Smartphones such as Lenovo K6 Note, Panasonic P88, and ZTE Nubia Z11 took a backseat as Amazon Prime Video streaming service and Pokemon Go were launched in India. Catch these and other important tech news of the day in your 360 Daily.
Amazon Prime Video now available in India, 241 other countries & territories
Amazon has brought the Prime Video movie and TV show streaming service to 242 countries and territories, including India. The service has been launched as part of the Rs. 499 Prime service that was made available earlier this year, and comes to about Rs. 50 a month; in markets where the Prime service has not been launched, Amazon Prime Video has been priced at $2.99 per month.
In India, Amazon Prime Video will come with 17 Indian original shows, including shows by the likes of comedy collective AIB, Farhan Akhtar, and R. Madhavan. For now, Amazon Prime Video users also have access to the service’s US catalogue as well. The Amazon Prime Video streaming service can be accessed via the desktop website, as well as Android and iOS apps.
Pokemon Go officially launched in India
Pokemon Go, the augmented reality game that was launched earlier this year, has been released in India by the developer Niantic in partnership with Reliance Jio. Reliance Digital Stores and partner outlets will acts as Pokestops and gyms for the game. Pokemon Go can be downloaded from the Google Play app marketplace and Apple App Store, but is not available for Windows 10 devices. The game is free to download but comes with in-app purchases.
(Also see: Pokemon Go Advanced Tips & Tricks)
Lenovo K6 Note smartphone with VR support comes to India
Lenovo has launched the K6 Note phablet with 5.5-inch display and 4000mAh battery in the Indian market at Rs. 13,999 for the model with 3GB + 32GB configuration. The price of the 4GB + 64GB Lenovo K6 Note variant has not been announced so far. The smartphone will go on sale starting December 17 in over 15,000 offline stores across the country, Lenovo said. The Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based K6 Note sports a full-HD (1080x1920 pixels) display, octa-core Snapdragon 430 processor, microSD card support up to 32GB, 16-megapixel rear camera, and 8-megapixel selfie camera. The new Lenovo K6 Note supports virtual reality and will come with ANT VR headset (Rs. 1,299) and its VR Controller (Rs. 2,899).
Panasonic P88 smartphone featuring triple-LED flash goes official
Panasonic P88, featuring a 13-megapixel camera backed by triple-LED flash, has been released in India at a best buy price of Rs. 9,290. The new Panasonic P88 features a 5.3-inch HD screen, Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS and Android for Work software, 1.25GHz quad-core chipset, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, up to 128GB microSD card expansion, 5-megapixel camera with LED flash in front, VoLTE support, and 2600mAh battery.
Ola Share now available at flat Rs. 50 from metro stations
Ola has announced that it will provide the Ola Share service at a flat rate of Rs. 50 for a distance of up to 7km from over 150 metro stations in Delhi-NCR. Beyond 7km, normal Ola Share rates will apply, the company said. The Ola Share feature will be available between 8am and 10pm from Monday to Friday. Special fares on Ola Share have been rolled out across metro stations in Mumbai as well.
No mobile payments app in India free, says Qualcomm
None of the mobile wallet and banking apps in India are fully secure, according to Qualcomm, as they do not have hardware-level security; this security layer can make online transactions more secure. However, Qualcomm said it has started approaching digital payments companies to use its secure environment execution on mobile phones, which separates mobile transactions from the operating system, thus keeping in check malware from affecting payments.
ZTE Nubia Z11, Nubia N1 smartphones launched in India
ZTE has launched the Android 6.0 Marshmallow-powered Nubia Z11 and Nubia N1 smartphones in India, with registration for the first sale on Friday on Amazon. The new ZTE Nubia Z11, priced at Rs. 29,999, features 6GB RAM, a 5.5-inch display with full-HD resolution, Snapdragon 820 processor, a 16-megapixel rear camera, 8-megapixel selfie camera, 64GB storage, up to 200GB microSD card support, a 3000mAh battery, and a fingerprint sensor.
The highlight of ZTE Nubia N1 – which costs Rs. 11,999 – is its 5000mAh battery. The smartphone has a 5.5-inch full-HD screen, octa-core MediaaTek Helio P10 processor, 3GB RAM, 64GB in-built storage, 13-megapixel rear and front cameras, and a fingerprint sensor on the back.
Indian-origin student charged with cyber-attacks in US
A 26-year-old Indian-origin student has been charged with initiating a DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack on a company that provides online chat services to third-party websites. Sean Krishanmakoto Sharma had been arrested for the cyber-attacks on December 9, and released on $100,000 bond. If convicted, Sharma faces maximum sentence of ten years in prison, three years of supervised release, and/or a fine.
Google launches Android Things IoT platform, forms new driverless car company
Google has rebranded Project Brillo – its Android-based OS for the Internet of Things (IoT) – as Android Things. The new IoT initiative is currently available as a developer preview. Android Things includes Google's existing Android developer tools like Android Studio, Android SDK, Google Play Services and Google's cloud computing services to allow developers to build smart, connected products. Google also announced that it is spinning off its driverless car effort into a new company, called Waymo, which stands for “A new way forward in mobility.”