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Samsung launched the Pink Gold variant of its smartphone Galaxy S7 Edge in April earlier this year. Prior to this launch, the phone was already available in colour variants Black Onyx, Gold Platinum, White Pearl (not in India), and Silver Titanium. Now, the South Korean company has finally brought this colour variant to India. The pricing of the phone has been kept unchanged at Rs. 50,900.

Users can further pay Rs. 2,980 and get the Gear VR headset as well as a screen replacement offer from the company. Notably, a Blue Coral colour variant of the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge was also made available in India earlier this month. A Black Pearl colour variant was separately launch in South Korea in the same time-frame, however, the company did not make that colour variant available in India. This means the Galaxy S7 Edge is now available in Black Onyx, Blue Coral, Gold Platinum, Pink Gold, and Silver Titanium colour variants in the country.

When the colour variant was first launched, the company said, “Pink Gold was chosen as it, like the other colours available for the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, is a natural colour that provides a sense of comfort. These hues glitter and shimmer as if illuminated from inside their glass surfaces,” in its blog post. In terms of specifications, the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge features a 5.5-inch Super Amoled display with QHD (1440×2560 pixels) resolution. The phone is powered by an octa-core Exynos 8890 SoC coupled with 4GB of RAM.

The always-on display on the Galaxy S7 Edge allows users to check notifications, time, and date without waking up the device. The phone features a 12-megapixel ‘Dual Pixel’ rear camera with an f/1.7 aperture and smart OIS feature, as well as a 5-megapixel front camera with f/1.7 aperture.

The phone has an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance. The Galaxy S7 Edge houses a 3600mAh battery. The phone comes with a hybrid dual-SIM card slot, which allows users to either expand the storage via microSD card (up to 200GB) or use it as a second SIM slot.


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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Sony had laid out its plans to roll out the Android 7.0 Nougat update to its top-end handsets back in September, and thereafter the Sony Xperia X Performance and Xperia XZ started receiving the update towards the end of November. Sony is now expanding the rollout to more devices, Xperia X, Xperia X Dual, and Xperia X Compact getting the Android 7.0 Nougat update. The update is rolling out in a phased manner in some select regions, while the rollout is expected to widen in the coming days.

On its Twitter handle, Sony has officially announced that Xperia X, and X Compact will start receiving the Android 7.0 Nougat update in a phased manner and users should watch out for the update-notifications on their Xperia X devices. Separately however, Xperia Blog had reported that this update was rolling out OTA a few days prior to this. The report cites users to claim that the Xperia X, Xperia X Dual, and Xperia Compact are receiving the Android 7.0 Nougat update that will take the build number to version 34.2.A.0.266 on the respective handsets.

Users are reporting that the updates are rolling out in Australia, India, Latin America, Middle East, Russia, Turkey, Thailand and Vietnam as of now. The Android 7.0 Nougat update for Xperia X handsets is 1276.7MB in size. With the update, the Android security patch level will also get updated to December 2016.

Notably, Sony in its Android 7.0 Nougat plan, had earmarked some of its smartphones like Xperia Z5 series, Xperia Z3+, and Xperia Z4 Tablet that should be getting the update around December. The last batch of Xperia smartphones to receive the update will be Xperia XA and Xperia XA Ultra, which are slated to receive Android 7.0 Nougat in early 2017. The Sony Xperia Z4 and Xperia Z4v, released in the second quarter of 2015, have been entirely left out of the Nougat rollout roadmap by the company.

 
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Asus has announced availability of its ZenFone 3 Max (ZC553KL) model in India. Priced at Rs. 17,999, the Asus ZenFone 3 Max (ZC553KL) will now be available via the company’s preferred partner’s retail outlets as well as e-commerce websites. It will be available in Titanium Gary, Glacier Silver, and Sand Gold colours.

To recall, the Asus ZenFone 3 Max (ZC553KL) was announced last month alongside the 5.2-inch display version with model name ZC520TL. The ZenFone 3 Max (ZC520TL) is already available in the Indian market priced at Rs. 12,999. The Asus ZenFone 3 Max (ZC520TL) and Asus ZenFone 3 Max (ZC553KL) (Review) apart from sharing a similar design also bear a few common specifications, such as the large 4100mAh battery, hybrid dual-SIM (Micro+Nano) support, a fingerprint sensor on the rear panel, and Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow with the company’s ZenUI 3.0 skin on top. The ZenFone 3 Max (ZC553KL) features a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display, and is powered by a 1.4GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 SoC coupled with 3GB of LPDDR3 RAM. It comes with a 16-megapixel rear camera with an f/2.0 aperture and dual-LED flash, apart from an 8-megapixel front camera with an f/2.2 aperture and an 84-degree wide-angle lens.

The 32GB of inbuilt storage on the ZenFone 3 Max (ZC553KL) can be expanded via microSD card (up to 128GB). The smartphone weighs 175 grams, and measures 151.4×76.24×8.3mm. Connectivity options include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS, Bluetooth v4.1, Micro-USB, and FM radio. Sensors on the phone include accelerometer, ambient light sensor, gyroscope, magnetometer, and proximity sensor.

As we mentioned, the highlight of the ZenFone 3 Max is its large 4100mAh battery, which also helps the smartphone double up as a power bank. On the 5.5-inch variant, the battery is rated to deliver up to 38 days of 4G standby time, and up to 17 hours of 3G talk time, while the 5.2-inch variant will see the same battery deliver up to 30 days of 4G standby time, and 20 hours of 3G talk time.

 
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After the Blue Coral variant launched last month, Samsung has announced a new colour option for its successful Galaxy S7 Edge smartphone. The company has introduced the brand new Black Pearl variants – giving its customers a total of seven colour variants to choose from. After initially launching it in select markets, Samsung has now introduced the Blue Coral variant in India as well.

The new Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Blue Coral variant will be available in 32GB variant, and is priced at Rs. 50,900. The new colour variant will be available starting December 15 in online and offline stores. To recall, the all-new Black Pearl colour variant was leaked earlier as well, and is now official.

It will only be seen in select markets for now – like local market South Korea. The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Black Pearl version will only be available in 128GB version. In Korea it will start selling from December 9, and is priced at KRW 10,12,000 (roughly Rs. 59,000). There’s no word on when this colour variant will be made available in India. galaxy s7edge Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

This means that the Galaxy S7 Edge is now available in to Black Onyx, Gold Platinum and Silver Titanium, White Pearl, Pink Gold, and Blue Coral, and Black Pearl in different markets. The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge smartphone was launched at MWC this year, and was bought to India in March priced starting at Rs. 56,900.

In terms of other specifications, the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge packs a 5.5-inch QHD Super Amoled display. The always-on display lets users check notifications, time, and date without having to wake up the device. It is powered by Samsung’s octa-core Exynos 8890 SoC or the quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset in varied markets. It comes with 4GB of RAM, a 12-megapixel ‘Dual Pixel’ rear camera with an f/1.7 aperture and smart OIS feature, as well as a 5-megapixel front camera with f/1.7 aperture. The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge have IP68 rating for dust and water resistance, and the smartphone packs a 3600mAh battery.

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Google’s Android 7.0 Nougat, the latest publicly available version of Google’s mobile and tablet operating system, is now running on 0.4 percent of active Android devices, according to the latest Google Play distribution data. The latest version has seen just 0.1 percent increase since November. Google has updated its Google Play distribution data for the seven-day period ending December 5.

We can expect Nougat’s share to increase in next few months with several companies rolling out the Android 7.0 Nougat to their respective phones. In last few weeks, Huawei has confirmed that it will release Nougat update for select handsets in the first quarter of next year. Sony has already started rolling out the Nougat update to its high-end smartphones. Motorola also joined the league and rolled out Android 7.0 Nougat update to the Moto Z and Moto Z Force. HTC started pushing over-the-air update for its HTC 10 flagship smartphone. With Google rolling out Android 7.1.1 update, we can expect the version to make it to the list in the coming months.

android distribution december android Sharing the latest distribution data of different versions of Android, Google reported that Marshmallow has a total share of 26.3 percent of Android devices that check into Google Play, compared to the 24 percent reported in November – an increase of 2.3 percent. Based on December’s Android distribution numbers, Android 6.0 Marshmallow has become the most used Android version.

In the latest data released by Google, Android Lollipop has a total share of around 34 percent of active Android devices (with Android 5.0 Lollipop running on 10.8 percent of devices and Android 5.1 Lollipop at 23.2 percent) that checked into Google Play. Last month, Android Lollipop was running on 34.1 percent of active Android devices. The Android Developers’ webpage shows that Android KitKat now powers 24 percent of devices compared to 25.2 percent last month – a decrease of 1.2 percent.

Android Jelly Bean has a combined share of 12.8 percent while Android 4.0.x or Ice Cream Sandwich, in Google’s latest numbers, registered a share of 1.2 percent. Android Gingerbread (v2.3.3-2.3.7) and Android 2.2 Froyo’s device distribution shares are 1.2 percent and 0.1 percent respectively in the latest charts. To note, the figures are gathered from devices visiting the Google Play app, which only supports Android 2.2 and above.

The latest OpenGL version distribution numbers, on the other hand, saw OpenGL 2.0 at 41.9 percent, and OpenGL version 3.0 steadily rising to 42.4 percent.

 
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Social networking website Twitter recently opened its Moments feature to all users. The feature essentially allows users to curate various tweets that are relevant to a particular topic and present them in a collective form. However, this feature was available only to users of the Web interface till now. Twitter has now announced that users will now be able to create Moments on their mobile devices as well, via the Android and iOS apps.

In order to create their Moments on mobile devices, Android and iOS users have to go to the tweets that they want to add and click on the downward arrow for tweet details to get the option to add them to their Moments. Users get the option to search for the tweets that they have posted, liked, or by using keywords. Users can add all the tweets that they think are relevant to their curation and help them present information regarding a particular topic in a collective form.

This effectively means that users can now find all the relevant tweets about a particular event like a football match, a concert, or a political rally in a collective form at one place, that too from the mobile app. However, Twitter said that the rollout of Moments for mobile started on Wednesday, and will occur in phases, therefore the feature will not available in all regions right away.

The company introduced the Moments feature last year in October in order to provide users with “the best of Twitter” but was limited to just selective partners of the company till September this year.

 
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Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe and ZenFone 3 Ultra were launched in India back in August, however at that point availability hadn’t been detailed. Now, the wait is finally over as the smartphones are finally available in the country. The pricing for both the smartphones starts from Rs. 49,999 and they will be available through offline and online retail channels.

Even though smartphones were launched alongside Asus ZenFone 3 (ZE520KL) and ZenFone 3 (ZE552KL), which was made available by the company in August itself, the Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe and ZenFone 3 Ultra (Review) were not available in the country till now.
The Asus ZenFone 3 Ultra (ZU680KL) sports a 6.8-inch full-HD display, and is powered by octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor coupled with 4GB of RAM. It comes with 64GB of inbuilt storage that’s expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB).

In terms of optics, the smartphone comes with a 23-megapixel primary camera on the rear and an 8-megapixel front shooter for taking selfies. The smartphone houses a 4600mAh non-removable battery. Asus ZenFone 3 Ultra is available in Glacier Silver and Titanium Grey colour options.

The Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe (ZS570KL), on the other hand, comes with 5.7-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display and is powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor and has 6GB of RAM. The smartphone comes with 64GB of internal storage, which is further expandable via microSD card (up to 256GB). In terms of cameras, the Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe (ZS570KL) sports a 23-megapixel rear camera and an 8-megapixel camera at the front for taking selfies. The smartphone houses a 3000mAh battery.

The ZenFone 3 Special Edition has also been launched alongside, with a Snapdragon 821 SoC and 256GB of inbuilt storage. It has been priced at Rs. 62,999, and all other specifications remain the same as the Snapdragon 820 variant.

The ZenFone 3 Deluxe (ZS570KL) is available in Sand Gold and Glacier Silver colour variants.

 
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In September, Sony shared its rollout plans for Android 7.0 Nougat update, adding the update will be coming first to its smartphones Xperia X Performance and Xperia XZ. In line with its earlier announcement, the company has now reportedly started rolling out the Nougat update to Xperia X Performance and Xperia X Performance Dual smartphones.

The firmware build number 39.2.A.0.327 has already started rolling out to the Xperia X Performance (F8131) and X Performance Dual (F8132), as per a report by Xperia Blog. Apart from the interface changes, the Sony Xperia X Performance Android 7.0 Nougat update brings features such as multi-window, direct replies, quick settings, extended battery life, and multi-locale support for the smartphones.

Sony Xperia X Performance has a 5-inch display with full HD (1080×1920 pixel) resolution, Snapdragon 820 processor, 3GB RAM, 32GB internal storage up to 256GB microSD support, 23-megapixel rear camera, 13-megapixel front camera, fingerprint sensor, and 2700mAh battery. The Sony Xperia X Performance Dual smartphones comes with the same specifications, but packs 64GB of built-in storage.

As per company’s announcement, smartphones in the Xperia Z5 series, Xperia Z3+, and Xperia Z4 Tablet will be getting the update around December. The last batch of smartphones to receive the update will be Xperia XA and Xperia XA Ultra, which are slated to get Android 7.0 Nougat in early 2017.

Interestingly, Sony Xperia E5, which was launched in May this year, will not be getting the update. Further, the Sony Xperia Z4 and Xperia Z4v, released in the second quarter of 2015, have been left out of Nougat roadmap by the company as well.

 
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Galaxy S7 Edge launched in widely-praised colour first seen on Note 7 The new colour is now available in South Korea

It will roll out in select markets soon

Samsung’s Galaxy S7 Edge is available in all-new Blue Coral colour variant in South Korean starting Friday. The Blue Coral colour of course became popular with Samsung’s “now dead”Galaxy Note 7, which was the first smartphone sporting the colour.

The new Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Blue Coral will be available via all major mobile carriers in South Korea. Meanwhile, a report claims that the Galaxy S7 Edge Blue Coral will go on sale in the US from November 18, though there’s no word on its India availability so far. Samsung had previously confirmed that the Galaxy S7 Edge Blue Coral will be available in selected markets. In addition to Blue Coral, the Galaxy S7 Edge is already available in Black Onyx, Gold Platinum, White Pearl, Silver Titanium, and Pink Gold colours.
The South Korean giant recently launched Android 7.0 Galaxy Beta Program for Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. We expect the Android Nougat update for the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge to roll out soon.

Apart from Galaxy S7 Edge Blue Coral, Samsung has also launched Gear S3 smartwatch in South Korea. As announced earlier, the Gear S3 will be rolled out to additional markets including Australia, Dubai, France, Germany, Singapore, UK, and US starting November 18.

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