9 cool AR apps you should download to try out iOS 11’s ARKit

Since it was first announced at WWDC, Apple’s ARKit has been open to developers to get a feel for the new platform. Now that iOS 11 is finally here, ARKit is available for anyone with an iPhone 6S or later, the iPad Pro, and the latest 9.7-inch iPad. In the time between the announcement and its official release yesterday, developers have used ARKit to create apps for big brands like The Food Network and AMC’s The Walking Dead, as well as for smaller, but no less important amusements like this demo that does nothing but visualize AR tea cups resting on top of a good dog.

Whether it’s existing apps that have added AR functionality with their updates, or fresh new apps introduced specifically for the platform, here are nine AR-ready iOS apps you should check out after updating to iOS 11 to get a feel for the feature’s usefulness — and yes — pointless fun.

GIPHY WORLD

Giphy’s already integrated into iMessage with its own keyboard app, and partnerships with Facebook and Twitter have helped spread its database of GIFs all over the internet. The Giphy World app takes that one step further to bring GIFs into your surroundings and letting you record video. You can also share entire scenes with friends who also have the app, who can then interact with your GIFs in an explorable space.

Given the smash success of Snapchat’s AR hot dog DJ, I wouldn’t be surprised if these GIF-integrated videos start popping all over your Instagram Stories.


Giphy World

CARROT WEATHER

It only makes sense that the snarky AI weatherbot would make the leap to AR, where its personality can really shine. Just don’t poke its ocular sensor, or it’ll snap at you. Update to Version 4.1.2 to get AR Mode, or buy it on the App Store for $3.99.

FITNESS AR

Strava, the social fitness-tracking app which already has more than 20,000 apps using its API, has added augmented reality to the mix. The latest app to use its API, Fitness AR, works by letting athletes visualize their routes on a 3D terrain map, which is powered by Mapbox. A screen-recording feature lets users pan and zoom through their routes to create a video, which can be saved to the camera roll and shared. It’s now available on the App Store for $2.99.


Fitness AR

IKEA PLACE

Ikea, which has a track record of staying on top of trends with its smart lighting and oddly charming ASMR promotional videos, now has a new app for helping you visualize its furniture in your home. More than 2,000 Ikea products are currently available in the app, so you can let your inner Property Brother thrive and play interior decorator.


IKEA

HOUSECRAFT

Wanna go a step further than Ikea Place? Housecraft is a furniture arrangement app from Sirvo, the studio behind the perfect puzzle game Threes. Instead of limiting objects to just Ikea furniture, there’s a catalog of items that can be resized to fit the dimensions of your room, so it’s more of a planning app.

There’s also a “Disaster” feature, as any good app should have, in case you feel like destroying a room.


Housecraft

MEASUREKIT

One of the most impressive, useful tools on the platform, MeasureKit can measure almost anything using just an iPhone or iPad camera. You can easily measure angles, check if something is perfectly level, or measure your room dimensions without crawling on the ground. The ruler tool is free, but all other tools are available for a one-time purchase of $2.99.


MeasureKit

TAPMEASURE

If you want to go beyond MeasureKit, TapMeasure is an app from Occipital, a company that’s spent years working with augmented reality. One thing that sets TapMeasure apart from the glut of measurement apps that will surely flood the App Store in the coming days is that it can also create floor plans and even 3D room models, which can be exported as CAD files or be used in SketchUp. It’s available starting today, and is free to download. Occipital will charge for some features, like the CAD file export, though.

EUCLIDEAN LANDS

The iPhone strategy game described as “Monument Valley meets Hitman Go” is adding an AR update so you can play the game in your living room or any wide-open space. An architectural puzzle game about changing perspectives seems perfectly suited for ARKit. It costs $3.99 to download.

SPLITTER CRITTERS

This adorable puzzle platformer lets you tear up an alien world with a swipe of your finger to lead Fez-like characters back home. The latest update of the game includes exclusive new levels that are reimagined in an “IRL” box. (Confused dog on couch not included.)

Pokemon Go NEWS – Halloween 2017 event, Legendary update, Niantic reveals future of AR | Gaming | Entertainment

Pokemon Go fans can expect another Halloween event for 2017.

The Pokemon Go Halloween celebration was one of the first in-game events to be introduced to the Niantic app last year.

And according to Slashgear sources, the Halloween event will return in October 2017.

Last year’s Halloween event saw an increase in Ghost Type Pokemon like Ghastly, Haunter, and Gengar.

As the report points out, these three Pokemon are likely to be joined by Gen 2 Pokemon Misdreavus.

The site also suggests that Dark Pokemon will see increased spawn rates during the event, but why stop there?

Multiple Ghost Type Pokemon made their debut in Gen 3 (see the gallery below), which makes Halloween the perfect time to introduce a selection of brand new Pokemon to the game.

Pokemon Go is about to be transformed thanks to new technology available in the iPhone X, 8 and 8 Plus.

The cameras on the iPhone 8 Plus are said to have been custom tuned for AR.

But despite the improvements to AR, Niantic boss and Pokemon Go creator John Hanke still thinks the technology is limited.

In fact, Hanke thinks that AR glasses are the future of augmented reality.

Hanke thinks that while devices like Google Glass were massively flawed, AR glasses are the way forward.

“Glasses are coming,” he said. “They are hard and it will take a while but we will get them and once we do, we won’t go back.”

Hanke said that once the social implications of such a device are ironed out, AR glasses will transform the way we interact with the world.

“Imagine buildings, offices, homes, cities and transportation with live, dynamic interfaces customized to you and what you want to do.

“The billions of dollars a year that we spend on physical signs, directories, schedules, and all of the other ‘UI’ that we need to navigate the physical world won’t be needed and will be replaced with digital overlays with far greater functionality.

“And yes, colorful animated creatures can inhabit our backyards and parks, waiting to be discovered.

“Games beyond anything we can imagine today will be played out. Not by humans wired into Matrix-style pods, but by human beings walking, running, exploring, talking and connecting in the real world.”

Pokemon Go has received a handy new update that makes it easier to search for Legendary Pokemon.

In addition to various big fixes and performance updates, the new update lets you search for defender and Legendary Pokemon.

This could save Trainers a lot of time when searching for the right Pokemon for the job.

Pokemon Go news patch notes in full:

  • Items received from spinning Gym PokéStops and completing Raid Battles are now displayed in the Journal.
  • Improved Pokemon Collection screen search functionality by allowing Trainers to search using “defender” and “legendary”.
  • Resolved a bug which caused Pikachu hats to disappear from the in-game model and icon.
  • Resolved a bug which caused some icons to disappear when scrolling through the Pokédex.
  • Various bug fixes and performance updates

Shasta announces Camera Fund for AR and computer vision companies

Entrepreneurs building companies around augmented reality, virtual reality and computer vision have a new funding source to help kick-start their businesses. Shasta Ventures announced a new “Camera Fund” today that’s designed to provide an early infusion of cash for those companies.

Shasta expects to provide 20-30 companies with $100,000 each, prior to even their seed round of funding. Jacob Mullins, a principal at the firm, said Shasta is moving away from its traditional focus on series A and B rounds for the Camera Fund because companies in these spaces are largely too new for Shasta to invest in.

“The people are super smart, the way they’re using the technology is super smart, now is the time they should be getting the fuel to build, so that they can be first in the market when ARKit happens, or ARCore,” he said in an interview with VentureBeat.

The idea for the fund came about through Mullins’s work with AR Kitchen and VR Tuesday, two series of events that are designed to bring together people working in those spaces for conversation and learning. AR Kitchen in particular provides entrepreneurs with a forum for pitching their ideas to investors and gathering feedback.

“Categorically, the feedback around the table — this is for people who are building on early ARKit — was really cool, but we can’t invest in it because it’s too early,” Mullins said.

In addition to the cash infusion, Mullins said that companies working with the Camera Fund will be able to tap into Shasta’s network of experts. He said that the firm is working with people in the field like Tony Parisi, the global head of AR/VR at Unity Technologies, which makes an engine that’s often used to build augmented and virtual reality applications.

Shasta benefits from getting involved this early because it can use information from the startups involved to help inform its future investments in the space.

“Ideally, out of this set of early developers, we’re able to learn a really critical set of user interactions that kind of become what photo sharing or location-based ordering of things was for mobile,” Mullins said.

Companies interested in applying to the fund can learn more here.

Pokemon Go update TRANSFORMS app, but Niantic believes THIS is the real future of AR | Gaming | Entertainment

Pokemon Go is about to be transformed thanks to new technology available in the iPhone X, 8 and 8 Plus.

The cameras on the iPhone 8 Plus are said to have been custom tuned for AR.

“Each camera is individually calibrated, with new gyroscopes and accelerometers for accurate motion tracking,” reads an Apple iPhone 8 statement.

“The A11 Bionic CPU handles world tracking, scene recognition and the GPU enables incredible graphics at 60fps, while the image signal processor does real-time lighting estimation.

“With ARKit, iOS developers can take advantage of the TrueDepth camera and the rear cameras to create games and apps offering fantastically immersive and fluid experiences that go far beyond the screen.”

But despite the improvements to AR, Niantic boss and Pokemon Go creator John Hanke still thinks the technology is limited.

In fact, Hanke thinks that AR glasses are the future of augmented reality.

Check out the gallery below for a look at Gen 1, Gen 2 and Gen 3 Pokemon that could be included in the Pokemon Go Halloween 2017 event.

“AR on phones is a very important step on the path to full AR,” Hanke told Medium.

“But it’s a step that should be understood as one with limitations in its current form factor and level of development.”

After explaining that AR is more than just a digital overlay on your phone, Hanke added: “The point is that the AR camera view is a cool step forward, but it’s only part of what is going to make AR so important and powerful.

“Holding a phone in front of you to align an AR view is, honestly, a little awkward. Based on experiences with apps that are mostly focused on this visual aspect of AR, some will conclude that AR is a gimmick that lacks real utility.

“That’s a bummer, because it really is the first step to something that is going to transform the world as we know it.”

Hanke thinks that while devices like Google Glass were massively flawed, AR glasses are the way forward.

“Glasses are coming,” he continued. “They are hard and it will take a while but we will get them and once we do, we won’t go back.”

Hanke said that once the social implications of such a device are ironed out, AR glasses will transform the way we interact with the world.

“Imagine buildings, offices, homes, cities and transportation with live, dynamic interfaces customized to you and what you want to do.

“The billions of dollars a year that we spend on physical signs, directories, schedules, and all of the other ‘UI’ that we need to navigate the physical world won’t be needed and will be replaced with digital overlays with far greater functionality.

“And yes, colorful animated creatures can inhabit our backyards and parks, waiting to be discovered.

“Games beyond anything we can imagine today will be played out. Not by humans wired into Matrix-style pods, but by human beings walking, running, exploring, talking and connecting in the real world.”

Vuzix CEO Travers: Apple Knows Smartglasses are Where A.R. Is at

Paul Travers, chief executive of smartglasses pioneer Vuzix (VUZI), gave me a call this afternoon to discuss his company’s technology and how it is the “real way” to experience augmented reality, following a two-hour presentation by Apple (AAPL) that was replete with mentions of A.R., as it’s known.

Travers, who describe himself as being “busier than a one-armed paper hanger,” is focusing right now on the imminent availability of the “Blade 3000,” a new model of the company’s smartglasses, which I wrote about back in January at the Consumer Electronics Show. The Blade is going into manufacturing later this year, and Travers expects it to ship in the first quarter of next year. The price will be “under $1,000,” he tells me. Travers sees future iterations that will bring the cost down below $500. It’s the company’s intention to have annual new releases of product, although he admits that “every 18 months has been the norm so far for Vuzix.”

Regarding Apple’s event, Travers remarked that “Apple is so good at connecting the human to the technology.”

“I love their facial tracking,” he said of Apple’s demonstration of the front camera on the iPhone being able to detect a person’s face to unlock the phone, or animate an emoji based on a person’s gestures.

However, “As cool as A.R. is in the phone, it’s so much better” through smartglasses, he said.

For example, “you can image you have the glasses on and you get an alert from Pokémon, waking up in the glasses, and painting the Pokémon image onto your field of view.

The Blade 3,000 is designed to work in conjunction with a smartphone, either Apple’s iOS or a machine running Alphabet‘s (GOOGL) Google‘s Android software. “This is a replacement for the UI on the phone,” says Travers. That said, the Blade can function apart from a phone, using its built in Bluetooth and Wifi connections, for some basic functionality.

Travers muses that Apple as a company “see well beyond where all this stuff is going,” and for that reason, “Apple will not have people looking into the phone” to experience A.R., over time. “You can imagine that it’s the natural evolution in A.R. to experience it through glasses, and so glasses have to be next” for Apple, he opines.

Does that mean that Vuzix competes directly against Apple, down the road? I ask.

“I can’t really go there,” Travers responded, quickly adding, “but we have pretty amazing technology.” He notes that aside from Apple, Google has offered its own augmented reality tool kit for developers, and that Vuzix has a “pile of tier one partners” who are eager for the Blade 3000 to ship.

Since CES in January, when the user interface seen through the lenses looked, frankly, a little rough, Travers says the company has done a lot of refinement of the software. “There’s a whole really cool user interface now, oh yeah,” says Travers.

When it first comes out, “You’ll probably see more of a focus at first on the enterprise side,” says Travers of the Blade, given that “We have a slew of customers in enterprise side just screaming at us” to get their hands on it. Vuzix has traditionally supplied tools to an enterprise audience.

However, there will be more emphasis come next summer on the consumer, says Travers. While the current device from Vuzix, the “M300” headset, is “not something the average person would want to wear,” the Blade, he imagines, has far broader appeal given its slick industrial design.

I asked Travers whether the onboard camera is going to make people think I’m a “glasshole,” the name given to users of Google’s ill-fated Google Glass headset from 2013-14, and chase me out of a bar.

Travers laughed and said, “I honestly think the problem with Google Glass was that you looked so odd in it.”

In contrast, “this is much more subtle,” Travers assures me. The camera has just a little red light to indicate a picture is being taken. “It’s not covert, but it’s also not ‘in your face’,” he says. “As long as it’s not in your face, I don’t think you’ll get beat up.”

Vuzix is still quite a small company, with just 75 full-time staff, though that’s up from 40 a few years ago. The company’s expecting CES this coming January to be an important venue in which to show off the Blade, along with some of the new apps and functionality it will have. Vuzix will have a 30-foot by 40-foot booth at the show, about 30% to 40% bigger than last year’s footprint at CES, he says.

After January, the annual Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona will be the next important venue for Vuzix, and Blade, says Travers.

Vuzix shares today closed up 10 cents, or 1.7%, at $6.15.

Vuzix Delivers M300 Smart Glasses to Singapore’s SATS to Use AR to Improve Efficiency of Ramp Handling Operations

ROCHESTER, N.Y., Sept. 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Vuzix® Corporation (NASDAQ: VUZI), (“Vuzix” or, the “Company”), a leading supplier of Smart Glasses, Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) technologies and products for the consumer and enterprise markets, is pleased to announce that the Company has delivered M300 Smart Glasses to SATS, a Singapore based leading provider of gateway services and food solutions that provides services at 47 airports and 14 countries across Asia and the Middle East.  SATS, the chief ground-handling and in-flight catering service provider at the Singapore Changi Airport has started using Vuzix M300 Smart Glasses to digitize its ramp handling operations and has begun introducing the technology to 600 of their staff, which should be deployed across their network by mid-2018.

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Using Vuzix smart glasses, SATS ramp handling staff will be able to scan visual markers such as QR codes on baggage and cargo containers to improve the baggage handling process.  SATS ramp handling staff will receive real-time loading instructions, as well as allow the ramp control center a real-time view of on-ground processes.  SATS expects the increase the accuracy and improvement in efficiency of baggage and cargo handling processes for larger wide-body aircraft on average can shorten loading times by 15 minutes per flight.

A video link highlighting the SATS augmented reality ramp operations project can be found here.

About Vuzix Corporation

Vuzix is a leading supplier of Smart-Glasses, Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) technologies and products for the consumer and enterprise markets. The Company’s products include personal display and wearable computing devices that offer users a portable high quality viewing experience, provide solutions for mobility, wearable displays and virtual and augmented reality. Vuzix holds 58 patents and 37 additional patents pending and numerous IP licenses in the Video Eyewear field. The Company has won Consumer Electronics Show (or CES) awards for innovation for the years 2005 to 2017 and several wireless technology innovation awards among others. Founded in 1997, Vuzix is a public company (NASDAQ: VUZI) with offices in Rochester, NY, Oxford, UK and Tokyo, Japan.

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Asus ZenFone AR Now Up For Preorder On Verizon For $648 Or $27 A Month : TECH : Tech Times

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Asus has now put up the ZenFone AR for preorder on Verizon. Customers can choose between paying for the Tango-capable phone’s full retail price or getting a 24-month lease plan. 
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Asus has now put the ZenFone AR up for preorder in the United States. Interested customers can go to Verizon and either shell out $648 outright or enter a leasing plan for $27 a month.

This is possibly the first time we’ve seen an official price tag for the Tango-capable phone since Asus has been tight-lipped about it, remaining so even during its hands-on press event in San Francisco last week. But right now, the product page is up on Verizon, and that means Asus will announce an official launch date soon hopefully.

Keep in mind that there’s only a 128 GB option, but perhaps Asus plans to make other configurations available down the line too.

If you want to snatch one up now, hit up Verizon product listing and choose between paying for the retail price or the 24-month plan. The latter option doesn’t require a down payment, though it might be available for “qualified customers” only.

Asus ZenFone AR: Tango And Daydream

The ZenFone AR was announced earlier this year during CES. It is the second phone after the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro to come with full support for Google Tango technology, meaning it has the necessary hardware such as advanced cameras and sensors to “see the world” around it. The combination of hardware and Tango software lets the phone detect objects, determine depth, and use that information to deliver a polished augmented reality experience.

Apart from Tango, the ZenFone AR supports Daydream, Google’s virtual reality platform. So essentially, it’s the total mobile VR and AR package. You can insert it in a Daydream View headset and let it roll. The Daydream platform has quite a few apps and games in its belt, and the list is growing.

Asus ZenFone AR Specs

Underneath, the ZenFone AR packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chip, Adreno 530 graphics, a whopping 6 GB of RAM, and a 3,300 mAh battery. It sports a 5.7-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display at 515 ppi. If 128 GB isn’t enough, the phone does offer up to 256 GB of expandable storage.

The highlight, however, is on the back. You’ll see a massive 23-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization features, phase detection autofocus, plus depth- and motion-tracking sensors powering Tango.

For now, it seems the device only comes in Charcoal Black. It will run Android Nougat out of the box, with a likely Android O update, whenever that launches. Considering the ZenFone AR’s onboard VR and AR features, the price doesn’t seem that all expensive, especially for a decked-out flagship with premium specs. Expect due coverage when we find out its official shipping date.

Thoughts on the ZenFone AR? Feel free to sound off in the comments section below!




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Samsung Goes into Emergency Mode in China after Sales Falter While Apple’s iPhone 8 is Ready to Storm the Market with AR

 

Apple and Samsung were once the top smartphone vendors in China and have both fallen to local vendors Huawei, OPPO, Vivo and Xaoimi in recent quarters as we reported on last week. Today the Korea Herald reports that Samsung is reshuffling their Chinese operations amid sluggish smartphone sales. Seven offices have been closed and replaced by 22 new offices closely supervised by their Beijing headquarters. In 2013 Samsung held 19.7% market share in China and today it’s between 3 and 5 percent. According to the Korea Herald, Samsung is expected to keep a low profile over the next year, with Chinese consumers’ low expectations toward its upcoming Note 8 and the launch of the iPhone 8. As for Apple, they’re still hanging onto the fifth position in the market while completely dominating the premium sector of the market.

 

Reuters reports today that “Apple’s China revenues have stalled, falling for a fifth straight quarter in January-March, when sales grew in every other region. China recently slipped to Apple’s third-largest market, as consumers have switched to newer domestic offerings. The buzz around new launches has also cooled since the iPhone 6 in 2014. When it unveils quarterly earnings later on Tuesday, Apple is likely to report another dip in China smartphone sales.

 

The iPhone’s share of China’s smartphone shipments fell to 9 percent in January-June, from a peak of 14 percent in 2015, according to consultancy Counterpoint.

 

Services were Apple’s rare bright spot in its struggling China business and logged double-digit revenue growth in Greater China in January-March.

 

And maintaining momentum is crucial, as device sales may come under pressure again until Apple unveils its new iPhone, widely expected later this year in a milestone launch that will be key to winning back Chinese buyers.”

 

The rest of the Reuters report is about Apple’s latest move in China banning VPN apps from its App Store as we reported on Saturday and Monday. Read the Reuters report for more on today’s story.

 

Does the VPN issue matter to locals? Wang Siyue, 27, a marketing professional in Shanghai, who is a long-term iPhone user. “I will buy the next generation (iPhone) when it comes out. I’m just used to it,” Wang said, adding she doesn’t use VPN much, and Apple’s move to take down the app wouldn’t impact her decision to buy a new iPhone.

 

While Samsung has low expectations for their upcoming Note 8 in China, Apple’s iPhone 8 is likely to provide a huge lift in sales in China with an all-new look and the introduction of augmented reality.

 

Apple continues to invest in premium flagship stores in China to widen their base and they may be working on other local projects and initiatives behind the scenes. Apple focuses on the bigger picture and ensuring that they remain profitable in China. So the fact that local vendors are now taking control of the cheaper mass market segment in China is irrelevant to Apple. Apple has never been about the low profit mass market and smart Apple shareholders know that. 

 

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Reliance Jio data breach, Motorola Moto E4 launch, Asus ZenFone AR launch, and more

As the week draws to a close, here we take a look at what rocked the world of technology the past few days. It was an interesting week for India in terms of technology. We saw a few launches and then came the Amazon Prime Day Sale, a first for the country. The sale saw some great numbers and also maximum Indians opting for Prime membership as compared to any other month in the past. As always, this week too was peppered with leaks of Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and Apple iPhone 8, with Google Pixel XL 2 joining the party. And while we got a glimpse at the upcoming Jio feature phone in a leak, Reliance Jio made headlines for all the wrong reasons.

The week started with news of the Reliance Jio data hack filtering in. Many Twitter users began to talk of a site called Magicapk, which had reportedly hacked into Reliance data servers and made all information public. On entering the mobile number, all data connected to the Jio number would be revealed. Some users could even see their Aadhaar numbers, but for the majority, the leak was restricted to the phone number, full name, circle. While Reliance Jio staunchly denied all claims of a hack and maintained that the data presented was not authentic, a police complaint filed to that effect proved otherwise.

Motorola announced the Moto E4 and Moto E4 Plus smartphones in the country. Both the devices are budget smartphones and take on competition from the Chinese manufacturers. The smartphones, exclusive to Flipkart India, have already seen over one million sales within 24 hours of launch. In terms of specifications, both the smartphones are powered by MediaTek processors and come with large battery life. The Motorola Moto E4 is priced at Rs 8,999 and the Motorola Moto E4 Plus is priced at Rs 9,999 in India.

Apart from the budget Motorola devices, the premium Asus ZenFone AR also debuted in the country. The smartphone is the first Tango-based phone in the country and also supports Daydream VR. The smartphone is priced at Rs 49,999 and will take on some of the top flagship smartphones in India. Asus ZenFone AR is the first smartphone with three rear cameras to create the 3D effect. Asus first announced the ZenFone AR at CES 2017 and the device has come to India pretty late. Apart from the camera, the phone has no outstanding features.

India has surpassed USA when it comes to Facebook user base. it is a significant news for Indians as, despite a high population, data penetration and internet literacy still remain restricted to only specific regions. India is ahead of the US by nearly 1 million – a massive number. Out of the total 2 billion active user base the social media giant has, nearly 184 million are Indians. And even as Indians are taking more and more to digital platforms, Paytm, India’s largest waller service is looking at expanding. After entering the ticketing space Paytm is now reportedly acquired Insider.in and is in talks with BigBasket to acquire their services and expand further.

Reliance Jio data breach

Motorola Moto E4 and Moto E4 Plus

Asus ZenFone AR

Indian users surpass USA on Facebook

Paytm: Big Basket and Insider.in tie-up