Google and jeans company Levi's have unveiled a new jacket that lets users interact with their smartphones by swiping at the garment in various ways.

Google And Levi's Introduce Touch-Sensitive Jacket That Lets Users Control Smartphones

Called the Levi's Commuter Trucker Jacket, the garment is aimed at cyclists who may be too busy riding and concentrating on their surroundings to reach into their pockets and fiddle with their phones.

The jacket is apparently waterproof - except for a detachable electronic smart tag that activates a wireless connection between the clothing and a mobile device.

"If you get this thing dirty, you put it in the washing machine," said Paul Dillinger, company head of global product innovation, during Google's annual developer conference in Mountain View, California this week.

The garment is powered by Google's Project Jacquard technology developed by the internet giant's Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group.

The Commuter Trucker Jacket will be available in a limited beta this fall, before making its way to stores and in Spring 2017.

"It all starts with a conductive yarn woven into the fabric - in the same way traditional materials are made - to create an interactive textile that links seamlessly with services and applications through interactive touch. The digital connectivity is provided through a smart tag, and apart from this detachable tag, the whole interactive garment is washable and durable like regular denim. Simple inputs like swipes or taps on the jacket can connect to the device's functionality to control music and silence calls, where the touch then registers wirelessly to a phone or tablet... Jacquard is a platform, and with the Levi's Commuter Trucker Jacket , you decide what it does for you. A fully integrated app will allow the user to program the level of interaction with their device, and what features are most important to them adjusting music volume, silencing a call, or getting an estimated ETA to their location" says Levi's.

The LG G5 is now available for pre-orders in India via retail stores. Pre-bookings remain open till May 30.

LG G5 Now Available For Pre-Bookings In India For Rs. 52,990

As detailed by the company on Friday, those customers that pre-book the LG G5 will be receive the LG Cam Plus module bundled free with the smartphone. For now, exact availability details are still not known.

The biggest highlight of the new LG G5 flagship is the modules or add-ons called the LG Friends, meant to signify the companion devices that can be attached to the G5. LG Cam Plus is a camera module that adds physical buttons for camera operations along with expanding the total battery capacity to 4000mAh.

The Hi-Fi Plus module, co-developed by Bang & Olufsen, is a portable Hi-Fi DAC which can be used as a standalone portable DAC or with the G5 to enable 32-bit audio playback. The South Korean company can also be expected to showcase the companion devices in India with the LG G5 including LG 360 VR, LG 360 CAM, LG Rolling Bot, LG Tone Platinum, H3 by B&O Play, LG Smart Controller, and LG Friends Manager.

LG G5 sports a 5.3-inch QHD display (1440x2560 pixels) featuring always-on display technology. The always-on display will allow users to check time, notifications and battery status among other pieces of information. It is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC coupled with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of inbuilt storage that can be expanded using a microSD card.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 vs Moto G4 Plus vs Lenovo Zuk Z1: The Best Of 3 Comparison

Choosing a phone in the under Rs. 15,000 price segment is like deciding what to eat in a food court. There's tons of options to choose from, each offering better value for money than the other and at the same time, you want to make sure you avoid the ones that may look good at first but then make you suffer later.

Out of the sheer volume of phones that have been announced in the past couple of months in this segment, three have really left a lasting impression on us. We are of course talking about the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, Moto G4 Plus and Lenovo Zuk Z1.

To be honest, you can't go wrong with any of them, but which one is the best? We try to answer that very conundrum.
[info title="NOTE" icon="info-circle"]We'll be calculating points at every step and lastly finalize in the verdict.[/info]
Design is something that's very subjective and differs wildly but after using all three smartphones we'd have to go with the Moto G4 Plus. It's the lightest and the slimmest among the three and much easier to grip due to the rubber back. Motorola hasn't compromised on the build though as it also has a metal frame for rigidity. The other two also look good and have metal builds but they aren't the most ergonomic when compared to the Moto.

Winner - Moto G4 Plus
(Points - Redmi Note 3: 0 | Moto G4 Plus: 1 | ZUK Z1: 0)

The quality of the display is one of the crucial elements as it's your only method of interacting with your phone. All three phones have 5.5-inch full-HD displays with scratch protection, which manage to produce sharp visuals. However, Xiaomi's Sunlight Display hardware feature nudges it past the other two. The brightness levels aren't great on the Z1 although it does feature a polarising coating to compensate for that. The Moto G4 Plus comes in a close second despite having a regular TFT display instead of IPS.

Winner - Xiaomi Redmi Note 3
(Points - Redmi Note 3: 1 | Moto G4 Plus: 1 | ZUK Z1: 0)

All three phones excel in the software department with both Xiaomi and the Lenovo Zuk bringing unique variations of Android, so choosing one depends on the type of user you are. If you want a pure Nexus-like experience, then the Moto G4 Plus is a no-brainer. With the most current version of Android and just the bare essential apps present, it's left up to the user to download and customise what apps they want for particular tasks.

On the other hand, if you're the type of person who wants the customise every single thing on the phone, from the theme to the colour of the notification LED, then you should be looking at Zuk Z1 which runs on Cyanogen OS (v12.1 at the time of this article). Xiaomi's MIUI 7 also offers plenty of customisation, although probably not as extensive as Cyanogen. However, it does have one very useful feature which the others lack and that's the ability to lock apps to your fingerprint, so only you have access to them.

Winner - Depends on your taste
(Points - Redmi Note 3: 2 | Moto G4 Plus: 2 | ZUK Z1: 1)

Looking purely at the numbers, the Redmi Note 3 is an easy winner. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 hexa-core SoC delivers stellar performance over the ageing Snapdragon 801 in the Z1 and the mid-range Snapdragon 617 in the Moto G4 Plus. All three phones have 3GB RAM (although you can get the 2GB versions of the Redmi Note 3 and G4 Plus for a bit less) and sizable onboard storage. Keep in mind that the Z1 compensates for the lack of a microSD card slot with 64GB of storage. The Redmi Note 3 has a hybrid SIM slot but the official expandable storage support is just 32GB. The Moto G on the other hand has a dedicated slot with an official rating of 128GB.

All three phones will easily handle demanding apps and games, although we did notice the Moto gets warm rather quickly when compared to the other two. Considering the performance of the interface, apps, fingerprint senor and connectivity features, the Redmi Note 3 is the clear winner, followed closely by the Zuk Z1.

Winner - Xiaomi Redmi Note 3
(Points - Redmi Note 3: 3 | Moto G4 Plus: 2 | ZUK Z1: 1)

Battery life
All three phones have sizeable batteries which will last you above a day of regular use. However, the Zuk Z1 outlasts the other two by more than an hour in our video loop test. Do keep in the mind that although the Z1 doesn't support fast charging, it does ship with a high capacity charger for charging it quickly. It's just that it won't charge as fast as the Redmi Note 3 or the Moto G4 Plus when starting from zero.

Winner - Lenovo Zuk Z1
(Points - Redmi Note 3: 3 | Moto G4 Plus: 2 | ZUK Z1: 2)

The camera is another indispensable component in today's smartphone and once again, it's the Zuk Z1 that has the best camera out of the three. Focusing speeds are quick and we managed to get good details in landscapes and macros. Plus, this is the first phone in this price range with optical image stabilisation (OIS). Low-light performance is commendable too, which is something the Moto G4 Plus and Redmi Note 3 struggle with. The camera app is also the best among the three as it's easy to use for novices and offers finer controls for more professional users.

Winner - Lenovo Zuk Z1
(Points - Redmi Note 3: 3 | Moto G4 Plus: 2 | ZUK Z1: 3)

Like we mentioned earlier, all three are very good smartphones in their own right, so choosing one will entirely depend on where your priorities lie. Going by our individual scoring, it's a tie between the Zuk Z1 and the Redmi Note 3. If you're looking primarily at a good camera, battery life and overall better smartphone then the Lenovo Zuk Z1 is your best bet. It fares well in the other departments as well but excels in these two particular ones. The Redmi Note 3 trumps the others when it comes to display quality and performance, not to mention the highest spec'd version is still cheaper than the other two.

However, don't discount the Moto G4 Plus just yet as despite the others having the upper hand in most departments, the Moto G4 Plus is the phone you would most likely end up buying. Why? Simply because the Redmi Note 3 and Zuk Z1 will be nearly impossible to get due to the ridiculous flash sale model. If lady luck is on your side then great, else there's always Moto to fall back on.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3
Key Specs
Display 5.5 inches
Resolution 1920x1080 pixels
Storage 16/32 GB
Processor 1.4 GHz
RAM 2/3 GB
Rear Camera 16 MP
Front Camera 5 MP
OS Android v5.1
Battery 4050mAh
See Full Redmi Note 3 Specifications

Moto G4 Plus
Key Specs
Display 5.5 inches
Resolution 1920x1080 pixels
Storage 16/32 GB
Processor 1.5 GHz
RAM 2/3 GB
Rear Camera 16 MP
Front Camera 5 MP
OS Android v6.0.1
Battery 3000mAh
See Full Moto G4 Plus Specifications

Lenovo ZUK Z1
Key Specs
Display 5.5 inches
Resolution 1920x1080 pixels
Storage 64 GB
Processor 2.5 GHz
Rear Camera 13 MP
Front Camera 8 MP
OS Android v5.1.1
Battery 4100mAh
See Full Lenovo ZUK Z1 Specifications

Now Google has revealed upcoming improvements to Android N. Some of them were included in Android N Developer Preview 3.

Current Nexus Devices Not Compatible With Android N's Seamless Update Feature

Google during the keynote confirmed that the Android N will bring 'Seamless Updates', a feature borrowed from Chrome OS. We now know that feature will be limited to the next-generation Nexus devices, however.

Android Police has learned that Android N's new Seamless Update feature has some technical requirements, which means older generation Nexus devices cannot support the feature. It remains to be seen if OEMs implement the requirements in their upcoming devices.

Dave Burke, VP of Engineering, at the keynote on Wednesday had explained the new 'Seamless Update', "The next time a user powers up their device, new devices can automatically and seamlessly switch into the new updated system image."

In the case of 'Seamless Updates' case, the system updates usually come in the form of deltas which means only the parts of the system that changed are downloaded to a backup boot partition. On restart, the backup partition becomes the primary. In case there is a problem with the update, users can revert the system to use the previous partition.

This means that we have to wait for the new Nexus devices to see how the 'Seamless' Update' feature works on mobile devices running Android N.

At I/O, Google also released the Android N Developer Preview 3 which was claimed by Google to be the first beta-quality candidate that will be suitable to test on a user's primary smartphone or tablet.

Some of the productivity features added in Android N include quick-switching between apps for easy multi-tasking, multi-window support, and better notifications. One of the major highlights of the keynote was the introduction of "Assistant," which is an upcoming expansion of Google's search tools.

OnePlus' CEO Pete Lau has made a statement regarding company's new flagship smartphone OnePlus 3. He says that the smartphone feels good to hold.

CEO Pete Lau Says Upcoming OnePlus 3 Feels Good to Hold

He confirms on China's social networking site Weibo (via GizmoChina) that the OnePlus 3 'feels good to hold' in the hand. The OnePlus 2 might have some great specs, but users did complain of it being bulky and heavy in the hand. Earlier, co-founder Carl Pei had also revealed that the OnePlus 3 will feature a "new design", and will not follow on the tracks of the OnePlus 2. He asserted that the OnePlus 3 will "captivate" the users, just like their debut handset OnePlus One did.

Pei also confirmed that the OnePlus 3 will be sold directly by the company in US and other markets as an unlocked smartphone. OnePlus has also promised to come up with a "better buying process", but hasn't provided a tangible outline yet. Furthermore, this time around OnePlus will accept credit cards as well, rather than only PayPal payments, and will ship the handsets for free.

The OnePlus 3 has been subjected to a many leaks, and so far it is tipped to come in two variants. The 32GB inbuilt storage/ 4GB of RAM variant is priced at $308, while the 64GB inbuilt storage/6GB of RAM is expected to be priced at $385. It may feature a 5.5-inch 1080p display, and be powered by the Snapdragon 820 SoC.

The battery is expected to be around 3000mAh or 3500mAh, while the smartphone is tipped to sport a 16-megapixel rear camera. An 8-megapixel camera will also be available for selfies. There's also a rumoured 'Dash Charge' feature, which is nothing but OnePlus' branding for its quick charging functionality.

As mentioned earlier, OnePlus 3 is expected to get a major design makeover. The 3.5mm audio jack, speakers, and even the camera flash might see some reshuffle. The leaked images so far reveal a very Apple-ish design, but as is the norm with leaks, they should be taken very lightly. 

Coolpad launches a flagship smartphone in India named Coolpad Max. It will be available exclusively via Amazon from 12 pm on May 30. The smartphone costs Rs. 24,999.

Coolpad Max Launched In India For Rs. 24,999

The smartphone runs Android 5.1 Lollipop overlaid with the company's CoolUI 8.0. The smartphone has dual-SIM dual-standby capabilities which means that the user could use both the SIM cards at the same time. It is available in Rose Gold and Royal Gold colours.

Apart from having dual-SIM and dual standby support, the smartphone also offers a 'Dual in One' system. It sports a separate external system and a secure internal system for encryption of the user's calls and texts. The internal system can be used to download 'fully secure' apps.

The Coolpad Max also features a Dual Space system that enables users to have two accounts of WhatsApp, Facebook, Messenger, and other apps on the same phone. The smartphone also bears a fingerprint sensor on the back panel that is claimed to work with wet fingers as well.

Talking about the specifications, the Coolpad Max has a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080x1920 pixels) display with pixel density of 401ppi, Corning Gorilla Glass 4. It is powered by the 64-bit 1.5GHz octa-core Snapdragon 617 SoC - an upgrade over the Snapdragon 615 on the China variant.

While the smartphone is available in several memory and storage variants in China, it has been launched  in its 4GB of RAM/ 64GB storage variant in India. The smartphone comes with a hybrid SIM slot, which means the second SIM card slot that it can be used as a microSD slot (up to 64GB) to expand storage further.

Coming to the camera, it sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with an Isocell sensor, f/2.0 aperture, phase detection autofocus (PDAF) and dual-tone LED flash. It also bears a 5-megapixel front facing camera with f/2.2 aperture. It supports 4G LTE connectivity and other basics like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. It is backed by a 2800mAh non-removable battery, which the company claims can last up to 310 hours of standby time and up to 17 hours of talk time. Coolpad further claims that the smartphone has the coveted Quick Charge 3.0 feature that in 5 minutes can provide up to 3 hours of talk time. 

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