Brace yourself. Nokia-branded Android phones are coming. Here’s everything we know so far

first_imgNokia is coming back. It’s coming back really soon. Is that right, you ask? Yes it is. Earlier in May this year, Nokia announced that it was gearing up to make a comeback into phone business with a slew of Android phones and tablets. That being said, very little was known about Nokia’s grand plans to rise from the dead, apart from the fact that it was working with a Finland-based company called HMD and that Nokia-branded phones would be coming towards the end of 2016.Well, it is October and we are fast approaching the end of 2016. What’s Nokia up to, you ask? Where is the slew of Android phones and tablets that it was supposed to launch later in the year? Hold your breath, ladies and gentlemen; the prodigal son is on the verge of returning. No, we do not know for sure when exactly, but we do know that as many as three Nokia-branded Android phones are coming. We do not know anything about a possible Nokia-branded Android tablet for the time being though.But brace yourself; Nokia-branded Android phones are coming and they are coming soon. At this point of time, there’s intel on as many as three Nokia phones incoming. Wait, it gets better. Two of these phones are said to be high-end flagship phones with high-end hardware, and quite possibly a hefty price tag. The third phone of the lot would be a relatively affordable affair, with a price tag hovering around the mid-range.The affordable NokiaThe Nokia D1C — a relatively mid-level offering – has been spotted on multiple occasions, on Geekbench earlier and on Antutu recently , giving out key feature set of the phone in question.As per the Antutu listing, the Nokia D1C will come with a 1080p resolution display, and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor clubbed with Adreno 505 GPU 3GB RAM under the hood. The phone will come with 32GB internal memory and will run Android 7.0 Nougat out-of-the-box.advertisementOn the camera front, it is said to sport a 13-megapixel camera on the rear and an 8-megapixel camera on the front.The flagship Nokia(s)Nokia is said to be working on two high-end Android phones: one with 5.2-inch display and another with a 5.5-inch screen. Both the phones are said to sport a 2K resolution display and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor under the hood.On the camera front, the high-end phones from Nokia are said to come with a 22.6-megapixel camera on the rear with LED flash and support for 4K video recording. Who is making these phones?”HMD has been founded to provide a focused, independent home for a full range of Nokia-branded feature phones, smartphones and tablets. HMD’s new smartphone and tablet portfolio will be based on Android, uniting one of the world’s iconic mobile brands with the leading mobile operating system and app development community,” Nokia had earlier said in a statement.HMD has acquired the rights to use the Nokia brand and would likely be involved in making and selling its Android phones in the days to come. As far as manufacturing is concerned, these phones would likely be made by Foxconn.’Also Read: Nokia announces return to phone business with Android phones, tabletslast_img read more

Sonos launches Google Assistant on Sonos One and Beam speakers today

first_img CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Post a comment 2:54 Apple Wireless & Bluetooth Speakers TV Accessories News • Photos of Huawei P30 Pro next to a Sonos One leak ahead of Paris launch event reading • Sonos launches Google Assistant on Sonos One and Beam speakers today 0 Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? $199 Google Assistant Alexa Amazon Bluetooth Google Apple $199 See It Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Mentioned Above Sonos One (Black) Crutchfield See it $199 $198 Tags See It Review • Sonos One review update: Damn, Alexa and Google can rock! 21 Photos Sonos Beam sound bar: Alexa lives in a compact TV speaker Sonos One See All See It Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Google Assistant is now available on Sonos One smart speaker, joining Amazon Alexa to provide a choice in voice assistants. Sarah Tew/CNET Google Assistant will finally come to the Sonos One smart speaker and Sonos Beam sound bar, which already support Amazon Alexa, making the company the first to support multiple assistants on one device. Sonos demonstrated the voice assistant on its One speaker at CES 2019 , and is in the process of rolling out firmware enabling Google’s voice system on its smart speakers in the United States today. Sonos announced multiple voice assistant support in 2017, but Sonos owners can now choose between either Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. However they won’t be able to switch between them on the fly, and will have to choose one during setup. Sonos users in Europe, Canada, and Australia will be able to download the update in July. Share your voice Adorama Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Both speakers have long supported Amazon’s Alexa and can be controlled from Siri on iOS devices via AirPlay 2. The speakers will support several Google actions from the start including Continued Conversation (where the mic waits for more instructions without saying the wake word) and Broadcast mode (or personal address mode). The company says that calling, voice match, purchases, interpreter mode and setting routines in the Google Home app will not be available at launch.Read more: Which Google Home speaker should you buy?Marshall is another company that has announced support for multiple assistants on its Acton II and Stanmore II speakers coming in 2019, while LG OLED TVs will support both assistants in 2019. Sonos Beam offers big sound at a more affordable price Now playing: Watch this: • Best Buylast_img read more

TMC observes black day in WB against manhandling of its leaders

first_imgKolkata: The Trinamool Congress today observed a ‘black day’ in various parts of West Bengal in protest against the alleged “detention and manhandling” of its leaders in Assam’s Silchar airport. The protest will continue tomorrow too, party sources said. TMC ministers, leaders and activists hit the streets in the districts and blocks across the state to protest against the alleged assault on the eight-member TMC team at the Silchar airport on Thursday when they tried to enter Assam’s Cachar district to assess the situation in the wake of the publication of the final draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC). Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life Carrying placards and sporting black masks and badges, TMC activists shouted slogans against the BJP governments at the Centre and Assam and the final draft of the NRC, published on July 30 and touted to be The eight-member TMC delegation had comprised of six MPs, an MLA and West Bengal minister Firhad Hikim. They were stopped at the Silchar airport and put under preventive detention. They returned to the city yesterday. TMC chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had alleged that the members of the delegation, including women, were manhandled at the airport and accused the BJP of imposing a “super emergency” in the country. TMC secretary-general Partha Chatterjee had yesterday said, “What happened to our party delegation is not only shameful but also undemocratic. Our slogan will be ‘we don’t need this monstrous government anymore’.”last_img read more

Struggling Sony Reveals Its Answer to Google Glass

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 2 min read September 24, 2014 Last week, Sony released a software development kit for its smartglass – called SmartEyeGlass – and announced that a developer’s version of the wearable will be available in March 2015.In a blog post, Sony hinted at ways its smartglasses could be used, including a cooking app that displays recipe directions directly on the lenses, a pedestrian navigation app that directs users to nearby locations and a facial recognition app.While Sony claims its smartglass features a “slim light wear design,” the prototype — which includes a CMOS image sensor, accelerometer, Gyroscope, electronic compass, brightness sensor, and microphone — is bulky. So bulky, in fact, that it makes the awkward-looking Google Glass appear sleek in comparison. As Michael Andronico  wrote for Tom’s Guide, after trying on the device, “it seems a few iterations away from something you’d want to wear on the street.”Related: Will Sony Get Its Groove Back?As Sony’s smartphone business continues to falter – last week the Japanese electronics giant announced it is expecting an annual net loss of 230 billion yen ($2.15 billion), nearly five times its forecast in July of 50 billion yen, due to losses from its embattled smartphone division – the company has invested in wearables, including a smartwatch and an activity wristband.”Sometime there will be a post-smartphone business, a new area of mobile communication business, and if that day comes we have to utilize our assets…we have to create the foundations of the smart business and evolution of that going forward,” Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai said.The slated launch for a Sony smartglass appears to be part of this strategy. No word on pricing yet. Currently, Google Glass retails for $1,500.Related: Would You Spend $1,500 on Google Glass? Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »last_img read more