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There have been numerous leaks about the smartphone Moto M in last few months and the device is expected to be launched on November 8 in Guanzhou, China. Now, fresh live images of the alleged smartphone have surfaced on the Internet and it has made an appearance at popular benchmark test website AnTuTu as well.

As per the listing on AnTuTu, shared by GSMArena, the Moto M (XT1662) sports a full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) screen and will run Android 6.0 Marshmallow out-of-the-box. It is expected to be powered by a MediaTek Helio P10 processor coupled with 4GB of RAM. Moto M is tipped to have 32GB of inbuilt storage.

The smartphone has been tipped to come with a 5.5-inch display in earlier leaks. In terms of optics, the AnTuTu listing suggests that the Moto M smartphone will pack a 16-megapixel rear camera and an 8-megapixel camera at the front for taking selfies.

Apart from the benchmark listing, the smartphone has also made appearance in live images that were leaked online, as per a report by PlayfulDroid. The leaked Moto M images seem to be in line with the earlier leaks as they show a fingerprint scanner at the back and similar camera panel as seen in images leaked earlier.As per the previous leaks, the Moto M is expected to house a 3000mAh battery with support for Turbo charging. Apart from the leaked live images, renders of the phone have also surfaced the internet.

Even though the leaked Moto M specifications seem to be consistent throughout the leaks, we will have to wait for the company’s official announcement for any confirmation.

 
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The dominance of smartphones in the technology space has been ever-increasing, more so in the recent time. Internet business are now becoming mobile-exclusive as more and more users are now opting to use the Web through a hand-held device. Now, a fresh study finds that, for the first time, mobile and tablet Internet usage in October exceeded desktop usage worldwide.

Web analytics company StatCounter claims that mobile and tablet devices accounted for 51.3 percent of Internet usage worldwide in October compared to 48.7 percent by desktop. The company has even shared a graph that shows a continuous decline in Internet usage on desktops, and a continuous increase in use of mobiles phones for Web browsing since 2009.

Even though Internet usage on mobile is on the rise, desktops still rule in US and UK countries. In the US, desktop still accounts for 58 percent of internet usage compared to 42 percent for mobile and tablet. In the UK, desktop holds 56 percent share, while mobile and tablet accounts for 44.4 percent usage. Countries like India on the other hand have large swathes of the population that have only gone online via their mobile phones.

“This should be a wake up call especially for small businesses, sole traders and professionals to make sure that their websites are mobile friendly. Many older websites are not,” commented CEO of StatCounter, Aodhan Cullen, CEO, StatCounter.Cullen further asserts the importance of mobile because Google has started favouring mobile-friendly sites in search results as well. Google recently also announced that it is building a primary mobile index for search results in the next few months. The desktop engine will also be maintained, but the mobile index will get more priority and be updated more frequently.

In June, Google also built a website called test my site for developers to measure how well their site performs on mobile and desktop.

 
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Google launched the Pixel phones in two sizes – 5-inch and 5.5-inch. The Pixel and Pixel XL don’t have many significant differences; however the Pixel XL is bigger, has a better display resolution, and a larger battery. Now, thanks to tester Nathan K, a new difference has cropped up between the two Google smartphones.

Nathan posted on his Google Plus page that in his tests, he found out that the Google Pixel does not reach the 18W charging wattage the tech giant had advertised, and it maxes out at 15W. The larger Google Pixel XL goes up to the mentioned 18W, but the base variant doesn’t.

Google clarified to Android Police saying that this was a marketing mistake, and that the Google Pixel and Pixel XL support USB-PD charging from 15-18W, and not just 18W. The company has even rectified the error on its specification site which now reads “USB Type-C 18W adaptor with USB-PD” for both the phones.

Nathan says that this 15W limit is because of thermal concerns. This difference of 3W of power accounts for 20 percent speed boost in charging. However, the Pixel XL has a larger 3450mAh battery, so it will anyway take longer to charge. In real-world use, this difference won’t be much and smartphones generally don’t charge at peak speed at all times anyway.As mentioned, the Pixel smartphone sports a full-HD display, while the Pixel XL smartphone sports a QHD display. The Pixel sports a 2770mAh battery, while the Pixel XL sports a 3450mAh battery.

 
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Xiaomi has announced the upcoming launch of the Redmi 4 at a November 4 event. The phone has been much rumoured in the past couple of months, though a recent leak via the Chinese telecommunications certification authority showed a low-cost, basic-specifications variant called the Redmi 4A.

In a post on Weibo on Wednesday, Xiaomi’s Redmi channel showcased a teaser image alongside launch event details. The Redmi 4 smartphone will be launched at 7pm CST (4:30pm IST) on November 4, and the event will be live streamed. As we mentioned, the second, cheaper Redmi 4A is also expected to be launched alongside.

The teaser image doesn’t reveal much about the smartphone, beyond what appears to be a metal frame and display glass that is curved at the edges.

Previously leaks for the Redmi 4 tipped a full metal body with capacitive button at the front, and power and volume buttons at the right. It is said to sport a 5-inch (1080×1920 pixels) LCD display, and be powered by a 1.4GHz octa-core Snapdragon 625 processor paired with 3GB of RAM – it should be noted that an earlier leak had pointed to the use of a MediaTek Helio P10 SoC instea.The Redmi 4 comes with 32GB of inbuilt storage that’s expandable via via microSD card (up to 128GB). It is said to bear a 13-megapixel rear camera with dual-LED flash, and a 5-megapixel front camera for selfies. It packs a 4100mAh battery. The Xiaomi Redmi 4 is expected to measure at 141.3×69.6×8.9mm, and weigh 153 grams. It will be made available in Grey, Silver and Gold colour options.

As for the Redmi 4A, the smartphone is tipped to sport 2GB of RAM, and come with a 5-inch 720p LCD panel. It is expected to be run on a 1.4GHz quad-core Snapdragon 425 chipset alongside 16GB of inbuilt storage that’s expandable via microSD card. It also bears a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front camera, and is said to measure 139.9×70.4×8.5mm and weigh 140 grams. A 3030mAh battery powers the smartphone, which will reportedly be available in Rose Gold and Gold colour variants

 
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Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Tuesday it planned to invest more than $1 billion by the end of June 2017 to boost production of system chips at its Austin, Texas, facilities in the United States to meet growing demand.

The South Korean firm, the world’s second-largest chipmaker behind Intel Corp, said in a statement its investment would boost output of chips for mobile and other electronics devices from its existing facilities in the city.

The investment comes after Samsung said last week its capital expenditure for 2016 would rise to a record KRW 27 trillion ($24 billion or roughly Rs. 1,60,291), with KRW 13.2 trillion earmarked for its semiconductor business.

While most of Samsung’s semiconductor profits come from memory chip sales, it has been trying to boost earnings from other products including its own Exynos mobile processors and contract manufacturing deals with clients such as Qualcomm and Nvidia. Samsung did not give further details for its investment plans in Austin, such as how much production capacity would be added.

 
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After launching the Android Marshmallow-based Idol 4S at MWC earlier this year, Alcatel has launched a Windows 10 Mobile variant of the Idol 4S. The smartphone is exclusive to T-Mobile, and is priced at $469.99 (roughly Rs. 31,500). T-Mobile will begin selling it from November 10, and will bundle the Idol 4S VR Goggles inside the box.

Alcatel Idol 4S (Windows 10) buyers will get free 45-day trial for Hulu Plus, as well as an additional 30-day trial for Microsoft Groove music service. They’ll also receive a free copy of the Windows 10 Mobile game Halo: Spartan Assault.

The Alcatel Idol 4S (Windows 10) variant looks just like the Android variant, but has many differences when it comes to specifications. It features a 5.5-inch HD (1080×1920 pixels) AMOLED display, instead of the QHD display seen on the Android version. The new smartphone is powered by a Snapdragon 820 chipset with Adreno 530 GPU and 4GB RAM, instead of the Snapdragon 652 chipset with Adreno 510 GPU and 3GB RAM seen on the previously launched Idol 4S.

The dual-SIM, Windows 10 Mobile-based Alcatel Idol 4S (Windows 10) sports an upgraded 21-megapixel rear camera with touch focus and dual-LED flash. To recap, the Android variant sports a 16-megapixel rear camera. At the front, the 8-megapixel selfie camera with real-time face beautification and LED flash remains the same.The storage bundled internally has also been increased to 64GB, and it can be further expanded using the microSD slot (up to 128GB). There are also dual-firing stereo speakers on the Windows 10 variant.

The Idol 4S (Windows 10) smartphone measures 153.9×75.4×6.99mm,weighs 152 grams, and is backed by a 3000mAh battery, which is rated to charge within 95 minutes via the Quick Charge version 2.0.

Connectivity options include 4G LTE (Cat 4.), Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, NFC, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS and Micro-USB (with OTG). The Idol 4S (Windows 10) will come in an all-glass black-coloured body with gold metallic edges.

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In a bid to douse the fire that the Galaxy Note 7 caused, Samsung is looking to calm the situation by making its upcoming Galaxy S8 count. The ‘S’ series flagship largely expected to be unveiled in February will have some significant upgrades to lift the mood of its loyalists. The latest leak suggests that the Samsung Galaxy S8 will sport an OLED display and will come with little to no bezel.

The Investor reports that the upcoming flagship will sport a full edge-to-edge OLED display with 90 percent screen-to-body ratio. This means that most of the front will mostly be consumed by the OLED display, and just 10 percent of it will sport metal body.

“Samsung Display would roll out a full-screen display whose display area ratio (a scale that measures space taken up by a display on the front part of a handset) reaches more than 90 percent next year,” the report states.

The shift to OLED panels is being considered by Apple on the iPhone 8 as well. At the IMD Display exhibition in Seoul, Samsung mobile engineer Park Won-sang also hinted that the company is concentrating its efforts on innovating with the display, and is investing considerable resources for this purpose.The Samsung Galaxy S8 display also expected to sport dual-curved edges, and an optical fingerprint sensor which will enable the display to read prints – thus eliminating the home button, and falling in line with the most recent report about 90 percent screen-to-body ratio. The smartphone is tipped to feature a 5.5-inch 4K (2160×3840 pixels) display with pixel density of 806ppi. It is expected to be powered by the home-grown Exynos 8895 SoC paired with 6GB of RAM. The Galaxy S8 is also rumoured to come with 16-megapixel and 8-megapixel dual-rear camera setup. It is expected to sport a slick design, an improved camera, and an “enhanced artificial-intelligence service”.

 
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The world’s first Tango smartphone – the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro – is now finally available to buy. The smartphone was due to go on sale online in August and hit retail shelves in September, but then got delayed to October and then November, before finally getting a November 1 release date in the recent past. The smartphone is now available to buy via the company’s website, priced at $499 (roughly Rs. 33,300).

Availability in other markets is not known yet. As per an earlier report citing a company representative, the Phab 2 Pro will be available in those Asia Pacific markets where Lenovo has launched smartphones before – this will include India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Cambodia, and Myanmar. It is not listed on the India website yet however.To recall, the Phab 2 Pro is the first Tango smartphone, the first commercial product from Google’s Project Tango team that was working on machine vision in mobile devices. The smartphone bears a camera and sensor setup to enable motion tracking, depth perception, and area learning. All this is meant for augmented reality (AR) applications like indoor navigation, search, and gaming.

Lenovo had announced special Tango app store will be ready with 25 apps at launch, with hope to reach 100 apps by year-end. Accompanying the launch of the smartphone, Google in a blog post on Tuesday said over 35 of the apps have gone live on Google Play, where it is also featuring some of them. Phab 2 Pro users can also easily download the Tango app to see all available experiences.

Apps and games include a measurement app called Measure; furniture apps such as Homestyler Interior Design; world builders like Towers for Tango, and games such as Domino World, Crayola Color Blaster, and Slingshot Island.

Tthe Lenovo Phab 2 Pro sports a 6.4-inch QHD IPS display, and a total of four cameras. It bears 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. It’s powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 SoC, coupled with 4GB of RAM. The Phab 2 Pro bears a 4050mAh battery that’s promised to deliver a 15-hour battery life. It also sports Dolby Atmos audio technology for its speakers, apart from Dolby Audio 5.1 Capture technology for recording 3D sound.

 
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Apple has introduced complete support for Unicode 9.0 in the developer beta of iOS 10.2, which was released earlier this week. The company has also redesigned several older emojis. New additions include face palm, shrug, fingers crossed, drooling face, nauseated face; new gendered professions, as well as new animal, food, drinks emojis like bacon and whiskey glass.

Emojipedia reports the additions are in line with the Unicode 9.0 standard. This includes activities, animals, objects, 18 new food and drink emojis, and 22 new emojis under the ‘smileys and people’ emojis.

The most interesting ones include pregnant women, rolling on the floor laughing, clown face, sneezing face, cowboy hat face, fox face, owl, and handshake. Food emojis include kiwi, avocado, carrot, cucumber, and peanuts. New professions are female firefighter and female judge, You can see the full list of emoji Apple has added here.

The emojis are still in beta, so it will be a while before they get rolled out commercially. To be a part of the Apple Beta Program, you need to register your device here. With iOS 10, Apple unveiled as many as 100 new emojis. The new redesigned Apple emojis for iOS 10 include more representation of professional women, sportswomen, a rainbow flag, and a water gun. It includes women in different professions like a detective and even an engineer, and women in different sports include Basketball, Swimming, Running, Skateboarding, Weightlifting, and Cycling.

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Samsung has decided to end South Korean exclusivity for six of its mobile accessories, bringing a range of wireless speakers, headphones and wireless charging modules to markets worldwide sometime this month. The company has also unveiled a Blue Coral colour variant for the Galaxy S7 Edge, to be made available in select markets across the globe.

It’s touting a “Wireless Speaker Bottle” as its headlining product, which at first glance looks to be a marriage of the UE Boom’s design and Google Home’s colour profile. In addition to providing 360-degree sound, it can also charge your phone wirelessly. It’s got a couple of bottling actions built into it as well – “pouring” with the Wireless Speaker Bottle will change brightness and giving it a shake will alter colour. If you want more granular control over colour options, a companion app will let you do so.

Samsung is offering another wireless speaker as well, called by another generic name in Wireless Speaker Scoop. There are controls on the speaker itself, and the inbuilt microphone supports noise reduction and echo cancellation so you can (reliably) pick up calls. Built for on-the-go purposes, it’s splash-proof and comes fitted with a strap too.The Wireless Speaker Scoop looks like a fatter version of the UE Roll, which is completely waterproof but doesn’t support calls as it doesn’t have a mic.

Then there’s Wireless Charger Tray, which Samsung says can charge two devices – or three, if you use an in-built wired solution. The tray, coming in at just under 18mm of thickness, can also provide power to your Wireless Speaker Bottle.

Adding to the collection is Battery Pack Kettle Design – available in 5100mAh and 10200mAh options – which includes a wrist strap and kickstand cables to help you on those long-commute movie nights. You can also choose to pair it with an LED light.

Rounding up the lot are the In-ear Headphones Rectangle Design that combine fabric and metal construction along with a flat cable to prevent tangling.

There is no pricing information on any of the products yet – but honestly Samsung, just give these products a proper name.

In other Samsung product news, the Galaxy S7 Edge is getting a new colour variant – Blue Coral – benefiting from the demise of infamous Galaxy Note 7 and adding to the existing five options – Black Onyx, Gold Platinum, White Pearl, Silver Titanium, and Pink Gold. We’re only four months away from MWC 2017, but the more, the merrier eh.

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