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LG Reportedly Planning to Launch Affordable 5G-enabled Smartphones in Second Half of 2020

LG Logo (Picture Source: Reuters)

LG Logo (Picture Source: Reuters)

The South Korean tech giant is also working on a new Velvet smartphone featuring the latest Snapdragon 690 5G Mobile Platform.

  • IANS
  • Last Updated: August 3, 2020, 11:53 AM IST

South Korean tech giant LG is planning to launch an affordable 5G device in markets like South Korea and the US in the second half of 2020. The company is looking ahead to strengthen its original design manufacturer (ODM) strategy and released a device that can be available to a larger market, reports Android Headlines. With the upcoming mass-market 5G smartphones, LG is trying to get the early mover advantage in the markets like the US and South Korea. The company is also working closely with chipset makers for offering best-in-class experience even on the affordable devices.

In addition, the company’s Mobile Communications division is working on improving the profitability of its business and becoming more competitive in the current market. Recently, LG Velvet 5G with Dimensity 800 SoC was spotted in a Google Play Console listing. The LG Velvet 5G launched earlier this year is one of the best mid-range 5G smartphones with a Snapdragon 765G SoC. Additionally, the company is also working on a new Velvet smartphone featuring the latest Snapdragon 690 5G Mobile Platform.


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Microsoft is Reportedly Planning a Six-Phase Re-opening of Its Offices in US on January 19, 2021

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(Photo: Associated Press)

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With Covid-19 Crisis hardly showing any sign of slowing down, many tech giants like Google and Apple have extended their work from option until next year.

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  • Last Updated: August 1, 2020, 10:56 AM IST

Microsoft has reportedly chosen January 19, 2021, as the date for reopening its US offices. According to The Verge, the tech giant is planning a “hybrid workplace” for a six-phase reopening of its offices. “Stage six will be when offices are ready to fully reopen for employees to return to work,” the report said on Friday. The six stages are: Closed; Mandatory working from home; Working from home strongly encouraged; Soft opening; Open with restrictions and finally, Open. “In the US, we have established that the earliest possible date for Stage 6 is now January 19, 2021,” read an internal memo from Kurt DelBene, Microsoft’s head of corporate strategy.

“Our goal for Stage 6 is to return to normal operations while being prepared to back off to an earlier stage if a significant resurgence in the virus occurs,” the memo added. Google is planning to keep its employees working remotely until July 2021 while Apple employees will not return to offices until early next year. With the COVID-19 pandemic hardly showing any sign of slowing down, Google said it would allow employees to work from home till the middle of next year if their roles permit.”To give employees the ability to plan ahead, we are extending our global voluntary work from home option through June 30, 2021, for roles that don’t need to be in the office,” Google CEO Sundar Pichai said in an email to employees, according to a CNBC report.

In May, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg laid out a detailed remote-working plan to make half of his 50,000-strong workforce work from home by 2030. According to him, about half of Facebook employees would work from home five to 10 years from now. While Amazon and Apple expect their employees to return to their respective offices in January, most other tech companies have also allowed work from home till the end of the year.


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Walmart Reportedly Planning to Launch a New Subscription Service to Take on Amazon Prime

The retail giant Walmart is reportedly planning to unveil a new subscription service called Walmart+ that will offer similar benefits to Amazon Prime. Walmart was expected to unveil Walmart+ earlier this year before the pandemic derailed those initial plans. But now, the largest retailer in the US is set to launch the service this summer for $98 per year, news website Vox reported.

Walmart+ will include same-day grocery delivery, discounts on fuel purchases and more. Meanwhile, Amazon Prime, which costs $119 annually, includes free two-day delivery on a huge number of items – with some products even available on the same day or next day.

Both companies struggled with soaring demand for groceries during the pandemic as people began panic shopping. While Covid-19 panic-buying helped boost Walmart sales to record highs earlier this year, its US e-commerce presence is still only around an eighth the size of Amazon’s. As per the report, Amazon is valued at $1.5 trillion, while Walmart is worth $337 billion. And Amazon Prime is a big reason why. Walmart is also going to unveil an online family entertainment program called CAMP by Walmart, in partnership with the retail startup CAMP and the online video technology firm Eko.


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Zoom Planning Significant Investment, More Hiring in India; Seeks to Shed Links With China Amid Border Row

FILE PHOTO:  A 3D printed Zoom logo is placed on the keyboard in this illustration taken April 12, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File photo

FILE PHOTO: A 3D printed Zoom logo is placed on the keyboard in this illustration taken April 12, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File photo

“Some of the misconceptions are disheartening, especially those about Zoom and China,” Zoom’s president of product and engineering Velchamy Sankarlingam said in a blog post.

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  • Last Updated: July 9, 2020, 1:53 PM IST

Popular video conferencing app Zoom is planning to make a significant investment in India over the next five years and ramp up hiring, a top company executive said as he sought to shed any links of Zoom with China ahead of competition from billionaire Mukesh Ambani’s just launched JioMeet.

“Some of the misconceptions are disheartening, especially those about Zoom and China,” Zoom’s president of product and engineering Velchamy Sankarlingam said in a blog post.

“We do recognise that as we continue to introduce ourselves to the Indian market, there has been some confusion about the facts as it relates to Zoom. We want to work through these”. Zoom, he said, is a US company that is publicly traded on the NASDAQ.

Zoom had seen spurt in users since COVID-19 lockdown but now faces competition from JioMeet, which has already seen about one million downloads within a week of launch on its promise of providing unlimited free video calling.

Zoom’s platform offers 40 minutes of video calling for free. In a blog on Medium, Sankarlingam said India is and will continue to be an important market for Zoom, and that the company is excited to build on the exciting opportunities it sees in the region.

“We also have plans for significant investment in the country over the next five years and beyond, including expanding our footprint and hiring more top talent in the region,” he said.

He added that Zoom is helping Indian businesses, government agencies, communities, school teachers, and other users stay connected. Sankarlingam emphasised that the company is keen to engage with stakeholders in India in the coming months to support key priorities such as Digital India, StartUp India and Skills India, as well as introducing them to Zoom.

“Zoom’s presence in India is represented on the ground by an office in Mumbai, as well as two Data Centres (one in Mumbai and one in Hyderabad),” he added.

Besides him, two of Zoom’s top executives – Aparna Bawa (Chief Operating Officer) and Sunil Madan (Corporate Chief Information Officer) – are of Indian descent, he noted. Sankarlingam pointed that there were some “disheartening” misconceptions, especially those about Zoom and China.

“Zoom has been clear about its identity: Zoom is a US company, publicly traded on the NASDAQ, founded and headquartered in San Jose, California,” he explained.

He added that like many global technology companies, Zoom has offices in China operated by subsidiaries of the US parent company. There have been calls for boycotting the app from certain sections in the country that referred to the app as Chinese. These calls had gained momentum after India banned 59 apps that had links with China.

Sankarlingam said Zoom understands its obligation to its users and takes security and privacy “incredibly seriously”. The company had announced a 90-day plan during the course of which Zoom released over 100 new features focused on privacy, safety and security.

In April, the Home Ministry had warned government officials against holding meetings on Zoom amid security concerns regarding the platform. The company had stated that it was in discussions with the government on the matter.


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Planning to Go On a Virtual Date? Tinder Has a Plan For You

Tinder Logo. (Image for representation)

Tinder Logo. (Image for representation)

Tinder also rolled out a photo verification service, a few days back, saying it will help ensure every match is who they say they actually are.

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  • Last Updated: May 7, 2020, 2:56 PM IST

Location-based dating app Tinder has announced to introduce a one-on-one video chat feature in its app later this year. Match Group, the company which owns Tinder along with other dating apps like Hinge and OkCupid, revealed that the video chat option is going to come to Tinder for now. “Social distancing has required adaptations and pivots and has impacted our business because the manner in which singles engage with our products and start relationships has quickly evolved. We know that singles are adjusting their behaviours, and many are shifting to having dates virtually via phone or video,” the company said in a statement.

The company also disclosed that in April female users under the age of 30 on Tinder swiped 37 percent more compared to February. “Female usage and engagement is a key driver for a dating product’s success and we are constantly trying to improve these metrics,” the company added.

Tinder earlier announced that it is rolling out a photo verification service, which it says will help ensure every match is who they say they are. The feature allows members to self-authenticate through a series of real-time posed selfies, which are compared to existing profile photos using human-assisted AI technology. Verified profiles will display a blue checkmark so members can trust their authenticity. The feature is currently testing in select markets and will continue to become more widely available throughout 2020.

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Japan is Already Planning to Launch 6G by the Year 2030

It is believed that the new technology will be 10-times faster than the current 5G.

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Updated:January 21, 2020, 12:28 PM IST

Japan is Already Planning to Launch 6G by the Year 2030
It is believed that the new technology will be 10-times faster than the current 5G.

Japan is reportedly planning a comprehensive strategy for “post-5G” (6G) technology by 2030 and it is believed that the new technology will be 10-times faster than the current 5G. The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications of Japan will set up a government-civilian research society in January under the chairmanship of the University of Tokyo Goshinjin, and under the direct supervision of the General Affairs Minister Takao Sanae, GizmoChaina reported on Monday.

Additionally, people from NTT and Toshiba will also be invited to discuss 6G performance goals and policy support by June. The government will promote the development of 6G technology. US-based investment banking and financial service company, Goldman Sachs, has forecast a hefty 200 million 5G smartphone shipments globally in 2020. The new predicted value is about 20 times more than the sales figure of 2019.

According to estimates, there will be about 1 million new 5G base stations in China in 2020. This is higher than the original 600,000 prediction by Goldman Sachs. Additionally, Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi co-founder Lei Jun announced the company is planning to pump $7 billion in 5G, AI and IoT over the next five years.

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