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    Update - July 28: Now the smartphone has passed through FCC in several variants - BBE100-1 (Single SIM) and BBE100-4 (Dual SIM) for global markets, BBE100-2 (Single SIM) and BBE100-5 (Dual SIM) for the American market and BBE100-3 for China. It also confirms that the smartphone will arrive as BlackBerry KEY2 LE. BlackBerry announced its flagship KEY2 at an event in New York City last month. Now the details about the cheaper KEY2 Lite has surfaced along with a live image, thanks to @evleak. The smartphone is said to come with a similar design and form factor as the KEY2, but this will have a plastic body. *This plastic 'Berry is said to launch late August / early September, perhaps at IFA. — Evan Blass (@evleaks) July 18, 2018 This is code-named Luna, which was rumored earlier and will likely feature a similar 3:2 aspect ratio display along with a 4-row QWERTY physical backlit keyboard. The smartphone is said to come in Red, Blue, and Copper. The image that has surfaced shows a Blue or Black back with red finish on the sides, and probably on the front as well. The BlackBerry KEY2 Lite is expected to be announced sometime in late-August or early September, so there are chances we might expect it at ...


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    OPPO R17 with model numbers PBCM00 and PBCT00 has been certified and will be the successor of  R15 series that were introduced earlier this year, skipping the R16. This reveals a 6.3-inch display, which could feature 19:9 aspect ratio OLED display with a notch, dual rear cameras,  156.7x74x7.9mm dimensions and a 3415mAh battery. The OPPO R17 Pro has been teased in a game show in China that is rumored be powered Snapdragon 710 SoC, 6GB RAM, 128GB storage and a 16MP primiarty rear camera. The fingerprint sensor is not seen in image, so bot the R17 and R17 Pro smartphone are expected to come with 3D face unlock instead. Both the R17 and R17 smartphones are expected to be announced sometime in August. We should know more details and complete specifications in the coming weeks. Source 1, 2 | Via


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    Twitter today announced financial results for its second quarter 2018. The company's Q2 revenue totaled $711 million that is a solid increase of 24% year-over-year. Twitter's Advertising revenue was around $601 million, a growth of 23% YoY. it reported a net income of $100 million in Q2 2018.  Twitter says that the ad engagements increased 81% YoY, however, the Cost per engagement (CPE) decreased by 32% YoY. Data licensing and other revenue totaled $109 million with an increase of 29% YoY. The US revenue came to $367 million, an increase of 10% YoY. On the other hand, the international revenue totaled $344 million, an increase of 44% year-over-year. Moving to GAAP, Twitter's Q2 GAAP expenses totaled $631 million, an increase of 3% YoY. Twitter's Average monthly active users (MAU) were 335 million in Q2, compared to 326 million in the same period of the previous year and compared to 336 million in the previous quarter. The average US MAUs were 68 million in Q2, compared to 68 million in the same period of the previous year. The average international MAUs were 267 million in Q2, compared to 258 million in the same period of the previous year. Average daily active users (DAU) increased 11% YoY, ...


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    With Samsung prepping for the Note 9 launch, it is all everyone talks these days. However, the company is also working on Tab S4 flagship tablet and  Galaxy Tab A2 XL which is a mid-range tablet. If rumors are to be believed, it is expected to be one of the non-flagship models to get a dedicated Bixby button.  That doesn't end here, thanks to sources and firmware files discovered by SamMobile, we are getting to the specifications of the Tab A2 XL tablet in its full glory. The tablet is said to sport a 10.5-inch (1920×1200 resolution) LCD display pixels and is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 Octa-Core processor. It is expected to pack 3GB of RAM, along with 32GB of storage. As for the optics, the tablet features an 8MP rear camera and a 5MP front camera. It is said to pack a massive 7,300 mAh battery and runs on Android 8.1 Oreo. The tablet will come in both Wi-Fi-only and LTE-enabled. The Galaxy Tab A2 XL could be yet another Samsung device without any physical navigation keys and it might not pack an iris scanner or a fingerprint sensor, so it might feature a facial recognition for security. At this moment, we don't have a ...


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    Samsung is known to be working on the Galaxy Tab S4; flagship tablet in the Tab S-series. Though there is no official launch date of the tablet, Samsung seems to be holding a brief event on August 1st and according to sources, the company might be launching the Tab S4 at the event, and will not be waiting until IFA to unveil the tablet.  We have already seen renders, press images of the Tab S4 revealing what's to come. The tablet also comes in a white version and this model has black bezels on the front and the back is in white. The S Pen bundled is also in white color and is different compared to the one that came with the Tab S3. As for specifications; the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 is said to sport a 10.5-inch Super AMOLED  display (2560×1600 pixel resolution) with a 16:10 aspect ratio. It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC with 4GB LPDDR4X RAM and 64GB of storage. It will run on Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box with Experience U.I. In terms of camera, it has a 13-megapixel rear and 8-megapixel front camera. Connectivity features include a USB 3.1 port, Bluetooth 5, GPS and Wi-Fi ...


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    YouTube today has announced it is pushing an update to the YouTube video player on the desktop. The player now automatically adapts to provide the best viewing experience based on the video’s size and your screen size. After Android and iOS, this update is now coming to the desktop.  YouTube notes that that non-wide-screen videos like vertical and square sized-videos would show black bars alongside the video, making the video really small. However, the new update moves away from the needing black bars. This change aligns the video watching experience on the desktop and mobile. What basically this does is that it removes the 16:9 frame around every video, thus allowing them to appear larger and adjust to different window sizes accordingly. The removal of the black bar around on every video has been removed, and it's especially noticeable on vertical videos. The change is now going live to everyone. Source


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    This week Xiaomi introduced the Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite Android One smartphones at an event in Spain globally, Honor launched the Honor 9N smartphone in India, Huami launched the Amazfit BIP and Stratos smartwatches in India, Huawei launched the Nova 3 and Nova 3i smartphones in India, and lots more. Xiaomi this week announced Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite smartphones. These are the global variants of the Mi 6X and Redmi 6 Pro, respectively and pack FHD+ displays, dual rear cameras and run Android 8.1 (Oreo). The Mi A2 is powered by Snapdragon 660 with up to 6GB RAM, has 12MP + 20MP dual rear cameras, 20MP front camera and a 3010mAh battery. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kus2ynulRnQ&t=1s The Mi A2 Lite is powered by Snapdragon 625 with up to 4GB RAM , has 12MP + 5MP dual rear cameras, dedicated dual SIM and microSD slots and a 4000mAh battery. The Xiaomi Mi A2 will launch in India on August 8th, but the Mi A2 Lite is not expected to come to India. Huawei’s Honor brand launched the Honor 9N, the global version of the  Honor 9i (2018). It has a 5.84-inch FHD+ 19:9 display with a notch, is powered by Kirin 659 SoC with 4GB RAM and runs Android 8.0 (Oreo) with EMUI 8.0, similar to the Huawei P20 Lite, but this has a 13-megapixel ...


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    OnePlus has rolled out OxygenOS 5.1.4 update for the 5 and 5T smartphones that brings several new features including advanced battery optimization in standby, better image quality, group messaging and more . Check out the complete changelog below. System Updated Android security patch to 2018.7 Added sleep standby optimization (Settings -> Battery -> Battery optimization -> Advanced optimization -> Sleep standby optimization) Camera Improved photo clarity Message Added Group Messaging Gallery General bug fixes The update is 1.6GB in size for the phones since it is releasing the full ROM instead of the releasing just the update as usual. It also includes Android security patch for July, 2018. Source


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    Fornite maker; Epic games back in May announced that Fortnite for Android will be available in Q3 of 2018. But the company is yet to officially announce a launch date, however, sources claim that the game will be launched as an exclusive for the Samsung Galaxy Note9 on August 9th. Reports also suggest that unlike most games, Fornite won't be available on Google Play Store, instead, it will be available only on a few supported handsets and the list of Android smartphones that’ll support Fortnite Mobile on Android once it launched is now leaked. This piece of information is found hidden within the source of the Fortnite Mobile page on Epic Games’ website. It also details the instruction for users on how to download and install the game on their Android smartphone. Users who have the supported handset can download the Fortnite Mobile on Android the web browser, instead, of Play Store. In the next page, users will be informed about the "security permissions” which likely refers to enabling installation from unknown sources. The reason for not offering Fortnite on Play Store is unknown at the moment. The only practical reason for this decision is because it would lose out on 30% of all sales, in-app purchases as apps distributed within the Play Store must use Google Play In-app ...


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    Google Maps for iOS is getting a new update that brings a new feature ‘match.' This feature will help you by suggesting new restaurants that it thinks you might enjoy. Google will collect the data including the places you’ve visited and interests you provide, to predict if you would like a particular restaurant. Google Maps Match feature was initially rolled out to Android back in May and was first introduced at the I/O 2018. The 'Your Match' feature will display how likely you are to enjoy a place and reasons explaining why once you tap on any food or drink venue. Google is using machine learning to generate this based on factors like food and drink preferences you’ve selected in Google Maps, the places you’ve been to, and more. The matches list will change as your preferences evolve. You can download or update the already existing Google Maps app for iOS from App Store here. Google about the new Match feature on Maps said: Our new “match” feature will help you find your one true love. And by love, we mean your next favorite cheeseburger. Tap on a food or drink spot to see how likely you are to enjoy it based on your unique preferences – so ...


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    Huawei's Honor brand just announced the Honor Note 10 smartphone, as it had promised. It has a 6.95-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display with HDR10 support along with AI image quality enhancement that promises 20% increase in quality, dual speakers and Dolby Atmos audio experience. It is powered by Kirin 970 SoC with up to 8GB RAM and CPU Turbo, GPU Turbo and Double Turbo mode with a dedicated hardware button to launch it, for an ultimate performance. It uses 'THE NINE' liquid cooling technology offering 8-layer heat dissipation. The outer heat dissipation layer has PC-grade liquid cooling pipe that promises 41% increase in heat dissipation and CPU temperature reduction of up to 10° C. It has a 24-megapixel rear camera along with a 16-megapixel secondary camera, with AI scene recognition and the 13-megapixel front camera also comes with intelligent scene recognition. The Turbo button also doubles up as the camera shutter button. It features a 5000mAh battery with support for 5V/4.5A super fast charging technology. Honor Note 10 specifications 6.95-inch (1080 × 2220 pixels) FHD+ AMOLED 18.5:9 2.5D curved glass display,  115% NTSC Color Gamut Octa-Core Huawei Kirin 970 (4 x 2.4 GHz A73+ 4 x 1.8 GHz A53) 10nm processor with Mali-G72 MP12 GPU,  i7 co-processor, NPU, ...


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    [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="571"] Image: 9to5Mac[/caption] We've heard about future iPhones sporting Dual-SIM slots, in fact, the upcoming entry-level 6.1-inch iPhone 2018 with dual sim support to be priced as low as $550. To further strengthen earlier rumors, the iOS 12 developer beta 5 update that was rolled out recently shows the evidence of the dual-SIM support.  The iOS 12 beta 5 shows the support for dual SIM at least in the software front. A component of the system that is responsible for the generation of diagnostic reports includes new references to “second SIM status” and a “second SIM tray status”. Another component shows references of a “dual sim device.” These references are a clear indication that Apple is finally prepping iOS to run on future iPhones with support for Dual SIM cards. This particular feature is especially important for European and Asian markets where support for Dual SIM cards is a necessity since it eliminates the need to swap SIM cards constantly. Though this development doesn't mean that future iPhones will come with Dual SIM card slots, it sure brings a ray of hope for those who were waiting. Source


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    Update - July 31: Xiaomi today announced that the Mi A2 will be launched in India exclusively on Amazon.in. Xiaomi today introduced the Mi A2 smartphone as the successor of the Mi A1, at an event in Spain. The company at the event said that it will be coming to India. Now the Xiaomi India head and VP Manu Jain has confirmed that the smartphone will be launching in the country on August 8th. Mi fans, you heard that right! #MiA2 is coming to India on 8th August! Gear up for the big launch. RT if you're excited. https://t.co/1P1lzpHOrY — Mi India (@XiaomiIndia) July 24, 2018 Xiaomi Mi A2 specifications 5.99-inch (2160×1080 pixels) Full HD+ 2.5D curved glass display with  1500:1 Contrast ratio Octa Core Snapdragon 660 14nm Mobile Platform (Quad 2.2GHz Kryo 260 + Quad 1.8GHz Kryo 260 CPUs) with Adreno 512 GPU 4GB LPDDR4x RAM with 32GB / 64GB (eMMC 5.1) storage, 6GB LPDDR4x RAM with 128GB (eMMC 5.1) storage Android 8.1 (Oreo) Dual SIM 12MP rear camera with LED flash, f/1.75 aperture, Sony IMX486 sensor, 1.25μm pixel size, 20MP secondary camera with Sony IMX376 sensor with f/1.75 aperture, 4 in 1 – 2.0um pixels 20MP front-facing camera with Sony IMX376 sensor, 4 in 1 – 2.0um pixels soft LED flash Fingerprint sensor, Infrared ...


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    Back in May OPPO and Amazon India partnered to introduce the Realme smartphone brand and launched the Realme 1 smartphone in the country. Now the company's founder, Sky Li, the former Vice President of OPPO international mobile business has posted an open letter to announce Realme as an independent brand. In a open letter, Sky Li, said: I am grateful for my youthful years at OPPO, as its persistence in delivering products in the perfectionist way benefited me a lot. OPPO also gave me the opportunity to reach out to the larger world, which gave me the strength and courage to start Realme today. I've also learned so much from Tony Chen, a man of vision, vigor and generosity, who led me in the past 18 years. These all are like a valuable backpack on my road ahead. With the experiences over these years, I feel full of vim and vigor like my spirited young team members, as if I just graduated from university when I was in my early 20s. Working with them side by side, my heart is light and full with courage and passion.


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    iBall today has launched the Aasaan 4, the latest addition to the Aasaan series. The Aasaan series phones are targeted at senior citizens. The company says that the Aasaan4 focuses on the holistic needs of seniors with a bigger screen. The phone comes with unique features like ‘Braille & Talking keypad’ for the visually impaired as well as mobile tracker which alerts one of the predefined family members once the new SIM card is inserted. It sports a 2.31-inches display with large dialling keys. Users who are not conversant with Braille can activate the talking keypad feature that speaks out the digit pressed in English. The Aasaan4 rocks an SOS feature which will come in handy when users want to get help during emergencies. Once the SOS button is set off, it will alert the people nearby and also sends SMS to 5 predefined numbers. It comes with Medicine reminder and Hearing Aid feature allows conversations with better clarity. It packs a 1800mAh battery, Dual SIM, support for up to 32GB storage through microSD. It also comes with built-in FM Radio,  chambered speaker and also supports 10 Indian Regional System languages and also multi-Indian Regional languages with 'Read and Write' support for SMS. The iBall Aasaan4 is ...


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    After the One Power, the Motorola One Android One smartphone with the model number XT1943 has been certified by TENAA in China. This reveals a glass back, 6.18-inch FHD+ 19:9 aspect ratio screen with a notch, 1.8GHz / 1.6GHz Octa-Core SoC, up to 6GB RAM, 16MP + 5MP dual rear cameras and a  12MP front camera. [caption id="attachment_259708" align="aligncenter" width="575"] Image AH[/caption] Motorola One  (XT1943) rumored specifications 6.18-inch (2246 × 1080 pixels) Full HD+ display with 19:9 aspect ratio 1.6GHz / 1.8GHz Octa-Core processor 6GB / 4GB / 3GB RAM with 32GB / 64GB / 128GB internal storage, expandable memory up to 128GB with microSD Hybrid Dual SIM (nano + nano / microSD) Android 8.1 (Oreo) 16MP rear camera with LED flash, 5MP secondary rear camera 12MP front-facing camera Fingerprint sensor Dimensions:  155.8×75.9×8.9mm; Weight: 170g 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz + 5GHz), Bluetooth 5, GPS + GLONASS 2820mAh battery with fast charging The Motorola One is expected to come in Black, Gold and Silver colors. Both the Motorola One and Motorola One Power are expected to be announced at an event in Chicago on August 2nd along with the Moto Z3 and Z3 Force. Source


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    Sony Corporation has reported its revenues for the first quarter of the financial year 2018 that ended June 30, 2018. Sales increased by 5% to 1,953.6 billion yen compared to the same quarter last year due to strong growth in its Gaming and Networking division. Operating profit increased 24% to 195 billion yen year-on-year due to improvements of operating results in the G&NS segment, especially increase in PS4 software sales including sales through the network. Its Mobile communications division reported sales of 132.5 billion yen, down 26.8% from 181.2 billion yen. It reported 10.8 billion yen loss, compared to 3.6 billion yen profit a year ago. This is mainly due to decrease in unit sales of smartphones mainly in Europe and Japan. The company shipped just 2 million smartphones, compared to 3.4 million a year earlier. It has also reduced full year smartphone shipment target to 9 million from 10 million units. As a result, it has reduced its sales forecast to 610 billion yen and operating loss forecast to 30 billion yen in FY 2018 due to decrease in smartphone unit sales mainly in Europe and  negative impact of foreign exchange rates "Since there is a risk that the competitive environment will become even more severe, we have ...


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    Google is rolling out an update to its ARCore and this time it brings support for Chrome OS with the recently released Acer Chromebook Tab 10. Also joining the list are the codenames associated with the Pixel 3, and Pixel 3 XL; blueline and crosshatch. The supported devices list is compiled from the device profiles included within the ARCore APK and these profiles are usually associated with device codename, and this is why some of the names are still unknown. However, the presence of the profiles doesn't automatically mean device support is fully operational. The list of supported devices include Acer Chromebook Tab 10, GooglePixel 3 [blueline], Pixel 3 XL [crosshatch], Huawei nova 3, an unknown? [HWSNE], Motorola Moto X4, Nokia 8, RED Hydrogen One, SamsungGalaxy A6, also rumored are Galaxy Tab S4 [gts4llte, gts4llteatt, gts4lltechn, gts4lltekx, gts4lltespr, gts4lltetmo, gts4llteusc, gts4lltevzw, gts4lwifi, gts4lwifichn], Sony Xperia X Compact, Xperia X Performance, XZ2, Vivo NEX A NEX S, Vivo 1805, Xiaomi Mi 8 SE, Pocophone F1. You can install the ARCore app from the Play Store but it might take few days time for the update to hit the Play Store. Alternatively, you can you can download the APK if you would like to side-load it. Source


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    Apple is rumored to launch the large 6.5-inch iPhone X Plus later this year with a screen resolution of 1242 x 2688 pixels. Now according to a Brazilian Apple news site iHelpBR, there were pieces of evidence found in the latest iOS 12 beta update that more or less confirms the resolution and suggests the iPhone X Plus will support iPad-like landscape mode. Despite the presence of a large 5.8-inch display on the iPhone X, it does not support the iPad-like landscape mode throughout the operating system, but rather only supports limited app interfaces in landscape mode. Testing the iOS simulator and XCode with iOS 12 at a resolution of 1242 x 2688 pixels, it is discovered that the stock applications such as Calendar, Contacts, and Messages are already being optimized for a broader landscape layout. For instance, take the Calendar app which displays dates on one side, while events on the other side.  Contacts let you view a single contact card on one side and your full list of contacts on the other. Apple seems to be finally addressing the most asked implementation of the landscape with this year’s 6.5-inch iPhone X Plus. Source | Via


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    ASUS just launched the Zenfone Max Pro M1 smartphone in India back in April, and the phone went on sale from May 3rd in 3GB RAM with 32GB storage version and the 4GB RAM with 64GB storage versions starting at  Rs. 10,999. The 6GB RAM with 64GB storage version with 16MP primary rear and 16MP front camera went on sale in the country from July 26th Rs. 14,999. Today the company has confirmed that both the 3GB RAM and 4GB RAM variants of the ZenFone Max Pro (M1) will be available through open sale starting August 2nd, exclusively on Flipkart. We already brought you the review of the 3GB RAM version of the smartphone, and will bring you the review of 6GB RAM version with improved cameras this week. Confirming the news, Dinesh Sharma, Director Mobile Product, ASUS India said: ASUS’, first-ever ‘Made for India’ smartphone, ZenFone Max Pro (M1), has gained massive popularity and received enormous support. In just 3 months from the launch, ZenFone Max Pro (M1), is branded as the strongest player under the price category, and we are overwhelmed with the response. To cater to the incredible demand, we have worked diligently to ramp up the supplies of ZenFone Max Pro (M1) [3/32 and 4/64 ...


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