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Apple’s New iPad Air Launched With M1 Processor, 5G

Washington [US], March 9 (ANI): At the Apple launch event on Tuesday, the tech giant has announced an update to the iPad Air, a year and a half after it gave the tablet an iPad Pro-style redesign.

According to The Verge, though most of the design is still the same, however, the new iPad Air model has been updated with a faster M1 processor, which was first seen in Apple’s Macs. Starting at USD 599 for the Wi-Fi-only model, it will also support 5G, and the USB-C port is up to twice as fast with 10Gbps of data transfer speeds. The Wi-Fi and cellular version will be priced at USD 749.

The tablet, which has a built-in Touch ID in the power button, will be made available from March 18 in colours including gray, pink, purple, blue, and a silver/gold cross which Apple is calling “starlight.”

In the camera department, the device has an updated 12-megapixel sensor in the front and will support Apple’s Center Stage feature that’s designed to automatically keep user in the frame while on calls. The new iPad Air’s back camera is still the same with 12 megapixels.

It’s 10.9-inch display peaks at 500 nits brightness and supports HDR, but there’s no mention of ProMotion. The iPad Air has landscape stereo speakers.

As per The Verge, similar to the previous-gen, it’s compatible with the Apple Pencil as well as the Magic Keyboard.

Apple Set To Release Its Highly-Anticipated iOS 15.4 Next Week

Washington [US], March 9 (ANI): American tech-giant Apple is all set to release its highly-anticipated iOS 15.4 and iPadOS 15.4 next week.

As per Mac Rumours, Apple didn’t share an exact release date of iOS 15.4 which was being in development since the beginning of the year. The upcoming iOS version includes major new features for iPhone users, with the most notable perhaps being the ability for users to unlock their iPhone using Face ID while wearing a mask.

As per Mac Rumours, the tech giant said that it has been able to update the Face ID system to uniquely identify the area around a user’s eye and can use that information to unlock the device even while wearing a mask.
However, the feature is only available on the iPhone 12 and later.

On iPadOS 15.4 and macOS Monterey 12.3, the most notable new feature is Universal Control.

Universal Control was originally demoed in WWDC 2021, and despite Apple’s promise to get the feature out of the door before the end of 2021, it had to delay it to Spring 2022.

For the uniformed, Universal Control lets users use one mouse and keyboard across multiple Macs and iPads for a seamless user experience.

The company has also revealed that macOS Monterey 12.3 will also launch next week.

iOS and iPadOS 15.4 also include other new changes and features, such as 37 new emoticons and laying down the foundation for ‘Tap to Pay on iPhone’.

The updates also include enhancements to AirTags, the option to add custom domains to iCloud Mail right on device, and tons more.

According to the outlet, the release notes for all of the updates will be released once the updates go live next week.

Apple might be launching new Macs next month


Washington [US]: American tech giant Apple is planning to hold its first media event of the year on Tuesday, March 8, where the company is expected to launch at least one new Mac.

As per Mac Rumours, Apple is planning another round of new Macs for release around May or June.
At the March 8 event, Apple is also rumoured to announce a third-generation iPhone SE and a fifth-generation iPad Air, with key features of both devices expected to include an A15 chip and 5G support. (ANI)

Apple imagines Mac-Inside-a-Keyboard device


Washington [US]: American tech giant Apple is exploring the possibility of integrating a fully functioning Mac within a keyboard, reminiscent of home computers of the 80s, such as the Commodore 64 and Sinclair ZX Spectrum.

As per Mac Rumours, the concept was revealed by the US Patent and Trademark Office in a new Apple patent application called ‘Computer in an input device,’ which describes a thicker Magic Keyboard-style chassis with “all the components of a high-performance computer” integrated under the hood.
Reportedly, the patent describes the premise for such a device, which could be plugged into a separate external display via a single I/O port designed to receive both data and power, and wirelessly paired with a trackpad or mouse for additional input.

By including the computing components in the keyboard, the company suggests this could allow a user to carry a single device that can provide a desktop computing experience at any location having one or more external displays.

In some embodiments, the device includes a trackpad “coupled” to the enclosure, while in others the device is foldable and the keyboard area includes an “accessory display” showing graphics or the keyboard itself is virtually displayed from a projector contained inside the enclosure.

As per Mac Rumours, the rest of the patent explores in detail various configurations of internal computer components within the space afforded by the keyboard chassis.

For the unversed, Apple has filed patents for keyboards in the past, including one that uses a touchscreen panel similar to the Touch Bar that extends to the entire keyboard layout, but this is the first patent to suggest actually incorporating a computer into the keyboard itself.

As with any filed patent, the technology is unlikely to appear in any product soon, if at all, but it does offer an interesting look at how Apple is considering Mac designs that could ultimately replace or be offered alongside the Mac mini, which allows users to bring their own display, keyboard, and mouse. (ANI)

WhatsApp testing new search message shortcut


Washington [US]: Instant messaging application WhatsApp is working on a new feature that will make it easier for its users to search for a message.

As per Android Police, last year, the Facebook-owned application introduced a new design of contact information section for Android users, who are enrolled in the beta program.
Now, as per a new report by WABetaInfo, the company has added a search shortcut to that redesigned page for a few Android beta testers. The shortcut was rolled out with a new update through the Google Play Beta Program. The update brings the version of the app up to

With the new shortcut feature, users will be able to make searches straight from the info page of personal contacts and group chats. Currently, the feature is only rolling out for some testers. But even for those that get it, the report noted that the search button fails to appear sometimes. That shouldn’t come as a surprise since it’s a beta after all. That said, there’s no information on when the new search shortcut will arrive on the stable channel, but it hopefully shouldn’t be too long.

Right now, you can already search messages in an individual chat by tapping the three-dot menu in the top right corner and hitting Search. It’s also possible to make a global search for keywords within all of your conversations using the magnifier icon in the top right when in the Chats list.

WhatsApp has been working on a host of features to enhance the user experience. The messenger recently improved the archaic, unrefined method for sharing uncompressed media files by introducing proper previews when images and videos are shared as documents.

Earlier this month, the app got a long-overdue revamped voice call interface with a rounded grey rectangular background showing your contact’s name, number, and profile picture, as well as the call duration on top.

WhatsApp has also been working on the message reactions feature. Once it arrives, users will be able to react to messages using only about six emojis, compared to other Meta-owned apps like Instagram and Facebook that allow reacting with any emoji of choice. (ANI)

Indian price for Samsung Galaxy A03 leaks


Seoul [South Korea]: The Indian market price for South Korean giant Samsung’s Galaxy A03 smartphone has been leaked.

GSM Arena obtained an image that is said to come from internal Samsung systems, revealing the Indian market price for the device that was initially unveiled back in November, and it’s been available in limited markets since last month. Soon though, it will finally arrive in India.
Thus, according to it, the list price for the Galaxy A03 with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage will be Rs 10,499, while the dealer price for it will be INR 10,193.

On the other hand, the version with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage is going to be Rs 11,999, while the dealer price is set at Rs 11,650.

The Galaxy A03 has a 6.5″ 720×1600 PLS TFT screen, a Unisoc chipset, a 48 MP main rear camera with a 2 MP depth sensor alongside, a 5 MP selfie snapper, and a 5,000 mAh battery.

As per the outlet, the gadget runs Android 11. (ANI)

Latest Tech: Sony’s Alpha 7 IV goes beyond ‘Basic’ ….


New Delhi [India], February 23 (ANI/NewsVoir): Sony India announced two new additions to its imaging line-up – the interchangeable-lens camera

Alpha 7 IV

(model ILCE-7M4) with newly developed 33-megapixel (approx., effective) full-frame image sensor and new flash, the HVL-F60RM2.

“Alpha 7 III has been an incredible addition to the A series and has made tremendous impact in our industry by completely redefining the consumer expectations,” said Mukesh Srivastava, Head of Digital Imaging Business at Sony India. “Now with A7 IV, we are ready to break through all existing boundaries again.
The Alpha 7 IV brings together the best of Sony imaging technologies in both photo and video to deliver a high-end experience to a wider range of customers. Built to offer a brand-new imaging experience, the camera gives today’s creators a new level of freedom to capture, create and share in ways that they’ve never been able to before, no matter the situation in which they are shooting.”

Flagship-level image processing with BIONZ XR™ with newly developed 33MP full-frame back-illuminated CMOS image sensor for a brand-new imaging experience

The Alpha 7 IV takes ‘basic’ to the next level for full-frame cameras with excellent image quality and performance, redefining the original standard set by the Alpha 7 III. The new model features many of Sony’s most advanced imaging technologies including the latest BIONZ XR™ processing engine and advanced AF (autofocus) capabilities based on the flagship Alpha 1 model, combined with streamlined operability and enhanced reliability for photos and movies, making it the perfect all-around camera for today’s imaging enthusiasts and professionals who shoot all scenarios.

The Alpha 7 IV also boasts 33 MP resolution, rich movie expression and various features to support the growing demand for remote communication, bringing new meaning to what a ‘basic’ camera can accomplish.

Evolved 4K movie recording capabilities including S-Cinetone™ and 10-bit depth 4:2:2 colour sampling

The Alpha 7 IV inherits technology taken from real-world movie production including S-Cinetone™ – adopted from Sony’s highly regarded Cinema Line cameras used by a broad range of filmmakers and content creators – to deliver a rich, cinematic look. High quality movie is achieved with 4K 60p recording in Super 35mm mode and up to 4K 30p recording with 7K oversampling in full-frame mode.

The new camera also features 10-bit depth 4:2:2 colour sampling to enable natural gradation, XAVC S-I™ intra-frame encoding for more efficient editing workflows and XAVC HS™ for doubled compression efficiency. To meet the growing need for precise AF performance when shooting videos, unique AF features are achieved when using the Alpha 7 IV with a Sony E-mount lens, including AF Assist that supports focus transitions when using AF and Focus Map that visualises depth of field. For the first time in the Alpha series, the new camera features Breathing Compensation to combat focus breathing and maintain a consistent angle of view throughout focus changes and can be switched on or off.

Enjoy photography without any compromise for outstanding still image quality

With a newly developed 33MP full-frame back-illuminated Exmor R™ CMOS image sensor, superior image quality and Wide ISO sensitivity range expandable to ISO 50-204800 is achieved. The high resolution enables the camera to express smooth gradation, fine details and textures of the subject while reducing noise. Its 15-stop dynamic range allows a wide expressive range while Creative Look settings can help to create original looks effortlessly for both stills and video.

Reliable Autofocus (AF) performance and Real-Time Tracking, 30 per centmore improved, compared with Alpha 7 III

The latest processing engine BIONZ XR™ used in the flagship Alpha 1 delivers high-speed AF, uninterrupted continuous shooting at 10fps with AF/AE tracking and a large buffer for a smooth shooting experience. Alpha 7 IV tracks subjects with tenacious Real-Time Tracking and 759 phase-detection AF points in a high-density focal plane phase-detection AF system that covers approximately 94 per cent of the image area. Additionally, for the first time, Real-time Eye AF can now track birds and animal’s eye for both still images and movies, in addition to humans. The detection accuracy for human face and eyes is also approximately 30% more improved, compared with Alpha 7 III.

Experience advanced operability and convenience as a genuine hybrid model

The Alpha 7 IV is a hybrid still and movie camera with outstanding operability and reliability that easily allows the user to switch from photo to movie and back at their convenience. New to Sony’s line-up of Alpha cameras is a dual layer mode dial with the lower layer for selecting Still/Movie/S&Q and the top layer for Auto/P/A/S/M and MR (Memory Recall), enabling users to quickly select and switch between the dedicated settings.

It also has 5-axis optical in-body image stabilisation for a 5.5- step shutter speed advantage, as well as an improved grip for greater comfort and a CFexpress Type A compatible media slot to support media with faster writing and clearance. Additionally, the 3.68 million-dot (approx.) OLED Quad-VGA viewfinder is 1.6 times the resolution of the Alpha 7 III viewfinder, allowing users to benefit from the upgraded live-view image quality that minimises false colour and increases resolution.

New heat dissipating mechanism enables over hour long recording

Videographers can record 4K 60p 10-bit 4:2:2 video continuously for more than an hour thanks to the camera’s heat-dissipating structure. Optical ‘Active Mode’ image stabilisation helps optimum video shooting. They can also benefit from the 3.0-type 1.03 million-dot (approx.) side-opening vari-angle touch-panel rear LCD monitor, top-panel REC button and high-capacity Z-series battery.

The Alpha 7 IV body is built with magnesium alloy to achieve a robustness while minimising its weight. In addition, the redesigned structure and lens lock button contribute to enhanced dust and moisture resistance.

Enhanced workflow capabilities for easy and reliable operations

By offering a variety of connectivity options, the Alpha 7 IV enables on-the-spot streaming and sharing of high-quality content to meet the growing need for remote communication in real-time without sacrificing excellent image and sound quality. The connection between the camera and mobile application Imaging Edge Mobile™ is simplified via Bluetooth, and fast data transfer is possible by 5 GHz/2.4 GHz Wi-Fi.

The camera also has a new feature called “Shot Mark” to enable easy access to the marked scenes in a video clip, within camera and on Sony’s Catalyst Browse/Prepare applications. What’s more, the camera has a range of new features to support live streaming and remote communication without the need of dedicated software. UVC (USB Video Class) and UAC (USB Audio Class) turn the Alpha 7 IV into a high-performance live streaming camera when connected to a computer or smartphone. High image quality such as 4K 15p and 1080 FHD 60p deliver realistic video for remote sharing and the Alpha 7 IV’s digital audio interface can be paired with a range of mics and accessories to deliver high quality sound.

Powerful flash to evolve Alpha Lighting System with precise control

The HVL-F60RM2 with GN 60 and 20-200mm coverage is powerful wireless flashes that offer precise control, enhanced high-speed and intuitive operability. They are designed to meet the needs of both professional and advanced content creators when shooting with a Sony Alpha camera, including the Alpha 7 IV, to offer the ultimate Alpha Lighting System through the flash and camera communicating in detail with each other.

Stable high-speed continuous flash shooting

HVL-F60RM2 Flash has upgraded continuous shooting flash performance, up to 200 times at 10 frames per second for the HVL-F60RM2. The optimised flash algorithm ensures flash is overheat-resistant, and a set of four Ni-MH (Nickel-metal hydride) batteries can power up to 240 flashes with a 1.7 second recycle time for the HVL-F60RM2. When used in combination with an Alpha camera, they allow users to experience the unique communication and system benefits of the Alpha Lighting System.

For example, with the Alpha 7 IV, P-TTL flash control metering for every frame in Mid, and Hi continuous mode has become possible in addition to Lo continuous mode. The flash release time lag is also shortened to capture momentary facial expressions and movements of the subject.

Price and Availability

The new Alpha 7 IV and HVL-F60RM2 flash camera is available across all Sony Center, Alpha Flagship stores,

portal, major electronic stores and ecommerce websites (Amazon and Flipkart).

In an effort to build a robust Alpha community with a strong network of amateur and professional photographers on one platform, a special initiative has been undertaken by Sony India where users can now avail several benefits by simply registering their Alpha cameras, lenses and accessories on the Alpha Community.

Some of the benefits of registration include an extended warranty of 3 years (2-year standard warranty + 1 Year extended warranty) and free exclusive workshops by Sony experts and Artisans. Customers can also avail attractive discounts on photo tours (50 per cent discount on photo tours for their first trip and 25 per cent discount for the consecutive trips) and a chance to participate in photography/videography contests to win exciting prizes like cameras, lens and professional camcorders and a lot more. The platform will be a one-stop destination to get all latest updates, firmware updates, free service camps, workshops and new launches for Sony Alpha. For more information, visit

Alpha Community.

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iPhone 14 Pro might feature 8GB RAM, matching Samsung’s Galaxy S22


Washington [US]: iPhone 14 Pro models will feature 8GB of RAM, the most memory ever offered in an iPhone, according to recent reports.

As per GSM Arena, a rumour that surfaced out of Korea this week says 8GB of RAM would match the amount of RAM in Samsung’s new Galaxy S22 models, and it would be an increase over the 6GB of RAM in iPhone 13 Pro models.
It’s unclear how much RAM the standard iPhone 14 models will have, but it will likely be less than the Pro models. (ANI)(instagram Image)

Is Singapore’s USD 110 million space-tech investment an opportunity for Indian firms?

Singapore (ANI): Last week at the 14th Global Space and Technology Convention 2022 held in Singapore, the Singapore government announced that it is committing SGD 150 million (USD 110 million) to the space technology industry through research and development (R&D) funding.

The programme will be hemmed by the Office for Space Technology and Industry (OSTIn), the government office which oversees the country’s space industry, and the National Research Foundation. OSTIn was created in 2013 to support Singaporean companies in developing internationally competitive capabilities in the space-tech industry.
The investment seeks to enhance space-related capabilities applicable to key industrial sectors for Singapore such as aviation, maritime and sustainability by using such technology to enrich daily life. For example, in improving technology used for everyday applications such as Global Positioning Systems (GPS) that are crucial to ride-hailing services and parcel delivery tracking.

It is also envisaged that the scheme will help maintain Singapore’s position as a research and technology hub in emerging technologies and as an emerging hub for capital, talent and intellectual property.

The first grant call which taps into this fund was already made in 2021 and is for disruptive technologies for small satellites and satellite data exploitation and Artificial Intelligence. The submitted projects are currently being assessed. A second open grant call will be launched in the second half of this year and will cover areas such asin-space manufacturing and on-orbit servicing and assembly.

As part of its space strategy, Singapore is focused on building international partnership in order to continue nurturing local space-tech firms. These partnerships help the nation’s space-tech firms expand into more mature space industries abroad and tap more robust international experience.

Last Wednesday, February 9, OSTIn renewed a space-tech cooperation agreement with the French Space Agency first signed in 2015. It also signed an agreement with the European Space Agency last October to collaborate on space-tech applications and services in telecommunications and related fields.

Among the projects that are benefiting from Singapore space programme is a joint effort by Nanyang Technological University, National University of Singapore, ST Engineering, as well as domestic space startups Aliena and Lighthaus Photonics. The project aims to build a microsatellite, which will fly at low earth orbit and will carry the first Singapore-designed space camera.

ST Engineering, which launched the first Singapore-made commercial earth observation satellite in 2015, is now a market leader that supplies satellite communications systems to global customers such as Verizon, the U.S. telecommunications giant.

Singapore’s space sector continues to grow rapidly and now has 50 companies employing more than 1,800 professionals.

The international space industry is forecast to reach USD1 trillion in value by 2040.

Separately, Singapore Space and Technology Limited (SSTL), the organiser of the convention, is setting up a commercial fund — said to be Asia’s first dedicated commercial fund for startups venturing into space research.

The commercial fund will be open to all space startups and the startups in SSTL’s Space Accelerator Programme. Started in 2020, the accelerator programme provides support such as mentorships and fundraising assistance for space startups here and abroad. It now supports 37 companies from 17 countries such as Japan, Singapore and India.

SSTL signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) during the convention to form a trade corridor with the United Kingdom. This will facilitate the partnering of Singapore and UK space start-ups for resources like investment, expertise and even to trial their products in those markets.

Speaking as the keynote speaker at the convention, Mr Gan Kim Yong, Singapore’s Minister for Trade and Industry (MTI) said that MTI is continuously “forging partnerships with other space-faring nations and building a talent pipeline for the space sector.” He added, “We are also constantly looking for like-minded partners internationally, so we can learn from each other and grow together.”

In the area of space-tech, India is without a doubt more advanced than Singapore. India’s initial foray into space started with the setting up of the Indian National Committee for Space Research (INCOSPAR) in 1962. This was followed by the establishment of the Indian Space Research Organisation, or ISRO, in 1969.

To date, based on “Make-In-India” website, India has launched a total of 109 spacecraft missions, 77 launch missions, 10 student satellites, 2 re-entry missions and 319 foreign satellites. The Indian space industry was valued at USD7 billion in 2019 and targets to reach USD50 billion by 2024. One of its most notable accomplishments is the inter-planetary mission, Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), which in September 2019 successfully completed 5 years in the orbit of Mars.

It would therefore be unsurprising if, in the near future, India participates in one way or another in Singapore’s space-tech development programme, given the close ties between the two countries. (ANI)

Samsung Galaxy A03 might be launching in India this month


Seoul [South Korea], (ANI): After initially announcing its entry-level Galaxy A03 in November, South Korean tech giant Samsung has finally released it early this year, and now the device is speculated to land in India before the end of this month.

As per GSM Arena, the device is said to retail for around Rs 12,000. Only two of its three international colour options will make it to India: Red and Black.
Only two RAM/storage versions will be available 3/32GB and 4/64GB.

The reports obtained by GSM Arena also revealed that the A03 is powered by the Unisoc T606 SoC with a 1.6 GHz octa-core CPU.

The smartphone has a 6.5-inch 720×1600 PLS TFT screen, a 48 MP main rear camera and a 2 MP depth sensor, a 5 MP selfie snapper, and a 5,000 mAh battery and it runs Android 11. (image -instagram)

Google’s dynamic colour themes now coming to more Android 12 smartphones


Washington [US] (ANI): One of Android 12’s marquee new features has been the Material You dynamic theme and while it’s still a Pixel exclusive, Google has now revealed that it’s coming to a growing list of Android devices.

According to GSM Arena, Samsung, Xiaomi, Oppo, OnePlus, Vivo, Realme and Tecno phones will get the new option soon but no concrete timeline was provided.
Google also showcased a preview of various Android phones running Gmail with the new color theming option.

Android Product Manager Rohan Shah also revealed that Google is working with more OEMs to ensure that key design APIs such as dynamic color are working consistently across the Android ecosystem.

A recent report had suggested that Material You-style dynamic themes may soon become a prerequisite for all phones launching with Android 12. (ANI)

Twitter expands reply downvote feature worldwide


Washington [US](ANI): Social media tech giant Twitter is expanding the ‘reply downvote feature’ for its users worldwide.

According to GSM Arena, the feature will be available on the web and soon arrive on iOS and Android.
With this feature, the users will be able to downvote replies to a tweet by clicking on the down arrow available next to the Like button.

The point to be taken care of is that the downvote button isn’t a dislike button and won’t change the order of replies. The downvotes won’t be displayed publicly either, and Twitter says they will only help the company understand what kind of content its users want to see.

Twitter also shared some insights from its experiment. The social media company said that a majority of its users downvoted a reply because they found it to be offensive or irrelevant or both.

The downvote button was also frequently used by Twitter users to flag content they don’t want to see, and the company said that participants of the experiment agreed that downvoting “improves the quality of conversations on Twitter,” as per the statement obtained by GSM Arena. (ANI)

Important to make social media accountable to ensure women are safe in cyberspace: Ashwini Vaishnaw


New Delhi [India](ANI): Union Minister for Information and Technology Ashwini Vaishnaw on Friday in Rajya Sabha said that it was important to make social media accountable to ensure that women were made safe everywhere, including cyberspace.

While giving a reply to BJP MP Sushil Kumar Modi’s question on Bulli Bai app in Rajya Sabha, the Union Minister said, “It was important to make social media accountable. It was important and a commitment of his government to ensure that women were made safe everywhere including on the cyberspace.”
The question Modi had asked was with regards to the auctioning of women on social media via various websites including the Bulli Bai app.

The Minister further elaborated that whenever the government spoke about bringing stronger laws for cyberspace and spoke about strengthening social media guidelines it faced a backlash from the opposition parties who termed it as an attempt to hamper freedom of expression and speech.

Auctioning of women from the Muslim community was an issue raised by Shiv Sena MP Priyanka Chaturvedi in a number of letters written to the IT minister following which action was taken by the police both in Mumbai and Delhi.

Bulli Bai app was put up in the Github open platform which auctioned Muslim women by putting up their images. (ANI)Image -instagram)

Panasonic announces high-quality camera lens


Osaka [Japan]: Panasonic has announced a new lens moulding technology that makes camera lenses cheaper to produce with higher performance.

As per GSM Arena, it’s a far-infrared lens moulding tech for far-infrared aspherical lenses that uses chalcogenide glass, boosting the performance of cameras and sensors.
The new production process can be used for aspherical and diffractive lenses in various sizes.

One of the key features is that it doesn’t require adhesive, greatly reducing the chance of gas contamination within the lens, protects the edge of the lens and improves the accuracy of installation on the barrel.

Panasonic says it’s ready to distribute prototypes and also kick off mass production shortly after. (Instagram Pic)

Snapchat rolls out new safety feature for teens

Wahington [US] (ANI): American multimedia instant messaging app Snapchat is introducing a new safety feature for teens that will limit the friend suggestions they see in the application.
As per Mashable, following the requests for enhanced safety features on the app, the popular social networking app is modifying its buddy suggestion feature. The company is making it more difficult for adult strangers to locate kids on its app by limiting friend recommendations in its ‘Quick Add’ feature.
According to Snapchat, accounts of 13 to 17-year-olds would no longer appear in ‘Quick Add’ unless they have “a particular amount of accounts in common.” While the move will not prevent adults and kids from communicating, it may make it more difficult for outsiders to locate teens they are unfamiliar with.
However, it’s currently unclear how many mutual connections a Snapchat user will need to have in common with an adolescent in order for them to appear on their Quick Add list, but the company claimed it will help users guarantee they know each other in real life.
The platform also promised to implement new parental control features, which it teased last year, that will provide parents more insight into who their teenagers are talking to while still allowing teens to maintain their privacy. (Image source: Unsplash)

Full specs sheet leaked for Realme 9 Pro

Washington [US] (ANI): Even though Realme 9 Pro and 9 Pro ‘Plus’s renders and specs got out in the last few days, there were a few gaps in the specs sheet of the former.
However, according to GSM Arena, new leaks for the phones have filled in the blanks with a comprehensive specs sheet and possible pricing as well. The Realme 9 Pro’s alleged specs sheet confirms the Snapdragon 695 SoC, which is going to be paired with at least 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage (no microSD expansion slot). The 6.6″ AMOLED panel will run at 120Hz and supports HDR10 content.
The back holds a 64MP f/1.8 main camera accompanied by an 8MP f/2.3 ultrawide and 2MP f/2.4 macro unit. The front camera sitting in the off-centered hole has a 16MP sensor and f/2.5 lens.
Strangely, the device will ship with Android 11 out of the box and will be powered by a 5,000 mAh battery supporting 33W fast charging.
As per GSM Arena, people can expect the Realme 9 Pro and Pro Plus to launch in February in India and Europe while the vanilla Realme 9 is scheduled for a Q2 2022 release according to the current report. (Image source: Instagram)

Oppo Find X5 series coming in late February

Washington [US], January 21 (ANI): Oppo’s highly-anticipated smartphone series–the Find X5 might be launched in the second half of February.
As per GSM Arena, Oppo has already scheduled a launch event for its Find X5 series for the second half of February. Previously it was reporter that the announcement will come after the Chinese New Year on February 1. Reportedly, the vanilla Find X5 will run on the Dimensity 9000 chipset and this will be the first phone to have it.
Oppo will introduce its custom NPU MariSilicon X as well. It’s not clear whether all Find X5 phones will benefit from the new NPU or just the Pro model. (Image source: Instagram)

Instagram begins testing paid subscriptions

Washington [US] (ANI): Facebook launched Subscriptions in June 2020 to help creators earn money with the support of their communities.
As per GSM Arena, that business model has now expanded to Instagram as the company announced Instagram Subscriptions. With Instagram Subscriptions, Instagram aims to help creators on its platform “develop deeper connections with their most engaged followers and grow their recurring monthly income by giving subscribers access to exclusive content and benefits,” and, once the followers get subscribed to creators, they get the benefits of Subscriber Lives, Subscriber Stories, and Subscriber Badges.
Instagram Subscriptions will be initially available to a limited number of creators in the US. However, Instagram said it plans to expand this feature to more creators over the next few months.
As per GSM Arena, the Subscriptions feature will allow creators to unlock a “subscribe” button on their Instagram profile and set a monthly price of their choice. And, citing its commitment to support the platform’s creators, Instagram said it will not charge any fees for these subscriptions from the creators until 2023.
It’s unclear when Instagram Subscriptions will be rolled out globally, but if the testing in the US goes smooth, the feature is expected to begin rolling out widely in a few months. (Image source: Unsplash)

UNSC uses 3-D virtual diplomacy for the first time


New York [US]: Members of the United Nations Security Council went on a virtual field trip to Columbia, listening, watching and getting insights into the peace process and what it looks like in Columbia with the help of Virtual Reality (VR) technology on January 20.

Indian Diplomat and Counselor of the Permanent Mission of India, Prateek Mathur shared that the UNSC in New York used VR technology in its security council session for the first time.
Taking to Twitter, Mathur said, “A proud supporter of using Technology for Peace!. 3-D Virtual Diplomacy in action in #UNSC today. First-ever Security Council session to use a virtual reality #VR experience! Innovative solutions to better understand conflicts, peacekeeping and peace-building.”

“Bringing the Colombian peace process closer to decision-makers in New York today and having Colombian voices heard,” said The United Nations Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA) in a tweet. (ANI-Image -Instagram)

Twitter fixes technical bug, says things back to normal


New Delhi [India], : Twitter on Friday said that it has rectified the technical issues that affected users across the world while accessing the microblogging site.

Users were experiencing difficulties when accessing the microblogging site and also when they were trying to log in.
Twitter was down for users for some hours in the morning.

Twitter said that it has fixed a technical bug that was affecting how tweets get routed to the backend systems and things are back to normal.

According to Twitter, the microblogging site was not working as expected for some of you over the past few hours.

“Twitter may not have been working as expected for some of you over the past few hours. We have fixed a technical bug that was affecting how Tweets get routed to our backend systems — things should be back to normal now. Sorry for the interruption!” it said in a statement

People everywhere were facing problems as they were trying to log in and noticed that the social platform was down or having issues. (ANI/Twitter Image)

Google commences Android games testing on Windows PCs

Washington [US] (ANI): Microsoft had announced Windows 11 with the promise it will support Android apps, although that functionality wasn’t at the time ready for the launch of the desktop platform.
According to GSM Arena, now Google has finally launched the first beta, users in select markets can sign up for Google Play Games where they can run 12 games on their computer. The first countries/regions to get it are Hong Kong, Taiwan, and South Korea, where players can test ‘Asphalt 9’, ‘Gardenscapes and Homescapes’, and a handful of other locally available games.
They need to have at least Windows 10 (v2004) or Windows 11, a PC with an octa-core CPU, moderately powerful GPU, 8GB RAM and at least 20GB SSD storage.
The menu of Google Play Games looks a lot like the regular Google Play Store, but with longer descriptions and different notification for whether the game has ads and in-app purchases.
Players can still earn Play Points, even if the game is not played on an Android. As per GSM Arena, the platform is expected to arrive in beta to other markets with more games soon. (Image source: Instagram)

Realme 9 Pro or 9 Pro plus might be launched in India soon

Washington [US] (ANI): Realme VP Madhav Sheth on Tuesday teased that the company is bringing either the Realme 9 Pro or the 9 Pro+ to the Indian market soon.
Realme recently brought its Realme 9i to India (actual sales begin on Jan 22). Sheth teased on Twitter that Realme is bringing either the Realme 9 Pro or the 9 Pro+ to the Indian market.

As per GSM Arena, the Realme 9 Pro is expected to bring a 6.6-inch 120Hz Super AMOLED of 120Hz refresh rate, a Snapdragon 695, and a 64MP main camera.
The Realme 9 Pro+ might come with faster 65W charging, a 50MP main camera, and a 16MP selfie. (Image source: Instagram)

iPhone SE 2022 tipped to launch as iPhone SE+ 5G

Washington [US] (ANI): The third-generation iPhone SE, which is widely expected to launch this year, is rumoured to be called the ‘iPhone SE+ 5G’.
The information regarding the smartphone’s name came from Display Supply Chain Consultants CEO Ross Young, reported GSM Arena. As the name implies, it will offer 5G connectivity while sticking with the same design as the current iPhone SE and the same 4.7-inch LCD panel, with a key new feature being a faster A15 chip.
iPhone SE+ 5G will not have a notched display, which has become the signature design for the iPhone. Since Apple is sticking to the iPhone 8-like design, it is likely to retain the Home button and that means no Face ID on the upcoming iPhone SE.
On the other hand, in 2023 or 2024, a new generation iPhone SE will enter the scene with a 5.7″ display, which could be OLED if the cost of such panels goes down enough in the meantime. (Image source: Instagram)

Non-Pro iPhone 14 models may not come with ProMotion displays

Washington [US] (ANI): It was rumoured that Apple will bring 120Hz ProMotion displays to its entire iPhone 14 series but a new report is suggesting that Apple will keep its high-refresh-rate display tech exclusive to its Pro iPhones.
As per GSM Arena, the new report comes from Ross Young, who stated that Apple will keep its high-refresh-rate display tech exclusive to its Pro iPhones. Young specified that BOE Display which is expected to be one of the display suppliers for this year’s new iPhones does not have enough LTPO display capacity and Apple will wait out at least another year to implement ProMotion on the vanilla iPhone models.
The new report also detailed the alleged iPhone 14 Pro display panel with an image showing both punch-hole and pill-shaped cutouts on the display next to each other instead of a notch.
This would be the first time any manufacturer decides to go with both display cutout styles so it would be interesting to see if this design holds up. Based on the report, this design will only make its way to the 14Pro and Pro Max phones. (Image source: Instagram)

Motorola might be working on new flagship with 200MP camera, Snapdragon Gen 8, 144W charging

Washington [US], January 15 (ANI): A new leak details a mysterious upcoming Motorola flagship codenamed ‘Frontier’ which is allegedly already in the works.
It comes hot on the heels of the recently-announced Edge X30 and seems to share some of its specs, while also sounding quite a bit more impressive in certain aspects, according to GSM Arena. Starting with the basics, the leak describes a 6.67-inch curved, FHD+, 144Hz OLED display, basically what the Edge X30 has alongside a flagship Snapdragon 8 chipset.
However, this might actually not be exactly the same current Qualcomm top dog Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, but rather a similar chip manufactured on TSMC’s 4nm process instead of Samsung’s.
This is not the first time there is news of such a potential move, allegedly motivated by production yield issues on Samsung’s end.
The source even quoted an SM8475 model number for the new chip and goes as far as to suggest it will be called the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2.
Though, any formal indications of an entirely new chip are yet to be seen. The Frontier will reportedly be pairing that chip with either 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage or 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.
The Motorola Frontier is also said to use Samsung’s 200MP S5KHP1 sensor as the main camera, alongside a 50MP Samsung S5KJN1SQ03 (JN1) ultrawide snapper and a 12MP IMX663 telephoto.
On the front, the Frontier might borrow the 60MP OmniVision OV60A sensor as found in the Edge X30 – yet another similarity.
Finally, as per GSM Arena, charging speed could be in for a bog upgrade since the Frontier is said to charge at up to 125W via its Type-C port and 50W wirelessly. (Image source: Instagram)

Stable ColorOS 12 updates now available for Oppo phones

Washington [US] (ANI): Stable ColorOS 12 updates based on Android 12 are now officially available for Oppo’s F19 Pro+ 5G, Reno6 Z 5G, and A73 5G.
As per GSM Arena, stable ColorOS 12 updates based on Android 12 are now seeding for OPPO F19 Pro+ 5G, Reno6 Z 5G, A73 5G devices in the following regions: 1. OPPO F19 Pro+ 5G – Indonesia (Firmware version C.14)
2. OPPO Reno6 Z 5G – Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam UAE (Firmware version C.14)
3. OPPO A73 5G – Saudi Arabia (Firmware version F.14)
To enable the feature, one can head over to Settings > Software Update to check whether the unit has received the update. Since this is a staged update, it might take a few hours before it reaches every unit still, reported GSM Arena. (Image source: Instagram)

Android 13 to bring multiple Material You dynamic theming styles

Washington [US] (ANI): While Android 13 is still a while away from its launch, rumours and leaks have already started emerging. And the latest Android 13 leak is about the design aspect.
With Android 12, Google introduced its Material You theming engine (Pixel exclusive) which applies a varied colour palette across your home screen, widgets, icons and menus based on colours found in your wallpaper. It seems this feature will be further expanded in Android 13 (codenamed Tiramisu) as a new report from Android Police details new colour palette combination options and brings their source code names.
Tonal Spot, Vibrant, Expressive, Spritz will each come with a preset of colours again based on the hues found in your wallpaper. The latter three options offer a wider range of accent colours with some not even part of the background image’s palette.
Spritz, for example, uses more muted monochromatic tones that fit nicely with dark mode while Expressive offers more popping colours that still match the core ones from your background image.
The new features are still in the early development phase and with at least another several months ahead of the first Android 13 developer betas we might see other changes take place. (Image source: Instagram)

Realme 9i to be launched in India on January 18

Washington [US] (ANI): Realme, one of the fastest-growing smartphone brands, will launch a new flagship smartphone from Realme 9i in India on January 18.
The Snapdragon 680-powered phone– Realme 9i debuted in Vietnam earlier this week. As per GSM Arena, the screen of the new gadget is a 6.6″ LCD with FullHD plus resolution and 90Hz refresh rate. Other highlights include a 5,000mAh battery with 33W charging and a 50MP main camera.
The Realme 9i was announced with two memory options – 4/64 GB and 6/128 GB, and its not still confirmed whether the company will bring them both to India. The price of the phone is also under the wraps. (Image source: Instagram)

Samsung to launch the Exynos 2200 alongside Galaxy S22 series

Seoul [South Korea] (ANI): The Exynos 2200 was supposed to be unveiled yesterday, however that didn’t happen, and rumours started circulating about issues behind the scenes.
A Samsung official recently reached out to Business Korea to clarify the reason behind the change of plans, reported GSM Arena. According to the official, everything is fine, there are no production or performance issues, instead, the launch was rescheduled to coincide with that of the Galaxy S22 series.
“We are planning to unveil the new application processor at the time of launching a new Samsung smartphone. There are no problems with the AP’s production and performance,” said the official.
The Exynos 2200 will be the first smartphone chip to use AMD’s RDNA 2 architecture and thanks to that it will be the first to have hardware support for ray tracing.
Samsung is yet to officially commit to a date for the Galaxy S22 series unveiling, but as per several Korean media reports, it will happen on February 8. (Image source: Instagram)

Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 ready to launch in India

New Delhi [India] (ANI): Samsung is launching its new Galaxy Tab A8 tablet in India.
As per GSM Arena, the company confirmed the slate will be available in the Asia-Pacific country starting from Monday, January 17. The Galaxy Tab A8 has a 10.5″ LCD and is powered by a Unisoc Tiger T618 with an octa-core CPU. There are three memory options – 3/32GB, 4/64GB, 4/128GB. It has an 8 MP camera on the back and a 5 MP front-facing one for video calls.
According to GSM Arena, there are two versions of the Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 – Wi-Fi-only and LTE. Both have a 3.5mm audio jack and a USB-C port for charging the 7,040 mAh battery.
The starting price of the Galaxy Tab A8 is INR 17,999. There are some rebates, equal to INR 2,000, and Samsung will also throw in a book cover accessory worth INR 999. (Image source: Instagram)

Nokia Lite Earbuds, Wired Buds launch in India

New Delhi [India] (ANI): The Nokia Lite Earbuds, which have been on the European shelves for a while, are now coming to India.
As per GSM Arena, along with the wireless buds, the company has announced the Nokia Wired Buds. The Lite Earbuds have 6mm drivers and can last about 6 hours continuous playback and 36 hours with the extra charge in the case. The case has a 400 mAh battery and charges over USB-C.
Gesture control and Google Assistant/Siri support are also on the list of features. The only available colour is Charcoal and the price is INR 2,799 (USD 38).
According to GSM Arena, the Wired Buds, on the other hand, connect using a 3.5mm audio jack and while there are no ANC or other fancy features like that, the passive isolation is great. That’s achieved through a special angled design.
There’s also a microphone on the menu and support Google Assistant and Siri. The pair goes for just INR 299 (USD 4). (Image source: Instagram)

LinkedIn likely to launch audio events later in January

Washington [US] (ANI): Microsoft-owned LinkedIn live audio feature it had been testing for some time now will reportedly debut later this month in beta as part of the company’s new events platform.
LinkedIn had last March said that it was for its live audio feature doing “early tests to create a unique audio experience connected to your professional identity.” According to The Verge, unlike other companies with audio chat features, such as Twitter’s Spaces, LinkedIn doesn’t plan to include ticketed events, where organizers could charge for access.
LinkedIn’s all-virtual events platform will eventually include moderated panel-style discussions, roundtables, and fireside chats, with the formats left up to the event hosts.
The virtual events will be built on LinkedIn’s in-house tools, and event participants will potentially be able to converse with each other during and after the live events. The video version is expected to be available later in the spring.
While Clubhouse drew in a big audience during the pandemic with its invite-only audio events (it’s now open to all, even without an invitation to join), it’s been overshadowed in recent months by competitors from established social platforms.
Twitter began testing its Spaces to a limited audience in December of 2020 (and made it more widely available last year), Spotify introduced its live audio app, Greenroom, and Facebook added its Live Audio Rooms in June and Discord launched its Stage Channels last March. (Image source: Unsplash)

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G launched in India

New Delhi [India] (ANI): Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G, the successor to Galaxy S20 FE 5G, has been launched in India today. The new device’s price has also been confirmed, along with its availability date.
Starting at INR 49,999, the device will be available beginning tomorrow (January 11), reported GSM Arena. The newly-launched phone, which is a tweaked variant of the regular Galaxy S21, comes packed with a pro-grade camera, the latest Exynos chipset, and is available in four colours.
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G pricing and availability:
The smartphone comes in two variants – the base 8GB RAM + 128GB storage option is priced at Rs 49,999. The 8GB RAM + 256GB storage option will cost Rs 53,999. The phone will be available to purchase through Amazon, Samsung’s official website, and select retail stores.
The phone features a counter-cut design with four colours – Lavender, White, Graphite, and Olive.
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G specifications:
Talking about the specs, the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G comes with the Snapdragon 888/Exynos 2100 SoC, and Android 12-based One UI 4 update.
The smartphone’s built around a 6.4″ FullHD+ 120Hz Dynamic AMOLED panel with a fingerprint reader underneath and a punch hole for the 32MP selfie camera. The back cover of the S21 FE 5G sports LED flash and three cameras – 12MP primary, 12MP ultrawide, and 8MP telephoto.
The Galaxy S21 FE 5G comes with stereo speakers, NFC, USB-C, and IP68 rating. And keeping the lights on is a 4,500 mAh battery with 25W wired and 15W wireless charging. The smartphone also supports reverse wireless charging.
Through the settings, one can even set a charging speed or disable it to avoid overheating the handset. The smartphone also supports 5G and Wi-Fi6 connectivity. (Image source: Instagram)

Realme GT2 series to get global release, more gadgets coming in 2022

Shenzhen [China]: Realme VP and head of Realme International business group Madhav Sheth has confirmed that the company’s latest GT2 series is launching internationally soon and also teased the new tablet and laptop announcements set for 2022.
Earlier this week, Realme announced its latest flagship smartphones – the GT2 and GT2 Pro and now as per GSM Arena, Sheth has confirmed that the GT2 series will launch internationally soon. He also teased new tablet and laptop announcements set for 2022 as well as plans for bringing its AIoT products to the US.
Sheth teased on his Twitter handle that the international release of the GT2 series flagships will be held in Europe. The exact date for this launch is yet to be confirmed.
India will also be part of the global GT 2 series launch, as per GSM Arena.
Sheth also teased several new Android tablets and Windows-powered laptops launching this year.
For the unversed, Realme has already confirmed that it will be one of the first brands to release a laptop powered by Intel’s latest 12th-gen H series chips. More audio, smartwatches and smart TV can also be expected to launch.
Sheth also highlighted the upcoming software updates. He said Realme’s goal is to deliver two years of OS updates and up to three years of security patches for its phones.

Realme 9 Pro might come with 5,000 mAh battery

Washington [US]: A new Realme device believed to be the Realme 9 Pro passed TUV certification with a 5,000 mAh battery.
According to GSM Arena, the phone bears the RMX3472 model number which is the same identifier that the device passed through Indonesia’s SDPPI and TKDN, Thailand’s NBTC, and Russia’s EEC. There is no word on the actual charging speeds but one can expect at least 50W which was the figure seen on the Realme 8 Pro.
Meanwhile, Realme 9 Pro is expected to pack a Dimensity 810 chipset while the Pro+ model should bring a Dimensity 920 chip while the third model in the series – Realme 9i should come with a Snapdragon 680 chipset.
Realm 9 Pro will reportedly bring a 50MP main cam alongside a 2MP depth cam and a 2MP macro cam. It’s expected the Realme 9 series will launch later this month, as per GSM Arena.

Apple iPhone SE 2022 expected to feature old design

Washington [US]: Some previous rumours suggested that the next iPhone SE will have a more modern-looking design. However, the latest rumour surrounding the upcoming phone says that the iPhone SE 2022 will have the same design as the iPhone SE 2020, which reused the design of the iPhone 8 from 2017.
That’s definitely going to look out of place in the mobile world this year, with practically all phones, including budget blowers, settling for the all-screen look. As per GSM Arena, the new iPhone SE will have none of that, though. However, one good feature that is coming to iPhone SE 2022 is that there will be 5G built-in.
In 2024, the iPhone SE should get a design reminiscent of the iPhone XR and iPhone 11, only with a slightly smaller screen size. It won’t get Face ID, but will allegedly come with a Touch ID sensor embedded in the power button.

Samsung Galaxy S22 lineup takes shape in latest leaks

Seoul [South Korea]: A recently leaked video has shown off three dummy units of Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S22 series of phones, giving an early look at the design of the lineup.
According to The Verge, the video emerged alongside other details of the upcoming phones, including camera specs and images of a new fast charger. This isn’t the first time footage of Galaxy S22 dummy units has leaked online.
The three handsets shown in the leaked video are thought to be the S22 Ultra, the S22 Plus and the regular S22, though these names may not be final. The S22 and S22 Plus appear to have similar designs to last year’s S21 devices, with camera bumps across the top left side of their backs. Both dummy units appear to have triple-camera setups.
A recently leaked spec sheet has suggested the regular S22 will have a more compact 6.1-inch display. This compares to a reported 6.55-inch display for the S22 Plus. Previous reports suggest both will have a 50-megapixel main camera paired with extra ultra-wide and telephoto cameras.
In line with a previous leak from last month, the S22 Ultra appears to have a very Galaxy Note-style design, with a squared-off top and bottom and a built-in holder for an S Pen stylus.
There’s also no camera bump around the phone’s reported four cameras. A leaked spec sheet has suggested these will consist of a primary 108-megapixel sensor, a 12-megapixel ultrawide, a 10-megapixel 3x telephoto and a 10-megapixel 10x periscope.
It’s currently unclear exactly when these phones might all be announced. Samsung launched the S21 series in mid-January last year but has typically opted for February launches for previous lineups.

Realme 9i specs, renders leak

Shenzhen [China]: The specs and renders of the upcoming Realme 9i have leaked ahead of its January 10 announcement.
GSM Arena obtained some new renders depicting it has surfaced, along with a spec list. As per the outlet, the Realme 9i is said to sport a 6.6-inch FHD+ IPS LCD touchscreen with a 90 Hz refresh rate, the Snapdragon 680 chipset, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, and a 5,000 mAh battery with 33W fast charging support.
The gadget will have a 50 MP primary camera, a 2 MP macro cam, and a 2 MP depth sensor- for the rear camera. For selfies, the smartphone will have a 16 MP snapper on the front, in the left-aligned hole-punch cutout in the display.
The Realme 9i allegedly measures 164.4 x 75.7 x 8.4 mm and weighs 190g. The build is entirely plastic, and the phone will be offered in two colours– blue and black.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 5G Olympic Games edition announced

Seoul [South Korea]: With the Beijing Winter Olympics right around the corner, South Korean tech giant Samsung announced a limited-edition Galaxy Z Flip3 to celebrate the big event.

As per GSM Arena, the exclusive Z Flip3 comes in an all-new Winter Dream White colour and sports gold accents on the frame and hinge while the secondary display area dons a black finish.
The Beijing 2022 Olympics logo is placed on the bottom half right below the Samsung logo.

The new Olympic Games edition Z Flip3 comes with a custom theme complete with Olympics inspired wallpapers, icons and cover screen clock styles.

The handset comes with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage and is listed at CNY 7,999 on Samsung’s official e-shop in China. Open sales are scheduled for January 15.

It remains to be seen if all participating athletes at the Olympics will receive a Flip3 and if it will be available for purchase internationally. (ANI)

OnePlus 10 Pro’s detailed specs surface

Shenzhen [China]: Though OnePlus just posted a couple of 10 Pro teasers, it didn’t reveal much in the way of the smartphone’s specs.
However, according to GSM Arena, a regulatory website now has the full listing for the OnePlus 10 Pro, complete with most of its specs. The phone, model number NE2210, measures 163.0 x 73.9 x 8.55mm and weighs 200.5g. It has a 6.7-inch 1440x3216px AMOLED of 120Hz refresh rate. There’s a 5,000mAh battery (rumoured to be capable of 80W wired and 50W wireless charging), a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip with up to 12GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage.
The selfie camera has a 32MP sensor and you get a triple setup on the rear. It’s a 48MP main, 50MP ultrawide, and 8MP 3x telephoto affair.
As per GSM Arena, the OnePlus 10 Pro will launch in China on January 11 in Black, White, and Green. It’s expected to arrive in India and other countries shortly after that.

Apple might bring punch-hole display to iPhone 14

Washington [US]: Reports about Apple bringing a punch-hole screen to the iPhone 14 series are not new, but another insider doubled down on them during the weekend.
According to GSM Arena, Mark Gurman, who specializes in Apple products, revealed in his latest podcast ‘Power On’ he expects Apple to ditch the notch on some 2022 devices. The new year will also bring us a redesigned MacBook Air with an M2 chip and wireless charging for the 2022 iPad Pro.
If the iPhone 14 series comes with a punch-hole solution, FaceID will likely make it under the display. Apple has been working on the technology for quite some time, and it is likely to appear during the launch in the fall.
Gurman claimed the new M2 chip would be “marginally faster” than the M1. It should have an octa-core CPU and 9- or 10-core GPU, which would be an upgrade over the 8-core GPU on the current Air.
A new, internally-developed chip is also expected for the Mac Pro and an AR/VR headset, which is likely to make an appearance at WWDC in the summer.
As per GSM Arena, the list of expected products also includes a new iPhone SE with 5G and a rugged version of the Apple Watch.

OnePlus 9RT to soon go global

Shenzhen [China]: OnePlus had launched its 9RT smartphone in China back in October, and now there is finally a confirmation that the gadget would soon be going global.
The brand’s Indian division shared a morse code on Twitter with the message, “Get ready to decode greatness. Coming soon!” and after quick decryption, the code simply said “OnePlus 9RT”. According to GSM Arena, the OnePlus 9RT is a Snapdragon 888-powered device and comes with fancy cooling. The display is 6.62″ AMOLED with all the fancy bells and whistles such as HDR10+ support, sRGB and DCI-P3 support, 120 Hz refresh rate, 600 Hz touch sampling rate.
The trio of cameras on the back hold some flagship potential with a 50 MP main shooter and a Sony IMX766 sensor behind, but the second cam is a 16 MP ultra-wide-angle, while the third is a classic macro lens, no portrait cam with optical zoom whatsoever.
The price of the OnePlus 9RT was around CNY 3,300 when it launched in China. Globally, some market adjustments are expected, and Indian customers should be able to buy it for around INR 40,000-45,000, while Europe is likely to see a EUR 549 starting price, as per GSM Arena.

Apple provides interesting insight into limitations of Bluetooth, feature set of AirPods 3

Washington [US]: American tech giant Apple’s vice president of acoustics Gary Geaves recently provided some interesting insight into the limitations of Bluetooth and the feature set of the AirPods 3.
Apple in October introduced the redesigned third-generation AirPods, which have an updated design, Adaptive EQ support, spatial audio, and other new features. To explain some of the design decisions Apple made with the AirPods 3, Apple’s vice president of acoustics Gary Geaves appeared in an interview with an outlet and provided some interesting insight into the limitations of Bluetooth and the feature set of the AirPods 3, as per Mac Rumours. Geaves said AirPods 3 were built entirely with custom-made components, using nothing “off the shelf.” Apple is using a “complicated acoustic system,” “carefully tuned bass port,” and a “brand new, custom amplifier” all in the name of the best possible sound quality. Apple can optimize for sound with hardware components.
When asked if Bluetooth is holding back Apple’s hardware and “stifling sound quality,” Geaves declined to say too much, but he said that Apple “concentrates very hard” on getting the most out of Bluetooth, and that “it’s fair to say” that Apple would “like more bandwidth.”
“Obviously the wireless technology is critical for the content delivery that you talk about”, he says, “but also things like the amount of latency you get when you move your head, and if that’s too long, between you moving your head and the sound changing or remaining static, it will make you feel quite ill, so we have to concentrate very hard on squeezing the most that we can out of the Bluetooth technology, and there’s a number of tricks we can play to maximise or get around some of the limits of Bluetooth. But it’s fair to say that we would like more bandwidth and… I’ll stop right there. We would like more bandwidth”, he said.
When conceptualizing the AirPods 3, Geaves said that the AirPods team “looked very closely” at the strengths of the second-generation AirPods, according to Mac Rumours.
The “effortless open fit” that doesn’t create a seal in the ear is a big draw of the AirPods, but designing around the lack of a seal “creates challenges for the audio team.”
Geaves said that the sound people experience will be “significantly different, especially the bass,” which is what led Apple’s AirPods team to add Adaptive EQ, an AirPods Pro feature, to the AirPods 3. It’s designed to provide a “consistent frequency response regardless of the level of fit that each person gets.”
When designing audio hardware, Apple works from a “strong analytic foundation” and has done “extensive measurements” and “deep statistical research” to inform an “internal acoustic analytic response” that’s taken into account.
Geaves also said that Apple also understands that listening to music “is an emotional experience which people connect with on a very deep level,” so Apple works with an “expert team of critical listeners and tuners” as well. The team is from the pro audio industry and refines the sound for each product, including the new AirPods 3.

Vivo Y21T goes official with Snapdragon 680 SoC

Washington [US]: The vivo Y21T expected to debut in India on January 3 is already official in Indonesia. However, it’s not an entirely new smartphone. It’s actually a Y33s with a different chip, screen, and selfie camera.
According to GSM Arena, the vivo Y33s is powered by the Helio G80 SoC, while the V21T has the Snapdragon 680 at the helm. The diagonal of the 6.58″ LCD has been reduced to 6.51″, and so is the resolution, from FullHD+ to HD+. Moreover, vivo swapped the 16MP selfie shooter with an 8MP unit while also ditching the NFC chip.
The rest of the vivo Y21T’s specs include Android 11-based Funtouch OS 12, triple card slot (2 SIM + 1 microSD), side-mounted fingerprint reader, USB-C, 3.5mm headphone jack, 5,000 mAh battery, and 18W charging.
The triple camera system on the AG Matte back consists of 50MP primary, 2MP macro, and 2MP depth units.
As per GSM Arena, the vivo Y21T comes in a single 6GB RAM + 128GB storage configuration. The former can be extended virtually by 2GB, and the latter up to 1TB using a microSD card.

BlackBerry to discontinue key services for existing phones

Washington [US]: BlackBerry has announced that it will discontinue offering significant services for its existing devices in 2022.
As per Mashable, from January 4, the business’s smartphones will be without provisioning services. It will be unable to connect to networks, including the mobile phone network, as a result of this.
A few years back, BlackBerry’s keyboard-centric designs had led to high demand, especially among business workers who relied on BlackBerry services that provide a high degree of confidentiality and anonymity.
BlackBerry may not do much as smartphones continue to change with the introduction of the first touchscreen phone. Although Android phones – which at one time resembled inexpensive BlackBerry knockoffs – shifted their focus to touch screen interface, the introduction of the first iPhone shook up the industry.
BlackBerry, on the other hand, was caught off guard. It disputed that on-screen keyboards were rising in popularity and instead relied on the services that businesspeople were realistically reliant on.
As a result, it took at least a year for the company to release the first-ever touchscreen phone. BlackBerry, which is now a minor competitor in the market, has opted to abandon its very own services in favour of Android.
BlackBerry realised it couldn’t maintain up with the industry and exited the hardware sector after a few phones that were undeniably attractive and lured some users. It sold the BlackBerry-branded license to a few manufacturers but maintained the corporate security services.
According to Mashable, this means that the business will continue to support older BlackBerrys running its proprietary software. These are, however, ancient phones.
Because the latest software update of BlackBerry OS was published in 2013, shutting it down won’t have a significant impact.
It’s difficult to believe that some individuals are still using ancient BlackBerry phones. BlackBerry, on the other hand, is ready to say goodbye if there are still some users. BlackBerry has stated on its FAQ website that it would no longer respond to provisioning updates to its handsets.
Those devices would no longer be capable of connecting to Wi-Fi or cellular networks as a result of this. These gadgets will eventually stop working and will no longer offer “data, texts and calls, SMS, and 911 capabilities.” On January 4, BlackBerry World and BlackBerry Link will be decommissioned.

OnePlus 10 Pro rumored to launch on January 11

Shenzhen [China]: While it was already confirmed by OnePlus’s CEO that the upcoming OnePlus 10 Pro will launch next month, some rumours suggested the phone will be made available during the first week of the month.
According to GSM Arena, today a purported promo video for the device leaked in China and it brings the revelation of the supposed exact announcement date. If this video is really a leaked promo video and not someone exercising their wishful thinking abilities, then the official launch would be January 11.
Needless to say, since the video is intended for the Chinese market, the January 11 date, even if accurate, is likely to only refer to the phone’s Chinese launch. This may come before, or even after, the global launch.
The OnePlus 10 Pro was spotted in a benchmark database earlier today and was certified with 80W fast charging yesterday. It should have the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset at the helm, a 50 MP main rear camera with Hasselblad branding, and a 6.7″ curved LTPO 2.0 AMOLED display with a 120 Hz refresh rate.
As per GSM Arena, past rumours suggest that the battery capacity would be 5,000 mAh. The phone should hopefully run Android 12 out of the gate.

Samsung Galaxy Fold, Note 10 series to get stable One UI 4

Seoul [South Korea]: South Korean tech giant Samsung will be continuing to seed its stable One UI 4 update to more of its devices.
According to GSM Arena, the latest ones on the list to get the new update are the first-gen Galaxy Fold and Galaxy Note 10 series in both its 4G and 5G trims. Samsung’s firsts foldable will get the F900FXXU6GUL9 update build which is reported by users in France and also comes with the December 2021 security patch.
The 4G variants of the Galaxy Note 10 and 10+ will get the N97xFXXU7GULD update builds as spotted by users in Switzerland while the 5G models receive version N976BXXU7GULD alongside the January 2022 security patch.
As per GSM Arena, One UI 4 and Android 12 will likely be the last major updates for the Galaxy Note 10 series from the company.

LG’s next-generation OLED EX technology delivers improved brightness

Washington [US]: LG Display has announced its next-generation OLED technology — dubbed OLED EX — which, according to the company, will increase brightness by up to 30 per cent, boost picture accuracy and allow for smaller bezels in finished products.
As per The Verge, these improvements are due to two key changes. The first is the use of an element known as deuterium in the chemical make-up of LG’s OLED panels, and the second is the incorporation of algorithmic image processing. LG has said that the latter will predict the usage of each individual light-emitting diode in TV based on personal viewing habits to “precisely (control) the display’s energy input to more accurately express the details and colours of the video content being played.”
According to The Verge, LG’s claims about reduced bezel sizes with OLED EX are a little more concrete at least. The company has said that based on calculations involving a 65-inch OLED display, it will be able to reduce bezel thickness from 6mm to 4mm. It’s not a huge change on paper, but given how optimised this technology already is, every little improvement has to be fought for.
LG plans to start incorporating OLED EX technology into all its OLED panels starting in the second quarter of 2022, though it’s not clear how much longer it might then take for this technology to reach consumers.
As well as improving its OLED tech, LG has also been playing with some wilder concepts at this year’s CES conference, showing off new transparent displays as well as reclining, curved OLED thrones.

Samsung rolling out Android 12-based One UI 4.0 to Galaxy S20 series

Seoul [South Korea]: On Tuesday, Samsung managed to restart its One UI 4 update based on Android 12 for the Galaxy S21 family as well as the Galaxy Z Fold3 and Flip3 after pausing the rollout for a few days to fix some bugs. And now, the tech giant is ready to send out One UI 4 to even more devices.
As per GSM Arena, the entire Galaxy S20 family, including the S20 FE, as well as the Galaxy Note20 family have started receiving the new update. All of the devices in these ranges are now receiving the latest software at least in one place in the world, and that is Switzerland. The rollout will soon expand geographically in order to make it to as many other places as possible before the end of the year. Last week, Samsung announced that it was done releasing betas for the S20 family and that a stable update would follow.
If you own any of the Galaxy S20 or the Galaxy Note 20 phones and live in Switzerland, you can check for the update from the Settings > Software Update, and then hit the Download and Install option to get it on your phone.
Speaking about the latest One UI 4.0 update features, the list includes the new Material You design that changes the look of the UI based on the wallpaper of the device, redesigned Home screen widgets, changes in the Camera UI, improvements in the multitasking functionality, and several more features.
Various emojis, GIFs, and stickers have also been added to the keyboard.

Redmi Note 11S confirmed

Washington [US]: After launching three phones under the Redmi Note 11 family, the Xiaomi sub-brand is all set to release Redmi Note 11S as a new phone, followed by a Redmi Note 11T.
As per GSM Arena, the phone with model number 2201117SG appeared on multiple certification websites, including the NBTC in Singapore, BIS in India, and the Eurasian Economic Area (EEC). Reportedly, there are no less than four more variations of the model number, which are likely for the different carrier configurations, as well as multiple storage options. Sadly, the listings give zero information on any actual specs, launch date, or pricing whatsoever.
The Redmi Note 10S arrived for the global market in March 2021, but its successor may come earlier than that.
For the uninformed, the Redmi Note 11S will be the fourth name in the family, but not the fourth one in all countries. The Note 11 Pro and Note 11 Pro plus is expected to launch in India as Xiaomi 11i and Xiaomi 11i Hypercharge (not to be confused with Mi 11i) as soon as next Thursday.

Oneplus 10 Pro appears in retailer listings, might launch in January


Shenzhen [China]: OnePlus 10 Pro was confirmed to arrive in January 2022, and the phone is already up for reservations, which is just a feature to notify users when the product arrives.

According to GSM Arena, a listing on said the pre-order is scheduled for January 4, and might also be the launch date in China.
Smartphone companies usually put their phones up for pre-order when the device is launched, but OnePlus is not a typical maker, since it is as popular overseas as it is at home.

It would not be surprising to see a simple teaser on January 4 with some of the key features of the phone, like a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset and another Hasselblad partnership.

Historically, OnePlus has launched its H1 flagships between March and May. It’s anticipated that something similar might happen with the 10 series as well.

As per GSM Arena, the OnePlus 10 and OnePlus 10 Pro will arrive in China in January, but the global launch will be scheduled for Spring 2022. (ANI)

Oppo A11s launched with SD 460, 5,000 mAh battery

Beijing [China]: A brand new handset from Oppo was introduced in China recently – the Oppo A11s.
It’s a Snapdragon 460 powered device equipped with a 6.5-inch HD+ LCD that refreshes at 90Hz and a 5,000 mAh battery with 18W charging, reported GSM Arena. A11s also brings a 13MP main camera around the back alongside 2MP depth and 2MP macro cameras. The 8MP selfie shooter is housed in a punch-hole cutout. There is also a capacitive fingerprint scanner that lives around the back.
The phone’s listed dimensions come in at 163.9 x 75.1 x 8.4 mm while the phone weighs 188 grams. It comes in black and white colours. The software side is covered by Android 10 with Oppo’s ColorOS 7.2 on top.
Oppo A11s starts at CNY 999 in its 4GB RAM and 64GB storage trim while the 8/128GB version is going for CNY 1,199. The phone is now available on Oppo’s online shop and partnering retailers across China.

Lenovo Legion Y90 to arrive in January

Washington [US]: Lenovo has announced that it will kick off the new year by unveiling a gaming smartphone on the first day of 2022.
According to GSM Arena, Lenovo’s new gaming smartphone is called the Legion Y90. While the company hasn’t detailed its specs sheet yet, it did reveal a few specs of the phone’s display. The Lenovo Legion Y90 will pack a 6.92″ E4 AMOLED screen with a 144Hz refresh rate and 720Hz touch sampling rate.
The panel supports HDR content, and the smartphone will come with a dual-engine air-cooled system for sustained performance.
Lenovo didn’t get into the specifics of this cooling system, but a company employee shared a screenshot on Weibo, saying the Legion Y90 will continue playing games at 120fps and remain comparatively cool even after 20-30 minutes of gaming.
With the unveiling still over a week away, people can expect to hear more about the Lenovo Legion Y90 in the coming days, as per GSM Arena.

Huawei announces Watch D with ECG, blood pressure monitoring

Shenzhen [China]: Huawei has unveiled the P50 Pocket with the Snapdragon 888 SoC and a gapless folding screen. Alongside it, the company introduced the Watch D we’ve been hearing about for a few weeks.
According to GSM Arena, the Huawei Watch D sports a 1.64″ AMOLED colour touchscreen of 456×280-pixel resolution and a pixel density of 326 ppi. It’s made of an aluminium alloy case and has two colour options – Black and Titanium. The Watch D’s straps are made of fluoro-rubber and come in medium and large sizes. The former is 11.8cm long, and the latter is 13.3cm in length.
The smartwatch comes with the standard set of health and fitness features such as a step counter, heart rate monitor, sleep tracking, and blood oxygen level monitor. But, the Watch D’s main highlights are its ability to record your ECG and measure blood pressure.
The Huawei Watch D uses Huawei TruBP, which employs micro air pumps and airbags for wrist-based blood pressure measurement. Huawei says it has integrated a high-precision pressure sensor, a pressure feedback control circuit, and a low flow resistance gas path to get measurements with an error margin of +- 3mmHg.
For ECG, the Huawei Watch D relies on the TruSeen 5.0+ technology, which uses eight circular photoelectric sensors and a pair of luminous sources with a curved glass sapphire lens and PVD-coated ECG electrodes to filter out interference and achieve accurate results.
The Watch D is advertised to detect Atherosclerosis, Arrhythmia, and Sleep Apnea risks. Huawei allows the smartwatch’s users to quickly get online consultation from experts to help understand their health data.
Huawei says it partnered with 301 hospitals in China to test the accuracy and reliability of the Watch D, which has also been registered as a Class II medical device with China’s food and drug administration.
The rest of the Huawei Watch D’s highlights include a temperature sensor, multi-functional NFC, and IP68 dust and water resistance. Huawei hasn’t revealed the Watch D’s battery size but says it will offer up to seven days of endurance in a typical usage scenario.
As per GSM Arena, the Huawei Watch D is priced at CNY 2,988 and will go on sale in China starting December 25. There’s no word on its availability in global markets.

Motorola working on new foldable Razr

Washington [US]: The foldable smartphone space is heating up with more and more companies announcing new devices frequently. Motorola was one of the pioneers of the space, with the original foldable Razr launched in 2019.
The 5G follow-up to the phone a year later made much smaller waves, but the company is undeterred and in fact, it’s already working on the next generation Razr, reported GSM Arena. The details regarding the upcoming device come straight from a Lenovo executive, posting on Weibo. He promised that the next Razr will be more advanced in terms of performance, and it will come with an improved UI. Additionally, the design is said to be nicer too.
Finally, it looks likely that the new Razr will launch first in the Chinese market, breaking with tradition. The next Razr will probably launch internationally as well since both of its predecessors have.

Huawei’s P50 Pocket launched with Snapdragon 888 4G SoC, 120Hz OLED display

Shenzhen [China]: Huawei has officially boarded the clamshell foldable phone bandwagon with the launch of the Huawei P50 Pocket in China.
As per GSM Arena, the smartphone brings a Huawei patented hinge mechanism with no visible gap when closed. P50 Pocket continues the design language laid out by the Huawei P50 series and uses a custom-made 3D structured glass design. There’s a 6.9-inch 120Hz OLED main screen with a tall 21:9 aspect ratio and 2790 x 1188 px resolution. Huawei went with a punch-hole cutout on the top which houses the selfie camera.
The small 1-inch cover screen can do more than just tell the time, date and notifications. It has its own service widgets for first and third-party apps like maps and music players.
P50 Pocket comes with three cameras – a 40MP main cam with a 26mm equivalent lens alongside a 13MP f/2.2 ultrawide snapper and a 32MP f/1.8 ultra spectrum camera which should boost colour rendering.
There’s a Snapdragon 888 4G at the helm aided by 8/12GB RAM and 256/512GB storage. The software side is covered by HarmonyOS while the battery comes in at 4,000mAh capacity and supports 40W wired charging.
The foldable measures 7.2mm in its unfolded state, 15.2mm when folded and weighs 190 grams.
Huawei P50 Pocket comes in white and black colours as well as a special premium edition gold trim.
The standard P50 Pocket comes in a single 8/256GB trim and retails for CNY 8,988 (roughly Rs 1,06,200). The special edition gold model with 12/512GB will cost CNY 10,988 (roughly Rs 1,29,800).
First sales in China started today. International availability has not been detailed yet. However, GSM Arena learnt from a Huawei official that an international launch is imminent.

Android 13 leaked build surfaces suggesting new features, minor changes

Washington [US]: Android 12L is currently in the Beta phase as it aims to optimize the user experience for larger-sized devices like tablets and foldables.
Meanwhile, according to GSM Arena, Android 13 ‘Tiramisu’ is getting its first look as screenshots from an early build of Android 13 have been revealed by a news outlet. The outlet confirmed it’s confident about the screenshots it is providing in its report. The first feature has been codenamed ‘Panlingual’ and it means that instead of setting one language to apply universally to all apps and menus, users would be able to set a universal language for the UI and menus, but then set languages to apps on a per-app basis.
This would offer multi-lingual users more options within the ‘Languages and Input’ menu that can also be accessed through the ‘App Info’ screen.
Next up, there’s evidence within Android 13 that suggests Notifications could become an opt-in feature in the future. This means that Apps would no longer be able to spam users with notifications without consent.
As it can be seen in the screenshots, ‘Notifications’ is listed as permission that can be denied or allowed, and that permission could even be revoked after some amount of time.
By default, any app installed on Android will deliver notifications as it pleases. Though there are notification settings to prevent this from happening, not all users are aware of them. If a user installs the Taco Bell app, Android 13 may ask the user if it wants to receive alerts for late-night cravings.
There’s a new layout for the lock screen clock as well. With Android 12, the clock changed to a “two-line” layout that changes to a single line when a notification appears. With Android 13, you’d be able to disable the two-line clock layout altogether.
What needs to be kept in mind is that these are very early builds of Android 13 and that the final list of features may change even before the developer previews start to arrive, which usually happens soon After Google I/O, as per GSM Arena.

Vivo V23 series to launch in India in January

New Delhi [India]: New reports have confirmed that the Vivo V23 series will definitely debut in India next month.
As per GSM Arena, the V23 series will “come with India’s First 50MP Eye Autofocus Dual Selfie camera,” ruling out the launch of the V23e or the V23e 5G since both feature single front-facing cameras. It remains unclear how many smartphones the V23 series will consist of in India, but it will include the V23 and V23 Pro at next month’s event since an official promo video was aired in India during a sports match teasing both phones as “coming soon.”
The short clip showed a Sunshine Gold-colored smartphone with a curved screen and three cameras on the back, and towards the end, we see two phones – one in grey colour and the other in gold.
The former also has a curved screen, with the notch housing two cameras, while the latter has a triple camera system headlined by a 64MP unit. Both smartphones are 5G-ready.
As per GSM Arena, the V23 Pro was initially expected to be a global version of the freshly announced China-exclusive S12 Pro, but it seems the V23 Pro won’t be a complete clone of the S12 Pro despite having a similar design and 50MP dual selfie camera since the latter comes with a 108MP primary unit.
The Vivo V23 Pro is also rumoured to be touted as “India’s slimmest 3D curve display smartphone at 7.36mm” at launch, and we can expect to hear more about it as we inch closer to the new year.

Samsung Galaxy A53 will come with two chipset versions


Washington [US]: The upcoming flagship of the Samsung Galaxy smartphone– A53 will have two chipsets, something which was a predictable development for the past few years.

As per GSM Arena, it seems like Samsung is looking to adopt the same strategy for one of its best selling mid-rangers. The upcoming Galaxy A53 will succeed the A52/A52s and A51, which were all Samsung’s best-selling mid-rangers. And the A53 is allegedly going to be offered in two versions, with two different chipsets, just like the flagship S series.
A source clarified the outlet that this is not a confusion stemming from there being both 4G and 5G iterations of the A53 – apparently, there’s only going to be an A53 5G. In some markets, like the US, this may show up with a new Exynos SoC (possibly marketed as Exynos 1200 upon launch).

Over there the A53 will have the model number SM-A536U. There’s also going to be an SM-A536B for Europe, and an SM-A536E for the Middle East, North Africa, and a number of Asian markets, including India. These models may come with differing chipsets.

The Galaxy A53 is expected to become official in March, perhaps alongside the Galaxy A33 and A73.

The A53 will have a 64 MP main camera and a 5,000 mAh battery. It will be offered in white, black, blue, and orange, according to GSM Arena. (ANI)

Samsung Galaxy’s upcoming flagship for S22 series leaks

Washington [US]: Samsung’s upcoming flagship next to another member of the S22 series, will adopt a camera bump similar to this year’s Galaxy S21 lineup, according to a recently leaked poster.
GSM Arena recently obtained a leaked poster for Samsung’s upcoming flagship next to another member of the S22 series- likely the S22 plus. As per the leaks, the Samsung Galaxy S22 and S22 plus will adopt a camera bump similar to this year’s Galaxy S21 lineup.
Additionally, the poster also confirms the S Pen support on the Galaxy S22 Ultra.

Pixel Watch may come with Exynos SoC, new Google Assistant

Washington [US]: While we are yet to get an official announcement, several leaks that have recently surfaced strongly hint at the arrival of a Google Pixel Watch. And now, we have fresh rumours to add to the chatter surrounding the first Pixel-branded smartwatch.
A recent report from 9to5Google found mentions of “PIXEL_EXPERIENCE_WATCH” which not only solidifies the case for the smartwatch to bear the Pixel name but also suggests that a Pixel smartwatch would receive Wear OS features exclusive to the new wearable. Pixel name and features aside, Wear OS 3 will receive the most recent update to Google Assistant that will be able to understand voice queries and perform tasks while offline. This ability is currently only reserved for select Pixel smartphones.
The report mentions that an Exynos (Samsung-made) SoC for the Pixel Watch is highly likely considering the possibility of the on-device speech processing with updated Google Assistant. The wearable’s SoC could either be an Exynos-branded one or Tensor-branded, but either one would still be made by Samsung.
It’s still too early to tell if any of the above will come true. The Google Pixel Watch is expected sometime in 2022, but there’s no solid timeline on when that may be.
Earlier this month, leaked marketing images of the Google Pixel Watch showed a round watch body and a low-profile touch screen with a rounded edge all the way around.

LG’s ‘first gaming laptop’ to sport RTX 3080

Washington [US]: South Korean multinational conglomerate LG has announced what it’s calling its “first gaming laptop,” the UltraGear 17G90Q.
According to The Verge, this 17-inch laptop is powered by a combination of an 11th Gen Intel Tiger Lake H CPU and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Max-Q graphics card and can be configured with up to 32GB of RAM and 1TB of storage The company is no stranger to making laptops, but the focus of its previous models has generally been on office productivity rather than offering a top-of-the-line gaming experience.
The LG Gram 17 we reviewed earlier this year, for example, was a great lightweight work machine, but its lack of a beefy dedicated GPU meant it definitely wasn’t a gaming machine.
LG lists two laptops on its site equipped with Nvidia GPUs, but both have the lower-powered GTX 1650. In contrast, the RTX 3080 found inside the new UltraGear 17G90Q is the fastest GPU Nvidia currently offers for laptops.
Other specs include a 1080p IPS display with a 300Hz refresh rate, a 93Wh battery, an RGB keyboard, a fingerprint sensor on the power button, and a 1080p webcam. Its casing is made from aluminium, and the laptop comes in a fetching purple-grey colour.
Although the LG UltraGear 17G90Q is meant for gaming, it’s still equipped with a bevvy of physical ports. There are two USB-C ports (including one USB 4), two USB-A ports, a headphone jack, HDMI port, Ethernet, and there’s even a microSD card slot for good measure. Charging is handled via a dedicated DC input.
As per The Verge, pricing for the 17G90Q is yet to be announced, but LG says it’ll be announcing more details at CES on January 4th. It’ll be released first in the US and South Korea starting in early 2022.

New Feature: Apple’s iPhone 14 Pro might sport 48MP camera


Washington [US]: American tech giant Apple has been relying on 12MP sensors for the main cameras of its smartphones for the better part of a decade now. According to GSM Arena, this is finally about to change in the iPhone 14 Pro series, as the company is aiming to put a 48MP sensor behind the main shooter, an analyst claims.

The 48MP sensors still output 12MP images after pixel-binning, but allows more data to be gathered for computational photography. Kuo stated that Apple might add a ’48MP’ feature that takes pictures in 48-megapixel resolution for when total resolved detail is key.
The company will then move to introduce another widely used smartphone tech, the periscope lens. It will make its way to the iPhone 15 series, scheduled to arrive in 2023.

As per GSM Arena, sadly, the analyst did not have any more info on the matter. Right now, the telephoto camera of the iPhone 13 Pro Max caps out at 3x, but anything longer wouldn’t fit in a modern slim smartphone without the use of folded optics.

OnePlus 10 Pro confirmed to launch in January 2022

Shenzhen [China]: Popular Chinese tech giant OnePlus will launch the OnePlus 10 Pro in January next year.
As per GSM Arena, the vanilla 10 model is also expected to be announced alongside. The CEO and co-founder of OnePlus, Pete Lau, revealed the launch date of the brand’s upcoming flagship on Tuesday. The news was confirmed via a post made by the executive on the Chinese micro-blogging site Weibo.
The OnePlus 10 Pro will arrive with Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 8 Gen1 chipset. According to previous leaks and rumours, the OnePlus 10 Pro will have an improved 32MP selfie camera. There’s also word of a 6.7-inch LPTO QHD+ AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate with the selfie camera punch-hole cut out in the same upper corner.
The 10 Pro will feature 12GB of LPDDR5 Ram and either 128GB or 256GB of storage. The triple camera system is said to consist of a similar setup as the 9 Pro with a 48MP main camera, 50MP ultrawide, and an 8MP 3.3X telephoto camera. Rumours point to a 5,000 mAh battery, supposedly supporting 80W fast wired charging and 50W fast wireless charging.
The OnePlus 10 Pro will launch in China next month, but there’s not yet any word on when the new flagship would arrive in global markets – that was rumoured to be April.
OnePlus will announce the pricing and availability details of the OnePlus 10 Pro at the time of launch. However, going by its specifications, it could cost around CNY 5,500 (roughly Rs 65,000).

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 4G acquires certification

Beijing [China]: The Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 4G was launched in China as a cheaper alternative to its 5G namesake, and now a device with the same moniker is being certified for global sales.
According to GSM Arena, the company received approval from at least two authorities, IMDA in Singapore and the EEC, which is the overseeing organization for several markets in the Eurasian Economic Area. Tipsters suggest, this new Redmi Note 11 4G phone will have a Snapdragon 680 chipset. It is highly unlikely to get relaunched with the Helio G88 platform since the very same phone is sold in multiple countries under the name Redmi 10 (with one extra 2 MP camera). Other changes might be the memory combinations, which are always different for different markets.
As per GSM Arena, if all the specs sans the fourth camera remain the same, we should expect a 6.5″ LCD, 50 MP main cam and a massive 5,000 mAh battery with 18W charging and some reverse wired charging as well.

Nokia 2760 Flip 4G feature phone specs leak

Espoo [Finland]: Details regarding an upcoming Nokia feature phone with a clamshell form factor have leaked recently.
According to GSM Arena, the phone sports a simple LCD screen with 240 x 320px resolution and a 1,450 mAh battery that lasts almost 14 days on standby or up to 6.8 hours of talk time. Since it runs on KaiOS, it supports many of the smartphone-intrinsic features and works over 4G LTE and Wi-Fi.
The internal storage is 32GB and can be expanded via a microSD card.

Nvidia’s new RTX 2050 laptop GPU might power affordable laptops

Washington [US]: American tech giant Nvidia’s upcoming RTX 2050 laptop GPUs don’t sound “new” at all, considering that the company already released the RTX 3050 and 3050 Ti GPUs for laptops earlier this year.
As per The Verge, however, it’s clear that Nvidia isn’t ready to retire its 20 series GPUs just yet, the company says that the RTX 2050 will be available in laptops starting in the spring of 2022. The RTX 2050 isn’t just a piece of old hardware brought back from the dead. Unlike other 20 series chips, the RTX 2050 is based on Ampere GA107 architecture, not Turing. Ampere is the same architecture that the RTX 3050 (and all other 30 series cards) is powered by, and packaging it within a 20-series card could potentially offer some of the same ray-tracing improvements at a cheaper price.
The RTX 2050 comes with the same 2,048 CUDA cores and 4GB of GDDR6 memory that the RTX 3050 has. However, it offers a 64-bit memory bus when compared to the RTX 3050’s 128-bit, potentially leading to a bit of a downgrade in performance.
While it’s possible that Nvidia is releasing a GPU that doesn’t belong to the latest and greatest 30 series due to the ongoing chip shortage, the move may also come as a way to provide a middle ground between the RTX 3050 and the RTX 1650.
Nvidia might want a mid-range GPU that offers a boost in performance over the RTX 1650, but is still more affordable when compared to devices that carry the RTX 3050.
In addition to the RTX 2050, Nvidia also announced the entry-level MX550 and MX570 laptop chips, but the company hasn’t provided many details about their specs. Nvidia vaguely mentioned “more CUDA Cores” and “faster memory speeds” with no solid numbers to back it up just yet, as per The Verge.
All this comes about two weeks after Nvidia released a new version of the RTX 2060, which was originally launched in 2019, that offers an upgrade of 12GB of video RAM when compared to the 6GB of VRAM that the standard model comes with.

Android 12-based Realme UI 3.0 early access beta announced for Realme 8 Pro

Washington [US]: After announcing the Android 12-based Realme UI 3.0 early access program for the GT Neo2, Realme has now announced the same feature for Realme 8.
As per GSM Arena, Realme 8 Pro users in India who can’t wait for the Realme UI 3.0 stable version’s release can participate in the early access program by navigating to their smartphone’s Settings > Software Update menu, clicking on the Settings icon in the top-right corner, then clicking on Trial version > Early Access > Apply Now, and submit the requested details. The users will be notified about the update if their application will be accepted.
Before applying for the program, one must make sure to check if their smartphone is running software with build number RMX3081_11.C.09 and has at least 60 per cent battery and more than 10GB storage.
GSM Arena notes that the early access builds aren’t as stable as the final updates and often contain bugs that could hamper the user experience, so it’s best to avoid beta software on the primary device.

OxygenOS 12 update for OnePlus 9, 9 Pro rolling out once again

Shenzhen [China]: OnePlus initially started sending out the update to OxygenOS 12 based on Android 12 to the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro around the beginning of this month.
The company then pulled the update only a few days later, after the internet got filled with reports about huge bugs, errors, and various issues. Today the update is finally back up again, according to GSM Arena. This time the version is marked C.39, whereas the first try was C.36. Needless to say, those who are stuck with C.36 since it came out earlier this month should definitely install the new build as soon as possible, as it will hopefully fix all problems.
On the other hand, if you didn’t update to C.36, perhaps it’s best to wait a week or so until it’s clear that the new C.39 version actually is usable and doesn’t introduce any new bugs of its own.
Theoretically, things should work fine now, as OnePlus has mentioned it worked on fixing the issues that were most reported, including failure to connect to mobile data, phone notifications not being visible, freezes, display problems, and so on.
On the other hand, some issues like auto-fill in Chrome and the temporary lack of access to the Ultra HD 48M / AUX camera on GCam will be fixed “in the follow-up update plan”.
As per GSM Arena, the rollout is incremental, meaning only a small percentage of units are getting it today, with a broader rollout commencing at some point in the next few days.

Stable One UI 4 update for Galaxy Z Fold3, Z Flip3 resumed

Seoul [South Korea]: Samsung has resumed its stable One UI 4 release for the Galaxy Z Fold3 and Z Flip3 in South Korea.
For the unversed, the update was suspended over numerous bug and bad usability reports from early adopters. The new build comes with the BUL4 build number and is said to iron out all mishaps from the previous releases, reported GSM Arena.
South Korean Fold and Flip users will once again serve as soak testers for the latest build and if all goes well, the release will spread to other regions. When and if the update reaches your device, it’s always good to back up all your data beforehand just in case you run into any issues.
The stable update will bring a fresh look of the home screen, buttons, menus, and background to the table. Various emojis, GIFs, and stickers have also been added to the keyboard.
For better visibility and customised appearance, One UI 4.0 offers redesigned and upgraded widgets.

OnePlus announces Buds Z2 with noise cancellation, longer battery life

Shenzhen [China] OnePlus has recently announced the successors to last year’s much-loved budget-friendly Buds Z.
As per GSM Arena, the Buds Z2 looks exactly like the original version, but they offer significant upgrades like active noise cancellation (ANC) and longer battery life OnePlus has provided a 40 mAh battery in each bud. It promises 5 hours of non-stop playback with ANC on and 7 hours without ANC.
On the other hand, the charging case, packs a 520 mAh cell, charges over USB-C and provides enough juice to the buds for 5-hour-long playback in just 10 minutes.
According to GSM Arena, a transparency mode is also available in the buds, cutting off the ANC for the moment when a user needs to be aware of your surroundings.
Considering the sound quality, there should reportedly be a pretty small difference between the Buds Z2 and the Buds Pro as the company says the same 11mm dynamic drivers found in the Buds Pro are available here as well.
Like the rest of the OnePlus Buds, these ones will offer better integration with OnePlus-made phones. However, if a user has a different brand of phone, then they can change the settings using the HeyMelody app.
As per GSM Arena, the price for a pair of Buds Z2 is USD 99 with the only available colour option being Pearl White.
Obsidian Black colour is also on the way but should be available sometime next year.

Huawei’s P50 Pocket to launch this month

Shenzhen [China]: Huawei is going to announce a new foldable phone later this month, called the Huawei P50 Pocket.
According to The Verge, unlike its previous Mate X foldables, which fold from a device the size of a tablet into a smartphone, the P50 Pocket has a clamshell design that folds out to the size of a smartphone. It’s a similar design to Samsung’s Z Flip devices or the Motorola Razr. As per reports, leaked pictures of the P50 Pocket make it look like a stylish little foldable. It appears to have a similar dual-ring camera bump to the Huawei P50, but its lower ring has been repurposed to work as a small external screen, which appears to be able to show notifications or work as a camera viewfinder.
As per The Verge, the phone has a side-mounted fingerprint sensor for security, and available colours include silver and gold.
Huawei is of course no stranger to foldable devices and has previously released the Mate X, Mate XS, and Mate X2. But these use a folding form-factor that some have compared to a hotdog bun. In contrast, the new P50 Pocket looks to be using what’s been called a hamburger-style design.
The source only mentions a Chinese launch, and it’s unclear if or when the P50 Pocket could see a global release.
Huawei is yet to offer its latest flagship smartphone, the P50, outside of China following its launch in July, and the company is still subject to US sanctions that both limit its ability to source hardware components and mean it can’t preinstall Google’s apps and services on its phones.

OnePlus 10 Pro to come with better selfie camera, faster charging

Shenzhen [China]: The OnePlus 10 series is expected to arrive around the end of Q1 2022, and some leaks have revealed a few of the key specs of the OnePlus 10 Pro.
According to Digital Chat Station, many of the specs will be identical to the OnePlus 9 Pro, but the new phone will have a better selfie camera and 80W wired charging support. The OnePlus 10 Pro will inherit the 6.7″ LTPO AMOLED panel of 120Hz refresh rate of the OnePlus 9 Pro as well as the punch hole in the upper left corner, reported GSM Arena.
However, this time the front-facing shooter will have a 32MP sensor. Around the back the 48MP wide, 50MP ultrawide and 8MP 3x telephoto camears will be retained, although some of them might get new sensors.
The wireless charging will go up to 50W. The rumour for 80W wired charging is in line with a previous report that the Oppo Find X4 Pro is getting 80W, the two companies sharing a lot of R&D and manufacturing resources.

Amazon’s cloud service outage now over, affected third party service back

Washington [US]: Amazon Web Services had barely finished the post-mortem on last week’s incident that interrupted deliveries and shut off feeds from security cameras before AWS started having problems again in the USA today.
According to The Verge, while last week’s outage was in the US-EAST-1 region, reports on Wednesday showed connections to the company’s US-West servers were failing. The network of Amazon server farms powers more services than you can imagine, but the most visible sign of trouble showed up once Twitch, the Amazon-owned live-streaming platform, went down. A tweet from its support account said, “We are aware of several issues affecting Twitch services.”
There were also reports of disconnections for services like ‘League of Legends’, ‘Valorant’, DoorDash’, ‘Duo’, and ‘Slack’, while gamers experienced disconnections and server issues across Nintendo Online, Xbox Live, and PlayStation Network.
As per The Verge, a message on the AWS status page initially read, “We are investigating Internet connectivity issues” for both the US-WEST-1 and US-WEST-2 region.
However, now, Amazon has reported that “[we] have resolved the issue affecting Internet connectivity” and hopefully, it will stay that way.

New ‘assisted reality’ glass named Air Glass announced by Oppo

Beijing [China]: An AR device named Air Glass that’ll go on sale early next year has been announced by Oppo. Described as an “assisted reality” product, as opposed to augmented reality, the device would project 2D information into your field of view rather than overlaying 3D objects onto the real world.
According to The Verge, the Air Glass has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 4100 processor and weighs just 30g (about 1oz) in total. Oppo has said it should last for 3 hours of active usage and 40 hours on standby. There are two frame designs, a silver half-frame and a black full-frame, and each is available in two sizes. The inside of the frame has a magnetic port that allows it to be attached to more conventional glasses.
The waveguide display uses a tiny projector with Micro LED tech capable of up to 3 million nits peak brightness, though Oppo says the actual brightness will be up to 1,400 nits in average conditions. It can be operated via touch, voice, hand tracking, and head tracking, as well as through a Smart Glass app on a smartphone running Oppo’s ColorOS 11 or above.
Oppo’s proposed use cases for the Air Glass are relatively modest. The company says it can be used for notifications and directions, as you’d expect, as well as features like teleprompting and real-time translation.
The display is monochrome with either 16 or 256 levels of grayscale depending on the mode, so the Air Glass isn’t going to be beaming rich content into your eyes. That said, it probably isn’t going to be a mature, mainstream product, either. Oppo says the Air Glass will receive a “limited release” in Q1 2022, and at least at first, it’ll be only sold in mainland China.
The Air Glass was announced as part of Oppo’s ongoing annual Inno Day event. The company also revealed its first in-house NPU chip to boost machine learning-related imaging performance; it’s called the MariSilicon X and will feature in Oppo’s next Find X flagship in the first quarter of next year.
As per The Verge, last week Oppo had confirmed the debut of its first folding phone, the Find N, though that hasn’t broken cover just yet.

Sony announces console covers, DualSense controller colours for PlayStation 5

Washington [US]: Game fanatics have a reason to rejoice as for the first time, Sony on Monday announced its range of first-party console covers for the PlayStation 5 and also three new colours for the DualSense controller.
According to GSM Arena, the PS5 console covers will come in five new colours– Nova Pink, Starlight Blue, Galactic Purple, Cosmic Red, and Midnight Black. The new covers are all standalone items that need to be purchased separately and a replacement for the default white covers, which will continue to be the only option while purchasing the console.
The replaceable covers for the PS5 are designed to just slide off without needing any tools.
Sony has also launched the DualSense controller in Nova Pink, Starlight Blue, and Galactic Purple.
For the uninformed, the company had already launched Cosmic Red and Midnight Black versions in May. Together with the standard white users now have six colour options to choose from.
According to GSM Arena, the black and red covers will be available in January 2022 in the USA, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Korea, and the Philippines.
On the other hand, the pink, purple, and blue covers will be available in the first half of 2022 in the aforementioned regions. Other regions will get them later in the year.
The cost price of the covers has not been revealed yet.
Meanwhile, the new DualSense colours will be launched in January 2022.

WhatsApp will hide ‘last seen’ status from strangers by default

Washington [US]: WhatsApp is rolling out a new privacy update that will hide the last seen status from people you don’t know or haven’t chatted with in the app.
Previously, WhatsApp set the feature on “Everyone” by default, allowing anyone on WhatsApp to see your status. According to The Verge, WhatsApp’s new update limits the visibility of your status to the people you’ve added on the platform and sets the feature to “My Contacts” by default instead.
The “My Contacts” option for your “last seen” status was already available, but it’s never been the default on the app.
It’s also worth noting that WhatsApp already has a “Nobody” option as well, preventing all users from seeing your status.
Your status on WhatsApp lets other contacts know when you were online last, or if you’re currently using the app.
Turning on the “My Contacts” options prevents third-party apps from logging your online status, as an app isn’t considered one of your contacts, and therefore, it won’t be able to see your status.
WhatsApp has also been working to bolster user privacy by introducing an option to make its disappearing messaging feature the default.

Vivo V23 Pro to come out next year in January

Washington [US]: The vivo V23 series is right around the corner, and the first phone of the lineup will be the V23 Pro, which as per sources will launch on January 4, 2022, in India.
According to GSM Arena, it will also precede the vanilla vivo V23, scheduled for “later”. There are no specs known about any of the V23 phones, but it’s expected that there will be at least three members of the series – V23, V23 Pro, and V23e, with the latter already selling in Thailand. The manufacturer is planning to introduce the trio in India with 5G, which would be a first on this market – so far vivo launched the V phones with LTE-only chips and modems.
The vivo V23 Pro is expected to have an OLED panel with a 120Hz refresh rate, the latest Android 11 with FunTouch on top, and an impressive selfie camera.
The V21 series was capped at 33W fast charging, but since the V23e has 44W, the same 11V/4A standard is expected to hit the vanilla and Pro phones too, as per GSM Arena.

OnePlus Nord CE 2 may launch in India soon

Shenzhen [China]: OnePlus will soon add a new member to its mid-range Nord series in India. OnePlus Nord CE 5G was announced in June this year, and you can expect the successor to launch early next year.
As per 91mobiles, the handset might get unveiled around January or February 2022 in India, with a Dimensity 900 SoC replacing the Snapdragon 750G found in the predecessor. The same 6.4-inch 90Hz AMOLED panel is expected to make an appearance while the memory variants will go up to 12GB/256GB configurations, so it’s safe to assume that the base one will still be 6GB/128GB.
The camera setup will be largely the same – a 64MP main camera joined by an 8MP ultrawide unit and a 2MP depth sensor. The same 4,500 mAh battery is said to be on board, but this time around, it will support 65W fast charging compared to 30W on the current version.
It’s also being reported that there won’t be any drastic changes to the appearance and the Nord CE 2 will retain the plastic frame and Gorilla Glass sheets on the front and back.
It is believed to be priced between INR 24,000 and INR 28,000. That’s right around USD 315 to USD 370 but accounting for various import taxes and shipment costs around the world, the cited price range might not apply for all markets.

Twitter is planning to bring vertical video feed

Washington [US]: The microblogging platform Twitter is eyeing to get the TikTok-like vertical video feed.
As per Mashable, Twitter is seen testing out various new features like edge-to-edge Twitter feed and emoji reactions to improve the user’s experience. Twitter is looking to bring out this cool feature to scroll through the personalised videos and recent trends.
The social network company revealed via its Support Twitter that it’s testing on the TikTok-inspired vertical video feed for its Explore section.
This feature will be available for both Android and iOs users who use the app in the English language.
This new feature completely changes the Explore section and provides a vertically-scrollable feed with the ‘Trending’ and ‘For You’ sections for users.
“We’re testing out a revamped, more personalised Explore page to make it easier for you to unwind, find new interests, and see what’s happening,” Twitter shared in a statement.
However, there’s still no confirmation regarding when the feature is going to launch. Many popular apps like Instagram, Spotify, Snapchat, and Netflix have already been inspired by this TikTok feature and it worked wonders for them.
The new Explore tab provides an easy way to use explore and discover various videos and topics on the app.
This isn’t the first time, where Twitter copied a feature as the new Spaces feature is a rip-off from the Clubhouse app.
Nevertheless, it needs to be seen how well Twitter optimises this feature for the users.

New renders for Xiaomi 12 Pro case reveal back design

Beijing [China]: A new set of case renders seem to confirm the back design of the upcoming Xiaomi 12 Pro handset.
According to GSM Arena, the images show a total of five cutouts for the camera bump, three for the actual cameras, one for the LED flash and one for an additional sensor, about which there is no information. Interestingly, the renders seem to conflict with the case pictured earlier, it had only four cutouts, skipping the sensor placed under the LED flash.
This new sensor could be a LiDAR sensor but that’s just speculation for now.
As per GSM Arena, the new renders also show the power button and volume rocker on the right side and a big earpiece, which likely doubles as a secondary loudspeaker for a complete stereo sound.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 lineup’s colour options, memory configurations out

Seoul [South Korea]: Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Tab S8 family is supposed to arrive soon and quite some information regarding the specs and design has already been revealed.
As per GSM Arena, a new update is here to fill in the gaps and those gaps would be the colour options and memory variants. The beefiest version called Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra with a 14.6″ display will be offered only in Dark Gray, while the 12GB/512GB memory variant is reserved only for the 5G-enabled model.
The 8GB/128GB iteration will be available in both, 5G and Wi-Fi only options.
The 12.4-inch Tab S8+ is getting just one 8GB/128GB memory version with Wi-Fi only or 5G flavours but will have two colours – Dark Gray and Silver. The same goes for the Tab S8 11″, colours and memory-wise.

New, affordable Vivo phone specs surface

Dongguan [China]: Images of a new Vivo phone with model number V2140A has recently surfaced.
As per GSM Arena, it is an entry-level device with LTE connectivity and basic features, suggesting a low price. The name might be Vivo Y15. The assumption of the name is based on the fact that many of the specs match the already launched Vivo Y15a and Vivo Y15s, two phones that also share the body of the new phone, down to the last millimetre.
This Vivo V2140A comes with a 6.51″ AMOLED screen with HD+ resolution, which would be an improvement over the two other phones. The chipset is listed with an octa-core CPU that has four units at 2.3 GHz, and the other four at 1.8 GHz, meaning it is either the Helio G35 or Helio P35 by Mediatek.
The images revealed two cameras on the back, and TENAA listed the setup as 13MP + 2MP, while the selfie shooter is 8 MP. Other specs include 4/6 GB RAM, 64/128 GB storage, a 4,910 mAh minimal battery capacity.
The Vivo Y series rarely escape China, but it happened recently, so we have to wait for this Vivo Y15 to get announced and see whether it will make it overseas.

LG is shutting down its developer website

Seoul [South Korea]: After LG announced that it is exiting the smartphone business, the company promised three years of OS updates to its most recent flagship phones.
However, as per GSM Arena, starting next month, the Korean tech giant will no longer provide keys to unlocking bootloaders. There’s a notice on the developer website saying that the company will terminate it and “all information provided on the website and issuing the bootloader unlock key will not be available” after December 31, 2021.
So if you plan on keeping your LG phone a bit more and you would like to root it or install a custom ROM, now is your chance to get the key for the bootloader. If you are an LG fan, this is probably your best bet at keeping your handset relevant for longer.

Samsung’s Galaxy S22 Ultra might be named Galaxy S22 Note

Seoul [South Korea]: South Korean tech giant Samsung’s Galaxy S22 Ultra is rumoured to have a slot for an S Pen, similar to the Galaxy Note smartphones.
According to GSM Arena, the latest reports suggest the phone will not only get the stylus but will also be reunited with the moniker as well, meaning the biggest Samsung flagship of the upcoming series might be called Galaxy S22 Note. The rumour comes from Twitter user @FrontTron, who has been correct with Samsung leaks in the past, reported GSM Arena.
Having S and Note in the same name feels unnatural, but the current supply chain issues, driven by the COVID-19 pandemic, has brought upon a lot of weird situations.
Samsung tried its best to position the Galaxy Z Fold3 as an alternative to the cancelled Galaxy Note21, given its big screen and S Pen compatibility, but the need for an actual Note is understandable, even if it means blurring the borders between flagship series.

OnePlus stops OxygenOS 12 rollout for OnePlus 9, 9 Pro

Shenzhen [China]: OnePlus recently started rolling out the stable update to OxygenOS 12, based on Android 12, for its latest flagship devices — the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro.
However, as per GSM Arena, it was anything but “stable”, in fact being plagued with bugs and various issues. There are countless similar reports from users across the internet.
According to GSM Arena, the company has finally acknowledged the problem and decided to halt the rollout.
Hopefully, it won’t take a long time until OnePlus issues the new, improved update, and maybe the second time around it will actually manage to be stable.

Apple iPhone 14 Pro models to come with punch-hole OLED displays


Washington [US]- Apple might finally launch smartphones with punch hole displays. It’s barely been a few months since the tech giant launched its iPhone 13 series, and now details regarding the iPhone 14 lineup have started emerging.

The iPhone 14 Pro series might ditch the notch that we have seen on all the previous models in favour of hole-punch screen design, reported The Elec.
According to the outlet, next year’s Pro models will bring 48MP punch-hole selfie cameras. The 6.06-inch iPhone 14 Pro and 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Pro Max are said to use LG Display LTPO 120Hz OLED panels and will be the only models to sport the new look.

The non-Pro iPhone 14 models which should consist of a 6.06-inch model and a new 6.7-inch version will still have a notch and their displays will be supplied by BOE. The entry-level models are not expected to offer LTPO screens and 120Hz refresh rates.

The article predicts that BOE will begin supplying LTPO panels for iPhone 15 series in 2023. Apple is also expected to bring a revised iPhone SE model in 2022 with the same design as the current model but with added 5G connectivity. (ANI)

Motorola launches Moto G51 5G in India with faster charging

Washington [US]: Motorola had launched the Moto G31 last week in India, and today the company has introduced one more G series smartphone, the Moto G51 5G.
According to GSM Arena, the Motorola Moto G51 5G was announced earlier last month as the world’s first Snapdragon 480 Plus-powered smartphone, and it’s also the first smartphone in India to have the Snapdragon 480+ chip at the helm. The Moto G51 5G sports a 6.8″ FullHD+ 120Hz LCD and runs a “near-stock” version of Android 11. It comes in a single 4GB RAM + 64GB storage configuration in India but has a microSD card slot for storage expansion.
The camera department includes four cameras, a 13MP selfie shooter inside the punch hole and a triple camera system on the rear comprising 50MP primary, 8MP ultrawide, and 2MP macro units.
The Motorola Moto G51 5G sports an IP52 water-repellent design, featuring a side-mounted fingerprint reader, and supports 12 global 5G bands.
It also comes with an NFC chip on board, and fueling the entire package is a 5,000 mAh battery, which draws power through a USB-C port at up 20W. That’s twice as fast as the Chinese and other international units capped at 10W.
The Motorola Moto G51 5G is priced at INR14,999 and will be available for purchase with two colour options, Bright Silver and Indigo Blue.
As per GSM Arena, the company is also expected to launch the Moto G71 5G in India, but there’s no word yet from the company about its Indian debut.

Google Play Store games coming to Windows 10, 11

Washington [US]: American tech giant Google has announced that games found on Google Play will get native support on Windows 10 and 11 starting next year.
As per GSm Arena, the news was confirmed by a spokesperson from Google during this year’s Game Awards. Given that Microsoft already has a partnership with Amazon to list its apps on Windows 11’s Microsoft Store, it was just a matter of time for Google to step in as well.
The spokesperson didn’t detail much about the upcoming move but he did say that games will be available through a Google app developed on Windows 10 and 11 and there’s going to be a sense of continuity.

Vivo unveils OriginOS Ocean with new music player, camera app

Dongguan [China]: Vivo unveiled its new OriginOS Ocean user interface on Thursday. The tech giant had a big event for its home crowd, since the UI is still available only in China, overseas phones ship with FuntouchOS.
The OriginOS Ocean is the second major release and brings overhauled visuals and more information available at glance, reported GSM Arena. The manufacturer has posted a list of all phones that will get the new OriginOS in the future, and it includes a staggering amount of 47 different models. There are phones from all price ranges and lineups, dating back to the Vivo NEX 3S from two years ago.
It is worth noting the rollout will happen in four batches. The first will be starting in a couple of weeks, with the X70 and X60 series lined up for the beta, as well as the latest iQOO phones and S series devices.
All the phones will get a feature, roughly translated as ‘Child Guardian’, which will link the device to a parent’s device, and the grown-up can see how the phone is positioned, and therefore can relate what is the child’s posture.
There are also functions like seeing how long the device is being used, which app is being used and can turn on vision protection.
In terms of safety and security, OriginOS Ocean will stop keeping passwords, biometric data and other records on cloud platforms unless specifically required by the user.
Other new features include a redesigned music player (Walkman), a new dialer interface, a reading app that brings content from various sources at one place, and a new camera app. Vivo said that it has designed the OS to offer a smoother experience and lower-power consumption.

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE to come with Android 12

Seoul [South Korea]: South Korean tech giant Samsung’s upcoming smartphone Samsung Galaxy S21 FE, which is set to be launched soon, might debut with One UI 4.0 based on Google’s latest operating system Android 12.
The phone was earlier speculated to launch this year as the successor to the tech giant’s popular device Galaxy S20 FE. But some recent leaks suggest that the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE will now launch during the CES (Consumer Electronics Show) 2022. SamMobile has obtained firmware images for the Galaxy S21 FE and it appears that it’ll boot with Android 12 and One UI 4.0 out of the box.
It’s also being reported that the FE will be supported for three OS upgrades as with pretty much all flagship-tier Galaxy devices.
The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE won’t be much different from the regular S21 in terms of both looks and innards. The company had initially published some support pages for the unreleased handset and besides a larger battery and changes to the camera configuration, there are plenty of similarities.
There’s nothing concrete about the upcoming phone’s pricing right now, reported Android Police.
Samsung had released the Android 12-based public beta of the One UI 4 update in September this year with new themes, widgets, and privacy settings.
The company started the official rollout of the new Android skin on the Galaxy S21 series including Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+, and Galaxy S21 Ultra. The update is reaching a large number of Samsung phones in India in December. The tech giant has also unveiled the list of Samsung phones that will get the new update in the next year.
The new update brings more customisation options, offers new widgets and a variety of emoji features, GIFs, and stickers. Privacy features of the new update include alerts when an app attempts to access the camera or microphone.

Oppo teases retractable rear camera for phones ahead of Inno Day event

Beijing [China]: Oppo, which has the Inno Day event scheduled next week, has released a brief video hinting at a new type of camera design for smartphones.
As per The Verge, the company’s “self-developed retractable camera” is shown extending from the phone’s body before retracting back inside. The video suggests that the mechanism is waterproof and that it’ll automatically retract the camera if the phone is dropped. Unlike pop-up selfie cameras that hide inside a phone until needed, moving the camera back and forth on the Z-axis could have implications for image quality, though Oppo hasn’t yet claimed anything about any optical advantages of this design. It doesn’t appear to be a zoom lens, given it’s marked simply as 50mm, but it could theoretically help improve telephoto performance.
The markings on the camera module show that the sensor is 1/1.56 inches and the lens is 50mm-equivalent with an f/2.4 aperture, meaning it should be around 2x longer than the phone’s main lens. That’s a much bigger sensor than you tend to find behind telephoto lenses, so maybe the extra height allowed by the retracting mechanism is what makes this possible.
At Oppo’s annual Inno Day event, the company often shows off various concepts and technologies before they’re commercially deployed.
Last year’s event featured a rollable phone and AR glasses. This year, Oppo is holding Inno Day across two days, December 14 and 15.

Twitter acquires Quill, Twitter DMs may get major overhaul

Washington [US]: Social media giant Twitter has acquired Quill that experts suggest might let Twitter DMs better compete with other messaging apps.

As per GSM Arena, this new acquisition might result in Twitter offering more robust messaging features.
For the unversed, Quill is a messaging app for collaboration and communication with teams, one that competed with other productivity messaging platforms like Slack. It focused on keeping messages organized and its notification system was designed to keep notifications to a minimum.

Twitter DM is simple and barebones compared to other messaging platforms like Instagram, Facebook Messenger, Discord, and Telegram.

This is the first biggest move from Twitter after the recent departure of the company’s former CEO Jack Dorsey. He was succeeded by Parag Agrawal, a week ago.

As per GSM Arena, Twitter could implement some sort of messaging channels for keeping in touch with large communities of users. With Twitter Blue (Twitter’s premium paid-subscription tier), the platform could offer Blue-only messaging features for users with high follower counts. (ANI)

Vivo announces new smartphone Y55s 5G with biggest battery ever

Dongguan [China]: The Vivo Y55s 5G leaked last month when China Telecom added the phone to its database. Today the manufacturer made the phone official, revealing all the specifications and features.
As per GSM Arena, the most impressive of the features is the 6,000 mAh battery, which is the biggest ever in a Vivo smartphone. The Vivo Y55s 5G is powered by a Dimensity 700 chipset, which is coupled with 8GB RAM and 128 gigs of storage. At the front, there’s a 6.58″ LCD with Full HD+ resolution and a waterdrop notch for the 8MP camera.
There are two cameras on the back – a 50MP f/1.8 main one and a 2MP f/2.4 second one for macro shots from up to 4 cm. There’s no camera for portrait shots; the fancy AI software does all the job here. And the phone has OriginOS 1.0 on top of Android 11.
The massive battery comes with 18W fast-charging support through the USB-C on the bottom. The port has a 3.5 mm audio jack to keep it company.
The Vivo Y55s 5G will come in Blue, Pink, or Black colours for CNY 1,699. It is yet to be launched for sale on the company website and third-party retailers in China.

OnePlus 9, OnePlus 9 Pro receiving Oxygen OS 12 update

Shenzhen [China]: A new stable update is now rolling out to the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro globally. The update includes Oxygen OS 12 based on Android 12.
Oxygen OS 12 brings new changes to the recently Oppo-fied Android skin. Even with this update, the UI keeps the Oxygen OS despite the recent merging of Oppo’s Color OS team with OnePlus, reported GSM Arena. There are now some new design elements and animations that look new. App icons are also updated with new textures and according to OnePlus “a design inspired by brand-new materials and uniting lights and layers.”
The OnePlus Shelf gets a bunch of changes. There are more Shelf card styles, and there are three new cards: Earphone Control Card, OnePlus Scout (universal search), and a OnePlus Watch Card for glancing at your fitness stats.
The Work-Life Balance feature is now available with the update, and it lets you switch between Work and Life modes using a Quick Setting. Each mode can be customised with app-specific notification settings, and each mode can be triggered by location, Wi-Fi network, or the time.
The Gallery has been updated to support pinch-to-zoom layouts while you scroll through thumbnails. Canvas Always On-Display has also been updated with new styles, lines of colour, and more granular control of the colours and appearance.
However, make sure that you proceed with caution as the update has already received a few reports of signal loss.

New Feature: WhatsApp to let users set all chats to disappear by default

Washington [US]: WhatsApp will be adding new functionality to its disappearing messages feature, which will let users set messages in a chat to automatically be deleted after a set period of time.

According to The Verge, WhatsApp has said that users will now have the option to turn on disappearing messages automatically for all their new one-on-one chats, so that all future messages will be automatically deleted from the service.
The Meta-owned messaging service also said it’s giving users more options for how long before a message is deleted. When the feature first launched in November last year, users only had the option of having messages disappear after seven days.

Going forward, however, there will also be the option of deleting them after just 24 hours or 90 days. The new functionality was previously reported as being in development.

WhatsApp has noted that turning on disappearing messages by default won’t affect existing chats. When you start a new one-on-one chat, a notice will appear to say that the disappearing messages feature is turned on, alongside a note that says it’s on by default (so your contacts don’t think it’s anything personal). You also have the option of turning the setting off for individual chats.

Although the new default setting doesn’t affect group chats, WhatsApp said it’s added a new option when creating groups to let you enable the disappearing messages feature.

The company said the new features are available now across all platforms. Instructions for how to use them3m4 can be found in WhatsApp’s FAQ, as per The Verge.

iPad Air 5, iPad 10, iPad Pro with wireless charging to debut in 2022

Washington [US]: American tech giant Apple is all set to update three of its most popular iPad models in 2022.
According to several reports obtained by Mac Rumours, Apple is planning to release a new iPad Pro in 2022, featuring a new design and wireless charging, and clarified the company’s intention to release new versions of the entry-level iPad and iPad Air. Apple has released new versions of the entry-level iPad every year since 2017, often with minor specifications and chip upgrades to maintain the device’s low price, so a new version for 2022 is in line with previous years.
There are no details as of yet about what the tenth-generation iPad could feature.

Xiaomi Redmi K50 series reportedly launching in February 2022

Beijing [China]: As per new reports, Xiaomi sub-brand Redmi’s K50 series is tentatively scheduled to go official towards the end of February 2022.
As per GSM Arena, that’s hardly a surprise since the K40 series was unveiled during the same period this year. According to the source, like the K40 lineup, the Redmi K50 series will consist of four models, likely named K50, K50 Pro, K50 Pro+, and K50 Gaming.
The Redmi K50 Pro+ is expected to be powered by the newly announced Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC, whereas the K50 Pro will have the Snapdragon 870 chip at the helm.
The vanilla K50 and K50 Gaming, on the other hand, are expected to come with the Dimensity 7000 and Dimensity 9000, respectively.
The Redmi K50 series phones are also said to run MIUI 13 out of the box and bring back the in-display fingerprint scanners.
As per GSM Arena, the Redmi K50 Gaming is rumoured to feature a 64MP primary camera and ship with a 5,000 mAh battery, while the K50 Pro+ is said to sport a 108MP primary camera joined by a periscope telephoto unit.
There have also been rumours of the Redmi K50 series coming with 100W charging and IP68 dust and water resistance, but do not expect these features on all four models.

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