Xiaomi starts teasing Android One powered Mi A3

Xiaomi and its never-ending launches



Xiaomi’s Redmi-series focuses on delivering maximum value for a budget price. They ship with MIUI out of the box and are wildly popular in developing markets like India, Philippines, Indonesia, and Bangladesh.

On the other hand, Xiaomi also started making A-series phones that ship with pure Android and are a part of Google’s Android One program. A huge chunk of users prefer the no-frills vanilla experience of Android and Xiaomi intended to grab this niche. After the success of Mi A1 and Mi A2, the brand is now gearing up to launch the Mi A3.

They’ve already started teasing the new phone and are boasting the predecessor’s success. A tweet says “The world’s best selling Android One series is back”, and we’re sure this has to be the Mi A3 because the company doesn’t have any other Android One line-up.

There are numerous reports floating online that suggest the Mi A3 could be powered by a Snapdragon 730 processor. In fact, the phone could also have a sibling called Mi A3 Lite and it’ll be powered by a Snapdragon 675 processor.

Another report claims it’ll sport a 48-megapixel camera. We could actually see this materialize because Xiaomi has been launching a lot of phones with similar sensors and has a reputation of utilizing common hardware to ease software development.

Android One also ensures security patches and feature updates are delivered on time. Since the user interface is stock Android, it’s faster for companies to optimize the core package and deliver updates OTA.

All Nokia-branded phones are also a part of Android One, but HMD Global hasn’t been as aggressive as Xiaomi in pushing its products via marketing.


WhatsApp launches a View Once feature for disappearing DMs

Perfect for sensitive information



Temporary messages and posts are the boon of social media. Sometimes, users just want to post something without the usual sense of permanence like that risqué party you might have gone to last weekend. However, amid the benefit of Stories and the short-lived Fleets, messaging apps are still struggling with implementing the feature. Finally, WhatsApp is plugging that hole with a new View Once feature.

Starting today, WhatsApp is rolling out the temporary messaging feature to users everywhere. When sending a photo or a video, users can click on the “1” button to enable the feature. Media sent under the feature can only be viewed once by the recipient. After which, the message is deleted forever.

Naturally, there are more apparent ways to use the feature. If you have a… photo that you don’t want others spreading around, the feature can prevent any mishap from occurring. Of course, any malicious party can still take a screenshot before it expires and spread the media around. Hence, the best word of advice for sending salacious media remains the same: Only do it with people you trust.

On the other hand, WhatsApp also says you can use the feature to share sensitive information like Wi-Fi passwords.

Outside of WhatsApp, a few other messaging apps have the same feature. Telegram, for example, has a self-destructing feature which terminates sent messages after a certain period of time. It’s a different take on the disappearing message but may end up more secure than WhatsApp’s View Once feature.

SEE ALSO: WhatsApp will turn-off features until you accept the new T&C

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Spotify Premium Mini launches, removes ads with limited downloads

Can be billed through your carrier



Spotify Premium Mini

It’s now cheaper to get rid of those Spotify ads. Sure, the voice overs sound good but it just ruins the mood when your jamming to your favorite tracks only be interrupted. Spotify Premium Mini is here for all of us.

What you’re getting with Spotify Premium Mini

Ad-free individual music listening on mobile with unlimited skips — Listeners can access over 70 million music tracks and over 2.9 million podcast titles on the world’s largest audio streaming service

Download and play up to 30 songs offline on one mobile device — This allows a user to be on-the-go and stay connected to their favorite artists and creators without the need to connect to WiFi or tap into their mobile data.

Flexibility at its best –– Whether it’s for a morning exercise or simply seeking a motivational podcast to kick start the week, users have the option to immediately subscribe for just a day or a week at any given moment.

Hassle-free and seamless payment methods — Beyond the credit card option, users can choose to make payment through Carrier Billing or via digital wallets (GCash, PayMaya in the Philippines)

Better together — Premium Mini Listeners also have the ability to tune in to the same playlist or podcast with up to five friends via Group Session in beta.

How to sign-up?

  1. Download Spotify’s mobile app or head over to Spotify’s website on desktop.
  2. Click the ‘Premium’ section at the top right of the website or at the bottom right of the Spotify app.
  3. Choose ‘Get Mini’ and choose ‘daily’ or ‘weekly’ plan. This is a prepaid offering.
  4. Choose payment methods
  5. Register or log in to the Spotify account.
  6. Users can start enjoying Spotify’s Premium Mini experience for the day or week.

Here are the the rates:

Philippines — PhP 7/day and PhP 26/week
Malaysya — MYR 1/day and MYR 3.90/week

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Google unveils Pixel 6 series

Way ahead of schedule



Over the past few years, Google’s presence in the smartphone realm has considerably dwindled. During its first few launches, the Pixel series boasted a truly vanilla Google experience untainted by bloatware or custom software. However, over the past few launches, the series gradually declined compared to other smartphone brands. With its sixth generation coming, Google wants to reclaim that spot as the best smartphone brand for Android with the Pixel 6 series.

Teased today, Google took the curtain off from the upcoming Pixel 6 series way ahead of schedule. First of all, the flagship series has one of the most interesting prototype designs. Instead of the typical slab phone design, the Pixel 6 series will have a sizable camera strip on its rear. Though the design will surely incite some polarizing opinions (especially from that insane bump), it is a refreshing change from the usual.

The unveiling is just a tease, though. Google is still planning a larger launch event in October. As such, the company only revealed a few details for the coming series.

The Pixel 6 will sport a 6.4-inch FHD+ screen and a smooth 90Hz refresh rate. It will have a dual rear camera setup: a wide-angle main shooter and an ultrawide sensor.

On the other hand, the Pixel 6 Pro will have a 6.7-inch QHD+ screen with a smoother 120Hz refresh rate. The phone will have same two camera sensor but with an additional 4X telephoto lens.

Both smartphones carry the newly announced Tensor processor. For the first time, Google has its own chipset inside the smartphones, instead of relying on the usual Qualcomm chips.

SEE ALSO: Google is developing a Switch to Android app for iPhone users

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