OnePlus 5 gets its first update, includes bug fixes and optimizations

Less than a week after it went official, the OnePlus5 has started getting its first update. Arriving as OxygenOS 4.5.2,the new firmware brings a few bug fixes and optimizations.

Issues related to app installation and system update have been fixed. As for optimizations, those changes are related to Bluetooth, network, and system stability, as well as camera and third-party app compatibility.

Given that it’s an OTA roll out, it might take time for the update notification to pop-up on your device’s screen. Meanwhile, you can manually check for the update by heading to your handset’s Settings menu.

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Motorola Moto E4 Plus now available in UK

Officially unveiled earlier this month, The Motorola Moto E4 Plus is now available for purchase in the UK. Retailer Argos has the device (grey color variant) listed on its website for £159.95, or around $205.

Amazon UK also has the handset listed on its website, but is selling it for around £163, with shipments beginning next month.

The Moto E4 Plus is powered by Snapdragon 427 SoC and features a 5.5-inch HD display. RAM is 2GB, while storage options include 16 and 32GB. The phone features a 13MP/5MP camera combo, runs Android 7.1 Nougat, and packs in a 5,000mAh battery.

Apple topped global wearable market in Q1, Samsung claimed second spot

According to data released by market research firm Strategy Analytics, Apple claimed over 50% – 53% to be precise – of the global wearable market in the first quarter of the ongoing year, retaining its top position.

The second spot was bagged by Samsung, which claimed 12.8% share of the market. The South Korean tech giant overtook Fitbit, which came in at number three with 12.2% market share. The report attributed Samsung’s improvement in rankings to the success of its Gear S3 smartwatch.

As far as total product shipments are concerned, Apple again topped the list with 16% share, while the second and third spots were claimed by Xiaomi and Fitbit with 15.5% and 12.3% market share, respectively.

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Weekly poll: is the OnePlus 5 everything you were hoping it to be?

The OnePlus 5 is finally official so let’s see what you think of it. Is it everything you expected, everything you wanted it to be? Or were you disappointed.

The benchmark cheating probably doesn’t matter much, the phone will play any Android game out there as well as possible this half of 2017. And you can still brag about the 8 gigs of RAM.

The confusion about the “lossless zoom” is more annoying – 1.6X optical then digital zoom isn’t great. We didn’t love the tele photos, but at least it enables Portrait mode and the main camera is excellent.

The pricing is higher than the outgoing model, but it’s no surprise either – OnePlus upped the price of each new phone it introduced, even the fairly minor upgrade that was the 3T got a $40 bump. In terms of value for money, the OnePlus 5 is still among the best.

Perhaps you were hoping for some extra perks on the new model, beyond the new chipset and dual camera. Well, the display is the same, the base option has the same amount of memory (6GB/64GB) as last year’s model, the company didn’t add waterproofing or a bigger battery. At least it didn’t take away the headphone jack. That’s something, right? And the design is, uh, “new”.

OnePlus 5 defeats HTC U11 and Galaxy S8 in battle of Snapdragon 835s speed test

We’ve seen our share of head-to-head YouTube speed tests of the latest smartphones, but there’s always an extra 5 minutes for another one. In this case, it’s the OnePlus5 vs. the HTC U11and the Samsung Galaxy S8- a battle of the 835 Snapdragons, if you will.

In this iteration, its 20 apps run in succession on the three phones, against the clock. A second round is performed to see how quickly the phones can access the apps already launched on the first go – RAM management is key for this one. Oh, and the amount of RAM too, of course – 8GB for the OP5, half that for the S8 and U11.

The OnePlus 5 takes the lead in the first round, completing the routine in 51.3 seconds, 3.6s ahead of the U11, and 12.7s quicker than the S8. In the end, the OP5 emerges victorious, 9.0s ahead of the U11, while the S8 finishes 26.2s behind.

You can watch the entire video below to see the selection of apps, and which apps took more time reloading.


A new Oppo A77 appears on TENAA: faster chipset, latest Android, same cameras

You know the Oppo A77 that was announced in Taiwan on May 17? Well, there’s a new one, as evidenced by two new entries on Chinese telecom regulator TENAA’s website. Those detail an A77 and A77t, neither looking visually the same as the existing A77, plus there are notable differences in specs.

For starters, this new A77 runs on the latest Android 7.1.1 as opposed to 6.0 Marshmallow. TENAA doesn’t name chipsets, but the octa-core processor is quoted to be clocked at 2.0GHz, where the existing model’s clock frequency is 1.5GHz. So it isn’t the MT6750T then, but something along the lines of a Helio P10 or a Snapdragon 625, maybe.

Other changes include a 3,115mAh battery (vs. 3,200mAh), a minor drop in weight to 148g (vs. 153g), and slightly different dimensions at 153.3 x 75.9 x 7.4mm (vs. 153.3 x 75.2 x 7.2mm). Oh, and a redesign that puts the camera and flash under the same window to resemble the dual camera setup of the R11, plus a familiar take on the antenna bands

Things that remain unchanged include the 13MP primary cam and the 16MP selfie shooter. The new A77 also sports the same 5.5-inch FullHD LCD.

By the looks of it, the A77 certified by TENAA is the version destined for Mainland China, which apparently differs slightly from the one Taiwan is getting. It remains to be seen when it’s going to become official.

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Retailer offering free Chromecast with Google Home pre-orders in Canada

Google’s smart speaker Google Home has been available to pre-order in Canada for quite some time now. If you haven’t pre-ordered a unit yet, and are planning to do so, you’ll be glad to know that a free Chromecast device is on offer with the speaker.

Best Buy Canada is offering the deal. All you have to do is to add a Google Home unit to cart, and a Chromecast – which usually costs $45 – will be added to the cart for free. For more information on the deal, head to the Source link below.

Google Home will start shipping in Canada June 26 onwards.

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Special edition 32GB iPhone 6 to land in Canada on July 5

Earlier this year Apple re-launched the iPhone6. While the original from 2014 came with either 16, 64, or 128GB of storage, the newly released special edition iPhone 6 sports 32GB of space, making it a much more decent proposition in 2017, from this point of view at least. Keep in mind that it’s identical to the original in all other respects.

This new iPhone 6 has so far been released in certain Asian Terretories (including India),Belarus, as well as the UK. And now it’s almost ready to be introduced in a new market: Canada.

According to a report from the country, Canadian carriers will start selling the 32GB iPhone 6 in Space Grey on July 5. It will be priced at CAD 485 (that’s about $365 or 326€ at the current exchange rates). It’s still unclear if Apple will sell the model directly through its retail locations too. The company has declined to comment on this rumor.


OnePlus news alert: OnePlus 3T goes out of stock ahead of successor launch; OnePlus 5 battery details, TV ad revealed

Last month, OnePlus announced the stoppage of OnePlus 3T sales in Europe and select global markets in June. Now, the 2016-flagship is finally off the shelves just days ahead of OnePlus 5 launch.

OnePlus 3T stocks have been cleared in Europe and US as OnePlus 5. The device 5 will be made available for purchase on the company’s official online e-store on the launch day, June 20, in New York City. OnePlus is also holding pop-up exhibitions in Helsinki, Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Helsinki, London and Paris to showcase the new product.

However, OnePlus has confirmed to International Business Times India that OnePlus 3T (6GB &128GB) will continue to be sold in India until the end of 2017.

In a related development, OnePlus 5 battery details have surfaced online. As per the Slashleaks report, the new phone will come with 3,400mAh, same as the OnePlus 3T.

However, the cell will Dash Charge 2.0 technology, which is said to offer faster charging and hit 50% capacity in much lesser time compared to the first generation.

OnePlus has released a TV video ad revealing key design elements.

In the ad, Amitabh Bachchan teases the device understood to be OnePlus 5. He opens a suitcase purportedly to pull out the device only to close it saying the phone will be revealed on June 22 in India. The ad signs off with the device’s front and back view.

The new phone looks slimmer than the predecessor and as seen in the image teaser, the rear-side looks identical to iPhone 7 Plus. The dual-camera bears uncanny resemblance with Apple’s 2016 phablet, except the camera doesn’t jut out.

OnePlus 5 TV ad goes live ahead of launch in IndiaNikhil Rajesh via YouTube

OnePlus 5 is expected to come with 5.5-inch full HD display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 octa-core, 6GB/8GB RAM, 64GB/128GB storage, 12MP dual-camera and 8MP snapper on the front.

Watch this space for updates on OnePlus 5 series.

12 new smartphones you can buy in India in June 2017.

12 new smartphones you can buy in India in June: OnePlus 5, Moto Z2, Moto C Plus, Nokia 3, 5, 6 and others

June is the most happening month of the year so far with several devices being released and a few more waiting to be unwrapped. This means Indian consumers will have hordes of smartphones to choose from.

Several devices like Nokia 6, Nokia 5, Nokia 3, Sony Xperia XZ Premium, Moto Z2 Play, Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro, Samsung Galaxy J7 Max and Nubia Z17 have already been released in India in the first half of June. But that’s not all. Few more handsets like OnePlus 5, Moto Z2, Moto C Plus, and HTC U11 that are still in the offing.

Here are the details of 12 smartphones you can buy in June in India:

1) OnePlus 5

The flagship device is scheduled for global launch on June 20 and June 22 in India. The 6GB RAM+64 GB storage variant is expected to be priced at Rs 32,999 (around $510) and the 8GB RAM+128GB ROM model is expected to come with a price tag of Rs 34,999 (around $540).
(Here is complete detail of OnePlus 5)

2) Moto Z2

The device is expected to be launched on June 27 but nothing much has been leaked so far. The Lenovo-owned company is also expected to release the Moto Z2 Force this month.
(Here is complete detail of Moto Z2)

3) Moto C Plus

Motorola has confirmed that it will release Moto C Plus on June 19 in India. It will be available in two variants — 1GB or 2GB RAM with 16 GB internal storage. It sports a 5-inch display with 720p resolution and powered by 1.3 GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6737 processor.
(For more details of Moto C Plus)

4) HTC U11

It is expected to be launched on June 17 and could be priced at Rs 50,000 in India market. The flagship device from the Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer will compete with Samsung Galaxy S8 and Apple iPhone 7.
(More details of HTC U11)

5) Sony Xperia XZ Premium

The smartphone was launched in India on June 12. It comes with a price tag of Rs. 59,990 and is available on Amazon India.
(Read details of Sony Xperia XZ Premium)

6) Nokia 6

The new Nokia smartphone made finally made it to the Indian market and is priced at Rs 14,999.
(Read details of Nokia 6)

7) Nokia 5

The device has arrived India and comes with a price tag of Rs 12,899.
(Details of Nokia 5: First impression)

8) Nokia 3

It is the cheapest of Nokia smartphones (besides feature phone Nokia 3310). It is priced at Rs 9,499.
(Here is complete detail of Nokia 3)

9) Moto Z2 Play

The mid-range smartphone was released in India on June 8. It is exclusively available on Flipkart (online) and brick-and-mortar stores across India for Rs 27,999.
(Read details of Moto Z2 Play)

10) Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro

The device is priced at Rs. 20,900. It sports a 5.5-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display and powered by an octa-core Exynos 7870 processor.
(Read complete detail of Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro)

11) Samsung Galaxy J7 Max

It is a phablet with a 5.7-inch Full HD TFT display and comes with a price tag of Rs 17,900. It will be available for purchase starting June 20.
(Complete detail of Samsung Galaxy J7 Max)

12) Nubia Z17

Nubia, a subsidiary of ZTE, has released a mid-range handset called Nubia Z17 mini in India. It can be purchased exclusively on Amazon India for Rs 19,999.
(Complete detail of Nubia Z17)