Japan also planning to stop using Huawei and ZTE equipment

Huawei and ZTE have been no strangers to security and espionage scandals in recent years. And while it is hard to fully grasp the whole picture and accurately judge on any of the official accusations, it is already pretty clear that the two Chinese corporations are under direct fire by the USA. In fact, things have been unraveling very rapidly on an international scale for the pair, with many other countries, including Australia, New Zealand and the UK taking preemptive steps of their own.

Considering all this, plus the recent arrest of Huawei CFO it really comes as no surprise to hear that Japan is considering protective measures of its own. To be fair, unlike the ongoing US scandals, Japan’s alleged measures won’t be targeting and calling out Huawei and ZTE in particular. Instead the country is rumored to put in place certain general strengthened information security measures that will affect the two Chinese entities’ operations, among others.

This particular news has traveled rather slow, since it was first reported by the Yomiuri newspaper and then picked up by Reuters. It does, however, bring about a different air of certainty in the source, as well as potential severity of the situation Huawei and ZTE find themselves in.

Besides a potential loss in Huawei’s end user smartphone business, the more severe consequence the two Chinese corporations could be facing is a major hit to their enterprise branches. Both are major mobile infrastructure players. Huawei supplies some network equipment to NTT Docomo and KDDI Corp. Then there is also Huawei’s long-standing partnership with SoftBank Group Corp (Current owners of the US Sprint Corp) with existing plans to partner on 5G trial, which might now be in limbo, given the new developments.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang has already expressed serious concerns about the Huawei and ZTE situation. ZTE’s Shenzhen stock has been in trouble, recently sliding down 5.7 percent in a global stocks sell-off after the Huawei CFO arrest. All the while, Huawei is unlisted from trading, so things are looking rather serious overall.

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+Nokia 8.1 promo video leaks ahead of the official unveiling

HMD Global’s event in Dubai on December 5 is expected to be the launchpad for up to three smartphones, including the Nokia 8.1 – for a while this has been rumored to be nothing but a rebranded international version of the Nokia X7 that has been available in China since October.

And now, mere hours before said event, a promo video for the Nokia 8.1 has been outed, which intriguingly shows us a much larger notch than the Nokia X7’s. The phones could still be identical on the inside, though, with only that visible differentiating feature.

As you can see, the video emphasizes the camera’s Zeiss optics with OIS, its prowess in shooting superior low-light images, its ability to make “AI” portraits, and beautiful bokeh. The screen supports HDR10, and that’s all we get from this presentation. It looks like the Nokia 8.1’s marketing will be very focused on the camera (excuse the pun), if this is anything to go by.

Anyway, stay tuned for all of the official details coming straight from the Dubai event in a few hours.

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Vivo NEX to hit Europe for €849

The vivo NEX with a pop-up selfie camera arrived back in June, and slowly made its way outside China. You can buy the phone in plenty of countries, including India, Russia and Malaysia, but is yet to reach European soil. A rumor appeared today, suggesting vivo NEX is indeed coming to Europe and it’s going to cost €849.

When vivo introduced the NEX S, it was priced at CNY4,498, which is equal to €570. It also had a variant for CNY4,998, which translates to €630. Even if we add import fees and other taxes, the €849 tag is exceptionally high, given that the dual-screen vivo NEX 2 is just around the corner. Alternatively, that could be the price for the new phone and the source just mixed up the info.

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Motorola One Power Android 9.0 Pie update starts rolling out in India, brings Dual VoLTE, improved camera performance

Motorola just announced that it has started rolling out Android 9.0 (Pie) update for the One Power Android One smartphone in India, as it had promised at the launch in September. At the launch the company also promised Android Q update for the phone, as well as security updates for three years from the initial global launch date.

Android 9 Pie update offers even longer & improved battery life, an entirely new UI with redesigned Quick Settings and a revamped split-screen. The update also brings forth a fresh intuitive navigation, simplified volume controls and an improved Do Not Disturb mode. It also brings Dual SIM Dual VoLTE Support and an improved camera performance including the panorama feature and better low light images.

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Motorola One Power Android 9 Pie Update Rolling Out, Brings Dual 4G Support

Motorola has officially confirmed the rollout of Android 9 Pie update to its Android One smartphone- the Motorola One Power. The company did not announce this news on Twitter or any other social media handle, instead, the Android 9 Pie release notes have gone live on Motorola’s website, confirming the update’s rollout has begun. In addition, Motorola is sending a notification to the One Power users in India stating that the device will receive the latest iteration of Android in the next few days. Going by the release notes available on the Motorola website, this update will add the much-requested Dual 4G and Dual VoLTE feature to the smartphone. Alongside that, Motorola has added Panorama feature to the camera app and also bumped the security patch version of November 1, 2018.

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Motorola One Power Android 9 Pie Update: Features You Need to Know

For the unaware, the Motorola One Power is an Android One smartphone, meaning it runs stock Android and is also eligible for receiving timely software updates. Recently, we reported that the Android 9 Pie beta testing was going on for the One Power and it took just a week for the Lenovo-owned company to roll out the update.

Talking about the features, the Android 9 Pie update to the One Power brings all the features Google introduced such as gesture navigation, adaptive brightness and battery features along with a new interface for notification panel and quick tiles.

Besides the standard Android 9 Pie features, Motorola has added Dual 4G and Dual VoLTE functionality to the smartphone, meaning users can use two Jio 4G SIM cards on the smartphone. Earlier, when the smartphone launched in India, Motorola did not add the functionality for some unknown reasons.

The update also brings Panorama feature along with various improvements to the camera performance. So expect the images captured on Motorola One Power to come out a tad better after the update. Lastly, the update adds November 2018 security patches. Right now, the Motorola One Power is on August 2018 patches.

Motorola One Power: Specifications and Features

The Motorola One Power is the best smartphone launched by Motorola this year. The phone’s USP is the 5000mAh battery which will last for more than two days with moderate usage. The phone rocks a 6.2-inch Full HD+ display on the front with a 19:9 aspect ratio and a notch on top. The notch houses 12MP selfie shooter and an LED flashlight.

Under the hood, the One Power has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 chipset, clubbed with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. Notably, Motorola launched only one variant of the smartphone in India. As for the cameras, the phone rocks 16MP and 5MP shooters on the rear side, followed by a 12MP selfie shooter. Connectivity options on the handset include Dual 4G, VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS and a USB Type-C port.

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All Android Pie 9.0 Devices Get Project Treble

Google held their Android Dev Summit last week in California. The company demonstrated multiple changes for current & future Android devices. One of them is a big announcement for a long pertaining issue.  For a long period of time, Android users have been complaining to OEM’s and Google for delayed updates on their devices. During the Dev Summit, Google developers showcased a solution to the problem in the shape of Project Treble. The company has declared that every upcoming Android 9.0 Pie devices will be Project Treble Compliant.

What Is Project Treble?

Project Treble was first introduced with Android 8.0 Oreo which has matured a lot since then. It is a mechanism that is concerned with pushing faster updates on an Android devices. Google developers demonstrated a common GSI (Generic System Image) running on devices from different manufacturers. Before this devices had a specific GSI engine per manufacturer, tweaked for compatibility with their devices. This uncommon GSI would increase the time for companies to modify the pure AOSP (Android Open Source Project) code that Google released. Now onwards Google will open GSI information for manufacturers so they directly modify pure AOSP code which was first sent to chip makers to enable their chipset compatibility.

Android One Android Go Stock Android

In the past, lastest updates used to go through multiple checkpoints in order to be capable of deploying onto an Android device. Previously when Google released an Android update it was first sent to chip makers like Qualcomm & Mediatek. The chip makers would optimise the code according to the architecture on their chipsets. The update was then forwarded to manufacturers who would tweak the same as per the need of their respective devices & also integrate their proprietary software bits. This  then leads to the OTA (Over The Air) update on their devices.

What’s In It For The Users?

Also Read: OnePlus 6T Thunder Purple Unboxing And First Look

Post Project Treble compliance the users would be able to receive faster updates on their smart devices. It will enable them to make the most out of what the latest Android firmware has on offer. Google as Android has always been criticised when compared to its Apple iOS counterparts.

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Motorola One Power to receive Android Pie update in the “next few days” [Updated]

Lenovo-owned Motorola announced the Motorola One Power Android One smartphone back in late August this year. The smartphone was then launched in India in late September with a price tag of ₹15,999. Even though the One Power was launched after Google released Android Pie – the latest version of Android – it came with Android 8.1 Oreo which was released last year. However, those who have been waiting to get a pie of Android Pie on their One Power will be glad to know that Motorola has confirmed to roll out the update pretty soon.

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Motorola has started sending out notifications to One Power users, informing them that the company will start rolling out Android Pie update in the “next few days”. While, the company hasn’t shared any specific timeline for the roll-out of Android Pie update, we are speculating that Motorola will start seeding the Android Pie update for One Power users by next week.

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The Motorola One Power is an Android One smartphone, which means it runs stock Android and comes with the promise of two years of Android version updates and three years of security updates. The One Power is a mid-range smartphone though. It is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 636 SoC which is paired with 4 GB RAM. The smartphone boasts a 6.2-inch notched display and rocks dual cameras at the back. You can check out full specifications of Motorola One Power down below.

Motorola One Power Specifications

  • CPU: 1.8 GHz Snapdragon 636 octa-core processor
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • GPU: Adreno 509
  • Operating System: Android 8.1 Oreo (Android 9.0 Pie rolling out soon)
  • Display: 6.2-inch Full-HD+ (2246 x 1080 pixels) 19:9 Max Vision display with a brightness of 450 nits
  • Rear Camera: 16 MP + 5 MP with Portrait Mode, 4K Video Recording and LED flash
  • Front Camera: 12 MP with Portrait Mode and Flash
  • Internal Storage: 64 GB
  • External Storage: Expandable up to 256 GB via microSD card (dedicated slot)
  • SIM: Dual SIM
  • Connectivity: 4G VoLTE, GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, 3.5 mm headphone jack, USB Type-C
  • Other: Fingerprint Scanner, Dolby Audio, Google Lens, Widevine L1 Certification, P2i Water-Repellent Coating
  • Battery: 5000 mAh with 15W TurboPower Charging

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Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Teased to Be Faster and Offer More Storage; Sales Said to Begin From August 24

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Teased to Be Faster and Offer More Storage; Sales Said to Begin From August 24

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Galaxy Note 9 may be faster and have more storage
  • Its market availability in Europe tipped for August 24
  • Note 9’s cases and covers showcased in leaked renders

Samsung is just two weeks away from launching its latest flagship – Galaxy Note 9 – in the market. The company has already started teasing the upcoming smartphone via several videos. While a teaser hinting at a bigger battery life in the Galaxy Note 9 was posted earlier, two new videos have suggested a few other features. Based on the latest teasers, the Galaxy Note 8 successor is said to be faster than its rivals and also come with bigger storage options. Meanwhile, rumours surrounding the Galaxy Note 9 are still pouring in, suggesting that the phone will go on sale starting August 24. Interestingly, one of the reports has also claimed that the handset will no longer need the DeX Pad to get a desktop experience.

Ahead of the Galaxy Note 9 launch, several leaks have been surfacing on the Internet for a while now, and some of them are in line with what Samsung is suggesting. Earlier this week, Samsung had teased the presence of a bigger battery in the Galaxy Note 9. While it could be a key highlight of the smartphone, the company has now released two more teasers hinting at the smartphone’s storage and speed. As per a previous report, the Galaxy Note 9 is expected to get a variant with 8GB of RAM and 512GB of inbuilt storage. Other reports have claimed that the smartphone will be powered by a Snapdragon 845 SoC.

In two 30-second videos posted on YouTube, Samsung is teasing a smartphone widely speculated to be the Galaxy Note 9. While one video flashes the words “Never have enough storage? A lot can change in a day,” while another video says “Phone too slow? A lot can change in a day.”

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The videos also show the date of the Samsung Unpacked event, August 9, which is when the Galaxy Note 9 launch will take place.

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Meanwhile, as per popular tipster Ronald Quandt, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 will hit the shelves on August 24. According to the tweet, the smartphone will be available for pre-orders until August 23, and buyers will receive their handsets on August 24. Some previous reports had also suggested the same date of sale for the upcoming smartphone.

Coming to latest leaks regarding specifications, as per a WinFuture report, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 will no longer need the DeX Pad, the accessory that offers a desktop experience. Until now, this device was required to connect the handset to a monitor, keyboard, and mouse. According to the new report, the Galaxy Note 9 will only require a USB Type-C cable and a display port adapter to connect to a bigger display.

While we already know that the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 will come with a new S Pen, a new report has leaked the alleged design of the stylus. A report in WinFuture showcases the Galaxy Note 9 S Pen in all its glory. The same report has also leaked renders of the various Galaxy Note 9 cases and covers. While previous reports had claimed that the S Pen will double as a Bluetooth controller for the Galaxy Note 9. However, the images do not suggest the availability of any such functionality.

Additionally, the leaked images show a Protective Silicone Cover, Clear View Cover, LED View Cover, and Silicone Cover of the Galaxy Note 9. The report says that The the Protective Silicone Cover will upgrade the Galaxy Note 9 with military-grade protection. These renders also suggest the colour options the Galaxy Note 9 may be launched with – Black, Blue, Brown, and Purple.

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Display6.40-inch
Processor1.8GHz octa-core
Front CameraYes
Resolution1440x2960 pixels
RAM6GB
OSAndroid 8.1
Rear CameraYes
Battery Capacity4000mAh
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Vivo V11 Pro Teaser Image Reveals Design Ahead of September 6 Launch

Nokia 9 Concept Render Shows a Display Notch, Penta-Lens Camera Setup

Nokia 9 render shows off Zeiss branding at the back

Nokia 9 with a penta-lens camera setup is presently one of the most anticipated developments in the smartphone market. While nothing official about the handset has so far been confirmed, the awaited Nokia 9 has now been leaked in a fresh render that shows its entire front and rear design. The render reveals the presence of a display notch that looks similar to what was featured on the Nokia X6. Also, there is a thin-bezel display that covers the entire frontal area. The back view of the Nokia 9 shows the five camera sensors. Some previous reports claimed that the Nokia 9 will be based on Google’s Android One programme. It was initially expected to come at the IFA last week, but the company didn’t make any formal announcement around its presence at the six-day event in Berlin, Germany.

Developed by tipster Benjamin Geskin, the render shows that the front view of the Nokia 9 is dominated by its thin-bezel display that has a notch on top. The display notch has a room for the front-facing camera sensor as well as the earpiece and some sensors, including the ambient light sensor and the proximity sensor. Below the display, there is nothing special, but Nokia’s branding shines in silver colour.

At the back, the render shows a clearer look at how the penta-lens camera setup that was recently rumoured. The camera setup includes five sensors as well as a flash module. This could be a Xenon flash. Further, there is a Zeiss logo sitting at the centre of the camera setup, suggesting premium optics. There is also a noise-cancellation microphone on top of the rear camera setup. Besides, there is a vertically-placed Nokia logo at the centre of the back panel.

It is worth noting here that the render is based on the recent leaks of the Nokia 9. Therefore, the formal design of the handset could include some major changes. The past reports have suggested that the handset could come with a 6.01-inch display along with a Gorilla Glass 5 protection on top and will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC, coupled with up 8GB of RAM and 256GB of onboard storage. The Nokia 9 is also speculated to be a part of the Android One programme; it may thus run Android 9.0 Pie out-of-the-box.

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What exactly are MBs and GBs in internet data bundles?

In this day and age, the internet is everything. We heavily rely on this worldwide infrastructure for almost every aspect of our lives today. Facebook and Twitter for keeping up with friends and family, Skype and a bunch of other apps for video calling, entertainment, you name it, we’re doing it online. I mean even governments have moved on to provide services to the public over the internet. The internet is everything.

If you are using your phone to connect, chances are you have a monthly/weekly or daily data allowance. This is the amount of internet you are allowed before you either have to pay more for access or you’re cut off.

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This is pretty straight-forward for most people but there are many people that wonder, How much is enough, too much or too little when it comes to choosing your smartphone data package?

What is Mobile Data?

Internet tokens/bundles are measured in bytes. That is the unit of measurement. One kilobyte or KB is 1024B. One megabyte MB is 1024kilobytes KB. One gigabyte is 1024MB and so on and so on.

Carriers offer internet bundles in various denominations from as low as 20MB to as high as 100GB. The validity of these bundles also varies from bundle to bundle for economic reasons obviously.

Some carriers go on to offer their heaviest users Unlimited data plans which offer users unrestricted access to the internet with no caps for a given period of time.

How much Data do I need?

So, different tasks on the web require different amounts of data. For instance, text-based emails are usually really light so you don’t really need that much data to clear your Inbox by replying to all those emails you have been putting on hold.

Tasks like video streaming, especially in the higher resolutions, say Full HD 1080p or even 4K are some of the heavier ones. To do this on a mobile plan is often considered a little extravagant. That is why it is recommended that this be done over WiFi or fiber internet as those often offer Unlimited Plans with differences in connection speeds.

That said, below is a nifty little data calculator tool from the good folks over at Confused.com. The tool helps you estimate how far your data allowance will go before you need to consider purchasing a different plan

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