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India to Take Big 5G Leap in 2020 but Mass Adoption Far Away

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New Delhi, Dec 24 (IANS) With fifth-generation cellular network technology (5G) round the corner that allows data transfer at a 10 times faster rate than 4G, India is set to witness major disruptions across industries in 2020 — with greater adoption of Internet of Things (IoT) devices and advances computing at the edge, leading industry experts said on Tuesday.

Although the 5G technology that is gaining momentum fast globally may take at least another 5-6 years to reach the masses in India — for the simple reason that even 5G spectrum allocation is yet to take place for full-fledged trials — the enterprises are bullish on more real-life use cases emerging from the country.

“With 5G around the corner, greater adoption of IoT devices, and a need for faster decision-making, advanced edge computing that converges AI, IoT and 5G will be the key to realizing business value from data,” said Prakash Mallya, VP, and MD – Sales and Marketing Group, Intel India.

In the past 12 months, the integration of AI and IoT at the Edge has rapidly increased, allowing businesses across industries to design automated and more predictive systems.

Coupled with 5G services, edge computing requirements will accelerate exponentially.

“Harnessing these growing opportunities requires products and tools that are interoperable, computer vision enabled for the unique demands of the edge, software that is open and easy to deploy, and investment in the next generation of talent that can build, operate and effectively leverage new technology,” Mallya elaborated.

According to the International Data Corporation (IDC), commercial 5G deployments have begun in many regions and while 2019 is very much an introductory year at best, 2020 looks to be the year where 5G begins to ramp up.

“Although technologies will continue to evolve and find application in business processes, the mixture of 5G and IoT can be expected to dominate the foreseeable future. Staying competitive will ultimately mean adapting, and there will be plenty in 2020 and beyond for companies to catch up with. So, it’s time to get started,” said Sameer Mahapatra, Country Sales Head — India and SAARC, Aeris Communications.

However, the entire 5G ecosystem, which involves original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), infrastructure, spectrum and edge devices, is currently missing in India and in such a scenario, various 5G-enabled devices that are now set to see the light of day are redundant for the Indian consumers.

“We expect 5G to reach mainstream in India in 2023 and mass market starting 2025 or so,” said Neil Shah, Research Director at Counterpoint Research.

“This will, however, be much earlier compared to 3G and 4G era which took at least seven to eight years in India since the first global commercialisation for each generation of tech curves,” Shah told IANS.

According to cybersecurity firm Forcepoint, While 5G appears to be a promising service for organisations, the more reliable connectivity and lower latency of 5G will also work in favour of determined employees wishing to transfer swathes of corporate data.

5G will also bring new cyber threat scenarios in place.

“With the roll-out of 5G continuing in 2020, cybersecurity stack needs to have visibility and control of such data movement else organizations risk being unable to identify data theft at the speed necessary,” the company said in a statement.

Seqrite, the Enterprise Security solutions brand of Quick Heal Technologies Ltd, expects the threat exposure to increase substantially.

“Cybercriminals will look to capitalise on the new potential entry points that will open up within enterprise networks as everything from internet cars to smart refrigerators connect with them.

“The increase in threats to confidentiality and privacy will be unprecedented, with organisations and institutions required to monitor a much larger landscape for attacks,” said Seqrite.

–IANS

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Redmi K30 Pro Zoom Edition Gets New 12GB RAM Variant with 512GB Storage: Price, Specifications

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Xiaomi launched the Redmi K30 Pro series last month in China. It features Redmi K30 Pro and Redmi K30 Pro Zoom Edition. Both phones were released with a maximum of 8GB RAM and 256GB onboard storage. Xiaomi has now launched a new storage variant for the Zoom Edition, the company has announced a 12GB + 512GB storage variant for the Zoom Edition.

Redmi K30 Pro Zoom Edition 12GB RAM variant price

The new Redmi K30 Pro Zoom Edition with 12GB of RAM and 512GB of storage. The Redmi K30 Pro configuration, which was available at launch, is still priced at CNY 3,699 (roughly Rs. 40,000) and Redmi K30 Pro Zoom Edition now comes with 12GB RAM and 512GB storage. This variant is priced at CNY 4,499 (Rs 47,900 approx), and it will be available in China.

Redmi K30 Pro Zoom Edition specifications

The Redmi K30 Pro is a flagship smartphone from the independent brand in China. The phone flaunts a 6.67-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED display on the front with an in-display fingerprint scanner. The handset is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset, coupled with up to 12GB of RAM and 512GB of storage. And yes, both the standard and Zoom Edition K30 Pro’s offer 5G support out of the box. The handset runs Android 10 out of the box and is backed by a 4700mAh battery with 33W fast charging support.
The Zoom Edition of the K30 Pro has a quad-camera setup on the back comprising of 64MP Sony IMX686 primary sensor, 8MP telephoto lens with 30X digital zoom support, 13MP ultra-wide-angle shooter and a 2MP depth sensor. The standard K30 Pro lacks the 30X digital zoom feature and instead comes with 64MP+13MP+5MP+2MP camera setup on the back.

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India Govt’s ‘Aarogya Setu’ App Crosses 5 Million Installs in 3 Days

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The Aarogya Setu app has got 5 million downloads in just three days of launch on Google Play Store. It has also become one of the top free apps in India on both Google Play and the App Store.

This is a COVID-19 tracking app, the app essentially helps users identify whether they are at risk of COVID-19 infection, by checking if the user has come into contact with an infected person knowingly or unknowingly. The Indian government launched the Aarogya Setu app on Android and iOS a few days ago. Uses Bluetooth and location to track your interaction with someone who could have been tested coronavirus positive.

The Aarogya Setu app is considered to be the official source of all coronavirus-related information and an important tool to curb the spread of COVID-19. It is being encouraged for use through several different means by the government, and one of them is schools. With this app, the government aims to make people more aware of the spread of the Covid-19 cases in India, by informing the citizens with relevant information. The Government is promoting it through several venues, one of the important ones being schools. The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE board) has asked all schools and institutions to urge students, teachers, parents, staff, and others to install the app.

The Aarogya Setu app supports 11 languages including Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi, and English to help the diverse population across states gain access without difficulty. Once you have downloaded the app, you need to register with your mobile number. Then the app will have to ask you to enter your health stats and other details. To enable tracking, you will have to keep your GPS/location and Bluetooth services on.

In just three days of launch, the Aarogya Setu app has got 5 million downloads on Google Play Store. Arnab Kumar, Program Director of Frontier Technologies at NITI Aayog, has also tweeted that the app has managed to gain close to 8 million installs in just three days of launch. It has also become one of the top free apps in India on both Google Play and the App Store. Even though the App Store does not reveal the number of downloads of the app, Aarogya Setu can be seen on the top spot in the Health and Fitness section, and the Free Apps section.
You can download the app from Google Play Store or App Store for free.

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Xiaomi Mi Bunny Watch 4 with 8-Day Battery and Dual Cameras Launched, Price and Features

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Xiaomi Mi Bunny Watch 4 has been launched in China which comes with 5G as well as 4G supports. Which features two cameras and both are 5-megapixel HD sensors and up to eight days of battery life on a single charge. It has an impressive list of specifications which includes artificial intelligence (AI) integration. The Xiaomi Mi Bunny Watch 4 is a little bulkier as compared to other smartwatches mainly because of the camera on the side. It has features like AI safe positioning that allows parents to accurately track the location of their kids. The company says that the front camera can be used to watch the children’s face and the second will help monitor the surroundings.

Xiaomi Mi Bunny Watch 4: Price, availability

The Mi Bunny Watch 4 is priced at RMB 899 (approx Rs 9,700) and for those pre-ordering the final price will be RMB 849 (around Rs 9,100), while the Watch 4 Pro sets you back by RMB 1,299 (Rs 14,000 approx.) and is available in two colour options namely, Blue and Pink. It is currently up for pre-sale which will end in five days.

Xiaomi Mi Bunny Watch 4: Specifications, features

The Xiaomi Mi Bunny Watch 4 has a 1.78-inch AMOLED display with a pixel density of 326ppi. The 2.5D curved glass screen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. It has two 5-megapixel cameras, one on the watch face for video calls and the other on the side. The watch comes with NFC, Wi-Fi, 4G, speakers, and microphone. The Xiaomi Mi Bunny Watch 4 is water-resistant up to 20 metres. It has a 920mAh battery and weighs 296 grams.

The Mi Bunny Watch 4 supports eSIM for 4G VoLTE calls, GPS, NFC-bound traffic cards and calling. Parental controls include call whitelists, SMS whitelists, and recent interruption in class and the app. It packs 920mAh battery and AI intelligent power-saving algorithm and is claimed to last up to 8 days. The Wi-Fi, 4G support, and the front 5-megapixel camera will allow parents and children to make video calls. With the help of the second 5-megapixel camera, which also has AI recognition, parents can see what is around their kids.

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