03rd Dec 2016
As the year ends and a new beginning is being shaped for 2017, we are coming across a variety of interesting news for the coming year, while the memories of 2016 haunt back.
This week, Google sent out a report listing out top 5 apps, movies, music, games, and books on Google Play Store in the running year, and in the India-centric report that has been shared, the statistics show that Train Simulator 2016 has been played the most while Sultan is one of the most trending movies in India. However, we have our more detailed story on the same, this week for you all.
We also saw the much awaited OnePlus 3T being launched in India with a price tag of INR 30,000 while Samsung’s Gear S3 smartwatch seem to be all set to make a presence in January 2017. The upcoming Gear S3 is expected to feature an interesting feature that allows users to connect to their smartphone without establishing any Bluetooth connection. You can definitely read on to know more.
However, this week, we also saw a couple of new launches, and on the other hand, Reliance Jio announced the extension of Jio Welcome Offer in the name of Jio Happy New Year Offer, until March 3, 2017. Now, that’s a good news for every Jio user.
While a top 10 listicle would definitely not be enough to sum up this entire week, here's our try as we put in 10 best stories we have covered this week in consumer technology.
Google Announces Play Store's 'Best of 2016'
As we head towards the end of year 2016, Google has today sent out a release announcing the best of its most popular apps, games, music, movies, TV shows, and books in 2016. Indians seem to have showered their love to Bollywood Actor Salman Khan, by downloading ‘Sultan: The Game’ a lot. In-fact, the game tops the second rank in ‘Top Trending Games of 2016’ by Google, while Indians seem to have downloaded the game Train Simulator 2016 the most.
OnePlus 3T Launches In India With A Rs 30,000 Price Tag
OnePlus 3T has arrived in India. The phone comes in 64 GB and 128 GB variants. The base model is pegged at Rs 30,000, which is Rs 2000 more than the original OnePlus 3 that launched roughly half a year ago. The 128 GB version is priced at Rs 35,000. The phone will be available for purchase purchase from 14th of December.
New Samsung Gear S3 Smartwatch May Come To India In Jan 2017
Do you remember the Gear S3 smartwatches by Samsung that were unveiled during the IFA 2016 in September? Well, the latest news is that the smartwatch is expected to enter India soon, with the official launch announcement expected in Jan 2017. While no exact date has been announced yet for the launch of Samsung Gear S3 smartwatches, Sammobile has recently claimed the possibilities of a January launch.
Reliance Jio Announces ‘Happy New Year Offer’ Until March 2017
Reliance Jio has today announced that it has crossed 50 million subscribers in just 83 days from commencements of its services, ie., Sept 5, 2016. In addition to this, the company has also announced that the existing Jio Welcome Offer will further be extended for 3 more months, i.e., up to March 3, 2017 under the ‘Jio Happy New Year Offer’.
Apple And Android May Soon Take Over The Wearables Market
While acquisitions and mergers are pretty common in the technology industry, here’s one that’s definitely shocking. The Information recently reported that smart wearables maker Fitbit is almost closing the deal to purchase its competitor Pebble, and reportedly shut it off later. By doing this, the report also states that Fitbit will be gaining Pebble’s Intellectual property and other assets.
New Smartphone With A Monstrous 10,900 mAh Battery
Most of you agree that a smartphone’s battery has become one of the most critical part of the smartphone, as people become solely dependant on the smartphone’s juice to make use of every other feature in it. However, not much has been advanced yet, apart from a few laboratory researches going on in distant places!
Asus Just Launched Insanely Big And Expensive Phones In India
Asus has launched the Zenfone 3 Ultra and Zenfone 3 Deluxe in India. These are company's top-end smartphones with the base model costing as much as Rs 50,000. Smaller among the two, the Zenfone 3 Deluxe (ZS570KL) features a 5.7-inch Full HD AMOLED screen. It comes in Snapdragon 820 and Snapdragon 821 variants. The Snapdragon 820 version comes with 64 GB internal storage, whereas the latter packs-in 256 GB internal storage.
Facebook Introduces Express Wifi Programme In India
Facebook Basics was banned in India due to net neutrality concerns. However, it seems that move hasn't deterred the social networking giant from delivering cheaper ways to access the Internet in India. Zuckerberg's company has now unveiled Facebook Express for India, an initiative that will spread the Wi-Fi access to different parts of the nation.
VLC Now Supports 360 Degree Videos
VLC player has been the staple player for PC users. Lately, it has started giving a tough competition to MXPlayer on smartphones. Now in its latest iteration, the open-source media player has added 360- degree video compatibility. Since it is still work in progress, the version is released as a preview for Windows and Mac.
Did You Just Violate Traffic Rule? Don’t Worry, Pay Via FreeCharge
In this cash-crunch situation that India is going through due to demonetisation, we are clearly seeing a number of services starting to accept online payments. The Prime Minister’s vision of a Digital India is finally getting closer and you will agree, especially after reading this.
Top 10 Consumer Tech Stories Of The Week - Nov 26 to Dec 2
Here’s the roundup of the Top 10 Stories of the week...
- Best Phones Under Rs 10,000 (January, 2017)
- Best Phones Under Rs 20,000 (December, 2016)
- Best Phones Under Rs 30,000 (December, 2016)
- Five Android Apps To Make Your Insta Pop
- 9 Hot Android Smartphones Expected To Hit The Shelves Soon
- 3 Fitness Bands For The Budget Users
- 5 Best Screens From Android Based Smartphones
- The 5 Browser Add-Ons That Everyone Must Have
- Top 5 Pocket Friendly Virtual Reality Headsets
- Top 5 Premium Smartphones Above Rs 30,000