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The Mirabook is a £200 laptop powered entirely by a Windows 10 Mobile phone

Microsoft’s Windows 10 Mobile could be making a comeback in 2018 thanks to the Mirabook laptop that uses the Continuum feature to power it.

One of the better features of the rather lacklustre Windows 10 Mobile platform was Continuum, which allowed users to run a desktop-like version of the mobile operating system when connected to a monitor or dock, effectively bridging the gap between mobile and desktop Windows 10 experiences in a rather basic fashion.

Originally teased at CES back in January, the Mirabook builds upon that idea but essentially uses Continuum to pipe Windows 10 Mobile into it while providing a 1080p 13.3-inch display, a backlit keyboards and a whole range of connections running from USB Type-C to HDMI and the faithful 3.5mm audio jack.

Essentially, the Mirabook provides all the additional kit you need to get the most out of Continuum, wrapped up in a aluminium chassis and offering a 10 hour battery life, without the need for extra docks, breakout boxes and peripherals. And it does this for a reasonable $249/£186.

The Mirabook offers a fairly affordable way to access mobile Windows 10 apps in laptop form without the need to wrangle with web or Android versions of them on a Chromebook, which have previously offered cost-effective alternatives to Windows 10 machines.

But there doesn’t appear to be a huge amount of people using Windows 10 Mobile phones; look around any public area and you’ll spot iPhones and Android handsets but not many Windows-based phones.

This doesn’t appear to be a concern for the Mirabook as it also offers support for Android devices that offer desktop experiences, notably Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 through Samsung’s DeX interface, and the Huawei Mate 10 via it’s EMUI desktop user interface.

As such, the Mirabook could be the device you’ll want if you fancy getting more out of your Windows 10 Mobile device or a compatible flagship Android phone. Pre-orders of the Mirabook are live with units expected to ship around May next year.

Related: Best laptops of 2017

Can the Mirabook breath life into a flagging Windows 10 Mobile? Let us know your thoughts on Facebook or tweet @TrustedReviews.

India ranks 109th in mobile internet speed and 76th in fixed broadband

NEW DELHI: India has ranked 109th in mobile internet speeds and 76th in fixed broadband speeds in Ookla’s November Speedtest Global Index, where the country’s average mobile speed was 8.8 Mbps and broadband speed was 18.82 Mbps.

“Both mobile and fixed broadband internet in India are getting faster. That’s good news for all Indian consumers no matter which operator or plan they use to access the internet,” said Doug Suttles, general manager at Ookla.

However, Suttles said, “India still has a long way to go to catch up with countries that have top speeds around the world.” Norway ranked first in the world for mobile internet, with an average download speed of 62.66 Mbps, as of November. Singapore led in the fixed broadband category, with a 153.85 Mbps average download speed.

India recorded average mobile download speed of 7.65 Mbps in the beginning of 2017, which grew to 8.80 Mbps as of November, a 15% increase. Fixed broadband speeds, on the other hand, saw a jump of about 50% to 18.82 Mbps by November, from 12.12 Mbps in January, as per the report released on Monday.

The speed testing agency said that it was highly optimistic about the capacity for growth in the Indian market, and was looking forward to watching the market grow in 2018. Leading telcos Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India, Idea Cellular and Reliance Jio Infocomm have made high speed data affordable to millions over 2017, more so after the new entrant introduced free voice and data services, at high speeds, to attract customers.

Ookla said that a network built to accommodate 3G speeds will struggle to fulfil the modern demands of mobile consumers. Therefore, it said, it is important to plan infrastructure that can provide service to the number of people accessing a given network.

Recognising the rising demand for data, Bharti Airtel has already planned investments up to ?25,000 crore within this financial year to expand and strengthen its 4G network.

The agency also said that new technologies may boost network performance.

India Ranks 109th – Behind Nepal and Sri Lanka – in Mobile Internet Speeds: Speedtest

India is ranked 109th – behind countries like Nepal and Sri Lanka – in mobile Internet speeds and 76th for fixed broadband speeds globally, according to November data from Ookla’s Speedtest Global Index.

“At the start of 2017, the average mobile download speed in India was 7.65Mbps. Heading into the end of the year, average mobile download speed is 8.80Mbps as of November. That’s a 15 percent increase,” the company said on Monday in a release announcing the results.

“While mobile speeds increased modestly, fixed broadband speeds increased dramatically. Average fixed broadband download speed in January was 12.12Mbps. As of November, it’s at 18.82Mbps, a close to 50 percent jump,” it added.

As of November, Norway ranks first in the world for mobile Internet speeds with an average download speed of 62.66Mbps. Singapore takes the top spot for fixed broadband with 153.85Mbps average downloads.

“Both mobile and fixed broadband Internet in India are getting faster, that’s good news for all Indian consumers no matter which operator or plan they use to access the Internet,” said Doug Suttles, Co-Founder and General Manager at Ookla. “India still has a long way to go to catch up with countries that have top speeds around the world, however, we at Ookla are highly optimistic about the capacity for growth that is available in the Indian market and look forward to watching how the market grows in this coming new year.

Ookla analyses Internet speeds across the glove based on consumer-initiated tests taken by real people using the Speedtest apps and website.

“Over 17 billion tests have been taken with Speedtest to date. From our observations in these markets, there are a handful of factors that consistently tend to drive advances in internet speeds and performance. These factors also apply to growth in India,” the statement added.

It said the first and foremost factor is sufficient infrastructure. The strength and quality of networks is the baseline foundation required for faster speeds. Another key element in growth is competition. When operators compete to provide the fastest speeds and the best plans for consumers, they incentivise each other to offer progressively better options.

And a third factor in improving speeds is the consideration of new technologies that may boost network performance.

Selling iPhone X. T-Mobile and Verizon salespeople speak out – CNET

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that’s taken over our lives.


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Not loved by carrier store salespeople?


Óscar Gutiérrez/CNET

It’s been a pulsating few weeks.

I’ve wandered around various carrier stores and Best Buy, learning about phones and failing to find a single salesperson to tell me that iPhone X is the best phone you can buy.

Phone salespeople from all over America contacted me afterward. Some were sympathetic. 

For example, one Best Buy manager in Colorado insisted his was the best Best Buy in Colorado and should I ever venture there, he would ensure that I would get the best phone for me.

A T-Mobile manager was positively annoyed that the salesman at the T-Mobile store I’d visited seemed intent on selling me an iPhone 8 Plus rather than an iPhone X

Many though, especially those who work for Verizon and T-Mobile, wanted to go into substantive issues.

Are salespeople incentivized to sell one phone, rather than another?

Could the fact that not one salesperson insisted that iPhone X was the best phone have anything to do with commissions?

Some salespeople said that regardless of whether the phone was a flip phone or an X, the incentives are the same. 

I heard from one enterprising Texas-based salesman, currently at a Verizon store, who’d worked in the stores of four different carriers.

“When I worked at ATT we had incentives for the S8. For every pre-order, we got an 8-dollar spiff. T-Mobile only has ‘sell this much of that phone and we will give you that phone.’ Sprint does not. Verizon, if we meet a quota and sell a certain amount of the phones, we get a free one,” he said. (A spiff is what salespeople call an incentive. It’s different from a spliff.)

A T-Mobile salesman from the northwest went into more detail about spiffs.

“Occasionally we get spiffs on some devices. It isn’t a huge jump in commission but it is usually just more incentive to get rid of aging phones. These spiffs usually only last a  month at a time and the short list — it’s always short, never more than four but usually 2 or 3 — can change drastically or be completely gone altogether,” he said.

So what sorts of devices are on the list? 

“Typically the list are of phones that have been replaced that were bad performers from the get-go or sales have dropped significantly,” he told me.

Other T-Mobile salespeople agreed that this was the case, but not all. 

However, the man from the northwest insisted that one thing was always consistent: “The iPhone in any iteration has never been one of those phones.”

Another T-Mobile employee offered a further nuance about spiffs: “If we do get them, they are rarely from T-Mobile. There may be an incentive to win a free phone from LG or Samsung if you sell x amount of said device.”

So what’s wrong with iPhone X? Why aren’t salespeople pushing it? 

Some salespeople told me that there’s still some backlog in delivery, so they don’t bother pushing a phone that isn’t immediately available.

The T-Mobile salesman from the northwest was more concrete about the phone itself — and the iPhone 8.

“We’ve seen a big interest in both phones. Tons of pre-orders for both. What I noticed was the iPhone 8 people that pre-ordered laughed at the price of the X and never gave it a second thought. For their own reasons they decided the X wasn’t worth it,” he said.

He, though, had his own reasons for believing that the X isn’t, as Apple insists, “the future of the smartphone.”

“We see the spec sheet and it really doesn’t look that different. From my point of view, the major differences are the bezel-less screen, FaceID and the cameras — for FaceID and augmented reality. You take those away and for the most part the spec sheets look identical,” he said. 

Oh, but people don’t buy phones for the specs. They’re emotional. They buy them for the prettiness and, well, the showing-off factor, don’t they?

Still, the “iPhone X isn’t exciting” argument was one I’d heard when I went into the T-Mobile store too. I was told animojis and better selfies were the two biggest reasons to buy the phone. If you’re not moved by those, get an iPhone 8 Plus, I was told.

However, the T-Mobile salesman from the northwest added a crucial point: “Apple also doesn’t have reps come to the stores like the other big brands to show off their goods and try to give us real world hands-on examples of their technology. I’m sure they don’t feel they need to.”

I’m sure, too.

In essence, then, it seems that Apple expects the enormous hype it generates to obviate the need to do too much (anything) in the way of sell-in to stores. Except, of course, to its own stores. But even there, I was told the staff only see new phones a matter of hours before they go on sale.

A Verizon salesman, who said he was regularly a top performer at Verizon– put it a different way: ‘If you really want to know why you are led one way or the other, it’s whatever I think is going to get you out of my store fastest, so I can move on to the next person. That’s the only incentive we have to push certain models.”

The person-to-person interaction is, for some salespeople, pure sales. It could be a car. It happens to be a phone.

“We aren’t here to spend half an hour helping you figure it out,” the Verizon salesman added.

Verizon and T-Mobile declined to comment. Apple didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

Do salespeople encourage customers to switch from iOS to Android, or vice versa?

In my in-person visits, some salespeople have told me that it’s extremely difficult to switch operating systems. Some have told me it’s easy. Most have told me that Android is better and the Galaxy S8 and Note 8 are the best phones one can buy.

Some salesperson readers offered a similar view. Others had more nuance.

One Verizon salesman gave me a commercial reason why he doesn’t encourage switching.

“I don’t push customers to go to a different phone OS, because the customer will most likely return it. I usually ask a series of questions if you come in asking me about that. I honestly sell with integrity because I don’t want a return on my commissions,” he said.

A T-Mobile employee added: “When people want to switch over from Android to iPhone I tell them they will miss their back button. Going from iPhone to Android, people would miss their iMessage and iTunes.”

“Phones are investments. Why sell a phone the customer is not used to? Why curse them for 1 or 2 years? If you came to my store, I would explain the differences and make you see what you are deciding,” added the Verizon employee.

In essence, then, going to a carrier store involves the same level of caveat emptor as any other transaction.

You’ll find good salespeople and bad ones. You’ll find people with their own motivations and ones that want to see you happy, because they believe that’s the best approach to doing business.

I’m still trying to find one who’ll tell the iPhone X is the best phone you can buy.

India ranks 109 in mobile internet speed: Ookla

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India is ranked 109th in the mobile internet speed and 76th for fixed broadband speed globally, which is a 15 percent increase, according to data from Ooklas November Speedtest Global Index.

“At the start of 2017, the average mobile download speed in India was 7.65 Mbps. Heading into the end of the year, average mobile download speed is 8.80 Mbps as of November. That’s a 15 percent increase,” a statement said here on Monday.

“While mobile speeds increased modestly, fixed broadband speeds increased dramatically. Average fixed broadband download speed in January was 12.12 Mbps. As of November, it’s at 18.82 Mbps, a close to 50 percent jump,” it added.



As of November, Norway ranks first in the world for mobile internet with an average download speed of 62.66 Mbps. Singapore takes the top spot for fixed broadband with a 153.85 Mbps average download.

“Both mobile and fixed broadband internet in India are getting faster, that’s good news for all Indian consumers no matter which operator or plan they use to access the internet. India still has a long way to go to catch up with countries that have top speeds around the world, however, we at Ookla are highly optimistic about the capacity for growth that is available in the Indian market and look forward to watching how the market grows in this coming new year,” said Doug Suttles, Co-Founder and General Manager at Ookla.

Ookla analyses the performance of the internet in every country based on consumer-initiated tests taken by real people using Speedtest.

“Over 17 billion tests have been taken with Speedtest to date. From our observations in these markets, there are a handful of factors that consistently tend to drive advances in internet speeds and performance. These factors also apply to growth in India,” the statement said.

It said the first and foremost factor is sufficient infrastructure. The strength and quality of networks is the baseline foundation required for faster speeds. Another key element in growth is competition. When operators compete to provide the fastest speeds and the best plans for consumers, they incentivise each other to offer progressively better options.

And a third factor in improving speeds is the consideration of new technologies that may boost network performance.

India ranks 109 in mobile internet speeds, 76 for fixed broadband: Ookla Global Index


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India ranks at a lowly 109 when it comes to mobile internet speeds on a global scale, while it fares slightly better with a ranking of 76 in fixed broadband speeds, according to Ookla’s November Speedtest Global Index. According to the company, the average mobile download speed in India was 7.65 Mbps at the beginning of 2017, and this has improved marginally to 8.80 Mbps for November.

However, India does not fare so well in comparison to its neighours for mobile internet speeds. If one goes by the list, India is ranked below Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and we actually saw our rankings drop down for the month. Ookla says that while mobile internet speeds in India saw a 15 per cent increase, it was the fixed broadband line which jumped drastically with close to 50 per cent increase and stood at 18.82 Mbps for November. In January, speeds for fixed broadband line stood at 12.12 Mbps.

“Both mobile and fixed broadband internet in India are getting faster, that’s good news for all Indian consumers no matter which operator or plan they use to access the internet. India still has a long way to go to catch up with countries that have top speeds around the world, however, we at Ookla are highly optimistic about the capacity for growth that is available in the Indian market and look forward to watching how the market grows in this coming new year,” said Doug Suttles, Co-Founder and General Manager at Ookla in a press statement.

So which countries top the list when it comes to mobile internet speeds? Norway is number one on the list with an average download speed of 62.66 Mbps. Singapore is on top for fixed broadband with average download speeds of 153.85 Mbps.

When it comes to the Indian market, Ookla also has some observations regarding 2018. The company notes that as internet speeds will improve in the India market, it will lead to increased demand and usage among users. The report also talks of the rise of 4G in the Indian market, and how 2017 has been a particularly important year in that context.

This year saw Reliance Jio formally enter the market with paid services which has sparked a data war of sorts in the Indian telecom sector. Incumbent players like Airtel, Vodafone, Idea Cellular have slashed mobile data prices in India and are offering 1GB per day data packs to customers post Jio’s entry.

But as the Ookla speedtest results show that while data speeds are growing, mobile data speed in India still has a long way to go. Competition might have increased in the Indian market, but the infrastructure is yet to be perfected. Other speed test results from companies like OpenSignal have also shown that when it comes to 4G LTE speeds, no operator in India managed to cross the global speed average of 16.2 Mbps for the period of June to August 2017. OpenSignal’s report also showed that while 4G LTE presence has grown in India, the average speeds are still low for the market.

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Selling iPhone X. T-Mobile and Verizon salespeople speak out

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that’s taken over our lives.


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Not loved by carrier store salespeople?


Óscar Gutiérrez/CNET

It’s been a pulsating few weeks.

I’ve wandered around various carrier stores and Best Buy, learning about phones and failing to find a single salesperson to tell me that iPhone X is the best phone you can buy.

Phone salespeople from all over America contacted me afterward. Some were sympathetic. 

For example, one Best Buy manager in Colorado insisted his was the best Best Buy in Colorado and should I ever venture there, he would ensure that I would get the best phone for me.

A T-Mobile manager was positively annoyed that the salesman at the T-Mobile store I’d visited seemed intent on selling me an iPhone 8 Plus rather than an iPhone X

Many though, especially those who work for Verizon and T-Mobile, wanted to go into substantive issues.

Are salespeople incentivized to sell one phone, rather than another?

Could the fact that not one salesperson insisted that iPhone X was the best phone have anything to do with commissions?

Some salespeople said that regardless of whether the phone was a flip phone or an X, the incentives are the same. 

I heard from one enterprising Texas-based salesman, currently at a Verizon store, who’d worked in the stores of four different carriers.

“When I worked at ATT we had incentives for the S8. For every pre-order, we got an 8-dollar spiff. T-Mobile only has ‘sell this much of that phone and we will give you that phone.’ Sprint does not. Verizon, if we meet a quota and sell a certain amount of the phones, we get a free one,” he said. (A spiff is what salespeople call an incentive. It’s different from a spliff.)

A T-Mobile salesman from the northwest went into more detail about spiffs.

“Occasionally we get spiffs on some devices. It isn’t a huge jump in commission but it is usually just more incentive to get rid of aging phones. These spiffs usually only last a  month at a time and the short list — it’s always short, never more than four but usually 2 or 3 — can change drastically or be completely gone altogether,” he said.

So what sorts of devices are on the list? 

“Typically the list are of phones that have been replaced that were bad performers from the get-go or sales have dropped significantly,” he told me.

Other T-Mobile salespeople agreed that this was the case, but not all. 

However, the man from the northwest insisted that one thing was always consistent: “The iPhone in any iteration has never been one of those phones.”

Another T-Mobile employee offered a further nuance about spiffs: “If we do get them, they are rarely from T-Mobile. There may be an incentive to win a free phone from LG or Samsung if you sell x amount of said device.”

So what’s wrong with iPhone X? Why aren’t salespeople pushing it? 

Some salespeople told me that there’s still some backlog in delivery, so they don’t bother pushing a phone that isn’t immediately available.

The T-Mobile salesman from the northwest was more concrete about the phone itself — and the iPhone 8.

“We’ve seen a big interest in both phones. Tons of pre-orders for both. What I noticed was the iPhone 8 people that pre-ordered laughed at the price of the X and never gave it a second thought. For their own reasons they decided the X wasn’t worth it,” he said.

He, though, had his own reasons for believing that the X isn’t, as Apple insists, “the future of the smartphone.”

“We see the spec sheet and it really doesn’t look that different. From my point of view, the major differences are the bezel-less screen, FaceID and the cameras — for FaceID and augmented reality. You take those away and for the most part the spec sheets look identical,” he said. 

Oh, but people don’t buy phones for the specs. They’re emotional. They buy them for the prettiness and, well, the showing-off factor, don’t they?

Still, the “iPhone X isn’t exciting” argument was one I’d heard when I went into the T-Mobile store too. I was told animojis and better selfies were the two biggest reasons to buy the phone. If you’re not moved by those, get an iPhone 8 Plus, I was told.

However, the T-Mobile salesman from the northwest added a crucial point: “Apple also doesn’t have reps come to the stores like the other big brands to show off their goods and try to give us real world hands-on examples of their technology. I’m sure they don’t feel they need to.”

I’m sure, too.

In essence, then, it seems that Apple expects the enormous hype it generates to obviate the need to do too much (anything) in the way of sell-in to stores. Except, of course, to its own stores. But even there, I was told the staff only see new phones a matter of hours before they go on sale.

A Verizon salesman, who said he was regularly a top performer at Verizon– put it a different way: ‘If you really want to know why you are led one way or the other, it’s whatever I think is going to get you out of my store fastest, so I can move on to the next person. That’s the only incentive we have to push certain models.”

The person-to-person interaction is, for some salespeople, pure sales. It could be a car. It happens to be a phone.

“We aren’t here to spend half an hour helping you figure it out,” the Verizon salesman added.

Verizon and T-Mobile declined to comment. Apple didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

Do salespeople encourage customers to switch from iOS to Android, or vice versa?

In my in-person visits, some salespeople have told me that it’s extremely difficult to switch operating systems. Some have told me it’s easy. Most have told me that Android is better and the Galaxy S8 and Note 8 are the best phones one can buy.

Some salesperson readers offered a similar view. Others had more nuance.

One Verizon salesman gave me a commercial reason why he doesn’t encourage switching.

“I don’t push customers to go to a different phone OS, because the customer will most likely return it. I usually ask a series of questions if you come in asking me about that. I honestly sell with integrity because I don’t want a return on my commissions,” he said.

A T-Mobile employee added: “When people want to switch over from Android to iPhone I tell them they will miss their back button. Going from iPhone to Android, people would miss their iMessage and iTunes.”

“Phones are investments. Why sell a phone the customer is not used to? Why curse them for 1 or 2 years? If you came to my store, I would explain the differences and make you see what you are deciding,” added the Verizon employee.

In essence, then, going to a carrier store involves the same level of caveat emptor as any other transaction.

You’ll find good salespeople and bad ones. You’ll find people with their own motivations and ones that want to see you happy, because they believe that’s the best approach to doing business.

I’m still trying to find one who’ll tell the iPhone X is the best phone you can buy.

[FYI] For some, mobile data is now set to “always active” by default in Android Oreo

Android O contains plenty of power-saving improvements for the platform. But it would appear that at least one of the changes won’t be improving your battery life. For some users, on updating to Android Oreo (8.0 or 8.1), “mobile data always active” in Developer options will be enabled. While that will make switching between Wi-Fi and mobile data faster, it may also consume a bit more power.  

Our own Artem noticed it enabled on his device although he hadn’t flipped that switch himself. We traced the change to a commit made at the beginning of the year, and although it should have affected devices on Android 8.0 (since the commit was apparently included in the very first 8.0 release), it wasn’t enabled for some of us here at AP until we updated to 8.1. As is all too frequent with Android, YMMV, it’s possible that some devices saw the setting change back on 8.0 as well.

It’s tough to say how much the change may affect battery life, but it’s possible in specific circumstances— such as a weak signal—that maintaining a mobile connection while on Wi-Fi could have a negative impact. So if you spend most of your time indoors on Wi-Fi with poor cellular service, you might want to think about changing the setting.

If you’d like to check for yourself or disable the option, you’ll need to enable Developer options by going to Settings – System – About Phone, and tapping the “Build number” entry repeatedly until it is enabled, at which point the entry will appear in Settings – System.

Microsoft’s Android apps offer the best Windows mobile experience to date

A few weeks ago, we did something weird. We set aside the Google Pixel launcher on the Pixel XL in favor of the new Microsoft Launcher, Microsoft’s rebranded Arrow Android launcher, which was first launched back in 2015. Then, we took it a step further and downloaded and made default both the new Microsoft Edge browser for Android, and Cortana for Android.

The result? The best Microsoft mobile experience available.

It’s no secret that Windows Mobile has failed. Not only is its market share tiny, but a Microsoft executive also recently admitted that development of Windows Mobile was effectively over — putting in serious doubt rumors of a new Microsoft Surface Phone. So it makes sense that the company would instead focus its attention on getting Microsoft apps and services onto third-party mobile operating systems, and it makes sense that it would start with Android, where it can effectively take over your mobile life. What we didn’t expect is that it would actually deliver.

The launcher

If you’re looking to turn your Android phone into an Android-Microsoft hybrid, then the core of that experience is the Microsoft Launcher, which, as mentioned, is essentially a rebranding of the Arrow launcher from 2015. When Arrow was first launched, it impressed reviewers, and since then it has only grown better. It’s clean, well-organized, and offers a few tricks that other launchers don’t have.


There are a few things to get used to, especially as a Pixel user. For example, from the home screen swiping up won’t reveal the app tray — it’ll reveal a few favorite apps that you can place, as well as quick settings like Wi-Fi, airplane mode, Bluetooth, and so on. To get to the app tray, you’ll tap the small app tray button that’s still present on many Android launchers, and was even a staple of stock Android until recently. Once you pull up the tray, you’ll notice a very clean, alphabetically organized experience. At the top, you’ll find a list of recent apps, and a menu where you can choose to hide those recent apps or organize apps horizontally. You can even hide apps that you want to keep private.

Some might find it more useful than Google Now.

The launcher does away with Google Now, too. Instead of getting Google Now when you swipe left, you’ll get a rundown of your recent activity, events you have for the day, quick access to contacts you talk to a lot, and news. The feed does learn as it goes, and some might find it more useful than Google Now considering the recent activity section, from which you can see recently snapped photos and calls.

At the top of the home screen, you’ll find a search bar, and you can customize that search bar to your preferred apps and services. Because we wanted to test how well Microsoft’s services all worked together, we used Edge with Bing, and it worked pretty smoothly.

One of the coolest things about the launcher comes when you have a Windows PC. If you have your Windows computer updated to the latest version of Windows 10, you can link your phone and your computer — after which you can quickly and easily “Continue on PC.” What this means is that you can take a photo and immediately see it on your computer, or edit a document on Office and then continue editing it on your computer once you get to your desk.

So why is all this better than just having a Windows phone? Well, we strongly believe that Android is an overall better and easier to use operating system on mobile, plus this way you have access to the massive range of apps available on the Google Play Store.

The browser

Reviews for Microsoft Edge have been mixed, and that’s only likely to continue on Android. Still, while there’s no need to use Edge with the Microsoft launcher, those seriously plugged into the Microsoft ecosystem — and those that use Edge on their PC — might want to.


It’s actually a pretty good experience on Android. On the main screen, you’ll find the navigation bar at the top, but contrary to Google Chrome you’ll get some controls at the bottom. By default, those include forward and back buttons, a button to view all your open tabs, and a menu button. You’ll also get a “Continue on PC” button, which makes it super easy to send what you’re doing over to your PC without having to go through any extra taps or steps. Continue on PC only works if you have the latest version of Windows, but once you’re all updated and ready to go, it works pretty smoothly.

There are still a few bugs to work out with the system. Once or twice, my phone wasn’t able to find the computer and prompted me to link my PC. It’s also important to note that on Windows, the system uses Edge — even if your default is set to something else, like Chrome. We would like to see the whole Continue on PC system speed up a bit — it often took a few seconds to find a linked PC — but it wasn’t really a big deal to wait those few seconds and it was never more than a few.

In general, using Microsoft Edge on Android was a smooth experience.

The main complaint we have with the Continue on PC feature is that it’s too limited. For example, users should be able to continue editing a Word document on their computer or phone. There’s no reason this can’t expand to all of Microsoft’s apps — and we’d like to see it do so. Of course, that’s probably in the works. Microsoft just brought the launcher out of beta, and the Continue on PC feature is totally new.

In general, using Microsoft Edge on Android was a smooth experience. The overall design looks and feels pretty similar to Edge on Windows, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. If you’re signed in to your account, things like favorites and your reading list will sync, which is handy for those that want a uniform experience. Severely lacking from that uniform experience, however, is the ability to open all of your open tabs at once from Android to Windows. According to other reports, that feature is to come soon — which is good news.

The experience

What can make or break a mobile experience lies in how well a company’s products all work together. That doesn’t just mean how well the phone works with the computer, but also how the launcher, browser, and digital assistant all work together on a single device — the smartphone.

You may have noticed that we haven’t talked much about Cortana for Android yet. Unfortunately, it’s the real point of failure in Microsoft’s Android ecosystem. It’s slow, often gets things wrong, and it can’t be voice activated outside of the Cortana app. There’s not really much that Microsoft can do about that — the thing about building a service and the operating system that a service works on is that you can integrate the two together, allowing you to control third-party apps, and use that important always-listening feature. Google knows that, and because of it Google Assistant is still the best digital assistant on Android — and will likely remain so, at least for the foreseeable future.

Conclusions

The best thing about Microsoft’s products on Android is how well they work with your PC. If you’re a Windows user, who also sticks with Edge and often uses apps like Office and OneDrive, then Microsoft’s Android apps and launcher could actually end up being super helpful for you. Us? We’re reverting to Chrome and Google Assistant, and it’s hard to pass on the Pixel launcher, which gives a lot more access to all the Google services that we’ve been using for years now.

It’s tempting to switch though. It’s tempting to get rid of the Mac and adopt Windows full-time rather than just when we’re testing Microsoft stuff. Integration between devices is a big deal, and while Apple is doing a pretty good job of it, and Microsoft is working hard to get better at it, Android users have been a little left out so far, if they choose to use Google’s apps and services.

You can download all of Microsoft’s new Android offerings for yourself at the Google Play Store. Head here for the Microsoft Launcher, here for Edge for Android, and here for Cortana for Android.




Microsoft’s Android apps offer the best Windows mobile experience to date

A few weeks ago, we did something weird. We set aside the Google Pixel launcher on the Pixel XL in favor of the new Microsoft Launcher, Microsoft’s rebranded Arrow Android launcher, which was first launched back in 2015. Then, we took it a step further and downloaded and made default both the new Microsoft Edge browser for Android, and Cortana for Android.

The result? The best Microsoft mobile experience available.

It’s no secret that Windows Mobile has failed. Not only is its market share tiny, but a Microsoft executive also recently admitted that development of Windows Mobile was effectively over — putting in serious doubt rumors of a new Microsoft Surface Phone. So it makes sense that the company would instead focus its attention on getting Microsoft apps and services onto third-party mobile operating systems, and it makes sense that it would start with Android, where it can effectively take over your mobile life. What we didn’t expect is that it would actually deliver.

The launcher

If you’re looking to turn your Android phone into an Android-Microsoft hybrid, then the core of that experience is the Microsoft Launcher, which, as mentioned, is essentially a rebranding of the Arrow launcher from 2015. When Arrow was first launched, it impressed reviewers, and since then it has only grown better. It’s clean, well-organized, and offers a few tricks that other launchers don’t have.


There are a few things to get used to, especially as a Pixel user. For example, from the home screen swiping up won’t reveal the app tray — it’ll reveal a few favorite apps that you can place, as well as quick settings like Wi-Fi, airplane mode, Bluetooth, and so on. To get to the app tray, you’ll tap the small app tray button that’s still present on many Android launchers, and was even a staple of stock Android until recently. Once you pull up the tray, you’ll notice a very clean, alphabetically organized experience. At the top, you’ll find a list of recent apps, and a menu where you can choose to hide those recent apps or organize apps horizontally. You can even hide apps that you want to keep private.

Some might find it more useful than Google Now.

The launcher does away with Google Now, too. Instead of getting Google Now when you swipe left, you’ll get a rundown of your recent activity, events you have for the day, quick access to contacts you talk to a lot, and news. The feed does learn as it goes, and some might find it more useful than Google Now considering the recent activity section, from which you can see recently snapped photos and calls.

At the top of the home screen, you’ll find a search bar, and you can customize that search bar to your preferred apps and services. Because we wanted to test how well Microsoft’s services all worked together, we used Edge with Bing, and it worked pretty smoothly.

One of the coolest things about the launcher comes when you have a Windows PC. If you have your Windows computer updated to the latest version of Windows 10, you can link your phone and your computer — after which you can quickly and easily “Continue on PC.” What this means is that you can take a photo and immediately see it on your computer, or edit a document on Office and then continue editing it on your computer once you get to your desk.

So why is all this better than just having a Windows phone? Well, we strongly believe that Android is an overall better and easier to use operating system on mobile, plus this way you have access to the massive range of apps available on the Google Play Store.

The browser

Reviews for Microsoft Edge have been mixed, and that’s only likely to continue on Android. Still, while there’s no need to use Edge with the Microsoft launcher, those seriously plugged into the Microsoft ecosystem — and those that use Edge on their PC — might want to.


It’s actually a pretty good experience on Android. On the main screen, you’ll find the navigation bar at the top, but contrary to Google Chrome you’ll get some controls at the bottom. By default, those include forward and back buttons, a button to view all your open tabs, and a menu button. You’ll also get a “Continue on PC” button, which makes it super easy to send what you’re doing over to your PC without having to go through any extra taps or steps. Continue on PC only works if you have the latest version of Windows, but once you’re all updated and ready to go, it works pretty smoothly.

There are still a few bugs to work out with the system. Once or twice, my phone wasn’t able to find the computer and prompted me to link my PC. It’s also important to note that on Windows, the system uses Edge — even if your default is set to something else, like Chrome. We would like to see the whole Continue on PC system speed up a bit — it often took a few seconds to find a linked PC — but it wasn’t really a big deal to wait those few seconds and it was never more than a few.

In general, using Microsoft Edge on Android was a smooth experience.

The main complaint we have with the Continue on PC feature is that it’s too limited. For example, users should be able to continue editing a Word document on their computer or phone. There’s no reason this can’t expand to all of Microsoft’s apps — and we’d like to see it do so. Of course, that’s probably in the works. Microsoft just brought the launcher out of beta, and the Continue on PC feature is totally new.

In general, using Microsoft Edge on Android was a smooth experience. The overall design looks and feels pretty similar to Edge on Windows, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. If you’re signed in to your account, things like favorites and your reading list will sync, which is handy for those that want a uniform experience. Severely lacking from that uniform experience, however, is the ability to open all of your open tabs at once from Android to Windows. According to other reports, that feature is to come soon — which is good news.

The experience

What can make or break a mobile experience lies in how well a company’s products all work together. That doesn’t just mean how well the phone works with the computer, but also how the launcher, browser, and digital assistant all work together on a single device — the smartphone.

You may have noticed that we haven’t talked much about Cortana for Android yet. Unfortunately, it’s the real point of failure in Microsoft’s Android ecosystem. It’s slow, often gets things wrong, and it can’t be voice activated outside of the Cortana app. There’s not really much that Microsoft can do about that — the thing about building a service and the operating system that a service works on is that you can integrate the two together, allowing you to control third-party apps, and use that important always-listening feature. Google knows that, and because of it Google Assistant is still the best digital assistant on Android — and will likely remain so, at least for the foreseeable future.

Conclusions

The best thing about Microsoft’s products on Android is how well they work with your PC. If you’re a Windows user, who also sticks with Edge and often uses apps like Office and OneDrive, then Microsoft’s Android apps and launcher could actually end up being super helpful for you. Us? We’re reverting to Chrome and Google Assistant, and it’s hard to pass on the Pixel launcher, which gives a lot more access to all the Google services that we’ve been using for years now.

It’s tempting to switch though. It’s tempting to get rid of the Mac and adopt Windows full-time rather than just when we’re testing Microsoft stuff. Integration between devices is a big deal, and while Apple is doing a pretty good job of it, and Microsoft is working hard to get better at it, Android users have been a little left out so far, if they choose to use Google’s apps and services.

You can download all of Microsoft’s new Android offerings for yourself at the Google Play Store. Head here for the Microsoft Launcher, here for Edge for Android, and here for Cortana for Android.




Windows 10 eSIM support lets laptop owners stay connected via their mobile plans

Moving beyond Wi-Fi and Ethernet connections, Microsoft wants to see future builds of Windows 10 keep more Windows PCs online no matter where they go. A new initiative for Windows 10 “eSIM” support could see users use their mobile data plan in order to get their laptop online without the need to create a Wi-Fi hotspot or use any form of in-store activation.

This initiative should come as no surprise considering the recent announcement of Qualcomm-powered laptops with LTE support. These notebooks are more connected, rather than more powerful, sporting long battery life and cellular connectivity, making them part of a new range of “Always Connected” PCs. Microsoft’s proposed Windows 10 tweaks would make that even more viable.

As it stands notebooks with physical SIM cards with in-store activation can provide similar functionality, but they are specialist devices rather than the norm. With Microsoft’s planned changes, laptops would be able to leverage an embedded SIM (EUIIC or eSIM) with a profile downloaded from the cloud allowing for remote activation.

Details of this new feature were revealed at the WinHEC Fall 2017 Workshop which took place at the end of last month and ZDNet has a few slides from that show. They showcase the changes that the “next release of Windows 10” will have, making it possible to bring these notebooks online without the traditional physical sim card installation.

Full support of the feature may require cooperation from specific mobile carriers, so may be somewhat dependent on available packages in users’ geographic regions but if the feature becomes popular, there shouldn’t be much cause for not making it viable for all.

It’s possible this feature gains more traction in enterprise settings first, where the increased security of a cellular data connection is an attractive alternative to Wi-Fi, especially when there are comparable speeds. A lower power-usage than Wi-Fi is also an attractive side of it though, which may be what Microsoft uses to market it to consumers, as well as the fact that it allows laptops to remain “Always Connected,” without quite so many steps as existing solutions.

The “Redstone 4” build of Windows 10 where this feature is expected to appear, is slated to debut in April, so it will come a little after the launch of some of the Qualcomm-powered compatible notebooks. Although some of those notebooks will ship out without the hardware capabilities for eSIM support at launch, others may, with the Windows OS adding the software compatibility for them a little later. Windows Insiders, however, will likely gain access to the feature a little sooner.




Flipkart Sale Offers on Mobile Phones: Best Deals on iPhone X, iPhone 7, Xiaomi Mi A1, and More

The ongoing Flipkart Big Shopping Days sale has brought new deals and discounts to a handful of flagship smartphone models. The Flipkart sale includes some eye-catching deals on Apple iPhone X, Xiaomi Mi A1, Google Pixel 2, and others. Also, the online marketplace is giving away an additional 10 percent discount with SBI credit card (up to Rs. 1,600 on a minimum cart value of Rs. 4,999). The Flipkart sale is also offering exchange discounts, buyback guarantees, no-cost EMIs, among others to make the listing even attractive. We have this time chosen the best Flipkart sale offers on mobile devices that you can pick today. It is worth noting here that the sale will last till Saturday, December 9.

iPhone X 64GB

The iPhone X 64GB has a Rs. 5,000 discount for SBI credit card users, bringing its price down to Rs. 84,000 from Rs. 89,000. You can also get a discount of up to Rs. 18,000 on an exchange of your old smartphone. OnePlus 3 or OnePlus 3T users will get an additional Rs. 3,000 off on the exchange value of their smartphones. If you exchange the OnePlus 3T and use an SBI credit card, you can get the iPhone X for as low as Rs. 70,550. The iPhone X features a 5.8-inch Super Retina HD display and is powered by Apple’s A11 Bionic chip. Further, there are two 12-megapixel camera sensors on the rear and features such as Face ID and wireless charging.

Price: Rs. 84,000 (MRP Rs. 89,000)

Xiaomi Mi A1

The Xiaomi Mi A1 is discounted at Rs. 12,999 (MRP Rs. 14,999) on Flipkart’s Big Shopping Days sale. On exchange of your old handset, you can get a discount of up to Rs. 12,000. The Flipkart sale is also offering you a straight discount of Rs. 1,600 when purchasing the Mi A1 using an SBI credit card. Additionally, you can get buyback guarantee at Rs. 99. The Xiaomi Mi A1 features a 5.5-inch full HD display and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, coupled with an octa-core 2GHz CPU and 4GB RAM. The handset sports a dual camera setup and comes under Google’s Android One programme.

Price: Rs. 12,999 (MRP Rs. 14,999)

Google Pixel 2 64GB

Google Pixel 2 has received one of the sweetest deals during the Flipkart sale and is available with a price tag of Rs. 49,999 (MRP Rs. 61,000). You can get an additional discount of Rs. 10,000 by making payment using any debit or credit card and another discount of up to Rs. 18,000 by giving your old smartphone. OnePlus 3 or OnePlus 3T users will get an additional Rs. 3,000 off on the exchange value of their smartphones. The Pixel 2 has a 5-inch full HD display and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip, paired with 4GB of RAM. The handset has a 12.2-megapixel primary camera and an 8-megapixel front camera sensor.

Price: Rs. 49,999 (MRP Rs. 61,000)

Apple iPhone 8 64GB

The Apple iPhone 8 Plus 64GB is available for as low as Rs. 68,999 (MRP Rs. 73,000) on Flipkart’s Big Shopping Days sale. You can receive a discount of Rs. 1,600 when purchased through an SBI credit card. Also, there is a buyback guarantee for an additional Rs. 99 that promises you to offer an exchange value of Rs. 35,000 on the online marketplace. The iPhone 8 Plus has a 5.5-inch Retina HD display and is powered by an Apple A11 Bionic chip. It has a dual camera setup with a pair of 12-megapixel image sensors and a 7-megapixel front camera sensor.

Price: Rs. 68,999 (MRP Rs. 73,000)

Xiaomi Mi MIX 2

The Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 price is down to Rs. 32,999 (MRP Rs. 37,999) during the Flipkart sale. You can get an instant discount of Rs. 1,600 if you pay through an SBI credit card. Also, the handset comes with an exchange offer of up to Rs. 18,000. OnePlus 3 or OnePlus 3T users will get an additional Rs. 3,000 off on the exchange value of their smartphones. The Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 sports a 5.99-inch full-HD+ display and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC, coupled with 6GB RAM and 128GB onboard storage. It has a 12-megapixel rear camera sensor and a 5-megapixel front camera sensor.

Price: Rs. 32,999 (MRP Rs. 37,999)

Samsung Galaxy S7

Samsung Galaxy S7 is available for Rs. 29,990 (MRP Rs. 46,000) during Flipkart’s Big Shopping Days sale. You can get a discount of up to Rs. 23,000 upon exchanging your smartphone. Making the payment through an SBI credit card offers you a Rs. 1,600 discount. The Galaxy S7 has a 5.1-inch QHD Super AMOLED display and is powered by an Exynos 8890 chip, paired with a 2.3GHz octa-core CPU, 4GB RAM, and 32GB onboard storage. The smartphone has a 12-megapixel rear camera sensor and a 5-megapixel front camera sensor.

Price: Rs. 29,990 (MRP Rs. 46,000)

Moto X4

During Flipkart’s Big Shopping Days sale, Moto X4 is priced at Rs. 20,999 (MRP Rs. 22,999). You can get an additional discount of up to Rs. 18,000 on the exchange of your old smartphone. Also, there is an instant discount of Rs. 1,600 on purchasing the smartphone using an SBI credit card. Airtel is additionally offering up to 340GB data. The Moto X4 has a 5.2-inch full HD display and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 SoC, along with 4GB RAM and 64GB onboard storage. The smartphone has a dual camera setup with 12-megapixel and 8-megapixel camera sensors on the back and a 16-megapixel front camera sensor.

Price: Rs. 20,999 (MRP Rs. 22,999)

Moto C Plus

The Moto C Plus price is down to Rs. 5,999 (MRP Rs. 6,999) during the Flipkart sale. You can get up to Rs. 5,500 off on exchange and Rs. 1,600 off on purchasing through an SBI credit card. The Moto C Plus has a 5-inch HD display and is powered by a 1.3GHz MediaTek MT6737 processor, paired with 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage. It has an 8-megapixel rear camera sensor and a 2-megapixel front camera sensor.

Price: Rs. 5,999 (MRP Rs. 6,999)

Flipkart Sale Offers on Mobile Phones: Best Deals on iPhone X, iPhone 7, Xiaomi Mi A1, and More

The ongoing Flipkart Big Shopping Days sale has brought new deals and discounts to a handful of flagship smartphone models. The Flipkart sale includes some eye-catching deals on Apple iPhone X, Xiaomi Mi A1, Google Pixel 2, and others. Also, the online marketplace is giving away an additional 10 percent discount with SBI credit card (up to Rs. 1,600 on a minimum cart value of Rs. 4,999). The Flipkart sale is also offering exchange discounts, buyback guarantees, no-cost EMIs, among others to make the listing even attractive. We have this time chosen the best Flipkart sale offers on mobile devices that you can pick today. It is worth noting here that the sale will last till Saturday, December 9.

iPhone X 64GB

The iPhone X 64GB has a Rs. 5,000 discount for SBI credit card users, bringing its price down to Rs. 84,000 from Rs. 89,000. You can also get a discount of up to Rs. 18,000 on an exchange of your old smartphone. OnePlus 3 or OnePlus 3T users will get an additional Rs. 3,000 off on the exchange value of their smartphones. If you exchange the OnePlus 3T and use an SBI credit card, you can get the iPhone X for as low as Rs. 70,550. The iPhone X features a 5.8-inch Super Retina HD display and is powered by Apple’s A11 Bionic chip. Further, there are two 12-megapixel camera sensors on the rear and features such as Face ID and wireless charging.

Price: Rs. 84,000 (MRP Rs. 89,000)

Xiaomi Mi A1

The Xiaomi Mi A1 is discounted at Rs. 12,999 (MRP Rs. 14,999) on Flipkart’s Big Shopping Days sale. On exchange of your old handset, you can get a discount of up to Rs. 12,000. The Flipkart sale is also offering you a straight discount of Rs. 1,600 when purchasing the Mi A1 using an SBI credit card. Additionally, you can get buyback guarantee at Rs. 99. The Xiaomi Mi A1 features a 5.5-inch full HD display and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, coupled with an octa-core 2GHz CPU and 4GB RAM. The handset sports a dual camera setup and comes under Google’s Android One programme.

Price: Rs. 12,999 (MRP Rs. 14,999)

Google Pixel 2 64GB

Google Pixel 2 has received one of the sweetest deals during the Flipkart sale and is available with a price tag of Rs. 49,999 (MRP Rs. 61,000). You can get an additional discount of Rs. 10,000 by making payment using any debit or credit card and another discount of up to Rs. 18,000 by giving your old smartphone. OnePlus 3 or OnePlus 3T users will get an additional Rs. 3,000 off on the exchange value of their smartphones. The Pixel 2 has a 5-inch full HD display and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip, paired with 4GB of RAM. The handset has a 12.2-megapixel primary camera and an 8-megapixel front camera sensor.

Price: Rs. 49,999 (MRP Rs. 61,000)

Apple iPhone 8 64GB

The Apple iPhone 8 Plus 64GB is available for as low as Rs. 68,999 (MRP Rs. 73,000) on Flipkart’s Big Shopping Days sale. You can receive a discount of Rs. 1,600 when purchased through an SBI credit card. Also, there is a buyback guarantee for an additional Rs. 99 that promises you to offer an exchange value of Rs. 35,000 on the online marketplace. The iPhone 8 Plus has a 5.5-inch Retina HD display and is powered by an Apple A11 Bionic chip. It has a dual camera setup with a pair of 12-megapixel image sensors and a 7-megapixel front camera sensor.

Price: Rs. 68,999 (MRP Rs. 73,000)

Xiaomi Mi MIX 2

The Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 price is down to Rs. 32,999 (MRP Rs. 37,999) during the Flipkart sale. You can get an instant discount of Rs. 1,600 if you pay through an SBI credit card. Also, the handset comes with an exchange offer of up to Rs. 18,000. OnePlus 3 or OnePlus 3T users will get an additional Rs. 3,000 off on the exchange value of their smartphones. The Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 sports a 5.99-inch full-HD+ display and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC, coupled with 6GB RAM and 128GB onboard storage. It has a 12-megapixel rear camera sensor and a 5-megapixel front camera sensor.

Price: Rs. 32,999 (MRP Rs. 37,999)

Samsung Galaxy S7

Samsung Galaxy S7 is available for Rs. 29,990 (MRP Rs. 46,000) during Flipkart’s Big Shopping Days sale. You can get a discount of up to Rs. 23,000 upon exchanging your smartphone. Making the payment through an SBI credit card offers you a Rs. 1,600 discount. The Galaxy S7 has a 5.1-inch QHD Super AMOLED display and is powered by an Exynos 8890 chip, paired with a 2.3GHz octa-core CPU, 4GB RAM, and 32GB onboard storage. The smartphone has a 12-megapixel rear camera sensor and a 5-megapixel front camera sensor.

Price: Rs. 29,990 (MRP Rs. 46,000)

Moto X4

During Flipkart’s Big Shopping Days sale, Moto X4 is priced at Rs. 20,999 (MRP Rs. 22,999). You can get an additional discount of up to Rs. 18,000 on the exchange of your old smartphone. Also, there is an instant discount of Rs. 1,600 on purchasing the smartphone using an SBI credit card. Airtel is additionally offering up to 340GB data. The Moto X4 has a 5.2-inch full HD display and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 SoC, along with 4GB RAM and 64GB onboard storage. The smartphone has a dual camera setup with 12-megapixel and 8-megapixel camera sensors on the back and a 16-megapixel front camera sensor.

Price: Rs. 20,999 (MRP Rs. 22,999)

Moto C Plus

The Moto C Plus price is down to Rs. 5,999 (MRP Rs. 6,999) during the Flipkart sale. You can get up to Rs. 5,500 off on exchange and Rs. 1,600 off on purchasing through an SBI credit card. The Moto C Plus has a 5-inch HD display and is powered by a 1.3GHz MediaTek MT6737 processor, paired with 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage. It has an 8-megapixel rear camera sensor and a 2-megapixel front camera sensor.

Price: Rs. 5,999 (MRP Rs. 6,999)

Flipkart Sale Offers on Mobile Phones: Best Deals on iPhone X, iPhone 7, Xiaomi Mi A1, and More

The ongoing Flipkart Big Shopping Days sale has brought new deals and discounts to a handful of flagship smartphone models. The Flipkart sale includes some eye-catching deals on Apple iPhone X, Xiaomi Mi A1, Google Pixel 2, and others. Also, the online marketplace is giving away an additional 10 percent discount with SBI credit card (up to Rs. 1,600 on a minimum cart value of Rs. 4,999). The Flipkart sale is also offering exchange discounts, buyback guarantees, no-cost EMIs, among others to make the listing even attractive. We have this time chosen the best Flipkart sale offers on mobile devices that you can pick today. It is worth noting here that the sale will last till Saturday, December 9.

iPhone X 64GB

The iPhone X 64GB has a Rs. 5,000 discount for SBI credit card users, bringing its price down to Rs. 84,000 from Rs. 89,000. You can also get a discount of up to Rs. 18,000 on an exchange of your old smartphone. OnePlus 3 or OnePlus 3T users will get an additional Rs. 3,000 off on the exchange value of their smartphones. If you exchange the OnePlus 3T and use an SBI credit card, you can get the iPhone X for as low as Rs. 70,550. The iPhone X features a 5.8-inch Super Retina HD display and is powered by Apple’s A11 Bionic chip. Further, there are two 12-megapixel camera sensors on the rear and features such as Face ID and wireless charging.

Price: Rs. 84,000 (MRP Rs. 89,000)

Xiaomi Mi A1

The Xiaomi Mi A1 is discounted at Rs. 12,999 (MRP Rs. 14,999) on Flipkart’s Big Shopping Days sale. On exchange of your old handset, you can get a discount of up to Rs. 12,000. The Flipkart sale is also offering you a straight discount of Rs. 1,600 when purchasing the Mi A1 using an SBI credit card. Additionally, you can get buyback guarantee at Rs. 99. The Xiaomi Mi A1 features a 5.5-inch full HD display and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, coupled with an octa-core 2GHz CPU and 4GB RAM. The handset sports a dual camera setup and comes under Google’s Android One programme.

Price: Rs. 12,999 (MRP Rs. 14,999)

Google Pixel 2 64GB

Google Pixel 2 has received one of the sweetest deals during the Flipkart sale and is available with a price tag of Rs. 49,999 (MRP Rs. 61,000). You can get an additional discount of Rs. 10,000 by making payment using any debit or credit card and another discount of up to Rs. 18,000 by giving your old smartphone. OnePlus 3 or OnePlus 3T users will get an additional Rs. 3,000 off on the exchange value of their smartphones. The Pixel 2 has a 5-inch full HD display and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip, paired with 4GB of RAM. The handset has a 12.2-megapixel primary camera and an 8-megapixel front camera sensor.

Price: Rs. 49,999 (MRP Rs. 61,000)

Apple iPhone 8 64GB

The Apple iPhone 8 Plus 64GB is available for as low as Rs. 68,999 (MRP Rs. 73,000) on Flipkart’s Big Shopping Days sale. You can receive a discount of Rs. 1,600 when purchased through an SBI credit card. Also, there is a buyback guarantee for an additional Rs. 99 that promises you to offer an exchange value of Rs. 35,000 on the online marketplace. The iPhone 8 Plus has a 5.5-inch Retina HD display and is powered by an Apple A11 Bionic chip. It has a dual camera setup with a pair of 12-megapixel image sensors and a 7-megapixel front camera sensor.

Price: Rs. 68,999 (MRP Rs. 73,000)

Xiaomi Mi MIX 2

The Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 price is down to Rs. 32,999 (MRP Rs. 37,999) during the Flipkart sale. You can get an instant discount of Rs. 1,600 if you pay through an SBI credit card. Also, the handset comes with an exchange offer of up to Rs. 18,000. OnePlus 3 or OnePlus 3T users will get an additional Rs. 3,000 off on the exchange value of their smartphones. The Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 sports a 5.99-inch full-HD+ display and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC, coupled with 6GB RAM and 128GB onboard storage. It has a 12-megapixel rear camera sensor and a 5-megapixel front camera sensor.

Price: Rs. 32,999 (MRP Rs. 37,999)

Samsung Galaxy S7

Samsung Galaxy S7 is available for Rs. 29,990 (MRP Rs. 46,000) during Flipkart’s Big Shopping Days sale. You can get a discount of up to Rs. 23,000 upon exchanging your smartphone. Making the payment through an SBI credit card offers you a Rs. 1,600 discount. The Galaxy S7 has a 5.1-inch QHD Super AMOLED display and is powered by an Exynos 8890 chip, paired with a 2.3GHz octa-core CPU, 4GB RAM, and 32GB onboard storage. The smartphone has a 12-megapixel rear camera sensor and a 5-megapixel front camera sensor.

Price: Rs. 29,990 (MRP Rs. 46,000)

Moto X4

During Flipkart’s Big Shopping Days sale, Moto X4 is priced at Rs. 20,999 (MRP Rs. 22,999). You can get an additional discount of up to Rs. 18,000 on the exchange of your old smartphone. Also, there is an instant discount of Rs. 1,600 on purchasing the smartphone using an SBI credit card. Airtel is additionally offering up to 340GB data. The Moto X4 has a 5.2-inch full HD display and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 SoC, along with 4GB RAM and 64GB onboard storage. The smartphone has a dual camera setup with 12-megapixel and 8-megapixel camera sensors on the back and a 16-megapixel front camera sensor.

Price: Rs. 20,999 (MRP Rs. 22,999)

Moto C Plus

The Moto C Plus price is down to Rs. 5,999 (MRP Rs. 6,999) during the Flipkart sale. You can get up to Rs. 5,500 off on exchange and Rs. 1,600 off on purchasing through an SBI credit card. The Moto C Plus has a 5-inch HD display and is powered by a 1.3GHz MediaTek MT6737 processor, paired with 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage. It has an 8-megapixel rear camera sensor and a 2-megapixel front camera sensor.

Price: Rs. 5,999 (MRP Rs. 6,999)

Flipkart Sale Offers on Mobile Phones: Best Deals on iPhone X, iPhone 7, Xiaomi Mi A1, and More

The ongoing Flipkart Big Shopping Days sale has brought new deals and discounts to a handful of flagship smartphone models. The Flipkart sale includes some eye-catching deals on Apple iPhone X, Xiaomi Mi A1, Google Pixel 2, and others. Also, the online marketplace is giving away an additional 10 percent discount with SBI credit card (up to Rs. 1,600 on a minimum cart value of Rs. 4,999). The Flipkart sale is also offering exchange discounts, buyback guarantees, no-cost EMIs, among others to make the listing even attractive. We have this time chosen the best Flipkart sale offers on mobile devices that you can pick today. It is worth noting here that the sale will last till Saturday, December 9.

iPhone X 64GB

The iPhone X 64GB has a Rs. 5,000 discount for SBI credit card users, bringing its price down to Rs. 84,000 from Rs. 89,000. You can also get a discount of up to Rs. 18,000 on an exchange of your old smartphone. OnePlus 3 or OnePlus 3T users will get an additional Rs. 3,000 off on the exchange value of their smartphones. If you exchange the OnePlus 3T and use an SBI credit card, you can get the iPhone X for as low as Rs. 70,550. The iPhone X features a 5.8-inch Super Retina HD display and is powered by Apple’s A11 Bionic chip. Further, there are two 12-megapixel camera sensors on the rear and features such as Face ID and wireless charging.

Price: Rs. 84,000 (MRP Rs. 89,000)

Xiaomi Mi A1

The Xiaomi Mi A1 is discounted at Rs. 12,999 (MRP Rs. 14,999) on Flipkart’s Big Shopping Days sale. On exchange of your old handset, you can get a discount of up to Rs. 12,000. The Flipkart sale is also offering you a straight discount of Rs. 1,600 when purchasing the Mi A1 using an SBI credit card. Additionally, you can get buyback guarantee at Rs. 99. The Xiaomi Mi A1 features a 5.5-inch full HD display and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, coupled with an octa-core 2GHz CPU and 4GB RAM. The handset sports a dual camera setup and comes under Google’s Android One programme.

Price: Rs. 12,999 (MRP Rs. 14,999)

Google Pixel 2 64GB

Google Pixel 2 has received one of the sweetest deals during the Flipkart sale and is available with a price tag of Rs. 49,999 (MRP Rs. 61,000). You can get an additional discount of Rs. 10,000 by making payment using any debit or credit card and another discount of up to Rs. 18,000 by giving your old smartphone. OnePlus 3 or OnePlus 3T users will get an additional Rs. 3,000 off on the exchange value of their smartphones. The Pixel 2 has a 5-inch full HD display and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip, paired with 4GB of RAM. The handset has a 12.2-megapixel primary camera and an 8-megapixel front camera sensor.

Price: Rs. 49,999 (MRP Rs. 61,000)

Apple iPhone 8 64GB

The Apple iPhone 8 Plus 64GB is available for as low as Rs. 68,999 (MRP Rs. 73,000) on Flipkart’s Big Shopping Days sale. You can receive a discount of Rs. 1,600 when purchased through an SBI credit card. Also, there is a buyback guarantee for an additional Rs. 99 that promises you to offer an exchange value of Rs. 35,000 on the online marketplace. The iPhone 8 Plus has a 5.5-inch Retina HD display and is powered by an Apple A11 Bionic chip. It has a dual camera setup with a pair of 12-megapixel image sensors and a 7-megapixel front camera sensor.

Price: Rs. 68,999 (MRP Rs. 73,000)

Xiaomi Mi MIX 2

The Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 price is down to Rs. 32,999 (MRP Rs. 37,999) during the Flipkart sale. You can get an instant discount of Rs. 1,600 if you pay through an SBI credit card. Also, the handset comes with an exchange offer of up to Rs. 18,000. OnePlus 3 or OnePlus 3T users will get an additional Rs. 3,000 off on the exchange value of their smartphones. The Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 sports a 5.99-inch full-HD+ display and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC, coupled with 6GB RAM and 128GB onboard storage. It has a 12-megapixel rear camera sensor and a 5-megapixel front camera sensor.

Price: Rs. 32,999 (MRP Rs. 37,999)

Samsung Galaxy S7

Samsung Galaxy S7 is available for Rs. 29,990 (MRP Rs. 46,000) during Flipkart’s Big Shopping Days sale. You can get a discount of up to Rs. 23,000 upon exchanging your smartphone. Making the payment through an SBI credit card offers you a Rs. 1,600 discount. The Galaxy S7 has a 5.1-inch QHD Super AMOLED display and is powered by an Exynos 8890 chip, paired with a 2.3GHz octa-core CPU, 4GB RAM, and 32GB onboard storage. The smartphone has a 12-megapixel rear camera sensor and a 5-megapixel front camera sensor.

Price: Rs. 29,990 (MRP Rs. 46,000)

Moto X4

During Flipkart’s Big Shopping Days sale, Moto X4 is priced at Rs. 20,999 (MRP Rs. 22,999). You can get an additional discount of up to Rs. 18,000 on the exchange of your old smartphone. Also, there is an instant discount of Rs. 1,600 on purchasing the smartphone using an SBI credit card. Airtel is additionally offering up to 340GB data. The Moto X4 has a 5.2-inch full HD display and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 SoC, along with 4GB RAM and 64GB onboard storage. The smartphone has a dual camera setup with 12-megapixel and 8-megapixel camera sensors on the back and a 16-megapixel front camera sensor.

Price: Rs. 20,999 (MRP Rs. 22,999)

Moto C Plus

The Moto C Plus price is down to Rs. 5,999 (MRP Rs. 6,999) during the Flipkart sale. You can get up to Rs. 5,500 off on exchange and Rs. 1,600 off on purchasing through an SBI credit card. The Moto C Plus has a 5-inch HD display and is powered by a 1.3GHz MediaTek MT6737 processor, paired with 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage. It has an 8-megapixel rear camera sensor and a 2-megapixel front camera sensor.

Price: Rs. 5,999 (MRP Rs. 6,999)

Flipkart Sale Offers on Mobile Phones: Best Deals on iPhone X, iPhone 7, Xiaomi Mi A1, and More

The ongoing Flipkart Big Shopping Days sale has brought new deals and discounts to a handful of flagship smartphone models. The Flipkart sale includes some eye-catching deals on Apple iPhone X, Xiaomi Mi A1, Google Pixel 2, and others. Also, the online marketplace is giving away an additional 10 percent discount with SBI credit card (up to Rs. 1,600 on a minimum cart value of Rs. 4,999). The Flipkart sale is also offering exchange discounts, buyback guarantees, no-cost EMIs, among others to make the listing even attractive. We have this time chosen the best Flipkart sale offers on mobile devices that you can pick today. It is worth noting here that the sale will last till Saturday, December 9.

iPhone X 64GB

The iPhone X 64GB has a Rs. 5,000 discount for SBI credit card users, bringing its price down to Rs. 84,000 from Rs. 89,000. You can also get a discount of up to Rs. 18,000 on an exchange of your old smartphone. OnePlus 3 or OnePlus 3T users will get an additional Rs. 3,000 off on the exchange value of their smartphones. If you exchange the OnePlus 3T and use an SBI credit card, you can get the iPhone X for as low as Rs. 70,550. The iPhone X features a 5.8-inch Super Retina HD display and is powered by Apple’s A11 Bionic chip. Further, there are two 12-megapixel camera sensors on the rear and features such as Face ID and wireless charging.

Price: Rs. 84,000 (MRP Rs. 89,000)

Xiaomi Mi A1

The Xiaomi Mi A1 is discounted at Rs. 12,999 (MRP Rs. 14,999) on Flipkart’s Big Shopping Days sale. On exchange of your old handset, you can get a discount of up to Rs. 12,000. The Flipkart sale is also offering you a straight discount of Rs. 1,600 when purchasing the Mi A1 using an SBI credit card. Additionally, you can get buyback guarantee at Rs. 99. The Xiaomi Mi A1 features a 5.5-inch full HD display and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, coupled with an octa-core 2GHz CPU and 4GB RAM. The handset sports a dual camera setup and comes under Google’s Android One programme.

Price: Rs. 12,999 (MRP Rs. 14,999)

Google Pixel 2 64GB

Google Pixel 2 has received one of the sweetest deals during the Flipkart sale and is available with a price tag of Rs. 49,999 (MRP Rs. 61,000). You can get an additional discount of Rs. 10,000 by making payment using any debit or credit card and another discount of up to Rs. 18,000 by giving your old smartphone. OnePlus 3 or OnePlus 3T users will get an additional Rs. 3,000 off on the exchange value of their smartphones. The Pixel 2 has a 5-inch full HD display and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip, paired with 4GB of RAM. The handset has a 12.2-megapixel primary camera and an 8-megapixel front camera sensor.

Price: Rs. 49,999 (MRP Rs. 61,000)

Apple iPhone 8 64GB

The Apple iPhone 8 Plus 64GB is available for as low as Rs. 68,999 (MRP Rs. 73,000) on Flipkart’s Big Shopping Days sale. You can receive a discount of Rs. 1,600 when purchased through an SBI credit card. Also, there is a buyback guarantee for an additional Rs. 99 that promises you to offer an exchange value of Rs. 35,000 on the online marketplace. The iPhone 8 Plus has a 5.5-inch Retina HD display and is powered by an Apple A11 Bionic chip. It has a dual camera setup with a pair of 12-megapixel image sensors and a 7-megapixel front camera sensor.

Price: Rs. 68,999 (MRP Rs. 73,000)

Xiaomi Mi MIX 2

The Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 price is down to Rs. 32,999 (MRP Rs. 37,999) during the Flipkart sale. You can get an instant discount of Rs. 1,600 if you pay through an SBI credit card. Also, the handset comes with an exchange offer of up to Rs. 18,000. OnePlus 3 or OnePlus 3T users will get an additional Rs. 3,000 off on the exchange value of their smartphones. The Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 sports a 5.99-inch full-HD+ display and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC, coupled with 6GB RAM and 128GB onboard storage. It has a 12-megapixel rear camera sensor and a 5-megapixel front camera sensor.

Price: Rs. 32,999 (MRP Rs. 37,999)

Samsung Galaxy S7

Samsung Galaxy S7 is available for Rs. 29,990 (MRP Rs. 46,000) during Flipkart’s Big Shopping Days sale. You can get a discount of up to Rs. 23,000 upon exchanging your smartphone. Making the payment through an SBI credit card offers you a Rs. 1,600 discount. The Galaxy S7 has a 5.1-inch QHD Super AMOLED display and is powered by an Exynos 8890 chip, paired with a 2.3GHz octa-core CPU, 4GB RAM, and 32GB onboard storage. The smartphone has a 12-megapixel rear camera sensor and a 5-megapixel front camera sensor.

Price: Rs. 29,990 (MRP Rs. 46,000)

Moto X4

During Flipkart’s Big Shopping Days sale, Moto X4 is priced at Rs. 20,999 (MRP Rs. 22,999). You can get an additional discount of up to Rs. 18,000 on the exchange of your old smartphone. Also, there is an instant discount of Rs. 1,600 on purchasing the smartphone using an SBI credit card. Airtel is additionally offering up to 340GB data. The Moto X4 has a 5.2-inch full HD display and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 SoC, along with 4GB RAM and 64GB onboard storage. The smartphone has a dual camera setup with 12-megapixel and 8-megapixel camera sensors on the back and a 16-megapixel front camera sensor.

Price: Rs. 20,999 (MRP Rs. 22,999)

Moto C Plus

The Moto C Plus price is down to Rs. 5,999 (MRP Rs. 6,999) during the Flipkart sale. You can get up to Rs. 5,500 off on exchange and Rs. 1,600 off on purchasing through an SBI credit card. The Moto C Plus has a 5-inch HD display and is powered by a 1.3GHz MediaTek MT6737 processor, paired with 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage. It has an 8-megapixel rear camera sensor and a 2-megapixel front camera sensor.

Price: Rs. 5,999 (MRP Rs. 6,999)

Mobile phone deal of the day: iPhone X for £899 or iPhone 8 for £559 refurbished

Been waiting for the price of the SIM-free iPhone X or iPhone 8 to drop? Well barring a Christmas miracle, we’re afraid that isn’t likely to happen any time soon.

That’s why these new refurbished prices from Mobiles.co.uk look so appealing if you want to snap up a new iPhone for yourself (or as a VERY lavish gift) before the 25th.

We’re told that they are a ‘very limited stock’, so we have no idea how long these prices will be around for. The headliner is the mighty iPhone X for £899, which is a tasty £100 saving from the usual one thousand pound RRP.

If that’s still a bit too rich for your blood, then go for the iPhone 8 at £559 instead. That’s a 20% saving off the usual £699 selling price of a brand new unlocked iPhone 8.

Here are the refurbished SIM-free iPhone offers in full – click the links to go straight through to the retailer and grab a cheap iPhone X or iPhone 8 before they’re all gone:

Is it safe to buy a refurbished iPhone?

When you’re buying a shiny, new smartphone, we completely understand that most people probably aren’t too keen on the thought of being stuck with somebody’s old cast-off. You may also be a bit anxious that you’re receiving damaged goods.

But let us put your mind at rest. Generally speaking, most refurbished phones being sold at Mobiles.co.uk are instances when the former owner simply changed their mind and returned the phone without using it. Those phones can’t be sold as new, so they’re branded as refurbished instead.

Others are sent back as faulty, but have been brought back to their best by Mobiles.co.uk’s experts. And either way, you still get a 12 month warranty honoured by Carphone Warehouse (Mobiles.co.uk’s parent company).

Microsoft dashes last hope for Windows 10 Mobile fans

by Surur

 

Autosport launches brand new mobile app for Apple and Android devices

A brand new Autosport app is now available for download on Apple and Android devices.

The new app, which is compatible with latest operating systems and devices including iOS11 and the iPhone X, makes it easier for motorsport fans to keep up with news and events from around the world as they happen.

A key new addition to the latest version of the app is the option to receive notifications for major news stories, so you’ll never miss a piece of breaking news again.

It also allows Autosport Plus subscribers to log in for unlimited access to news and exclusive in-depth features, and incorporates live coverage from major events such as Formula 1, MotoGP and the World Rally Championship.

The Autosport app is available for Apple iOS devices in the App Store, and the Android version is available now through Google Play.




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