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WhatsApp for Android May Soon Move Attachment Button, Make Video Call Button Separate

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WhatsApp is said to be testing specific business tools to begin its revenue stream, and is expected to launch the stable version sometime later in the year. However in the meantime, WhatsAp is also tweaking few things here and there to just improve the everyday experience. With the WhatsApp v2.17.93 beta for Android, the app relocates the attachment button, and finally makes the voice and video call button separate, something that was exclusive only to iPhone users previously.

First, when WhatsApp video was launched, the video calling feature was hidden underneath the call button on the top right edge. By clicking the ‘call’ button, two options used to pop up – one for voice call and one for video call – and you had to press the one you prefer. Now, WhatsApp is testing a separate video button in the latest beta version of Andriod to make the video calling button more visible to the users, and Android Police was the first one to spot this change.

The new WhatsApp video call button for Android replaces the attachment button that used to sit next to the call button, and the attachment button has shifted to the bottom alongside the text bar. It sits right beside the camera icon which has also been redesigned. This enables the user to access all of the conversation related buttons in one place, and users will no more have to head on to the top edge just to attach an image or a file. For iPhone users, the attachment button is already alongside the text bar at the bottom of the screen.

Remember, these features are only available in beta for now, but will be launched for all Android users soon. If you can’t wait, join the WhatsApp beta community in Google Play or download it manually from APK Mirror here.

 

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Reliance Jio v. Airtel v. Vodafone: unlimited tariff plans compared

With Reliance Jio sparking a revolution of sorts in the Indian telecommunications sector, the likes of Airtel and Vodafone have been raising the bar to make data and calling more affordable. In their quest, all three telecom operators now offer “unlimited” calling and data bundles at comparable pricing. Which one should you pick? Read on.

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Straight off the bat, Jio and Vodafone seem to be offering highly comparable deals. Both the operators offer 1GB of 4G data usage each day at any given point, and Jio edges ahead on account of the unlimited usage period between 2am and 5am. Airtel, meanwhile, restricts usage to 500MB for 22 hours of the day, and reserves the rest 500MB of usage for between 3am and 5am. While it is somewhat improbable that you will be up every day to simply make use of 500MB of data each day, Jio ranks first in terms of the total data on offer each month, and overall.

Speed
As per TRAI’s MySpeed app report, Reliance Jio is topping the 4G download speed charts in India with 16.3Mbps average speed, followed by Vodafone with 9.2Mbps average speed, while Airtel ranks fourth with 5.8Mbps. For upload speeds, Vodafone leads the chart with 5.2Mbps, with Jio on third with 3.06Mbps and Airtel marginally behind with 3.05Mbps. On overall terms, Jio and Vodafone are in the lead with 4G services in India, with Airtel falling behind in total data on offer and overall data speed.

Validity
While you only get the “unlimited” plans as prepaid with Airtel and Vodafone, Reliance Jio offers the same plan as both prepaid and postpaid offers. Anyone can subscribe to these offers from Reliance and Airtel by March 31, 2017, while Vodafone plans to rope in all its users by March 15, 2017. Each of these three plans will remain active until March 31, 2018, and come into effect on April 1, 2017. Vodafone, however, has confirmed that this plan is being offered to a “select” group of users, and we are not yet sure how the eligibility is being judged.

With all of this in sight, the new war of 4G services is slated to rise this month. While Vodafone seems to be matching Jio’s offerings toe-to-toe, it remains to be seen if Airtel introduces further plans in the near future, or remains content with the service it is presently offering.

 

Gionee A1 and A1 Plus launched at MWC 2017

Gionee as expected launched the Gionee A1 and the Gionee A1 Plus at MWC 2017. Both these handsets are made for selfie users in mind and they are running latest Android Nougat out of the box.

Gionee A1 features and specifications

This dual SIM handset runs Android 7.0 with Amigo UI. Screen is 5.5 inches with 2.5D curved glass supporting 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution (Full HD). Inside the hood Gionee A1 is powered by MediaTek Helio P10 octa core processor with Mali T860 GPU. There is 4GB RAM, 64GB ROM and 128GB micro SD support.

On the back there is a 13MP f/2.0 AF camera with LED flash support and on the front there is a 16MP camera with f/2.0 aperture, front camera also comes with front selfie flash. Key features are 4G LTE, VoLTE, 3G, 2G, GPS, WiFi, Finger Print Sensor and Bluetooth 4.1.

A 4010 mAh battery powers up the Gionee A1 – fast charging is supported. Gionee A1 is priced at $369 (approx Rs. 25K).

Gionee A1 and A1 Plus launched at MWC 2017

Gionee A1 Plus features and specifications

The A1 Plus is also dual SIM but sporting a 6 inch IPS screen with a 2.5D curved glass supporting  1920 x 1080 pixels resolution. Android Nougat 7.0 runs with Amigo OS with 4GB RAM, 64GB ROM and 256GB micro SD support.

Inside the hood the Gionee A1 Plus is powered by MediaTek Helio P25 octa core processor with Mali T880 GPU. CPU is clocked at 2.5GHz. Coming to the camera there is a 13MP AF, f/2.0 aperture camera on the back and a 20MP f/2.0 camera on the front.

Key features are 4G LTE, VoLTE, 3G, 2G, finger print sensor, WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS. A 4550 mAh battery powers up the Gionee A1 Plus. Fast charging is supported.

Gionee A1 Plus is priced at $527 (approx Rs. 35K).

These handsets will hit the stores in April 2017.

BlackBerry KEYone, the ‘Last Smartphone Designed by BlackBerry’, Launched at MWC 2017 for $549

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Ahead of the official commencement of MWC 2017, the BlackBerry KEYone – the “last phone designed and engineered in-house by BlackBerry” – was launched by the Canadian company. The new BlackBerry KEYone sports the physical keyboard that once made an icon, albeit with several major upgrades. BlackBerry’s latest smartphone become available beginning April 2017 and will be priced at $549 (roughly Rs. 38,600) in the US, GBP 499 (roughly Rs. 41,400) in the UK, and EUR 599 (roughly Rs. 42,100) in Europe.

The Canadian company in September announced its decision to end smartphone design and production, and instead license the brand to partners such as TCL.

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BlackBerry is touting KEYone’s Smart Keyboard, which has a fingerprint sensor on the spacebar as well as capacitive touch on the entire keyboard for scrolling. You can ‘Flick’ predictions using the BlackBerry KEYone keyboard, and also assign shortcuts to keys (such as press B for browser) for use with a press or a long-press.

BlackBerry KEYone Software Features

The new BlackBerry KEYone runs Android 7.1 Nougat software with the company’s numerous productivity and security optimisations such as the BlackBerry Hub and DETK security monitoring app.

BlackBerry KEYone Hardwere Specifications

Coming to BlackBerry KEYone key specifications, the smartphone sports a 4.5-inch full-HD (1620×1080 pixels) IPS display with a pixel density of 433ppi – the company is also touting its ‘impact-resistant nature’. The phone gets additional durability with its aluminium frame. The all-new BlackBerry KEYone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa-core SoC clocked at 2GHz, coupled with 3GB of RAM and an Adreno 506 GPU.

As for the camera, BlackBerry KEYone bears a 12-megapixel rear camera with a Sony IMX378 sensor – the same acclaimed sensor as the one on the Google Pixel – that has 1.55-micron pixels. For imaging, this smartphone also bears an 8-megapixel front facing camera with a wide-angle lens and a flash module.

BlackBerry KEYone offers 32GB of inbuilt storage that is expandable via microSD card (up to 2TB). The new KEYone comes with standard set of connectivity options, including 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a USB Type-C port. It runs on a 3505mAh battery that’s said to give all-day battery life and support QuickCharge 3.0 with a ‘Boost’ charging feature that gives 50 percent charge in “roughly 36 minutes.”

Announcing the KEYone, BlackBerry on its blog said, “KEYone pairs the best of BlackBerry software and security with TCL’s commitment to delivering high-quality, reliable smartphones to markets around the world. And we are very enthusiastic about how our long-term partnerships with TCL and our other partners, BB Merah Putih in Indonesia and Optiemus for the Indian sub-continent, will ensure availability of BlackBerry-branded smartphones to every corner of the world.”

Gionee Updates DOA (Dead on Arrival) policy

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Gionee has updated their DOA (Dead on Arrival) policy from 7 days to 30 days – from date of purchase. This means that when you buy a Gionee smartphone and if you face any hardware issues you can get the device replaced within 30 days.

As per Gionee’s new policy any Gionee handset bought by the user can be replaced in case there is a hardware / manufacturing defect within 30 days of purchase / activation. There are however certain terms and conditions that need to be fulfilled.

The handset will quality only if it was purchased within 30 days. User should provide original invoice with IMEI details. The box pack / original accessories should be handed over – basically the full box with all the accessories, as is.

There should be no scratches (major scratches), liquid damages, tampering etc on the handset. Customer will need to submit the defective handset with the box, accessories etc at nearest authorized service centre. The service centre personals will try to replicate the defect / issue and it should reproduce otherwise application will not be processed.

Reliance Jio announces Prime Membership for Rs. 99

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Announcing that Reliance Jio now has over 100 million users within 170 days of the service’s launch, Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani on Tuesday launched the new Jio Prime subscription plan that offers the same free data and other that services customers have received as part of the Happy New Year Offer for another 12 months at Rs. 303 per month. This comes out to Rs. 10 day per for the unlimited data, calls, text messages, and other services that users get as part of Jio’s Happy New Year Offer.

The new Jio Prime subscription is only for the first 100 million Reliance Jio customers, as well as those who join the network on or before March 31, 2017. Users can start registering for the Jio Prime subscription plan starting March 1, 2017; sign-ups for the Jio Prime plan end on March 31, 2017. The subscription costs Rs. 99 a year, and entails benefits worth Rs. 10,000, Ambani said; it will be valid till March 31, 2018.

Once Reliance Jio users have signed up for Jio Prime plan, they will have to make a monthly payment of Rs. 303 for the free data and services. The plan comes into effect on April 1, 2017, the day the existing Jio Happy New Year Offer expires.

Additionally, Ambani said that Jio will continually strive to be the most value-for-money telecom operator in the country. He said that with a large number of bundled data and unlimited calling plans have given rise to “data and value fatigue,” which entail missing out on the best value for the price users are paying for their mobile plans.

To address this, Jio will set up a process of monitoring all publicly announced plans from all operators across the country on a regular basis, he said. Jio will then not only match the highest-selling tariffs of each of the leading operators but also provide 20 percent more data than the respective highest-selling plans. This will be in addition to the Jio prepaid and postpaid plans that have already been announced by the company. 

5G Wireless Technology Is Now Official, With a Logo

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Rubber-stamping the much-speculated name to the next generation wireless communication technology, the 3GPP cellular standards group has officially adopted the term ‘5G’ going forward. The ‘Organizational Partners’ have approved the new logo of 5G along with the name, which will become the forthcoming wireless standard. The new 5G logo is derived from the LTE Advanced Pro design, however forgoing the general recurrence of the 4G LTE branding.

The 3GPP cellular standards group said that the idea behind this derived logo “is to keep a familiar design aspect with the use of plain black text and textured waves, but to make the logo stronger and sharper – ready for use on the new radio and next generation core specifications for 5G.” As we said, the 5G logo bears ‘waves’ over it, same as what we see over the LTE Advanced Pro version.

5G wireless technology specifications are still being finalised and it is expected to be ready by late 2018. This is also when the first of the imminent phases – Phase 1 – will roll out, while the Phase 2 is due for completion in the year 2020. As we said, the definition of 5G is yet to be given by the group – however it’s said to aim more on bandwidth rather than high speeds like 4G. We have already been hearing a lot about 5G to be more IoT-specific, which we can expect to kickstart the ‘Internet of Things’ era. “The use of the 5G logo on 3GPP specification cover sheets is intended to help the industry to identify at which point in time 5G features will appear,” said the 3GPP in a release.

The advancement of 5G will begin after the Phase 1 rolls out across the globe, which hopefully includes India in the roadmap. Several telecom companies, chipset manufacturers like Intel, Qualcomm, Nokia and Samsung have already unveiled their devices that will support the upcoming technology.