Moto G6 and G6 Play are finally up for sale in India

As affordable as ever



Riding on the massive success of previous G-series smartphones in India, Lenovo-owned Motorola today announced the launch of the Moto G6 and G6 Play in India. The G-series has been immensely popular in India thanks to competitive pricing and a good record of pushing the latest Android updates.

The Moto G6 has been priced at INR 13,999 (US$ 209) while the Moto G6 Play costs INR 9,999 (US$ 149). The two will be available online via and Flipkart, respectively, starting midnight. The phones will also be available via Moto Hubs across the country.

The Moto G6 sports a 5.7-inch Full HD+ display with an aspect ratio of 18:9. Below the display is the physical home button that also has a fingerprint scanner. Powering this phone is an octa-core Snapdragon 450 processor along with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The phone also supports expandable memory via a microSD card.

On the rear of the phone is a dual-camera setup consisting of a 12-megapixel primary sensor with f/1.8 aperture and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor with f/2.2 aperture. On the front is a 13-megapixel selfie camera that supports some software additions like group selfie. The front also houses a soft LED flash for low-light selfies. It is backed by a 3000mAh battery along with TurboCharge technology and a USB Type-C port.

The Moto G6 Play will be made available on and buyers can get a flat INR 1,250 off if the device is purchased using HDFC bank credit or debit cards.

As for the Moto G6 Play, it sports a 5.7-inch HD+ display with an aspect ratio of 18:9. It shares the same design elements as the G6 and is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 430 chipset along with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. Even this phone supports expandable memory via a microSD card.

On the back, it owns a single 13-megapixel sensor while the front houses an 8-megapixel sensor. It’s backed by a 4000mAh battery that also supports TurboCharge and houses the USB Type-C port. Both devices run on Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box.

The Moto G6 Play will be made available on Flipkart and buyers can get a flat INR 1,000 off if the device is purchased using ICICI bank credit or debit cards.

Buyers can also shop for the duo with a Paytm Mall QR code and get INR 1,200 cashback on mobile recharge when purchased via Moto Hubs.


Moto E6s launches with interchangeable back covers

It was first announced at IFA 2019



Moto E6 Plus was announced at IFA 2019 and the company has rebranded it as Moto E6s for the Indian market. Launched today in the country, it’s meant to be an entry-level offering.

This segment is already pretty crowded with tonnes of options from local as well as global brands. The brand also announced the phone will be made completely in India at the company’s Chennai factory.

It has a 6.1-inch HD+ display with a waterdrop notch and 80 percent screen-to-body ratio. Powering the phone is an octa-core MediaTek Helio P22 processor clocked at 2.0GHz, paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB internal storage.

The rear has a 13-megapixel primary sensor with an f/2.0 aperture and is assisted by a 2-megapixel depth sensor. On the front is an 8-megapixel selfie shooter. The phone has a selective bokeh photo mode that lets you adjust the background blur. The company stressed it has tuned its algorithms to click better HDR as well as low-light shots.

A fingerprint scanner is embedded on the back and also houses the Moto branding. Backing these internals is a 3000mAh battery that supports 10W fast charging. It runs on pure Android out of the box, so we expect updates to trickle down faster.

Unlike other brands that have multiple memory configurations to choose from, Moto E6s is available in only one grouping. Priced at INR 7,999, color options include Rich Cranberry and Polished Graphite. Sales start from September 23 via Flipkart.

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India’s richest man is giving away free HD TVs

He’s selling something more valuable



Reliance Jio is India’s largest telecom operator and has managed to get onboard more than 340 million users within a span of three years. Launched in 2016, the company revolutionized 4G connections in the country and offered dirt-cheap plans to attract subscribers.

Now that the company has conquered the wireless market, it aims to establish supremacy in the fixed-line segment. It announced the launch of its fiber-based broadband service offering minimum internet speed of 100 Mbps for INR 699 (US$ 9.75) a month, a rate significantly lower than the rivals.

Dubbed “Jio Fiber”, the service will offer free voice calling anywhere in the country, unlimited data and video conferencing.

In a bid to attract users and make them use bandwidth, they’re handing out TVs to hook users on movies and entertainment shows via internet. Lifetime subscribers get a 4K set top box for streaming TV channels, while a 4K television set would be complimentary with plans with higher payouts such as ‘Gold’ and above.

Jio is offering complementary TVs to annual subscribers of broadband plans in the range of INR 2,499 to INR 8,499 (US$ 35 – 120). The company is also offering television set on two-year subscription of gold plan priced at INR 1,299 (US$ 18) per month.

Jio Fiber Platinum and Titanium plan users will also get access to Jio VR platform, Jio First-Day First-Show movies service, and special sports content.

To get a new connection, a one-time charge for installation will be applicable — INR 2,500 (US$ 35), out of which INR 1,500 will be the refundable security deposit for the Jio router. Rest will be non-refundable.

Instead of relying on hardware sales for revenue, the company is making internet bandwidth its main selling point. Higher data consumption translates into better revenues, indirectly covering up the cost of providing complimentary hardware.

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Indians can now use UPI to make purchases on Play Store

Because debit cards are too old school



Google’s Play Store has now added Unified Payments Interface (UPI) as a payment option for users in India. The payment method is widely used in the country and is directly linked to a bank account.

Earlier, users had to rely on credit or debit cards. In a side move, Google also started selling cash cards at popular electronic stores. But, cash cards meant users had to buy a fixed amount of credit. With UPI, they now have the liberty of directly paying only what’s required.

XDA Developers were the first one to spot the feature addition and it’s rolling out OTA to everyone. To ensure you get it, just update the Google Play Store to v16.3.37 or more.

For those who aren’t aware, UPI is India’s homegrown protocol for transferring money and making payments. It is directly linked to a bank account and various client apps like BHIM, GPay, PhonePe, PayTM, and more can be used to initiate a transaction. Instead of relying on a physical card, UPI protocol brings authentication of transactions directly to your phone.

The transfer method is widely adopted in the country and thanks to a universal interface, it can be used for pretty much every Indian bank. Every major e-commerce service like Amazon, Flipkart, and Spotify have adopted the payment service to bolster sales.

In fact, UPI has overtaken debit card transactions by volume and value according to The Reserve Bank of India. This minor addition is sure to get a lot of traction, in turn discouraging app piracy.

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