It’s Sunday today, and we’ve decided to cover some highlights of this week’s developments in the world of Android in a single post for you. Apart from the regular day to day coverage, this post will cover all other substantial developments that took place this week. So, just take a glance, and you will be up to speed in no time. We’ll not be making long detailed stories here, instead, focus on the gist of the matter and be short and sweet. Enjoy and let us know if you like it.
Weekly News Roundup – Oct 2017
1. Blackberry Motion announced:
TCL has announced the latest Blackberry device called Motion with no physical keyboard at the GITEX Technology Week in Dubai. The phone comes with a 5.5-inch Full HD display, Snapdragon 625, Android 7.1 Nougat and a 4,000 mAh battery. It is on pre-order in UAE and Saudi Arabia right now. It is priced Dh 1,699 (US$ 462 / Rs. 30,210 approx.) in UAE. In KSA, it is priced 1,699 Riyal (US$ 453 / Rs. 29590 approx.)
2. Cortana comes to Skype:
Microsft finally puts its AI product Cortana in Android/iOS versions of Skype. This is a move similar to what Google did with Allo and underpins Microsft’s ambition to push more users to use Cortana. You can try it by downloading the Skype app from the app stores.
3. Reliance Jio digital payments bank may launch by the end of 2017:
The move will be a partnership between SBI and Reliance Jio to the ratio of 70:30. The Mukesh-Ambani backed telco has already been given green lights from RBI since March. A digital payments bank allows complete paperless services like opening account, cash deposit, withdrawal.
4. Essential Phone to get Android Oreo within weeks:
The new startup from Andy Rubin in a Q&A on Reddit disclosed that beta testing for the new version is on route. The first public beta is just weeks away. New features include a night mode and fingerprint gestures.
5. Google Home Mini likes to spy on you when it’s idle:
After the Google Home Mini went on sale, it was found that the $49 smart speaker was smart enough to record conversations even when no one wanted it to. The serious issue went public and Google quickly disabled the touchpad preventing the assistant from accidentally spying on you. A permanent fix from Google is on the way.
6. Telegram receives new update:
A new update to Telegram brings a live location sharing feature much like WhatsApp. Among other minor features is a new media player that will play your audios more reliably. To know more, head on to this source here.
7. Samsung Galaxy J2 (2017) launched in India:
Samsung launched an entry-level Galaxy J2 (2017) in India. The phone comes with a 4.7-inch qHD display (540 x 960 pixels), quad-core 1.3 GHz Exynos chip, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB ROM and 2,000 mAh battery. The phone is not priced and is listed on Samsung India’s website.
8. Google now supports Movies Anywhere app:
Google has just announced that movies purchased from them will now show up on Movies Anywhere app. Now you can keep track of all your movies from Google Play, Amazon, iTunes, and Vudu in a single library. However, this is just for the US right now.
9. Honor WaterPlay tablet announced:
Huawei’s main focus on 11 October was the launch of Honor 7X. But they also launched an IP67 certified Honor tablet aptly named WaterPlay. It comes with a 10.1-inch QXGA Full HD screen, Kirin 659 processor, 3 GB RAM/4 GB RAM, and a 6,600 mAh battery. The 3 GB variant will cost $300 when it is available on October 24 in China.
10. LeEco Le Max 3 leaks:
LeEco has been a quiet company recently with reports of financial problems plaguing the Chinese phone maker. However, a new image of the LeEco Le Max 3 with a shiny back has surfaced. The Le Max 2 launched in May last year. So, it is high time LeEco get something new in the market. The Le Max 3 should be a flagship-grade phone if it sees the light of the day.
11. Google Duo shortcuts to appear in some Google’s native apps:
Google’s video calling app hasn’t received the love Google wanted it to. But the search giant is trying to make the app more visible by putting shortcuts of it in three apps. Phone dialer, contacts app and Android Messages SMS app on Pixel, Nexus and Android One phones will soon have a shortcut to Duo.
12. Galaxy Note FE (Fan Edition) to be on Malaysian shelves from October 25:
Samsung is finally getting its Galaxy Note FE units to the public. Samsung itself has confirmed that the handset will be sold in Malaysia at the price of MYR2,599 (€520). The phone will be sold through authorized third-party carriers and retailers as well as Samsung stores from October 25.
13. Facebook released a standalone VR headset called Oculus Go:
Oculus Go falls somewhere between VR hardware like the Rift and Gear VR. It doesn’t need a phone to work and is $200 when it sells in 2018. You can play game titles on it but you can’t stream game videos from a PC. The hardware also comes with built-in speakers and good soft breathable fabric.
14. Oppo F3 Lite announced:
Oppo launched the F3 Lite in Vietnam this week targeting middle-class consumers. The handset is equipped with Snapdragon 435, 3 GB RAM, 5.2-inch HD (1280×720) display, and Android 6.0 Marshmallow. It’s got a 16 front selfie snapper and a 13MP PDAF camera sensor on the rear.
15: OnePlus roll out Android Oreo open beta for the OnePlus 3/3T
OnePlus is so far keeping up with promises of Oreo as it has now put up Oreo builds for its last year’s flagship duo. Users will need to head to the OnePlus forums and follow the steps carefully to bask in the glory on the new update.
16: Moto G5S Midnight Blue colour available to buy in India:
— Motorola India (@motorolaindia) October 14, 2017
The Moto G5S was now only available in Lunar Grey and Gold colours. Now buyers can get it in Blue as well. Diwali offers see the price tag of the phone drop to Rs 12,999 till October 21. The new colour should be available in retail stores & Moto Hubs right now.
17: Qualcomm fined $774 million by Taiwan FTC:
Qualcomm has been slapped a fine of $774 million by Taiwanese Fair Trade Commission for coaxing out abusive license fees from Taiwanese brands. The chip maker has also been under fire for the same reason in other areas of the globe.