Posts From Idrees Patel

Idrees Patel
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<p>Idrees Patel is a smartphone enthusiast from India who has been tinkering with Android since the time he got the LG Optimus One in 2011. He has a bachelor’s degree in Management Studies. The areas in which he is interested are SoCs, real-world UI performance, in-depth camera quality analysis, and many more.</p>

Chrome OS to Soon Get Dictation as an Accessibility Feature

In recent months, Google has been adding features to Chrome OS at a rapid pace. Not too long ago, the OS had a basic feature set, which made it inadequate for power users. However, we have seen that features like a floating keyboard, split screen in tablet mode, and keyboard shortcuts to move the active...

Xiaomi India to Announce a New Redmi Smartphone on November 30

Xiaomi India is on a roll when it comes to launching new phones in the Indian smartphone market. The release of the Mi A1 in September was followed by the release of the flagship Mi Mix 2 in October. The Mi Mix 2 launch was followed by the launch of the Redmi Y1 alongside the announcement of...

VentureBeat: Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ to Make a Cameo Appearance at CES 2018

Over the years, Samsung has followed an annual release schedule for its Galaxy S flagship smartphones. Usually, Samsung announces the latest Galaxy S flagship variants at either MWC, or at a dedicated event held later. This year, for example, the company announced the Galaxy S8 and S8+ at an event held on March 29, and...

MIUI 9 Global Stable Update Released for Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 and Redmi 4 Global Variant

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 was the first device to get the MIUI 9 Global Stable update. The MIUI 9 Global ROM was announced on November 2, alongside the launch of the Redmi Y1. Xiaomi stated at the time that the Global Stable update would have a staged roll-out in three phases. Since then, the...

OnePlus Details Face Unlock on the OnePlus 5T: Intended for Convenience and Ease of Use

Facial recognition is experiencing something of a renaissance. Google's implementation in Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich -- Face Unlock -- didn't have too many takers because it tended to be slow and unreliable. It stuck around as Trusted Face in newer versions of Android, but it wasn't until Samsung brought an improved, faster version of...

Xiaomi Launches Mi Exchange Phone Trade-In Program in India

The story of Xiaomi's offline expansion in India is an interesting one. Only a few fiscal quarters ago, the company didn't have much of a brick-and-mortar presence in India. However, things changed last year with the introduction of Xiaomi's Mi Preferred Partners program and Mi Homes, which popped up with increasing frequency in major Indian...

OnePlus 5 to be Phased Out in India, OnePlus to Concentrate on the Online Market

OnePlus entered the Indian market in December 2014. The company faced teething issues in the beginning, but those days are now in the past. Consistently, OnePlus smartphones have been bestsellers for their price range on Amazon.in, and in the online premium smartphone market, OnePlus is the top smartphone brand with 62.2% market share, ahead of...

Chrome OS Notifications to Get Inline Reply Support for Messages

Over the last few years, Google has improved the functionality of Chrome OS pretty substantially -- it's hard to believe that at one time, the Chrome-based operating system (OS) was basically contained within a browser window. While Android still has a larger feature set, Google's web-based OS is catching up. Recently, the operating system got support...

Xiaomi to Invest $1 Billion in 100 Indian Startups over the Next Five Years

The importance of the Indian smartphone market cannot be understated for Xiaomi. India is the Chinese OEM's second largest market after China, and it has been having incredible success in the country. Only a few quarters ago, Xiaomi wasn't even in the top five list of smartphone manufacturers in India, but now, it is either...

The Xiaomi Mi A1 is Now Available in Rose Gold in India

Xiaomi launched the Mi A1, its first Android One smartphone in India, on September 5, and soon it'll come in a new color. This week, the China-based smartphone maker announced that a Rose Gold edition of the Xiaomi Mi A1 will be available on November 21, exclusively on Mi.com. The phone was unveiled in three colors: Black,...

Project Fi Launches ‘Fi it Forward’ Referral Challenge

Google's Project Fi, a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) that uses a combination of Wi-Fi and multiple wireless networks to provide cell service, charges a flat rate for data and calls on 135 networks throughout the globe. Despite its novel network-switching technology (Fi automatically switches between carriers depending on speed and connection) and competitive pricing...

Google to Fix the Pixel 2 Buzzing Noise Issue in a Software Update

The Google Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL were announced on October 4, and have since been released in selected markets. Initially, the phones suffered from several issues, from clicking sounds, audio recording issues, failure to flash factory images and OTA updates for Android 8.1 beta, failure to unlock bootloaders on some Pixel 2 units,...