Samsung has already rolled out the Android 10 for some of its premium smartphones and now Xiaomi users are wondering, when they will get updated to Android 10 or MIUI 11. Xiamoi has a reputation for budget-friendly phones with premium features and only in a few years, it has reached a huge amount of people. However, the same budget-friendly category is often ignored by its manufacurters when it comes to the security patches and rolling out the new OS updates.
A few of Xiamoi phones flagship series have already received the Android 10 beta, including the Xiaomi Mi 9, Mi 9T, and Xiomi Mi 9T Pro. The other flagship smartphones like Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 and Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro are likely to receive the OS as well, in the near future. Currently that list includes the Xiaomi Mi A3, the Xiaomi Mi A2, Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite, and the Xiaomi Mi A1. The first three are guaranteed the update, while the latter device (which was launched on Nougat) may have reached the end of its cycle with the upgrade to Pie.
According to the leaks, following Xiaomi phones are getting the OS update.
Xiaomi Mi 9
Xiaomi Mi 9 SE
Xiaomi Mi 8
Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro
Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition
Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S
Xiaomi Mi MIX 3
Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 5G
Redmi K20 Pro
Redmi Note 7
Redmi Note 7 Pro
The current user interface is based on the Andoid 7 and packs features like dark them which are directly comparable to the latest Android OS. Xiaomi announced that they will reveal the MIUI 11 by the end of the October and there will be more than 25 devices to receive the new software.
Gooligan is a malware that hides within Android applications found mainly outside the Play Store, but it has recently been found that multiple apps available on the Play Store are also infected by it. The malware utilizes two vulnerabilities (Vroot and Towelroot) prevalent in pre-Marshmallow Android builds to root devices and gain access to email information, as well as authentication tokens, including those of your Google account. Gooligan then uses this unauthorized access to install applications from the Play Store itself. This of course, is done to increase the revenue associated with in-app ads. Additionally, the afflicted accounts are made to leave a 5-star review for the concerned app, without the user even being aware of what's going on.
If your device is running on Android Lollipop or an even lower version of the Android OS, Gooligan can affect your device. The secret malware was found by a cyber security firm called Check Point and they have since reported that Gooligan can access Gmail, Google Photos, Google Docs, G Suite, Google Play and Google Drive on all the 1 million plus devices that it affects right now. In response to the report, Adrian Ludwig, head of Android Securities, has explained that so far, the malware, which is a variant of the previously discovered Ghost Push, has not shown any intent to steal information and has instead been only associated with promoting in-app revenue through falsified reviews and unauthorized app installations. Google has since revoked all affected tokens and has banned multiple affected apps from the Play Store.
In the words of Check Point, "Gooligan potentially affects devices on Android 4 Jelly Bean and KitKat, and 5 Lollipop, which is over 74 percent of in-market devices today. About 57 percent of these devices are located in Asia and about nine percent are in Europe,"
In order to check and see if you are affected by Gooligan, enter your email address and see for yourself at: https://gooligan.checkpoint.com/
Head over to https://forum.youmobile.org/downloads/ to find all the latest updates for your smartphone.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Mobile phone tops the list of the most used gadgets by us every day. Right from the mail which can close a million-dollar deal to making the long distant video call, we rely on mobile phones very much. It can turn out very bad if these devices are left unprotected. There are various security apps other than antivirus apps which can help us to keep our mobile phones and the data stored in it to be safe and secure.
Some of the top security apps for Android phones are listed below:
This app is life-saver for many people. It works like the vault in banks. You can keep your photos and videos locked under it. Also, users can lock other apps such as Gmail, mobile and online casino gaming apps, internet banking apps and so on using Applock. You can use a secret PIN to access the files and apps. By this way, your mobile phone will have two layers of security. This app is available in the Google Play Store for free.
DuckDuckGo Search and Stories
In the world of internet where major conglomerates make use of the personal data of people, DuckDuckGo is a gem. This is a search engine like Google and Bing, but it does not track what you search online. If you are concerned about private companies accessing the information you surf on the internet, then DuckDuckGo is the perfect solution.
Find My Device by Google
Find My Device was earlier named as Android Device Manager. This app will help you to find your mobile phone. It can show you the location of the phone and you can also make the phone ring using this app. You can also remotely lock and erase the information stored on the phone. It does not have any ads and in-app purchases which makes it clutter free.
Firefox Focus is one of the most secure browsers out there. The app can be used to remove the advertisements and trackers to some extent ensuring more private browsing. The best part is that this app is also free.
Glass Wire is one of the new best apps to track the data consumption effectively. It has the options for the players to see the data usage in terms of days, weeks, months and by individual apps. This can help the users to find any irregular activity of the apps in the background.
Resilio Sync will help you to create a safe cloud storage of your own. You can turn your PC or desktop into a cloud storage. In simple terms, it is like Google Drive. It can help the users in keeping the data under their control rather than trusting private companies.
LastPass helps the users to save multiple sensitive passwords and restore it to the respective sites. All the passwords will be locked with a master password. This really helps if you visit a lot of sites or handle multiple accounts.
Jackpot Fruity has come up with the list of the above-mentioned non-antivirus apps which provide top security for all Android phones. Since the rate of cybercrime is increasing, security in mobile phones should be taken seriously as they contain sensitive data.
Even though it's a bit early to be throwing around comparisons as both the phones are far from being unveiled or even cited at a benchmarking app or two, here are a few things we can intelligently guess about them.
It would be particularly hard to recommend someone a Samsung smartphone after the embarrassing episode that Samsung just had with the Note 7. Nevertheless, we are pretty sure that the number one name in the smartphone business will bounce back with the S8. Having said so, the iPhone 8 will still win in this respect as they do not have any proven cases of multiple exploding phones yet.
It is always hard to predict just how powerful Apple's next chip is going to be and in spite of having seemingly less resources on pen and paper, the Apple iPhone 7 did blow the S7, S7 Edge and Note 7 out of the water in benchmarking tests like AnTuTu and Geekbench. Therefore, the iPhone 8 might just have an edge here over the S8.
This is a tough one as both the manufacturers usually endow their flagship smartphones with awesome cameras. However, the S7 did sport a slightly better rear camera this year when compared to the iPhone 7, so we will give this one to the S8.
The iPhone 7 is a beautiful device and many Android smartphones have been and continue to be "inspired" by the Apple iPhones. Samsung flagship grade smartphones on the other hand have recently been producing beautiful smartphones with curved displays. The preference will depend largely on the individual, so we will refrain from a judgement on this one.
It's Christmas and we have less than a week left in the year now. Given that no new smartphones will be released this year anymore, let us take a quick look at the three absolute best smartphones that were launched in 2016. Let us know if you are using any of these beasts in the comments section below. Keep in mind that phones such as the Mi Mix were kept out of the list because they are simply not available anywhere outside China as of now.
The OnePlus 3 was an excellent flagship device with the all-powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC and a whopping 6GB of RAM, available at half the price of most flagships from big boys like Samsung or LG. The OnePlus 3T keeps everything that was brilliant about the OnePlus 3 and adds an even more powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 SoC, 13% more battery (3,450mAh), a much better front camera sensor and a 128GB option at a modest price of $439 (64GB).
Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge
The S7 and S7 Edge are a bit old now, but they still are among the absolute best that 2016 had to offer. The curved Quad High Definition Super AMOLED display on the S7 Edge is quite simply beautiful and arguably the best in the business.
Google Pixel Phones
When it comes to software and actual user experience, you just cannot beat the Pixel and the Pixel XL. Owners of these two smartphones will experience the epitome of what the latest Android OS has to offer. It also helps that these are powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chip, beautiful AMOLED displays and Google Assistant; which is arguably the most enhanced virtual assistant ever to make a public debut.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
A whole long list of SD 865 smartphones are going to arrive soon, so hold on to your purse and don't waste your money on current gen flagship smartphones just yet, because they are going to become a lot cheaper in a matter of weeks!
To give you an idea of what's to come, we have compiled a short list of the three highly anticipated Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 powered smartphones which will be the first to reach consumers.
Samsung Galaxy S20 Series
No one can say for sure whether the S20-series will really be the first smartphones to get to the market, with a SD 865 SoC in them, but rumors surrounding Samsung are almost always true these days! The Galaxy S20, S20 Plus and S20 Ultra mau also have the following specs to show off later in the month.
· OS: Android 10 (Q)
· 1440 x 3040, S AMOLED, 6.2"/6.7"/6.9"/ QHD+, 20:9 display
· 8GB - 12GB RAM and 128GB - 1TB internal storage
· 64+13+8 megapixel / 64+13+8+2 megapixel rear cameras on the S20 and S20 Plus respectively
· 108+13+8+2 megapixel setup at the back with 5x optical zoom on the S20 Ultra
· 5,000mAh battery
· Will be announced at the Unpacked 2020 event on February 11, 2020 in San Francisco
Xiaomi Mi 10 Series
Also coming in February, but probably in the last week is Xiaomi Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro. Other interesting rumors about the 5G capable duo are as follows.
· OS: Android 10 (Q)
· 1080 x 2340, 19.5:9, S AMOLED 6.39" / 6.7", 120Hz display
· 128GB storage & 8GB RAM / 256GB storage & 12GB RAM / 512GB Storage & 16GB RAM
· 108 + 16 + 12 + 5 / 108 + 16 + 12 + 8 megapixel rear cam modules with 2x optical zoom (Mi 10 & Mi 10 Pro respectively)
· 4,500mAh / 5,250mAh battery for the Mi 10 and 10 Pro respectively
· Will be announced in late February
This one will likely be a timed exclusive in India, and this move could make the new sub-brand of Vivo, the first OEM to release a Snapdragon 865 powered smartphone in the country. Not much else is known about the smartphone, but it is rumored to have impressive flagship specs such as a 120Hz display and 64+12+12+8 megapixel rear camera modules to go along with that flagship SoC as well.
As of now, it is expected that the Snapdragon 865 chip with its brand new Cortex A77 - powered Kryo 585 cores will finally be able to close the huge performance gap that exists between Apple's latest A-series chips and anything that any Android OEM is able to churn up. Of course, we will just have to wait and see how that actually turns out!
Sources: GSMArena, 91Mobiles and Ice Universe
Samsung launched the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+ earlier yesterday, Choosing between two phablet devices with the same performance specs (Octa-core 4GB), display size (5.7") and resolution (QHD). However, in the same time they are two very different devices with distinct target audiences.
It's no wonder then that picking one of the two is a tough call, which mostly hangs on whether you'd ever think of using the S Pen. It would appear, though, that there's more to consider, as Chrissy Teigen will quickly have you convinced in the video below.
Having a model talk about smartphones certainly brings a fresh perspective, and surprised as you may be, she does appreciate the S Pen. Ultimately, though, she goes for the Galaxy S6 edge+, and we suspect that "Pippa" might have had a say on the matter.
It becomes extremely difficult sometimes to choose a compatible hosting service, especially when the market offers you a wide range of hosting solutions. It is challenging to decide whether to go with a VPS, shared hosting, or a dedicated server.
Shared hosting is no less than a family data plan, where responsibilities are shared among the family members. VPS, on the other hand, is just like an individual data plan. It's you who extend and upgrade your resources by paying for the service.
Analogy - Hosting Platforms
Shared hosting forces all the users to share the available resources on a shared server. It includes everything from memory to CPU time to the disk space. A reliable hosting provider monitors all the shared servers for an uninterrupted supply.
VPS is just like owning a condo. While you got a rental apartment as a segment of an entire building, you are still responsible for maintaining your rental property. Not all resources on a private virtual server (VPS) are shared.
However, the required portions of these resources are always available for you. This enables you to have more flexibility and faster load time. VPS allows you to have comparatively more resources as compared to a shared account.
Dedicated hosting can be put into the scenario of owning a house. It's only you who has the access to all the resources available on the server machine and no other user account can interfere. Nevertheless, this type of hosting service does not come cheap.
Which would be appropriate for an online business project?
A shared hosting enables more than one website to consume resources on a shared server. Due to the fewer resources available, it only serves the purpose for small websites and blogs where heavy traffic is not much a concern.
VPS is the best way to start with, especially when you are running restricted on your budgetary limit. If you are a startup and want to share your business idea with the world, VPS can be your best pal. There are several hosting companies that provide this service.
You may like to go with Hostinger VPS plan as it is one of the many hosting providers that provides cloud infrastructure for their services. It is a perfect balance of both performance and cost-effectiveness.
User's point of view over VPS
1. Excellent performance and dedicated resources such as more CPU power, tweaked RAM, enough storage, and adequate bandwidth.
2. The isolated environment for better security and invincibility against getting affected by your neighbor.
3. Complete root access to the hosting server just like a dedicated hosting.
If you are looking for a better performance, cheap in cost hosting, top security, and complete privacy - VPS can be your best option. Some of the advantages you'll get by opting for this service are;
1. More compatibility with regards to the resources.
2. Server setup takes less time.
3. More access to the server with better control.
4. Complete isolation in the environment where a VPS server functions.
5. Almost mimics the characteristics of a dedicated server.
Why switch to a VPS host?
1. When you need more speed
Adding more content to your website, most likely to slow it down after a while. This is nothing new when it comes to the websites that are more database dedicated. When you start noticing a significant reduction of speed, it's time to switch to a VPS host.
Furthermore, the majority of the growing websites witness an insurmountable traffic over the time. The more popular your website gets, greater will be your viewer traffic. It also signifies that your existing plan cannot bear the heavy traffic. Therefore, VPS would be more logical for you.
2. When you lack with the resources
When your website continues to face 503-server errors, it indicates that your services are no longer available to your customers as well. It also points out that you are substantially lacking with the required memory on your server. Thus, the VPS upgrade is a must.
3. Insurgence in the security
If by any means you've opted for a faulty hosting service, part of which, you are constantly under the cyber attack, it's time to change it to VPS. Otherwise, it may result in data loss and a potential business fall as well.
4. Lack of features
Lack of features may result in less flexibility, uncertain downtime, and fewer viewers. On the other hand, a Cloud-based VPS offers more flexibility and compatibility in both open-source and proprietary Operating Systems.
What to look for in the best VPS hosting provider?
1. Live chat support
A trustworthy VPS provider enables you to have a live chat support for troubleshooting. The availability and lack of this feature make a whole lot of difference.
If budget is your major concern and you are looking for a moderate performance with regards to hosting, choose a service provider that offers you VPS plans at a cheaper cost.
3. Trusted source and uptime
You need to look for how much uptime your host promises you in your VPS hosting package. Like it or not, but it is one of the deciding factors with regards to the reliability of a service provider.
As mentioned above, your VPS service must be flexible in nature. Just in case you think your website requires more resources, the provider must be flexible to extend it with an upgrade.
Dedicated hosting has its own fair share of advantages when it comes to the hosting solutions. It provides you the full access to your resources. It can be your best option if you have an established business and you look for extended resources to support your hosting solutions.
It, however, costs a little bit more as compared to the VPS hosting. Whereas VPS provides you with a moderate yet tweaked performance, a dedicated hosting provides you the same but in an extravagant way.
While the shared hosting is good for the home users, the VPS is for those who wish to dive deep into the web world. Dedicated hosting also doesn't seem to be lacking anywhere as it offers you the heavy duty performance. However, for startups, VPS can be a great option.
With the S7 and S7 Edge being just launched, the competition is heating up for the latest iPhone. In this article, we will note five points in which the S7 surpasses the iPhone 6s.
Display - To put it simply, the Super AMOLED panels by Samsung are brilliant and possibly the best in business. The S7 sports the latest iteration of that 1440p AMOLED panel and it's even brighter than that of the S6, which in itself was an excellent display. Samsung wins this one hands down.
Design - Apple phones were not known for big displays, but when they finally opted for it in the iPhone 6s Plus, the result wasn't a phone that was very comfortable to hold. The S7, despite its larger 5.1" display compared to the smaller 4.7" screen of the iPhone 6s, feels much better in hand because of Samsung's decision to round of all its edges and give it a curved back.
Micro-SD card slot - Samsung had always won on this front until last year, when they decided to ditch the expandable memory altogether. This year however, the S7 sports a SIM/micro-SD card hybrid slot that brings back the hit feature. The iPhones however have never supported expandable memory and probably never will.
Camera - An f/1.7 aperture, brighter pixel technology and a superfast focus takes the S7's camera to a whole new level. The iPhone 6s has a very good camera, but it simply cannot match up to the S7 in this aspect, especially in low-light situations.
IP 68 certification for dust and water resistance - The S7 can survive underwater for up to half an hour and is perfect for the rocky outdoors with its excellent dust resistance capabilities. The iPhone is no slouch either in this regard as it offers protection against liquid damage as well. In terms of degree however, the S7 is way ahead.
These points do not mean that the Galaxy S7 is superior to the iPhone in every way, but it does give the Korean flagship an edge over its Cupertino counterpart.
Back in 2014, Apple won their lawsuit against Samsung when the California federal court held the Korean electronics giant guilty of copyright infringement on Apple's patents. The court had ordered Samsung to pay a whopping $119.6 million to Apple as compensation. Primarily, Apple had filed for copyright infringement on three patents; quick links, auto-correct and slide-to-unlock. While they did win the patent wars back in 2014, it seems like the tables are turning now.
The appeals court not only has rejected the federal court's verdict, but has also decided that Apple themselves have infringed on one of Samsung's patents! After going through all the information and the entirety of the case, the new verdict is that the technology used by Samsung in their smartphones for the recognition of phone numbers and other such data and turning them into interactive links is actually different from the technology used in quick link. The two other claims of copyright infringement against Samsung were considered to be downright invalid by the court and thus discarded.
Samsung commented on this matter through a spokesperson who considered the verdict to be "a win for consumer choice." Apple on the other hand, had nothing to say on the matter so far. On a side note, Apple is now trying to convince the US Supreme Court to stop Samsung from appealing against a different case which had earlier ended up in Samsung's agreement of paying $548 million in damages.
We are perfectly aware that both the flagship smartphones from the two Korean tech giants are still quite a distance away from being released, but one cannot deny that the distance isn't really that far away either at this point of time. Also, not much stays secret about popular upcoming smartphones these days, thanks to leaksters, hidden sources and most of all, the internet. Therefore, based on what we know so far, here's a comparison of leaked and rumoured specifications between two of the future heavyweight competitors for 2017 in the smartphone business.
Galaxy S8/S8 Plus: 5.7-inch/6.4-inch curved, bezel-less Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 2560x1440 pixels.
LG G6: 5.7-inch LCD display with 2880x1440 pixels resolution and arranged in a 18:9 aspect ratio, which is a first in the smartphone industry.
Both devices will use identical Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC in 4x 2.45GHz Kryo 280
4x 1.9GHz Kryo 280/Adreno 540 configuration. There is a chance that the international version of the Galaxy S8 will use an equally powerful Exynos chip with a Mali GPU.
6GB on both devices.
While both the devices are expected to support micro-SD cards, the S8 may also support UFS SD cards as well. Internal storage should range from anywhere in between 64GB to 256GB.
The Galaxy S8 will probably continue with a single rear sensor and may bump up the megapixel count on the front camera as well as adding autofocus, but the LG G6 will sport an even more advanced version of LG's rear mounted dual-sensors.
At this point, both the G6 and the S8 are expected to run on Nougat 7.1 right out of the box.
LG G6: USB Type-C, wireless charging, Quick Charge 4.0, fingerprint scanner, Android Pay, LG Pay.
Galaxy S8: USB Type-C, IP68 rating for water resistance, wireless charging, Quick Charge 4, iris scanner, fingerprint scanner, Android Pay, Samsung Pay.
Stay tuned for more as we will keep you updated with the latest rumors, renders, images and specs as they happen.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
The Google Pixel 4 is not a secret anymore. We know about Pixel 4 design and specs because Google has already talked about it. That\'s not because the Google Pixel 4 release date is coming in few weeks - we still expect the Pixel 4 is going to launch somewhere around in October - but its seems Google doesn\'t want months of insane rumors about its next phone design or specs. It does, however, take away some of the excitement about the launch and eradicates the \'will it, won\'t it\' debate on the overly square camera bump on the back side which is first of its type. Since its launch in 2016, the Pixel line has gained more popularity and visibility among the smartphone users. It offers plenty of premium features with great AI functionality. They smartphone has done immensely great to win the adoration of the tech community.
The competition in the smartphone is getting intense with every day passing, and Google in 2019 really needs to keep its work up to the standards to meet the expectoration for this next iteration. For years now, Google has opted to release its Pixel lineup in the latter half of the year, after the usual roller coaster of smartphone releases from the first half of the year has died down. More specifically, we expect a Google Pixel 4 launch date sometime in early October based on past form, with it likely that Google will take the opportunity to launch a few other hardware options at the same time, such as the long-rumored Pixel Watch.
Following the announcement, it\'s likely that the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL release date will be in early November or in late October, if we keep the past dates align. With the extra features now included and the general emphasis on a premium fit and finish, the Pixel 4 - or at least the XL model - could be the first of the line to break the $1,000 price tag.vWe\'ll probably also see multiple different storage capacities offered at different prices. More information will arrive closer to the launch, so watch this space.
Recent leaks suggest, the Google Pixel 4a release date might be pushed even further due to the current pandemic situation and the phone could be released to July or even August. This delay might seem bad but it could give a tough competition to iPhone releasing somewhere in September. The entry-level iPhone is going to be priced at $649, whereas Google is putting its Pixel 4a for sale at $349.
The pixel 4a is rumored to feature a 5.8-inch OLED display, which would be bigger than the 5.4-inch panel on the entry-level iPhone 12. The iPhone 12 is going to have higher pixels, but not many people care to pay a bigger amount only for the sake of higher resolution.
Google Pixel 4a will likely have 128GB of storage to start with, which is almost double what iPhone SE would have. For some unknown reasons, Apple refused to adopt USB-C for fast charging, the Pixel 4a would have a USB-C port just like its predecessor and 18W charging. The iPhone 12 will reportedly stick with a lighting port. The iPhone 11 was shipped with a 5-watt charger out of the box and there is no sign that this is going to change for the iPhone 12 series.
The pixel 4a will likely to have a primary 12MP camera, compared to the wide and ultra-wide shooters on the iPhone 12. But Google has integrated highly-efficient AI algorithms that do an excellent job of delivering great results even with limited hardware. As per leaks, there will be a small punch hole camera on the front side of the phone. The iPhone 12's notch is supposed to be smaller than the one in the iPhone 11 but it will likely still be larger than the Pixel 4a's cutout.
The rumors suggest that the Pixel 4a will be powered by a Snapdragon 730 processor. This should be good enough for a mid-range smartphone, but the iPhone 12's rumored to have an A14 Bionic chip that is once again faster than any phone. The Pixel 4a would not support 5G networks which means you can't have fast browsing on the internet even when it is 5G around you.
This makes it undesirable for people who value internet speed more than the camera on the phone. Overall, the Pixel 4a is good and if you are a budget-conscious user, this should be your first preference. But if money isn't an issue or you can't live without 5G internet speed, iPhone 12 is your bet.
If you have a phone with insufficient internal memory, Uninstall Manager will help you out. Those of us out there who are still using a smartphone with 8GB or even 4GB internal storage, the struggle for space is a real and constant problem. With games like N.O.V.A. 3 taking up about 2.4GB of space in your phone alone, even 16GB variants may not be enough for power users. This is where Google's new Uninstall Manager comes in. It is a new additional feature that's embedded within the Google Play Store itself. It tries to help you find more space by simply suggesting applications which you can uninstall in order to make room for the new one that you are trying to install.
Android Police further reports that the user will see a popup menu within the Play Store which will show all the uninstall suggestions, along with the size of the installed files and the amount of space you are currently lacking for the new application to be installed on your phone. The suggestions are of course, based on the usage statistics data of the consumer and therefore they will consist of apps that you rarely or never use. In order to get the Uninstall Manager on your system, you don't need to download anything, just update the Play Store to its latest version and you are all set.
Author: Saikat Kar (Tech-journalist and enthusiast)
The Oppo K3 offers a lot of the similar specs as the Realme X at almost same price. As the Oppo K3 goes on sale on Amazon today, here is a quick look of their specs to decide which phone you should buy. The Oppo K3 has has 6.5-inch super AMOLED display, a pop-up selfie camera, in-display fingerprint sensor, VOOC 3.0 fast charging, and powered by a Snapdragon 710 chipset, which are the features on Realme X as well. So which is the better one?
The Realme X was launched a few weeks ago as the strong competitor of premium smartphones. The Oppo K3 was launched in India last week. The Realme X was launched in India earlier this month starting at Rs 16,999. It has 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, while the upper mode with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage is available at Rs 19,999. The Realme X is available in Polar white and space blue colors and will see its first sale on July 24 at 12Pm on flipkart and realme.com The Oppo K3 has similar price but offers 6GB of RAM and 64GB internal storage for the base model and has 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The Oppo K3 will go on sale for the first time on Tuesday, July 23 at 12pm on Amazon India.
Both smartphones have edge-to-edge, full screen displays without any notch or punch hole cutout. The offer over 91 percent screen ratio and they both have super AMOLED display with full HD+ resolution. For security, they have in-display fingerprint sensor. Both have pop-up camera that rises for the top center of the frame instead of notch. Both has Type-C port, 3.5mm headphone jack and dual SIM slot. The Oppo K3 has 16MP + 2MP dual camera and the RealMe X has 48MP +5MP camera. Both cameras work good at day light.
Apple introduced iPhone 11 last week as the successor to the iPhone XR. With the iPhone XR prices going down. The iPhone XR was introduced last year alongside the iPhone XS and XS max. Essentially, it was a phone with X-style bezel-less design with an affordable price. The iPhone XR features an LCD Liquid Retina display with a 1792×828 resolution at 326 pixels-per-inch. One thing to note is that due to the LCD display used here instead of OLED, the bezels on the iPhone XR are slightly larger than those on the iPhone XS and iPhone 11 Pro.
The iPhone 11 looks very similar to the iPhone XR - displaying a 6.1-inch display with a glass and aluminum cover. On the rear side you will notice an ugly camera bump, which people feel hard to adjust. The iPhone 11 comes with IPV8 water-resistance rating which means it can withstand a maximum depth of 2-meters up to 30-minutes. The display is similar to what was in iPhone XR. The iPhone 11 offers 2x optical zoom out, unlike the iPhone XR. Both phones have a faceID although iPhone 11 claims to have the faster one.
The iPhone XR is best for people who want the iPhone X-style design, but is more affordable. But you will get a comparatively slow processor as the latest phone comes with the more powerful A1 bionic processor and new colors. If you care about the photography, optical zoom, and night mode, it could be worth the upgrade - especially with the price difference being $100 instead. The iPhone 11 comes with 256GB of storage. So basically these are very much similar phones except for processing power and optical zoom. The front camera is 12MP with 4K video and slow motion feature whereas the iPhone XR doesn't have these features.
Despite Trump Administration Ban on Chinese mobile phone manufacturer Huawei, it is successfully making the waves in the industry with its breath-taking smartphones. The Huawei P30 Pro is no exception. It has an amazingly sleek design, an incredible quad-camera setup with 10x hybrid zoom and a huge battery that promises a day-long survival even with moderate use.
Apple\'s design is fairly familiar and under some criticism due to camera setup at the rear side. So which is better? Apple iPhone 11 Pro or P30 Pro. Apple didn\'t create any drastic changes in the design of the smartphone and yes the camera module is much wider. The whole back is a single sheet of glass instead of having a metal camera module sticking out of it.
The iPhone comes with distinctive colors but overall it has an immersive screen, with minimal builds and looks and feels premium which justifies its cost to some extent as well. The P30Pro has the more visual appearance but has a much larger bottom notch as compared to the iPhone. Apple went for a 6.5-inch display for 11 Pro max whereas the Huawei has a 6.47-inch display. The P30 Pro has an FHD+ OLED screen with 1080 resolution whereas the iPhone 11 Pro has a super retina XDR OLED screen with a bit higher resolution at 2436 x 1125.
The Huawei\'s P30 Pro has a 10x hybrid zoom camera and gives amazing results as compared to other smartphone cameras with digital zoom. It has 40MP wide-angle, 20MP ultra-wide, 8MP zoom, and time-of-flight sensors. Meanwhile, Apple made a trio of 12MP back cameras with enhancements to smart HDR processing and excellent night mode. the P30 Pro is fast in everyday usage but the iPhone 11 Pro has the extra raw power of A12\'s fusion chip.
The popular image of mobile gaming is one of commuters playing Candy Crush and similar throwaway titles but developers like Apple, Samsung, and Google are engaged in a perpetual game of one-upmanship, meaning that devices are getting faster with every new iteration of the iPhone or S-series Galaxy.
The mobile arena in 2016 isn't too dissimilar to the one occupied by consoles and PCs - specs are everything and arguing about them is a viable hobby in select corners of the internet. It's perhaps no surprise that AAA games like Assassin's Creed, Mass Effect, Dead Space, XCOM, and FIFA have all made their way to mobile in recent years.
However, mobile gaming is much more than console ports and match-three titles. The iGaming sector in particular has long had a foothold on Android and Apple devices, inclusive of games like bingo, poker, blackjack, and slot machines. It's not hard to see why; iGaming is growing by 11% a year worldwide and ad-revenue on casino apps outstrips that of apps in other genres.
With that in mind, mobile devices can be a paradise of pick-up-and-play action. The variety of different William Hill Bingo casino games are a good example, with 75, 80 and 90 ball games on a range of different themes. Playing bingo on the go can also net players incentives like jackpots and loyalty points.
With 2016 winding down, and most of the year's new devices already on the market, here are some of the best mobile devices for playing bingo on the bus:
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
Let's get straight to the point. Samsung's flagship smartphone is (probably) the best device you can buy right now. It boasts 4GB of RAM, a Qualcomm Adreno 530 GPU, and the Snapdragon 820 processor. The Edge also has 64GB of storage, a 5.5-inch AMOLED screen, and a Game Launcher app to optimize your device for games.
As you might expect, it also supports the Samsung Gear Virtual Reality headset. It's not the sharpest device in the world (and the current game library leaves a lot to be desired) but it's an order of magnitude cheaper than the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive. At $650-750 for both Samsung devices though, it's a big investment.
Forget about Google's Pixel XL, the older Nexus 6P is still a fantastic device. It's also about $125 less expensive than the S7 Edge yet features comparable hardware, like the Snapdragon 810 processor. It falls down a little on the graphics-processing unit (Adreno 430) and RAM (3GB) but it has a larger 5.7-inch AMOLED screen.
The Nexus 6P also has VR capabilities through Google Daydream, the successor to Google Cardboard and arguably the one device in the VR market that bridges the gap between functionality and affordability. However, the 6P is on the large side of things and, while that might make it great for gaming, it's not the most comfortable thing to have in your pocket.
If price is your chief concern when buying a smartphone, the OnePlusX is a budget device that doesn't compromise too heavily on hardware. It's just over a year old now and offers a quad-core Snapdragon 801 clocked at 2.3GHz, an Adreno 330 GPU, and 3GB of RAM. It's also available for less than $250.
As a ‘mini' alternative to the OnePlus 2, it has a smaller AMOLED screen than the Nexus, Edge, and the more expensive OnePlus models. It's also the least powerful device on this list but, at more than half the price of the Edge, it's definitely worth checking out if you're a gamer on a budget.
If you're still not convinced, there's also the HTC 10 and Moto Z Play, both of which offer a good experience for Android gamers.
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If you've ever been to a casino or logged onto an online one, you'll notice - or rather you won't - how much time you tend to spend there. It might feel like only 30 minutes have gone by when in fact it's been a few hours! One of the most notorious games for letting time fly past is roulette. One spin can take up to a couple of minutes to occur, it is not always as instant as you might think. If you've got the time to spare now, why not hit up a roulette wheel and see just how fast time flies https://casino.betfair.com/c/roulette
Casinos - where time stands still. Or rather, where time doesn't exist. Okay, that might sound a little crazy but one thing about casinos you may or may not have noticed is that there are no clocks on the walls. This is just one of the ways in which casinos keep you engaged and interested in the games you're playing. There are no incidental ways to stumble upon the time and remind you you're late for a family dinner. Even when you open up your casino app, you'll find there's no clock on your screen anymore.
There are, of course, rumours that you hear about brick-and-mortar casinos. Some people will claim that casinos are pumping additional oxygen into the air filtering systems to keep their customers awake and, in turn, focussed on gambling. Other casinos have dispelled particular rumours, announcing that they do, in fact, release pleasant smells in particular areas to convince the customer to stay there longer. For example, if you're playing on a slot machine and it smells like lavender, you're more than likely going to hang around for that extra spin.
Ever heard of being ‘hypnotised by the screens'? This is one of the most common ways that online casinos keep their customers engaged. Clicking is becoming second nature to a lot of mobile and online users and more importantly, it is satisfying. A lot of people associate clicking these days with ‘liking', ‘purchasing' or ‘accepting' - when you're clicking online there are only a handful of times that it is associated with something negative. This means that when you're logged into an online casino, clicking is generating a positive sensation.
Keeping your mind free from distraction is a common way to maximise engagement. When in a casino you might notice that the décor looks like a dice. The carpets might be in the shape of diamonds. The walls painted red and black. There are so many ways in which a casino will keep you focussed, and a key way to do so is to prevent you from thinking about anything else. Any form of decoration would be related to the casino in one way or another, from the colours of the croupier's uniform to the paintings in the bar.
If you think you can escape it, you certainly can't - or rather it would take a lot of self-awareness and mind-power. Casinos are designed with you in mind, from the minute you walk in the door you are more than likely presented with the chance to play a slot machine. You might even log onto an online casino and have pop-up ads for certain offers and deals. We find it best to sit back and enjoy the ride. After all, why go to a casino in the first place if you're not looking to make the most of it.
Thanks to SamMobile and their expert analysis, we have for you today, a complete list of Samsung devices which are most likely to get the Android O update officially from Samsung. Keep in mind though, it's too early to state the timeline for any of these devices yet.
Most Likely Devices to Get Android O 8.0
Galaxy Note 8
Galaxy S7 edge
Galaxy S7 Active
Galaxy A7 (2017)
Galaxy A5 (2017)
Galaxy A3 (2017)
Galaxy J7 (2017)
Galaxy J5 (2017)
Galaxy Note FE
Galaxy Tab S3
Galaxy C9 Pro
Galaxy C7 Pro
Galaxy J7 Prime
Devices that may Get Android O 8.0
Galaxy A9 Pro
Galaxy A8 (2016)
Galaxy J7 (2016)
Galaxy J5 (2016)
Galaxy J3 (2017)
Galaxy Tab S2 VE (2016 models)
Galaxy Tab A (2016 models)
While this is by no means a confirmed list, it looks pretty sound at the moment.
Head over to our firmware section to find all the latest available updates for your Samsung smartphones and tablets.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
You are probably familiar with the newly introduced Always On displays already, so let's get into the battle of the flagships right away. However, keep in mind that the LG G5 used while comparing the two was a pre-production unit.
Visibility or clarity
If you are outdoors and the weather isn't too sunny then you would be hard pressed to see a difference between the two Always On displays as they are both perfectly visible, even from a distance. If however, the condition outside is quite sunny and you are trying to check out the time, date and notifications, the LG G5 loses by a huge margin to the S7. The S7's AMOLED display is simply brighter, more defined and clear compared to the IPS-LCD screen of the G5. In fact, you will need to look at the G5 at almost a 90-degree angle under bright conditions to even make out what's on the secondary display, while the S7 offers much better viewing angles.
Samsung has added a lot more customizability to its secondary screen when compared to its South Korean competitor. The S7's Always On display supports stock pictures and skins for clocks as well as the calendar. The notifications change their place of appearance on their own as well to prevent screen burn-ins (a result of static images being shown on a particular space for too long a time at a single stretch). The only significant customization that LG offers is the ability to add a personal signature that can replace the traditional time display.
Although we love LG's equal treatment of all apps installed on it, credit must be given to Samsung for making better hardware and adding more customization. The S7 would win this hands down if only it supported third party apps like the G5, but as it stands now, the better Always On display among the two must be decided by the user and his/her priorities. So, which of these features are more important to you?
If you own the international version of the Samsung Galaxy S6 with the model number G920F, then you have probably already received the Android 6.0.1 update, but the question is do you want to try something else? If you know what you are doing and would like to experience Android M on your S6 with a slightly different twist, you can try out the XtreStolite custom ROM.
As per reports, the Android 6.0.1 based firmware is stable and offers an experience that has been "deodexed and debloated." Basically, it's the same stock firmware update from Samsung, but without all the bloatware and Samsung-ish tweaks embedded into it. There's also support for call recording and new quick settings options are included.
Provided that you want to check the XtreStolite ROM out on your S6, just make sure that you have the G920F and not some other version of the smartphone. This is a relatively complicated process for a newbie, so be warned that you may brick your device completely, in addition to removing it from warranty in such a case. As is the scenario with all custom ROM builds, it is advised that you back up your data first with the help of ClockWorkMod or TeamWin Recovery Project. You will also need the help of your PC to complete the procedure. Check out the link below for detailed instructions.
Click the link below for getting access to all the latest firmware for your Galaxy S6.
In an official revelation via a blog post, Samsung has just disclosed the names of certain smartphones in its arsenal that the company is going to bless with the much-awaited Nougat update. Keep in mind that the names which you see on this list are only the ones that will be receiving the upgrade in the next few months (the first half of the year to be precise). What it means is that Samsung may and probably will update a few other models later in 2017 as well. If you want, feel free to check out the official blog post here; it also details the Nougat 7.0 update which Samsung has now started rolling out to the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge.
• Galaxy S6
• Galaxy S6 Edge
• Galaxy S6 Edge Plus
• Galaxy Note 5
• Galaxy Tab A with S Pen
• Galaxy Tab S2 (LTE unlock)
• Galaxy A3
• Galaxy A8
According to Android Authority, "The list is rather short, and it's not clear if it's exhaustive or just a selection."
Also, check out this much more expansive list of Samsung smartphones that are scheduled for the Nougat update, according to reliable sources.
Head over to https://forum.youmobile.org/downloads/ to find all the latest updates for your smartphone.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)