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OnePlus 6 set to launch on 17th of May

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One Plus 6 Launch event

I can easily say that OnePlus 6 is one of the most hype-generated phones of 2018. These days, which company doesn’t like to create a buzz. But what matters is, how much do they live up to it??

Now with so many leaks and confirmations by the company officials on what the OnePlus 6 will be like, much of the fun is also in a way drained as many rumors are believed to make it to the device. The OnePlus 6 is all set to launch on May 16, 2018, globally. In India, however, the OnePlus 6 will be launching on May 17.

The India event will take place in Mumbai. The company through a series of blog posts and social media tweets and Facebook posts have confirmed many specifications of this device. At News18 Tech we have listed our pick of the top 5 features on the OnePlus 6 that will give it an edge over the others and even challenge some high-end flagship smartphones.

1. OnePlus 6: Water and Dust-Resistant

‎OnePlus have never forayed into the sturdy phone making space when it comes to dust and water. But in a teaser recently, OnePlus did confirm that the OnePlus 6 will be dust and water resistant for 2018. It might even get IP 67 or IP68 certification. People with an active lifestyle who prefer a cover for phones like OnePlus might reconsider post the OnePlus 6 launch. We think that all phones in 2018 should be water and dust resistant, it is no longer a novelty thing, it is the necessity for smartphone buyers. OnePlus is sure to oblige that with the OnePlus 6.

2. OnePlus 6: With Notch Display

Now we have seen some good and sad attempts by other Chinese manufacturers to integrate a notch on those near bezel-less full vision display’s. But most of the attempts are not even close to the notch display that Apple iPhone X has. They do look like rip-offs. One company that can do it better and we would like to believe so is OnePlus. Their phones always have had attention to detail to them, be it the sandstone finish or the full-view display, OnePlus has never disappointed. Now it has been confirmed by the co-founder of OnePlus Carl Pei that OnePlus 6 will come with a notch and the dimensions: 19.616mm x 7.687mm look quite promising. It might just house something extra than just the earpiece and a front camera module.

3. OnePus 6: An All Glass Design

This just had to be with the OnePlus 6. Exotic materials have in a way been scarce when it comes to making a smartphone. Glass seems to be a unanimous choice among all phone makers in 2018. OnePlus 6 will also have an all-glass body and a metal frame. In addition, CEO of OnePlus had stated that the OnePlus 6 will retain the horizon line and characteristic curved back design from the previous variants. This marks a change from the aluminum chassis on the previous OnePlus 3 and 5 series.

4. OnePlus 6: Alert Slider & Gestures

With pretty much all the Android phones having nearly similar specifications, OnePlus has always believed in the user experience that their Oxygen OS running OnePlus have been able to provide. OnePlus 6 will come with the company’s proprietary Alert Slider. Gestures were introduced on earlier OnePlus devices, OnePlus 6 will also have gestures. The position of the alert slider might also change from the existing top left edge on the OnePlus 6.

5. OnePlus 6: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, 8GB RAM+256GB ROM

The OnePlus 6 is all about fast performance, so it’s 100% a confirmation that it will be running on the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor. A teaser by the company also reveals that the OnePlus 6 will come with a 256GB storage variant. There also might just be two variants of 128GB ROM/6GB RAM and 256GB ROM/8GB RAM this time around.

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Google Maps for iOS gets customizable navigation arrows

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Google Maps now features customizable navigation arrows in an update that is currently being rolled out to users. A small, but a highly welcome change; you’ll be finally able to change your old and weary blue navigation arrow to blocky and pixelated cars.

Waze maps, which is now owned by Google, has had this feature for years and people actually enjoy using it. However, it’s not sure that cars, in place of a pointed arrow, can prove to be a good navigational beacon. Although, for now, you’ll have to own an iPhone to enjoy this feature. However, Android support is coming soon.

As compared to Google Maps, Waze has always been a better option. It features live traffic and accident reports, completely driven by fellow Waze users. I don’t know, but I get to my destination a lot faster using Waze than I’ve ever done using Google Maps. And that’s the only offsetting part. However, Google’s app is more accurate, I guess, and the prime reason for that is its vast data bank.

Anyways, you can activate the boxed, pixelated cars just by tapping on the blue arrow during an ongoing navigation and choose one that you like. Android users. Guess you’ll have to wait for this one as well. Good luck, though!

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10 Unique Apps you should know

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The Google Play app store is a little bit like a galaxy of software.
From a distance, the sheer number of apps is staggering, and it’s hard to take them all in at once. But zoom in on any one of those apps, and the distance between them, in terms of features and quality, is vast.
We all use many applications on our Android phones, but some applications are really remarkable, distinctive and idiosyncratic.

Below is the list of some uncommon applications, I have tried to cover in this article

1) HAPPYCOW  
If you don’t eat meat, or you want to avoid gluten, it can be tricky to find suitable restaurants, especially if you’re somewhere unfamiliar. Enter HappyCow, which lists vegan and vegetarian restaurants, cafes, and stores. You can choose different filters to suit your diet and find something close to your location with directions and everything else you need to get fed

2) SPLITWISE 
Forget about awkwardness and money disputes with this clever app. Splitwise makes it easy to track exactly how much you owe, how much is owed to you and to make sure that everyone is paid back. Whether you’re splitting bills with roommates or paying your share of a group gift, this app will
help with swift calculations, reminders, and real-time updates.

3) GOODREADS 
Are you a bibliophile? , then this is a must-have app. Use it to discover new titles you might enjoy, discuss meanings, post or read reviews, and compile a reading list.      There’s even scanner functionality, so you can scan the barcode on a book you own and add it to your virtual bookcase.

4) FLIPBOARD 
If you love curated news and updates, Flipboard is the perfect app. The app allows you to follow publications and topics you’re passionate about. Throughout the day, Flipboard updates with the best stories, allowing you to flip to find whatever you’d like to read. Its redesign makes it look slicker than ever.

5) MY ASICS RUN COACHING 
Most running apps charge you a pretty penny to access training regimens. That’s not the case with My Asics Run Coaching. This app, for both iPhone and Android, has customized plans for 5K, 10K, 5-mile, 10-mile, half-marathon, or marathon runs. It’s also not on a fixed schedule. Instead, the app adjusts your plan based on your running data. This app will get you off the couch and on the road to victory.

6) BANDCAMP
Filled with both up-and-coming and established acts, Bandcamp is one of the most exciting music marketplaces there is. The app was initially built around streaming songs you’d already purchased on Bandcamp, but now it’s a one-stop shop for digital and physical band merch. If you want to keep your finger on the pulse of music, this is an essential app.

7) HEADSPACE 
Headspace is a meditation app created by an ex-Buddhist monk and TED Talk alum Andy Puddicombe. Users can chose between lesson packs centered around various goals such as: focus, health, creativity, and advanced meditation techniques. The app requires a subscription, but offers a free 10-day guided lesson pack to get you started.

8) TODOIST 
You like to keep your life organized with various to-do lists, then you definitely need to download Todoist. This app lets you keep track of the tasks you need to get done; you can assign them different priorities based on their over overall importance or organize them across different projects. It also has a functional, clean design and works across many different platforms. Anyone can get started for free, but seriously organized individuals should upgrade to the premium plan to set up task labels and reminders, upload files, and view productivity charts.

9) DASHLANE 
You’re terrible at passwords. Don’t take it personally! Everyone is terrible at passwords.
That’s why we all need apps like Dashlane, which generate, save, and replay login credentials wherever they’re needed. This smart, cross-platform service makes sure that your passwords, payment information,
and other vital information is stored securely but never out of reach.

10) ADOBE PHOTOSHOP LIGHTROOM CC 
Lightroom, a program built upon Photoshop, is a powerful photo editing tool for photographers. The mobile app takes the features of the desktop application and puts them on your Android device.

The quirkiness and notable features of these applications make them peculiar.

That’s it for now.

Stay Tuned. Cheers !!!

 

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The HTC U12+ will likely be the best Android phone of all times.

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HTC U12+ image leaks

The HTC U12+ surfaced in a leak on Twitter today, and it seems to be the perfect Android phone to date.

Prominent leaker, Evan Blass popped in another leak today on his Twitter handle containing images and a complete spec sheet of the HTC U12+, that is scheduled to launch on 23rd of May. Even though the spec sheet has already been an acquaintance, the images are a fresh spill.

HTC U12+ image leaks

Source: Evan Blass on Twitter

According to the spec sheet, the HTC U12+ has a design detail listed as ‘Liquid Surface’. While none of us knew how exactly the previously described ‘Liquid surface’ would look like, the images indicate that it may be the translucent back of the device; emblazoning little bit of its internals.

Besides, the device has a fairly normal design as compared to other Android smartphones in the market, sporting a dual camera setup, a discernible microphone, a torchlight, and a fingerprint sensor. But that’s all on the back. The front portion of the phone is a bit offsetting as it does have prominent bezels on the top and the bottom, considering everyone else’s decision to pageant a notch- allowing lesser bezels.

HTC U12+ Specs Sheet

Source: Evan Blass on Twitter

The HTC U12+’s spec sheet is surprisingly vibrant as well. According to it, the ‘soon to be launched’ smartphone from HTC has pressure sensitive buttons and a touch feedback experience just as the setup available on the latest iPhones. Such kind of composition on an Android phone is long due, and thankfully, the HTC U12+ will have it.

Apart from that, an Octa-core Snapdragon 845 processor clocked in at 2.6 GHz, supported by a 6-inch, Quad HD, Super LCD display could possibly make this phone a flagship in competition with the iPhone. Although, it could’ve been called as the perfect Android device if it would’ve been speculated to have an OLED display.

Final Thoughts

The HTC U12+ seems to be a daily-driver material, but with certain details opposing the current trend in the smartphone market as of now, I doubt most consumers would consider buying it in the first place. In a period when even the iPhone has shifted to an OLED display, holding a phone with an LCD screen should feel disparaging.

Besides, what’s the point of having a blazing fast processor when you can’t enjoy it to its full extent? Having bezels on a phone at times of the bezel-less revolution seems kind of venerable and elementary in the exact moment.

However, the HTC U12+’s specs that don’t deal with the display show that the phone has a potential against other Android flagships. I mean, HTC this time, has genuinely heard people’s yearnings and included features what people have been asking for on Android devices since an eternity. And that is the only reason it could be called as the perfect Android smartphone.

Anyways, let’s see how it turns out to be when it launches on 23rd of May. Meanwhile, stay tuned and fire off in the comments section below!

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