With the world’s rapid technological breakthroughs, it is necessary to stay current on all updates and news to live a great life and make the best judgments possible.
The year 2021 has specifically shaped the technology world and made digitalization, a worldwide phenomenon, and every household name. Without much delay, let’s look at the tech news wrap for this week.
Devices & Gadgets
1. The Vivo V23 5G and Vivo V23 Pro 5G will be available in India on January 5th
Celebrate every moment with the beauty of change. Presenting India’s first colour changing smartphone that compliments your every look perfectly.
— Vivo India (@Vivo_India) December 24, 2021
The Vivo V23 5G series is set to launch in India on January 5 at 12 p.m. (IST). On Twitter, the Chinese tech giant hinted at the launch of the new smartphone series. On the official website and Flipkart, a microsite for the Vivo V23 5G series is now live, teasing several key specifications of the Vivo V23 5G series. Vivo hasn’t said which smartphones would be released in the series, but the webpage discloses that the Vivo V23 5G lineup will include two models: the Vivo V23 5G and the Vivo V23 Pro 5G. According to another tweet, the forthcoming Vivo smartphone would include a colour-changing rear panel. “India’s first colour changing smartphone,” according to the 5G-enabled device. The phone is shown shifting colours from gold to green as the light changes in the tweet.
2. PS5 Restock in India: Pre-Order on December 28 for the PlayStation 5 and PS5 Digital Edition
On December 28 at 12 p.m. IST, the PlayStation 5 will be back in stock in India (noon). On ShopatSC, Sony has officially confirmed the resupply. Amazon has also verified that the PlayStation 5 will be restocked on December 28. Other stores, such as Croma, GameLoot, Games The Shop, Flipkart, and others, are expected to offer pre-orders for the PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 5 Digital Edition consoles on December 28. The resupply on December 28 comes three weeks after the last time the PlayStation 5 was available in India, on December 6. The PS5 replenishment was sold out in minutes, as was the case with previous restocks. Customers will be able to order it starting at 12 p.m. IST on December 28. (noon). There hasn’t been any indication of a delivery date as of yet.
3. The Tecno Camon 18 has been released with a 48-megapixel selfie camera
Presenting the all-new CAMON 18 powered by 48 MP Ultra Clear Selfie camera and 48MP AI Triple rear camera along with a Virtual Memory expansion up to 7GB RAM only at Rs. 14999.#TECNO #ComingSoon #StayTuned #CAMON18 pic.twitter.com/7kFE6Wossk
— TecnoMobileInd (@TecnoMobileInd) December 23, 2021
On Thursday, the Tecno Camon 18 was released in India, expanding the company’s inexpensive smartphone lineup. The new phone has a triple rear camera configuration of 49 megapixels, as well as a front-facing selfie camera of 48 megapixels. The 6.8-inch full-HD+ display on the Tecno Camon 18 has a 120Hz touch sampling rate. The smartphone comes with a MediaTek Helio G85 SoC, 4GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage, with the ability to expand memory up to 7GB. The Tecno Camon 18 has a 5,000mAh battery with 18W charging capabilities. In India, the Tecno Camon 18 costs Rs. 14,999 and comes in a single 4GB + 128GB RAM and storage configuration. With every Tecno Camon 18 purchase, Tecno is also including its Buds 2 true wireless headphones. Dusk Grey and Iris Purple are the two colours available for the smartphone.
1. The Fire-Boltt Almighty Smartwatch with Bluetooth Calling and a 10-Day Battery has been released
The Fire-Boltt Almighty smartwatch has been released in India. The smartwatch is a high-end wearable featuring Bluetooth calling and Google and Siri speech assistant capabilities. It comes with 360 Health Control, which is essentially a collection of sensors that allow the wearer to monitor SpO2, heart rate, and blood pressure. The Fire-Boltt Almighty is water and sweat-resistant, with an IP67 rating. Smart notifications and 10-day battery life are also included. The pricing of the new Fire-Boltt Almighty smartwatch is Rs. 14,999. Black, Blue, Brown, Black/ Brown, Matte Black, and Orange are the six colour options available for the Fire-Boltt Almighty. The Fire-Boltt Almighty sports a 1.4-inch AMOLED touchscreen display with a 454×454 pixel resolution.
2. Noise’s the ColorFit Ultra 2 Smartwatch with Stainless Steel Body and Health Suite has been released in India
#LookBeyond the ordinary with the new ColorFit Ultra ft. 1.78” AMOLED screen, best-in-class resolution, premium stainless steel body, 60 sports modes, and more.
— Noise (@gonoise) December 23, 2021
On Thursday, the Noise ColorFit Ultra 2 smartwatch was released in India. The smartwatch’s essential characteristics were unveiled earlier this month. The latest offering from Noise is the company’s largest smartwatch, after the ColorFit Ultra. It has a 1.78-inch AMOLED display with Always-on display functionality. The smartwatch is dust and water-resistant to IP68 standards. For exercise enthusiasts, the device’s noise health suite is a selling point. A female health function on the smartwatch allows women to track their menstrual cycles. The ColorFit Ultra 2 is available on Amazon India and the Noise official website for Rs. 4,499 as an introductory price. Jet Black, Navy Gold, Olive Green, and Silver Grey are the colours available.
Apps & Services
1. The OnePlus 8 Pro and OnePlus 8 will receive the OxygenOS 188.8.131.52 update, which includes the December 2021 security patch
The latest OxygenOS update is now available for the OnePlus 8 Pro and OnePlus 8. The version includes the Android security patch for December 2021, as well as a few bug fixes and other minor enhancements. Users of the OnePlus 8 series phones are reporting that a new OxygenOS version has fixed the WhatsApp crash issue. The update will be rolled out in stages to OnePlus users, as is customary, and the company has published builds for the EU, Global, and India versions of the phones. The latest update will bring identical enhancements to both of the OnePlus 8 phones. The changelog was announced on the OnePlus forum by OnePlus. Firmware version OxygenOS 184.108.40.206 is the most recent upgrade for the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro.
2. Jio Happy New Year Offer of 2,545 Rs gives prepaid recharge plans an extra 29 days of validity
A new Happy New Year deal has been added to Jio’s Rs. 2,545 prepaid recharge package. Jio’s yearlong prepaid plan, which usually has a validity of 336 days, now has an additional 29 days of validity. The Jio Rs. 2,545 prepaid recharge package will now be valid for a full year. The offer will expire on January 2, 2022, so it’s a limited-time promotion in the spirit of the New Year. It is available to both current and new Reliance Jio customers. Jio’s Rs. 2,545 prepaid recharge includes unlimited voice conversations, 100 SMS messages per day, 1.5GB of high-speed data per day, and a 336-day validity period. JioTV, JioCinema, JioSecurity, and JioCloud subscriptions are included in the prepaid recharge package.
3. Realme Year End Sale Offers Up to Rs. 4,000 Off on Realme GT, Narzo, and Other Models
In India, Realme has announced its annual Year-End Sale. The deal will start on December 26 and end on December 30. It will also be held on Realme.com and Flipkart. During the event, a variety of Realme smartphones will be offered at reduced prices. Realme products, such as the C-series and Narzo series smartphones, as well as premium flagship devices like the Realme GT Neo 2 5G, would experience significant price reductions. The reductions would range between Rs. 500 and Rs. 4,000. The flagship Realme GT Neo 2 5G will start at Rs. 31,999 for the 8GB + 128GB storage option during Realme’s Year-End Sale, as previously stated. This is Rs. 4,000 less than the smartphone’s usual starting price.
4. Airtel has launched an Rs. 666 prepaid recharge plan that includes 1.5GB of high-speed daily data with a validity of 77 days
Airtel has discreetly unveiled a new Rs. 666 prepaid recharge plan, following a thorough revision of the telecom operator’s prepaid mobile prices in the country. Users get 1.5GB of high-speed data per day, 100 SMS messages per day, and unlimited voice with the new prepaid recharge plan. While the validity is less than that of the previous Rs. 598 plan (which now costs Rs. 719) this plan looks to be geared at clients on a budget of less than Rs 700. Browsing speeds will be capped at 64kbps if subscribers surpass the high-speed daily data limit.
1. On the CoinMarketCap Index, Shiba Inu defeats Bitcoin and Ether to become the most popular cryptocurrency in 2021
Shiba Inu, a meme-based dog coin, has surpassed Bitcoin, Ether, and Dogecoin to become the most popular cryptocurrency on CoinMarketCap in 2021, overtaking Bitcoin, Ether, and Dogecoin. Shiba Inu is the twelfth most valuable cryptocurrency, with a market capitalization of approximately $20 billion (about Rs. 1,50,120 crore). The SHIB token increased by more than 216 per cent in a week in October of this year, reaching a new all-time high of $0.000088. (roughly Rs. 0.0066). At the moment, each SHIB token is worth $0.00003823. (roughly Rs. 0.0029). Bitcoin, Dogecoin, Cardano, and Ethereum followed Shiba Inu on the popularity index at the second, third, fourth, and fifth positions, respectively, according to CoinMarketCap’s “2021 Wrap Up” report.
1. At CES 2022, Microsoft joins Google, Amazon, and others in cancelling in-person presence
Microsoft announced on Friday that it will not attend the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2022 in Las Vegas, joining a growing number of corporations skipping the event due to fears about the rapid spread of the Omicron COVID-19 version. According to an emailed statement, the US software giant will continue to participate in CES remotely. On Friday, The Verge was the first to disclose that Microsoft will not be attending CES in person. Several other firms, including General Motors, Alphabet’s Google, and its self-driving auto-technology company Waymo, Facebook parent Meta Platforms, Twitter, Lenovo, AT&T, and Amazon.com, announced earlier this week that they would no longer be attending in person.
2. From July 1, 2022, new RBI rules on online card transactions will be in effect
According to new Reserve Bank of India guidelines, e-commerce companies like Amazon and Flipkart, as well as online delivery aggregators like Zomato, would not be able to save card information on their systems starting July 1, 2022. Beginning next year, clients conducting online transactions on any e-commerce platform will be required to enter their debit or credit card information each time. Customers can, however, avoid the bother by permitting platforms to tokenize their cards. Tokenisation allows online purchases to be completed without disclosing card details by replacing card details with a unique algorithm-generated code, or token. Most major e-commerce platforms can currently tokenize just Mastercard and Visa-issued cards.