The Flipkart Electronics Sale has started today, with discounts on popular smartphones, tablets, smartwatches, and other gadgets. The ecommerce startup is offering discounts, and exchange offers for iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, Google Pixel and Pixel XL, Moto Z, Lenovo Phab 2 Pro, Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro, and many others. In the Flipkart sale, you can also get deals on iPads, Lenovo Yoga 3, Apple Watch, Moto 360, and Google Chromecast. SBI credit card holders will also get an instant 10 percent discount (minimum purchase Rs. 5,999, maximum discount Rs. 1,500) in the Flipkart Electronics Sale.
Here’s what made even more news in the world of technology:
Android O Features Unveiled as Google Releases Developer Preview 1 Google released Android O Developer Preview 1 ahead of its official unveiling at the Google I/O 2017 developer conference. The Android O features revealed in the developer preview include a focus on battery optimizations through tighter controls on background limits for apps, refreshed notifications with a framework for notification channels, adaptive icons, and support for autofill apps. Other Android O features to look forward to include picture-in-picture mode, new connectivity options, high-resolution audio support, better keyboard navigation, improved WebView, and faster Android Runtime.
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Samsung Pay, launched in India, comes with UPI integration. Partner banks for the payment solution, including Axis Bank, HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, SBI, Standard Chartered, and American Express; support for Citibank is in the pipeline. Samsung Pay is also compatible with the UPI platform and integrates with Paytm wallets. Smartphones compatible with Samsung Pay include Samsung Galaxy Note5, Samsung Galaxy S7, Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+, Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016), and Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016).
Oppo F3 Plus will be launched in India tomorrow. On Thursday, Oppo will launch its latest ‘Selfie Expert’ in New Delhi. Oppo says that the Oppo F3 Plus will be the first smartphone with a dual selfie camera. It is set to pack a 16-megapixel main camera on the front. The Oppo F3 Plus will be launched alongside four other markets: Indonesia, Myanmar, the Philippines, and Vietnam.
Snapdeal Says Not In Talks With Flipkart, Paytm For Sale Snapdeal denied a media report that says the e-commerce company is in talks with rivals Flipkart and Paytm to acquire. A Snapdeal spokesperson said the “information is inaccurate and unfounded.” According to the report, takeover talks with Paytm are at a more advanced stage than Flipkart. Snapdeal, on the other hand, says it’s focused only on getting profitable, an effort for which the company recently laid off 500-600 people and got its founders 100 percent pay cuts.
Google Search App Gets ‘Tapable Shortcuts’ for Interest-Based Searches Google has redesigned its Search app with a new app launcher that allows users to find interest-based topics with one tap. The redesigned search app has several shortcut icons for topics like entertainment, sports, weather, food and drink, and much more. “Tappable shortcuts” of utilities on the app launcher include translation, nearby attractions, flights, hotels, internet speed test, and currency converter. The feature is limited to US users for now, and there’s no word on a global release yet.
Lava Z10, Z25 4G VoLTE Smartphones Launched in IndiaLava has launched two Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based 4G VoLTE smartphones in the Indian market – Z10 and Z25, priced at Rs. 11,500 and Rs. 18,000, respectively. The new Lava Z10 has a 5-inch HD display, octa-core processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, support for microSD cards up to 128GB capacities, an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel selfie camera, and a 2620mAh battery.
On the other hand, Lava Z25 has a larger 5.5-inch screen with HD (720×1280 pixel) resolution, an octa-core processor with 4GB RAM, 32GB built-in storage, microSD card support up to 128GB, 13-megapixel rear camera, 8 – megapixel front camera, 3020mAh battery and fingerprint sensor. Both smartphones have multilingual keyboards supporting 11 regional languages, Smart Gestures, and OTG.
Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 would have dual cameras on the back and a fingerprint sensor on the front. A new Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 concept video has surfaced online, claiming that the smartphone will have a design similar to its predecessor Mi MIXs, but with a dual camera setup on the back. In the video, the upcoming Xiaomi smartphone sports the same black ceramic body we saw on last year’s model and has the fingerprint sensor on the back, contrary to reports claiming that the fingerprint sensor will be moved to the front with Mi MIX 2 Previous reports said the next model would have dual curved screens on the sides and an AMOLED display.
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