Today’s day in the world of technology started with a scary post suggesting some OnePlus users who shopped on the company’s official website have been affected by credit card fraud. The company has denied the incident but it led to widespread discussion among users. Sticking to shopping, Amazon has announced the next edition of its Great Indian Sale when your wallets will get lighter than usual.
Home-grown smartphone maker Micromax has confirmed that it will be the first to launch a smartphone based on Android Oreo (Go edition). UIDAI plans to add facial authentication to Aadhaar and WhatsApp is working on a new feature to block annoying spam messages. So here is a rundown of all the major tech news from the day.
Micromax confirms Oreo (Go edition) smartphone
Micromax has confirmed that it will launch Bharat Go, the first smartphone based on Android Oreo (Go edition) later this month. The smartphone is expected to be priced around Rs 2,000 and Google aims to reach next billion users with Oreo (Go edition). The smartphone will run on Oreo (Go edition) with optimized apps such as Google Go, YouTube Go and Files Go that will consume less memory than standard apps. The smartphone is expected to have 1GB RAM and 8GB storage and is aimed at first-time smartphone buyers.
The details about Bharat Go including its specifications and features are not known just yet. With Bharat Go, Micromax is trying to reboot its mobile business in the affordable smartphone space. Micromax is expected to be followed by Lava, Intex and Karbonn with their own Android Oreo (Go edition) smartphones.
OnePlus credit card issue
There is a lot of convenience when you shop with a credit card and save the card details to avoid the need to enter the details again and again while shopping on a platform. However, some OnePlus customers who shopped on teh website between October and December 2017 were shocked to saw fraudulent credit card activity. In a statement, OnePlus confirmed that it does not handle payments by itself and relies on secure PCI-DSS-compliant payment processing partner.
It also added that its website is not affected by Magento bug and plans to offer more clarity on this particular issue after thorough investigation. OnePlus is growing faster than peers with its smartphones being accepted as great value for money devices with premium features and it will certainly hope to avoid flaws as alarming as credit card fraud on its platform.
Amazon Great Indian Sale
There is never a better time to lighter your wallet than during sales held on e-commerce platforms. Amazon India has announced that the next Great Indian Sale will kickstart on January 21 and there will be discounts on products across categories such as smartphones, TVs and other home appliances. As always, Prime members will get access to all deals at least 12 hours early.
During Great Indian Sale, Amazon will offer discounts on smartphones from Apple, OnePlus, Samsung, 10.or, Micromax, Lenovo-Moto, and LG among others. If you were planning to upgrade to a new smartphone then next week might turn out to be ideal.
Aadhaar face authentication
Aadhaar, the controversial 12-digit number aimed at documenting every Indian citizen, is news once again. However, the news can be conceived as a positive one especially from the point of view of old citizens. UIDAI has announced that it plans to add support for facial authentication starting July 1, 2018. The primary goal is to help citizens authenticate themselves with this alternative method when they face difficulty with iris or fingerprint authentication.
This is the second major step to further tighten the security aspect of Aadhaar after UIDAI announced 16-digit random Virtual ID to share while rendering services like SIM connection last week. The move comes on the heels of a Tribune report which showed how easy it is to acquire Aadhaar data from third-party sources.
HTC U11 EYEs launched
HTC is still making smartphones that use Snapdragon 652 chipset. The Taiwanese company launched U11 EYEs today with 6-inch display supporting 18:9 aspect ratio. The sartphone comes with 12-megapixel optically stabilized UltraPixel camera and dual selfie-cameras that act as EYE for the smartphone.
With U11 EYEs, HTC is focusing on those segment of users who seek brilliant selfie camera and decent amount of performance. The smartphoe offers 4GB RAM, 64GB storage, IP67 water and dust resistance. The smartphone backed by 3,930mAh battery will go on sale from February 9 in Taiwan at estimated retail price of NT$14,900 (around Rs 32,000).
WhatsApp spam feature
WhatsApp, which turned obsolete for some users last week, is working on a new feature that will become a boon on the messaging platform. Facebook-owned social messaging platform is working on a new feature that will crackdown on spam messages by targeting messages that are forwarded or circulated multiple times.
WhatsApp plans to identify messages that are forwarded across groups multiple times and inform the user about it. The messages will be labeled as ‘Forwarded Many Times’ and is expected to roll out for iOS and Android in the next update.
Reliance Jio sachet packs
Reliance Jio remains unbeatable when cost per GB data is seen as a metric. While the focus is often on data plans costing Rs 149 or Rs 399, Jio also offers Sachet plans that remain ideal for users with small consumption pattern. The Sachet packs start at Rs 19 and offer 0.15GB data with a validity of 1 day. It also offers 2.1GB data with sachet recharge of Rs 98 and validity of 14 days. These sachet packs are ideal for those who want data plans on the go and are not heavy users.