WhatsApp extends Nokia S40, BlackBerry support till end of 2017, drops Symbian support

 

In a good news for Nokia S40 devices owners, WhatsApp has extended support for Nokia S40 devices until the end of 2017. But support for Symbian and S60 devices will not be extended and will be dropped on the pre-announced date of June 30, 2017.

Apart from Nokia S40 devices, WhatsApp has also extended support for BlackBerry OS 7+ and BlackBerry 10 devices. This has been informed by WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton to Whatsappen.nl.Image result for WhatsApp extends Nokia S40, BlackBerry support till end of 2017, drops Symbian support

Though the WhatsApp FAQ page about support for older operating systems has not been updated yet and it still shows support for Nokia S40 devices ending on June 30, 2017. In this article, you can find the list of Nokia-branded S40, Symbian and S60 devices impacted by this decision.

Nokia has launched new feature phones like new Nokia 3310 (2017) that run on S30+ OS and don’t support WhatsApp. You can however go for a new Nokia Android Phone like Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 if you want to keep enjoying Nokia quality.

Paytm Payments Bank Integrates UPI to Simplify Transactions

 

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Paytm Payments Bank will integrate with UPI, the company said
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Wallet users can only use UPI to reload cash in the wallet
Paytm has announced that the Paytm Payments Bank will adopt the Unified Payments Interface (UPI) to simplify transactions. The Paytm Payments Bank account holders will be able to send and receive money using an @paytmbank virtual payment address. Merchants that support UPI will also be able to accept payments from Paytm Payments Bank customers via this mechanism.

The company has not stated when this will be enabled, but it’s a somewhat moot point, as the bank is still only available via invitation – most people will not have an account as of now. Unlike the wallet, the Paytm Payments Bank can offer interest – and is in fact offering 4 percent interest on deposits – and can also issue debit cards, which can also be used for cash withdrawal from ATMs.Paytm Payments Bank Integrates UPI to Simplify Transactions

Wallet customers are not being automatically onboarded as bank customers. Paytm’s wallet does allow you to reload money using the UPI. When you go to the add money page, along with common options such as debit and credit cards, and netbanking, there is also a UPI option where you can enter your existing VPA, to send a cash request.

The Paytm Payments Bank on the other hand will allow you to create a new VPA, linked to that account or any other bank account that supports UPI, and allow you to send and receive money using your VPA.
Airtel launched the first payments bank in India earlier this year, which offers 7.25 percent interest but does not have a debit card, so you can only cash out at certain Airtel retail stores. The company also stated that it plans to integrate with UPI, but has not so far.

“We will soon enable seamless creation of UPI IDs on our platform so that users can send and receive money to each other, and for merchant payments,” says Renu Satti, CEO, Paytm Payments Bank. “It will be one of the most important components of our payments platform and enable us to bring cost-efficient digital payment services to every Indian. Our significant consumer base makes us well-positioned to become a large issuer of UPI handles, driving its adoption in the country.”

Disclosure: Paytm’s parent company One97 is an investor in Gadgets 360.

 

FYJC online admission process to restart from June 22, technical glitches resolved

 

The online admission process for Class 11, which was marred by technical glitches, will restart from June 22. The Minister for School Education Vinod Tawde said that the administration will take a day off to resolve the technical glitches that are clogging the system to ensure that it functions smoothly.

He assured the parents that even though there will be a days delay the process of filling the Online Part I and Part II forms shall be error free and that no meritorious student shall be put at disadvantage. “Online admission process has started in all the divisional boards of Mumbai, Pune, Nashik, Aurangabad, Nagpur and Amravati,” he said.

“There have been some technical glitches like the server getting slow or hanging in between have been experienced in Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur and Nashik. As a result 30,000 odd students are still to fill up their Part I of the form. While about 67,300 odd students have filled up their Part II (choice of colleges),” he added. Read | Maharashtra FYJC 2017: form filling begins; On day one, most inquiries come for quota admissions. Click here

Tawde said that a meeting held today decided to add three more servers. He added that at the end of the day on June 22 hehimself will check the steps taken to ensure smooth functioning of the online admission process.pune, FYJC, pune FYJC admissions, FYJC admissions pune, pune cap admissions, FYJC Cap admissions, pune news, india news, indian express news

Tawde said that the problem arose as about 2.75 lakh students who have passed their SSC exams began logging online to fill their forms.

“We have decided to increase the number of servers, increasing bandwidth and updating the online process to ensure that no more confusion is created,” he said. He added that those who have filled their Part I or Part II online forms will not have to re-enter their details again. Read | Top 25 universities in India: NIRF ranking 2017. Click here

He disclosed that as of now about 1.75 lakh SSC passed students are yet to fill their online forms. Replying to a query about the case in the Bombay High Court related to making Maths an optional subject, he said that a year ago when he had spoken about it a section of the media had lashed out at him remarking “has the Education Minister lost his mind.”

He said that many students find subjects like Maths and English tough to crack. Tawde said that the HC has directed the government to talk to educational experts and then file an affidavit.

Taking on the section of the media, he wanted to know as to what they have to say now about the HC directive. He clarified that the teachers jobs will not be affected as those students who want to have better and

 

Amazon Dash Wand review: A home shopping device made for a not-too-distant future

 

Amazon will sell you groceries, one way or another. Case in point: The day before it announced plans to buy Whole Foods for a cool $13.7 billion, it released Amazon Dash Wand, a small Alexa-powered gadget that will likely be just as integral to the company’s produce push.amazon dash wand button

Amazon’s new scanning stick is Jeff Bezos’s latest attempt to link the virtual world with the physical one. But even though it’s not Amazon’s first shot at a home shopping assistant, it’s definitely the first fully formed one. Combining the ease of a Dash button with the versatility of the relatively unknown Dash scanner and the smarts of an Echo, Dash Wand could be the thing that finally streamlines the way we buy groceries, and eliminates checkout lines, empty refrigerators, and even trips to the store. But that’s going to take a while.

For today, Dash Wand has too many quirks and shortcomings to be considered a threat to your local supermarket. While it’s cheap enough to be an impulse buy, it probably won’t do much to enhance your existing Amazon-Alexa experience, at least not yet.

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  • Dash drawbacks
  • Simple scanning
  • Alexa lite
  • A marathon, not a Dash

Dash drawbacks

Amazon’s wand is basically Dash 2.0. Like the company’s first bar-code scanner, which was limited to Amazon Fresh customers, the 6-inch stick has a rubberized loop at the top for hanging purposes, but this time around it’s also magnetic. Unlike the Echo, the Dash Wand needs to be within reach—keeping it in a drawer will severely cut down on its use and usefulness—and its refrigerator-friendly design is definitely one of its best qualities.

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Dash Wand’s releiance on AA batteries cuts down on Alexa’s usefulness.

Even with Alexa built in, Dash Wand is very much an active device, in that it doesn’t respond to a wake word. Like the Echo Tap and the Alexa Voice Remote for Fire TV, you need to press the button to activate it, a consequence of Dash Wand being powered by a pair of AA batteries. Amazon kindly includes a set in the box, but with Wi-Fi, a bar-code scanner, and an AI assistant, I have to assume it will burn through them pretty quickly.

While your Dash Wand will likely live on your refrigerator, for most customers, what’s inside the icebox is off-limits. Unless you live in one of the areas served by Amazon Fresh—currently limited to the Seattle, Northern California, Southern California, New York, and Philadelphia areas—produce and other perishables won’t be added to your Amazon cart when you scan them.

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The bottom of Dash Wand contains a laser bar-code scanner.

That’s a deficiency that’s likely to be corrected within a year or two, once the fruits of Amazon’s Whole Foods purchase begin to be realized. It might have been a coincidence that Dash Wand was released the day before the announcement of Amazon’s Whole Foods purchase, but the Dash Wand is clearly built for a grocery store. It’s not hard to imagine a day when you can scan some items and have them show up within an hour, or even take your wand to your local Whole Foods store to do your own scanning.

Simple scanning

As far as the other items in your house, Dash Wand will work pretty well, eventually. My wand struggled to read bar codes the first time around, but after a reset it performed much better. Thankfully, the setup process is a snap, requiring little more than signing into your account and typing in your Wi-Fi password, both of which are done via the iOS or Android app. (Note that the Dash Wand works with 2.4GHz networks only.)

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Scanning items with your Dash Wand is as easy as it as at a grocery store.

To use it, you need only press its button and the bottom bar-code scanner springs to life, ready to read whatever’s placed in front of it. It struggled occasionally with bar codes that were curved and some itemsds didn’t show up at all, but for the most part it worked as well as a department store price checker kiosk. I tested a variety of items, from salad dressing to soda to a Sonos Play:1 speaker, and the wand dutifully added them to my cart, though when head over to the app or site to check out, make sure to pay attention to what’s inside it.

If Amazon doesn’t sell the exact item in question (which happens more than you think), it will offer an alternative. For example, when I scanned a can of Goya Red Kidney Beans, it offered an 8-pack or a bag of dry beans instead. This is fine, but you’ll need to pay close attention to the cost. Amazon often suggested items that were priced outrageously high. In the case of the red beans, the price for a case of eight cans was $19.59, a surcharge of 150 percent over the average supermarket price of $0.99 a can.

 

Internet companies make hay when the sun peeks out

 

It remains to be seen if funds raised crosses the $5.9 billion internet companies raised in the funding frenzy of 2015. Graphics by Ajay Negi/Mint

Fund-raising by Indian Internet firms has risen sharply this year, with some large one agreeing to so-called down-rounds.

Indian firms in Internet business raised over $3.8 billion in the first half of the year against $2.7 billion in the whole of 2016, according to data collated by Jefferies India Pvt. Ltd.It remains to be seen if funds raised crosses the $5.9 billion internet companies raised in the funding frenzy of 2015. Graphics by Ajay Negi/Mint

In the March quarter, Flipkart and Ola accounted for a bulk of the $2 billion that was raised, with both agreeing to a lower valuation vis-a-vis the previous funding round. This was followed by a large fund-raise by Paytm ($1 billion); Oyo Rooms ($250 million) and a few others such as Swiggy.

It remains to be seen if funds raised crosses the $5.9 billion internet companies raised in the funding frenzy of 2015. Nevertheless, private market investors are more careful and are restricting investments to companies who are leaders in their respective segments, and/or have a business model that is both sustainable and is working towards profitable growth.

Despite this more stringent screening process, the large amounts raised is a heartening sign. Of course, unless firms demonstrate better unit economics as well as sustainable growth, the funding tap may go dry again.

 

Net Neutrality: What happened during the July 12 Internet-Wide Day of Action protest

 

Updated July 14: The Internet-Wide Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality on July 12 enjoyed a healthy turnout.Thousands of companies and some visible tech celebrities united against the FCC proposal called Restoring Internet Freedom, by which the new FCC chairman Ajit Pai hopes to loosen regulations for the ISPs and telecom companies that provide Internet service nationwide. The public has until mid-August to give comments to the FCC.

The protests took many forms. Organizations including the American Civil Liberties Union, Reddit, The Nation, and Greenpeace placed website blockers to imitate what would happen if the FCC loosened regulations. Other companies participating online displayed images on their sites that simulated a slowed-down Internet, or demanded extra money for faster access.

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For the July 12 Internet-Wide Day of Action advocating net neutrality, sites including The Nation displayed images showing people what the web would be like if corporations operated it for a profit.

Tech giant Google published a blog post in defense of net neutrality. “Today’s open internet ensures that both new and established services, whether offered by an established internet company like Google, a broadband provider or a small startup, have the same ability to reach users on an equal playing field.”

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Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg posted to her page about net neutrality as part of the July 12 Internet-Wide Day of Action.

Facebook joined in with Sheryl Sandberg posting her message on Facebookas well as Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.“Keeping the internet open for everyone is crucial. Not only does it promote innovation, but it lets people access information that can change their lives and gives voice to those who might not otherwise be heard,” Sandberg said.

In Washington, FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn said in a statement that she supports a free and open internet. “Its benefits can be felt across our economy and around the globe,” she said. “That is why I am excited that on this day consumers, entrepreneurs and companies of all sizes, including broadband providers and internet startups, are speaking out with a unified voice in favor of strong net neutrality rules grounded in Title II. Knowing that the arc of success is bent in our favor and we are on the right side of history, I remain committed to doing everything I can to protect the most empowering and inclusive platform of our time.”

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, wrote a letter to the FCC Tuesday – one day early — to make sure the FCC’s system was ready to withstand a cyberattack, as well as the large volume of calls expected Wednesday.

What led up to the protest

The July 12 Internet-Wide Day of Action strove to highlight how the web would look if telecom companies were allowed to control it for profit. Organizing groups such as Fight for the Future, Free Press Action Fund, and Demand Progress want their actions to call attention to the potential impact on everyday users, such as having to pay for faster internet access.

Where net neutrality stands: Under the Open Internet Order enacted by the FCC in 2015, internet service providers cannot block access to content on websites or apps, interfere with loading speeds, or provide favoritism to those who pay extra. However, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, selected by President Trump in January, has been advocating a completely open internet, where the ISPs could control access or charge fees without regulation. A Senate bill that would relax regulations, called Restoring Internet Freedom (S.993), was introduced in May and was referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

What this protest is for: The July 12 protest, which organizers are calling the Internet-Wide Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality, will fight for free speech on the internet under Title II of FCC’s Communications Act of 1934. On that date, websites and apps that support net neutrality will display alerts to mimic what could happen if the FCC rolled back the rules.

Who will come together for the protest: More than 180 companies including Amazon, Twitter, Etsy, OkCupid, and Vimeo, along with advocacy groups such as the ACLU, Change.org, and Greenpeace, will join the protest and urge their users and followers to do the same.

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Where the protest will take place: Sites that support net neutrality will call attention to their cause by simulating what users would experience if telecom companies were allowed to control web access. Examples will include a simulated “spinning wheel of death” (when a webpage or app won’t load), blocked notifications, and requests to upgrade to paid plans. Organizers are also calling on supporters to stage in-person protests at congressional offices and post protest selfies on social media with the tag #savethenet.

Who opposes the protest: FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and large telecom companies, such as Verizon and Comcast, want to relax net neutrality rules. Some claim that an unregulated internet will allow for more competition in the marketplace, as well as oversight of privacy and security measures.

Why this protest matters: The July 12 protest is projected to be one of the largest digital protests ever planned, with more than 50,000 people, sites, and organizations participating. If successful, it would be reminiscent of a 2012 blackout for freedom of speech on the internet to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act and the PROTECT IP Act, and an internet slowdown in 2014 to demand discussions about net neutrality.

The new hello button on Facebook is causing a lot of embarrassment- and here’s why

FACEBOOK has quietly introduced a brand new hello button so people can give each other a virtual wave.

But it seems the brand-new feature has been causing endless embarrassment, with users complaining they’ve accidentally sent a hello to people they aren’t friends with, or even worse – ex-partners.

 Facebook quietly introduced the new hello button on the site earlier this month

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Facebook quietly introduced the new hello button on the site earlier this month

Earlier this month, the new button started appearing at the top of people’s profiles on the social media site – right next to where you would click to send a friend request.

It is believed that Facebook bosses say it is a casual way of introducing yourself to someone and if they say hello back, it then gives you the option to form an online friendship.

But with many people using the social network to check up on their ex-partners, snoop on their boss or check out their crushes, many have hit the hello button by accident.

This in turn means that the person they have been online stalking knows that there have been people searching their profile.

And taking to Twitter, many have complained how the new features has left them cringing with embarrassment.

One revealed: “I was stalking my managers Facebook whilst I was at work and accidentally sent a “hello”, wow never wanted to die so much in my life.”

Emily added: “The amount of times I’ve accidentally hit the hello button on facebook is a joke, looking proper eager to people I’m not even friends with.”

Another person tweeted: “Trying to add people on Facebook and hitting the say hello button noooooooo I am not waving at u, mortified.”

While Amy wrote: “Why has Facebook made a “hello” button look like an absolute creep when I’m trying to add someone.”

However, Facebook fanatics have discovered a way to take back your hello, before the person sees it.

All you have to do is click the hello button again and it gives you the chance to take back the online greeting.

 

14 Ways That Freeing Myself From Social Media Improved My Life

 

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How did your life change after leaving Social Media? originally appeared on Quora: the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.

Answer by Shovan Chowdhury, on Quora:

My friend Rafiq’s Facebook status from the USA read, “I got job offer from Google. Now I am the happiest person in the whole world.” A group of friends of mine posted a picture of themselves travelling in Brazil while they were in the Amazon rain forest and they wrote on Facebook, “Our life would be meaningless if we did not come here.” Another friend, Saidul, posted a picture on Facebook with his beautiful Latin wife in Daytona Beach, Florida enjoying their moment. Their newly bought BMW 5 series 528I sedan was parked a few meters from them.

I was sitting in darkness in my small rented flat, scrolling through my Facebook news feed on my smartphone. Load-shedding was going on. No wind was flowing through my small window. I was feeling really hot and suffocated. I was cursing my life. I was sweating. I felt broken, aimless, I had a poor CGPA, was unemployed, and was frustrated and severely jealous to see other people’s success. I was addicted to Facebook and spent ten to fifteen hours everyday on it. Moreover, I was habitually using WhatsApp, IMO, Viber and Wechat just as often. I even checked my WhatsApp messages before starting my exams. I used to upload photos to Instagram. A lot. I loved to tweet everyday. I used to check notifications, update my status, comment on things, text and make phone calls while walking, sitting on the bus and even crossing the street.

My colorful life started to become gradually lost. I completed BBA with a poor CGPA. I had lost track of my life. My CGPA was down, I was involved in a virtual relationship and rejection made my life difficult. I was losing concentration, was depressed and became jealous and disturbed to see friends’ successes on Facebook and Instagram. I had severe chronic depression and frustration. I decided to deactivate my Facebook account and limit my other social media activities. Social media works like a drug. You can not leave it easily. I could not concentrate on my studies for few days and felt the urge to get back on social media, but I was determined not go back to my previous life. I was becoming habituated with my new life. After leaving social media, my life has completely changed through some realizations and several activities:

 
  1. Meditation: Everyday, I have been meditating for one hour. My mind becomes constant and hassle-free. I have found inner peace.
  2. Aim for eight hours of sound sleep: I aim for eight hours of sound sleep. I tend to go to bed early and wake up early in the morning. I enjoy the fresh air in the early morning, which I missed all the time when I was always on social media.
  3. Simple life, high thinking: After leaving social media, my life became simple, but it is full of higher thinking. I have stopped having such high expectations from life and myself. I don’t think I have a right to get whatever I want. Whatever I get, I consider it a bonus. Life becomes easy with this theory. I believe that virtual life makes our life complicated. There is no need to use social media to be a social person. Excess use of social media makes us unsocial.
  4. Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you are going to get: I agree with this famous quote from the movie, Forrest Gump. I missed the beauty of life due to my social media addiction. I was busy with my virtual life. I did not try any new things. Now, I am free. I can observe the beauty of life and realize that life is like a box of chocolates. You don’t know if the chocolate tastes good or bad until you taste it. Try to get several new experiences from life, you don’t know what amazing thing is waiting for you.
  5. Building positive habits: I have built powerful habits after limiting my social media activities. I have built positive habits like positive self talk, thinking before I act, reading at least three pages a day, meditating for one to two hours everyday, practicing public speaking, writing everyday, etc.
  6. Removes distractions: My mind is distracted all the time when using social media. Now that I have limited my activities in social media, I feel surprised that there is less distraction. I can focus on any activity with full concentration and finish any work without distractions.
  7. Becoming a good listener: If you want to successful in life, you have to be a good listener. I always use to text, update statuses, tweet, check-in, comment, upload pictures in social media while talking with other people. People were always disturbed about my activities. Now, I am free from my social media addiction. I can talk to people with full concentration, listen to every word, maintain eye contact and give an appropriate response while communicating with other people.
  8. Avoiding procrastination: Procrastination made my life almost collapse. I am getting rid of this problem. Now, I always schedule my assignments, never miss deadlines, maintain a daily schedule and try to be proactive all the time.
  9. Using a productivity challenger app: I downloaded an app “productivity challenger” from the Play Store. It’s called Pomodro. The technique it uses is a timer to put work into intervals, usually in twenty-five minute time frames with short breaks. You get several ranks and achievements after successfully completing twenty-five minutes three to four times. It helped me to enhance my productivity and to utilize my time. I studied regularly, with a proper daily schedule and got a good CGPA in MBA. I still use this app to focus on my work.
  10. Running: I used to go to bed early and wake up early in the morning so I started to run every morning. Running gets rid of my frustration. I started feeling better. I started to run more and more. People think that I am becoming insane. That’s why a young boy runs in the early morning, every day. Running is becoming my best friend. I am running to prevent depression and to forget my problems. I am finding the true meaning of life.
  11. Reading self-help books: I never read a self help book. Suddenly, I started to read self-help books after leaving social media. I read The Power of Now by Echkart Tolle. It has changed my life perspective. It has helped me to focus on the now. I then went on to read The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale. It gave me outstanding feelings about life and helped me learn to be positive all the time. I have already read over one hundred self help books.
  12. Got a job: I put all my focus into finding a job after leaving social media. After several rejections, I got an ordinary job. It helps me to stay busy in life, be independent and to help to get rid of my depression.
  13. Helping people: I started to help people in various ways, and I even tried to give positive vibes in people’s lives when they’re frustrated. I have been trying to help and mentor people by motivating them. Though my salary is very low I try to help poor children continue their studies.
  14. Found my life’s purpose: Fortunately, I have found my life purpose and started writing with poor English grammar, ordinary vocabulary and wrong sentence structure. I never got a good grade in English and failed several times as a subject in school. It’s unbelievable that this male wants to be writer and write in English. I started to write on Quora despite hundreds of limitations. I use Quora wisely so that I will not be addicted on it. Recently, I started my own blog, shovan7, to help people. My blog is in its primary stage with little content. I have to work hard and have to give it more time to make it better. After leaving social media, I gained the realization that real life is more important than virtual life. I have gotten rid of depression, jealousy, found peace of mind, am chasing passions and emphasizing a more focused life. I am really happy now after getting rid of my depression and am learning to enjoy every moment of life.

Your worth is not measured in likes, comments, notes or followers; but in your ability to love, keep comments to yourself, take note and lead.

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Murder victim remembered on social media

 

Friends and family of murder victim Melinda Vasilije were taking to social media to speak out on Wednesday.

Vasilije was found stabbed to death in her apartment on April 28.

Wednesday marked what would have been the young woman’s 23rd birthday.

The Kitchener woman was allegedly killed by her former boyfriend Ager Hasan.

Messages of support were left on the Facebook page “Justice for Melinda” – a page dedicated to Vasilije’s memory.Image result for Murder victim remembered on social media

Some messages marked the woman’s birthday, some expressed support for the family, and some called for her killer to be brought to justice.

Police allege Ager Hasan stabbed Vasilije to death in the early-morning hours of April 28 before fleeing to the United States.

He is still wanted for second-degree murder.

Since his disappearance someone claiming to be Hasan has posted to various social media platforms.

However officials can’t confirm the posts actually came from Hasan.

Regional police say there is no update on the investigation at this point but previously said they have been in contact with him over email.

They continue to encourage Hasan to turn himself in.

 

Can the OnePlus 5 Be a Good Replacement for Your Google Nexus?

 

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  • Nexus users have been short on options for an upgrade
  • The OnePlus 5 is bringing back the midrange flagship
  • It’s also close to stock Android and relatively quick on updates

Google’s Nexus smartphones were known to be the flag bearers of the Android operating system. While they were made by different manufacturers over the years, Googlehad a close eye on the entire process to ensure you got a pure Android experience.

Things changed last year though, when Google decided to launch the Pixel range of smartphones. The introduction of the Pixel and the Pixel XL marked the end of the Nexus lineup, and the higher pricing for the Pixels meant that the stock Android experience was no longer affordable.

That means that if you are a Nexus user, you only had two options for an upgrade – stick to your existing phone for as long as Google supports it, or switch to another brand and live with its version of Android. But if you’re a Nexus user, well, September 2017 is when the company stops pushing Android updates other that security patches for the Nexus 6P and the Nexus 5X.

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If you have one of those phones then there aren’t too many options available if it’s time to upgrade to a new mid-range flagship. With the launch of the OnePlus 5, there’s another option around now though.

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The OnePlus 5 is priced at Rs 32,999 for the 6GB/ 64GB version, and Rs. 37,999 for the 8GB/ 128GB version which makes it cheaper than the current Pixels, and in all likelihood cheaper than the upcoming Pixel 2 as well. For that price, you get pretty good hardware with a Snapdragon 835 SoC, which is by far the most powerful processor in Qualcomm’s stable at the moment.

But as a Nexus user, the Android experience and the regular updates have been a big part of the package, apart from the performance, which is an area that the OnePlus 5 does deliver on. So as a Nexus user, how is the experience of moving to the OnePlus 5?

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The good news is that with Oxygen OS you are getting a UI that is pretty close to stock. You’ll also feel at home with the OnePlus launcher, which looks a lot like the Pixel launcher. Google Assistant is also available right away by long-pressing the fingerprint scanner. In these ways, it’s pretty close to the stock experience, but if you are among the ones who tinker with their phones, the developer community support for OnePlus devices is huge. You would find multiple custom ROMs and tweaks for the OnePlus 5.

In terms of updates, Google would still be the fastest to ship out Android updates to its smartphones but OnePlus isn’t far behind. We have seen that the company could ship out Android updates for the OnePlus 3 and the OnePlus 3T faster than other manufacturers in the market. So you won’t really be missing much if you do think about the OnePlus 5.