Xiaomi Poco F1 Kernel Source Code Released, Next Flash Sale on September 5

Xiaomi Poco F1 Kernel Source Code Released, Next Flash Sale on September 5

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Poco F1 kernel source code can be used to develop custom ROMs
  • Poco generated Rs. 200 crores in less than five minutes in its first sale
  • The phone will go on sale in India next Wednesday

Xiaomi’s new sub-brand Poco has released the kernel source code for the Poco F1 handset via GitHub. The release of the source code will come as good news for developers and enthusiasts who want to flash custom ROMs on their Poco F1 handsets. Xiaomi’s latest affordable smartphone in India was launched earlier this month and went on sale for the first time on Wednesday. Thanks to its price in India and premium specifications, the Poco F1 is taking on the likes of OnePlus 6 in the country. Meanwhile, Poco has announced that the smartphone ran out of stock within a few minutes, selling over 1 lakh units in less than five minutes. Also, the Poco F1 will now be available on sale on Flipkart on September 5.

Jai Mani, Xiaomi’s Lead Product Manager who is leading the Poco brand, during the launch of Poco F1 announced that the company will release the kernel source code for the smartphone, to encourage custom ROM development. Upholding that promise, Mani on Wednesday tweeted that Xiaomi has released the kernel source code for the Poco F1. Now, it is available on GitHub and developers can build custom ROMs for the smartphone. Those who like to tinker with their handsets can also unlock the Poco F1 bootloader without losing support from the company.

Mani, in his tweet, also noted that the kernel source code branch is the same for three of Xiaomi’s smartphones – Xiaomi Mi 8, Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition, and the Poco F1. It is worth noting that Poco F1 ships with MIUI 9.6 out-of-the-box based on Android 8.1 Oreo, and an MIUI 10 update is said to be coming soon. The phone is using a customised version of MIUI for the Poco F1, called MIUI for Poco. Poco had already outlined a series of changes that it has made to Xiaomi’s MIUI.

Coming to the first sale, Xiaomi has informed that it sold over 1 lakh Poco F1 units within five minutes of the sale going live. It said that more than 300 Poco F1 units were bought every second during the sale before it went out of stock. Poco India, in a tweet, claimed that the brand generated Rs. 200 crores in less than five minutes, making it the “biggest and fastest” flagship sale ever on Flipkart. As mentioned, the smartphone will go on sale in India next Wednesday.


Xiaomi Poco F1 looks great value for the price, but is there a catch? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.

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Samsung Max App With Data Saving and Privacy Protection Features Released

Samsung Max App With Data Saving and Privacy Protection Features Released

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Samsung Max app has been released
  • The app is available for select Galaxy devices
  • Replaces the Opera Max app on Galaxy A and Galaxy J handsets

Samsung on Friday released an Android app that is designed to offer mobile data savings and privacy management. Called Samsung Max, the new app is designed by Samsung R&D Institute India and is available for free download on Google Play and Galaxy App store for select Galaxy devices. The proprietary app will also come preloaded on all Galaxy A and Galaxy J series handsets in a few emerging markets, including India, Argentina, Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Nigeria, South Africa, Thailand, and Vietnam – replacing the recently discontinued Opera Max app.

Similar to Google’s Datally that was launched in last November, the Samsung Max offers foreground data compression service that allows you to reduce data consumption from your installed apps. The app also has the functionality to block background data and data access for any app. It compresses webpages, photos, videos, and media within apps and browser to drop data consumption. Similarly, it lets you manage data permissions for specific apps and customise data consumption for existing apps to save your data for other useful tasks.

Alongside offering data savings and data compression features, Samsung Max provides regular reports to let you see which of your favourite apps are consuming the most of your data limit. The app also has a boost Wi-Fi feature that is touted to uplift connectivity even in a crowded Wi-Fi hotspot or at a weak signal area.

Samsung has provided a bunch of features that are specific to security as well. Primarily, the Samsung Max app not just compress but also encrypt all the network traffic that flows from your apps using Samsung’s in-house servers. The South Korean company also claims that has been using a “bank-grade”, secure network experience. In the same vein, there is Samsung Max’ data-savings cloud access make data usage efficient and secure from third-party services.

The Samsung Max app encrypts data when it is sent through a public Wi-Fi network. Likewise, there are features such as tracker blocking and DNS masking to offer a secured Web browsing experience. You can view privacy reports to see how the app adds security to other apps and network connections.

While the Samsung Max by default serves ads, you can choose whether to view ads inside the app or on the lock screen only while your device is plugged in and charging. The latter can be enabled by switching to the premium mode.

“At Samsung, we’ve been committed to creating inclusive data saving and privacy protection services for all our devices. Because of this, we are now introducing Samsung Max to our mid-range devices as an exclusive and unique service that sets Samsung devices apart from the rest of the smartphone market,” said Seounghoon Oh, Vice President Samsung R&D Institute India.

It is worth noting here that the Samsung Max app is presently incompatible with devices other than the eligible Samsung devices. You can check whether it is compatible with your Galaxy handset by visiting Google Play or Galaxy App store.

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iOS 11.0.3 Update Released: Fixes Audio, Haptic Bugs for iPhone 7 Users and More

iOS 11.0.3 Update Released: Fixes Audio, Haptic Bugs for iPhone 7 Users and More

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Apple has released iOS 11.0.3, the third update since iOS 11 release
  • iOS 11.0.3 addresses two issues that some users were facing
  • Apple has not addressed several other issues users have reported

Apple on Wednesday released iOS 11.0.3, the third update since it released iOS 11 to the public last month. Being a point update, iOS 11.0.3 doesn’t bring any new features, but it does offer several improvements. It is meant for the iPhone 5s and above models, iPad Air and above, iPad mini 2 and above, as well as the iPod touch 6th generation.

iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 7 users who were facing audio and haptic feedback should see the problem resolved after downloading and installing the iOS 11.0.3 software update. The company says it has also addressed an issue with iPhone 6s where some displays were unresponsive because they were not serviced with genuine parts.

The company however warns that non-genuine replacement displays many have compromised visual quality and may not be fully functional. In comparison, Apple-certified screen repairs are performed by trusted experts who use genuine parts.

If you’re running iOS 11, iOS 11.0.1, or iOS 11.0.2, then your device is eligible for the free update to iOS 11.0.3. You can access the update from Settings -> General -> Software Update. You should make sure you are on a Wi-Fi connection, and back up your device before proceeding.

Even as Apple attempts to fix some of the issues people are having since installing iOS 11, there are still some known issues that the company is yet to address. Many users have complained about shorter battery life and an issue where they get a ton of text notification when they reboot the device. Apple has not acknowledged either of the issues yet.

If you have not upgraded to iOS 11 yet, you might find the new customisable Control Centre, and the redesigned lock screen experience interesting enough. The company has also redesigned the App Store and Siri now has a more natural voice. Additionally, iOS 11 brings support for HEVC and HEIF codecs that use improved algorithms to compress the file size of videos and images.

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iOS 10.3.3, macOS 10.12.6, watchOS 3.2.3, and tvOS 10.2.2 Updates Released: What’s New

iOS 10.3.3, macOS 10.12.6, watchOS 3.2.3, and tvOS 10.2.2 Updates Released: What's New

HIGHLIGHTS

  • New versions are minor updates
  • Available worldwide for supported devices
  • iOS 10.3.3 brings security fixes and other improvements

Apple rolled out minor software updates for all its major platforms – iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS – on Wednesday evening, most of which have to do with bug fixes, performance improvements, and security updates.

iOS 10.3.3 fixes a number of security issues that could affect core services such as Messages, Safari, WebKit, and Contacts. Meanwhile, macOS Sierra 10.12.6 is said to improve security, stability, and compatibility of your device. It also patches a few enterprise aspects, such as SMB, Xsan, and the Terminal app.

The Apple Watch update – watchOS 3.2.3 – fixes some of the same issues that plagued iPhone and iPad, aside from kernel and Wi-Fi security improvements. That leaves tvOS 10.2.2, which is only available for the most recent 4th-generation Apple TV. It too handles similar security updates.

iOS 10.3.3 can be downloaded through the Settings app under General > Software Update, while macOS Sierra 10.12.6 is available via the Mac App Store. As always, we advise you backup your iPhone or iPad before installing the update.

watchOS 3.2.3 can be found in the Apple Watch app under General > Software Update, and tvOS 10.2.2 is available under Settings > System > Software Updates.

In fall this year, Apple will release major new updates for all of its platforms in the form of iOS 11, macOS High Sierra, watchOS 4, and tvOS 11. Public beta versions are already available for some of these operating systems if you wish to test out the new features, though do understand that beta software can be buggy and can even lead to data loss.

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