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Google late Monday sent out invitations to an October 4 event, hinting that the Internet titan will show off a new smartphone powered by its Android mobile software.

Emailed invitations revealed only the time and place for the gathering in San Francisco, the message topped by blue, red, yellow, and green dots of color.

Google fired off a Twitter message with hashtag #madebygoogle and a video of what appeared to be a long rectangular search term box morphing into a silhouette of a smartphone.

Industry trackers have been expecting Google in October to show off its own smartphone, showcasing the prowess of its new Nougat version of Android software.

Google may stamp its latest smartphones with a “Pixel” brand instead of the “Nexus” name it has used in the past for Android smartphones it has made in collaborations with partners.

A Google smartphone would be fielded as a standard to which other’s making Android devices should aspire, and would come just weeks after Apple’s began selling new iPhone 7 models.

An enticing Google smartphone could also prove a contender for the attention of buyers during the prime year-end holiday shopping season.

Scenes in Apple stores around the world on Friday were reminiscent of days before online ordering became a norm and people camped out for days to be first to get hands on the California company’s iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.

Enthusiasm was peppered with disappointment due to shortages of the large-screen iPhone 7 Plus and a Jet Black iPhone 7, but it was unclear if the shortages were the result of strong demand or limited supply.

The devices chart a new path for the tech giant by eliminating headphone jacks, a move seen as setting a trend for a wireless future

The iPhones also boast Apple’s freshly-released iOS 10 mobile operating system.

While the company has touted total iPhone sales of one billion, the number sold in the quarter ending June 25 fell 15 percent from a year earlier, highlighting concerns over growth for the key profit driver.

Growth has become challenging with many mobile phone markets saturated, with Apple rivals producing a wide variety of devices powered by Android software that Google makes available for free.

Apple faces stiff competition from traditional rival Samsung, although the South Korean giant is currently on the back foot after being forced into a massive recall because of exploding batteries of its flagship Galaxy Note 7.


Two Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones reportedly have caught fire in China in what, if confirmed, would be the first such incidents in the world’s largest smartphone market.

Samsung Electronics said it was investigating one of the reported cases. The South Korean firm had earlier said Galaxy Note 7 smartphones sold in China were safe to use.

A user of Chinese social media posted messages on Sunday saying a friend’s Galaxy Note 7 caught fire over the weekend.

The user, contacted by phone, told The Associated Press the Galaxy Note 7 was bought September 1 through the e-commerce site. The man, who asked not to be identified by name, said the phone started to heat up and vibrate late Saturday night, then exploded and emitted black smoke.

Samsung contacted the owner on Sunday and offered to take back the phone in exchange for a refund, but the owner refused, according to the friend. He said he and the owner didn’t want to be identified by name.

A second account on a separate social media account said an owner’s phone exploded Sunday while the person was playing a game on it. That account gave no contact information for the user or details of where the person lives. said Samsung is conducting an internal review on the first case. Samsung did not respond to emails seeking comment.

Samsung Electronics launched the Galaxy Note 7 phone in China on September 1 amid a growing number of reports of the phones catching fire overseas.

The following day, Samsung announced that it would stop sales of the Galaxy Note 7 phones in 10 countries. An executive said sales in China would continue because Galaxy Note 7 phones sold there used a different battery than those linked to problems elsewhere.

Samsung is recalling 1,858 Galaxy Note 7 phones in China, according to a notice dated September 14 from the country’s product quality agency.

Samsung said those phones were distributed before September 1 to give consumers hands-on experience. The recall in China applies to phones made between July 20 and August 5.

LeEco on Wednesday announced its partnership with Reliance Jio for the ‘Jio Welcome Offer’, under which the Reliance Jio SIM card will be available to owners of smartphones made by the Chinese Internet and technology conglomerate. Of course the announcement seems little more than a formality, given anyone can now get a Reliance Jio SIM, provided they can get their hands on one.

LeEco’s Le 2 and Le Max 2 users can enjoy VoLTE calls and experience high-definition voice-calling over Reliance Jio’s LTE network. The users of first generation smartphones LeEco’s Le 1s, Le 1s Eco and Le Max can download the Jio Join app to experience voice calls.

Commenting on the partnership, Atul Jain, COO, Smart Electronics, LeEco India, said, “With the vision and roadmap to provide integrated services leveraging the mobile as a platform, LeEco has successfully created the hardware, software and services ecosystem for enabling a seamless digital upgrade for our consumers. LeEco has been offering a great content bouquet to the Indian consumers and now with this association with Jio, we believe that our users will be able to fully unlock the potential of our Superphone and experience 4G like never before.”

The users can experience Reliance Jio offers on any of the existing LeEco smartphones.

“With the current offer, users can watch all the premium content on their smartphones without worrying about their data bills till December 31. Post this, the users will have the option to choose a suitable plan by visiting the Reliance Jio website,” the statement added.

The company also detailed the method to avail the Jio Welcome Offer:

1) Download the MyJio application available on Google Play Store and then follow the in app steps to generate a coupon code.

2) After the coupon code is generated, the app suggests a list of KYC documents that need to be submitted to activate the SIM. On clicking next, the app helps users to locate the nearest Reliance Digital Store or mini store or a partner outlet which stock the SIMs.

3) Users are required to physically visit the store and hand over the documents. On successful authentication of all documents, a Reliance Jio SIM card will be handed over to the user.


China’s quality watchdog said on Wednesday Samsung Electronics Co Ltd’s local unit will recall 1,858 units of its Galaxy Note 7 phones, after the Korean firm’s product was found to have fire-prone batteries.

Samsung first halted sales earlier this month of the Galaxy Note 7 in 10 markets, including South Korea and the United States, but not in China where it said the model was equipped with batteries from a different supplier.

The recalled phones were partly sold in China through an official Samsung website before the September 1 launch, as part of a testing scheme, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine said on its website.

Samsung, the world’s biggest smartphone maker, has urged users of the Galaxy Note 7 to turn them in, and has run advertisements in Korea apologising for the recall.

A series of warnings from regulators and airlines around the world has raised fears for the future of the flagship device, pushing Samsung shares lower.

Also on Wednesday, China’s civil aviation authority said it will outlaw the use and charging of the Galaxy Note 7 on flights, and not allow them to be placed in checked-in baggage.

The maker of the unbreakable and unhackable Turing Phone has announced two new smartphones that have left our jaws wide open. The two smartphones have insane innards, easily making them the most powerful smartphones ever to have been teased – that is of course, if they ever become reality and ship to customers. The two smartphones are called the Turing Phone Cadenza and Turing Monolith Chaconne, and are expected to release in 2017 and 2018 respectively.

The announcement by Turing Robotic Industries come two months after the firm finally managed to ship the pilot Turing Phone to early backers, after much delay and some revisions. The evident problems faced by the company with its first launch don’t bode well for its future releases, and the absolutely incredible specifications promised on the two new offerings sets them up to be vapourware.

The Turing Phone Cadenza features glorious specifications like two Snapdragon 830 processors (not yet announced), 12GB of RAM, and 512GB of inbuilt storage. If this wasn’t crazy enough, the Turing Monolith Chaconne features even larger-than-life specs like three Snapdragon 830 processors, 18GB of RAM, and 786GB of inbuilt storage. Apart from the fact that this processor has not yet even been announced by Qualcomm, the feasibility of a third-party implementing the use three processors simultaneously seems very low.
Thus, whether these two smartphones actually see the light of the day remains to be seen. Turning Robotics Industries has already attracted a bad reputation after many delays in shipping the Turing Phone to early backers. The Turing Phone was announced in August last year and was expected to be shipped in December. However, the company only managed to ship the Turing Phones to early backers in July this year, and that too without the Bluetooth earphones and the water-repellent nano-coating that was promised. It shipped with Sailfish OS instead of Android 5.1 Lollipop skinned with the company’s supposedly unhackable Aemaeth UI on top.

In any case, Turing doesn’t fail in creating the buzz with its highly novel ideas. The two new announced smartphones come with too-good-to-be-true specifications, and we can’t wait to know the pricing that will tag alongside. The Turing Phone Cadenza is said to feature a 5.8-inch QHD (1440 x2560 pixels) display. Its 512GB of inbuilt storage can be further expanded via two microSD slots (up to 256GB each). Optics include a 60-megapixel iMax 6K Quad rear camera with Triplet lens/T1.2. At the front, there is a 20-megapixel dual selfie camera setup. It packs a 100Wh battery with graphene and hydrogen fuel cells, and supports four SIM slots (Nano-SIM). The Turing Phone Cadenza will run on a new unannounced Swordfish operating system, which is apparently based on Sailfish OS, and comes with deep artificial intelligence learning.

If these specifications haven’t boggled your mind, maybe the innards of the 2018-expected Turing Monolith Chaconne will. The phablet is going to feature a 6.4-inch 4K (3840×2160 pixels) display, and its 768GB of inbuilt storage will be expandable via two microSD slots (up to 256GB each). The battery is even larger at 120Wh with a hydrogen-fuel cell. All the other specifications remain the same.


As part of its efforts to develop Digital Andhra Pradesh, the state government has come up with a new proposal to distribute smart phones to students free-of-cost as an “incentive for innovation”.

The government intends to involve students in spreading “digital literacy” and simultaneously come up with various innovations.

A proposal to incentivise the students by giving them free smart phones was mooted at the state Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu in Vijayawada on Tuesday.

“It has been agreed in principle to give away smartphones but a final decision will be taken subsequently,” a minister said.

Interestingly, the Telugu Desam Party government is yet to deliver the free mobile phones it had promised to women on the eve of the 2014 elections.

The government has drawn up plans to establish an Innovation Society at state level which will be a first-of-its-kind in the country with a view to promote innovation, incubation and startups.

The society will have branches in each district and a chapter in colleges to involve students and promote innovation.
“We want to enhance digital literacy through the Innovation Society and ultimately create a Digital Andhra Pradesh,” a minister said.

Apart from digital literacy, students would also be involved in water conservation, tree plantation and Swachh Andhra Pradesh programmes as well.

Students from Class 8 to those in engineering colleges would be made to take part in these activities every Saturday.


iPhone 6s accounted for 4 percent of all smartphones shipped in Q2 2016 iPhone 6 took the second spot with 8.5 million units shipped

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge had 2 percent market share

Apple’s iPhone 6s was the world’s top-selling smartphone model in the second quarter of 2016, a report said on Wednesday, adding that the US giant currently accounts for two of the three top-selling smartphone models shipped worldwide.

Apple shipped 14.2 million units and accounted for four percent share of all smartphones shipped worldwide in Q2 2016, said market research firm Strategy Analytics.

“Apple’s iPhone 6s is currently the world’s most popular smartphone. The iPhone 6s is wildly popular in dozens of countries globally, due to its attractive hardware design blended with rich features such as 4K video, large multi-touch display and fingerprint security,” informed Neil Mawston, Executive Director at Strategy Analytics.

Total global smartphone shipments grew one percent annually from 338.0 million units in Q2 2015 to 341.5 million in Q2 2016.
“Smartphone growth is sluggish at the moment due to ongoing economic volatility worldwide, high ownership penetration in most major countries, and a lack of new innovation from device manufacturers,” added Linda Sui, director at Strategy Analytics.

The Apple iPhone 6 shipped 8.5 million units worldwide for second position and 2 percent marketshare during Q2 2016, followed by Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge in third place with 8.3 million and 2 percent share.

“Apple iPhone 6 has been on sale for almost two years and it remains near the top of best-seller lists in many regions like Europe. Samsung’s Galaxy S7 Edge has proven popular among high-end consumers and its curved hardware design has given the firm a differentiator,” noted Woody Oh, director at Strategy Analytics.

The news came as Apple is set to launch its next-gen Apple iPhone7 in San Francisco.

According to media reports, the mega event at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium will unveil the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus smartphones, along with the next-generation Apple Watch.

People can pre-order the luxury smartphone from September 9 while sales may begin from September 16.

The new iPhone 7 may have a dual rear camera, a pressure-sensitive home button, Bluetooth-supported headphones, dual speakers at the bottom and Type-C interface, signalling the end of the 3.5 mm headphone jack in the iPhone family.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Monday announced that his government would soon begin the ‘Samajwadi Smartphone Scheme’ “for benefit of all sections of the society”.

He also added that by rolling out world’s largest free laptop distribution scheme, the Samajwadi Party government had ushered in “Digital Democracy” in the state and express hope that the new and ambitious scheme will enable two-way communication between the people and the state government.

The chief minister stated said that this would be helpful in spreading awareness among the people of various policies and schemes and that people’s feedback would also reach the state government.

According to an official, the Samajwadi smartphone would be equipped with latest modern technology and would have all facilities of a smartphone, a detailed unified application, which would have audio, video and textual information about the state government.

The phone’s app would also have features for rural people, frames about latest rates of agro products, details of best practices and weather related data as well. Similar information would be available for milk producers, along with job and vacancy information, reading material for students, entrance and results, loan and other financial assistance details for small-time businessmen.

Akhilesh Yadav underlined that the selection of beneficiaries for the phone would be completely transparent and the applicants would not have to go to any government officer for this. The system also has a facility where in after online selection of the beneficiary, smart phones would be straight away dispatched to the beneficiaries’ addresses.
This will keep away possibility of any corruption. The registration process would be initiated within one month.

He also said that applicants have to be minimum high school pass, should be bona fide residents of UP, and of 18 years of age as on January 1, 2017. Applicants whose parents work wth the state government will not be eligible as well as those working with the government.

In the same manner, people applying for the smartphone, if working in private sector, can only apply if their annual income is less that Rs. 2 lakh. During online registration, a scanned copy of the high school certificate has to be uploaded and no other paper would be required.

The smartphone would be distributed in the second half of 2017 on first come/registration first basis. Applicants will have to self-attest information provided by them at the time of registration and they would be getting information through SMS alerts, at every step.


Samsung, as expected, has started officially selling refurbished Galaxy smartphones in the US. The South Korean company is currently selling refurbished units of the Samsung Galaxy S6, Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, Samsung Galaxy S5, Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung Galaxy Note 4, and Samsung Galaxy Note 3 from its official site.

Listed under a page titled “Samsung Certified Pre-Owned Phones and Refurbished Products,” the Galaxy smartphones now available to buy in the US are carrier locked. Samsung is offering up to $200 discount on the purchase of the Galaxy S6 Edge (32GB), Galaxy S6 (32GB), and Galaxy Note 4 refurbished smartphones. On other models, the company is offering up to $150 discount on the purchase of the Galaxy S5, up to $130 on the purchase of the Samsung Galaxy S4, and up to $250 on the purchase of the Galaxy Note 3. It’s worth noting that consumers will have to pay the entire amount upfront.

Samsung touts that the phones selling under “pre-owned” category have been completely refurbished by Samsung engineers, include new headphones and charger, and will come with one year warranty.

Last month, Samsung was said to launch the programme to sell refurbished used versions of its premium smartphones to “sustain earnings momentum.” It’s however unclear as of now whether Samsung will sell refurbished smartphones in other markets outside the US.

Samsung’s move to sell refurbished phones is not unique as Apple already sells refurbished iPhone models at a discount in some countries including the US.

Earlier, Apple’s plan to sell refurbished iPhone models in India was reportedly rejected by the government.


Apart from launching the K6, K6 Power, and K6 Note smartphones, Lenovo at IFA 2016 in Berlin also revealed the new A Plus and P2 smartphones.

The Lenovo P2 has been priced at EUR 249 (approximately Rs. 18,500) while the Lenovo A Plus will be available at EUR 69 (approximately Rs. 5,200). Both the handsets will be initially available in the European markets. The Lenovo P2 will start shipping in November while the A Plus will go on sale from this month.

For specifications, the Lenovo A Plus features a 4.5-inch FWVGA (480×854 pixels) display and is powered by a MediaTek MT6580 processor clocked at 1.3GHz. The handset comes with 1GB of RAM and packs 8GB of on-board storage which can be expanded via microSD card (up to 32GB). It sports a 5-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and also houses a 2-megapixel front camera. There is 2000mAh battery and the handset comes with dual-SIM support. Much like other A-series handsets, the biggest highlight of the Lenovo A Plus will be 4G with VoLTE support.

The Lenovo P2, on the other hand, is the successor to the battery-centric Lenovo P1 smartphone and packs a large 5100mAh battery. It also supports fast-charging. It features a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) Amoled display and is powered by a Snapdragon 625 processor coupled with 3GB of RAM. There is 32GB of storage which is further expandable via microSD card. Lenovo has announced that it will launch the 4GB of RAM with 64GB storage model of the Lenovo P2 in China.

There is a 13-megapixel rear camera with dual LED flash, Sony sensor and also packs a 5-megapixel front camera.