OnePlus 2 Receiving OxygenOS 3.5.8 Update; Brings Improvements and Fixes

OnePlus has started rolling out incremental OxygenOS update for the OnePlus 2 smartphone. The new OxygenOS 3.5.8 update for the OnePlus 2 smartphone brings general bug fixes and improvements. The latest OxygenOS update also upgrades the phone with Google’s March Android security update. Apart from the security update, the OxygenOS fixes several issues including echo issue during video calls in Duo app, persistent network drop issues, and data roaming issue in certain countries. The new update for the OnePlus 2 also improves audio compatibility and brings general bug fixes.

OnePlus 2 Receiving OxygenOS 3.5.8 Update; Brings Improvements and Fixes

Similar to previous updates, OnePlus says that the OTA will be rolling out gradually, which will mean that it will be available to a small percentage of users starting Wednesday, and a broader rollout to all OnePlus 2 buyers can be expected in a few days. The OnePlus 2 users can manually check for the update by heading to Settings > About Phone > System Update.

The company has been on a roll when it comes to releasing updates for its OnePlus smartphones. Last week, OnePlus rolled out the Android 7.1.1 Nougat-based OxygenOS 4.1.0 update for the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T smartphones. The new OxygenOS update brought several new features to the two smartphones, including the March Android security update.

OnePlus’s OxygenOS 4.1.0 (Android 7.1.1) update added support for expanded screenshots while improving on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. For camera performance, OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T received improvements while taking pictures of moving objects with blur reduction, and also received improved video stability when recording.

Xiaomi CEO confirms that the next-gen Mi MIX is already being developed

The Mi MIX is one of the most exciting devices to come out of Xiaomi’s sheds. According to the CEO of Xiaomi, Lei Jun, the company is already working on a successor to this widely popular device. It will be interesting to see how the company will innovate with the second-gen variant, especially since the Mi MIX brought so many new things to the table.

It is possible that most of the upgrades will be under the hood, and not cosmetic. Jun didn’t go into detail about this particular aspect, although it’s possible that we’ll hear more about it in the months to come.

Jun posted the following on Weibo (in Chinese), along with a picture, “Today, I am pleased to meet again with international design master Philip Stark, who introduced me the design concept of millet MIX next generation, and then we both will continue to explore how to make these exciting innovations as a reality The product. Come on, millet!”

We have only heard that Xiaomi is aiming for a 93% screen to body ratio for the Mi MIX 2, although it’s not set in stone at the moment. Given the amount of time that Xiaomi takes to develop its phones (the Mi 5, for example), we’re not holding our breath for the announcement of this new handset.

Xiaomi is currently lagging behind some top manufacturers in the industry, so it makes sense for the company to release more handsets like the Mi Mix so as to get themselves ahead of the rivals. But given how stiff the competition is in the mobile industry, it won’t be an easy ask for the Chinese manufacturer.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Tipped to Sport Optical Fingerprint Sensor

Samsung Galaxy S8 Tipped to Sport Optical Fingerprint Sensor

  • Galaxy S8 to sport new fingerprint recognition technology
  • It is expected to sport curved edges on top and bottom as well
  • The smartphone is expected to be released early next year

Drowning in controversies, Samsung has confirmed that it won’t give up on its plans to launch the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 next year. Traditionally, Samsung launched its ‘S’ series flagship at MWC in Barcelona, and if that is the case this time as well, then work on the Galaxy S8 should have already begun. There have been quite a few leaks testifying this, and the latest hints that the smartphone will sport optical fingerprint recognition that will enable reading thumb print through the display as well.

This leaks comes out of Weibo, and is first spotted by Sammobile. It hints that the company will not embed the fingerprint scanner in the home button, and will instead have it under the rumoured 4K screen. The smartphone is also expected to sport a bezel-less design, with no home button, and a curved display on the top and bottom edges as well.

If this leak is accurate, then the Samsung Galaxy S8 will be the first smartphone to sport an optical fingerprint technology. This new tech is pegged to be much faster and more accurate than the ultrasonic fingerprint recognition found on several top-end smartphones today.Previous leaks suggest that the Samsung Galaxy S8 will feature a 5.5-inch 4K (2160×3840 pixels) Super Amoled display and will boast of an impressive pixel density of 806ppi. It will be powered by the company’s in-house Exynos 8895 SoC paired with 6GB of RAM. It is said to sport a 16-megapixel and 8-megapixel dual camera setup. It is expected to launch on February 26 next year.

For now, it has been reported that work on the Galaxy S8 has been delayed as all focus is on finding the fault in the Galaxy Note 7. If you have been living under a rock, the Galaxy Note 7 is now a dead affair and Samsung is replacing the units with a Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge. It is also giving full refunds or letting users be a part of the S8 or Note 8 update program if they so prefer. Several Samsung Galaxy Note 7units have caught fire while on charge, and the cause of it is still a mystery, with some theorizing that the fault lies in the SDI and Amperex-made batteries, while others claim that the fault is in the speeding up of chipset to enable fast charging.

Whatever the case may be, Samsung needs to ensure that it leaves no stones unturned to ensure that the Galaxy S8 is explosion-free.

HTC Bolt Leaked in Images; Tipped to Ditch Headphone Jack

HTC Bolt Leaked in Images; Tipped to Ditch Headphone Jack

  • HTC Bolt tipped to feature 3GB of RAM and 64GB of storage
  • Leaked images suggest the HTC Bolt will come without a headphone jack
  • HTC Bolt will offer BoomSound audio-enhancing tech only via headphones

Not much has been spoken about the rumoured Android 7.0 Nougat-powered HTC Bolt smartphone, and HTC has so far managed to keep the device a secret. That is until leaked renders started making their way on to the Internet in September. On Friday, some fresh leaked images surfaced online that tell us all about the smartphone – at least in terms of design – including the disappearance of the headphone jack.

Noted tipster Evan Blass (@evleaks) let out some live images of the HTC Bolt that suggest the smartphone draws inspiration from the HTC 10. Images of the HTC Bolt tip an all-metal build tip with chamfered edges and antenna lines similar to the HTC 10. The front of the Bolt is also similar to HTC’s recent flagship with backlit navigation keys on either side of the Home button, which is likely to house a fingerprint sensor. It seems like company wants to hold on to the HTC 10’s aesthetics with the Bolt, seeing as how the design of the flagship has been well received.

 

The volume controls and power button are found on the right side while two trays (one for microSD and one for SIM) are found on the other side. The HTC Bolt has a single firing speaker at the bottom next to the USB Type-C port. The main difference is found at the back where the flash module is placed above the antenna line.

The Android Nougat-powered HTC Bolt has been tipped to sport a larger 5.5-inch full-HD display and feature 3GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. Optics include an 18-megapixel front with f/2.0 lens and 4K video capture and an eight-megapixel front-facing camera.

The HTC Bolt is the newest in smartphones ditching the 3.5mm headphone jack following offerings from Motorola (Moto Z and Moto Z Force), LeEco (Le 2, Le 2 Pro and Le Max 2), and Apple (iPhone 7 andiPhone 7 Plus). The report adds that the HTC Bolt will offer BoomSound audio-enhancing tech, but only when listening with headphones.

Remaining specifications and pricing of the HTC Bolt are still under wraps.

 

Samsung Engineers Unable to Isolate the Reason for Galaxy Note 7 Explosions

Samsung Engineers Unable to Isolate the Reason for Galaxy Note 7 Explosions: ReportIn a move that could cost the company billions, not to mention the priceless goodwill of the market, Samsung has completely halted production of the Galaxy Note 7. After the ‘safe units’ started to catch fire, the South Korean electronics giant was forced to shut down its manufacturing engine off for pure safety reasons. Now, a fresh report states that Samsung’s move is mostly because it has no clue on what is causing the fire, and its team of hundreds of engineers are stumped. The main cause of halt in production and uncertainty of future moves is because the Samsung team is unable to isolate the cause of these explosions.

 

The New York Times cites an anonymous internal source from the company, and claims that after the safe units started catching fire, Samsung’s entire engineering team went back to work to find a solution, but hasn’t found one even after conducting many tests for over a week.

 

Early in August, Samsung had touted the Galaxy Note 7 to be the best Note device so far, and had even broken tradition to launch it a bit early to fend off competition from Apple. However, the move backfired terribly, and reports of many Samsung Galaxy Note 7 units exploding while on charge started coming in. Samsung had to then stop sales temporarily to assess the issue. Soon after, the company reportedly blamed an in-house SDI battery fault to be the cause of the problem, and restarted production and sales by sticking to one of its third-party battery providers. It even started to recall old handsets as a safety measure, and replaced them with new ‘safe units’.

However, safe units also started catching fire, and because Samsung was unable to find a solution, it just decided to halt production and global sales. It gave up trying to stay afloat without a life jacket, and just surrendered in silence.

 

Whether Samsung should bring back the Note 7 or kill it altogether for safety reasons is another debate altogether, but these series of events and the damage it has done to the brand’s reputation will take some time to recover. Furthermore, because of this fault, Samsung’s other product lines like refrigerators and washing machines are also now in the scanner.

 

The Galaxy Note 7 has managed to cause a scare on planes, set a jeep on fire, and incurred damages of $1,400 to a hotel. While investigators take their time to find the new flaw, we just hope that casualties remain to a minimum, and that Samsung does everything in its power to remove these hazardous units off the market.

OnePlus 3 Production Reportedly Halted to Make Way for New Snapdragon 821-Based Variant

OnePlus 3 Production Reportedly Halted to Make Way for New Snapdragon 821-Based VariantOnePlus may soon halt production of its OnePlus 3 smartphone to make way for a new variant, as per industry sources, and it may be called the OnePlus 3s or OnePlus 3 Plus. The Chinese company is said to be working on a refreshed version of the OnePlus 3 which will come with the upgraded Snapdragon 821 processor. The existing OnePlus 3 models feature Qualcomm Snapdragon 820.

Another major change expected on the alleged new OnePlus 3 variant is in terms of the display. The new variants may sport LCD panels instead of Amoled panels, according to industry sources cited by GizmoChina. One of the reasons to opt for LCD panel is said to be the shortage of Amoled panels. The report speculates that the new variant may be called OnePlus 3s or OnePlus 3 Plus.
Notably, the official Twitter handle of OnePlus India is teasing a possible launch. The tweet shared by OnePlus India read, “What do you think OnePlus is up to? All shall be revealed soon” with some of the options included for Twitter users to choose from including new smartphone colour variant, new product unveiling, new shopping experience, or new software experience. We expect that OnePlus may be gearing for all the above listed options and may showcase a new smartphone with a new colour option, updated software and new purchasing options. At the moment, it’s unclear whether the company is planning to launch a new variant of its highly appreciated OnePlus 3 smartphone. But we may soon hear more about the plans soon.

OnePlus CEO Pete Lau recently dropped a hint that Android 7.0 Nougat update may soon start rolling out to the OnePlus 3 smartphone. To refresh, the OnePlus 3 was launched in India back in June at a price of Rs. 27,999.

BlackBerry CEO John Chen Says Turnaround Is Two-Thirds Complete

BlackBerry CEO John Chen Says Turnaround Is Two-Thirds Complete
BlackBerry Ltd Chief Executive John Chen said on Monday he was two-thirds of the way toward achieving his goal of turning the Canadian technology company’s fortunes around.

“We have made investment over a billion-plus, all in software, all in security, and now we need to execute it,” Chen said at an event in Toronto two days before the company will report its second-quarter earnings.

Waterloo, Ontario-based BlackBerry, a once-dominant smartphone maker, has shifted its focus to software that companies and governments use to manage their mobile devices.

 
Chen, who became CEO in 2013, had said he would decide by September on the fate of its unprofitable hardware unit. He did not provide an update when asked about the issue.

iOS 10 Backups Can Be Cracked 2,500 Times Faster Than iOS 9, Claims Security Researcher

iOS 10 Backups Can Be Cracked 2,500 Times Faster Than iOS 9, Claims Security Researcher

  • Researcher claims security check in iOS 10 is 2,500 times weak than iOS 9
  • Elcomsoft says brute force attack can be carried on iOS 10 backups
  • New attack specific to password-protected local backups in iOS 10 devices

A security research company based in Moscow claims to have discovered a flaw in Apple’s local password protected iTunes backups in iOS 10, a flaw that is said to weaken password security. According to ElcomSoft’s Oleg Afonin, the security flaw lets attackers develop a new attack that can bypass certain security checks when tallying passwords protecting local backups in iOS 10 devices.

“The impact of this security weakness is severe. An early CPU-only implementation of this attack (available in Elcomsoft Phone Breaker 6.10) gives a 40-times performance boost compared to a fully optimised GPU-assisted attack on iOS 9 backups,” writes Afonin.

Further detailing implementation of the attack, Elcomsoft claims that the new security check in iOS 10 is roughly “2,500 times weaker” compared to the one used in iOS 9 backups.

“Specifically they have changed from pbkdf2(sha1) with 10,000 iterations into using a plain sha256 hash with a single iteration only. This not only allows for a massive speed increase in password cracking, the change is so devastating that an early CPU-only cracking implementation is almost 40 times faster than a fully optimised GPU implementation for the old pbkdf2 version,” writes Per Thorsheim, Security Adviser at God Praksis AS.

It’s worth mentioning that the flaw discovered cannot be exploited remotely and needs the attacker to have access of the local backups in iOS 10.

Elcomsoft claims that brute force attack, which is a trial and error method used to decode encrypted data such as passwords, can only be carried on iOS 10 backups.

“This new vector of attack is specific to password-protected local backups produced by iOS 10 devices. The attack itself is only available for iOS 10 backups,” notes Elcomsoft. The research firm however points that the “new” password verification method exists in parallel system as well with the “old” method though it doesn’t affect the earlier versions.

Apple Said to Plan iPhone for Japan With Tap-to-Pay for Subways

Apple Said to Plan iPhone for Japan With Tap-to-Pay for Subways

  • A future iPhone will include technology called FeliCa
  • Apple intends to work with multiple transit card providers
  • The FeliCa chip is able to process a transaction in 0.1 seconds

Apple is planning a new iPhone feature for Japan that will enable users to pay for mass-transit rides with their smartphones instead of physical payment cards.

A future iPhone will include technology called FeliCa, a mobile tap-to-pay standard in Japan developed by Sony Corp., according to people familiar with the matter.

The FeliCa chip will let customers in Japan store their public bus and train passes on their iPhones. Users would then be able to tap their phones against the entrance scanners instead of using physical cards. While the FeliCa chip is the standard technology underlying the service, there are several different providers of transit payment cards based on the type of transit and areas within Japan.

The Near Field Communication technology powering Apple’s mobile-payments service, Apple Pay, is prevalent in North America, Europe and Australia, but the FeliCa standard dominates Japan with a penetration of 1.9 million payment terminals, according to the Bank of Japan. The terminals handled 4.6 trillion yen ($46 billion or Rs. 308,478 crores) in transactions in 2015. Last year, there were 1.3 million NFC terminals in the US and 320,000 in the UK, according to research from Let’s Talk Payments and the UK Cards Association.

Apple intends to work with multiple transit card providers, one person said. The major players there include the Suica and Pasmo networks. Theoretically, virtual representations of the transit passes would be stored in the iPhone’s Wallet application, said the person, who asked not be identified because the planning is private. The card companies sell access to transit services both as-needed and via monthly packages.

 Apple’s opportunity in Japan is significant with the country alone representing 8 percent of the company’s total revenue and almost 11 percent of operating profit in the most recent quarter.

Apple has planned to launch these new features with the next iPhone models, which the company is set to unveil in September, according to people familiar with the matter. However, the company could hold back the transit card feature to next year’s model if discussions with the Japan-based payment networks fall apart, one person said. Apple is already at work on a major redesign of the iPhone for 2017 that focuses more heavily on the display by removing the Home button, according to a person familiar with the matter.

An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment.

The FeliCa chip is able to process a transaction in 0.1 seconds, according to Sony. Super-swift transaction speeds are critical for adoption in the fast-paced environment of Japan’s transit network, the person said. Each sale over Apple Pay currently goes through a server and requires bank approval — which can slow the process.

In addition to supporting the transit-pass network, the FeliCa chip can also store e-money, an electric form of currency now widely accepted at vending machines, convenience stores and cafes in Japan. Apple is in discussions with at least one major financial institution to support these e-money transactions, according to one of the people.

Apple Pay first launched in October 2014 in the US with the iPhone 6 and has since expanded to Australia, Canada, China, Hong Kong, France, Singapore, Switzerland and the UK. Apple Pay contributes to the company’s rapidly growing services business, which grew 19 percent year-over-year to about $6 billion (roughly Rs. 40,218 crores) in the fiscal third quarter.

Earlier this month, Apple struck a deal with Japan-based phone carrier KDDI to allow customers to bill iTunes purchases to their phone service bill instead of directly to their credit card. Apple’s deal with the Japanese carrier is indicative of Apple’s payment-related negotiations with firms in Japan and follows up the company’s work on activating carrier-based iTunes billing in Germany, the UK, Russia, Switzerland, and Taiwan.

In tandem with the upcoming mobile payments launch for Japan, Apple is preparing to ship mass-transit navigation support for Japan in its iPhone Maps application, the company posted on its website in July. This feature, coming in iOS 10 later this year, will allow users to find departure and arrival times for transportation across the region.

 

Xiaomi Mi five Now available through Amazon India, Flipkart, Snapdeal, and Tata Cliq

Xiaomi’s flagship Mi wiwireless phone is now to be had through more on line retail platforms aside from the employer’s personal on-line keep in India, Mi. The chinese language company on Thursday introduced the news in a tweet and named the partners.

Xiaomi Mi 5 Now Available via Amazon India, Flipkart, Snapdeal, and Tata Cliq

The Xiaomi Mi wi-five is now available via Amazon India, Flipkart, Snapdeal, and Tata Cliq online shops. lower back in March, the Mi wi-five cellphone changed into to be had via flash sale version on simply the Mi.com. The Mi wiwireless wi-fi went on open sale wi-fi week.

appreciably, Xiaomi has so far only delivered a unmarried variation of the telephone in India offering 3GB of LPDDR4 RAM and 32GB in-built storage.

wi-final month, Xiaomi global vp Hugo Barra confirmed to gadgets 360 that the employer was operating on bringing the Black shade variant of the Mi wiwireless to India soon.

To refresh at the wi-fi, the twin-SIM (Nano + Nano) Xiaomi Mi wi-fi capabilities a wi-fi.15-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) with curved three-D Ceramic glass, and a pixel density of 428ppi. it’s miles powered through a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor coupled with Adreno 530 GPU. It sports a sixteen-megapixel Sony IMX298 digicam sensor with PDAF (phase detection autofocus) and LED flash. The rear camera additionally sports activities four-axis OIS (optical photo stabilisation) and sapphire glass protection lens. The phone helps 4K video recording. It also sports a 4-megapixel front digital camera with 2-micron pixels. both cameras feature an f/2.zero aperture.

It measures a hundred and forty four.5×69.2×7.25mm and weighs 129 grams. The Mi wi-five packs a 3000mAh battery and helps Qualcomm brief charge 3.zero. The employer says that the quick fee three.zero is 20 percent faster than its predecessor, the fast price 2.0. additionally onboard is a USB type-C port. Connectivity alternatives consist of VoLTE help, c084d04ddacadd4b971ae3d98fecfb2a 802.11 a/b/g/ac, 4G, Bluetooth 4.2, Glonass, and NFC.