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Chinese mobile startup OnePlus is now releasing an update to its OnePlus 2 smartphones, which will bring the new OxygenOS version 3.5.5 to OnePlus 2 devices. As a significant update, OxygenOS 3.5.5 finally offers the VoLTE support for select carriers, however forgoing the anticipated Android 7.0 Nougat upgrade. OnePlus says that the OxygenOS 3.5.5 rollout is occurring in a phased manner, and will reach only a small proportion of users initially, although a broader rollout is expected in coming days.

With OxygenOS 3.5.5, OnePlus 2 users will be able to make VoLTE calls for some carriers only. The company, however, doesn’t list the carrier names – notably though, the VoLTE enabling update for the OnePlus 2 was announced by OnePlus India in September, with specific reference to enabling the feature for Reliance Jio networks.

Apart from the VoLTE support, the update brings minor updates and redesign to the interface. New features includes App Lock, Battery Saving Mode, Gaming Mode, new Alert Slider options, and a new Volume Adjustment Bar. There are also some bug fixes and shelf optimisations that have been addressed with this update. This OxygenOS 3.5.5 update doesn’t bring the much-awaited Android 7.0 Nougat to OnePlus 2 devices. The Android security patch level has been updated to December 1 with this build.

If you’re going to update your OnePlus 2, you need to keep in mind that this update will replace your Clock, Calculator and Messages app to the stock OnePlus apps if you never updated their corresponding Google apps. You can choose to download them later if you like Google’s stock apps. Apart from that, a lot of configurations will be reset after the update like the device name, ringtones, accent colours, and the battery bar indicator.

Besides, OnePlus is also gathering feedback from OnePlus 2 users after they update their smartphones to OxygenOS 3.5.5. On its forum, OnePlus has given some useful links as well if you somehow want to downgrade your OnePlus 2 firmware to OxygenOS 3.10. As we mentioned that the update is rolling out in a phased manner, so OnePlus 2 users who have not received any update notifications yet, should receive the OTA update notification in a next few days.

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A passenger on a Virgin Airlines flight from San Francisco to Boston reportedly created an emergency situation for the crew and fellow passengers as he created a Wi-Fi hotspot with name “Galaxy Note 7_1097” during the flight. As the infamous Samsung smartphone was earlier banned from all US airlines due to the explosion cases reported against it, the hoax ended up creating a panic situation.

After realising that there was a Wi-Fi hotspot with Galaxy Note 7 name on the flight, the crew asked the passenger with the phone to press their call button, as per a report by BBC. View image on Twitter View image on Twitter Follow Lucas Wojciechowski @lucaswoj Open my laptop on the plane and notice a Galaxy Note 7 wifi hotspot https://www.transportation.gov/briefing-room/dot-bans-all-samsung-galaxy-note7-phones-airplanes … 12:34 PM – 20 Dec 2016 282 282 Retweets 485 485 likes

“This isn’t a joke. We’re going to turn on the lights (it’s 11pm) and search everyone’s bag until we find it,” the crew was quoted as saying in the report, citing a passenger onboard – a Twitter user named Lucas Wojciechowski.

When nobody pressed the button, the pilot had to get involved in the situation and warn the passengers that the flight will have to make an emergency landing if nobody claimed responsibility for Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone.

After the announcement was made, the passenger who played the prank came forward and confessed that there was no Galaxy Note 7 on the flight and he had merely renamed the Wi-Fi hotspot. Wojciechowski told the BBC that he believed no further action taken against the prankster by the airline. The BBC cites another Twitter user to report that the incident delayed and cancelled several other flights in Boston.

Another Twitter user points out that the prankster may not have been trying to play a prank at all – citing his own case where after migrating from a Galaxy Note 7 to a Galaxy S7, his Wi-Fi hotspot name remained the same.

To recall, Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was discontinued and recalled by the South Korean company after several cases of explosions were reported regarding the device.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 smartphone was launched back in August earlier this year. Initially, the Redmi 4 smartphone was made available in Gold, Silver, and Grey colour variants but Xioami has now announced two new colour variants – Blue and Black.

The new Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 colour variants have been only made available for the models with 3GB of RAM/32GB of inbuilt storage and 3GB of RAM/64GB of inbuilt storage, as per a report by GizmoChina. However, the company has maintained the price tag on both Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 variants at CNY 999 and CNY 1,199, respectively.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 sports a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) 2.5D curved glass display with a pixel density of 401ppi. The Redmi Note 4 is powered by a deca-core MediaTek Helio X20 SoC coupled with Mali-T880 MP4 GPU. This Xiaomi smartphone comes with support for expandable storage via microSD card (up to 128GB).

In terms of optics, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 comes with a 13-megapixel rear camera with PDAF (phase detection autofocus) and f/2.0 aperture. At front, the Redmi 4 features a 5-megapixel camera, which company claims can click 85-degree wide angle shots.

Further, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 supports a hybrid dual-SIM slot, which means users can choose to go with a combination of either dual-SIM cards or one Micro-SIM and one microSD card. The fingerprint scanner is located on the back panel right below Xiaomi Redmi 4’s rear camera.

In terms of connectivity options, Xiaomi Redm 4 offers 4G with VoLTE, Bluetooth, GPS, Micro-USB, and Glonass. The Redmi Note 4 houses a large 4100mAh battery.

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After the successful launch of the top-end Mi MIX concept smartphone with 6.4-inch display, Xiaomi seems to be working on a mini-flagship called Mi S, featuring a 4.6-inch screen. The rumoured Xiaomi Mi S is said to sport the top-end Snapdragon 821 chipset and 4GB of RAM.

The Xiaomi Mi S smartphone, as per renders leaked on Weibo, is under development at present, reports AndroidPure. Even though the authenticity of the Xiaomi Mi S leak remains to be verified, the renders on the Chinese website provide detailed hardware specifications of the smartphone.

The 4.6-inch display of the Xiaomi Mi S smartphone is reportedly complemented by full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) resolution. The Snapdragon 821 SoC coupled with 4GB of RAM are likely to make the Mi S smartphone a capable performer.

In terms of optics, Xiaomi Mi S is expected to sport a 12-megapixel Sony IMX378 rear camera and a 4-megapixel camera at front for taking selfies. The device is tipped to house a 2600mAh battery tagged with support for quick charge. Xiaomi Mi S has been tipped to be 8.2 mm thick and weigh 138 grams. In terms of connectivity options, the Mi S is expected to offer NFC, USB Type-C port, and a 3.5 mm audio jack.

There is a very good chance that the current name Xiaomi Mi S name may be a codename and the phone can eventually be called something else altogether. As we advise you to do with every leak, take this leaks with a pinch of salt until an actual announcement by Xiaomi.

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LeEco on Wednesday said it has revised its business strategy for the coming year, based on the “overall volatility and uncertainty that is forecast for the global economy.” Recently, the company admitted expanding too fast too soon, and has since been scrutinising plans. This overhaul will imply several changes across the markets in which it operates, including India, where the company has confirmed layoffs are planned.

To recall, LeEco entered the Indian market in January this year, and the company has enjoyed some time in the limelight since. The company entered the offline market in the country in June by bringing the Le 1s to brick-and-mortar stores, and then expanded its retail partnerships the next month.
Now, LeEco in a statement to Gadgets 360 reacting to recent reports about its planned slowdown in the country, said that it was downsizing its operations in India. This “right sizing exercise” applies to “all its offices in various geographies” the company specified, with India just one of these markets. It added that India is one of the top three markets for the company globally, but mentioned that it is also a “fledgling operation”.

The company said that the decision to downsize operations in India was not “led by performance or competence parameters but entirely guided by business imperatives.” The statement further explained the reasons behind the move, “As we transit to a more strategic phase of our operations in India, it is the appropriate time to assess and take steps to ensure the sustainability and profitability of our business.”

Speaking about the layoffs in India, LeEco said it is doing what it can to alleviate struggles of “affected employees.” It said it is “open to offering outplacement services to affected employees who specifically seek assistance”
Referring to reports that it was exiting the offline sales market it had entered under six months ago, LeEco didn’t confirm its actual exit – however, it did say it was now focused on its online channels. LeEco said that it was at its core an Internet company, and that it “intends to concentrate on and bolster its online business.” The company said its “proven O2O model” will be vital to its business in India, but how this applies to actual offline sales isn’t clear yet.

The statement also shed some light on the company’s roadmap for India, pointing specifically to improving online channels with a “more consumer-centric” LeMall marketplace. LeEco also said it has a “robust product pipeline in the offing.”

In August, LeEco set up a manufacturing unit in Greater Noida, with an initial production capacity of 60,000 smartphones a month anticipated to ramp up to 200,000 units a month by the end of the year. At the same time, it announced it had managed to sell 1 million smartphones in the country since launch.

While LeEco is silent on if there’s a rethink on its Make in India plans, the company says it “will adopt a laser-sharp focus on overall organisational efficiency, capacity-building and talent nurturing while remaining unwaveringly committed to maintaining a sustainable and profitable business model.”

 
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Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge are receiving December security updates. The update is being rolled out in India as well. The size of the update varies depending upon your current version and it brings the Android December security update as well as other stability improvements and bug fixes.

The Samsung Galaxy S7 is receiving software version G930XXU1BPL2 while the Galaxy S7 Edge is getting version G935XXU1BPL2. Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge users can manually check to see if the update has arrived by going to Settings > About Device > Download updates manually.

The update also suggests some new features, but it is unknown at the moment as to exactly what those features might be.

Google earlier in December began rolling out the Android 7.1.1 Nougat update, which includes the December security patch, to Pixel, Nexus, and Android One users.

Samsung last month rolled out its ‘Galaxy Beta Program’ for Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge users to test Android 7.0 Nougat on their devices. However, Samsung recently confirmed in a response to a user query that it will skip the Android 7.0 Nougat roll out for the devices altogether and jump directly to Android 7.1.1 Nougat.

 
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The Zuk Edge smartphone, which had been teased by Lenovo for a while now, has been finally launched in the Chinese market. The new Zuk Edge smartphone will go on sale from January 1 in China, and has been priced at CNY 2,299 (roughly Rs. 22,500) for the 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM variant, and CNY 2,499 (roughly Rs. 24,500) for the 6GB of LPDDR4 RAM variant. The latest Zuk smartphone will be made available in Ceramic White and Titanium Crystal Black colour variants.

The main highlight of the Zuk Edge is its 2.35GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 SoC, apart from its 5.5-inch full-HD TDDI display with Corning Gorilla Glass that supposedly has an 86.4 percent screen-to-body ratio, its USB Type-C (v3.1) port, its under-glass U Touch fingerprint sensor (that can unlock in as little as 0.09 seconds), and its built-in blood oxygen heart rate sensor. Other interesting additions in Lenovo’d Zuk Edge include a pneumatic altimeter and a UV light sensor.

The dual-SIM (Nano-SIM) Zuk Edge runs Android 7.0 Nougat-based ZUI 2.5. As for optics, the new Zuk Edge smartphone bears a 13-megapixel rear camera with a 1.34-micron pixel Samsung ISOCELL sensor, an f/2.2 aperture, PDAF+CAF hybrid autofocus, and a high-brightness flash. On the front, it bears an 8-megapixel camera with a 1.12-micron pixel sensor, and an f/2.2 aperture. Inbuilt storage of Zuk Edge is 64GB, which is not expandable via microSD card.

Connectivity options onboard the Zuk Edge include 4G LTE (with support for Indian LTE bands), Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v4.1, and GPS/ A-GPS. The Zuk Edge bears 3100mAh battery, measures 142.9×74.5×7.68mm and weighs 160 grams. Other sensors on board include an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, gyroscope, magnetometer, and proximity sensor

 
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Xiaomi has announced that it will offer discounts on products such as the Mi 5 smartphone, Mi Power Banks, and Mi In-Ear Headphones Pro Gold as part of the Mi Christmas sale. The discount offers on these Xiaomi products will be available on the company’s online store, Mi.com/in, from December 19 to December 21.

Under the Mi Christmas offer, interested consumers can buy the flagship Xiaomi Mi 5 smartphone at Rs. 19,999 after a flat discount of Rs. 3,000. Similarly, the Xiaomi 20000mAh Mi Power Bank will be available at Rs. 1,899 with a flat discount of Rs. 600, 10000mAh Mi Power Bank will be available at Rs. 999 with a flat discount of Rs. 300, and Mi In-Ear Headphones Pro Gold will be available at Rs. 1,599 with a flat discount of Rs. 200.

Xiaomi is also offering discounts on the purchase of accessories for Redmi 3S Prime and Redmi Note 3 – Redmi 3S Flip Case Blue will be available at Rs. 199 (flat discount of Rs. 400), and Redmi Note 3 Flip Case White available at Rs. 99 (flat discount of Rs. 300).

Along with these, Xiaomi is providing a free one-year Hungama Music membership alongside a free three-month Hungama Play membership exclusively for 1 million Mi users. Xiaomi smartphones that are eligible to get the free Hungama membership which include Redmi 3S (and Redmi 3S Prime), Redmi Note 3, Mi Max, and Mi 5.

Under Mi Christmas, Xiaomi is also kicking off the sale of its new Mi VR Play virtual reality headset, which will be available at Rs. 999.

Additionally, Xiaomi is offering discount on the purchase of the old Mi Band which will be available at Rs. 799 with a flat discount of Rs. 1,200, Mi USB Fan available at Rs. 149 (flat discount of Rs. 100), and Mi LED Light available at Rs. 199 (flat discount of Rs. 50).

 
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Flipkart is in its second day of the Big Shopping Days Sale, and the e-commerce site has listed several discounts and offers. The Flipkart Big Shopping Days sale will end on Wednesday, anticipated to wrap up the discount offers for this year.

First up, all SBI Debit and Credit card users can avail 10 percent instant discount during the Flipkart Big Shopping Days sale on a minimum purchase of Rs. 5,999, and maximum discount of Rs. 1,500. Ensure that you are pre-registered on Flipkart with your card and address details filled in, before you begin shopping, to make the most out of the sale.

The Flipkart Big Shopping Days sale includes offers on mobiles, tablets, electronics, fashion, appliances, home and even furniture. Smartphones on offer include the Google Pixel, iPhone 7, iPhone 6, iPhone 5s, Lenovo K5 Note, LeEco Le1s Eco, Moto E3 Power, Samsung Galaxy On8 and many more. The OnePlus 3 smartphone that was made available at just Rs. 18,999 on the e-commerce site, amidst much hullabaloo, is now out of stock. The Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL are available with an exchange offer where a user can get up to Rs. 25,000 off. Apart from up to an 8 percent price slash on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus devices, Flipkart has also enabled an exchange offer deal where a user can get an additional discount of up to Rs. 20,000. The Moto Z and Moto Z Play also have the exchange offer deal, with the discount cap at Rs. 22,000. There’s a flat Rs. 14,000 off on the LG G5, and the Sony Xperia X and Asus Zenfone 3 both have a price cut of Rs. 2,000 and Rs. 1,000 respectively. Other premium smartphones available with exchange offers include iPhone 6s, iPhone SE, Moto X Style, and Huawei P9. There is a maximum of 22 percent off on Apple iPads as well on Flipkart Big Shopping Days sale, and you can see the special prices here. If you’re looking for budget tablets that start for as low as Rs. 1,999, head here. Other phablets tablets with price cuts include the Lenovo Phab series as well as the Lenovo Yoga series, and you can see all the mobile and tablet deals listed here.

Laptops are also available with price cuts and exchange offers as part of the Flipkart Big Shopping Days sale, and all the premium ones can be found here. Alternatively, all the laptop deals can be seen here. Offers on pen drives, power banks, TV sets, smartwatches, fitness bands, DSLRs, and Computer peripherals are also listed, and you can view them all here.

 
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The Samsung Galaxy S7 is receiving software version G930XXU1BPL2 while the Galaxy S7 Edge is getting version G935XXU1BPL2. Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge users can manually check to see if the update has arrived by going to Settings > About Device > Download updates manually.

The update also suggests some new features, but it is unknown at the moment as to exactly what those features might be.

Google earlier in December began rolling out the Android 7.1.1 Nougat update, which includes the December security patch, to Pixel, Nexus, and Android One users.Samsung last month rolled out its ‘Galaxy Beta Program’ for Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge users to test Android 7.0 Nougat on their devices. However, Samsung recently confirmed in a response to a user query that it will skip the Android 7.0 Nougat roll out for the devices altogether and jump directly to Android 7.1.1 Nougat.

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