Summary: It continues to remain really hot here in Mumbai with Sun hitting the high note of 32 degree Celsius. Despite the hot weather, Samsung has launched four new smartphones at an event held in the financial capital. The smartphones adopt company’s Infinity Display design and are the latest attempt to compete with the Chinese smartphone makers.
OnePlus 6, the newest flagship from the company that never settles (pun intended), went on sale globally. The smartphone was available for Amazon Prime members in India and is priced at Rs 34,999. While a lot of people see Monday blues, tech industry was buzzing news articles including details of a new cheaper HomePod from Apple and release of Oreo update for ZenFone 3 Zoom. Here is a rundown of all the major developments from the world of technology:
WhatsApp Group Video Calling is Now Live
At F8, Facebook’s annual developer conference, CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that WhatsApp will soon get group video calling support. Interestingly, that soon is now. The feature has gone live for select users on Android and iOS, has Facebook prepares to fight the likes of Google Meet and Skype.
The feature is live for Android users with version 2.18.145 and higher and iOS users with version 2.18.52. Even if you have these versions then you will have to be really lucky to get the feature since it is being made available to a small number of users. To see whether group video calling feature is available for you then make a normal video call and check if there is an option to add participant.
Samsung Galaxy J6, Galaxy A6+ launched in India
Samsung has launched four new smartphones – Galaxy J6, Galaxy J8, Galaxy A6 and Galaxy A6+ – in India. With the new smartphones, Samsung is bringing the Infinity Display seen on premium Galaxy devices to the budget and mid-range segment.
These new devices are an attempt from Samsung to compete with Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo and Honor, which have stolen market share from the South Korean company in India. The Galaxy J6 starts at Rs 13,990 while the Galaxy J8 is priced at Rs 18,990. The Galaxy A6 starts at Rs 21,990 and the Galaxy A6+ will set you back by Rs 25,990.
Moto G6 launch date is now official
Moto G6 and G6 Play will officially launch in India on June 4. The company has sent out media invites confirming the official launch date. The launch dates also appeared in Amazon’s listing suggesting it could be exclusive to the Seattle-based e-commerce platform.
Moto G6 and Moto G6 Play are the successor to last year’s G5 and G5S and they bring modern design and updated specifications. The smartphones also bring Moto X4’s 3D glass design to a mid-range price tag. We will know more about these devices in the coming days.
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Apple Week Sale on Flipkart
Flipkart is hosting week long Apple Week sale from May 21 to May 27. The Apple Week sees discounts on iPhone models and other Apple products. The discount is not as steep as the one seen during Big Shopping Days but it still is one of the best opportunity to buy new iPhone at discounted price.
During the week long sale, customers will get 10 percent discount on select iPhone models and assured buyback guarantee of 50 percent. The deals include discounts on iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 6S, iPhone SE, Apple Watch, AirPods, MacBook Air and iPad.
Vivo X21 India launch set for May 29
On May 29, Vivo will launch X21 as the first smartphone with under-display fingerprint sensor in the Indian market. The smartphone was previously available only in China and has been extended to Singapore as well.
The X21 is the most premium device in the Chinese smartphone maker’s product portfolio and will serve as the technological progress achieved by it in the past few years. The Vivo X21 features an under-display fingerprint sensor which activates using the active LEDs of the Super AMOLED display. It is ought to be expensive since the technology is nascent at this moment.
Apple to release a $200 HomePod under the Beats umbrella
Apple is planning a cheaper HomePod to take on the likes of Echo from Amazon and Google Home from Alphabet. The new variant is set to cost $199 and will feature familiar Beats branding. However, it will come with the same Siri, which many feel to be handicapped when compared to that of Alexa and Google Assistant.
According to Strategy Analytics, Apple accounted for just 6 percent of global smart speaker sales during the first quarter of 2018 while Amazon accounted for nearly 81 percent. With the cheaper HomePod, Apple might succeed in conjuring up a bit more of the market share.