Lenovo today launched the K8 Plus in India as a Flipkart exclusive. It follows the Lenovo K8 Note with a dual rear camera, a large 4000mAh battery, and Android 7.1.1 Nougat. The K8 Plus also has a dedicated music button on the left panel that controls playback and can be further customized as a launcher. Another highlight of the new Lenovo smartphone is the Dolby Atmos support for better speaker and headphone performance. The Lenovo K8 Plus price in India is Rs. 10,999, and it will go on sale on Thursday, September 7, via Flipkart. Other specs include an octa-core MediaTek Helio P25 SoC paired with 3GB and a 3-megapixel Purecel Plus sensor with a second 5-megapixel depth sensor.
Jio remains the leader in 4G download speeds according to TRAI’s MySpeed app; Jio remains the leader in 4G download speeds. The telecom giant recorded a peak download speed of 18,331 Mbps for August. Vodafone (9.325 Mbps) and Idea (8.833 Mbps) also saw their peak 4G download speeds decline slightly in August, while Airtel’s (9.266 Mbps) continued to climb for the second consecutive month. In 4G upload speeds, Idea leads the pack at 6,292 Mbps, followed by Vodafone (5.782 Mbps), Jio (4.225 Mbps), and Airtel (4.123 Mbps).
WhatsApp for Business Officially Announced We’ve known for a while now that WhatsApp’s new business feature is in the works, and now Facebook has officially announced plans to monetize it. “We are building and testing new tools through a free WhatsApp Business app for small businesses and a business solution for larger companies that operate at scale with a global customer base, such as airlines, e-commerce sites, and banks,” the blog post reads. The pilot program has already started, and we should see a public rollout of this new feature soon.
Truecaller adds Number Scanner and Fast Track Numbers to its Android app Truecaller, one of India’s most popular apps, adds new features to its app for greater convenience. Number Scanner lets you scan numbers from billboards, business cards, and just about anything using your phone’s camera. In contrast, Fast Track Numbers integrates curated toll-free numbers across categories such as airlines, banks, emergency services, hotels, and more into the app. The new features are available through the Truecaller app for Android v8.45, which is rolling out to users this week.
YouTube Introduces ‘Ultra Low-Latency’ Feature for Live Streaming YouTube Live now has an ‘ultra-low-latency feature that makes it easier for users to interact with their audience in real-time. Besides this, YouTube’s live streaming service has also gained new chat moderation tools. Finally, iOS users can live stream from their devices through more apps, with the YouTube app now supporting Apple’s ReplayKit framework. Speaking first about the newly introduced ultra-low latency feature, the company says in its Creators Blog that it makes it possible to stream videos with just a few seconds of latency. This means that the users can answer fans’ questions and get viewers’ input faster than before. The company says the new feature is easy to set up and requires no special software or encoders.
Panasonic P9 smartphone launched in India Panasonic has launched its P9 smartphone running Android 7.0 Nougat in India for Rs. 6.290. In terms of features, the Panasonic P9 comes with a ‘Quick Switching’ function that allows users to shuffle between the most recently used apps. Furthermore, the Panasonic phone comes with the ‘Quick Reply’ feature, allowing users to reply to messages directly from the notification without opening the full app. The smartphone is available in the company’s branded stores and retail stores.
In other news, TRAI came up with proposals for machine-to-machine communication, including a new license for companies that like to provide services. Machine-to-machine (M2M) communication is expected to become the norm among households to control consumer durables such as TV, washing machine, air conditioner, and the like using mobile phones from a remote location.
Facebook Watch video platform is now available to everyone in the US. After an initial trial run for a select few users, the company has now rolled out the video platform ‘Watch’ to everyone in the US. According to a report, Watch will be available on Facebook’s mobile apps, desktop sites, and TV apps. For now, Facebook mainly emphasizes reality shows because they are cheap and quick to produce.
At the same time, Facebook is reportedly paying music labels and other rights holders for copyrighted videos rather than removing them. The report claims it’s more of a makeshift arrangement, as a system to detect and remove copyright-infringing content would likely take at least another year.
Windows 10 S users can now upgrade to Windows 10 Pro for free Microsoft launched the Windows 10 S operating system for education in May this year, and now Microsoft is offering a chance to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro for free until March 31, 2018. addition of another three months announced on his latest Blog, detailing the Surface Laptop’s availability expansion to 20 additional countries in various color options.
Google Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 will not be powered by the Snapdragon 836 SoC. While there is still some time left for Google’s second-generation Pixel devices to hit the market, there were already rumors that the unannounced Snapdragon 836 -Processor would power it. A new report claims no such SoC, meaning the phones will likely use a Snapdragon 835 chipset. The Pixel 2 and XL 2 smartphones are expected to launch on October 5. :9 display. Both will reportedly run on Android 8.0.1 Oreo.
In more Android news, a Redditor named “Unusual_Sauce” has claimed that Android Oreo may have a bug. Some of the other users on the website have pointed out that the Android 8.0 Oreo update causes the “mobile data always active” setting under Developer options to be enabled. Android Oreo continues to use cellular data even when connected to Wi-Fi.
Huawei outperforms Apple in global smartphone sales Chinese smartphone maker Huawei had a hat-trick as it consistently exceeded Apple in global smartphone sales in June, July, and August for the first time. While this streak may be temporary, as the annual iPhone refresh is just around the corner, it nonetheless underscores the rate at which Huawei is growing.