The Moto Z2 Play smartphone was launched on Thursday. This mid-range smartphone runs on Android 7.1.1 Nougat and is the successor to the Moto Z Play. The Moto Z2 Play also supports Moto Mods, modular accessories for the smartphone. These add features such as an advanced camera to the smartphone and are sold separately.
The Moto Z2 Play price is $499 (about Rs. 32,000), and it will be available this summer in the US with no details about the launch in India. However, it could be unveiled for the Indian market at a Moto event in the country next week. If you’re wondering about specs, here’s everything you need to know. It has a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) Super AMOLED display and is powered by a 2.2GHz octa-core Snapdragon 626 processor. The smartphone comes in two variants: one with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage and the other with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. You can even expand the storage via a microSD card.
This smartphone is an important launch for Motorola as the accessory ecosystem presents a great opportunity for the company to make a profit. The smartphone has a 12-megapixel camera on the back and a 5-megapixel camera on the front. It has a headphone jack and a USB Type-C port for charging and audio. Lenovo has also launched new accessories with the smartphone, and you can read all about them in our extensive report.
Here’s what made even more news in the world of technology today:
Yu Yureka Black budget smartphone launched in India. It has been a while since the Yu Televentures sub-brand of Micromax phones was established. The latest smartphone is Yu Yureka Black and launched in India on Thursday. The company appears to have abandoned its naming convention that included a new pun with every smartphone, such as Yu Yunicorn and Yu Yunique. With the Yu Yureka Black, Yu seems to be returning to the brand name of its first smartphone – the Yu Yureka. Interestingly, the Yu sub-brand has sold over 3 million units in India, so it’s clear that the horrible puns didn’t stop people from buying these phones.
Sony Xperia XZ Premium unveiled Sony can officially boast that it is the first manufacturer in India to launch a smartphone with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip. The Sony Xperia XZ Premium will be available for pre-order on Friday, June 2. We are not sure how many buyers it will find in India considering the price – Rs. 59,990. However, you’ll also pay flagship prices if you want quality hardware. The smartphone will be available from June 12, but pre-orders will get you a Sony SRS-XB20 wireless Bluetooth speaker worth Rs. 8,990 free.
Samsung Galaxy S8+ with 6GB RAM, 128GB storage now in India Samsung has launched a much more powerful variant of the flagship smartphone Samsung Galaxy S8+ (Review). This variant has no less than 6GB RAM and 128GB storage space. Everyone could use more storage space on their smartphones, but we’re not sure how useful 6GB of RAM is from a practical standpoint. If you plan on using the Samsung Dex accessory to turn your smartphone into a full-fledged computer, the extra RAM won’t be very useful.
One thing that could be very useful is English voice support for the Bixby virtual assistant. The latest reports indicate that this will happen as early as June 2017.
Nokia 3310 back in stock in India The Nokia 3310 (2017) (Review) was recently launched in India and was only available through offline retailers. It sold out shortly after launch, but HMD Global, the company that licensed the Nokia brand, told Gadgets 360 that the smartphone is now back in stock. This is an important step for the company as the Nokia 3310 could prove to be the most effective marketing strategy.
The onePlus five launch date has been leaked again OnePlus 5 needs more than just specs to beat flagship smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S8 and iPhone 7. According to the latest leaks, the OnePlus 5 will be launched on June 15. Chinese startup OnePlus has claimed it will be the thinnest flagship smartphone in the world, but time will tell if OnePlus 5 will live up to expectations. If you can’t wait to find out if it’s worth all the hype, you might not have to wait long.
App Store Made Developers $70 Billion: AppleApple claimed that it had enabled developers to earn more than $70 billion since its launch. The App Store was launched in 2008 and is currently the only way most people download apps on iOS. The news comes just days before the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC 2017) kicks off. We’ve also heard that Apple is working on a Siri speaker, which may be unveiled at WWDC.
Internet Speeds Increase in India If you have used the Internet in India, you have noticed an increase in speeds in the past year. Content delivery network service provider Akamai Technologies has confirmed that internet speeds in the country have increased 87 percent year-over-year. India has moved eight places in its global internet speed ranking to 89th.
Microsoft Planner and Adobe Scan apps launched Microsoft and Adobe each launched an app on Android and iOS. Microsoft’s app is Planner, a collaboration tool that helps teams manage tasks effectively. The Planner app does not currently have all the features of its web version and is intended to help you update functions on the go, Microsoft said in a blog post. The app is free to download.
Adobe Scan has been launched on the world’s leading smartphone operating systems. This is a scanner app integrated with Adobe Document Cloud. The app allows you to scan photos and documenwhichh, which is for sending printed paper over the Internet, and also features text recognition. You can download this app for free, but you need an Adobe ID to use Adobe Scan.
Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends Report 2017 focuses on IndiaMary Meeker’s Internet Trends Report, one of the best in the industry if you want data on what’s happening online. This year, Meeker has devoted a significant portion of the report to India, so you should check it out if you’re interested in the rise of the Internet in the country. Some of the key points are that the mobile market in India is slowing down, and India now has the second-largest internet user base in the world at 355 million.