Posts From Idrees Patel

Idrees Patel
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Idrees Patel is a smartphone enthusiast from India. He has been an Android user 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 mobile processors, real-world UI performance, in-depth camera quality analysis, and many more. Contact him at ip2unique@gmail.com.

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,...

Google Explains Decisions Made for Pixel 2 Camera: High ISO in Videos, 4K/60FPS, RAW and Manual Modes, and More

The Google Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL may have faced their share of issues, but one thing which has not been a source of issue is their cameras. Their 12MP camera with fused video stabilization has been acclaimed by many to be currently the best smartphone camera, with excellent image and video quality....

Google is Adding Dual SIM Features to its Dialer App Despite Lack of Dual SIM on the Pixel

Dual SIM smartphones are popular in many parts of the world. A Dual SIM phone has two SIM slots, which means that users can use SIM cards of two different carriers in a single device. At one time, few Android smartphones had support for Dual SIM. However, the feature has exploded in popularity in the...

Xiaomi Launches Five New Products on Amazon in the US

Xiaomi is the fifth largest smartphone manufacturer in the world. In China and India, it is the fourth largest and second largest smartphone manufacturer respectively. Despite that, the company's brand is not well-known to most people in the West. It is slowly rectifying that with a staged Western European launch, by officially entering the Spain...

Google Lens in Google Assistant is Starting to Roll-out for Some Users

Google Lens was first introduced in Google I/0 2017. Projected as the spiritual successor to Google Goggles, Lens was claimed to be a next generation computer vision product using Google's machine learning to identify items and objects with the use of smartphone camera. At the Pixel 2 event held on October 4, Google stated that...

Report: Android Smartphone Vendors to Adopt 3D Sensing for New Phones

Google introduced Face Unlock in Android back in 2011 with the release of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. However, the feature did not become popular as it was slow, unreliable, and could easily be spoofed. Then, Samsung, Vivo and OnePlus brought back facial image recognition to the fore in 2017 with their new smartphones. It was Apple...

Intel Announces its First Commercial 5G Modem – the XMM 8060

With the roll-out of 4G LTE nearly complete in major markets of the globe, the next major advancement in telecommunication is 5G. As such, leaders in the wireless industry such as Qualcomm and Intel haven't stood still. Qualcomm's X50 5G modem is slated to be released next year, and some 5G networks are slated to...