Google Tez has become the latest UPI-based payment app in the country, propelling the internet search giant into the competition with companies eyeing a slice of India’s digital payment pie. The new Google Tez app can pay for movie tickets, utility bills, and other online transactions. Tez means fast in Hindi, which the company says was one of the selling points of its new app. It is available on Android and iOS and is powered by UPI. Smartphones from brands like Nokia, Micromax, Lava, Panasonic, and Xolo will come with the Google Tez app preloaded, and some of these companies, Lava for example, will also roll out the app on “most of their existing Android smartphones.”, a Google representative told Gadgets 360.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley expressed hope on Monday that digital payments will gain momentum with more advanced technology hitting the market.
“We hit a peak (after demonetization), then it dropped marginally and is now definitely going to pick up again,” he said.
This comes after Airtel Payments Bank said on Sunday that it had become the first payment bank in India to integrate the Unified Payments Interface (UPI) on its digital platform.
iPhone X destroys Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and OnePlus 5 in benchmark results. Now the iPhone X has passed GeekBench 4, and the single-core and multi-core tests both prove that the chipset is very powerful indeed. The Apple iPhone X beats the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, Samsung Galaxy S8, S8+, and the OnePlus 5 by a pretty big margin. The multi-core scores for the iPhone X are much higher than the rest, with the Galaxy Note 8 coming in second on the list with 6,784 points, while the iPhone X has a score of 10,069. The single-core score for the iPhone X stands at 4,188, while the iPhone 7 Plus is in second place with 3,473 points.
WhatsApp beta for Android gets detailed controls for storage management. WhatsApp beta for Android now gives users precise control to clean up data that is taking up their phone’s storage space. Part of the Storage Usage menu on WhatsApp, the feature has been around on iPhones since January of this year and has finally made it to Android, albeit only for beta users. This feature allows WhatsApp users to see how much data a group/chat consumes and what files take up the most storage space. In addition, users can delete the data-hogging files from the same interface, saving storage space on the phone.
Airtel postpaid users are offered up to 60GB of free data for installing the Airtel TV app. To claim this free data, Airtel postpaid users need to download and open the MyAirtel app, which now displays a new banner to claim free data. Users must click on the banner and follow the on-screen instructions. “The task here is to download the Airtel TV APK and install it on your smartphone. If you succeed, your free data will be credited to your account in just 24 hours,” the company said in the release, Of the Airtel TV app.
Xiaomi is launching a cheaper variant of Mi Max 2. Xiaomi will soon launch a new Mi Max 2 in India, aiming to please mid-range buyers. After the Mi Max 2 with a 4GB + 64GB configuration for Rs. 16,999 in July, the company is now releasing a 4GB + 32GB option that costs Rs. 14,999 but will have an introductory price tag of Rs. 12,999. The company confirms that the new variant will go on sale at noon on Amazon India, Mi.com, and Mi Home from September 20.
Nokia 9 leaked renders show the smartphone’s borderless design. The Nokia 9 was previously spotted on Geekbench, and now the plan seems to have been informed via renders. It has a borderless design on the front and dual cameras on the back—no surprise, as most smartphone manufacturers seem to follow the same trends. The renders, shared by Waqar Khan, show what the Nokia 9 appears to be in all its Copper Gold glory.
Hackers compromised CCleaner, potentially giving access to over 2 million Android devices. Hackers broke into British company Piriform’s free software last month to optimize computer performance, potentially allowing them to control the devices of more than two million users, the company and independent researchers said. The malicious program has slipped into the legitimate software CCleaner, downloaded five million times a week for PCs and Android phones. It cleans up unwanted programs and advertising cookies to make devices faster. Piriform said Avast, the new parent company, discovered the attacks on September 12. A new, no-compromise version of CCleaner was released the same day, and a clean version of CCleaner Cloud was released on September 15, it said.
Micromax Bharat 3, Bharat 4 launched in India Micromax launched two affordable 4G VoLTE smartphones – Bharat 3 and Bharat 4 – in India on Monday at Rs. 4,499 and Rs. respectively 4,999. The company says both smartphones will be available from Monday through offline stores in the country. The highlights of the smartphone support for 22 Indian languages and Android 7.0 Nougat.
Asus ZenFone V with 23-megapixel rear camera launched Asus ZenFone V smartphone has been found in the US in an exclusive partnership with telecom provider Verizon. The ZenFone V is unlikely to be released in markets other than the US. According to the listing on the website, the Asus ZenFone V has a 5.2-inch full-HD (1080×1920) AMOLED display with a 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass on top and a 10-finger capacitive touch. It is powered by a 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 820 SoC coupled with 4GB of RAM and runs on the company’s own ZenUI 3.0 based on Android 7.0 Nougat. While the smartphone has been listed on Asus’ website, the carrier has not yet revealed pricing and availability details.