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  • 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 […]
  • 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)