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Google’s Pixel 4a smartphone and Nest Audio smart speaker launched in India

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American technology giant Google’s Pixel 4a smartphone and Nest Audio smart speaker are coming to India on October 16. Both the devices will be available on Flipkart as Big Billion Days sale specials. Priced at Rs 31,999, the Pixel 4a will be available at an introductory price of Rs 29,999. The Nest Audio smart speaker will be available at special launch price of Rs 6,999 (MRP Rs 7,999). While the Pixel 4a is a Flipkart-exclusive, the Nest Audio will also be available soon at Reliance Retail and Tata Cliq store.

Google Pixel 4a: Specifications and features

The Google Pixel 4a sports a 5.81-inch OLED screen of fullHD + resolution, stretched in a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. The screen has circular cut-out area on the top left side, accommodating its front camera. The display supports HDR and boasts Always-on feature. Powering the smartphone is Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G system-on-chip, paired with 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. The phone ships with Android 10 operating system, and comes with features that Google debut on the Pixel 4.

The phone features an advanced Google Assistant, which lets you send text messages and allows controlling apps through voice commands. It also gets the Google Recorder app, which supports real-time transcription. Moreover, the phone supports Live Caption feature.

The Pixel 4a has a 12-megapixel sensor of an f/1.7 aperture on the back and an 8MP sensor of an f/2.0 aperture on the front. The camera supports Google exclusive imaging features, including HDR+ with dual exposure control, portrait mode, top shot, night sight, astrophotography, and fused video stabilization.

Powering the smartphone is a 3,140 mAh battery supported by 18W fast charger with USB type-C cable. The charger supports USB PD 2.0. Other specifications include rear mounter fingerprint sensor and stereo speakers.

Google Pixel 4a comes with three-month free trials of YouTube Premium and Google One.

Google Nest Audio: Features

The Nest Audio is touted to be 75 percent louder and has 50 percent stronger bass than the original Google Home. The smart speaker features a 19mm tweeter for high-frequency coverage and vocals and a 75mm mid-woofer for the bass.

The Nest Audio features ‘Media EQ’, which lets the smart speaker to automatically tune itself to whatever you are listening to music, podcasts, audiobooks, etc. The speaker’s built-in ‘Ambient IQ’ lets it also adjust the volume of Assistant, news, podcasts and audiobooks based on the background noise in your home.

The Nest Audio can be connected with another Nest Audio speaker for true wireless stereo set-up. Moreover, if you have a Google Home, Nest Mini or a Nest Hub, you can easily make Nest Audio the center of your whole-home sound system. These devices can be grouped together, even if not available in the same room, for a home sound system.

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WhatsApp End-to-end Encryption rolled out for backups

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WhatsApp recently made an announcement related to the end-to-end encryption to the cloud backups on both Android and iOS. As you may be aware like WhatsApp itself has been end-to-end encrypted by default,  and now if you chose to backup your chats history to Google Drive (Android) or iCloud (iOS), those data is also encrypted. Now,  you can enable end-to-end encryption for your backups. It’s an announcement from WhatsApp, and it won’t be on by default option but the user has to choose to enable it by going to Settings > Chats > Chat Backup > End-to-end Encrypted Backup.

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Apple Unleashed event today at 10.30 PM IST

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After the release of the iPhone 13 series and a new smartwatch, Apple is ready to host another launch event today. Users can expect to see the launch of new Macbooks running on Apple’s in-house M1 chipsets on the Apple ‘Unleashed’ event.  Apple fans eagerly waiting for the new MacBook Models and a new mini version of the same. Also, we can expect a new or upgraded version of AirPods in the event. The event will begin at 10:30 PM IST today and we can watch the event on the Apple website and on the YouTube channel. If you have an Apple TV, you can open the TV app and look for the ‘Apple Special Event’ section. It lets you stream today’s Apple unleashed event and rewatch old ones if you are interested.

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Oppo F19s Launched, Specifications

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Oppo recently launched Oppo F19s mobile on 27th September 2021. This one also has a 6.43-inch touchscreen display. This display is equipped with a resolution of 1,080×2,400 pixels at a pixel density of 409 pixels per inch (PPI) and an aspect ratio of 20:9. F19s comes with 6GB of RAM and packs 128GB of inbuilt storage that can be expanded via a microSD card (up to 256GB). The Oppo F19s runs Android 11 and is powered by a 5,000mAh battery.
Also, the Oppo F19s supports proprietary fast charging. Dimensions of the Oppo F19s measures 160.30 x 73.80 x 7.95mm (height x width x thickness) and weighs 175.00 grams.

On the camera department, the Oppo F19s on the rear packed with a triple camera (has autofocus) setup featuring a 48-megapixel primary camera with an f/1.7 aperture; a 2-megapixel camera with an f/2.4 aperture, and a 2-megapixel camera with an f/2.4 aperture. On the front a single camera (has autofocus) setup for selfies, featuring a 16-megapixel sensor with an f/2.4 aperture. The Oppo F19s runs on ColorOS 11.1 is based on Android 11. This phone is available in Glowing Black and Glowing Gold colors. On the connectivity section, the Oppo F19s is a dual-SIM (GSM and GSM) mobile that accepts two Nano-SIM cards. Connectivity options on the Oppo F19s include Wi-Fi, GPS, USB OTG, USB Type-C, 3G, and 4G (with support for Band 40 used by some LTE networks in India). Sensors on the phone include an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, compass/ magnetometer, gyroscope, proximity sensor, and in-display fingerprint sensor.

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Connectivity options on the Oppo F19s include Wi-Fi, GPS, USB OTG, USB Type-C, 3G, and 4G (with support for Band 40 used by some LTE networks in India). Sensors on the phone include an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, compass/ magnetometer, gyroscope, proximity sensor, and in-display fingerprint sensor. Oppo F19s price in India starts at Rs. 19,990. The Oppo F19s can be ordered from Oppo’s official store.

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