After Airtel and BSNL, Vodafone too has decided to take on Reliance’s Jio Phone with its own ultra-affordable smartphone, which has an “effective” price of Rs. 999. It’s called the Bharat-2 Ultra, and it’s been made in partnership with Micromax, which also developed the 4G-enabled feature-phone Bharat 1 for BSNL. The Micromax Vodafone 4G smartphone will be available in November with a down payment of Rs. 2,899, and users will need to recharge with Rs. 150 per month for the next three years to keep it going.
At the end of the first 18 months, Vodafone will deposit Rs. 900 in your Vodafone M-Pesa wallet, followed by Rs. 1,000 another 18 months later. As for the phone itself, the Micromax Bharat-2 Ultra has a 4-inch WVGA display, powered by Spreadtrum SC9832, 512MB of RAM, and 4GB internal storage. There’s a 2-megapixel rear camera, and 0.3-megapixel front camera. The Micromax Vodafone 4G smartphone runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
Nokia 7 first Chinese flash sale a success
The first flash sale of the new Nokia 7 in China was a huge success, according to two reports, with the phone going out of stock in minutes, after e-commerce sites JD.com and Suning reported receiving over 150,000 registrations in total. There’s no word on how many units have been sold, though. Pre-registrations for the Nokia 7 had begun immediately after the official launch in China on October 20.
The phone sits between the Nokia 6 and Nokia 8, given its numbering, and has two variants: 4GB RAM at CNY 2,499 (about Rs. 25,000), and 6GB RAM at CNY 2,699 (about Rs. 26,500). Beyond that, it has a full-HD 5.2-inch IPS display, Snapdragon 630, 64GB internal storage, 16-megapixel f/1.8 rear camera, and 5-megapixel front camera. Like the Nokia 8, the Nokia 7 capable of ‘Bothie’ pictures, where both sensors simultaneously capture photos to create one image.
OnePlus 5T teaser images leaked
Teaser images for the rumoured OnePlus 5T have leaked via Android Authority, which put the focus on the minimal bezels around the display. It’s also expected to have an 18:9 aspect ratio like most other flagship phones today, and launch sometime in November. Android Authority adds that the OnePlus 5T might have the same chassis as the 5, allowing older accessories to work with the new phone.
Further issues with Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL
Some Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL users have noticed further issues with their devices, reporting clicking and high-pitched sounds on the former, and a black smear on the display with the latter, whose burn-in issue is still being investigated by Google. According to members on the Pixel User Community forum, the Pixel 2 continues to emit those sounds even after a reboot or factory reset.
For what it’s worth, Google has acknowledged the issue and has promised a software patch next week. As for the Pixel 2 XL, the black smear is a familiar issue for OLED panels, but it’s much worse on Google’s new phone.
Samsung, Apple headed to court again
A US judge has ordered a new trial to figure out how much Samsung should pay Apple for copying the look of the iPhone, 10 months after the Supreme Court had set aside a $399 million (roughly Rs. 2,592 crores) award against the Korean giant. Koh said the jury instructions at the Apple-Samsung trial “did not accurately reflect the law” and may have prejudiced Samsung by preventing jurors from considering whether any infringement covered “something other than the entire phone.”
Facebook begins testing split News Feed
Facebook has begun testing a dual News Feed – one for friends and family, and the other for pages liked – for users in six smaller countries: Bolivia, Cambodia, Guatemala, Serbia, Slovakia, and Sri Lanka. The test will likely go on for months, Facebook’s News Feed head Adam Mosseri said in a blog post. The change could mean that companies might need to pay Facebook to run advertisements in the friends and family feed.
HTC U11 Plus spotted on Chinese website
HTC’s rumoured U11 Plus has been spotted on China’s certification site, TENNA, ahead of its November 2 launch. As per the listing, it’ll have an 18:9 display, plus a glass-like finish and fingerprint scanner on the back. Of course, the images don’t give us a confirmation of the phone’s specifications, which are supposed to consist of a 5.99-inch quad-HD screen, Snapdragon 835, 4GB of RAM, and Android 8.0.
Karbonn Titanium Jumbo has a 4000mAh battery
Karbonn launched the Titanium Jumbo in India on Tuesday, whose highlight is the 4000mAh battery. It’s said to have a standby time of 400 hours, and talk time of up to 16 hours. The Karbonn Titanium Jumbo has an MRP of Rs. 7,490, though it will have a MOP (market operating price) of Rs. 6,490. The Titanium Jumbo has a 5-inch HD IPS display, 1.3GHz quad-core chip, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB internal storage. As for optics, you get a 13-megapixel rear camera, and an 8-megapixel front camera. It does have support for 4G VoLTE.
Next Android update to have more secure DNS requests
Google is working on including “DNS over TLS” in the next Android update, which will encrypt DNS requests to further secure your browsing experience. Usually, DNS requests are made via TCP/ UDP which allows ISPs to see what websites you visit even if you’re using HTTPS. But with TLS, the web address itself would be masked.
It’s still not fool-proof, as TLS does not protect the IP address from being communicated. Moreover, not many DNS providers accept requests over TLS. For now, your best bet for privacy is still a VPN then. DNS over TLS will be available under Developer Options in Android 8.1 Oreo.
India “biggest contributor” as app downloads soar in Q3 2017
A new report from App Annie claims that app revenue and downloads hit a record high in Q3 2017 on both App Store and Google Play Store, with India being the “biggest contributor” towards download growth on the latter. App Annie noted Reliance Jio’s 4G push as a big growth driver. Consumer spending hit nearly $17 billion (about Rs. 110,809 crores) with 28 percent year-on-year growth.