POCO, a spin-out brand out of Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi is making its transition towards being an independent firm. The POCO F2 Pro, just like its predecessor hit the high price tag. It features an edge-to-edge 6.67-inch full HD+ AMOLED display screen with 2400 x 1080 pixels. The device is equipped with the latest network technology to support 5G connectivity. It has an in-screen fingerprint scanner that is fast enough to give users a smooth unlocking experience. The phone has a quad-core rear camera system with a pop-up front camera that tucks away when not needed without making any mechanical sounds. It also features a 3.5mm headphone jack that is often missed by flagship smartphones.
The device comes in two variants: one model has 6GB RAM and 128GB storage that is roughly cost around $540. The other model features 8GB RAM and 256GB internal storage that cost around $560. Both of these models operate on Android 10 and went on sale starting Tuesday through Chinese E-commerce sites. The company also has a plan to sell it on Amazon and other international big websites including its official website. The phone support dual-SIM, a popular feature in many Asian countries.
The phone is powered by Qualcomm's flagship octa-core Snapdragon 865 processor, with Adreno 650GPU. The company also claims to design the largest vapor chamber to support liquid cool in any smartphone. This technology helps to keep the device cool even when a user is playing graphic-intensive games such as Fortnite and Pubg on the mobile phone. The phone has a 64MP camera by Sony as a primary lens, with a 13MP ultra-wide lens, a 5MP macro, and one 2MP depth sensor lens in the camera system. The selfie-camera is housed in a pop-up camera casing. The front camera can take pictures up to 20MP. The rear camera system is capable of recording videos in 8K resolution at 24fps and 4k at 60fps. The phone is available in Neon Blue, Electric Purple, Cyber Grey, and Phantom white colors. The battery is 4,700mAh with support for fast charging and ships with a 33W charger in the box.
The financial reports for Samsung's Q3 2016 sales are out and they show that the Note 7 has burned Samsung in the same way as the company expected it to. The total revenue of the company has plummeted by 3.87 trillion WON/$3.4 billion and landed at 47.82 trillion WON/$42.01 billion; that's a 7.5% decrease, as compared to Q3 2015. Operating profit stands at 5.20 trillion WON/$4.56 billion, which is the lowest for the Korean tech giant in the last two years and shows a 30% decrease.
Things as a whole don't look nearly as bad as it looks in the company's mobile department. Consider this; Samsung Mobiles has managed a total revenue of 22.54 trillion WON/$19.80 billion, which depicts a 96% decrease, as compared to the third quarter of the last year! The profits in the division stand at a meagre 100 billion WON/$87.8 million.
According to reports, things will start to look a little brighter for the company in the last quarter of the year, as it plans to focus on increasing production and sales of the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge in the worldwide market. In the meanwhile, the Galaxy A and Galaxy J series of smartphones will hopefully provide some stability in terms of sales to the company in their respective price segments.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
The Galaxy S10 series of smartphones might be the talk of the town at the moment, but in many of our opinions, Samsung made a much more significant announcement earlier today by announcing the much awaited and rumored foldable Galaxy smartphone, aka the Galaxy Fold. It has been in rumors for 5 years straight and now that it is finally, almost here, it is STILL a prototype! Nonetheless, check out the key facts about the Galaxy Fold below, which will supposedly release in April.
· The Cover Display is 4.6-inch with a resolution of 840 x 1960, at 21:9 aspect ratio
· The Fold unravels to a 7.3-inch Infinity Flex display with a resolution of 1536 x 2152 at 4.2:3 aspect ratio
· The multi-geared hinge will last hundreds of thousands of uses
· There is a corner notch to house the two selfie cams on the main screen
· The rear camera setup is a tri-camera module
While it seemed like an uniquely impressive device during the presentation, for what it tends to achieve, there is no denying the fact that the Galaxy Fold is a clunky device that costs almost $2000! Will you be buying one if it comes out in April? Or will you wait till 2020? By which time, Samsung is almost guaranteed to slim down the device with better design and will probably price it a lot cheaper too.
There is a way to get 1TB Google Drive storage for 2 years without paying a dime. And that path starts with reviewing Google Maps. One reddit user has reported in the r/Android subreddit that he was offered 1TB Google Drive storage after becoming rank 4 Google Map Local Guide. To become a rank 4 Local Guide you need to acquire 200 or more points by reviewing places, uploading images, rectifying wrong information, resolving queries posed by users in your area and adding new locations.
If this offer entices you, don't think that you can spam your way to gain ranks as a Local Guide. The tendency to help out people with thoughtful and genuine reviews must come naturally to you. You will enjoy this process, if you are someone who would generally post a Yelp review after visiting a place. Google actually filters out low quality and inappropriate reviews to deliver maximum value to their users and keep the ecosystem clean. In a nutshell - authentic reviews should get you to rank 4 along with free storage that's worth more than $200.
Do check out Google's official website if you are really interested in becoming a Local Guide and learning the added benefits.
When most people think of mobile phones, Apple comes to mind, but did you know that the top selling phone of all time was actually the humble little Nokia? How did this phone we laugh at when we find it stuck in the junk drawer beat the stylish Apple iPhone in total unit sales?
Also, the Samsung Galaxy S4 breaks all records and scored 445 Million sold units in one year. Check the Bestselling Mobile Phones of the Last 20 Years Infographic below.
Exactly 8 years ago on January 10th, 2007... Apple's CEO Steve Jobs took the stage before the public at the Macworld Conference & Expo in Moscone West in San Francisco, California and unvield the first-generation iPhone.
After quickly walking through Apple's position on the market and updating the attendees about everything Cupertino-related, Jobs transfixingly said his signature "one more thing" mantra and teased the public that he'll be treating them to not one, but three new devices a "widescreen iPod with touch controls", a "revolutionary mobile phone", and a "breakthrough Internet communicator".
Of course, this was one device. The one and only Apple iPhone. It was not flawless, but it surely set in motion the wheels of the smartphone industry and led to its nowadays' state.
French mobile game developer Gameloft recently celebrated its 20th year in the world of mobile gaming. The Parisian development studio, founded by Ubisoft's co-founder Michel Guillemot, has published many of the best mobile games available on Android. As a gift to its long-standing base of mobile customers, Gameloft has unveiled its Gameloft Classics application, a free download that gives users direct access to a suite of 30 iconic Gameloft titles, some of which haven't ever been downloadable on mobile devices.
Alexandre de Rochefort, chief finance officer at Gameloft, said that the "accomplishment" of successfully operating for two decades needed to be marked. The launch of Gameloft Classics has been dubbed a "moment of celebration" for the studio, giving the team a chance to "look back and see how the industry has changed and evolved" through the years.
During the first decade of Gameloft's existence, the studio had over 200 million downloads of their mobile games, cementing the Ubisoft subsidiary as one of Europe's leading mobile game developers. The studio has covered all kinds of mobile gaming genres, like puzzle-based games such as Bubble Bash 2, dating sims like Date or Ditch 2, and one of the first mobile ‘shooter' games NOVA. It's even dabbled in classic games such as Texas Hold'em Poker that are normally reserved for online casino games to give card players the thrill they need whether they are playing mobile casinos in South Africa, the UK, the US, or the Far East.
Within the Gameloft Classics release there are several of Gameloft's earliest games that weren't designed for today's state-of-the-art smartphones and tablets. Many of these are still talked about in misty-eyed terms on gaming forums which are still used to promote mobile games. These early-stage mobile games have since had a 2020 reboot, with the addition of touchscreen controls to enhance player engagement and immersivity. Nevertheless, some of these titles still retain the old-school graphics that provide throwback vibes.
Titles included in the Gameloft Classics: 20 Years app
Wondering what kind of retro fun you can have with Gameloft Classics? Here are four of the most popular Gameloft releases included in this free app:
- Gangstar 2: Kings of L.A.
- Bubble Bash 2
- Soul of Darkness
- Diamond Rush
Gameloft's original Diamond Rush mobile game has been rebooted in the Classics app. Incorporating over 200 puzzles and 40 levels, you'll have tonnes of obstacles to avoid in your quest for the finish line, including stalactites, dangerous spiders, thick jungle, and much more.
So whatever your puzzle preferences - whether you prefer the casual nature of bubble popping or the horror themes of Soul of Darkness - there's a lot waiting for your in the Gameloft Classics new release.
Android "M" is almost here and it looks like Google will set some new rules regarding software updates. One of the most popular problems facing Android users is "Updates", even if you have a Nexus device.
Google is looking to end the confusion once and for all, according a new report. Android "M" will set a lifetime for updates which makes it explicitly very clear "How long the device will be supported ?" so that you will know how long you'll get official software updates for your Android device.
Google Nexus phones running Android M will get 2 years of major OS version updates to future Android versions and 3 years of security updates after the OS release or 18 months after you buy a device from the Google Play Store, whichever is longer. Other manufactures should announce their updates lifetime plans too, check the info below for more information.
Android "M" Update Lifetime:
• Major System Updates (OS level updates): 2 years
• Security Updates: 3 years after OS release
• Security Updates: 18 months after date of purchase from Google Play Store.
Updates Lifetime support Schedule:
• Nexus 4: OS updates done, security updates until end of 2015.
• Nexus 7 (2012): OS updates done, security updates through this summer 2015.
• Nexus 7 (2013): OS updates until Q3 2015, security updates until Q1 2016.
• Nexus 10: OS updates done, security updates until early Q1 2016.
• Nexus 5: OS updates through Q3 2015, security updates through Q3 2016.
• Nexus 6: OS updates through Q3 2015, security updates through Q3 2017.
• Nexus 9: OS updates through Q3 2015, security updates through Q3 2017.