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Google to allow third-party billing for Play Store apps and games in India
Jan25

Google to allow third-party billing for Play Store apps and games in India

Android users in India can start using third-party billing services for apps and games by next month. They can also choose a different default search engine through a choice screen during setup. While these rules apply only in India, some other regions have implemented similar rules. It all started last year. The Competition Commission of India (CCI) slapped Google with a fine for restricting third-party...

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Android 14 to block outdated apps to improve security
Jan24

Android 14 to block outdated apps to improve security

Android 14 will start to block app installations that target outdated versions of Android to reduce the risks for malware. The old guidelines for the Google Play Store have ensured that developers keep apps updated. They use the latest features and safety measures of the Android platform. This month, Google updated the guidelines. It now requires newly listed Play Store apps to only target Android 12 and above. The minimum API level...

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Realme GT Neo5 will have world’s first 240W fast charging
Jan06

Realme GT Neo5 will have world’s first 240W fast charging

Realme has confirmed that the GT Neo5 will carry its 240W charging system. This is the first smartphone to hit that level of power. Details about the phone has not been released yet. Multiple leaks reveal that it will be powered by the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset. Rumors talk of another GT Neo5 with 150W charging that will use the Dimensity 8200 instead. The phone will have a 50MP main camera with OIS (IMX890 sensor), an 8MP ultra...

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Qualcomm announces Snapdragon Satellite for Android
Jan05

Qualcomm announces Snapdragon Satellite for Android

At the CES 2023 today, Qualcomm announced Snapdragon Satellite, a two-way satellite messaging service. And it will be available on “next-generation premium Android smartphones”. Apple released emergency satellite connectivity on its iPhone 14 models just last year. Now, Android devices are following suit. Snapdragon Satellite is the world’s first satellite-based two-way capable messaging solution for premium smartphones....

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New wireless charging standard Qi2 announced
Jan04

New wireless charging standard Qi2 announced

The Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) will introduce a new wireless charging standard. It aims to unify the industry under one global standard and have more efficient, more convenient mobile devices and wearables. The Qi2 standard will roll out this year by the global consortium. It will offer millions of consumers who rely on wireless charging a better overall experience. The WPC is a global body dedicated to the creation of standards...

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ZTE Nubia Red Magic 8 Pro series announced
Dec26

ZTE Nubia Red Magic 8 Pro series announced

ZTE has announced its latest gaming smartphones nubia Red Magic 8 Pro and Pro+. The Pro comes with a 6,000mAh battery and 80W fast charging. The Pro+ has a smaller 5,000 mAh battery but a much faster 165W quick charging. The Pro+ also has more RAM and storage options. Overall, the features and design are the same. Both the Pro and the Pro+ come with the same chipset, cameras, software, and footprint. The Pro and Pro+ have a Snapdragon...

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