As we all settle into the comfortable seats of our resting places and enjoy a sip of coffee for the weekend, what better company than catching up on what were the biggest stories in the world of personal tech in the week gone by. Just like our previous series, ‘Tech Recap of the Day’ we promise to keep the stories as concise as possible giving you a peek. So without delaying it any further here are the stories that caught our attention over the span of this week:
One of the most bought and used applications on Google Play Store, Swiftkey went free this week. The third-party keyboard app was initially available for about Rs 299 in the market. The new and updated version of Swiftkey brings support for over 800 emoji icons as well as newer themes for those joining in new. For the folks who had purchased the app, Swiftkey has made a theme pack worth Rs 299 of premium themes, available for free.
After launching it in China almost two months ago, Oppo launched the Find 7 and Find 7a in India. The Find 7 will be the first Quad HD device in India and will feature a 5.5 inch display with Snapdragon 801 SoC, 3 GB RAM, 32 GB internal storage and a 13 MP rear camera that is able to stitch 10 pictures together to produce a 50 MP shot. The Oppo Find 7 will go on sale next month for Rs 37,990. The Find 7a is a slightly trimmed version of the Find 7 in terms of the specs. It is already in the market available for about Rs 31,990.
There are strong rumours that Apple will introduce newer iMacs this coming week. Contrary to the reports initially, this will be a minor upgrade and will bring the faster and more energy-efficient Haswell processors to iMac as well as the new Thunderbolt ports. There will be no Retina Display added in this update as it is being reported that Apple is not quite ready with them just yet.
If you like to travel a lot, this news will certainly make you happy. Reliance, one of the leading telecom players in India has abolished roaming rates, meaning no matter where you are, you will be paying as per the rates of your home circle. The incoming calls would be free too under this plan. The One India, One Rate plan is available for both pre-paid and postpaid users. For the pre-paid users, you will have to get a special tariff of Rs 45 which will be valid for the next 30 days to enjoy the home circle rates.
After keeping us waiting for months on end, Microsoft finally announced their plans to bring the Xbox One to India at the E3 conference this week. The Xbox One will land in India on September 23rd for a price of Rs 39,990. This means Microsoft is almost nine months behind the close competitor Sony who had announced the Sony PlayStation 4 at the start of the year for India. The Rs 39,990 package will not contain Microsoft Kinect. This package will bring you the Xbox console including inbuilt 500 GB HDD, Blu Ray Player and Wi-Fi with one wireless controller. If you want to add Kinect to the bundle, you will have to pay Rs 45,990. There will be a free trial of Xbox Live for 14 days included.
Samsung has been working on a premium variant of the Galaxy S5 for a while now. This week, we got some closer shots at what Samsung has been up to as some detailed images of the Galaxy F/ Galaxy S5 Prime appeared online. The phone seems to have a metallic back from the posted renders as well as rumored OIS to the 13 MP rear camera. There is a minor spec bump too in the device as compared to the Galaxy S5 with a larger 3 GB RAM and faster Snapdragon 801 SoC.
Earlier this week we came out with out Nokia XL review. If you are looking for a budget Android smartphone, chances are you might have considered the Nokia XL. You must go through and read our review to know are thoughts on the phone linked above. However, in short, we felt that the phone did not offer any value for money. The performance although a bit better than the Nokia X was just not up to the mark. Lack of Google Ecosystem is still a pain, and the outdated specs and Android version brings nothing on the table that justifies the pricing. We would much rather pick the Moto E and save about Rs 3,000 instead of going for the Nokia XL.
With that we come to an end of the roundup of the big stories in the world of consumer tech, we hope you have a wonderful weekend ahead. Stay tuned for latest in the tech space, right here.