Micromax launches Evok Dual Note, a budget smartphone with dual camera, in India

Micromax launches Evok Dual Note, a budget smartphone with dual camera, in India

Micromax launches Evok Dual Note, a budget smartphone with dual camera, in India

Micromax announced a new smartphone – Evok Dual Note – that packs in a dual camera setup at the back. The phone comes in two variants – one with 3 GB of RAM and the other with 4 GB of RAM while the internal storage on both is the same (32 GB).

Micromax Evok Dual Note Specifications

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Cat S60, world’s first smartphone with an integrated thermal camera, launched in India

Cat S60, world’s first smartphone with an integrated thermal camera, launched in India

Cat S60, world’s first smartphone with an integrated thermal camera, launched in India

Cat phones has announced the launch of the flagship Cat S60 in India. The Cat S60 is the world’s first smartphone with an integrated thermal camera and also the most waterproof smartphone available with the ability to go to depths of up to 5 meters for 1 hour.

The Cat S60 is launched by Bullitt, the England-based company that is the global licensee for Cat (Caterpillar Inc.) for mobile phones and related peripherals.

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Starbucks brings mobile payment to India with the new Starbucks India app

Starbucks brings mobile payment to India with the new Starbucks India app

Starbucks brings mobile payment to India with the new Starbucks India app

Starbucks has finally launched its official mobile app in India. The Starbucks India app provides a fast and convenient way for customers to pay for in-store purchases and earn Stars through their My Starbucks Rewards account.

Starbucks entered the Indian market in October 2012 through a 50:50 Joint Venture with Tata Global Beverages and currently operates 91 stores in India.

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Sony Xperia XZ1 with 3D scanning and Android Oreo launches in India

Sony Xperia XZ1 with 3D scanning and Android Oreo launches in India

Sony Xperia XZ1 with 3D scanning and Android Oreo launches in India

The Xperia XZ1 has made its way to India. Starting today, the smartphone is available at all Sony Centers and major retailers across the nation, coming in black color option (pictured below). It will set you back Rs. 44,990.

Launch offers include 5 percent cashback on purchases made with HDFC and ICICI cards and a Rs. 1,000 discount on the Style Cover Stand that can be yours for Rs. 2,490.

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Sony Xperia XZ1 with 3D scanning and Android Oreo launches in India

Sony Xperia XZ1 with 3D scanning and Android Oreo launches in India

Sony Xperia XZ1 with 3D scanning and Android Oreo launches in India

The Xperia XZ1 has made its way to India. Starting today, the smartphone is available at all Sony Centers and major retailers across the nation, coming in black color option (pictured below). It will set you back Rs. 44,990.

Launch offers include 5 percent cashback on purchases made with HDFC and ICICI cards and a Rs. 1,000 discount on the Style Cover Stand that can be yours for Rs. 2,490.

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OnePlus 3T to remain available in India until “later this year”

OnePlus 3T to remain available in India until “later this year”

OnePlus 3T to remain available in India until “later this year”

Yesterday, OnePlus announced that those who want to get their hands on the 3T have to move fast. The smartphone is running out of stock and won’t be available for purchase starting in June.

However, it looks like the OnePlus 3T will only get discontinued in North America, Europe, and Hong Kong. The company has recently said that the smartphone will still be available in India until “later this year.” You’ll be able to get both the 64 GB and 128 GB versions of the device from all three official sales channels: OnePlus’ online store, Amazon India, and the OnePlus Experience Store in Bangalore.

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Mid-range Samsung phones may soon get Samsung Pay

Mid-range Samsung phones may soon get Samsung Pay

Mid-range Samsung phones may soon get Samsung Pay

Following India’s demonetization strategy, Samsung is planning to cash in on the move by introducing Samsung Pay to mid-range devices including the popular Galaxy J series. If the pilot program is successful, more mid-range Galaxy phones worldwide might soon gain access to Samsung’s contactless payment service.

Of course, if a country – like India – isn’t full of newer NFC payment terminals, the fall-back option of MST, which works with all existing magnetic strip terminals, is a great solution, something neither Apple nor Google will be able to offer with Apple Pay and Android Pay. According to Mashable, “recently-manufactured batches of several budget and mid-level Samsung smartphones have the hardware capability to support Samsung Pay”.

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Sony Xperia XZs with 19 MP Motion Eye camera makes its way to India

Sony Xperia XZs with 19 MP Motion Eye camera makes its way to India

Sony Xperia XZs with 19 MP Motion Eye camera makes its way to India

The Sony Xperia XZs, which was announced at MWC 2017 in Barcelona, has made its way to India. The smartphone was officially launched today and will go on sale starting April 11. Sony says you’ll be able to get it from Flipkart, at all Sony Centers as well as a few other offline retailers for Rs. 49,990. Although it is worth mentioning that the device is currently listed on Flipkart for Rs. 51,990 for some reason.

You’ll also be able to pre-book the device. If you decide to do so, you’ll get a Sony SRS-XB10 Wireless Bluetooth Speaker — worth Rs. 4,990 — for free along with your purchase. The pre-booking period will kick off tomorrow, April 4, and will end on April 10.

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Google announces support for voice search in eight more Indian languages (updated)

Google announces support for voice search in eight more Indian languages (updated)

Google announces support for voice search in eight more Indian languages (updated)

Update, 08/14/2017, 11:10 ET: In addition to the new Indian languages Google announced voice support for earlier today, the company has also revealed a number of other languages now compatible with Gboard and Voice Search. In a blog post titled “type less, talk more,” Google highlighted 13 more languages now supported as part of its efforts to make the internet more inclusive. These are:

  • Amharic (Ethiopia)
  • Armenian (Armenia)
  • Azerbaijani (Azerbaijani)
  • English (Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania)
  • Georgian (Georgia)
  • Javanese (Indonesia)
  • Khmer (Cambodian)
  • Lao (Laos)
  • Latvian (Latvia)
  • Nepali (Nepal)
  • Sinhala (Sri Lanka)
  • Sundanese (Indonesia)
  • Swahili (Tanzania, Kenya)
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Airtel and Vodafone carrier billing goes live on Google Play Store in India

Airtel and Vodafone carrier billing goes live on Google Play Store in India

Airtel and Vodafone carrier billing goes live on Google Play Store in India

Looks like carrier billing for Airtel and Vodafone is going live in India for Google Play Store. Google had officially announced the partnership at the Google Playtime event in India in October, but didn’t share any timeline. In May this year, Google had announced carrier billing with Idea Cellular, although the service wasn’t rolled out immediately.

Direct Carrier Billing (DCB) allows you to buy apps, music, books, and movies from the Google Play Store while the cost is reflected in your postpaid mobile bill or taken off your prepaid balance.

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