Xiaomi Mi Bluetooth Headset Goes Up for Pre-Orders at Rs. 899

While Xiaomi’s Redmi 4 India launch is just around the corner, the company has now made its Mi Bluetooth Headset available for pre-orders in the country at Rs. 899. The new headset from Xiaomi weighs just 6.5 grams and has been made available in only Black colour for the country. The headset will be shipped within 5 days of pre-order as per company’s website. Notably, the product seems to have gone out of stock already but might be made available again by the company soon.

Xiaomi’s Mi Bluetooth Headset allows users to accept or end phone calls, reject calls, redial phone numbers, transfer calls, make three-way calls, play or pause music, play next/previous song, and adjust volume. The headset comes with a ceramic antenna, rounded sound cavity, a Bluetooth chip, magnetised moving coil speaker, and a noise-cancelling silicone microphone. “To optimise sound quality for calls and music, we kept the speaker output structure at a narrow 3mm, so that detail in the mid and high frequencies are preserved and noise is significantly reduced,” the Xiaomi says on its website.

Xiaomi Mi Bluetooth Headset Goes Up for Pre-Orders at Rs. 899The Mi Bluetooth Headset offers noise reduction and supports Bluetooth 4.1, which as per the company’s claims, reduces 4G network interferences and in turn improves device compatibility, stability, and functionality across the board. Xiaomi Mi Bluetooth headset provides 3-4 hours of battery life with regular usage and 100 hours in standby mode, as per the company. Notably, the headset is capable of pairing with two devices simultaneously.

The new Bluetooth headset from Xiaomi comes with silicone earbuds in three different sizes. Let us know in comment section down below if you are interested in buying Xiaomi Mi Bluetooth Headset or have your eyes set on some other headset.

Huawei Watch 2, Watch 2 Classic With 4G LTE Support Launched at MWC 2017

Alongside the Huawei P10 and P10 Plus, the company has also launched the Huawei Watch 2 and the Huawei Watch 2 Classic smartwatches. The big highlight of the smartwatch is cellular connectivity, and Android Pay support all thanks to Android Wear 2.0 OS. The Huawei Watch 2 starts at EUR 329 (roughly Rs. 23,200), and will be available in more than 20 countries gradually, beginning from March.

The first Huawei Watch was launched in 2015, and the company refrained from launching any new smartwatch last year because of slag in the market. However, with the introduction of Android Wear 2.0 and its many iterations and upgrades, Huawei decided that the successor was finally worth bringing to the market. LTE connectivity is only exclusive to the Huawei Watch 2, with the option to insert a Nano-SIM card in the watch (resides on the side where the straps attach). The smartwatches also offer support for NFC to enable Android Pay, GPS, and heart rate sensors.

Image result for Huawei Watch 2, Watch 2 Classic With 4G LTE Support Launched at MWC 2017The Huawei Watch 2 Classic sports a metal chassis, while the Watch 2 sports a plastic outing for enabling LTE support. Additionally, a Wi-Fi-only model will also be offered to customers for the Watch 2. Both the smartwatches sport a 1.2-inch circular display but are evidently thicker and bulkier than the predecessor. The thickness is at 12.6mm, which is almost 2mm thicker than the previous model. The new devices pack a 420mAh battery that is claimed to last up to two days. There’s also a ‘low power mode’ which only allows for seeing the time and counting steps, but makes the watch last up to 25 days.

There is a microphone and speaker integrated, along with two dedicated buttons on both the smartwatches. It supports interchanging of straps, and offers IP68 rating for dust and water resistance. The Huawei Watch 2 Classic also offers a ‘hybrid strap’ that has a leather top but a rubber interior to prevent wear and tear due to sweat.

Huawei has also integrated its ‘Fit program’ that offers a personalised training service based on your schedule, goal, and current fitness. Both the smartwatches will first be available in Spain, France, Portugal, Italy, Germany, and China starting this March. It will launch in the US, UK, Holland, Belgium, Switzerland, Ireland, The Nordics, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, Russia, India, South Africa, Poland, Austria, Saudi Arabia, Japan, and UAE in April. Finally, the smartwatches will launch in Malaysia starting in May.

Huawei has also promised a Porsche designed Watch 2 in the future, complete with a Posche logo and watch face.

Micromax Bharat 2 With 4G VoLTE Support, 4-Inch Display Goes Official

After being reportedly launched via offline retail stores, the Micromax Bharat 2 has now finally been listed on the company website. While the specifications have all been listed in detail, and are pretty much similar to what was leaked earlier, the smartphone’s retail price was not listed. As earlier mentioned by the offline retailer, the Micromax Bharat 2 is said to be priced at Rs. 3,499; however the MRP on the box is Rs. 3,750.

The budgeted smartphone with 4G VoLTE support is seen to sport a patterned back with a centred camera and speakers both situated at the rear end. At the front, the smartphone houses capacitive navigation buttons as well.
Micromax Bharat 2 With 4G VoLTE Support, 4-Inch Display Goes OfficialComing to the specifications, the Micromax Bharat 2 runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow and support dual-SIM slots (Micro + Regular). It features a 4-inch WVGA (480×800 pixels) screen, and is powered by a 1.3GHz Speadtrum SC9832 quad-core processor paired with just 512MB of RAM. The smartphone sports 4GB of inbuilt storage (usable storage at 2GB) with the option to expand further through a microSD card slot (up to 32GB).

As for the camera, the Micromax Bharat 2 bears a 2-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, and a 0.3-megapixel front camera for video chats and selfies. The smartphone packs a 1300mAh battery that is claimed to last up to 10 hours of standby time and 4 hours of talk time. Connectivity options include 3.5mm audio jack, FM radio, 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, and GPS. As of now, it is only available in Gold colour variant, and sensors on board include the gravity sensor.

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.

Karbonn Aura Sleek 4G Budget Smartphone With VoLTE Support Launched

Karbonn Aura Sleek 4G Budget Smartphone With VoLTE Support LaunchedKarbonn recently expanded its 4G lineup with a new budget smartphone. The Aura Sleek 4G promises to delivers powerful, high-speed 4G performance at low cost, being priced at Rs. 5,290. As of now there is no information regarding the availability of the smartphone.

The Karbonn Aura Sleek 4G runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow and features a 5-inch FWVGA IPS display, powered by a 1.25GHz quad core processor coupled with 1GB of RAM. The smartphone is offered with 8GB of built-in storage with support for expandability via microSD (up to 32GB).

The 4G VoLTE smartphone packs 5-megapixel rear camera with auto focus and LED flash while the front sees a 2-megapixel camera. Connectivity options include Bluetooth, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, micro USB. The Aura Sleek 4G comes with a 2000mAh battery that promises up to 4 hours of talktime on 4G. The handset measures 145.6×71.5×8.8mm and weighs 174 grams. It will be available in Grey, Champagne White, and Black colour options.
To recall, back in December, Karbonn launched for new 4G smartphones, including the Karbonn Aura Note 4G. It features a 5.5-inch HD (720×1280) display and is powered by a 1.25GHz quad core processor coupled with 2GB of RAM. The dual-SIM smartphone runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow and is offered with 16GB of storage, which is expandable via microSD (up to 32GB).

The smartphone sports a 5-megapixel camera on the front and the back. Connectivity options are similar to the Aura Sleek 4G. A 2800mAh battery is fitted inside the Aura Note 4G. The smartphone measures 154.2×79.8×10.5mm and weighs 174 grams. The handset comes in Matte Black and Metallic Champagne colours. Both the smartphones feature accelerometer, proximity and light sensors.

200 Million 4G Feature Phones Will Be Sold in 4G india in Next 5 Years: Counterpoint

200 Million 4G Feature Phones Will Be Sold in India in Next 5 Years: CounterpointNearly 200 million 4G-enabled feature phones will be sold in India in the next five years, triggering a slow-down for the domestic smartphone market, a new report claimed on Wednesday.

“We estimate close to 60 million units of 4G-capable feature phones could ship this year globally from almost a million units last year, with India potentially contributing to almost half of that this year,” said the analysts from market research firm Counterpoint Research.

In terms of hardware revenues, it is a $6 billion (roughly Rs. 39,274 crores) opportunity cumulatively over the next five years in India.

“Key players to watch out in this segment are Micromax, itel, Lava, Jio, Nokia and so forth,” the report added.
Chipset brands such as Qualcomm with its latest Qualcomm 205 platform specially designed for 4G LTE Feature Phones is poised to drive growth starting with end of Q2 2017.

“More than 400 million feature phones were sold globally in 2016 and we saw smartphone market growth slow down to 3 percent (year-on-year), portraying that the easy days of smartphone growth are over,” the report stated.

The smartphone growth slowing down and the feature phone decline slowing down is the polarisation of market in terms of technology as well as user base.

“This is making a case for the rise of 4G capable feature phones with the core value proposition being VoLTE calls and move the users to the cost efficient 4G networks. We estimate more than half a billion 4G capable feature phones will be sold over the next five years, a ‘big short-term opportunity’ for players in the mobile industry,” the analysts predicted.

Itel Wish A41 With 4G VoLTE Support Launched at Rs. 5,840

Itel Wish A41 With 4G VoLTE Support Launched at Rs. 5,840Itel Mobile, part of Chinese mobile manufacturer Transsion Holdings, on Monday strengthened its 4G portfolio and launched 4G VoLTE-enabled smartphone Wish A41 at Rs. 5,840. The smartphone features ‘Multiple Account’ apps and ‘SmartKey’.

Multiple Account allows users to log in with two different accounts on popular social media apps such as WhatsApp, Facebook and Instagram.

The SmartKey feature enables them to conveniently perform functions such as taking screenshots and taking pictures with a single click.

“Wish A41 perfectly exemplifies our long-term vision of making high-speed Internet connectivity a tangible reality for all Indians. We are confident that Wish A41 will receive great market traction in the industry,” Itel Mobile India CEO Sudhir Kumar said in a statement.
The Itel Wish A41 is a dual-SIM (Micro-SIM) smartphone that runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow. It sports a 5-inch FWVGA (480×854 pixels) display and is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core SoC coupled with 1GB of RAM. It features a 5-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera.

The smartphone packs 8GB of inbuilt storage that can be expanded via microSD card (up to 32GB). Connectivity options on the Itel Wish A41 include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, USB OTG, FM, and 4G VoLTE. It is powered by a 2400mAh removable battery.

Nubia Set to Launch Dual Rear Camera Smartphone on April 6; Z17 mini Expected

Nubia Set to Launch Dual Rear Camera Smartphone on April 6; Z17 mini ExpectedZTE brand Nubia has begun sending out invites for the launch of its new smartphone on April 6. Last week, ZTE announced three smartphones – Nubia M2, M2 Lite, and N2 despite the much anticipated Nubia Z17 mini, which was earlier reported to be revealed on March 21. It now, however, looks like Nubia Z17 mini could still be in works and is rumoured to be launched. Additionally, certification site TENAA has certified two new Nubia smartphones with model numbers NX569H and NX569J.

The media invite sent out by Nubia (via GSMArena) features a dual camera-like design with red and green hue. This strongly suggests that the Nubia’s new smartphone would sport a dual-camera setup, as seen on the recently launched Nubia M2. Besides, in a similar news TENAA certified two smartphones bearing model numbers NX569H and NX569J on March 28. According to GSMArena, the model number NX569J is tipped to bear a dual camera setup, unibody metal design, and a rear fingerprint scanner, and it may be the Nubia Z17 mini that was also rumoured to bear a dual camera setup.
According to the earlier reports, ZTE brand Nubia was rumoured to launch the Z17 mini on its March 21 event but it didn’t happen. Instead Nubia M2, M2 Lite, N2 were launched without any hints for Nubia Z17 mini. Going by the TENAA certification report, Nubia Z17 mini might get launched on April 6. The specifications of Nubia Z17 mini are said to include a 5.2-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display, an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 652/ 653 processor coupled with 4GB of RAM. For graphics, it is said to sport an Adreno 510 GPU.

Other specifications include a hybrid dual-SIM slot (Micro + Nano/ microSD) that supports 4G LTE and it runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow with Nubia UI 4.0 skin on top. For photography, Nubia Z17 mini houses a dual camera setup of 13-megapixel shooters with a flash module at the rear side, while there is a 16-megapixel front-facing camera. There is a fingerprint sensor at the back as well. It packs a 2930mAh battery under the hood. Connectivity options are Wi-Fi (802.11ac), Bluetooth v4.1, GPS, GLONASS apart from 4G LTE support.

Honor 6A Launched: Price, Release Date, Specifications, and More

Honor 6A Launched: Price, Release Date, Specifications, and MoreAs expected, Huawei Terminal brand Honor at its event on Tuesday launched the Honor 6A to its smartphone portfolio. The Honor 6A is a budget smartphone that features a full-metal unibody along with a fingerprint scanner. The smartphone is priced at CNY 799 (roughly Rs. 7,500) for the 2GB/ 16GB variant and CNY 999 (roughly Rs. 9,400) for the 3GB/ 32GB model. It comes in Gold, Silver, Blue, and Pink colours and will be available on Vmall.com and JD.com retail sites from June 1. Both variants have already gone up for pre-orders, and will be available until Thursday.

The Honor 6A is a dual-SIM smartphone with 4G LTE support that runs EMUI 5.1 based on Android 7.0 Nougat. It sports a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display and is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 SoC wherein four Cortex-A53 cores are clocked at 1.2GHz and four Cortex-A53 cores are clocked at 1.7GHz. For graphics, the device houses an Adreno 505 GPU. As we mentioned, there are two RAM and storage variants – 2GB RAM with 16GB inbuilt storage and 3GB RAM with 32GB inbuilt storage. The storage is expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB).
As for optics, the Honor 6A offers a 13-megapixel rear camera with a 28mm 5P lens with features like PDAF, full-HD video recording, and dual-LED flash. On the front side, the smartphone has a 5-megapixel camera. The Honor 6A comes with a fingerprint scanner below the camera at the back which the company claims will unlock the device in just 0.5 seconds.

For connectivity, the smartphone comes with Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n), Bluetooth (v4.1), GPS, GLONASS, apart from 4G LTE support. It packs a 3020mAh battery under the hood that is rated to deliver 12 hours of video playback or 57 hours of music playback on a single charge. It measures 143.7×70.95×8.2mm and weighs 143 grams.

China Introduces New Restrictions on Live Streaming

China Introduces New Restrictions on Live StreamingChina has further tightened its grip on the Internet by issuing tough new laws on live streaming, making it compulsory for presenters to register with their real name to avoid sabotage of national security and controversial contents, including online pornography.

The regulation by the Cyberspace Administration of China bans use of live streams to undermine national security, destabilise society, disturb social order, infringe upon others’ rights and interests, or disseminate inappropriate content, including pornography, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

The regulation obliges service providers to censor content and blacklist users who break the rules, prohibiting them from registering again.

The new regulation on live streaming also make it compulsory for presenters to register with their real names.

Despite periodic restrictions, China’s social media being used by millions of Chinese through their mobile phones has emerged as an alternative media challenging the monopoly on the official media.

With the advent 4G and China bracing for 5G, live streaming has events and incidents of public interest have become common among the net users.
The new regulation was expected to regulate the content specially the spread of pornography.

In May this year a new regulation stipulated that live-streaming sites must monitor all their output round-the-clock to weed-out “erotic” and “suggestive” content by live streamers like banana-eating, New Express Daily reported.

It is not just fruit that’s on their radar though but also wearing stockings and suspenders while hosting a live stream is now also forbidden, the paper said.

In April, the Ministry of Culture announced it was investigating a number of popular live-streaming platforms for allegedly hosting pornographic or violent content that “harms social morality”.

While embracing internet revolution, specially for development of e-commerce, China closely regulate the social media on the net with firewalls blocking to references to controversial events and individuals.