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Indian banks’ loans rose 5.8 per cent in the two weeks to Dec. 9 from a year earlier, while deposits rose 15.9 per cent, the Reserve Bank of India’s weekly statistical supplement showed on Friday.

Outstanding loans rose by Rs. 46830 crore to Rs. 73.39  lakh crore in the two weeks to December 9. Non-food credit rose Rs. 38,690 crore to Rs. 72.39 lakh crore, while food credit rose Rs. 8140 crore to Rs. 99920 crore.

Bank deposits rose Rs. 73,520 crore to Rs. 105.91 lakh crore in the two weeks to December 9

 
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After an unsuccessful attempt with the Kodak IM5, the iconic camera company is now trying its luck to make a new mark in the smartphone market with the launch of the Kodak Ektra. Unveiled in October, the Kodak Ektra smartphone is set to be launched first in Germany on December 9.

The camera-focused smartphone is priced at EUR 499 (roughly Rs. 36,000), and will be made available on Amazon, Media Markt, Ringfoto, Saturn, kodakphones.com, and notebooksbilliger.de for purchase, according to Android Authority. Starting January 16, the Kodak Ektra smartphone will be sold through carrier Deutsche Telekom as well. The handset will launch in other countries too. Notably, the Kodak Ektra price in India is not yet known, nor whether it would launch in India at all.

The smartphone has been manufactured by a UK company called Bullitt Group by licensing Kodak’s IP. The big highlight of Ektra is its unique design and the huge camera lens at the back with DSLR-like modes and features. The smartphone’s large rear sensor protrudes out of the smartphone significantly, but a slight curve design at the bottom looks to balance things out at surface level. Furthermore, the lens has a metal ring for protection.As for the camera, the Kodak Ektra sports a 21-megapixel fast-focus rear sensor with OIS, f/2.0 aperture, PDAF, and dual-LED Flash. There’s an additional 13-megapixel front camera with f/2.2 aperture and PDAF for selfies and video chats. DSLR modes include Smart Auto, Portrait, Manual, Sports, Bokeh, Night-time, HDR, Panorama, Macro, Landscape, and 4K Video Capture. There’s also an Advanced Manual mode that allows users to adjust exposure, ISO, focal length (Manual/Auto), white balance, shutter speed, and aperture (fixed f2.0 main camera).

Detailing other specifications, the Kodak Ektra features a 5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display with 441ppi pixel density. It is powered by a 2.3GHz Helio X20 deca-core processor paired with 3GB of RAM. The smartphone offers 32GB of inbuilt storage with the option to expand further via a microSD card slot. Furthermore, it packs a 3000mAh battery, supports USB Type-C charging, and measures 147.8×73.35×9.69mm.

The Kodak Ektra comes with a preloaded app called Print that lets you order physical copies of the pictures as well. It has a widget that recommends many photo-editing apps like Prisma and Adobe Lightroom, but the one installed by default is Snapseed.

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Huawei has launched its new smartphone, the Mate 9 Pro, in China. The smartphone is essentially a more premium version of company’s smartphone Huawei Mate 9, which was launched earlier this month, with upgraded specifications. The smartphone will be available in Champagne Gold, Space Gray, Mocha Brown, Moonlight Silver, and Ceramic White colours.

The China launch was reported by Android Headlines, which notes the dual-SIM Huawei Mate 9 Pro runs on company’s Emotion UI 5.0 on top of Android 7.0 Nougat. It sports a 5.5-inch QHD (1440×2560 pixels) curved AMOLED display – the biggest difference between the Mate 9 Pro and the Mate 9. The smartphone packs a 2.5GHz octa-core Kirin 960 processor coupled with 6GB of RAM.
In terms of optics, Huawei Mate 9 Pro comes with a dual-camera setup at the back with 20-megapixel monochrome lens and 12-megapixel RGB sensors with Leica lenses. The dual camera setup is tagged with dual-tone LED flash. The smartphone comes with a 8-megapixel front camera for taking selfies. The camera setup comes with optical image stabilisation capability.

It comes with inbuilt storage options of 64GB and 128GB and memory options of 4GB and 6GB of RAM. The 4GB variant of the smartphone has been priced by the company at CNY 4,699 (roughly Rs. 46,500) while the 6GB RAM variant of the smartphone has been priced at CNY 5,299 (roughly Rs. 52,500). The Huawei Mate 9 Pro comes with a fingerprint scanner at the back.

The smartphone houses a large 4000mAh battery. In terms of connectivity the Huawei Mate 9 Pro offers options like GPS, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. The phone measures 152x75x7.5mm.

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Chinese handset maker Huawei has claimed that it has sold over 9 million Huawei P9 units globally since the smartphone’s launch in April. The company made the announcement at an event on Thursday.

Notably, the company back in September had claimed that it sold 6 million P9 smartphones, which means the company has sold an additional 3 million units within two months.

One of the biggest highlights of the Huawei P9 smartphone is its dual rear camera setup that was ‘co-engineered with Leica’. The smartphones sport two 12-megapixel rear camera with with f/2.2 apertures – one camera captures colour images, while the other captures monochrome images. It also sports an 8-megapixel front-facing camera.
To recall, the Huawei P9 had been unveiled alongside the Huawei P9 Plus back in April. The Chinese company in August launched the P9 flagship smartphone in India at Rs. 39,999.

The Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based Huawei P9 features the company’s EMUI 4.1 skin on top, and sports a 5.2-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) IPS LCD display. It is powered by a Hi-Silicon Kirin 955 octa-core processor (2.5GHz quad-coreCortex-A72 + 1.8GHz quad-core Cortex-A53 cores) that’s coupled with 3GB of RAM. It bears 32GB of inbuilt storage, which is expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB). Huawei has also unveiled a 4GB of RAM/ 64GB of inbuilt storage variant which is not available in India. Connectivity options on board the Huawei P9 include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth v4.1, Infrared, and USB Type-C. The smartphone features a 3000mAh battery and comes in Ceramic White, Prestige Gold, and Titanium Grey colours.

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Alongside the Huawei Mate 9 on Thursday, Huawei also launched the Porsche Design Huawei Mate 9, with a EUR 1,395 (roughly Rs. 1,03,000) price tag. The limited edition, designer smartphone will only be launched in a Graphite Black colour variant, and go on sale in late December via European Porsche Design Stores. It will also be available in January from Porsche Design Stores worldwide (except USA), and select Huawei retail stores in Asia, Middle East, and Europe.

The two Huawei Mate 9 smartphones sport very similar specifications, however, there are some major differences as well. The Huawei Mate 9 Porsche Design edition bears a higher resolution, smaller display – a 5.5-inch QHD (1440×2560 pixels) AMOLED display instead of a 5.9-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) IPS display – 6GB of RAM instead of 4GB, and 256GB of inbuilt storage (with no card slot) compared to 64GB with card slot. It also weighs less at 169 grams, and measures 152x75x7.5mm. It also foregoes the fingerprint sensor on the rear panel, and bears it on the home button instead.
Other specifications remain the same. The dual-SIM Huawei Mate 9 Porsche Design edition runs EMUI 5.0 based on Android 7.0 Nougat, and is powered by the HiSilicon Kirin 960 octa-core SoC with four Cortex-A73 cores clocked at 2.4GHz, and four Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.8GHz, coupled with the ARM Mali-G71 GPU and 4GB of RAM.

The Huawei Mate 9 Porsche Design edition bears a ‘second-generation Leica dual-lens camera’ with a 20-megapixel monochrome sensor and a 12-megapixel RGB sensor, both with f/2.2 apertures. The setup is meant to provide enhanced colour accuracy and depth perception. The rear camera has OIS, a Hybrid Zoom feature, dual-tone dual-LED flash, and ‘4-in-1’ Hybrid Autofocus system, with contrast, depth, laser, and phase detection autofocus systems. The smartphone bears an 8-megapixel front camera with an f/1.9 aperture.

The Mate 9 comes with 256GB of inbuilt storage, and sports a 4000mAh battery with SuperCharge technology that’s said to deliver a day’s worth of charge in 20 minutes. The smartphone weighs in at 190 grams, and has dimensions of 156.9×78.9×7.9mm. It bears a USB Type C port.

Richard Yu, CEO, Huawei Consumer Business Group, commented on the motivation of a Porsche Design smartphone, “We identified a new type of luxury consumer is emerging. One who needs a smartphone that matches the special demands of their successful, global lifestyles. Porsche Design is synonymous with excellence in innovation, unique design and perfection. The Porsche Design Huawei Mate 9 sets a new benchmark in design and performance and delivers a revolutionary smartphone experience that will enhance even the fastest-paced business and personal lifestyles.”

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Huawei Technologies took the wraps of a new premium phone on Thursday, adding a new artificial intelligence feature it hopes will help it close the gap with Apple and market leader Samsung, which is reeling from scrapping its flagship phone.

The Mate 9 is aimed squarely at the top end of the $400 billion global smartphone market, where professional users are looking for fast phones with long battery life.

It includes a feature that enables the device to learn about the habits of its user and automatically put the most frequently used apps in easy reach – unlike, for example, Apple’s iPhone, where icons that may occupy many screens apart from the start screen have to be manually ordered.

“It learns how you use your phone,” said Arne Herkelmann, Huawei’s European head of handset portfolio and planning. The launch comes just three weeks after Samsung scrapped its flagship Galaxy Note 7 smartphone, dealing a huge blow to its reputation and outlook.
(Also see: Huawei Fit Activity Tracker With Heart Rate Monitor Launched)

With smartphone sales growth expected to slow in the coming years, device manufacturers are focusing on new ways to standout from the crowd.

“Just the device is no longer enough,” said Roberta Cozza,an analyst at research firm Gartner. “AI and voice control will be main features on smartphones in the coming years.”

Alphabet’s Google last month launched the Pixel smartphone which has Google Assistant, the company’s voice-activated artificial intelligence (AI) system and its answer to Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa.

In another AI push, Samsung said last month it would buy Viv, which is run by the co-creator of Apple’s Siri and said it wanted to integrate the platform in its Galaxy smartphones and expand its voice-assistant services to home appliances and wearable technology devices.

The Mate 9, introduced in Munich, is a 5.9-inch (15 cm) large-screen handset that boasts cameras with autofocus, directional microphones with noise cancellation and an improved user interface.

The algorithm puts the user’s favourite apps first, which makes the phones easier to use and also more energy-efficient. The phone’s battery lasts for almost two days of heavy usage and can fully recharge in 90 minutes, Huawei said.

Gartner expects smartphone sales to grow 4.5 percent to 1.5 billion devices this year.

 
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Huawei on Thursday launched the Mate 9 smartphone at an event in Munich. The smartphone bears a dual rear camera setup designed in collaboration with Leica, which is certainly the highlight feature. It will be made available in China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, and the UAE in the first wave of launches, with a suggested retail price of EUR 699 (roughly Rs. 51,600) inclusive of taxes. Other countries will follow soon after, Huawei says. The company separately also unveiled the Porsche Design Huawei Mate 9, with a EUR 1,395 (roughly Rs. 1,03,000) price tag. The Huawei Fit activity tracker was also launched.

The dual-SIM Huawei Mate 9 runs EMUI 5.0 based on Android 7.0 Nougat, and sports a 5.9-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) IPS display. It is powered by the HiSilicon Kirin 960 octa-core SoC with four Cortex-A73 cores clocked at 2.4GHz, and four Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.8GHz. The SoC features the recently unveiled ARM Mali-G71 GPU, coupled with 4GB of RAM. It bears a fingerprint sensor on the rear panel, which supports gestures.
Getting to the cameras, Huawei says the Mate 9 is getting the ‘second-generation Leica dual-lens camera’, which has been ‘co-engineered’ with Leica. To recall, the Huawei P9 was the first to sport the Leica dual rear camera setup. The Huawei Mate 9 bears a 20-megapixel monochrome sensor and a 12-megapixel RGB sensor, both with f/2.2 apertures. The combination is meant to provide improved colour accuracy, depth perception, and contrast. The rear camera features optical image stabilisation (OIS), Hybrid Zoom, dual-tone dual-LED flash, and something Huawei is calling a ‘4-in-1’ Hybrid Autofocus system, with contrast, depth, laser, and phase detection autofocus systems all combined. On the front, the smartphone bears an 8-megapixel sensor with an f/1.9 aperture.

The Mate 9 comes with 64GB of inbuilt storage that’s expandable via microSD card (up to 256GB, hybrid dual-SIM design), and sports a 4000mAh battery with SuperCharge technology that’s said to deliver a day’s worth of charge in 20 minutes. The smartphone weighs in at 190 grams, and has dimensions of 156.9×78.9×7.9mm. Colour variants the smartphone will be available in are Black, Space Gray, Moonlight Silver, Champagne Gold, Mocha Brown, and Ceramic White.

The Porsche Design Huawei Mate 9, which will only be shipped in a Graphite Black colour variant, will be available in the European Porsche Design Stores starting in late December. It will also be available in January 2017 at Porsche Design Stores worldwide (except USA), and select Huawei retail stores in Asia, Middle East, and Europe. Apart from the design differences, the smartphone also bears a smaller, higher resolution display – a 5.5-inch QHD (1440×2560 pixels) AMOLED display – sports 6GB of RAM, and 256GB of inbuilt storage with no card slot. It weighs less at 169 grams, and measures 152x75x7.5mm.

 
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Hisilicon, the Chinese semiconfuctor design firm wholly owned by Huawei, announced its next-generation flagship SoC at a press event in China. According to reports, the new chip will deliver massive graphics and storage subsystem performance improvements while also improving battery life. The Kirin 960 could debut as soon as next month, powering Huawei’s expected Mate 9 smartphone.

The Kirin 960 combines four high-powered 2.4GHz ARM Cortex A73 cores and four lower-powered 1.8GHz Cortex A53 cores. This arrangement is fairly common, allowing the SoC to allocate resources to tasks depending on power and battery life considerations. According to figures provided by Huawei, the Kirin 960 beats Apple’s A10, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 821 and Samsung’s Exynos 8890 in the multi-threaded Geekbench 4 test, and is second only to the A10 (though by a large margin) when considering only one core.

Huawei can also boast of being the first to market with ARM’s new Mali-G71 GPU, which was announced at Computex this year. The Kirin 960 uses the G71 MP8, which indicates 8 GPU cores. The Mali-G71 is based on ARM’s new “Bifrost” architecture and is geared for 4K content and VR.  Support for the Vulkan graphics API is also a first. The improvements add up to a claimed 180 percent improvement in graphics performance compared to previous-generation Kirin SoCs. HEVC and h.264 encode and decode are supported at 4K 30fps.

Another improvement is support for the high-speed Universal Flash Storage 2.1 standard which can improve overall system responsiveness. Thirteen of the 14 most popular apps load faster on the Kirin 960 than its competition, according to Huawei. In addition, LPDDR4 RAM can be used in devices based on the Kirin 960, and there are promised improvements to the camera ISP and sensor control logic.

The SoC integrates a 4G LTE modem, which can handle up to Cat 12/13 speeds, ie 600Mbps downloads and 150Mbps uploads. It is fabricated on a 16nm process and will be manufactured by TSMC.

Huawei is expected to launch the Mate 9 next month. It is unknown whether it will take advantage of all the Kirin 960’s capabilities, but it should be running Android N when it makes it to markets.

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When Google decided to roll out the Android 7.0 Nougat update in August, the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 LTE were left out of the mix. A month later, Google apologised for the delay in rolling out the update for the two Nexus devices. Earlier this week, Nexus 6 users started receiving the update along with the October Android security patch. Now, Nexus 9 LTE users have also started to receive the Android 7.0 Nougat update, however this time, only the September Android security patch is bundled with it.

Once the rollout process is complete, it would mean all eligible Nexus devices have now officially received the Android 7.0 Nougat update. Notably, at the Made by Google event earlier this week, Android 7.1 Nougat was unveiled alongside the two Pixel smartphones, and Google claims that Nexus and Pixel C tablet will receive the developer preview before the end of the year. Just which Nexus devices will receive the update however has not been clarified. Google confirmed that even though the Nexus series is dead with the launch of Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL smartphones, it will continue to support Nexus devices.

The update is rolling out over-the-air, but if you can’t wait Google has also uploaded factory and OTA images. As mentioned, the Nexus 6 update earlier came with the October Android security patch, but the Nexus 9 LTE update bundles the old September patch.

Google, at its Made By Google event, killed old practices of launching Nexus devices by partnering with OEMs. Instead, Google now has a new hardware team lead by Rick Osterloh, which will now take care of Google-branded products – though HTC is responsible for “assembling” the current crop of Pixel phones. At the event, Google also launched the new Chromecast Ultra, Google Home speaker, Google Wi-Fi router, and the new Daydream View.

The Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones are coming to India this month, and the pre-sale will start on October 13. The smartphones will be made available in 32GB and 128GB variants, and are priced at starting Rs. 57,000.

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Google few weeks back started rolling out Android 7.0 Nougat for compatible Nexus devices. The Android Nougat update was rolled out to the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Nexus Player, Pixel C tablet, and Android One General Mobile 4G devices gradually. The list of devices however missed out the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 LTE devices giving an impression that they may miss out on Android N update altogether.

Google has now confirmed that both the Motorola Google Nexus 6 and HTC Google Nexus 9 will receive the final Android 7.0 Nougat update “in the coming weeks.” The company confirmed the details to Android Police without giving an exact timeline for the update. Unfortunately, Google has so far also not revealed the reasons for the delay of the Android 7.0 Nougat update for the devices. For those users who can’t wait for the official rollout of Android 7.0 Nougat can register for the Android N Developer Preview to experience Nougat.

To refresh, the final Android 7.0 Nougat build brings a host of improvements such as multi-window support, enhanced notifications, revamped doze, and number blocking. Google has already released the final build to OEMs which means they can start building their skins on top of Android 7.0 Nougat and release it soon to their customers.

Dave Burke, Engineering VP, during official Android 7.0 Nougat release had announced that Google has moved Nougat into a new regular maintenance schedule for the coming quarters. Burke had added that the first Nougat maintenance release was already in the works.

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