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Google Releases New ‘Disable 2G’ Feature for Android 12 to Combat Invasive Smartphone Surveillance

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Google has seemingly rolled out a new feature that allows users on new generation Android smartphones to disable any 2G network connectivity. The feature is available in select Android devices, including the new generation Pixel phones and the latest Samsung smartphones as well, according to a report by privacy watchdog, Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Google disables 2G, Apple holds back

The move has been largely welcomed by the privacy community. According to reports, the move has been a much required one as vulnerabilities of the 2G network are reportedly exploited regularly by scammers to impersonate network operators and potentially steal sensitive data. At the heart of this is the use of weak encryption standards of 2G, a network generation that was originally introduced to the world in 1991. According to reports, hackers can intercept the communication between a 2G tower and a device very easily.

Furthermore, the lack of cell tower authentication in 2G networks means that cell site impersonators can mimic a network operator to gain access to a user’s network communications, thereby intercepting messages and stealing potentially sensitive data. In return, users will likely get no service in areas where network blackouts occur.

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Despite all the progress, India still has pockets where 4G connectivity is far from ubiquitous. The latter, which is the latest generation of connectivity available in India, introduced new security standards that patched many of 2G gaping security gaffes. According to reports, 2G’s flaws are regularly exploited for surveillance purposes, and Google’s new feature will now help protect against the same.

Users can simply access their network settings on a new Android phone, and switch off the toggle in the ‘Allow 2G’ field. However, Apple has not spoken about or offered such a feature on its iOS software platform yet, and it remains to be seen if it may introduce such a feature in future updates.

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[Exclusive] Infinix Zero 5G with Dimensity 900 and 120Hz Refresh Rate Display Launching Soon in India

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Last month, Infinix, a Transsion holding, confirmed that it is working on its first 5G handset – Infinix Zero 5G. The handset has already been spotted on Google Play Console. Now, MySmartPrice has exclusively learnt that the Inifinix Zero 5G will soon launch in the Indian market, courtesy of industry sources. Our source also confirms that the Zero 5G will be powered by a Dimensity 900 processor. The handset will feature a Uni-curve design and offer a 120Hz refresh rate display.

Infinix Zero 5G: Design and Renders

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Infinix Zero 5G will offer a bezel-less display with a punch-hole notch. The back panel of the device will house a triple rear camera setup and LED flash. The device will retail in atleast two colour options. The left edge of the handset will house the volume rockers. While, the right edge will make room for the power button which will also double as the fingerprint scanner.

Infinix Zero 5G: Rumoured Specifications

Last month, the design and the specifications of the upcoming Infinix handset were leaked in a hands-on video. The hands-on video revealed that the Zero 5G will offer a 6.7-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate and 1080 x 2460 pixel resolution. The display will also feature a centered punch hole notch to make room for the selfie shooter.

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The Zero 5G will be powered by an octa-core MediaTek Dimensity 900 processor which comes with an integrated Mali G68 GPU. The Dimensity 900 is built on a 7nm fabrication process and brings with it 5G connectivity to the table.

The Zero 5G will offer a triple rear camera setup including a 48MP sensor. The handset is said to offer an ultra-wide-angle lens and a telephoto lens. However, the resolution and other information about these sensors aren’t known yet.

The Zero 5G might offer a 5,000mAh battery unit and 33W fast charging support. It is said to boot Android 11 with the company’s proprietary XOS skin on top.

What do you think of Infinix Zero 5G? Do let us know in the comments below.

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Nubia RedMagic 7 Pro 5G Gaming Smartphone Listed on 3C Certification Website, to Feature 165W Fast-Charging

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Nubia RedMagic 7 Pro 5G Gaming Smartphone Listed on 3C Certification Website to Feature 165W Fast Charging

Nubia is gearing up for the launch of its RedMagic 7 series launch. The company has confirmed that it will launch the new gaming smartphone flagship series in China in February. The exact launch date of the RedMagic 7 series is unknown at the moment. While we wait for that, some new details of the Pro model have surfaced online.

The Nubia RedMagic 7 Pro is listed on the 3C certification website ahead of its official launch. The listing on 3C confirms the fast charging details of the gaming smartphone. Let’s take a look at the Nubia RedMagic 7 Pro specifications and features revealed so far. 

Nubia RedMagic 7 Pro 3C

The Nubia RedMagic 7 Pro is listed on 3C with the model number NX709J. The listing has revealed the device’s fast charging details. It confirms that the phone will come with support for 165W fast charging out of the box.

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Red Magic 7 Pro 3C

The vanilla model, which has the model number NX679J, will also come with 165W fast charging support. Its global variant could come with 65W fast charging support, according to an FCC listing. The devices are likely to pack a 4500 mAh battery under the hood.

Other details of the Nubia flagship smartphone remain unknown at the moment. We can, however, expect the phone to come with a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor. The phone, like the vanilla model, could also come with 18GB of RAM.

Details of the vanilla model have surfaced online as well. The company has teased the transparent rear panel design, which shows a triple-camera setup on the back. The phone will come with a 64MP primary camera and a 16MP front camera. 

At the front, the vanilla model will come with a 6.7-inch OLED display with a Full HD+ resolution. It will also have an in-display fingerprint scanner. The phone will run Android 12 out of the box with a layer of RedMagic UI on top.

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More details of the phones should surface online in the coming days. What are your thoughts on the upcoming gaming smartphones from Nubia? Do let us know in the comments below.

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