The much anticipated Android update has started to roll out! Google has made Android 7.0 Nougat official and it will find its way to Nexus devices soon. The update is currently rolling out for the Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P and tablets like the Nexus 9 and the Pixel C. The people favourite Nexus 5 sadly loses out on this delicious dessert.
Remember there was a time, about a good three or so years ago, where unless you were rocking a flagship device, Android devices were an absolute pain to use. You had inconsistencies and hardware limitations that severely hampered the performance of Android on phones that were not rocking the absolute latest technology. This changed when brands like Motorola and Xiaomi entered the lower budget space and showed, that it is indeed possible to build good phones even with a lot of cost cutting done. Due credits to Google too, who pushed very hard to optimise Android for lower end specifications and that has made life easier for devices that are looking to target those who do not want to spend a lot on their phones.
Gaming laptops have carved a niche out for themselves for being powerful machines. It is tough to generalise what exactly makes for a gaming laptop, but, you are looking at an HD display, a fast processor, 1/2GB of a dedicated graphics card, and lots of storage. You are talking of a super powerful laptop, with a jing-bang of colours and few extra keys, to give those special controls in the hands of the gamers.
Google announced its new video call service, Duo this week. The application since has gone from ‘Pre-registration’ to full release in a matter of a few days. Duo was made available for download in India on 17th of August. The application basically works on your mobile number and lets you make a Duo call to anyone from your phonebook, given that they have the application installed on their phone. Duo is available both, on Android and iOS.
Huawei really shot into the limelight with the Nexus 6P, which has been a blockbuster hit. Thanks to the beautiful construction of the phone, a cold metal body as well as native Android, Nexus 6P is one of the best Android phones that you can buy today, even though it is about a good eight months old now. When you deliver such a hit product, following it up is always a challenge, and Huawei seem to have accepted the challenge. As a result, they have gone back to the drawing board and announced an innovative device in the form of the Huawei P9. The P9 was launched in India today, even though the global launch was about three months or so ago. The phone has been priced at Rs 39,999
Even with a limited rollout, USB Type-C has managed to engulf controversies like a whale would to small fishes. As more and more devices are now shipping with USB Type C, it is becoming relevant to have a standard that the accessories sold in the market adhere to. So far, the golden mantra has been to have the cable certified by Googler Benson Leung, who took it upon himself to review a bunch of early movers on Amazon. This resulted in an application called CheckR being developed that would give you a quick snapshot whether the cable you are using is safe or not. However, this was also not an absolute standard as the app really worked only for the Nexus devices.
Keeping this problem in mind, USB-IF or USB- Implementers Forum, which basically propagates the adoption of a new USB standard, has come up with a certification program, which will see them run the cable through an exhaustive series of tests and pass a judgment. Cables, that would pass the certification program will have a relevant logo on them to give you an idea that the cable is good to use on your phone. The test would also reveal the power carrying capacity of the USB Type-C cable so you will no longer have to wait for the same to be there on the cable itself.
Rahman Ismail, USB-IF CTO said:
The future of consumer tech is mobility and letting technology disappear into the background. Certified USB Chargers will give users an interoperable power source and a seamless experience. From displays, to smartphones and docking stations, the industry is aligning behind USB Type-C and USB Power Delivery as the last wire you’ll ever need for faster charging.
Ideally, the way the program would work is that the manufacturer of these accessories will simply share it with the USB-IF team, who will check the cable for its power delivery as well as other USB Type-C specifications before either passing or rejecting it. There are no more details available for the same, but it would be good if this becomes a standard and we can be sure about a cable before we decide to insert it into our smartphone.
Let’s be honest about it, you are bound to stare down the man who is carrying an orange colour phone than someone who is carrying the plain bland and boring iPhone. So if you like to experiment a bit and colour is the most important attribute for you when it comes to choosing a smartphone, we thought of guiding you. It is true that most phones today either come in boring black and white or if you are lucky in some sort of a pink shade, and that is where the colour choices end. But there are some manufacturers that come up with phones that are fresh in colour and offer something that is a little different from the usual run of the mill stuff. Here are five phones in unique colours that you can pick today.
Asus Zenfone Max 2016- Orange
LG G5 is LG’s flagship device of 2016 and was one of the first phones to be launched with Snapdragon 820, alongside the Xiaomi Mi5 and Samsung Galaxy S7. The G5 also will be remembered as the first real modular smartphone with the lower chin of the phone capable of being replaced by what LG calls ‘Friends’. There have been complains about the QC on the product and a general opinion that LG has not done as well with the G5 as they should have after relative success with devices like the LG G3, LG G2 and the Nexus 5. What LG may have lost out on hardware, they look to be making up with software updates.