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    There's no doubt that smart TVs are starting to make inroads in India but the vast majority of televisions remain unconnected, so to speak. With streaming services doubling down on their efforts to capture the Indian audience, there is a need to get this content on the biggest screen in the house. The all-new Fire TV Stick with 4K is Amazon's latest and potentially most aggressive effort yet to grab a foothold amongst users. Let's take a closer look. Slightly larger than the 2nd generation Fire TV Stick, there's not a whole lot that has changed here. This is still a plain old stick that plugs into a free HDMI port. Simple, straightforward and as easy as it gets. You'll observe a micro USB port along the side for power. Amazon recommends that you plug the stick into a wall charger since this is a significantly more powerful device but we didn't have any issues running it off the USB port on our TV either. Your mileage may vary of course. A power adaptor ships in the box and so does an HDMI extender that can come in handy in case the stick is too big to slot in behind your television ...


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    As a long term Kindle user, I have perhaps one complaint with the device. They do only one job but do it so well that there's little reason for users to upgrade. Jokes aside, there's been little reason for most users to buy new Kindles. Sure, there was the Kindle Oasis with its waterproofing but the unconventional design and high price tag made it hard to justify. Enter the 4th Generation Kindle Paperwhite. Thinner, Lighter, Waterproof. Dare I say that this is the perfect Kindle? Design Kindles are pretty minimalistic devices by nature. A screen, a decent sized bezel and a rubberized back for a better grip. Pretty straightforward. With every successive generation, Amazon has made subtle tweaks to the formula to ensure a superior reading experience. With the 4th generation Kindle, the screen now sits flush with the surface. The raised bezels around the 3rd generation model's screen attracted a lot of lint and dust. Not so this time around. It's not all good though since the matte plastic panel on top of the e-ink display is very prone to smudges and fingerprints. Since the only way you'll be navigating the interface is through touch, there's simply no way to get around ...


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    AT&T has confirmed that it will soon upgrade the 'LTE' indicator on some of its current Android phones to “5G E” in markets where the company now offers 4x4 MIMO, 256 QAM, and other advanced LTE network technologies. However, the exact count of devices is not disclosed yet. There's a possibility that millions of existing LTE smartphone owners could eventually see their AT&T network status icon change from “LTE” to “5G E.” AT&T said its “5G Evolution” service would be commercially available in more than 400 markets by the end of this year. AT&T last year introduced the “5G Evolution” marketing label to cover markets where it offers advanced LTE network technologies like carrier aggregation, 4x4 MIMO, LAA, and 256 QAM. AT&T says that these technologies can dramatically improve the speeds available through LTE. AT&T’s “5G E” label will be present next to “5G+” label, which the operator has applied to its mobile 5G service launching on December 21st in 12 cities. AT&T’s “5G+” label applies to transmissions in the operator’s millimeter-wave spectrum. AT&T’s initial mobile 5G launch will transmit signals in its 39 GHz licensed spectrum band across 100 MHz of spectrum and 2x2 MIMO antennas. An AT&T spokesperson said: They have one of the latest Android devices and it ...


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    Samsung is said to be planning on integrating third-party voice assistants into its 2019 line of TV sets. The company may announce a partnership with Google to integrate Google Assistant as early as next month when the company unveils its next year TVs at CES 2019 show. Furthermore, Samsung is also going to put a bigger emphasis on audio quality and could include technology that mimics the way Apple’s HomePod tunes music to its environment into some of its high-end TV sets. Samsung's move to embrace third-party voice assistants comes just months after it added its own voice assistant Bixby to its 2018 TVs. However, the current integration of Bixby on TVs is fairly limited. Consumers can use the voice assistant to control playback of videos, but Bixby can’t yet open and control third-party apps. The company has also not opened up Bixby development to third-party TV app developers but plans to do so next year. This move will also help Samsung in offering developers with more flexibility, and take advantage of the growing number of smart speakers to bring far-field voice control to TVs without built-in microphones. Samsung’s integration of third-party voice assistants is expected to be similar to the way competitors like ...


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    Post the success of Mate 20 series, Huawei said to be working on its next flagship; the P30 series which is likely to debut in the first half of 2019, a little after the MWC 2019 event. According to popular leakster Evan Blass, the Huawei P30 is shaping up to be another imaging powerhouse. The Huawei P30 promises to be another imaging powerhouse, according to someone who's seen one: triple rear camera, with a maximum resolution of 40MP and 5x lossless zoom, plus a 24MP selfie cam. And this isn't even the Pro variant. — Evan Blass (@evleaks) December 21, 2018 According to rumors, the P30 series will also embrace the triple rear camera setup with a maximum resolution of 40MP and 5x lossless zoom. It is likely to come with a 24MP front-camera. The interesting part of the rumor is that these specs aren't for the Pro model, meaning the base variant will likely carry these optics and the Pro variant will feature better optics with exclusive features. Since we are in the early stages of rumors, nothing beyond this is known, however, with abundant time in hands, we should come across more details as we move forward from this point. Source


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    Funcl, a hardware startup introduced new Funcl W1 and Funcl AI True wireless headphones with Bluetooth 5.0 last month through Indiegogo. We already brought you the review of the Funcl W1, here we have the review of Funcl AI with support for aptX audio and extremely low latency. Does it live up to the expectations? Let us dive into the review to find out. Box Contents It comes with a charging case, quick start guide and warranty and safety information guide. It also comes with a micro USB cable and ear cushions in 3 different sizes in the final retail unit, however these were missing since this is an early review unit. Design and Build Quality Starting with the design, the Funcl AI has a familiar design as the Apple Airpods. These come in both Black and White colors. Each earbuds weigh just 4.9 grams and have 40.2x22.9x15.8mm dimensions. Even though it is made of plastic, it looks good. There are touch controls on each earbuds with an 'f' logo. Since this has shiny finish, it attracts fingerprints easily. There is a tiny LED on the edge of each earbuds that glows in white or red to indicate when the headset is pairing, charging or when the battery is low. Even ...


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    Samsung Electronics has announced the expansion of its HDR10+ ecosystem to 45 industry partners and the construction of a new certification center in China. Samsung says the new partnerships with companies will bring more true-to-life picture quality content to viewers and also expand the impact of HDR10+ technology across different market segments. In partnership with 20th Century Fox and Panasonic in June 2017, Samsung Electronics launched the HDR10+ certification and logo program. HDR10+ is Samsung’s next-generation standard technology for picture processing, which optimizes brightness levels and contrast for each scene, making bright areas brighter and dark areas darker to deliver a lifelike viewing experience. Rakuten TV which is a European online streaming service will begin offering HDR10+ content in the first half of next year. MEGOGO is currently finishing its HDR10+ licensing process, making its adoption of HDR10+ official, and planning to release HDR10+ contents on its platform, viewable on all Samsung Smart TV devices. ARSPRO, based in Moscow, is another production studio that has implemented HDR10+ technology, including the use of dynamic metadata. It has successfully carried out the remastering of the first several series of programming in HDR10+. In 2017, Samsung also launched its premium video streaming service with Amazon, making ...


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    Vivo has announced Y93, the company’s latest mid-range smartphone in the ‘Y series’ in China. It has a 6.2-inch HD+ 19:9 aspect ratio waterdrop notch display, is powered by Helio P22 Octa-Core 12nm SoC, has 4GB of RAM, runs Android 8.1 (Oreo) with Funtouch OS 4.5, comes with a 13-megapixel rear camera along with a secondary 2-megapixel camera for blur in portraits, as well as an 8-megapixel front camera with support for face unlock. It has rear mounted fingerprint sensor, dedicated dual SIM and microSD card slots and packs a 4030mAh battery. Vivo Y93 specifications 6.22-inch (1520 x 720 pixels) 19:9 FullView 2.5D curved glass display 2GHz Octa Core MediaTek Helio P22 (MT6762) 12nm processor with 650MHz IMG PowerVR GE8320 GPU 4GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, expandable memory  with microSD Funtouch OS 4.5 based on Android 8.1 (Oreo) Dual SIM 13MP rear camera with LED flash, secondary 2MP camera 8MP front-facing camera Dimensions: 155.1 × 75.09 × 8.28mm; Weight: 163.5g Dual 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS 4030mAh (typical) built-in battery The Vivo Y93 comes in Starry Black and Nebula Purple colors, is priced Rs. 13,990 and is available from Vivo online store, Amazon.in as well as other online and offline stores.


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    Xiaomi just announced Mi Play, the company's latest smartphone in the new Play series in China, as it had promised. It has a 5.84-inch FHD+ display with a water-drop notch, is powered by the yet-to-be announced MediaTek Helio P35 12nm SoC with CPU/GPU Turbo, 4GB of RAM, runs Android 8.1 (Oreo) with MIUI 10, has a 12-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a 2-megapixel secondary camera to capture depth information in portait shots, AI scene detection and a 8-megapixel front camera with AI Beautify and AI portrait mode. It has a glossy glass-like finish on the back with gradiant finish in some colors, comes with a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, dedicated dual SIM and microSD card slots and packs a 3000mAh battery. Xiaomi Mi Play specifications 5.84-inch (2280×1080 pixels) Full HD+ 19:9 2.5D curved glass display, 1500:1 contrast ratio with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection 2.3GHz Octa-Core (ARM Cortex A53)  MediaTek Helio P35 12nm Processor with 680 MHz IMG PowerVR GE8320 GPU 4GB LPDDR4x RAM, 64GB (eMMC 5.1) storage, expandable memory up to 256GB with microSD Android 8.1 (Oreo) with MIUI 10 Dual SIM 12MP rear camera with LED Flash, f/2.2 aperture, 1.25μm pixel size, PDAF, EIS, 2MP secondary camera 8MP front-facing camera Fingerprint sensor Dimensions: 147.76×71.89×7.8mm; ...


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    According to sources in the Apple supply chain, Apple is said to be prepping a new fifth-generation iPad mini for the first half of 2019. This will be followed by a new entry-level iPad in two versions. The report claims that Apple is preparing to launch a low-priced iPad mini 5 in the first half of next year in an attempt to boost the declining sales of iPads.  The mass production is expected to start by the end of December. Apple hasn't updated its smallest iPad since September 2015. Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claimed in October that Apple is working on a new version of the iPad mini with an upgraded processor and a lower-cost display panel. He, however, mentioned that it might be released in 2018 or early 2019, adding more weight to the new development. As for Apple's entry-level iPad, the latest report claims that Apple would replace its sixth-generation 9.7-inch iPad with a similarly priced model that features a 10-inch display within a narrower frame. Apple is said to be launching two low-priced versions of the iPad in 2019 to boost sales growth. The latest report goes on to say Apple plans to reduce production costs of the two iPads by reducing the amount to LED ...


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    According to sources, Microsoft is said to be planning on making a return to the webcam market as the company is working on a new 4K-capable camera that could work with both Windows 10 PCs and Xbox One. The Microsoft webcam will provide Windows Hello-based authentication, making the first time the company has provided this capability on a standalone camera. Microsoft has only provided Windows Hello functionality via the camera systems built into its Surface PCs only so far. On Xbox One, the upcoming webcam will let users sign-in automatically simply by moving in front of the camera. This will work with multiple users, too. Microsoft’s new webcams might be linked to the new USB-C-based webcam that it will ship alongside Surface Hub 2 later this year. The device comes with multiple USB-C ports around its periphery so that you can mount a single camera, or use multiple cameras. The upcoming Microsoft webcam will be enterprise-focused. No details regarding the launch timeline are available yet. Source


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    Xiaomi launched Mi Car Charger in India with a full metal body and two USB ports last year. Today it has launched new Mi Car Charger Basic with support for Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 fast charging in the country. It also comes with standard USB port so that you can charge two devices simultaneously. Highlights of Xiaomi Mi Car Charger Basic Comes with dual ports to charge two devices simultaneously Supports 12V and 24V input, available on most cars and 1 (Red) x 5V/3A, 9V/2A, 12V/1.5A (Quick Charge 3.0), 1 (Black) x 5V/ 1A 4 layers of protection against output over current, output over voltage, short circuit, high temperature Compact size Made from high quality polycarbonate material Blue LED ring light helps to locate the ports during night The Xiaomi Mi Car Charger comes in Black color, is priced at Rs. 449 and is available from mi.com in India.


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    After creating Guinness World Record by building the largest light mosaic (logo) in the world, back in September and inaugurating over 500 Mi Stores simultaneously at the exact same time in November. Xiaomi at the launch of Mi Play smartphone today achieved a new  Guinness World Record by building largest animated mobile phone mosaic using Mi Play smartphone in China. Even though it was already done using 504 mobile phones, Xiaomi has used 1008 mobile phones to form a Christmas tree pattern for achieving the new Guinness World Record. Xiaomi said that it took two weeks of preparation. It started building the 7.9-meter-high Christmas tree mobile phone mosaic at 4AM and it was completed by 4PM. Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun said that when he arrived at the venu, he realized how complicated it was. The whole process required simultaneous control of more than a thousands mobile phones and required playing Christmas videos. Source


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    Update: The OPPO R17 smartphone is now available in India from Amazon.in. It also comes with several offers including up to 3.2TB 4G data and benefits up to Rs. 4900 for Jio users, One Time Screen Replacement, Extra Rs. 5000 off on Exchange as well as No Cost EMI Earlier: Along with the R17 Pro, OPPO has also launched R17  smartphone in India, as expected.  It has 6.4-inch Full HD+ 19:9 aspect ratio display with a notch and 91.5% screen-to-body ratio and Corning Gorilla Glass 6 protection, 10nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 SoC and an in-display fingerprint sensor that can unlock the phone in 0.41 seconds. It features a 16-megapixel rear camera with f/1.8 aperture, 5-megapixel secondary camera for portrait shots and AI scene recognition, 25-megapixel AI front camera, comes with a a gradient glass back, metal frame and a 3500mAh battery with VOOC Flash charge fast charging. OPPO R17 specifications 6.4-inch (2280 x 1080 pixels) Full HD+ 19:9 aspect ratio display with  91.5% screen-to-body ratio, Corning Gorilla Glass 6 protection Octa-Core Snapdragon 670 ( 2 x 2GHz Kryo 360 (performance) + 6 x 1.7GHz Kryo 360 (efficiency)) 10nm Mobile Platform with Adreno 615 GPU 8GB RAM, 128GB internal memory Dual SIM ColorOS 5.2 based on Android 8.1 (Oreo) 16MP rear camera with ...


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    Update - December 25,2018: Xiaomi has started rolling out Mi A1 Android 9.0 (Pie) stable update for more users widely, including users in India. It has build number PKQ1.180917.001.V10.0.3.0.PDHMIFK, compared to v10.0.2.0 that rolled out earlier this month and is 1069.1MB in size, slightly smaller than the 1074.9MB. It brings December Android security patch. If you haven't received the update, you can download it from here (or here) and flash it manually. If you have already reveived or flashed v10.0.2.0 update, you will receive a small update to 10.0.3.0 probably to fix bugs. Earlier: Last week we reported that Xiaomi started rolling out Android Pie beta update for closed beta tester. The update was also rolled out as stable update in some countries such as Netherlands. In addition to Android Pie 9.0 features including Adaptive Battery that uses machine learning to prioritize system resources for the apps, Adaptive Brightness, new Pill based navigation gestures and recommended Apps and Actions based on user context using machine learning, the update also finally brings Dual 4G VoLTE support in as well support for FM Radio. [gallery link="file" columns="2" size="large" ids="270469,270470"] We tested it both on Jio and Airtel, and Dual 4G VoLTE worked fine, but it doesn't work on ...


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    Xiaomi India launched the Redmi 5 running MIUI 9 based on Android 7.1 Nougat back in March. Last month it was updated to MIUI 10 Global Stable ROM which was based on Android 7.1 (Nougat) only but the company started rolling out Android 8.1 (Oreo) based  MIUI 10 Global Beta ROM towards the end of last month. Now, Xiaomi has started rolling out Android 8.1 (Oreo) based MIUI 10 Global Stable ROM for the smartphone. [gallery size="full" ids="271516,271518,271517"] The new Android Oreo-based update comes as MIUI 10.1.3.0.ODAMIFI and is 1.3 GB in size, Xiaomi has updated the Android security patch as well and now it runs on Nov 2018 security patch. Though the update is labeled as Stable in the screenshots, it may be in the partial rollout stage. If you haven’t received the update on your device, you can download the Recovery ROM here and flash it using the recovery method. As expected, the Oreo-based update also brings Dual 4G VoLTE feature to the device which was recently enabled in a MIUI 10 Global Beta update. As per users on Mi Community, Xiaomi has not enabled Portrait mode and Face Unlock with the update. Check out the changelog below, System Android Oreo update Camera Fix: Fix camera bug of stability Fix: Face detection frame didn't appear after the age recognition option ...


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    Samsung has finally started rolling out Android Pie update to Galaxy S9 and S9+. The stable Android Pie update based on One UI is rolling out to the Galaxy S9 and S9+ in Germany. The update is released for those running on Android Oreo and Pie beta testers as well. The software version for the final update is G960FXXU2CRLI and G965FXXU2CRLI for the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ respectively. The update is around 1.7GB and brings December security patch as well. One UI based on Android Pie brings a brand new look to the interface. The company recently started beta testing the Pie update for the Galaxy Note 9, so it isn't clear if stable is rolling out to Note 9 as well. if you’re a Galaxy S9 or S9+ user, do check for the update from the Settings » Software update. As said, the update is rolling out to both those running on Android Oreo and Pie beta testers. Source


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    Apart from rolling out the stable Pie update to S9 and S9+, Samsung has also provided a detailed timeline of when the new One UI interface based on Pie will be available for which device. The list shows Pie update to Note 9 in February and March for Galaxy S8 and Note 8 series.  Samsung Galaxy smartphones and tablet that are confirmed to get Android 9.0 (Pie) update with One UI starting January 2019 Galaxy S9 (January 2019) Galaxy S9+ (January 2019) Galaxy Note9 (February 2019) Galaxy S8 (March 2019) Galaxy S8+ (March 2019) Galaxy Note8 (March 2019) Galaxy A8 2018 (April 2019) Galaxy A8+ 2018 (April 2019) Galaxy A7 2018 (April 2019) Galaxy A9 2018 (April 2019) Galaxy Tab S4 10.5 (April 2019) Galaxy J4 (May 2019) Galaxy J4+ (May 2019) Galaxy J6 (May 2019) Galaxy J6+ (May 2019) Galaxy A8-Star (May 2019) Galaxy J7 2017 (July 2019) Galaxy J7 Duo (August 2019) Galaxy Xcover4 (September 2019) Galaxy J3 2017 (September 2019) Galaxy Tab S3 9.7 (September 2019) Galaxy Tab A 2017 (October 2019) Galaxy Tab Active2 (October 2019) Galaxy Tab A 10.5 (October 2019) However, Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge won't be getting the Pie update based on UI which ...


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    It is known that Samsung is working on Galaxy M-series and the smartphones are slated to release in the coming months. The new series is expected to replace the current Galaxy J, Galaxy On, and Galaxy C series devices in the company’s lineup. The Galaxy M-series has three smartphones in development; Galaxy M10, M20, and M30 respectively. The Galaxy M30 has now appeared on the Geekbench website, revealing some of its specifications. As per the Geekbench listing, the Galaxy M30 will be powered by an Exynos 7885 SoC, 4GB of RAM and Android Oreo 8.1 onboard. Earlier reports suggest that the Galaxy M30 will come in 64 GB and 128 GB storage variants. Despite the Android 9.0 Pie roll out, the Galaxy M-series will launch with Oreo. It is common for brands to develop and test prototypes with older components and software, so, there is still a possibility for the Galaxy M30 to launch with better specs and updated software. The listed specs don’t appear very different from current Galaxy mid-range devices. So, it needs to be seen whether these would be the final specs or if Samsung would change specs for the final version. Source | Via


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    After No. 1 Mi Fan Sale from Dec 19 to 21 on its website, Xiaomi today started its No. 1 Mi Fan Sale on Amazon. In the sale, it is offering discounts on Mi Smartphones Instant Discount on HDFC Bank Credit & Debit Cards and more. Discounts on Xiaomi smartphones on Amazon Mi A2 (6GB+128GB) – Rs. 16,999 (Rs. 2000 off) Mi A2 (4GB+64GB) – Rs. 14,999 (Rs. 1000 off) Redmi Note 5 Pro (6GB+64GB) – Rs. 14,999 (Rs. 1000 off) Redmi Note 5 Pro (4GB+64GB) – Rs. 12,999 (Rs. 1000 off) Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro (4GB+64GB) – Rs. 12,999 (Rs. 1000 off) Redmi Y2 (4GB + 64GB) – Rs. 10,999 (Rs. 1000 off) Redmi Y2 (3GB + 32GB)  – Rs. 8,999 (Rs. 1000 off) It is also offering 5% Instant Discount on HDFC Bank Credit & Debit Card EMI. This limited-period offer lasts till December 28th.


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