Windows 10 Continuum Finally Has Some Competition

Since Windows 10 mobile was launched, Microsoft has been focusing on its new feature called Windows 10  Continuum, which lets a user doc his/her phone to use it as a PC, complete with a mouse, keyboard, ethernet jack, SD card slots and even USB Ports. Ubuntu tried to compete with it with its Ubuntu phones, but the Open Source Project failed miserably in developing on its promise, but now it looks like Microsoft has come real competition from Jide’s Remix OS.

Jide has previously launched Surface Like tablets and Desktops that can run Android Apps on desktop mode, optimized for large screen and usable with a mouse and keyboard. The company today announced that its new version of Remix OS for phones would turn your PC into a monitor once it is connected to a monitor. The OS, just like its predecessor, will be a custom ROM of Android and it should work with all apps made for Android.

Jide’s new Remix OS should be launched by the second half of 2017. The company has named Continuum like feature as Singularity.

When talking to The Verge, Jide’s co-founder David Ko said that the new ROM would be as close to stock as possible. Whenever the phone is docked, Remix OS’ UI will be shown on the screen.

Windows 10 Continuum works well for Microsoft made apps for Windows 10, and as we have discussed in the past, Windows Phone has some big problems. Jide’s approach may be more attractive to users if all apps work and the performance is better while keeping the cost reasonable, time will tell how well Jide does, but the idea of an Android-based smartphone-PC convergence sure sounds impressive.

What are your thoughts about Remix OS? Share with us in the comments below.

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What is Microsoft’s Skype Lite and Why Does It Matter?

At its event called Future Decoded, organized in Mumbai, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced a new app called Skype Lite. The app is basically a Skype client designed for use in low-powered Android Devices and use in areas with limited connectivity.

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The new app is among the smallest Video Chatting applications sizing at only 13 MB of storage, and it will support nine Indian regional languages. Apart from that, the app will also support chatbots for connected services. The app will also support SMS messages and will include built-in tools to track data usages on mobile networks.

Microsoft’s Slack Lite is heavily focused on Indian users. The company will use India Stack, which is a group of APIs that allow Indian Government and business to make their services available for Indian Citizens, especially tapping into the Aadhar Scheme.

Aadhar is an Indian Unique numerical UD which can be sued to verify a user’s identity. Microsoft demonstrated how it could be used to enable companies to verify a candidate on an interview with their UID.

How does Aadhar Verification work?

Once both parties are on the app and someone requests Aadhar verification, the second party will have to enter it’s 12 digit Aadhar number. Once submitted, an OTP will be sent to the number associated with the Aadhar ID, and if verified, the first party will be able to see verified ID information on its screen. When a chat is disconnected, all Aadhar related data will be removed from devices.

Skype Lite is a very similar approach as Messenger Lite, a smaller version of Messenger that Facebook made for low-end devices, it will be interesting to see how Skype Lite’s  unique features perform in the real world.

The app is not live on Google Play yet, but it should be up soon. What do you think about Skype Lite? Share it with others in the comments below.

READ NEXT:  No, Samsung Won’t Sell Refurbished Galaxy Note 7 In India

No, Samsung Won’t Sell Refurbished Galaxy Note 7 In India

Yesterday, we discussed that Samsung is planning to sell refurbished Galaxy Note 7 devices in India and Vietnam. The source of news was South Korean publisher Hankyung, which reported that the smartphone giant is considering to sell refurbished versions of the phone with a slightly smaller battries.

Samsung today denied the plans and a spoksperson said to Gadgets360 that “The report on Samsung planning to sell refurbished Galaxy Note 7 smartphone[s] in India is incorrect.”

So, oops.

While Samsung has clearly denied plans to sell the phone in India, no one from samsug has denied about the sales in Vietnam.

Samsung has almost 2.5 million Note 7 devics in it’s inventory, which is, as we discuessed yesterday, a big pile of smartphones that have to be recycled. Add this the loss company had to deal in profts and selling refurbished phones does not sound like a crazy idea.  Now that company has not shown major interest in reselling the Note 7 devicse, it will be interesting to see what will happn to these 2.5 million Note 7 Units.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 May Soon Be Back From The Dead (At Least In India)

Unless you have been living under a rock, you must remember Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7, a beautiful and functional phablet that ended up being discontinued after several reports of explosions came into the light. After the initial reports, the company announced a recall and started exchanging Galaxy Note 7 devices for free; the problem arose when replacement devices also started exploding. After the debacle, the company announced that all devices would be returned and the company will stop manufacturing the phone.

Well, it looks like Samsung is preparing to bring the Note 7 back from the dead.

A South Korean outlet Hankyung reported that the smartphone giant is planning to sell refurbished units of Note 7 with smaller batteries in developing markets such as India.

Samsung’s Note 7 is hard to be relaunched in US and UK due to a pre-announced ban on the phone from the government, but the phone could be sold in India and Vietnam.

After the recall, reports came out that Samsung has almost 2.5 million units in its inventory. While reselling these devices will surely make up for some of the company’s loss in profit, the decision of selling phones in inventory will also save company’s hassle of recycling all the 2.5 million units, which, could be a pain in the butt.

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Samsung has been working hard in getting its credibility back with the launch of Galaxy A series, and from the leaks, it looks like the company is also working hard on its upcoming Galaxy S8. It will be interesting to see how these refurbished Note 7 units sell in Indian markets.

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After Facebook and Instagram, WhatsApp is The Latest App To Copy Snapchat

Over past months, we have discussed how Facebook and Instagram have ripped-off features from Snapchat and added them to their apps. While there have been no lawsuits (And I don’t think Snapchat can sue Facebook Inc.) These added features have helped Facebook in increasing the user count a lot. Today, WhatsApp –a Facebook-owned company- joines the traditions of copying features of Snapchat.

From the latest update of the app, users will now be able to set Images, GIFs, and Videos as their ‘status.’ The feature was in beta test for some time, but now it is being rolled out to all users including ones on Windows Phone.

The new multimedia Status feature is an awful lot like the one in Instagram Stories. So much so that you can add emoji, text, and doodles on the status Images and Videos. Once the status is up, everyone in your contact list who is not excluded specifically will be able to see and reply to the status within the app.

Even more interestingly, the Status updates will expire after 24 hours, yup, Just like ones on Snapchat.

With the new status updates, WhatsApp is also trying to return to its root. Back when the app was launched, WhatsApp did not have any messaging ability, in fact, it was only about setting up status so that all of your contacts can know what you are upto.

You can find the new find the new feature in the Status tab inside WhatsApp app on your phone. If you can’t find it, make sure that the app is updated to the latest version from App Store, Google Play or Windows Store according to your device.

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This is How LG’s G6 Looks

LG’s upcoming flagship Android Phone, the G6 has not been a secret for long, some leaks have surfaced in past that cover several interesting things about the phone, but we have not seen complete photos of the G6.

Well, until now.

9to5Google found some leaked pictures of LG G6, and from the images, it looks like the phone will feature a dual rear camera setup, a metal design and an always on display.

The specs of the phone have been revealed too. The G6 will sport a 5.7-inch display, 32 GB of internal storage and a 3,200 mAh battery to power its Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 System-on-chip paired with 4 GB of RAM. The display will have QHD resolution, and unlike most other smartphones in the market, the phone will have a 2:1 screen aspect ratio.

Apart from the above specs, LG has already said that the phone will come with a 32-bt Qual-Dac just like the LG V20 did last year, and the phone will run a newer version of its LG UX software with a version number 6.0.

The phone should be launched in an event at MWC 2017 on February 26, there is no information about its pricing, but it should be known soon too. What do you think about the phone? Share with us in the comments below.

READ NEXT:  Google Wants You to Give Feedback on the Design of Pixel Smartphones

Google Wants You to Give Feedback on the Design of Pixel Smartphones

The first generation Pixel phones by Google were received with much enthusiasm by the public. However, the designs of Pixel and Pixel XL was one issue that received mixed reactions. On one hand, people said that its design was similar to iPhone’s and on the other hand others said that it was functional.

The smartphone giant is now seeking the general public’s view regarding the design. This review might come in handy when the second generation of the smartphone will be manufactured.

Pixels product lead, Krishna Kumar wrote in a Pixel User Community post, “I would like to hear your thoughts. What do you like about the design? What do you hate about it? What did we get right? What would you like to see us improve?”

Yesterday’s CNET piece went into particular depth and explained how avoiding an “unsightly” camera bump was an area of focus while designing the phones. The only area where the Pixel phones differ from iPhone is its wedge shape. This shape facilitated for a larger battery to be placed in the phone and allowed the phone to rest on a flat surface.

A recent report said that the next smartphone in the Pixel line might be more affordable and come with water resistance, a feature that was absent in the first generation smartphones. Google is also said to be working on a cheaper version of phone aimed at developing markets such as India.

As the product lead as shown so much interest in the public opinion, we are hopeful that Kumar will be able to answer many questions regarding the design of the Pixel smartphone. One such question being why the Pixel has such a large and empty bottom bezel. You too can submit your concerns and queries via the forum post.

 

This Moto Mod Will Turn Your Phone Into A Working Walkie-Talkie

Even though Google has axed its modular smartphone project called Ara, LG and Motorola have kept the idea alive with some of their projects. As you may recall, current Motorola flagships include the ability to add custom mods to the phone.

Motorola recently ran a contest to give its smartphone mods a boost, and so far it looks like Motorola has found some success in the project. After some standard battery packs and camera mods, some crazy ideas have started to appear.

One of them is a new IndieGoGo campaign called Linc; it’s a “smart” Walkie-Talkie style attachment that you can use to talk to someone even without a network coverage. The Link snaps on the back of any Moto Mod supported phone just like other ones, but it’s a lot larger than other ones.

The Link promises to support 22 channels, SMS, geolocation sharing and an emergency alert button to transmit an SOS signal. The mod will also be able to connect to two-way radios made by different manufacturers via a radio-over-IP gateway.

To keep it powered on when in use, the Linc will also pack a 1500 mAh battery which should last for almost 20 hours on standby.

Moto Mods are specially designed for Motorola phones and typically don’t support any other mobile device, but Linc says that the Walkie-Talkie mod can connect to other phones using Bluetooth. Given that it costs $99, Linc has made sure that product is not terribly expensive.

READ NEXT: Xiaomi Redmi 5 Images And Specifications Just Leaked

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Images And Specifications Just Leaked

After the successful launch of its Redmi Note 4 in India, it looks like Xiaomi is preparing to launch another phone in its product lineup. The upcoming Xiaomi Redmi 5 just got passed through the Chinese certification site as model number MAE136, while the listing does not include Smartphone’s name, Chinese media has speculated the phone to be the upcoming Redmi 5.

The reports contain specifications of the phone as well as some images. The phone will have a metal build with some rounded edges and similar to the recent Xiaomi Note 4, the device will have a fingerprint sensor on its back. The camera will be in a location similar to iPhone’s, and it will have a LED flash too.

The device will sport a 5″ display, slots for managing its Dual SIM setup and it will pack a 4000 mAh battery. The device will be almost 141 mm tall, and reports say that it will be 8.9mm thick. Apart from battery, screen size and phone dimensions, no other information has come to light, but from the leaked information, it is sure that phone will be aimed at mid to high range smartphone market.

While Motorola and Nokia are preparing to launch some new smartphones at the upcoming Mobile World Congress, it is sure that Redmi 5 will not be launched in the event as the company has already cleared that it will skip the event altogether.

Xiaomi has new Mi 6 also on the line, which, as per some leaks, may be world’s fastest phone on the market at the time of launch. The China of Apple has been trying to grow lately, but companies like Oppo and Vivo have made more sales in recent months, it will be interesting to see what Xiaomi does to get its thrown back.

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Probably The Best Email App From iPhone Comes To Android

Email has never been the strong point of Android Phones, sure Google installs Gmail by default on almost all new Android phones, but when it comes to managing emails like pros, Apps like Email by EasilyDo beats standard Android email clients by a long shot.

Lucky for us, the apps is now available on Android. Just like its iOS version, the app on Android will support same fast speed, simple one-touch unsubscribe to newsletter feature and it will have all sort of smart sorting featues from iOS counterpart.

Gmail is typically good enough for casual users, but for people who want a more powerful app, Email by EasilyDo is difinatly worth a look. As of now, the app supports Gmail, Yahoo, Outlook, AOL and all other IMAP accounts.

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