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Indians Now Consume Over 11GB Mobile Data per Month, Spend 70 Minutes per Day on Streaming: Report

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Cheap data plans, affordable handsets, increasing popularity of video services and 4G networks have helped average data consumption per user in India to grow to over 11 GB a month, telecom gear maker Nokia said on Thursday.

Nokia – in its annual Mobile Broadband India Traffic Index (MBiT) report – said the overall data traffic in India increased by 47 per cent in 2019, driven by continued 4G consumption.

4G data constitute 96 per cent of the total data traffic consumed across the country, while 3G data traffic registered its highest ever decline of 30 per cent, it added.

“The average monthly data usage per user surpassed 11 gigabyte (GB) in December growing 16 per cent annually due to increase in upgradation of 4G network, low data prices, affordable smartphones, and the ever-increasing popularity of videos,” Nokia India Chief Marketing Officer Amit Marwah told reporters here.

He added that data consumption in India is probably the highest globally, ahead of markets like China, the US, France, South Korea, Japan, Germany and Spain.

One GB data usually allows users to stream about 200 songs or watch an hour of video. The amount of data consumed goes up depending on the quality of the content being streamed (standard-definition (SD), high-definition (HD) or Ultra HD).

Interestingly, broadband penetration in India is at 47 per cent, which is significantly lower than China (95 per cent) and other European nations at around 95-115 per cent.

Marwah said mobile data usage in India can increase further as broadband penetration approaches the level of similar developed geographies.

Data prices in India are among the lowest in the world at about Rs. 7 per GB, the report said.

The number of 4G data users in the country is estimated to be 598 million, while that of 3G were at about 44 million.

Video consumption in the country has been on the rise with spurt in number of over-the-top (OTT) platforms (like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and other regional content platforms). Players are adopting aggressive distribution and pricing strategies, including sachet pricing and mobile-only packs.

The average time spent on OTT platforms in india is about 70 minutes a day and an average single session lasts for about 40 minutes, the report said.

“We believe the migration of subscribers to 4G will continue to drive broadband growth in the country. The upcoming 4K/8K videos and Industry 4.0 solutions that promises to enhance productivity and bring down expenses for the industries across different verticals, demand ultra high speed and extremely low latency,” Marwah said.

He added that Indian telecom operators will need to consider other connectivity solutions to leverage the new opportunities and to address the growing data consumption.

The report noted that the number of 4G handsets devices grew by 1.5 times to reach 501 million units in 2019 from 330 million a year-ago. The number of Voice over LTE (VoLTE)-enabled smartphones grew to 432 million.

The report also pointed out that several innovative Industry 4.0 use cases will drive the uptake of ‘Private LTE’ in the country.

These use cases range from remote monitoring in manufacturing and mining, material handling through augmented reality in warehouses, logistics etc. This will advance digital transformation across different business verticals and will pave the way for 5G technology, the report said.

Nokia, which has deployed private wireless networks for more than 120 customers across multiple industries and geographies, has recently partnered with Airtel for offering Private LTE to enterprises in India. PTI SR DRR DRR DRR

This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.

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Samsung Galaxy A31 Launching in India Today: How to Watch Livestream, Expected Price, Specifications

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Samsung is all set to launch a new phone in India today, the Galaxy A31. The device comes to India shortly after the company made the Galaxy M01 and Galaxy M11 official for the Indian market on June 2. The Galaxy A31 will be launched today after already being listed on the company’s website a few days ago.

The listing had revealed key specifications about the device, including the fact that it will come with a quad-camera set-up and a massive 6.4-inch display. Samsung Galaxy A31 will be unveiled at as a part of a virtual event that will kick off at 2pm, according to Samsung website. You will be able to watch on the company’s website, Facebook, and YouTube.

Samsung Galaxy A31 price in India (expected)

The mid-range smartphone is expected to be priced below the Galaxy A51. A report recently claimed that the Samsung Galaxy A31 will be priced around ₹ 23,000 in India. The phone will likely be offered in Blue, Black, Red, and White colour options.

In terms of availability, the Galaxy A31 will be up for grabs via Flipkart. It is stated that the phone will be available to purchase through official offline channels as well. Flipkart is listing a launch time of 3pm, suggesting that’s when the phone will go on sale.

Samsung Galaxy A31: Expected specifications

Talking about the hardware of the phone, Samsung has revealed that the Galaxy A31 will come with a 6.4-inch sAMOLED Infinity-U display capable of churning out FullHD+ resolution. There is no information yet on what it will house under the hood, however, previous reports have stated that the phone will come running a MediaTek Helio P65 SoC octa-core SoC paired with either 4GB or 6GB RAM options. The storage is tipped to be 64GB or 128GB options expandable up to 512GB with a microSD card slot.

As for cameras, the company has already revealed the Galaxy A31 will get a quad rear camera setup with a primary 48-megapixel primary sensor, 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens, 5-megapixel macro shooter, and a 5-megapixel depth sensor. There is no clarity on the front camera, but reports claim this could be a 20-megapixel camera sensor.

Samsung Galaxy A31 Full Specifications (Expected)

General

Brand Samsung
Model Galaxy A31
Release date 24th March 2020
Launched in India No
Form factor Touchscreen
Dimensions (mm) 159.30 x 73.10 x 8.60
Weight (g) 185.00
Battery capacity (mAh) 5000
Removable battery No
Fast charging Proprietary
Wireless charging No
Colours Prism Crush Black, Prism Crush Blue, Prism Crush Red, Prism Crush White

Display

Screen size (inches) 6.40
Touchscreen Yes
Resolution 1080×2400 pixels
Aspect ratio 20:9

Hardware

Processor 2GHz octa-core (2x2GHz + 6×1.7GHz)
Processor make MediaTek Helio P65
RAM 4GB
Internal storage 64GB
Expandable storage Yes
Expandable storage type microSD
Expandable storage up to (GB) 512

Camera

Rear camera 48-megapixel (f/2.0) + 8-megapixel (f/2.2) + 5-megapixel (f/2.4) + 5-megapixel (f/2.4)
Rear autofocus Yes
Rear flash Yes
Front camera 20-megapixel (f/2.2)

Software

Operating system Android 10
Skin One UI 2.0

Connectivity

Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 a/b/g/n
GPS Yes
Bluetooth Yes
USB Type-C Yes
Number of SIMs 2
SIM 1
SIM Type Nano-SIM
GSM/CDMA GSM
3G Yes
4G/ LTE Yes
SIM 2
SIM Type Nano-SIM
GSM/CDMA GSM
3G Yes
4G/ LTE Yes

Sensors

Face unlock Yes
Fingerprint sensor Yes
In-Display Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Compass/ Magnetometer Yes
Proximity sensor Yes
Accelerometer Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes

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Honor Play 4, Honor Play 4 Pro With Hole-Punch Display, 5G Support Launched: Price, Specifications

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Honor has launched two new 5G phones in China, which are called Honor Play 4 and Honor Play 4 Pro. The latest Honor devices are powered by a 7nm chipset and offer a modern punch-hole display design. Honor has 4,000mAh battery also provided fast charging support on both Honor Play 4 models. Further, the Honor Play 4 Pro in the new series comes in an additional variant that has a dedicated infrared (IR) sensor at the back to measure body temperature. The Pro variant has dual rear cameras and the standard version packs four cameras at the back.

Honor Play 4, Honor Play 4 Pro price and availability details

The Honor Play 4 price is set at CNY 1,799 (roughly ₹ 19,100) for the 6GB + 128GB storage variant, while its 8GB + 128GB storage option carries a price tag of CNY 1,999 (roughly ₹ 21,200). The phone comes in Magical Night Black, Phantom Blue, and Iceland Illusion colour options and will go on sale in China starting June 12. The Honor Play 4 Pro price, on the other hand, is set at CNY 2,899 (roughly ₹ 30,800) for the 8GB + 128GB storage variant.

Honor Play 4 specifications

The Honor Play 4 features a 6.81-inch FHD+ display with 1,080 × 2,400p resolution, 60Hz refresh rate, and 20:9 aspect ratio. The phone is powered by octa-core 7nm MediaTek Dimensity 800 chipset, which has 5G modem integrated. The SoC is mated with VC (Vapour Chamber) cooling support, 6GB/ 8GB RAM and 128GB storage. The handset boots EMUI 10.1 atop Android 10 out of the box.

The Honor Play 4 quad rear camera specifications include 64MP primary sensor with f/1.89 aperture, an 8MP ultra-wide lens with f/2.2 aperture, 2MP macro lens, and 2MP depth sensor with f/2.4 aperture. The front camera of the phone features a 16MP sensor for selfies and video calling. There is a side-mounted fingerprint scanner for security. Connectivity features include 5G, 4G LTE, dual SIM slots, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5, GPS/ GLONASS, Type-C port, and 3.5mm headphone jack. A 4,300mAh battery with 22.5W fast charging rounds up the specifications of Honor Play 4.

Honor Play 4 Pro specifications

As for Honor Play 4 Pro, it ships with a 6.57-inch Full HD+ 20:9 LCD screen, Huawei Kirin 990 SoC with Balong 5000 5G modem, VC cooling system, 8GB of RAM and 128GB storage. The handset rocks dual rear cameras comprising 40MP Sony IMX600 RYYB sensor with f/1.8 aperture and 8MP telephoto camera with OIS, 3x optical zoom, 30x digital zoom and LED flash. For selfies and video calling, there is 32MP + 8MP 105-degree ultra-wide dual cameras on the front.

Other features include 4,200mAh battery with 40W fast charging, Android 10-based EMUI 10.1, and side-mounted fingerprint scanner. The connectivity options of the phone are the same as Honor Play 4.

Honor Play 4 Pro Full Specifications

General

Brand Honor
Model Play 4 Pro
Release date 3rd June 2020
Launched in India No
Form factor Touchscreen
Dimensions (mm) 162.70 x 75.80 x 8.90
Weight (g) 213.00
Battery capacity (mAh) 4200
Removable battery No
Fast charging Proprietary
Colours Magic Night Black, Mecha Blue, Iceland illusion

Display

Screen size (inches) 6.57
Touchscreen Yes
Resolution 1080×2400 pixels
Aspect ratio 20:9

Hardware

Processor 1.86GHz octa-core (2×2.86GHz + 2×2.09GHz + 4×1.86GHz)
Processor make HiSilicon Kirin 990
RAM 8GB
Internal storage 128GB
Expandable storage No

Camera

Rear camera 40-megapixel (f/1.8) + 8-megapixel (f/2.4)
Rear autofocus Yes
Rear flash Yes
Front camera 32-megapixel (f/2.0) + 8-megapixel (f/2.2)

Software

Operating system Android 10
Skin Magic UI 3.1.0

Connectivity

Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
GPS Yes
Bluetooth Yes, v 5.10
NFC Yes
USB Type-C Yes
Number of SIMs 2
SIM 1
SIM Type Nano-SIM
GSM/CDMA GSM
3G Yes
4G/ LTE Yes
5G Yes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40) Yes
SIM 2
SIM Type Nano-SIM
GSM/CDMA GSM
3G Yes
4G/ LTE Yes
5G Yes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40) Yes

Sensors

Face unlock Yes
In-Display Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Compass/ Magnetometer Yes
Proximity sensor Yes
Accelerometer Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes
Gyroscope Yes

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Google Removes Viral Indian App That Deleted Chinese Ones: 10 Points

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Google has pulled an app from its Google Play store that helped users identify and remove apps of Chinese origin. The Mountain View, California-based company told Gadgets 360 that the “Remove China Apps” application violated Google Play policy. Before getting removed from Google Play, the app – developed by Jaipur-based OneTouch AppLabs – clocked over 50 lakh downloads in just over two weeks of its launch. It is the second viral app from India to be pulled from Google Play in a matter of days. Google has earlier removed Mitron, a TikTok clone.

Here are the top 10 points you need to know about this big story:

  1. Google told Gadgets 360 that “Remove China Apps” application was violating its Deceptive Behaviour policy. The policy highlights various things that apps listed on Google Play can’t do but one specific point is relevant in the case of “Remove China Apps” story. Google says it doesn’t allow “apps that mislead users into removing or disabling third-party apps or modifying device settings or features.”
  2. While the app from OneTouch AppLabs claimed to be developed for “educational purposes,” it was capitalising on the anti-China sentiment prevalent across the country right now. The anti-China sentiment in the country has been sparked by the novel coronavirus pandemic, India-China border dispute, and more. A survey recently indicated that 67 percent of Indians hold China responsible for the spread of COVID-19.
  3. Remove China Apps made its debut on the Google Play store on May 17 and was downloaded over 50 lakh times before getting pulled, as per data from Google Play. It was not available on Apple App Store for iPhone users. Android is the prevalent mobile operating system in the country and as per StatCounter, it is used by 95 percent of mobile phone users in the country.
  4. The app also led the top free apps chart on Google Play and remained there for at least two days. After the removal of the app, Zoom is back on top of free apps list on Google Play, followed by government’s contact-tracing app Aarogya Setu.
  5. Remove China Apps allowed users to identify and remove apps that were of Chinese origin on their smartphones. While it was able to identify popular apps, including the likes of TikTok, ShareIt, UC Browser, and CamScanner, from Chinese developers, it didn’t detect apps that come pre-installed on phones from Chinese manufacturers. Remove China Apps was free and fairly easy to use, and didn’t include any advertisements.
  6. To use the app, the Android users simply had to install it from Google Play store and give the necessary permissions. Following which, the users just had to tap on Scan Now to scan their phone and the app would list all the Chinese-origin apps installed on the phone. The app would also give a delete icon next to every app which when tapped would uninstall the app from user’s smartphone. The app claimed to use market research data to identify which apps were of Chinese-origin.
  7. OneTouch AppLabs has remained tightlipped about the app and hasn’t responded to media requests. It used Twitter and its website to announce the removal of “Remove China Apps” from Google Play late-Tuesday and simply wrote – “Google has suspended our #RemoveChinaApps from google play store. Thank you all for your support in past 2 weeks.”
  8. Apart from India, the Remove China Apps application was also gaining momentum in Australia, where according to data from App Annie, the app had topped the Tools section in Google Play store. Still, the majority of the app’s users resided in India. Even though the app has been removed from Google Play store, it will continue to function on phones that already have it installed.
  9. Remove China Apps’ removal comes soon after Google had pulled the Mitron app from Google Play store. Mitron was a clone of TikTok that also benefitted from anti-China sentiments and also saw lakhs of downloads. Despite issues the app still managed to find traction among users and went viral.
  10. TikTok, a popular short-video app, was also in news recently, in part because of the anti-China sentiment. TikTok is developed by ByteDance, a company that is headquartered in Beijing. Scores of smartphone users in the country took to Google Play and Apple App Store to downrank the app. Notably, apart from anti-China sentiments, the other key reasons for the 1-star rating flood were the ongoing YouTube vs TikTok debate on social media as well as a video glorifying acid attacks from a TikTok user.

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