Thursday closed on an interesting offer on the Nokia 1 smartphone. OnePlus founder confirmed the dreaded ‘notch’ today, while Facebook continued to face the implications of its carelessness. Meanwhile, Xiaomi continued to expand its smart TV portfolio in the home country.
What could possibly mark a shift in your cab hailing habits is the news about the two rivals, Ola and Uber, joining hands because rivalry is apparently not benefitting either of the brands. Here’s a look at all that made the top headlines today.
Nokia 1 Reliance Jio offer
Nokia 1 launched in India earlier this week at Rs 5,499 and today Reliance Jio extended its Rs 2,200 instant cashback scheme to the smartphone. As part of the offer, you get to buy the Nokia 1 at an effective price of Rs 3,299. The USP of the Nokia 1 is that it is an Android Oreo (Go Edition) smartphone which means it runs an optimized version of the software that supports low-end devices for seamless experience.
OnePlus 6 will have the notch
The notch is not only here to stay but set to expand beyond the iPhone X. Today, OnePlus founder Carl Pei revealed through an official image of the OnePlus 6, showing off the cutout in all its glory. The notch is smaller than the one on the iPhone X and will evidently mean narrower bezels on the upcoming OnePlus 6 smartphone.
Facebook new privacy tools
Facebook is facing a tough time right now and to convince users of protecting their privacy, the company rolled out new tools, which are basically old tools, but now easier to discover. The new privacy settings are more visible on the mobile platform of Facebook and allow you manage your data distribution across apps and websites linked to the Facebook. It is also launching a new page called ‘Access Your Information’ from which users can further evaluate the information they have shared and manage it.
Watch: Nokia 1 First Look
India government sends notice to Facebook
In India, we take privacy very seriously. At least, that is what the Indian government is trying to imply by sending a notice to the social networking giant following the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The Ministry of Electronics and IT (Meity) has raised five questions in all including whether the personal data of Indian voters and users has been compromised by Cambridge Analytica or any other downstream entity in any manner.
Ola, Uber to merge
Two of the major cab aggregators are likely to be on their way to a merger in India. Ola and Uber, who have a common investor Softbank, are said to be in talks for a merger. If successful, it will see Ola absorb Uber’s India operations. The move is said to be driven by Softbank in order to avoid the drain of resources on both operations as a result of the fierce rivalry in India.
Xiaomi Mi TV 4S launched
As an upgrade to the Mi TV 4, Xiaomi launched the 55-inch Mi TV 4S today in home country China. The smart TV comes with support for AI and 4K HDR content playback. It also comes with Bluetooth enabled Mi remote which can be controlled using voice instructions. It is priced at CNY 2,999, which translates to Rs 31,000.