Samsung Galaxy A52, Samsung Galaxy A72 Price in India Tipped Ahead of Expected March 17 Launch

Samsung Galaxy A52 and Samsung Galaxy A72 are expected to launch on March 17 and it looks like pricing or the two smartphones has been leaked. They may be launched in two RAM and storage configurations with the Galaxy A52 starting at Rs. 26,499 and the Galaxy A72 starting at Rs. 34,999. The two phones will be successors to the Galaxy A51 and Galaxy A71, respectively, and there have been several leaks for the two upcoming phones that offer a glimpse into the specifications and features.

Samsung Galaxy A52, Samsung Galaxy A72 price in India (expected)
According to a report by MySmartPrice citing industry sources, the Galaxy A52 could be priced at Rs. 26,499 for the 6GB + 128GB storage variant. There is also expected to be an 8GB + 128GB storage model that could cost Rs. 27,999. On the other hand, the Galaxy A72 is expected to be offered in an 8GB + 128GB storage configuration that may cost Rs. 34,999 and an 8GB + 256GB storage variant that may cost Rs. 37,999.

The two phones are expected to be announced at the company’s Galaxy Awesome Unpacked event scheduled for March 17. It should be noted that Samsung has not confirmed the pricing for the two phones or if they will be launched at the event.The report also states that the company will likely skip the 5G model of the Galaxy A52 in the Indian market.

Samsung Galaxy A52 5G specifications (expected)
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G recently appeared in an unboxing video on YouTube. It shows the design and the specifications of the phone. The Galaxy A52 may come with a Super AMOLED display with 120Hz refresh rate and an in-display fingerprint scanner. The phone may be powered by the Snapdragon 750 SoC and run Android 11. The YouTuber said the phone has a 4,500mAh battery. In terms of optics, there is could be a quad rear camera setup that includes a 64-megapixel primary sensor, an 8-megapixel secondary sensor, a 5-megapixel sensor, and a 2-megapixel sensor. The Galaxy A52 5G could come with a 32-megapixel selfie shooter housed in a central hole-punch cutout at the front.Samsung Galaxy A72 specifications (expected)
Samsung Galaxy A72 could feature a 6.7-inch full-HD+ Super AMOLED Infinity-O Display with 90Hz refresh rate. The phone may be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G SoC. The Galaxy A72 is expected to pack a quad rear camera setup that includes a 64-megapixel primary sensor, a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle shooter, a 5-megapixel macro shooter, and an 8-megapixel sensor with a telephoto lens. At the front, a 32-megapixel selfie camera sensor is expected. The Galaxy A72 is said to come with a 5,000mAh battery with 22.5W fast charging.

Samsung galaxy A52 5G to launch as M62 in market

Samsung Galaxy A52 5G has been spotted on Bluetooth SIG certification site in multiple listings, hinting at a couple of details about the phone. For instance, the handset has been listed on the site with model numbers SM-A526U, SM-A526U1, and SM-526W, suggesting that the phone may come in three variants. Furthermore, the Samsung Galaxy M62 5G has been listed with the model number SM-M626B alongside the Samsung Galaxy A52 5G on Bluetooth SIG, hinting that the latter may launch in a few markets under the Galaxy M series moniker.

The Bluetooth SIG certification site has listed the Samsung Galaxy A52 5G with the model numbers SM-A526U, SM-A526U1, and SM-526W. All of these are listed to support Bluetooth v5 and indicate that there may be three variants of the phone at launch. Of course, this could just mean differences in storage and RAM options, and nothing more. The Samsung Galaxy A52 5G is largely expected to launch on March 17 at Samsung’s dedicated ‘Galaxy Awesome Unpacked’ event.

Additionally, the rumoured Samsung Galaxy M62 5G is listed with model numbers SM-M626B and SM-A526B. This suggests that the Samsung Galaxy A52 5G may launch in a few markets as the Samsung Galaxy M62 5G. There’s no clarity on which markets will see this happen. A similar rebranding was recently also reported about the Samsung Galaxy A42 5G, which is expected to launch in a few markets as the Samsung Galaxy M42. To recall, the Samsung Galaxy M62 4G model was launched in Thailand last month as a rebadged model of the Galaxy F62 launched in India.

Samsung Galaxy A82 5G Spotted in Bluetooth SIG Listing, Could Launch Soon

Samsung Galaxy A82 5G has been spotted in a Bluetooth SIG listing, which suggests that the phone could launch soon. The rumoured Samsung Galaxy A82 first came to light in January this year. It is said to the successor to the Samsung Galaxy A80 and debut in South Korea first. And as expected, the Samsung Galaxy A82 5G is now being spotted on various benchmarking and certification sites with Bluetooth SIG being the latest.

A Bluetooth SIG listing for a Samsung phone called Galaxy A82 5G shows Bluetooth v5 support. This phone has model number SM-826S, and while it doesn’t reveal any major details about the specifications besides Bluetooth v5, it relates the name with the model number. It also suggests the phone could launch soon. It should be noted that, as of now, Samsung has not shared any details about the Samsung Galaxy A82 5G, but the company had reportedly trademarked a bunch of Galaxy A-series phones in January last year with the Samsung Galaxy A82 being one of them.

The listing was first spotted by known tipster Abhishek Yadav on Twitter .Last week, the rumoured Samsung Galaxy A82 was spotted in a Geekbench listing with the same model number. The listing showed Android 11 and 6GB of RAM. It could be powered by the Snapdragon 855 or Snapdragon 855+ SoC, both of which are now relatively old mobile processors that were announced in late 2018 and mid-2019, respectively.

However, considering the Samsung Galaxy A80 launched in 2019 with the Snapdragon 730G SoC, the Snapdragon 855 series would be a decent upgrade. The Samsung Galaxy A80 has a unique camera design where the rear cameras act as the front cameras by moving upwards and flipping. This gave the phone a fullscreen display without any notch or hole-punch cut outs. Whether Samsung will continue the trend with the Galaxy A82 remains to be seen.

Realme 8 Pro Teased to Come With Under-Display Fingerprint Scanner, Tipped to Launch on March 25

Realme 8 series is all set to launch soon and teasers have started pouring in via official channels. The latest teaser confirms that one of the phones in the lineup – presumably the most-premium Realme 8 Pro – is likely to integrate an under-display fingerprint sensor. A fresh leak also hints that the Realme 8 range could be launched on March 25. The series is tipped to include three models – Realme 8 4G, Realme 8 Pro 4G, and Realme 8 Pro 5G.

Realme India chief Madhav Sheth tweeted a video that shows Realme 8 Pro from all angles. It shows the back panel with the ‘Dare to Leap’ branding and the quad camera setup placed inside a square-shaped module. He turns the phone to reveal the front panel and unlocks the phone using an in-display fingerprint sensor. The selfie camera cutout is seen on the top left corner of the screen and the volume rockers and power button are placed on the right edge of Realme 8 Pro. In the video, the phone sports a blue finish, but it is likely to launch in other colour options as well.

Sheth also hinted once again that the Realme 8 range may be equipped with a 108-megapixel sensor. He doesn’t specify which variant will integrate it, but an earlier teaser suggested that Realme 8 Pro will be equipped with a 108-megapixel primary camera.

WhatsApp Reminding Users to Accept Updated Privacy Policy by May 15 to Continue Using App

WhatsApp has started reminding users of its updated privacy policy and how it will take effect from May 15. The Facebook-owned instant messaging service updated its privacy policy early in February, asking users to accept the new terms by February 8. However, due to strong public outrage against the new policy, it postponed the date of implementation to May 15. Now, WhatsApp users are sharing on Twitter that the service is reminding them to accept the new policy.
Multiple users took to Twitter to share screenshots of notifications from WhatsApp re-iterating its privacy policy that it announced early in February. WhatsApp seems to be reminding its users that they need to accept the new policy before May 15, if they wish to continue using the messaging app.

WhatsApp sending new privacy policy alert
— Nishant Pathak (@NishantBareilly) March 6, 2021

Another user tweeted a screenshot showing a notification within WhatsApp in the ‘Chats’ tab that says “We’re updating our terms and privacy policy. Tap to review.”

WhatsApp Privacy Policy Update: What Happens When You Don’t Accept?

So the @WhatsApp Start rolling out new alert regarding their new Privacy policy on Android.

But I still not accept 😜
— Piyush (@IndianTech_1) March 5, 2021

It then briefly describes the new policy stating that WhatsApp is not changing the privacy of a user’s personal conversations. It also reiterates that the privacy policy goes into effect form May 15, 2021, and that users need to accept it in order to continue using WhatsApp after the date. The notification can also be cleared away without having to accept the policy.

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WhatsApp drew flak from users when it announced it will be changing the way it shares user data through its platform as part of its updated privacy policy. The updated policy is mainly meant for businesses using its platform, as per the Facebook-owned messaging service, but the app will be allowed to share user details such as their phone numbers and transaction data if the policy is accepted. It also allows WhatsApp to share data with Facebook and its other subsidiaries.
If users do not accept the new policy by May 15, they wouldn’t have full functionality of WhatsApp till they accept. Users will be able to receive calls and notifications for a short time, but will not be able to read or send messages from the app.

Apple Hearing Study Insights Reveal How Many Are at Risk of Hearing Loss

Apple on Tuesday shared insights from the Apple Hearing Study, ahead of World Hearing Day today. The study shares findings from long-term hearing health data gathered with the participation of thousands of Apple Watch and iPhone users in the US. Insights included how many experience a daily average environmental sound exposure higher than the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommended limit, how many work in a loud workplace, and average weekly headphone exposure, among others. The company on the occasion of World Hearing Day also shares tips and tools to better manage their hearing health.
Findings of the Apple Hearing Study were detailed in a blog post by the company. The study was conducted by Apple through its Research app, in collaboration with the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Data from the study is being shared with the WHO’s Make Listening Safe initiative. WHO estimates that by 2050, more than 700 million people globally will experience profound hearing issues.
Apple notes that a quarter of the study’s participants experience a daily average environmental sound exposure higher than the WHO recommended limit, and that more than 50 percent of participants now work, or have previously worked, in a loud workplace. The study also highlighted that for one in 10 participants, the average weekly headphone exposure was higher than WHO’s recommended limit. Apple says 10 percent of the participants were diagnosed with hearing loss by a professional, and only 25 percent of those used a hearing aid or a cochlear implant.
Based on the hearing data however, 20 percent of the participants qualify for having hearing loss as per WHO standards, 10 percent of which have signs of hearing loss that are consistent of being caused by noise exposure. Almost half of the participants from the study haven’t had their hearing tested a professional in the last 10 years. Nearly a quarter of the participants experience ringing in their ears a few times a week which could indicate hearing loss.
In its blog post, Apple notes, “Reduced hearing can affect a person’s health and well-being in many ways, such as contributing to reduced communication, feelings of isolation, loneliness, and withdrawal.” It suggests ways in which users can avoid hearing loss in today’s world. These include using the Noise app on the Apple Watch to be aware of your environment’s noise levels, with alerts when they exceeds safe levels. The Health app on the iPhone will help users similarly, showing if headphone or environmental noise has exceeded safe levels, while also keeping a track of exposure history.

Google Chrome 89 Enables Web Sharing on Desktop, Redesigned Discover Feed, and More

Google Chrome 89 stable version is now rolling out for Android, Windows, Mac, and Linux platforms, the company has announced. The Chrome update brings features like customisable profiles and a work-in-progress Privacy Sandbox, along with a few features that have been in development for a long time such as native web sharing on desktop and Phone Hub for Chrome OS. These updates were previously seen on the beta version of the browser. Google says that Chrome 89 update will be rolled out for Android as well as for desktop in the coming weeks.
Google announced the stable release of Chrome 89 for Android as well as desktop via separate blog posts. Google says that Chrome 89 includes many stability and performance improvements as well as new features. While Google has not published detailed changelogs yet, we can take hints from the Chrome 89 beta release announcement that lists all the features coming with the new update.
One of the key features that Google Chrome 89 brings is customisable user profiles that we reported earlier. The feature allows users to customise their Google Chrome profiles within the browser using colours and backgrounds, which will make recognising and switching between different profiles a lot easier.

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The second major feature is Web sharing on desktop (Windows and Chrome OS). This essentially means that users will now be able to share website links through a native sharing menu — just like it’s on Chrome for Android. If a website supports the new Web sharing feature, pressing the Share button on the website will open a native sharing menu that will show all the apps installed on your device. This will allow you to not only share website links with the social media platforms integrated on the website, but with any app on your device that supports it. As noted by Android Police, developers will not have to add any code for the functionality to work on Windows and Chrome OS.
Google is reportedly also introducing Phone Hub for Chrome OS that allows you to connect your Android smartphone to your Chromebook. It will let you see your phone notifications on the desktop, control some features of your Android device from your computer, and sync Google Chrome tabs between the devices.

WhatsApp Messenger Gets New Animation for Voice Messages and Disable Receipts on iOS With Latest Update

WhatsApp Messenger has been updated on iOS and it brings some new features like a new animation for voice messages and disables receipts for them, depending on the read receipt setting. WhatsApp has been updated to version 2.21.40 and the update is live on the App Store, though the changelog does not show what is new. This update only brings minor tweaks to WhatsApp. Back in November last year, WhatsApp added the disappearing messages feature to iOS.

While the App Store has not been updated (at the time of writing) with the latest changelog for WhatsApp since version 2.21.30 arrived last month a report by WhatsApp feature tracker WABetaInfo shows version 2.21.40 brings only a couple of small tweaks to the messaging service. There is a new progress bar animation for voice messages. Once a voice message progress bar reaches the end, it jumps back to the start. The report points out that this animation is only available on iOS 13 and beyond.

This update also tweaks the read receipt system for voice messages. If WhatsApp users on iOS have disabled read receipts, a contact that sent a voice message will not be notified when the user listens to it. Read receipts can be disabled by going to WhatsApp Settings > Account > PrivacyThe report adds that this feature has not made its way to Android yet so it is unclear if WhatsApp will push it to Android as well or remove it from iOS in the next update.

In November, WhatsApp added the disappearing messages feature to iOS and Android that allows users to automatically erase a WhatsApp messages after a certain period of time – seven days to be exact. It has to be enabled for individual chats and can be done by going to the particular chat on Android, tapping the menu icon on the top right, selecting View contact, and turning on Disappearing messages. iOS users can open a chat, tap on the profile icon, scroll to Disappearing Messages and turn it on.

Realme C21 Set to Launch on March 5, 5,000mAh Battery Teased

Realme C21 is all set to launch on March 5. The phone is arriving first in the Malaysian market, and the teaser poster published on social media also confirms that it will pack a 5,000mAh battery. The Realme C21 is a successor to the Realme C20 that launched in January this year. While the batter specifications remain the same between the two models, its safe to speculate that the upcoming Realme C21 sill see upgrades in camera and processor when compared to its predecessor.

The company took to its Malaysian Facebook page to announce the arrival of the Realme C21 in the market. The phone is all set to launch in Malaysia this Friday, March 5. The teaser poster gives us a glimpse of the internals of the phone. The battery capacity is teased to be at 5,000mAh and the company notes the Realme C21 can last for up to 47 days on standby.

Furthermore, the post claims that with just five percent battery charge on Realme C21, users can operate 1.43 hours of WhatsApp, 4.78 hours of Spotify, and 1.36 hours of YouTube. Realme looks to unveil details of the phone at 12am midnight on March 5. Apart from this, there is little else that we know of the phone, and the company should unveil pricing and detailed specifications, including design later this week.

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