On Tuesday, Micromax launched the Canvas Infinity in India, highlighting an 18:9 5.7-inch HD display and a 16-megapixel front-facing camera. The 18:9 aspect ratio display fits a 5.7-inch screen comparable to the iPhone 7 Plus. The Micromax Canvas Infinity is priced at Rs. 9,999 and will be available only through Amazon India on September 1 at noon, for which registrations have already begun.
The Canvas Infinity has a fingerprint scanner and a headphone jack, which is good, but the Micro-USB port makes it feel like the previous generation. Inside, it has a Snapdragon 425 quad-core chip, 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage, and support for two SIM cards. On the back, you get a 13-megapixel f/2.0 camera. It runs Android 7.0 Nougat, but Micromax promised an upgrade to Android 8.0 Oreo soon.
At the launch event, Rahul Sharma, co-founder of Micromax, told Gadgets 360 that he has “not seen any impact from JioPhone” yet, and “will make a call” when upgrading the company’s feature telephone line to 4G only once Reliance Jio’s device is on the market.
Moto G5S Plus is coming to India next Tuesday Lenovo has set a launch date for the Moto G5S Plus in India: August 29 at noon. The phone is an Amazon India exclusive, but there’s no word on the price yet. The highlight of the Moto G5S Plus is the dual camera setup on the back, with two 13-megapixel sensors. It runs on Android 7.1 Nougat, has a 5.5-inch full-HD display, and is powered by Snapdragon 625. The Moto G5S Plus also has a fingerprint scanner on the front.
Facebook’s Colored Statuses Come to WhatsApp WhatsApp began rolling out colored text statuses for Android and iOS users on Tuesday after testing the feature in beta for a few weeks. It’s similar to Facebook’s colorful status update backgrounds, letting you mix and match colors, font choices, and emojis.
To access it, open the WhatsApp app and navigate to the Status tab. If you see a pencil-shaped icon next to your name, click it, and voilà. Not all users see the new feature yet, so be patient if you can’t find it even after updating to the latest version of WhatsApp.
After all, it’s called Android Oreo; Google confirmed the name for Android O late Monday night: Android Oreo, as many thought. The update has already started rolling out for compatible devices (Pixel and Nexus), and you can also get the system images from the developer site.
The biggest changes are picture-in-picture mode, notification channels that provide more granular control, notification badges (like on iOS), and the ability to sleep notifications. There’s also autofill, which is now available for apps, not just websites.
According to reports, UC Browser is under investigation for sending user data to China. UC Browser is under investigation by the Center for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), an R&D organization for the Department of Electronics and Information Technology. The latter did not identify the lab by name, calling it “a government lab in Hyderabad” […] investigating how UC Browser, owned by Alibaba, can send user data and location data to a remote server”.
ICTFlash adds that if the browser owned by Alibaba is guilty of sending identifiable user information — such as IMEI number and location data — to a server in China, it could be banned in India. UC Browser and C-DAC have not yet responded.
Delhi HC Notifies Internet Giants of Blue Whale Challenge Following the instruction issued earlier this month, the Delhi High Court has sent a message to Indian units of Internet giants Facebook, Google, and Yahoo regarding the Blue Whale challenge, asking how they comply with the order, which requires them to ban it completely. The court has also asked the Center and the Delhi Police to inform them about their steps. All parties involved have August 28 to submit their response.
Moto X4 leaks with shiny back, two days before launch Ahead of the expected launch on Thursday, the Moto X4 has leaked in live images and renders. It confirms much of what we already knew: round dual camera setup on the rear, 5.2-inch full-HD display, octa-core 2.2 GHz processor, and 3000 mAh battery. The only new aspect is that the Moto X4 has a shiny metal back, just like the HTC U11. We’ll get an official confirmation when the Moto X4 is officially launched in a few days.
Hotstar’s annual subscription costs Rs. 1,200, half the usual price Hotstar has two promotional offers to encourage new signups: Rs. 1,200 for the whole year, a whopping 50 percent discount, and Rs. 999 for nine months, that’s still 44 percent off. Both offers apply to debit card payments only, and the latter is aimed at football viewers, with the new season just around the corner. These are only available through the Hotstar website.
Samsung Bixby voice support rolls out to 200 countries worldwide. A few months after the launch of the S8 and S8+, Samsung started rolling out voice support for Bixby worldwide, with more than 200 countries. The feature was first rolled out in South Korea, followed by the US. To enable the voice capabilities, press the Bixby button on your new Samsung device. This would mean that the Note 8 – if it has a dedicated Bixby button, which it probably will – will have Bixby’s voice support from day one.
Age of Empires IV Announced, Forza 7 Gets PC Demo At Gamescom on Monday, Microsoft announced Age of Empires IV, a new protagonist in the long-running strategy series after 12 years. It only works on Windows 10 PCs, as does Age of Empires: Definitive Edition, a remaster of the classic that was announced next. While there is no release date for the former, the latter will be out on October 19.
Microsoft also had announcements for Forza Motorsport 7, which arrives on October 3. The game will get a PC demo before release, and the minimum PC requirements have been lowered to an Intel Core i5-750 2.67 GHz / AMD FX-6300 and Nvidia GT 740 / Nvidia GTX 650 / AMD R7 250X.