Technology News Today, 8 October Highlights: Airtel, Samsung Galaxy F41, gadgets, apps and more
Panasonic launches a new Smart LED Bulb compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant
Panasonic Life Solutions has launched its Wi-Fi enabled Smart LED Bulb which is the latest addition to the product portfolio. The product will be available through online mediums like Amazon and regular retails stores.
Read More: Panasonic launches a new Smart LED Bulb
The bulb can also be connected and used via voice commands feature from Google Assistant and Alexa, thereby elevating the experience of the product. You can ask Google or Alexa to turn ON or OFF the bulb and you can also change the colours of the bulb just with the help of a voice comma nd.
Motorola TVs launching on October 9
Motorola is all set to release a new range of Smart TVs on October 9th in India where the OEM has partnered with Flipkart for the sales of its new television models.
The launch event will be a digital one which will be live streamed on Flipkart's official YouTube channel. The key specifications of the TVs still haven't been revealed.
Though, MediaTek has revealed that the TVs will be powered by its latest quad-core MediaTek MT9602 processor which features Arm Cortex-A53 CPU clocked at 1.5GHz and Arm Mali-G52 MC1.
A new variant for Galaxy A21S launched by Samsung
Samsung has announced a new variant of its budget smartphone, the Galaxy A21s in India which has 6GB of RAM and 128GB of Storage. Currently, only two variants were available which were 4GB/64GB and 6GB/64GB.
Read More: Samsung launches new variant of Galaxy A21S
The new Galaxy A21s 6GB/128GB variant comes in black, blue and the all new silver colour at a price of Rs 17,499. It will be available across retail stores, Samsung Opera House, Samsung.com and leading online portals starting October 10, 2020.
MediaTek MT9602 chip for smart TVs launched
MediaTek has announced the launch of AI-enabled MT9602 Smart TV SoC with comprehensive features enabling modern 4K HDR displays. The new SoC is designed to deliver real-time video optimization with improved picture and audio quality, supported by MediaTek AI-PQ (picture quality) and AI-AQ (audio quality), along with HDMI 2.1a support, global HDR, and AV1 & AVS2 decoders.
Flipkart in partnership with Motorola will be launching the brand’s new range of Smart TVs in Ultra HD and HD/Full HD resolutions powered by MediaTek MT9602, on 9 October in India.
Qualcomm and Asus working on a Gaming smartphone
Qualcomm, the largest chip manufacturer is reportedly developing a gaming smartphone in partnership with Asus. The report comes from DigiTimes, a Taiwanese tech outlet.
The outlet also adds that the new gaming smartphone could launch as early as this year. Qualcomm has already scheduled an event for 1st December where the company is said to reveal its Snapdragon 875, the flagship chip. The new smartphone in partnership with Asus could be powered by the new chip.
Read More: Asus to launch Qualcomm's gaming smartphone?
Google Assistant gets Guest Mode
Google is now adding a 'Guest Mode' for its Google Assistant which you can enable simply with the help of a command. While the guest mode is active, whatever commands you give to the assistant won't be saved in the history of commands.
You can disable the Guest mode the same way you enabled it. Google also clarifies that while in guest mode, the search results that will be shown to you for your query won't be personalized. The new Guest Mode will make its way to users in the coming weeks.
PLI Scheme is a success
In his address to media at a Press Conference marking the conclusion of application window under the Production Linked Incentive Scheme (PLI), Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Minister for Electronics & IT, Communications, Law and Justice said that PLI scheme has been huge success in terms of the applications received from Global as well as Domestic Mobile Phone manufacturing companies and electronic component manufacturers.
Mr. Prasad also discusses about the expected impact of the scheme over the course of next 5 years and has mentioned a total of 22 companies that have got a go-ahead from the government.
Honor Watch GS Pro and Honor Watch ES launched in India
Honor Watch GS Pro and Honor Watch ES have been launched in India. Honor Watch GS Pro is priced at Rs 17,999, while the Honor Watch ES comes with a price tag of Rs 7,499.
The Honor Watch GS Pro comes in a Midnight Black colour option. The Honor Watch ES comes in in a Meteorite Black variant.
The Honor Watch GS Pro will go on sale through Flipkart during the Big Billion Days sale starting October 16. The Honor Watch ES will be available for purchase through Amazon during the Great Indian Festival sale starting October 17.
Realme Festive Days from October 16 to 21
Realme has announced discounts on multiple Realme products during the Realme Festive Days First Sale Offers starting October 16 from 12:00 A.M. midnight.
Starting from October 16, 12:00 A.M. midnight, Realme buyers can enjoy discounts on multiple Realme devices on www.Realme.com, Flipkart and Amazon. The 6-day sale will see offers with the lowest prices for Realme smartphones like Realme C11, Realme C12, Realme C15, Realme 6, Realme X3, Realme X3 SuperZoom, and Realme X50 Pro, and Realme AIoT products including a variety of audio accessories, wearables along with the Realme Smart TV.
Oppo A15 camera details revealed
Oppo is all set to launch a new A-series smartphone called Oppo A15 in India soon. While an exact launch date has not been revealed, the phone camera details have been revealed through Amazon listing.
The smartphone has been already teased on Amazon before and now the product page has revealed some key information. As per the listing, Oppo A15 will feature a square module at the top-left corner and a fingerprint sensor at the back.
Nokia 3.1 gets Android 10 update in India
HMD Global has now announced the Android 10 update for Nokia 3.1 as well. India is part of the first wave for this update and users in the country are receiving the update. The update brings new features of Android 10 along with bug fixes and improvements.
HMD Global has announced in a community post that Android 10 is being rolled out to Nokia 3.1. The update brings system-wide dark mode and navigation controls as well. The update also adds Smart Reply option.
Amazon adds Live TV to FireOS
Amazon introduced Live TV feature for Fire TV devices in India, making it easier than ever before for customers to discover live channels from their favourite content providers.
Read More: Amazon Launches Live TV for Fire TV in India
The new feature introduces a ‘Live’ tab on the navigation pane and an ‘On Now’ row on the Fire TV home screen, making it easier to find, browse and access live content from subscribed apps. Customers can also access the integrated channel guide for these subscribed apps. For all existing Fire TV and Fire TV Edition customers, the ‘Live’ tab ‘will begin rolling out today and will be available over the next few weeks.
Amazfit Bip U launch date revealed in India
Amazfit will be launching its new smartwatch in India on October 16. Dubbed as Amazfit Bip U, the smartwatch will be sold on Amazon.in as well as Amazfit India website.
The Amazon page for Amazfit Bip U has already revealed the specifications for the smartwatch. The listing shows a ‘Notify Me' option for interested customers. Amazfit Bip U features a 1.43-inch TFT display with a resolution of 320×320 pixels and 2.5D Gorilla Glass 3 protection with anti-fingerprint coating.
Samsung Galaxy F41 launching today in India
Samsung will be launching the Galaxy F41 smartphone in India today i.e October 8 at 5:30 PM. The company has partnered with Flipkart for the upcoming launch. The virtual event will be live streamed via Samsung India's social handles.
Samsung Galaxy F41 is the first phone from Samsung’s new Galaxy F-series. The phone is confirmed to be equipped with an S-AMOLED display with an Infinity-U notch design. Samsung Galaxy F41 is also confirmed to come with triple rear cameras, rear-mounted fingerprint sensor and a 6000mAh battery.
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