The WhatsApp delete for everyone feature that was released a couple of weeks ago lets users delete messages they have already sent. While everyone thought that the feature would mean the recipient would not be able to see those messages at all, it turns out that is not the case. A Spanish Android blog has pointed out users can read part of the (deleted) WhatsApp messages sent to them as they are saved as part of the notifications log in Android. Using a third-party app called Notification History, users can search for the said message. However, there are some limitations. Only the first 100 characters of the delete WhatsApp messages will be retrieved; images and other multimedia files cannot be recovered after being deleted, just text messages; the feature works only on Android Nougat and above builds.
Flipkart Billion Capture+, Google Pixel 2 XL go on sale in India
Google’s flagship Pixel 2 XL and the Flipkart phone Billion Capture+ went on sale in India today. The former is the first smartphone under the e-commerce company’s Billion brand, and comes in two variants – 3GB + 32GB variant priced at Rs. 10,999, and 4GB + 64GB model that costs Rs. 12,999. Buyers will get a bunch of launch offers, such as 10 percent cashback on HDFC credit and debit cards, exchange discount of up to Rs. 12,999, 20 percent discount on other Billion products, up to 60 percent discount on SmartBuy range, 3-month subscription to Sony LIV Premium, Ola Share Pass worth Rs. 249, and 60GB complimentary data from Idea. As for the Flipkart Billion Capture+ specifications, the Android Nougat-powered smartphone has a dual rear camera setup featuring two 13-megapixel sensors on the back, sports a 5.5-inch full-HD screen, Snapdragon 625 chipset, microSD card support up to 128GB and unlimited cloud storage, and 3500mAh battery.
As for the Pixel 2 XL India release, the new smartphone also comes in two variants, the 64GB storage model at Rs. 73,000 and 128GB variant at Rs. 82,000. It is only available via Flipkart if you are buying the handset online, and can also be purchased offline via large-format retail stores such as Reliance Digital, Croma, Poorvika, Sangeetha Mobiles, Vijay Sales, etc. Pixel 2 XL (Review) has a 6-inch QHD+ (2880x144px) display, Android Oreo, Snapdragon 835 chipset, 4GB of RAM, a 2700mAh battery, 12.2-megapixel rear camera, and an 8-megapixel front camera.
Gionee M7 Power with 5000mAh battery launched in India
Gionee has launched the M7 Power smartphone with 5000mAh battery and 6-inch HD+ (720x1440px) display in India. Priced at Rs. 16,999, the new Android 7.1.1 Nougat-based Gionee M7 Power will become available for purchase at 5pm IST on Friday via Amazon India and come with 100GB of complimentary data from Jio. As for Gionee phone's specifications, you get an octa-core 1.4GHz Snapdragon 435 chipset with 4GB of RAM, 64GB internal storage, microSD card support up to 256GB, fingerprint sensor on the back, 13-megapixel camera on the back, and an 8-megapixel selfie shooter.
UC Browser removed from Google Play Store
The popular UC Browser mobile browser has been unceremoniously removed from the Google Play Store, without even an explanation. The app with more than 100 million users in India can no longer be found upon searching for it in Play Store even as other UCWeb apps – such as UC Browser Mini and UC News – are still available. The company released a statement saying it has been removed from Play Store for 7 days after violating a Google policy. It added that it has fixed the issue and is awaiting Google’s evaluation for the new UC Browser build.
Vivo Carnival offers deals on V7+, V5 Plus, and other smartphones
Vivo and Amazon are hosting the Winter Carnival in India, where buyers can get discounts on a number of phones by the Chinese brand. As part of the sale, Vivo V7+ is selling at discounted price of Rs. 21,990, V5 Plus at Rs. 19,990, and V5s is priced at Rs. 17,990. The Vivo Y69 is now available at Rs. 14,990 and the Vivo Y66 can be purchased for Rs. 13,990. The Vivo Y53 is up for grabs at Rs. 9,990 and the Vivo Y55s at Rs. 11,990 in the Amazon sale. Apart from these discounted prices, Vivo phone buyers will get exchange discounts, cashbacks, no-cost EMIs, one-time screen replacement warranty, and movie tickets from Bookmyshow.
Apple said to be working with TRAI on an anti-spam app for India
Apple has reportedly consented to give limited help to the Indian government in developing an anti-spam app for the iPhone after a year-long tussle with telecom regular TRAI. The company had apparently so far refused to help out due to privacy concerns as a government app with access to users’ calls and messages would compromise the users' privacy. The report cites an anonymous government official saying Apple executives have extended the help in limited capacity, and the government app would not be able to log users’ call. Apple did not comment on the app’s potential to tap call logs, but said iOS 11's new features to fight back again SMS spam would help the government build the said app.
Face ID glitch?
iPhone X may be the top Apple smartphone you can buy right now, but its highlight feature – the Face ID – may not be as perfect as the company would like you to believe. Face ID allegedly unlocked a 41-year-old woman’s iPhone X while scanning her 10-year-old son’s face. While Apple had earlier acknowledged its TrueDepth sensors may fail with children below 13 years of age, there are not many similarities between the faces of the mother and the son, at least to the human eye.
In other iPhone X news, the new Apple flagship – along with its siblings iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus – will soon get faster wireless charging experience. The upcoming iOS 11.2 update (currently in beta testing stage) is said to make wireless charging on the three handsets 50 percent faster, delivering 7.5W of power up from up from the current 5W. However, it will still not be the fastest as some Qi wireless charging pads can deliver up to 15W of power.
Zomato Gold service launched in Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru
Zomato Gold subscription service has been launched in India, providing customers complimentary food and drink in over 1,200 restaurants and bars. For now, Zomato Gold has been rolled out in Delhi-NCR, Mumbai, and Bengaluru markets, and is priced at Rs. 599 for three months and Rs. 1,499 for 12 months. As an introductory offer, Zomato users can subscribe to Gold at Rs. 299 for three months and Rs. 999 for a year. With this service, members will get a complimentary food item and up to two complimentary beverages at Gold Food and Gold Drinks partner restaurants, respectively.
Infinix Zero 5, Zero 5 Pro smartphones unveiled
The Infinix Zero 5 and Zero 5 Pro smartphones featuring 6GB of RAM and dual rear cameras have been unveiled, and will go on sale in India on November 22 at 12am IST via Flipkart. Zero 5 and Zero 5 Pro are pretty much identical, as both feature a 5.98-inch full-HD screen, 2.6GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio P25 chipset, 6GB of RAM, Android 7.0 Nougat software, microSD card support up to 128GB, 16-megapixel front camera with LED flash, and 4350mAh battery. Also common between them is the dual rear camera setup with 12-megapixel primary sensor and 13-megapixel sensor and dual LED flash. The sole difference between the two is the storage – Zero 5 (Rs. 17,999) has 64GB built-in storage, and Zero 5 Pro (Rs. 19,999) comes with 128GB storage on board.
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