This week, we saw Google launching the new Pixel smartphones and announcing new upcoming software features at its I/O conference. HMD Global launched the budget smartphone Nokia 4.2 and Samsung replaced OnePlus from the top spot in the premium smartphone segment in India. All this and more in our top tech news of the week.
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Google launches ‘affordable’ premium smartphones Pixel 3a and 3a XL
Google has entered the mid-range smartphone market in India with the launch of the Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL smartphones. Both the new Pixel phones are arriving in India soon. The Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL will be available in India at a price of Rs 39,999 and Rs 44,999 respectively.
Google Pixel 3a offers a 5.6-inch display while the Pixel 3a XL has a 6-inch screen.
Both the phones are powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 processor and have 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. There is no microSD card slot. Both the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL run Android 9.0 Pie operating system out-of-the-box. There is a single-lens 12.2MP dual-pixel Sony IMX363 sensor with f1.8 aperture and PDAF with optical and electronic image stabilisation in both the phones. The phones have an 8MP front camera. Click here for the full story.
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Android users, you are set to get a new OS update
At the I/O conference, Google unveiled everything new that will come with its latest OS update on Android smartphones. Called Android Q, the beta version of the OS will come on 21 devices and will be officially rolled out later this year. With Android Q, smartphone users can expect a host of new features.Click here for the full story.
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HMD Global launches Nokia 4.2 at Rs 10,990
HMD Global, the company that owns the right to manufacture and sell Nokia-branded handsets launched the Nokia 4.2 smartphone in India at a price-tag of Rs 10,990. The smartphone has been launched in only one RAM and internal storage variant: 3GB+32GB. It comes in two colour options: Black and Pink.
Nokia 4.2 comes with a 5.7-inch HD+ screen of 720×1520 pixels resolution with 19:9 aspect ratio. Powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 processor and backed by a 3000mAh battery, the handset runs Android 9.0 Pie operating system out-of-the-box. For imaging duties, there is a dual rear camera of 13-megapixel primary sensor with an f/2.2 aperture and a 2-megapixel secondary sensor with an f/2.2 aperture. On the front, users get an 8-megapixel camera with f/2.0 aperture. Click here for the full story.
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Samsung beats OnePlus in the premium smartphone market in India
Chinese smartphone brand OnePlus has reportedly lost its leadership position in the premium smartphone market in India. Samsung has reclaimed the top spot in the premium smartphone market in the country with the launch of Galaxy S10 series, according to the latest figures by market research firm Counterpoint.
“Samsung regained the top spot in India’s premium segment in Q1 2019, after losing out to OnePlus three quarters in a row. Initial uptake for the Galaxy S10 series drove Samsung to the leadership position in the premium segment,” said Counterpoint in its latest market tracker report. Click here for the full story.
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Google announces new features for Search, Maps, Assistant and apps
At the I/O 2019 developers conference, Google announced a range of new features that it will be bringing to its existing products. More importantly, Google highlighted on adding features that would enable “privacy that works for everyone.” Google will be changing the way you access your Google Account and manage data in platforms like Search, Maps, Assistant and even apps. For example, users will be able to review and delete their location activity data directly in Google Maps, and then quickly get back to their directions. Click here for the full story.
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Cognizant planning on job cuts
IT firm Cognizant is considering job cuts to slash costs. The head of company’s digital business, Gajen Kandiah, left the company, after the US-listed IT company forecast the worst annual growth in its history.
“As part of our realignment program, management is currently evaluating various strategies, including additional employee separation programs. The timing, nature, and magnitude of these initiatives are not finalized at this time,” Cognizant said.
The Teaneck, New Jersey-headquartered company has been cutting jobs for the last two years. Last August, the company said it was cutting 200 senior jobs to make way for juniors to grow. In 2017, it had offered employees a voluntary separation program. Click here for the full story.
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Indian IT industry has a new number three
HCL Technologies overtook Bengaluru-based Wipro to become the third-largest Indian IT services company, reporting the fastest pace of revenue growth in fiscal 2019 among the industry top five on a slew of acquisitions.
HCL Tech’s revenue grew 11.8 percent to $8.63 billion in the just-concluded financial year as businesses from clients as well as from acquisitions increased. Wipro, which has been undergoing restructuring of underperforming businesses for several years, had reported revenue of $8.12 billion during the same period for its IT services business. Click here for the full story.
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There’s a new alternative to PUBG: What you should know
Tencent Holdings Ltd shut down its test version of global blockbuster “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds” in China and shifted users to a similar, more patriotic video game which, unlike PUBG, has regulatory approval to generate revenue.
The Chinese video gaming leader has waited in vain for over a year for approval to earn money on PUBG via in-app purchases, having given the gory, South Korean-made game a socialist makeover to meet stringent government rules. Click here for the full story.