iPhone 8 Design Revealed in Leaked Images, ‘Won’t Be Cheap’ Says Foxconn Exec: Reports

iPhone 8 Design Revealed in Leaked Images, 'Won't Be Cheap' Says Foxconn Exec: Reports

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The new render suggests same design as many previous renders
  • The yield of the new OLED displays is said to be low
  • The iPhone 8 has been tipped to come with wireless charging feature

While the design on the upcoming iPhone 8 has been leaked several times in the last few months, each new round does certainly build the anticipation. The iPhone 8 has been leaked in a fresh set of renders and live images yet again. Separately, a new report reiterates support for wireless charging on the iPhone 8, while a Foxconn executive is said to have suggested the handset will not come in cheap.

First talking about the leaked render, shared by popular tipster @evleaks aka Evan Blass. In it, the iPhone 8 has been shown encased in a smartphone cover with a near bezel-less design and a distinct top notch – expected to feature a range of sensors including the 3D front camera. The design on the display is almost identical to some of the earlier leaks and is quite likely to be the final design on the iPhone 8 as well. While Blass didn’t share the name of the case-maker, 9To5Mac points out that the case in the leaked render resembles to the ones made by UAG.

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Photo Credit: Weibo

On Chinese social networking website Weibo, some of the images that claim to show an X-Ray view of the iPhone 8 have been posted. While it is very hard to figure out much from these images, the constant dark spot in the middle suggests that the iPhone 8 might feature wireless charging support, as per a report by 9To5Mac. To recall, several reports have previously indicated that the iPhone 8 will support wireless charging and Wistron CEO Robert Hwang was also said to have confirmed that this year’s iPhone models will support wireless charging.

However, Daily Mail points out that these images don’t give a layered look of the device and are therefore not taken through X-Ray. Further, the images have been said to be likely of an early stage version of iPhone 8 as the codename ‘FERRARI’ can also be seen in the leaked images.

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Photo Credit: via MyDrivers

Moving on to the leaked live images, the iPhone 8 images shared on Weibo suggest that the smartphone will come in a new Copper Gold colour variant. Apart from Black and White colour variants, the new live images have shown a Copper Gold colour variant of the yet-to-be-announced smartphone.

Finally coming to the pricing of the iPhone 8, Foxconn Vice President Luo Zhongsheng is said to have revealed to reporters that due to supply chain issues, the iPhone 8 “will not be cheap”, reportsMyDrivers. Zhongsheng is cited to say the yields of the company’s new OLED display on the smartphone are low (60 percent success rate) – something another report about Samsung’s role in the OLED display supply corroborates. This could possibly be because of introduction of the new top-notch design by the company.

As we mentioned, the role of the top notch seen against the shape of the iPhone 8’s display – also visible in the schematic pulled out the HomePod firmware – is said to correspond to Face ID facial recognition (said to completely replace Touch ID fingerprint sensor) as well augmented reality features, both powered by a 3D front camera and an infrared sensor.

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Apple iPhone 8

Apple iPhone 8

  • KEY SPECS
  • NEWS

Display

4.70-inch

Processor

quad-core

Resolution

750×1330 pixels

RAM

3GB

OS

iOS 11

Storage

32GB

Also See
  • Apple iPhone 5s (Silver, 16GB)
    Rs.16,600
  • Apple iPhone 5s (Space Grey, 16GB) –
    Rs.16,900
  • Apple iPhone 5s (Space Grey, 16GB) – OFFER
    Rs.16,999

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Android O to be The Last OS Update For OnePlus 3 And 3T

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Android O Will be The Last OS Update For OnePlus 3 And 3T (image: News18)
Putting an end to various speculations over the internet about future software updates for the OnePlus 3 and 3T, a senior firm’s executive confirmed in a Q&A session on Friday that Android O will be the last key Android OS update for the OnePlus 3 and 3T. Now both the devices will receive the upcoming Android O and consumers should not expect any major OS update after Android O, whereas phones will continue to get security updates. According to Oliver Z, OnePlus’ head of product, the open beta program will be moving to the fresh OnePlus 5 after the Android O update is rolled out to the OnePlus 3 and 3T.

“Android O is going to be the last Android version update we’ll release for the OP3/3T. We’ll continue to release security patch updates for the foreseeable future, and offer support for individual application updates. After the OP3/3T have been updated to Android O, we’ll start moving the Open Beta Program from OP3/3T to OP5” Oliver Z added.

During the Q&A, OnePlus also announced its plan to push the August security patches to the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T devices soon. In a couple of months, these patches will go live and the company will issue Oxygen OS 4.5 for both the smartphones. As per Oliver Z, the company will only use the open beta program for OnePlus 5 after rolling out Android O update for the 3/3T.

Now it’s obvious that the users of OnePlus 3/3T will be quite disappointed with this announcement as both the devices are not that old. So far there is no confirmation from the company’s end about the release date of Android O for these devices but as per various media reports OnePlus may push it out before 2017 is over.

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Karbonn A41 Power With 4G VoLTE Support Launched in India: Price, Specifications

Karbonn A41 Power With 4G VoLTE Support Launched in India: Price, Specifications

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Karbonn A41 Power runs on Android 7.0 Nougat
  • The smartphone is powered by the quad-core processor
  • It offers 8GB of internal storage

After the launch of the Aura Note Play earlier this month, Karbonn has now launched the A41 Power smartphone in India. The smartphone is priced at Rs. 4,099 in the country, and availability of the smartphone is still not clear. The Karbonn A41 Power smartphone has been listed on the company website, but hasn’t been announced officially yet.

The budgeted smartphone comes in three colour variants – Black-Champagne, Black-Red, and White-Champagne. It has capacitive buttons in the front, the power key and volume buttons sit on the right edge, and the speaker is seen at the back. The Karbonn A41 Power has its camera sensor on the top left corner of the smartphone.

As for the specifications, the Karbonn A41 Power runs on Android 7.0 Nougat and supports dual-SIM slots. It sports a 4-inch (480×800 pixels) WVGA display, and is powered by a 1.3GHz quad core processor paired with 1GB of RAM. The Karbonn A41 Power offers 8GB of inbuilt storage with the option to expand it further via microSD slot (up to 32GB).

As for optics, the Karbonn A41 Power sports a 2-megapixel rear camera with flash support and a VGA front camera for selfies and video chatting. It packs a 2300mAh battery that is rated to offer 8 hours of talk time (on 2G), and 300 hours of standby time. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, 4G VoLTE, and Micro-USB port. The dimensions on the Karbonn A41 Power smartphone are at 121.5×66.9x12mm, and the device weighs 130 grams.

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Karbonn A41 Power

Karbonn A41 Power

  • KEY SPECS
  • NEWS

Display

4.00-inch

Processor

1.3GHz quad-core

Front Camera

0.3-megapixel

Resolution

480×800 pixels

RAM

1GB

OS

Android 7.0

Storage

8GB

Rear Camera

2-megapixel

Battery Capacity

2300mAh

Also See
  • Karbonn Titanium Machfive (Silver, 16GB)
    Rs.272
  • Karbonn K9 Staar WH (Black) – 
    Rs.677
  • Karbonn K2 Boom Box (Black) – OFFER
    Rs.775

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Swipe Elite VR, Konnect Star 2017 With 4G VoLTE Support Launched in India: Price, Specifications

Swipe Elite VR, Konnect Star 2017 With 4G VoLTE Support Launched in India: Price, Specifications

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Swipe Elite VR is already available for purchase at ShopClues
  • The smartphone houses a 3000mAh battery
  • The Elite VR comes bundles with VR lens headset

Swipe Technologies on Tuesday launched its Elite VR smartphone with a 5.5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display and 3000mAh battery in India. The new handset has been priced by the company at Rs. 4,499 and has already been made available exclusively through ShopClues in the country. The smartphone is being offered in Black, Grey, Gold, and Red colours. Separately, the company also launched its Konnect Star 2017 smartphone at Rs. 3,333 as well. Both smartphones support 4G VoLTE connectivity.

First talking about the Swipe Elite VR, the smartphone has been presented as an entertainment product and comes bundled with a VR headset.

The dual-SIM smartphone runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow out-of-the-box and features a 5.5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display. The Swipe Elite VR is powered by a quad-core MediaTek MT6737 SoC clocked at 1.3GHz coupled with 1GB of RAM. In terms of optics, the Elite VR comes with a 13-megapixel rear camera, tagged with flash, and a 5-megapixel camera at front for taking selfies.

The Swipe Elite VR comes with 8GB of built-in storage, which is further expandable via microSD card (up to 32GB). As mentioned earlier, the handset houses a 3000mAh battery. The connectivity options offered by the Swipe Elite VR include 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, 3.5mm headphone jack and GPS. It measures 155.6×76.6×9.3mm.

On ShopClues customers can currently get 10 percent instant discount on Kotak Mahindra credit cards and on Standard Chartered debit and credit cards on the purchase of Swipe Elite VR.

Moving to the Konnect Star 2017, successor to last year’s Swipe Konnect Star, the new dual-SIM smartphone is being offered in Black Grey, and Gold colours. The smartphone runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow out-of-the-box. It packs a 4-inch display and is powered by a quad-core 1GHz processor coupled with 1GB of RAM. The Konnect Star 2017 comes with a 5-megapixel primary rear camera and a 1.3-megapixel camera at front.

The smartphone comes with 16GB of built-in storage and offers 4G VoLTE as well. It houses a 1800mAh battery. “Swipe Konnect Star will connect Indians to the world by bridging language barriers through Indus OS with 12 regional languages which covers 90 percent of the population and has translation and transliteration feature for easy communication,” the company said in its release.

Swipe Elite VR

Swipe Elite VR

  • KEY SPECS
  • NEWS

Display

5.50-inch

Processor

1.3GHz quad-core

Front Camera

5-megapixel

RAM

1GB

OS

Android 6.0

Storage

8GB

Rear Camera

13-megapixel

Battery Capacity

3000mAh

Also See
  • Swipe Elite Star (Gold, 8GB) – OFFER
    Rs.3,333
  • Swipe Elite Star (Black, 16GB) – OFFER
    Rs.3,699
  • Swipe Elite Star (White, 16GB) – OFFER
    Rs.3,699
Swipe Konnect Star 2017

Swipe Konnect Star 2017

  • KEY SPECS
  • NEWS

Display

4.00-inch

Processor

1GHz quad-core

Front Camera

1.3-megapixel

RAM

1GB

OS

Android 6.0

Storage

16GB

Rear Camera

5-megapixel

Battery Capacity

1800mAh

Also See
  • Swipe Konnect Star (Grey, 16GB) – OFFER
    Rs.3,790
  • Swipe Konnect Star (Gold, 16GB) – 
    Rs.3,799
  • Swipe Konnect Star (Grey, 16GB)
    Rs.3,799

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Coolpad Note 5 Lite C With Android 7.1 Nougat Launched in India: Price, Specifications

Coolpad Note 5 Lite C With Android 7.1 Nougat Launched in India: Price, Specifications

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Coolpad Note 5 Lite C is priced at Rs. 7,777
  • It will only be available in offline stores across India
  • An Amazon-exclusive flagship was also teased for August 20

Coolpad has extended its product portfolio in India, and has launched the Note 5 Lite C. The smartphone is Coolpad’s first smartphone be available exclusively offline. The Coolpad Note 5 Lite C will go on sale from Saturday, August 5 and will be available via 3,000 multi-brand stores across eight states in India including Delhi-NCR, Haryana, Telangana, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, and Maharashtra. The smartphone is priced at Rs. 7,777 and will be available in two colour options – Grey and Gold.

The smartphone’s big highlight, apart from being the first offline exclusive Coolpad phone, is that the CoolPad Note 5 Lite C is also the first smartphone from the company to run on Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box. Design-wise, the smartphone sports a metallic finish with the fingerprint scanner at the back below the camera sensor. The volume buttons are housed on the left edge while the power key sits on the right edge of the smartphone. The Coolpad Note 5 Lite C has a 3.5mm audio jack sitting on the top edge, while the Micro-USB and speaker grilles are seen at the bottom edge of the device. There is no home button in the front, and capacitive keys are offered for navigation.

The Coolpad Note 5 Lite C is a toned-down version of the Note 5 Lite launched earlier this year. The Coolpad Note 5 Lite was exclusively made available on Amazon India for Rs. 8,199. Coolpad has also confirmed that it will launch an annual flagship smartphone on August 20 which will be made available on Amazon India exclusively as well.

Coming to the specifications, the Coolpad Note 5 Lite runs on the latest Android software (based on Cool UI presumably) and supports dual-SIM slots. It features a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display with 294 ppi pixel density. It is powered by the 1.1GHz Snapdragon 210 quad-core SoC paired with 2GB of RAM and Adreno 304 GPU. Internal storage is offered at 16GB, and it is further expandable via a microSD slot (up to 64GB).

Optics include an 8-megapixel rear camera with autofocus, f/2.4 aperture, and flash support. At the front, there is a 5-megapixel sensor with f/2.4 aperture as well. The Coolpad Note 5 Lite C packs a 2500mAh battery that is rated to offer 240 hours of standby time. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, and 4G LTE support. The smartphone weighs 139 grams, and the dimensions measure at 142.4×70.4×7.95mm. On board sensors include proximity sensor, light sensor, and accelerometer.

Syed Tajuddin, CEO, Coolpad India, said in a statement, “Keeping the strategy of bringing high specs smartphones at affordable price, we have yet again launched a product that our fans expect. After being ranked as one of the bestseller in the online space, it gives us immense pleasure to announce that with Note 5 Lite C to expand in the offline smartphone market. There is a lot more that will come from Coolpad for our India fans, as we plan to launch one major online flagship on 20th August and four more offline exclusive products by the end of 2018. Coolpad has become a major brand in India with full coverage from online to offline channels.”

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Coolpad Note 5 Lite C

Coolpad Note 5 Lite C

  • KEY SPECS
  • NEWS

Display

5.00-inch

Processor

1.1GHz quad-core

Front Camera

5-megapixel

Resolution

720×1280 pixels

RAM

2GB

OS

Android 7.1

Storage

16GB

Rear Camera

8-megapixel

Battery Capacity

2500mAh

Also See
  • Coolpad Note 5 Lite (Space Grey, 16GB) – 
    Rs. 8,199
  • Coolpad Note 5 Lite (Royal Gold, 16GB) – 
    Rs. 8,399
  • Coolpad Note 5 Lite (Grey, 16GB) – OFFER
    Rs. 8,499

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Google is finally burying junky Android apps

Sundar Pichai, CEO, Google

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Sundar Pichai, CEO, Google

Google said it finally has an algorithm in place to bury junky Android apps that have bad reviews.

Surprising, since the Google Play Store has come under fire for years for being a haven for lower-quality apps than what one might find in the iTunes App Store for iPhones.

Google said the changes are already being made. “We recently enhanced our search and discovery algorithms to reflect app quality,” Google said. “This results in higher quality apps being surfaced in the Play Store more than similar apps of lower quality (eg: apps that exhibit more frequent crashes).”

This means Android users should start to find higher quality apps promoted based in the app store, and fewer of the 1-star apps that still somehow managed to creep toward the top.

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Android apps can find nearby devices even when they’re offline

Google

If you’ve ever wished that your smartphone’s apps would automatically do your bidding the moment you neared a device, you’re in luck. After previewing it at I/O in May, Google has made the second generation of its Nearby Connections toolkit available to Android developers. The updated framework uses Bluetooth and WiFi to find nearby devices, connect to them and perform tasks without requiring an internet connection. Your hotel room could auto-adjust the temperature the moment you walk in, Google suggests, while your phone could merge contacts whenever you’re close to your spouse.

The kit supports both mesh networks, where devices form an independent network on the spot, as well as a centralized connection where one device rules the roost. That’s particularly helpful in classrooms or meetings, where you’d want one device to take priority — say, a Jackbox-style party game where a host hands out trivia questions.

It’ll take a while for the new Nearby Connections to wend its way into the apps you use, but there are already companies who’ve had a head start. The Weather Channel is installing mesh networks in areas with poor internet access to help send weather warnings, Hotstar is offering offline media sharing and GameInsight will help you find and play people offline. And of course, Google has its own — an upcoming Android TV remote app will use Nearby Connections to get you started and turn on second-screen experiences while you’re watching shows. If more developers like the idea, this could quietly become one of Android’s more important assets, especially as smart homes take off.

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Nokia 3 Review

Nokia 3 Review

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Nokia 3 is priced at Rs. 9,499
  • It is only available at offline stores
  • Gadgets 360 rates the phone 6 out of 10

The Nokia 3, the most affordable of the three new Nokia-branded Android smartphones, was launched in India last month. It is the first smartphone with the Nokia name to hit the Indian market in a long time, but it’s worth pointing out that it hasn’t been manufactured by Nokia itself. The company that once dominated global smartphone sales is getting a second shot at the mobile business thanks to a brand licensing agreement with HMD Global, a Helsinki-based company run largely by former Nokia and Microsoft employees. As per the deal announced last year, HMD Global has an exclusive global license to create and sell Nokia-branded phones for 10 years. The company has been betting heavily on the Nokia brand’s power, and fans have been looking forward to the devices which are now finally here.

The rebooted Nokia 3310 was the first to be made available in India and received mixed response. The other two Android smartphones are the Nokia 5 and Nokia 6, which are yet to be made available in India. These four Nokia phones were the biggest announcements at MWC 2017, but it will only translate into sales if the products are good enough.

HMD Global has been marketing the Nokia 3 to buyers looking for a good design and “pure Android with regular updates” at a budget price. The Nokia 3 has been priced aggressively to take on the some of the heavyweights in the Indian market. However, it will have a tough fight ahead of it, as HMD Global needs to find its place in the Indian market and compete with popular phones like the Xiaomi Redmi 4, Moto G5, and Yu Yureka Black. The Nokia 3 is being marketed as the “Android phone with all the smartphone essentials” but will that be enough? We take a look.

Nokia 3 design

The Nokia 3 arrived at our lab in a playful white retail box which reminded us of the old Nokia days. The phone has a resemblance to the Lumia range of Windows Mobile-powered phones, but only in terms of design as the Nokia 3 runs Android. If you are in the market or searching for a phone online, you will see options priced under Rs. 10,000 with all-metal unibodies and they look more or less similar – whether it’s the Yu Yureka Black or the Xiaomi Redmi 4. In our opinion, the Nokia 3 brings freshness to the budget segment. While the Nokia 3 doesn’t have an all-metal body, the quality of polycarbonate used for the back and its metal frame still make the design good overall. It’s minimalist without feeling cheap.

The feel of the phone in a hand is one of the best we have experienced in this segment. Throughout our review period, we used the Nokia 3 with just one hand without being afraid of dropping it. The squarish shape of the phone offers a great grip from all angles. Our review unit was a Matte Black version of the Nokia 3, and it is also available in Silver White. The power and volume buttons are on the right and were painted black to match the phone’s body.

On the left, you’ll find the dedicated slots for two SIM cards and a microSD card, which is good to see as many other manufacturers offer hybrid slots at this price point. The bottom has the standard charging port plus a speaker grille, while the top has the 3.5mm audio jack. If you look closely, antenna bands are visible on the top and bottom of the Nokia 3, but they blend in with the colour of the phone. There are Nokia logos on the front as well back, just like older Nokia devices.

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Typing on this phone was easy enough, and at 8.48mm thick, it’s actually thinner than the Redmi 4, but the latter has a much bigger battery. During the review period, we found that the power and volume rocker buttons were placed slightly too high and we had to stretch to reach them while using the phone with one hand. We also missed a fingerprint scanner, which has become almost a standard feature on smartphones, even at this price level. We feel that this is a significant omission for the Nokia 3. The capacitive Android navigation buttons are not backlit which means you could have a hard time finding them in the dark.

Inside the Nokia 3 retail box, you will get a quick start guide, earphones, a charger, USB cable, and a SIM ejector tool apart from the phone itself.

Nokia 3 specifications and software

The Nokia 3 features a 5-inch IPS LCD screen with a resolution of 720×1280 pixels and 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass. The phone is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6737 SoC coupled with 2GB of RAM. It has 16GB of storage which can be expanded using a microSD card (up to 128GB). There are 8-megapixel cameras at the front and back. The rear camera features an f/2.0 aperture, autofocus, and an LED flash. The front camera, on the other hand, also has autofocus and an 84-degree field of view. The phone packs a non-removable 2630mAh battery. 4G and VoLTE (voice over LTE) are supported, and connectivity options include USB-OTG, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi.

The Nokia 3 is among few smartphones in the budget category to offer stock Android Nougat. It offers all the bells and whistles one can expect from a stock Android device such as bundled notifications where users get group notifications from a single app instead of multiple ones; the ability to reply to messages from the notification pop-up; notification management, which allows users to disable or silence notifications from individual apps; quick app switching with just a double-tap on the Overview button, and an all-new Settings app. Split-screen multitasking, which allows you to use two apps simultaneously, is also supported. The Nokia 3 supports Google Assistant out-of-the-box, which is yet to arrive on many other phones in the same price segment.

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Apart from monthly security updates, HMD Global has also promised that the Nokia 3 (as well as the Nokia 5 and Nokia 6) will receive Android O when it’s available.

Nokia 3 performance and camera

The Nokia 3 fares well in day-to-day usage. Despite using it for GPS navigation and long gaming sessions, the phone didn’t get warm, which is another advantage of the polycarbonate back.

However, we felt could feel the phone slowing down a bit while multitasking and we experienced some lags when switching from one app to another when there were over 12 apps open in the background. The phone was able to handle light games with ease, but graphics-heavy ones like Need for Speed: No Limits did slow down, which was annoying. The phone was able to play a range of video and audio files without any hiccups.

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The single loudspeaker works well enough in a small room, and its clarity is decent. The bundled earphones are also good enough. We like to point out that the Nokia 3 is one of only a few phones that actually has bundled earphones in the box.

The 5-inch display on the Nokia 3 has excellent colour reproduction and brightness. We liked watching videos on the Nokia 3 and felt that this is among the better screens we’ve seen in the budget segment in terms of sunlight legibility and viewing angles. It’s worth pointing out, however, that phones such as the Yu Yureka Black offer full-HD screens at prices lower than the Nokia 3.

The Nokia 3 didn’t really impress us with its benchmark results. It managed only 27,432 in AnTuTu, 15,020 overall in Quadrant, and 10fps in GFXBench. The Xiaomi Redmi 4 (Review) and Yu Yureka Black (Review) gave better results in the same tests.

The 8-megapixel rear camera does okay in good lighting conditions, and autofocusing is quick as well. The samples we took in good light turned out to have decent levels of detail and controlled noise in the corners when zoomed in. However, we found that darker parts of the samples did lose details while large areas were often overexposed. At times, there were slight white balance inaccuracies in images as well. The Nokia 3 has an HDR mode though we noticed that it didn’t always kick in when required, and we felt that it could have helped in several cases. Unfortunately, low-light shots came out badly. Autofocus locking was slow, and the samples we took lacked detail while there was a lot of noise all over.

Tap to see full-sized Nokia 3 camera samples

The Nokia 3 supports 1080p video recording, and the quality is decent. The front camera on the phone also disappointed us, as despite its autofocus capability photos still came out blurry. You can use the Nokia 3 for a quick video call or casual selfies, but don’t expect a lot in terms of quality.

However, we liked the camera app which had a very easy-to-use interface with all major functions accessible in one tap. In beautify mode, the phone tries to improve photos by applying some corrections, but this isn’t always effective.

Nokia 3 battery life

The battery in the Nokia 3 lasted for roughly 16-18 hours of heavy usage which wasn’t a surprise, considering its 2630mAh capacity. We used the phone for roughly a week and we can say that it gave us better battery life when our usage was less demanding. Our HD video loop test lasted for 10 hours and 25 minutes which is good for a phone of this size. There’s no support for fast charging, and it took roughly two hours to get up to 100 percent which is longer than other phones with bigger batteries usually take.


Nokia 3 Android phone in pictures

Verdict
The Nokia 3 is now available in India priced at Rs. 9,499. It is a good-looking smartphone, and also supports 4G with VoLTE. One big positive point is that the company has promised future Android updates. Overall performance and camera results aren’t its biggest highlights. We also missed a fingerprint scanner, which really should be a standard feature now.

In our opinion, the Nokia 3 is best suited for first-time smartphone buyers and those looking for some experience with Android in general – if you can get this offline-only phone at a store near you. At this price, you could also go for the Xiaomi Redmi 4 or the Yu Yureka Black, both of which offer better all-around performance. The Asus ZenFone Live is another contender in the same price bracket.

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Nokia 3

Nokia 3

  • REVIEW
  • KEY SPECS
  • NEWS
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery life
  • Camera
  • Value for money
  • Good
  • Feels solid
  • Stock Android experience
  • Dedicated slots for SIMs and microSD card
  • Bad
  • Average overall performance
  • Camera quality is below par
  • No fingerprint scanner
Also See
  • Motorola Moto G4 (White, 16GB) – 
    Rs. 9,999
  • Coolpad Note 3S (Gold, 32GB)
    Rs. 8,840

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THE ‘CLOAK & DAGGER’ ATTACK THAT BEDEVILED ANDROID FOR MONTHS

USUALLY VULNERABILITIES IN software are accidents or mistakes—flaws that shouldn’t be there. But they can also stem from unintended consequences of features working the way they’re supposed to. Those problems prove difficult to resolve, especially if the potentially impacted feature has an important, legitimate use. That’s what happened with Cloak & Dagger, an attack that manipulates attributes of the operating system’s visual design and user interface to hide malicious activity.

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology and University of California, Santa Barbara first detailed the vulnerabilities in May, and have worked with Google since to address them. But while Google has addressed many of the bugs in its upcoming Android O release, the methods persist on current versions of Android, potentially exposing virtually all Android users to an insidious attack.

“User interface bugs are out there and they can be exploited and it’s quite easy to implement them,” says Yanick Fratantonio, a mobile security researcher who works on the project and helped present the latest Cloak & Dagger updates at the Black Hat security conference Thursday. “The attacks are a very big deal, but they’re difficult to fix. You can’t just change [the vulnerable features] because you have backward compatibility problems.”

In addition to the protections baked into Android O, a Google spokesperson said in a statement that, “We’ve been in close touch with the researchers and, as always, we appreciate their efforts to help keep our users safer. We have updated Google Play Protect—our security services on all Android devices with Google Play—to detect and prevent the installation of these apps.”

The main Cloak & Dagger attacks affect all recent versions of Android, up to the current 7.1.2. They take advantage of two Android permissions: one, known as SYSTEM_ALERT_WINDOW,which allows apps to display overlay screens for things like notifications, and one called BIND_ACCESSIBILITY_SERVICE, a permission for accessibility services that allows tracking and querying of visual elements displayed on the phone. These permissions can be abused individually, or in tandem.

When you download apps from Google Play that request the System Alert overlay permission, Android grants it automatically, no user approval required. That means malicious apps that ask for that permission can hide ill-intentioned activity behind innocuous-looking screens. For example, the app can request a permission that the user must approve, but cover that request notification with another screen that asks for something innocent, leaving a hole in the cover screen for the real “Accept” button. This type of bait and switch is a version of an attack known as “click-jacking.”

In the case of Cloak & Dagger, the permission the researchers tricked test subjects into accepting is called the Bind Accessibility Service. When users grant this permission, apps gain the ability to track objects across the screen, interact with them, and even manipulate them. Normally, these capabilities are reserved for services that address disabilities like physical and visual impairments. In the hands of a malicious app, they can prove devastating.

Once the attacker has user approval for the accessibility permission, the attacker can abuse it for types of keystroke logging, phishing, and even stealthy installation of other malicious apps for deeper access to the victim system. The accessibility permission also makes it possible for a hacker to simulate user behavior, a powerful capability.

“We let ‘other apps’ or ‘a fake user’ do the bad things for us,” Fratantonio says. “In other words, instead of hacking, for example, the Settings app, we just simulate a user that is clicking around and ‘ask’ the Settings app to do things for us like enable all the permissions.”

The researchers have developed many variations of these attacks, and have found that they can even take over systems with only the first system-alert permission, by manipulating overlays to trigger the download of a second app that can work with the first to infiltrate the system. The variation in approach, and the distributed nature of the attacks, makes them difficult to consistently detect.

Because of Google’s remediation efforts, some versions of the attacks don’t work in all versions of Android anymore, but there are so many variations that there would still be plenty of options for an attacker. And Android’s fragmented version adoption means that for most users, the patchwork of remaining vulnerabilities will likely persist for a long time yet.

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Inside the ongoing fight to stamp out govt-grade Android spyware

Sad Android

Black Hat A study into government-grade Android spyware led researchers to a new strain of surveillance malware lurking in the Google Play app store – a strain that has now been unceremoniously booted out of the software marketplace.

Last month it was revealed that the Mexican government was infecting smartphones with malware to spy on lawyers, journalists, and activists. Researchers at Google and mobile security shop Lookout did some further digging into this covert surveillance tool, and discovered this kind of state-level software nasty is slightly more common than some might think.

The Mexican government used some iOS malware called Pegasus, which was built by Israeli hackers-for-hire NSO Group. That organization also offers an Android equivalent dubbed Chrysaor. This Android variant was considerably less sophisticated than its Apple cousin, as it exploited really old vulnerabilities in Google’s OS whereas Pegasus exploited zero-day flaws in iOS to compromise phones. In fact, it appeared Chrysaor was tailored to compromise Android 4.3 and earlier.

“This was a known set of vulnerabilities,” Andrew Blaich, a security researcher at Lookout, told The Register this week at the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas. “We’re guessing that the malware was designed to target older versions of Android that are no longer being patched and which are more common in developing countries.”

Samples of Chrysaor, which were disguised as legit-looking apps, were found by Lookout and forwarded to Google, which used its Verify Apps tool in Android to kill any instances of the spyware.

We’re told fewer than three dozen copies were found in the wild, and the booby-trapped applications were never in the official app store, so the malware’s distribution was obviously highly targeted to specific people. It’s typically sent in phishing attacks, for which NSO charges thousands of dollars to execute.

Google and Lookout took a closer look at the malware’s operation, and examined its techniques for gaining powerful access privileges and escaping its sandbox, and monitored its network traffic. They then used that knowhow to search for similar evil applications out in the wild, and uncovered tools released by Equus Technologies.

Lipizzan

Equus, which like NSO also claims to sell only to governments for legit purposes, has developed smartphone monitoring software Google has dubbed Lipizzan. Once on a device, it can siphon off a victim’s email and SMS messages, their whereabouts, their voice calls, and their photos and videos to remote systems.

We’re told this surveillance tool was hidden in about 20 apps in the Google Play store, and installed on fewer than 100 Android devices, suggesting specific selected targets were tricked into downloading it.

Lipizzan was a two-stage piece of malware that was designed to fool the code-checking mechanisms Google uses to prevent software nasties appearing in the Play Store. The first stage, available from the marketplace, would appear to be a simple app, such as a backup tool or a cache cleaner. When run, the code would download and execute a “license verification” stage.

This second stage would scan the infected phone for vulnerabilities and exploit use them, if possible, to gain root-level access. With that power, it could record calls, subvert apps like Whatsapp, Gmail and Snapchat, and so on.

Google kicked the Lipizzan apps out of its store, warned folks hit by the malware, and stopped the code from running on devices. However, its creators wouldn’t give up. New but similar apps were uploaded, and the web giant was able to detect them due of code reuse by the authors.

“There were fewer than 100 devices that checked into Google Play Protect with the apps listed below,” the team said on Wednesday. “That means the family affected only 0.000007 per cent of Android devices. Since we identified Lipizzan, Google Play Protect removed Lipizzan from affected devices and actively blocks installs on new devices.”

This isn’t the first time malware mercenaries have used these techniques to smuggle malicious apps into the Play store, and it probably won’t be the last. However, for now, Google and its friends have the upper hand on cyber-mercenaries who peddle government spyware.

Source:-.theregister.