Last week was very exciting for both us and our readers. For us, it was a big week which we have passed through one of the greatest moments we ever had in AndroidHits. We successfully have reached Hundred Thousand (100,000) followers on Facebook (Like Our Page). It may not look big to you, but it was one of the biggest proud moments for us. Once again, we thank you all for the support and co-operation so far, also expecting the same throughout our entire journey. As we say more power means more responsibility, we ought to bring you more news, editorial contents and our special roundups in time.
Like every weekend, we are rounding up the major headlines from last week, the 37th week from 2017 in this single Weekly Roundup article, if you want to skim up through the news week.
Major headlines of Week 37
- 1 Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 Launched In China
- 2 Xiaomi Mi Note 3 Goes Official In China
- 3 Samsung Galaxy Note 8 launched in India at 67,900 INR
- 4 Entry-level Oppo A71 Unveiled In India
- 5 First OTA Update for Samsung Galaxy Note 8 started rolling out
- 6 ASUS Launches ZenFone 4 Selfie Series In India
Xiaomi has finally launched the successor in company’s innovative bezel-less smartphone lineup last week in China. The Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 comes with almost completely bezel-less design, same as the predecessor. The Mi MIX 2 is powered with Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset, features a 5.99-inch FullHD bezel-less display having the ratio of 18:9. The device has 6 gigs of RAM onboard, sporting 12MP rear-facing camera sensor. Apart from the rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, the Xiaomi Mi MXI 2 has a face recognition feature.
Alongside the bezel-less flagship Mi MIX 2, Xiaomi China has also launched the premium mid-range smartphone Mi Note 3 in the country. the smartphone has a 5.5 inch Full HD display with narrow bezels on sides. The device houses Snapdragon 660 Chipset, coupled with 6GB of RAM under the hood. The rear-facing camera combines 12MP sensors, one with 4-axis Image Stabilisation and other of telephoto zooming.
Samsung India has unveiled the company’s latest flagship smartphone Galaxy Note 8 in the country, pricing starts from INR 67,900. The smartphone was launched globally back in late-AUgust, coming with a humongous display of 6.3 inches. The device is powered with SD835 SOC, with 6GB RAM paired. The device has a dual camera on the rear with dual OIS.
Chinese manufacturer Oppo’s new entry-level smartphone in A series has been launched in India last week, with 5.2 inch HD display and MTK6750 under the hood. The device has a 3GB of RAM, with 16GB. As an entry-level, the smartphone lacks fingerprint scanner and many other features. The devoice’s price tag starts from 12,990 INR.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 last week has started getting the first OTA update worldwide. The update brings stability improvements to the primary camera department, weighs around 500+ MB.
ASUS Zenfone 4 series has gotten unveiled in the country last week, with three variants in total. ASUS Zenfone 4 Selfie has one normal variant, along with a dual selfie camera version. The latter variant is ASUS Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro with 24MP DUoPixel selfie snapper on the front. Here are the major hardware specifications of Zenfone 4 Selfie and Pro.
Zenfone 4 Selfie Specifications
- 5.5″ HD display
- Snapdragon 430, 3GB (4GB for Dual-camera version)
- Rear camera – 13MP(normal) / 20MP(dual camera)
- Front Camera – 13MP (normal) / 16MP+8MP (Dual-camera version)
Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro Specifications
- 5.5″ Full HD (1920×1080) AMOLED display
- Snapdragon 625, 4GB
- 16MP- rear camera
- 24MP (12MP x 2) DuoPix + 5MP- front camera
- Android 7.0
Google has announced the Material Design Awards 2017, for apps which hold the best material design in each segment.
- Brand Expressiveness: Blinkist
- Interaction Design: Eventbrite Organizer
- Platform Adaptiveness: NPR One
- Innovation: momondo
Apps of the Week
Here are the top two apps of the week.
Wallrox Wallpapers 🔥
Wallrox is cloud-based Wallpaper repository app that has tons of material design wallpapers. Every wallpaper has at least 2K resolution, and they fit your smartphone whatever the resolution and larger your display is. They all are handcrafted uniquely and you can get dynamic wallpaper changes in each day or specific interval from the cloud.
Memrise is a community language study companion tool app developed for Android. The app features a lot of languages, and anyone can learn many foreign languages easily along with flourishing your vocabulary with new phrases. The App has won the award for the best app in 2017 by Google.
Games of the Week
Ludo (aka Parchis) is a board game like Chess or Snake& Ladder played in India long ago. This is the first time this classic game is being ported into a digital form, which is able to play in Android smartphones. The gameplay is much clasc, and needs a combination of logic and tricky mind to get through.
Loner is a nimal game which makes you feel lonely and peaceful. The game features an aircraft, which you will be asked to fly high along, which makes the player much immersively lonely.