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It happens so that many Android and iPhone users in the UAE were caught by surprise when WhatsApp Calling was found to be working in the region. Both the audio and video calling features of were working for a brief amount of time until users started reporting that the audio calling quality was bad and broken. That said, the Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (TRA) confirms that all there is no change in UAE’s policy for voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP). Currently, Etisalat and Du have resumed the ban on WhatsApp Calling in the UAE. Read more here.
With the amount of Samsung’s latest Note8 smartphone rumors taking rounds over the internet, it’s just a matter of time when the smartphone giant will launch the phablet. The latest reports indicate that Samsung will be revealing the smartphone on August 26 at a special event in New York. It’s not surprising because Apple is also expected to unveil the new iPhones later in September 2017. The device is expected to feature a 6.3-inch infinity display, AKG-tuned speakers, a textured and dedicated Bixby button and possibly a fingerprint scanner within the display. There were certain reports in the past that Samsung might prefer to use batteries made by LG Chem for the Galaxy Note8. Read more here.
After all the wait, OnePlus 5 is now official with the top of the range specifications. The smartphone is powered by the Snapdragon 835 processor with 8GB RAM, which is the highest in the Android mobile market. However, the 8GB RAM will only be featured on the 128GB storage model. There is also a 64GB storage model with 6GB RAM. The smartphone runs on the latest Android 7.1.1 with the Oxygen OS software. The device also comes with a dual-lens camera configuration, one with a 16MP image sensor with a sharp F1.7 aperture and the other with a 20MP image sensor. The OnePlus 5 also comes with a 3300 mAh battery. Read more here.
LG has unveiled a new version of its flagship series called the LG G6+ smartphone with 6GB RAM onboard, while having the same Snapdragon 821 processor. It was a disappointing that LG did not include the latest Snapdragon 835 processor for the new G6+. While the device still holds the same 5.7-inch QHD+ display with a bezel-less design and 3300 mAh battery, LG adds the wireless charging capability and facial recognition capability for the LG G6+, something that was not there in the original LG G6. There has been no official word yet on the availability of the LG G6+ in the UAE. Read more information here.
Etisalat has announced that they will be offering free WiFi access for all the residents of the UAE. Etisalat says that all users with a UAE mobile number will be able to access the public hotspots installed around the country. Etisalat’s WiFi hotspots are active around shopping malls, popular parks, important areas, airports and more. Users will only need to connect to the “UAE WiFi by Etisalat” SSID. Users will then get a PIN code via an SMS for registering their numbers for the free WiFi offer. Know more here.
To enhance the shopping experience for users in Dubai, Majid Al Futtaim has officially introduced a new concept called “hands-free” shopping where users can get their purchased items and bags delivered to their homes, instead of carrying around kilograms of items in the hot summer. The deliveries can be dropped in the pick up points located around the mall. Users can alternatively use the Mall of the Emirates application or the Fetchr application to schedule the delivery. The new concept is possible, thanks to Majid Al Futtaim’s tie-up with Fetchr. Read more here.