Paytm Mall Sale, Xiaomi Mi 5X India Launch Date, OnePlus 5’s New Skin, and More: Your 360 Daily

Paytm Mall Sale, Xiaomi Mi 5X India Launch Date, OnePlus 5's New Skin, and More: Your 360 Daily

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Paytm Mall sale kicked off a day before Flipkart offers and Amazon deals
  • Xiaomi Mi 5X has a dual rear-camera setup
  • OnePlus 5 buyers will now be able to choose a Soft Gold option

Paytm Mall began its Independence Day sale on Tuesday, a day before Flipkart Big Freedom Day Saleand Amazon Great Indian Sale kick off. The Paytm sale will go on for a full week leading into August 15. Discounts and cashback offers are being provided on a range of smartphones, laptops, home appliances, clothing and accessories. As part of the Paytm sale, you can get the iPhone 7 with up to Rs. 8,000 cashback, the iPhone SE at flat 15 percent discount and Rs. 3,000 cashback. The Xiaomi Mi Max 2 is also available as part of the sale.

There are Paytm cashback offers up to Rs. 20,000 on Apple, HP, and Lenovo laptops. DSLRs, TVs, and washing machines have a similar offer, while some watches from Titan and Fastrack are available at 40 percent cashback. If you spend more than Rs. 1,499 during the Paytm Mall sale period, you can enter to win an iPhone 7.

Xiaomi Mi 5X could be on its way to India next month, Mi Note 3 might have QHD display
The Xiaomi Mi 5X looks set to be coming to India in September, judging by a tweet put out by XiaomiIndia MD Manu Kumar Jain. Jain said it’d be Xiaomi’s first dual-camera phone in India, which leaves the 5X as the main contender. It has two 12-megapixel sensors on the back, a f/2.2 wide-angle lens and a f/2.6 telephoto lens. The Xiaomi Mi 5X was launched at CNY 1,499 (roughly Rs. 14,200) in China, so it should cost less than Rs. 20,000 in India.

Meanwhile, a new leak for Xiaomi Mi Note 3 has revealed that the device may come with a 2K (1440×2560) OLED screen developed by Samsung. The phone will also reportedly carry the Snapdragon 835 and have a near bezel-less display, so Xiaomi is clearly gunning for the Galaxy S8.

OnePlus 5 Soft Gold variant made official
OnePlus 5 now has a new limited-edition colour option: Soft Gold. Interestingly, the colour is only available with the lower 6GB/64GB RAM-storage variant – which costs Rs. 32,999 – and will go live on Amazon India and OnePlus’ website on Wednesday, August 9 at 12 am. This new OnePlus 5 colour option can leave buyers in a dilemma of sorts, considering Soft Gold is reserved to lower variant, and Midnight Black is locked to the higher 8GB/128GB option. The only common choice is Slate Gray.

Moto X4, Lenovo K8 Plus, Google Pixel 2 leaks
Lenovo’s upcoming Moto X4 is set to have a unique dual-camera design, judging by the new leaked render shared by Evan Blass. It counters the previous render he shared himself, which he said wasn’t reflective of the final product. In the new one, the two cameras sit side-by-side in a circular housing with the flash support at the top.

In other Lenovo news, the K8 Plus has been spotted on benchmark site Geekbench, ahead of the K8 Note’s launch in India on Wednesday. It runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat, is powered by an octa-core MediaTek Helio P25 chip, and has 3GB RAM.

Lastly, the Google Pixel 2 has shown up in leaked live photos, which suggest wide bezels (ugh) and stereo speakers. A picture of the back shows a single camera and a fingerprint sensor.

Galaxy S8 Active, Samsung U Flex unveiled
Samsung has launched the rugged, more durable version of its flagship – the Galaxy S8 Active – which comes with a shatterproof screen. It can be pre-ordered for $28.34 (roughly Rs. 1,800) per month for two and a half years via AT&T Next, or $849.99 (roughly Rs. 54,100) if you are paying up-front. The Samsung Galaxy S8 Active will be available in US stores this Friday, August 11. There’s no word on when the S8 Active will launch in other countries.

Available in Meteor Grey and Titanium Gold colour variants, the S8 Active has a metal frame and bumper that protects it against shock, abrasion, tilting or twisting. While that’s all well and good, the housing does take away from the bezel-less brilliance of the Infinity Display. The Galaxy S8 Active has passed military specification (MIL-STD-810G) testing, according to Samsung. In terms of specifications, the Galaxy S8 Active is on par with the standard version, except a battery pack that goes up to 4,000mAh.

Alongside, Samsung has also announced a pair of wireless headphones in U Flex, which gets its name from the bendable neckband. The U Flex also has a dedicated button for Samsung’s digital voice assistant Bixby, which can be reconfigured to choose from clock, timer, Samsung Health, or favourites. We don’t have pricing or availability details yet, though those will probably arrive with the launch of Galaxy Note 8 on August 23.

iPhone 8 design leaked again
The next iPhone launch is still over a month away, but the steady stream of leaks has given us multiple new looks at the upcoming models. An image shared by Evan Blass reiterated the bezel-less design we’ve seen before for iPhone 8, which includes a wrap-around display for the front camera, sensors, and earpiece. An image shared on Weibo shows that we might get a new Copper Gold colour with the new iPhone.

Meanwhile, Foxconn VP Luo Zhongsheng allegedly told reporters that the iPhone “will not be cheap” owing to supply chain issues, since yields are low on the new OLED display being provided by Samsung.

SoftBank now in direct talks with Flipkart
After the founders of Snapdeal called off merger talks with Flipkart, its biggest investor SoftBank has begun direct talks with the latter, according to CEO Masayoshi Son. “We respect the decision of Snapdeal founders and we are engaged with Flipkart,” Son said after the Q2 earnings were announced. SoftBank owns 35 percent of Snapdeal and was said to have mediated its sale during the past few months. The Japanese firm is now looking to invest $2 billion in Flipkart.

Disney apps may be spying on your kids
A class-action lawsuit filed in California last week has alleged that 42 apps made by Disney working with three companies – Upsight, Unity, and Kochava – have been collecting personal data on children, and illegally sharing it with advertisers without parental consent. US law prohibits companies from signing up those under the age of 13, as part of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). In a statement, Disney said it has a “robust COPPA compliance” programme and intends to defend itself in court.

LG V30 spotted in video contest entries, launches August 31
LG may have inadvertently revealed the look of its next flagship – the LG V30 – thanks to an online competition in collaboration with Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s HitRecord production company. Entrants are given early access to LG products, and their videos – though not available in high-quality – paint a clear picture of what the V30 will have. The back of the phone has a dual-camera setup, a fingerprint sensor, and the moniker ‘V’ etched below it. The LG V30 is set for its pre-IFA 2017 Berlin launch on August 31.

Google rolls out YouTube’s in-app messaging to everyone
YouTube’s in-app messaging system, which allows you to share videos and chat with your friends and family right in the app itself, is now rolling out globally for both Android and iOS users. Google may have lost the social media battle, but it still owns the world’s largest open video platform, so this new addition may well help keep users on the platform they watch the most. When you tap the Share button, you’ll be able to choose from people with Google accounts. Once you do so, or if someone shares a video with you, those conversations will be available in the Shared tab.

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Flipkart Sale to Take on Amazon, Airtel 399 Pack Rivals Jio, iPhone Rumours, and More: Your 360 Daily

Flipkart Sale to Take on Amazon, Airtel 399 Pack Rivals Jio, iPhone Rumours, and More: Your 360 Daily

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Flipkart’s sale starts from August 9 and ends on August 11
  • Airtel’s new 399 is pretty similar to Reliance Jio’s plan
  • New iPhone 8, iPhone 7s, and iPhone SE rumours galore

It’s Amazon vs. Flipkart all over again, with the two e-commerce giants set to go head to head with their respective sales this week. The Big Freedom Sale is Flipkart’s answer to Amazon’s Great Indian Sale, which was announced this week. With both e-commerce giants wrestling for a share of your wallet, it means better discounts for all. The Flipkart Big Freedom Sale starts on August 9 and ends on August 11. Discounts on several high-profile mobile devices are already listed on Flipkart.

This includes the Moto M and Moto G5 Plus, usually priced at Rs. 15,999 and Rs. 16,999 respectively, will be available for Rs. 12,999 and Rs. 14,999 respectively during the Flipkart sale. In addition to this, the Lenovo K5 Note (Rs. 12,499) can be purchased at Rs. 9,999, while K6 Power (Rs. 9,999) will have a Rs. 1,000 discount and will be up for grabs at Rs. 8,999. Google Pixel XL’s price will be slashed from the official Rs. 67,000 to Rs. 48,999 during the Flipkart sale. The company is hinting iPhone 6 32GB will get a price cut too. Furthermore, the Redmi Note 4 sale will run through the duration of the Flipkart sale with buyers getting Rs. 1,000 over the exchange value of their old phone.

This isn’t all, TVs and laptops see discounts too, with the company teasing bargains on the Sony HD Ready LED Smart TV, Vu’s 45-inch UDH Smart TV, Intel Core i3 laptops, the Canon 1300D DSLR camera, and Skullcandy headphones to name a few. Flipkart will be running Spotlight of the Hour deals, and providing new arrivals and exclusive launches in TV and mobile phone categories during the Big Freedom Sale.

Meanwhile, the Amazon Great Indian Sale will see upto 35 percent on iPhone models and upto Rs. 5,000 off on Lenovo smartphones. Discounts of upto Rs. 2,000 on Samsung, OnePlus, and Moto phones will also be available too and Honor models see upto Rs. 1,000 off. Samsung and BPL TVs will have their prices slashed by up to 35 percent, while Sanyo and TCL televisions will have discounts of up to 33 percent and 15 percent, respectively. Laptops by Apple, Dell, Lenovo and HP will be up to 20 percent cheaper during the Amazon sale.

Let’s see what else made else made the news today.

Airtel offers 84GB data for 84 days at Rs. 399 to beat Jio Dhan Dhana Dhan offer
Another week, another plan to counter Reliance Jio. This time it’s Airtel. The company has announced a new plan that offers 84GB of data for 84 days at Rs. 399. Users will get unlimited local and STD calls and 84GB of data, with an FUP of 1GB per day. Airtel has clarified that the new prepaid plan offer is applicable only on 4G SIMs and cannot be clubbed with any other plan or offered by the company.

New iPhone 8, iPhone 7s Plus, and iPhone SE refresh rumours
In the run up to Apple’s yearly iPhone event, a flurry of leaks have given us an idea of what to expect. The latest, derived from the HomePod’s firmware code that was inadvertently made public, has suggested that the iPhone 8’s Face ID recognition system will work even if the phone lies flat. The code contains words ‘resting’ and ‘unlock’. Another leak shows the vertical dual camera alignment of the iPhone 8, and comes from tipster Benjamin Geskin. The smartphone appears to have two camera sensors on the rear panel, with Geskin adding the smaller represents the wide-angle lens, and the larger represents the telephoto lens.

The iPhone 7s Plus could use wireless charging according to dummy images via tipster Sonny Dickson. The dummy is seen to sport a glass back, pointing to the inclusion of the wireless charging feature that’s long been anticipated for the iPhone series.

The iPhone 8 and iPhone 7s Plus aren’t the only phones to see leaks. The budget-focussed iPhone SE may see a refresh early next year according to a report that cites the company’s supply chain. The report adds that India will be the first market to receive the new iPhone SE before it is made available more broadly, and it will be manufactured by Wistron at its Bengaluru facility. The new iPhone SE will reportedly start shipping in the first quarter of next year. Wistron is the same supplier that started assembling current-gen iPhone SE units in the country earlier this year.

Paytm now lets you automatically add money to your wallet, send post cards
Paytm has added postcards on both iOS and Android versions of its app. If you are wondering what these postcards do, they essentially allow you to send money to your loved ones with customisation options and personalised text messages. Alongside, the company also introduced Paytm Automatic, which automatically tops up your Paytm wallet balance. Only available on the Android app at the moment, Paytm Automatic will let users set a particular amount as a minimum balance for the wallet, and also set the recharge amount whenever the balance dips below the minimum. This would essentially top-up the user’s balance whenever it’s running low.

OnePlus 5 OxygenOS 4.5.8 update rollout begins after game stutter issue
The OxygenOS 4.5.8 update for the OnePlus has begun rolling out after the company halted the OxygenOS 4.5.7 update earlier due to a game stutter issue. This new update brings the same changes as the bug-laden update, sans the game stutter issue of course.

In its post on official forum, OnePlus said regarding the OxygenOS 4.5.8 update, “OxygenOS 4.5.7 was withdrawn, we are pushing out the incremental roll-out of OxygenOS 4.5.8 OTA for the OnePlus 5 instead.” To recall, earlier this month, it was reported that OnePlus started rolling out its OxygenOS 4.5.7 update the ability to record videos in 4K resolution with electronic image stabilisation (EIS) on OnePlus 5.

LG Q6 India launch set for Thursday
LG Q6, which is amongst LG’s first Q-Series phones, is coming to India this week. Its exclusive online retail partner Amazon is teasing an August 10 launch while detailing that India will be getting the 3GB RAM + 32GB storage variant. In case you missed all the hype last month, LG’s Q-Series bring a lot of premium features seen in the flagship G-Series in a more affordable package. The LG Q6 variant launching in India also supports dual-SIM cards, and runs on Android 7.1.1 Nougat.

Amazon India officially launches ‘Local Finds’
Amazon India has finally made its Local Finds platform open to customers in India. Local Finds is a platform that allows Amazon users in Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, and Mumbai to find and sell used and new goods to others in their city. Amazon takes care of delivery and payments for Local Finds transactions. The company boasts that customers are adding “hand crafted and rare products” daily. The Bengaluru pilot prior to Local Finds officially launching saw roughly 600 sellers, and up to launch, it has seen 30,000 customers use the service across all four cities.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 to feature in-screen fingerprint sensor: KGI
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 smartphone will see an under-display fingerprint sensor instead of the Galaxy S9 according to a report from KGI Securities. As per KGI’s report, Samsung doesn’t have to risk the quick implementation of the under-the-display fingerprint scanner with Galaxy S series models as Apple planned to with the iPhone 8. The firm predicts Samsung will place the fingerprint scanner at the rear of the Galaxy S9 flagship models next year, just like it did with Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+.

However, in its report, KGI has said that the Galaxy S9 models will come with some other selling points including advanced iris recognition as well as dual cameras. These features have been said to buy the company the time it needs to introduce an under-the-display fingerprint scanner in a manner that’s market-ready.

TRAI calls on speed test apps to understand their methodologies
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) is calling major speed test apps for a presentation to “understand” their methodology. This should result in a “paper” that will be made available publicly in the months to come. The sector regulator plans to meet 7-8 mobile Internet speed testing firms, including Ooklaover the next one or two months, in this regard. The move assumes significance as Airtel has used Ookla results in the past to assert itself as fastest network, a claim contested by Reliance Jio. TRAI hopes that its initiative would not only help raise consumer awareness about the various apps and choices available to users but could also lead to improvements in its MySpeed app.

Apple Watch Series 3 said to sport LTE connectivity
Apple is said to be planning to launch a version of the Apple Watch with cellular connectivity. This will reduce its reliance on the iPhone according to those familiar with the matter. Intel will reportedly supply LTE modems for the new watch. Apple is in talks with carriers in the US and Europe. It could choose to debut its new watch models alongside the new iPhone like it did last year.

Disclosure: Paytm’s parent company One97 is an investor in Gadgets 360.

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Life Bot’s new Alexa app can text you reminders, help with daily activities

A new voice app from a Y Combinator-backed startup called Life Bot wants to make it easier to use Amazon Alexa as a digital assistant, by aiding with your daily routines and learning your personal preferences. At launch, Life Bot’s Alexa app has a handful of tricks up its sleeve. It can find your misplaced phone, for example, by giving it a ring. Or it can text you reminders at a scheduled time. It can even help you meditate or do yoga at your desk.

But Life Bot’s longer-term ambition is to learn from its users, then be able to kick-off personalized workflows with a single voice command.

A future version of the app could respond to a command like “good morning” by launching a series of updates that would differ from user to user.

For instance, one person might first hear their morning briefing, then launch into a meditation session. Another might have Alexa dictate their schedule for the day, then receive a list of reminders that are in need of scheduling. (To be clear, Life Bot would be running content in its own app, not launching other skills.)

The idea for this jack-of-all-trades voice bot comes from co-founders Jess Williams and Oscar Merry, who previously founded London-based voice design agency Opearlo. The agency did client work for a number of companies, including Unilever, that wanted to make their products and services accessible through voice.

“We kept identifying the problems that brands were facing, and we thought there was a huge opportunity to create the first voice app that people love — and one that people actually use every day,” explains Williams.

The founders sold Opearlo and joined Y Combinator’s summer class.

What’s clever about the implementation of this voice app is that it’s working around several challenges facing voice app adoption today — including discovery, people’s confusion over how to use the voice apps themselves and voice apps’ limited inability to reach users outside the home.

“People love Alexa, but we haven’t yet gotten into the habit of thinking ‘I bet there’s a skill for that,’ like we do with mobile apps,” says Williams. In part, that’s because Alexa is a new technology, she notes. “But also, there aren’t any external triggers to remind you to use Alexa. If you don’t form the habit yourself, it’s very difficult to remember to use her,” Williams continues.

Worse still is trying to remember how to invoke the skills using the right syntax and commands.

To make it easier to get started, Life Bot combines voice app functionality with text messaging.

When you first set up the skill, Life Bot asks for your phone number. The app then texts a welcome message to your phone and asks for your name. After you reply, it will return with suggestions of things to try. Having your hand held like this through the onboarding process makes it a lot easier to get started with Life Bot, compared with other voice apps.

Plus, now that Life Bot has your phone number, the app can connect with you when you’re away from Alexa, too. While Alexa itself has reminders and to-dos, her reach is more limited. You can check on your reminders via the Alexa app, but when they go live, they’re sent to one of your Alexa-powered devices, like your Echo or Echo Dot.

Life Bot, however, can just text your phone instead.

 

In time, the plan is to introduce new features in Life Bot, starting with to-dos. In that case, Life Bot will just text your whole to-do list to you at a date and time you specify. In a few more months, the team hopes to have the personalization aspects working, too.

And eventually, you’ll be able to use Life Bot on other voice platforms, like Google Home, Cortana and more.

The startup has no immediate plans for monetization, but may partner with others to bring their content into its voice app later on.

Currently bootstrapped, save for Y Combinator’s funding, Life Bot’s team of three aims to raise a seed round when the YC summer program completes.

You can try Life Bot yourself by enabling the Alexa skill here.

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Nokia 130 and Nokia 105 Launch, Game of Thrones on Hotstar, WhatsApp Update, and More: Your 360 Daily

Nokia 130 and Nokia 105 Launch, Game of Thrones on Hotstar, WhatsApp Update, and More: Your 360 Daily

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Nokia 105 (2017) will be available from July 19
  • WhatsApp tipped to get in-app YouTube playback
  • TRAI meeting on July 21 to decide if telco freebies to end

The Nokia 130 (2017) and Nokia 105 (2017) join the iconic Nokia 3310 as HMD Global reboots two more feature phones in an attempt to bolster its portfolio. Both the Nokia 130 and Nokia 105 have a 1.8-inch QVGA display and run the Nokia Series 30+ software platform. The Nokia 105 (2017) will be available across stores from July 19 at Rs. 999 for the single SIM version while a dual SIM edition will set you back by Rs. 1,149. No price or release date for the Nokia 130 (2017) has been given just yet.

In addition to this, Nokia has launched the Nokia 5 in Germany. The single SIM version of this Android-powered smartphone is priced at EUR 190 (roughly Rs. 14,023) and the dual SIM Nokia 5 is for EUR 209 (around Rs. 15,425). As for India, HMD Global Global had earlier told Gadgets 360 it has tentative plans to start sales around August 15, Independence day with Nokia 5 pre-bookings priced at Rs. 12,899.

And if you’re looking for something with a lot more power, the Nokia 8 could launch as soon as July 31, a new report indicates. The phone is said to have a 5.3-inch QHD display, and will reportedly be powered by the Snapdragon 835 SoC. The Nokia 8 is tipped to sport a 13-megapixel dual camera setup at the back and a 13-megapixel front camera. The Nokia 8 may be priced at EUR 589 (roughly Rs. 43,400) and have 4GB, 6GB, and 8GB RAM variants too, if the leaks are to be believed/

Hotstar’s ‘hours before torrents’ Game of Thrones promise fails
Game of Thrones Season 7 claimed its first victim and it wasn’t a character on the show. Indian streaming service Hotstar suffered technical issues ensuring that the series’ rabid fans were unable to watch episode 1 of season 7 of Game of Thrones. Ahead of season 7 of Game of Thrones, Hotstar campaigned pretty aggressively against torrents, promising to get you the episode ahead of the torrents. Ironically, owing to these technical problems, many die-hard fans were forced to fall back on torrents for their GoT fix anyway. In a statement to Gadgets 360, Hotstar confirmed the service faced some problems earlier in the day, but said that it was “fully up now”.

WhatsApp for iPhone plays catchup with the Android version
WhatsApp, everyone’s favourite messaging got some new features on the iPhone. These include pinned chats – wherein you can pin upto three contacts over the rest of your conversations – the ability to send any kind of document, and it will now let you delete a group of photos by tapping and holding them. Additionally, WhatsApp also seems to be experimenting with in-app playback for YouTube videos which means you don’t have to leave the app to watch videos on YouTube. Be warned that the feature is not widely available in the latest WhatsApp update just yet as its in the testing phase.

Moto G5S Plus and Xiaomi Mi 5X specifications leaked 
The Moto G5S Plus is yet to be announced by Lenovo but that hasn’t stopped yet another leak. It could sport a dual camera setup with a flash beneath it along with a circular metal frame. This is in sharp contrast to the Moto G5 Plus that had a single camera on the back. Other details of the Moto G5S Plus, such as a front flash on top of the display and a home button on the front, are similar to the Moto G5 Plus. A previous leak suggests we could see the Moto G5 Plus sport a Snapdragon 625 SoC with 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage.

Also leaked is the Xiaomi Mi 5X. Promotional material for the smartphone made its way to the Internet prior to an official announcement. The Xiaomi Mi 5X design sees it taking inspiration from the iPhone 7 Plus albeit with a Snapdragon 625 SoC and 4GB RAM. It’s rumoured to have a dual camera setup too. The Xiaomi Mi 5X is expected to cost CNY 1,999 (around Rs. 19,000) and may arrive in Black and Gold colour options.

Google Maps now tells you the best time of the day to travel to your destination
Google Maps will now tell you the best time of the day to travel to your destination. Unlike most feature roll-outs for the service, which take awhile to show up across devices, it appears to be already available for Android users. This addition is visible when you search for a destination and ask Google Maps for directions, presenting you with a graph that shows off the duration of your trip as per the time of the day. Don’t expect exact information on the time saved by starting your journey at a particular time though, just a rough estimate. Nonetheless, its better than no data at all.

TRAI to discuss ‘minimum floor price’ with telcos, Aircel’s new 333 pack
The freebies being offered by Reliance Jio and other telco could come to an end. On July 21, TRAI will meet all telecom providers to seek views on a ‘minimum floor price’ for voice and data rates. This comes months after Reliance Jio stormed the telecom market with aggressive data pricing, and saying that voice calls will always be free on its network. With incumbent operators blaming Jio for their financial woes and the industry debt standing at Rs. 4.6 lakh crores, it will be of interest to see how this plays out.

Amidst this, Aircel has announced a new Rs. 333 pack called RC 333 data plan. Described by the company as its ‘best ever’, the Aircel 333 pack provides users with 30GB of 3G data for 30 days with no daily usage limits at Rs. 333. Although announced for the Karnataka region, Aircel customers with 2G, 3G, and 4G handsets can avail of it but will be limited to 3G speeds.

Panasonic P55 Max, Intex Aqua Selfie, Xolo Era 1X Pro, Kodak Ektra, and Kodak TV Speaker launched 
The Moto E4 Plus and Nubia N2 aren’t the only 5000mAh battery Android smartphones that have launched in India recently. The Panasonic P55 Max joins that list as well with its launch today. The Panasonic P55 Max has similar specifications to the Moto E4 Plus and is priced at Rs. 8,499. It is available exclusively on Flipkart in Matte Black and Champagne Gold colours.

Intex also released a new smartphone in the Intex Aqua Selfie. Priced at Rs. 6,649, it sports a 5.5-inch HD-IPS display, a 1.3GHz quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, and 16GB on-board storage (expandable to 64GB). The Intex Aqua Selfies comes with Android 7.0 Nougat, support for 4G VoLTE, a 5-megapixel front-facing camera with LED flash and it’s preloaded with Gaana and Amazon Prime Video. It’s available at offline stores.

Not to be outdone is the Xolo Era 1X Pro. Priced at Rs. 5,888, the dual-SIM Xolo Era 1X Pro sports a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display, and is powered by a 1.5GHz quad-core processor coupled with 2GB of RAM. It sports an 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, apart from a 5-megapixel front camera with dual-LED flash. The company is also touting smart camera features like time lapse videos, live photos, and beauty mode. It’s exclusive to Snapdeal with the first flash sale set for Wednesday and registrations are open now.

And this isn’t all, the Kodak Ektra, from Bullitt Group will be available in India at Rs. 19,990 via Flipkart from Tuesday. It has 21-megapixel fast-focus camera sensor with f/2.0 aperture as well as 13-megapixel front-facing camera with Phase Detection Auto Focus (PDAF) and f/2.2 aperture. The custom-built camera app on the smartphone comes with DSLR-like ‘Scene Selection Dial’ where adjustments are made in real time.

Finally, Super Plastronics Pvt. Ltd. (SPPL) announced a Bluetooth speaker called Kodak TV Speaker. The speaker comes with Bluetooth 4.0+ EDR connectivity and a range of up to 10 meters. The company claims a battery life of “over 5 hours” on the 10W speaker. It is also available via Flipkart at Rs. 3,290.

Paytm now offering refunds for movie tickets at a nominal charge
Paytm is in the process of launching a feature called Cancellation Protect. This will let you cancel ticket purchases up to three hours prior to scheduled show time if you pay the nominal amount of Rs. 9 per ticket. It’s not available for all users just yet and your full refund is in the form of a Paytm cash back. Keep in mind that there’s no partial cancellation either, which means you can’t cancel just one ticket from an entire order – you have to cancel all of them.

HTC users complain keyboard app is showing ads, company says its an ‘error’ 
HTC smartphone users have reported that TouchPal, HTC’s built-in keyboard app has been displaying ads. While the company claims that a software update is in the works to rectify the issue, that hasn’t stopped posts circulating over the Internet on which devices have been impacted, including the HTC 10.

“Due to an error, some HTC customers have reported seeing ads on their phone’s keyboard,” a spokesperson stold to Gadgets 360. “This is absolutely not the experience we intended, and we’re working to immediately fix the error and remove the ads as quickly as possible.”

Amazon ‘Anytime’ messaging service reportedly in the works
E-commerce giant Amazon seems to be working on a new messaging app called Anytime. It is said to be targeting end-users and meant to be a messaging service that allows for video chats in addition to text messages. It has been reported that the company has surveyed consumers to get an idea of what is important to them in a chat app with a leaked image stressing on privacy and encryption.

Disclosure: Paytm’s parent company One97 is an investor in NDTV’s Gadgets 360.

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