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Tech Podcast: Samsung Galaxy Note 9 hits stores, pre-orders begin

Loading the player... | August 10, 2018

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 launched, pre-orders begin
Samsung launched the Galaxy Note 9 during its Unpacked event in New York yesterday. The device comes with massisve internal storage options, that are 128GB and 512GB, which can be further expanded to 1TB. It also has a massive 4,000mAh battery which Samsung claims can last a day's usage with ease. Other features to look out for are a better camera capabilities and an improved S Pen. The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 will come with the Snapdragon 845 in the US market, whereas it will feature Samsung's Exynos chipset in other markets. The 128GB varaint has been priced at $999 and the 512GB variant has been $1,249. Pre-orders for the Galaxy Note 9 have begun and it will be available from August 24

Xiaomi Mi A2 launched in India
Xiaomi Mi A2, the Android One-affiliated global variant of Mi 6X, was launched in India this week. Only one variant of the Mi A2 has been launched in India with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage has been launched in India. A higher variant with 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage is in the cards. The variant launched in India has been priced at Rs 16,999. Pre-orders for the device have already begun. The Mi A2 will be sold in India via Xiaomi's online platform and Amazon India.

Xiaomi plans to launch India-specific flagship
Xiaomi India head Manu Jain divulged plans to release an India-specific smartphone sometime soon. This device will not be a part of the company's portfolio in China and will be designed specifically for Indian consumers. Jain said that this Xiaomi flagship will be at par with Galaxy S-series smartphones from Samsung or OnePlus flagship devices.

WhatsApp limits messaging forwarding to five chats
WhatsApp officially rolled out the five chat limit on forwarding messages in India. This is one of the initiatives takes by WhatsApp to check the spread of fake news in light of the concerns raised by the Indian government about the platform being misused to instigate violent incidents of lynchings across the country. The feature will be rolled out to all devices using WhatsApp in a phased manner.

WhatsApp loophole lets hackers alter sent messages
Israeli researchers discovered a loophole in WhatsApp's security which allows hackers to intercept and alter sent text messages. Using a hacked version of the instant messaging application, hackers can change the content of a message in either private or public conversations. Responding to the threat, WhatsApp said that this is similar to altering an e-mail, and does not indicate a security shortcoming in end-to-end encryption of WhatsApp messages.

Android 9 Pie released for Pixel devices
Google officially named the latest version of Android as Android Pie before launching it for the Google Pixel devices. Essential followed suit with an Android Pie release of its own. Android Pie puts a lot of emphasis on artificial intelligence and digital wellbeing. The update will be released for devices by Sony, Nokia, Xiaomi, Vivo, Oppo, OnePlus and other Android One-affiliated devices by December this year.
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