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Google releases ‘Confidential Mode’

Prajyot Mainkar

Google’s ‘Confidential Mode’ was until recently limited to the desktop version. But the search giant has now announced an update for the Android app as well. Using this feature one can protect sensitive information from unauthorised access. One can send emails through a confidential mode (self-destruct) after a given span of time. Google is enabling reading in a secure web portal for non Google email accounts. Gmail users can read the email just like other emails. It’s a server-side roll out which means users don’t have to update the app. Google also allows users to set a passcode to open the message. Using this mode, one can prevent the recipient from accidentally sharing the email but doesn’t block users from taking screenshots or photos of the message or attachment. This feature isn’t available for G Suite customers at this time. The confidential mode settings cannot be altered after sending the mail, once the configuration is saved.

Xiaomi POCO F1 is set to be launched in India. The phone will feature a 5.99-inch Full HD+ 2.5D curved glass display with a screen resolution of 2246 pixels x 1080 pixels. Powered by Octa Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Mobile platform with Adreno 630 GPU, the phone comes with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage and has another variant of 128GB storage which can be expanded using microSD support. The device runs on Android v8.1 Oreo edition with MIUI v9.0. This hybrid dual-SIM capable phone comes with a 12-megapixel rear camera with dual LED flash, a secondary 5-megapixel camera, and a 20-megapixel front-facing camera. The device also supports fingerprint sensor. Its network features include 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 ac, Bluetooth v5, GPS + GLONASS and USB Type-C. It is expected to feature a 4000 mAh battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 fast charging capability.

Android Pie is official and you may be wondering if your phone is eligible for the update. If you have Google Pixel, Google Pixel XL, Google Pixel 2, Google Pixel 2 XL and Essential PH-1, the pie update is ready for you. Other devices that tried the Pie Beta updates included OPPO R15 Pro, OnePlus 6, Nokia 7 plus, Vivo X21/X21 UD, Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S and Xperia XZ2. OnePlus devices expected to receive the Android Pie update include OnePlus 3 and 3T, OnePlus 5 and 5T besides the already mentioned OnePlus 6. For Motorola users the list of devices that form the part of the Pie update includes Moto Z3 and Moto Z3 play, Moto Z2 force edition, Moto Z2 play, Moto X4, Moto G6/G6 plus /G6 play. Sony has already confirmed a set of its devices that will soon receive Android’s latest treatment. The phones include Xperia XZ2 / XZ2 Compact/XZ2 Premium, Xperia XZ1/XZ1 Compact/XZ Premium, and Xperia XA2/XA2 Ultra/XA2 Plus. The three HTC smartphones that will receive the Pie update are HTC U12+, HTC U11, and HTC U11+.

Coolpad has launched Mega 5A in India featuring a 5.45-inch HD+ 2.5D curved Glass display with a screen resolution of 1440 pixels x 720 pixels. The phone is powered by a Quad-core Spreadtrum Processor coupled with Mali 400 GPU. It comes with 2GB RAM and 16GB internal memory which can be expanded up to 64GB using a microSD card. The device comes with Android v8.1 Oreo edition and is dual-SIM capable. On the optics side it has an 8-megapixel autofocus rear camera with LED flash and a secondary 0.3-megapixel rear camera. For selfies, users have a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. This device’s network features include 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.0 and GPS. The phone has a 2500mAh battery and is available in golden colour. It is priced at `6,999.

Alcatel has launched its latest budget Android smartphone – Alcatel 7 featuring a 6-inch FHD+ IPS 2.5D curved glass display with a resolution of 2160 pixels x 1080 pixels. The phone is powered by 1.5Ghz Octa-Core MediaTek Helio processor with ARM Mali G71 MP2 GPU, and runs on Android v8.1 with 2GB RAM. This device has 32GB internal storage which can be expanded up to 128 GB using a microSD card. On the optics side, the phone has a 12-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, a 2-megapixel secondary rear camera, and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. The phone also supports fingerprint sensor and has a 4000mAh battery. Its network support includes 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth V4.2 and GPS. Currently available in the US, this phone is available in black and is priced at $179.99. The company is yet to disclose its plan for global launch.

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