Honor 8 Lite, UberPOOL Ola Share Ban, Reliance Jio Playing by Rules, and More: Your 360 Daily

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  • Stop using Windows XP or Vista by end of the year to continue using Gmail
  • LG’s Android Wear smartwatches priced close to Apple Watches
  • PS, Xbox piracy forums hacked, user details out in the open

Globally, carpooling is seen as a viable solution for semi-public transportation. But a technicality is preventing services like UberPOOL or Ola Share to operate in the state of Karnataka. Today, a day before the deadline for the operators to shut carpooling services, Uber seems to suggest that it is operating within legal bounds with UberPOOL. It will be unfortunate to see this service get disrupted because of an outdated law, as many people we personally know rely on it to get around the city at a reasonable price. Now, we continue with today’s other top stories.

Honor 8 Lite, UberPOOL Ola Share Ban, Reliance Jio Playing by Rules, and More: Your 360 Daily

1) Gmail will stop working on old Chrome browsers, Windows XP and Vista OS
All users of Google Chrome version 53 and below will not be able to use Gmail, the popular email service, by the end of this year. And since the last version released for Windows XP and Vista was Chrome 49, the two ancient operating systems will be affected as a result of this. Users will have to upgrade to the newest Chrome, the most recent being version 55, to continue, and upgrade from an OS newer than XP or Vista.

2) Huawei launches Honor 8 Lite in Finland
Huawei has launched a watered-down version of its popular Honor 8 smartphone. Dubbed the Honor 8 Lite, it comes with a comparatively inferior HiSilicon Kirin 655 SoC (Honor 8 had Kirin 950) and 3GB of RAM instead of 4GB available on the big brother. It does seem to retain the same shiny, slippery glass body of the superior model. Pricing when converted from euros comes to about Rs. 20,000.

3) Reliance Jio free usage plans playing by the rules, says TRAI
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has concluded that Reliance Jio’s free usage plans, which have strongly disrupted the telecom market in India, are compliant with regulations. This was in response to rival operators calling the plans ‘predatory’.

 

4) LG’s upcoming high-end Android Wear smartwatch to cost $349
We have been hearing rumours about LG launching two smartwatches that will run the latest Android Wear 2.0. Today’s rumours suggest that the more expensive of the two will cost $349 (roughly Rs. 23,500), while the other will cost $100 less. Incidentally, the pricing is in line with the Apple Watch Series 2 and Series 1 in the US, respectively. It is also said that the new watches will support Android Pay.

In other smartwatch news, MIT made a smartwatch app that can understand the tone of a conversation. The technology could have some medical applications.

5) YouTube iOS app brings controls to lockscreen, Chrome for Android has new features too
The YouTube app for iOS got an update that got the much-needed playback controls to the lockscreen, when you’re playing videos via a streaming device like a Chromecast.

In other Google product related news, Chrome for Android got many new features too.

6) Apple may use in-house chip inside new MacBook Pro
Apple may be taking small steps to remove the reliance on Intel for its Mac computers. It is rumoured that the company is working on an in-house chip that may not entirely replace Intel Core chips on Macs in the near future, but integrate with it to perform low-end tasks.

7) PlayStation, Xbox piracy forums user data hacked
Popular sites for pirated content playable on the PlayStation and Xbox gaming consoles were hacked, with data of over 2.5 million accounts said to be compromised. Details such as usernames, passwords, IP and email addresses were exposed due to the hack.

Can Windows 10 mobile-powered Samsung S8 save the Windows phone?

Photos showing a Galaxy S8 model allegedly running Windows 10 Mobile surfaced earlier today. While everyone knew that was a fake, hardcore Windows phone enthusiasts couldn’t help but imagine how their favourite mobile platform would be if ever Samsung decided to launch their dream project.

If truth be told, a Windows version of a Samsung Galaxy S8 isn’t so far off, mostly because Microsoft is itself is selling the phone in its own stores and Samsung agreed to pre-install a series of apps like Skype, Office, and OneDrive.

 The lack of devices was not the biggest problem of Windows Phone of the ecosystem, although it surely was one major drawback.

But as far as the fate of Windows 10 Mobile is concerned, it doesn’t even matter if Samsung launches such a device or not because of a very simple reason: the lack of devices wasn’t the only problem of Microsoft’s mobile ecosystem failed and now a single device can barely make a difference.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 is by all means a masterpiece so having it running Windows 10 Mobile would clearly be an important win for Microsoft. But the win will not be a game-changing one. Even if tomorrow Microsoft launches the Galaxy S8, the sales will not be enough to save the platform.

The lack of devices was not the biggest problem of Windows Phone of the ecosystem, although it surely was one major drawback. The lack of developer support, which in turn led to the lack of apps, and also the slow pace at which Microsoft delivered updates had a big impact on Windows phones, with reduced interest from OEMs only the tip of the iceberg which was Microsoft’s problems with its mobile ecosystem.

Another important point to make here is that it is not known if the Galaxy S8 will be able to support the Windows 10 mobile platform or not. The reason being the Snapdragon 835/Exynos 8895 processor that powers it is not supported by Microsoft’s operating system.

Microsoft does support this chip but only for Windows 10 on ARM, a new emulation system that brings the full version of the operating system on ARM processors. With this project, Microsoft wants to bring new devices to the market, though there’s still no evidence that phones are also included in this plan.

In the meantime, there’s a good chance that neither Microsoft nor Samsung see a Galaxy S8 running Windows 10 Mobile as a good idea, especially with Redmond’s increased focus on Android and iOS lately.

HTC U11’s First Software Update Brings ‘System Enhancements’

The HTC U11 just started selling in North America, and it seems like HTC is already pushing a software update for the device. According to HTC’s US website, the update is already on its way, and it will upgrade your phone’s software to version 1.11.617.3. HTC did not share an extensive changelog for this update, though, all the company listed under new changes is ‘System Enhancements’, which suggests that the company is patching up some bugs with this update, and probably bringing some optimizations as well.

Now, according to some reports by users, this update will fix issues with Android Pay, and other apps which are using SafetyNet, so that’s great news if you’re using Android Pay. Now, the phone will let you know when the update is ready to install, but if you’re eager to check for yourself, you’ll need to navigate to All apps -> Settings -> About and then select ‘Software updates’. After you do that, you’ll need to tap the ‘Check now’ option, and then ‘Download’. Do keep in mind that your phone might reboot several times during the upgrade process, so don’t panic if that happens. Also, you’ll need to make sure that you have at least 35 percent battery left on the HTC U11 if you want to update it, otherwise, you’ll need to connect the device to a charger. Now, there’s a way for you to manually update the HTC U11 if that’s what you want, you will need to download HTC’s Sync Manager and install the RUU file yourself. If you’d like to get more info regarding manual installation, HTC explains it step-by-step, all you have to do is follow the source link down below.

The HTC U11 was announced last month by the company, and it is made out of metal and glass. This phone sports a 5.5-inch QHD (2560 x 1440) display, along with 4GB / 6GB of RAM and 64GB / 128GB of native storage, depending on the market. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 64-bit octa-core SoC fuels this smartphone, and a 3,000mAh non-removable battery is also a part of this package. A 12-megapixel OIS snapper can be found on the back of this smartphone, and Android 7.1 Nougat comes pre-installed with HTC’s Sense. If you’d like to know more about the HTC U11, check out our official announcement of this smartphone.

More than half of shopping-related searches come from mobile devices

For the first time ever, consumers all over the world carried out more shopping-related searches on their mobile phones than on their computers.

Data from the new Salesforce Q1 2017 Shopping Index analyzed the shopping habits of more than 500 million consumers in 27 countries, with smartphones coming out on top for the first time.Man using mobile payments online shopping and icon customer network connection on screen, mobile-banking and omni channel

“A couple years ago, if you were browsing Facebook on your phone and saw a jumper you wanted to buy, you had to wait until you got to your computer to log on and purchase it. However, now, with the evolution of mobile, we can easily search on-the-go and make a purchase instantly,” comments Jamie Merrick, director of Industry Insights at Salesforce Commerce Cloud (formerly Demandware).

“Given that the conversion rate of a shopper who has used a search function is three times higher than non-search traffic, this has a huge impact on UK retailers’ approach to commerce. Having a mobile-first approach is key to ensuring shoppers have a seamless and easy mobile experience so that retailers don’t miss out on revenue growth,” adds Merrick.

Salesforce’s report says mobile drove more than half (53 percent) of all traffic, and 32 percent of all orders, while shopper spend was increased six percent in the same period.

As for the UK, site search resulted in 35 percent of revenue, which is the highest rate in the whole world.

Sixteen percent of shoppers expressed buying signals, which is the highest rate ever outside a period that’s not Q4. Growth in spend slightly outpaced traffic growth, while the average order value increased three percent year-on-year.

“This trend in mobile search also highlights the importance of unified commerce across all channels — if a customer shops in-store, browses online or purchases on mobile, the experience should be consistent and as pleasurable for the customer as possible,” Merrick concluded.

Smartphone sales in SA, rest of Africa tank

Mobile phone sales in South Africa and the broader continent fell “drastically” in the first quarter of 2017 compared to the fourth quarter of last year, new research released by International Data Corp this week shows.

The technology research and consulting firm’s newly released Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker shows overall shipments in the first quarter totalled 54,5m units, down 8,2% on the fourth quarter of 2016.

The main culprit of this downturn was a “stark” 17,6% decline in the smartphone segment, with shipments falling from 25,8m units to 21,2m.

The data shows feature phones — phones with only basic features such as voice calls and SMS texting — remain in demand across Africa as the downturn in several key economies puts smartphones out of reach of many consumers.

When viewed year on year, the overall mobile market was up 8,4%, mainly due to feature phone shipments growing from 26,6m units in the first quarter of 2016 to 33,3m units in the same quarter a year later.

“Feature phones have now been rising as a proportion of the total market for more than a year, which highlights the continuing importance of basic mobile communications in many parts of Africa, particularly in rural areas,” IDC said.

The decline in smartphone shipments in the first quarter of 2017 was caused by substantial sequential declines in the continent’s three largest smartphone markets: South Africa (-13,6%), Nigeria (-8,1%) and Egypt (-11,5%).

“In South Africa, the drop was mainly due to high levels of stock in the channel from previous quarters,” said Nabila Popal, a senior research manager at IDC. “Nigeria’s decline was caused by the ongoing recession in the overall economy as well as difficulties in accessing foreign currencies for imports, while continuing exchange-rate difficulties were also behind the major decline seen in Egypt.”

East Africa strong

Markets in East African performed stronger than any other region on the continent in terms of smartphone shipments, with Tanzania and Uganda seeing substantial quarter-on-quarter increases of 8,1% and 11,6% respectively. The Kenyan market, which has seen big gains in smartphone shipments over the last two years, was more subdued in the first quarter, with shipments declining slightly by 1,3% on a sequential basis.

Samsung Electronics remained Africa’s leading smartphone vendor, with 29,8% share in the first quarter, up on the previous two quarters but slightly down on a year ago. Its big rival in Africa, the China-based Transsion group, took second place with 23,9% share of the smartphone market, thanks to its diversified portfolio of midrange phones and strong focus on the sub-US$150 price segment, IDC said.

In the feature phone space, however, it is Transsion that dominates, not Samsung. Its Tecno and Itel brands accounted for three out of every five feature phones shipped across the continent in the first quarter.

IDC expects Africa’s overall smartphone market to recover slowly from its current lull to a state of growth.

“Despite the tough macroeconomic conditions currently inhibiting much of the region, smartphone prices continue to fall and this will drive their adoption across Africa,” it said.

Almost 40% of all smartphones shipped in Africa in the first quarter of 2017 were priced below $80, up from 28% two years ago.  — © 2017 NewsCentral Media

Smartphone apps 'bad for my finances'

A third of people surveyed about their smartphones said apps made them spend at all hours and hit their finances.

They said the convenience made them spend more or lose track of money, the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) survey suggested.

Two-thirds said apps made it easier to spend, particularly from bed at the start or the end of the day.

A separate report suggested that voice and gesture technology will transform the way we pay.

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The Nationwide said that its survey suggested people were increasing comfortable with biometrics when paying. The building society said that futurologist Ian Pearson has said the next stage of convenience was within reach.

“Gesturing towards someone and saying: ‘Here is £13.46’ is quite enough to combine the voice and gesture recognition with the presence of your smartphone as electronic identification,” Dr Pearson said.

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‘Thinking time’

The FSCS survey found the women asked said they typically spent £131 via apps during a month, while men spent £115.

Men were more likely to spend via apps on gambling, travel, socialising, entertainment and music, while women favoured food and shopping apps.

Mark Oakes, head of communications at the FSCS, said: “Being able to make purchases at the touch of a button removes the thinking time you would usually have if you were in a shop.

“It requires discipline to stay in control of your money, not only spending but also saving, but it’s worth doing. Setting aside just a little a month can add up to a big sum.”

Consumer Reports smartphone rankings puts the Galaxy S8+ at the top of the table – and the iPhone 7 plus can only manage FIFTH

In the battle of the smartphones, Samsung reigns supreme.

Consumer Reports has released its smartphone ratings analysis, which had found Galaxy S8+ is the best handset on the market, followed shortly after by its smaller counterpart, the Galaxy S8.

The report cited the devices’ ‘stunning camera, long battery life, and gorgeous display’ as what brought them to the top and beating its rival Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus, which placed fifth.

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Consumer Reports has released its smartphone ratings analysis, which had found Galaxy S8+ (left) best handset on the market, followed shortly after by its smaller counterpart, the Galaxy S8 (right)

Consumer Reports has released its smartphone ratings analysis, which had found Galaxy S8+ (left) best handset on the market, followed shortly after by its smaller counterpart, the Galaxy S8 (right)

TOP 5 SMARTPHONES

1. Samsung Galaxy S8+

2. Samsung Galaxy S8

3. Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

4.  LG G6

5. iPhone 7 Plus

The findings from Consumer Reports shows the Samsung Galaxy S8+ ranked as the top smartphone, closely followed by the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S7 Edge and LG G6.

Samsung had released its long-awaited Galaxy S8 family a few months following its unforgettable Note 7 fiasco – hoping the smartphones would repair its tarnished name.

And it seems that the Galaxy S8 and S8+ were in fact the South Korean firm’s saving grace, as the release from Consumer Reports deemed them ‘top dog’ in the industry.

‘If you want a stunning camera, long battery life, and gorgeous display in a water-resistant package, one of these could be the right phone for you,’ Jerry Beilinson withConsumer Reports shared.

‘You just have to be willing to spend the rent money on it: The S8+ starts at about $840, and the S8 at around $720.’

Although it may be hard for some users to believe Samsung was able to take the top spot, Beilinson has attributed the victory to the smartphone’s overhauled design.

The Galaxy S8 duo are without bezels on the side – the each have thin ones located at the top and bottom.

The Consumer Reports Lab had conducted an analysis on the batteries and found the Galaxy S8+ hit 26 hours, and the S8 (pictured) reached 23 hours of talk-time. The team also deemed the smartphones to have the best cameras

The Consumer Reports Lab had conducted an analysis on the batteries and found the Galaxy S8+ hit 26 hours, and the S8 (pictured) reached 23 hours of talk-time. The team also deemed the smartphones to have the best cameras

And although Samsung has been able to create a minimalist look, it is believed to still support a modern and elegant feel.

Another important addition was increasing the size of the screen, but keeping sticking with the same-size device as previous models.

The S8 and S8+ were also designed to be taller and narrower when held in portrait than previous variants – allowing for an easier hold when snapping a selfie.

While typical smartphones have an aspect ratio of 16:9, the new Samsung handsets have an aspect ratio of 18.5:9.

 

Top 5 Upcoming Smartphones With 8GB RAM by Samsung, Xiaomi and Others

Technology has been continually evolving and smartphones have come a long way from being used only for calling or checking e-mails. Chinese smartphone manufacturers like OnePlus, Vivo, and Oppo have upped the ante in the ever-growing Indian smartphone market in the past few years.

With the launch of OnePlus 3 in 2016 in India began the frenzy for phones with big RAMs – ZTE Nubia is the latest brand to launch a smartphone in China with a whopping 8GB RAM. Samsung has also joined the bandwagon by launching the flagship Galaxy S8+ with 6GB of RAM and 128 GB internal storage in India recently.

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We bring you a list of forthcoming smartphones with 8GB of RAM.

ZTE Nubia Z17 (launched in China)

ZTE Nubia Z17 with a whopping 8GB of RAM and the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset has been introduced in China last week. Nubia launched the new Z17 at an event in Beijing, China at a price of Yuan 3,999, which is roughly Rs 37,000.

In terms of looks, the Nubia Z17, sports a metal and glass design. It features a 5.5-inch full HD (1920×1080 pixels) LCD IPS display. The display is bezel-less from the sides.

The Nubia Z17 features a dual real camera, which has two lenses: 12MP and 23MP on the back, with 1.4um pixel size and f/1.8 aperture.

OnePlus 5

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The much-talked about OnePlus 5 is set to launch globally on June 20 and will be introduced in India on June 22. The smartphone has been spotted in benchmarks with 8GB and 6GB of RAM.

The company bust rumours about vertical dual cameras at the rear and stated there is a horizontal dual camera setup on the OnePlus 5. The Chinese smartphone maker has been focussing on the camera, which is evident from an official image released on Twitter.

Other rumoured specifications of the upcoming OnePlus 5 include a 5.5-inch display, a 23MP primary camera and a 16MP front snapper. It is expected to pack in a 4,000mAh battery.

Xiaomi Mi 7

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A Xiaomi Mi 7 concept shows that the smartphone would feature a 21MP primary camera and could have 6GB or 8GB of RAM.

Other rumoured specs of Mi 7 include a 5.7-inch ultra HD 4K IPS LCD display and Qualcomm Snapdragon 830 chipset. The device could have a 3500mAh battery as well.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

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Galaxy S8 and S8+ gave some respite to South Korean tech major Samsung that suffered a major dent due to the Note 7 fiasco last year. The company’s next note – the Note 8 is rumoured to come with a whopping 8GB of RAM and 5.7 inch full HD super AMOLED display.

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Other rumoured specs of Note 8 include an Iris scanner and front-mounted fingerprint sensor.

The device could also feature a dual 13MP primary camera with dual-LED flash.

HTC 11

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It has not being long that Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC launched its flagship U11. The device will be unveiled in India on June 16 at an event.

Weibo carried a report that suggested that HTC 11 will feature a 5.5-inch Quad HD (QHD) screen with a resolution of 2560 × 1440 pixels. This means the next flagship from HTC will come with a bigger screen size than the 5.2-inch FHD panel used on the HTC 10.

The leak also suggests that HTC 11 could feature 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal memory as well.

The HTC 11 is speculated to come with an improved battery as well. The rumoured 3,700 mAh battery will be much bigger than the 3,000 mAh battery used in the HTC 10.

Nokia smartphones launched in India for Rs 9,499 onwards

HMD Global, which holds the global rights to market the iconic Nokia brand, today unveiled three smartphones in the Indian market that will compete with the likes of Samsung and Apple.

The Android-based devices will be available from June 16, priced Rs 9,499 onwards.

“Nokia is a people’s brand and has had a phenomenal legacy. The brand is based on reliability and trust and that is what the new smartphones promise to deliver,” Nokia India Vice-President Ajey Mehta told reporters here.

Last month, HMD had introduced its iconic 3310 feature phone in a new avatar in India.

HMD has an exclusive 10-year brand licensing agreement with the Finnish telecom giant for mobile phones and tablets globally.

Nokia 3 and Nokia 5 smartphones will be available only in retail stores for Rs 9,499 and Rs 12,899, respectively. Nokia 3 will be available from June 16 while Nokia 5 will be up for grabs for pre-booking from July 7.

Nokia 6 — the flagship — is priced at Rs 14,999 and will go for pre-booking from July 14, exclusively on Amazon.in.

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“These phones are based on three principles — real life experience, world-class design and regular Android updates that ensure we continue to deliver on the promise of quality and reliability that Nokia is known for,” said Pranav Shroff, Nokia Director Global Portfolio Strategy and Planning.

In India, HMD has partnered with 400 exclusive distributors reaching over 80,000 retail points.

India is one of the fastest growing smartphone markets globally. As per IDC, According to research firm IDC, sales grew 4.7% to 27 million units in January-March 2017 compared to the previous quarter.

Samsung continued to dominate the market with 28.1% share. Xiaomi followed with 14.2% while Vivo, Lenovo and Oppo had 10.5%, 9.5% and 9.3% share, respectively.

Previous Nokia smartphones were based on Microsoft Windows operating system.

In 2014, US-based Microsoft had acquired Nokia’s handset business for $ 7.2 billion.

Sony Mobile Xperia XZ Premium available to pre-order

Sony Mobile customers from across United Arab Emirates (UAE) can now pre-order Xperia XZ Premium smartphone online and in select stores from 20th May.

Pre-order customers will receive free Sony XB950BT Bluetooth deep bass headphones with their smartphone, which is priced at AED 2,699.

The stores offering pre-ordering in store and online in UAE include the Sony boutique at The Dubai Mall, Sharaf DG and Jumbo.

Xperia XZ Premium has won more than 30 industry awards globally and features Sony’s new Motion Eye camera system. It offers an incredible 960 frames per second Super slow motion video capture and playback, four times slower than any other smartphone. Its advanced camera captures motion the human eye just can’t see.

Sony Mobile Xperia XZ Premium available to pre-order

Xperia XZ Premium features a 4K HDR (High Dynamic Range, 2160 x 3840) 5.5” display powered by Sony’s BRAVIA TV technology.

Xperia XZ Premium other key highlights include fast download speeds, a new loop design and is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Mobile Platform. It also features the USB Type-C socket.

Available in two colours – Luminous Chrome and Deepsea Black – Xperia XZ Premium can be pre-ordered in UAE from 20th May until 31st May, 2017.

Sony Mobile’s Xperia XZ Premium will be available in stores across UAE from the second week of June.