Apple designing its own screens, Oppo R15 launch, Lenovo S5 teased, more: Daily News Wrap

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  • Published: March 19, 2018 8:59 PM IST

After a weekend where Facebook was battered for poorly handling user data, the week has started on a lighter note. Apple is trying to get rid of its dependency on LG and Samsung for displays while Google plans to block apps designed for older versions with the release of Android P later this year.

Chinese smartphone maker Oppo launched its R15 smartphone, indicating what upcoming OnePlus 6 smartphone will look like. Ookla, the creator of Speedtest app, revealed India’s position in global connectivity, which is somewhat sad to say the least. There is ongoing sale on Apple devices while Android phones continue to get Oreo update. Here is a rundown on all the major tech news that you need to know:

Apple is designing and testing screens: Bloomberg

Apple is the most ambitious company in the world and with cash reserves of $285 billion, it can go after technology development not easier for smaller companies. With iPhone being the biggest cash cow for the company, Apple has been trying to get rid of suppliers and bring as much technology in-house as possible.

According to Bloomberg, Apple has started developing its own display technology based on microLED architecture. The move is seen as an attempt to get rid of display manufacturers including Samsung, LG and Japan Display. The Cupertino-based company is building new design based on IP owned by LuxVue which it acquired in 2014. Apple’s indegeniously developed microLED panels are expected to arrive first on Apple Watch and gradually makes its way to iPhone.

Apple Gudi Padwa offer

Apple authorized resellers are offering impressive cashback and discounts on a range of Apple products. The maximum cashback available as part of the deal is Rs 10,000 along with no-cost EMI scheme on iPhone, MacBook and Apple Watch. The cashback offer is valid from March 12, 2018 to June 10, 2018, which makes it an attractive proposition for interested Apple consumers.

On purchase of iPhone X, ICICI Bank Credit Card users will be eligible for an additional cashback of Rs 10,000. On iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, customers can avail cashback of Rs 8,000 while the cashback drops to Rs 4,000 on iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models. On Apple Watch, there is a cashback of Rs 5,000 while MacBook models come with cashback up to Rs 10,000.

Sony Xperia XA1, XA1 Ultra and XA1 Plus gets Oreo

Sony Xperia XA1 series is the latest to get Android 8.0 Oreo update. The update weighs in at 900MB and is being rolled out in a phased manner to all Xperia owners. Sony has a proven track record with Android software updates and has even promised two year updates for its premium devices.

With Oreo update, Xperia XA1 series users will be able to experience features like Picture-in-Picture (PIP) mode, Notification dots, Smart Autofill and faster boot time. The update also brings a relatively new Android security patch to smartphones.

India’s position improves in Speedtest Global Index

Ookla, the company behind popular Speedtest app, has released Global Index for the month of February. India has risen three positions in global ranks for average mobile internet speeds and has gained two places in average broadband internet speeds. However, India still ranks globally at 109 for mobile and 67 for broadband, which disappointing considering the ongoing digital transformation in the country.

The report notes that Reliance Jio’s entry has brought a renewed push to data consumption and availability of faster data speeds in the country. However, India still needs to push the horizon to match the like of South Korea and China.

Oppo R15 launched in China

Chinese smartphone maker Oppo has launched its R15 and R15 Dream Mirror Edition smartphones in its home market. The smartphones feature a notch similar to that of iPhone X and will serve as drivers for other smartphone to follow suit as well. The smartphone also serves as inspiration for OnePlus 6, since both the companies have same parent and share design and component orders.

In terms of specifications, the Oppo R15 and R15 Plus feature a 6.28-inch OLED display with 19:9 aspect ratio. The Oppo R15 is powered by MediaTek Helio chipset while Dream Mirror Edition gets a Snapdragon 660 SoC. It also features dual rear camera setup and a 20-megapixel selfie camera.

Lenovo S5 teased to have AI features ahead of launch

Lenovo S5 will be officially launched in China tomorrow. The smartphone will bring new AI features, according to teasers from the company. It will run ZUI 3.5 based on Android 8.0 Oreo and feature a full-screen design.

The smartphone is said to support facial recognition, secure payment and pack a beefy 6,000mAh battery. There is no word on pricing just yet but Lenovo is entering a very highly competitive segment.

Android P to block apps built for Android 4.1 or lower versions

Google recently released the first developer preview of Android P, which gives a brief look at upcoming features and design changes. While Android P will bring native support for notch surrounding the display, it will also have major changes to applications available from the Play Store.

The search giant is reportedly planning to drop support for applications built for Android 4.1 or lower. This means all applications distributed via Play Store on Android P will have to recompiled with Material Design and it is a good move for a streamlined appearance and faster performance.

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  • Published Date: March 19, 2018 8:59 PM IST