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Google testing Voice-Based Payment Feature through Google Assistant

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Google testing Voice-Based Payment Feature through Google Assistant

Google testing Voice-Based Payment Feature through Google Assistant

Google is testing a brand new feature on its Assistant that allows users to do payments using their voice. This has been spotted by Android Police this ongoing week. As stated by a Google spokesperson quoted in the report, the feature is in pilot testing for now.

The report points out only select users are receiving this payment option. This is available through the phone’s Setting – Google Assistant, and click on the Payment option. You may see the prompt “Confirm with Voice Match’ and the end of the page, and if that shows up, the voice-enabled payment option is compatible along with your account.

The feature is generally fitted to Google’s Home smart devices, which could allow you to buy and pay sitting in your lounge. We’ve previously seen Amazon support payment options through Alexa for its Echo smart speaker users. you could shop on Amazon, add items to your cart and if the voice payment feature is enabled, just say the word, and Alexa will bill it to your attached card/bank account on its profile.

Google voice payment raises concerns

The use of voice for payment could raise security concerns for people. The day when it’s much easier to mimic voice compared to using face recognition. Payment is a delicate subject, and unless you’re inside the home, doing it with voice means attackers can steal money. We’re hoping that technology companies compute the deficiencies of using voice for payment. Offering AI-centric voice support could make it hard for people to copy people’s voices. All we have got for now is just we are hoping its use case is fairly thought out.

Google is additionally engaged in the features of its RCS-enabled Messages app. A new report says the rich communication service (or RCS) on the platform could soon get end-to-end encryption support. Google Messages rival iMessage and Signal already offer stringent encryption norms. And there’s no reason for Google to not deploy it for its RCS-enabled platform. The report has been unable to work out whether the secure messaging channel is going to be available to both the sender and receiver. However, it’s likely that users are going to be given the selection to enable the encryption themselves

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Realme 6i Indian Variant Could be a Rebadged Realme 6s, Suggests Report

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Chinese smartphone brand Realme is slowly starting to develop a confusing lineup of devices almost like rival brand Xiaomi. We are soon commencing to see plenty of Realme devices being launched with a specific name in one country and the name then being switched to another by the time the phone launches elsewhere. Reportedly, this may even be the case with the upcoming Realme 6i.

The Realme 6i isn’t a single device. The initial Realme 6i was launched in India as the Realme Narzo 10. This was likely because the brand didn’t want to adopt a budget phone into the mid-range ‘6’ series in the country. Now, however, Realme is launching a Realme 6i in the country, and as per a report by OnPhones via GizmoChina, this may actually be a rebadged Realme 6s, that launched in Europe in May 2020.

Realme 6i leaked specifications

An image of a poster for the upcoming Realme phone also surfaced in the blog. The poster in the picture shows a smartphone with a few specifications revealed. This includes a MediaTek Helio G90T processor, a 90Hz ultra-smooth display, and a 48-megapixel quad-camera setup. The image also depicts that the Realme smartphone will also be available in black and white color variants. Moreover, it’ll feature a single punch-hole cutout on the top-left of the display.

As per the source, the Realme 6i is going to be available in barely one configuration which is 4GB RAM and 64GB of expandable storage. It had been also revealed that the smartphone could launch next week in the country.

Realme has quite a few variants to settle on from now in its budget to upper-mid-range segments. While the Narzo series represent the upper-budget segment, the Realme 6 series are proper mid-range devices. We expect the new Realme 6i to be positioned below the Realme 6, which after a recent hike now costs Rs 14,000.

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Asus ROG Phone 3: Specifications, Price, Release date, all the details we know so far

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ASUS has officially announced that the follow-up for its popular gaming smartphone ROG Phone 2, will be unveiled later this month. The ROG Phone 3 is going to launch at an online-only event in China and the corporate has once again partnered with Tencent Games, which suggests that we could see a special ‘Tencent Edition’ as well.

The company has reportedly started sending out invites for its ROG 2020 Game Changer event on July 22. The event is scheduled to start at 8:30 PM IST. The upcoming smartphone was recently spotted on Chinese regulatory body TENAA’s website, unveiling the phone’s key specifications.

ASUS ROG PHONE 3 EXPECTED SPECIFICATIONS

At the specifications front, ASUS ROG Phone 3 is predicted to feature a 6.9-inch AMOLED display with 1080×2340 pixel-screen resolution. Under the hood, the phone probably to be powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 865 chipset with a maximum frequency of 3.091GHz, it means that it will have an overclocked chipset.

The ROG Phone 3 will be provided in three variants i.e. 8GB + 128GB, 12GB + 256GB, and 16GB + 512GB options. At the camera’s front, the phone will come with a triple rear camera setup, which will feature a 64-megapixel primary sensor and a 13-megapixel secondary lens. But, the TENAA listing doesn’t say anything about the third sensor however, it has hinted it will support up to 8x zoom.

Also, the phone will be powered by Android 10 out of the box. Other features of the ROG Phone 3 include 5G support, an in-display fingerprint sensor, face recognition, and a USB Type-C port at the bottom for charging. There could also be a secondary USB Type-C/video out port on the left-hand side. The phone is predicted to measure 171x78x9.85mm and weigh 240 grams.

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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip Price Reduced by Rs 7,000 in India: Check Details

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Samsung has announced a Rs 7,000 price drop on the premium Galaxy Z Flip foldable smartphone in India. The corporate will now sell it for Rs 1,08,999 (Rs 1.9 lakh) permanently rather than Rs 1,15,999 (Rs 1.16 lakh). To recall, the corporate had initially launched the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip at Rs 1,09,999 (Rs 1.10 lakh) in India, on the other hand, it quietly increased the price to Rs 1,15,999.

Apart from Rs 7,000 reduction, Samsung Galaxy Z Flip buyers can even avail an extra Rs 8,000 discount if they upgrade to Galaxy Z Flip from select smartphones. This can effectively bring the price all the way down to Rs 1,00,999 (Rs 1.1 lakh). Samsung website is yet to list the new price, but the offer of no-cost EMI up to 18 months through various leading banks is live.

The Galaxy Z Flip comes with accidental damage cover, which has one-time screen protection and a 24X7 dedicated call center support in India. Consumers can purchase it in three color options of Mirror Gold, Mirror Purple, and Mirror Black.

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip is being pitched as a life-style product aimed toward those staying prior to the curve. In India, the Galaxy Z Flip is out there for purchase from here, Amazon India, and select retail stores. The Galaxy Z Flip addresses some of the key issues first observed with the Galaxy Fold introduced last year.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip: Specifications, features

The foldable smartphone comes with a 6.7-inch Full HD+ foldable screen. This screen acts as the primary display and becomes available once you unfold the smartphone. When folded, there’s a smaller 1.1-inch secondary screen with a resolution of 300 x 112 pixels. It is good to ascertain notifications and even acts as a viewfinder but it’s not considered useful.

With the flip foldable smartphone, Samsung has strengthened the first display and claims to use ultra-thin glass. It is powered by Snapdragon 855+ SoC and comes with 8GB of RAM and 256GB internal storage. There are dual 12-megapixel rear cameras and a 10-megapixel selfie camera. The Galaxy Z Flip comes with a side-mounted fingerprint sensor and packs a 3,300mAh battery. The device supports 15W fast charging and wireless charging also.

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