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By Jefferson Mangubat
Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition goes on sale in India
by Jefferson Mangubat
Samsung's Galaxy S20 Fan Edition, or FE, is now available to purchase in India for ₹49,999 (approximately $680). The handset was first unveiled at Samsung's "Unpacked for Every Fan" event last month.
The company has announced the phone's availability in the country via Twitter and touted some benefits up to ₹8,000 (roughly $109).
The Galaxy S20 FE comes in Cloud White, Cloud Navy, Cloud Lavender, Cloud Red, or Cloud Mint color options. It sports a 6.5-inch FullHD+ Infinity-O display with 120Hz refresh rate and a small punch hole for the 32MP front camera.
At its back, there's a triple camera setup comprising a 12MP primary sensor camera, 12MP ultra-wide shooter, and an 8MP telephoto camera. The camera also features 30X Space Zoom that combines 3x optical zoom and 30x super resolution zoom to let you "zoom from one side of the room to the other."
The Galaxy S20 FE is powered by an Exynos 990 chipset paired with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 1TB via a microSD card slot. Its battery is 4,500mAh with 25W fast charging support. It can be had through Samsung's online store.
Xiaomi launches the Mi 10T and Mi 10T Pro in India
by Rajesh Pandey
A couple of weeks after its European debut, Xiaomi has launched the Mi 10T and Mi 10T Pro in India. The Mi 10T series is Xiaomi's flagship handset lineup for the second half of 2020 featuring a 6.67-inch 144Hz LCD panel. The Mi 10T and 10T Pro are similar to each other, with only the camera setup on the Pro model being slightly superior.
Both Mi 10T variants are powered by a Snapdragon 865 chipset, feature a 6.67-inch FHD+ resolution LCD panel with 144Hz refresh rate, up to 8GB of LPDDR5 RAM, and 128GB UFS 3.1 storage. They are powered by a 5,000mAh battery with 33W Dual Split fast charging technology. Other specs of the devices include stereo speakers, X-axis vibration motor, side-mounted fingerprint scanner, Gorilla Glass 5 panels at the front and back, 5G, Bluetooth 5.0, and USB-C.
One of the highlights of the 144Hz display is that it features Intelligent AdaptiveSync and it can automatically adjust the display refresh rate between 30Hz, 4Hz, 50Hz, 60Hz, 90Hz, 120Hz, and 144Hz depending on the content that is being displayed. Xiaomi says this helps increase the battery life on its devices by 8-10%.
The Mi 10T Pro features a 108MP primary shooter with OIS. This is paired with a 13MP ultra-wide shooter and a 5MP macro shooter. The regular Mi 10T sports a 64MP primary camera, with other camera sensors remaining the same. The phones also house a 20MP selfie camera at the front. The Mi 10T series is capable of recording 8K videos and comes with six different long exposure modes, Dual Video, and more.
Coming to the pricing, the Mi 10T is priced at Rs 35,999 for the 6GB/128GB variant, while there's another variant with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage for Rs 39,999. As for the Mi 10T Pro, it is priced at Rs 39,999. Xiaomi is also offering a cashback of up to Rs 3,000 on the Mi 10T series for a limited time. The devices go up for pre-order starting October 15th in the country.
By Abhay V
OnePlus' updated Messages app with categorization features now in the Play Store
by Abhay Venkatesh
OnePlus today announced via a blog post that it is bringing its Messages app to the Play Store. The company also announced a design revamp for the app that brings message categorization – segregating messages into transactional, promotional, and one-time passwords (OTPs), in addition to the standard conversation view. Important messages, such as bank transactions, will also be served in a “concise card format” and the app can offer to auto-archive OTPs to reduce clutter.
Google also is known to be working on a revamp for its hugely popular Messages app, bringing similar functionality aimed at helping users better manage messages and conversations. Such categorization capabilities are not new to messaging apps and have been present in offerings such as Microsoft’s SMS Organizer for a while now. However, for those that prefer first-party apps, OnePlus’ solution would be a welcome addition.
The option to let the app automatically categorize transaction-related messages and OTPs makes it easier to find the desired conversations and easily clear or archive unwanted temporary OTPs. The concise information cards will also negate the need to look for the most recent messages when it comes to bank transactions.
The OnePlus Messages app will currently be available in the Play Store only for users in India. Though the store listing has been live for a few weeks now, it is only now being made available for download. Availability is also currently limited to the OnePlus 7 and 7T series of devices. However, the company does promise to bring the “stable version” to more devices in the month. It is not clear when these capabilities for the Messages app will roll out to more regions.
By Abhishek Baxi
Azure Red Hat OpenShift goes live in India to fuel hybrid cloud development
by Abhishek Baxi
Microsoft and Red Hat have announced the general availability of Azure Red Hat OpenShift in India to fuel hybrid cloud development in the country. Co-engineered with Red Hat, Azure Red Hat OpenShift brings the industry’s leading Kubernetes platform on Microsoft Azure.
Azure Red Hat OpenShift enables organizations to use Red Hat OpenShift in their data centers and extend workloads to use the power and scale of Azure services. Businesses can expand resources with public cloud infrastructure while maintaining existing on-premises investments.
The partnership allows Microsoft to provide a production-ready public cloud foundation that will help businesses in India to create a hybrid environment that meets their current as well as future business needs, including agility, scalability, and efficiency.
Azure Red Hat OpenShift is jointly operated and supported by the two companies and customers will have the integrated experience, including unified sign-up, on-boarding, service management, and technical support.
Google defers Play Store's 30% commission on IAPs until April 2022 in India
by Rajesh Pandey
Google updated its payment policy for the Google Play Store last week to make it mandatory for developers to use Play's own billing system for IAPs and pay Google a 30% fee on sales. While this rule was there from before as well, Google never strictly enforced it, which is what changed last week. This led to quite a bit of uproar in India where over 50 startups and companies expressed their unhappiness with the 30% fee. This even led to rumors of the Indian government working on its own local app store alternative.
Following the backlash though, Google has now decided to defer the 30% commission on IAPs and sale of digital goods from the Play Store in India until at least April 2022. For the rest of the world though, the changes will come into effect from September 2021. By giving Indian app developers such a long period of time before the transition, Google wants to make sure that it does not put them under any undue stress. The time can also be utilized by all the parties involved talking to each other to find a solution to the problem.
Sameer Samat, VP of product management at Google said the company is "not discussing a change in the model per se but I do feel that we can engage and hear discussion on billing but also other topics they would like to discuss. We can find ways to grow together."
The executive justifies Google's commission on the sale of digital goods through the Play Store with the number of services it provides to customers if something goes wrong or if an app does not work properly. This is also the reason why the commission is only applicable to the sale of digital goods and not physical goods. Google will also set up listening sessions with Indian startups to understand and alleviate their concerns about this policy change and how they can work together to resolve the issues.
Samat noted that the policy only affects around 3% of the global developers on Google Play, with around 98% of them already using the Play Store's billing system. However, since the company received a lot of questions from developers from across the globe, it has issued more clarification on this move.
Source: Economic Times