Xiaomi Mi 7 and 8th Anniversary Edition Phone Tipped to Launch in May; May Be Called Mi 8 Instead

Xiaomi Mi 7 and 8th Anniversary Edition Phone Tipped to Launch in May; May Be Called Mi 8 Instead

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Mi 7 and 8th-anniversary edition smartphones expected
  • Xiaomi may unveil Mi 8 to align with its anniversary
  • New smartphone may have 3D facial sensing

Chinese mobile maker Xiaomi is expected to launch the successor to its premium Mi 6 smartphone this year. Xiaomi fans were expecting a Mi 7 handset to be launched at MWC 2018, but that did not happen, and the company went on to unveil the Mi Mix 2S in March. However, the latest leaks suggest that Xiaomi will launch the smartphone later this month. Interestingly, reports also suggest that the company either launch two smartphones this year or will reportedly skip its Mi 7 branding to go for just Mi 8.

As per a MyDrivers report, Xiaomi will launch two handsets in May 2018. While one of them is said to be the Xiaomi Mi 7, the other is said to be the firm’s 8th-anniversary edition. The leak claims that the special edition will be the highlight of the launch event. The new smartphone dubbed as the 8th Anniversary Edition phone is rumoured to be unveiled by the end of this month, and it may come with 3D facial recognition feature like the one present in Apple iPhone X. According to the report, it will be the first Android smarphone to feature 3D facial recognition. Similar to the Mi 7, Xiaomi’s 8th Anniversary Edition phone is said to be powered by the Snapdragon 845 coupled with 8 GB of RAM.

Coming to the nomenclature, Mocha RQ, a blogger in China wrote on microblogging site Weibo that Xiaomi will skip the Mi 7 name in favour of Mi 8. Chinese firms are usually obsessed with numbers. It is reminiscent of the time when another Chinese manufacturer OnePlus had skipped a OnePlus 4 smartphone because the number ‘4’ is considered unlucky in China. The blogger explained that Xiaomi wants the name to align with its 8th anniversary. Also, the blogger added that the handset will be announced in May this year.

To recall, another report in April claimed that Xiaomi may, in fact, be one of the first brands to unveil a handset with 3D facial sensing with the launch of the latest Mi flagship. The report had also claimed that Xiaomi’s plans to launch the smartphone with a Snapdragon 845 SoC in the first quarter this year have been delayed. Instead, the smartphone might see an unveiling after the third quarter.

In terms of specifications, the company CEO has already hinted that the Mi 7 will come with an under-display fingerprint sensor. Additionally, reports have suggested that the phone will come with 6GB RAM and Android 8.0.0 Oreo.

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Microsoft Kills ‘Messaging Everywhere’ Feature Ahead of Windows 10 Anniversary Update

Microsoft Kills 'Messaging Everywhere' Feature Ahead of Windows 10 Anniversary Update

HIGHLIGHTS

  • New preview build 14376 to roll out soon for Insider members
  • It will pull back support for ‘Messaging Everywhere’ feature
  • The new build will reintroduce Skype app integration

Microsoft is expected to roll out the Windows 10 Anniversary update on August 2. However, it has been releasing preview versions regularly, hinting at all the new features the update will entail. One of the most anticipated features came with the April preview build – a feature called Messaging Everywhere. It enabled Windows 10 users to send and receive cellular text messages on their PCs. It aimed to work in a similar manner as Apple’s iMessage cross-platform integration. However, Microsoft has just listed all the things coming with its latest preview build, and looks like this feature is being put to rest.

The company is going to kill this feature and not introduce it with the Windows 10 Anniversary update, and has instead decided to bring back the Skype app integration (this was previously killed off in favour of the universal messaging app). Microsoft has been working on this universal Skype app that will work in sync on all platforms – be it desktop, tablet or mobile. On the blog, the company says that it expects to deliver an experience that is ‘even better’ through the new Skype app.

“The ‘Messaging Everywhere’ feature was well-received by Insiders however we believe we can deliver an even better experience through the Skype app. Because of this, we decided not to release this feature as part of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update this summer. Starting with Build 14376 and going forward, Insiders will no longer have the ability to reply to text messages from their phone via the Messaging app on their PCs. Going forward, we will be working with the Skype Team on delivering a great “messaging everywhere” experience on your Windows 10 devices through the Skype app,” Microsoft explained on its blog.

For all those using the beta version, the latest update will remove the ability to send and receive text messages through the Messaging Everywhere feature. However, users can still reply to text using Cortana on their PCs. The new build is said to roll out for Insider members soon. The entire changelog is detailed on Microsoft’s blog post.

When the final update rolls out, it will be free for Windows 10 users, but will cost $119 (roughly Rs. 8,000) to those who will upgrade from previous versions of Windows.

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Tags: Messaging Everywhere, Microsoft, Skype, Windows 10, Windows 10 Mobile, Windows 10 Preview,Windows Insider Program
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Apple’s new iPhone SE hits stores ahead of 40th anniversary

One of the first customers picks up a Apple’s new iPhone SE, which went on sale in selected markets todayOne of the first customers picks up a Apple’s new iPhone SE, which went on sale in selected markets today

Apple’s new iPhone SE arrives in stores today in key Asian markets, though it will be early April before it arrives in Ireland.

The smaller, lower-priced phone is aimed at emerging markets, though initial sales will be in only one of the 12 markets which could be considered emerging, and that’s China.

It’ll take another two months for the device to hit the next 100 countries, according to Apple. In recent years, China has regularly been included in the first wave of product releases.

That’s helped Apple ensure solid initial demand, which is critical to those fanfare statements about record opening-weekend sales. As for pricing, China will again pay a premium to the US cost for Apple devices.

SE features

The SE features a four-inch screen, comes in four stainless- steel finishes, and incorporates the faster A9 processor that also runs the larger iPhone 6S handsets. It has full support for the Siri voice-enabled digital assistant, a 12-megapixel camera, and includes features found on the larger phones like Apple Pay and the more secure Touch ID fingerprint scanner.

The revamped compact iPhone arrives two months after Apple said quarterly sales will probably decline for the first time since 2003, heightening concern that demand for high-end smartphones has reached its peak.

Sales gamble

Apple is betting a new 4-inch iPhone will spur smartphone users in key markets such as China and India to ditch their larger-screens in favour of the diminutive, yet feature-rich and lower-priced iPhone SE.

The plan, if successful, will pose a challenge to its Asian competitors such as Huawei Technologies and Xiaomi which have been churning out big-screen phones to win market share in the crowded mid-range and near-premium segments.

“With the iPhone SE, Apple is choosing to aim at an under-served segment of consumers that prefer small screen smartphones and have been reluctant to upgrade,” research firm IHS said in a note. “Importantly, Apple’s competitors have chosen not to target the premium compact smartphone market.” Users will be more willing to ditch their larger screens if Apple’s smaller phone can match-up in features, analysts said.

40th Anniversary

Apple celebrates its 40th birthday on Friday having risen from a three-man project in a California garage to the most valuable company in the world, estimated to be worth more than $700 billion. Founders Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne created the company on April 1st 1976 as they set about selling computer kits to hobbyists, each of which was hand-built by Mr Wozniak.

In contrast, today the company has more than 480 retail stores in 18 countries worldwide and reported income of more than $18 billion for the first quarter of this year. The company also recently revealed that there are now more than one billion active Apple devices being used around the world.

Chief executive Tim Cook described the figure as one “no-one could have imagined”, adding that it was an “indicator of how much impact Apple has on people around the world”.

Jobs returns

The company’s journey to the summit of the technology industry has been a rocky one, having seen Mr Jobs leave the firm in the mid-1980s after his pet project, the first Macintosh computer, struggled and he attempted to oust then chief executive John Sculley.

However, he returned in 1997 when the company was in financial crisis and launched the iMac the following year, the first of a string of hardware products that also includes the iPod, iPhone and iPad, as well as the iTunes Store that cemented

Apple’s place as an industry leader, before his death from cancer in 2011. Since then the firm has also launched its first wearable, the Apple Watch, and continued to see an increase in sales in its MacBook line of computers despite a global drop in PC sales. The Apple Music streaming service was also launched in 2015, gaining more than 10 million paying users since then.

However, Apple has also recently been at the centre of a battle with the US government and intelligence agencies over data encryption, with the technology firm refusing to help the FBI unlock an iPhone belonging to a terror suspect, claiming it violated user privacy and the process would make all iPhones more vulnerable.

The firm received backing from the wider tech community before the FBI gained third party help to access the phone and ended court proceedings. The company’s 40th birthday was being marked by the launch of the iPhone SE and new smaller iPad Pro on Thursday, with the smartphone believed to be aimed at emerging markets such as China and India, not traditional targets for Apple, as the next phase of the firm’s history begins.

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