Moto X4 Android One Edition for Project Fi Launched: Price, Specifications

Moto X4 Android One Edition for Project Fi Launched: Price, Specifications

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The handset has been priced at $399 (roughly Rs. 25,800)
  • The company has started taking the pre-orders for the new variant
  • The Android One edition will offer “Pure Android” experience to users

Earlier this month, a leaked render of the Moto X4 variant with Android One branding popped up on the Internet and on Wednesday, Google finally announced the new handset officially. Notably, the search giant has launched the Moto X4 Android One edition for Project Fi exclusively in the US. The Android One variant of Moto X4 has been priced at $399 (roughly Rs. 25,800) and can be pre-ordered from the Project Fi website starting Wednesday itself. The new edition has been launched in Super Black and Sterling Blue colours.

If you are wondering what you will get with Android One edition of the Moto X4, it will offer a “Pure Android” experience and “carefully curated set of preinstalled apps” as per the company. “For example, it comes optimised for the Google Assistant to help you get more done, and offers high-quality video calling with Google Duo. You’ll also get access to the latest updates from Android, such as Android Oreo before the end of the year. Android One Moto X4 will be among the first to receive an upgrade to Android P,” the company said in its blog post.

If we talk about specifications, the handset comes with the same configuration as the regular variant of Moto X4. This means, the Moto X4 Android One edition packs a 5.2-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) LTPS IPS display with 424ppi pixel density and Corning Gorilla Glass protection. It is powered by the 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 octa-core SoC paired with Adreno 508 GPU and 3GB of RAM.

In terms of optics, the Android One edition of Moto X4 sports a dual camera setup at the back. It houses one 12-megapixel dual autofocus sensor with f/2.0 aperture and 1.4-micron pixels; and another 8-megapixel ultra-wide angle sensor with 120-degree field of view, f/2.2 aperture, and 1.12-micron pixels. This dual camera setup comes alongside a colour correlated temperature (CCT) dual-LED flash and PDAF. At front, the handset sports a 16-megapixel shooter for taking selfies. The handset houses a 3000mAh battery.

The company is also providing users with a trade-in offer, if you have an older Nexus phone and want to trade it in for a new device, the company will give you up to $165 for select Nexus devices. Further, if you trade-in the old device for an Android One Moto X4 by October 5, you’ll earn an extra $50 Fi credit.

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Motorola Moto X4

Motorola Moto X4

  • KEY SPECS
  • NEWS

Display

5.20-inch

Processor

2.2GHz octa-core

Front Camera

16-megapixel

Resolution

1080×1920 pixels

RAM

3GB

OS

Android 7.1.1

Storage

32GB

Rear Camera

12-megapixel

Battery Capacity

3000mAh

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    Rs.5,591

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Kobo adds audiobooks to its iOS and Android apps

Audiobook fans have a new option to comparison shop against. Rakuten Kobo has announced it’s adding audiobooks to its iOS and Android ebook apps, with two ways to buy them: a la carte, or with a $10 per month subscription service that nets you one book per month. The service launches today in Canada, the US, the UK, Australia and New Zealand via an update to the apps.

Kobo, which was bought by e-commerce platform Rakuten in 2011, is best known for being one of the only e-reader makers around not named Amazon. But while it doesn’t have the same kind of name recognition, Kobo does have an almost completely global reach. It sells e-readers or ebook services in 190 countries, according to the company, and has a library of 5 million ebooks. The company also offers access to discounted ebooks, and library card compatibility, too.

The new audiobook offering is only coming to the mobile apps, though, so don’t expect to be able to listen to books on any of the company’s e-readers any time soon. Kobo hasn’t said how many books will be available at launch, but you can try out the service for free for 30 days.

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Facebook Lite for Android Review: Made for India

Facebook Lite for Android Review: Made for India

While phone makers are now launching 4G handsets and companies like Airtel and Reliance working towards bringing the networks in India, you might think that there’s no need for apps that minimise data use. The fact of the matter though is that even in a metro like Delhi, 3G access depends greatly on which part of the city you’re in at the time.

That’s where Facebook Lite for Android comes into the picture. The app was launched in Asia earlier this month, and on Monday, Facebook Lite became available in India.

Facebook Lite is available on Google Play and it is just 435KB in size, runs on Android 2.2 and above, so even if you’re using an older phone, you can probably take advantage of the application. According to Shankar, Facebook Lite was designed to solve two challenges – 2G Internet and low-end smartphones – and based on our experience with the app, it seems to have accomplished those goals.

What is Facebook Lite?
As the name suggests, Facebook Lite is a light version of Facebook. It looks like an old version of the Facebook app, with blocky looks and limited features. The full-fledged Facebook app has large cards with neat gutters, expands all pictures and fills up your screen, supports gestures to move between the different Facebook functions.

Facebook Lite on the other hand shows all these previews at a much smaller size, and when we were using it on a 2G network, images took forever to show up. The difference between how posts are displayed between the two versions of Facebook is dramatic, and it’s definitely much more appealing to use Facebook on the full application.

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One other thing we noticed as soon as we started the application is that the Facebook logo is absolutely tiny, and this continued as we used the app too – images attached to posts are tiny thumbnails, filling the width of the screen, and they load after you tap on them. On the full Facebook application, images are much bigger, and they’re likely being preloaded, because they popped up in full size as soon as we tapped on the thumbs. The catch is that you’re pre-loading a lot of images you might not want to click on, using a lot of your mobile data along the way.

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Shankar also points out that in the Facebook Lite settings, you can also choose the image quality, between low, medium and high. Facebook uses proprietary compression algorithms to deliver the images at the desired size, without losing too much visible quality.

Overall, the experience of using Facebook Lite is a lot less refined than the full version, but you’re able to see posts and links more quickly while on the road, and you’re using less mobile data to do so as well. All the features you’d expect – the news feed, friend requests, messages, notifications, and search, all show up. You can easily post status updates, or photos, just like you can on the full application. Messenger is built right into Facebook Lite, so you don’t need to have Facebook Messenger installed to chat anymore.

How well did it perform on 2G?
While it’s less refined, Facebook Lite loaded up posts much more quickly than the full version of the app when we switched to Edge connectivity. Usually, when we’re on the road in remote areas, we give up on Facebook because it’s almost certainly not going to load more posts.

The experience with Facebook Lite was a lot closer to using that other social network – Twitter. There are still problems, and posts still take some time to load. Images don’t pop up right away, and take even more time to load. But it does show you new posts and you can at least read what people are saying while you wait for a picture to load, which is a step forward.

Doing all this required some sacrifices. For one thing, the app does not support videos yet, though that is on the roadmap, according to Shankar. It also doesn’t support advanced location features – basically anything that requires the GPS. And while you can post comments on updates and pictures, you can’t reply to comments for now. And while the main Facebook app allows you to work offline, and make post updates when it connects to a network, Facebook Lite does not have this feature.

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Who should use this?
If you’re using an older Android phone, or if you bought a budget Android device, then the amount of storage available will can often be quite limited.

In such a case, the small size of Facebook Lite might actually be a big plus point, and you might be willing to sacrifice a little bit of the polish of Facebook, but an app that actually works smoothly and loads quickly on your phone which also frees up a lot of space. While Facebook Lite takes less than 1MB, Facebook can be a lot bigger – a few random checks all turned up usage of over 150MB. Smaller footprint also means that app updates take less data.

But the most important thing was that Facebook Lite uses less data. Facebook says that the app gives a reliable experience, even when bandwidth is at a minimum.

That means that if you’ve already started using an LTE connection on your flagship Android phone with a quad-HD screen, then you should will probably find this app boring and pointless. If you spend most of your time at home or in office, with a steady Wi-Fi connection, then you can probably give this app a miss.

On the other hand, if you’re on the move a lot and travel in areas where getting a 3G signal is still a rare thing, or if you’re trying to reduce the data usage you see for Facebook, then this app will be appealing.

On a smaller, lower resolution screen, the difference between the two versions of Facebook wasn’t so pronounced, so you might prefer it if you have an older device, or if you bought a budget phone. And as we mentioned, it will probably be a good idea if you’re using a phone with limited storage space as well.

The app isn’t for everybody, but frankly, the number of people with good connectivity and high-end devices is definitely smaller than people with spotty Internet access and entry-level devices. Based on that, launching Facebook Lite seems like a great move, and will likely find plenty of takers in India.

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Flipkart Big Freedom Sale Offers: iPhone 7, iPhone 6s, Sony LED TVs, Android Mobiles, and More

Flipkart Big Freedom Sale Offers: iPhone 7, iPhone 6s, Sony LED TVs, Android Mobiles, and More

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Flipkart sale is matching Amazon’s price on the iPhone 7 32GB
  • But HDFC card holders can get additional, on-the-spot discount
  • Flipkart’s The Big Freedom Sale runs until Friday, August 11

Flipkart sale offers continue into the second day of the Big Freedom Day Sale, and it’s pouring deals and discounts across categories. Electronics, particularly mobiles, remain the hottest categories in sales, and the Flipkart sale does not disappoint on that front. You can get discounts on popular iPhone 7, iPhone 6s, and Android phones in the sale, along with deals on TVs, laptops, tablets, gaming consoles, etc. But with so many great deals on offer, it can become a little difficult to determine which offers the most value for your money and so we have compiled the list of best Flipkart sale offers you can get today.

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Apple iPhone 7 32GB

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Flipkart is offering discount of Rs. 13,201 on iPhone 7

The Apple iPhone 7 32GB is down to Rs. 42,999 (MRP Rs. 56,200), one of its lowest price points so far. You can get an additional up to Rs. 15,600 off with an exchange offer and/ or an additional Rs. 1,750 off with HDFC Bank card payments for the duration of the Flipkart sale. The price is similar to what Amazon is offering during the Great Indian Sale, but if you’re interested in Flipkart’s exchange offer or want to pay with an HDFC Bank card, then this might be the deal for you. The iPhone 7 is powered by Apple’s A10 chip and features a 4.7-inch Retina HD Display. It features a 12-megapixel primary camera and a 7-megapixel front-facing camera.

Price: Rs. 42,999 (MRP Rs. 56,200)

Link: Flipkart

Lenovo Phab 2 32GB

Lenovo Phab 2 Lenovo Phab 2 Flipkart sale offer

In Flipkart sale, Lenovo Phab 2 is available at discount of Rs. 1,000

The Lenovo Phab 2 32GB phablet is down to Rs. 9,999 (MRP Rs. 10,999) during Flipkart’s The Big Freedom Sale. You can get up to Rs. 9,000 off as an exchange offer. The Lenovo Phab 2 features a 6.4-inch HD display and is powered by the MTK8735 processor supported by 3GB of RAM. It comes with a 13-megapixel primary camera at the rear and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera.

Price: Rs. 9,999 (MRP Rs. 10,999)

Link: Flipkart

Apple iPhone 6s 32GB

iPhone BSNL iPhone 6s Flipkart sale offers

On iPhone 6s, Flipkart sale is providing a discount of Rs. 10,901

The iPhone 6s 32GB is down to Rs. 35,999 (MRP Rs. 46,900) on Flipkart. The exchange offer can let you have an additional Rs. 15,600 (maximum) discount, and another Rs. 1,750 off if you pay with HDFC Bank cards during the sale period. The iPhone 6s features a 4.7-inch Retina HD Display and is powered by Apple’s A9 chip. The smartphone comes with a 12-megapixel primary camera and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera.

Price: Rs. 35,999 (MRP Rs. 46,900)

Link: Flipkart

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Canon EOS 1300D DSLR with lens kit

Canon EOS 1300D DSLR is available at a discounted price of Rs. 23,499 (MRP Rs. 31,995) as part of the Flipkart sale. The DSLR camera comes with EF-S 18 – 55 IS II lens. You also get a free 16GB SD card and a camera bag with the purchase. The camera is powered by an 18-megapixel APS-C CMOS based sensor and is powered by Canon’s DIGIC 4+. It includes support for Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity.

Price: Rs. 23,499 (MRP Rs. 31,995)

Link: Flipkart

Apple iPad Pro 64GB 10.5-inch Wi-Fi

The latest iPad Pro 64GB 10.5-inch with Wi-Fi is down to Rs. 47,405 (MRP Rs. 50,800) on Flipkart’s Big Freedom Sale. You can grab another Rs. 1,750 off the marked price by paying with an HDFC Bank card during the Flipkart Big Freedom Sale. That’s still a very decent deal for the latest iPad Pro. The new iPad Pro 10.5-inch is powered by the A10X processor and features Apple’s ProMotion technology. The iPad Pro comes with four speakers that offer a better audio experience. The 10.5-inch display runs at a resolution of 2224×1668 pixels. There’s a 12-megapixel primary camera at the back and a 7-megapixel front-facing camera.

Price: Rs. 47,405 (MRP Rs. 50,800)

Link: Flipkart

Sony Bravia 40-inch full HD LED TV

The Sony Bravia 40-inch full HD LED TV (model: KVL–40R352D) is down to Rs. 38,999 (MRP Rs. 47,900) during the Flipkart sake. You can buy the TV with a no-cost EMI offer, use an exchange offer to get another Rs. 12,000 off and pay with an HDFC Bank card to get another Rs. 1,750 off. The Sony Bravia 40-inch full HD LED TV comes with two HDMI ports and a single USB port.

Price: Rs. 38,999 (MRP Rs. 47,900)

Link: Flipkart

Lenovo PA 10400 mAh power bank

The Lenovo PA 10400 mAh power bank is down to Rs. 849 (MRP Rs. 2,499) on Flipkart. That’s a decent price for a 10400 mAh power bank. Power banks like these can be great especially if you’re planning to go on a trip and don’t want to be left with a smartphone or a tablet without any juice. Lenovo’s power bank comes with two USB ports, each offering a maximum output of 2.1 A.

Price: Rs. 849 (MRP Rs. 2,499)

Link: Flipkart

Google Pixel XL 32GB

The Google Pixel XL 32GB is down to Rs. 48,999 (MRP Rs. 67,000). You can exchange your old smartphone and get up to Rs. 15,600 off on your Pixel XL purchase during the Flipkart sale. If you’re not keen on buying the new Pixel 2 XL smartphone that is expected to launch later this year, the Pixel XL is still a decent smartphone at this price. The Pixel XL features a 5.5-inch QHD display and is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chipset. It runs Android 7.1 out of the box.

If you prefer a deal on the smaller Google Pixel, check out our picks of the Amazon Great Indian sale.

Price: Rs. 48,999 (MRP Rs. 67,000)

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