Reliance Jio has announced yet another promotion. Customers who purchase a Lyf smartphone can receive 20 percent more 4G data from Jio for free. There are ten suitable Lyf models, all in the Lyf Water series. The offer will be activated within 48 hours after a customer uses these phones with a Jio SIM card and will be reactivated every month until March 31, 2018, if the user charges a certain amount. Buyers also get a one-year warranty extension.

Nokia 6, Nokia 5, Nokia 3 launches in India Global is all set to launch the Android-powered Nokia 6, Nokia 5, and Nokia 3 in India on Tuesday. India is a key market for the resurgent brand, and all three NokiA-branded Android phones are expected to be affordable. The Nokia 6 could be priced at less than Rs. 16,000 while the Nokia 5 is expected to cost around Rs. 12,000, and the cheapest Nokia 3 should come in at around Rs. 9,000 based on the already announced pricing in euros. Stay tuned to Gadgets 360 for all announcements.

Nokia Android Phones

Project Scorpio, officially the Xbox One X Microsoft has unveiled the new Xbox One X, previously codenamed Xbox Scorpio. The Xbox One X will go on sale in the US on November 7 for $499 (about Rs. 38,500). All Xbox One games and accessories are supported, and older games with improvements will run better. The Xbox One X supports 4K UHD Blu-ray discs, but interestingly, many game discs for the original Xbox will also be compatible. Several games were also announced or shown at E3, including Forza Motorsport 7, Battlegrounds, Metro: Exodus, Crackdown 3, Assasin’s Creed Origins, Anthem, Cuphead, and more.

WhatsApp stops working on older platforms WhatsApp, now owned by Facebook, announced last year that it would eventually end support for legacy and niche platforms, and now it has confirmed the deadline is June 30. The media on the chopping block include BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10, Nokia S40, Nokia S60, and Windows Phone 7, as well as Android before version 2.3.3 and iOS before version 7.0. The company argues that supporting older and new platforms will limit its ability to deliver new features in the future. Users have until June 30 before WhatsApp stops working on their devices. Chat history can be exported via email but cannot be transferred to a new device on a different platform.

Google Daydream VR headset is now available in IndiaGoogle has launched its Daydream View VR headset in India, priced at Rs. 6,499 with an included controller. The Daydream VR is sold through Flipkart with a few introductory offers. It requires an Android smartphone that supports Google’s Daydream platform, such as Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL. The phone fits into the headset visor and delivers stereoscopic 3D content. Google’s own YouTube and Maps already have Daydream experiences, while movies and many other apps and games are available through the Play Store.

Sony Xperia XZ Premium with 4K display goes on sale Sony’s Xperia XZ Premium smartphone is on sale in India, priced at Rs. 59,990. The XZ Premium has become the first phone powered by Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 835 processor to launch in India, stealing the thunder from the OnePlus 5, touted to earn that accolade. The Xperia XZ Premium also promises a 5.5-inch 4K display, 19-megapixel primary camera, dust and water resistance, 64 GB storage, and Android 7.1

OnePlus 2 will not get an update to Android Nougat. Reportedly, OnePlus 2 will not get an update to Android Nougat, and users will have to do without it. The news comes from the company itself, although it has been telling users this for some time. OnePlus forum moderators had previously indicated that an update was on the way, but now the official position is that it won’t. It remains to be seen if the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T will be updated to Android O over time.

BSNL deploys 25,000 Wi-Fi hotspots in rural areas. The initiative will be funded through the Universal Service Obligation fund, with the government taking Rs. Nine hundred forty crores to distribute internet access to remote parts of the country. The move is hoped to bridge the digital divide between urban and rural India. BSNL says work has already begun, and all 25,000 hotspots will be deployed with reliable fiber backhaul by December 2018.

Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro gets a price cut The Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro phablet, launched earlier this year for Rs. 36,900, has received a price cut and will now sell for Rs. 31,900. This was the company’s first model with 6 GB of RAM. The new price will allow it to compete with more recent launches. The Galaxy C9 Pro has a 6-inch full-HD display, Snapdragon 653 SoC, and 16-megapixel front and rear cameras, plus a 4000mAh battery and support for 4G with VoLTE.

Paytm Announces Pre-GST Sale Paytm has announced a three-day sale for TVs, laptops, and other consumer goods in light of the impending introduction of GST. With dealers trying to clear out older inventory, buyers can look forward to cashback offers and discounts. Major brands are expected to be available, although exact details of the eligible products will not be known until sales begin. Paytm says more than 6,000 merchants are participating. Shoppers can also win an iPhone 7 as part of the promotion.

Disclosure: Paytm’s parent company, One97, is an investor in NDTV’s Gadgets 360.


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