Panasonic has expanded its smartphone portfolio in India, and has launched the Eluga Ray 600. The smartphone sports a 4,000mAh battery, a rear fingerprint scanner, Face Unlock, and a 5.99-inch HD display. The Panasonic Eluga Ray 600 also features a front flash module, and runs on Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box. It comes in three colour options, and is exclusively available on Flipkart. This comes after the Panasonic Eluga X1 and Eluga X1 Pro launched last week, and the two smartphones come with Face Unlock, and a 16-megapixel selfie camera. The Panasonic Eluga X1 price in India has been set at Rs. 22,990, while the Panasonic Eluga X1 Pro comes with a price tag of Rs. 26,990. Pankaj Rana, Business Head – Mobility Division, Panasonic India said in a statement, “We are glad to expand our big view series portfolio with the launch of Eluga Ray 600. Panasonic has always been known for innovation and technology, the new Eluga Ray 600 is meant to provide a powerful experience to our customers seeking high definition display, stylish looks and a battery that lasts over 24 hours! Eluga Ray 600 is equipped with Panasonic’s in-house AI – Arbo Hub, our one stop app to make life easier. The sleek device is designed for the young audience who likes to enjoy technology with style” Panasonic Eluga Ray 600 price in India, availability The Panasonic Eluga Ray 600 price in India has been set at Rs. 7,999, and it will be made available exclusively via Flipkart. The smartphone will be available on October 11 during Flipkart’s Big Bilion Days Sale period which is from October 10 to October 14. The device will be made available in Blue, Black and Gold colour options. Panasonic Eluga Ray 600 specifications As mentioned earlier, the Panasonic Eluga Ray 600 runs on Android 8.1 Oreo, and supports dual-SIM slots (Micro + Micro). The device features a 5.99-inch HD+ IPS Display, and is powered by a 1.3GHz MediaTek MT6739WA quad-core processor paired with 3GB of RAM. Inbuilt storage is set at 32GB with the option to expand further using a dedicated microSD card slot (up to 128GB). As far as optics is concerned, the Panasonic Eluga Ray 600 sports a rear 13-megapixel autofocus sensor with flash and an 8-megapixel selfie sensor with flash support as well. Features like multiple camera modes, bokeh effect, and time lapse video with auto scene detection are included. The smartphone packs a 4,000mAh battery that claims to offer a day’s worth of battery life. Connectivity options include Bluetooth v4.1, GPS, FM Radio, LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, OTG, and Micro USB port. Sensors on board include accelerometer, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, and supports Face Unlock as well. The Panasonic Eluga Ray 600 measures 158.5×75.5×7.9mm, and it weighs 158 grams. It comes preloaded with an Arbo Hub app that comes as an AI-based app for services such as cab bookings, bill payments, news, cricket, and horoscope among others. There are over 20 apps on board for the Arbo Hub, including Uber, Ola, Newspoint, and MobiKwik.

Google Rolls Out Granular Controls for Third-Party App Permissions, Limits SMS and Call Data Sharing

The Google+ bug that eventually led to the demise of the service altogether for consumers, has forced the tech giant to take necessary steps to tighten the reins on what data is shared with third-party apps. Google has refined developer program policies to include ceiling limits on which Android apps can access SMS permissions and call logs, and is also removing user information available on Contacts Provider. Furthermore, Google is also providing more granular control over third-party app permissions for Google accounts, so that users can choose what data to share and what not to, and limiting access to Gmail consumer data as well.

More granular Google account controls mean users can decide what account data they choose to share with each app. Instead of seeing all requested permissions in a single screen, apps will have to show you each requested permission, one at a time, within its own dialogue box. “For example, if a developer requests access to both calendar entries and Drive documents, you will be able to choose to share one but not the other,” Google explains on its blog. These changes will begin to roll out to new clients starting this month and will get extended to existing clients at the beginning of 2019.

Furthermore, Google is limiting access to consumer Gmail data, and has updated the user data policy to reflect the change. Only apps directly enhancing email functionality will be authorised to access this data. These include email clients, email backup services and productivity services like CRM and mail merge services. Moreover, these apps will need to agree to new rules on handling Gmail data and will be subject to security assessments as well.

Furthermore, Google is also limiting access for Android apps that want call (Phone) and SMS data. It will only let those apps access SMS and call data that the user has selected as default for making calls or text messages. This app will also first need to request for permission. (There are some exceptions-e.g., voicemail and backup apps.). Google is also removing access to contact interaction data from the Android Contacts API within the next few months, and is rolling out additional controls and update policies across more of their APIs. For developers, the updated user data policy can be read here.

Amidst all of this, Google is gearing up to launch the new Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL devices in New York City. The event will begin at 11am EST (8:30pm IST). At the event, the company is also expected to unveil a new Chromecast dongle, the Home Hub, and Pixel Stand, apart from the Pixel Slate Chrome OS tablet.

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