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OnePlus 5 launched in India

By Abhishek Baxi

After being officially unveiled a couple of days ago, the OnePlus 5 was launched in India in a mega launch event in Mumbai today. The OnePlus 5 sports a dual-camera setup, top-of-the-line specs, and an all-new design.

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OnePlus has always opted for the top-of-the-line internals for its flagship devices, and the OnePlus 5 is no different. This one is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 mobile platform backed by the Adreno 540 GPU. There are two memory variants available – one with 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage and a higher-end version with a massive 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage.

Of course, the highlight of the smartphone this time around is its camera setup. The OnePlus 5 sports a dual camera setup on the back, with one 16 MP sensor with an ƒ/1.7 aperture and another 20 MP telephoto lens with an ƒ/2.6 aperture.

The OnePlus 5 is runs OxygenOS based Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box. As is the case with other OxygenOS-powered phones, you can expect plenty of customization options here, coupled with a minimalist software approach overall.

OnePlus 5 Specifications

  • Operating System: Android 7.1.1 Nougat with OxygenOS
  • Display: 5.5-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) Optic AMOLED | 401 ppi | 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 5
  • Processor: 2.45 GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 | Adreno 540
  • RAM: 6/8 GB LPDDR4
  • Internal Storage: 64/128 GB | UFS 2.1
  • Rear Camera: 16 MP Sony IMX 398 sensor | ƒ/1.7 aperture | EIS | Dual LED flash + Telephoto: 20 MP Sony IMX 350 sensor | ƒ/2.6 aperture
  • Front Camera: 16 MP Sony IMX 371 sensor | ƒ/2.0 aperture | EIS
  • Battery: 3,300 mAh | Dash Charge (5V 4A)
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.0 | NFC | aptX HD
  • Dimensions: 154.2 x 74.1 x 7.25 mm
  • Weight: 153 g

The fingerprint sensor on the OnePlus 5 supports Paytm with OxygenOS Quick Pay to make quick payments using the mobile wallet.

While the price of the 6 GB/64 GB variant is ₹32,999 ($511), the 8 GB/128 GB variant will set you back by ₹37,999 ($589). Available in two color variants – Midnight Black and Slate Gray – the OnePlus 5 will go on sale exclusively on Amazon.in starting 4:30 PM today. It comes with offers for Kindle users, cashback for SBI customers, accidental coverage from Kotak, and data offers from Vodafone.

What are your thoughts on the pricing of OnePlus 5 in India? Would you be looking to pick one up?

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Source:: android authority

    

Instagram Stories more popular than Snapchat with 250 million daily users

By Mitja Rutnik

In an interview with CNBC, Facebook’s global head of sales Carolyn Everson said that Instagram Stories now has 250 million daily active users. She also added that a third of their most viewed stories come from companies and one million from advertisers.

What’s even more interesting is that Instagram Stories has more users than one of its biggest competitors. Last month, Snapchat announced that it has 166 million users on a daily basis.

As you may know, Snapchat was the one that started the popular format which allows users to post stories with images and videos online that then disappear after 24 hours. Snapchat launched the feature in 2013, while Instagram decided to copy it last year in August. Despite being available for a lot less time, Instagram Stories is now quite a bit more popular when compared to its rival.

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Everson mentioned that Instagram currently has a total of 700 million users around the globe. She also dismissed the copycat allegations, saying that Facebook invented the Feed format that Instagram, as well as other services, are currently using.

Even though she doesn’t want to admit it, it’s clear that Instagram copied Snapchat. But in reality, it doesn’t even matter, as users don’t seem to mind that much. Well, at least based on the number of users Instagram’s stories have attracted so far. It’s now up to Snapchat to make some changes and offer something new if it wants to keep up with the competition.

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Nova Launcher with Google Feed now works on Android Lollipop devices

By Mitja Rutnik

Nova Google Companion, which brings Google Feed (formerly Google Now) support to the popular Nova Launcher (beta version) was launched last week. Initially, it was only available for devices with Android 6.0 Marshmallow or above.

Now, the developer has announced that the companion app works on devices running Android Lollipop as well. The new version of Nova Google Companion also has a few bug fixes on board, which should make it perform even better.

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To enable the new feature, you first have to make sure your device is running Nova Launcher 5.2-beta2 or higher. Then, just download the Nova Google Companion and once it’s installed, open up the settings in Nova Launcher, tap on Google Feed/Now, and enable the page.

To get Nova Google Companion, you’ll have to download it from APKMirror. Unfortunately, the developer is not allowed to publish it on the Play Store because of certain limitations Google has put in place.

Those of you who are interested can get the new Nova Google Companion, and Nova Launcher beta, down below.

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Google Glass gets its first firmware update in three years, world barely notices

By John Callaham

Remember Google Glass? A few years ago, many tech pundits were calling Google’s wearable technology product the next big thing, and the true successor to smartphones for portable computing. However, there hasn’t been any major activity on that front for several years. This week, hopes for a revival were stoked as Google released the first update for existing Glass products since October 2014.

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The support page for the firmware update shows that it now adds native support for pairing a Google Glass device with Bluetooth products. Android Police reports that they got their Glass device to work, at least in part, with a Bluetooth keyboard. The release notes adds this update also contains some unnamed “bug fixes and performance improvements”.

The big question: why is Google even bothering to release an update for its Glass products in the first place? It’s possible that the company is very quietly testing some next-generation eyewear devices and some of that work was folded into an update for anyone who might still be rocking the old school Glass product. Google has been publishing patent applications for the past couple of years centering on those kinds of products, but we would seem to be no closer to a new Glass device being officially revealed than we were back in 2014.

Would you like to see Google launch a new version of Glass, or do you think has its time come and gone? Let us know how you feel in the comments!

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Burger King’s annoying ad that activated Google Home just won a big industry award

By John Callaham

The advertising industry apparently likes the idea of activating voice command-based speakers to help sell products. This week, the 2017 edition of the prestigious Cannes Lions advertising awards gave one of them to Burger King, for an ad that deliberately turned on Google Assistant and Google Home.

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You may remember that Burger King first posted this 15 second ad online in April. It showed a Burger King employee who claimed he didn’t have time to list all of the ingredients that go into the ingredients that make up the Whopper. At the end of the spot, he stated, “OK, Google, what is the Whopper burger?” If your Google Home speaker was turned on and listening, it then stated the first lines from the Whopper entry on the Wikipedia site.

This really annoying move caused a few people to selectively update that Whopper Wikipedia page so that when the ad activated Google Home and Assistant again, it might say that the Whopper was in fact a bad hamburger, or something much worse. A few hours after the ad was posted, Google updated Assistant so that it could not respond anymore to that specific Burger King clip. Wikipedia also locked out that page from being edited.

However, that move was enough for the jury at the Cannes Lions awards to give that ad its Grand Prix prize in the Direct category. The jury’s president Ted Lim said the judges were impressed at how the Burger King ad got directly into a person’s living room and messed with people.

The fact that this really irritating ad actually won an award should be troublesome, as it might encourage other companies and agencies to launch similar TV and radio campaigns that activate connected speakers. Let’s get this clear: we don’t want to see any more ads like this. However, you may feel differently.

Are you on board with Burger King’s ad, or are you annoyed with it as well?

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Source:: android authority

    

HD Waterproof Endoscopic Camera now just $35

By AA Picks

At AAPicks we’re geeks like you. We highlight good deals you might like, and we know this because we like them too. When I found this one I knew my dad’s birthday present was in the bag.

The WiFi HD Waterproof Endoscopic Camera is a great addition to any toolkit. The camera is 2MP and you can see in the dark thanks to an 8-way LED light attached. It’s waterproof of course, and has three meters of cable so that you can thread it into the deepest darkest recesses.

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Follow all the action with a live WiFI stream of the footage back to your device of choice. You’ll be solving problems with your drain or car in no time. In my case it’s more likely I’ll be discovering things that fell down the back of my desk years ago.

Usually you’d be paying around $50 for this handy little piece of tech, but we’ve sniffed out a nice deal for you. For the next few days you can pick one up for just $34.99. A chunky 34% discount.

And if you don’t want one, I bet your old pa does. What says happy Father’s Day better than a diagnostics tool?

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Weekly Plan Spotlight: T-Mobile Buy One Get One S8+, LG G6 and more

By AA Picks

We’ve got a hot deal coming over from T-Mobile this week. Good old Magenta is currently offering new and existing customers the opportunity to buy one phone and get second one free!

BOGO is always a hard offer to beat. Here are the phones you can scoop up under this offer:

Here’s the full scoop

According to T-Mobile, here are the two ways you can take advantage of this offer:

If you’re a brand new customer, you can take advantage of this BOGO deal by purchasing both phones on the Equipment Installment Plan and activating on T-Mobile ONE.

If you’re an existing customer, just choose your phone on the Equipment Installment Plan (EIP). Next, you’ll have to add one voice line + unlimited data to this plan.

So yeah, you’ve gotta fork over the cash up front. However, once grab your devices, all you have to do is hop online and claim your rebate. You can mix and match the devices you pick on this offer, but you’ll only get back the value of the lower-priced device.

Such is the way with all BOGOs.

How do I get my rebate?

Great question! Just hop onto your T-Mobile account after activating your device and enter the promo code 17JUNESAMBOGO.

You can’t take advantage of this offer without the code, so be sure to make note of it. Also, you have to claim your money back within 30 days of activation.

Sound like your kind of offer? Click the links below to get the ball rolling!

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We may get a small percent from purchases made through our posts. However, the AA Picks team only showcases verified, legitimate deals. It’s a nice way to help keep the lights on around here, and it decreases our reliance on pesky ads. If you have questions or concerns, please reach out at aapicks@androidauthority.com.

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Samsung rolling out Bixby Voice to Galaxy S8 early access enrollees

By Evan Selleck

It hasn’t even been a week since Samsung announced an early access program in the United States for Galaxy S8 (and Galaxy S8+) owners to try out Bixby Voice ahead of its public rollout.

Now Samsung is moving forward with the program, as Galaxy S8 owners that enrolled in the program are being notified that the feature is rolling out to them. There isn’t anything too surprising here, at least not yet, as users are able to perform actions, like opening the camera app and taking a selfie, just by Bixby to do so.

One other worthwhile element is the Labs section, which will let Bixby Voice work with third-party apps like Facebook, Instagram, Uber, and others. Users can do things like ask Bixby to open the Facebook app and show them their notifications, for instance.

It’s called an early access program, but this is definitely still a beta test, and Bixby Voice is pre-release software. As such, while most of the feature should work, there might be performance hiccups or other bugs that crop up with normal usage. That’s just part of the fun of using software ahead of its public launch.

Are you part of the early access program?

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Award-Winning VPN Unlimited Deal

By AA Picks

Virtual Private Networks are becoming a necessity. They used to be a niche for tech-heads, but now they’re the norm for good reason – the rising threats online. The US government voted that your ISP can sell data about you. Advertisers want to know everything about you. Malware is more sophisticated and commonplace.

Not to mention that fact that more of your personal business is conducted online. Just the fact that you bank online is a scary prospect. All it takes is one person secretly monitoring and you could be cleaned out.

How secure do you think your connection is?

VPNs are the simple solution, which is why there are so many out there. One that consistently stands out is VPN Unlimited. Of course it encrypts your connection and masks your location. And yes it also blocks trackers and malware with A DNS firewall. Good to know, but you should expect nothing less from a VPN.

What really marks VPN Unlimited out are the award-winning touches. Unlimited bandwidth and connection speed. More than 1000 servers in 50+ countries with fast server switching. Use across 5 devices. That kinda thing.

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A VPN Unlimited lifetime subscription is usually $500, but right now you can get it for the promotional sale price of just $39. Not much for complete peace of mind.

By the way, over 10,000 people have already taken up this offer and rated VPN Unlimited as 5 stars. But this deal won’t last forever, so join them by hitting the button below.

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We may get a small percent from purchases made through our posts. However, the AA Picks team only showcases verified, legitimate deals. It’s a nice way to help keep the lights on around here, and it decreases our reliance on pesky ads. If you have questions or concerns, please reach out at aapicks@androidauthority.com.

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LG V30 to launch at IFA 2017, feature OLED display

By Dima Aryeh

Reports indicate that LG is going to launch the next device in the V series at IFA 2017. The company will be holding an event the day before IFA opens to announce the upcoming LG V30 and then holding a pre-order period. Pre-orders will be through three South Korean carriers and will be a first for the V series.

The V30 itself may be getting an OLED display, also a first for the series, with the secondary screen the V10 and V20 are known for. It’s also said to feature a Snapdragon 835, dual rear cameras, a built in 3,200mAh battery, IP68-rated water resistance, a nice DAC, a headphone jack, and a choice of 32, 64, or 128GB of memory.

It looks like LG is putting more resources into the V30 this time around, despite the LG G6 being the flagship. Who’s excited about the LG V30 launching? Is the sealed battery a deal breaker for you? Leave a comment!

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Source:: androidandme