Google held its biggest developer event of the year this week, I/O 2021, where among other things it showcased the upcoming version of Android operating system, Android 12. In other news Microsoft added new features to Teams; in a major security breach, data of 45 lakh Air India customers leaked online; Xiaomi, OnePlus and other smartphone companies announced extension of warranty on their products. All this and more in top tech news of the week:
Microsoft wants Teams to be your new WhatsApp or Zoom for personal calls
Software giant Microsoft announced new ‘personal’ features that are coming to its Teams platform including Live emojis, Together Mode, Shared to-do list and more. Read the complete report here.
Google announces 2021’s biggest Android update, Android 12
Google showcased all that’s coming to Android phones with its latest software update Android 12. At the Google I/O 2021 event, the tech giant detailed a host of features will be coming to Android phones with the update later this year. Read the complete report here.
OnePlus, Vivo, Realme, Poco, Xiaomi and iTel extend warranty on phones
As the country battles the second wave of coronavirus and many cities and states are under lockdown, smartphone brands have extended the warranty on their products. This warranty extension is valid on devices whose warranty is expiring in the months of May and June. Read the complete report here.
Data of 45 lakh Air India customers leaked
In a major cyber security incident, personal data of 45 lakh Air India flyers worldwide has leaked. The entire personal database of Air India passengers registered over a period of nearly 10 years — between 26 August 2011 and 3 February 2021 — has been hacked. Read the complete report here.
Vaio Z laptop launched in India at Rs 3,52,990
Vaio has expanded its high-end laptop product portfolio with the launch of Vaio Z. The laptop is claimed by the company to be the world’s first 3D moulded, carbon fibre laptop which comes with an all-around carbon fibre protection. Read the complete report here.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G launched, to power mid-range 5G Android phones
Chip maker Qualcomm announced a new chipset — Snapdragon 778 5G. The chipset will power phones from Honor, iQOO, Motorola, Oppo, Realme and Xiaomi. The new chipset, according to the company, focuses on better cameras, faster processing speeds, 5G connectivity and more. Read the complete report here.
Google announces new features coming to Google Maps, Google Photos and other apps in 2021
At its Google I/O 2021 conference, the search giant has announced a range of new features that are coming to its products — Google Maps, Google Photos, Google Lens, Android and Google search. These are the features that will not only enhance user experience but also change the way you use some of these products. Read the complete report here.
Harman launches JBL Commercial CSUM10 USB microphone at Rs 5,799
Harman Professional Solutions has launched JBL Commercial CSUM10 compact USB microphone for the Indian market. Suitable for voice-overs, podcasters, vloggers, gamers, vocalists, acoustic instrument users, it is priced at Rs 5,799. Read the complete report here.
Clubhouse app now available to Android smartphone users in India
Popular audio-only social media app Clubhouse launched its Android beta app in India and is now available on Google Play Store. The app is compatible with Android devices running on Android 8.0 or later. Read the complete report here.
Twitter brings back blue tick verification
Twitter has started rolling out its new verification application process and reviewing public applications for verification, popularly called Blue ticks. The company claims that the new blue tick mechanism rollout marks the next milestone in its plans to give more transparency, credibility and clarity to verification on Twitter. Read the complete report here.
Infinix Hot 10S with 6000mAh battery, MediaTek Helio G85 processor launched in India
Infinix expanded its smartphone lineup in India with the launch of a budget smartphone called Infinix Hot 10S. Launched at Rs 9,999 onwards, it offers 6.82-inch HD+ display, MediaTek Helio G85 processor and 6000mAh battery. Read the complete report here.