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Microsoft’s Surface Duo specs leak online

Microsoft is cutting some corners here

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Unveiled last 2019, the Surface Duo is an upcoming Android smartphone with dual screens in a sleek body. Microsoft has been largely quiet about the device, choosing not to reveal any specs before its launch. However, a new leak reveals what the dual screen device could offer when it launches later this year.

From the get-go, Surface Duo will offer last year’s flagship processor, the Snapdragon 855. This could disappoint some fans who have been expecting that the device will come with the latest and the greatest from Qualcomm. Storage options may also disappoint some. Microsoft’s first attempt for a dual-screen Android smartphone will come with either 64GB or 256GB of storage.

Anyone rooting for the Surface Duo to be a great point-and-shoot device may be left wanting with the new leak. According to the leak, Microsoft is putting only a single front-facing camera on this device. Worse, the camera is only an 11MP camera with f/2.0 aperture. Photos taken on the Surface Duo may be subpar unless Microsoft optimized them on this device.

The battery on this device is rated at 3,460mAh. It’s worth noting that this is a dualscreen device, so it could consume more power than most single-screen devices. Plus, its battery may not really be enough for its dual 5.6-inch display with 1800×1350 resolution. The rather-small battery on this device could be attributed to Surface Duo’s sleek and thin profile.

Elsewhere, fans can expect 6GB of RAM, which is enough for an Android smartphone in 2020. It will have a fast-charging feature that will be done through a lone USB-C port. Finally, it will ship with Android 10 out of the box complete with Google and Microsoft apps.

Surface Duo is planned for a release sometime this year. Until then, these specs are the closest approximation of what the dual-screen device will be.

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Digital telco GOMO comes to the Philippines

Offers mobile data with no expiry

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Going digital is the new normal. Digital telco GOMO comes to the Philippines, offering large mobile data allocations with no expiry.

Running under Globe Telecom, GOMO offers 5G and LTE enabled sim cards with non-expiring mobile data. It can be purchased through GOMO’s website, GOMO’s PH app, or via official Lazada and Shopee stores.

Additionally, your mobile data can be used as Mo Creds through GOMO’s app. You can convert your existing data so you can subscribe to other prepaid promos like call and text, for as low as 0.2GB. In essence, your mobile data can be your form of currency.

Prepaid subscribers can buy mobile data promos through GOMO’s app, offering 25GB of mobile data for PhP 299 and more.

GOMO’s app is currently available on the Google Play Store. It’s expected to come to The App Store and Huawei’s AppGallery. Currently, GOMO offers a free sim card with 25GB of non-expiring mobile data at PhP 199, and delivers it for free nationwide.

 

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Facebook is launching messaging between Messenger and Instagram

Rolling out to a few countries first

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Last year, Facebook announced an expansive plan to merge its messaging apps on Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp. The initiative will hopefully create a cohesive ecosystem across their related platforms. In August, the company finally started to take comprehensive steps towards that goal, inviting select users to the future program. Now, the secret’s out. Facebook is launching messaging between Messenger and Instagram.

Officially announced today, Facebook is rolling out a Messenger-centric update to Instagram’s Direct Messaging feature. Obviously, the biggest addition is cross-platform messaging between the two platforms. Instagram users can now message Messenger users directly through the app. Even more, the cross-functionality comes with video call compatibility.

Besides this function, Facebook is also introducing new features to Instagram Messaging. It now has its own Selfie Stickers, customizable chat colors, personalized emoji reactions, and animated message effects. Further,

Instagram and Messengers users can now watch content together. This includes “Facebook Watch, IGTV, Reels, TV shows, movies,” and video calls.

Right now, Facebook is releasing the update for select users in a few countries. The company plans to expand globally soon. However, if users want to, they can opt out of the update entirely. Of course, as Facebook is wont to do, the platform will likely force users int the new update sooner or later.

With Instagram’s integration into Facebook Messenger, Facebook still has WhatsApp left to integrate into its ecosystem.

SEE ALSO: Messenger Rooms is Facebook’s group video chat app

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Google’s Hold for Me feature will kill annoying delivery jingles

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If you were like us during this tempestuous lockdown season, you love (and still love) getting stuff delivered, whether it’s food or something new for the house. Unfortunately, despite our love for new things, one thing we still hate is an unending delivery hotline call. Yes, we mean those annoying-but-needlessly-catchy marketing jingles. (In fact, Sarah Geronimo’s Jollibee jingle is still ringing in my ears as I write this.)

Finally, Google has a solution for this work-from-home nightmare. Announced earlier today, the company is introducing a new functionality for calls on hold. The new Hold for Me feature will place Google Assistant in line for you whenever a hotline places you on hold. You don’t need to listen through 40 loops of hold music anymore.

Using Google’s Duplex AI, the Hold for Me feature will alert you — through a sound, a vibration, or a notification — when the call is ready for you. According to Google, Duplex technology can accurately detect if the hotline finally responds with either a recorded message or a human representative. Despite the need for AI processing, Google assures users that the company isn’t storing call data. All call data will remain inside the phone.

The feature is launching inside Google’s Phone app. Users can toggle the feature on or off through the Settings and activate it manually during calls.

For now, Google is launching the feature through an early preview in the new Pixel 5 and Pixel 4A 5G. Both smartphones will launch sometime in October and November.

SEE ALSO: Google is officially launching Android 11 today

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