In the middle of the week, a lot of important developments happened in the tech world. One of the headline-grabbing stories came from Amazon, which introduced its display-based smart speaker today in India. On the other hand, Google rolled out a major redesign for its Gmail in years.
After a lot of leaks and revelations, the Mi 6X finally launched in its home country China. Another top news was Apple’s release of the iOS 11.3.1 update. What also showed up towards the end of the day was the launch of Snapchat’s Snappables. Here’s a look at all that made news today.
Amazon Echo Spot
Amazon introduced Echo Spot today in India. Fourth-in-line of the Echo lineup, the smart speaker features a circular display which goes beyond showing just the time or notifications. It can play back movies from Prime Videos or show trailers directly from IMDB. The Echo Spot is priced at Rs 12,999 but is available at a discounted price of Rs 10,499.
Apple iOS 11.3.1 update
Apple today rolled out the iOS 11.3.1 update for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices. The latest update includes bug fixes and performance improvements. It also fixes the issue of touch input on some iPhone 8 devices which were serviced with non-genuine replacement displays.
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Xiaomi Mi 6X
The Xiaomi Mi 6X or the Mi A2 (as it will be known in markets outside China) launched today. It is an affordable smartphone boasting 18:9 display and AI-based camera capabilities as its key features. It comes with a dual-camera setup at the back while the front camera is complemented with a dedicated flash. There’s also support for Face Unlock for added security.
Google overhauls Gmail
The new web version of Gmail has been designed to look a lot more like the mobile app versions, as Google looks to adopt a consistent design language across platforms. The improvements are designed at making Gmail more user-friendly in a bid to take on rival Microsoft’s Outlook. Some of the key changes include the ability to view image attachments without opening or scrolling through conversations and better integration with other Google apps such as Calendar, Tasks and Keep.
Snapchat launches Snappables
Similar to the AR filters, Snappables are a form of interactive Lenses for AR experiences and games. It puts your face on an AR character in a game or experience. So for instance, you can be a DJ or burst gum bubbles with virtual texts floating around you. Snapchat will be adding new Snappables every week.