BlackBerry Venice Release Date, Specifications, and All Other Rumours

2015 may have already seen its share of flagship smartphone launches but BlackBerry’s long-rumoured Venice Android handset remains one of the most anticipated smartphone launches of the year.

The BlackBerry Venice Slider Android smartphone is expected to launch around November. Popular tipster, @evleaks aka Evan Blass had even claimed that the forthcoming slider smartphone from BlackBerry would arrive on all four US carriers namely AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobiles, and Sprint starting November. Unfortunately, no pricing details for the handset have been tipped so far, but based on the specifications, it is likely to be an expensive phone.

Based on preliminary leaks and rumours, the Venice slider smartphone is said to feature a 5.4-inch QHD (1440×2560 pixels) display, a 1.8GHz hexa-core 64-bit Snapdragon 808 SoC, 3GB of RAM, an 18-megapixel rear camera, and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera.

On the side-lines, the Canadian company is also said to be working on an Android Lollipop version of the BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition, which also popped up in a leaked video.

Several leaked images claim that BlackBerry’s Venice Android smartphone will arrive with a slider form factor. The handset has been seen featuring a sliding Qwerty keyboard just beneath the display. The smartphone’s top panel is likely to include the SIM card and microSD card slots.

blackberry_venice_android_leak_evleaks.jpgThe right panel was seen including home and volume rocker keys. The rear panel of the Venice smartphone was seen sporting a textured pattern alongside an 18-megapixel rear camera with OIS and dual-LED flash. The BlackBerry Venice smartphone has also been seen sporting a speaker grille at the bottom of the front panel. Last week, the rumoured BlackBerry Venice Android phone was spotted at the Toronto Film Festival. In the leaked image, the handset was seen running a near stock version of the Messenger app. The image also purportedly showed the handset covered in a protective case to possibly hide the overall design.

The yet-to-be-launched BlackBerry Venice was recently seen running near-stock Android Lollipop version alongside some company-specific features. The handset is said to include keyboard shortcuts for creating quick tasks. The smartphone was also seen with an image of a bugdroid holding a shieldwhile booting up. This most likely indicated that the Android handset was secure for enterprise users as well. However, nothing can be confirmed just yet.

A hands-on video showing the BlackBerry Venice smartphone also surfaced on the Internet validating the design seen in previous leaks. The leaked video showed that the Qwerty keyboard on the handset would feature capacitive touch input, allowing to scroll through a page just by touching the keyboard.

Password Keeper, an app usually seen on BlackBerry handsets offering the ability to save and manage passwords, logins, and store information safe and secure, was also seen preloaded on the handset. Considering that BlackBerry and Google earlier this year announced a deal which will see several BlackBerry security apps and services offered to Google’s Android OS to improve overall security. We can expect to see the suite of security apps on the BlackBerry Venice Android handset as well.

Coming to software, reliable tipster Evan Blass (aka @evleaks) had last month shared a gif image showing BlackBerry’s Productivity Suite of apps on the Venice Android slider smartphone.

blackberry_venice_phone_berryflow.jpgTo recall, the BlackBerry Productivity Suite includes BlackBerry Hub, BlackBerry Calendar, BlackBerry Contacts, Documents to Go, Input, and Universal Search. BlackBerry’s Communication Suite includes BBM, Worklife for BlackBerry, BBM Meetings, BBM Protected, SecuSuite for BlackBerry, and Global Support. Lastly, the Security Suite includes BlackBerry Enterprise Service 12, VPN Authentication, Secure Work Spaces, Enterprise Identity by BlackBerry, BlackBerry Blend, and Password Keeper.

The presence of such a large number of pre-loaded apps indicated that the BlackBerry ‘Venice’ smartphone will not be a stock Android device. Corroborating the same, Blass had said, “This is no stock Android handset.” A full image of the BlackBerry Venice’s front panel was also leaked on Twitter, and showed some Android apps on the screen such as Google Play, Google+, Hangouts, Google Maps and Android for Work apart from others.

Lenovo Vibe Shot With 16-Megapixel Camera Launched

Lenovo India on Tuesday unveiled its Vibe Shot smartphone at a digital launch that was also live streamed. Priced at Rs. 25,499, the smartphone will be available for pre-orders starting 6pm IST Tuesday via the company’s official online store, TheDoStore. The Lenovo Vibe Shot will be also available via other retail stores after two weeks. The company with its latest Vibe Shot smartphone is targeting the camera lovers in the country.

(Also see: Lenovo Vibe Shot First Impressions: Shoot in Style)

To recall, Lenovo’s Amar Babu, VP, COO, and APAC Chairman, had last month confirmed to NDTV Gadgets that the company would be launching the Lenovo Vibe Shot soon.

(Also see: Lenovo Vibe Shot vs. HTC Desire 826)

lenovo_vibe_shot_rear.jpgInitially launched alongside the Lenovo A7000 at MWC this year, the Lenovo Vibe Shot’s highlight is its 16-megapixel rear camera with a six-piece modular lens, BSI sensor, and a tri-colour LED flash. The camera has a full-frame 16:9 low-light sensor for shooting images in low lighting as well as dark interiors or at night. The company at the global launch had claimed that the infrared autofocus feature in the Vibe Shot focuses more accurately at speeds 2x faster than normal auto focus. There is an 8-megapixel front-facing camera also on board.

(Also see: Lenovo Vibe Shot vs. Asus ZenFone 2)

The dual-SIM (Nano-SIM) Lenovo Vibe Shot runs Android 5.0 Lollipop and features a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display. It packs an octa-core 64-bit Snapdragon 615 SoC clocked at 1.7GHz coupled with 3GB of RAM. Inbuilt storage on the handset is 32GB, which is expandable via microSD card (up to 32GB). Connectivity options on the smartphone include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, GPS/ A-GPS, Bluetooth, and Micro-USB. As of now, there is no word whether the Vibe Shot will support Indian LTE bands. The handset is backed by a 2900mAh battery. It measures 142.0×70.0x7.3mm and weighs 145 grams.

The handset will be announced in three colours Crimson, Pearl White, and Graphite Grey.

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OnePlus 2 Receiving OxygenOS 2.1.0 With Camera Improvements and More

OnePlus on Monday started rolling out its next OxygenOS update for the OnePlus 2 smartphone. The OTA update bumps the smartphone’s OS version from v2.0.1 to v2.1.0 and brings new features for the camera, display settings, and other sections.

The OxygenOS 2.1.0 features a new manual camera mode for the handset alongside the raw image format support for third-party camera apps. The company says it is still facing few reports of raw format not being supported in third-party camera apps and is actively working on it.

It also includes a new colour balance slider under the display settings to let OnePlus 2 users adjust the colour tone of the screen. Improved telephony services is also included “so you no longer get the lag when you turn on/ off airplane mode.” Inclusion of Exchange support alongside few bug fixes causing problems with third-party apps have also been rolled out with the OxygenOS 2.1.0.

Announced on the OnePlus forum, the OxygenOS 2.1.0 was rolled out to “a small percentage of users” on Monday. However, the firm said the update would see a broader roll out starting Tuesday.

OnePlus 2 last got its OxygenOS v2.0.2 update earlier this month. The update included several bug fixes, as well as improvements to fingerprint recognition accuracy. Other features that came with the OS version were fix for a bug that caused volume to be muted unexpectedly; stability improvements to the front facing camera, and some camera preview UX improvements.

Xiaomi Mi 4c Colour Variants Spotted in Images Ahead of Tuesday’s Launch

Ahead of Xiaomi’s Tuesday event, the upcoming Mi 4c has been leaked in a flurry of leaked live images showing the handset in full glory. In the leaked images, the Xiaomi Mi 4c can be seen in Black, Blue, and Pink colours.

Timesnews has also posted images of the orange retail packaging of the Mi 4c, which was recently shared by Xiaomi Co-Founder and President Lin Bin. The new Xiaomi Mi 4c sports a similar design as Mi 4i. The Mi 4c is said to be placed between affordable Mi 4i smartphones and the flagship Xiaomi Mi 4.

We already know that the Xiaomi Mi 4c would be available in two variants – 2GB of RAM with 16GB storage and 3GB of RAM with 32GB storage.

The new Mi 4c has been leaked before on several occasions and similar to majority of Xiaomi devices, the upcoming Mi 4c is said to be available in China first, and then be rolled out to other regions. The smartphone is expected to be released in the first week of October. Based on preliminary leaks, Mi 4c is said to be priced at a starting price of CNY 1,499 (approximately Rs. 15,650) for the 16GB model, while the 32GB model is said to be priced slightly higher.

Over the weekend, Xiaomi Co-Founder and Chairman Lei Jun teased some of the features of the Mi 4csuch as it would feature improved data connectivity, with 20 percent faster download speeds, and would also include double tap to wake screen feature, as well double tap to sleep.

Last week, Bin had also announced that the handset would feature a USB Type-C port, but would support the common Micro-USB connector via a bundled Micro-USB to USB Type-C adapter and Micro-USB cable.

The yet-to-be-launched Xiaomi Mi 4c has been confirmed to feature a Snapdragon 808 processor apart from a 5-megapixel front camera. Some of the other rumoured specifications include a 5-inch full-HD display; 2GB of RAM; 16GB storage, and a 3080mAh battery. A 13-megapixel rear camera was spotted on a leaked retail box as well.

Micromax Canvas Spark 2 With Android 5.1 Lollipop, 3G Support Launched

Continuing its years-long effort to tap the affordable segment of the increasingly competitive smartphone market, Indian mobile manufacturer Micromax on Monday launched the Canvas Spark 2. The highlight of the handset is its impressive set of specifications, latest Android version, and support for 3G connectivity at a low-price tag of Rs. 3,999. The handset will go on sale in its first flash sale starting September 30 at 12 noon on Snapdeal. The registration for it will begin on Wednesday at 10am.

Being touted as “India ka 3G phone,” the handset comes with a range of enticing features for its price category. It sports a 5-inch display of FWVGA (480×854) screen resolution. It is powered by a quad-core chipset clocked at 1.3GHz paired with 768MB of RAM. Other features of the handset include a 5-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel sensor placed upfront. It comes with a 4GB internal storage, which can be expanded using a microSD card (up to 32GB).

The dual-SIM capable Canvas Spark 2 supports 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and other standard connectivity options. There’s an 1800mAh battery, which the company claims can last for more than 300 hours on standby mode. On the software front, the phone runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop, which is rather impressive for a phone of sub-Rs. 4,000 category.

“The Canvas Spark proved to be a huge success for Micromax, selling over half a million units in less than two months of its launch […] The Canvas Spark 2 is the most affordable 5-inch, 3G, Android Lollipop device available in the Indian market, making it a great value proposition for the consumers. Our association with Snapdeal has been long standing, and we expect sales of Canvas Spark 2 to touch newer heights in the coming weeks, which will further strengthen our leadership position in India”, said Vineet Taneja, CEO, Micromax.

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iBall Slide Brillante 3G Voice-Calling Tablet Launched

iBall has launched the Slide Brillante voice-calling tablet in India. Priced at Rs. 5,799, the 3G-enabled tablet will be available via retail stores within a week.

The company in a press statement announced that it worked with Intel to develop the new iBall Slide Brillante tablet. It is powered by a 64-bit 1GHz dual-core Intel Atom x3-C3130 processor, the highlight of the tablet.

The tablet also features dual-SIM (3G+2G) and supports GPS/ A-GPS connectivity options. The Slide Brillante supports voice-calling.

It features a 7-inch display and comes with 1GB of RAM. The tablet features 8GB of built-in storage and supports expandable storage via microSD card (up to 32GB). It sports a 2-megapixel sensor for both the rear and front camera.

The Android 4.4 KitKat-based tablet is backed by a 3000mAh battery and supports up to 15 regional languages. There is FM radio and Micro-USB, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and OTG connectivity options on the tablet.

Commenting on the launch, Sandeep Parasrampuria, Director, iBall said, “We are proud to launch Intel processor based first calling tablet in 7-inch in India. iBall Slide Brillante with the 64 bit Intel Processor and 3G calling function we believe would deliver world-class experience offering users a plethora of features at a very affordable price.”

Anand Ramamoorthy, Director Consumption Sales, Intel South Asia said “We are very proud to collaborate with iBall in bringing the Brilliante tablet, the first Intel Atom x3 processor based tablet to India. The Intel Atom x3 processors is the first Intel architecture based mobile SOC with built-in connectivity.”

Earlier this month, iBall launched the Andi 5U Platino smartphone at Rs. 4,599.

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OnePlus Mini Spotted in Leaked Renders; Dual-Rear Camera Setup in Tow

OnePlus has in the past confirmed plans to launch more than one handset this year. OnePlus Co-Founder, Carl Pei, back in August had suggested that a new OnePlus smartphone would be revealed before the end of the year – in time for Christmas. Now, the first leaked images of the upcoming OnePlus handset have popped up on the Internet.

Believed to be dubbed OnePlus Mini, the handset is seen featuring a different design than that seen on the OnePlus One or the recently unveiled OnePlus 2. Posted by a Chinese site, the handset’s front and back panels can be seen in the new leaked images.

It’s worth noting that previously a rumoured OnePlus One Mini handset was spotted in leaked images late last year. However, the new images posted by the Chinese site shows a different design language for the handset.

oneplus_mini_front_leak_mobile_dad.jpgIn the first leaked image, the alleged OnePlus Mini’s front panel is seen while the other image shows the fingerprint scanner alongside a dual-camera setup at the back. The cameras were accompanied by a dual-LED flash module. The bottom panel is seen featuring a speaker grille alongside the charging slot. To recall, the OnePlus 2 houses the fingerprint scanner on the home button.

Details about the alleged OnePlus Mini are limited but we can expect to hear more on it soon.

Recently, OnePlus launched the first leather case for its OnePlus 2 smartphone. Priced at $99.99 (approximately Rs. 6,650), the Hard Graft Wild Phone Case for OnePlus 2 (Review) went on sale via the company’s online store.

BBC Launches Mobile iPlayer Beta Program

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The BBC is looking for testers for its BBC iPlayer app on mobile devices, the company has announced the launch of the BBC Mobile iPlayer Beta testing program.

The Mobile iPlayer Beta testing program is now available in Google Android platform and it will work with devices running Android 4.1 and above, the BBC also plans to bring it to Apple’s iOS platform in the future.

The Mobile iPlayer beta programme is your chance to try out new features in the mobile iPlayer app prior to full release. It’s also an opportunity to provide us with feedback to help us improve the iPlayer mobile app experience.

Please note, as these are early beta versions of the iPlayer app they may contain errors and may not function quite as well as the live application.
Who is eligible?

Currently the beta programme is open to anyone with a Google Account and an Android device on the Jellybean Operating System (Android 4.1) and above. We’re looking to roll out our beta programme to Kindle and iOS devices as well – so watch this space!

You can find out more details about the Mobile iPlayer Beta testing program at the llink below, there are only 1,000 testing spots available.

ZTE ZMax 2 Announced For AT&T, Lands This Friday For $149.99

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AT&T have announced that the ZTE ZMax 2 will be available on their network from this Friday the 25th of September.

The ZTE ZMAX 2 will come with a 5.5 inch HD display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels and the device also comes with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of built in storage.

“The original ZTE ZMAX set the stage for the phablet market as it was the first large screen Android device with high end features at an affordable price. With the ZMAX 2, we will continue deliver the best low-cost Android phones in the U.S. that people actually enjoy using,” said Lixin Cheng, chairman and CEO of ZTE USA. “Together with AT&T, advanced phone technology and design is now affordable for more U.S. consumers.”

Other specifications on the new ZTE ZMax 2 include a 2 megapixel front facing camera and an 8 megapixel rear camera, the device also comes with a microSD card slot for expansion.

The handset is equipped with LTE, WiFi, GPS and Bluetooth 4.0, it also features a 3000 mAh battery and comes with Android Lollipop 5.1, there are no details as yet on what processor the handset comes with.

You can find out more information about the new ZTE ZMax 2 over at ZTE at the link below, the device will be available on AT&T on Friday for $149.99.

iPhone 7 Apple A10 Processor To Come With Six Cores (Rumor)

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The new Apple A9 and A9X processors were announced at Apple’s press event earlier this month, the A9 is found in the new iPhone 6S and 6S Plus and the A9X in the new iPad Pro and now we have some details about the A9’s successor, the Apple A10 Processor.

The Apple A10 processor is expected to launch in the iPhone 7 next year and it will apparently be a six core or hexa-core processor.

The Apple a9 processor is a quad core processor and according to a recent report, the new Apple A10 will be a six core processor which is manufactured using either a 14nm or 10nm process.

We previously heard a rumor that the new A10 processor would be made by TSMC for Apple and now it would appear that Samsung is also in the running to produce the processor.

Along with improved processing performance we can also expected the new A10 processor to bring improved graphics to the new iPhone 7.

Apple’s iPhone 6S and 6S plus handsets will launch this Friday the 25th of September, so we are not expecting to heard many details about the new iPhone 7 until next year, as soon as we get more details about the device, we will let you guys know.