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The Jeep Compass is working very well for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) in India. Exports to right-hand drive markets are also going quite well for the brand. The Compass is built at the Fiat factory in Ranjangaon, near Pune. 25,000 units of the SUV have been produced in just 7 months of production.

The Compass has been FCA’s biggest hit in India in years, and the company sells over 2,000 units of the SUV each month. The Compass competes with the Hyundai Tucson at the higher end and the Mahindra XUV500-Hyundai Creta at the lower end.

The Compass is available with four engine-transmission combinations: petrol-manual, petrol-automatic, diesel-manual and diesel-4X4. The petrol engine of the Compass is a 1.4 liter turbocharged unit capable of outputting a maximum power of 160 PS and a maximum torque of 250 Nm.

The engine is available with 6 speed manual and 7 speed, twin clutch automatic gearboxes. The petrol Compass is front wheel driven. The diesel Compass gets a 2 liter turbocharged engine with 170 PS and 350 Nm. The 6 speed manual gearbox is available with front wheel drive and four wheel drive options.

Later this year, Jeep India will introduce the Trailhawk variant of the Compass Diesel 4X4. The Trailhawk variant will be an off-road focused variant, which will be much costlier than the regular diesel versions. It will have different tyres, bumpers, slightly revised styling and also more features. We expect it to be priced at a little over Rs. 25 lakhs. A key mechanical change on the Trailhawk Compass is expected to be a 9 speed automatic gearbox sourced from ZF. This gearbox is also expected to be offered on the diesel, front wheel driven variants of the Compass.

The addition of the automatic option on the Compass Diesel could push up sales significantly. For now, prices of the Compass start from Rs. 15.21 lakhs, ex-showroom Delhi. The new variants of the SUV, due for 2018, will be much more costlier though. Sometime in 2019, Jeep is likely to expand its affordable SUV range in India by introducing a sub-4 meter model. The sub-4 meter SUV from Jeep will take on the Maruti Vitara Brezza, and is expected to either use the Renegade Small-Wide platform or be based on another new SUV that FCA plans to introduce soon globally.

WhatsApp’s long-requested and only recently introduced Delete for Everyone feature looks set to get an update. The most recent WhatsApp beta (v2.18.69) for Android now gives users up to 4,096 seconds (68 minutes and 16 seconds) to delete a message for everyone in a chat. Currently, in stable builds, the window a user has to delete a message for everyone is 420 seconds (or 7 minutes). Depending on how well it’s received, this extension can be expected to make its way to the stable build soon. It is also reportedly making its way to the iPhone app soon.

The change was first spotted by WABetaInfo, the WhatsApp update tracking site. The site notes that v2.18.68 WhatsApp beta version for Android includes an update to the Stickers feature that disabled by default – a slight modification of its icon. Since the news was reported on Friday, WhatsApp has released two more beta versions for Android (v2.18.70 and v.2.18.71), and WABetaInfo has spotted new disabled-by-default features like Locked Recording (locking the voice message record button into place when recording), and sticker pack size display.

Another feature WhatsApp was recently spotted in testing, but once again disabled by default, shows whether a message has been forwarded. The Forwarded Message label shows up on top of message if it has been forwarded from another, or same chat. The move if nothing classifies forwards, and could be amongst the first steps to combat spam and fake news. The feature was spotted in WhatsApp beta (v2.18.67) for Android. The same version also brought Stickers to Android – but can’t be used.

 

WhatsApp has reportedly started testing out its UPI-based payments feature in India. The new feature, available for select WhatsApp beta users on iOS and Android, enables users to send and receive money using the Indian government’s Unified Payments Interface (UPI) standard. This feature is said to be available on WhatsApp version 2.18.21 for iOS, and version 2.18.41 for Android. Considering the large user base of the messaging app in India, the payments platform’s integration may give another boost to digital payments.

The WhatsApp Payments feature, first spotted by GizmoTimes, is presently available to select users of the beta app in India. The feature can apparently be accessed in a chat window through the Attachments menu. The option is said to be available alongside other options such as Gallery, Video, Documents etc. Clicking on Payments will open a disclaimer window, followed by a list of banks to choose from.

You can then select your preferred bank account to connect with UPI. Notably, you will be asked to create an authentication pin if you haven’t yet used the UPI payments platform. Additionally, you will have to create a UPI account (if you don’t have one previously) through the UPI app or your respective bank’s website/ app.

A report by FoneArena adds that both the sender and receiver need to have the WhatsApp Payments feature to successfully transact on the messaging app. Users have reportedly been facing issues linking their bank accounts to the app, although this is expected from a feature available in beta.

WhatsApp has been known to be considering a UPI-based payments platform since July 2017. The feature was also spotted on an Android beta version back in August last year. Ever since UPI was announced by the government, players like Samsung, Zomato, Google, and, now, WhatsApp have been looking to incorporate it on to their existing hardware and software products.

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The Indian automobile industry never used the the way it is doing at this edition of the The organisers of the Expo, Siam and various participants have rolled out attractive teasers, campaigns and contests on platforms like Facebook, and YouTube. In fact, Siam claims this is the first auto show in the world where is itself a promotional partner.Auto Expo’s handle (@AEMotorShow), with a follower base of 16,000, is abuzz with activity. There have been over 4,200 tweets on the handle. Siam is running contests by asking questions related to the automobile industry on and distributing free Expo passes to winners. The Expo opens for the public from February 9 and ends on February 14. is being used to spread information about the spots from where tickets can be purchased. Siam has also listed the names of the food majors that have set up counters at the Expo – the names include KFC, Domino’s, Pizza Hut, Burger King, Starbucks, Keventers and Haldiram’s.

As part of the collaboration, is hosting a special #BlueRoom pop-up show onsite, live stream highlights from the Auto Expo, and make available a custom emoji. In addition, automotive majors like Hero MotoCorp, Mahindra & Mahindra, Tata Motors andare also live streaming their showcase at the on The page of has about 158,000 followers. Siam has been using the platform to talk about the attractions at the Expo, besides listing information with regard to the event. Auto makers are also tapping the potential of these platforms to reach out to fans and followers and create a buzz around their product showcases by releasing teasers on and

Among the that have been highly active on are Maruti Suzuki, Tata Motors, M&M, BMW and Renault.

Tata Motors is running various contests and offering Expo passes to winners. It also allowed Twitterati to ask questions related to the company and answered them. It gave out details of the number of vehicles it is showcasing while mentioning its pavilion number at the Expo. Pratap Bose, the company’s car designer, has been active on Twitter, releasing various teasers of models that are being showcased. is running contests that could get winners an all-expenses-paid trip to the Expo.Korean car maker Kia, which is readying its India launch by next year, has been quite active, too. Hinting at its electric vehicle displays at the Expo, it tweeted: “The excitement is #electric. Are you ready for us”. It is running various contests where participants get a chance to win Kia merchandise, besides passes to the Expo. Mentioning its hall number on Twitter, the company is asking enthusiasts to visit the stall.

Most have used common posts and messages on and BMW is using to invite fans to visit its stall to experience a virtual test drive besides running contests and sharing teasers. Hyundai talked about the 15 products that it will showcase and nine experience zones at its pavilion, on platforms like and

Xiaomi is doing very well in India, even better than the company’s own expectations. For a brand that came into the market only three years ago to outrank well entrenched rivals like Samsung is no small feat. Sales of its Redmi Note 4, as well as the Redmi 4 have helped the company become a household brand.

It’s not just the affordable price of the Redmi 4A that made the phone so admirable in the market. Steady performance coupled with excellent cameras have helped the Redmi 4A to raise the bar. But the success of the Redmi 4A is such that the company thought of launching its sequel in the same year itself: the Redmi 5A. While the Redmi 5A might not be totally different from the Redmi 4A, it does offer small improvements. You will be able to pick up the Redmi 5A for a starting price of Rs 4,999 on December 7 at 12:00PM via Flipkart and Mi.com/in.  Here is our review of the Xiaomi Redmi 5A.

Xiaomi Redmi 5A specifications: 5-inch HD 1280 x 720 resolution display| Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor|2GB RAM +16GB storage/3GB RAM +32GB storage|microSD card slot option (up to 128GB) |13MP rear +5MP front camera|3000mAh battery|MIUI 9.1, Android 7.1 Nougat

Xiaomi Redmi 5A price in India: Rs 4,999 (2GB RAM +16GB storage), Rs 5,999 (3GB RAM + 32GB storage)

Xiaomi Redmi 5A review: Design and display

At first glance you’ll wonder what has changed, it looks pretty much the same as the Redmi 4A. If you have used the Redmi 4A, you will not see a major improvement in the design department. Its all plastic body has been jazzed up with a metal finish. My review unit came in ‘Gold’, but the phone can be purchased in several other colour options including Dark Grey and Rose Gold. Coupled with a rounded, smooth design, Redmi 5A looks and feels comfortable in your hand. To my surprise, it doesn’t feel slippery, which is a big relief. The device weighs only 137g so this device feels light compared to some of the other phones on offer in this same segment.

The Redmi 5A retains those chunky top and bottom areas of its bezel, like the Redmi 4A. And underneath the display are three capacitive buttons that are not backlit. The power button and a pair of volume rockers can be found on to the right side. The other side houses a dual sim tray and a dedicated microSD slot. There’s a standard microUSB port on the bottom of the phone and a headphone jack and an Infrared port on the top. The Infrared blaster can help users to control other devices in their home.

At the back is a single camera setup with a flash on the top-left. The mono speaker is at the bottom. The Redmi 5A doesn’t offer a fingerprint scanner for added security, unlike the Redmi 4. This is a ‘Made in India’ phone.

The Redmi 5A’s screen is the same 5-inches in size as the one on the Redmi 4A and doesn’t pack any more pixels. So essentially, it has a resolution of 1280 x 720p and a pixel density of 296 ppi. I’m totally fine with the quality of the display; images are sharp, and videos look impressive. It’s perfect for a Netflix craving. If you’re coming from a feature phone background, the Redmi 5A’s 5-inch screen will be a huge upgrade. I can’t ask for more at this price point.

Xiaomi Redmi 5A review: Hardware and software

Xiaomi Redmi 5A has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor under its hood and it performs reasonably well. For everyday tasks the Redmi 5A shows no sign of lag. Browsing the web and running apps should be of no concern on the phone. Even with dozens of Chrome tabs open at once, the Redmi 5A never stuttered. In my testing, I loaded both Shadow Fight 3 and Sonic Forces Speed Battle to check the gaming performance on the Redmi 5A. Both games ran smoothly. But this device is not meant to handle heavy graphics intensive games like Real Racing 3 and Asphalt 8.

My review unit had 2GB RAM and 16GB storage. On the AnTuTu benchmark test, Redmi 5A scored 36,626. I believe the 3GB RAM (it has a built-in 32GB storage) variant might be a slightly faster in performance, but honestly, I haven’t tested that model. Though both models come with an expandable storage (up to 128GB).

In the sound department, Xiaomi Redmi 5A has cracked the code by managing to cram a mono speaker. The Redmi 5A is loud enough, even when a bunch of people around in the room. It’s not quite as bass[y), though.

Redmi 5A’s 3000mAh battery lasted close to 27 hours on a single charge. On a typical day, I make lots of calls, browse the web, check emails on a regular basis, with WhatsApp running constantly and Facebook app running in the background, watching YouTube videos while commuting to office, and streaming music through Saavn. It’s good to see that the phone’s battery lasted more than a day. I suspect if you are an average user the Redmi 5A’s battery might last close to two days.

Xiaomi Redmi 5A runs on MIUI 9, which is based on Android 7.1 Nougat. MIUI 9 brings with it a ton of big and small features, as well as typical Google features like split-screen multitasking and even Google Assistant. What I like about Xiaomi’s native MIUI is that it’s simple to operate and easy on the eyes. The phone didn’t feel sluggish, even though it is not running a pure version of Android. Xiaomi has also preloaded a slew of third-party apps like Amazon Shopping, UC News, and the Microsoft Office and Skype apps.

Xiaomi Redmi 5A review: Camera

It’s hard to expect a great camera experience on a phone in this price segment. The Redmi 5A, however, is an exception. In fact, the camera is the most fascinating aspect of the Redmi 5A. The primary camera has a 13MP sensor with an f/2.2 aperture, along with PDAF ability. The front shooter is a 5MP one with an f/2.0 aperture with smart and beautification modes.

I tested the back camera in a number of conditions including in a bright day light. The images it produced were full of detail, sharp and the colours were just right. In very low light, it flatters though. The back camera can also record 1080p video. The recorded video looked crisp when played on my desktop.

Xiaomi Redmi 5A review: Conclusion

The Redmi 5A is not targeted at those who already bought the Redmi 4A. Instead, Xiaomi says it is targeting first-time smartphone buyers, especially those who are looking to upgrade their “dumb” feature phones. At Rs 4,999, Redmi 5A is the most affordable Xiaomi smartphone in India. And it tells a lot about the company’s expectations from the Redmi 5A. When you look at the Redmi 5A, its design, specifications, 4G LTE connectivity and cameras, all this makes the phone stand out in the competition.

While less expensive than the Redmi 4, the Redmi 5A isn’t that cheap, as you can pick up the JioPhone for free and Bharat 1 for as little as Rs 2200. The latter phone even support WhatsApp and Facebook on the device. But the Redmi 5A is a complete smartphone, boasting faster performance and a superior camera, making this a phone well above the notch.

On Friday, the iPhone X finally went on sale in India which led to long queues outside Apple retailers in major metropolitan areas. Undeterred by Rs 89,000 starting price tag, for the 64GB version, people lined up to buy the new phones.

The sale started at 6 pm and with a high demand, it’s likely many customers will still miss out as those who had pre-booked the mobile would pick the first lot on the launch day itself.

iPhone X starts at Rs 89,000 for 64GB, while the 256GB version is price at Rs 1,02,000 and will be available in Silver and Space Grey Colours. Accessories such as leather and silicone cases which can set one back by Rs 3,500 to Rs 8,600.

At Rs 86,000 it’s the most expensive smartphone sold in India with the closest rival being the Pixel 2XL which will cost Rs 73,000.

Apple Inc shares rise

Apple Inc shares rose nearly 4 per cent on Friday after the tech giant reported a blowout fourth quarter and shrugged off concerns related to the iPhone X, prompting more analysts to put a trillion-dollar valuation on the company.

The stock was on track to add nearly $34 billion to its market capitalisation. At Thursday’s close of $168.11, the company was valued at $868 billion.

The Cupertino, California-based company, also forecast a strong holiday quarter ahead, which will include the iPhone X that started selling on Nov. 3.

“We see iPhone X unlocking pent-up iPhone upgrades, especially in China, driving more than 20 per cent iPhone unit growth and a revenue and earnings beat in 2018,” analyst Katy Huberty on Morgan Stanley said.

The company will make 30 million iPhone X units during the current quarter, Nomura Instinet analysts estimated, allaying production worries related to the glass-and-steel $999 phone.

At least seven brokerages raised their price targets on the stock, with Citigroup making the most bullish move by raising its price target by $30 to $200.

With the latest brokerage actions, at least seven Wall Street analysts now have target prices for Apple that put its market value above $1 trillion. Drexel Hamilton’s Brian White is still the most bullish among Apple analysts tracked by Thomson Reuters, raising his target price further to $235.

Apple’s fourth-quarter results underscored the company’s ability to drive growth not just on iPhones, but across its range of products, analysts said.

The company’s suite now includes five different iPhone models, the iPad, the Mac and the Apple Watch as well as its fast-growing services.

Apple said it sold 46.7 million iPhones in the fourth quarter ended Sept. 30, above analysts’ estimates of 46.4 million, according to financial data and analytics firm FactSet. Mac and iPad sales too were above the estimates of most analysts.

“Apple’s first-mover advantage and “easy growth” from new smartphone adopters is over, but the company appears likely to retain its existing premium customer base,” analysts at Morningstar said.

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