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LG unveils flagship V20 with Android Nougat and removable battery

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You really have to hand it to LG for trying something different each time it releases a new flagship. Last year’s V10 delivered a rugged build with a pair of front-facing cameras and secondary LCD screen, while the more recent G5 introduced the world to partial modularity through its add-on Friends. Topping their innovations was going to be a challenge, but LG went ahead and added a second entry to the V-series with the V20.

There’s a lot to talk about with the V20, but going straight to the construction seems to be the obvious choice. The build is top-notch with a lightweight, shock-resistant aluminum body; however, a somewhat surprising omission is the partial modularity found in the G5. Rumors suggested compatibility with the same add-ons the G5 has. Instead, you can only press a button on the side to eject the back plate and swap the battery. You can barely call it innovative or modular, but considering the lack of user-replaceable batteries in flagship phones, this is something a lot of people will appreciate.

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Another highlight is the inclusion of Android 7.0 Nougat as soon as you turn on the V20. Google’s Nexus devices had the privilege of being the first to have the latest Android version out of the box in recent years, so it’s a big deal for LG to earn the recognition. For consumers, this means you won’t have to wait in line to receive Android’s most complete OS to date, like on other handsets stuck on 6.0 Marshmallow or even 5.0 Lollipop. V20 users will probably also be ahead of the pack once the next Android flavor rolls out.

The rest of the signature features are carryovers from the two older flagships, including the same dual camera setup as the G5 (a 16-megapixel sensor with optical image stabilization combined with a wide-angle 8-megapixel shooter) and the V10’s secondary LCD screen (now at 2.2 inches) found above the main display, which is a 5.7-inch Quad HD panel. What’s extra special about the V20 is the 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC capabilities, to the delight of audiophiles everywhere. LG claims it can reduce up to 50 percent of ambient noise levels, on top of producing cleaner and crisper sounds than ordinary smartphones. Plus, you’ll be able to fit in lots of music with the 64GB of internal storage that’s expandable using a microSD card.

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It’s a no-brainer that the V20 is filled to the brim with the very best internals, but let’s list the rest of them down anyway. There’s a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset to effortlessly process every task, 4GB of RAM to hold all the active apps together, and a 3,200mAh battery that can be recharged swiftly through Quick Charge 3.0. The usual fingerprint scanner is once again found at the back, right on top of the power button and below the rear camera.

The LG V20 will be available in the colors titan, pink, and silver. We’ll update this page once we find out the price and availability.

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OnePlus Nord launch date has been leaked

Coming on July 21

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OnePlus has made its next smartphone launch a fun one for fans and followers. Instead of wallowing in secrecy, the company has reveled in tiny teases and enigmatic hints for the upcoming midrange series, the OnePlus Nord. Since the launch of the first teaser Instagram account, the series has been fun to follow.

However, despite carefully controlling the outflow of hints, a few details can slip through the cracks. In particular, Amazon India has mistakenly released a product that explicitly points to a July 21 launch for the OnePlus Nord.

The product is a physical invite for an augmented-reality launch party for the series. Further, the invite includes an “assured gift for everyone” plus an instant entry into a lottery for additional prizes including the Nord itself. Shortly after, Amazon India pulled the invite from the official site. However, you can still view it from a cached version.

Though the invite is gone from the store, the phone itself still exists on Amazon India. However, the information there is more controlled, previewing only a few details.

After the leak was pulled, OnePlus CEO Carl Pei revealed another important detail about the series: “Flagship camera incoming.” As we reported previously, the smartphone is expected to come with a 64-megapixel triple rear camera combination. A flagship camera on a midrange phone is a big claim, if ever.

With the OnePlus Nord all but confirming its launch date, we’re set for an eventful end of July and start of August. Samsung is also expected to launch the Galaxy Note 20 series shortly after.

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Instagram actively testing Reels to take on TikTok

Short 15-second videos

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Short videos under 15 seconds have gained massive popularity thanks to platforms like TikTok. Facebook-owned Instagram has been eyeing this space for a while and has reportedly expanded testing its Reels feature in India.

According to Business Insider, the Reels feature is being actively tested in India. This only after just a few days after TikTok was banned in the country.

The app will let the user record 15-second videos, add background soundtrack, as well as include a range of effects.

TikTok has come under immense pressure globally due to its poor data collection policies. The app was recently caught snooping around the user’s clipboard after Apple updated iOS’s privacy features. US lawmakers are worried about user data being collected.

However, Facebook itself is no saint when it comes to handling private user data. The company has a history of mishaps and the platform hasn’t learned anything from its mistakes.

The feature is currently active in Brazil and acts as an extension to Stories. You can find it in Instagram’s camera section, just beside the Boomerang and Super Zoom option.

The company had previously launched a separate app called Lasso. However, it was phased out and Reels was integrated into the Instagram app.

The sudden ban of TikTok has created a vacuum in India and it’s obvious Facebook wants to quickly bridge the gap by providing an alternate service.

Facebook and Instagram recently partnered with Saregama music label in India to provide access to a music library. The Indian government has also launched an app challenge that aims to encourage domestic developers and companies to take advantage of the recent ban.

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India launches app innovation challenge after Chinese apps ban

Encouraging local developers and building an ecosystem

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India’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has announced a new program to encourage local developers and bridge the gap left behind by banned services like TikTok. It’s officially called “Aatma Nirbhar App Innovation Challenge” and was unveiled by India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi.

Atma Nitrbhar means “to be independent” or “self-sufficient” in one of India’s widely used languages, Hindi. A few days ago, the Indian government announced a blanket ban on a few listed Chinese apps. Within no time, they were off the Play Store and many services like TikTok and Mobile Legends voluntarily stopped service after the ban was announced.

The App Innovation Challenge includes the promotion of existing apps as well as the development of new apps. The program is split into two tracks. The first one includes already released apps that have the potential to scale and become world-class in their segment. The second track aims to identify companies as well as individuals who can build next-generation apps for the country.

Tthe government is looking for alternative apps of the ones that remain banned. Companies will have to submit their entries by July 18 and a jury for each of the tracks shall evaluate the entries.

The challenge is available in eight categories, ranging from office productivity or work from home solutions to news and games.

The government has allocated INR 20,00,000 (US$ 26,780), INR 15,00,000 (US$ 20,085), and INR 10,00,000 (US$ 13,390) for the first three winners, respectively. Adding to this, Each sub-category winner will also be rewarded.

India has suffered high casualties amid an ongoing border dispute with China. The Coronavirus pandemic has further fueled the anti-China sentiment and the Indian government is exploring options to reduce its trade deficit with the neighboring country.

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