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Tuesday, 29 August 2017

List Of Devices That Will Get The Android 8.0 Oreo Update.

The eighth version of the Android operating system was unveiled by Google about a week ago and users have been loving the features the said OS will be coming with.

Features of the Android 8.0 Oreo like the smart app notification dot, new Emojis, instant apps, smart auto fill, smart text selection, Picture-in-Picture (PIP) mode, Google Play Protect and many more are what users can’t wait to start using on their smartphones – either through an Over-the-Air (OTA) update or even purchase a new device.

Although Google had stated that it had no autonomy over who or what smartphone brand would feature the Android 8.0 Oreo first on their product, the company however hinted at which set of smartphone companies or brands could have the Android 8.0 Oreo OS first on their smartphones .

Some hours ago, TheLeaker released a more comprehensive and detailed lists of smartphone brands and their devices would be having the Android 8.0 Oreo OS. But just like Google, TheLeaker wasn’t able to pin-point which of the mobile brands will pioneer the Oreo OS or what device exactly will launch first with the Android 8.0.

List of devices that will get the Android 8.0 Oreo

Google devices
These devices from Google will be receiving the Android 8.0 Oreo OS update.

•Google Pixel
•Google Pixel XL
•Google Pixel 2
•Google Pixel C
•Google Nexus Player

Going by TheLeaker’s report, these are the Samsung devices slated to receive the Android 8.0 update.

•Samsung Galaxy S8(G950F, G950W)
•Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (Upcoming)
•Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus(G955,G955FD)
•Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge(G935F, G935FD, G935W8)
•Samsung Galaxy S7(G930FD, G930F, G930, G930W8)
•Samsung Galaxy A3( 2017)(A320F)
•Samsung Galaxy A5( 2017)(A520F)
•Samsung Galaxy A7 ( 2017)(A720F, A720DS)
•Samsung Galaxy A8 ( 2017)(A810F, A810DS)
•Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro
•Samsung Galaxy J7v
•Samsung Galaxy J7 Max (2017)
•Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro(2017)
•Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime(G610F, G610DS, G610M/DS)
•Samsung Galaxy A9 (2016)(SM-A9100)
•Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016)(A710F, A710DS)
•Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016)(A510F, A510F)
•Samsung Galaxy A8 (2016)(A810F, A810DS)
•Samsung Galaxy Note FE

See the LG phones that will get updated to Android Oreo.

•LG G6( H870, H870DS, US987, All carrier models supported as well)
•LG G5( H850, H858, US996, H860N, All carrier models supported as well)
•LG V30 (Upcoming)
•LG V20(H990DS, H990N, US996, All carrier models supported as well)
•LG V10(H960, H960A, H960AR)
•LG Nexus 5X
•LG Q8
•LG Q6
•LG X Venture
•LG Pad IV 8.0

•Huawei P10( VTR-L09, VTRL29, VTR-AL00, VTR-TL00)
•Huawei P10 lite (Lx1, Lx2, Lx3)
•Huawei Honor 9(AL00, AL10, TL10)
•Huawei P8 Lite 2017
•Huawei P9 Lite (2017)
•HuaweiHonor 8 Lite
•Huawei Nova Lite
•Huawei GR3 (2017)
•Huawei Y7 Prime (Controversial)
•Huawei Nova 2(PIC-AL00)
•Huawei Nova 2 Plus(BAC-AL00)
•Huawei Honor 8 Pro
•Huawei P10 Plus
•Huawei Mate 9 Porsche Design
•Huawei Mate 9
•Huawei Mate 9 Pro
•Huawei Nexus 6P

•Asus ZenFone 4 (ZE554KL)
•Asus ZenFone Pro (ZS551KL)
•Asus ZenFone 4 Max (ZC520KL)
•Asus ZenFone 4 Max Pro (ZC554KL)
•Asus ZenFone 4 Selfie (ZD553KL)
•Asus ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro (ZD552KL)
•Asus Zenpad Z8s (ZT582KL)
•Asus Zenfone Go(ZB552KL)
•Asus Zenfone Live(ZB501KL)
•Asus Zenfone 3s Max
•Asus Zenfone AR
•Asus Zenfone 3 Zoom
•Asus Zenfone 3 Max
•Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe 5.5
•Asus Zenfone 3 Laser
•Asus Zenfone 3
•Asus Zenfone 3 Ultra
•Asus ZenPad Z8s
•Asus ZenPad 3s 8.0
•Asus ZenPad 3s 10
•Asus ZenPad Z10

•Lenovo Zuk Edge
•Lenovo P2 (Controversial)
•Lenovo K6 (Controversial)
•Lenovo K6 Note
•Lenovo K6 Power
•Lenovo Zuk Z2 (Controversial)
•Lenovo Zuk Z2 Plus (Controversial)
•Lenovo Zuk Z2 Pro
•Lenovo A6600 Plus (Controversial)

•Sony Xperia XZ Premium( G8141, G8142)
•Sony Xperia L1(G3311, G3312, G3313)(Controversial)
•Sony Xperia XZS(G8231, G8232)
•Sony Xperia XA1(G3121, G3123, G3125, G3116, G3123)
•Sony Xperia XZ( F8331, F8332)
•Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra( G3221, G3212, G3223, G3226)
•Sony Xperia XA Ultra(Controversial)
•Sony Xperia XA(Controversial)
•Sony Xperia XA Ultra
•Sony Xperia XA
•Sony Xperia X Performance
Sony Xperia Z5 Premium(Controversial)
•Sony Xperia Z5(Controversial)
•Sony Xperia X( F5121, F5122)
•Sony Xperia X Compact
•Sony Xperia E5(Controversial)

•HTC U11
•HTC U Ultra
•HTC U Play
•HTC Desire 10 Pro
•HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle
•HTC 10 Evo
•HTC 10

•ZTE Axon 7
•ZTE Axon 7 Mini
•ZTE Blade V8
•ZTE Blade V7
•ZTE Axon Pro
•ZTE Axon 7s
•ZTE Nubia Z17
•ZTE Axon Elite
•ZTE Axon Mini

•Nokia 3
•Nokia 5
•Nokia 6
•Nokia 8

•OPPO F3 Plus
•OPPO R11 Plus
•OPPO Find 9

•Xiaomi Mi 6
•Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 (Upcoming)
•Xiaomi Redmi Pro 2 (Upcoming)
•Xiaomi Mi 5s
•Xiaomi Redmi Note 4
•Xiaomi Mi Max
•Xiaomi Mi Max 2
•Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus
•Xiaomi Mi Note 2
•Xiaomi Mi Mix
•Xiaomi Mi 5X
•Xiaomi Redmi 5A

•OnePlus 5
•OnePlus 3T
•OnePlus 3

•VIVO X9 Plus

•Yu Yunique 2
•Yu Yurek Black
•Yu Yunicorn
•Yu Yureka S
•Yu Yureka Note


•Acer Iconia Talk S
•Acer Liquid Z6 Plus
•Acer Liquid Z6
•Acer Liquid X2
•Acer Liquid Zest
•Acer Liquid Zest Plus

And that’s all for now on the List of devices that will get the Android 8.0 Oreo update. Be sure to get updated if there’s any additions.

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Wednesday, 23 August 2017

WhatsApp Adopts Facebook's Colourful Background Status In New App Update.

WhatsApp's Snapchat Stories clone is getting a new text-only feature.
Now, instead of just photos and videos, you can update your WhatsApp Status with colorful, meme-like text posts.

The feature, which is rolling out now, is a lot like Facebook's colorful status updates: write a snippet of text, pick a background color, and customize the font. You can also link out to other websites from within a text post.

This feature is specifically for the Snapchat Stories-like version of Status, and is different from the old-school text-only statuses the app re-introduced earlier this year.

Those text-only updates still only allow you to share simple messages like "busy" or "available."

The update brings WhatsApp Status up to par with Snapchat Stories, which also recently introduced the ability to link out from a Story.

Instagram still only allows verified accounts to post links from Stories.
WhatsApp Status has been one of Facebook's more successful Stories clones. The Stories-like feature now has 250 million daily users, making the feature more popular than all of Snapchat. Besides adding text posts, WhatsApp is also adding the ability for web users to view Statuses, opening up the potential for even more growth.

Sunday, 13 August 2017

10 Important Features You May Not Know About WhatsApp.

WhatsApp over time has become one of the most popular free messaging app with which more than 1 billion people in over 180 countries are using to stay in touch with friends and family, but there are features most people don't know about Whatsapp.

WhatsApp is constantly tweaking and adding new features to aid for a hitch free messaging experience.
Here are 10 features of Whatsapp that you probably didn’t know about.

1. Whatsapp Web
This means instead of constantly divided your time between your computer and your mobile phone to be checking your messages you Use WhatsApp on your computer by simply connecting your phone.
You can either download the app to your computer or just use the browser version.
To use WhatsApp Web go to on your computer and Settings > WhatsApp Web on your phone. Scan the QR code displayed on your desktop screen using your phone's camera.

2. Documents Sharing
You can Send PDFs, documents, spreadsheets, slideshows and more, without the hassle of email or file sharing apps.
To do that just tap on the icon that looks like an office clip on pin and select documents.
You can send documents up to 100 MB, so it's easy to get what you need over to who you want.

3. Capture and photos /videos instantly
Aside from the file transfer of photos and videos you can even capture with built-in camera and send.
To do this tap the on the icon that looks like an office clip on pin then select ‘Camera’. Then long hold the cycle at the bottom (for android phones) to start recording. The cycle turns red and a timer appears at the top of your screen.

4. Formatting: Bold, Italics, Strikethrough
WhatsApp allows you to format your text by adding symbols in front of and after words to achieve a level of aesthetics or emphasis. You can format to bold, italics, and strike through.
For BOLD add asterisks to either side of a word or sentence, e.g. *bold*
For Italics start and end the message with underscores. Example _italics_
For strikethrough text add tildes at the beginning and end of the word. Example: Rs strikethroughRs

5. Frequent person(s) you chat with
You can find out who among your contact you chat with most. For android go to Settings > Chat > Chat History > Email Chat to view you most chat up contacts.
While for iphone Go to Settings > Data and Storage Use > Storage Use.

6. Track your whatsapp activities statistics
To know the number of messages received, sent, status, data consumed and other such statistics go to Setting> Data Usage > Network Usage.
You can also reset this statistics.
You can also limit the amount of data you use In the Data Usage menu by ticking the box.

7. Whatsapp group: Stop and Mute notifications
If you belong to some overzealous whatsapp group and it keeps getting you distracted you can mute it.
Go to open the group > select menu (three dot at top right)> choose duration from options.
You can also stop notifications using this same step just un-tick the box

8. Read messages without blue ticks
In Whatsapp one tick means message sent, two tick messages received/delivered, blue tick message read.
If you don’t want to let your contact know you have read their messages go to menu> settings>accounts> privacy > untick read receipts.
At this place for android users you can also modify your last seen, who see your profile photos etc.

9. Quick hack for read messages
Referring to number 8 if you deactivate your read receipts you also cannot see when they read your message.
So to eat your cake and still have it without having to deactivate your read receipt, once you have received the messages you want to read without letting them know, put your phone on airplane mode. Go to whatsapp, read the messages, when you are done close it then turn –off your airplane mode.

10. Stop auto download of media files
To conserve data and or storage space you can stop incoming pictures and videos automatically saving to your phone just go to Settings -> Chats -> turn off Save Incoming Media.

Friday, 4 August 2017

Are You Using A Smartphone, You Need To Read This.

Apple Inc. has patented a process that would allow users to secretly call 911 using only their fingerprint.
In a patent published by the United States Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday, the tech giant outlined a feature that would allow users to call emergency services "when a conventional method may not be practical.

Although it's already possible to call 911 through the lockscreen on iOS devices, this would allow users to reach out for help when an attacker or assailant is watching, the patent said.

The company suggests the technology would look for a sequence of fingerprints or applied pressure to trigger a 911 call.

"The user may program the electronic device to recognize input entered with a particular sequence of fingers, such as pinky-ring-pinky, as a command to make an emergency call," the patent states.

This means it might appear that a device owner is unlocking a phone for an attacker but they're discreetly contacting 911. But "no indication of the execution is apparent."

The feature, which could be programmed to bypass passwords and log-in screens, may also alert authorities to a user's whereabouts and automatically pull live audio or video directly from the iPhone.

The patent adds that the technology could erase or hide certain personal data you might not want to share with others, such as social security numbers or a home address.
It's not clear if Apple will build the technology into software updates -- filed patents don't always see the light of day -- but it's a good indication of what's top of mind for the company. Apple didn’t respond to a request for comment.

Most recently, the company rolled out an SOS feature to its Apple Watch to make contacting emergency services easier for users.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Android O Developer Preview 4 Gets Released; Official Public Version Comes Next Month.

Google borrowed a leaf from Apple and started releasing developer previews of their major OS version long before they reach the public.

This method gives developers enough time to get acquainted with the new versions and to modify their apps to take advantage of the upcoming features.

Up to date, no official name has been given for the upcoming Android O/ 8.0. For those not familiar with Google’s naming scheme, know this; it’s all about alphabets and desserts. Every new android version gets the next letter of the alphabet, we just came from Android with alphabet letter (M) whose corresponding dessert name was Marshmallow, now we are at Android letter O, but the dessert part is unknown. Many are speculating Oreo, but Google might have other ideas.

This Preview 4 doesn’t bring any new features, just the final system behaviors, the latest bug fixes, optimizations, and the final developer APIs. This 4th Preview also marks the last developer build before the official release is done.

To get into the developer program, you will need to sign up here
Android Beta Program . In addition, you will need to have the supported phones which include Pixel and Pixel XL, Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Pixel C, and Nexus Player.

We are looking forward to the official release next month, with it will be awesome features such as new notifications channels and layout as well as floating windows thanks to picture in picture feature just to name a few. Some apps like WhatsApp have already started making use of the picture in picture functionality.

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Facebook Looks To Social Video To Connect Users.

Facebook is developing a standalone social video app aimed at younger users, according to The Verge.

Specific details on Facebook’s developing app, dubbed Bonfire, were unavailable. However, it appears to be similar to video chat app Houseparty, which lets groups of users video chat at once.

Facebook’s Bonfire joins other competitors in the burgeoning social video app landscape. Facebook faces competition from apps other than Houseparty — Tumblr recently launched its social video app called Cabana, which lets users video chat while streaming YouTube videos.

Similar social video chat apps Rabbit and Rave allow users to interact and watch video content through their mobile devices. Social video apps tend to be popular among younger users — 60% of Houseparty users were between 16 and 24 in December of last year, and
Tumblr’s Cabana was received well during its testing with 13- to 18-year-olds.
Here’s why it's important:

•It’s another example of Facebook launching a standalone app to challenge competitors. Facebook launched a youth-focused video app called Lifestage in 2016. It also launched ephemeral messaging apps Slingshot and Bolt in 2014, though neither were well-received, according to the Verge. Moreover, certain users of Lifestage voiced privacy concerns, specifically for children. Facebook is also developing a separate standalone app, called Talk — which aims to help users communicate with their grandparents via video chat, according to The Verge.

•It could keep more users within Facebook’s growing ecosystem. Bonfire adds to the wide array of standalone applications Facebook already offers, including WhatsApp, Messenger and Instagram. Bonfire can also help retain users within Facebook’s overall ecosystem, who may have otherwise gone to competing social video apps.
And it represents a potential channel for new ads. For example, the company could sell sponsored live AR face filters within group chats. In deciding on ad formats for Bonfire, Facebook will likely prioritize the user experience, as intrusive ads could discourage users from using the platform.

•Bonfire may stand a chance if it is able to create an environment where users feel connected. An environment that prioritizes users connecting with others, as opposed to focusing on popularity and receiving likes, is what Houseparty was able to develop, and is a reason that drove teens to the platform, according to Houseparty executive Sima Sistani. Houseparty was the third most popular social networking app in December 2016, which makes it unsurprising Facebook looks to develop a similar app.

Category: Technology News.

How To Conserve Your Data With Or Without Recession.

So you are now tired of spending plenty money buying data subscription?
Or maybe you’ve been harbouring thoughts of robbing a bank in order to buy another monthly subscription…. the last one barely survived 3 weeks. My brother and sister, worry no more.

I’ve got 5 tricks and a story that will help you conserve your subscription, and finish it just before it expires. These are tried and tested tips; they do not require any technical skill or geeky skills. It’s for consumers like you and me.

I never actually felt the recession wind blowing towards me until recently when I somehow ran out of cash and couldn’t even afford any of Glo, MTN, Etisalat or Airtel’s cheap monthly subscription.
If you’ve been in this situation, you will quite agree with me that it’s frustrating and indeed a trying time – getting disconnected from the internet. I know some friends who can’t imagine living a day without internet connection, whereas I lost mine for a whole month. Thank goodness I’m still breathing fine.

I learned 2 important things during this period.
1: “getting disconnected from the internet doesn’t disconnect you from the world. You only get disconnected from the world when you stop connecting with people.” (This is a quote I came up with).

2: How to conserve a Data Subscription.
I’ve been a fan of Glo for the past one year – ruling my world alongside enjoying the battle in the telecoms industry, even though NCC wanted to add to our expenses by hiking the price of data.

According to my calculations, Glo is still leading when it comes to cheap data subscription in Nigeria. The previous data plan I subscribed to before my predicament was the Glo 3.2GB for N1,000 and I was able to conserve it for a month.

So, how do you conserve your data sub with or without recessions – the consumer way?

1. Don’t be addicted to streaming
This may sound like a harsh punishment, but it is worth it. Yes, I know we’re in the 21st century, and yes I know that streaming of content is a part of the internet that gives us some much pleasure; but the truth is that streaming consumes data. Downloading the video is ‘in-a-way’ cheaper than streaming. Please, don’t get carried away, if you’re on a light data subscription, you shouldn’t download everything you see on the web. Doing that, combined with the now-and-then-streaming, your subscription won’t even last a week.

2. Switch Off Data Connection when you’re not browsing
I have this friend who always keeps his Bluetooth, WiFi and Data connection on.
Guess what?
His monthly subscription barely crosses the second week.
Lucky for him, he is a rich kid.
If you believe you’re not a wasteful rich kid and you want to conserve your data subscription, learn to switch off your data connection when you’re not browsing. Your Wi-Fi and Bluetooth should not be left out either; you will be conserving your battery life by turning it off.

3. Update Apps With Wi-Fi Only
A good number of us might have heard this somewhere, but have not taken it into consideration. Now, let me clear the air on this.
Application update with Wi-Fi is preferable to updates over cellular connections.
Lemme answer that question with my own question.
The last time your apps were updated automatically without your permission, how many MBs (Megabytes) and GBs (Gigabytes) did you lose? Pretty much eh?
That’s why installing updates over WiFi is preferable.
If your apps are updated automatically without your consent, you’re not alone. There are some folks who still complain about it. Let me ‘show’ you how to stop this from repeating itself.
If you’re an Android user, quickly open the Google Play on your device and tap on the three horizontal lines parallel to each other.
Next, tap on the settings option and then select the “Auto-update apps” button. Hit “Auto-update apps over WiFi only”.

4. Be the Boss of the Sync Option
Who doesn’t love getting apps synchronized to push notifications? That’s what the Sync option does – push notifications. Before now, I’ve got mine toggled on. I believe you are not different. But, have you forgotten that if you’re syncing setting is toggled on, your phone will always keep checking server for fresh content? A lot of apps are set to keep sync by default, but funny enough some of us don’t even use it.
I’ll advise you keep an eye on your account synching options.
If you’re an Android user, here is how to keep an eye on the Sync option Go to ‘settings’ >> ‘Accounts’
If you don’t want to get updates of useless services, go to your Google accounts and tap on the ones you use most.
I’ve got all toggles turned on; this means I’ve got all my Google apps (Chrome, Docs, Gmail, Google +, Contacts, Drive, e.t.c. synchronised. I know very well that I don’t really use a good percentage of these apps, so I can go ahead and turn off the toggles for the apps I don’t use.
This is a brilliant consumer trick that will not only save my precious data, but will also save my hard earn CASH! Do same for as many other accounts and save more data.

5. Don’t Give Background Data a chance
You might have never taken this part of data conservation seriously, but there are some apps that live to feed on data, even when your device is not in use.
Android is the master in this feature – keeping everything updated and monitored with background data while you’re busying to other stuff.
The truth is that, whether it be on your PC or Smartphone, you don’t necessary need all you apps active all the time.

Closing the curtains
So, guys! These are just a few of my favourite tricks that will help you keep an eye on your data usage without tearing your device. I’ve got one or two other stuff on my blog that would interest you as ‘consumer of technology’. Care to check them out?
Are there any other tricks you want to share? Hit the comment section and let’s hear your opinion.

Photo Credit: Kantver |

Category: Technology News.

Friday, 7 July 2017

Africa Finally Gets Unique Internet Domain 25 Years After World Wide Web Launched.

More than three decades after the first domain name was registered, and over 25 years after the World Wide Web launched, Africa finally has its own internet domain fully owned by Africa named ‘ DotAfrica’ , APA reports on Wednesday.

This milestone was announced in
Addis Ababa , Ethiopia, at the 29th ordinary session of the African Union Assembly. The objective of the launch was to mark the commencement of the DotAfrica operational phase by setting up a road show starting at the AU headquarters.

"DotAfrica will bring the continent together as an internet community under one umbrella and create an opportunity to forge a unique online identity which will associate products, services and or information with the continent and the people of Africa,” read a communiqué.

The idea of DotAfrica was conceived in 2000 when some African internet professionals argued that DotAfrica should be operated by Africans for the benefit of the entire continent.
Reports say Africa has recorded robust growth with international tourist arrivals and tourism revenues growing at 6 percent and 9 percent respectively each year between 1995 and 2014, over the last two decades.
In its Economic Development in Africa report 2017, the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) said tourism in Africa is a flourishing industry that supports more than 21 million jobs.

The report said tourism attracted capital investment of $26 billion on average in 2011-2014 to the African economy, and that this amount represented 1.8 percent of total GDP of the continent.
It added that international tourist arrivals in Africa increased to 56 million in the period 2011-2014, from 24 million in the previous one (1995-1998) and that the figure is forecast to grow to 134 million by 2030.

Tourism export revenues have more than tripled, increasing from $14 billion to approximately $47 billion, between 1995 and 2014. It is now estimated to contribute about 8.5 percent to the continent’s gross domestic product (GDP).

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Whatsapp New Update: Now You Can Delete Sent Messages With New Recall Feature.

The world’s most-used messaging app, WhatsApp is soon going to roll out a new update that will enable users to recall or delete the unread messages. So the next time you send a message intended for someone mistakenly to someone else on WhatsApp, do not worry!

WhatsApp has been testing the Recall feature since months and is testing it on devices before enabling its stable version across the globe. WhatsApp regularly comes up with new updates that further enhance its utility among its users. The messaging app is available in more than 50 different languages around the world and in 10 Indian languages and has 1.2 billion monthly active users. The app currently has 200 million monthly active users in India.

How does the recall feature work?
1. Recall feature on WhatsApp is the       ability to delete the unread messages that you don’t wish the other person to see or you have mistakenly sent it to someone else which means, if you have sent an unintentional message, you can recall it or delete it.

2. As the name suggests, it’ll allow users to recall sent messages within five minutes of them being sent. WhatsApp calls it, ‘Recall’ the sent messages to other users.

3. For this, the user simply has to tap on the message that they wish they did not send and then click on the ‘recall’ option.

4. A user may have soon a five-minute window to revoke such misdirected messages.

5. The users will be able to edit only recent messages and not the old ones.

6. This feature will enable users to recall or unsent texts, images, videos, GIFs, documents, quoted messages and even status replies within a five-minute window.

The ‘Recall’ feature is not available for all its users as it is in the testing phase and will only be rolled out to the general public once it has been tested enough and is found to be bug-free. Meanwhile, a new leak has also surfaced online, suggesting that the Recall feature will arrive soon for iPhone users with WhatsApp version 2.17.30+.

As per WABetaInfo, the Twitter account that tracks WhatsApp updates said that the mobile messaging platform will soon launch the ‘Recall’ feature. It suggests that the new Status feature will be coming on WhatsApp web soon. “WhatsApp has added in beta the possibility to edit messages that you already sent. It is actually disabled by default and it’s under development,” an earlier WABetaInfo’s tweet read.
WhatsApp has started rolling out an update to its iOS app which introduces three new features – Album, Filters and Reply shortcut. Facebook has decided to move the massive WhatsApp data from IBM Cloud to its own data centres, a report by IANS said. The report further states that WhatsApp has been one of IBM’s top five public cloud customers in terms of revenue and was at one point spending $2 million a month with IBM.

Category: Technology News.

Thursday, 8 June 2017

The Creator Of Android's New Phone Startup Has Already Raised $300 Million.

   Andy Rubin, an engineer known for developing Google's Android operating system, has raised $300 million (£231 million) for his new startup, Essential.

    The funding round, which was first reported by Bloomberg » , values Rubin's firm at $993 million (£765 million), according to analysis by research firm Equidate » . That means it is practically a "unicorn," which is the term given to tech startups when they achieve a billion dollar valuation.

Essential declined to comment.

   Rubin ran the Android division at Google for nearly a decade. He left in 2014 and set up a tech incubator called Playground Global, which is where Essential spawned from.

   The paperwork for the funding round was reportedly submitted towards the end of May, just before Rubin unveiled » the company's first two devices: a "PH-1" smartphone and a speaker to rival the Amazon Echo.

    Prior to the funding round, Rubin raised $30 million (£23 million) for Essential from Playground Global and Redpoint Ventures, according to Equidate. Essential's other investors include Asian tech giants like Foxconn and Tencent based on the investor section on Essential's website.

    Rubin was on the brink of raising $100 million (£77 million) from Japanese tech giant SoftBank but the funding fell through due to a conflict of interest with Apple » , which has partnered with SoftBank on its $100 billion (£770 million) Vision Fund » .

The Essential PH-1 smartphone specs.

   The PH-1 is an upcoming Android device that packs some interesting features and clearly is intended to go head-to-head with the top smartphones from Apple and Samsung. The release date has not been confirmed.
The modular device has an edge-to-edge screen and magnetic connectors on the back that will allow owners to connect accessories, including a 360-degree camera that can be bought alongside the phone.

   The PH-1 costs $749 (£577) to reserve with the 360-degree camera. It comes unlocked and with 128 GB of internal storage. For just the phone, it'll cost $699 (£538). But unfortunately for international customers, it's available only in the US, to begin with.
Along with that 128 GB of internal storage, it packs 4 GB of RAM and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. Its casing is titanium and ceramic, and it comes in four colours — Black Moon (glossy black), Stellar Grey (matte dark gray), Pure White (glossy white), and Ocean Depths (a glossy green with bronze sides).
The screen is a hefty 5.7 inches — even larger than the 5.5-inch screen on the iPhone 7 Plus — but the relative lack of bezels on it means it has a smaller footprint than you'd expect. The rear camera is 13 megapixels, while the front-facing camera is 8 megapixels. Both shoot 4K video.

Additional reporting by Rob Price.