Telecom major Bharti Airtel, as part of expanding its services, has launched Voice over Long Term Evolution (VoLTE) facility for its customers in the city. Airtel VoLTE works over 4G services that will enable customers across the city to enjoy HD quality voice calls with faster call set up time, a company statement said here on Wednesday.
Customers can call any mobile, landline network using Airtel VoLTE and would not be charged for additional data for VoLTE. Calls would be billed as per the existing plan, it added. “Having built a world-class 4G network in Chennai, we are delighted to extend our service portfolio by rolling out VoLTE calling in the city,” Bharti Airtel Ltd, Kerala and Tamil Nadu, HUB CEO, Manoj Murali said.
“We invite our customers to experience the service. We plan to expand our VoLTE footprint across Tamil Nadu over the next few months,” he said.
Airtel has already rolled out the VoLTE services in Karnataka, Mumbai, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Gujarat, Maharashtra, and Goa. Airtel VoLTE is now available on a wide range of popular smartphones
Some of the popular device models compatible with Airtel VoLTE This includes OnePlus 5, iPhone X, iPhone 8 series, iPhone 7 series and Samsung S, J and A series smartphones.
iPhone : SE /6 /6plus / 6S / 6S plus /7 /7 plus /8 /8 plus/X
Samsung: A5 2017/ A7 2017/ A8/ A9 Pro/ J2 2016/J7 2015/ J7 2016/ J7 Prime/ J2 Pro/ On 8/ On Nxt/J7 Max/ On Max/ J7 Nxt/ Tab A 2/ S6/ S6 Edge / J5 Prime (16 Gb) / J5 2016 / C9 Pro / J5 Prime (32 GB)/S7/S7 Edge
Oppo :F3 / A71/ F3 plus / F5/ F5 Youth/ F5 6GB
Lava: “Z25/ Z80/Era 2V/ Z90/ A44
Vivo “Y55L / V5 /V5s/ Y66/ V5Plus / Y55S/V7/Y69/V7 Plus/Y53
After supporting its dated hardware with fresh software builds for a while, Xiaomi says it is now suspending MIUI updates for six of its popular devices. The list of the devices in question includes the Mi 2/2S, Mi 4i, Redmi Note 4G, Redmi 2, Redmi 2 Prime, and the Mi Note that will receive MIUI 9 as their last stable ROM updates.
The Beijing-based company is, however, set to roll out the MIUI 9 Global Stable ROM gradually for these phones. The update will be available on an over-the-air (OTA) release starting this December, up to January.
In case, if you’ve already flashed your dated device with MIUI 9 Global Beta ROM, Xiaomi will soon provide some methods to help you flash to MIUI 9 Global Stable ROM.
Google Pixel 2 Buzzing Sound to Be Fixed in an Upcoming Update, Says Company
Pixel 2 buzzing sound to be fixed with an update.Google confirmed the update.The software update for Pixel 2 likely to roll out in next few days
Tesla Launches a $45 Powerbank for Mobiles, Inspired by the Supercharger Monument
Electric car maker Tesla has released a power bank that can charge an Android or iOS device on the go. Called the Tesla Powerbank, it is now available to purchase via the company’s online store at $45 (roughly Rs. 2,900).
The Tesla Powerbank comes with USB, Micro-USB, Apple Lightning and detachable connections, to be able to charge a variety of devices. It uses single 18650 cell with 3350mAh capacity, a cell that’s also found in its Model S and X electric vehicles, Engadget.com reported on Saturday – though of course, more than one of these cells to power the cars.
As per the Tesla site listing, the Powerbank was designed and inspired by the Tesla’s supercharger monument at the Tesla Design Studio.
Nokia 2 With a ‘2-Day Battery Life’ Goes Up for Pre-Orders in the US
Nokia 2, HMD Global’s most affordable smartphone, is finally being made available in more markets. After going up for pre-orders in Russia, the Nokia 2 is now up for pre-orders in the US. Priced at $99 (roughly Rs. 6,500), the Nokia 2 can be pre-ordered via Amazon where it is available as an unlocked unit.HMD Global yet to announce India pricing for the Nokia 2.
Samsung Galaxy S9 to Take on iPhone X’s Face ID with Enhanced Iris Scanner
Software tweaks are rumoured to enhance facial recognition on Galaxy S9
The new flagship is rumoured with only software-side iris scanning tweaks
New tweaks to speedier facial recognition than Galaxy S8
Aircel Offers a Year’s Worth of 20 Paise Per Minute Voice Calls With Rs. 104 Pack
Rivalling dominating players, Aircel on Monday launched a new voice tariff that reduces call rates to 20 paise per minute. The new pack comes days after the telco partnered with Amazon to offer cash back on Amazon Pay recharges for unlimited calling plans.
Aircel is offering the new 20 paisa voice tariff at Rs. 104 with a year-long validity. Also, the reduced rate applies to STD and local calls. It is worth noting that the pack is available for Aircel subscribers in Delhi Circle only.
Twitter Confirms It Is Testing a ‘Tweetstorm’ Feature on Android, iOS
Twitter’s under-testing Tweetstorm feature was spotted back in September, and at the time, was hidden from users. The feature allows the Twitterati to easily create chains of individual tweets that exceed Twitter’s 280-character limit for messages. Now, it’s starting to show on alpha and beta builds of the Twitter app for Android and iOS.
Twitter has confirmed to TechCrunch it is testing the Tweetstorm feature in both the alpha and beta programmes on Android and iOS platforms.
Meanwhile, in a major overhaul, the company announced to remove verification badges from users who violate its rules, adding that the micro-blogging platform is reworking on its entire verification system.
Samsung Galaxy A5, Galaxy A7 (2018) Spotted on Wi-Fi Certification Site, Following US FCC Debut
The Galaxy A5 (2018) and Galaxy A7 (2018) to have dual-band Wi-Fi
Both the next-gen Galaxy A series handsets to run Android 7.1 Nougat
Samsung support pages confirm the new development
Octa-core Exynos 7885 processor at a clock speed of 1.59GHz and 6GB of RAM
After taking the trend of bezel-less flagships to new levels with the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 models, Samsung is now seemingly working on the next-generation of its Galaxy A series that would include fresh Galaxy A3, Galaxy A5, and Galaxy A7.The certificates of the Galaxy A5 (2018) and the Galaxy A7 (2018) provided by the Wi-Fi Alliance confirm the presence of Android 7.1 Nougat. The devices are also appeared to have dual-band, 2.4GHz, and 5GHz, Wi-Fi support with 802.11 a/b/g/ac specifications. Also, the Galaxy A7 (2017), which is likely to be the most superior model in the series, is documented with Wi-Fi Direct support and an additional 802.11n specification to use most of the available hotspots globally.
HomePod Launch Delayed Until ‘Early 2018’, Says Apple
The Siri-controlled speaker was announced in June at WWDC
Its initial launch date was set for December
The HomePod will now launch in US, UK, Australia in ‘early 2018’
Twitter on Saturday suspended Pakistani’s verified Defence Account after it posted a photoshopped picture of an Indian girl.The morphed picture that was, which was later deleted, showed the girl holding a placard containing an anti-Indian Message.However, the original picture showed the Indian girl giving out the message of the “secular values of our constitution”.
YouTube for Android Adds Pinch-to-Zoom Feature for 18:9 Smartphones
YouTube for Android is finally getting ‘pinch-to-zoom’ feature which can help users fill the screen and remove the black bars at the edges. The new feature will also help fill the screen of smartphones sporting the all-new 18:9 (or 18.5:9) aspect ratio.
Android Police points out that YouTube for Android version 12.44 brings the much-anticipated ‘pinch-to-zoom’ feature to the more Android smartphone. Previously, the feature was available to Pixel 2 XL users which could use ‘pinch-to-zoom’ with version 12.40 version
WhatsApp Testing Video Call Switch, Locked Voice Messages
WhatsApp appears to be working on two new features, as per WhatsApp beta watcher WABetaInfo. The first of these lets users switch the type of calls when in the midst of a call, and the second makes recording a voice message much easier. Both features were spotted in WhatsApp for Android betas, but are hidden features, and can’t be accessed by end users.
WhatsApp has been spotted testing new functionality for the voice message button. In the Android beta, users will be shown a toggle after they have started recording a voice message. This toggle will let users switch to a locked voice message recording, keeping your hands free while you a recording your message.
Earlier this month, WhatsApp officially launched the ‘Delete for Everyone’ feature, finally allowing users to recall messages within 7 minutes of sending them
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 likely to launch soon
The Redmi Note 5 was ‘briefly’ listed online
The listing hints at an upcoming launch
Redmi Note 5 seems set to be the next smartphone to be launched by Xiaomi as the handset was listed online for a brief period in China. A placeholder for the successor of Redmi Note 4 was spotted on JD.com but without an image of the Redmi Note 5. However, the listing was removed soon after reports started pointing out the seemingly inadvertent leak
Xiaomi has announced the reduction in the price of its popular Redmi Note 4, and this may be one sign that hints at successor launch. The Redmi Note 4 has been one of the top-selling smartphones Xiaomi this year.
Uber Mobile Web Version Launched in India: Pilots Offline Search, Call to Ride, and More
Uber launches m.uber.com web version
The company is piloting India-focused features
Offline search and Request for a guest to roll out soon
The new m.uber.com mobile website starts rolling out for users on Friday and essentially offers a new way to book an Uber. The company is targeting basic smartphone users with its mobile Web-based version. Uber claims that the experience of the booking a cab from an app or from the new Web-based version is “almost identical.”
Uber’s Call to ride will allow riders to book a cab via a phone call. The company is currently piloting a phone number that riders can call to book an Uber across popular zones in a city. Uber is currently piloting the feature in Pune. With the new Call to ride, the company is targeting riders who use feature phones and have the limitation of the limited network. For booking an Uber via Call to ride feature riders will have to call on the single nationwide phone number and enter a numeric code displayed on signage to help Uber identify their location. Once the ride is confirmed, the rider will also receive a text message with information on the car and driver partner. Those taking Uber via Call to ride will have to pay in cash at the end of the ride.
Airtel Partners Ericsson on 5G Wireless; Ericsson Demonstrates 5G Technology in India
Swedish telecom gear maker Ericsson Friday said it has partnered with Bharti Airtel for 5G technology for the telecom giant’s India operations.
“We have MoUs (agreements) with 36 operators globally. In India, we have recently tied up with Bharti Airtel for 5G technology,” Ericsson Senior Vice President and Head of Market Area South East Asia, Oceania and India Nunzio Mirtillo told reporters in New Delhi.
Samsung Pay Update Brings Support for Bharat QR-Based UPI Payments in India
Samsung Pay added UPI integration earlier this year
New app update brings Bharat QR code support
Samsung Pay service was launched in India in March
With the new feature addition, Samsung Pay users will be able to use their devices to pay at merchants that support UPI payment system by scanning Bharat QR code. With the new feature rollout, merchants can get barcodes through the government’s Bharat QR Code initiative. For those who are unaware, UPI is a nationwide payment interface that allows users to easily transfer and receive funds by simply registering their mobile phone number and bank account. The service went live in August last year and is interoperable between banks, meaning that the sender and recipient can have an account in any bank and still a fund exchange can take place. Apart from Bharat QR code support, Samsung Pay app is also getting Android O compatibility with the latest update.
Capture+ is the first smartphone from Flipkart under its Billion brand
It goes on sale starting November 15
The Flipkart phone comes in two variants
Flipkart Billion Capture+ price in India
The Billion Capture+ has been launched in India with a starting price of Rs. 10,999 for 3GB RAM and 32GB storage. There is another variant, priced at Rs. 12,999 for 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. The Capture+ will be available in Mystic Black and Desert Gold colors.
Flipkart has also announced launch offers where consumers can get finance options such as No Cost EMI, and discounts on select debit/credit cards and more. The e-commerce retailer has confirmed the launch of its Billion Capture+ smartphone in India on November 15.
Flipkart Billion Capture+ specifications
The all-new Billion Capture+ will sport metallic body and come with rounded corners for easy grip. The smartphone runs stock Android 7.1.2 Nougat with a promise of no bloatware and an upgrade to Android Oreo. It features a 5.5-inc full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display with 2.5D Dragontrail glass on top and a 401ppi pixel density. Under the hood, the handset is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 625 SoC coupled with 3GB and 4GB RAM. The smartphone supports expandable storage via microSD card (up to 128GB). Unfortunately, the company is yet to reveal the free cloud storage service tied up to the Capture+ smartphone that it has been teasing. It packs a 3500mAh battery and is claimed to offer two-days of battery life. It supports USB Type-C with quick charge support. Flipkart says that it can offer up to 7 hours of battery life in 15 minutes of charging.
Musical.ly to Be Bought by Bytedance in Deal Said to Be Valued at Up to $1 Billion
Chinese online content platform Bytedance said on Friday it would buy popular lip-sync platform Musical.ly, in a deal seen valued at up to $1 billion (roughly Rs. 6,517 crores) that underlines the global ambitions of the fast-growing tech startup.
Samsung Exynos 9 Series 9810 SoC Launched, Based on 10nm FinFET Process
Samsung unveils the Exynos 9 Series 9810 SoC (System on a chip)
It is likely to debut on the company’s Galaxy S9
The chipset can be expected to feature on phones next year
The Exynos 9 Series is said to be the company’s first processor chipset built on the 10-nanometer FinFET process technology.
Infinix Zero 5 Launch Set for November 14, Tipped to Support Dual Cameras
Transsion Holdings brand Infinix is all set to launch a new flagship smartphone on Tuesday, November 14. Called the Infinix Zero 5, the smartphone will be launched at an event in Dubai but will make its way into India. To recall, Infinix made its entry into the Indian market in August this year with the launch of its Note 4 and Hot 4 Pro handsets. The brand has been conspicuously silent since.
An IANS report citing industry sources claims that the Infinix Zero 5 will sport an ‘edge-to-edge’ display, a dual camera system, and would be priced below Rs. 20,000 when it hits markets before the end of November. The report also claims the smartphone would bear 6GB of RAM and come with 128GB of inbuilt storage that will be expandable via microSD card.
Apple Looks Set to Boost Low-Light iPhone Photography With InVisage Acquisition
Apple has provided its traditional statement to confirm the deal
The development would bring compact camera modules to Apple devices
Facebook Says Trained Person Will Review Nude Images to Curb Revenge Porn
How does the mechanism work?
Australians can complete an online form on the eSafety Commissioner’s official website. To establish which image is of concern, people will be asked to send the image to themselves on Messenger.
The eSafety Commissioner’s office notifies Facebook of the submission (via their form). However, they do not have access to the actual image.
Once Facebook receives this notification, a specially trained representative from its Community Operations team reviews and hashes the image, which creates a human-unreadable, numerical fingerprint of it.
Facebook stores the photo hash – not the photo – to prevent someone from uploading the photo in the future.
“If someone tries to upload the image to our platform, like all photos on Facebook, it is run through a database of these hashes and if it matches we do not allow it to be posted or shared,” Davis said.
“Once we hash the photo, we notify the person who submitted the report via the secure email they provided to the eSafety Commissioner’s office and ask them to delete the photo from the Messenger thread on their device. Once they delete the image from the thread, we will delete the image from our servers,” Davis noted.
Twitter Now Supports 50-Character Display Names
Twitter users can now use display names to 50 characters
Twitter recently doubled tweet character limit
The changes now available for all
Micro-blogging service Twitter has more than doubled the display name character count to 50. The new change comes merely days after all Twitter users received the 280-character tweet limit support. Previously, Twitter supported 20 character display names, which was criticised by man
With the new announcements, Twitter users can now have display name up to 50 characters long while username (or @handle) can be up to 15 characters long. For those confused with the difference between username and display name on Twitter, a username appears in profile URL and is unique to a user. It is usually also called as Twitter handle and is displayed as @XYZ. It’s also used for logging in, replies, and Direct Messages while display name is a personal identifier (like a real name) displayed in profile page and used to identify a user. On Twitter, display name and username are generally not the same.