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Nokia 2 and Other HMD Global Phones Will Not Support Project Treble

HIGHLIGHTS Project Treble is not coming to current Nokia family Smartphones don’t have a separate Vendor implementation Absence of Project Treble support will have “no end-user impact” HMD Global has confirmed that Google’s Project Treble will not be a part of any currently available Nokia phones, including the most affordable Nokia 2 and the flagship Nokia 8. The project, which was announced back in May, enables faster Android updates by reducing the burden on device manufacturers. It is available as an architectural change on Android Oreo. Responding a large number of queries related to the arrival…

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Google Lens Visual Search Assistant Feature Starts Rolling Out on Pixel, Pixel 2 Phones

Google has started rolling out visual search feature Google Lens in Assistant for the first batch of Pixel and Pixel 2 smartphones. “The first users have spotted the visual search feature up and running on their Pixel and Pixel 2 phones,” 9to5Google reported late on Friday. At first built into the Photos app, with the launch of the Pixel XL 2, Google Lens can recognise things like addresses and books, among others. In Photos, the feature can be activated when viewing any image or screenshot. However, in Google Assistant, it is integrated right into the sheet that pops up after holding…

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Mobile phones causing presbyopia at an early age: Doctors

Mobile phones causing presbyopia at an early age: Doctors (Oliver Byunggyu Woo/Getty Images) The excessive use of mobile phones and other electronic gadgets is causing presbyopia at an early stage. The eye disorder typically occurs in middle and old age and is caused by loss of elasticity of the lens of the eye. According to doctors, over 65 per cent of the people suffering from presbyopia, or long-sightedness, in their early 30s in India, were found to be heavy users of electronic gadgets, including tablets and laptops. “Presbyopia or loss…

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4G Phones Becoming Increasingly Affordable: Kotak

The market for 4G devices in India is becoming increasingly affordable and there are around 15 phone models which are available at a price point of Rs. 5,000 or lower, a report by Kotak Institutional Equities said. The report said it is now possible to buy a 4G device for as low as Rs. 4,000 (or $60) with a 5-inch screen size, 1.1GHz quad-core processor, 8GB internal memory, 5MP camera and 2,300 mAh battery, which are good enough entry-level specifications. “Six-months back the cheapest 4G-enabled smartphone used to cost Rs….

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Five Flagship Features All Budget Phones Must Have Too

When it comes to Indian smartphone market, the budget segment is where all the action is. This is evident from the fact that most leading brands, as well as Chinese handset makers, are targeting the segment with the most expensive of these phones being priced at around Rs. 20,000. This inevitably leads to a higher level of competition with brands bringing in advanced features so as to stay ahead in the rat race. The race is already on with brands like Xiaomi and LeEco bringing premium features such as fingerprint…

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Soldiers in Sensitive Areas to Get Secure Mobile Phones: Minister

The government will soon provide secure mobile phones to soldiers along the international borders and in Naxal affected areas, Minister of State for Home Affairs Haribhai Parthibhai Chaudhary said in New Delhi on Friday. “You would be surprised to know that even today our soldiers do not have a mobile phone, as such on a short-term period basis, we are planning to provide mobile phones to army personnel in the border areas and Naxal affected zones so that they can keep in touch with their family via 3G mobile connection,”…

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