We have seen a few 5G smartphones recently but Vivo is missing from the 5G landscape till yesterday. As today, Vivo announced its 5G enabled flagship smartphone that is powered by a Snapdragon 865 processing chip. As you might have guessed it already from the name of the phone that Nex 3S 5G is a minor hardware upgrade over the Nex 3 5G that was launched by the company last year. The phone has a non-removable Li-Po 4500mAh battery that comes with fast charging at 44W.
The new Nex 3S 5G has the same 6.89-inch FHD+ waterfall display just like its predecessor. The device has a screen-to-body ratio of 99.6%. While the company hasn't changed much from the exterior point of view but it has upgraded its hardware specs. The old Nex 3 5G was using Snapdragon 855 plus, and the new Nex 3S 5G is powered by a liquid-cooled Snapdragon 865 processor, paired with up to 128GB LPDDR5 RAM and 512GB UFS 3.1 storage.
The phone has a triple-camera setup with a 64MP primary lens, a 13 MP ultra-wide-angle lens, and a 13MP telephoto lens featuring 2x optical zoom. For the front camera, the phone has a 16MP pop-up camera. It can create videos up to 2160p at 30 frames per second. The display is a Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen and offers 16M colors with a 1080 x 2256 pixel resolution. The phone comes with Android 10 with the company's own UI FunTouch. The phone is available in China starting from March 14. There are two variants for this device - 8GB/256GB variant is priced at $719 while the other version is priced at $762. For the time being there is no news about its global availability and we just have to see when it lands in India and other parts of the world.
After releasing the flagship device HTC One M9, the Taiwanese company is preapring to relase its mid-ranger brother, HTC One E9, as revealed by a leaked entry in Chinese regulatory authority TENAA.
Interestingly enough, the One E9 differs more extensively from the One M9 than the former generation did. Most notably, the screen size has been increased to 5.5-inches and resolution has gotten a bump to QHD, as opposed to the One M9's 5-inch FullHD screen.
The One E9 will pack a top-of-the-line Mediatek MT6795 chipset paired with 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage. The main camera on the back will be a 20MP unit, behind a large circular lens. On the front you'll find either a 13MP conventional snapper or a 4MP UltraPixel model.
The body will measure 156.5 x 76.5 x 7.5mm and a 2800mAh battery will reside inside. The smartphone will offer dual SIM dual standby capability and will boot Lollipop with SenseUI 7.0 out of the box.
Samsung seems to have learned from the mistakes that they had made with the Galaxy note 5, because the Note 6 is all set to see quite a few major changes in its design element. Let's check out the four major changes that the data revealed by GSM Helpdesk seems to indicate.
After introducing the Note Edge in 2014, Samsung had apparently dropped the idea of building their Note devices with curved displays. However, if the latest leak is to be believed then it is highly likely that the South Korean company may choose to build the Note 6 with an Edge display. The added functionalities that Samsung brings in with their Edge panels are something that will definitely make the Note 6 not just distinctly better to look at, but better to use as well.
6GB of RAM
That is right; the next Note smartphone will allegedly be powered by 6 gigs of RAM. While some may consider this to be overkill, many are of the opinion that it might help to make the RAM-hungry TouchWiz interface much smoother.
4,000 mAh battery
The Note 5 sported a 3,000 mAh battery and while that did give users a decent battery life, this year Samsung is taking it quite a few notches higher by blessing the Note 6 with a 4,000 mAh battery. Although the battery will still most likely be non-user replaceable, the 1,000 mAh increase in power will surely make it more appealing.
A larger display
Samsung has stayed with the 5.7" form factor for a while now, but rumors suggest that it is about to change. Before you start worrying about whether or not this decision will make the device too bulky, consider the fact that the reported 5.8" display will be housed by the next Note without getting any bigger than its predecessor.
We are not yet sure as to the authenticity of these rumors, but rumors have been exceptionally accurate recently, especially when they are about Samsung smartphones. We will just have to wait and see what changes Samsung actually brings in with the Note 6 and also, whether or not those changes are enough to compete with the upcoming iPhone 7 Pro.
Author: Saikat kar (Tech-journalist and enthusiast)
Samsung Philippines tweeted a photo mocking Apple's latest iPhone 6 Plus. Apple's CEO Steve jobs said in the past on the matter of large smartphones "No one is ever going to buy a big phone," The quote from Jobs dates from July 2010 at an event related to antenna-gate (iPhone 4 release)... However, Apple's made a pretty big 5.5" Smartphone!
As you may recall Apple released the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus at 4.7" and 5.5", respectively, a display size for smartphones, which Samsung embraced long ago. Naturally, the comment on Samsung's side is snarky and goes "Guess who surprised themselves and changed their minds."
While at it, let's also remember another popular Apple ad regarding the perfect phone size, released back when the iPhone 5 became the company's flagship.
Samsung is the global leader when it comes to smartphone sales and market share, but that doesn't mean it's the leader everywhere. Being the most populated and prospective nation in the world, China is now one of the biggest markets for smartphones in the entire world as well. In spite of seeming like the perfect match for each other, Samsung's hold over the local market in China has been reduced to a mere 3% at the end of Q2 2017; the lowest for the company in any other nation where it has a significant presence.
If you are wondering why it is so, there are two main factors at play here. Firstly, the political relationship between South Korea and China is not going very well at the moment. This has resulted in a number of customers rejecting Korea-made products In favor of products from local manufacturers like Xiaomi, Vivo, Oppo, Huawei and the like. Secondly, the competition from the local manufacturers is too steep for Samsung to match up with them under the current situation. In fact, Apple isn't doing too well in the country either as their share in the Chinese market dropped from 8.5% to 8.2% in just a year. Nevertheless, the American company is still doing a lot better than Samsung, given that their market dropped from 7% to just 3% at the end of Q2 2017 in a quarter-on-quarter comparison with 2016.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Artificial intelligence has been the stuff of science fiction for years, but now that it is becoming a reality, our world is changing in ways we never imagined. AI is more than a buzzword or a catchy phrase, it is an intelligent machine learning that will continue to optimize our lives and lead to unexpected outcomes. It is no surprise that technology companies have been using AI to market to their customers in new ways. AI-driven apps for web design and mobile marketing are changing everything when it comes to the mobile user experience. They, for all intents and purposes, can know the consumer wants before they want it. Everyone from e-commerce companies to airlines, hotels, and brick-and-mortar businesses are using AI to enhance their customers' experience, but how are they doing it?
AI and machine learning are being used in innovate ways to come up with new marketing techniques and methods. Facial recognition software, voice assistants, and augmented reality are finding solutions to daily problems. With the vast amount of data available to companies like Amazon and Google, they are able to collect information about people and utilize AI to figure out exactly what the consumer wants, even before they actually want it.
Every mobile device from Samsung to Apple to Google contains hardware designed to handle AI. This has made the technology grow far and wide. While just in 2017 there were only three percent of phones that had AI capabilities, 35 percent of all mobile devices will have AI technology next year.
The technology is being used to market to both old and new customers by changing the way people interact with their devices and encouraging people to buy goods and services. By collecting people's data and analyzing it, technology can determine how a demographic will respond to a particular marketing strategy. This is valuable information to just about every business.
Machine learning and sophisticated algorithms can target audiences and avoid scattering their efforts on irrelevant leads. Companies who run mobile apps are boosting both sales and engagement. AI tools are being used to promote to the right people sooner and more effectively than traditional methods according to MoneyPug, a price comparison site known as a platform to find the best mobile phone plans.
There are specific categories when it comes to AI development. First there is analytics. Then content management, ad optimization, email marketing, customer service, and social media management. Tools to analyze data are the methods being used to optimize user experience. By processing massive amounts of data, companies can predict customers' decisions based on their choices in the past.
Ad optimization tools are a feature that helps manage all ad campaign data in a single place. They provide the ability to deliver customized workflow and Machine Learning recommendations to automate and create ads. AI generates relevant ideas for new content and communications. Chatbots can greet visitors to the website and provide assistance that can be of assistance when a customer needs help.
The tools of artificial intelligence apps are AI-enabled apps that deliver adaptive and personalized user experiences. This software combines the power of predictive analytics with cutting-edge technologies, as well as operational and consumer data. The latest user-centric app development tools can create an unbeatable user experience with action and data-driven Omnichannel tools that are adaptive.
Cortana is one of these apps. Microsoft's personal assistant
offers features to users that can keep track of important files and documents
while setting reminders and obtaining insight into the weather, traffic, and
more. Socratic is an AI app by Google that simplifies the learning process and
empowers students. IRIS is an intelligent reporting app for leaders and
managers. All of these and more are being used by companies to optimize the
user experience on mobile devices and market to those they need to.
However you fell about AI, it is changing everything, including business. These marketing tactics are far beyond anything that we have had before, and we will need to reconcile what this means. With data being collected and used to make large companies very wealthy, our society needs to decide how much information we want to give up and what we want to keep to ourselves.
When the US state of Ohio announced in late 2018, that it is going to be the first state to accept taxes in Bitcoins, it sent a strong signal worldwide. The Governor of Ohio stated that the state will not start accepting 23 different kinds of taxes in Bitcoins.
The intention was to allow more people to pay taxes in ways, which were convenient for them. This was also done as a means to attract investors and businesses operating in the cryptocurrency ecosystem. The State Treasury Head, Mr. Josh Mandel was proud in proclaiming Ohio to be a state, which is pioneering Blockchain technology. Bitcoin has been very favourable in various countries in recent days.
Ohio is not the only state that has adopted a favourable response to Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. In this article, we will look at how states and cities are using Bitcoin to power growth stories for their population.
Why Small States and Cities are taking the lead in Cryptocurrency adoption?
Most of the old states in the American Union have been severely affected because of outsourcing. There are towns, cities and states, which have lost factories, mining, heavy manufacturing because they have been outsourced to third world countries.
The government in these regions are betting big on investors coming to these regions to innovate on Bitcoin and Blockchain technology. States are wooing investors in many ways. Some of them are-
Easy access to land at a convenient spot in the city.
Cheap electricity for Mining activities and maintaining Data Records of Blockchain
Exempting cryptocurrencies for paying transaction fees.
Easy business licenses to speed up setups and start innovations.
Tax exemptions on operating cryptocurrency businesses for the first few years.
Some of the states, which have already removed transaction fees on cryptocurrencies are- Wyoming, Tennessee, Kansas, Texas, New Hampshire, and Illinois. Without a doubt, this number will definitely go up in the future.
Can these Small States hope to the center for the Next Silicon Valley Revolution?
Most of the states, which have been mentioned above are expecting Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies to be the next Silicon Valley wave. However, its needs to be investigated whether their expectations are correct or not?
Many experts and tech moguls have proclaimed Bitcoin to be the greatest tech invention in the world after the internet. The philosophical and theoretical underpinnings of Bitcoin are strong. It aims to create a world of financial inclusion. The success of the same for over a decade demonstrates that it is not a trend, which is going away anytime soon.
By being one of the front-runners in the entire Bitcoin ecosystem, states are expecting businesses borne out of Bitcoin to favour them. Yes, Bitcoin or mining itself is not going to generate too many employment opportunities.
It is only associated businesses, that are using Bitcoin or Blockchain technology, which are going to the real drivers of local economies.
Is Bitcoin a Reliable and Safe Bet for local populations and authorities?
If the recent Coronavirus pandemic and market crashes are any indication, most governments should start exploring an emergency proof currency system. There are many advantages of using cryptocurrencies. It is inflation proof, is not subject to the highs, lows of market crashes, and aims to help the lowest rungs on the financial ladder.
Financial inclusion can be a reality for almost 2 billion of the world's unbanked population. It is no wonder then that Mark Zuckerberg, the Founder and CEO of Facebook, has jumped on the cryptocurrency bandwagon, with his own ‘Libra'.
Do you think Bitcoin and Blockchain can guarantee employment opportunities? Let us know in the comments section below.
The mobile gaming industry is growing at a lightning-fast pace, with more and more games for mobile devices hitting the market every day. While games for PC and consoles remain as popular as ever, mobile games have become a very important part of the gaming market.
The biggest part of mobile gaming's growth these days drive casual games. Let's take a look at why casual games are all the rage right now.
Why Is Casual Better on Mobile?
Casual is better on mobile because mobile platforms provide a higher level of freedom and convenience. People can play on the go, enjoying their favorite games while commuting, waiting in lines, relaxing on a beach, or between business meetings.
Everyone needs a break from reality now and then to relieve stress or simply unwind. Being able to play a casual game on mobile, no matter where they are provides exactly that. No one wants to be tied to hardware that requires them to sit at a desk for hours on end when all they want is to relax.
Who Plays Games Casually?
People from all demographics and age groups play games casually, although some more than others. There are also differences in regards to preferred platforms.
Women from all walks of life account for a larger audience of casual gamers, especially when it comes to mobile gaming. Men generally have a hard time parting with their consoles and PCs, while the elderly population prefers casual PC games, as most of them don't use smartphones.
In general, women don't like committing much time to games, so most of them prefer casual games such as Board Kings. Nothing like playing a good old board game with friends.
Women are also more inclined to buy casual games for mobile or pay for in-app purchases than their male counterparts.
Examples of Great Games for Casual Players
Some of the most popular games for casual players in the past year were:
- Fun Race 3D
- Sand Balls
- Tiles Hop
- Pocket World 3D
- Perfect Slices
- Dig It!
Yet another one of the most popular casual games on mobile, especially among male players, is Poker Heat. It's played for virtual currency, so the whole experience is really casual. There's no pressure, and the game provides a nice level of excitement. Very nice for anyone who loves poker but prefers playing it in a casual environment for amusement purposes only.
What Does a "Casual Game" Mean?
Game developers design casual games for wide audiences. They also generally design these games in a way that people of all ages can enjoy playing them.
Contrary to PC and console games targeted to specific audiences (hardcore gamers, if you will), casual games can belong to any genre and kind of gameplay.
They are free from complex game structures, gameplays, and strategies. As the name suggests, you play them casually. You don't have to involve yourself too much in the game, as the pace is slower, and you don't have to invest anything more than light strategic thought. Also, these games don't require a major time commitment.
A great example of a casual game is Bingo. With absolutely no strategic thinking involved, you simply need to randomly pick some numbers and wait to see if they are among the drawn numbers. It's a game of chance that literally any audience can play.
There are plenty of free Bingo games you can play online, connecting with hundreds of players from all over the world to have some real fun in your spare time.
If you want to learn how to play free Bingo games on your phone, find out more here.
Mobile usage keeps growing every day, so it doesn't come as a surprise that mobile gaming is rapidly growing too. People are looking for ways to relax and unwind, especially while on the go or while lying on the couch at home.
And what better way to do so than to enjoy a few casual games on mobile? Casual games are absolutely perfect for mobile devices, which is precisely why they are fueling an explosive growth of the mobile market. We're bound to keep seeing thousands more of them, as they're not going anywhere anytime soon.
Samsung is starting a new anti-Apple media campaign, the latest Video posted by Samsung on its official YouTube channel was talking about the Galaxy Note series and how Apple allegedly imitates it with the new, 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus. Apple was against "Big Phones" and now after she saw the sales of Samsung's Galaxy Note series and the market demand for larger screen, Apple changed it's mind with the iPhone 6 Plus.
The latest reports suggests that Samsung may be preparing to file a lawsuit against Apple, claiming that the latest Apple iPhone 6 Plus smartphone is copying or imitates it's Galaxy Note 4 phablet. If Samsung is serious about this lawsuite, we can expect a whole new war-in-court between Apple and Samsung.
BTW, The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 can't be purchased yet, as its launch is scheduled for the October,10th. At the same time, Apple is already taking pre-orders for the iPhone 6 Plus, and will release it on September,19th.
No one can deny that there is an almost irresistible charm to getting upgraded to the latest version of the Android OS and if you happen to own a Motorola phone, we have good news for you in that line. Motorola phones have always been among the fastest in the market to get the latest Android updates and staying true to that tradition, Moto has made it official that multiple of its devices will be getting the big upgrade this year. The first smartphones in line for receiving the update are the Moto Z and the regular Moto G4. Check out the full list of Moto phones that will be upgraded to Android 7.0 Nougat below.
Motorola Nexus 6
Moto X Style
Moto X Pure Edition (3rd gen)
Moto X Play
Moto X Force
Moto Z Force Droid
Moto Z Droid
Moto Z Play
Moto Z Play Droid
Droid Maxx 2
Droid Turbo 2
Moto G (4th gen)
Moto G Plus (4th gen)
Moto G Play (4th gen)
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Motorola finally release a system update for it's latest Android-Wear Smartwatch, A number of Moto 360 owners have received a system update that leaves the version number the same. The update fix some bugs along with some Bluetooth connectivity enhancements (this is very important for smartphone pairing) and simply tweaks a few things that don't apply to other watches.
Here the change-log of What's new in the Moto 360 [KGW42R Firmware Update]:
- Bluetooth connectivity: Improved Bluetooth connectivity between the watch and phone to reduce momentary disconnects experienced by some users.
- Charging notification: Added a message to confirm that Moto 360 is charging in cases when its battery is fully depleted.
- Bug fixes: Implemented bug fixes and other system optimizations.