Vodafone follows Airtel, introduces Red

Vodafone India, following Airtel’s lead, has announced the launch of its new offer known as Red Together for its Red postpaid plans. Consumers on any Red postpaid plans, starting with Red Basic at Rs 399 can avail this benefit.

Under this offer, different users can club together their respective Red postpaid plans to get savings up to 20 percent on the total rental of the group and up to 20GB extra data benefit. Further, users will get an option to make a single payment for the group under one bill.

Vodafone follows Airtel, introduces Red Together plan for postpaid users

The offer is similar to Airtel’s Family Promise programme. Under this offer, postpaid customers can create customised plans for the family by adding multiple postpaid connections to their account and one can also enjoy saving up to 20 percent. Users can also pool and share their data benefits across all connections.

However, unlike in Airtel where you can only add family members, in Vodafone Samsung Galaxy S4 LCD screen Red Together plan users are allowed to bring together their friends and/or devices as well. But, other than this, you get almost similar benefits.

This is not it, Vodafone recently took leaf out of Airtel's book by introducing data carry forwardfacility under certain postpaid plans. Besides, users will get free national roaming, up to 12 months free Netflix subscription, free Vodafone Samsung Galaxy S4 LCD screen wholesale Play access and free Magzter access. The offer is available for RED Traveller, RED International, and RED Signature offerings.

The three international plans come with rental of Rs 1299, Rs 1699 and Rs 1999 and come with 75 GB, 100 GB and 125 GB monthly data respectively. Users can carry forward up to 200 GB of data. However, this offer is not available in Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Jammu & Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh circles.

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LG G7 and Samsung Galaxy S9 at CES 2018

Both the LG G7 and Samsung Galaxy S9 (and S9+) could all launch at CES 2018 in Las Vegas, according to industry analysts, as the South Korean manufacturers want to get their newest products into the market first to fend off any competition. The news comes from Business Korea, which has collated information regarding both zte parts and their possible launches in Las Vegas in January.

LG G7 and Samsung Galaxy S9 could go head-to-head at CES 2018

Both phones have previously had their launches later in the year, February for LG and March for Samsung, but they could both be brought forward to January. It's not the first time we've heard about an earlier launch for the Samsung Galaxy S9, but considering the Galaxy S8 was launched later than usual in 2017, we speculated that Samsung is actually just getting back to its regular launch cycle.

Notable leaker Evan Blass has also weighed in on a CES reveal for Samsung, although has said only some information about the zte replacement parts will be unveiled at the Vegas show, with a full launch still planned for March.

As for LG, it's the first time we've heard rumours purporting to a CES unveiling and considering the company has usually saved its launches for the day before Mobile World Congress kicks off in February, we would say it's unlikely a CES reveal will be on the cards. The only plausible explanation for LG to take the G7 to Las Vegas would be to steal some of Samsung's limelight.

Of course, until we know for sure that Samsung will be revealing Galaxy S9 news at the show, we'd say the idea of LG being there too is purely speculation for now.


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Just how bezel-free should phones be?

If I were to try and sum up the evolution of smartphones over the past ten years as concisely as possible, I would say that iphone 5s parts went from having variety to uniformity. 5 to 7 years ago there were a lot of smartphones with many different features to choose from. Some had physical keyboards, microSD cards, and removable batteries while others didn’t. There was a wide variety of screen sizes. There were even two more major operating systems to choose from. Today, we are down to two operating systems and a whole lot of phones that look awfully similar to one another.

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Part of me really hates that. I’m not sure if it’s feeling desensitized from the progression of mobile technology after having been invested in it for so long, but it really does feel more boring and monotonous than it used to. At the same time, it’s easy to understand why it has become that way. It all comes down to money, and companies go where the money goes. At the moment, the money is with giant, headphone jack-less devices with virtual keyboards and batteries that are nearly impossible – and sometimes just plain dangerous - to remove. From the looks of it, we can add “bezel-less” to that list from this year going forward as well.

It’s not likely that all smartphones are going to phase out larger bezels over the next few years, but it’s safe to say that the most popular phones probably will. The feature has become such a big hit just in the past year alone that if a company released a flagship with big bezels in 2017, it was quickly placed on the back burner. For people who enjoy smaller bezels, this was a good move; for people who still appreciate their bezels as a way to firmly grasp their phone, the situation appears dire.

I can appreciate both sides of the argument. As somebody who appreciates small phones and big screens, shrinking bezels should be nothing short of a godsend. Alternatively, I feel that I still need some sort of bezel on the sides and bottom edge of the device because my fingers and/or palm always manage to spill onto the screen somehow. I don’t know, maybe I just don’t know how to gracefully hold a smartphone. But in addition to this new era of bezel-lessness, new features like interactive edge displays and squeezable sides are also things that make bezel-less devices seem daunting to use and a bit counterintuitive.

In an ideal world, I think I would want to keep some bezel on the sides and bottom of any given device. The top isn’t as much of a concern, as I don’t think anybody puts their hands up there on a regular basis, but keeping some bezel on the sides and bottom of a device seems ideal in order to give users a place to hold their device comfortably without obstructing the screen, as well as keeping the structural integrity of the device better protected from expected-yet-unexpected drops.

And that’s basically where we are now. Most of the phones that are known for being “bezel-less” aren’t truly bezel-less; their bezels are just harder to detect. But I fear that as quickly as this trend has caught on that more companies are going to head for the extreme, and that’s the kind of bezel-less that I’m not excited to see. As pretty as bezel-less phones might be, bezels are still an important part of iphone parts from a usability standpoint.

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Samsung Galaxy S9 Face Scanner & Iris Scanner

We've seen earlier reports that Samsung is going to "do an Apple" with the Galaxy S9 samsung galaxy s7 battery replacement by equipping it with a face scanner module and now a new report is reiterating this idea. In addition, it's claimed Samsung will enhance it iris scanner tech for the new flagship as well.

The report from Korean publication ETNews claims Samsung is planning to offer enhanced iris and face scanner modules which will be quicker thanks to software improvements. The front-facing camera sensor will allegedly be an 8MP module identical to the Galaxy S8 series hardware. An unnamed source is cited, saying "there may be new add-ons through software applications."

However, it looks as though compared to Apple's note 5 battery replacement - which is a full 3D scanner - this will be fairly basic still. Samsung already has face scanning aboard the Galaxy S8 series and it can be fooled by using high-res 2D photographs; this won't work on the iPhone X.

With the earlier reports of Samsung adding a face scanner to the Galaxy S9 there was some speculation it might be implementing a full 3D scanner, but this new report shows this is not the case. Samsung is simply speeding up the process for its existing hardware.

Having said this, the iris scanner is thought by some security experts to be the most secure biometric authentication method available, better than even 3D face scanners and fingerprint scanners. It is much slower though, but Samsung is aiming to improve this.


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New Android phone crushes iPhone X in speed test

Apple’s hot new iPhone X has it all. From design and display quality to features and performance, the tenth-anniversary iPhone is a class-leading wholesale Google Pixel XL LCD screen through and through. The design in particular has been praised to no end. In fact, even some of the iPhone X’s harshest critics (myself included) have come around to love the controversial “notch” design with the phone’s display.

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Of course, the sleek design and gorgeous display are only half of the equation here. The software side of the user experience is even more important, and the iPhone X delivers there as well. Benchmark test scores are off the charts, and we’ve seen time and time again what the iPhone X’s A11 Bionic processor is capable of. But savvy Apple fans know that despite how impressive the iPhone X’s performance is compared to most devices out there, there’s something that has been holding the phone back. Now, that issue has caused the iPhone X to lose its title as the reigning speed test champ.

On its surface, iOS 11 has been a pretty terrific update. There are new features and refinements abound, and iOS 11 on the iPhone X introduced a slew of smooth new gestures that further enhance the user experience. But beneath the surface, iOS 11 has also been marred by issues with RAM management.

You wouldn’t know it considering how well the iPhone X has performed thus far in speed tests against rival Android phones, but the phone is actually being held back right now by issues with its operating system. Apple is working to address these issues, but there is currently no fix in place in the latest release build of iOS. As a result, a new champ snuck in and stole the iPhone’s speed test crown.

YouTube channel EverythingApplePro got its hands on the new OnePlus 5T and pitted it against the iPhone X in a real-world speed test showdown. We already told you about how much faster the OnePlus 5T’s Face Unlock is than Face ID, though it is far less secure, and now we can see how the two Google Pixel XL display perform in other areas.

This test doesn’t use the “lap” format that most similar tests have adopted, but the results are still pretty clear. The new OnePlus 5T runs a near-stock version of Android Nougat, which has been refined over the past year. Meanwhile, Apple’s iPhone is running the newer iOS 11 platform that still has some serious bugs to iron out. That’s right… this is one rare instance where Android fragmentation paid off, at least in terms of speed.


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Big on display, small on price

Huawei-owned Honor isn't trying to battle the iPhone X ($999.00 at Apple) or Galaxy S8 ($729.11 at Amazon.com) with its latest phone. Instead, the Honor 7X is aimed squarely at those of you who don't want to splash the cash on elite handsets, but still want some of the pizzazz that comes with them.

With an expected price somewhere under the £300 mark, the 7X is more closely related to the similarly affordable Moto G5 Plus ($299.00 at Amazon.com). While the G5 has a water resistant design (which the 7X does not), the Honor's great screen and slicker overall design makes it the more compelling choice. How the two truly stack up remains to be seen in our full review.

There's no official price as yet, but it's expected to be below £300 (the previous Honor 6X went on sale for £225). There's no word on when the iPhone 8 repair parts will land in the US or Australia, but for reference, even an estimated £280 price converts to $369 and AU$485.

The screen is where the excitement lies. It's a massive 5.93-inch affair, with tiny bezels on all sides. With a fingerprint scanner on the back, rather than the front, the display has been able to take up all available room in the chassis. Sure, the Galaxy S8, Google Pixel 2 XL ($849.99 at Best Buy) and Huawei Mate 10 Pro have all done that, but they'll both cost you hundreds more.

And you get a lot of phone for that money.

First off, those slim bezels make it look like a much more premium device than the affordable price suggests. It's wrapped in a full metal shell, which looks slick and feels great to hold. The deep blue colour stands out nicely against the slew of black and silver phones knocking about. The 2,160x1,080-pixel resolution makes text look pin sharp and it's easily bright enough to use under our harsh office lights.

It's loaded with a quad-core, Huawei-made Kirin 659 processor with 4GB of RAM. It's certainly no match for the S8 or Pixel 2 ($649.99 at Best Buy) in benchmark scores, but in my tests I found it to be perfectly nippy enough for all your everyday emailing and Instagramming. It handles demanding games like Riptide GP: Renegade and N.O.V.A Legacy well enough for casual gamers too.

The rear 16-megapixel camera takes colourful shots with plenty of detail. Colours can be on the cold side, but there's a manual camera mode where you can adjust the white balance to get a nicer tone.

A second lens provides depth information, letting you capture photos with shallow depth of field, and indeed there's a 'Portrait Mode' just like you'll find on the iPhone 8 Plus ($980.00 at Amazon.com) and X. It does a decent job of isolating your subject by giving the background an attractive blur. The cut out of your subject isn't as neat as the iPhones ($849.00 at Apple) manage, but it's more than good enough to add some cool effects to your portraits on Instagram.

The 8-megapixel front-facing camera takes sharp shots and has quite a wide angle of view so you won't need to squash your friends in too closely to get everyone in view.

What you won't find on the 7X is any kind of water resistance, something that is becoming a standard on higher-end phones. Keep it away from any potential splashes and be careful taking calls in the rain. It charges using the older micro USB, rather than USB-C, which isn't much of a problem as it means you can keep using the charging cables you had from your previous handset.

It also launches with the older Android Nougat software, rather than Oreo. It's a shame not to see the latest version on board, given that it's been available for some time, but I can just about forgive it, given the price of the iPhone 8 LCD screen replacement . Honor is currently looking at early next year for an update to Oreo.

The 3,340mAh battery (non-removable) is pretty sizeable, although that large screen will be an energy hog. I would expect to get a day of power with careful use, but we'll test that fully in the review.


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Huawei Watch 2 LTE review

he Apple Watch Series 3 ($429.00 at Apple) offers 4G support, meaning you can receive calls, notifications and more without the use of your iPhone ($849.00 at Apple). That's great -- if you have an iPhone. Android users are left without though, as the Apple Watch is only compatible with iOS. That's where Huawei steps in… for some parts of the world, at least. It's one of the few cellular-equipped Android-capable watches on the market besides the Samsung Gear S3 ($338.29 at Amazon.com).

The Huawei Watch 2 with cellular will set you back AU$599 (which converts to roughly $470, £350). That puts it in the same price bracket as the Apple Watch 3 and Samsung's Gear S3. The 3G connectivity is restricted to Australia, as the Watch 2 sold in the US comes without the ability to connect to mobile networks (and sells for $299, £219).

The Watch 2 looks similar to Samsung's Gear S3 but without the rotating bezels: it's a classic, traditional-looking round sport watch. While it's too bulky for my personal tastes, I did get compliments from friends who found the Watch 2 to be stylish. I am, however, a tall man with fat wrists, so the device's heft is less noticeable on me than it would be on the average person.

The Watch 2's standout feature, like the latest Apple Watch, is cellular connectivity. But do you really need a cellular watch?

You think you want it

Smartwatches are coming along, but they've yet to deliver on their promise and become a truly essential piece of technology. In a similar way, a smartwatch you can slot a SIM card in sounds like a tangible step into the future. For me, however, it ended up not making a huge difference. I almost always have my iPhone 8 parts on me, so I don't actually need a cellular watch.

But maybe that's just me.

To find the extra connectivity useful, you need to be doing activities where you're helped by having internet access and hindered by carrying a phone. The midsection of that Venn diagram is smaller than you might think. Running or cycling, where you want to listen to music and be contactable but don't want to have a fragile phone dangling around in your pocket, are the only situations that come to mind.

The Huawei Watch 2 runs Android Wear 2.0. The only apps that currently offer 4G support on the platform are Uber, Google Play Music, Facebook Messenger and, for some reason, Foursquare. I can see Uber being useful; you'll be able to hail a car if your phone dies on a night out, for instance. Google Play Music will let you stream music without your phone, which is great -- but it's a letdown that the more popular Spotify doesn't offer the same.

You'll also be able to receive messages and make calls using the Watch. This worked surprisingly well, as people I talked to through my watch couldn't tell I wasn't using a iPhone 8 spare parts .

Another connectivity addition is NFC, which enables Android Pay. The Huawei Watch 2 can pay for stuff with a flick of the wrist -- if your bank is supported. I'm with Commonwealth Bank, which is sadly an Android Pay no-go. Westpac and ANZ are both compatible, though. Check here for a full list of participating banks. Again, this won't be available on the U.S. version of the watch.

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Buy one iPhone/Galaxy/LG, get one free

T-Mobile is celebrating Black Friday a week early, but after seeing its deal we can't complain.

Starting Friday Nov. 17, anyone who buys a new flagship iPhone 7 LCD screen from T-Mobile can get another phone of equal or lesser value for free -- through a rebate -- after adding a line of service. You can't buy just any phone, but the ones that do make the cut are some of the most popular devices of the year from Apple, Samsung and LG.

Sorry, you won't be able to get the iPhone X, likely because supply is so limited. However, the iPhone 8 Plus is in the running, but instead of getting the second one free, you'll have to pony up an extra $100. Still a pretty sweet deal for a iPhone 7 LCD screen wholesale that retails for $800. The Galaxy Note 8 is even pricier, coming in at $950.

T-Mobile's site details all the deals.

The deal will be available both online and in-store but only for a limited time. Both new and old customers are eligible, as long as you're adding that new line of service and getting both those devices on T-Mobile's Equipment Installment Plan.

T-Mobile also has a few other deals lined up for things like speakers and Amazon Prime memberships. You can find the full details in T-Mobile's press release.


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The next iPhone could get rear 3D sensors

Apple is reportedly working on a rear-facing 3D sensor system for its 2019 iPhone, according to Bloomberg. If true, this type of hardware could bring big improvements to the iPhone's powers to fuse the real world with the world on your screen.


Apple's already using a 3D sensor in the iPhone X. New features on the apple replacement parts like Face ID and Animojis owe their existence to the iPhone's TrueDepth camera system, which uses infrared and 3D sensors to create a three dimensional map of your face. This makes Apple's facial recognition more accurate and it's the reason you can't unlock an iPhone X with just a photograph.

Now Bloomberg reports that Apple plans to bring similar 3D mapping to iPhone's rear cameras. According to the report, this won't simply be the iPhone X notch slapped onto the back of the phone. Instead it's said to be redesigned and intended for AR. Apple may also keep the TrueDepth camera system on the front, allowing the sensors to exist on both the front and back of the phone.

The new 3D sensors are apparently still in the early phase. The report cites Apple manufacturers and people familiar with the plans. But we do know that Apple CEO Tim Cook is a big fan of AR, saying that its impact will be huge. So it may not be surprising that Apple will focus on new iPhone hardware that creates a richer AR experience.

Apple is separately rumored to release three iPhone X styled etrade supply next year, and that all of them could come with Face ID. Although these features are what make the iPhone X new and exciting, Apple may make them mainstays of the iPhone line in the future.


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4 ways to make Siri smarter on your iPhone

Sure, Siri sounds a bit less like a robot in iOS 11, but Apple's digital assistant still fails to understand me and mispronounces names. Siri is also more useful if she (my Siri has a British female voice, so I'll refer to Siri as a "she" here) knows my daily haunts and connects with any supported apps.

Learn four easy ways to improve Siri's smarts.

1. Train Siri to hear you better

If you have the "Hey Siri" feature enabled and Siri frequently fails to spring to life when you utter the magic words, then it's time to start over and retrain Siri. Go to Settings > Siri & Search and toggle the switch off and back on again for Listen for "Hey Siri." You'll go through the setup process again of training Siri to recognize your voice.


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2. Connect apps like Uber and Lyft to Siri

Apple opened up Siri to third-party apps with iOS 10 but supported apps are still few and far between. And Siri is shy with such apps, waiting on you to make the introduction before they begin talking to one another. To check if an app has Siri support, go to Settings > Siri & Search and tap on an app from the list. If you see a toggle switch for Use with Siri, then the app is supported. Toggle it on and you can, for example, ask Siri to get you an Uber or a Lyft without touching either app.


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3. Correct Siri when she's wrong

Siri makes her best guess at pronouncing names but, like teachers on the first day of school and John Travolta at awards shows, doesn't always get it right. You can, however, teach Siri how to correctly pronounce names in your Contacts.

Siri, for example, goes 0 for 2 with Charlize Theron's name, butchering both the Oscar winner's first and last names. Tell nexus 6p screen replacement to "learn how to pronounce Charlize Theron" or if she has mispronounced it already, you can say, "That's not how you say that."

Siri will quickly get over any embarrassment and ask, "OK, how do you pronounce the name (Charlize)?" Say the name correctly, and Siri will listen and offer you a few pronunciation choices. You can play each option and select the one that sounds the best. After sorting out the first name, Siri will then take you through the same process for the last name.


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4. Tell Siri where you live and work

My favorite kind of reminders are location-based reminders. "Remind me to change over the laundry when I get home" or "Remind me to buy milk when I leave work" or "Remind me to drop off that form when I get to school."


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In order for Siri to perform this location-based magic, she needs to know where you live, work and go to school. You'll also need to enable location services for reminders.

First, open Contacts, find your listing, tap Edit and then tap add address. You there are labels for home and work but you can add a custom label that Siri will understand such as "school."

The second step is go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services and make sure location services are turned on (toggle switch at the top) and enabled for Reminders (scroll down until you find it in your list of apps).

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