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Fitbit launches Versa 2 with OLED display, Alexa

But, there’s no compromise on battery life

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Fitbit acquired crowdfunded Pebble a few years back and used it to launch its own line of smartwatches. The Versa was the first actual smartwatch from the fitness-centric brand and it has received a lot of positive response from the users. In fact, Fitbit even launched a slightly stripped down version called the Versa Lite to offer a more affordable option.

Now, the brand has launched the Versa 2 and it plays a crucial role in their fight against Apple. Fitbit has struggled to gain a foothold in the smartwatch category as Apple and Samsung have cornered a bigger share of the market with more sophisticated devices.

It comes with a new OLED display that is brighter, more vivid, and the bezels have shrunken. Continuing the legacy, it can last up to five days on a single charge and users now also have the option of an Always-on Display mode.

In line with the Versa Lite, it features just one physical button and swipe gestures can be used for quick navigation. Amazon’s personal assistant Alexa is called by long-pressing the side button. It’s capable of answering a host of questions as well as operating other connected devices like the speaker. Keep in mind, the watch doesn’t have a speaker and you’ll have to depend on the display for Alexa’s response.

Obviously, like all Fitbit’s, Versa 2 has an active heart-rate sensor, automatic sleep tracking, and activity tracking. A special set of work-out modes have been provided and even third-party services can be installed.

Pricing and availability

The Versa 2 is priced at US$ 199. It’ll be available via a wide range of stores in the US starting September 15.

Fitbit’s also launching a new coaching and fitness guidance subscription service called Fitbit Premium. It will cost $10 a month or $80 a year and is not exclusive to the Versa 2. Users get personalized coaching including health reports, workouts plans, diet advice, and sleep features.

In the Philippines, it will retail for PhP 12,890 and will come in black with a carbon case, petal with a copper rose aluminum case, and stone with a mist grey case. Accessories range from PhP 1,790 to PhP 2,890. There’s also a Versa 2 Special Edition available  in navy and pink with a copper rose aluminum case and smoke with a mist grey case. It will retail for for PhP 14,590. Interested buyers may purchase from local retailers like Digital Walker and the Fitbit Official Store on Lazada.

In india the wearable will be on sale for INR 20,999.

The Versa 2 will be available in stores worldwide beginning October 3, 2019. Two exclusive editions — emerald and plum, both with a copper rose case — will also be available this fall, only on Fitbit.com and select retailers.

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LinkedIn sued for spying on users

Caught by iOS 14

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Apple’s iOS 14 has done a lot of snitching lately. Recently, the new operating system discovered several apps copying content from an iPhone’s clipboard. Some culprits, like TikTok, have patched out the flaw and promised more security-conscious decisions in the future. However, the brouhaha has undoubtedly caused a breach in trust for a lot of consumers.

Particularly, an iPhone user in New York has decided to sue LinkedIn, one of the implicated companies. According to the complaint obtained by Reuters, Adam Bauer, the plaintiff, is suing the company for reading and obtaining information from his iPhone. Further, he claims that LinkedIn is also tapping into other devices, besides his iPhone.

Normally, user-filed complaints end up as a quirky way to obtain money from an allegedly erring company. However, Bauer’s case underscores a huge controversy pervading the app world today. Certainly, apps should not have unauthorized access to a user’s information regardless of purpose. If anything, the controversy is a call for companies to instate more trustworthy practices in their products.

Prior to Bauer’s complaint, LinkedIn has already promised to patch out the security flaw in an update. Naturally, it isn’t enough for some users. The complaint also emphasizes the global perspective that the implicated companies are only sorry because they got caught.

Bauer’s case is still ongoing so no one knows how it will affect the company and the world, if any.

SEE ALSO: LinkedIn launches its digital skills initiative

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Nokia 2 series might get an even bigger battery, based on leak

Going past a 4000mAh batttery

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Before the advent of smartphones, Nokia’s batteries were a sight to behold. The nostalgic brick phones lasted for days on a single charge. It’s still quite a feat, especially since most smartphones can’t live a day on a single charge alone these days. Today, Nokia is still blazing away at phenomenal batteries on its newer phones.

Throughout the past few years, HMD Global has always touted a marvelous two-day battery life for its Nokia 2 series. The budget lineup has traditionally carried a 4000mAh battery across its different iterations. Only the very first Nokia 2 had a slightly larger battery at 4100mAh.

In an FCC filing spotted by Android Authority, the Nokia 2 series is once again breaking the 4000mAh limit. According to the filing, an unnamed Nokia phone will carry a huge 4380mAh battery. For connectivity, the phone will not have 5G compatibility, topping off at just LTE. Though unnamed, the model likely points to the next generation in the Nokia 2 lineup, the Nokia 2.4.

Earlier this year, HMD Global launched the Nokia 2.3, one of the rare budget-friendly smartphones touting AI capabilities. Much like its predecessors, the Nokia 2.3 carried the 4000mAh battery. It retails for PhP 5,990.

Whatever this unnamed Nokia phone is, it will likely sell for around the same price range. Given the filing, it might also launch very soon.

SEE ALSO: Budget Android One Nokia 2.2 arrives in PH

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More OnePlus Nord specs leaked, hints at second midrange phone

Is there a cheaper OnePlus Nord?

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OnePlus is more than excited for its impending midrange launch. Since the very first leaks, the company has hyped up an incoming revolution for its lineup. The OnePlus Nord already promises a lot of surprises for every OnePlus fan, given the amount of information coming out. Now, like clockwork, another leak adds more information about the upcoming release.

Spotted on benchmarking website GeekBench, an unnamed OnePlus phone — the OnePlus AC2003 — recently updated its specs on the database. According to the latest entry, the model will carry a 1.8GHz Qualcomm octa-core processor, likely pertaining to the expected Snapdragon 765G. Further, it will have a whopping 12GB of RAM inside. It’s quite a big spec to pack into a midrange phone. However, given what we know about OnePlus’s plans so far, this unnamed model is likely the OnePlus Nord.

Strangely, the OnePlus AC2003 isn’t the only unnamed OnePlus model on the database. Also posted recently, OnePlus is also working on what it calls the OnePlus BE2028. A tad bit lesser than the previous model, the OnePlus BE2028 will pack in a 1.71GHz Qualcomm octa-core chipset and just 6GB of RAM. For now, no one knows what this unnamed model is.

Whatever it is, the OnePlus BE2028 looks like it will sell cheaper than the OnePlus Nord.  Could it be another variant of the Nord? Or could it be an unannounced OnePlus phone also coming soon? In any case, it won’t be long before OnePlus reveals the truth about the two midrange phones. The OnePlus Nord is set to launch on July 21.

SEE ALSO: The best OnePlus Nord meme will get a free phone

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