Reliance Jio has announced on February 13th, that the Facebook app will be coming soon to the affordable 4G device named JioPhone. The smartphone already supports Google Assistant, Instagram, and a whole lot of other applications.
The company has said that the Facebook app will benefit over 50 crore Indians who have purchased the phone. The application has been specially designed for Jio’s KaiOS, which had been specially optimised to be cost-effective, power efficient and user friendly.
The new app will offer a comprehensive Facebook experience. The app will support facilities like push notifications, video and external links. Furthermore, Jio has successfully inserted the cursor function in the app. The company promises best-in-class performance for Facebook’s best features such as News feed and photos.
Francisco Varela, Vice President of mobile partnerships at Facebook announced that they were excited about the partnership and would strive to provide standing support to the app. He further said that working with Jio would ensure that everyone would remain connected.
“Jiophone is the world’s most affordable smartphone built with transformational technology especially for Indians to migrate from a feature phone to a smartphone. As promised, JioPhone will be home to the world’s leading applications, starting from Facebook. Jio, the world’s largest mobile data network, is built to empower every Indian with the power of data and Jiophone is an integral part of this Jio movement”
-Mukesh Ambani, Director of Reliance Jio
Jiophone was launched at a price of Rs.1500, which will be refunded to the buyer after 3 years provided that he/she returns the handset intact. The phone comes loaded with features like a microphone, headphone jack and FM Radio. Moreover, the phone supports 4G VoLTE and you can speak to the device via voice commands through the Google Assistant. The phone was sold on a first come-first serve basis, starting from September 2017.
Reliance Jio has even launched a Rs.49 plan with a validity of 28 days for beating its closest competitor, Airtel. JioPhone has also managed to secure a 27% share in Q4 2017.
Samsung’s Midrange Devices to Come with Full-Screen OLED Design
According to a recent report from “The Investor” from the Samsung’s home country, the tech giant indicates that it will soon be bringing the flexible OLED displays to its midrange devices. This is a very smart move from Samsung to increase its revenue from the Samsung displays. The Samsung’s infinity display concept can be only seen on the S8, S8+ and the Note 8. Now the all-new Galaxy S9 is also expected to be launched with the similar design within a span of few days.
As the Galaxy S series are the flagships models, these are not affordable by the average consumer. Now there might be a reason behind Samsung introducing these display to the midrange devices, and that could probably be because of Apple. The tech giant Apple said that they have reduced the orders of Samsung’s OLED panels and now Samsung is left with a large inventory of displays.
You can now figure out this logic all by yourself. Coming back, though Samsung puts in the OLED displays in the midrange models we are still not sure yet if these devices will come with a affordable price tag or not. There are many manufactures out there who are not getting the OLED displays in the midrange segment for one obvious reason, the cost. So now it would be really interesting to see at what price is Samsung offering these devices, we need to wait till the official launches of all these devices to see the official pricing. What are your views? Would this device be coming with a premium price tag, or the affordable tag?
Xiaomi’s Upcoming Flagship Mi 7 to Feature FaceID like Facial Recognition Hardware
Xiaomi’s all-new Mi 7 is rumored to come with the all new facial recognition technology and also with the wireless charging capabilities. This device was expected to be announced at the Mobile World Conference, but Xiaomi has delayed its launch. According to the latest reports, the reason being behind this delay is because of the new sensors which are being used in this advanced facial recognition service.
Back then in the month of January, Xiaomi has officially confirmed to bring the wireless charging support in its next flagship device, and that could probably be the Mi 7. Apart from the wireless charging and facial recognition features, the device is also rumored to feature a glass sandwich design along with a metallic frame. Talking about the specifications, Xiaomi has already confirmed that the Mi 7 will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, and is coupled up with 8GB of RAM which is insane.
The device sports a 5.65 inch full HD+ display which comes with a resolution of 2160*1080P display. Out of the box the device runs on Android Oreo and the device comes with an insane 4,480 mAh battery which also supports wireless charging. Xiaomi follows the trend, and the device features a rear dual camera setup, and a 16MP front camera. The pricing of the device seems to be very competitive, rumors suggest that the device will be priced around Rs.30,000, we will be getting the official price pretty soon as the launch of the device is just a couple of months away.
Moto Done with C Series? New Report Suggests that E5 Play will be its Replacement
Motorola had ventured into the entry level market with the Moto C series last year. The company launched two models- the Moto C and C Plus. The results were satisfactory, but it seems that Moto has other plans.
Moto Fan and popular leakster Andri Yatim has claimed that no Moto C phone would be launched this year. Mediatek chips have been widely criticised. This seems to be the reason for the cancellation. Furthermore, he has said that the E5 Play would serve as a replacement for the cut off model.
Moto E5 Play is already leaked . The device has an 16:9 display, which does not stick with latest trends. Moreover, it has a front flash which might signify Moto’s emphasis on front camera quality.
This aligns up with the fact that no Moto C leaks have been out yet. However, this may also mean that Moto will have only four series to their name. This includes the budget E series, mid-range G series, premium X series and the flagship Z series.
The leakster has also informed us that Moto is cutting down the C series because of lower sales. It appears that the Moto C and C Plus was not at all profitable. The Moto C was released last year with the Mediatek MT6737M processor and a rather small 2350 mAh battery. At the same time, the higher end Moto C Plus had the better MT6737 processor and a big 4000 mAh of RAM. However, Moto seemed to have missed the power efficiency factor on both smartphones.
Motorola is now gearing up to launch some serious stuff at MWC 2018. We expect the brand new Z3, X5 and G6 lineup for one, and the company might even get us some new mods !. The new Moto devices have already been leaked, and you can take a look at them here.
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