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OPPO Set to Launch its New Budget Phone K3 in India

The phone is fuelled by a 3,765 mAh non-removable battery

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The handset features a 6.6-inch notchless AMOLED display with rounded edges. IANS

Chinese smartphone manufacturer Oppo is set to launch its new budget phone K3 in India following its debut in China.

The launch of the smartphone was confirmed by a dedicated teaser page on Amazon India, which indicates that it might be officially launched in India by the end of this month, news portal GSM Arena reported on Friday.

The device comes with a 6.5-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 10801 x 2340 pixels and carries an aspect ratio of 19:5:9 without any notch design on the display.

Under the hood, the smartphone is juiced by Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 SoC, clubbed with an 8GB RAM and 256GB of storage.

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The pop-up selfie mechanism itself is, however, not new. Wikimedia Commons

The smartphone sports a dual camera setup with the combination of a 16MP + 2MP camera sensor with an LED flash. At the front, there is a 16MP camera.

The phone is fuelled by a 3,765 mAh non-removable battery.

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It measures 161.2×76.0×9.4mm and weighs 191 grams. The phone gets WiFi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz + 5GHz), Dual 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth 5, USB Type-C and GPS + GLONASS for connectivity. (IANS)

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Developers Can Now Start Building Hindi Skills for Alexa in India

Right now, Alexa can understand some Hinglish commands but these are few and far between

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Amazon Echo led the Indian smart speakers market with 59 per cent share in 2018 (Representational image). Pixabay

Amazon on Tuesday announced that developers can now start building Alexa skills for customers in India with the new Hindi voice model available in Alexa Skills Kit (ASK).

Developers would get a headstart and submit skills for certification as the company prepare to offer engaging experiences for Alexa users in one of the most spoken languages in the country, the company said in a statement.

Commercial hardware manufacturers who want to develop Alexa Built-in products for Hindi-speaking customers in India can request early access to the invite-only Alexa Voice Service (AVS) developer preview.

The Alexa Skills Kit (ASK) is a collection of free, self-service APIs and tools that make it fast and easy for developers to create skills, or capabilities, for Alexa.

Amazon last year launched a new category of skill called “Cleo” that enables customers in India help Alexa learn Hindi and other languages. The idea was to improve Alexa’s language model and help her gradually speak in local languages.

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The lawsuit alleges Amazon of saving ‘voice prints’ of millions of children by unlawfully recording their conversations around Alexa-enabled smart devices. Pixabay

Apart from Hindi, users can respond to Alexa’s English statements in Tamil, Marathi, Kannada, Bengali, Telugu, Gujarati and other regional languages.

Alexa is currently available in over 80 countries and speaks more than 14 language variants.

One can sign up for the first webinar on Hindi skill building scheduled on July 24. Developers in India who have their Hindi-language skill certified for publication in India before July 31 would receive exclusive early bird Alexa merchandise.

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Rohit Prasad, Vice President and Head Scientist for Alexa, told IANS recently that the company is working on infusing regional languages capabilities in Alexa for the Indian market but these are early days.

Right now, Alexa can understand some Hinglish commands but these are few and far between. (IANS)