Lenovo has started rolling out the Android 7.0 Nougat software update for its two popular budget smartphones – Lenovo K6 Power and Lenovo K6 Note – launched in December last year. Both devices are available on Flipkart as well as other retail outlets. While the K6 Power is now available at ₹9,999 for the 3 GB variant and ₹10,999 for the 4 GB variant, the K6 Note is available for ₹13,999. The highlights of the latest update are as follows: Enhanced Multitasking with Multi-window Support: With multi-window support, K6 Note and K6 Power can now run two apps simultaneously on the screen. All you need to do is to tap on the recent apps button and drag the apps to the top of the screen. Data Saver: Data saver allows you to limit background data usage when you are not on a Wi-Fi network. You can even restrict data usage on individual apps. Smarter & Bundled Notifications: The latest update enables cleaner looking notifications and the ability to reply from the notification bar itself without opening any app. Quick App Switching: You can now double tap the recent apps button on the K6 Power and K6 Note to automatically switch to the last app you were using. No more manually selecting from a list of running apps. Better Battery life with Doze on the go: The Nougat update adds an updated Doze mode whenever the phone isn’t in active use, and reduces data sync and periodically run tasks. Display Size: You can now change the size of the font or the display itself. Do you use either of the devices, and has the update trickled for your phone? Let us know in the comments! Remember, to backup any important data before initiating the update and ensure the phone has sufficient […]

We’re not expecting to see our first 7 nanometer processors appear in smartphones until 2019 at the earliest, but industry players are wasting no time in sorting out orders for their future chipsets. TSMC, looking to be the first to 7 nm, has already reportedly secured orders from Apple and Qualcomm, pinching two of Samsung’s biggest existing customers. Clearly, this is a concerning situation for Samsung. Samsung is expected to be a few months behind TSMC with 7 nm, but in the modern foundry business speed is everything. The company announced its upcoming foundries plans this year, with a detailed roadmap for 8, 7, 6, 5, and even 4 nm unveiled just back in May. However according to sources from Korea, Samsung is already preparing to switch plans towards a faster launch of its 6 nm node in order to win back its biggest customers. See also: Report: Qualcomm drops Samsung to work with TSMC at 7 nm 2 weeks ago Apparently, Samsung is aiming to mass produce 6 nm chips sometime in 2019, presumably the second half, which is when the company had been expected to be launching its 7 nm line. If Samsung pulls this off, it will be because its 6 nm and 7 nm nodes will be based on the same Extreme Ultraviolet (EUV) technology. The company has been ramping up its purchases of EUV equipment and has recently decided to bring in 2 ASML NE3400B EUV systems this year, with seven similar models expected to be rolled out next year. The NE3400B supports volume production at 7 down to 5 nm nodes, and Samsung will likely be able to reuse much of its investments into 7 nm technology for 6 nm. Although Samsung’s plans will still miss out on volume production of mobile processors for 2019’s […]

Google has been hit with a €2.42 billion (~$2.7 billion) fine by the European Commission, the regulator’s largest ever penalty. The search giant has been charged with giving its own shopping comparison tool an illegal advantage over the competition and has been provided 90 days to change its practices, or it will face further fines. Google Shopping results are typically displayed on the right side (or at the top on mobile) of Google searches where a consumer product is mentioned, and it’s a feature that Google is able to monetize; brands pay to have their products featured in these results — as indicated by the “Sponsored” symbol that appears next to them. By giving this shopping tool priority, it’s argued that Google has unfairly stifled competing comparison services. “What Google has done is illegal under EU antitrust rules,” said Margrethe Vestager, the European Union’s Competition Commissioner. “It has denied other companies the chance to compete on their merits and to innovate, and most importantly it has denied European consumers the benefits of competition, genuine choice and innovation.” The BBC estimates that it could cost Google’s parent company Alphabet around $14 million per day if it fails to comply with the changes within the aforementioned three-month period. See also: Google Home gets multi-user support in the UK 4 hours ago Responding to the ruling, Google said, “When you shop online, you want to find the products you’re looking for quickly and easily. And advertisers want to promote those same products. That’s why Google shows shopping ads, connecting our users with thousands of advertisers, large and small, in ways that are useful for both. We believe the European Commission’s online shopping decision underestimates the value of those kinds of fast and easy connections.” The search giant also stated that it “respectfully” disagreed with […]

OnLeaks and 91mobiles have joined forces and released a set of alleged renders, as well as a 360-degree video, of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 8. They show the device from all angles leaving nothing to the imagination. As you can see, the Note 8 resembles the Galaxy S8 series with its small bezels and curved screen. Although the back of the device does look a little bit different, mainly because of the protruding dual-camera setup. Unfortunately, the fingerprint scanner is positioned on the right side of the cameras just like on the Galaxy S8, which a lot of users don’t really like. You can check out the video as well as all the images down below. As expected, the Note 8 has a glass back, a metal frame, and comes equipped with the popular S Pen that pops out from the bottom of the device. We already knew that the device will look quite similar to the Galaxy S8, given how its design has been well received by the majority of users. However, the placement of the fingerprint scanner is surprising, as that location doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. After all, the Note 8 is expected to feature a display with the size of at least 6.3-inches. This means that the scanner will be quite high up and could be hard to reach, especially for those who have smaller hands. According to several reports, Samsung tried and failed to embed a fingerprint sensor in the display of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8. Vivo and Apple are rumored to be leading the race to bring this feature to market. See also: Korean media: Galaxy Note 8 to launch on August 26 in New York 1 week ago Keep in mind that the images above aren’t official, […]

Samsung has another reason to celebrate. For the first time ever, the tech giant overtook Fitbit to become the second largest player in the wearable market. According to Strategy Analytics, the company grabbed 12.8 percent of the market in the first quarter of the year, while Fitbit’s market share was 12.2 percent. As expected, Apple retained the number one spot. The company’s market share in Q1 was 53 percent, far ahead of Samsung and the rest of its competition. Samsung was able to move up to second place thanks to the high demand for its devices, mainly the Gear S3. The smartwatch was announced back at IFA 2016 in September and went on sale in the US in November. See also: Verizon begins selling Samsung Gear S3 in its retail stores for $399 2 weeks ago As a refresher, Samsung’s smartwatch is available in two versions – Classic and Frontier — both of which feature a 1.3-inch Super AMOLED fully circular display along with a rotating bezel, and sport an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance. They run Samsung’s Tizen OS and come equipped with GPS and an optical heart-rate monitor. The two smartwatches look a bit different from one another with the Classic being the more elegant one, while the Frontier has a more rugged design. To learn more, check out our review of the Samsung Gear S3.

Samsung’s mobile payment service now finally works with Discover cards. This is great news for owners of the card, which have been waiting for Samsung Pay support since early 2016 when it was supposed to go live. More than a year later, Discover users can now finally add their card to Samsung Pay and make purchases with the help of a smartphone, a Discover representative confirmed to The Verge. Using Samsung’s mobile payment service is quite easy, as all you have to do is place your device near a payment terminal, authorize the purchase with a pin number, an iris scan, or your fingerprint, and wait for the transaction to be completed. See also: Samsung Pay expands to four new countries April 27, 2017 One of the biggest advantages of Samsung Pay over its competition is that in addition to NFC, it also uses Magnetic Secure Transmission (MST). What this means is that the service works with older payment terminals that don’t support NFC. Just keep in mind that the payment service is only compatible with Samsung-branded devices. These include the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S7 Edge, Galaxy S7, Galaxy S6 Edge+, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 Active, Galaxy S6, Gear S2 (with NFC only), and Gear S3.

Update: The Honor 8 Pro will soon be available in India. The device will be launched on July 6 as an Amazon exclusive. Unfortunately, the retailer didn’t share any pricing info with the public yet, which means we’ll have to wait for a little more than a week to find out how much exactly will the high-end smartphone set you back. Amazon has set up a dedicated page on its website for the Honor 8 Pro, where you can sign up to get notified as soon as the device is released. If you’re interested, visit the retailer’s website via the button below. SIGN UP TO GET NOTIFIED Original story: The Honor 8 Pro was launched in Europe earlier this year, and the company’s flagship smartphone is coming soon to India. The Honor 8 Pro packs top-of-the-line specifications and looks every bit as brilliant as phones that cost a couple of hundred dollars more. I got my hands on the Honor 8 Pro earlier today – a day after the OnePlus 5 launch in India – and since the former will be launched soon (as early as first week of July), it’s hard to not compare the two. The OnePlus 5 is a terrific smartphone, and the company has got a lot of fans and hype going for it. But can Honor 8 Pro spoil the party? See also: Honor 8 Pro hands on April 5, 2017 The Honor 8 Pro is encased in a glass and metal chassis, and while there are Midnight Black and Platinum Gold color variants, I can’t get over the gorgeous Navy Blue one. For a smartphone that packs in a 4000mAh battery, it’s remarkable that the device is less than 7mm thick. The Honor 8 Pro sports a 5.7-inch Quad HD 2K display, picking up […]

Japanese role-playing game Fate/Grand Order has now hit the Google Play Store in the West. The title was first released in Japan in July 2015 to critical acclaim and was intended to remain in Japanese only. However, the game’s director, Yosuke Shiokawa, has said that many of its players were coming from overseas. To accommodate those players, the English language was put into production. Fate/Grand Order is based on the Fate/Stay Night visual novel from 2004, and sees the players (rather predictably) set out on a mission to save humanity. The game’s story is once again presented in a visual novel style, but it features a turn-based card battle system which should make fans of Japanese role-playing games feel right at home. See also: These are the best Android games currently on sale 2 days ago During combat, the player acts as a “Master” who can call upon powerful assistants, known as “Servants,” to help defeat enemies. Players will have to be strategic in the way they plan the attacks of these Servants in order to take advantage of combos and unleash deadly special moves. Each of these Servants also has their own storyline which can be explored during the course of play. It’s a free-to-play title, so if you’re craving some questing, crafting, card-collecting, RPG thrills, you might want to give it a shot. Download it from the Google Play Store here.

There has been a significant amount of buzz surrounding the next generation of the Google Pixel line, supposedly code-named ‘Taimen’ and’Walleye’ . As we edge closer and closer to that September/October release timeframe, the hype is beginning to build for the successor to the original ‘Google Phone’. With rumors quickly filling the Android enthusiast world with anticipation, we’ve got a report that seems relatively legitimate, detailing potential specifications for Google’s next generation devices. Google’s ‘Taimen’ device is said to be the bigger of the two options, supposedly sporting a much larger 5.99-inch display compared to last year’s Pixel XL, and with supposedly much smaller bezels, too. The source says this device will use a 1440p OLED panel from LG, and will utilize a Snapdragon 835 processor and 4GB of RAM. There will be a 128GB model available, however the source says it may not be the only option available to consumers. The glass panel on the back of the device is said to make a return, though with the bigger physical size of the device, the source says the glass will no longer encapsulate the fingerprint reader. No dual-camera orientation is said to come to this handset, so don’t get your hopes up for incredible portraiture like we’ve seen in devices like the OnePlus 5.   Read moreGoogle Pixel 2 wishlist: what we want to see ‘Walleye’ will apparently be a much smaller device, returning to 4.97 inches and maintaining its FHD 1080p resolution, similar to the standard model Pixel of 2016. The source says that this model will look almost identical to the 5-inch Pixel device of yesteryear, but will take advantage of the objectively large bezels to include a set of front-firing speakers. While this is an incredibly welcome addition for many, the source says it includes these at […]

Welcome to the Sunday Giveaway, the place where we giveaway a new Android phone each and every Sunday! A big congratulations to last week’s winner of the Google Pixel International Giveaway: Nhkomaiha. (Lebanon). This week we are giving away a brand new OnePlus 5 courtesy of CaliCase Waterproof Floating Pouches. Protect your phone this summer with the CaliCase Waterproof floating pouch. Take your phone up to 100 feet underwater thanks to it’s IPX 8 certified waterproof rating. Available in 15 stylish colors including the special edition American Flag edition which is perfect for the upcoming July 4 weekend. Get $5 off a CaliCase only at CaliCase.com with coupon code: CCSUMMER5 The OnePlus 5 was officially unveiled this week, take a look at our OnePlus 5 review and other top content: OnePlus 5 vs iPhone 7 Plus OnePlus 5 Camera Battle OnePlus 5 vs Galaxy S8 Enter giveaway OnePlus 5 International Giveaway! More giveaways Bose QC 30 headphones Giveaway – SoundGuys.com Best Android Phone (June 2017) Giveaway – AndroidAuthority.com Winners gallery Terms & Conditions The giveaway is an international giveaway (Except when we can not ship to your Country.) If we can not ship to your country, you will be compensated with an online gift card of equal MSRP value to the prize. We are not responsible for lost shipments. We are not responsible if your giveaway prize malfunctions. You must be age of majority in your Country of residence. We are not responsible for any duties or import fees that you may incur. Only 1 entry per person, do not enter multiple email addresses. We will verify all winners and if we detect multiple email addresses by the same person you will not be eligible to win. We reserve all rights to make any changes to this giveaway. This giveaway is operated by AndroidAuthority. The prize will […]

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