Anbox for Linux Runs Android Apps Like Native Applications on Desktop

While virtualisation and emulation software like Bluestacks and AMIDuOS have allowed users to run Android applications on desktop for quite some time, a new tool – Anbox might just be the best solution available for this functionality till now. The software, although still in alpha stages, allows users to run Android applications like native applications on Linux.

The tool makes use Android 7.0’s freeform mode, which allows app windows to be resized and moved around and allows users to run native applications on Linux on the side as well, as pointed out by Android Police. Interestingly, unlike other software, Anbox doesn’t use emulation and runs the Android applications in a sandboxed Linux subsystem, as per the report.

“Anbox puts the Android operating system into a container, abstracts hardware access and integrates core system services into a GNU/Linux system. Every Android application will behave integrated into your operating system like any other native application,” the description of the tool says on its website.
Anbox for Linux Runs Android Apps Like Native Applications on DesktopIn order to keep the Android operating system separate from the host, Anbox uses standard Linux technologies like containers (LXC), as per its website. With the help of Android Open Source project, the tool tries to keep up with the latest version of Android as well.

The developers behind the tool say that as the Android operating system is sandboxed in a container, Android app’s don’t have a direct access to user’s data.

Notably, users will have to use ADB to install third-party applications as Anbox doesn’t come along with a pre-installed app store, AP notes. Further, Ubuntu 16.04 LTS or later versions are officially supported as of now.

HTC One X10 Poster Leaked; Touted to Feature Stylish Design and Bigger Battery

Earlier this year, HTC was tipped to launch the successor to its One X9 budget smartphone, dubbed HTC One X10, and now it seems like the launch of the device might be sooner than later. This is because the poster for the HTC One X10 smartphone has been leaked and suggests that the phone will feature a stylish design and a large battery capacity.

The poster of the HTC One X10, leaked by famous tipster Evan Blass, doesn’t only mention that the device will have stylish design but shows the rear-end of the smartphone as well. The single-camera setup and the fingerprint scanner, which is located right below the camera panel, is clearly visible from the poster.

Notably, the phone’s design looks exactly similar to the leaked live images of the device that surfaced back in February this year.

HTC One X10 Poster Leaked; Touted to Feature Stylish Design and Bigger BatteryWhile HTC was earlier expected to launch its One X10 smartphone at its January event, the company ended up launching just the HTC U Ultra and U Play smartphones. Interestingly, Blass also shared another image of the device, with back and front shots, that earlier surfaced in January. This means that the final product is not expected to be much different from the images that have popped up previously on the Internet.
The successor to last year’s HTC One X9, the One X10, has been tipped to pack some of the similar features to its predecessor but a downgrade in terms of processor. The smartphone is expected to cost around CNY 2,000 (roughly Rs. 19,500).

As per earlier HTC One X10 leaks, the budget-end smartphone is expected to sport a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920) display. The upcoming HTC smartphone has been tipped to be powered by MediaTek Helio P10 processor clocked at 1.9GHz and coupled with 3GB of RAM. The phone is expected to come with 32GB of inbuilt storage. The HTC X10 is said to have a 16-megapixel rear camera with OIS and a 7.9-megapixel camera at front.

Compared with the Helio P10 processor, which is expected to power the HTC One X10, the HTC One X9 (its predecessor) packs a more capable Helio X10 processor clocked at 2.2GHz.

In November last year, the HTC One X10 was reportedly certified in Russia along with six other smartphones from the company. As these are leaks, we will have to wait for official announcement by the company for the confirmation of the smartphone’s specifications.

LG G6 to Get Facial Recognition, LG Pay Payment Support in June: Report

LG G6, the new LG flagship smartphone, was launched back at MWC 2017 trade show in February, and it has now started shipping to international markets. LG wouldn’t want to miss a chance to go toe-to-toe against its arch rival Samsung, which will begin shipping the new Galaxy S8 in several markets, and it reportedly is planning to integrate facial recognition in its smartphone as well.

LG is likely to add 3D facial recognition as well as LG Pay payment feature to its flagship smartphone in “as early as June,” according to a report from South Korea.

The Investor reports that LG has roped in Oez facial recognition solutions company, which developed OezFR software, for a partnership. The report claims that the new facial recognition feature is being tested on the LG G6, and it may be released in June alongside LG Pay. With the timing, it can be speculated that the facial recognition with serve as a biometric authentication feature for LG Pay.
LG G6 to Get Facial Recognition, LG Pay Payment Support in June: ReportThe report cites News Prime, a local online news outlet which quoted an industry source, “Should LG utilise OezFR to support the payment system, it will be the first time for a facial recognition system to be used for financial transactions in the premium smartphone sector.”

The company said to choose the Oez solution as it could be easily implemented to previous smartphones like LG V20 and LG G5. It is also said to with security measures that prevent hacking with pictures – something the Samsung Galaxy S8 has already been shown to be a victim of.

The LG G6 smartphone runs on Android 7.0 Nougat out-of-the-box. The highlight feature of the smartphone is its 5.7-inch QHD+ (1440×2880 pixels) FullVision display with an 18:9 (or 2:1) aspect ratio instead of industry standard (16:9). The phone packs a fingerprint scanner at the back for authentication. Another distinction is that the LG G6 has passed the MIL-STD 810G military standard certification for durability.

In South Korea, the LG G6 is already available for purchase and has been priced starting KRW 899,800 (roughly Rs. 51,200).

Lenovo Vibe K5 Note Gets a Limited Period Discount on Flipkart

Flipkart on Thursday announced a limited period discount of Rs. 500 on all the models of Lenovo Vibe K5 Note for a limited time. The Lenovo Vibe K5 Note is now selling for Rs. 500 less with the new price tags of Rs. 12,999 for the 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage model, Rs. 11,999 for the 4GB/ 32GB variant, and Rs. 11,499 for the 3GB/ 32GB variant. All of the variants are available in Grey, Silver, and Gold colours.

To recall, Lenovo had launched the Vibe K5 Note in August last year in India. Initially, the 3GB/4GB RAM variants with 32GB and 64GB of inbuilt storage were available at a price of Rs. 11,999 and Rs. 13,499 respectively via Flipkart. In February, Lenovo revealed another variant with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage at a price of Rs. 12,499.
Lenovo Vibe K5 Note Gets a Limited Period Discount on FlipkartThe dual-SIM Lenovo Vibe K5 Note runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. It features a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) IPS display, and comes with TheaterMax technology for conversion of regular content into immersive VR content. The Vibe K5 Note is powered by a 64-bit octa-core MediaTek Helio P10 (MT6755) processor clocked at 1.8GHz coupled with the Mali-T860 GPU. In terms of optics, the Vibe K5 Note features a 13-megapixel real camera with PDAF and a wide-angle 8-megapixel selfie camera at front. The phone houses a 3500mAh battery and will be made available in Gold, Silver, and Dark Grey colour options. One of the highlighted features of the Vibe K5 Note is its fingerprint scanner, placed right below the camera module on the back of the smartphone. The smartphone also incorporates Dolby Atmos powered speakers, with the technology also extending to the 3.5mm headphone jack.

Android Pay Gets Integrated With Select Mobile Banking Apps

Most tech companies like Samsung, Apple and Google have been trying to push their mobile payment services to users, but widespread adoption is yet to be achieved. Google is upping its efforts further to push Android Pay to more users, and has partnered with few banks to integrate Android Pay within mobile banking apps. Android Pay has yet to be launched in India however, though Samsung Pay made its way to the country earlier this year.

Google has partnered with Bank of America, Bank of New Zealand, Discover, mBank, and USAA to add an Android Pay section inside their apps. Moving forward, this section will allow you to quickly add your credit and debit cards to Android Pay, and use the option whenever feasible.

Before this, if you had to use Android Pay, you had to download the Android Pay app, add the cards to the app, provided they supported the service. This built-in capability is an effort to encourage more users to use Android Pay and make it accessible for everyone. Of course, for those unsupported banks, the traditional method still applies.
Android Pay Gets Integrated With Select Mobile Banking Apps“After completing setup, you can use your phone to tap and pay at millions of stores and wherever you see the Android Pay button in your favourite apps and on the mobile Web. Android Pay will also send you a notification after each successful transaction,” the Google blog notes.

Google also notes that it will continue “to integrate with additional mobile banking apps, so look for updates from your bank about this new feature.”

Mobile payments have also picked up pace in India, with Samsung launching its Samsung Pay service in the country. Partnered banks for now include Axis Bank, HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, SBI, Standard Chartered, and American Express. Citibank will become an issuing partner soon, with its credit cards set to supported in the near future. Samsung Pay users can also link their Paytm Wallet to the service.

Nexus 6P Users on Beta Program Now Receiving Stable Android 7.1.2 Nougat Update

Google has started rolling out stable Android 7.1.2 Nougat update for the Nexus 6P smartphone, specifically, for users who were on the beta build. The latest update for the Nexus 6P comes with build number N2G47H, and is nearly 26MB in size.

Android Police reports that the new update is targeted at Nexus 6P users who were enrolled under beta program and were stuck with the beta build. Now, the company is providing them with the final stable build. The OTA file is available on Google servers, for users that can’t wait for the update to reach them and wish to sideload.

Nexus 6P Users on Beta Program Now Receiving Stable Android 7.1.2 Nougat UpdateThere’s no word from Google on the final build released for other devices enrolled under beta program. The latest Android 7.1.2 update also included the April Android security patch.
The Android 7.1.2 update, released earlier this month, for the Pixel fixed the early shutdown issue as well as a fix for few users who experienced pink banding on the camera, and a fix to the audio popping issue some users were experiencing at high volume. For Pixel phones, the update also brought bug fixes, added features, and general performance and stability improvements. Some of the highlighted changes that come along with the Android 7.1.2 Nougat update include an improved fingerprint swipe performance, Bluetooth connectivity improvements, and battery usage alerts.

The Android 7.1.2 Nougat update also brought a host of changes for the eligible Nexus device as it enhanced notification stability, fingerprint swipe on Nexus 5X/6P, general connectivity improvements, and battery usage alerts.

Xiaomi Mi 6 Specifications Tipped Again by Geekbench Listing, Scores Higher Than Galaxy S8

After being spotted in a live image, the forthcoming Xiaomi Mi 6 flagship has now been spotted in Geekbench benchmark results. These results are often testimony to how powerful the phone is, and the alleged single-core and multi-core results on the Geekbench site points that the Mi 6 is likely to be a very powerful device.

According to Geekbench, the Xiaomi Mi 6 will sport the latest Snapdragon 835 chipset, alongsideAdreno 540 GPU and 6GB of RAM. It is also listed to run Android 7.1.1 Nougat, and all of these specifications have been leaked before as well.

The Xiaomi Mi 6 managed to score 2006 in single-core result and 6438 in multi-core result on GeekBench. These scores are much higher than the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. To recap, the Galaxy S8 scored 1916 and 6011 in single-core and multi-core results respectively, and the Galaxy S8+ scored 1929 and 6084 in single-core and multi-core results respectively. This does indicate that the Mi 6 will be a powerful device, however, it all depends on what the final product turns out to be.
Xiaomi Mi 6 Specifications Tipped Again by Geekbench Listing, Scores Higher Than Galaxy S8The Xiaomi Mi 6 is set to launch on April 19, and specifications and price of the device have already been leaked. From what we know so far, the Xiaomi Mi 6 runs on Android 7.1.1 Nougat, and will feature a 5.1-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixel) display. It is tipped to offer 64GB or 128GB of inbuilt storage as well. As for camera, the Mi 6 is tipped to sport a 12-megapixel rear camera and an 8-megapixel front snapper. Meanwhile, the Mi 6 Plus flagship has been tipped to sport a Quad HD 2K OLED display with dual curved edges and dual rear camera setup, while the Mi 6 will allegedly sport a flat display. Both the flagships are expected to come with Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 4.0 technology for fast charging support. The smartphone is also expected to house a 4000mAh battery, although this will likely be for the Mi 6 Plus.

Xiaomi Mi 6 will allegedly be launched in 4GB of RAM + 64GB storage and 4GB + 128GB variants priced at CNY 2,199 (roughly Rs. 20,500), and CNY 2,599 (roughly Rs. 24,300), respectively. The bigger Xiaomi Mi 6 Plus, on the other hand is tipped to be be offered in 6GB of RAM + 64GB, 6GB + 128GB, and 6GB + 256GB variants, which will reportedly be priced at CNY 2,699 (roughly Rs. 25,000), CNY 3,099 (roughly Rs. 28,990) and CNY 3,699 (roughly Rs. 34,600), respectively.

Nokia 6 Reportedly Receiving Android 7.1.1 Nougat Update

As promised by HMD Global previously at MWC, the company’s first Nokia-branded smartphone, Nokia 6 is reportedly getting Android 7.1.1 Nougat via an over-the-air (OTA) update. In addition, it also brings a bunch of new features to Nokia 6, along with latest April 2017 Android security patch.

According to The Android Soul, the Android 7.1.1 Nougat update has begun rolling out to Nokia 6, which is currently available only in China. The update is 369MB in size and bears a build name ’00CN_3_170′. With the arrival of latest Android 7.1.1 Nougat version, features like shortcut support on home screen, new and updated emojis will be supported on Nokia 6.
Image result for Nokia 6 Reportedly Receiving Android 7.1.1 Nougat UpdateAdditionally, Nokia has made some specific changes to the UI while retaining the stock Android experience. The Nokia-6 specific features include a power saving mode, background management, along with dual SIM-dual standby support on 4G and 3G networks. Also, the update adds new Nokia USB drivers and other preloaded apps have also been updated. As we mentioned, Google’s Android Security patch for April 2017 is also included in the update that will bring many bug fixes and system enhancements.

To recall, HMD Global, the Finland-based company that is now making smartphones under Nokia branding, revealed that it will launch Nokia 6 globally while announcing its other devices – Nokia 3, Nokia 5, and Nokia 3310 (2017). The company also made it clear that there will be fast and regular updates reaching all its smartphones. All of the devices are also reportedly claimed to reach Indian market with ‘Made in India’ markings.

Panasonic Eluga Ray Max, Eluga Ray X Go on Sale in India

Panasonic Eluga Ray Max and Eluga Ray X have gone on sale in India from Monday, and are available via Flipkart. The Eluga Ray Max is available in two inbuilt storage variants – 32GB storage at Rs. 11,499 and 64GB storage at Rs. 12,499. The smartphone will be offered in Gold and Rose Gold colour variants. The Panasonic Eluga Ray X on the other hand has been priced by the company at Rs. 8,999. And is available in Gold, Rose Gold, and Space Grey colour variants.

The highlight of the two Panasonic smartphones is the presence of the Arbo virtual assistant – originally due a few weeks after the release of the Panasonic Eluga Ray Max and the Eluga Ray X, it will now ship out-of-the-box, the company informs us. Panasonic boasts the Arbo virtual assistant uses machine learning to provide intelligent usage suggestions to users. The name is derived from Esperanto, and means a framework used to support climbing plants.
The Panasonic Eluga Ray Max, the dual-SIM (Micro+Nano) smartphone runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow and packs a 5.2-inch full-HD display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The device is powered by a 1.4GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor coupled with 4GB of RAM.

panasonic eluga ray x panasonicIn terms of optics, the Panasonic Eluga Ray Max comes with a 16-megapixel rear camera with dual-LED flash. At front, we have an 8-megapixel front-facing camera with a wide-angle lens and flash support. It sports a fingerprint scanner that’s Android for Work certified on the home button.
As mentioned earlier, the Eluga Ray Max bears 32GB/ 64GB of inbuilt storage, which is expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB). The connectivity options offered by the smartphone include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.2, GPS/ A-GPS, FM radio with RDS, and Micro-USB with OTG support. The phone houses a 3000mAh battery with support for Quick Charge 3.0.

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Sensors on the device include an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, barometer, gyroscope, magnetometer, proximity sensor, and temperature sensor. It weighs 165 grams and measures 148x73x9.5mm.

Moving on to Panasonic Eluga Ray X, the dual-SIM (Micro+Nano) smartphone runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow and comes with a 5.5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) IPS display. It is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek 430 processor coupled with 3GB of RAM. It also bears a fingerprint scanner on the home button in front.

In terms of optics, the Panasonic Eluga Ray X has a 16-megapixel rear camera with dual-LED flash, and a 5-megapixel camera at front for taking selfies. The connectivity options offered by the phone include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.2, GPS/ A-GPS, FM radio with RDS, and Micro-USB with OTG support. It comes with 32GB of inbuilt memory, which is expandable via microSD card (up to 64GB). It runs on a 4000mAh battery, weighs 193 grams, and measures 153.4x77x10.5mm. Sensors on board include an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, barometer, gyroscope, magnetometer, proximity sensor, and temperature sensor.

BlackBerry’s Privacy Shade App Prevents Bystanders From Peeking Into Your Phone

BlackBerry's Privacy Shade App Prevents Bystanders From Peeking Into Your PhoneWhile laptop makers have introduced several workarounds to avoid nosy eyes from peeking from behind, smartphones haven’t really been able to address that pain point. Users, especially with large smartphone screens, have always found people (particularly the nosy ones) leaning over to read that personal text or see what you’re browsing. BlackBerry is trying to address this woe by launching an app called Privacy Shade.

The Android app makes the entire screen dark, except for a small view area that can be moved around to what you really want to read on the screen. The viewing area can change shapes from a bar to a circle, depending on what you prefer. Furthermore, the transparency of the darkened screen can also be manually adjusted, so for those who are extra paranoid, they could maximise the shade to near opaque for optimal privacy.
It is worth noting that this app is only available only to BlackBerry devices, so not all users will be able to take advantage of the nifty app. You can check if you own a compatible Blackberry device by trying to download it from the Google Play Store, or you can also sideload it from APK Mirror. Downloading from APK Mirror doesn’t lift the restriction limit of BlackBerry devices, Android Police reports.

BB Merah Putih, the company that currently holds the right to manufacture and sell BlackBerry smartphones in Indonesia, recently launched the BlackBerry Aurora smartphone for the country. The dual-SIM (Micro-SIM) based BlackBerry Aurora runs Android 7.0 Nougat out-of-the-box and sports a 5.5-inch (720×1280 pixels) display. It is priced at IDR 3,499,000 (roughly Rs. 17,400) in Indonesia.