Today’s top stories include Samsung launching the much-awaited Galaxy A8 Star smartphone in India and also announcing its first Android One smartphone. We also discuss UIDAI’s decision to make face authentication mandatory for Aadhaar related eKYCs and Apple’s new iOS 12 developer beta 10 update. Let’s look at these and few other stories in detail in our Daily News Wrap.
Samsung Galaxy A8 Star launched in India
Samsung today unveiled its Galaxy A8 Star smartphone in India. The much-awaited premium smartphone comes with a glass design and 6.3-inch Infinity Display featuring 18.5:9 aspect ratio. The device is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC paired alongside 6GB of RAM and 64GB storage. It also packs in a dual-rear camera setup and a 3,700mAh battery. The smartphone is priced at Rs 34,990 and will be available exclusively via Amazon India starting August 27.
Samsung J2 Core Android Go smartphone announced
The Samsung Galaxy J2 Core on the other hand takes its place as Samsung’s first ever entry-level Android Go smartphone. It flaunts a 5-inch TFT display with 540×960 pixels resolution and is powered by an Exynos 7570 SoC paired with 1GB of RAM and 8GB internal storage. Pricing isn’t revealed yet, but it can expected to be around Rs 6,000.
Apple iOS 12 developer beta 10 and public beta 9
Apple today made the iOS 12 developer beta 10 available alongside the iOS 12 public beta 9. The update is just short of 70MB in size and comes with minor bug fixes and improvements. The more important thing to note here is that this update is seen as the last beta release before Apple rolls out the commercial version of iOS 12 sometime next month.
In-flight mobile calls and internet services to kick start in India soon
While initially targeted for next year, the telecom department is now all set to allow in-flight mobile calls and internet connectivity in India in the next two months. The Department of Telecom (DoT) already seems to have organized meetings with both telecom operators and airline companies to start the process. Once the telecom department clears the plan, it will take another two weeks to get the Law Ministry’s approval. According to TRAI, access to calls and internet will be provided beyond 3,000-meter altitude. To get the facility on-board, Indian carriers are said to invest about $1 million.
Oppo R17 Pro launched
Only a few weeks after launching the R17, Oppo has now announced a higher-end sibling for it, called the Oppo R17 Pro. One of the key highlight of the smartphone is that it comes with a triple camera setup at the rear, which is stated to capture 3D images.
Other features include 6.4-inch AMOLED screen, which is sad to feature the same waterdrop notch as the Oppo R17. The smartphone also comes powered by a Snapdragon 710 SoC with 8GB of RAM and 128GB storage. It is said to go on sale in China in October for a price of RMB 4,299, which is approximately Rs 43,800.
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UIDAI makes face authentication mandatory for Aadhaar related eKYCs
UIDAI has announced that it is making face recognition mandatory for every Aadhaar related authentication, as an added security measure. The new process will be applicable for opening a new bank account or getting a new mobile SIM. Additionally, UIDAI has also proposed a two-factor authentication for use of face recognition by telecom operators, where an individual provides Aadhaar number and the authentication will be done using fingerprint or iris and face. A set of specific instructions will be issued on implementation of face authentication to authentication agencies and telecom operators soon.