Clumsy smartphone user? Corning’s new Gorilla Glass 6 can survive 15 drops

Clumsy smartphone user? Corning’s new Gorilla Glass 6 can survive 15 drops

SAN FRANCISCO: Global tech company
Corning Incorporated has introduced ”
Gorilla Glass 6” for New-Age smartphones that survived 15 drops from one metre onto rough surfaces and is up to two times better than
Gorilla Glass 5.

Cornings’ recent consumer survey in April 2018 in eight countries indicated that consumers drop their phones often and mainly from waist height.

Unusual Hacks For iPhone X, Samsung Note 8, Google Pixel 2 XL & On…

Tips & Tricks To Make Your Smartphone Smarter

16 Nov, 2017

Just because you spent a packet on a new flagship device doesn’t mean it will be perfect.

Luckily, you can use software and some hidden tweaks to bring back something that you miss or add a feature you can’t live without.

Enhanced Notification Control On OnePlus 5

16 Nov, 2017

By default, OnePlus 5 only gives you basic app notification controls — you can either allow or block all notifications. There is an option to place them in low priority (which means they only appear at the bottom of the notification center). If you want more control on the notifications, you can enable OnePlus Laboratory — a hidden feature in the Oxygen OS (this means it should also work on the upcoming OnePlus 5T). Hold down the gear icon on the notification bar for 7 to 10 seconds and when you leave it, it will prompt you with a message saying Laboratory has been enabled. You can access it from Settings > OnePlus Laboratory and the only thing it has at the moment is enhanced notification controls. When activated, you can set the importance level of each individual apps notifications — there are 5 levels to choose from that let you adjust full screen interruption, peek, sounds and vibration for incoming notifications. Keep in mind that you will have to go to Settings > Apps > App Name > Notifications to adjust these controls individually for each app.

(Image: Twitter/@OnePlus)

On average, people drop their phones seven times a year, with more than 50 per cent of the drops occurring at 1 metre or below.

“As consumers become more dependent on their smartphones, the opportunity for potentially damaging drops is also on the rise. Now more than ever, it’s critical the cover glass provides outstanding protection,” said John Bayne, Vice President and General Manager, Corning Gorilla Glass late on Wednesday.

Corning Gorilla Glass 6 improves upon Gorilla Glass 5 by surviving drops from higher heights, but, more importantly, has been engineered to survive multiple drops,” Bayne added.

Oppo Find X, Xiaomi Mi 8 & Other Upcoming Phones Worth Getting Exc…

The Smartphones Of The Season

4 Jul, 2018

July is turning out to be one of the most interesting months for smartphone launches. We’re going to see a lot of action across price segments says Karan Bajaj, as he does a round-up of the most interesting ones.

In Pic: Oppo Find X (L) and Xiaomi Mi 8 (R).

Oppo Find X

4 Jul, 2018

The Find X was launched just a few weeks ago and India is expected to be amongst the first lot of countries to get it. The Find X has a beautiful glass body with a motorized camera module. The front has a 6.4-inch curved Amoled display (without a notch) giving it a screento-body ratio of 93%. Inside is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, 8GB RAM, 128/256GB storage and a 3,730mAh battery. The motorized camera module hides a 16MP + 20MP dual rear camera and a 25MP front camera. It also has a 3D face scanning face ID feature (with infrared emitters, similar to the iPhone X) and VOOC fast charge support. Other features include dual SIM slots, USB Type-C port and Android 8.1.

Expected Price: Rs 60,000 onwards


Asus Zenfone 5Z

4 Jul, 2018

The Zenfone 5Z will be the second smartphone to be available in India with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor. It has a 6.2-inch IPS display in 19:9 aspect ratio with a resolution of 2246 x 1080 pixels. The phone is expected to be launched with 6/8GB RAM and 64/128/256GB storage options. In the camera department, it has a 12MP + 8MP dual camera setup with OIS on the rear and a 8MP front camera. Other features include 3,300mAh battery with fast charge support, Hybrid dual SIM slot, expandable storage, rear fingerprint scanner, USB Type-C port, and Android 8.0 with Face unlock. Asus seems poised to take on OnePlus and we therefore expect them to undercut OnePlus prices by a significant margin, making it one of the cheapest Snapdragon 845 phones around.

Price: Rs 29,999 onwards


Vivo NEX

4 Jul, 2018

NEX is the other unique phone expected to arrive in India this month. Doing away with the screen notch, the phone has an 8MP selfie camera module that pops out on top. It has a 6.59-inch amoled display giving it a screen to body ratio of 91%. The phone comes in two variants: NEX A and NEX S — we expect Vivo to only launch the topend NEX S in India because they’re gunning for the premium market. The NEX S runs a Snapdragon 845 processor, 8GB RAM, 128/256GB storage and has a 4,000mAh battery with fast charge support. It also has a under screen fingerprint scanner, 12MP + 5MP dual rear camera with OIS, dual SIM slot, USB Type-C port and Android 8.1.

Expected Price: Rs 50,000 onwards

Xiaomi Mi 8

4 Jul, 2018

Xiaomi’s previous premium device in India was the Mi Mix 2, launched last year. The company has announced the Mi 8 in China as their new flagship and it is expected that the phone will launch in India this month. The Mi 8 features a notched 6.2-inch amoled display in 19:9 aspect ratio and a 7000 series aluminium frame. It comes with an 3D Face unlock similar to the iPhone X (with infrared), rear fingerprint scanner, dual SIM support and runs the latest MiUI 10 based on Android 8.1. Hardware includes a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, 6GB RAM, 64/128//256GB storage and a 3,400mAh battery with Quick Charge 4.0 support. It has a 12MP + 12MP dual camera setup with OIS and dual pixel phase detection autofocus on the rear while the front has a 20MP selfie shooter. The Mi 8 is also the first phone in the world with dual-band GPS (purported improved accuracy of 3 to 5 times).

Expected Price: Rs 35,000 onwards

In addition to larger front displays with more surface area, mobile device manufacturers are also embracing phone designs with glass backs.

With its optical clarity, touch sensitivity, scratch resistance, efficient wireless charging and enhanced durability, Gorilla Glass 6 is set to enable new design trends, the company said in a statement.

“Gorilla Glass 6 is a new glass composition that can be chemically strengthened to give it significantly higher levels of compression than is possible with Gorilla Glass 5. This enables Gorilla Glass 6 to be more resistant to damage,” said Dr Jaymin Amin, Vice President of Technology and Product Development, Corning Gorilla Glass and Corning Specialty.

Use The Right Charger, Check Battery, And Other Tips To Protect Yo…

Say No To Panic

2 Jul, 2018

The Group CEO of Malaysian company Cradle Fund, Nazrin Hassan, recently died after his smartphone exploded. Though the exact make of the smartphone is not known, he was reportedly using devices from BlackBerry and Huawei.

And it’s not an isolated incident. There have been reports of smartphones exploding and catching fire from around the world, including India.

One of the main reasons for a smartphone exploding is the lithiumion battery that heats up while charging. But don’t worry; these tips can protect your handset from turning explosive:

(Text: Rajarshi Bhattacharjee)

Use The Right Chargers

2 Jul, 2018

Smartphone manufacturers insist that users should only use original chargers. The purpose is not to sell more accessories, but they cannot vouch for the quality and performance of the other chargers. In case the charger gets lost or starts malfunctioning, look for an original charger or one from a company that deals in original components.

Opt For Original Batteries

2 Jul, 2018

Like the chargers, it is essential that a manufacturer-approved battery for the specific model is powering your handset. Also, check for any physical damage or deformity which may lead to battery leak and possibility of explosion. It is also important to change a smartphone’s old battery in time.

Avoid Charging For Long

2 Jul, 2018

Prolonged charging of your device may reduce the efficiency of the battery. If the battery is 90 per cent charged, don’t charge it any further. Instead let it drain. Avoid leaving your smartphone to charge overnight and remember to unplug once it is charged.

Be Careful Where You Charge

2 Jul, 2018

Never charge your phone near water or on the bed. Note that leaving your smartphone under a pillow while it charges can heat it up. Manufacturers also recommend minimising device exposure to direct sunlight and advise against leaving your phone in a hot place like a car’s dashboard, or next to a radiator.

Corning Gorilla Glass has been designed into more than six billion devices by more than 45 major brands till date.

“Corning Gorilla Glass 6 is currently being evaluated by multiple customers, and expected to reach the market in the next several months,” the company said.

iOS 12 Gives Siri Shortcuts, Lets You Manage Screen Time

The Big Siri Upgrade

5 Jun, 2018

Apple has added a whole new way of interacting with Siri that could overhaul the way the digital assistant works. The new Siri feature is based around “Shortcuts”, which allows the voice assistant to allow people to do things far more quickly on their phone. Those shortcuts can be used in any app, finally allowing a whole range of apps to interact with Siri. Siri will also be able predict when you might want one of those shortcuts.

Screen Time

5 Jun, 2018

Going the Google way, Apple is trying to help users deal with FOMO. The new Screen Time feature will detail how much time you’re spending on your device and use individual apps. It can break down app usage by category (games, social media, etc.) and track which apps are sending you the most notifications. You’ll also receive a weekly summary of your usage habits.

Group-Led Notifications

5 Jun, 2018

Apple is taking a huge step to fix its messy notifications situation, so you’ll be able to interact with or dismiss multiple notifications from the same app at once. Grouped notifications show up in a stack to give you a sense of how many are waiting for you. “Quiet” notifications will show up in Notification Center, but not on your lock screen. They also won’t make sounds or interrupt you in any way.

Enhanced AR Experiences

5 Jun, 2018

Apple has been working with Pixar on a new file format specifically designed for augmented reality applications, calles USDZ. A number of companies including Adobe, Autodesk, and Sketchfab have already announced that they’ll be integrating and building apps around USDZ.

Measure On The Move

5 Jun, 2018

The software allows you to accurately measure objects or walls around you. You put the object in the camera frame, tap and drag out a line, and it measures it.