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Introducing the new Live tab on Fire TV: Amazon Fire TV

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In perhaps the biggest update ever, Amazon Fire TV devices in the country would get a software update that would add the Live TV feature. The company is rolling out the update for all Fire TV devices in India, including the Fire TV Stick 4K, Fire TV Stick, and the newly-launched Fire TV Lite. This means there would be a Live tab option on the home screen now along with apps, movies, and shows.

According to the tech giant, SonyLIV, Voot, Discovery+, and NextG TV streaming platforms are the initial providers to integrate with the Live TV experience with Zee5 expected to be added soon. The apps would collectively give customers access to popular channels including Sony SAB HD, Colors HD, SET HD, Nick HD+, Dangal, DD National, News18 India, MTV Beats HD, SONY BBC Earth HD, Mastii TV Music, Discovery for now, and also to Zee TV, Zee Cinema and Zee News in the near future. Customers who have downloaded and subscribed to any of the integrated apps on their Fire TV devices would see the ‘On Now’ row on their home screen and a red bar at the bottom of each thumbnail would indicate the real-time progress of the show. Customers can also access their favorite channels by simply saying — “Alexa, Watch Colors HD”.

“Since launching in India, Fire TV has been offering a vast selection of on-demand movies, TV shows, popular apps and features to customers. With Live TV integration, we are making this experience even better by providing instant access to popular, real-time content for our customers without having to switch inputs. It enriches the content experience by streaming live TV on the much-loved Fire TV interface, just by asking Alexa. Amazon will continuously expand this selection and offer the best of live TV experiences to our customers,” Parag Gupta, Head of Amazon Devices, India, said in a statement.

For all existing Fire TV and Fire TV Edition customers, the ‘Live’ tab would begin rolling out today and would be available over the next few weeks. The ‘On Now’ row is available to exist customers on the basis of their app downloads and subscription status. For new customers, the ‘Live’ tab would be available within a few weeks after the device is activated and the ‘On Now’ row would be accessible once they download and subscribe to the integrated apps.

The new Live TV feature would also give users quick and easy access to the Fire TV channel guide, accessible in the ‘Options’ row of the ‘Live’ tab. For newly-launched Fire TV Lite customers, the channel guide can be accessed through the guide button on their Alexa Voice Remote Lite. This integrated channel guide allows customers to choose their favorite channels.

How to watch Live TV on Amazon Fire TV Stick

Amazon has brought a new live TV feature for its Fire TV devices in India. The new feature will make it easier for customers to find and access live content from subscribed apps. It will also allow them to access the integrated channel guide for all of the subscribed apps.

Amazon has revealed that SonyLIV, Voot, Discovery+, and NextG TV are the first content providers to integrate their live TV experience onto Fire TV devices. Zee5 will also soon integrate all of its live TV channels on the platform. If you have a subscription to all of these apps, you will be able to access various live channels including Sony SAB HD, Colors HD, SET HD, Nick HD+, Dangal, DD National, News18 India, MTV Beats HD, SONY BBC Earth HD, Mastii TV Music, Discovery and very soon Zee TV, Zee Cinema and Zee News.

Here we will be taking a look at how you can integrate and watch live TV on your Fire TV stick

* Subscribe to one of the above listed OTT platforms, which have a live TV service integrated into it.

* Download the OTT app onto the Fire TV Stick and log in via your credentials.

* All of the live TV channels will show up inside of the ‘Live’ tab and all of the live programs running live on TV will show up inside of the ‘On Now’ row.

* After integration of the services, users can also use voice commands like “Alexa, Watch Colors HD” to put up a live TV channel.

* All of the live channels will also show up inside of the guide UI, with a separate tab given to them.

The new update, bringing the live TV feature has started rolling out for all existing Fire TV and Fire TV Edition customers and the rollout will be complete over the next few weeks. The ‘On Now’ row is already available to exist customers.

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Flipkart Big Billion Days Sale; Google Pixel 4a goes on sale in India

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Key Highlights

  • The Pixel 4A has gone on sale in India via Flipkart. Here’s what makes it special.
  • Google Pixel 4a is available for Rs 29,999 in India.
  • The Pixel 4a brings a Snapdragon 730G SoC under the hood.
  • The phone gets a single camera set-up at the back.

Google Pixel 4a is now on sale in India. The Google phone was launched in the country last week as the latest Pixel model. The Pixel 4a comes as the successor to the Pixel 3a and comes in a new design that includes a hole-punch display as well as a square-shaped camera module. Additionally, the smartphone comes preloaded with features including HDR+ Portrait Mode, and Top Shot among others to deliver an enhanced photography experience.

Google Pixel 4a price in India, sale offers

Google Pixel 4a price in India is set at Rs. 31,999 for the lone 6GB + 128GB storage variant. The phone comes in a single, Just Black colour option and is available for purchase through Flipkart. Sale offers on the Pixel 4a include a Rs. 2,000 discount for a limited period that brings down its price to Rs. 29,999 as well as a 10 percent additional instant discount specifically for SBI customers.

Pixel 4a: What’s under the hood?

As for the hardware, the Pixel 4a is set to bring the same configuration as the international variant. As such, at the core of the phone will be a strictly mid-range Snapdragon 730G chipset that is paired with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage and for the display, the phone will use a 5.81-inch Full-HD+ punch-hole OLED panel with an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. The display is HDR+ compliant and should be great for watching movies and TV shows on the go. Being an OLED screen, the panel will support Always On Display and Now Playing features, and also bring support for Titan M Security Module.

Like the previous Pixel phones, the Pixel 4a will also focus heavily on the cameras. However, it will do so by keeping the hardware to the minimum. The phone gets a square camera module on the back, but only with a single lens fitted inside it, The module features a 12.2-megapixel dual pixel phase detection rear camera with f/1.7 aperture, OIS, and a 77-degree field of view. This has been sat next to an LED flash.

On the front, the display’s punch-hole houses an 8-megapixel front camera with f/2.0 aperture and an 84-degree field of view. Camera features are tipped to include 4K 30fps video recording and 1080p 120fps recording. For battery, the phone has been announced to get a 3,140mAh battery pack for keeping the lights on. All this hardware is wrapped inside a body measures 144×69.4×8.2mm and weighs about 143 grams only.

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Oppo F17 Pro Diwali edition Pre-order Started

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Oppo F17 Pro Diwali Edition has officially launched in India. This special edition by Oppo flaunts a Matte Gold finish and is up for pre-orders on Amazon India. The Oppo F17 series was launched on September 2 in India as a contender in the mid-range smartphone segment, going up against the likes of the OnePlus Nord.

Oppo F17 Pro is one of the sleekest Android phones available in the market today measuring 7.4 millimeters in thickness and features quad cameras on the back. Let’s take a look pricing, specifications and availability of the F17 Pro Diwali Edition.

Oppo F17 Pro Diwali Edition Pricing and Availability

Oppo F17 Pro Diwali Edition is priced at Rs 23,999 in India and is available to pre-order from Amazon India starting October 19. There’s also a special gift box that Oppo is offering with the F17 Pro. Do note, however, this special edition is priced Rs 1,000 more than the regular variant.

Oppo F17 Pro Diwali Edition Specifications

Oppo F17 Pro Diwali Edition has a matte finish on the back with gold and aqua gradient. As for the hardware, the F17 Pro Diwali Edition is the same as the regular variant that’s offered in three colors– Matte Black, Magic Blue and Metallic White.

Oppo F17 Pro has a plastic built that measures 7.4 millimeters in thickness and weighs 164 grams. The F17 Pro features a 6.4-inch Full HD+ (2400 x 1080 pixels) resolution display that uses an AMOLED panel. The screen has a dual punch-hole cutout for the front-facing cameras that gives it a 20:9 aspect ratio. The screen is topped with a layer of Gorilla Glass 3+ for protection against regular drops.

The F17 Pro is powered by MediaTek Helio P95 processor with an octa-core CPU and Power VR GPU. This is paired with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage and the phone runs on Color OS 7.2 which is based on Android 10. There’s a dedicated microSD card slot that can be used to expand the storage further.

The phone comes with a quad-camera setup on the back that consists of a primary 48MP camera with f/1.8 aperture, an 8MP ultra-wide-angle camera with 119-degree field-of-view, a 2MP macro camera and a 2MP depth sensor. On the front, there is a 16MP primary selfie camera followed by a 2MP depth sensor. The rear cameras can do 4K UHD videos at 30FPS.

The F17 Pro comes with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, under-display fingerprint sensor and more. It is equipped with a 4,000mAh battery with support for 30W fast charging. Oppo claims that the phone can go from 0-100% in 53 minutes courtesy of VOOC 4.0.

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Xiaomi Mi 10, Mi 10 T Pro lunched in India with 6.7-inch 144Hz Display, Price starts at 39,999

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Key Highlights

  • Mi 10, Mi 10 T Pro launched in India.
  • New Mi 10 T with 5G connectivity.

 

Xiaomi has launched the Mi 10T series of smartphones in India. This includes the Mi 10T and the Mi 10T Pro.

Mi 10 Price and Offers

The Mi 10 is available in two variants. The 6/128GB is priced at INR 35,999 and the 8/128GB variant is priced at INR 37,999. The Mi 10T Pro is only available in a single 8/128GB version for INR 39,999.

Xiaomi is also offering additional offers, including an INR 3,000 cashback, up to INR 2,000 off on exchange, up to 12 months no-cost EMI, and up to INR 500 off using Flipkart Super coins. Both phones will be available on Flipkart, Mi.com, Mi Home and Mi Studio stores, along with other retail outlets. Both phones will be up for pre-order starting October 15, 11:59PM IST.

The Mi 10T and the Mi 10T Pro are nearly identical phones. The main and only difference between the two is that the Mi 10T has a 64MP Sony IMX682 main camera while the Mi 10T Pro has a 108MP Samsung HMX camera. You can read our review of the Mi 10T Pro.

Xiaomi also launched a pair of affordable wireless earbuds. The Mi True Wireless Earphones 2C are priced at INR 2,499 and are available starting today.

The Mi 10T vs Mi 10T Pro

One of the biggest differences between the two phones is the camera module. While both phones feature a triple-camera setup, the Mi 10T Pro gets a 108MP primary unit compared to a 64MP unit on the Mi 10T.

Mi 10, Mi 10 T Pro Specifications

Both Mi 10T and Mi 10T pro feature a 6.67-inch display with a refresh rate of 144Hz. The phone comes with an adaptive frequency which ranges from 30Hz to 144Hz. The display is also covered with Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5.

The devices are powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset which also makes it a 5G phone. The phones use LPDDR5 RAM with UFS 3.1 fast storage. Both versions get a 5000mAh battery unit and support fast charging of up to 33W. The company claims the battery supports dual-split fast charge.

In terms of optics, the Mi 10T gets a 64MP Sony IMX Sensor with f/1.89 aperture, a 13MP Ultra-wide Angle Camera with up to 123-degree field of vision (FOV) and a 5MP Macro Lens with a focus range of 2cm – 10cm

The Mi 10T Pro gets a 108MP HMX Sensor with OIS, f/1.69 aperture paired with a 13MP Ultra-wide Angle Camera with up to 123-degree FOV and a 5MP Macro Lens with a focus range of 2cm – 10cm.

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