OnePlus 5 Official Image Shows Design Similar to iPhone 7 Plus’

 

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  • The phone will feature horizontal camera setup
  • This is the first time the company has shared phone’s close glimpse
  • The phone will be launched in India on June 22

Remember all those OnePlus 5 leaks that suggested a vertical horizontal camera setup? Now you can safely brush them aside as OnePlus has revealed that its upcoming flagship will feature a horizontal camera setup. In a new teaser for the OnePlus 5 launch, the company has finally shown the design of the smartphone, and it is identical to the leaked renders that surfaced earlier this week. As rumoured, the OnePlus 5 will have dual cameras on the back.

In a tweet posted on Thursday, OnePlus gave a close glimpse of OnePlus 5 for the first time and just like we said on the basis of leaked images, the teaser also suggests that the design elements on the smartphone closely resemble the ones on iPhone 7 Plus. After the leaked renders surfaced the Internet, there were many comparisons being drawn between the upcoming phone and Apple flagship, which might also be why the company chose to show the phone from a slightly different perspective in the teaser.

However, the antenna lines and the horizontal dual camera setup have already caused people on Twitter to accuse OnePlus of directly lifting iPhone 7 Plus design for the OnePlus. Irrespective of the design, OnePlus smartphones are known for their powerful hardware and this is why the upcoming flagship will likely be judged by consumers more on the basis of price point and performance. The teaser also mentions “dual cameras. clearer photos,” pointing to the USP of the smartphone.

As per the officially available information, we know that the OnePlus 5 will be launched globally on June 20 and in India on June 22. Notably, the phone will be made available for purchase exclusively through Amazon India on June 22 itself.OnePlus 5 Official Image Shows Design Similar to iPhone 7 Plus'

The company has confirmed that the smartphone will pack a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC, bear a front-facing fingerprint sensor, and feature a camera developed in partnership with DxO. The company also teased a camera sample showing excellent low light performance.

The source code on Amazon India teaser page has suggested that the phone will come with 8GB RAM and a separate leak has suggested that the phone might cost around EUR 550 (roughly Rs.) in Finland.

OnePlus 5

OnePlus 5

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Display

5.50-inch

Processor

2.35GHz octa-core

Front Camera

16-megapixel

Resolution

1440×2560 pixels

RAM

8GB

OS

Android 7.1

Storage

64GB

Rear Camera

23-megapixel

Battery Capacity

4000mAh

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6 great Android features missing from iOS 11

 

Call me a flip-flopper, but the new features in iOS 11 have me thinking of jumping back to iOS after switching to Android barely a year ago.

Indeed, the new version of iOS brings such enticing features as a revamped App Store, a customizable Control Center, and drag-and-drop for iPad users, plus such catch-up features as one-handed typing and easy person-to-person payments.

But returning to iOS would mean leaving behind many Android features I’ve grown to love, from the ability to set up multiple user profiles to one-touch Google searches on whatever’s onscreen at a given moment.

Read on for six awesome Android features that iOS 11 has yet to match, starting with..

Multiple user profiles

Given all the innovations coming to the iPad courtesy of iOS 11, from the ability to drag-and-drop elements from one side of the split screen to the other and the new, persistent app dock, you’d think Apple would toss in a feature that’s been standard on Android for years: user profiles, perfect for letting family members in a one-iPad household create their own personal iPad spaces.

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If you’ve been waiting for Android-like user profiles to arrive on iOS, bad news: they’re still missing in iOS 11.

For whatever reason, though (privacy concerns, perhaps?), Apple has yet again passed on adding user profiles to the iPhone or iPad. That means if you share your iPad with your toddler or teenager, you’re sharing all your iPad data, too, including your e-mail, your open browser tabs, your Facebook app, everything.

Multiple Do Not Disturb schedules

Android has really spoiled me with its “automatic rules” for Do Not Disturb mode. With automatic rules, you can set up multiple Do Not Disturb schedules for weeknights, weekends, meetings, and any other scenarios you dream up. For example, I have Do Not Disturb set to turn itself off early (as in 6 a.m.) on weekday mornings, while on weekends, Do Not Disturb keeps things quiet until about 8.

Multiple Do Not Disturb schedules

 

Apple Seeks ‘Siri Event Maven’ to Keep the Assistant Up-to-Date on Culture

 

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Apple is looking to hire human assistant, to be named as Siri Event Maven
It will help Siri assistant stay updated on the non-traditional holidays
It will also scan social media to inform Siri about them
Apple is looking to hire a person to help its Siri assistant stay updated on all the non-traditional holidays, trending cultural happenings, and events that people might ask about.

The human assistant, to be named as the “Siri Event Maven,” will work with the engineers and designers working on Siri “to provide strategic awareness of cultural happenings in the collective zeitgeist,” Apple was quoted as saying to 9to5mac.com, on Tuesday.

“We’re looking for someone to help us keep Siri up to date on all the various events happening around the world,” according to the job description posted by Apple.Apple Seeks 'Siri Event Maven' to Keep the Assistant Up-to-Date on Culture

The human assistant would join the Siri team to “scour” social media for trends and happenings that Apple’s voice assistant doesn’t know about.
The role will also work with its analytics team to “understand current behaviour” and “identify events we may have missed,” Apple noted.

Although Apple’s Siri popularised voice assistants when it was first released on the iPhone in 2011, it has since lagged behind competitors like Google Assitant, and continues to face competition from new rivals like Amazon’s Alexa and Samsung’s Bixby Voice software.

But, with Apple looking to launch its new HomePod speaker – its first standalone Siri device – the iPhone maker wants Siri to be more up to date on pop culture and events, as it will bring the personal assistant into the living room.

 

A win for Apple in Beijing as court overturns iPhone patent ruling

 

Apple has bigger fish frying in the world of intellectual property. But it must be a relief that an IP court in Beijing has handed the smartphone pioneers a win. On Friday, the courts overturned a May 2016 ruling that said Apple had violated design patents of a small, and now defunct, Chinese company called Shenzhen Baili.

The disputes were over the exterior design of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models, which Shenzhen Baili claimed were a copy of their 100C smartphones, curved corners and all. The company “barely existed” at the time it filed the suit. And its 100C smartphones were impossible to find.

Initially, Apple was handed an injunction to stop selling its iPhone 6 line in Beijing, but it quickly filed an administrative appeal and was permitted to sell the phones there again until further review by the court. Damage was likely minimal. Apple was switching up  to iPhone 7 when this IP drama first arose, as TechCrunch’s Sarah Perez noted at the time.

Since the Friday decision, iin press interviews, Shenzhen Baili’s legal team has said it plans to appeal. Apple representatives were not immediately available for comment.

Apple has lost market share in China in recent years to up and coming device makers from Xiaomi to BBK Electronics’ brands Oppo and Vivo more recently. However, it has remained the most profitable player in the market. Specifically, as the Motley Fool reports, “In 2016, Apple captured an incredible 79% of global smartphone industry profits with just 14.5% market share.”

The latest IP decision indicates that China courts will not always rule in favor of home town businesses, at least. Another ruling had raised concerns over protectionist precedents.

Last spring, a court allowed leather goods makers Xintong Tiandi to continue making bags using the “iphone” and “IPHONE” trademarks in China. Xintong Tiandi had registered to use the brand name in 2007, while Apple’s smartphones did not go on sale in China until 2009. Apple hadn’t registered the brand specifically to cover leather goods.

 

Review: LG’s New G6 Android Phone Is a Big Step Up From Last Year

 

The good: Sharp screen; Compact design; Wide front facing camera; Good battery life
The bad: Easily picks up fingerprint smudges, Power button and fingerprint sensor placement can feel awkward; Lacks other new features that differentiate it from other new smartphones
Who should buy: Android loyalists who want more screen space in a smaller device will be happy with the G6. But it may be worth waiting to check out the Samsung Galaxy S8.

With Samsung on the proverbial ropes following its Galaxy Note 7 fiasco, rival Android smartphone makers like HTC and LG had a rare opportunity to leapfrog the perennial market leader. The former’s effort, the HTC U Ultra, largely failed in that regard. Now it’s LG’s turn to try.

LG’s new G6 Android phone is radically different from last year’s G5, which was designed around a customizable “modular” concept that never caught on with consumers. This time, LG is pinning its hopes on a design that dramatically reduces the “bezels” alongside the edge of the display, allowing for a bigger screen without increasing the size of the phone itself.

But is the G6 enough to go toe-to-toe with Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S8, which features a similar design? Here’s what it’s like to use the LG G6, which costs between $650 and $720 depending on your wireless carrier and plan.lg-g6-02

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By far the standout feature on the LG G6 is the sharp and all-consuming screen. Colors and text looked crisp whether I was scrolling through Facebook, watching Netflix, or reading news articles. The quality looked similar to that of Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus and Google’s Pixel XL. But thanks to its nearly bezel-free design — the latest trend among handset makers — the G6 has a slightly taller screen in a similarly-sized body. (LG put a 5.7-inch screen on a 5.86 by 2.83-inch phone, while the Google Pixel XL measures 6.09 by 2.98 inches and has a 5.5-inch screen. The iPhone 7 Plus similarly has a 5.5-inch display with dimensions of 6.23 by 3.07 inches). That means users get the benefit of a bigger display while the phone stays pocketable and one-handable.

LG has designed some of its apps to take advantage of the G6’s extra screen space. Square Camera, for instance, uses half the display to show you a preview of an image after it’s captured. And like older LG phones, the G6 can run multiple apps on screen simultaneously. Unfortunately, there’s little else that makes the longer screen more useful beyond watching video and the like.

Smartphone shutterbugs won’t find much to fawn over with the G6. The phone’s 13-megapixel cameras (one wide angle, one standard) will get the job done, but the results aren’t breathtakingly impressive. During a side-by-side test with the iPhone 7 Plus and Google Pixel XL, the G6 produced colors that were just as vibrant as its competitors, but the autofocus wasn’t as capable. But frequent selfie-takers might be happy to know that the G6’s front-facing camera captured more background than the other devices.

Some reviewers have knocked LG for putting an older Qualcomm processor in the G6, which could be a handicap against rival devices with the latest-and-greatest hardware. But in practice, the G6 felt plenty fast when opening apps, launching the camera, processing photo edits and so on.

Although the G6 is different from last year’s LG G5 in nearly every way, there’s at least one characteristic they share: a rear-mounted power button and fingerprint sensor. LG has been placing the power button on the back of its phones for years, but it still feels awkward if you’re not used to it. The back of the G6 is also covered in glass rather than metal this time, giving it a classier look but making it prone to fingerprint smudges.

Like Google’s Pixel phones and HTC’s U Ultra, the G6 also ships with Google Assistant, the search giant’s new digital aide. The Assistant is designed to get to know your habits and behaviors over time, but I found it to be more capable than Apple’s Siri software right out of the box. When I asked the Assistant how to make red sangria, then followed up with “how about white?,” it pulled up the right recipes. After asking Siri the same question, it thought I wanted info about a friend with the last name White.

Bigger phones typically mean better battery life, and indeed, I was able to get through a full day with the G6 without having to plug it in — but barely. Rival phones, like the Pixel XL and iPhone 7 Plus, can comfortably last for nearly a day and a half. That said, the G6 has fast-charging tech that lets the battery jump from 10% to 50% in about a half-hour, making overall battery life less of an issue.

All told, LG’s G6 is an improvement over the G5 and a solid choice for Android fans who want a bigger screen without a phone that’s physically larger. But display aside, there’s little that differentiates it from rival Android flagships out there. Android users in need of an upgrade, then, may want to wait just a little bit longer until Samsung’s Galaxy S8 is available before pulling the trigger.

iPhone SE (2017) has a glass back, leak shows

While there was no new iPhone SE introduced during Apple’s spring event this year, the original is getting a bit long in the tooth. So the company is clearly working on a successor for the model released last year. And the new iPhone SE may in fact be outed as soon as next month, during Apple’s developer conference.

At least that’s what a new leak from China claims. It also purportedly shows us what the back of the 2017 iPhone SE will look like. If this is a truthful leak, then what’s obvious is that Apple will switch from metal to glass for the new model’s back.

What’s more, it may be using Ion-X glass, the same material that adorns the Apple Watch Sport, according to the writing inside that table on the sheet of paper that lies underneath the alleged SE (2017) shells.

The camera and flash are now aligned vertically on the back, switching from the horizontal layout seen in the original SE. Other details about the second-generation iPhone SE have sadly not been outed this time around, so its internals are still a mystery. However, Apple’s WWDC starts on June 5, so if it will indeed be presented there, then we’re very close to finding out all there is to know about it.

 

“Today at Apple” launches worldwide

 

Customers fill the Forum at Apple Union Square as Leon Bridges performs a special acoustic set with Brittni Jessie from his album “Coming Home.”

“Today at Apple” kicked off this weekend with new in-store programming around the world, including Photo Walks and Kids Hour at all 495 Apple stores. From Getting Started with Coding to How To: Sketch, Draw and Paint with iPad, stores collectively hosted 4,000 sessions a day, including some with very special guests.

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Customers use iPad Pro and Apple Pencil as they learn from master illustrator Todd Selby.
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Movement artist and star of Apple’s AirPods commercial, Lil Buck, shows off his moves in the Forum at Apple Union Square.
Multiplatinum artist, songwriter and producer Charlie Puth gives an intimate performance at Apple Union Square.
Leon Bridges gives a soulful “Today at Apple” performance to end the day of sessions at Apple Union Square.
During a Live Art session with French illustrator mcbess at Apple Regent Street attendees share their own work following his signature style—graphic illustrations without color.
iPhone photographers cover two miles in 90 minutes as they seek out fashion-forward portraits with photographer Shingi Rice.
iPhone photographers hit the streets of Brooklyn for a portrait-themed Photo Walk with Timothy Mulcare.
Music Lab: 18-year-old Steve Lacy earned a Grammy nomination for his work with The Internet — producing it all on his iPhone.
Aspiring coders of all ages can learn how to code in Swift, Apple’s programming language for iOS and Mac apps.
Up-and-coming pop sensation, Sigrid, performs tracks off her debut “Don’t Kill My Vibe” EP at Apple Marché Saint-Germain.
To find and register for a session visit www.apple.com/today.

Splashtop Debuts SOS With Mobile Android Support Service

Technical support software company Splashtop on Wednesday announced Splashtop On-Demand Support (SOS) with Mobile, a solution for remotely controlling Android devices and viewing the contents of their screens. The San Jose, California-based firm claims that its platform is the first one of its kind in the industry as it allows administrators, developers, and anyone else who might have to troubleshoot remote devices to quickly take control of distant Android smartphones and tablets and inspect them in real time. The company’s Chief Executive Officer Mark Lee believes that SOS with Mobile solves an industry-wide problem of supporting a wide variety of different devices and configurations which usually requires complicated setups that mandate a lot of time and other resources. SOS with Mobile is said to alleviate those problems by acting as a turnkey solution for administrators that’s not only simpler to set up but also easier to use, consequently saving time and money that IT professionals may otherwise waste on troubleshooting remote devices.Image result for Splashtop Debuts SOS With Mobile Android Support Service

Splashtop’s latest service supports a broad range of Android handsets and tablets, including Samsung Electronics-made Galaxy devices, the Silicon Valley company said, adding that SOS with Mobile can not only be used for troubleshooting but also for demonstrating corporate-issued mobile apps to users. The service itself is also available for Apple’s iOS devices and is the only one of its kind that supports real-time screen sharing on iPhones, iPods, and iPads. While it’s compatible with two of the most popular mobile operating systems on the planet that are radically different from one another, SOS with Mobile ships as a comprehensive solution that should avoid needless support fragmentation and allow administrators to focus on helping their users instead of setting up complicated support systems.

The newly introduced service is available for an annual subscription that amounts to $199 on a yearly basis per a single technician license during what Splashtop refers to as its “introductory special,” though the regular price of SOS with Mobile will be $299 yearly per each license. The service is being sold as an add-on for many popular mobile device management (MDM) and enterprise mobility management (EMM) systems, the San Jose-based company said. The firm is also offering a fully-featured free trial of SOS with Mobile that users can sign up for by following the source link beneath this writing.

 

Apple, Nokia explore deeper partnership after ending patent dispute

Nokia will also supply network infrastructure products to Apple, and Apple will resume sales of Nokia’s digital health products in retail and online stores. (Source: File)

Apple has settled a patent dispute with Finnish telecom equipment maker Nokia and agreed to buy more of its network products and services, sending Nokia shares up 7 percent. The deal means Nokia will get bigger royalties from Apple for using its mobile phone patents, helping offset the impact of waning demand for its mobile network hardware.

Such legal battles are common in the industry but can drag on for years and analysts had not been expecting such a quick resolution to the dispute that started in December.

Under the deal announced in a joint statement from the companies on Tuesday, Nokia will also supply network infrastructure products to Apple, and Apple will resume sales of Nokia’s digital health products in retail and online stores and look at further collaboration in health.

Digital health is one of the areas Nokia is targeting as it tries to develop new businesses to offset the industry-wide slump in demand for network equipment. Last year, Nokia bought France’s Withings S.A., a small firm with products such as activity trackers and baby monitors built on digital platforms.

“There could emerge big future value from this as Apple could become an important distribution channel,” said Handelsbanken analyst Daniel Djurberg, who has an “accumulate” recommendation for Nokia shares. “I have not given any value so far for Nokia’s digital health business, but might apply an option value to it.”

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Nokia Chief Executive Rajeev Suri told the company’s annual general meeting later on Tuesday that the deal would help expand network sales beyond telecom operators to global internet and technology giants. “(The deal) involves a business collaboration … in particular in areas of IP and optical equipment, which is quite key to webscale players when they build their data centres,” he said. “It’s a good deal, a multi-year licensing deal, and I love it that it has an industrial deal and aspect to it.”

Under the patent licence agreement, Nokia will receive a “significant” upfront cash payment and additional revenues from Apple starting from the current quarter. The companies did not give further details but analysts said the revenue was likely to be far higher than a previous deal.

Inge Heydorn, fund manager at Sentat Asset Management, said it was a smart move to collaborate on digital health products. “It’s interesting for Nokia in a five- to 10-year perspective since I think it will be hard to be profitable within mobile infrastructure,” said Heydorn, whose firm does not hold any shares in Nokia. Nokia shares, which fell in December when the patent dispute was announced, jumped to their highest since February 2016 and were up 6.7 percent at 5.89 euros by 1509 GMT.

A previous patent licence contract between the companies expired last year, and both sides took legal action in December. Apple complained of being overcharged and Nokia responded by accusing Apple of violating technology patents.

In the absence of a new deal, Nokia cut its annual run-rate forecast in December for patent and brand licensing sales to 800 million euros ($900 million) from 950 million euros previously. In its latest quarterly report released in April, Nokia stopped giving an annual run-rate forecast altogether.

“(The agreement) moves our relationship with Apple from being adversaries in court to business partners,” Nokia’s Chief Legal Officer Maria Varsellona said in a statement.

Quick Resolution

Analysts were surprised by the relatively quick resolution of the dispute between Apple and Nokia. “Nokia told analysts in April don’t calculate on any licence revenue from Apple, not even in 2018, so this is a positive surprise. It will also limit Nokia’s legal expenses,” said Djurberg who said he would probably raise his Nokia estimates.

“For Nokia, it’s good news they got this out of the way, but we still have to wait for details about the financial impact,” said OP Equities analyst Hannu Rauhala. “The previous annual rate was 150 million euros, so I assume this to be more, around 500 million euros.” Rauhala said Apple might have been willing to settle with Nokia as the U.S. company’s patent battle with chipmaker Qualcomm Inc has escalated.

Patent royalties represent only a sliver of Nokia’s overall revenue, more than 90 percent of which comes from telecoms network equipment. But licensing payments are highly profitable and the network business is suffering an industry-wide slump. Nokia’s patents cover technology that reduces the need for hardware components in a phone, conserves battery life, increases radio reception, helps in recovering lost phones and enables voice recognition, among other features.

Once the world’s dominant cellphone maker, Nokia sold its handset business to Microsoft in 2014 to focus on its network business and large portfolio of mobile device patents. Nokia’s total sales in 2016 were about 24 billion euros.

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iOS 11 Said to Get New Volume Indicator, Drag and Drop for iPhone

 

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  • The new volume indicator sits on the top right edge of the screen
  • It doesn’t take up the centre of the screen like it does now
  • The drag and drop feature works within apps only

iOS 11 has brought along a host of new features, some targeted to solely elevate iPad experience, and some focused on improving both – the iPhone and iPad. This includes a new feature called Offload Unused Apps that deletes dormant apps from the phone without losing data on it, Maps improvements like lane guidance, Do Not Disturb While Driving feature, and even speed limit indications. Now, developer preview testers are highlighting new features that they have stumbled upon while using unstable iOS 11. Two big changes noted were the change in the volume indicator which no longer takes the centre space on your iPhone screen, and a drag and drop feature that works within iPhone apps.iOS 11 Said to Get New Volume Indicator, Drag and Drop for iPhone

Twitter user Devon T has revealed that iOS 11 has a new volume indicator that no longer obstructs the centre of the screen, as it does now. Instead, it sits in the top right corner in a non-invasive sleek manner. This has been a much needed feature by many, as the volume indicator often jarred the experience of a user, especially while watching videos.

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Furthermore, another user named Dave Schukin revealed that the drag and drop feature for iPhone is coming with iOS 11. He’s also shared a small video on how it works on the iPhone, and it seems that the feature works within apps only, and there’s no ‘spring loading’ as seen on macOS. In any case, this will particularly be useful to organise things in the new Files folder as well.

However, it is worth mentioning that there are tonnes of features tested in beta that don’t always make it to the stable version. Although these are both exciting features to look forward to, we recommend you to not hold your breath.