Monday, 18 September 2017

Google Tez app launached in India

Google Tez
 
Google has finally launched Google Tez app in India. Tez is a smartphone based app which can be used to make digital payments within the country. Tez is a very secured app for making digital payments. The payment method is also very easy.
 
 
Google says you can make any payments with the help of this app, whether you have to send money to your family or friend or you have to pay to any shop in the market or you have to pay any bill. The payment method is quite easy.
 
Also the payment is very secured. It uses the Unified Payment Interface method for making payment which is also used by many apps like BHIM, Phonepay and many more. The app is compatible with all the UPI enabled banks. Also there will be a specific PIN to open the app.
 
 
For further security, there is a cash mode of payment in app in which you don't have to share you bank account or phone number for making payments. It's just like share it, the person who has to receive money has to switch on receive button and the person who has to send money has to enable send option in the cash mode. But for this option that person should be near to us. So in this way we can send or receive money without sharing phone number or A/c number.
 
 
Also Google has some partner companies like Redbus, Dominos, PVR and more for payments through Tez app. But in future more companies will collaborate with the app.

The app is available to download on Android as well as iOS platforms. There is also rewards option in the app in which we can get rewards if we make payments through this app. There are also specific offers active on this app like if we share this app with our friend and he downloads the app and makes his first payment, we both will get 51 INR. Also there is 1 lakh lucky draw offer with which the person can registered if he pays anyone at least 50 INR.
Also there is one more offer, in which if we send or receive money with someone, we each earn scratch card that can contain upto 1000 INR.

Friday, 15 September 2017

Google Pixel 2 unveiling date revealed

Google Pixel 2 unveil date revealed
 
We all know about the Pixel phones which come in the market last year. These phones are from most famous tech giant Google. These phones are not actually made by Google, OEM's of the phones are different but the marketing and pricing is decided by Google. Earlier phones from Google are known by Nexus. But last year Google closed it's Nexus series and introduced a new series Pixel. Last year Google launched two smartphones under this series that are Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL and OEM of these phones is HTC. And now it's time for the second series of the Pixel series.
 
Google is all set to launch the next version of Pixel series phones. According to a video which is posted on Google's YouTube channel and twitter too, Google Pixel 2 will launch on 4th October. In the teaser some of the key features of the phone are highlighted that are improved camera, longer battery life, improved Artificial Intelligence, better performance, better updates and much more which will make the phone even smarter.
 
Last year Google Pixel and Pixel XL are best camera phones of the year due to the HDR+ mode. And hopes are same in this year too from Pixels. These phones will be in the direct competition with Apple iPhone X, Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and LG G6. So all things will be cleared on 4th Oct about the features of new Google Pixels.


Thursday, 14 September 2017

iPhone X, iPhone 8 and 8 plus

iPhone X, 8 and 8 Plus

 
 So finally the king of all the flagship devices is out that is Apple has announced iPhone of this year. This year Apple not only announced two iPhones but there is one more variant as this is the 10th anniversary of iPhones. Apple announced these phones in an event held at Steve Jobs theater. Every year all the tech enthusiasts are excited about the new iPhones and time has come. I know there are many questions in your mind about these new iPhones, what is their design?, how will they perform?, what extra new features? and many more, so without wasting further time let's see what are the specifications of this year iPhone.

Variants


This year is the 10th anniversary of iPhone that's why, Apple announced three iPhones this year. The two are successors to the regular iPhone 7 and 7 Plus that are iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. There is one more special iPhone which is known as iPhone X. So basically the three new iPhones are iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X. This iPhone X will have some special features than iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. So let's see what are the specifications of these three iPhones and what new and extra features, Apple is providing this year in their new iPhones. The most interesting among these three is iPhone X, so first let's discuss about this.

iPhone X: Design


The design of the iPhone X this year is really great. This year there is a considerable change in the design of the iPhone. From last two or three iPhones the design of the iPhone remains same which looks really boring.

The first noticeable difference is the display of the device. iPhone X is having an edge to edge OLED panel.
Yes, you read it right Apple is going with OLED panels this year.
Edge to edge display means the bezels of the phone are very thin and the aspect ratio of the display is 18:9. Apple is calling this display Super Retina display. Also there is a cut out at the top of the display for sensors and front camera. The resolution of the display is 2436*1125 resolution. This is the first iPhone to have an OLED display. So the display looks very good. The size of the display is 5.8 inch, but the phone will be easy to use with one hand as it has more screen to body ratio, it isn't as big as a 5.8 inch phone. 


The back of the iPhone X is made of glass just like Samsung Galaxy S8 or Note 8, which make the looks of the phone very good. So the phone looks really premium with this glass back and cool display. As this phone has glass back it will also support wireless charging. Also there is a side button available which can be used to talk to Sri by just holding it.

Instead of glass at front and back, there is a metallic band around the sides of the phone for better grip and shinny look. This time iPhone X is water and dust resistant. But one thing to note is that iPhone X isn't having any physical Home Button. So how to unlock the phone and what about security of the phone? The screen awake just with a single tap at any part of the screen. Let's discuss this in the later part. The 3D touch is also available on the phone's display.

Face ID


As iPhone X doesn't have any Home Button so there isn't any touch ID but iPhone X is having face ID new feature which can unlock the phone by just looking at it. There are various sensors such as Flood illuminator, infrared camera, front camera and dot projector on the cut out at the top which helps in unlocking the device with face recognition. This whole system is known as True Depth Camera system. When we look at the camera it fires thousands of infrared dots, the camera fires and it checks the pattern against the stored image in the real time. It involves multiple neural actions. There is a neural engine involved in the device which helps in enabling this Face ID recognition. So according to company this technology is really accurate and fast due to this dual core neural engine. Also according to Apple it adapts to our face from time to time, it even unlocks the phone if grew beard, wear a cap and take a haircut. And also it can't be spoofed by photographs. It also works with Apple Pay just we have to look at the device.

Animojis


One another cool feature of this Face ID is Animojis. Animojis are animated emojis which can do some gestures according to our gestures. Yes we can create emojis by making any face gesture or saying something, whatever we want them to. But just something which we have to do is just do or say the same thing which we want them to. Our this activity is very easily detected by face ID and thus the Animojis are created. I know this isn't looking too cool as by reading this but really this looks very cool when we see the video.

Camera


The rear camera setup of iPhone X is dual rear camera. The camera setup is same as present on iPhone 7 Plus which involves one normal lens and other a telephoto lens. This has 12MP dual rear camera, with f/1.8 aperture normal lens and a f/2.4 aperture telephoto lens. This telephoto lens helps in 2x optical zoom and portrait shots. Yes 2x optical zoom is present with zero loss quality. The optical image stabilization is present in both the lens.
Also there is quad LED flash present for low light photographs. Also there is a dedicated portrait mode for depth in feel shots. The camera can record 4K videos upto 60fps and full HD videos upto 240fps. On front iPhone X has 7MP camera with f/2.2 aperture lens.


The new feature which this dual camera setup can do is Portrait lightening, the dual cameras sense the depth and rework the lightening while we compose the shot. There is a new menu from which we can select the lightening on our face, these aren't filters. This is real time analysis of light on our subject's face. It looks cool.

Performance

Apple iPhone X is powered by Apple A11 Bionic chipset. This chipset is based on Hexacore processor which has two performance cores and four high efficiency cores. This is built on 64-bit design.
 We all know that iPhones are always fastest flagship phones of the year. And this legacy will maintain here too. It will perform all the tasks without any issues. It can do any task whatever we throw to it. So also there won't be any issues regarding any high graphic intensive tasks as the device is packed with very good performance GPU. There is no worry regarding the performance of the iPhones, they always perform very well. A11 also has a new image processor with faster low light autofocus and new hardware noise reduction. iPhone X comes with 3GB of RAM. But the RAM amount doesn't matter for Apple, it does optimization in such a way that all apps run butter smooth.

Augmented Reality


Yes the new iPhone X also supports Augmented Reality. This is the first iPhone to have Augmented Reality. The cameras, gyroscopes, accelerometer and other sensors work together to make this a AR smartphone. CPU, GPU and image sensors are also calibrated for AR. There are a lot of AR based games touted by Apple at the event like Sky Guide, Atli Mar from Directive Games and many more. It will be really interesting to play all these games in the AR world while we still are in the same world but it definitely changes the environment around us. But there will be special AR Kit from Apple which need to be bought separately. But it will be a fun to wave your phone in front of your face playing a game. All these things are shown by Apple at the event, but it is still unknown how much effective will all these things be in the real life.

Wireless


Now let's talk about wireless department on iPhone X. iPhone X has Bluetooth 5.0 and glass back for wireless charging. Yes there will be charging pads for charging the phone without any cable and all, just we have to keep our iPhone there at these pads. iPhone X also supports Qi standard. Qi is an open interface standard developed by the wireless pore consumption for inductive charging upto a distance of 4 cm. This system uses a charging pad and a compatible device which is placed on top of the pad charging via resonant inductive coupling. And nowadays these pads are available at all public places in US for charging smartphones such as Restaurant, Airports, Caf├ęs, Office and many more. So iPhone X can be charged  at all the places even if you are not carrying your charger.

Now let's talk about the pricing of iPhone X, it's price will start from $999 in US for 64GB model.

iPhone 8 and 8 Plus


Instead of iPhone X, Apple also released two other iPhones this year that are iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. The design of these iPhones is same as that of last year launched iPhone 7 and 7 plus. The only difference is that these have glass back instead of metallic. A steel band runs around the sides of both the devices. iPhone 8 has 4.7 inch of screen while iPhone 8 plus has 5.5 inch screen. These displays are of IPS LCD type. The resolution of display on iPhone 8 plus is 1080*1920 pixels while on iPhone 8 is 750*1334 pixels. As both phones have glass backs they both support wireless charging. Both these iPhones are dust and water resistant with IP67 rating.

iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 plus has the same displays as previous year iPhones, which means that it is not having an edge to edge display like iPhone X, so it retains the Home button from apple. It is also having touch ID for unlocking the device which means that it isn't having face ID like iPhone X.


Both these iPhones are powered by Apple A11 Bionic chipset as that of iPhone X. Thus chipset is based on hexa core processor with 2 Monsoon cores and 4 Mistral cores. Also the GPU is better than previous generation GPU. So there won't be any issue regarding the performance of the devices. But iPhone 8 comes with only 2GB RAM while iPhone 8 Plus has 3GB of RAM.

Now let's talk about the cameras, iPhone 8 plus has the same dual camera as that on iPhone X. iPhone 8 plus is having the lightening portrait mode and lightening effects just like iPhone X.

While iPhone 8 has one single rear camera lens of 12MP with f/1.8 aperture size. This also has Optical Image Stabilization. iPhone 8 isn't having this these portrait lightening and other lightening effects like iPhone 8 and iPhone X as this isn't having dual rear camera which helps in depth in feel effects.


Both these phones support Augmented Reality features just like iPhone X. So this is a nice thing.

Both these phones support wireless charging just like iPhone X, as these have glass back. They also support Qi charging. iPhone 8 plus has 2675 mah battery while iPhone 8  is  having 1821 mah battery. Both these phones support quick charging about which apple is claiming that can charge the battery upto 50% in 30 minutes.

These two iPhones will come in three colors that are Gold, Space Grey and Silver. iPhone 8's price will start from $699 and iPhone 8 plus from $799 both for 64GB model.

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Xiaomi's first Android one smartphone

Xiaomi Mi A1
 

We all have heard about Android one which was launched by Google back in 2014. Android one is a software and hardware standard created by Google for the Android devices. Google only manages the development, design, marketing of these smartphones launched under android one while manufacturing processes are carried upon by the different OEM's. These smartphones have user interface close to stock android. Earlier companies like Micromax, Spice, Karboon and Lava made android one smartphone. But now Google has collaborated with Xiaomi for the new Android one smartphone. Xiaomi launched Xiaomi Mi A1 in India on 5th September in an event at New Delhi. This phone is something the more refined version of Xiaomi Mi 5x. So let's see some of the specs of the phone.
 
Xiaomi Mi A1 is powered by the Qualcomm's Snapdragon 625 chipset which is a very good mid ranger chip. It is having 64 GB of internal storage with 4GB of RAM.
 
 
The design of the phone is metallic, from behind it looks like a iphone 7 plus or OnePlus 5 due to the same dual camera system. The antenna lines are shifted at the top and bottom at the back. Also the phone weighs around 165 grams and has a thickness of 7.3 mm. On front it has an IPS LCD 5.5 inch full HD display.
 
The phone is having USB Type-C port for charging. It has a battery capacity of 3080 mah. It also supports Quick charging 3.0. Also there is 3.5 mm jack included in the device. It is also having an IR blaster at the top to control TV's and Air conditioner.
 
 
The most interesting feature of the device is it's dual camera setup. The phone is having the same type of dual camera setup as present on iPhone 7 plus and OnePlus 5 that is a wide lens and a telephoto lens. The wide lens is a 12MP lens with f/2.2 aperture and telephoto lens is also a 12MP lens with f/2.6 aperture size. There is also support of 2x optical zoom. Also there is portrait mode included. But the device isn't having any type of stabilization, so it is unclear about the video stabilization. The secondary camera is of 5MP.
 
 
Now let's talk about another strong point of this device. This comes with stock android. This is the first Xiaomi phone to come up with stock Android. So there will not be many customizations involved. Also there won't be any extra bloatware. Only xiaomi is including  xiaomi camera app, Mi store app and Mi remote app. Instead of these the device is clean just like Google Pixels. The device runs on latest Android 7.1.2 and will be upgraded to Android Oreo till the end of this year.
 
Now let's talk about the price, the price of the phone is 15000 INR something around $240. The price is good keeping in mind it's specifications. Also the phone will be available from September 12.


 
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