LG G6 Revealed in All Its Glory by Qualcomm Ahead of MWC 2017 Launch

LG G6, the new flagship smartphone from LG, is due to be launched in a few minutes from now at MWC 2017 in Barcelona. But there has been no dearth in excitement around the handset as prolific tipster Evan Blass revealed the LG G6 in all its glory in a leaked image showing the handset a day before the launch. Qualcomm didn’t want to be left out it seems, and has managed to leak the LG G6 in all its glory in a now deleted tweet.

LG G6 Revealed in All Its Glory by Qualcomm Ahead of MWC 2017 Launch

The Qualcomm tweet showed the LG G6 in images. Unlike Blass, Qualcomm tweeted out four images of the G6 showing the handset from all angles. The tweet read, “The LG G6 is a movie screen in the palm of your hands, thanks to Dolby Vision and Snapdragon. Coming Soon.” The tweet also included ‘Blog Link’ confirming that the company inadvertently spilled the beans ahead of any official announcement. The images shared by Qualcomm are in line with what we have been reporting for weeks now.


As for the LG G6 specifications, we know it will feature a 5.7-inch QHD (1440×2880 pixels) display with an aspect ratio of 18:9 and pixel density of 564ppi. The smartphone is widely rumoured to sport a Snapdragon 821 SoC. LG G6 camera will be a dual rear camera setup featuring 13-megapixel sensors, the company confirmed, with a 125-degree wide-angle view. The LG G6 battery rated to have a capacity larger than 3200mAh. LG G6 is widely rumoured to come in White, Black, and Platinum colour options. The big highlight is rumoured Google Assistant integration, making it the only the smartphone to come with it, apart from the Google Pixel devices launched last year.

LG MWC 2017 event is scheduled to begin at 12pm CET (4:30pm IST) on Sunday, and users worldwide will be able to watch the event live.

LG’s event will be live streamed on its YouTube channel. If you’re watching the stream, we recommend you to be in a strong Wi-Fi connection for seamless broadcast. Gadgets 360 will also be on ground zero covering the event as it happens.

Huawei P10 Images Leak Ahead of MWC 2017 Launch, Tipping Features and Design

Huawei P10, P10 Plus are set to be launched by Huawei at MWC 2017 in Barcelona, on Sunday, at an event that starts at 2pm CET (6:30pm IST). A number of leaks have given us an idea of what the Huawei P10 and its sibling, the Huawei P10 Plus, will look like along with their specifications. And now, Huawei P10 has been leaked in massive press images that tell us colour assortment along with last-minute features the device is said to pack-in.

Huawei P10 Images Leak Ahead of MWC 2017 Launch, Tipping Features and Design

The Huawei P10 will feature a fingerprint scanner on the Home button, as leaked earlier in an image render shared by tipster Evan Blass. Now, new leaked images have been spotted by GSMArena on Finnish site Suomi. The images show the device will have a 3.5mm audio jack at the bottom, unlike what other major manufacturers are deciding to forgo these days. Apart from these, the Huawei P10 will have USB Type-C port next to the audio jack. Contrary to what earlier reports said, the fresh press images suggest that the Huawei P10 is tipped to have a 5.1-inch full-HD display with 2.5D contoured edge around. The rear side of the device is said to have a ‘chamfer finish’ and obviously a dual camera setup, manufactured by Leica as the former Huawei P9.

Talking about the colours, the leaked images reveal that Huawei P10 will come in two unreported colours – Greenery and Dazzling Blue – in addition to Mystic Silver, Rose Gold, Graphite Black, and Dazzling Gold, which are already known from the previous leaks. Additionally, it is also reported that Huawei may also launch a new smartwatch called Huawei Watch 2.

Moving to the specifications leaked so far, the Huawei P10 and P10 Plus are likely to sport a Kirin 960 processor, and are expected to come in 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB storage variants. The handsets are said to sport a Leica-designed dual 12-megapixel rear camera setup while an 8-megapixel front camera will be present at the front. The Huawei P10 and P10 Plus are said to come with 3100mAh battery and run the Android Nougat-based EMUI 5.1, which is also said to arrive with the new smartphones.

Xiaomi Mi Populele Smart Ukulele Music Instrument Launched With Companion App

Xiaomi’s Smart Home section dubbed MIJIA has been expanding its product portfolio and the latest to join the lineup is a smart ukulele (a guitar-like instrument) which can teach you how to play it. The new product is available via the company’s MIJIA crowdfunding platform and has already crossed its goal, points out GizmoChina. The Xiaomi Mi Populele Smart Ukulele is expected to start shipping from March end. It has been priced at CNY 399 (roughly Rs. 4,000).

Xiaomi Mi Populele Smart Ukulele Music Instrument Launched With Companion App

The new Xiaomi Mi Populele Smart Ukulele comes with a companion app that is available to users on Android 4.3 and above or iOS 8.0 and above. The companion app helps you play the ukulele with the LED lights on the fingerboard for users to understand. The companion app can also allow users to learn how to play over 100 songs on the ukulele. Xiaomi says that the Mi Populele Smart Ukulele is made of Indonesian rosewood material and supports real-time recording for songs played. For easy sharing, the companion app also allows users to share the recording on social platforms. The ukulele will come with a White coloured package to carry the instrument. Users will have to hold the power button for three seconds to turn it on or off the device and they can check the status with the status light.

Xiaomi is widely promoting that anyone can start playing on Mi Populele Smart Ukulele in just five minutes with the help of the companion app.

For those unaware, a ukulele is a musical instrument that has its origin from Hawaii and looks reminiscent to a guitar. It usually comes with four strings.

Meizu M5s Launched: Price, Release Date, Specifications, and More

Meizu on Wednesday launched the M5s smartphone in China, and it will go on sale in the country from Monday, February 20. The smartphone has been launched in two variants – 16GB storage at CNY 799 (roughly Rs. 7,800) and 32GB storage at CNY 999 (roughly Rs. 9,700) – and will be available in Rose Gold, Moonlight Silver, Champagne Gold, and Star Grey colours.

Meizu M5s Launched: Price, Release Date, Specifications, and More

The Meizu M5s is the successor of the Meizu M5, and is a dual-SIM (Nano-SIM) smartphone that runs Flyme 6.0 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. It has a metal unibody design with a fingerprint sensor on the Home Button. The company says its mTouch technology will help unlock the smartphone in under 0.2 seconds.

The M5s sports a 5.2-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) IPS display with a pixel density of 282ppi. It is powered by a 1.3GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6753 SoC that’s coupled with 3GB of LPDDR3 RAM. Optics on the Meizu M5s include a 13-megapixel rear camera with an f/2.2 aperture, PDAF, and two-tone flash, apart from a 5-megapixel front camera with an f/2.0 aperture and ArcSoft beautification software. As we mentioned, it comes in 16GB and 32GB inbuilt storage variants, expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB) in a hybrid dual-SIM configuration.

Connectivity options include 4G LTE, GPS/ A-GPS, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n (with support for both 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands), Bluetooth v4.0, 3.5mm headphone jack, and Micro-USB. The Meizu M5s sports a 3000mAh battery and comes bundled with an 18W fast charger. Sensors onboard include accelerometer, ambient light sensor, gyroscope, magnetometer, and infrared. It measures 148.2×72.5×8.4mm, and weighs in at 143 grams.

iPhone Call Logs Easy Pickings on iCloud, Says Russian Security Firm

Russian digital forensics firm ElcomSoft on Thursday reported that Apple automatically uploads iPhone call logs to iCloud remote servers, and that users have no official way to disable this feature other than to completely switch off the iCloud drive.

The data uploaded could include a list of all calls made and received on an iOS device, as well as phone numbers, dates and times, and duration, the firm said.

Apple retains the cloud-based data for up to four months, according to ElcomSoft’s report. It includes calendars, wallet, books, notes and other data synced with iCloud. Even photos may be retained remotely longer than Apple has indicated.

Apple currently relies on a two-factor authentication system that requires an iCloud token along with an Apple ID and password, but ElcomSoft’s new Phone Breaker 6.20 software can allow law enforcement to bypass those checks.

For its part, Apple has defended the fact that the data is backed up on the cloud.

“We offer call history syncing as a convenience to our customers so that they can return calls from any of their devices,” an Apple spokesperson said in a statement provided to TechNewsWorld by company rep Ryan James.

“Apple is deeply committed to safeguarding our customers’ data,” the spokesperson added. “That’s why we give our customers the ability to keep their data private. Device data is encrypted with a user’s passcode, and access to iCloud data including backups requires the user’s Apple ID and password. Apple recommends all customers select strong passwords and use two-factor authentication.”


Privacy or Security?

ElcomSoft made its announcement not so much to call attention to the potential weaknesses in Apple’s data storage practices, as to address how easily its own software can obtain the information. It is billed as a tool for law enforcement, but it’s not too hard to imagine that hackers could utilize similar tools for nefarious purposes.

“It is very concerning, as this can’t be something that is a surprise to Apple; it is baked into their design for the product and services,” said Jim Purtilo, associate professor of computer science at the University of Maryland.

“Only Apple can speak to its motive for orchestrating this behavior, but this is a way to project an image of security to consumers,” he told TechNewsWorld.

These iPhone users may believe their data are encrypted and secure, “which is mostly true, even if only on their actual device, while [Apple] is still working accommodatingly with the feds, who get tremendous value from the traffic analysis made possible by these saved data,” Purtilo added.

Standard Practices

The fact that Apple is being called out this week is somewhat notable in its own right.

“Apple doesn’t seem to be walking its talk in the sense of actually doing what it publicly claims to be doing,” noted Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT.

The other part of this is in the lack of transparency customers have into the process, and the fact that there is no easy way to opt out, he told TechNewsWorld.

“If you use iCloud, you’re in whether you want to be or not,” King added.

However, “as several reports on Apple’s situation mention, the company isn’t alone in syncing or saving call data,” King explained, adding that it is standard practice for U.S. carriers to retain call data for up to 12 months.

“Where Apple could run into problems is in foreign markets that restrict retention of caller data,” he said. “The company also risks some egg on its face if ElcomSoft’s contention that more data is collected and that some is retained for longer than Apple says is the case.”

Who Guards the Guards?

The fact that this information is being uploaded to the iCloud is noteworthy, given the showdown that Apple had with the FBI over its ability to obtain information from an iPhone belonging to Syed Rizwan Farook, who carried out last December’s terrorist attack in San Bernardino.

Farook’s phone was protected cryptographically. Apple challenged more than 11 orders to assist in providing access to the phone, issued by the United States district courts under the All Writs Act of 1789.

The question is whether the FBI showdown was necessary, based on ElcomSoft’s findings. Much of the data may have been on the iCloud and hence accessible.

“If most users rely on iCloud services, then police largely don’t need the actual device in order to investigate someone; the data have already been disclosed for far more convenient access by whoever asks,” explained Purtilo.

“Consumers should be so lucky that only the police are accessing their data; in this news, we more or less need to presume other less upstanding groups have been accessing the data too,” he added.

For the vast majority of users, this may be a nonissue, noted Pund-IT’s King.

“Most criminals and ne’er-do-wells probably know enough not to use their personal phones for conducting illegal business,” he suggested.

“How threatening the practice may be is hard to say, but with Apple actively trying to pitch its products for enterprise applications and use cases, companies considering deploying iPhones and iPads may want to question how their employees’ call data is being collected and secured,” King added. “Personal communication is the lifeblood of many businesses, to the point that any threat of injury and hemorrhage should be avoided.”

Lava 4G Connect M1 Feature Phone With Reliance Jio Support Launched in India

Lava on Monday launched 4G VoLTE-enabled feature phone in India, the Lava 4G Connect M1, priced at Rs. 3,333. The company says the feature phone will be available via retail stores in India in a few weeks’ time.

Lava 4G Connect M1 Feature Phone With Reliance Jio Support Launched in India

The domestic mobile brand said the Lava 4G Connect M1 is “the very first 4G-enabled smart feature phone in India”. The company looks to be capitalising on the popularity of 4G services in the country, especially VoLTE voice-calling services that are being offered by the newest entrant to the telecom industry – Reliance Jio. Notably, Reliance Jio is reportedly also gearing up to launch its own series of 4G VoLTE-enabled feature phones.

The Lava 4G Connect M1, unlike most feature phones, comes with a decent amount of memory and processing power. It is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core processor (unspecified chipset) coupled with 512MB of RAM. It runs on a 1750mAh battery, and bears a VGA camera. Lava says that apart from 4G, the feature phone supports 2G voice calling and EDGE connectivity.

The company says the Lava 4G Connect M1 “combines the experience of a smartphone and the durability, affordability and battery backup of a feature phone.” The phone is preloaded with Facebook Lite as well as messaging applications. The handset’s polycarbonate body strengthens its durability

Commenting on the launch, Gaurav Nigam, Head – Product, Lava International said, “At Lava, we strive to think ahead of the curve w.r.t product innovation and the launch of Lava 4G Connect M1 is a step forward in this direction. The launch of this smart feature phone, we believe, will create possibilities for users as they will now be able to consume digital content and even do digital transactions. Furthermore, a sizeable segment of feature phone users in India who use their phone to only make calls will now be able to access the internet; to their advantage; and that too at affordable price.”

LeEco Le 2 64GB Storage Variant Now Available Online at Rs. 13,999

Chinese Internet and smartphone company LeEco has launched the 64GB inbuilt storage variant of its Le 2 smartphone in India. The LeEco Le 2 smartphone with 3GB RAM and 64GB inbuilt storage variant was previously only available offline in the country. It priced a little higher at Rs. 13,999, compared to Rs. 11,999 of the 32GB inbuilt storage variant, and is exclusively available online on Snapdeal.

LeEco Le 2 64GB Storage Variant Now Available Online at Rs. 13,999The new LeEco Le 2 variant is available only in the Rose Gold colour option. Apart from the upgrade in the storage department, all else remains identical. With this LeEco Le 2 is now available online in two storage options – 32GB and 64GB. As we mentioned, the 32GB variant is priced at Rs. 11,999 and is available on LeMall and Snapdeal as well.

Snapdeal is also offering 5 percent instant discount on all debit and credit card payments. There is an up to 12 percent discount on Snapdeal HDFC Bank Credit Card, free delivery of the Reliance Jio SIM card, and free LeEco membership worth Rs. 4,990.

The LeEco Le 2 smartphone was launched in India in June last year, alongside the Le Max 2. The Le 2 smartphone houses a 5.5-inch bezel-less HD (1080×1920 pixel) display with 403ppi pixel density. It is powered by a 2.3GHz deca-core MediaTek Helio X20 SoC paired with 3GB of RAM and Mali GPU.

As for the optics, the smartphone sports a 16-megapixel rear camera, and an 8-megapixel front camera for selfies. The LeEco Le 2 smartphone packs a 3000mAh battery to keep the lights on, and supports LTE connectivity. It runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow out of the box, measures 151.10×74.20×7.50mm, and weighs 153.00 grams.

Smartphone Shipments in India Cross 30 Million Units in Q3 2016: IDC

Smartphone Shipments in India Cross 30 Million Units in Q3 2016: IDCFor the first time, the smartphone market in India crossed the 30 million unit shipments milestone in the third quarter of this year, the International Data Corp (IDC) reported on Tuesday.

According to IDC’s Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, smartphone shipments clocked 32.3 million units in Q3 2016 with 17.5 percentage growth over the previous quarter, maintaining its traction with 11 percent Year-on-Year growth.

“This seasonal spike in third quarter can be attributed to the channel preparation for the festive season, mega online sales and early import of smartphones owing to Chinese holidays in October,” said Karthik J, Senior Market Analyst (Client Devices) IDC India.

Lenovo Group, which constitutes almost a fourth of total online smartphone shipments, continues to lead online channel followed by Xiaomi.

“Online share of smartphone increased to 31.6 percent with impressive 35 percent Quarter-on-Quarter (QoQ) growth due to strong performance by key online players primarily from China-based vendors,” Karthik added.

Samsung led the Indian smartphone market with 23 percentage share with 8 percent sequential growth followed by Lenovo Group (including Motorola) with 9.6 percent share of smartphones.
Reliance Jio sustained its fifth position in the period despite a healthy 20.9 percent growth over previous quarter while Xiaomi made its debut in top 5 as its shipments doubled over previous quarter.

“Mobile vendor ecosystem is going through a multi-dimensional transition. Continuous investment from China based vendors on retail expansion and high decibel marketing has led to disruption in the plans of home-grown vendors to some extent,” added Jaipal Singh, Market Analyst (Client Devices), IDC India.

Analysts said migration from feature phone to smartphone had slowed down, helping India-based vendors to maintain their dominance in overall mobile market.

4G smartphone shipments grew 24.8 percent over the previous quarter in Q3 2016.

“The rollout of Reliance Jio network has further increased the share of 4G-enabled smartphones in India. Seven out of 10 smartphone shipped in Q3 2016 were 4G-enabled and 9 out of 10 smartphone sold by eTailers were 4G,” Singh added.

Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime with 5.5-inch FHD display and fingerprint sensor reportedly launched in India

Last week, Samsung unveiled its latest Galaxy J series smartphone dubbed the Galaxy J7 Prime in Vietnam. Today, according to Mumbai-based independent retailer Mahesh Telecom, the company has launched the phone in India. The Galaxy J7 Prime is a mid-range offering that sports a fingerprint sensor, which is integrated into its home button.

Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime

The Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime sports a phablet-grade 5.5-inch full HD display, and is powered by a 1.6GHz octa-core Samsung Exynos 7890 processor, aided by 3-gigs of RAM. The phone comes with 32-gigs of internal memory, which users can further increase by inserting a microSD card. Software-wise, the device runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow with the latest TouchWiz UI on top.

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The camera department on the Galaxy J7 Prime includes a 13-megapixel primary shooter with an LED flash, autofocus and f/1.9 aperture. Selfies are captured by an 8-megapixel front-facing snapper, aided by f/1.9 aperture. In terms of connectivity, the device offers dual-SIM slots, which both support 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS and GLONASS. The phone is fuelled by a 3,300mAh battery.

As per the source, the Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime has been priced at Rs 18,790, and is available via the brick-and-mortar stores across the country. Samsung hasn’t yet officially announced the phone’s launch in India or list the device on its website.

How to get a smartphone of your needs

The world around us is advancing in technology and so are we. Smartphones entered our lives not more than 5 years ago and now they have become a prominent part of our lives. Companies are rolling out smartphones with impressive and unbelievable features. Amidst all the chaos of hundreds of features and different prices we as a customer are often confused on which phone to buy, which company to opt for and what price to give for the features. Finally, here we have got some tips to help you get your head straight in choosing the right smartphone.

How to choose the brand and features

This goes without saying that different brand offer different features, big smartphone companies like Apple, Samsung, Sony, HTC etc. offer the same features as of Companies like micromax, gionee etc. but at a higher price. What you need to understand is whether to go with the brand value or the features. If you are getting a new smartphone, a good advice would be to always look for features and not the brand, of course if you have a good budget than can go to the higher brands but a medium budget will satisfy your needs too.

Consider the use, whether you are teenager who’s just looking for a phone to play games listen to music click photos in short for entertainment, you can basically choose any brand, many new brands are launched everyday having phones featuring high end RAM and camera features at ridiculously low prices. If you are looking more of a professional phone go the higher end phones, you need to extend your budget and invest into a phone which will suit your business needs and is good in security as well. Try paytm mobile coupons and you will love it.

What we generally do is, set up a maximum budget and look up for smartphones near to that budget, rather than this you should look at the features you want and get a phone according to it. If you choose a phone based on money, you would be spending extra money just based on the looks of the phone.


Comparing the price: Online buying or offline buying

We have been accustomed to offline buying since a very long time, but after the introduction of e-commerce stores, it has become quite easy to choose a phone compare prices and get it delivered at your home. Before you trust an online site and purchase a mobile straight away, do check for the phone’s availability in stores nearby & also check for the brand’s service centers. New brands are launched everyday on these platforms but they have very few service centers across the country. If you think you are getting a better price online at a trusted website go for it. Coupons for shopclues and other offers from website might help you cut down the cost to a further extent.

We hope that our tips will help you choose a better smartphone. Be a smart buyer; look for features than for price.