Motorola Sphere+ 2-in-1 Bluetooth Speaker with Over-Ear Headphones launched in India

Motorola has launched Motorola Sphere+ Bluetooth Speaker with integrated Bluetooth headphones in India. The speaker offers 2 x 8W (16W) watts of power and bass porting for a deep, rich listening experience. You can dock the headphones on the speaker base to charge, while transitioning seamlessly from one to the other so the music never stops.

The Sphere+ has built-in speakerphone so that users can take calls either through the speaker or the headphones that comes with touch control on the ear pads.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRGDIH5jXeM

Highlights of Motorola Sphere+

Balanced sound at any volume, with superb noise isolation.
Wireless freedom, with easy Bluetooth Connectivity aided with Voice prompts. Upto to 20 hours of playtime, 60ft range, and compatible with Siri and Google Now.
In built mic for calls for hands-free calling
Comfortable On-ear design
Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.1, 3.5mm AUX
2 x 8w powerful speakers
Noise isolation blocks out unwanted background noise
 Full room broadcasting speaker
Integrated multipoint technology to connect two devices at once
Lightweight and foldable design headphone
Powerful 40mm oversized drivers of headphones to provide superb bass-driven sound
Support 3.5mm audio jack AUX
Overcharge, over-voltage and overheating protection circuit
A2DP 1.3, HFP 1.6, HSP 1.2, AVRCP 1.5, SPP 1.5
Standby Time: 200 hours
Touch Control …

Motorola has launched Motorola Sphere+ Bluetooth Speaker with integrated Bluetooth headphones in India. The speaker offers 2 x 8W (16W) watts of power and bass porting for a deep, rich listening experience. You can dock the headphones on the speaker base to charge, while transitioning seamlessly from one to the other so the music never stops. The Sphere+ has built-in speakerphone so that users can take calls either through the speaker or the headphones that comes with touch control on the ear pads. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRGDIH5jXeM Highlights of Motorola Sphere+ Balanced sound at any volume, with superb noise isolation. Wireless freedom, with easy Bluetooth Connectivity aided with Voice prompts. Upto to 20 hours of playtime, 60ft range, and compatible with Siri and Google Now. In built mic for calls for hands-free calling Comfortable On-ear design Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.1, 3.5mm AUX 2 x 8w powerful speakers Noise isolation blocks out unwanted background noise  Full room broadcasting speaker Integrated multipoint technology to connect two devices at once Lightweight and foldable design headphone Powerful 40mm oversized drivers of headphones to provide superb bass-driven sound Support 3.5mm audio jack AUX Overcharge, over-voltage and overheating protection circuit A2DP 1.3, HFP 1.6, HSP 1.2, AVRCP 1.5, SPP 1.5 Standby Time: 200 hours Touch Control ...

MIUI App Vault Overview – Shortcuts, Cricket, Calendar events, Notes and Ola

Xiaomi announced the latest iteration of its Android skin MIUI back in November with tons of new features including Split Screen, Interactive and Fresh UI changes, New Gallery App, Calendar Cards, App Vault, New Notification Shade, Mi Video App, New Mi Explorer and Mi Drop. We have already covered some of these features in posts earlier and in this post, we will be giving an overview of App Vault.

MIUI focuses on making life simpler and App Vault tries to bring convenience on your tips. App Vault shows cards for various services and is an attempt similar to Google Now cards  for showing all the important information in one place, MIUI quick cards can be accessed in a similar fashion by swiping left on the home screen. As of now, only 5 cards are available on App Vault but Xiaomi claims to have support for 12 kinds of services, and hopefully, more cards will be added with time.

Users can choose maximum 5 cards available at the moment, which are Shortcuts, Cricket, Calendar events, Olacabs and Notes. Cricket card shows the scores of ongoing game for the teams selected by users, users can choose international as well as Domestic teams. Users can …

Xiaomi announced the latest iteration of its Android skin MIUI back in November with tons of new features including Split Screen, Interactive and Fresh UI changes, New Gallery App, Calendar Cards, App Vault, New Notification Shade, Mi Video App, New Mi Explorer and Mi Drop. We have already covered some of these features in posts earlier and in this post, we will be giving an overview of App Vault. MIUI focuses on making life simpler and App Vault tries to bring convenience on your tips. App Vault shows cards for various services and is an attempt similar to Google Now cards  for showing all the important information in one place, MIUI quick cards can be accessed in a similar fashion by swiping left on the home screen. As of now, only 5 cards are available on App Vault but Xiaomi claims to have support for 12 kinds of services, and hopefully, more cards will be added with time. Users can choose maximum 5 cards available at the moment, which are Shortcuts, Cricket, Calendar events, Olacabs and Notes. Cricket card shows the scores of ongoing game for the teams selected by users, users can choose international as well as Domestic teams. Users can ...

LG X4+ with 5.3-inch display, Hi-Fi DAC, military-level durability announced

LG today introduced X4+, the company’s smartphone in the ‘X series’ in Korea. It has military grade durability with MIL-STD-810G  that can withstand impact, vibration, high temperature, low temperature, thermal shock, and humidity and also has a dedicated digital to analog converter (DAC) for Hi-Res 32-bit 192 kHz audio listening.

It packs a 5.3-inch HD screen, is powered by Snapdragon 425 SoC, runs on Android 7.0 (Nougat), has a 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a 5-megapixel front camera. It also comes with LG Pay, the company’s own payment solution. It has an aluminum back with fingerprint sensor below the camera and packs a 3000mAh battery.

LG X4+ specifications

5.3-inch (1280 x 720 pixels) HD) IPS display
1.4GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 425 processor with Adreno 308 GPU
2GB LPDDR3 RAM, 32GB internal storage, expandable memory with microSD
Android 7.0 (Nougat)
13MP rear camera with LED Flash, 77-degree lens
5MP front-facing camera, 100-degree wide-angle lens
Fingerprint sensor, LG Pay
3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio, Hi-Fi DAC
MIL-STD 810G certified
Dimensions: 148.6 x 75.1 x 8.6mm;Weight: 172.3g
4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, NFC
3000mAh battery

The LG X4+ comes in Moroccan Blue and Lavender Violet colors, is priced at 300,000 won (US$ 282 / Rs. 17,980 approx.) and will …

LG today introduced X4+, the company's smartphone in the 'X series' in Korea. It has military grade durability with MIL-STD-810G  that can withstand impact, vibration, high temperature, low temperature, thermal shock, and humidity and also has a dedicated digital to analog converter (DAC) for Hi-Res 32-bit 192 kHz audio listening. It packs a 5.3-inch HD screen, is powered by Snapdragon 425 SoC, runs on Android 7.0 (Nougat), has a 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a 5-megapixel front camera. It also comes with LG Pay, the company's own payment solution. It has an aluminum back with fingerprint sensor below the camera and packs a 3000mAh battery. LG X4+ specifications 5.3-inch (1280 x 720 pixels) HD) IPS display 1.4GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 425 processor with Adreno 308 GPU 2GB LPDDR3 RAM, 32GB internal storage, expandable memory with microSD Android 7.0 (Nougat) 13MP rear camera with LED Flash, 77-degree lens 5MP front-facing camera, 100-degree wide-angle lens Fingerprint sensor, LG Pay 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio, Hi-Fi DAC MIL-STD 810G certified Dimensions: 148.6 x 75.1 x 8.6mm;Weight: 172.3g 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, NFC 3000mAh battery The LG X4+ comes in Moroccan Blue and Lavender Violet colors, is priced at 300,000 won (US$ 282 / Rs. 17,980 approx.) and will ...

WhatsApp Business app launched, allows small businesses to easily connect with customers

Facebook-owned WhatsApp back in September last year announced that it it is testing new tools through a closed pilot program that will allow people to communicate with the businesses they want to reach on WhatsApp. Today the company has officially launched standalone WhatsApp Business App for Android that enables small businesses to have a business presence on WhatsApp, communicate more efficiently with your customers, and help grow their business, separating customer and personal messages, and creating an official presence.

The app is built on top of WhatsApp Messenger and includes all the features that are available on WhatsApp such as the ability to send multimedia, calls, messaging, group chat, offline messages, and more.

It also has additional features such as Automated Messages that lets you set an away message when you are unable to answer so your customers know when to expect a response. You can also create a greeting message to introduce your customers to your business.

Highlights of WhatsApp Business

Business Profiles: Help customers with useful information such as a business description, email or store addresses, and website.
Messaging Tools: Save time with smart messaging tools — quick replies that provide fast answers to frequently asked questions, greeting messages that introduce customers to your business, and away messages that let them know you’re busy.
Messaging Statistics: Review …

Facebook-owned WhatsApp back in September last year announced that it it is testing new tools through a closed pilot program that will allow people to communicate with the businesses they want to reach on WhatsApp. Today the company has officially launched standalone WhatsApp Business App for Android that enables small businesses to have a business presence on WhatsApp, communicate more efficiently with your customers, and help grow their business, separating customer and personal messages, and creating an official presence. The app is built on top of WhatsApp Messenger and includes all the features that are available on WhatsApp such as the ability to send multimedia, calls, messaging, group chat, offline messages, and more. It also has additional features such as Automated Messages that lets you set an away message when you are unable to answer so your customers know when to expect a response. You can also create a greeting message to introduce your customers to your business. Highlights of WhatsApp Business Business Profiles: Help customers with useful information such as a business description, email or store addresses, and website. Messaging Tools: Save time with smart messaging tools — quick replies that provide fast answers to frequently asked questions, greeting messages that introduce customers to your business, and away messages that let them know you're busy. Messaging Statistics: Review ...

Honor View 10 gets Face Unlock via OTA update

Honor has announced that it has started rolling out a new software update to enable Face unlock feature through intelligent face recognition in Honor View 10 smartphone. The phone automatically detects it has been picked up, see your face and unlocks in a second.

You can enable face recognition from the settings menu and enroll your face simply looking at the camera. It also detects the positioning between you and the phone and adjusts the direction accordingly. It works even when you lie down in bed, since the screen automatically rotates so that you can comfortably read any messages. It also has closed eye unlock prevention, so if eyes are closed, it will not unlock the screen.

The phone already has Intelligent lock screen notifications, intelligent screen on, AI Motion detection, AI Zoom and more features. You can check out our Honor View 10 review to read more about the features.

Honor said that the roll out has started from 17th January and will be rolled out to everyone by 24th January 2018.

Honor has announced that it has started rolling out a new software update to enable Face unlock feature through intelligent face recognition in Honor View 10 smartphone. The phone automatically detects it has been picked up, see your face and unlocks in a second. You can enable face recognition from the settings menu and enroll your face simply looking at the camera. It also detects the positioning between you and the phone and adjusts the direction accordingly. It works even when you lie down in bed, since the screen automatically rotates so that you can comfortably read any messages. It also has closed eye unlock prevention, so if eyes are closed, it will not unlock the screen. The phone already has Intelligent lock screen notifications, intelligent screen on, AI Motion detection, AI Zoom and more features. You can check out our Honor View 10 review to read more about the features. Honor said that the roll out has started from 17th January and will be rolled out to everyone by 24th January 2018.

Fitbit Ionic Smartwatch, Fitbit Flyer wireless headphones and Fitbit Aria 2 Wi-Fi Smart Scale announced in India

Fitbit today announced Ionic, its first smartwatch, Flyer, its latest Bluetooth wireless headphones with with durable, sweatproof design with hydrophobic nano-coating and Aria 2 Wi-Fi Smart Scale for the Indian market. All these were introduced back in August last year.

Fitbit Flyer highlights and specifications

Bluetooth 4.2 with multi-point to simultaneously connect to two devices at once
8.6mm driver offers crisp audio, powerful bass and dynamic range enhanced by WavesMaxx audio
Frequency range: 20 Hz to 20 kHz, Total harmonic distortion & noise: <0.5% @ 1kHz/-1dBFS, 20Hz-20kHz bandpass filter, Maximum sound pressure: 100 dBSPL @ 1kHz
Dual MEMS microphone suppresses external noise, Wideband frequency: 100-7000 Hz, Narrowband frequency: 300-3400 Hz
Water-resistant design (hydrophobic nano coating)
3 sizes of customizable ear tips (S, M, L)
2 sizes of both wings and fins (S, L)
Up to 6 hours playtime on a full charge. 15-minute quick charge offers one hour playtime

Fitbit Ionic features and specifications

1.42 inch (348 x 250 pixels) Touchscreen Color LCD display
Supports iPhone (4S and later) and Android (4.4 and later)
Water resistant to 50 meters
Sensors:3-axis accelerometer, 3-axis gyroscope,Optical heart rate monitor
Altimeter, Ambient light sensor
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, NFC for payments
Automatically tracks your run with the new Run Detect …

Fitbit today announced Ionic, its first smartwatch, Flyer, its latest Bluetooth wireless headphones with with durable, sweatproof design with hydrophobic nano-coating and Aria 2 Wi-Fi Smart Scale for the Indian market. All these were introduced back in August last year. Fitbit Flyer highlights and specifications Bluetooth 4.2 with multi-point to simultaneously connect to two devices at once 8.6mm driver offers crisp audio, powerful bass and dynamic range enhanced by WavesMaxx audio Frequency range: 20 Hz to 20 kHz, Total harmonic distortion & noise: <0.5% @ 1kHz/-1dBFS, 20Hz-20kHz bandpass filter, Maximum sound pressure: 100 dBSPL @ 1kHz Dual MEMS microphone suppresses external noise, Wideband frequency: 100-7000 Hz, Narrowband frequency: 300-3400 Hz Water-resistant design (hydrophobic nano coating) 3 sizes of customizable ear tips (S, M, L) 2 sizes of both wings and fins (S, L) Up to 6 hours playtime on a full charge. 15-minute quick charge offers one hour playtime Fitbit Ionic features and specifications 1.42 inch (348 x 250 pixels) Touchscreen Color LCD display Supports iPhone (4S and later) and Android (4.4 and later) Water resistant to 50 meters Sensors:3-axis accelerometer, 3-axis gyroscope,Optical heart rate monitor Altimeter, Ambient light sensor WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, NFC for payments Automatically tracks your run with the new Run Detect ...

Tecno Camon i with 5.65-inch FullView display, 3GB RAM, metal body launched in India for Rs. 8999

China-based Transsion Holdings’ TECNO Mobile today launched Tecno Camon i, the company’s latest smartphone in India. It has a 5.65-inch HD+ 18:9 FullView display, is powered by quad-core MediaTek processor and runs on Android 7.0 (Nougat) with the company’s own HiOS on top. It has 13-megapixel front and rear cameras with LED flash, and the rear camera has quad LED flash.

It has a unibody metal design, features a fingerprint sensor on the back, comes with dedicated dual SIM and a microSD card slot and packs a 3050mAh battery.

Tecno Camon i specifications

5.5-inch (1280 x 720 pixels) HD+ FullView 2.5D curved glass display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3  protection
1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6737 64-bit processor with Mali-T720 GPU
3GB RAM, 32GB internal memory, expandable memory up to 128GB with microSD
Dual SIM
Android 7.0 (Nougat) with  HiOS
13MP rear camera with quad-LED Flash, f/2.0 aperture, 5P lens
13MP front-facing camera with LED flash, f/2.0 aperture, 80-degree wide-angle lens
3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio
Dimensions: 152.2 x 71.7 x 7.75 mm; Weight: 134g
Fingerprint sensor
4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS
3050mAh battery

The Tecno Camon i comes in Champagne Gold, Midnight Black and City Blue colors, is priced at Rs. 8999 and will be available from offline stores.

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China-based Transsion Holdings' TECNO Mobile today launched Tecno Camon i, the company's latest smartphone in India. It has a 5.65-inch HD+ 18:9 FullView display, is powered by quad-core MediaTek processor and runs on Android 7.0 (Nougat) with the company's own HiOS on top. It has 13-megapixel front and rear cameras with LED flash, and the rear camera has quad LED flash. It has a unibody metal design, features a fingerprint sensor on the back, comes with dedicated dual SIM and a microSD card slot and packs a 3050mAh battery. Tecno Camon i specifications 5.5-inch (1280 x 720 pixels) HD+ FullView 2.5D curved glass display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3  protection 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6737 64-bit processor with Mali-T720 GPU 3GB RAM, 32GB internal memory, expandable memory up to 128GB with microSD Dual SIM Android 7.0 (Nougat) with  HiOS 13MP rear camera with quad-LED Flash, f/2.0 aperture, 5P lens 13MP front-facing camera with LED flash, f/2.0 aperture, 80-degree wide-angle lens 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio Dimensions: 152.2 x 71.7 x 7.75 mm; Weight: 134g Fingerprint sensor 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS 3050mAh battery The Tecno Camon i comes in Champagne Gold, Midnight Black and City Blue colors, is priced at Rs. 8999 and will be available from offline stores. Commenting on the ...

Motorola expands retail footprint in India with 50 Moto Hub stores in New Delhi

Motorola has been expanding its retail footprint across India rapidly. Today the company has announced the opening of 50 new Moto Hubs in New Delhi.  Some of the places include – Telepathy, G-21, Marina Arcade in Connaught Place, Mobile Zone in Janakpuri District Centre, Sigmen Stores in Kalkaji, Sanju Telecom in Lajpat Nagar, TS Group Store near Nehru Place Market.

The Moto Hub store will house the entire portfolio of Motorola devices, including the online exclusives such as Moto X4 and Moto MODs as well as accessories like on-ear and in-ear headphones, moto shells and covers.

Last month Motorola announced a strategic partnership with Poorvika Mobiles across 43 cities in Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry and Karnataka and with Big C and Lot Mobile stores across 55 cities in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

Motorola Moto Hubs are now present in 6 states in the country, and the company is planning to open 1000 new Moto Hubs in top 100 cities in the second phase of retail expansion.

Commenting on the launch of new stores, Sudhin Mathur, Managing Director, Motorola Mobility India said:
Offering premium customer experiences is a pillar of our strategy. More than two-thirds of the smartphone customers make their purchase at retail, however, while there is access; experience has been a …

Motorola has been expanding its retail footprint across India rapidly. Today the company has announced the opening of 50 new Moto Hubs in New Delhi.  Some of the places include - Telepathy, G-21, Marina Arcade in Connaught Place, Mobile Zone in Janakpuri District Centre, Sigmen Stores in Kalkaji, Sanju Telecom in Lajpat Nagar, TS Group Store near Nehru Place Market. The Moto Hub store will house the entire portfolio of Motorola devices, including the online exclusives such as Moto X4 and Moto MODs as well as accessories like on-ear and in-ear headphones, moto shells and covers. Last month Motorola announced a strategic partnership with Poorvika Mobiles across 43 cities in Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry and Karnataka and with Big C and Lot Mobile stores across 55 cities in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Motorola Moto Hubs are now present in 6 states in the country, and the company is planning to open 1000 new Moto Hubs in top 100 cities in the second phase of retail expansion. Commenting on the launch of new stores, Sudhin Mathur, Managing Director, Motorola Mobility India said: Offering premium customer experiences is a pillar of our strategy. More than two-thirds of the smartphone customers make their purchase at retail, however, while there is access; experience has been a ...

Idea takes on Jio with Magic Cashback offer – Up to Rs. 3300 cashback on recharge of Rs. 398 or more

Reliance Jio introduced cashback offers back in November and it introduced new surprise cashback offer last month that ended earlier this week. Now Idea Cellular, one of Jio’s rivals has introduced Magic Cashback offer that offers 100% cashback that offers Rs. 400 worth vouchers ( eight discount vouchers of Rs. 50 each) on recharge of Rs. 398 or more through online channel.

These discount vouchers can be redeemed by customers on subsequent recharges of Rs. 300 and above over a period of 1 year. It is also offering five shopping coupons worth Rs. 2700 which can be used at the partner stores or website on a range of brands. If the recharge is done through My Idea App or Idea Website you also get wallet cashback of up to Rs. 200.

The Rs. 398 recharge offers unlimited voice calls including Local, STD and National Roaming, 1 GB data per day, and 100 SMS daily for a period of 70 days. The new Magic Cashback is available for all Idea prepaid customers till 10th February 2018.

Commenting on the latest offer, Sunil Tolani, Digital Head, Idea Cellular, said:
“Magic” as a concept was introduced by Idea a few years ago, for creating customer delight. We are now happy to extend …

Reliance Jio introduced cashback offers back in November and it introduced new surprise cashback offer last month that ended earlier this week. Now Idea Cellular, one of Jio's rivals has introduced Magic Cashback offer that offers 100% cashback that offers Rs. 400 worth vouchers ( eight discount vouchers of Rs. 50 each) on recharge of Rs. 398 or more through online channel. These discount vouchers can be redeemed by customers on subsequent recharges of Rs. 300 and above over a period of 1 year. It is also offering five shopping coupons worth Rs. 2700 which can be used at the partner stores or website on a range of brands. If the recharge is done through My Idea App or Idea Website you also get wallet cashback of up to Rs. 200. The Rs. 398 recharge offers unlimited voice calls including Local, STD and National Roaming, 1 GB data per day, and 100 SMS daily for a period of 70 days. The new Magic Cashback is available for all Idea prepaid customers till 10th February 2018. Commenting on the latest offer, Sunil Tolani, Digital Head, Idea Cellular, said: "Magic" as a concept was introduced by Idea a few years ago, for creating customer delight. We are now happy to extend ...

WhatsApp for iPhone gets YouTube integration with picture-in-picture mode

In the last few years, WhatsApp has been busy  adding several value-added features like voice calls, video calls, end-to-end encryption, and the company is even rumored UPI-based WhatsApp payment system. Before that, WhatsApp on iOS has received a new feature, which enables users to watch YouTube video inside the WhatsApp application.

This feature was in beta testing for the last few months and now it has been officially rolled out on Apple App store with version number v2.18.11. With this feature one can watch YouTube on a re-sizable floating window and also continue with the conversation. Whenever a user sends a link to a YouTube video, one can watch the video without closing the WhatsApp or going out of the application altogether.

Along with this, the new update also fixes some bugs and offers general improvements. You can download the latest version of WhatsApp from the App Store to get this feature. As of now, we have no information regarding when the feature will be available for Android or Windows Phone.

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Vivek contributed to this post

In the last few years, WhatsApp has been busy  adding several value-added features like voice calls, video calls, end-to-end encryption, and the company is even rumored UPI-based WhatsApp payment system. Before that, WhatsApp on iOS has received a new feature, which enables users to watch YouTube video inside the WhatsApp application. This feature was in beta testing for the last few months and now it has been officially rolled out on Apple App store with version number v2.18.11. With this feature one can watch YouTube on a re-sizable floating window and also continue with the conversation. Whenever a user sends a link to a YouTube video, one can watch the video without closing the WhatsApp or going out of the application altogether. Along with this, the new update also fixes some bugs and offers general improvements. You can download the latest version of WhatsApp from the App Store to get this feature. As of now, we have no information regarding when the feature will be available for Android or Windows Phone. Via Vivek contributed to this post