Google says 11 smartphones will be Daydream VR enabled by the end of 2017

To say that Google’s Daydream VR platform is still a niche endeavor would be a definite understatement. But that may be about to change, in a few months at least. Speaking during the earnings call for parent company Alphabet, Google CEO Sundar Pichai uttered a very interesting number: 11. That is apparently the number of handsets that will support Daydream VR by the end of this year. That seems like a big number compared to how the situation stands now, but let’s do some counting, shall we? If we add…

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Spice Launches Three Smartphones, Five Feature Phones Under Its Revamped Brand

After the brand revamp with its Transsion Holdings joint venture, Spice has launched as many as eight mobile devices in India. This includes three smartphones – Spice F301, Spice F302 and Spice K601 – and five feature phones – Z102, Z101, Z201, Z202, and Z301. The prices for these phones begin from Rs. 1,180, and they will be sold starting from July 11. To recall, at the announcement of the Spice brand revamp, Spice Mobility and Transsion Holdings said that 10 mobiles will be launched by the end of the year, with…

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Google unveils new Pixel smartphones, other gadgets

Google launched an aggressive challenge to consumer electronics giants like Apple and Samsung on Tuesday, introducing a new line of smartphones called Pixel and other gadgets designed to showcase a digital helper the company calls “Google Assistant.” The new devices represent a big push by Google to make and sell its own hardware, instead of largely just supplying software for other manufacturers. At a starting price of roughly $650, the new Pixel phones are aimed at the same markets as Apple’s iPhone and Samsung’s Galaxy flagship phones. GADGETS ON PARADE…

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Samsung Launches 2 New J-Series Smartphones

NEW DELHI: South Korean giant Samsung on Monday expanded its J-series portfolio by launching Galaxy J5 Prime and Galaxy J7 Prime smartphones that offer indigenously developed S-secure and S-power planning features. The features, developed in Samsung’s India R&D centre, provide the devices better security and more battery power along with a host of other functionalities. The Galaxy J5 Prime is available for Rs 14,790 and Galaxy J7 Prime is priced at Rs 18,790.   Galaxy J7 Prime has a 5.5-inch full HD display with 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass. It is packed with…

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Smartphones can prompt healthy lifestyle changes

Using internet, smartphones and other devices can better encourage people to adopt healthy behaviours such as improving diet, increasing physical activity, and reducing tobacco or alcohol use, new research has found. “Both Internet-based and mobile-based programmes can help people become more physically active, eat better and achieve modest weight loss over 3-12 months,” said lead study author Ashkan Afshin, from the University of Washington in the US. Researchers reviewed 224 studies conducted on generally healthy adults, published between 1990 and 2013. The studies evaluated the effect of using Internet, mobile…

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