Running out of storage space? Another 6GB RAM phone is in the works

Running out of storage space? Another 6GB RAM phone is in the works

Other than that, OnePlus 5 has a 6GB RAM variant as well. So as you can see, manufacturers are focusing more on making smartphones with larger RAM capacity. Now, another device from Chinese brand 360 Mobiles is coming to join the bandwagon. We say this as a handset from 360 Mobiles has made an appearance on GFXBench.

The benchmark listing shows the phone carrying 6GB of RAM. However, apart from the RAM capacity, rest of the specs of the device are quite average. So most probably, it will be a mid-ranger. The 360 Mobiles smartphone appears to be sporting a 5.7-inch display with the resolution density of 1080p.

Under the hood, the device will employ an Octa-core, 64 Bit processor that is clocked at 1.8GHz. Although the name of the chipset is not specified, it is believed to the Snapdragon 652 since the processor is layered with the Adreno 510 GPU on top. On the software front, the device is listed with Android 7.1.1 Nougat OS.

To remind you, 360 Mobiles had also launched a 6GB RAM phone called the 360 N5 a few months back. The smartphone is powered by a Snapdragon 653 processor. There is a possibility that the phone spotted on GFXBench is a variant of the 360 N5.

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Microsoft cuts support to most Windows Phone operating systems

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Microsoft may have finally called time on its Windows Phone hardware
Microsoft is officially set to pull the plug on its Windows Phone smartphone business.

The company has reportedly signalled that it will be wrapping up its operations in the mobile device market within the next few weeks.

The news was reported on Twitter by ZDNet reporter Mary Jo Foley, who said that a senior Microsoft executive had told her there was almost no money left in the phone business.

Renowned Microsoft commentator Paul Thurrott corroborated Foley’s report, saying that the wind-down of the company’s phone business is, “expected to be completed by the end of the current fiscal year”.

This would mean that Microsoft would halt its operations by the end of June.

Microsoft revealed its latest financial results earlier this week, with company CFO Amy Hood mentioning “negligible revenue from phones.”

The reality was even more stark, however, with phone sales falling $730 million for the current quarter from the same period last year.The announcement may not be too surprising, given the waning power of Windows Phone devices around the world.

Microsoft did not even publish the results of its mobile devices division in its last financial results, with no new devices being released as the company finalised its messy divorce with Nokia.

Windows Phone now makes up just 0.3 per cent of all smartphones sold across the world in the last three months of last year, according to recent Gartner figures.

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The news means no more new Microsoft Lumia Windows Phone devices

The ascension of Satya Nadella as Microsoft CEO effectively spelled the end for Windows Phone, as he looked to take the company more towards cloud computing.

The company has also been resizing its Windows Phone workforce in recent years, with tens of thousands of employees being laid off back in July 2015.

Microsoft also effectively wrote off $7.6 billion concerning its 2013 takeover of Nokia, marking one of the company’s biggest ever low points.

The company also recently downgraded work on its Windows 10 Mobile platform in favour of focusing on building other new hardware instead.

The news won’t affect Microsoft’s mobile software rollout, as the company recently revealed more details about the rollout of its most advanced mobile software.

The company finally began rolling out Windows 10 Mobile Creators Update earlier this week, marking the latest generation of its smartphone platform.

However only a certain number of devices are able to download and install the software, including several Lumia smartphones such as the Lumia 640 and 640XL, Lumia 650, and Lumia 950 and 950 XL devices.

The mobile version of Windows 10 Creators Update is available to download now.

The download brings a number of mobile-specific features, including better ebook support for reading on the go, a new “Snooze” function for Microsoft Edge tabs, and a smoother way to many Wi-Fi connections on your device.

There’s also support for full-colour, updated emojis, better Bluetooth connectivity, and improvements to Cortana that allow you to use your voice to control playback and volume of your music.

[“Source-express”]

WhatsApp Starts Allowing Sharing of All File Types on Android, iPhone, Windows Phone: Reports

WhatsApp Starts Allowing Sharing of All File Types on Android, iPhone, Windows Phone: Reports

HIGHLIGHTS
Users in Kuwait and Sri Lanka are seeing the support for all file type
The roll out has happened only to select users
WhatsApp will roll out support to everyone soon
WhatsApp has long been used as a medium to share photos, videos, and even Word docs. And for those files that weren’t supported on WhatsApp, users tend to go the long route by uploading them first on the cloud, and then sharing the link for download. There are several other workarounds, including third-party apps, to get your unsupported file from one sender to another, but it appears WhatsApp no longer wants you to use those. The company is said to be testing support for all types of file transfers (including archives) on Android, iPhone, and Windows Phone with a limited number of users, removing any hindrance of file sharing on WhatsApp.

WABetaInfo spotted this roll out, and claims that it’s a phased one. While some users in countries like India, Japan, Kuwait, Sri Lanka have reported that the support has arrived, there are several other users that do not see it still. However, WhatsApp can be expected to roll this feature out to everyone in the due course of time. The file sharing limit is at 128MB on iOS, 64MB on Web, and 100MB on Android, WABetaInfo reports.This new feature will now allow you to share video in a wide variety of formats, MP3 songs, or even APK files for that matter on WhatsApp. As of now, it’s now certain what type of file-checking system WhatsApp has put into place to prevent transfer of malicious or booby-trapped files. The other neat addition noted by the tipster is that with the new sharing feature, WhatsApp also allows you to send uncompressed photos and videos without compromising on resolution, but the ceiling limit is too low for high-quality video clips of sufficient length. Presumably, this cap has been enforced to not overwhelm WhatsApp’s servers with huge files.
WhatsApp is also tipped to be working on a recall feature that allows you to undo a message sent to someone, and is also working on bringing the new Status feature to WhatsApp Web.

[“Source-ndtv”]

Nokia 6 Android Phone Launched: Price, Specifications, Release Date, and Moreb

Nokia 6 Android Phone Launched: Price, Specifications, Release Date, and More

Some may say it’s five years too late, but the first Nokia-branded Android phone – if you discount the ill-fated Nokia X series – has finally been launched. The rather unimaginatively named Nokia 6 has been introduced by HMD Global, the new custodians of the Nokia brand

Without any fanfare, HMD Global announced the launch of Nokia 6 via a release on its website, well ahead of the rumoured MWC debut. The Nokia 6 runs Android 7.0 Nougat and it sports a 5.5-inch full-HD display wrapped in 2.5D Gorilla Glass. The smartphone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 SoC alongside 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The Nokia 6 is a dual SIM smartphone that is backed by a 3000mAh non-removable battery.

The unibody Nokia 6 is built using 6000 series aluminium and its home button has an embedded fingerprint scanner. It packs a f/2.0 16-megapixel rear camera with phase detection auto focus and dual-tone flash, as well as an 8-megapixel f/2.0 front camera for selfies. The smartphone also includes Dolby Atmos tech and ‘dual amplifiers’ for louder sound.

There’s no word yet on what software features, if any, the Nokia 6 will offer in an attempt to stand out from the rest of the Android crowd, though HMD Global had previously hinted its Nokia-branded Android phones will offer a near stock experience.

Nokia 6 price in India and release date
Unfortunately for Nokia fans in India, the Nokia 6 is a China-exclusive smartphone that will be available only via JD.com at 1699 CNY (roughly Rs. 16,750) in “in early 2017”.

The company says it has no plans to launch the Nokia 6 in other markets though it confirmed that the “Nokia 6 marks the first step for the Nokia brand into Android smartphones with more to come in H1 2017.”

[Source:- Gadgets360]

 

 

NetMarketShare: Windows Phone market share increases, Windows 10 drops while Edge holds steady

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NetMarketShare, a globally recognised and trusted technology statistics company, has released its statistics of browser and operating system share for September 2016. Looking at the latest share report, it is definitely interesting, with at least a couple surprise changes.

Mobile Market Share September 2016

In September, Windows Phone share is reported to have increased by 0.05%, from 2.30% in August to 2.35% in September. This is a surprise change, as no recent changes or announcements by Microsoft have excelled any positive projections, however, it is possible that HP’s Elite x3 device is picking up good reception from businesses. Of course, there is also the margin of error to take into account, particularly following Windows Phones share increasing to 3.26% in June, only to fall to a share of 2.79% in July. Also of interest is that iOS fell by 2.18%, which is interesting due to the recent launch of its iPhone 7 devices.

Mobile market share for September 2016 – click to enlarge

Browser Market Share September 2016

Turning over to web browsers, Microsoft’s Edge browser remained steady at its previous market share, 5.16%, whereas Google’s Chrome increased from 53.97% to 54.41%, showing continued consumer trust and interest in the dominant browser. Likewise, Internet Explorer continued its fall, dropping from 27.38% in August to 25.48% in September. Firefox saw an increase, despite losing market share last month, bringing it up from 7.69% to 9.19%, likely due to Mozilla’s new commitment to bring enhanced features and support for the browser, such as separating tab processes out, much like Chrome. Apple’s Safari fell from 4.28% to 4.00%, which is in-line with the fall of MacOS, as noted below.

Browser market share for September 2016 – click to enlarge

Desktop Market Share September 2016

Taking a look at the overall market share for operating systems, Microsoft’s Windows increased marginally from 90.52% to 90.85%, whereas Apple’s Mac fell from 7.37% to 6.92%, a trend that has been happening for quite some time. Linux saw an increase from 2.11% to 2.23%.

Overall desktop share for September 2016 – click to enlarge

For you Microsoft fans, however, the more interesting statistics come when looking at the specific Windows versions and the share associated with each of them. As has been the case since June, Windows 7 market share is continuing to increase. It went from 47.25% in August to 48.27% in September. Likewise, Windows 10 usage fell from 22.99% to 22.53%. Windows XP also decreased, from 9.36% to 9.11%, along with Windows 8.1, from 7.92% to 7.83%.

Desktop version share for September 2016 – click to enlarge

September 2016 has definitely highlighted interesting points across Microsoft’s product lines – showing a decrease or stall in share of its latest operating system, while its latest browser also sticking to its current position. Surprisingly, its only increase is Windows Phone and Windows 7, one that ourselves wouldn’t have expected so soon for mobile, and Windows 7 appears to continue to hold the trust of consumers and businesses alike.

 

 

[Source:- Winbeta]

Leak: Samsung’s next Gear VR works with your old phone

The Galaxy Note 7 isn’t likely to be the only treat at Samsung’s August 2nd media event… and you may well be happy even if you have no intention of buying a new smartphone. Well-known tipster OnLeaks and French tech site Nowhereelse claim to have both a photo and details of the next Gear VRheadset, and it’s all good news if true. While the virtual reality gear will reportedly support the Note 7, which should have a USB-C port, it should still support Samsung flagship phones as far back as the Galaxy S6. And it could be a more immersive experience, too — the new Gear supposedly has a wider 110-degree view versus the 96 degrees of its predecessor, so it’ll feel less like you’re staring through a porthole.

There’s no mention of pricing in the leak, although the sources hint that the new wearable might arrive in August (ahead of the Note 7 itself, which may wait until September). Last year’s Gear VR sold for $99, mind you, and it wouldn’t be out of line for this version to remain similarly affordable.

[Source: Engagdget]

Microsoft: Windows Phone isn’t our focus this year

Microsoft kicked off its Build developer conference in San Francisco with a focus on Windows 10, bots, and developer tools, but there was something missing: Windows Phone. A single demo of Skype running on a Windows Phone was the only time a phone running Windows 10 Mobile appeared for longer than a few seconds, and it felt like Microsoft was more focused on Windows 10 for Xbox and HoloLens. I got the chance to speak to Windows chief Terry Myerson briefly after today’s keynote, and it’s clear Microsoft focus isn’t on phones this year.

“We’re fully committed to that 4-inch screen, there will be a time for it to be our focus, but right now it’s part of the family but it’s not the core of where I hope to generate developer interest over the next year,” explains Myerson. “There’s no lack of recognition to realize how important that form factor is, but for Microsoft with Windows and for our platform it’s the wrong place for us to lead.”

So, like any other year then.

 

[Source:- OSnews]