29 Jan 2020

TechBits, Jan 29, 2020

1. Google Launches ‘#AndroidHelp’ Hashtag On Twitter To Answer User’s Android Smartphone Queries

  • Google recently introduced a new service that allows Android users to get solutions for their Android related queries. It’s called hashtag #AndroidHelp on Twitter and users simply need to tweet their question with #AndroidHelp to get an answer back from the Google support team via the official @Android account, reports Gadgets 360.
  • Google’s main aim with this service is to help users get quick responses to their queries where they don’t have to privately DM to the Android account. This will also help get rid of the need for users to rely on Google support forums. Moreover, since the queries and solutions will remain public, it’ll also help others with similar issues get quicker help.
  • Google hasn’t released more information around whether the service is targeted towards only Android smartphones but also for other Android devices. Also, it’s possible that the search engine giant is going to make use of Artificial Intelligence or the machine learning algorithm to handle the volume of queries that’ll come its way. Users have already started tweeting around queries to @Android account.

2. Oppo To Launch A Smartwatch Soon With Built-In ECG Monitor, Similar To Apple Watch

  • Oppo hasn’t really dived into the wearables space like Chinese counterparts Xiaomi and Honor have but the BBK Electronics owned Chinese company is now planning to venture into the realm of smartwatches, with the first one meant to compete directly with the Apple Watch.
  • According to a leak reported by GizmoChina, Oppo’s first smartwatch will have a square face and an ECG monitor. The leak, which appeared on Weibo, suggests that the watch will follow the Apple Watch 5 in offering an ECG monitor. It will also mirror its design in terms of its shape, with a square face apparently in the works for the product.
  • This would clearly move Oppo’s smartwatch offering into remarkably similar territory as the Apple Watch, which suggests the company could be planning to compete as a cheaper alternative.

3. Poco X2 Will Probably Be The Cheapest Phone With A 120Hz Display In India

  • 18 months after Poco released the Poco F1, the spun-off Xiaomi brand has finally confirmed the launch of its next phone, the Poco X2. The Poco X2 is all set to be launched on February 4 at an event in India. Now, it seems like we’ll be hearing more about the phone in the days leading to its launch. Today, Poco took to Twitter to confirm that the Poco X2 will have a 120Hz refresh-rate display.
  • Yesterday, Poco announced a mobile-only marketing campaign that would measure the refresh rate of one’s smartphone and throw a snarky comment if it was anything below 120Hz. Although the campaign almost confirmed that the X2 would have a 120Hz display, the brand has left no doubts with the announcement today.
  • If the Poco X2 does indeed turn out to be a re-branded Redmi K30, the phone will be powered by a Snapdragon 730G processor and will come with up to 8GB of RAM. Other specifications of the phone include a 120Hz 6.67-inch display, a quad-cam setup, and a 4,500mAh battery with 27W fast charging support.

4. Google Duo Now Lets You Send Notes When Your Contact Can’t Do Video Calls

  • Google, in a bid to make its Duo calling experience more personalized, is now launching a new Notes feature.
  • As per a report by Android Police, ‘Notes’ in Duo are intended as one-time messages that you write or draw and send to another user. The idea is to offer users an alternative to video if they want to send a contact that they usually talk to via a phone call or a quick message. Video messages have been available for some time, but they are not always a viable option, depending on your current environment.
  • What’s worth noting though is that you get a decent amount of customizability, with eight background colors, six fonts, and three brush strokes to choose from. You can also resize, move, and rotate the text to make your note that much more personal. Here are a few examples of how they look like:

5. Motorola Really Wants To Make Sure You Don’t Break Your Expensive New Razr Phone

  • Motorola clearly has zero faith that Razr owners will know how to care for their new foldable phones.
  • With the Razr now available for pre-order, the company dropped a bunch of videos on its YouTube page. From unboxing the phone to highlighting all the features, Motorola does not want you to miss a thing.
  • But the best is a quick 42-second video with instructions on how to keep your Razr in tip-top shape. Which makes sense, considering the phone is $1,500 and available in a few weeks.
  • It was just last year that Samsung’s Galaxy Fold, the company’s first foldable smartphone that sells for $1,980, started breaking on tech reporters who had early access to the phone.
  • Some accidentally peeled the protective layer off, which resulted in damaging the display. Not only because it was already coming off on its own, but because it looked like a screen protector. For others, the phone broke from just standard usage after a few days.

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