Moto Z ‘Likely’ to Receive Tango Functionality via Moto Mod, Says Lenovo SVP

Moto Z 'Likely' to Receive Tango Functionality via Moto Mod, Says Lenovo SVPLenovo’s Phab 2 Pro smartphone may be one of the first smartphones to be Tango-ready right out-of-the-box. The company however has plans to roll out the Tango augmented reality functionality to the Moto Z (Review) as well.

At an event in Chicago, Aymar de Lencquesaing, Chairman and President – Motorola, and SVP, Lenovo Mobile Business, has confirmed that the Moto Z may soon receive Tango functionality. Lencquesaing added that the company will likely launch a Tango module to enable the Moto Z to have Tango functionality.

“The tablet folks did a phablet and worked with Google, the Tango team, to come out with a Tango phablet. Going forward, we’ll have to address as a group how do we reconcile the products that are at the fringe? We’re likely to have a Tango module to basically enable the Z to have Tango functionality,” Lencquesaing was quoted saying at the event.

Unfortunately, Lencquesaing didn’t announce a timeline for the availability of the Tango module for the Moto Z.

To recall, Google’s Project Tango focuses around machine vision which means that a camera and sensor setup provides motion tracking, depth perception, and area learning. The features allow enabling augmented reality (AR) on a device that can make applications like indoor navigation, search, and gaming work. The Lenovo Phab 2 Pro sports a total of four cameras – an 8-megapixel front camera, a 16-megapixel rear RGB camera, a depth-sensing infrared camera with an imager and an emitter, as well as a motion tracking camera.
The Moto Z smartphone launched in India back in October and was priced at Rs. 39,999. The highlight of the smartphone is it supports Moto Mods, which connect to the rear of the smartphones via the 16-dot connector interface.

Moto Z, Moto Z Force to Start Receiving Android 7.0 Nougat This Week

Moto Z, Moto Z Force to Start Receiving Android 7.0 Nougat This WeekAfter the start of the Android 7.0 Nougat update global rollout for the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus smartphones, the Android 7.0 Nougat update will soon start rolling out to the Moto Z and Moto Z Force. The company in a blog post on Monday made the announcement that Android 7.0 Nougat will roll out to Moto Z and Moto Z Force globally beginning this week. Users can manually check the update via Settings > About Phone > System updates. Motorola had promised the Android N update for the Moto Z family in September, saying it would roll out by Q4 2016.

Unfortunately, the company hasn’t provided the official changelog for the Android 7.0 Nougat update for the smartphones. Motorola however stresses that with the upgrade to Android 7.0 Nougat, Moto Z and Moto Z Force will be compatible with Daydream, which is Google’s platform for mobile VR.

The company stresses that the Moto Z and Moto Z Force will become “first smartphones from another manufacturer to be recognised by Google as Daydream-ready devices.”
To experience Daydream, users will however need a Daydream compatible headset – for now, Google’s own Daydream View VR headset and controller, available at Verizon, Best Buy, and the Google Store in the US.
Some of the Moto-specific updates that were detailed for the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus, beyond what Android 7.0 Nougat brought, included a new Moto action called Swipe to shrink the screen. On the Moto G4 Plus, the company added a new setting to disable and enable locking the screen when the screen is on and when the user touches the fingerprint sensor.

To recall, the Moto Z was launched in India last month at Rs. 39,999.

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OnePlus 3T Launch Teaser Hints at Flagship’s Design and Name

OnePlus 3T Launch Teaser Hints at Flagship's Design and NameThe OnePlus 3T has been leaked several times by now and has even made appearance at benchmark websites – ahead of its anticipated launch on Tuesday. Interestingly, all the rumours until now have suggested that the smartphone will bear the same design as current flagship by the company. Now, it seems like the company has confirmed this long-standing rumour with a teaser about the launch of its upcoming smartphone.

The teaser posted by OnePlus on Chinese website Weibo shows a OnePlus 3 smartphone placed in front of a mirror that reflects an image with the character ‘T’ imprinted on it. This teaser seemingly confirms that the smartphone will be similar to OnePlus 3 in terms of design but will carry the character ‘T’ in its name. Beneath this image, the company has given a tagline that says “To be a better me.”

OnePlus has already confirmed earlier this month, through its Twitter account, that its upcoming device will pack Snapdragon 821 processor and will be launched on November 15. Earlier leaks have suggested that the OnePlus 3T will come with Sony’s latest IMX398 sensor onboard. It is further expected to sport an Optic AMOLED display and run on Android 7.0 Nougat-based OxygenOS. It is expected to house a large 3300mAh battery.

The Snapdragon 821 chipset on the smartphone will be paired with 6GB of RAM and the smartphone is tipped to come in storage options of 32GB and 64GB. The OnePlus 3T is expected to be priced at $479 (roughly Rs. 32,100) – $80 more than the OnePlus 3, which is priced at Rs. 27,999 in India.

As all these leaked specifications have not been confirmed by the company, we will have to wait till the official announcement by the company. However, as the launch is scheduled to be on Tuesday, we will not have to wait long for the confirmation.

Asus ZenFone 3 Max Launched in India: Price, Release Date, Specifications

Asus ZenFone 3 Max Launched in India: Price, Release Date, Specifications, and More
ZenFone 3 Max (ZC520TL) bears a 5.2-inch HD display
ZenFone 3 Max (ZC553KL) bears a 5.5-inch full-HD display
The ZC520TL is available from Wednesday; ZC553KL by the end of month
Asus at an event in New Delhi on Wednesday launched the ZenFone 3 Max in India, in two variants. The 5.2-inch display version, with model name ZC520TL, is priced at Rs. 12,999, while the 5.5-inch display version, with model name ZC553KL, is priced at Rs. 17,999. The former will go on sale from Wednesday itself across physical stores and online marketplaces. The latter will become available to buy from the end of November. Both smartphones will be available in Glacier Silver, Sand Gold, and Titanium Gray colour variants.

The Asus ZenFone 3 Max (ZC520TL) (seen above) and Asus ZenFone 3 Max (ZC553KL) (Review) (seen below) apart from sharing a similar design also bear a few common specifications, such as the large 4100mAh battery, hybrid dual-SIM (Micro+Nano) support, a fingerprint sensor on the rear panel, and Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow with the company’s ZenUI 3.0 skin on top.

 

The ZenFone 3 Max (ZC520TL) bears a 5.2-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display, and is powered by a 1.25GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6737T SoC with 3GB of LPDDR3 RAM. The Asus ZenFone 3 Max (ZC520TL) bears a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front camera. It sports 32GB of inbuilt storage that can be expanded via microSD card (up to 32GB).

Connectivity options on the ZenFone 3 Max (ZC520TL) include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS, Bluetooth v4.0, Micro-USB, and FM radio. It sports a accelerometer, ambient light sensor, gyroscope, and proximity sensor. The smartphone measures 149.5×73.7×8.55mm and weighs 148 grams.
The ZenFone 3 Max (ZC553KL) on the other hand sports a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display, and is powered by a 1.4GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 SoC coupled with 3GB of LPDDR3 RAM. It comes with a 16-megapixel rear camera with an f/2.0 aperture and dual-LED flash, apart from an 8-megapixel front camera with an f/2.2 aperture and an 84-degree wide-angle lens.

The 32GB of inbuilt storage on the ZenFone 3 Max (ZC553KL) can be expanded via microSD card (up to 128GB). The smartphone weighs 175 grams, and measures 151.4×76.24×8.3mm. Connectivity options include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS, Bluetooth v4.1, Micro-USB, and FM radio. Sensors on the phone include accelerometer, ambient light sensor, gyroscope, magnetometer, and proximity sensor.

As we mentioned, the highlight of the ZenFone 3 Max is its large 4100mAh battery, which also helps the smartphone double up as a power bank. On the 5.5-inch variant, the battery is rated to deliver up to 38 days of 4G standby time, and up to 17 hours of 3G talk time, while the 5.2-inch variant will see the same battery deliver up to 30 days of 4G standby time, and 20 hours of 3G talk time.

Carrying a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 on a Flight? Be Ready to Face Fine

Carrying a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 on a Flight? Be Ready to Face Fine

Airline passengers who try to carry Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones on flights will have them confiscated and may face fines under an emergency US order that significantly expands restrictions on the devices linked to almost 100 incidents of overheating and fires.

The devices won’t be allowed aboard passenger or cargo aircraft even if they’ve been shut off, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration and the Federal Aviation Administration announced Friday. Flight restrictions will be extended to each of the 1.9 million Galaxy Note 7s sold in the US starting at noon New York time on Saturday.

 

“We recognize that banning these phones from airlines will inconvenience some passengers, but the safety of all those aboard an aircraft must take priority,” US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a statement. “We are taking this additional step because even one fire incident in flight poses a high risk of severe personal injury and puts many lives at risk.”

Samsung on Tuesday said it was halting production and sales of the device following the latest spate of smoke, overheating and fire incidents in what was supposed to be a version that replaced a faulty lithium-ion battery with a safe one. The company estimates the crisis will cost it $5.3 billion in profits.

Criminal prosecution
The government urged passengers not to side-step the order. “Passengers who attempt to evade the ban by packing their phone in checked luggage are increasing the risk of a catastrophic incident,” the DOT said in a release. “Anyone violating the ban may be subject to criminal prosecution in addition to fines.”

People in the midst of travel who have the phones were urged by the government to contact Samsung or their wireless carrier “immediately” to arrange for a replacement phone.

The government now considers the Galaxy Note 7s “forbidden hazardous material” under US law. Anyone observed with one of the phones will be prohibited from boarding an aircraft, the release said.

Airlines and an industry trade group were notified of the impending ban by the FAA on Friday.

 

CPSC recall
Samsung is working with US officials and airlines to notify owners of the phone about the emergency order, SungIn Cho, a spokeswoman for Samsung Electronics America, said in an e-mail.

“We have encouraged airlines to issue similar communications directly to their passengers,” Cho said. “We realize this is an inconvenience but your safety has to remain our top priority.”

The action by aviation regulators follows the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s announcementon Thursday it was almost doubling the number of Galaxy Note 7 phones covered under a US government-sanctioned recall. The consumer agency has received 96 reports of overheating batteries in the US, including 23 since the first recall was announced on September 15.

At least 13 people reported being burned by the devices and in 47 cases there was damage to property, according to the consumer agency.

 

American Airlines
Consumer agency Chairman Elliot Kaye on Friday also renewed calls to consumers to take advantage of the recall.

“The fire hazard with the original Galaxy Note 7 and with the replacement Galaxy Note 7 is simply too great for anyone to risk it and not respond to this official recall,” Kaye said in the Transportation Department statement. “I would like to remind consumers once again to take advantage of the remedies offered, including a full refund. It’s the right thing to do and the safest thing to do.”

For passengers who arrive at the airport with a Galaxy Note 7, and can’t return it to their car or hand it to someone not flying, American Airlines will place the device in an area for storage of hazardous materials. The person can reclaim it after the trip, said Ross Feinstein, a spokesman for the carrier.

The airline also is updating announcements for passengers checking baggage, before clearing security, at airport gates and on board planes about the ban, he said.

Aviation regulators in September ordered passengers and airline crews to power off any recalled Galaxy Note 7s that were carried aboard flights and forbid the devices from being charged. The Galaxy Note 7s were also prohibited from checked bags.

The expanded action completely bans the devices from all airline flights and applies to all smartphones covered by the latest recall.

Cargo carriers
FedEx and United Parcel Service, two major delivery services in the US, had already said they wouldn’t ship the phones via planes, restricting them to ground vehicles. The devices also have to be packed in special boxes designed to safely house recalled batteries.

Delta Air Lines is adding special containment bags for phones or other electronic devices that overheat or catch fire to at least some of its aircraft, the carrier said on a conference call Thursday. Southwest Airlines Co. is in the process of selecting a vendor for similar bags and hopes to have them on its planes in early 2017, spokeswoman Lori Crabtree said Friday. Sydney-based Qantas Airways Ltd. said Saturday it had banned Samsung Note 7 phones from all its flights.

Lithium-based batteries power millions of devices, from smartphones and laptops to power tools. They hold enough energy to create heat and sparks if they fail, which can ignite the highly flammable chemicals inside.

The initial wave of Galaxy Note 7 failures were linked to batteries made by one of two suppliers to Samsung. The cells had been squeezed into a container pouch so tightly that when they were installed in the phones they became pinched, damaging the interior. That led to short circuits that triggered the failures, Kaye said in September.

More recent incidents involving replacement phones containing batteries built by a second manufacturer appear to result from a different flaw, a person familiar with discussions between government agencies and Samsung told Bloomberg.

Samsung Galaxy Note7

Samsung Galaxy Note7

Display

5.70-inch

Processor

1.6GHz

Front Camera

5-megapixel

Resolution

1440×2560 pixels

RAM

4GB

OS

Android 6.0.1

Storage

64GB

Rear Camera

12-megapixel

Battery capacity

3500mAh

 

Nokia D1C Android Smartphone Spotted on GeekBench, Revealing Specifications

Nokia D1C Android Smartphone Spotted on GeekBench, Revealing SpecificationsWe all know – and most of us are eagerly awaiting – Nokia’s upcoming return to the smartphone market. In August, a report cited a Nokia executive to claim the company would launch four Android-based devices in the fourth quarter of 2016. Since then, a number of contradictory rumours have surfaced regarding the name and features of the upcoming devices. In late August, two Nokia-branded Android devices – Nokia 5320 and Nokia 1490 – were spotted on GeekBench. Now, a new Nokia device, named D1C, has made its way to the benchmark site.

While the Nokia 5320 is touted to be a high-end device with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 powering it, the D1C appears to be in the mid-range level. The website mentions a Qualcomm octa-core processor powering the handset clocked at 1.4GHz with Adreno 505 GPU and 3GB of RAM. The device is likely to run Android 7.0 Nougat according to the listing.

GeekBench gave the D1C a score of 656 single-core performance and 3120 in multi-score performance which is decent for a mid-range device. Being a benchmark page, the information on the device is still limited.

Nokia’s comeback has been highly anticipated since May when the Finnish company granted HMD Global the exclusive license to create Nokia-branded Android mobile phones and tablets for the next 10 years.
Nokia has already launched an Android-powered device with the N1 tablet, which was received positively by the public, as well as the Z Launcher for Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. However, Nokia will be aiming to make a bigger splash with its upcoming smartphones.

With the D1C, Nokia is now expected to launch at least three smartphones before the year ends with no information yet on when the Finnish company is likely to hold the launch event.

Xiaomi Mi 5s Camera Samples Shared Ahead of Launch; Smartphone to Sport Ceramic Body

Xiaomi Mi 5s Camera Samples Shared Ahead of Launch; Smartphone to Sport Ceramic Body
Xiaomi shares sample pictures taken from smartphone Mi 5s
Smartphone will have fingerprint scanner and ceramic body
Earlier reports claimed smartphone will be named ‘Mi Note S’
Xiaomi’s upcoming smartphone, expected to be launched at company’s event on Tuesday, is becoming a mystery with each passing day. Some reports recently claimed that smartphone named ‘Mi Note S’ will be launched at company’s event on Tuesday instead of earlier rumoured Mi 5s. Now, it seems like rumours are laid to rest as the company has shared the pictures taken from the smartphone termed by company as ‘Mi 5s’, while the company’s MIUI forum also contains a thread created by a moderator with the name.

Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun has shared sample pictures taken from Mi 5s on his Weibo account. Xiaomi further shared some more sample pictures taken from the smartphone on its MIUI thread. The company has further said that the smartphone will have a ceramic body and will also carry a fingerprint scanner. The company has not clarified whether Mi 5s will be available in glass and ceramic variants just like its smartphone Mi 5 or not.

You can check out the pictures in their original resolution over here.

The company has been constantly teasing the power and features of its upcoming smartphone as it released a teaser image last week that showed an impressive AnTuTu benchmark score of 164,119 by the the smartphone.
Xiaomi, interestingly, released the teaser image shortly after launch of LeEco Le Pro 3, which scored 163,544 in the benchmark test.

As per an earlier rumour, Xiaomi could also unveil a smaller 4-inch variant of the Mi 5s at its event.

Xiaomi earlier teased a vertical dual-camera setup on the smartphone as well. Mi 5s is expected to sport a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display. The smartphone is further expected to be powered by a 64-bit Snapdragon 821 quad-core processor coupled with Adreno 530 GPU paired with 6GB of RAM. Mi 5s is pegged to run on Android 6.0 Marshmallow with MIUI 8 on top.

How to Get More Reviews for Your Android / iOS Apps from Users?

There are many developers, who do not give much value to the ratings and reviews from their users. The number of reasons is high, but developers can rest when it comes to reviews and ratings. When the developers are Whatsapp, Facebook, Instagram and many other major messaging apps.

But make no mistake about it because they have been into the market for a while and they are messaging app trusted by the millions of people. They are a brand which everyone recognizes but your app is a brand when you compare them top these major apps?

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Benefits of Ratings and Reviews

Before you can judge, you should know the value of the reviews and ratings. Here comes the best.

  • High Rated apps get better visibility on Play store and iStore.
  • Better visibility also opens up an opportunity. People trust the fellow users and they view your app after they are convinced by the ratings.
  • Reviews, they play crucial role because they are the feedbacks after using the apps and convince the people even to buy the app.

Leverage from Users

It’s not an easy task to get more reviews, isn’t it? Well here you can find some useful tips on how to get reviews for your android application. But why not leverage from your existing users, you can set up a stage for them to rate and review your app on the iStore or Google store.

You existing users like your app and they know more about the features and how they have been using them to finish their needs.

Use Creativity

The World is filled with lazy people and yeah, it is true that many of the existing users are lazy enough to add a simple comment on the store. Why don’t you use your creative idea to make it easy for them to rate and comment on the iStore and Google play.

You can use a plugin in the app so that they can access to the panel instantly to review their point of view and remarks within. Many of the major apps have now started to adapt this feature and yes, it has working remarkably.

Offer Users for Writing Review and Adding Ratings

Few years ago, a major game app has started this feature on their game so that they can get better and what they deserve for their marvelous work. Amazingly the app reviews and ratings drastically increased that they have made it to Top 100 charts in a week. Later after a month they reached in the Top 20.

Amazingly, the exposure has significantly increased, which has also had a great impact on the visibility and ending up with more downloads and users.

A Contest

Few months ago, a clothing shopping app has initiated a contest in exchange for Reviews & ratings and guess what the contest has done more than they have expected because what at stake was 20% off on all clothing products.

What was the contest was about

Right after the contest, the app was on the Top 100 charts and also made good amount of popularity on social media. 20% off has made a great impact on the new users as well. Visibility has significantly increased and new users started to download and used the app, which was never part of the plan.

20% off increased to 30% only when customer is purchasing from the selected products. I don’t know what happened next but one thing is sure that contest with unreliable offer always clicks.

Example Contest:

  • Game:Offer extra 1000 points and upgrades after the review and ratings.
  • Utility:If your app does not have such options then you can ask them rate internally.

Conclusion

It doesn’t matter what kind of category of app your company or developer team is running but in Google Play Store reviews and ratings are needed to convince the people.

Lava Partners Easy Group for Egypt Launch

Lava Partners Easy Group for Egypt Launch
In an emerging smartphone market like India, you can’t control the competition be it from China or elsewhere, but you can build devices that are affordable and par excellence which will speak for themselves, a top executive from domestic smartphone maker Lava has said.

Announcing its entry into Egypt where it will offer reliable and innovative products through a joint venture with Egypt-based Easy Group, Hari Om Rai, Chairman and Managing Director of Lava, told IANS that the firm is ready to give its rivals a fair yet tough competition in months to come.

According to an MoU signed between Rai and Asser Salama, Chairman, Easy Group, in the capital, the two companies will set up a complete end-to-end business operations headquartered in Cairo.

“The MoU is aimed at enhancing productivity, reducing costs and accelerating mobile phone adoption in the market by delivering new and better products to Egyptian citizens,” Salama told reporters in New Delhi.

The tie-up will enable Lava to export its products from India to Egypt while Easy Group will provide necessary support to promote and distribute products in that Middle East country.
Lava will also explore opportunities to set up manufacturing facilities and assembly units in Egypt which will also help the company export products to the North African region.

The partnership will create 2,000 direct and 5,000 indirect employment opportunities in the next six months and over 10,000 employment opportunities in the next five years.

Lava is also strengthening manufacturing in India to cater to both domestic and international markets.

The company has earmarked an overall investment of Rs. 2,615 crores for ramping up the existing manufacturing units along with setting up more manufacturing facilities to increase the overall production capacity to 216 million units per annum in the next five to eight years.

LG V20 Spotted in the Wild Ahead of September 6 Launch

LG V20 Spotted in the Wild Ahead of September 6 Launch

  • The live image shows the front of the LG V20
  • The smartphone will not sport the modular chin
  • LG is unveiling the smartphone on September 6

The LG V20 is all set to be unveiled on September 6, and Google has confirmed that the smartphone will be the first new smartphone to ship with Android 7.0 Nougat out-of-the-box. Running up to the launch event, we’ve seen several render leaks, and now a live image of the LG V20 has surfaced online.

The LG V20 was snapped in the wild by Twitter user@TechMan72, and shows the front of the smartphone only. Even though the image is grainy, the LG branding at the bottom cannot be missed. There seems to be very thin bezel around the edges, and the front camera is where it was seen in past renders – on the top left of the smartphone.

This image was a response tweet to Evan Blass’s LG V20 render leak yesterday. Techman72 replied to Blass’s leak tweet, “Here’s a real pic of the V20, not some render.” Blass’s render image also showed the smartphone front. The render image shows the buttons forged into the display, and the second screen is seen on top. Renders of the LG V20 have been leaked by OnLeaks in the past as well, and they show the smartphone from all angles. There’s a dual camera setup expected at the back, with the fingerprint sensor sitting right below it. The USB Type-C port, the 3.5mm audio jack, and the speaker grill are all seen situated at the bottom of the device.

 While there were earlier rumours of LG introducing the LG G5-like modular design on the LG V20, the latest renders show no release button hinting at a regular unibodied smartphone. The company has been boasting of the smartphone’s audio and sound capabilities, claiming that it will be the first in the world to sport a 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC (digital to analogue converter) for enhanced audio playback.

LG is placing its bet on the V20 to revive its smartphone business, after the dismal performance of the LG G5. The flagship smartphone had weaker-than-expected sales following production difficulties, and LG reported a total operating loss of roughly $132 million in the second quarter of 2016.