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After reports of Cyanogen Inc discontinuing its efforts towards CyanogenMod started pouring in, founder Steve Kondik had asserted that the company will continue to play an ‘active role’ in its development and carry on supporting it. However, in a recent CyanogenMod commit thread, Kondik signalled a different message saying that there isn’t “going to be much if any involvement” with CyanogenMod 14. Kondik’s mixed signals have again brought the community to the edge. His offhand remark has again sparked rumours that the company is ending support for community-driven custom Android ROM, leaving the development in the hands of the community.

On the thread, Kondik said, “There isn’t really going to be much if any involvement from the Inc this time around and I’m taking on a lot of stuff on my own to try and keep us moving forward.” This statement hints at a lot of woes within the company. Cyanogen Inc recently made headlines after it laid off 20 percent of its employees as part of a “major revamp”. However, it is worth noting that the biggest impact of the layoffs was on the team behind the Cyanogen OS commercial distribution, and not those involved with the CyanogenMod project.

CEO Kirt McMaster also vaguely expressed his sadness stating that “startups and disruption are brutal.” The drama didn’t end there, and Cyanogen was recently even reported to have announced “inaccurate” user base numbers. There were also several reports claiming that Cyanogen was looking to “pivot to apps,” but McMaster refuted all those claims asserting that the company was committed to its OS plans.

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OnePlus India on Tuesday announced that the OnePlus 2 users will be soon able to take advantage of VoLTE connectivity. In a forum post, the company confirmed that it will roll out an OTA update to the OnePlus 2 smartphone in the next quarter, enabling VoLTE support. OnePlus also hinted that previous smartphones including the OnePlus One and OnePlus X won’t be receiving the VoLTE support.

For those unaware, the OnePlus 3 already supports VoLTE (voice over LTE) with HD calling support. “Over [the] last several months, we have been closely collaborating with all telecom partners to enable a full repertoire of upcoming technologies and services including VoLTE out of the box on our latest flagship device, the OnePlus 3,” added Vikas Agarwal, General Manager, OnePlus India in a forum post.

Unfortunately, OnePlus India hasn’t confirmed a specific release time for the update that enables VoLTE on the OnePlus 2.

Agarwal also said that the VoLTE feature was one of the most requested features from users in India, especially after the launch of Reliance’s Jio services.

For OnePlus One and OnePlus X users who want to experience better call quality on Jio network, Agarwal added that they use Jio4GVoice app (formerly known as JioJoin app).

For those who are looking to experience VoLTE via Jio network and already have a Jio SIM can check are list of VoLTE capable phones here.

Intex has launched a new budget smartphone in India, the Aqua S7. Launched at an event in New Delhi on Monday, the 4G VoLTE-enabled Intex Aqua S7 has been priced at Rs. 9,499, and will come with the Reliance Jio Welcome Offer. The phone will be made available in Rose Gold, Dark Blue, and Champagne colour variants, however, exact availability was not detailed.

The dual-SIM Intex Aqua S7 runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box, and features a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display at Rs. 9,499. The smartphone is powered by a 64-bit 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6735 SoC coupled with Mali-T720 GPU and 3GB of RAM. Another highlight of the smartphone is that it sports a fingerprint sensor on the rear panel.

The smartphone sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with an LED flash module, and a 5-megapixel front camera. The Aqua S7 bears 16GB of inbuilt storage, which is expandable via microSD card. In terms of connectivity, the phone supports 4G, VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, FM radio, 3.5mm audio jack, and GPS/ A-GPS as options. The smartphone houses a 3200mAh battery. The Intex Aqua S7 measures 142.5×72.5×8.7mm and weighs 150 grams.

Intex last week launched smartphones Aqua Costa and Aqua 4.5 3G smartphones. The Intex Aqua Costa was launched at priced of Rs. 5,449 while the Intex Aqua 4.5 3G was priced at Rs. 3,349. Both smartphones are expected to be made available in India soon.

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Lenovo is reportedly gearing up to launch a smartphone called the A6600 in India. According to a report, the smartphone has gone on sale via offline retailers in the country with an MRP of Rs. 6,999, while the MOP of the product will be Rs. 6,600. At the time of writing, the Lenovo A6600 was not listed on the company site.

The new A-series handset from Lenovo is said to feature a 5-inch HD IPS display and will run near stock Android Marshmallow version. It is reportedly powered by a 1GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6735P processor paired with 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. The handset will support expandable storage via microSD card (up to 32GB). The dual-SIM smartphone is also said to sport an 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, apart from a 2-megapixel front camera. The handset is said to support 4G with VoLTE. The handset’s launch in India was reported by Phoneradar.

The Chinese company is also expected to unveil the Lenovo Zuk Z2 in India as the Lenovo Z2 Plus, which was launched in China in May at CNY 1,799 (roughly Rs. 18,400).
The Zuk Z2 features a 5-inch full-HD 2.5D display with anti-oil and anti-fingerprint protection on top. It is powered by 64-bit Snapdragon 820 processor with 4GB of LPPDR4 RAM. There is a 13-megapixel rear camera as well as an 8-megapixel on the front, along with slow-motion video recording at 960fps features. The Z2 also packs a 3500mAh battery, which may be what the teaser is alluding to.

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There are some rumours that are easy to dismiss but then there are others that are backed by some information that provides them some level of authenticity. A new rumour that is doing rounds suggests that the devices with either Snapdragon 800 or 801 CPU will not be eligible to get an official Android 7.0 Nougat update.

According to the HTC-focused mobile developer LlabTooFer, who has provided several HTC-related tips in the past, Android 7.0 Nougat update will not be officially released for the HTC One M8 or other devices running the Snapdragon 800 or Snapdragon 801 CPUs because Qualcomm has not made corresponding graphics drivers for the new Vulkan API is present in the latest version of Android to improve gaming performance.

Due to Vulken API, Qualcomm has decided to not release graphics drivers for the devices with its older CPUs, making it impossible for OEMs (and apparently, even Google, for the LG Nexus 5) to provide official Android 7.0 Nougat updates for them.

When Android 7.0 Nougat update started rolling out earlier this week, it became clear that it won’t be making its way to Nexus 5 as other recent Nexus devices were provided with the latest version of Google’s mobile platform. Considering that Nexus 5 comes equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU, the rumour seems plausibly true as of now.
If this information indeed turns out to be true, there will a host of Android devices that will be left out of the Nougat treatment by the California-based company. Such devices include the likes of Samsung Galaxy S5, LG G2, LG G3, OnePlus X, and HTC One M8.

LG has launched its X cam smartphone in India, featuring a dual rear camera setup with a 120-degree wide-angle lens. The smartphone has been priced at Rs. 19,990 and will be available in its Titan Silver colour variant from Friday across stores in India.

The dual-SIM (Nano-SIM) card supporting LG X cam was first unveiled in February ahead of MWC 2016, but only started rolling out globally in March.

Apart from the dual rear camera setup, the other highlight of the LG X cam is its 3D Arc Glass design. The smartphone runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow with the LG UI 5.0 skin atop. It sports a 5.2-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) In-cell display, is powered by a 1.14GHz octa-core SoC, coupled with Mali-T720MP3 GPU and 2GB of RAM.

As for optics, the LG X cam bears a 13-megapixel + 5-megapixel rear camera setup, with the second sensor coupled with a wide-angle lens. On the front, the smartphone bears a 5-megapixel camera. LG is also touting a Pop Out Picture feature that combines 6 images into a moving image. The X cam comes with 16GB of inbuilt storage that’s expandable via microSD card (up to 2TB) in the hybrid dual-SIM card slot.

Connectivity options on board the LG X cam include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.2, GPS/ A-GPS, Micro-USB, 3.5mm audio jack, and FM radio with RDS. Sensors on board include proximity, accelerometer, magnetometer, and ambient light sensor. The smartphone weighs in at 118 grams, and measures 147.7×73.6×6.9mm. It’s powered by a 2520mAh battery.Note: An earlier version of this article quoted a Rs. 21,500 price tag based on the company listing.

Vivo has launched 4G VoLTE-enabled Vivo Y21L smartphone in India, the successor to the Y21, at Rs. 7,490. The smartphone is now available in the country in White and Grey colour variants.

The dual-SIM Vivo Y21L sports a 4.5 inch FWVGA (480×854 pixels) display and and runs on the company’s Funtouch OS 2.5 based on Android 5.1 Lollipop. It is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 410 (MSM8916) processor paired with 1GB of RAM. The smartphone has 5-megapixel rear camera with flash, and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera.

The latest addition to Vivo’s lineup of affordable smartphones comes with 16GB of inbuilt storage that’s expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB). Connectivity options on board the Vivo Y21L apart from 4G and VoLTE support include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3.5mm audio jack, and Micro-USB with USB OTG compatibility.

The smartphone bears a 2000mAh battery, weighs in at 145 grams, and measures 130.7×66.4×9.2mm. Sensors on board the Y21L include accelerometer, ambient light sensor, proximity sensor, and a magnetometer.

Vivo says the Y21L comes with unique features such as Palm Capture and Voice Capture. The company claims that the former feature helps users click more detailed, sharper and vivid photos while the latter one allows users to click the pictures by just saying the word “Cheese”. Other features include Smart Wake and Smart Click. Smart Wake allows gesture shortcuts while the Smart Click feature lets you bring up customised features or apps by holding down the volume key.

“We are pleased to offer the new Y21L packed with 4G VoLTE technology to our Indian customers at an affordable price of Rs. 7490. With this device, we reassure our commitment to offer quality products to our valued customers”, Vivo India’s CMO Vivek Zhang said about the launch in an emailed statement.

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Micromax on Friday launched another smartphone in its Canvas Unite series, the Unite 4 Plus, priced at Rs. 7,999. It will be available in Champagne, Grey, and Silver colour variants. The smartphone features system-wide support for 12 Indian regional languages with Indus OS 2.0, and comes with other language and translation based features as Indus Swipe, a hybrid keyboard, a Text-to-Speech, and the App Bazaar’s regional language market place.

Another highlight feature of the new Micromax smartphone is the presence of a fingerprint sensor on the home button. Running Android 6.0 Marshmallow, the dual-SIM (Micro-SIM) Micromax Unite 4 Plus sports a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixel) IPS display. It is powered by 1GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6735P processor, which is coupled with 2GB of RAM.

The Micromax Unite 4 Plus sports an 8-megapixel rear autofocus camera with flash, and a 5-megapixel front-facing fixed-focus camera. The smartphone bears 16GB of inbuilt storage, expandable via microSD card (up to 64GB).

Connectivity options include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth v4.0, FM radio, 3.5mm audio jack, and Micro-USB. Sensors on board the Micromax Unite 4 Plus include a proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, and an accelerometer.

Micromax in an emailed statement said the newly revamped Indus OS 2.0 offering now includes support for Urdu and Assamese. Other features include the Indus Keyboard with its hybrid keyboard feature that lets users type in a mix of English and regional languages, apart from offering multi-lingual word predictions. Also on board are Indus Swipe; Indus Reader, and Text-to-Speech.

The company is also touting access to the regional language app marketplace App Bazaar, as well as the Indus Messaging service.

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Lava has launched a 4G VoLTE-supporting smartphone, the X38, priced at Rs. 7,399 on the company website. While the company has not officially detailed availability, the dual-SIM smartphone already available for purchase online, and is currently listed for as little as Rs. 6,599 on Flipkart.

The Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based Lava X38 sports a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) IPS On-Cell display, and is powered by a 1GHz quad-core (unspecified) processor. The smartphone comes with 1GB of DDR3 RAM and has an inbuilt storage of 8GB, which is expandable via microSD card (up to 32GB).

The smartphone has an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, both coupled with an LED flash. In terms of connectivity, apart from the support for 4G VoLTE, the Lava X38 supports Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, and GPS.

One of the most attractive features about the phone is that it packs a 4000mAh Li-Polymer battery, which company claims, gives you a 36-hour power backup. Lava X38 measures 155×71.8×8.9mm and weighs 162 grams. The smartphone also features a ‘Super Power Saver mode’ that company claims, extends the standby time by up to 546 hours. The phone is available in Blue and Grey colour variants.

Last month, Lava unveiled two Android smartphones, the X17 and X50, in India priced at Rs. 6,899 and Rs. 8,699 respectively. Both the smartphones are 4G compatible but X17 comes running Android 6.0 Marshmallow whereas X50 comes along with Android 5.1 Lollipop.

Reliance Retail has launched a new smartphone in India, a phablet with a 6-inch display – the Lyf Wind 2 – priced at Rs. 8,299. Like other Lyf-branded smartphones from the company, the smartphone offers 4G connectivity alongside VoLTE (voice over LTE) support.

Running Android 5.1 Lollipop, the dual-SIM (Regular + Nano) Lyf Wind 2 comes with a 6-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) IPS display with a pixel density of 294ppi. The smartphone is powered by a 1GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6735M SoC, coupled with 2GB of RAM.

In terms of optics, the Lyf Wind 2 sports an 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, and a 2-megapixel front camera. The phablet features 16GB of inbuilt storage that can be expanded via microSD card (up to 32GB).

Connectivity options on Lyf Wind 2 include 4G (with support for Indian LTE bands), Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, FM radio, GPS, Bluetooth v4.1, Micro-USB with OTG, and a 3.5mm audio jack. Notably, only one SIM card slot can be used for 4G networks at a time.

The Lyf Wind 2 runs on a 2850mAh non-removable battery that rated to deliver up to 9 hours of talk time on 4G networks, a standby time of 190 hours, and continuous HD video playback of up to 6 hours.

The phablet measures 157.5x81x8.5mm, and and weighs 223.00 grams. Sensors on the Lyf Wind 2 include proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, and an accelerometer.

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