TecQ: PUBG Rival Game, WhatsApp Dark Mode, Google I/O & More

Here’s a look at the top technology stories of the week.

Published31 Mar 2019, 03:05 AM IST
Tech News
3 min read

TecQ is our weekly round-up of the top technology stories.

1. WhatsApp Dark Mode Spotted in Beta Test, Here’s a Quick Look

WhatsApp on Android in dark mode coming soon. 
WhatsApp on Android in dark mode coming soon. 
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Many applications and social media platforms are steadily adapting Dark Mode for their user interface primarily because of user convenience. After the likes of YouTube, Gmail and Twitter, it’s time for messaging platform WhatsApp to welcome this feature.

According to WABetaInfo, the beta version of the app has been seen testing Dark Mode and it is possible WhatsApp will receive this feature in the days to come.

Read the full story here.

2. New Fast-Charging Tech Can Charge a 4,000mAh Battery in 17 Mins

Xiaomi has introduced a new fast-charging technology.
Xiaomi has introduced a new fast-charging technology.
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Where smartphone batteries are getting bigger, the charging time for these batteries is getting longer. To tackle this problem, many smartphone makers have been bundling fast-charging tech with their phones, and this has helped to a certain extent.

But now, Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi claims to be taking fast-charging to a whole new level.

Read the full story here.

3. PUBG Has a New Rival: Call of Duty for Mobile Coming to India Soon

Call of Duty for Mobile is reportedly launching in India in November 2019.
Call of Duty for Mobile is reportedly launching in India in November 2019.
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Great news for online multiplayer mobile gamers! One of the biggest PC and console first-person shooter games, Call of Duty, is coming to mobile and is set to launch in India in November this year, according to a report by Digit.

Tencent had announced that the game will be coming soon and even opened it for pre-registration on the Google Play Store. However, reports suggest that the game is now expected to be launched at the company’s Unite India event to be held on 14-15 November.

Have a look at the gameplay of the upcoming Call of Duty: Mobile game here.

4. Google Pay Will Now Work At Your Local Store: Here’s How It Works

Google Pay was previously called Google Tez in India.
Google Pay was previously called Google Tez in India.
(Photo: Google India)

Google Pay users will now be able to use their mobile-centric payment app across local stores in the country.

The search giant’s payment product has joined hands with Singapore-based payment terminal company Pine Labs, which is already offering its point of sales terminals to over 300,000 offline stories in more than 3,000 towns in the country.

Read the full story here.

5. Here’s What Google Will Talk About at the Google I/O 2019

Sundar Pichai will be hosting the Google I/O keynote on 7 May. 
Sundar Pichai will be hosting the Google I/O keynote on 7 May. 
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Google is slated to host its I/O 2019 developer conference from 7 to 9 May in the United States this year, where Sundar Pichai, CEO, Google will host the keynote on the first day. We also know that Pichai, as is the case, will shed light on some of the new products that are being developed at the Google HQ.

This is where we get a glimpse of the next Android flavour every year, and this year it’s time for the yet to be named Android Q to officially make its debut in front of thousands of developers who will be working on apps for the new OS version.

Read the full story here.

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