Saturday, 13 February 2016 / No Comments
Xiaomi India has announced India launch of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 via social channels.
Unfortunately, the Chinese company as of now has not revealed any launch date for the new Redmi Note 3. Additionally, Xiaomi is looking for 100 "explorers" for the Redmi Note 3 in India - users who get to preview the smartphone before it launches. Interested consumers can register at the company's official India website by January 31.RT the AWESOME news that a new #RedmiNote3 is coming. Be 1 of 100 Redmi Note 3 Explorers! https://t.co/hBzqqsEwRL pic.twitter.com/VV2BZ0opqH— Mi India (@XiaomiIndia) January 14, 2016
The company explained the 'Redmi Note 3 Explorer Challenge', saying, "Redmi Note 3 Explorers will be given a list of 100 missions to accomplish. Explorers will be ranked based on the number of successful missions and support from other Mi fans. All Explorers are required to return the phone after the challenge." The company also detailed that "Engineers" will be able to "Design extraordinary missions for Redmi Note 3 Explorers to complete. You'll win a Mi Band for every approved mission."
Xiaomi unveiled the Redmi Note 3 back in November in China. The smartphone came in two variants: one with 2GB RAM and 16GB inbuilt storage variant which was priced at CNY 899 (approximately Rs. 9,500) and another with 3GB of RAM and 32GB storage at CNY 1,099 (approximately Rs. 11,500.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 features a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080x1920 pixels) Sunlight Display and is touted be a "fully-laminated display". It runs MIUI 7 based on Android OS. The company at the event highlighted that the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 features an all-metal industrial design and stressed that it is now the "first Mi phone" to sport a full metal body and fingerprint sensor. The handset also sports a fingerprint sensor at the back which the company touted can unlock the device in just 0.3 seconds. Another notable feature is the 4000mAh battery with fast charging support that can charge up to 50 percent in 1 hour.
While the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is powered by a 64-bit octa-core MediaTek Helio X10 processor (Cortex-A53) in China, the company may not replace the chipset on the Redmi Note 3 for the Indian market. Xiaomi since December 2014 has not been selling phones powered by MediaTek chipsets in India following a patent issue with Ericsson. However, a recent Qualcomm patent agreement may allow it to sell MediaTek-based smartphones in the country.
Recently Google released its Google Play Store 6.2. The update includes one big change a few minor tweaks here and there. The big change will be noticed as soon as you set-up the APK and then head on to Settings. Here, you will observe a tab called “use itineraries from Gmail”. In short, the Play Store will tap into one’s Gmail messages and it will offer your all kinds of nifty app recommendations. This will come in handy for someone who books vehicles or restaurants on a regular basis. If you’re not interested in such recommendations, simply switch them off.
The Minor Tweaks
For those of you who are familiar with “My wishlist”, this has now been changed to just “Wishlist” plus it has changed places with” Redeem’.
“Family Sharing” has also suffered a small adjustment and now you can share your purchased item with a family member. This new update will also include a Family Library Settings screen and you will have the chance to switch it off/on. These might not be major tweaks, but it’s a change.
The fact that the APK is signed by Google makes it secure to be set-up and it means that it was not altered in any way. Google will release the update to your smartphone, however given the fact that it might take a while, go ahead and install it on your own to enjoy the new app recommendations based on your Gmail itinerary.
Instagram has announced that it will soon roll out video view counts on its platform. Users of the Facebook owned photo sharing site will start seeing how many times people have watched a video.
The view counter will appear where the number of likes are normally displayed. Users will still be able to see the number of likes on a video by tapping the view counter. Video counts may not bring much difference to regular users, but it will be important for content creators. The move comes from Instagram with an aim to provide better engagement measurement to content creators on its platform. Instagram further said that view counts on videos is one of the many features that will come to the video section this year. Instagram said that in the past six months, the amount of time people spent watching videos on the service has increased by more than 40 percent.
The video view counts feature had first rolled out to Facebook in 2014.