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Chinese handset maker Vivo on Friday announced a price cut for the V3 smartphone. Effective immediately, the Vivo V3 will be available in India at Rs. 14,980, down from the launch price of Rs. 17,980 – a price cut of Rs. 3,000. The V3 smartphone will be available to buy via all retail outlets across India.

Vivo says that the price revision has been announced keeping the festival season that’s around the corner in mind.

The Vivo V3 runs the company’s Funtouch OS 2.5 based on Android 5.1 Lollipop. It features a 5-inch (720×1280 pixels) display, and is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 SoC coupled with 3GB of RAM. The smartphone bears a 13-megapixel rear camera, and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. It packs 32GB of inbuilt storage that’s expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB). It offers the standard connectivity features, including 4G LTE support in India and also supports VoLTE. It runs on a 2550mAh battery.

Vivo V3 was launched in India back in April alongside the Vivo V3Max. The Vivo V3Max is nearly identical to the Vivo V3, with differences in battery, display size, memory, and processor. It was priced at Rs. 23,980.

The Chinese manufacturer earlier this month launched the X7 and X7 Plus smartphones in its home country. Priced at CNY 2,498 (approximately Rs. 25,000), the Vivo X7 went on sale earlier this month while the company will reveal the pricing for the Vivo X7 Plus at the time of local release. The Vivo X7 and X7 Plus came with a lot of identical features such as unibody metal design and 16-megapixel front camera, which is also highlight of both the devices.


Facebook has expanded its Instant Articles feature to its Messenger platform. The feature will let users loads Instant Articles in a separate Messenger window, instead of a third-party browser, to save users’ time and data.

For the publishers that don’t support Instant Articles, the articles will open up normally in the smartphone’s default browser. Currently, the feature has only been rolled out for Messenger app users on Android. iOS users will get it sometime in the coming weeks. The feature will be added to the Android app via a gradual OTA update, so be patient if you haven’t received it yet.

The Instant Articles feature was first launched on the Facebook app last year. While iPhone users were the first ones to get it, Android users followed suit soon. It arrived in India in November with five partnered publications.

The social giant first teamed up with a few content houses, and then made it available to all publishers. The feature will work in the same manner, as it did on the Facebook app. Publishers who signed up for Instant Articles, had their stories show up ‘instantly’ in a new app window, instead of a browser. The content which supports Instant Articles comes with a lightning bolt sign on top right.

Instant Articles achieves faster loading speed by pre-loading the articles beforehand. The article therefore has already been loaded in the background, and hence photos pop up instantly when you tap the link, and videos start playing the moment you scroll on it.

Publishers that have partnered with Facebook for Instant Articles were at a count of 350 in December last year.


Microsoft’s Skype on Wednesday announced a new client for Linux with an updated user interface and one that allows you to share files, photos, and videos, as well as send a wide range of new emoticons. Skype already had a client for Linux but instead of providing an update to the dated client, it decided to release a separate client with updated features.

The new client, Skype for Linux Alpha, as its name suggests is in initial stages and does not work as a “fully functional Skype client yet,” Skype said in its blog.

Skype has mentioned on its blog that with its latest client, which is based on its next generation calling architecture, you will be able to call other users with latest versions of Skype on Windows, macOS, iOS and Android, but you won’t be able to make or receive calls to and from the previous versions of Skype for Linux.

The company has asked its Linux users to use the client and provide feedback so that it can prioritise the client’s features accordingly. It has said that feedback will help it improve call connections and reliability.

Finally, Microsoft also announced that Chrome OS and Linux users can now make voice calls (both one-to-one and group) using the Chrome browser and Skype for Web. The capability was discovered last week before an official announcement by Microsoft.

Microsoft also added that video calling and calls to landlines and mobiles are coming soon to Chrome browsers in Linux and Chrome OS machines.


Facebook Messenger has finally got extended 3D Touch functionality. Till now, you could browse through the main Facebook app efficiently with ease with the help of the pressure-sensitive display, but wide support was lacking in the Messenger app – only its home-screen icon provided ‘Quick Actions’ 3D Touch functionality.

Users can now use 3D Touch within the Facebook Messenger app to Peek and Pop, getting a quick preview or access to information like contacts, conversations, photos, videos, stickers, links, and locations as a result of the latest update by the company.

To recall, Peek feature allows the users to get a small preview of the content with firm press on the screen. The Pop feature opens the entire content onto the screen and is used with the help of a even firmer press on the screen. The updated app is now available via the App Store.

Apple first announced its 3D Touch feature in its smartphones iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus last year in September. The company was optimistic about the implementation of 3D Touch by various app developers; however, there has hardly been any significant progress on that front. Various apps, from time to time, have included more features that can be assessed through 3D Touch but the technology has not seen a considerable adoption rate.

On Friday, Facebook announced in its blog post that it is testing a new feature it calls “secret conversations,” which uses end-to-end encryption.

LeEco launched Le 2 and Le Max 2 this month in India, and the first flash sale saw the telephones exit of inventory right away. At MWC in Shanghai, the Chinese language corporation has now found out a new Force Gold Shade Alternative for its second generation of smartphones. It also announced a brand new 128GB Storage Option for the Le Max 2 as properly.

LeEco announced a brand new Pressure Gold Shade Alternative for its Le 2, Le Max 2, and Le 2 Pro smartphones. This joins the Silver, Rose Gold, and gray Color alternatives that LeEco gives. Additionally, the Le Max 2 now Gets a new 128GB built in Garage Choice, paired with 6GB of RAM. This new package has been delivered to suit some of its competitors’ offerings in the crowded Chinese language marketplace. The new 6GB RAM/ 128GB Storage mixture is priced at CNY 2,799 (kind of Rs. 28,500).

The Le Max 2 changed into in advance made available in two bundle options – 4GB RAM/ 32GB of inbuilt Storage, and 6GB RAM/ 64GB of internal Storage. The cellphone has been priced Rs. 22,999 and Rs. 29,999 respectively in India. The 128GB Variant is distinctive only to the Chinese marketplace for now.

To do not forget the specifications, the Le Max 2 offers a five.7-inch QHD bezel-much less ‘Extraordinary Retina’ show, 64-bit quad-middle Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, a 21-megapixel rear digicam, 8-megapixel the front camera, a 3100mAh battery, and supports 4G LTE in India, other than VoLTE aid.

Ringing Bells, the little-recognised Noida-based organisation, made it to the information earlier this 12 months quickly after announcing the sector’s cheapest phone – priced at Rs. 251 (much less than $4). The agency bumped into controversy with a few even referring it to as the most important rip-off of the millennium. Ringing Bells these days confirmed that it will start deliveries of the handsets from June 30. the biggest query however was how the company plans handy over the 2 lakh gadgets to the consumers whilst it obtained a complete of 70 million registrations from across the united states of america.

Ringing Bells’ Founder and CEO Mohit Goel has reportedly found out the phone will indeed begin transport from June 30 and additionally discovered that the postpone in shipping of the liberty 251 changed into because of problems with the battery. adding similarly, Goel stated the organization is ready to deliver the handset and could achieve this thru country-wise lucky attracts.

As in line with a file by way of Firstpost, Goel has discovered Ringing Bells will conduct state-sensible fortunate draws from June 30 to July 5 wherein it will determine who the various 70 million registrations gets the cellphone. Goel revealed that the company received highest registrations from the kingdom of Uttar Pradesh, totalling at 2.5 crores. Ringing Bells will provide 10,000 devices within the state via lucky draw. the freedom 251 might be supplied in other states via a comparable fortunate draw as well.

Goel had currently showed that after the company is done with the primary section of deliveries, it’ll again begin registrations for the second one section of clients who want the handset.

Ringing Bells President Ashok Chaddha had in advance explained that the producing value of the liberty 251 became about Rs. 2,500 and the employer had plans to recover it thru a sequence of measures including economies of scale, progressive advertising and marketing, reduction in duties and creating an e-trade marketplace.

previously, Ringing Bells spokesperson told devices 360 that it was going to import the handsets. To refresh at the innards of the liberty 251, the 3G-enabled telephone functions 1.3GHz quad-middle processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of garage, expandable storage assist, eight-megapixel rear digicam, 3.2-megapixel the front digicam, 1800mAh battery, and runs Android 5.1 Lollipop.

WhatsApp has were given a brand new function with a view to permit users quote messages when replying. even as earlier this week, the brand new characteristic turned into noticed in beta builds of WhatsApp for Android, it’s miles now rolling out for maximum users across Android and iOS strolling the overall launch builds from Google Play and the App store.

The message quotes and replies function is self-explanatory and the person needs to long press a message in any communication to look a respond option pop up alongside famous person, delete, forward, and copy.

On tapping the reply button, the authentic message will seem as a quote, and users can respond to that. on the receiver’s give up, the quoted message will seem as a gray container with the respond below it. The characteristic works on one-to-one chats in addition to institution chats.

The fb-owned messaging service has been including new features at a constant tempo. The enterprise became currently noticed checking out the video calling characteristic briefly on its Android beta app. on the iOS beta of the app then again, currently noticed the inclusion of gif image sharing guide.

earlier this year, the messaging carrier WhatsApp announced that it now had 1 billion monthly active users.

The closing foremost replace to the platform was closing month – the addition of record sharing on WhatsApp internet. rapidly earlier than that, the corporation rolled out its first laptop app for windows and OS X.

Motorola introduced the Moto Z and Moto Z pressure in its new Z collection, at the Lenovo Tech global last week with a good deal fanfare. This was extensively predicted to be the dying of the X series, and the upward thrust of the Z. but, Motorola has now introduced that it has no longer killed the Moto X line-up, and the collection is ‘alive and properly’.

The company told Android Police that the Z collection will offer a very extraordinary experience, with its Moto Mods accompaniments. “Moto X is alive and nicely. In reality, Moto X force currently launched in multiple new markets round the sector. Moto X and Moto Z do percentage some extraordinary characteristics, but they ultimately offer specific experiences and make our portfolio greater sturdy for purchasers searching out the suitable smartphone to match their needs. Tech-hungry clients who are trying to get a cutting-edge set of experiences from their phone will flip to Moto Z and Moto Mods,” the organization said.

moreover, there’s a separate leak that gives more clarity on the Moto Z Play. The variant become heavily rumoured for an unveil at the Lenovo Tech international, but as an alternative we saw the Moto Z and Moto Z pressure. however, helloMotoHK has leaked snap shots on-line, hinting that the Moto Z Play is incoming within the future. The tipster additionally found out that there are new Moto Mods in the making, particularly – pro digicam Mod, and adventure Mod.

The images screen that the pro digital camera Mod will come with a brand new camera lens helping 10x optical zoom, f/three.4-5.6 aperture, and a xenon flash. the journey Mod will flip the Moto Z into a water-proof smartphone. previous rumours recommend that the Moto Z Play is predicted to sport a 5.5-inch complete-HD display, a Snapdragon 625 SoC, 2GB of RAM, a thirteen-megapixel rear digicam, 16GB and 32GB garage versions, 3500mAh battery, and 7mm thickness.

Lenovo unveiled the Zuk Z2 pro in April, and is set to launch a ‘Lite’ version of the phone on may additionally 31. in advance of the launch, the Lenovo Zuk Z2 seems to have exceeded thru China’s Tenaa telecommunications certification authority, revealing a few key specifications alongside the layout of the telephone.

in line with the listing (through MyDrivers), the Zuk Z2 will include dual-SIM functionality, and runs on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. It has a 5-inch complete-HD (1080×1920) show with 2.5D curved glass safety. The listing claims that the phone is powered via a Snapdragon 820 SoC, which suits a recent teaser by way of the enterprise. appreciably, Zuk CEO Chang Cheng had in advance hinted at the use of the Samsung Exynos 8890 SoC. This has fuelled rumours that the telephone could launched in processor variants.

The listing reveals that the cellphone offers 3GB RAM/ 32GB in-built storage and 4GB RAM/ 64GB inbuilt garage options. Optics consist of a 13-megapixel rear digital camera, and an eight-megapixel the front lens. It packs a 3500mAh battery, weighs one hundred fifty grams, and the dimensions are at a hundred and forty.5x69x7.9mm.

The specs in shape previous leaks that the Zuk Z2 is just the smaller model of the Lenovo Zuk Z2 pro. just to examine, the Zuk Z2 seasoned gives a 5.2-inch show, Snapdragon 820 SoC, 13-megapixel rear digital camera, 8-megapixel the front digicam; 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage, and 6GB RAM/128GB garage alternatives. It packs a 3100mAh battery, and helps Qualcomm brief rate as nicely.

The Lenovo Zuk Z2 is expected to be offered in Black and White colour versions. MyDrivers guidelines the smartphone will launch at a starting price of CNY 1,799 (more or less Rs.18,400). Lenovo has despatched out media invitations for an event on might also 31, when the Zuk Z2 is widely expected to be unveiled. whether Lenovo launches Zuk Z2 in markets out of doors of China, stays to be visible.

OnePlus 3 is anticipated to be unveiled on June 14, but earlier than that, the smartphone has been subjected to a whole lot of leaks. The modern one comes in the shape of a list on chinese telecommunications certification authority, Tenaa, revealing key specs of the phone – listed as the OnePlus A3000.

The certification internet site confirms that the OnePlus three runs on Android out-of-the-container. it’s going to recreation a 5.5-inch complete HD display, a 2.5GHz quad-middle processor (notion to be the Snapdragon 820) paired with 4GB of RAM. It comes with a 16-megapixel rear digital camera, observed with the aid of an eight-megapixel front lens.

The inbuilt garage version of the OnePlus 3 indexed on Tenaa changed into 64GB, at the same time as the battery is at 3000mAh. the burden became touted at 160gms, and the scale at 152.6×74.6×7.3mm. The OnePlus three photos on Tenaa fall consistent with previous leaks and suggests off the all steel sleek unibody, and a home button with a purpose to house the fingerprint sensor. The phone is anticipated to are available grey, Black, and Gold colour editions.

past leaks propose that the OnePlus three will run at the state-of-the-art Snapdragon 820 SoC, and will reintroduce the controversial NFC feature. OnePlus enthusiasts had created lot of chatter while OnePlus dropped the feature on its last 12 months’s flagship OnePlus 2.

OnePlus is predicted to unveil its upcoming flagship on a virtual space station. It has already distributed 30,000 Loop VR headsets for a nominal price, and looks to promote them for Rs. 1 on Amazon from June three to June 7. simply beforehand of the launch, OnePlus has even slashed the costs of its OnePlus 2, OnePlus One, and OnePlus X devices.