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Tez renamed to Google Pay!

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Last year Google had launched Tez, a UPI based platform for money transfer is now being Renamed to Google Pay. While Google Pay is available in countries like USA which carries mobile-based payments via NFC, The Google Pay in India will still work on UPI. Google has also added additional features to the app with this update. Soon Google Pay users will be able to apply for a loon within the app as Google has partnered with a bunch of Private Banks.  “In the coming weeks, these customers will be able to use Google Pay to take out a customised loan amount from their banks, with minimal paperwork, and once they accept the bank’s terms, the money is deposited securely and instantly by their bank, into their bank account,” Google’s general manager (payments) Caesar Sengupta said.

 

“The world has certainly taken notice of India’s digital payments success and our deep investments here with Tez. Many governments are asking us to work with them to bring similar digital payments innovations to their countries,” Google said. According to Google, they have almost 22million active users on its payment platforms in India with over 750 million transactions and average annual transaction of 2 lakh crore.

 

 

Google is also planning to take Google Pay to Online Merchants like RedBus, Mi, BookMyShow etc. Google Pay has always revamped the merchant side of App and the tech Giant will now be focusing on gathering more and more merchants to use their app.

 

From the date of launch, Google has been offering lucrative offers such as cash back to retain their young customers and it definitely worked out for them. Google Pay will continue providing scratch cards and cashback along with the option to invite others as a referral program.

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Get Android 9.0 Pie on OnePlus 3/3T with this ROM!

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As the title says, A port of Pixel Experience ROM is now available for 3 and 3T. You can get Android 9 on OnePlus 3 or 3T by flashing this port of the Pixel Experience ROM. With the help of this ROM, you will be able to experience the Android 9.0 on your device before the official release. Even though at the launch OnePlus promised to give Android 9.0 to 3/3T users but most of the times the Custom ROMs are lighter and can provide better UX. Talking about this ROM, The Android 9 Pie port for the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T has just been released thanks to the work of XDA Senior Member JagravNaik. This is another port of the Pixel Experience ROM that updates these two devices. The ROM is considered to be in a beta state due to some known issues with NFC and encryption not being supported yet. However, tests have currently shown us that the following works quite well in this early beta release.

What’s Working:

  • WiFi
  • RIL
  • Mobile Data
  • GPS
  • Camera
  • Flashlight
  • Camcorder
  • Bluetooth
  • Fingerprint Reader
  • HW Buttons
  • Alert Slider and Gestures
  • Sound / Vibration
  • VoLTE

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If you are the Oneplus 3/3T user with TWRP custom recovery then you can easily this Android pie ROM on your phone and enjoy all the new features of the ROM on your phone. Here is a full guide which you can use on your phone and install Android Pie 9.0 on OnePlus 3/3T

Install Pixel Experience on OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T

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Download the ROM – Pixel Experience for 3T

Note – You don’t require GApps for this ROM as all the apps are already included.

Perquisites

Before you flash the ROM, Please make sure you have an unlocked bootloader, with TWRP recovery. Also Please take a Backup of your present files and ensure you have more than 50% battery before proceeding further.

Steps to Install Android Pie on OnePlus 3T

  1. Download the Android Pie and other files from the Download section and save all the files on your phone’s internal memory.
  2. Open TWRP Recovery by pressing Volume UP + Power button while turning the phone On.
  3. In TWRP Go TO Wipe > Advanced Wipe > select Dalvik Cache, Cache, Data and Swipe to wipe from the below of the screen.
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  4. Now, Go to Home in TWRP and select Install Button. Locate the file you downloaded above and swipe to flash.
  5. Now Reboot the device and you should have successfully installed Android 9 on your OnePlus 3.

The first boot may take longer time than usual.

 

So were you able to install Android 9 on your OnePlus 3 or OnePlus 3T? Let us know in the comment section below!

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Honor Play vs Poco F1 – Amazing Result!

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A few weeks ago, Huawei launched the Honor Play and Huawei was successful in creating a huge buzz about it, Afterall they were giving a phone with flagship-like specs at a budget price. Fast forward a couple of weeks, Xiaomi brings a new sub-brand called Poco(Italian of little). Now Pocophone brings their product, that is Poco F1. Now the Poco F1 also lives on the same criteria, It brings flagship specs at the price of a budget phone. Very Similar to what OnePlus did with OnePlusOne. Now for the consumers, there are two choices and we at Technokick will help you in choosing the right phone for you. So today we will do a comparison of Honor Play vs Poco F1.

Build and Design – Honor Play vs Poco F1

Honor Play vs Poco F1

20K is not a small amount and it is just between a budget series phone like Redmi Note Series and Premium Budget phones like OnePlus. When spending 20K I expect my phone to look good and want people to envy it. The Poco F1 has a polycarbonate body all around, There is neither metal nor glass. The feel is what you get on a 5 thousand rupees Redmi 1s. Holding the phone doesn’t seem like you are holding an expensive phone. Even though the notch looks fine but the In-Hand feel is terrible. Coming to the Honor Play, It has a unibody metal built. The phone speaks for itself. When kept on the table, I have had more than 5 people ask me about the phone. The Poco F1 won’t give you that kind of attention. I have used a lot of phones from Moto G to S9 and I know how much the in-hand feel matters. The Premium feel you get on the Honor Play is far superior to what you get on the Poco F1. The Front design of both the phones is a somewhat similar but the bezels of Honor Play is a tad bit smaller than that of Poco F1. The Poco F1 has 82% Screen to body ratio while the Honor Play has 83%. This one percent even though is minuscule, It makes a lot of difference. Honor play has a smaller chin as well as a smaller top bezel. Honor Play is also slimmer than the Poco F1 as well as lighter.

Display

Honor Play vs Poco F1

Poco F1 and Honor Play are at par in terms of display with both phones sporting a notch. Poco F1 features a 6.18-inch Full HD+ display with 18.9:7 aspect ratio. Honor Play has a 6.2-inch with the same Full HD+ resolution but a slightly bigger 19:9 aspect ratio. While using the taller display of Honor Play gives a better overall experience. The Poco F1 comes with a protection of Gorilla Glass while in Honor Play there is some kind of protection on the display but it is not mentioned.

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Camera | Honor Play vs Poco F1

Honor Play vs Poco F1

Poco F1 and Honor Play smartphones have similar features to offer in the camera department. In terms of specifics, Poco F1 sports a dual-camera setup of 12-megapixel and 5-megapixel AI cameras at the rear. Using AI, the smartphone can detect 206 scenes across 25 categories. The front 20-megapixel camera can detect up to 10 different scenes. This camera module is very similar to what you get on the Redmi Note 5 and the Mi A2. They are nowhere near to what you get on flagship phones but they are not bad either.

Honor Play also has AI cameras at the rear comprising of 16-megapixel and 2-megapixel snappers. Honor says that the smartphone can detect a total of 500 scenes across 22 categories. Up front, it has a 16-megapixel camera with Apple-inspired ‘3D Portrait Lighting’ for effects.

In the real world, the Honor Play captures better images in the day while the Poco F1 shines in low light. For the selfie shooter, However, I liked the pictures of Honor Play better.

Performance – Honor Play vs Poco F1

Honor Play vs Poco F1

Both the phones have a flagship processor in them. Honor play has Kirin 970 while the F1 has Snapdragon 845. Both of the processors are 10nm 64bit processors. Specifications wise, the 845 coupled with the GPU is a tad bit faster than the Kirin 970 but 970 is also not a processor you find in budget phones. It has a very similar performance to Snapdragon 845. In real life, there is nothing on the play store that both these phones can’t run smoothly and while doing things like gaming you can absolutely never find any difference. So whats my take? Honor play does exceptionally well in performance section but the F1 does it a little bit better.

Battery – Honor Play vs Poco F1

Honor Play vs Poco F1

Poco F1 features a 4000mAh battery while the Play has 350mAh less. I was expecting the Poco to have a better battery life but that’s not the case. Both the phones have given me almost the same battery life whatsoever. They both take almost the same charging time, both have the same connectors so, In the battery department, It would be a draw.

Verdict – Honor Play vs Poco F1

Both the phones perform great and you won’t be disappointed getting either of the phones. If you are a casual user who also uses its selfie camera then I would suggest you the Honor Play as It looks better and also is able to take better pictures. If you are a hardcore gamer and don’t mind the ugly looks than the Poco F1 is for you. But as I said, Both the phones will do all the tasks well, It’s up to you what feature will you be using more. The Honor Play is Priced at 20K while the Poco F1 is priced at 21K.

Buy Honor Play  Buy Poco F1

 

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App of the Week

Top 5 Most Useful Apps!

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There are always some essential apps that should be on every phone no matter how you use it. Today, we are going to list some of the most useful apps that would make your life easy.

Top 5 Most Useful Apps – Technokick.com

5. Army Knife for Android

Army knife for Android consists of thing like a Unit Converter, Compass, bubble level etc. This comes handy in daily tasks when you have to convert some unit and is currently offline. I also often see myself using the Bubble Level as it is very interesting to see the inclination of a surface. It is most fun when on flights.

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4. Asana

Asana is an app that is most common with startups. Asana is a task management app in which you can assign tasks to the member of your group. If you own a company or work in one and you have to assign different tasks to people then you can do so through Asana and can also keep track of it. Asana is free to use and is available on all platforms. As a blogger, I use Asana almost daily to keep a track of our work.

3. Brain.fm

Brain.fm is a No Excuse app. Brain.fm offer computer generated music to be played in the background while doing tasks like Reading, Meditating and even sleeping. I use Brain.fm a lot and it has a lot of perks. I find myself more concentrated while listing to the music from Brain.fm. It has a large collection of never ending music and has different sections for a different type of work. If you are someone who easily gets distracted or is not able to concentrate on your work then I’ll suggest you get a premium subscription of Brain.fm and change your life for good. Brain.fm is available on Android as well as iOS.

2. ES File Explorer

Chances are you already have this app on your phone, If not then get it now. It is a file Explorer made for the power user with plenty of features such as FTP, Network Access, Root Acess and much more. The UI is pretty simple and while using it you will not find yourself limited because of the device being Handheld. Es File Explorer is available only for Android devices.

1. Google Keep

I have used many Todo Applications but you know what they say, sometimes the simple thing is better and so is the case with Google Keep. It is a simple To-Do/Notes app with minimal UI and great features. I use Keep for many things including things like keeping a note of teams that I have placed bets on. By the way, sports betting apps is becoming a good way to earn a few dollars. Coming back to the topic, Google Keep is cross-platform and stores the data in your Google Account. This makes your data accessible anywhere anytime. You can set different colors for different notes, There is also an option for putting a checkmark in each line making it a great To-Do list app. In fact, MakeUseOf has rated Google Keep as the best To-Do app for Android.

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So what app are you going to install? Let us know in the comment section below!

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