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Google For India 2019: All The New Announcements Made By Google

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Being the 2nd largest smartphone market in the world and with Android having a market share of over 91% in the market, India is a very important market for Google. For the last 4 years, Google has put a lot of efforts in tailoring its products and services to better cater to the market. This year’s announcements were no different. From Google Assistant to Google Bolo, a lot of products and services are now getting more vernacular in their approach.

Google Lens

Google Lens has been used for over half a billion times in India. To serve a wider section of the public, Google Lens is now getting support for more Indian languages. After the inclusion of Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Marathi are three other languages that are now supported on the application.

Google Assistant Phone Line

Google has partnered up with Vodafone-Idea to announce a new phone line that is aimed to serve people with poor internet connections and feature phones. Users can now simply call the (000-800-9191000) phone line and ask away their queries. As of now, the phone line supports English and Hindi. Users can ask questions like weather, traffic updates, news, facts amongst other things.

Google Assistant is also getting food delivery support. Users will be able to order food with the Google Assistant from brands like Domino’s and Freshmenu.

Google Discover

Google Discover was announced last year and initially had support for Hindi. But starting today, Google Discover feed will be available in 7 additional languages: Tamil, Telugu, Bengali, Gujarati, Marathi, Kannada, and Malayalam. Support for more languages like Oriya, Urdu and Punjabi is expected to come later this year.

Google Bolo App

Google unveiled the Bolo app earlier this year in India that helped children learn Hindi and English. Now, the application will help learn 5 additional languages that include Bangla, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu. Google has also announced a partnership with publishers like Katha Kids and Chhota Bheem.

Google Pay

Google Pay was announced in the country back in 2017 and has gained a lot of traction in the country for doing payments via UPI. It now handles 918 million transactions a month in India that is a 54x increase from what it did two years ago. The app is now getting three major updates. Firstly, Google is rolling out NFC card payments to Google Pay, starting with cards from Axis, HDFC, Standard Chartered and Kotak banks. Google is also introducing tokenization for debit and credit cards.

Secondly, Google’s Spot platform will now also be a part of the Google Pay app. The Spot platform allows brands to offer their services right within the application itself. So users can now upload their catalogues right into the Google Pay app without having to create a separate application. Merchants can also create Spot codes with which consumers can order ahead and then later go to the store and pick up what they ordered. Early partners include Eat.fit, GoIbibo, MakeMyTrip, RedBus, UrbanClap, and Zomato.

The last new feature coming to Google Pay is Jobs. Jobs will focus on entry-level jobs in industries like hospitality, delivery and retail amongst others. With the help of machine learning, it will suggest a regularly updated list of 10 jobs allowing users to apply for them from within the application itself. This feature will first be available in Delhi NCR. Apart from job opportunities, it will also job-related to tips to these prospective employees.

Google Research India: AI Lab

Lastly, Google is setting up an AI lab in the IT centre of India; Bengaluru. The AI lab in Bangalore will focus on advancing fundamental computer science and AI research and then apply this research to tackle problems like healthcare, agriculture and education in India. For instance, predicting flood forecasts is one category where Google has been working on and will continue to in the near future.

iOS 13 Released Today,Everything You Need To Know In A Nutshell

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iOS 13 Releases Today And Here's Everything You Need To Know In A Nutshell

The calender reads September 19 and that means that it’s finally that time of the year for iOS users to update their phones (and new iPod Touch users) to the newest version of Apple mobile operating system.

The update was first announced and shown off at Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference back in June, shortly after which Apple made beta versions of the OS available to developers and early adopters. Just like every year, Apple eventually announced the release date for iOS 11 during its iPhone 11 launch event.

At what time should iOS 13 be available for download in India?

While the Cupertino giant hasn’t specified a time for release, given Apple sticks with its typical release schedule, we should see iOS 13 land around 1pm Eastern Time which means it will touchdown around 10:30pm in India.

All iOS 13 has to offer in a nutshell

iOS 13 brings a number of long-requested features to the iPhone, including a system-wide dark mode – that promises to make using your iPhone less of a strain on your eyes in the dark; a private sign-in feature which will let you sign on to lots of different apps through Apple, instead of creating separate log-on credentials; better control on apps tracking your location and a bunch of smaller improvements to Apple Maps, Siri and even Memojis.

Apple announces iOS 13

iOS 13 compatible device list

You’ll be able to download iOS 13 on each of the following devices:

  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone SE
  • iPod Touch 7th Generation

How To Download iOS 13 On Your Device

Step 1: Back up your data

Initial builds of a new iOS version aren’t usually polished and you may want to roll back to iOS 12 if things don’t go to plan. Therefore, it’s always a smart idea to back up your phone’s data before switching to iOS 13. If your data is deleted accidentally, you’ll be able to restore it from the backup.

Step 2: Be certain that you have at least 2GB of data available

Step 3: The update process generally takes some time and a lot of power so its better to have the phone plugged in while updating.

Step 4: Go to Settings > General > Software Update. This will begin the process of checking for new updates on your iOS device.

Step 5: Hit ‘Download and Install’ to begin with the download process and tap ‘Install’ once its done and voila!

Government of India bans e-cigarettes citing youth health concerns

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India’s government has announced an immediate ban on e-cigarettes — citing youth-focused public health concerns.

In a news statement following a cabinet meeting today finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the ban covers production, manufacturing, import, export, transport, sale, distribution, storage and advertising of e-cigarettes.

Sitharaman suggested India’s youth are viewing e-cigarettes as a “style statement”, implying it’s encouraging them to get hooked on nicotine — whereas she noted that companies behind the vaping trend have pitched their products as a way to ween existing smokers off cigarettes.

“This decision is taken keeping in mind the impact that [e-cigarettes are] having on the youth of today,” she said of the ban order. “The data that we have largely is derived from the US’ experience and it the US the latest stats that I have before me states that there has been a 77.8% growth among school students who are at the 10th and 12th level.”

She also pointed to “surprising” growth in e-cigarette use among US middle school students — up 48.5%, per stats she cited.

India has some 106M adult smokers, making it a major market for cigarette companies of all stripes. But with the e-cigarette ban, vaping startups like Juul are set to be shut out entirely — even as traditional tobacco giants are allowed to continue to operate.

According to the World Health Organization the use of tobacco in Indian, which includes both smoked and smokeless products, kills close to 1M people per year.

The ban on e-cigarettes will need formal approval when India’s parliament returns this fall, though this step is typically considered a formality.

Penalties for breaching the ban order include up to one year in jail and a fine of 100,000 rupees ($1,405) for first-time offenders, per Reuters. Repeat violation risks up to three years and a penalty of up to 500,000 rupees. It’s not clear whether users of e-cigarettes will risk any penalties for the act of vaping itself.

India’s ban comes at a time when the US is also preparing to tighten regulation in response to concerns around youth vaping. This month the Trump administration said it’s working on a compliance policy for flavored e-cigarettes that are especially appealing to children.

The US’ CDC public health agency also against using e-cigarettes — as it investigates a lung condition associated with vaping, following hundreds of cases and a suspected death in August.

WhatsApp Latest Beta now lets you completely hide muted status updates from view

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Just like almost any other app these days, WhatsApp offers status updates eerily similar to Snapchat and Instagram Stories. People who are into this feature have had the possibility to mute certain contacts (such as their colleagues) for quite some time already. However, muted updates would still show up in the status tab, greyed out but within a separate section below all others. The latest beta (version 2.19.260) is looking to change that with an option that lets you hide muted stories altogether.

Left: Previous version. Right: New version. Note the arrow pointing downwards next to “Muted updates.”

To make the new option show up in the first place, you need to mute someone’s story, which you can do via the three-dot menu inside it. Once that’s done, their content should be hidden in the Status tab with an arrow if you want to expand the muted section and see what’s there (see above screens). This seems to be an A/B test currently, so you might not have it yet. Even though I’m using the latest beta build, I couldn’t make muted stories disappear.

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You can get WhatsApp Beta v2.19.260 by signing up to become a tester on the Play Store and you can also download it from APK Mirror.

Xiaomi Mi Smart Water Purifier launched in India : Smarter Living 2020 event

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Xiaomi’s Mi Smart Water Purifier has a five-stage cleaning process that ensures the purified water possible. Being a smart product, you can use the smartphone companion app to keep track of different aspects.

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At its Smarter Living 2020 event, Xiaomi took the wraps off a brand-new product category. In line with the teasers, this new product is a smart water purifier. Read on to find out everything on the new Xiaomi Mi Smart Water Purifier.

Xiaomi Mi Smart Water Purifier price, availability

Xiaomi’s new water purifier carries a price tag of Rs 11,999 in India. It will be going on sale starting September September 29. Buyers can head over to Flipkart, mi.com, and Mi Home Stores to get their hands on the new product.

Mi Smart Water Purifier process

Xiaomi’s new water purifier features a five-step process to purify the water before consumption. In stages one and two, the PP+ Activated Carbon filter intercepts large and visible particles along with residual chlorine, color and odor.

Stage three sees the RO filter weed out heavy metals, scales or any other organic substance. The PAC filter in stage four absorbs any remaining odor or organic substance, and effectively improves the taster of water. In the last step, the UV light inside the purifier kills any remaining bacteria or viruses with a claimed 99.99 percent efficiency.

Water Purifier with smart capabilities

Being a part of Xiaomi’s Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem, it is natural that the new water purifier comes with smart capabilities. By connecting to the Mi Home app, you will be able to keep track of the water level in the tank, TDS level of water, and the life of each filter in real-time.

Another highlight of the Mi Smart Water Purifier is its DIY capabilities. In essence, the filters are designed in a way that they can be removed and replaced in just 30 seconds. This frees up Indian households from the shackles of annual maintenance costs.

Xiaomi Mi TV 4X with 65-inch 4K HDR panel launched in India: Smarter Living 2020

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Xiaomi has launched the Mi TV 4X with 4K HDR display in three different screen sizes in India. The new model will be available via Flipkart and it will compete with Motorola’s first smart TVs launched in India yesterday.

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Xiaomi has launched its 65-inch Mi TV 4X in India. This is the biggest TV yet from the Chinese smartphone maker in the country. The company launched the new television at its Smarter Living 2020 event in Bengaluru. With the new TV, Xiaomiis expanding its television portfolio in a big way as it prepares to compete with new rivals like Motorola. Despite competition, Xiaomi remains the leader in India’s smart TV market.

Xiaomi Mi TV 4X 65: Price in India and Availability

The Mi TV 4X 65-inch is a big upgrade over the 55-inch Mi TV 4X Pro currently available in India. The new 65-inch 4K UHD Smart TV is priced at Rs 54,999 in India. The TV is priced competitively against the launch of Motorola’s first Smart TVs in the country. Xiaomi notes that it is an introductory price and will go on sale from September 29. Motorola launched its 65-inch UHD TV alongside five other models at Rs 64,999 in India. The Mi TV 4X 65-inch will be available via Mi.comand Flipkart.

Xiaomi Mi TV 4X 65: Specifications and Features

The Mi TV 65-inch comes with a 4K HDR panel supporting a 10-bit display and wide color gamut. Like Motorola‘s offering, Xiaomi has also added MEMC (Motion Estimation/Motion Compensation) called Reality Flow with the help of a dedicated chip. The TV has a sound output of 20W and supports Dolby + DTS-HD audio output. The Mi TV 4X series also includes Vivid Picture Engine, an in-house image processing technology to produce better contrasts and punchier colors.

Like other Mi TVs, the 65-inch Mi TV 4X also runs Android TV with PatchWall 2.0 UI. The big change coming with these TVs is the native support for Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. Xiaomi is also claiming 7,00,000+ hours of content as part of this interface. In terms of specifications, there is a quad-core processor coupled with 2GB of RAM and 16GB internal storage. It comes with three HDMI ports, one AV port, two USB ports, one Ethernet and S/PDIF port.

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Xiaomi Mi TV 4X Expansion

Xiaomi is also adding two new models to the Mi TV 4X series alongside the 65-inch model. There is a 43-inch model with 4K HDR 10-bit display and a 50-inch 4K HDR 10-bit display. Both the TVs output 20W through its speakers and support Dolby + DTS-HD audio. They run Android TV with PatchWall UI and bring a new feature called Data Saver. The company will allow users to view data usage by every app with an inbuilt data counter. The 43-inch and 50-inch Mi TV 4X will be available for Rs 24,999 and Rs 29,999 respectively. They will also go on sale starting September 29.

Mi Band 4 Review: A Huge Improvement

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The Mi Band series of fitness trackers from Xiaomi makes it the largest wearable company on the face of the worth. The immense value-for-money that they offer is unparalleled in the world of wearables.

Months after the initial release of the Mi Band 4 in China, it has finally made its way to India. From what it seems on paper, it’s already a huge improvement over the Mi Band 4. But how good is it you ask? Well, let’s find out in out full review of it.

Design

The Mi Band 4 is characteristic of the design language of previous iterations in the line-up. There’s a pill-shaped tracker that sits in a band and can be swapped into 8 different official bands that have been announced with the tracker. But the tracking module of the Mi Band 4 loses some curves from the Mi Band 3’s and is now flatter. As a whole, the Mi Band 4 looks just alright and can accompany your wrist on most occasions.

The Mi Band 4 comes in at 22 grams and it’s comfortable enough to be worn for the length of a day and night. The band is made of thermoplastic polyurethane and is resistant to oil and grease. I faced no irritation whatsoever in my use of over a month.

Display

Coming to the tracking module, there are some discernible changes that make it quite an upgrade from its predecessor. First and foremost, the band now hosts a beautiful 0.95-inch AMOLED touchscreen with a brightness of up to 400 nits. This new display is a reason alone for users to switch from the mundane display on the Mi Band 3. Taking advantage of this new colourful display, the Mi Band 4 can now host customized watch faces that is a first on a Mi Band (and probably the first in this price range).

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While I wasn’t a fan of the cartoonish watch faces that are officially available on the app, there’s a fervent development of watch faces by third parties that expands the menu and caters to the taste of a wider audience. Syncing watch faces takes about 6-7 seconds and can be done from the companion Mi Fit app. The new display has also led to a change in the UI. Swiping up/down from the home-screen reveals colourful icons of different functions like Heart Rate, Workout, Status, Weather, and Notifications. This UI is customizable too and you can arrange functions in a way that suits your needs.

The display doesn’t occupy the entire surface of the band and there are thick bezels on the top and bottom that are visible when light falls on it. But since it’s an AMOLED display, deep blacks in the UI do a good job of making you forget the existence of the bezels. The bottom chin houses a tiny circle at the bottom of the display that acts as a back button.

Fitness Tracking

In terms of tracking, the Mi Band 4 covers all the basics that you’d expect from a fitness tracker. It tracks steps, calories burnt, sleep, heart rate and workouts. But this time around, there’s a new 6-axis sensor that enables better workout tracking. Being 5ATM certified (water-resistant up to 50 metres), the Mi Band 4 is not also capable of tracking swims but can also recognize different strokes.

The Mi Band 4 still misses out on a GPS chip. But for its price, I’m not complaining. Although, this doesn’t mean it can’t track your runs at all. It does have the ability to latch on to your phone’s GPS to track runs that can later be accessed via the Mi Fit app. In terms of tracking accuracy, I did find the Mi Band 4 to be pretty respectable. In fact, someone also conducted a comparison between the Mi Band 4 and an industrial tracker to find that the Mi Band 4 was always within a nail’s distance.

Users can also choose to let the band warn when heart rates rise above a predefined level.

The heart rate sensor can now be set to monitor your heart rate in three different modes. The automatic heart rate detection mode will monitor your beat at an interval that you choose (1 min, 5 min, 10 min and 30 min). Using this mode will drain battery life faster. The second mode is sleep assistant that uses the heart rate sensor while you’re asleep to better analyse sleeping patterns (deep sleep and light sleep). Based on this, the Mi Fit app also suggests how you can improve your deep sleep and warns you if you miss out on adequate sleep frequently. The third mode combines the previous two modes and allows the user to track his/her heart rate throughout the day. This, quite obviously, will severely impact the battery life of the Mi Band 4.

All in all, the Mi Band 4 makes up for an excellent fitness band that doesn’t break the bank when you’re trying to lose the stank.

Miscellaneous Features

The best part about the Mi Band 4 is that it’s way more than just a fitness band. The fact that you can do so much more with it makes the deal even sweeter than it already is. Since there’s a lot to cover, I’ll break down everything else that you can do with this fitness band.

Music Control

The new “feature bag” now also brings along music control. A single swipe from the left will reveal the music control panel. The display shows the name of the song that’s currently playing and also allows you to pause/resume and skip tracks. There’s a tiny volume bar at the top from which volume can be controlled too. My unit almost always took a second to load the music information. While this lag is slightly annoying, I’m just glad that this feature exists.

Notifications

The Mi Band can mirror all your phone notifications. Although there’s still no way you can respond to these notifications, there are some other features that can help you make the most of your experience. For instance, you can choose to control notifications from which apps are worthy of a buzz on your wrist. This proved to be a great way to de-clutter notifications and filter only the ones that mattered the most.

Calls are also notified on the band with the option to reject or silence calls. Unfortunately, calls are only silenced on the band and the phone still continues to ring. A minor gripe, but I hope this gets addressed in a future update.

For times when you don’t want to get notified about anything, there’s a DND mode that can be activated right from the band.

Idle Alerts

If you haven’t moved in an hour, the band will vibrate and let you know it’s time to move. You can also choose to turn this off when you don’t want it to work. Also, this feature is automatically disabled at night when you’re asleep.

Alarm & Clock

You can also configure the Mi Band 4 to act as an alarm clock. And while there’s no speaker to make an impact on your hearing senses, the sturdy vibration motor does its part. Being a heavy sleeper, I barely found myself responding to these wrist taps. But this can be particularly useful if you’re taking power naps or if you’re a light sleeper. Stopwatch & Timers can also be accessed with a couple of simple taps.

Battery & Charging

Surprisingly, inspite of featuring a colour display, Xiaomi claimed that the Mi Band 4 will still offers the same 20-day battery life that the Mi Band 3 offered. While it’s not impossible to achieve that mark, I could personally get about 14 days of usage with the heart-rate sensor active during my sleep. And to be honest, this is commendable.

The only major complaint I have with the Mi Band 4 is the proprietary charging technology that requires users to pop out the tracking module and attach it to a charging cradle that charges the band via two pogo pins. But again, the great battery life ensures that you don’t have to do this as often.

Verdict

For INR 2,299, the Mi Band 4 is simply excellent. It offers great fitness tracking, stellar battery endurance, a colourful AMOLED display with custom watch faces and music control amongst other things. Sure, it doesn’t have GPS, NFC payments or a more convenient charging solution, but at its price, these shortcomings are definitely forgivable. I’m simply surprised by how Xiaomi made such drastic improvements over the Mi Band 3 and still managed to price the Mi Band 4 so competitively.

Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S6 display, the S Pen and the keyboard with trackpad make the S6 a unique tablet experience

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The Android tablet market isn’t exactly a hotbed of excitement and activity, which makes it all the more impressive that Samsung continues to iterate its own tablet lineup in smart, meaningful ways that push the technology forward and deliver a stellar experience. Samsung’s new Galaxy Tab S6(starting at $649.99) is no exception, and this latest offering expands the definition of what a tablet can be while retaining or refining everything that’s been its predecessors.

Thin, light and luxe design

Samsung has been delivering outstanding body design on its tablet lineup since the introduction of the all metal and glass Tab S4, and the Tab S6 continues this tradition with a full metal back and glass front that’s lighter and thinner than its predecessor. The look and feel is more reminiscent of the Tab S5e, which was released after the S4 earlier this year and which acts as a more economical alternative to Samsung’s flagship lineup. The S6 manages to feel just a touch more premium than the S5e, though both are class-leading in terms of their industrial design.

The brushed finish of the back looks great, and feels nice in the hand, and if you have larger hands you can even one-hand this device when reading for limited periods of time. Samsung has also shrunk the bezels, giving you a more front face-filling screen than on any previous tablet, which does a very good job of putting the gorgeous sAMOLED display in focus. More than ever, this feels like one big sleek, metallic hand-held display – the future, in your hand, reduced to the essentials in an awesome way.

Display and cameras

The display on the Tab S6 isn’t much changed from the one used on the Tab S5e and the Tab S4 – but that’s actually great news, because Samsung has the best tablet display in the business when it comes to watching media. The 10.5-inch 2560 x 1600 pixel Super AMOLED display gives you true blacks that are outstanding, and impossible to replicate on any LED-based display, and Samsung offers a range of color options to choose from, including ‘natural’ settings for photo-accurate editing, and enhanced saturation modes for getting the most out of eye-popping movies and videos.

That display now comes with a neat new trick on the Tab S6: An integrated fingerprint reader. This authentication and unlock method is new for this generation, and replaces iris/face scanning as the only biometric unlock option on the Tab S4. It performs very well in my testing, and has the added cool factor of being just an amazing big of whiz-bang tech magic, especially if this is your first time encountering and in-display fingerprint reader.

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The great display makes a fantastic editing surface for photos and videos, and that’s why it’s super interesting that Samsung went out of their way to upgrade the cameras on the Tab S6 – adding dual camera options, in fact. There’s now a super wide angle lens in addition to the standard one, which gives you a lot of creative options when it comes to both still photography and videos.

While the Tab S6 is great for editing, I still wouldn’t lean too heavily on the built-in cameras for actually capturing content. They’re fine cameras, augmented by Samsung’s built-in software, but the super wide has a fair amount of distortion and not the best resolution, and in general I still think you should avoid shooting too much with tablet cameras in general. Still, it’s nice to have the option in case you’re in a pinch.

Your pen pal

I mentioned editing above already, but the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 has an added advantage over other tablets in this area: The S Pen. Samsung’s stylus is updated in this version, with Bluetooth connectivity that gives it additional super powers like the ability to act as a remote for the camera, presentations and other software.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 1The S Pen still performs best as an actual stylus, however, and it excels in this capacity. For pressure sensitive applications including sketching and painting, it’s fantastic, but where it really shines in my usage is in editing photos using software like Lightroom from Adobe. Stylus input means you can get super specific and accurate with your edits. This applies to editing video, too, where the stylus works well for making concise trims to video timelines.

You can also easily create handwritten notes with the S Pen, and if you do using Samsung’s built-in Notes application, you get automatic OCR and search indexing. In my testing, I found that this worked really, really well – surprisingly so, considering how bad my handwriting is. For printed characters, the Samsung Notes app had no trouble at all identifying words accurately in my scrawl and retrieving the right results when searching by keyword.

Since this S Pen uses Bluetooth, it now has a built-in rechargeable battery. Like Apple’s Pencil, it charges wirelessly, attaching magnetically to the tablet to power up. Samsung has designed a groove in the back of the tablet to receive the S Pen for charging, and while this isn’t sturdy enough for you to trust it to hold the stylus when you throw them in your bag unprotected, the Tab S6 cover accessory nicely wraps the S Pen with a fold-down flap for easy storage.

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A true workhorse

Samsung’s official case options include a back panel protector/detachable keyboard combo that are probably the best accessory of this style available on the market for any tablet. The back cover includes a reusable sticky surface to ensure a solid fit which will be more reliably fixed than a magnetic attachment, and it has a multi-angle kickstand that works wonderfully to support the tablet on any table or even on your lap.

As mentioned, there’s a top flap that provides protection and easy access to the S Pen, which is a very clever way to keep that stored without complicating matters. The cover has a finely textured surface that increases grippiness, and it has proven resilient in terms of not picking up dirt or grime so far.

The keyboard attaches via magnets to one side of the tablet, folding up to protect the display when not in use. It’s slim, but it still had defined keys with actual travel that feel really good to type with, and there’s something you probably weren’t expecting to see on an Android tablet keyboard – a built-in trackpad.

All of this is designed primarily for use with DeX, Samsung’s desktop-like software experience that’s aimed at boosting productivity (though you can use the trackpad in the standard Android interface, too). When it works well, the DeX experience truly makes the Tab S6 feel like a mini desktop, giving you the power to tackle tasks in multiple windows – including in multiple windows for the same apps. It’s great for things like seeing Slack open and working in multiple browser windows, along with your email client, for instance.

That said, there are definite limitations to DeX, including the need to re-open all your windows when switching back from standard Android mode, for instance. Not every app behaves well in this novel mode, either, since third-party ones especially aren’t designed for it, and there are quirks to the windowing (like overflowing and weird-sized windows) that make it occasionally a little strange to work with. Still, all in all it’s great to have the option, and can really increase your ability to do work on the road in the right circumstances.

Bottom line

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 is, without a doubt, the best Android tablet available. It combines top notch hardware with Samsung’s evolving DeX approach to mobile productivity, and while DeX isn’t perfect in all settings, it’s at the very least not doing any harm and you’re better off having it available vs. not. Meanwhile, the Tab S6 working in standard Android mode is an excellent, super-fast media consumption and photo editing powerhouse. If you’re in the market for a tablet, the Tab S6 is an easy choice.

This is How To Lock Your WhatsApp Chats With Fingerprint

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WhatsApp rolled out a slew of new updates on both Android and iOS in the last few months for users who are a part of the developer beta programme. Out of all the updates released, one of them is a “fingerprint lock” which helps you secure your chats on WhatsApp. It was earlier this year in February when WhatsApp had rolled out the Authentication feature for iOS beta users. This feature made it possible for the users to use Touch ID to unlock the app. WhatsApp finally released the feature on Android last month. So, here’s how you can secure your WhatsApp chats with the fingerprint lock to make sure nobody gets access to them.

Locking WhatsApp Chat On iOS

Before you unlock your WhatsApp chats on iOS, it’s important to make sure that your phone is running WhatsApp version 2.19.20.

  1. First step is to go to the “settings” tab on WhatsApp on your iPhone and tap on “privacy”.
  2. Scroll down to screen lock and set the toggle on.
  3. Once you’ve set the toggle on, your touch ID on iPhone will get activated for WhatsApp. And in case you have a face ID, your face will unlock the WhatsApp chats.

Locking WhatsApp Chat On Android

To enable Whatspp chat on Android, make sure your phone is running the WhatsApp version 2.19.221.

  1. First, go to WhatsApp “settings” on your Android smartphone.
  2. Then head to the “account” section and tap on “privacy”.
  3. Once you tap on privacy, scroll down to the last option i.e. fingerprint unlock.
  4. You then tap on the “fingerprint lock”, following which you will be asked to confirm whether you want to use your fingerprint sensor to lock/unlock WhatsApp with your registered finger on the sensor.

So, there you go! This is how you lock your WhatsApp Chats with fingerprint.

Realme XT Review: A Great Budget Phone and The Details

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Shortly after announcing two quad-camera phones last month, realme is back with another quad-camera phone that is the first phone in India to have a 64MP sensor: the realme XT. Along with the change in the primary sensor used, the XT has some other noticeable changes too that places it a notch above the realme 5 Pro. But more than anything else, it’s the 64MP sensor that has generated a lot of hype and curiosity. Is it worth the hype? Well, let’s find out in our full review of the realme XT.

realme XT Review: Design & Build Quality

The realme XT features a refined design that is characteristic of smooth edges and rounded corners. This XT is the first phone from realme’s stable to feature a glass back that is protected with Gorilla Glass 5. Unlike the back of the realme 5 Pro, the XT doesn’t opt for a diamond-cut pattern but instead goes for a classy sheen look which is further emphasized on the Pearl White variant. The other colour is Pearl Blue that is actually a mix of blue and purple. There’s no colour shift on either colour. Instead, the back of the phone reflects a hyperbola when the light hits it at a certain angle.

The XT has a 3.5mm headphone jack and a USB Type-C port that sit at the bottom. The power button sits on the right and has a gold streak running through it which is a sweet touch. The left side houses the volume buttons and the triple card slot that supports dual 4G SIM cards and a microSD card.

realme XT Review: Display

The realme XT has a 6.43-inch FullHD+ AMOLED display with Gorilla Glass 5 on top that doesn’t offer an uninterrupted view like the realme X does because of its dew-drop notch. The display itself is a great panel that is made by Samsung. Being an AMOLED screen, blacks are deep and colours are saturated, and it offers a great viewing experience overall.

The phone also has a Widevine L1 certification which means that you can stream shows in FullHD on platforms like Netflix & Prime video. The display gets plenty bright to be legible in sunlight and performs great on the other side of the spectrum too (gets dim enough at night). Unfortunately, ColorOS 6.0 misses out on a Dark Mode and hence, while browsing at night, whites can seem piercing at times. But a Night Shield mode is bundled in to block blue light and make using the phone in dark environments easier on your eyes.

realme XT Review: Performance

Internally, the XT is identical to the realme 5 Pro. The phone is powered by a Snapdragon 712 SoC with up to 8GB of RAM and 128GB of UFS 2.1 storage. For day-to-day tasks, the phone doesn’t hiccup and is pretty responsive to whatever you ask it to do. The plenty of RAM it has also ensures that apps stay in the memory for long.

It also handles gaming just fine. PUBG defaults to high settings, although plays with a few skipped frames here and there. Thermal management on the XT is quite good and I rarely ever found the phone to heat up to uncomfortable levels. In fact, I also tried playing PUBG while charging and the phone was surprisingly comfortable to hold.

The phone has a bottom-firing speaker that gets plenty loud without sounding tinny. Output via the 3.5mm headphone jack was good too. The phone employs an-display fingerprint scanner that works well. Additionally, face unlock is available too, and is rather quick at unlocking the phone.

realme XT Review: Software

Realme still ships with OPPO’s ColorOS 6.0 and we’ll have to wait longer for the anticipated realme OS. ColorOS is still the same old that we’ve seen on realme and OPPO phones before. The UI is characteristic of white backgrounds with subtle gradients on top which looks visually appealing. While ColorOS isn’t as clean as OxygenOS, it is much cleaner than UIs we’ve come to see on some other Chinese OEMs.

There’s plenty to customize here too. For gaming, there’s a dedicated Game Space that dedicates more resources to the game at hand and blocks incoming notifications and calls from taking up screen space. Another interesting feature is realme Share that quickly transfers files between realme phones with the help of WiFi direct.

Although it’s still running on Android Pie, ColorOS has navigation gestures that are similar to Android 10. You can swipe from either side of the display to go back, swipe up from the bottom to go home, and swipe up and hold to reveal the multitasking menu. While I’m not a huge fan of the colour-heavy UI, the only major gripe I had with the OS was the lack of a dark mode given that the phone employs an AMOLED display. And also, there’s plenty of bloatware and system apps too (some of which that can’t be uninstalled too).

realme XT Review: Camera

Before we dive into the camera review, let’s address the elephant in the room. The megapixel count of a camera is not the only factor that contributes to a better picture. There is a multitude of factors including but not limited to sensor size, quality of lens, and the image processing software. So, the inclusion of a 64MP sensor doesn’t necessarily make the phone better than a phone with a 48MP or even a 12MP sensor.

Having said that, let’s get to know how the camera actually performs. The XT sports a quad-camera that is similar to the one found on the recently unveiled realme 5 Pro. But instead of the primary 48MP sensor, the XT has Samsung’s 64MP ISOCELL GW1 sensor. The other three cameras include an 8MP ultrawide-angle sensor, a 2MP depth sensor and a 2MP macro sensor.

The realme XT’s versatile camera setup makes it one of the best camera phones you can get in this price segment. By default, the phone takes 16MP shots (quad pixel binning) that boast of great dynamic range and clarity (in daylight). But if you do want to take full advantage of the 64MP sensor, there is a 64MP mode that lets you capture 64MP shots. But don’t expect to be blown away. If you’re not pixel-peeping, you’ll have a hard time noticing the difference between the 64MP sensor used on the XT and the popular 48MP Sony IMX586 sensor that is present on the realme 5 Pro.

Top Images: realme XT, Bottom Images: realme 5 Pro

Don’t get me wrong, the 64MP shooter is really good and takes pictures that are more detailed too. I’d go the distance to say that it takes pictures that are comparable to phones that cost even 3 times as much. But it’s just that there’s no discernible difference between what the realme 5 Pro can achieve and the realme XT can, especially in daylight.

Left: Auto Mode, Right: Nighscape

The ultra-wide sensor on the realme XT is pretty good and produces images that are very similar to the image taken by the primary sensor in terms of colour reproduction and dynamic range. The 2MP depth sensor helps in accurate edge detection while taking portraits. There’s also an interesting addition in the form of a 2MP macro sensor that allows shots of subjects that are as close as 4cm from the phone. It does take some decent-looking shots in broad daylight and it offers an interesting perspective while taking pictures.

Shots from the Macro lens

The selfie camera of the phone is a 16MP sensor that also takes good pictures. Portrait mode is also pretty accurate with edge detection and the overall experience is rather satisfactory. There’s also a bunch of other software features like Beauty Mode, Chroma Boost (colour boost), Filters and so on, that you can use with both the front and the rear cameras.

You can check more image samples from the realme XT here.

For taking videos, there’s EIS but no OIS present on either camera. The rear camera can shoot up to 4K@30FPS whereas the selfie camera can shoot up to 1080p videos at 30FPS. There’s also a slo-mo mode that allows one to shoot at 960FPS 720p video for a short time burst. These videos are janky as this isn’t achieved with hardware alone and there’s some software optimization that’s present to make this possible.

realme XT Review: Battery & Charging

The realme XT has a 4,000mAh battery that supports VOOC 3.0 fast charging (20W) via its USB Type-C port. The battery performance was commendable and it can easily last most users for a day even with heavy usage. With my usage of social media, streaming music on Spotify via Bluetooth, an hour of PUBG gaming and plenty of instant messaging, I would end the day comfortably with a 15-20% charge (5.5-6 hours of SoT).

The fast charger that is bundled with the phone could charge the phone from 20% to 75% in about 40 minutes with WiFi being switched on. The last 25% would take an additional 40 minutes to take the total charging time to about an hour and 20 minutes. Interestingly, the phone doesn’t heat up as much when charging it while playing PUBG. It does get warm, but it’s still pretty manageable.

realme XT Review: Verdict

The realme XT is a good offering that banks on a versatile camera setup, a capable processor, a good build and a great battery life to offer a rather enjoyable experience. There’s nothing that this phone does terribly wrong, and hence, is an easy recommend for anyone looking for a phone in the sub-20k segment. With a starting price of INR 15,999, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a phone that offers as much value. The only major gripe I had with the phone was with its software. ColorOS doesn’t feel as slick as other UIs and its lack of Dark Mode is rather surprising.

In closing, I’d like to say that it’s good to see a 64MP sensor on a budget phone in 2019 but it isn’t as game-changing as you might think it to be. As I’ve mentioned before in the camera review, to an average set of eyes, pictures taken from the 48MP sensor on the realme 5 Pro and the 64MP sensor on the realme XT will appear to be largely the same (even though the latter is slightly better).

The phone is available in three variants of 4GB/64GB, 6GB/64GB and 8GB/128GB. The variants are priced at INR 15,999, INR 16,999 and INR 18,999 respectively.

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