Lenovo India started rolling out an update to the Vibe K5 Note that brings 4G VoLTE (voice over LTE) support. According to the Chinese company, the software update started rolling out to units in India last week and should be available to all users in the country. Users can manually check for the update via Settings > About Phone > System Update. The new update bumps the software version to S312.
With the software update, the Lenovo Vibe K5 Note will be able to make VoLTE calls through Reliance Jio network.
To recall, Lenovo launched the Vibe K5 Note in India carrying a price tag of Rs. 11,999 for the variant with 3GB of RAM, and Rs. 13,499 for the variant with 4GB of RAM. The highlight feature of the Vibe K5 Note handset is its fingerprint scanner, placed below the camera module on the rear panel. The handset also packs Dolby Atmos powered speakers, with the technology also extending to the 3.5mm headphone jack.
The dual-SIM (Nano-SIM) Lenovo Vibe K5 Note runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow in India, the company’s Pure UI skin on top – said to be closer to stock Android. It features a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) IPS display, and comes with TheaterMax technology for conversion of regular content into immersive VR content. It is powered by a 64-bit octa-core MediaTek Helio P10 (MT6755) processor clocked at 1.8GHz coupled with 4GB of RAM and Mali-T860 GPU. It supports expandable storage via microSD card (up to 128GB). The Lenovo Vibe K5 Note sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with PDAF autofocus, an f/2.2 aperture and dual-tone LED flash apart from an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. It supports dual Nano-SIM cards and packs digital compass, accelerometer, proximity, and ambient light sensors.
OnePlus has begun rolling out the OxygenOS 3.1.2 stable upgrade on OnePlus X that includes Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, the October Android security patch, and a number of new features. The rollout will reach OnePlus X users through an OTA (over-the-air) update gradually. A few users should be getting the update starting Wednesday, and broader rollout will follow in the coming days.
In addition to finally bringing the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow to the OnePlus X, the OxygenOS 3.1.2 update brings a number of changes and other new features to the OnePlus X. User will receive new icon packs, an improved UX, and wallpaper picker in the set of launcher upgrades on their devices. A new settings panel along with new native Android app permissions will be included in the update.
OnePlus has also added its own OnePlus Music Player and OnePlus Gallery for the OnePlus X in its new update. There is a new Alert Slider settings with more customisation options on the phone. Of course, the Android security patch for October is included in the OxygenOS update along with general bug fixes, the company announced in its forum thread.
In September, OnePlus X received the OxygenOS 3.1.1 Community build that included September Android security patch. It included the ability to move apps to SD card and other important features. Notably, OnePlus also said that OnePlus X won’t be receiving VoLTE capabilities in the wake of recent Reliance Jio 4G service launch.
OnePlus, earlier this month, rolled out the OxygenOS 3.2.6 update for the OnePlus 3 to bring improvements to camera quality, fixes green/ yellow issue, brings optimised white balance, and improved 1080p video recording. Also earlier this month, the OnePlus 2 began receiving the OxygenOS 3.1.0 update that contained the QuadRooter and August Android security patch. The QuadRooter issue that the company fixed in this patch was a set of four vulnerabilities that affects Android devices built on Qualcomm chipsets.
LeEco on Thursday announced that the Le Max 2 will be available at a discounted price of Rs. 17,999 from October 1 to October 6 on LeMall.com. The company also announced that the Le Max 2 will no longer be exclusive to LeMall.com and Flipkart, but will from next week also become available on Amazon India and Snapdeal. The smartphone will be available at its discounted price across Amazon, Flipkart, and Snapdeal as well, but on different days.
Note that the temporary price cut is on the 4GB RAM/ 32GB storage variant of the Le Max 2, which was launched at Rs. 22,999 in June this year – translating to a discount of Rs. 5,000. As we mentioned, the Le Max 2 will also be available with its discounted price on Amazon, Flipkart, and Snapdeal, during their respective sales.
LeEco will sell Le Max 2 at the same discounted price of Rs. 17,999 during Flipkart’s Big Billion Day, from October 2 to October 6. It will be available at the same price during Amazon’s Great Indian Festival sale from October 1 to October 5, and, on Snapdeal’s Unbox Diwali Sale from October 2 to October 6. Notably, LeEco is holding a flash sale on LeMall.com on Friday, and 2,000 participants of the sale will receive a voucher for and additional Rs. 1,000 discount on LeMall.com purchases from October 1 to October 6.
To recall, the Le Max 2 was launched in two variants – 4GB/ 32GB & 6GB/ 64GB – by the Chinese conglomerate at its Future2 event held in June. The 6GB RAM variant was priced at Rs. 29,999, and no discount has been announced for it. The smartphone runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow and packs a 5.7-inch QHD bezel-less ‘Super Retina’ display, 64-bit quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, a 21-megapixel rear camera, 8-megapixel front camera, a 3100mAh battery, and supports 4G LTE in India, apart from VoLTE support.
LeEco iterates that the Le Max 2 has a unique dual fast charging system, combining company’s technology with the Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 tech, to provide 3.5 hours of battery life with a mere 5 minute charge, along with a Sense ID 3D fingerprint technology.
Commenting on the new e-commerce partnerships, Atul Jain, COO, Smart Electronics Business, LeEco India said, “We have had a great relationship with Flipkart and we are confident that it will only strengthen as we go forward. To ensure that more users have access to our Le Max2, we are delighted to announce our partnership with Amazon India and Snapdeal. We are confident that our users will enjoy the new Le Max2 experience, which is now available at a special price of Rs. 17,999 for the festive sales. Through this move, we now have presence on all major ecommerce platforms in India along with our very own LeMall.com.”
Commenting on the partnership, Arun Srinivasan, Category Leader-Consumer Electronics, Amazon India, said “We are happy to partner with LeEco India ahead of the festive season and offer our customers an easy and convenient access to the Le Max2. We are confident that this device will become a popular choice for customers during the festive season.”
Commenting on the partnership, Tony Navin, Senior Vice President – Partnerships and Strategic Initiatives, Snapdeal said, “We are very glad to partner with LeEco and provide them a platform through which they can reach to a new set of customers for their exciting product range. This coming festive season, we aim to offer our customer with an enhanced shopping experience with a wide variety of products.”
LG introduced the K7 smartphone in India earlier this year, and now the company has added some interesting features specifically for visually challenged users. The LG K7 was one of the first smartphones to flag off the company’s K-series, and the LG K7 LTE variant was also the first to be manufactured in India.
The LG K7 price remains unchanged at Rs. 9,500, but the company has updated the smartphone with new features like screen reading software (Talk back), and Text to Screen (TTS) language pack support. It will also come with in-built apps like Cozy Daisy Book Reader App (with three books preloaded), Voice Reader App, eReader App, GPS Essential App, Kota Magnifier App, and Play Magazine app.
The LG K7 smartphone will have call and text voice reading enabled by default, and will also have two word books and two PDF books preloaded. The company notes that a batch of these updated LG K7 units were distributed to differently abled people at Samajik Adhikarita Shivir in Gujarat, as part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s birthday celebrations over the weekend.
“We are happy and extremely proud to make the smartphone more relevant for differently abled users, we have included special features to the K7. We hope that by doing this, we will be able to make a small difference to someone’s life and spread happiness.” Kim Ki-Wan, Managing Director, LG India said in a statement.
As for the technical specifications, they remain the same. The LG K7 features a 5-inch FWVGA (480×854 pixels) resolution display. It runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop, and packs a 1.1GHz quad-core SoC coupled with 1.5GB of RAM. It bears a 5-megapixel rear camera; a 5-megapixel front-facing camera; 8GB of inbuilt storage, and 2125mAh battery. It supports 4G LTE, and measures at 143.6×72.5×8.9mm.
The central government has proposed to acquire about 12.02 crore shares in Dena Bank.
New Delhi: The Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) on Wednesday exempted the government from making an open offer pursuant to its acquisition of an additional 5.66 per cent stake in Dena Bank under its capital infusion plan.
The exemption has been granted subject to the condition that the government or the bank would ensure compliance with the statements, disclosures and undertakings made with regard to the transactions, among others.
The central government, which is the promoter of the bank, has proposed to acquire about 12.02 crore shares in Dena Bank following a proposed preferential allotment by the lender.
The bank had filed its applications with the regulator to seek exemption on behalf of its promoter, the Government of India, on September 1.
The government holds a 62.89 per cent stake in the bank and the proposed allotment of shares would increase its shareholding by 5 per cent in the financial year mandating an open offer under the Takeover Regulation.
Post-acquisition, the government’s stake will go up to 68.55 per cent.
In an order, markets regulator Sebi said, “The proposed acquisition is necessitated on account of the GOI’s objective that all public sector banks are adequately capitalised for ensuring compliance with BASEL III norms.”
Granting exemption, Sebi said there will be no change in control of Dena Bank pursuant to the acquisition as the change will only be in the manner of holding the shares by the government.
Further, there will be no change in the number of equity shares held in the bank, by the public shareholders, pursuant to the proposed transactions, it added.
The infusion of additional capital by the government will enable the bank to maintain a capital over and above the minimum requirement mandated under Basel III norms and will also provide the bank with additional leverage for raising further equity capital at a later date, as and when the need arises, the regulator said.
Under Sebi norms, entities holding 25 per cent or more shares in a listed company need to make an open offer if they acquire additional 5 per cent stake or more in that company.
However, exemptions can be granted by Sebi in certain cases.
It seems the first Google Tango smartphone, the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro, has been delayed. It was the first commercial attempt to imbue a smartphone with an excellent understanding of what is around it, using Google’s Project Tango machine vision technologies.
Lenovo had announced the Phab 2 Pro with Google in June, and had then said the smartphone would hit retail shelves by September. The Chinese company has quietly extended the availability date of the Phab 2 Pro from ‘summer’ to the ‘fall’ season, which hints at a launch in October. There is no certainty on shipments, but as per Lenovo’s US website, the Phab 2 Pro will be ‘coming this fall’.
The company has also confirmed to Ausdroid that it is planning on launching the Phab 2 Pro only in those Asia Pacific markets where it has launched smartphones before – this will include India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Cambodia, and Myanmar; countries where an October launch is planned. There’s no information on the release in other regions.
Lenovo launched Phab 2 Pro at a price of $499 (roughly Rs. 34,000) and was expected to reach the online markets by August. Lenovo said that the Phab 2 Pro is its first smartphone that harbours three different technologies: motion tracking, area learning, depth perception.
To recall, Project Tango is the project under Google that is aimed at harnessing a machine’s potential to sense its surroundings using computer vision and area learning technologies. By the Phab 2 Pro’s launch, the project had graduated to just ‘Tango’. Lenovo and Google together came up with Phab 2 Pro that is built to use Tango features in it.
Talking about the specifications, Phab 2 Pro has 6.4-inch QHD IPS display, powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 SoC, coupled with 4GB of RAM. It bears a 4050mAh battery, which Lenovo claims can deliver a 15-hour battery life.
The cameras in Phab 2 Pro are the lifelines of the smartphone that actually hone in real depth sensing and area learning. The Phab 2 Pro houses a total of four cameras in it. Those include a 8-megapixel front camera, a 16-megapixel rear RGB camera, a depth-sensing infrared camera with an imager and an emitter, as well as a motion tracking camera. The Phab 2 Pro can record 360-degree and 4K videos as well. There is a fingerprint scanner at the back of the smartphone.
Notably, it also packs Dolby Audio 5.1 Capture technology for recording 3D sound. It’s also said to be the first smartphone to be able to record a 360-degree video with Dolby 5.1 stereo capture. Lenovo has also mentioned a suite of 25 apps that will be available in its Tango store pre-installed on the Phab 2 Pro.
New Delhi: Markets regulator Sebi on Monday exempted the government from making an open offer pursuant to to its acquisition of additional 7.75 per cent stake in Syndicate Bank under a capital infusion plan.
Among others, the exemption granted is subject to few conditions such as the acquisition should be in compliance with the Companies Act and any other applicable law.
The Government of India already holds 65.17 per cent shares in Syndicate Bank. Post acquisition, government’s stake will go up to 72.92 per cent.
“The proposed acquisition is necessitated on account of the GOI’s objective that all public sector banks are adequately capitalised for ensuring compliance with BASEL III norms,” the Securities and Exchange Board of India said.
As per Sebi’s Takeover regulations, no entity can acquire more than five per cent of the additional shares or voting rights within any financial year unless the acquirer makes a public announcement of an open offer for acquiring shares of the target company.
Granting exemption, Sebi said there will be no change in control of Syndicate Bank pursuant to the acquisition as the change will only be in the manner of holding the shares by the Government.
Further, there will be no change in the number of equity shares held in the bank, by the public shareholders, pursuant to the proposed transactions, it added.
The government in July had proposed capital infusion of Rs. 1,034 crore in Syndicate Bank, out of which Rs. 776 crore was to be infused immediately, in lieu of a proposed preferential allotment of approximately 10.60 crore equity shares.
This was subsequently approved by the Board of Directors of the bank in August.
The infusion of additional capital by the government will enable the bank to maintain a capital over and above the minimum requirement mandated under Basel III norms and will also provide the bank with additional leverage for raising further equity capital at a later date, as and when the need arises, Sebi said.
Four months after launch, HTC has announced two new colour options for the HTC 10, and has also introduced a $100 (roughly Rs. 6,700) temporary discount. The HTC 10 will now be available in Camellia Red and Topaz Gold colour variants in addition to the launch colours in the US. The price of the smartphone has also gone down to $599 (roughly Rs. 40,300), instead of the launch price of $699 (roughly Rs. 47,000).
This discounted price is only available till the end of this month, after which the price will go back to $699 (roughly Rs. 47,000). The HTC 10 is only available at the discounted price only on the company website for now. The Camellia Red and Topaz Gold colour variants are available for pre-order, and HTC notes that they have been manufactured only in limited quantities. The shipping of these new colour variants will begin in early October.
Buyers can even opt to not take the discount, and instead go for the JBL noise cancelling headphones. This isn’t the first time HTC has introduced the $100 (roughly Rs. 6,700) discount on the HTC 10 since its launch, and these price slashes reflect on possible low sales figures of the flagship. The company launched the smartphone in April in Glacier Silver and Carbon Grey colour variants. It arrived in India a month later with a price tag of Rs. 52,990.
As for the specifications, the HTC 10 sports a 5.2-inch Quad HD (1440×2560 pixels) Super LCD 5 display with a pixel density of 564ppi and curved edge Gorilla Glass. It is powered by a Snapdragon 820 SoC paired with 4GB RAM and 32GB of inbuilt storage. There is also a 4GB of RAM/ 64GB of storage variant that has not been brought to India. Optics include a 12-UltraPixel laser autofocus camera with an f/1.8 aperture, dual tone LED flash, BSI sensor and optical image stabilisation (OIS); a 5-megapixel front-facing camera with autofocus and optical image stabilisation (OIS). It offers Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, DLNA, GPRS/ EDGE, 3G, and 4G connectivity options, and a 3000mAh battery.
WhatsApp has been introducing an array of features, the recent one being the voicemail feature. The feature arrived on iPhone devices first, and now the company has also rolled it out for Android users via Google Play. Furthermore, the latest beta version for Android also gets the ability to share content with multiple contacts and groups simultaneously.
As mentioned, Android users are also now receiving the call back and voicemail features via the stable build from Google Play (v2.16.225), and the listing features the announcement in the changelog as well. These features were first seen in the Android beta version last month, then on the stable build of iOS earlier this week, and it is now rolling out to all users. The feature gives them the ability to leave a voicemail after a WhatsApp call is not answered. The voicemail will be sent just like a voice message; however the user cannot hear it before sending it (at least for now). This version also brings the ability to send secret fonts by typing ”’ before and after the text.
Android Police also noticed another new interesting feature in the latest beta version 2.16.230 for Android, *though we are seeing it in beta version 2.16.229 as well. The beta version has introduced the ability to send or forward content or messages to multiple people in one go. Instead of the earlier setting where a user could send or forward content or messages to only one person at a time, now multiple users can be selected at one go.
If users are looking to share a photo, text, video, or even a document from their phone, they have to select the send or share option in the relevant app (for e.g., Google Photos), select WhatsApp, and then long press one user in the contact list that shows up. At that point, the option to select multiple users automatically pops-up. You can choose individual as well as group chats together. This eradicates the pain to send content to one person, and then go back and send the same content to another person/group, until it reaches all the desired users. Furthermore, WhatsApp even shows three most frequent chats right on top for more ease in sharing and forwarding content. It works the the same way for forwarding – users can now forward any message (including previously attached files) to multiple users.
In order to see the new features, you need to register for the Google Play beta testing program for WhatsApp, and then download the latest build from the store. Alternatively, you can even download the signed apk from APK Mirror.
WhatsApp is said to be working on video calling, and support for gif image sharing, and is expected to release these features soon. It recently introduced bigger emojis, and the ability to zoom in and out when recording video from the app.
Samsung launched the Galaxy Note 7 at its grand event in New York, putting a lid on the rumours once and for all. The 6GB of RAM buzz turned out to be untrue, and the Galaxy Note 7 was seen sporting 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM alongside 64GB of inbuilt storage. However, a new listing on certification site Tenaa hints that the Chinese market could very well get a 6GB of RAM/ 128GB inbuilt storage variant.
A lot of critics were disappointed that the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 did not feature the heavily rumoured 6GB of RAM. However, this new leak brings back hope at least for the Chinese market. This new variant will come with a hybrid SIM slot if the users wish to expand the storage further, and corollary to that is that the 128GB model will help alleviate the inability to insert an SD card if using a second SIM in the card slot.
Releasing a 6GB of RAM variant makes sense for the Chinese market as competitors like OnePlus 3 boast of 6GB of RAM as well. Samsung wouldn’t want to lose customers in the world’s largest smartphone market because of its less memory offering. However, it is important to note that the Samsung China website lists the 4GB RAM / 64GB storage variant on its site, and there is no official word on this new 6GB RAM variant from Samsung.
As for India, Samsung is expected to host an event on August 11, where it is largely expected to launch the Galaxy Note 7. The biggest highlight of the Galaxy Note 7 is its iris scanner, and it is the first smartphone from Samsung with such a feature. It also sports a dual edge display, and an improved S Pen with IP68 dust and water resistance.
The Samsung India website lists the 4GB RAM variant with 64GB inbuilt storage. It offers a 5.7-inch QHD dual-edge Super Amoled display, ‘Dual Pixel’ 12-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel front camera, a 3500mAh battery, and NFC support. As with previous top-end Samsung launches, the smartphone is expected to be launched in its Exynos 8890 variant in India, instead of the Snapdragon 820 one.