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WhatsApp Group Voice Calls, Nokia 9, OnePlus 5T, Essential Phone, $1000 From Google – Tech Updates


Hey Whats-up guys welcome to the 28th episode of the tech updates, Let’s get started. Ever since Facebook has acquired the world’s most used messaging platform WhatsApp, the messenger has changed a lot. It has seen many changes and now the latest feature which will be coming soon is the ability to make group calls. The WhatsApp beta version 2.17.70 sends a request to the server to ask if the user you are calling is in another group call. There are many references like this which indicates that this feature is coming soon.

While there are a lot of references about the group voice calls but there is only one reference for the group video call. So at this point we can say group voice call is coming soon but group video call is still in development and might come to the beta version. Google has introduced a new bounty program called Google Play Security reward program to help developers find out bugs and vulnerabilities in their apps available on Google’s Play store.

In this researchers will get reward for discovering problems in third party apps available in Google Play.Developers of popular apps are invited to apply for the program which will help them improving their app. Security is the main area where Google is looking for developers to fix. You can only participate if you are able and willing to respond to the researchers complaint and fix the bug by working with the researcher as soon as possible. For the researcher, you have to find the vulnerability and report it directly to the app developer.

Then both will work together and should fix the issue with 90 days and then report it to Google so that they can issue you the reward. For now popular apps like Snapchat, Tinder, Dropbox, Alibaba, Headspace, Duolingo, Line and are eligible for rewards. This list will expand with time. There have been many leaks and rumors from past couple of weeks of a OnePlus smartphone with less bezels and a 18:9 aspect ratio display to be called OnePlus 5T .

The smartphone is expected to launch in November and the latest leaks on Weibo shows the smartphone in images. You can clearly see it is same as the OnePlus 5 from the back apart from a rear placed fingerprint scanner but front is where everything has changed. Instead of a 16:9 display now we have a 18:9 display. The bezels have also been narrowed down as the fingerprint scanner has now been moved back.

There have been many leaks and rumors about the Nokia 9 and now a back cover of a Nokia branded smartphone with vertical dual camera setup has been leaked. The cover is allegedly of Nokia 9, there is “Designed by HMD Global” branding at the bottom and it also confirmed a rear placed fingerprint scanner. Which indicate that there might be a 18:9 display finally. It will run on Android Oreo out of the box. The smartphone will be powered by the Snapdragon 835 processor coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage.

The Essential Phone by Android founder Andy Rubin was launched in May 2017 and after many problems and delays it went on sale in September at $699 around ₹46,000, but just with the name of Andy Rubin you cannot win against competitors like Apple, Samsung and even OnePlus and Xiaomi. 

So finally the company has decided to sell the smartphone at a price of $499 give it a lifetime price cut of $200. Will you buy it after $200 price cut? Let us know in the comments below and stay tuned to Sid Tech for more tech updates.

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