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Samsung Galaxy S21 Series Hands-on Videos Leaked, Clear Images of New Phones Surface Ahead of Launch

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Samsung Galaxy S21 series hands-on videos have leaked online just hours ahead of the Galaxy Unpacked 2021 event where the new phones are expected to be launched. Some live images of the Galaxy S21 models have also been leaked that allegedly show the new flagships in greater detail. Additionally, a few images that appear to be from official listings of the Galaxy S21, the Galaxy S21+, and the Galaxy S21 Ultra have been posted by a tipster on Twitter. The fresh leaks give more insights into the design and specifications of the new Samsung phones that could give a tough flight to Apple’s iPhone 12 series.

YouTube channel We the Techies has posted hands-on videos of the Samsung Galaxy S21+ and Galaxy S21 Ultra. While the Samsung Galaxy S21+ appears in Phantom Violet, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is seen in Phantom Black colour option.

Some images of the regular Samsung Galaxy S21, as well as the Galaxy S21+ and Galaxy S21 Ultra, have also been shared by the channel on Twitter. The units appeared in the videos and images are likely to be for demonstration purposes as they have a badge at the back that reads, “Property of Samsung”.

As per the leaks, the Galaxy S21 Ultra seems to be the thickest model in the series. The channel also claims that it is significantly thicker than the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra and the iPhone 12 Pro Max, which are at 8.1mm and 7.4mm thickness, respectively.

Samsung is rumoured to have used a plastic back on the Galaxy S21, while the Galaxy S21+ and the Galaxy S21 Ultra are speculated to feature a glass back. The channel’s Twitter account posting the hands-on images of the new models claimed that despite featuring glass, the back of the Galaxy S21+ and the Galaxy S21 Ultra feels like plastic due to their matte coating.

The channel also claims that the Galaxy S21+ and Galaxy S21 Ultra carry 4,800mAh and 5,000mAh batteries, respectively. Another short video posted on We the Techies’ Twitter account suggests that the Galaxy S21 Ultra will not have a microSD card slot. This is unlike the Galaxy S20 series that has microSD card support for expandable storage up to 1TB.

 

Samsung is said to sell the Galaxy S21 Ultra in the US at $1,200 (roughly Rs. 87,700), which could just be the starting price. The company is also rumoured to introduce various offers for carrier-locked Galaxy S21 models.

In addition to the details provided by the YouTube channel, tipster Evan Blass has more to show about the Samsung Galaxy S21 series. He has posted 360-degree animations of the Galaxy S21 trio that purportedly showcase the entire design of the new models.

Blass also took to Twitter to post some screenshots that appear to be from the official listings of the Samsung Galaxy S21 series models that are expected to go live shortly after the announcement later today. The screenshots show the camera setup of the Galaxy S21 and the Galaxy S21+ and mention a pre-order offer in which users could get free Galaxy Buds Live earbuds and Galaxy SmartTag Bluetooth tracker.

The phones are also tipped to have a Dynamic AMOLED 2X display with Gorilla Glass Victus protection. There is also a mention of the Exynos 2100 SoC in the new phones, except in the US where the Snapdragon 888 SoC is expected to power the Galaxy S21 series.

 

One of the images leaked by Blass also suggests that the retail boxes of the Galaxy S21 series would include a USB Type-C data cable, SIM ejection pin, and a Quick Start Guide. This means that you aren’t likely to get a charger and earbuds in the box. It has also been tipped by other sources. The Galaxy S21 models are also likely to come with IP68-certified build for dust and water resistance.

Some other images posted by Blass suggest that the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra will come with Wi-Fi 6E connectivity and S Pen support. The entire Galaxy S21 series is also tipped to have 25W Super Fast Charging and 15W Fast Wireless Charging — alongside Wireless PowerShare.

 

In another tweet, Blass has shared clear images of the Galaxy S21 series that gives us enough details about the colour and the look and feel of the upcoming models. A couple of images also apparently show the Galaxy S21 Ultra with the silicone cover that has a room for the specially designed S Pen.

 

Samsung is hosting the Galaxy Unpacked 2021 event globally at 10am EST (8:30pm IST) today where the Galaxy S21 series is expected to go live. The Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro and the Galaxy SmartTag are also likely to be announced alongside the new Galaxy S-series flagships. Also, an India-specific version of the Galaxy Unpacked event will begin at 8pm IST today where some local availability details are expected to be revealed.


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Poco X2 Starts Getting Android 11 Through MIUI 12.1 Update, Comes With January 2021 Security Patch

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Poco X2 has started receiving MIUI 12.1 that brings Android 11, Poco India confirmed to Gadgets 360. The update comes nearly six months after the Poco X2 received the MIUI 12 update that didn’t bring the anticipated Android 11 — and was based on Android 10. The Android 11 update for the Poco X2 comes along with the January 2021 Android security patch. You can also expect some of the core features of Android 11.

The Android 11 update for the Poco X2 is gradually rolling out to the users, Poco India told Gadgets 360. This means that you may need to wait for some days to get the latest experience on your Poco X2 device.

Several users have reported the arrival of the Android 11 update for the Poco X2 on social media. Some screenshots shared by the users suggest the Android 11 update comes as the MIUI 12.1.2.0.RGHINXM. The update is sized at 2.4GB and includes the January 2021 Android security patch.

You can check for the Android update on your Poco X2 by going to Settings > About phone.

Some users have raised complaints on Twitter that after updating their Poco X2 the Android 11 update, they’ve started facing issues and lags in performance.

 

Gadgets 360 has asked Poco India to provide clarity on the issues being noticed by the users. This story will be updated upon receiving a comment from the company.

In August last year, the Poco X2 received MIUI 12 Global Stable ROM update that debuted with build number MIUI 12.0.1.0.QGHINXM. That update was, however, based on Android 10.

The Poco X2 was launched in India in February last year as a rebranded Redmi K30 4G. The smartphone featured a 120Hz display and was based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G SoC. It included a 4,500mAh battery that supports 27W fast charging.


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WhatsApp Treating Indian Users Differently from Europeans Matter of Concern: Government Tells Delhi High Court

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WhatsApp is treating Indian users differently from Europeans over opting out of its new privacy policy which is a matter of concern for the government and it is looking into the issue, the Centre informed the Delhi High Court on Monday.

The central government told the high court that it was also a matter of concern that Indian users were being “unilaterally” subjected to the change in privacy policy by the instant messaging platform.

The submissions were made before Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva by Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Chetan Sharma during hearing of a petition by a lawyer against the new privacy policy of WhatsApp which is owned by Facebook.

At the start of the hearing, the court reiterated what it had said on January 18 that WhatsApp was a private app and it was optional whether to download it or not.

“It is not mandatory to download it. Every other app has similar terms and conditions regarding sharing of user information with others,” the court said and asked why the petitioner was challenging the policy of WhatsApp.

The court also observed that the Personal Data Protection Bill was being considered by Parliament and the government was looking into issues raised in the plea.

During the hearing, ASG Sharma told the court that by not giving Indian users the option to opt out of sharing their data with other companies of Facebook, WhatsApp prima facie appears to be treating users with an “all or nothing approach”.

“Insofar the government is concerned, while the privacy policy offered by WhatsApp to its European users specifically prohibits use of any information shared with Facebook companies for the companies” purposes, this clause is not found in the privacy policy offered to Indian citizens who form a very very substantial part of WhatsApp’s user base.

“This differential treatment is certainly a cause of concern for the government. It is also a matter of concern for the government that Indian users are being unilaterally subjected to the changes in the privacy policy,” the ASG told the court.

“This leverages the social significance of WhatsApp to force users into a bargain which may infringe on their interests in information privacy and information security,” he further said.

He also told the court that though the issue was between two private individuals – WhatsApp and its users – the scope and expanse of WhatsApp “make it a germane ground that reasonable and cogent policies are put in place which is being done by the Personal Data Protection Bill and discussions are very much on”.

Sharma said the government was already looking into the issue and has sent a communication to WhatsApp seeking certain information.

Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for WhatsApp, told the court that the communication has been received and will be responded to.

The court, thereafter, listed the matter for hearing on March 1.

The petition, by a lawyer, has contended that the updated privacy policy violates users right to privacy under the Constitution.

The plea has claimed that the new privacy policy of WhatsApp allows full access into a user’s online activity without there being any supervision by the government.

Under the new policy, users can either accept it or exit the app, but they cannot opt not to share their data with other Facebook-owned or third party apps.


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Google to Open US Offices as COVID-19 Vaccination Centres, Spend $150 Million on Vaccine Awareness: CEO Sundar Pichai

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Google’s Indian-American CEO Sundar Pichai announced on Monday that the tech giant will open up its spaces in the US to serve as mass COVID-19 vaccination sites and committed more than $150 million (roughly Rs. 1,090 crores) to promote vaccine education.

Google is initially looking at offices’ spaces inside the US, but is open to do the same in other countries as well, a company official said.

“Today we’re announcing that we’ll be opening up Google spaces to serve as mass vaccination sites, committing more than $150 million (roughly Rs. 1,090 crores) to promote vaccine education and equitable distribution, and making it easier for you to find where and when to get a vaccine,” Pichai announced in a blog post on Monday.

“Searches for ‘vaccines near me” have increased 5x since the beginning of the year and we want to make sure we’re providing timely and locally relevant answers,” he said.

Pichai, 48, said to help with mass vaccination efforts, starting in the United States, Google will make select facilities—such as buildings, parking lots and open spaces—available to anyone eligible for the vaccine based on state and local guidelines.

“We”ll start by partnering with health care provider One Medical and public health authorities to open sites, where needed, in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area in California, Kirkland, Washington, and New York City, with plans to expand nationally,” he said.

Google is working with local officials to determine when sites can open based on vaccine availability, Pichai added.

The US is the worst-hit, has with more than 25 million COVID-19 cases recorded in the country. The country’s death toll moved above 4,17,000, according to Johns Hopkins University data.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Google has helped more than 100 government agencies and global non-governmental organisations run critical public service health announcements through its Ad Grants Crisis Relief programme, he said.

“Today, we’re announcing an additional $100 million (roughly Rs. 730 crores) in advertisement grants for the CDC Foundation, the World Health Organisation, and nonprofits around the globe. We’ll invest another $50 million (roughly Rs. 360 crores) in partnership with public health agencies to reach underserved communities with vaccine-related content and information,” Pichai said.

Google’s efforts will focus heavily on equitable access to vaccines. Early data in the US shows that disproportionately affected populations, especially people of colour and those in rural communities, are not getting access to the vaccine at the same rates as other groups, he said.

To help, Google.org has committed $5 million (roughly Rs. 35 crores) in grants to organisations addressing racial and geographic disparities in COVID-19 vaccinations, including Morehouse School of Medicine’s Satcher Health Leadership Institute and the CDC Foundation, he said.

In the coming weeks, COVID-19 vaccination locations will be available in Google Search, and Maps, starting with Arizona, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas, with more states and countries to come.

“We’ll include details like whether an appointment or referral is required, if access is limited to specific groups, or if it has a drive-through,” he wrote.

Google, according to an official, is working with local officials, public health authorities, and medical providers to move quickly, so once logistics are finalised and as soon as there are enough vaccine doses available, the sites will open.

“We’re open to supporting wherever we can, but we’re starting in the US and we’ll assess from there,” the official said, responding to a question if the programme will be expanded to other countries as well,” the official said.

The novel coronavirus which originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan, the capital of the central Hubei Province, in December 2019 has claimed more than 2.12 million lives and infected over 99 million people across the world, according to Johns Hopkins University.


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