If you’ve missed your chance at picking up the Xiaomi Redmi 3S or Redmi 3S Prime in the first two flash sales, you will have another opportunity to do so once again, today at 12 PM.
You only have to look back at the last two flash sales to see the popularity of these ultra-affordable smartphones from Xiaomi. In the first sale held two weeks ago, the Redmi 3S Prime sold out in just eight minutes, and in the second, which also saw the availability of the Redmi 3S, stocks lasted till only around 5 PM that evening.
If you’re wondering about which device is better suited to your needs, it is worth noting that most specifications and features are the same between the two versions, including the huge 4,100 mAh battery that is found with both. As far as differences go, the cheaper Redmi 3S comes with 16 GB of storage and 2 GB of RAM, while the Redmi 3S Prime offers 32 GB of internal storage and 3 GB of RAM, and also provides an additional layer of security with a fingerprint scanner.
The Xiaomi Redmi 3S is priced at Rs 6,999 (~$104), while the Redmi 3S Prime is only slightly more expensive, with its price tag of Rs 8,999 (~$134). The two devices will available from bothmi.com and Flipkart, with Flipkart also providing consumers with an exchange offer. So if you have an old Android smartphone lying around, you can always trade that in and pick up these affordable smartphones for even cheaper.
Let us know if you were able to pick up the Xiaomi Redmi 3S or Redmi 3S Prime during today’s sale, and if you already have the phone, do share your thoughts on what your experience has been with it so far in the comments section below!
Google is changing the way it’s handling Android updates (it’s high time it did, we might add) byintroducing Maintenance Releases (MR).
These patches will include bug fixes and tweaks, and we can speculate that Google could use the opportunity to add certain new features or change the behavior of existing ones. The first MR for Android 7.0 Nougat is expected this fall, and more will follow on a quarterly basis.
We don’t know yet whether MR will bump up the version number. In other words, will MR1 be called Android 7.0.1, Android 7.1, or something else entirely?
We have some flimsy evidence that points to Android 7.1. One clue is a section in the Android Developer Console (first spotted by Android Police) that includes a mention of Android 7.1.
Remember that NFC Ring Kickstarter from three years ago? Well the payment ring is now finally ready for prime time, as pre-orders have kicked off today with support for mobile payments.
The new NFC payment ring is primarily designed to work with wireless payment systems, without the need to whip out our credit card or smartphone. Once it’s all set-up, you wont even need your phone close by to use the ring, as it uses anonymous tokens to makepayments.The ring meets EMVCo’s contactless performance requirements, ensuring support for a range of VISA cards from a selection of banks.
There are a few others cool uses for the NFC Ring too. It can unlock your smartphone or tablet with a quick tap to the back of your phone. If you have an NFC enabled door lock, you can get in and out of your house without fumbling with keys. You can also use the ring to share WiFi information, link to websites, pictures, and contact information with other NFC devices.
If you’re interested, two NFC Ring models are available pre-order in three different colors and a huge selections of ring sizes. Prices are set at $53 (£40) for the latest model, and the company is offering 50 percent of all titanium rings this summer.
Google has managed to surprise us by giving an early preview of the Android N. This is the first developer build and there might be a few iterations that will come out before it is made available to users.
For now there is no word on what the N in Android N will stand for but there are a few favourites that have been doing the rounds.
Here are the top 10 features of Android N that we liked the most.