Technology News Today, 13 July 2020 Highlights: Google for India, Samsung SpaceMax Family Hub, Amazfit Bip S Lite, TRAI, Airtel, Vodafone, Qualcomm, Jio, Vivo X50, Redmi Note 8
Vivo TWS Neo wireless earbuds teased to launch soon in India
Vivo has announced that it will be launching its flagship series, the Vivo X50 in India on July 16. Now, the company has also teased that it will soon launch its new wireless earbuds in the country. The company has revealed that it will launch Vivo TWS Neo wireless earbuds in India soon. The company revealed this information on it's official Twitter handle. The tweet reads, “Welcome to the world of music with unmatched clarity that takes you on an immersive journey. You can never get enough with the DeepX Stereo Sound effects with 14.2mm moving coil that is designed to impress.” The brand has not revealed the launch date for the upcoming wireless earbuds, but one could expect it to launch alongside the Vivo X50 series, which is scheduled to launch on July 16.
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Tecno Spark 5 Pro launched in India
Tecno has today announced the launch of its latest budget-centric smartphone in India. Dubbed as, Tecno Spark 5 Pro, the smartphone is available in Ice Jadeite, Spark Orange, Seabed Blue and Cloud White colour options. The Tecno Spark 5 Pro comes with a price tag of Rs 10,499 and it is available for purchase from major retail stores across the country.
iQOO reveals 120W fast charging solution
iQOO has today announced the launch of its latest fast charging solution for smartphones. The company has introduced iQOO 120W Fast Charging technology for its range of iQOO smartphones.The company has introduced the latest fast charging technology a year after Vivo introduced a similar 120W fast charging solution. The technology uses the dual charging chips, which is similarly found in its 44W fast charging technology.
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Check CBSE Results online
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has declared the class 12th results today but due to the sudden surge of visitors to their site, the website has crashed, and students aren't able to see their results. Check out the article to know some alternative options to check the results.
Amazfit Verge Lite smartwatch relaunched at Rs 4,999
Wearable brand Huami has today relaunched Amazfit Verge Lite smartwatch in India for Rs 4,999. The Amazfit Verge Lite will be available for purchase on Flipkart starting July 14 onwards.
Amazfit Verge Lite smartwatch was launched in India back in August last year priced at Rs 6999. Now it has announced the relaunch of the smartwatch in the country at a cheaper price.
Amazfit Verge Lite features a 1.3-inch 43mm circular AMOLED display with a resolution of 360×360 pixels and Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The smartwatch is compatible with Android 4.4 devices or later, iOS 9.0 or later.
Dish TV India partners with hoichoi to provide exclusive Bengali language content
Dish TV India has announced its partnership with hoichoi, a Bengali on-demand video and music-streaming platform. With this, users will be able to stream exclusive Bengali language content on Dish SMRT Hub and D2H stream platforms. The company has revealed that users will be able to watch hoichoi Originals, TV shows, Music Videos and Movies. The new addition brings hoichoi’s diverse catalogue with over 2000+ hours of viewing content
PUBG Mobile introduces new anti-cheat measures with Spectate Mode
PUBG Mobile has announced the launch of a new anti-cheat measure to improve the protection of its players from hackers and cheaters. The newly updated anti-cheat measure is built upon the existing Spectate Mode and it adds a peer review mechanism. The company has revealed that the game server will now determine in real-time if a given player is visible in the view of the game host, using that information to decide whether or not to transmit the location data to spectators.
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Fitbit Charge 4 gets new Update with Dynamic GPS, Smart Wake alarms
Fitbit has released a new update for its Charge 4 fitness band. The update brings GPS improvements, Smart Wake alarms, and few other changes to the smart band.
The update comes with firmware version 1.96.29 and can be downloaded through the official Fitbit app.
The first one is Dynamic GPS, which allows Charge 4 to detect if it is near the user’s paired smartwatch or not. If your phone is nearby, Charge 4 uses the GPS sensors on your phone to capture your route, pace, and other stats. If you don’t take your phone, Charge 4 uses built-in GPS. It manages new GPS settings on Charge 4 to preserve your device’s battery life or to enhance GPS performance.
Google For India: Teach From Home
The company announced Teach from Home initiative that helps teachers to teach students using different platforms like Google Classroom. The company has revealed that it introduced premium features for free on Google Meet platform that has helped students to attend online classes.
Google For India: Caesar Sengupta takes the stage
Caesar Sengupta, Vice President, Payments and Next Billion Users takes the stage. Android started with one 1 manufacturer and one carrier. In 2020, Android is available over 2 billion devices and India is the second-largest market for the Android operating system. The Android ecosystem offered 1.6 million+ jobs in India.
"We will focus on more low-end Android-based smartphones in India," he said. Google My Business has 26 million+ small and medium business merchants. Google Pay for Business now has 3 million+ merchant on its platform.
Google For India: Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister of Communications, Electronics and IT, Law and Justice takes the stage
Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister of Communications, Electronics and IT, Law and Justice, takes the stage. He says the biggest satisfaction comes in rural India where people in these areas are using Google to conduct different searches. Indians are occupying high-level positions in many big companies. Digital transformation will allow more and more innovation. In the last five years, from Indian digital payment, direct fund transfer and multiple government platforms are available digitally.
Google For India Digitization Fund
The company has announced new Google For India Digitization Fund under which it will invest 10 billion dollars in the next five to seven years. The initiative will be based on developing new products, leveraging AI technology in sectors like agriculture, and more. The company will invest in different sectors under this initiative.
Google For India: Sundar Pichai, CEO, Google and Alphabet takes the stage
During this time, the ability to be online is the need of the hour, said Sundar Pichai. "Being helpful in this moment is the core function for Google," he said. Today, 20 million Small and medium businesses are available on Google.
The global pandemic has supercharged the digital tools. Grocery deliver is one of the key things and all this is possible for digital structure. Low-cost smartphones along with cheaper data service has helped the Indian to be online, said Pichai. Internet Sathi has helped women in rural India to connect them to internet.
Google For India: Google Meet, Google Classroom, Read Along and YouTube learning helped students during COVID-19
Google during the Google For India has revealed that Google Meet, Google Classroom, Read-Along and YouTube learning helped students during COVID-19 pandemic. Furthermore, Google Pay helped people to donate money to PM funds. The company has also partnered with government to provide tesing labs for COVID-19.
Nokia 2.4 spotted with MediaTek Helio P22 chipset
Nokia 2.3 was launched in India last year. Now seems like the company is planning to launch the successor of the Nokia 2.3 smartphone. Dubbed as Nokia 2.4, the phone has appeared on the Geekbench benchmarking platform with some of its key specs.
As per the GeekBench listing, the Nokia 2.4 with codename Wolverine is powered by the MediaTek MT6762V/WB chipset, which is the MediaTek Helio P22 SoC. To recall, the Nokia 2.3 is powered by the MediaTek Helio A22 processor.
Lava extends its ‘Design in India’ contest registration process till July 18
Lava recently introduced a new Design in India contest for interested candidates in India on July 2. Now, the company has extended the registration process for this contest till July 18. The brand earlier announced that the registration process for the contest will open from July 2, 2020, and it will close on July 09, 2020. Now, the brand has revealed that it is expanding the registration process for this contest till July 18.
Samsung SpaceMax Family Hub smart refrigerator launched in India
Samsung has today announced the launch of its new flagship connected refrigerator in India. The brand has introduced the Samsung SpaceMax Family Hub refrigerator in the country and with this, it has expanded its Internet of Things (IoT) portfolio in India. The latest smart refrigerator comes with features like automate meal planning, inside the refrigerator and more. The latest SpaceMax Family Hub comes with a capacity of 657-litres and it is available in Premium Black Matt finish. The refrigerator will be available for pre-booking on Flipkart, Samsung.com, Reliancedigital.in, Croma.com and Vijaysales.com from July 13 to July 26, 2020, at a special price of Rs 196,990.
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Samsung SpaceMax Family Hub smart refrigerator launched in India
Redmi Note 9 set for July 20 launch in India
Xiaomi’s Redmi brand has today announced that the Redmi Note 9 smartphone is launching in India on 20 July at 12 PM.
The company introduced the Redmi Note 9 for the global markets back in April this year at $199 (Rs. 14,940 approx.) for the 3GB RAM and 64GB internal storage variant and $249 (Rs. 18,690 approx.) for the 4GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. It comes in Forest Green, Polar White and Midnight Grey colour options.
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Realme 30W Dart Power Bank to launch in India on July 14
Realme has today announced that Realme 30W Dart Power Bank with 10,000mAh capacity will launch in India on July 14 at 1 P.M.. The Realme 30W Dart Power Bank is currently listed on the Realme India website.
The power bank was recently introduced in China and it retails at 199 Yuan (approx. Rs 2,200). The power bank comes with 10,000mAh battery backup and as the name suggests, it provides 30W fast charging support.
TRAI asks Airtel, Vodafone Idea to withhold plans priority plans in India
Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has asked the two private telecom companies to hold the priority plans that promises faster internet speeds. The regulator has asked Airtel and Vodafone Idea whether the priority plans will get general subscribers or not. TRAI has asked the two operators to hold these specific plans for the interim period. The regulator has asked that if the priority plans came at a cost of service deterioration for other subscribers, report PTI. The regulator has also asked the operators how it is protecting the interest of other general subscribers.
Amazfit Bip S Lite smartwatch to launch in India on July 29
Amazfit is all set to launch a new smartwatch in India. The company has revealed that it will be launching Amazfit Bip S Liye smartwatch in the country. Flipkart has setup a dedicated microsite for the upcoming smartwatch. The landing page reveals that the smartwatch will be launched on July 29. Furthermore, a teaser video reveals that the watch could be priced at Rs 3,599 in India.
Realme X50 Pro 5G sale to be held today
Realme X50 Pro 5G will finally go on sale in India today after more than four months of being unavailable. To recall, the phone was launched in the country back in February.
The Realme X50 Pro will be available in Moss Green and Rust Red colours and it will be sold on realme.com and Flipkart.com today at 12 P.M. The Realme X50 Pro is now priced at Rs 39,999 for the 6GB + 128GB storage option, Rs 41,999 for the 8GB + 128GB storage option and at Rs 47,999 for the 12GB + 256GB storage option.
Redmi Note 8 gets yet another price hike in India
Xiaomi has once again increased the price of Redmi Note 8 in India. The price now starts at Rs 12,499 for the 4GB RAM + 64GB storage option against its previous selling price of Rs 11,999.
Redmi Note 8 has already received multiple price hike in recent months and now the smartphone has again received a price hike of Rs 500 in India. However, the other variant with 6GB + 128GB storage option has not received any price hike and is currently selling for Rs 14,499.
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Google for India 2020 today
Google's sixth annual Google for India event is going to held today. It will be a virtual event. Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai will deliver an address at the event. While Google has not revealed an exact agenda for its virtual event, it says its “product and business leaders will share updates and announcements on [its] initiatives for Digital India.”
Google for India 2020 live stream
The Google for India 2020 event will commence at 2pm IST, and it will be shown live on YouTube. You can catch the Livestream right here.
Vivo X50 series will launch in India on July 16th
Vivo has confirmed that Vivo X50 series will be launched in India on July 16th. In a twitter post, the company said "Block your calendar, #vivoX50Series is launching on 16th July, 2020 at 12PM. #StayTuned Uncover the future of smartphone pro - photography with us. #PhotographyRedefined".
Vivo X50 series will be available for sale on Flipkart, Amazon and offline stores. Vivo recently introduced its X50 series in China with Vivo X50, Vivo X50 Pro and Vivo X50 Pro+.
Qualcomm invests in Jio
Qualcomm has become the 13th investor in Reliance Jio Platforms. On Sunday evening, Qualcomm Ventures said it will invest $97 million in Reliance Jio Platforms to acquire a 0.15% equity stake “on a fully diluted basis” in the top Indian telecom operator. Qualcomm plans to help Jio Platforms in rolling out advanced 5G infrastructure and services for Indian customers.
Reliance Jio Platforms is competing against Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea in India. It has nearly 400 million subscribers in the country. Facebook, Silver Lake, General Atlantic, Intel are some of the other firms that have invested in Jio Platforms.