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    Vivo just sent out invites for the launch of a new smartphone in India on September 6th. The invite  says 'Experience the 11 on 06.09.2018" that hints at the Vivo V11 smartphone, successor of the Vivo V9 that was launched back in March. The fingerprint hints at the in-display fingerprint sensor. A recent leak revealed that the smartphone will pack a 6.41-inch FHD + water drop screen design like the OPPO F9 (Pro) or the R17, Snapdragon 660 AIE SoC with 6GB RAM, 128GB storage, 12MP + 5MP dual rear cameras, 25MP front camera and a 3400mAh battery. The latest image shows a gradient body. The Vivo X23 that is expected to be introduced in China soon is also expected to feature a similar design. We should know more details about the smartphone in the coming weeks.


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    According to a new report, OnePlus 6T which is rumored to be the next OnePlus flagship will be T-Mobile exclusive when it launches in the U.S later this year. This means that the OnePlus 6T will be optimized for T-Mobile's network. This in addition to the standard global version that's unlocked.  According to reports, the price of the OnePlus 6T is tentatively set at $550 and pricing stands as the major reason for OnePlus phones to be the best alternatives to the $1000 flagships in the U.S. Though the company enjoys immense popularity among Android users, it hasn't become a household name mostly because of the lack of carrier backing. With T-Mobile backing, OnePlus now has an edge in attracting more users. Instead of going the carrier way in the USA, OnePlus took a different route altogether by launching its phones unlocked directly and has built a cult following for itself. This new development falls in line with company's CEO, Pete Lau statement back in January where he said that he "would begin talking with the US carrier this year. If the right opportunity and right timing come along, we'll be very happy to experiment" Since OnePlus phones are supported on AT&T and T-Mobiles, the odds were always ...


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    Google is said to be working on releasing a smart speaker equipped with a display later this year, according to sources. This new smart speaker with the display will compete against rivals from Amazon.com and would round out Google's range of smart speakers that are running AI voice assistant. Furthermore, Google is targeting to ship around 3 million units in the batch, whereas, Amazon managed to ship only 315,000 units in 2017, after introducing the Echo Show last year. Google already has Smart Displays that it launched in partnership with Lenovo, JBL, LG, and others. This allows the companies to build Echo Show-like devices of their own. Google's current AI speaker lineup includes the standard Google Home, the cost-effective Home Mini, and the high-end Home Max. The upcoming smart speaker with the display would rely on voice commands but users might have the ability to play YouTube videos, check their calendars and view maps. A total of 35 million smart speakers were shipped worldwide in 2017 of which Google accounted for 32%, according to Canalys data. Sources also claim that Google is ambitious about building an end-to-end ecosystem and platform with its own product lineup. Google, as expected, declined to comment about the new Smart Speaker with a display. Source


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    Microsoft India and Apollo Hospitals as a part of company's AI Network for Healthcare initiative, announced the launch of the first ever AI-powered Cardiovascular Disease Risk Score API (application program interface), designed specifically to predict the risk of Cardiovascular Disease (CVD). Thanks to the AI-powered API, doctors across the Apollo network of hospitals can now leverage on this to predict the risk of CVD and drive preventive cardiac care. It is built on Microsoft Azure and aims to determine a more accurate CVD risk score for the Indian population. It is been developed using a combination of applied AI and clinical expertise on a large sample of retrospective data on health checks and coronary events. The scoring considers risk contributors including lifestyle attributes such as diet, tobacco & smoking preferences and physical activity as well as psychological stress & anxiety as reflected via the rate of respiration, hypertension and systolic & diastolic blood pressure. It also categorizes risk into high, moderate and minimal and also provides insights into the top modifiable risk contributors. The company says that its AI Network for Healthcare aims to maximize the ability of artificial intelligence and cloud computing to accelerate innovation in the healthcare industry and improve the lives of ...


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    Future version of Android releases could allow users to start manually backing up app data to Google Drive, according to the Android development team on the Google Issue Tracker. This backup includes your application data, call history, device settings, and text messages. Currently, Google Drive backups are done without user intervention and it depends on certain conditions like time, power status, and more. However, in the future versions of Android, users will be able to trigger the backup themselves. This makes the change of phones easy without having to worry about data loss. Using ADB on your computer, you can trigger a manual backup, but with the introduction of such features eliminates the additional work.  Android P, as it stands, only offers the ability to switch on and off auto-backup by going to Settings -> System -> Backup & Reset. But once Google adds such feature, you don't have to rely on the ADB commands anymore. While it might not be a groundbreaking feature of some sorts for an average consumer, it sure is a life-saving option for those who change phones frequently. Source | Via


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    This week Xiaomi introduced the Mi Pad 4 Plus, larger version of the Mi Pad 4, Motorola introduced the Moto P30, OPPO introduced the F9, Samsung introduced its new Dolby Atmos Soundbars, and lots more from this week in our weekly roundup. Xiaomi introduced the Mi Pad 4 Plus, a larger version of the Mi Pad with a 10.1-inch WUXGA screen with 16:10 aspect ratio, fingerprint sensor on the front, in addition to AI face unlock present in the Mi Pad 4, up to 128GB storage and a large 8620mAh battery. It comes in Black and Golden colors, starts at 1899 yuan (US$ 275 /  ₹ 19,280 approx.) and is available in China. Motorola announced the Moto P30 in China. It has a  6.2-inch Full HD+ display with 19:9 aspect ratio, Snapdragon 636 with 6GB of RAM, Android 8.1 (Oreo) with ZUI 4.0, glass back and gradient design and a Corning Gorilla glass protection on the front and the back. It packs a 16-megapixel rear camera with f/1.8 aperture, 1.25μm pixel size along with an 5-megapixel secondary rear camera to capture depth information in portrait shots with AI support and a 12-megapixel camera on the front with AI beautification and AI face unlock. It packs a 3000mAh battery with support for ...


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    Xiaomi’s MIUI is amongst the most popular Android skins with more than 200 million worldwide users. MIUI Beta ROM gets updated biweekly, which includes closed beta on every Tuesday and public beta on every Friday but all devices running MIUI come with MIUI Global Stable ROM pre-installed. Users could switch to MIUI Global Beta ROM using Updater method or Fastboot method but company always advised users to flash MIUI Global Beta ROM using Fastboot method after unlocking the bootloader of their device, but now users don’t need to unlock bootloader to switch to MIUI Global Beta ROM. After release of recent MIUI Global Beta ROM update, Mi Community admin posted an announcement thread and as per the information provided in post Redmi Y1 Lite, Redmi Y1, Redmi 5A, Redmi 5, Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 5 Pro users can switch to MIUI 10 Global Beta ROM from MIUI 9 Global Stable ROM without unlocking bootloader. Users of above mentioned devices can download latest Global Beta ROM from here and flash using Updater method. Users of other devices are supposed to stick to Fastboot method for now, as no information is provided for other devices. Xiaomi has started rolling out MIUI 9.6 Stable ...


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    Details about Qualcomm's upcoming flagship Snapdragon 855 SoC, successor of Snapdragon 845 surfaced earlier this year. A recent report said that TSMC will be making the 7nm (FinFET) chips and the production will start by the end of 2018 or early 2019. Now another report reveals that the company might go for a new naming scheme.  Snapdragon 855 codenamed "Hana" internally called SDM855 will reportedly launch as SM8150. The name change is presumably to make it easier to distinguish SoCs for smartphones and the one used in laptops.  The company is also said to rename its ARM-based laptop processor previously developed as the SDM1000 codenmaed "Poipu" to SCX8180. The SM7150 and SM7250 names have also surfaced, which could be the Snapdragon 670 and Snapdragon 710, the company's latest mid-range 10nm SoCs. The Snapdragon SM8150 SoC is also expected to feature a dedicated AI processing unit, similar to Huawei's Kirin 970 that was introduced last year as the world’s first mobile SoC with dedicated Neural Processing Unit (NPU). Huawei is now gearing to introduce the Kirin 980 SoC at the IFA 2018 later this month. Qualcomm's currently high-end and few mid-range SoCs already have AI features, but doesn't use a dedicated computing unit for AI ...


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    ZTE has announced an event at the IFA 2018 in Berlin later this month where it is expected to introduce Axon 9, successor of the Axon 7 that was introduced back in 2016, according to the teaser. ZTE will also introduce “leading 5G innovations” on display at a trade show booth. See you at #ifa2018 ! pic.twitter.com/LROy1FTYcq — ZTE Device (@ZTEDevice) August 16, 2018 The Axon 9 is expected to feature 18:9 aspect ratio display, powered by Snapdragon 845 SoC and feature dual rear cameras, similar to most other flagships. ZTE is also expected to introduce new Blade series smartphone at the event. Back in April, the US Govt banned ZTE from using American technology for seven years. Last month the US Secretary of Commerce Department lifted the ban on American firms selling products to them, after ZTE paid the final penalty of $400 million from the $1.4 billion in escrow at a U.S. bank. ZTE's IFA event is scheduled for 30th August and starts at 4PM CEST (7:30 PM IST). We should know more details about the smartphone in the coming weeks. Source


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    Motorola One Android One smartphone with the model number XT1941 has been certified by TENAA in China, after the press images of the phone surfaced in renders.  The smartphone that surfaced in live images and TENAA certification  was actually the P30 that was introduced in China earlier this week. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="640"] Image AH[/caption] This certification site reveals a glass back, 5.86-inch HD+ 19:9 aspect ratio screen with a notch, 2.2GHz Octa-Core SoC (which could be Snapdragon 626 or 630), up to 6GB RAM, 13MP rear camera along with a secondary camera that are separated by an LED flash in the middle, and an 8MP front camera. TENAA even says that the phone has four cameras, so it could house a secondary front camera. The image shows a shiny metal frame, Motorola logo on the front, below the screen, and the fingerprint sensor is present on the back with a Motorola logo, similar to the P30. The image on TENAA doesn't have an Android One branding on the back, compared to the render that surfaced earlier, so it might not be launched as an Android One smartphone in China. Motorola One (XT1941) rumored specifications 5.86-inch (1520 x 720 pixels) 19:9 aspect ratio 2.5D curved glass display 2.2GHz ...