aimed at demoting other admins, WhatsApp will not the creator of the group be demoted.

Prior to this rollout, creator/admin of the group who made a participant as admin had to remove them from the group and re-add which is a tedious process. However, now post the update, admins can directly remove other admins without going through the process mentioned above. On the other hand, if the group creator changes the phone number using “Change Number,” other administrators might also get the ability to dismiss as admin or remove from the group. However, this feature is currently not tested.

As the feature is now in beta for Android, it might be …

WhatsApp is now rolling out 'dismiss as admin' feature for Android and iOS which is long overdue. WhatsApp was first found testing this feature back in January 2018. This feature will let group administrators demote other admins, but group creators can't be dismissed from being an admin.  The feature is currently live for both and Android. However, the app needs to be updated to version number V2.18.116 for Android and 2.18.41 for iOS. Though there is a much latest update to WhatsApp for Android; V2.18.117,  'dismiss as admin' feature is working only on V2.18.116. Since the feature is aimed at demoting other admins, WhatsApp will not the creator of the group be demoted. Prior to this rollout, creator/admin of the group who made a participant as admin had to remove them from the group and re-add which is a tedious process. However, now post the update, admins can directly remove other admins without going through the process mentioned above. On the other hand, if the group creator changes the phone number using “Change Number,” other administrators might also get the ability to dismiss as admin or remove from the group. However, this feature is currently not tested. As the feature is now in beta for Android, it might be ...

Microsoft Windows Defender Browser Protection released for Chrome

Microsoft today has launched the Windows Defender antivirus scanner for Chrome. It is a Chrome extension that includes a list of malicious URLs that will be blocked in Chrome. If the malicious link matches one on the list, Windows Defender Browser Protection will show a red warning screen letting you know that the web page you are about to visit is known to be harmful, giving you a clear path back to safety with one click.

The main goal of this extension is to block malware from entering into PCs from malicious sites and prevent phishing emails from being successful. Google already provides its own security protections against malicious links within Chrome. While the Microsoft’s extension acts as an extra layer of protection.

The company claims that its Windows Defender protection against phishing is 99% efficient, compared to 70% for Firefox. It is a welcome addition to any case if you are overprotective.

The Microsoft’s Windows Defender antivirus scanner for Chrome is free to download and you can download it from the Chrome Web Store.

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Microsoft today has launched the Windows Defender antivirus scanner for Chrome. It is a Chrome extension that includes a list of malicious URLs that will be blocked in Chrome. If the malicious link matches one on the list, Windows Defender Browser Protection will show a red warning screen letting you know that the web page you are about to visit is known to be harmful, giving you a clear path back to safety with one click. The main goal of this extension is to block malware from entering into PCs from malicious sites and prevent phishing emails from being successful. Google already provides its own security protections against malicious links within Chrome. While the Microsoft's extension acts as an extra layer of protection. The company claims that its Windows Defender protection against phishing is 99% efficient, compared to 70% for Firefox. It is a welcome addition to any case if you are overprotective. The Microsoft's Windows Defender antivirus scanner for Chrome is free to download and you can download it from the Chrome Web Store. Via

Amazon ‘Internet’ lite browser for Android released

Amazon has silently has launched lite Android web browser – Internet: fast, lite and private. The main aim of launching this lightweight browser is to offer a medium where access to mobile data and high-speed connectivity is limited if not poor.

The app is currently available on PlayStore, and it is compatible with devices running Android 5.0 or higher. Like with most lite apps, the Amazon browser is also just a 2MB download. To put that into perspective, Chrome (21MB), Edge (54.5MB), Firefox (19.9MB) and Opera (14.7MB), are nowhere close to the Amazon’s 2MB browser.

The Play Store description reads ‘Private’ which means that it doesn’t ask for extra permissions or collect private data like other browsers do. Firefox is one such browser which blocks website trackers. It also supports Private tabs so that you can browse without saying browser history. Other features include tab previews, an automatic full-screen mode, integrated news reader, and more.

News reading experience is another indication that the browser is only meant for Indian users. The browser homepage displays news, cricket, and entertainment from top sources, and cricket. Amazon also offers a Kindle Lite app in India.

You can download the Amazon Lite browser directly from the Play Store .

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Amazon has silently has launched lite Android web browser - Internet: fast, lite and private. The main aim of launching this lightweight browser is to offer a medium where access to mobile data and high-speed connectivity is limited if not poor. The app is currently available on PlayStore, and it is compatible with devices running Android 5.0 or higher. Like with most lite apps, the Amazon browser is also just a 2MB download. To put that into perspective, Chrome (21MB), Edge (54.5MB), Firefox (19.9MB) and Opera (14.7MB), are nowhere close to the Amazon's 2MB browser. The Play Store description reads 'Private' which means that it doesn’t ask for extra permissions or collect private data like other browsers do. Firefox is one such browser which blocks website trackers. It also supports Private tabs so that you can browse without saying browser history. Other features include tab previews, an automatic full-screen mode, integrated news reader, and more. News reading experience is another indication that the browser is only meant for Indian users. The browser homepage displays news, cricket, and entertainment from top sources, and cricket. Amazon also offers a Kindle Lite app in India. You can download the Amazon Lite browser directly from the Play Store . Via

Huawei’s first 5G smartphone set to debut in Q3 2019, could be Mate 30

Huawei has kickstarted its global analyst summit 2018 edition in Shenzhen, and during the event, the company detailed its plans for the next year. With 5G set to take over the market in 2019, Huawei has announced that it will debut its first 5G phone in Q3 2019. 

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It is possible that Huawei Mate 30 (if this year’s model is dubbed Mate 20) will be the first 5G phone from the company given the timing which perfectly lines-up with previous Mate launches. Whats interesting is that it will use the company’s own 5G modem; Balong 5G01 chip which it unveiled at Mobile World Congress.  It is said to deliver a bandwidth of 2.3Gbps. Considering the size of the Balong chipset, it is most likely to be used in mobile hotspots and self-driving cars rather than phones, but Huawei is also working on a 5G modem especially designed for phones.

Huawei is also said to be looking to be an end-to-end services provider for 5G which will deliver network equipment to service providers when the 5G-ready hardware is available to consumers.

The company is also predicting that there will be 1.1 billion 5G connections by 2025, along with 200 million 5G-connected cars. That’s an interesting target; it needs to be seen …

Huawei has kickstarted its global analyst summit 2018 edition in Shenzhen, and during the event, the company detailed its plans for the next year. With 5G set to take over the market in 2019, Huawei has announced that it will debut its first 5G phone in Q3 2019.  [HTML1] [HTML2] It is possible that Huawei Mate 30 (if this year's model is dubbed Mate 20) will be the first 5G phone from the company given the timing which perfectly lines-up with previous Mate launches. Whats interesting is that it will use the company's own 5G modem; Balong 5G01 chip which it unveiled at Mobile World Congress.  It is said to deliver a bandwidth of 2.3Gbps. Considering the size of the Balong chipset, it is most likely to be used in mobile hotspots and self-driving cars rather than phones, but Huawei is also working on a 5G modem especially designed for phones. Huawei is also said to be looking to be an end-to-end services provider for 5G which will deliver network equipment to service providers when the 5G-ready hardware is available to consumers. The company is also predicting that there will be 1.1 billion 5G connections by 2025, along with 200 million 5G-connected cars. That's an interesting target; it needs to be seen ...

Casio Pro Trek outdoor Wear OS water-resistant smart watch with activity-tracker announced

Casio today has introduced the new Pro Trek smartwatch, it runs on the Wear OS by Google operating system. The smartwatch comes with water resistance up to 50 meters and has passed the Military Standard 810G Durability.

The Casio Pro Trek smartwatch features low-power GPS and full-color maps with navigation that will be available even when the watch is offline. It also supports wide-range indoor and outdoor activities since it can also function as an activity tracker. It has Digital Compass, Altimeter, and Barometer. The smartwatch features a Dual Layer LCD display and Microphone for voice commands.

Casio says that it has signed with nine major app companies to provide popular outdoors and sports apps with a global reach. These apps; ViewRanger, Hole19, Fishbrain, and more are showcased in the “Featured Apps” list on the device for users to download. The watch comes with indigo accents, a soft black urethane band and buckle, button guards, a protective bezel, and large three side buttons.

The Casio PRO TREK WSD-F20A Smart Outdoor Watch is priced at $399 (Rs. 26,212 approx.) and will be available in May from select retailers and online at ShopCasio.com.

Casio today has introduced the new Pro Trek smartwatch, it runs on the Wear OS by Google operating system. The smartwatch comes with water resistance up to 50 meters and has passed the Military Standard 810G Durability. The Casio Pro Trek smartwatch features low-power GPS and full-color maps with navigation that will be available even when the watch is offline. It also supports wide-range indoor and outdoor activities since it can also function as an activity tracker. It has Digital Compass, Altimeter, and Barometer. The smartwatch features a Dual Layer LCD display and Microphone for voice commands. Casio says that it has signed with nine major app companies to provide popular outdoors and sports apps with a global reach. These apps; ViewRanger, Hole19, Fishbrain, and more are showcased in the “Featured Apps" list on the device for users to download. The watch comes with indigo accents, a soft black urethane band and buckle, button guards, a protective bezel, and large three side buttons. The Casio PRO TREK WSD-F20A Smart Outdoor Watch is priced at $399 (Rs. 26,212 approx.) and will be available in May from select retailers and online at ShopCasio.com.

Facebook said to be beta testing Payments in Messenger in India

According to a latest report , Facebook is testing Messenger payments in India. Furthermore, Facebook is also said to be quietly working on building a payments platform, which is independent of WhatsApp payments.

The report claims that the platform will be separate from WhatsApp and will allow peer-to-peer and peer-to-merchant payments. The company has already launched a beta version of recharge payments for mobile phone and other prepaid services on its Messenger platform. It said: “Recharge is a good way to test the market. The transaction values are small, but the volumes are high.” As expected, Facebook denied commenting.

The company has a big opportunity with Payments that will allow buyers and sellers to fulfill any sorts of commercial transactions on Facebook Marketplace and Facebook Messenger. It will also allow users to buy and sell products within Facebook communities.  Brands can target, connect, and transact with users directly on the Messenger. Messenger Payments will help users to complete the transaction without having to move out of the app.

Facebook-owned WhatsApp has got the Payments feature back in February, and since they run as two different entities, it is possible Facebook might be looking to focus on the payments business from all the sides. Facebook has already …

According to a latest report , Facebook is testing Messenger payments in India. Furthermore, Facebook is also said to be quietly working on building a payments platform, which is independent of WhatsApp payments. The report claims that the platform will be separate from WhatsApp and will allow peer-to-peer and peer-to-merchant payments. The company has already launched a beta version of recharge payments for mobile phone and other prepaid services on its Messenger platform. It said: “Recharge is a good way to test the market. The transaction values are small, but the volumes are high.” As expected, Facebook denied commenting. The company has a big opportunity with Payments that will allow buyers and sellers to fulfill any sorts of commercial transactions on Facebook Marketplace and Facebook Messenger. It will also allow users to buy and sell products within Facebook communities.  Brands can target, connect, and transact with users directly on the Messenger. Messenger Payments will help users to complete the transaction without having to move out of the app. Facebook-owned WhatsApp has got the Payments feature back in February, and since they run as two different entities, it is possible Facebook might be looking to focus on the payments business from all the sides. Facebook has already ...

US Govt bans ZTE from using American technology for 7 years

The U.S. Department of Commerce has banned the Chinese maker ZTE from using American technology for seven straight years for violating the terms of a sanctions settlement. The company was caught illegally shipping goods to Iran, the U.S said the officials. 

This is a serious deal breaker for ZTE as 25% to 30% of the components used in the ZTE’s equipment is from the American companies that include smartphones and gear to build telecommunications networks. The company failed to comply with an agreement with the U.S. government and it pleaded guilty last year in federal court in Texas to conspiring to violate U.S. sanctions by illegally shipping U.S. goods and technology to Iran.

ZTE was previously fined for shipping telecommunication equipment to Iran and North Korea. It went on to pay $890 million in fines and penalties, with an additional penalty of $300 million that could be imposed. ZTE also paid full bonuses to employees who engaged in the illegal conduct. The company later failed to issue letters of reprimand and lied about the practices to U.S. authorities.

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in the statement said:“Instead of reprimanding ZTE staff and senior management, ZTE rewarded them. This egregious behavior cannot be ignored.” As per the agreement, ZTE …

The U.S. Department of Commerce has banned the Chinese maker ZTE from using American technology for seven straight years for violating the terms of a sanctions settlement. The company was caught illegally shipping goods to Iran, the U.S said the officials.  This is a serious deal breaker for ZTE as 25% to 30% of the components used in the ZTE’s equipment is from the American companies that include smartphones and gear to build telecommunications networks. The company failed to comply with an agreement with the U.S. government and it pleaded guilty last year in federal court in Texas to conspiring to violate U.S. sanctions by illegally shipping U.S. goods and technology to Iran. ZTE was previously fined for shipping telecommunication equipment to Iran and North Korea. It went on to pay $890 million in fines and penalties, with an additional penalty of $300 million that could be imposed. ZTE also paid full bonuses to employees who engaged in the illegal conduct. The company later failed to issue letters of reprimand and lied about the practices to U.S. authorities. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in the statement said:“Instead of reprimanding ZTE staff and senior management, ZTE rewarded them. This egregious behavior cannot be ignored.” As per the agreement, ZTE ...

Samsung Galaxy S10 said to feature Infinity display, 3D camera, in-display fingerprint sensor

Samsung Galaxy S9 was just announced, and we are starting to hear first-hand details about the Galaxy S10 which will be coming only in 2019. While foldable phones are slowly making their way, Samsung seems to be taking it slow with foldable phones. Yes, the Galaxy S10 and the S10+ will retain the same old Infinity display just like the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S8 according to a report.

Samsung seems to be keeping the foldable phone separate from its primary flagship lineup, as the foldable phones will have completely different user experience for consumers. Samsung made it clear that it will only launch the foldable phone once the company is confident of “delivering the best user experience” and won’t be a gimmick and will only be launched.

It is also learned that Samsung has finalized the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ display specifications and shared them with Samsung Display. Like the S9, S9+, the S10 duo will also have 5.8-inch and 6.3-inch displays, respectively. However, it is not unclear if the authenticity of the report is based on factual information or just an assumption from the publication’s sources.

It is also said to feature an under-display fingerprint sensor, and it might very well happen considering in-display fingerprint …

Samsung Galaxy S9 was just announced, and we are starting to hear first-hand details about the Galaxy S10 which will be coming only in 2019. While foldable phones are slowly making their way, Samsung seems to be taking it slow with foldable phones. Yes, the Galaxy S10 and the S10+ will retain the same old Infinity display just like the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S8 according to a report. Samsung seems to be keeping the foldable phone separate from its primary flagship lineup, as the foldable phones will have completely different user experience for consumers. Samsung made it clear that it will only launch the foldable phone once the company is confident of “delivering the best user experience" and won’t be a gimmick and will only be launched. It is also learned that Samsung has finalized the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ display specifications and shared them with Samsung Display. Like the S9, S9+, the S10 duo will also have 5.8-inch and 6.3-inch displays, respectively. However, it is not unclear if the authenticity of the report is based on factual information or just an assumption from the publication’s sources. It is also said to feature an under-display fingerprint sensor, and it might very well happen considering in-display fingerprint ...