WhatsApp's message delete and recall feature, which has been rumoured and leaked for ages, seems to be finally rolling out to users. Apparently it works if both parties to a message thread have the latest version of WhatsApp, and seems to be available to users on iOS, Android, and Windows Phone as well as the Web app. Users have reported seeing 'Delete for Everyone' and 'Delete for Me' as options when selecting messages and tapping the trash icon in a conversation. It works only for seven minutes after a message is sent, and parties are not notified that messages have been deleted by others. Users also report that the feature works not only for text messages but also photos, videos, contacts, and other types of messages. It seems as though it will take some time for this functionality to roll out to all WhatsApp users.
iPhone X Pre-bookings open in India
Pre-bookings for the iPhone X have opened in India, which is one of the first countries in which Apple's new flagship smartphone is being launched. It will officially go on sale on November 3. Both Amazon and Flipkart are accepting pre-orders online, and both have offers including cash back when purchased using a Citibank card, exchange benefits, a free warranty extension, buyback value guarantees, and specific carrier plans. If you prefer to buy your iPhone X offline, you can head to any Apple authorised reseller. The device is priced starting at Rs. 89,000 for the 64GB variant and Rs. 1,02,000 for the 256GB variant, making it the most expensive smartphone in India at present.
Google extends warranties for all Pixel 2 phones following screen burn-in reports
Google has responded to reports spreading around the Web of problems with screen burn-in and poor colour reproduction. While acknowledging that there are problems, the company has defended its latest smartphone launch and says that there have only been a small number of reports. Google will increase the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL's warranty periods to two years to ensure customer satisfaction. Users will also soon receive an update that allows them to select a new colour profile which is promised to be more saturated.
Airtel, Vodafone launch new packs and offers
Airtel is promoting its payments bank by offering 100 percent cash back on purchases of its Rs. 349 recharge pack. It is not known whether this is a limited-time offer. The user will receive Rs. 50 in their Airtel Payments Bank accounts for each of the next seven recharges over the course of seven months, if they continue to recharge for the same amount. All purchases have to be made using the MyAirtel app. Users will receive 1GB of data per day for 28 days, and up to 250 free minutes of calling per day with a further cap at 1000 free minutes per week.
Vodafone has also rolled out two new plans, aimed at attracting new customers and keep the existing ones happy. The new Vodafone plan with 1GB data per day and 84-day validity is priced at Rs. 496 and it comes with unlimited local and STD calls to any network. In addition, buyers will get free incoming and outgoing calls on roaming with the Vodafone Rs. 496 plan. Same benefits - minus the roaming - are available for 28 days at Rs. 177.
Oppo F5 launched in the Philippines
Oppo has launched the Oppo F5 smartphone, the latest in its "selfie expert" series, in the Philippines. The most touted feature is an AI-enhanced beautification mode for selfies. The phone has been heavily leaked leading up to this launch, and as expected, it also features an 18:9 full-HD screen with very narrow borders. It is expected to be released in India on November 2. The Oppo F5 was announced in the Philippines in two variants, one with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage which is available in Black and Gold, and the other with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage in Red. It also has a 20-megapixel front camera, 16-megapixel rear camera, and MediaTek MT6763T SoC.
Xiaomi MIUI 9 to be released in India soon
Xiaomi has begun teasing the latest version of its MIUI custom skin, which is expected to be launched in India on November 2. MIUI 9 is supposed to speed up app launching and introduces a new split-screen feature as well as new design elements and lockscreen shortcuts. The company has also started teasing the launch of a new device, though all that is known at this point is that it won't be a Note-series phone.
Sony Xperia R1 and Xperia R1 Plus launched in India
Sony has launched two new mid-range smartphones in India, the Xperia R1 and Xperia R1 Plus. Both are said to be ready for Android 8.0, and both also feature data compression to make Web browsing faster. The Xperia R1 is priced at Rs. 12,990 while the Xperia R1 Plus is priced at Rs. 14,990. Both feature identical specifications other than the amounts of RAM and storage each one has. Both phones feature 5.2-inch 720x1280-pixel screens and are powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 SoC. They are also dual-SIM devices, and have 13-megapixel rear cameras as well as 8-megapixel front cameras and 2620mAh batteries. The Xperia R1 has 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage while the Xperia R1 Plus has 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage.
Nokia 2 leaked again on Bluetooth cerification site
Nokia appears to be adding a new low-end model to its first Android lineup, in the form of the upcoming Nokia 2 which has just been leaked thanks to a listing on the Bluetooth SIG certification website. It is expected to launch in India as early as October 31. The Nokia 2 is rumoured to have a 4000mAh battery, 5-inch 720x1280-pixel display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 SoC, and 1GB of RAM. Pricing is also unknown, but it could be positioned under Rs. 7000 when it launches.
Samsung Galaxy A-series to receive early 2018 refreshes
Samsung could be gearing up to launch a revised Galaxy A7 model called the Galaxy A7 (2018), according to a Geekbench database entry. The new model is supposed to have an Exynos 7885 SoC and 6GB of RAM, and run Android 7.1. Meanwhile, renders have popped up on Twitter purporting to be the Galaxy A7 (2018) and Galaxy A5 (2018). According to these images, both phones will have metal bodies, narrow screen borders, dedicated Bixby buttons on one side, and fingerprint sensors on the back, all of which would bring them in line with Samsung's new design for its flagship Galaxy models this year. The new phones could be unveiled in January next year.
Amazon announces the final day of its Rs 499 Prime subscription offer
Amazon India is all set to finally pull the plug on its year-long introductory pricing offer for Amazon Prime. After alerting users to the impending change for the past several weeks, Amazon has now announced that Monday, October 30, will be the last day. Users can rush to subscribe for one year for Rs. 499, after which the price will rise to Rs. 999. Amazon Prime gives users discounts on shipping for Prime-eligible products as well as access to the Prime Video streaming service and its upcoming Prime Music counterpart. Unfortunately, existing members cannot renew or top up their subscriptions in advance.