Nokia 3.4 Launching in India Soon, Tipped to Debut Alongside Nokia 5.4 on February 10

Nokia 3.4 will be launching in India soon, the company has confirmed through a tweet. While Nokia mobile licensee HMD Global has confirmed that the phone will come to India, it did not share an exact release date. A report, however, says that the Nokia 3.4 may launch alongside the Nokia 5.4 on February 10. Since the Nokia 3.4 launched in the European market in September 2020, we have some idea about what to expect in terms of specifications.
Nokia Mobile India shared on Twitter that the Nokia 3.4 will be coming soon. The tweet does not include an exact release date or any specifications, however, a report by Gizmochina claims the Nokia 5.4 that launched in the European market in December last year will be launching in India on February 10. The report also claims that the Nokia 3.4 could launch alongside the Nokia 5.4.
The Nokia 3.4 launched in the European market last September so the specifications are not really a mystery. Also, the pricing for the Nokia 3.4 has been tipped in the past.

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Nokia 3.4 price in India (expected)
Nokia 3.4 is said to cost Rs. 11,999 for the base 3GB RAM variant. It launched in the European market at a starting price of EUR 159 (roughly Rs. 13,700) and is offered in Charcoal, Dusk, and Fjord colour options.
Nokia 3.4 specifications
If the Nokia 3.4 launches in India with the same specifications as the European variant, the phone will run on Android 10. It will feature a 6.39-inch HD+ (720×1,560 pixels) display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. Under the hood, the Nokia 3.4 will be powered by the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 460 SoC, paired with 3GB and 4GB RAM options. It will pack a triple rear camera setup that includes a 13-megapixel primary sensor, 5-megapixel ultra-wide-angle shooter, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. There is also an 8-megapixel camera sensor at the front for capturing selfies.
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The Nokia 3.4 could come with 32GB and 64GB onboard storage options expandable via microSD card (up to 512GB). Connectivity options will include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, and a USB Type-C port. There will be a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor as well. It will be backed by a 4,000mAh battery that supports 10W charging.

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Nokia 5.4 price in India (expected)
The Nokia 5.4 was launched was launched EUR 189 (roughly Rs. 16,900) for its base 4GB RAM + 64GB storage variant, with 4GB+128GB and 6GB+64GB variants also launched alongside, as well as Dusk and Polar Night colour options. We can expect the pricing in India to be around the same.
Nokia 5.4 specifications
The dual-SIM (Nano) Nokia 5.4 runs on Android 10 (upgradable to Android 11). It features a 6.39-inch HD+ display and is powered by the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 SoC. It comes with up to 6GB of RAM and up to 128GB of onboard storage.

For photos and videos, there is the quad rear camera setup on the Nokia 5.4 headlined by a 48-megapixel primary sensor. The phone also comes with a 16-megapixel selfie camera sensor at the front. Connectivity options on the Nokia 5.4 include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS/ A-GPS, a USB Type-C port, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. There is also a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. Besides, the phone packs a 4,000mAh battery.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra Bests Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max in Drop Test Video

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra bested the Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max in a drop test conducted by a YouTuber. As per the video shared on “EverythingApplePro EAP” channel, Samsung’s flagship was able to better withstand the drop test than the Apple’s flagship. In the video, both the phones were given the same treatment and got damaged during the process. In the video, the iPhone 12 Pro Max back glass breaks after a fall from 10 feet, and Galaxy S21 Ultra has its lens cover ripped off after the second fall.The video on YouTube channel “EverythingApplePro EAP” shows both phones’ durability. Samsung has put a Gorilla Glass Victus in the Galaxy S21 Ultra
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₹ 129,699comes with Ceramic Shield, which Appleclaims is the toughest glass on a smartphone, on the front. Apple says that the glass is infused with nano-ceramic crystals to dramatically improve toughness.In the video, both Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra and Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max were dropped from waist height, head height and 10-feet. Both the phones survived the drop from waist height. When dropped on its back from head height, the protection of its 3x zoom lens came off from the Galaxy S21 Ultra. Similarly, when dropped from 10 feet, the back glass on the iPhone 12 Pro Max shattered, and the front of the Galaxy S21 Ultra received damage.

Poco X3 ReviewAdditionally, both the phones also got dents and marks on their frames after the drop tests. The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra has an aluminium chassis, and the Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max comes with surgical-grade stainless steel.This is not the first time someone has done this durability test. A video by the JerryRigEverything channel shows that despite giving a better drop protection, the Ceramic Shield glass on the iPhone 12 Pro is just as prone to scratches as any regular glass protection. The iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max have the same chassis and design. In a recent video posted by JerryRigEverything, it is seen that the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra’s camera module is prone to scratches and marks.

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G India Launch Soon as Official Support Page Goes Live; Spotted on BIS Site

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 4G model was launched in India last year with the Exynos 990 SoC, whereas its 5G variant that comes with a Snapdragon 865 SoC was not introduced here. Now, the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G could be launching in India as its support page has gone live on the Samsung India website. The phone has also been spotted on the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) certification site, hinting at an imminent India launch.
Pricebaba was the first to spot the support page for the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G on the company India site. The 5G model is listed with the model number SM-G781B/DS. This is different from the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 4G variant that has the model number SM-G780FZBN. The new support page does not offer any information regarding the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G, but it hints that its launch in India is very near.

The same publication also spotted the same model number — SM-G781B/DS — on the India’s BIS certification site as well. This further cements claims that the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G model is launching soon in India. The BIS listing offers no information on the phone either.

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There is no clarity from Samsung on when it plans to make the Snapdragon 865 SoC, 5G model available in the country. The only difference between the 4G and 5G models of the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE is the processor. The rest of the specifications are the same. The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE price in India is set at Rs. 49,999 and the 5G model may be priced a little higher.
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G specifications
The dual-SIM (Nano+eSIM) Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G features a 6.5-inch full-HD+ (1,080×2,400 pixels) Super AMOLED Infinity-O Display with a 20:9 aspect ratio and a 120Hz refresh rate. The 5G option comes with an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC with 8GB of has provided up to 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage on the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G.

After Shorts, YouTube testing another short-video platform Clips

YouTube seems to be working on a short video posting platform. The Google-owned video platform has started testing Clips that would let users create a short segment from their videos and live streams. The feature is being tested in beta and hence it is limited to only a handful of users. The feature will be initially available to Android and desktop users once it is rolled out.

As per a report by XDA developers, YouTube will make it possible to share selected bits of a video. YouTube will also share Clips from the live streams on the Google-owned video platform.

“Today we are launching an experimental version of Clips on YouTube. Check out videos on the Creator Insider channel and test it out yourself! Clips are 5-60 sec, shareable, segments of content (Live/VOD) that live on top of the original video,” Lester, Global Head of Gaming creators, YouTube shared on Twitter. He also posted a video of how the features work.

YouTube will let users edit small clips from live streams and other videos. Users can edit out their favorite portion from a video and save it. However, the viewer can only edit and save a video clip from the time between 5-60 seconds

“Clips on YouTube allows you to select a 5-60 second segment of a creator’s content (video uploads and streams) that can be shared with others across platforms. If you’re viewing content from one of the channels in this experiment, you’ll see a clip icon under the video that will allow you to select a portion of the video that you want to clip. The clip will be played on the original video and loop repeatedly,” YouTube explained in the blog.

iOS 14.5 will let you unlock your iPhone while wearing a face mask

Apple has released its latest iOS 14.5 beta 1 update that adds support for unlocking your iPhone while wearing a face mask. This assures us that Apple developers were as frustrated as all of us in 2020 when unlocking the iPhone with the mask was a challenge. However, the feature will require an Apple Watch to work. The update changelog lists the new feature as unlock iPhone with Apple Watch while wearing a mask.

This means that if you are wearing a face mask and have an unlocked Apple Watch on your wrist, you can unlock your iPhone with Face ID without removing the mask. iPhone users will also need to update their Apple Watch to watchOS 7.4 to ensure that the unlock iPhone with Apple Watch while wearing mask works. Apple describes the feature as “iPhone can use your Apple Watch to unlock when Face ID detects a face with a mask. Your Apple Watch must be nearby, on your wrist, unlocked, and protected by a passcode.”

Notably, this is an improvement over the iOS 13.5 feature that Apple rolled out in April last year, and it allowed to skip Face ID prompt when wearing a face mask automatically and offered the passcode screen.

The iOS 14.5 developer beta 1 update started rolling out late on Monday and is about 4.5GB in size. However, the update size may vary depending on the iPhone model. The new beta version of iOS 14.5 contains bug fixes and improvements. Apple points out that the beta version of iOS should only be deployed on devices dedicated for iOS 14.5 beta software development.

The iOS 14.5 beta 1 update is available to developers and users who signed up for receiving developer beta. It can be downloaded via an over-the-air update.

Apart from the Face ID upgrade, the new iOS 14.5 update also adds support for the Xbox Series S/X and PlayStation 5 controllers to iPhones. The latest update expands compatibility for Apple’s Fitness+ workouts.
The new beta update is also the first from Apple to start implementing the company’s App Tracking Transparency measures. This will require app developers to seek consent before collecting specific user data. Apple has hugely promoted this feature, while rivals like Facebook have called against it. The new iOS 14.5 beta update also enables worldwide dual-SIM 5G support

WhatsApp Adds Biometric Security Layer for Web, Desktop App Linking

WhatsApp is adding another security layer for WhatsApp Web and desktop app linking and logging in. Before users link their WhatsApp accounts to their computer, they will be asked to authenticate using fingerprint or Face ID. This additional layer of security is aimed at preventing others from linking your WhatsApp account to the computer without your presence. WhatsApp says that the face and fingerprint authentication takes place on the user’s mobile phone in a privacy-preserving manner and WhatsApp cannot access the biometric information stored on the handset’s operating system.
The company announced that it is adding an extra security layer on its mobile app to prevent unethical use of WhatsApp on the desktop. In order to link WhatsApp Web or desktop app to a WhatsApp account, users will now be asked to use face or fingerprint unlock on the phone. Once this step is done, users can then access the QR code scanner from the phone that will then complete the linking process with the computer.
“This will limit the chance that a housemate or officemate (when we have those again) can link devices to your WhatsApp account without you. This builds on our existing security measures today, which pop up a notice in your phone whenever a Web/Desktop login occurs, and the ability to unlink devices from your phone at any time,” WhatsApp explains in an official release.

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The app says that it does not store biometric information, and that – by design – it cannot access those details from a phone’s operating system. WhatsApp says that this new security layer will be rolling out in the coming weeks. A visual redesign to WhatsApp Web pages on phones will also be introduced in the weeks to come.

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WhatsApp was at the centre of a controversy regarding its privacy policy update wherein it forced users to accept the new terms or ban usage if not accepted. This caused a huge uproar among users, pushing people to shift to other platforms like Signal and Telegram. The company has since withdrawn its privacy policy update and has set a later date for it.

Telegram 7.4 iOS Update Will Let You Import WhatsApp Chats Using a Migration Tool

Telegram has released an update for its app on iOS that includes a migration tool to let users import chats from WhatsApp and other apps. The mention of the new tool is part of the Telegram 7.4 update. But another update (Telegram 7.4.1) released soon after does not include the mention of the new migration tool. However, in our testing, users were able to transfer their chat history from WhatsApp even after installing the 7.4.1 version of Telegram. This could be good news for people who want to move away from WhatsApp after its contentious privacy policy changes.
The release notes of Telegram of version 7.4 on iOS includes the mention of the tool: ‘Move your chat history from other apps (WhatsApp, Line and KakaoTalk) to Telegram’.
Telegram then almost immediately released version 7.4.1 for iOS, removing the mention of the migration tool. However, after updating to Telegram version 7.4.1, we were still able to use the tool to migrate chats from WhatsApp to Telegram. The process is fairly easy.

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Chats that have been imported to Telegram show the original time stamp, along with the text, “imported”

On WhatsApp, you need to swipe from right to left on the individual chat you would like to migrate and then tap on More, then choose the Export Chat option. A pop up will ask if you want to move the chat with or without attachments, which can be imported to Telegram through the iOS Share Sheet.

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When you select Telegram, it will ask you to select the contact or group you want to migrate the specific chat to, and the messages will be synced for you in the chat history of the contact. Messages imported from other apps come with a flag at the bottom that says ‘Imported’. This works for both individual chats, and groups. Chats that have been imported show the original time stamp, along with the text, “imported” and the time when they were copied over.
Telegram has not yet announced the new migration tool officially on its social handles or elsewhere apart from the iOS update notes. There is no mention about when the tool will be available for Android either. The tool could still be a work-in-progress for iOS, and it is likely that the company will make an announcement once it is ready to go. As mentioned, some users are still able to import chats to Telegram from other apps after installing the latest update that is available on the App Store.

Sony Xperia Compact Phone Featuring 5.5-Inch Display Tipped to Launch This Year

Sony is working on a new Xperia Compact smartphone that will feature a 5.5-inch display, as per a tipster. The phone is tipped to sport a dual rear camera setup with a 13-megapixel primary camera. While the Xperia Compact line of phones was scrapped a couple of years ago, an earlier report had claimed that Sony will launch the new Xperia Compact series in 2021. Specifications and renders of the rumoured Sony Xperia Compact smartphone have now been tipped.
Known tipster Steve Hemmerstoffer, aka OnLeaks, has tipped the specifications of the upcoming new Sony Xperia Compact smartphone via Voice. The phone will measure around 140×68.9×8.9mm, as per Hemmerstoffer. It is said to have an 8-megapixel camera on the front, housed in a waterdrop-style notch.
The dual rear camera setup is said to feature a 13-megapixel primary sensor. The flat display of the new Sony Xperia Compact is surrounded by thick bezels, as per the renders. The rumoured Android smartphone from Sony phone appears to be a little boxy.

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There is said to be a 3.5mm headphone jack on the top of the phone, which will likely come as a relief for users of wired headphones. On the left side, the phone seems to have a volume rocker, a camera button, and a power button that doubles as a fingerprint sensor. Sony Xperia Compact also appears to have a USB Type-C port at the bottom.
The phone is likely meant to compete with the iPhone 12 mini, the latest compact phone from Apple featuring a 5.4-inch display. But the new Sony Xperia Compact smartphone is expected to be priced much lower than the iPhone 12 mini.

Hemmerstoffer points to a report by Japanese blog AndroidNext from two months ago that said that Sony will release a 5.5-inch compact Xperia smartphone in the first half of 2021, adding it would come with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 775 SoC. The report had speculated on Sony Xperia 1 III Compact or Sony Xperia 5 II Compact as the names. The rest of the specifications and a launch date for the new Sony Xperia Compact model are not known yet.

WhatsApp Treating Indian Users Differently from Europeans Matter of Concern: Government Tells Delhi High Court

WhatsApp is treating Indian users differently from Europeans over opting out of its new privacy policy which is a matter of concern for the government and it is looking into the issue, the Centre informed the Delhi High Court on Monday.

The central government told the high court that it was also a matter of concern that Indian users were being “unilaterally” subjected to the change in privacy policy by the instant messaging platform.

The submissions were made before Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva by Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Chetan Sharma during hearing of a petition by a lawyer against the new privacy policy of WhatsApp which is owned by Facebook.

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