OnePlus announced new plans at an event in Bengaluru today and said they would be assembling smartphones in India. The Chinese startup is partnering with Foxconn to start assembling from the latter’s manufacturing unit located in Andhra Pradesh.
“Today is a big day for us. Producing smartphones in India is one of the most important decisions that we have made so far at OnePlus. India being one of our biggest markets worldwide, we are committed to a long term sustainable growth path,” OnePlus CEO and Founder Pete Lau said at the event.
The company has already sold 250,000 units of OnePlus One and 15,000 units for OnePlus Two in India. The latter had its first-ever open sale on Amazon.in today. It will continue tomorrow as well.
OnePlus General Manager-India Vikash Agarwal said, “Ever since OnePlus debuted in India, we have been deluged with requests for invites to buy our products, with more than 5 million registrations worldwide for our latest release – the OnePlus 2 – alone! With the best of our intentions of fastening up the availability process, we have been constrained by a few supply chain related challenges in meeting consumer demands. The local production will help to address this issue and better cater to the fast growing demands for OnePlus products in India.”
The MakeInIndia move would give full time employment to more than 1000 people at the Foxconn’s facility spread across 30,000 s.ft., where the manufacturing of OnePlus devices would start before the end of 2015.
Locally produced OnePlus smartphones will hit the market as early as the end of this year. Foxconn has the ability to manufacture about 500,000 units at its facility per month, which is further scalable according to the demand.
Chinese start-up company OnePlus is going to host a special event in Bengaluru today where we are likely to see Pete Lau, the CEO and founder of the company. The company has sent signals that this would be a corporate announcement, which leads us to believe it could be about a diversion from the company or maybe their plans to move some manufacturing to India.
While 9to5Google reported that the company is going to announce #MakeInIndia, Android Central quoted the invite by OnePlus’ General Manager in India, Vikas Agarwal and Pete Lau that they will “reiterate the relevance of Indian market in the OnePlus growth story and announce The Next Big Step.”
On the other hand, a tweet from the company’s India Twitter handle said, ‘Time to look at things a little differently’ supported by an “X” in a photo. Should we expect a OnePlus X launching soon? Let us remind you, this one would be a cheaper smartphone. Speculations about the OnePlus X grew stronger when Pete Lau posted a message “Dissatisfied run a X,” on his officla Weibo account.
Though the company confirmed that OnePlus 2 will be the one and only flagship phone for 2015, recent leaks have suggested that there could be an OnePlus X coming soon. It would come with a 5-inch screen along with fingerprint sensor in the rear panel and powered by a Snapdragon 801 processor.
It should also to be noted that the OnePlus 2 would go on sale between 12 pm and 1 pm only on Amazon India today. So, hurry and grab the latest smartphone on the block.
Word is out that Microsoft has started sending out invites for its Windows 10 event slated for October 6, at Moynihan Station in New York. The event will see high profile launches for the Lumia 950, Lumia 950 XL and the Surface Pro 4 tab. In addition, the event will also see release of the much-anticipated Microsoft Band.
About The Launches
The Invite reads: “We have some exciting news to share about Windows 10 devices…” Microsoft is trying to wipe away the poor turnout memories that it saw at IFA Berlin last month. It is now placing all its bets on the Surface Pro 4, given that the preceding model had been a stellar success.
We do not expect the Surface Pro 4 to be hugely different from the Surface Pro 3. From the reports we have gathered so far, it’s also possible that Microsoft will retain the same form factor and charging system as the Pro 3. However, it could enhance the display resolution and start working on a sleeker build. Rumors suggest Microsoft will include an all-new fingerprint scanner on the device. This is something to look forward to.
Microsoft has already declared that the Surface Pro is a hit with buyers. According to fresh buzz, it is expected that Microsoft could release a 14-inch variant of the Surface device as well. Perhaps this is a bid to compete with the iPad Pro from Apple.
The Windows 10 Story
Windows 10 saw a launch two months back and despite roadblocks is steadily climbing popularity charts. The new testing and software runs suggest that Windows 10 has a much better built than the debacle Microsoft 8. It is also working decently across the mobile and tablet platforms besides the standard computer.
Expect the unexpected
One bouncer that Microsoft could throw at the event is the launch of its Holo Lens that was showcased at the E3 Conference back in June.… Read the rest
Porsche released its latest Mission E concept car at the Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany. This vehicle, which is expected to outrun the Tesla, comprises two electric motors and generates 600 horsepower. Porsche has said that this concept render could be available for sale in another 5 years.
Mission E Specifications
This concept car has been designed as a sedan, complete with four seats and four doors. The all-electric car will probably come with 600 HP system power and can zoom from 0 to 60 mph in less than 3.5 seconds.
The battery soaks up 80 percent power within 15 minutes of charge time. With this charge, it would be able to drive for around 400 km, a company release suggests. With a 800 volt drive infrastructure, this car is expected to have a futuristic performance.
The cabin in this concept car comes with high-end features such as an eye-tracker and an OLED-curved dashboard display. It also allows the display to adjust depending on the position of the driver’s seat. Better still, the car can even understand the driver’s mood thanks to a camera provided on the rear-view mirror.
What Porsche Says?
Porsche global head of research and development Wolfgang Hatz has admitted that they have been asked why there has been no effort to make an electric car for so long now. As of now, there is no news about the plausible pricing ofthe car. Hatz signed off saying, “The Porsche is always worth its price”.… Read the rest
Apple’s big event, where they launch new products on an yearly basis, will be held on September 9 at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. This event is expected to showcase the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. Also on the cards are the new generation Apple TV, Apple iPad Pro and Apple iPad Mini 4.
What’s Up With The iPad Pro?
In the news since 2014, the iPad Pro should be making its debut at the Apple event on 9 September. It is a 12-inch tablet that will run on the OS X. Latest reports even suggest it will come equipped with Force Touch that began with the Apple Watch. A probable split-screen feature could make way with this new tablet. The iPad Pro is expected to be available for shipping from November against October pre orders.
Looking Into The iPad Mini 4
As for the iPad Mini 4 we have heard that it will enjoy a huge hardware leap from what we saw on the iPad Mini 2. Physically, it will be sleeker than the iPad Mini 3 and will come built in with an A-series chip. We also expect a couple of camera sensors and to support split-screen.… Read the rest
Samsung has geared up tight against Apple by launching the Galaxy S6 Edge+ and Galaxy Note 5 at the Unpacked event in New York. While Samsung has hit bull’s eye with its gigantic phones, Apple is also heading that way. Therefore, Samsung needs to grab all the limelight before Apple does in September with the next iPhone. Unpacked did not just reveal the new flagships but also revealed a new mobile payment system from Samsung, besides a new hardware keyboard add on.
The Note 5 Story
With the new Galaxy Note 5, Samsung dumped its premium leather and polycarbonate at last. The tacky design interface of the previous Note variants is now replaced by glass and metal. The Edge+ reminds us of the Galaxy S6 and comes with a 5.7-inch Quad HD display and the classic Note stylus. The software has received a new update as well, but the Note 5 makes the stylus more interesting. Wait until 21 August, 2015 to get your hands on the handset.
Edge+ Gets Edgier
With the Galaxy Edge+, Samsung offers a biggie version of S6 Edge and packs in a 5.7-inch display. It is done up in glass and metal but the Edge factor has been spruced up. You can use the Edge to access the most popular contacts and recently used applications. This accounts for quicker navigation. The handset will be on the racks starting 21 August, 2015.
Of note is the fact that while the Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge+ have camera specs similar to the Samsung Galaxy S6, users can now stream videos live from camera to YouTube on the new handsets. The streaming speed is expected to be 1080p at 60fps and videos will be eligible for being pushed immediately live.
The biggest surprise was perhaps the release of Samsung Pay that the maker vouches to offer as a way more accessible option than Apple Pay. Samsung Pay makes use of MST and NFC that help beam out a magnetic code, which will function like the magnetic stripe we swipe on all credit or debit cards. Samsung Pay will be compatible with most card readers and for now will be available in USA on Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge+ and Galaxy Note 5 from September.
What we can assure you is that Samsung is taking Apple’s iPhone threat seriously enough to dole out innovations on its products never before expected.
Father’s Day is almost here and you might just be wondering what to get dad for under $100! Well with the rocker techie things available today, why worry much? Check out these ultra cool gifts under your budget line that will make daddy happy and beaming.
Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker- One of the bestest Bluetooth speakers you can get hands on, this model is compact and portable too. More so, it comes from Bose. Run it on battery for close to 8 hours or snip in and drive via its micro- USB.
Fire TV- If daddy is a movie buff, then this device to watch out great Amazon instant movies could fit into your budget and Father’s Day easily.
Seagate Seven Portable Drive- Let your dad store all his movies, music and more! The design is sleek and your dad can carry it easily without ado too.
Sony MDR-7506 Headphones– A wow option for those daddies who like to plug in to movies or con calls. Well under your budget, the sound quality is amazing to say the least.
Logitech Harmony 650– easy on the pocket and easily pocketable too, this remote is inbuilt with macro support. Compact and easy to hook up, dad will love this gift no doubt.
The hype and craze around Apple’s annual event WWDC 2015 left us with a nice aftertaste. We loved the heightened interface of Siri, the intuitive maps as well as the launch of a steaming music service. It is time to critique what was missing from the developers’ conference.
Firstly, the new iOS 9 features could have given us better battery life. While Apple did announce a Low Power mode, but it did not tell us that putting the iPhone with the screen down over a surface will save battery as it will not activate the screen despite a notification.
Another cool feature that iOS 9 is set to launch an app ‘called Move to iOS’ that helps smooth migration from Android to Apple OS. This will mean ease of transferring all stored data such as contacts, messages and all your files.
We also loved the iCloud Drive app that helps you access all stored files from a single place. Apple has come a long way from where it started ages back and now has underlined each of its wares and technology with superb innovations that can prove to be game changers in their own right.
Apple has finally announced the latest version of its OS- the iOS 9 at WWDC 2015 event held in San Francisco on Monday. We were jolly well pleased with the iOS 8 onslaught but the latest iOS 9 takes us for more than a joyride.
A major revamp comes in context of Siri. With iOS 9 Siri has been drenched in color and has an all-new interface now. Also, be in for a surprise when you find Siri recognizing requests that are totally off the regular track. From photo hunting to reminders on playing some track for ages bygone– Siri is sassier and sincere this time.
While Siri on iOS 8 was at best a personal assistant, on iOS 9 it is your proactive assistant.
Another thing that iOS 9 brags about is the latest Spotlight Search on the iPhone and the iPad. Gear up to check out location based and time based information display, app suggestions and keys contact info displayed using this feature. Well then, you must also know that Spotlight could fish out videos in search results. From the time of iOS8, seems like loads have changed!… Read the rest
The Big Apple Day– WWDC 2015 is set to happen–finally. As the day prepares to unfurl, the excitement among users has shot up around what the big announcements from Apple would be. For starters, we might hear big scoop on the Apple Watch. Third party applications and allied functions on the watch will see a major leap, according to Jeff Williams, the senior vice president, Operations at Apple.
Up next on cards could be the official announcement for Apple Beats– a direct competitor in the face of Spotify. Streaming means big business but this is the first time the Cupertino brand is landling so much importance on the same.
It is estimated to be priced affordably at $10 every month, according to The Wall Street Journal. Beats Music will power the same, while chances of an Android variant too is possible.
Apple might announce latest add-ons and specs for its wares– iPhone and iPad variants. Gear up to know the next biggie on the Apple block– the iOS 9. Same goes for plausible improvements to Siri as well. Cross- communicability with Apple apps including Spotlight search, Passbook and Calendar is on cards, according to Mark Gurman from 9to5Mac… Read the rest