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Android One finding new life in India with high-end yet still affordable phones

In his first overseas trip since becoming CEO of Google in August, Sundar Pichai affirmed India’s importance to the global Android ecosystem. On explosive growth ...

Sundar Pichai expected to announce next phase of Android One next week

Google CEO Sundar Pichai is heading off to India next week to host a press conference in New Delhi, where he will deliver the keynote ...

CyanogenMod 13 nightlies now available for Android One devices

Android One users definitely enjoy the pure Google experience these affordable handsets bring to the table, but some of us still need a certain level ...

Marshmallow 6.0.1 already hitting Android One devices

This device (Cherry Mobile Android G1) seems to be the first handset to get Android 6.0.1. Now that Marshmallow (Android 6.0) has been available for several ...

Google is relaxing Android One guidelines to try and capture the Indian market with new phone

Android One was Google’s great idea for capturing emerging markets with cheap smartphones. On paper, it’s a fantastic idea. In reality, it hasn’t really done ...

Google loosens grip on Android One partners in attempt to revitalize the program

Bloomberg Android One never really got anywhere, but Google isn’t giving up. Since its launch back at Google I/O 2014, the low-cost Android One initiative ...

Android 6.0 Marshmallow update begins rolling out to Android One handsets

Google began rolling out the Android 6.0 update to Nexus devices yesterday (OTA download links here) and now it seems that the Android One handset, ...

(Update: OTA links for 8 devices) Marshmallow landing on Android One phones

Shutterstock Update, October 8: Thanks to our reader Mushfiqus, we now have Android 6.0 Marshmallow OTA links for a number of eight Android One devices available ...

Android has hit 1.4 billion active devices worldwide

At the recent Google event, which unveiled two new Nexus phones, Pixel C tablet, and new Chromecast, there was also another big announcement. Google CEO Sundar Pichai stated that Android ...

Google will help bring high-speed Internet to India’s train stations

While there are over a billion people in the world who have access to smartphones and the Internet, that still leaves between 5-6 billion people ...

Android One arrives in Spain and Portugal in the form of the Aquaris A4.5

If you’ve wondered what has happened with Google’s Android One initiative, wonder no more because Spain and Portugal are the next countries to join the ...

Android One is coming to Europe, starting in Spain and Portugal

One year after its launch in Asia, the Android One program is expanding to Europe. The first European countries where Android One devices will be sold ...

India’s smartphone market continues to grow with cheap, large phones leading the way

India is a key market for many smartphone manufacturers, but it’s a drastically different landscape compared to places like the US or some other European ...

Google is bringing Android One to six African countries with the new Infinix HOT 2

Android One, Google’s low-budget smartphone initiative that launched late last year, is finally making its way to Africa. Google today announced that it’s launching a new ...

Google expanding Android One to several African nations with the Infinix HOT 2

Google says it will be expanding its Android One initiative to several African countries by launching the Lollipop-based Infinix HOT 2 in these developing nations. Google ...

Google announces Android One availability in six countries in Africa

Android One was launched last year to increase availability of affordable smartphones to developing regions. While a much needed initiative, Android One has largely flown ...

The future of Android One may be in sub Rs. 3,000 handsets, says Google

It would probably be fair to say that the Android One program hasn’t quite had the impact that Google was hoping for. Despite offering some ...

Google plans to launch under $50 Android One phones

Google is set to take its low-cost smartphone initiative Android One to yet another level with its plans to launch sub $50 smartphones for the emerging ...

Thailand getting the Android One i-mobile IQ II

Android One phones are still pretty rare to see, but Thailand will be receiving the i-mobile IQ II. This phone comes with a 5-inch 720p display, ...

Android One program makes its way to Thailand with the new i-mobile iQ II smartphone

Following the recent announcement of the India-bound Lava Pixel V1 handset, the Android One program has added yet another device to its lineup. Residents in ...

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UMIDIGI Fan Festival goes live with big discounts on S5 Pro, A7 Pro

UMIDIGI, known for its powerful yet affordable smartphones and wearables, recently introduced its mid-range flagship the UMIDIGI S5 Pro. Moreover, it also added an entry-level A7 Pro to its portfolio.To help kick things off, and offer customers some extra savings on its new handsets, UMIDIGI has launched its Fan Festival 2020 on AliExpress.For a limited time, the S5 Pro is available for a shockingly low price of $249.99 while the A7 Pro is at only $99.99. What’s more, you can get an exclusive 18-month extended warranty for both devices right now, too.The UMIDIGI Fan Festival was rather popular last year, so it’s not much of a surprise that it would be back for 2020. It’s a great opportunity for people around the world to buy UMIDIGI products with special deals and discounts.Here’s a quick look at the UMIDIGI S5 Pro and the UMIDIGI A7 Pro.UMIDIGI S5 ProKey features include a Mediatek Helio G90T process with 6GB RAM and an incredibly generous 256GB storage capacity. Similar to other “gaming phones”, it includes liquid cooling to keep things humming along.The 4,680mAh battery is more than enough to get the average user through a day or two without breaking a sweat. Gamers will go through it quicker, of course, but the 18W fast charging ensures it’s replenished in short order.The UMIDIGI S5 Pro has full screen 6.39-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with an in-display fingerprint sensor and a pop-up camera for selfies.Around back is a 48-megapixel main sensor, 16-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens, 5-megapixel macro lens, and a 5-megapixel depth lens.Buy and Save!The first 500 people to order the UMIDIGI S5 Pro ($249.99) receive a free UMIDIGI smartwatch.UMIDIGI A7 ProThe UMIDIGI A7 Pro features four cameras on the rear with AI smarts to capture the best shots in all environments. The 16-megapixel main lens is supported by a 16-megapixel ultra-wide (120 degree), 5-megapixel macro, and 5-megapixel depth sensor. Around front is a 16-megapixel selfie camera.The UMIDIGI A7 Pro packs a generously sized 6.3-inch waterdrop full screen with FHD (2340 x 1080 pixel) resolution. With an aspect ratio of 19.5:9, it should make for a thin design that’s easy to control in one hand.As far as power goes, the UMIDIGI A7 Pro comes with 4GB LPDDR4X RAM and is will be offered in two storage capacities: 64GB and 128GB. Paired with the enhanced Octa-Core processor, it’s considerably more powerful (AnTuTu 22,547) than its predecessor (92,514).The phone houses a 4,150mAh battery with a 10W charger included in the box and comes in Ocean Blue and Cosmic Black colors. Also in the way of design, the 2.5D glass back and metal frame and optical plating technology gives the phone a premium flagship appearance.Buy and Save!The UMIDIGI A7 Pro is on sale at AliExpress right now for just $99.99 (4GB/64GB) and $119.99 (4GB/128GB). Use the coupon code UA7PRO10 to save an additional $10. Note, there are limited numbers of coupons so act fast.18-Month WarrantyAs if the prices didn’t already make these phones compelling enough, the Fan Festival also gives consumers an extra boost in peace of mind. Purchase your handset during the limited time promotion and you’ll get an 18-month warranty.EDITOR NOTE: This is a promoted post and should not be viewed as an editorial endorsement.

Google Accessibility expands with apps for cognitively impaired

Google Accessibility enables people with disabilities to get the most out of their smartphone via free apps. The tech giant now offers three new apps that can help the elderly or other people with cognitive impairments better use their phones with less effort.Google Accessibility – 3 new apps added to the mixGoogle Accessibility, as the name implies, targets enabling its audiences with different handicaps. In their latest blog post, Google talks about their efforts to further help people with cognitive issues by making their routine more streamlined and accessible.Action Blocks Action Blocks is the latest app on the Google Play Store. You can create customized spaces on the screen that on a single tap carry out an action for you. All of this from your home screen.You can create a dedicated block to dial a loved one without accessing the dialer app, or adjust the lighting in the room to a specific setting, all from the Action Blocks app.Live Transcribe The Live Transcribe app has been improved to add more languages to its list which include Albanian, Burmese, Estonian, Macedonian, Mongolian, Punjabi, and Uzbek. In addition, it also brings brand new features targeted to a new audience.Your phone will vibrate when someone nearby says your name.You can now add custom names or terms for different objects or places that might not be in the dictionary.A revised search bar lets you search through past conversations more easily. To enable it, turn on ‘Saving Transcriptions’ in Settings. When enabled, transcriptions will be saved on your device for three days in local storage.Sound AmplifierThe Sound Amplifier app now enables people who are hard of hearing to experience their favorite content with minimal disturbance. Users can now connect their Bluetooth headphones and place their phone near the source of the sound e.g. a television, to get the audio transmitted to their headphones without taking up the volume.The app also works for boosting the volume and clearing up the audio of apps on the phone. Whether you’re listening to music or watching a video on YouTube.With all of these additions, Google’s commitment to accessibility is indeed a commendable effort. Especially with many elders staying indoors due to the Corona Virus, these new features are a welcome addition.

Just $36.99, the ChronoWatch has full color display and 16 functions

Summer is quickly approaching, the stay-at-home restrictions are slowly lifting, and things are looking better. Now’s the time when you leave those lazy days behind and start exercising and getting more active.Now’s the time to pick up a new smart watch. Why? For starters, they’ll help keep track of things and hold you accountable. Not only that, but it can help cut your phone time down, too.Buying a new smart watch doesn’t have to cost all that much money. Take the ChronoWatch, for instance. Priced just $36.99, it offers up a full 1.4-inch color touch display, waterproof coating, and support for 16 different functions.Track sleep, steps, calories, blood pressure, distance, heart rate, and more with this affordable smart watch. Indeed, the ChronoWatch also provides glanceable weather, alarms, music controls, and notifications to popular apps.On top of all of this, it pairs via Bluetooth to both Android and iOS phones and offers up a seven day battery.ChronoWatchTrack your daily activity, including steps, calories burned, mileage & heart rateMonitor your blood pressure & blood oxygen levelsWear it anywhere, anytime thanks to its sweat & waterproof designControl phone calls & musicGet alerts for SMS, Facebook & moreView the time, date & week on the sleek 1.4-inch screen displayBuy Yours Today!Stop over to the AndroidGuys Deals Store today and order your ChronoWatch for just $36.99, a savings of some 81% off original retail price.For a limited time (until May 26), you can save an additional 20% on the ChronoWatch, getting it for a mere $29.60 after it’s all done. Simply use coupon code SUMMERSAVE20 at checkout. You’re welcome.

Realme X50 Pro Play brings Snapdragon 865, 90Hz, and more for $400

Realme on Monday announced its X50 Pro Play on Chinese social media site Weibo. The phone brings a lot of flagship-tier specs and features but for a low price of $400. The only catch here is that it’s currently exclusive to China, with plans to expand in Europe to follow.Realme X50 Pro Play – Irresistible hardware and priceThe Realme X50 Pro Play has just been announced, and to say it is loaded with a world of features would not do it justice. Even though the phone is a less-expensive option to the Realme X50 Pro, it brings a lot to the table, while keeping the price very affordable.In a market where a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 starts at above $600, Realme has proven yet again that competition in the market is indeed healthy.Here are the specs of the phone:CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 8656.44″ fullHD+ (2400 x 1080) Super AMOLED display, w/ 90Hz refresh rateAndroid 10 powered by the Realme UI6GB, 8GB, and 12GB RAM options4200mAh battery (65W SuperDart fast wired charging)Back cameras: 48-MP main camera, 8-MP ultrawide, 2-MP macro, 2-MP depth.Front camera: 16-MP main camera, 2-MP depthPhone color options: Black and SilverPricing6GB RAM + 128GB ROM = $3808GB RAM + 128GB ROM= $42012GB RAM + 128GB ROM = $460The inclusion of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 means that the phone has 5G capabilities, which makes it yet another great phone for the emerging 5G market that’s garnering across the world.In the past, Realme has shown itself to be a contender for releasing strong hardware at attractive prices. The Realme X50 Pro Play does have a lot going for it, and the only real problem with this phone would be its availability.A good majority of the hardware is found in flagship-tier phones, but competing brands like Redmi and Realme deliver premium hardware in a mid-tier price range. In the end, the only problem that comes is availability.The phone is set to launch in China first on June 1st. Soon after, Realme will expand the phone to Europe and other regions.What are your thoughts on the Realme X50 Pro Play? Let us know in the comments section below!