Sun, Dec 05, 2021 | Updated 09.50AM IST
Gadgets Now Bureau05 Dec, 2021, 09:16AM IST
Reliance Jio’s new prices, new powerful Android SoC, popular iPhone and Android apps of 2021 and other top tech news of the week
The list of India-born CEOs heading global technology companies grew longer this week, with Parag Agarwal taking over as the new Twitter CEO. In the gadget launches front, Xiaomi brand Redmi launched a new smartphone, Microsoft Stereo headsets and more. Here’s all this other top tech news of the week.
India-born Parag Agarwal is new Twitter CEO
Twitter promoted company insider and chief technology officer Parag Agrawal to replace CEO Jack Dorsey. The social media networking platform joins tech giants Apple, Amazon and Alphabet in tapping a company insider for the top job. Agrawal joined Twitter as a software engineer and has been with the company for over a decade. He was appointed chief technology officer in October 2017. He oversaw Twitter’s technical strategy and has been responsible for improving the pace of software development, while advancing the use of machine learning across the company. Click here to read the complete story.
Qualcomm launches ‘most-powerful’ SoC for Android smartphones
Qualcomm introduced the successor to its flagship Snapdragon 888 chipset at the Snapdragon Tech Summit 2021. Dubbed Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Mobile Platform, as per the company’s newly adopted single-digit naming scheme, the new chipset will power Android flagship smartphones in the year 2022. The company says that the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 features several technological firsts. It is claimed to be the world’s first to feature a 10 Gigabit 5G modem-RF solution as well as an 18-bit ISP. The chipset also features the company’s fastest AI Engine for mobile powered by 7th-generation Qualcomm AI Engine. Click here to read the complete story.
Reliance Jio new prepaid plans go live, price increased up to 20%
Late last week, Reliance Jio announced an increase in prices of its unlimited data plans. The new prices went live this week. Post the price hike, Reliance Jio’s base plan, with 28 days validity, priced at Rs 129 costs Rs 155. The prices of data add-on plans too have been increased. The cheapest data add-on plan priced at Rs 51 that offers 6GB data now is priced at Rs 61. Reliance Jio’s price increase comes just days after rivals Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea announced similar tariff hikes. The duo too increased prices by almost 20%. Click here to read the complete story.
Xbox Stereo headset with 3.5mm audio jack and Dolby Atmos launched in India
Microsoft has launched the Xbox Stereo headset in the Indian market. The Xbox Stereo are available on Amazon at Rs 5,394. The headset supports spatial sound technology which includes support for DTS HeadphoneX, Windows Sonic and Dolby Atmos. The headset also sports an adjustable mic which can be moved when not required. Moreover, the on-ear controls bring in a more immersive overall experience. Click here to read the complete story.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11T 5G launch
The week also saw the launch of a new mid-range smartphone from Redmi — Redmi Note 11T 5G smartphone. The Redmi Note 11T 5G smartphone will be available in three RAM and storage options. The 6GB RAM and 64GB storage variant is priced at Rs 16,999. The variant with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage at Rs 17,999 and top of the line variant with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage is priced at Rs 19,999. The smartphone runs Android 11 and is powered by a MediaTek 810 processor. It sports a dual rear camera and is backed by a 5000 mAh battery. Click here to read the complete story.
Samsung 35W Power Adapter Duo launched in India at Rs 2,299
Samsung launched its first 35W power adapter duo fast charger with dual ports in India. The new fast charger from Samsung promises to offer simultaneous charging support, universal compatibility and superfast charging. The company has priced the Samsung 35W Power Adaptor Duo at Rs 2,299 and it is available across retail and online stores. The company claims that the fast charger can charge Galaxy smartphones in 50% less time. If you are charging two devices at the same time then the USB C port will offer 20W charging speed and the USB A port will offer 15W charging speed. Click here to read the complete story.
BitClass is the Best Android app of 2021 for India
Google released its annual list of best Android apps and games for the year 2021. The tech giant announced the winners of the Google Play Best of 2021 awards for India. According to the list, BitClass tops editor’s choice while Clubhouse gets users’ choice award. On the other hand, Garena Free Fire MAX is the most popular Android game in the users’ choice category. It is a popular battle royal game that comes with HD graphics and enhanced special effects. Click here to read the complete story.
These are the most-popular iOS apps in India
Like Google, Apple too released its Best apps of the year 2021 list. Apple list includes both free and paid apps. WhatsApp Messenger tops the free list, while DSLR Camera leads the paid apps category. Here are all the other top apps. Click here to read the complete story.
Realme increases prices of its entry-level smartphone, C11 2021
Realme has increased the price of its entry-level phone Realme C11 2021. The smartphone is now priced at Rs 7,499 onwards (2GB RAM and 32GB storage). While the 4GB+64GB storage variant will now cost Rs 8,999. To recall, the handset was launched in June this year with a price tag of Rs 6,999 and Rs 8,499 for the 2GB and 4GB RAM variants, respectively. Price of the phone was increased to Rs 7,299 (2GB model) and Rs 8,799 (4GB model) in August. With the latest price hike, Realme C11 2021 has become more expensive by Rs 200. While the overall price increase is Rs 500 since the launch of the device. Click here to read the complete story.
Redmi Note 10S’ new variant launched in India
Redmi launched the Redmi Note 10S smartphone in the Indian market in May. At that time, the smartphone was introduced in two variants with different storage options along with 6GB of RAM. Now, the company has launched another variant with 8GB RAM and 128GB of storage. The new variant is priced at Rs 17,499 and is available on Amazon.com, Mi.com and Mi Home stores. Click here to read the complete story.
Ambrane launches ‘Dots Tune’ true wireless earbuds
Ambrane launched its Dots Tune earbuds in India at Rs 2,199. The earbuds are powered by 10mm speaker drivers and support both Google Assistant and Siri, giving the users the option of voice command. Ambrane claims that the Dots Tune TWS can give 29 hours of total playback, including the power stored in its charging case and that without the charging case, the pair of earbuds lasts for up to 6.5 hours with just a single charge. Click here to read the complete story.
Nothing ear (1) black edition wireless earbuds launched
Nothing launched the limited edition of their debut product ear (1) in India this week. The Nothing ear (1) black edition features smoky finish with matte black silicone earbuds and internal casing. The limited edition earbuds are priced at Rs 6,999 and will be available on Flipkart’s website as well as on the company’s official website starting December 13. Click here to read the complete story.
Boat Rockerz 330 Pro Bluetooth earphones launched
Boat launched its new Bluetooth headset Rockerz 330 Pro in India. The company launched the latest Bluetooth headset in partnership with Canadian singer and rapper AP Dhillon. This is the first Bluetooth neckband earphones that claims to offer 60 hours of music playback on a single charge. Boat Rockerz 330 Pro also come with fast charging features that promise to offer 20 hours of music playback with just 10 minutes of charging. Priced at Rs 1,499, the Bluetooth earphones come with IPX5 rating which makes it sweat and water-resistant. Click here to read the complete story.
Acerpure cool C2 and Acerpure pro P2 air purifiers launched
Acer launched two air purifiers in India this week. The company launched Acerpure cool C2 and Acerpure pro P2. The air purifiers sport a 4-in-1 HEPA filter which promises to remove viruses, bacteria, allergens and pollutants from the air. The company has priced the Acerpure cool C2 at Rs 16,999, while the Acerpure Pro P2 cost Rs 21,999. Both the devices are available online on the company’s official website and other e-commerce platforms. You can also purchase the air purifiers from Acer exclusive stores in the country. Click here to read the complete story.
Noise Air Buds Pro with active noise cancellation launched
Noise launched its affordable pair of true wireless earbuds — Air Buds Pro in the country. The all-new Noise Air Buds Pro comes with active noise cancellation (ANC) and supports Bluetooth 5.0 as a connectivity option. Priced at Rs 2,499, the earbuds promise to offer improved call performance and come with a 10mm driver unit. The earbuds come with active noise cancellation and claim to offer 20 hours of battery backup on a single charge. Click here to read the complete story.