Washington, [US] : Twitter’s new CEO Parag Agrawal hopes to extend the social networking site’s reach under his tenure while making continued progress while providing exciting opportunities in challenging times. “I’m grateful for the service that you built, the culture, soul, and purpose you fostered among us and for leading the company through really significant challenges,” Parag posted on Twitter thanking Jack Dorsey.“The world is watching us right now, even more than they have before. Lots of people are going to have lots of different views about today’s news. It is because they care about Twitter and our future, and it’s a signal that the work we do matte. Let’s show the world Twitter’s full potential,” he further added. Parag expressed his gratitude towards Jack Dorsey for his mentorship and friendship. “The world is watching us right now, even more than they have before. Lots of People are going to have lots of different views and opinions about today’s news. It is because they care about Twitter and future, and it’s a signal that the wire we do here mater. Let’s show the world Twitter’s full potential,” he further started. Parag, aged 37, is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology Mumbai where he did his Bachelors in Engineering in computer science. He moved to the US for further studies, with his doctorate coming from Stanford University based in California. Further, Parag joined […]
Dongguan [China]: OriginOS, which is Vivo’s platform of choice for its Chinese phones, is about to get a new version.As per GSM Arena, the new release is coming on December 9 and it will be called OriginOS Ocean. According to reports at least a dozen phones will be in the first wave to receive it. The new OriginOS (which is technically a UI on top of Android’s kernel) will bring improved features for mobile use, as well as easy cross-device navigation with PC and file transfers.Design-wise it will keep the grid system with multiple widgets and gesture navigations which became a hit among Vivo users when the first OriginOS came out.The company will release the official closed beta list once the event takes place in 10 days, but leaksters already revealed its preliminary version. They are mostly flagships, as well as a handful of mid-range phones from the S series.Here’s the full list of phones receiving the update, but bear in mind it is about the Chinese versions of these handsets:1. Vivo X70 Pro+2. Vivo X70 Pro3. Vivo X704. Vivo X60 Pro+5. Vivo X60t Pro+6. Vivo X60 Pro7. Vivo X608. Vivo S10 Pro9. Vivo S1010. Vivo S911. Vivo iQOO 8 Pro12. Vivo iQOO 813. Vivo iQOO 7There is no news on whether other phones from the brand will be added to the list of devices receiving the update.
Shenzhen [China]: Realme founder and CEO Sky Li, on Monday, confirmed that the upcoming device touted to be Realme’s most premium flagship to date will be called ‘GT 2 Pro’ and will be available worldwide.GSM Arena spotted first look at the GT 2 Pro on their sources. According to them, the design is a big departure from the Realme GT and GT Neo2 with a Nexus 6P style camera visor spanning across the top part of the back. There are three visible camera modules housed in the contraption with two 50MP shooters alongside an 8MP snapper. Reportedly, all three modules will offer GR lenses developed by Ricoh which specialize in reducing ghosting and backlight resistance.According to GSM Arena, Realme GT 2 Pro also has flat metal sides and is expected to utilize Qualcomm’s upcoming Snapdragon 8 Gen1. The smartphone is also rumored to bring a 6.51-inch FHD+ AMOLED screen with 120Hz refresh rate, LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 storage, 125W UltraDart charging and Realme UI 3.0 based on Android 12 out the box.
Shenzhen [China]: Recent leaks for the upcoming Honor 60 shows that the devices will come with a Snapdragon 778G plus chipset and 12GB of RAM.According to GSM Arena, the series which is scheduled for announcement in just a few days on December 1 was recently spotted with a few consecutive benchmarks runs on a site. The leaks offer a surprising amount of details, mostly reaffirming some earlier specs rumours. The Honor 60 and likely 60 Pro will both be running on a Qualcomm SM7325 chipset, which is the model number for the Snapdragon 778G and 778G+.According to GSM Arena, since the prime core in these leaks is reaching clocks above 2.5 GHz, it is safe to assume that we are looking at the 778G+ chip. It appears to be paired with 12GB of RAM, and the phone seems to be running Android 11.As far as other rumoured Honor 60 specs go, it is speculated that both the vanilla and Pro models will be rocking FHD+ OLED panels if similar if not identical size. One might be flat, while the other cured, though. Both of them will come with a 50MP selfie shooter, while the main cam will be 108MP.Some other specs that could be reserved for the Pro include a 120Hz refresh rate as well as 66W charging, as per GSM Arena.
Dongguan [China]: Vivo was expected to announce its first tablet in January, but that didn’t happen, however, later in August, the company’s VP said that they will launch a tablet in 2022, anytime between January and June.According to GSM Arena, while people await more details from Vivo about its first tablet, a reliable tipster has revealed that the company will launch a tablet with the Snapdragon 870 SoC at the helm. Although it’s unclear if they are referring to Vivo’s first tablet or a different model. Though the name of Vivo’s tablet is not known yet, the company trademarked ‘Vivo Pad’ with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) in June under Class 9, which covers several product categories, including PDAs and tablet computers.A Vivo device believed to be a tablet was also spotted on TUV’s website with an 8,040 mAh battery.Vivo isn’t the first company under the BBK Electronics group to launch a tablet. That honour goes to Realme, which launched the Realme Pad in September with a slim design, metal build, Helio G80 chip, 10.4″ screen, and a 7,100 mAh battery.Apart from Vivo, OnePlus and Oppo are also expected to enter the tablet segment. The former trademarked ‘OnePlus Pad’ with EUIPO in July, and an image leaked of the latter’s slate earlier this month.A few leaked screenshots revealed that the Oppo Pad (tentative name) will come with the Snapdragon 870 SoC, 6GB […]
New Delhi [India]: The Realme 9 series will reportedly include four smartphones – Realme 9, Realme 9 Pro, Realme 9i, and Realme 9 Max/Pro+.Realme VP Mr Madhav Sheth, in an interview with GSM Arena in September, revealed that the company had to change its plans this year due to chipset shortage and the Realme 9 series’ launch got pushed to 2022. While Mr Sheth didn’t divulge anything else about the Realme 9 series, sources suggest that the lineup will launch in India in Q1 2022.The last variant will be a first for the number series since Realme is yet to launch a number series smartphone with the Max or Pro+ moniker. The former is not new to Realme, though, since the phone maker launched the Realme X7 Max 5G in India a few months ago, which is actually a rebranded Realme GT Neo available in China.Circling back to the Realme 9 lineup, as per GSM Arena, Realme plans to launch all four models in India next February, but we might also see the young brand announce the phones at two different events.We don’t know much about the Realme 9 series right now, but rumours have it that the Pro and Max/Pro+ models will come with the Snapdragon 870 SoC and 120Hz AMOLED screens, and you can also expect them to feature 108MP primary cameras.
Shenzhen [China]: Huawei is soon going to launch a new smartwatch and it’s going to come with a pretty rare health feature. The tech giant has received certification for a wearable that will be able to monitor blood pressure. Leaksters found a promo image of the device dubbed Huawei Watch D and immediately posted it on Weibo. It is expected to release at the end of December, reported GSM Arena.The product is in its final stages of testing, and reportedly the accuracy rate is really good. The Watch D will be one of the few wearables to measure blood pressure, and it will also be unique in Huawei’s wearable portfolio with its design. All other watches of the company have either a circular face with two buttons or a rectangular touch screen with one fairly neat button on the right-hand side. The Watch D already obtained a certificate as a State Drug Administration Class II medical device, but it may take a while until Huawei obtains the required approval in other countries.
Washington [US]: Instant messaging platform Snapchat and Warner Bros have teamed up to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first Harry Potter film and the upcoming four-part competition series, ‘Harry Potter: Hogwarts Tournament of Houses’.The experience has been brought forward by using augmented reality that allows Snapchatters and HP fans around the globe to take part in the Harry Potter fun from home, and cheer from the sidelines in their Hogwarts house colours. They can speak to the Snapchat camera using VoiceML technology to magically dress in festive Hogwarts house colours, attire and face paint, truly getting in the ‘school spirit’ by representing one of the four houses–Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, and Slytherin.“Being the first-ever television event from the Harry Potter franchise, Snap and Warner Bros. wanted to create a Lens experience for true Harry Potter-lovers to celebrate the cultural moment in style, and bring some of the fun to Snapchatters watching from home,” said Snap Lens Creator, Hart Woolery, adding that, “I was inspired by imaginative nature of the Harry Potter series, the visual effects created for the films, and the feeling of camaraderie created by the houses within Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.”Fans will be able to say things like, “Go Go Gryffindor,” and “Take a Snap,” to virtually dress up, and send photos to their fellow potter-heads friends in the lead up to the show.Here’s how you can use the Snapchat […]
New Delhi [India]: Samsung is expected to unveil the Galaxy A13 in the following weeks. This phone will come in two versions – the Galaxy A13 and A13 5G.As per GSM Arena, production of the A13 4G has already started in India at the Greater Noida factory, which could mean the launch is fast approaching. A new rumour has claimed that the 4G version will feature four cameras on the back – that’s one more than its 5G sibling. These will be arranged vertically like in the Galaxy A52s 5G. The Galaxy A13 4G is also said to have a glossy, entirely plastic build, which is no surprise at its projected entry-level price point.According to GSM Arena, the phone will have a 3.5mm headphone jack on the bottom, next to the USB-C port and speaker grille. The power button and volume rocker will both be found on the right edge.The Galaxy A13 5G will be priced at around USD 250, and the A13 4G should definitely be cheaper than that.
Washington [US]: Apple’s much-awaited first AR headset will be released sometime near the fourth quarter of 2022.According to The Verge, the headset would be released sometime next year and will have two processors—- one with “the same level of computing power as M1” and one lower-end chip to handle input from the various sensors. Reportedly, the headset has “at least 6-8 optical modules to simultaneously provide continuous video see-through AR services.”There are also speculations that the headset is also said to have two 4K OLED microdisplays from Sony.Various reports on the device have disagreed as to whether it will be wholly independent or rely on an iPhone or a separate processor box to stream content.However, The Verge from certain sources found that the headset’s “Mac-level (PC-level) computing power,” its ability to be operated untethered, and its wide range of applications will work as factors that will differentiate it from competitors.
Washington [US]: Just days before the big announcement on November 30, a logo for the new Qualcomm chip, Snapdragon 8Gx Gen 1, has been leaked.According to GSM Arena, the leak was spotted in a staging site for the company. The title of the page is ‘Testing icon’ and the icon in question sits beside a ‘Test123’ label. Clearly, this is a template that is meant to be filled in with real text (that is the point of the staging site), but that hasn’t happened yet.The name of the new flagship chipset was supposed to be ‘Snapdragon 8 Gen 1’. Qualcomm didn’t actually confirm the exact name; it just referred to “our newest flagship Snapdragon 8-series platform”. So it’s possible that the 8-series chips will actually be named ‘8Gx’.Qualcomm already has chips named ‘8cx’, the flagship offerings for Windows-on-ARM laptops. There is also an 8c, which sits just below the 8cx, and an entry-level 7c. If ‘c’ stands for ‘computer’, what does the ‘G’ stand for?As per GSM Arena, according to the current naming scheme, some chipsets get a ‘G’ suffix to denote higher clock speeds for the GPU, e.g. the Snapdragon 765 and 765G. And the ‘x’ simply means high-end.
Stockholm [Sweden]: TikTok has seen its short-form video feed style copied by several other platforms like Instagram, Snap, YouTube and Netflix. And now it looks like you can add Spotify to that list.As per TechCrunch, Spotify is testing a new TikTok-style video feed in its beta iOS app that shows fullscreen video clips as songs are played. The feature was first spotted by Chris Messina, who posted a video of the feed in action. When available, the video feed is accessible from a new fourth tab in the navigation bar labelled ‘Discover’. Individual tracks can then be liked as you scroll through the feed, and there’s also a three-dot menu icon to bring up options for each song.Spotify confirmed the test in a statement provided to TechCrunch but declined to comment on if or when it might see a wider rollout.“At Spotify, we routinely conduct a number of tests in an effort to improve our user experience,” a spokesperson said.“Some of those tests end up paving the way for our broader user experience and others serve only as an important learning. We don’t have any further news to share at this time,” the spokesperson added.The test comes as Netflix has started testing a similar interface in its iOS app to help users discover new content to watch. Its recent ‘Kids Clips’ feature shows content from its child-friendly shows and follows the launch of a […]