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Samsung Galaxy J6 review: The new budget challenger

With Chinese brands dominating the budget Indian smartphone market of under Rs 15,000, it has become seemingly difficult for both domestic brands like Micromax, Intex, etc and industry biggies like Samsung, LG and HTC to compete. In fact global brands like LG, HTC and others have exited the budget segment as they feel it is not viable for their businesses. In a fresh attempt to disrupt the budget smartphone segment, Samsung[1] has launched its new Galaxy J6 smartphone in two storage and RAM versions.

The new Galaxy J6 with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage costs Rs 13,990 while the 4G RAM and 64GB storage version is priced at Rs 16,490.

While both the versions, obviously, look the same, Samsung has introduced its almost bezel-less ‘Infinity Display’ with an aspect ratio of 18:5:9 in both. The dual-curved ‘Infinity Display’ was first introduced in the flagship Galaxy S8 series last year. However, the display in the new Galaxy J6 is not curved on its sides to keep costs down for consumers.

After using the new Samsung Galaxy[2] J6 (3GB RAM/ 32GB storage) for a couple of days, here is our review. In-the-box

The Samsung Galaxy J6 comes with a charging adapter, microUSB cable for charging and data transfer and basic earphones. It’s a dual-SIM smartphone with separate SIM cards and microSD card slots.

Design

Samsung has finally done away with the traditional Galaxy looks found in the earlier budget Galaxy smartphones. Thanks to the new 18:5:9 aspect ratio ‘Infinity Display’, the new Samsung Galaxy J6 looks fresh with a great screen-to-body ratio. Despite housing a 5.6-inch screen, the device is compact and lightweight.

You can easily use the device with one hands. The device looks simple with everything in place yet manages to make a statement. The rear of the new Galaxy J6 is made of polycarbonate bit feels premium.

There is fingerprint scanner at the back while speaker vent is on the right side. The device comes with the standard microUSB port for charging and data transfer needs along with a 3.5mm headphones jack. Overall, the device feels solid in the hands and the build quality is premium.

The smartphone is available in Blue, Black and Gold colour options.


Display
The Galaxy J6 sports a 5.6-inch HD+ Super AMOLED ‘Infinity Display’. As already mentioned, the screen-to-body ratio makes it look attractive. The display is without doubt one of the best in this price range.

It is a delight to watch videos or movies and play games on it. The AMOLED panel makes every thing look vivid and the viewing angles are decent. As far as sunlight visibility is concerned, you shouldn’t face problems viewing the phone under direct sunlight only if the display is put to maximum brightness.

Else, it’s a bit difficult.

Camera

The smartphone comes with a 13MP rear camera with an aperture of f/1.9 along with an 8MP front camera with the same aperture. There is an LED flash on both the sides. As far as imaging is concerned, the Galaxy J6 will easily please with you in daylight and good lightning conditions.

The camera UI offers several options like HDR, Night Mode, Panorama, Beauty and Stickers. You can event opt for the Pro mode.

Talking about night photography, it seems to be a bit of weakness for the device. The lens with an aperture of f/1.9 and the sensor tries its best to provide accurate colours in low light, but the images appear grainy.

Also, this device will not be able to deliver under complex lighting conditions like when you visit a club or disco to party. The selfie camera will easily impress you. Also, under low light, the LED flash in the front comes handy.

The camera mode (in auto) also allows visual search with Samsung Mall integration. This means you will have to just point the camera at a product that you wish to buy or search on e-commerce sites and Samsung Mall will list the product with their prices on different partner e-commerce sites like Amazon[3].in, Jabong, ShopClues and TataCLiQ. By default, Amazon.in listings are shown.

The products with the best visual search match gets listed. Samsung had earlier launched the Samsung Mall with its On7 Prime smartphone in January this year.

Software

The Samsung Galaxy J6 runs Android 8.0 Oreo-based TouchWiz UI. Samsung has literally loaded the phone with loads of software and even Facebook has been bundled as a bloatware.

However, Samsung apps make the device ready out-of-the box and it might come handy for most average users. Thankfully, you can uninstall system apps if you feel they are bloatware affecting performance. Bixby seems to be forcefully integrated in the budget J6 and you will have very little clue as to what to do with it.

Overall, it’s a smooth phone and the TouchWiz offers a neat experience. Not to forget, there is Samsung Pay Mini which makes digital payments easy and a Knox-powered ‘Secure Folder’ for you store to sensitive files. There is no word from Samsung as to whether the phone will get Android P update or not.

Performance

Overall, the device is a smooth performer.

Average users will find it a delight to use while heavy gamers might complain about minor heating and some freezes while multi-tasking. But that’s okay as it doesn’t ruin the experience at all. The Galaxy J6 is powered by a 1.6GHz octa-core Exynos 7870 processor with Mali-T830 MP1 GPU.

While the specs are decent for the price, given it’s made by the Samsung brand, it is recommended to opt for the 4GB RAM version for better performance in the long run. Samsung has worked a lot on optimising the UI for a smooth performance.

BatteryThe device is powered by a 3,000mAh battery which will easily last a day for heavy users while average users can squeeze around 36 hours of battery life. Samsung has included several power saving modes to help users if they happen to run out of juice in an emergency situation.

It takes a but more than 90 minutes to fully-charge the device. Note battery performance tends to vary with the age of the device and usage.

Samsung Galaxy J6 review: The new budget challenger

VerdictIf you are looking to buy a smartphone in the budget range which is built to last from a brand like Samsung then the Galaxy J6 is definitely a good choice. Overall, Samsung Galaxy J6 is a decent device that is likely to suit the daily-needs of most users.

As far competitors are concerned in this price range, there is the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro at Rs 13,999, the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 at Rs 10,999, Honor 9 Lite at Rs 11,999 and the Xiaomi Mi A1 at Rs 14,999.

Samsung Galaxy J6 64GB Specifications
Summary
performance Octa core
display 5.6″ (14.22 cm)
storage 64 GB
camera 13 MP
battery 3000 mAh
ram 4 GB
See Full Specifications[4]

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References

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  3. ^ Amazon (www.gadgetsnow.com)
  4. ^ See Full Specifications (www.gadgetsnow.com)

Meghan Markle makes a statement about feminism on her official Duchess of Sussex information page

Following her wedding to Prince Harry on Saturday 19 May, Meghan Markle has become a fully-fledged member of the royal family, to be known officially as the Duchess of Sussex.
To reflect this, the royal family’s website now features an information page about the Duchess, similar to those profiling the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and it makes a real statement about her intentions.

As well as including information about her childhood and her duties as a member of the royal family, the page makes it clear Meghan is passionate about tackling world injustice and in particular works to end gender inequality. One quote of the Duchess’ reads: “I am proud to be a woman and a feminist”. The page also details that the Duchess of Sussex has been working to challenge gender inequality since she was a child.

Aged 11 she successfully campaigned for a company to alter their television advert that had used sexist language to sell washing-up liquid. The bio also explains that Her Royal Highness volunteered at a soup kitchen in Los Angeles from the age of 13-17. She continued to volunteer at the soup kitchen when she would return home to Los Angeles until the age of 22.

MORE: THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF SUSSEX THANK WELL-WISHERS WITH SWEET INFORMAL PHOTOGRAPH “These early experiences helped to shape her lifelong commitment to causes such as social justice and women’s empowerment,” the page reads.

The profile goes on to list key positions the Duchess holds as an advocate for charity and humanitarian work.

In 2015, she became the UN Women’s Advocate for Women’s Political Participation and Leadership.

Her Royal Highness became involved with the organisation One Young World in 2014 when she was asked to become a Counsellor for the charity.

In addition to her roles with UN Women and One Young World, the Duchess became a Global Ambassador for World Vision in 2016. (Images: Getty) Like this?

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The New Google News: 6 Striking Changes You Should Know About

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During May 2018’s Google I/O developer conference, one of the most headline-grabbing announcements was the imminent arrival of a new Google News app. Just a few short weeks after Google revealed its plans, the new app went live on both Android and iOS. It merges the old version of the app and the Google Newsstand app into a single user experience.

In this article, we are going to take a quick dive into some of the newest features you need to know about. Keep reading to find out more. Note: The app is identical on both Android and iOS, so this article is applicable to both platforms.

1. Local and World News Powered by AI

The big headline is the arrival of AI-powered news.

The goal of the AI is two-fold. Firstly, it wants to show you more of the news stories you care about. Secondly, it aims to improve quality by only showing you articles from trustworthy sources.

This is a big step forward. Remember, there’s no editorial team at Google News; the app is not a hand-picked, curated list of content. Instead, Google has always relied on algorithms to deliver the most pertinent content to readers.

It’s those same AI algorithms which have become even more front-and-center in the new Google News. However, since the announcement of the new app, we’ve not known how the increased focus on AI would translate into the user experience. Now we do.

Let’s have a look.

2. You Can Train the AI

The first step towards getting the most out of the new AI functionality is to tell the app about your interests. Taking the time to set up this part of the app correctly will let it start working for you in a much shorter timeframe.

To begin, open the app and tap on the Favorites tab. The section is divided into four areas: Topics, Sources, Locations, and Saved Stories. If you’ve used Newsstand in the past, the first three sections will already be pre-populated with your previous preferences.

The New Google News: 6 Striking Changes You Should Know About

For any of the three sections, you can add your own selections.

Click on View all and manage to get started. The app will offer suggestions based on your viewing history and other topics you’ve already subscribed to. If you don’t see your desired topic, source, or location automatically listed, you can search for it using the box at the top of the window.

When you’ve finished customizing the various sections, it’s time to move onto the other tabs and see the AI in action.

3. For You: A Personal Daily News Brief

The For You section is the default greeting screen that you’ll see every time you open the new Google News app. At the top, the app shows your Briefing.

The briefing includes five news stories that the news algorithms think will be the most relevant to you, along with a weather forecast. The algorithms use both your interests and your location to make the decision about what to display. The five stories will change throughout the day as news developers.

The stories are a mix of global headlines and local news. As you scroll further down the page, you’ll see more personalized news stories. The page offers infinite scroll, so you will never run out of things to read.

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For each story you see, you can tell Google News whether to show you more or less content in a similar vein.

You can also prevent a certain publication from popping up in your feed. To provide the app with feedback on its recommendations, tap the three vertical dots in the lower right-hand corner of the news story’s card. On the context menu, choose either Hide all stories from [publication], More stories like this, or Fewer stories like this.

Note: To unhide stories from a particular source, go to Settings > Hidden in For You and unblock the content as appropriate.

4. Headlines: Read the Top Stories of the Day

Continuing through the tabs at the bottom of the screen, we come to the Headlines link. Unlike For You, Google News does not customize the content Headlines section to match your interests.

Instead, it offers all the top stories of the day 5 Apps to Read Today’s News Headlines, Quickly 5 Apps to Read Today’s News Headlines, Quickly Whether you want to know what’s going on in the world of technology or quickly swipe through headlines from around the web, the right site or app makes it easier. Read More across a number of broad categories. The stories can come from any source, even ones you’ve previously blocked.

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Theoretically, the section tabs at the top of the screen should coincide with any customizations you made on the web app version of Google News. However, the web app has been plagued with bugs since its redesign 18 months ago, and one of the features that often went awry was the customized tabs.

It seems there are still issues; during my testing, the app was not picking up my preferences. Perhaps you will have better luck.

5. Full Coverage: Get the Full Story

Full Coverage is another of the app’s new features.

It’s available on any story by tapping on the small multi-colored box icon in the corner of the story’s card. Tapping on the icon will take you to a dedicated page about the story in question. The dedicated page offers readers five sections.

They are Live Coverage, Top Coverage, Videos, From Twitter, and Timeline.

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When using the Full Coverage feature, all users will see the same content. It is free of AI and machine learning. One assumes the uniformity is part of Google’s intention to clamp down on fake news How to Filter Out Biased and Unreliable Sites on Google News How to Filter Out Biased and Unreliable Sites on Google News Google News shows headlines from lots of different sources, but you might get sick of some.

Here’s how to see fewer articles from any site in Google News. Read More . Plans are still hazy at this stage, but we know the search giant has teamed up with First Draft and is creating a “Disinfo” lab to be used during elections and other contentious news events.

6. Newsstand: Follow the Sources You Trust

The final tab forms Newsstand’s new home.

In case you’re not aware, Newsstand lets you subscribe to your favorite magazines Top 5 Best Android Apps For Reading Magazines Top 5 Best Android Apps For Reading Magazines For reading magazines on your Android tablet or phone, you will want these apps. Read More and download them onto your device. Most of the subscriptions require a monthly fee. When choosing a subscription, you can pay using your existing payment details that Google has on file.

It’s part of the broader rollout of Subscribe with Google. The service will allow you to subscribe and pay for content directly from a publisher’s website using your Google payment details.

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Partners already include The Financial Times, The New York Times, Mexico’s Reforma, Italy’s La Repubblica, The Telegraph, USA Today, and The Washington Post.

Is This the Next News Revolution?

When Google News came out of beta in January 2006, it changed the way we consumed news forever. Publishers and content creators were falling over themselves to get listed in the index, and more and more readers started heading straight to the app to get their daily fix of current affairs.

Since those early days, online news’ public image has taken a battering. Too many dubious sources and the outbreak of the fake news crisis What Is Fake News and How Does It Spread So Quickly? What Is Fake News and How Does It Spread So Quickly? Fake news is plaguing the internet and the worst part is that most people can’t recognize it when they see it. Read More has eroded the public’s trust in what they read online. But maybe the new Google News and its AI-powered algorithms offers the perfect remedy.

There’s a chance that it will change the news landscape in the same way that its predecessor did all those years ago. And remember, if Google News still isn’t right for you, there are lots of other reputable news sites and sources 13 Most Trusted News Sites You Should Bookmark 13 Most Trusted News Sites You Should Bookmark We are in an age where we don’t trust the people reporting the news. But there are some trustworthy news sources out there.

Look at the ones on this list for unbiased reporting. Read More out there.

You just need to know where to look.

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