OnePlus 3, 3T to Get Android O Before the End of 2017, and More Revealed at Reddit AMA

OnePlus launched the OnePlus 5 smartphone last week. and on Monday, OnePlus held an AMA on Reddit to answer all fan questions. One such query was about when the promised Android O update for the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T would arrive. OnePlus then confirmed that both the phones will receive Android O before the end of this year. The company also confirmed that it has no plans of introducing expandable storage and that a tablet is not in the making as of now, but a $800 premium device may be on the cards.

OnePlus CEO Pete Lau had already confirmed that both the devices will receive Android O whenever it arrives, but it has now even confirmed the timeline before which you can expect it. If OnePlus stays true to its timeline, then it’s quite ambitious of the company to roll out the software update so soon after Android O’s commercial release. Android O has been released in developer betas, and is expected to go commercial sometime in October with the launch of the new Pixel devices.

The name of Android O has not been unveiled yet, but the latest evidence points to Android Oatmeal Cookie. Android Oreo has also been rumoured if a cross promotion deal is made, similar to Android KitKat. In any case, Google will unveil the final name in due course. The latest preview confirmed the Android version to be Android 8.0, something that was kept under wraps when Android O was first announced.

OnePlus 3, 3T to Get Android O Before the End of 2017, and More Revealed at Reddit AMA

In the AMA, OnePlus was also pulled up for not living up to promise of updating the older devices on time, or dropping support for them very quickly. Co-founder Carl Pei also confirmed that OnePlus may never consider making a tablet but a premium device with a $800 price tag is on the cards. It was also asked about the recent benchmark cheating issue, but did not respond.

OnePlus also touched upon the delay of the OnePlus 5 early access packages, and said that customers who ordered the OnePlus 5 last week should see their parcels arrive this week. The company also confirmed that it will bring EIS for 4K video to the OnePlus 5 in a future software update, and address the Wi-Fi issue some early adopters are now reporting. You can read all the questions and responses asked in the AMA right here.

The OnePlus 5 was launched in India last week, first going up via Early Access Sale on Amazon India, and pop-up events across the country where it made the OnePlus 5 available offline as well. From Tuesday, it is available in an open sale on Amazon India, the OnePlus Store, and OnePlus Experience Store in Benglauru.


Nokia 3 Now Available Online in India: All You Need to Know

Nokia 3, the offline-exclusive Nokia Android phone that was launched earlier this month, can now be purchased online in India. The cheapest of the three new Nokia phones, the Nokia 3 has been listed on its site by large-format retailer Croma, meaning you can purchase the smartphone without heading to a physical store. With a Rs. 9,499 price tag, Nokia 3 is available to buy in Black colour, while other colours have gone out of stock. Notably, this is not the first time Croma has listed an offline-only Nokia phone on its e-commerce website.

Prior to this, the Nokia 3310 was also available via Croma’s online store – which is also offline exclusive in India. The Nokia 5, priced at Rs. 12,899, has also been listed at the online store of Croma though currently ‘out of stock’; the Nokia Android phone is yet to go on sale in India, both online and offline. As announced earlier by HMD Global, the Nokia 5 will be going up for pre-bookings starting July 7 through offline channels. The Croma listing was first reported by Gizbot.

Nokia 3 Now Available Online in India: All You Need to Know

HMD Global unveiled the trio of Nokia Android smartphones in India earlier this month, of which Nokia 3 and Nokia 5 are offline-only, and Nokia 6 is online-exclusive.

Nokia 3 specifications
To refresh, the Nokia 3 is targeted at those who are looking for a premium-looking handset at a budget and features a 5-inch HD display, Android 7.0 Nougat, and 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek 6737 SoC. It comes with 16GB of inbuilt storage, which is expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB). Optics include an 8-megapixel camera on both the front and back. The Nokia 3 packs a 2650mAh battery and measures 143.4×71.4×8.4mm.


Android O will be rolled out to OnePlus 3 and 3T within this year

While OnePlus 5 is getting all the attention recently, the company has not forgotten about its older models OnePlus 3T and OnePlus 3. Or at least in terms of software updates.

In the beginning of this month, Pete Lau, OnePlus’ founder and CEO, announced and confirmed on Twitter that the two 2016 flagships would be updated to Android O which is also Google’s next major Android iteration.

At that point of time, he didn’t mention any time frame but owners of the two handsets were happy nonetheless. Now, we have also got to know when will the updates be rolled out to OnePlus 3 and 3T. In an AMA (Ask Me Anything) session held on Reddit recently, an employee from OnePlus said that both the smartphones would be updated to Android O “within this year”. The reason they are not giving us a definite timeline is OnePlus will first have to wait for Google to launch Android O.

Android O will be rolled out to OnePlus 3 and 3T within this year

We are expecting to see the final version of the software sometime in August. So Android O should start hitting the eligible devices from later this summer. Currently, it is still in beta and can only be installed on Google Pixel and Nexus devices. Now, considering OnePlus’ past in delivering updates, it has not been the quickest and the company does not have the best record. Well, you might be familiar with the case of OnePlus 2. The company had announced that the smartphone would be getting updated to Nougat but reportedly that has not happened.

Hopefully, OnePlus will live up to what it has said this time. Also, it goes without saying that the recently launched OnePlus 5 will also be updated to Android O.

Nokia 3 online sale debuts in India; listed on Croma at Rs. 9,499

A few days back, HMD launched the Nokia Android smartphones in India. At the time of the launch, it was announced that the Nokia 3 will go on sale starting from June 16 and that it will be exclusive only to the offline stores.

As mentioned by HMD, the Nokia 3 priced at Rs. 9,499 went on sale via the offline stores on June 16. The company did not reveal anything about the possibility of this smartphone to be made available online. Now, the Nokia 3 has been listed on the online retailer website Croma for the same price of Rs. 9,499. Though this move was not announced by the company, many Nokia fans will welcome it.

From the listing on Croma, it looks like the entry-level Nokia 3 smartphone will be available with the cash on delivery payment mode. Also, there is EMI option for those who would like to purchase it with convenient payment options.

We can expect the Nokia 3 to be listed by a few other retailers too in the coming days. Being an entry-level smartphone, the Nokia 3 has a polycarbonate body. It is fitted with a 5-inch HD 720p IPS LCD display.

The hardware aspects of the Nokia 3 include a quad-core MediaTek MT6737 SoC that is coupled with 2GB RAM and 16GB storage. Notably, the storage capacity can be expanded up to 128GB with the help of a microSD card.

The camera department of the device comprises of an 8MP camera at the back and another 8MP camera sensor at the front. The other goodies on board the Nokia 3 are Android Nougat, OTG support, 4G LTE and a 2650mAh battery.

Maruti Suzuki Dzire Waiting Period Goes Up To 3 Months

It was just last month that Maruti Suzuki launched the new, third generation of the Dzire in India. In fact we’ve told you everything about the car, right from the design of the exterior, interior and even the extensive feature list that the car gets. While we thought it ticked all the right boxes when we drove it, we weren’t quite sure how the customers would react to it considering there’s been a slight hike in the price of the car. But at the launch itself, Maruti Suzuki announced that the Dzire had received close to 33,000 bookings and the number has kept on increasing, the recent being 51,000. Clearly the demand for the car is increasing and so is the waiting period.

At the launch of the Dzire in May, it was announced that the car already had a waiting period of 8 weeks. Given the rise in the demand, that number has gone up to 15 weeks which is more than 3 months depending on the variant one has booked. The Dzire has ruled the roost in the subcompact sedan segment for close to a decade and the new generation of the car looks to be filling in the big shoes pretty well.

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The new Dzire looks elegant, has grown in dimensions and packs in more features as well

The new Maruti Suzuki Dzire is manufactured in the company’s Manesar plant and 650 cars are built every day. The new-gen Dzire has grown, not only in dimensions but in the way it looks. The styling is derived from the new generation Swift hatchback and gets a massive trapezoidal grille and a raked A-pillar for a more sedan-like stance. The new HEARTECT platform is lighter and stronger than the older version with the use of high tensile steel in the construction and has helped lose up to 85 kg on the petrol and up to 105 kg on the diesel variants.

Under the hood, it’s the same powertrain but is a lot more efficient now. The 1.2-litre K-Series 4-pot petrol is tuned for 82 bhp at 6000 rpm and 113 Nm of peak torque at 4200 rpm. The 1.3-litre DDiS diesel, on the other hand, makes 74 bhp at 4000 rpm and 190 Nm of peak torque at 2000 rpm. Both engines come paired with a 5-speed manual and Automated Manual Transmission options. The engines now return an ARAI certified fuel economy of 22 kmpl on the petrol and 28.48 kmpl on the diesel version.

Jeep Compass Receives 1000 Bookings In Just 3 Days

We’d told you at the beginning of this week, that FCA India has started the bookings of the new Jeep Compass SUV in India. It’s just been about three days and the company has already said that it has received an overwhelming response. 1000 bookings of the Compass SUV have already been made and that’s too in just 3 days. With pre-bookings opened online as well as at Jeep India dealerships for a sum of ₹ 50,000, the Compass seems to have captured a lot of attention, as much as we were when we drove the SUV earlier this month.

The Compass SUV was first unveiled in India a couple of months ago and of course is manufactured at the company’s FCA plant in Ranjangaon. In fact it is the first Jeep to be manufactured in India. The localisation levels on the car are up to 80 per cent and the car will be exported to right hand drive markets like Japan, UK and South Africa by the end of this year. The heavy localisation also means that the price of the Jeep Compass will be very competitive, which is one reason why we see the kind of attention its getting.

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The Jeep Compass will go on sale in August

There’s been a lot of hard work gone behind making the Compass in India and it took just 23 months for FCA India to get the facility up and running. There was a significant investment of $280 million made into the plant and from what we can notice, Jeep’s first made-in-India SUV has successfully managed to grab the attention of the people.

Under the hood, the Jeep Compass features two engine – a 1.4-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol and a 2-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged diesel motor. The petrol engine makes over 160 bhp and 260 Nm of peak torque and oil burner churns out over 170 bhp and 350 Nm of peak torque. Transmission duties are handled by a 6-speed manual unit and an optional 7-speed automatic gearbox. The Jeep Compass will get a four-wheel-drive system, which will get Jeep’s terrain response system. The driving modes will include Snow, Sand and Rock options, which change the characteristics of the power delivery and drive dynamics of the SUV. It’s a capable off-roader as we found out when we drove the car and that’s another big USP for the car.

Gian Sagar row: Absence of 3 students stalls counselling of 2008-11 batches

The failure of three students to turn up for the special counselling for 2008-2011 batches of the Banur-based Gian Sagar Medical College stalled the process at Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot, on Friday.

As many as 114 of the total 117 medical, dental and nursing students attended the counselling for allotment of new colleges.

However, with three students — who are reportedly residing abroad — not attending it, the varsity officials only carried out verification of documents of the remaining students.

“This is unfair. The students have already suffered a lot,” said a parent. “Our repeated requests to allot new colleges to those in attendance were turned down.”

Sources said following a communique from the department of medical education, the varsity was supposed to find the whereabouts of all students who had not received the degrees yet.

The university will now submit a report to the department and seek permission to adjust the 114 students.

Gian Sagar row

“The university will suggest to the government to shift the students through a draw of lots in Chandigarh, so that they don’t have to travel all the way here,” said vice-chancellor Dr Raj Bahadur.

The Punjab government had on May 10 withdrawn permission to the Gian Sagar Trust to run medical, dental, nursing and physiotherapy colleges. The classes had been suspended since February 1 after the staff went on an indefinite strike against the management for not clearing their dues.

The Punjab and Haryana high court on June 2 directed the varsity to shift the students to other colleges in Punjab within three weeks. On first day of the counselling for 2012-2016 batches, it came to the fore that many students of earlier batches had not received their degrees. The government asked the varsity to shift these students by June 26 as well.

Nokia 3, Nokia 5 Android Phone Pre-Orders Open in the UK

After being launched in India, HMD Global is expanding the availability of Nokia 3 and Nokia 5 Android smartphones. Both the phones will be going on sale in the UK starting next month.

The Nokia 3 will be going on sale in the UK from July 12, and will be available unlocked at GBP 129.99 (roughly Rs. 10,600). The Nokia 5, on the other hand, will be going on sale sale on July 19 and will be priced at GBP 179.99 (roughly Rs. 15,000). Currently, interested consumers in the UK can pre-order the Nokia 3 or Nokia 5 via Amazon or Clove e-commerce websites.

Notably, Clove also mentions that July 12 and 19 are official launch dates for the Nokia 3 and Nokia 5 respectively. Surprisingly, there’s no availability detail on the Nokia 6, which completes the trio of new Android smartphones from HMD Global.

Nokia 3, Nokia 5 Android Phone Pre-Orders Open in the UK

The company unveiled the trio of Android smartphones in India earlier this month. The Nokia 5 price in India is Rs. 12,899, and will be available for pre-booking starting July 7 through offline channels. Nokia 3, is the cheapest of the three, has been priced at Rs. 9,499, and is now on sale in India. The Nokia 6 has been launched in India at Rs. 14,999. The Nokia 6 registrations for the first sale will start on July 14, but the company has not announced when the smartphone will go on sale.

The Nokia 5 features a 5.2-inch HD display and runs on Android 7.1.1 Nougat. It is powered by the Snapdragon 430 SoC coupled with 2GB of RAM. It comes with 16GB inbuilt storage and also supports expandable storage via microSD card (up to 128GB). Nokia 5 packs a 13-megapixel sensor on the back and an 8-megapixel sensor at the front. The handset features a fingerprint sensor embedded in the home button and it houses a 3000mAh non-removable battery.

The Nokia 3 is targeted at those who are looking for a premium-looking handset at a budget and features a 5-inch HD display, Android 7.0 Nougat, and 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek 6737 SoC. It comes with 16GB of inbuilt storage, which is expandable up to 128GB via microSD card support. Optics include an 8-megapixel camera on both the front and back. The Nokia 3 packs a 2650mAh battery and measures 143.4×71.4×8.4mm.