Pre-orders for the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are now live in India. If you’re looking to buy Google’s latest smartphone online, you’re limited to Flipkart as the e-commerce site has an exclusive tie-up with Google for the new phones. If you prefer offline retail, over 1,000 stores are taking pre-orders for the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. The Pixel 2 ships from November 1 and starts at Rs.61,000 while the Pixel 2 XL ships from November 15 and starts at Rs. 73,000. There are of course, a host of freebies and cashback offers both online and offline that you can check out in-depth here.
Vodafone offers unlimited local, STD calls and 500MB data with new Rs. 69 plan
Vodafone India launched its SuperWeek pack that offers unlimited calling and 500MB of data at a weekly charge of Rs. 69. As per the new prepaid top-up pack, Vodafone is offering unlimited local and STD calls to any network for seven days alongside 500MB of 4G data. Subscribers can also opt for unlimited repeat purchases of the pack.
OnePlus 5T appears in leaked hands-on photo
The OnePlus 5T is real and if you needed any more proof, the company’s own executives have been teasing the new device. This, along with a shot of the OnePlus 5T, now in the hands of its leakers rather than renders has made its way to the Internet. It confirms the phone’s slim, near bezel-less design, 18:9 aspect ratio, and the lack of a home button. If past reports are to be believed the OnePlus 5T could sport a 6-inch full-HD+ display and Android O out of the box.
Aadhaar verification process for existing SIM cards simplified: Sinha
In a bid to speed up the linking of mobile phone numbers with Aadhaar, the government announced new modes to complete the process from any location. Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha said mobile numbers can be linked with Aadhaar through OTP (one time password), app or IVRS facility. The process of re-verification by authenticating mobile numbers with Aadhaar will continue for customers visiting telco stores, the government has also ordered the companies to carry out the exercise at the doorsteps of the disabled, chronically ill, and senior citizens.
Xiaomi to launch new smartphone series on November 2
Xiaomi India has started sending media invites for a launch event next week where the company says it will reveal “a new series.” The November 2 Xiaomi India launch could see the company unveiling a new smartphone in a price category that was untapped so far. With the Mi and Redmi series already in India, the company may bring the Mi Note series in India. The Mi Note 3 is most likely, as it is positioned higher than the Mi 6 in Xiaomi's portfolio, but we will have to wait for the event to know for sure. In addition to this the company revealed via Twitter that it sold over four million smartphones in a month - during the festive season to be specific.
Android 8.1 Developer Preview available ; Nokia 8 Android 8.0 beta revealed
Google has started the rollout of Android 8.1 Developer Preview for compatible Pixel and Nexus devices. Google has also made system images available for compatible devices such as Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Pixel C, Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL. In other Android Oreo news,
Nokia 8 users won’t have to wait to long to get Android 8.0 Oreo. According to HMD Global Chief Product Officer Juho Sarvikas, the company has opened a new Nokia phones beta lab. This allows users to sign up to try out a beta build of Android 8.0. Don’t have a Nokia 8? Sarvikas has confirmed that the Nokia 3, Nokia 5, and Nokia 6 will be available for Android Oreo beta testing soon. Interested in checking out Android 8.0 on the Nokia 8? We got you covered with this handy Nokia 8 Android 8.0 beta guide.
Apple's Karnataka production plan will boost jobs, says Deshpande
The Karnataka government has offered its support to Apple in setting up a manufacturing unit in the state as it would boost investment and create jobs. "There are some issues with Government of India and that has not been resolved. We have assured them of full support and cooperation. We are working with them,” said Karnataka industry minister R V Deshpande.
Apple has sought certain concessions for setting up manufacturing unit in the country. "If one company gets benefit, what about others," Deshpande said on the sidelines of a roadshow to promote investment in small and medium enterprise (MSME) sector in New Delhi.
Apple disputes report that it reduced Face ID accuracy to hasten production
In the light of Bloomberg News’ report on the reduced accuracy of Face ID in Apple’s soon to be released iPhone X, the Cupertino-based company issued a statement disputing the claims.
The Face ID system - among the $999 (roughly Rs. 65,000) iPhone X's most talked-about features - uses a mathematical model of users' faces to allow them to sign on to their phones or pay for goods with a steady glance at their phones. Bloomberg's report, which cited sources close to people familiar with the situation, said Apple relaxed some of the technical specifications for sensors for the Face ID system, making it faster to test the parts.
In a statement to Reuters, Apple said "Bloomberg's claim that Apple has reduced the accuracy spec for Face ID is completely false.” For its part, a Bloomberg spokeswoman said the company stood behind its report.
Netflix's over 23,000 hidden categories now available in one place
Netflix has a host of categories which show up from time to time depending on what you watch. Sadly there’s no way to access all of them at any given time. That is of course, until now. finder.com has a complete list of every Netflix genre in excess of 23,000. Though the term genre is used rather loosely in this case as it includes tags or descriptions relevant to a specific movie, TV show, or documentary. Examples include Movies starring Angelina Jolie and Absurd French-Language Comedies. Keep in mind that the site takes a while to load, so you might want to try its Chrome extension instead that loads faster.
Facebook Workplace takes on Slack and Microsoft Teams with new features
Facebook’s Workplace Chat app is now out of beta and is available on Windows and macOS in addition to Android and iOS. With the desktop variant, the company has introduced screen sharing and file sharing features. Also, organisations can use message reactions, @mentions, and GIFs, much like the app it’s trying to ape, Slack. But Slack isn’t the only app Facebook is looking to seek inspiration from, video group chat which debuted with Microsoft Teams is also present.
"These design updates are based on feedback from customers and make it easier to connect and navigate on Workplace," Julien Codorniou, VP of Workplace, wrote in a blog post.