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Google has officially announced the Pixel 9 Pro Fold through a teaser video

Google has officially announced in a teaser video that their upcoming smartphone lineup will feature a new foldable model. The company referred to the Pixel 9 Pro Fold as a “foldable phone designed for the Gemini era” in their promotional tweet, highlighting its gen AI chatbot in the video. Like the regular Pixel 9 Pro, this model also has a noticeable camera bump, with the lenses positioned vertically on one side of the phone, allowing the bump to only take up a portion of the width when the device is…

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Realme is among the top five smartphone brands in terms of volume market share. (Realme) News 

Realme aims to dominate the ₹15-25k segment by introducing P series in 2024.

Realme India business strategy lead, Tarini Prasad Das, revealed to reporters that the company’s goal is to reach a cumulative sales of 50 million smartphones by 2024 through its partnership with Flipkart, while discussing the plans for the P series. “We aim to lead the ₹15,000-25,000 smartphone segment this year as a whole with the launch of the P series. The P series itself is expected to lead the segment,” Das said. Realme is among the top five smartphone brands in terms of volume market share. The company’s market share…

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HDFC Bank alerts about a few common ‘bad habits’ of smartphone users that make it easy for them to fall prey to hacking attempts and scams. (HDFC Bank) News 

HDFC Bank warns that 5 habits of smartphone users are making life easier for hackers.

HDFC Bank has released a new cybersecurity advisory for its customers, focusing on security tips for smartphone users utilizing the HDFC mobile banking app. The advisory also applies to users of other banks’ mobile banking apps. In addition to emphasizing the importance of safeguarding passwords, downloading apps from trusted sources, and being cautious of phishing scams, HDFC Bank addresses common ‘bad habits’ of smartphone users that can make them vulnerable to hacking and scams. Customers are urged to be more vigilant if engaging in these behaviors. 5 smartphone habits you…

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Ixigo teases users with a drone selfie stick prank just ahead of April Fools' Day. (@ixigo) News 

Ixigo introduces ‘Flyfie’ drone selfie stick for travelers, but it’s not available for purchase

Ixigo, the popular travel app, has caused a stir on social media with a sneak peek of its latest innovation – the Flyfie drone selfie stick. The teaser video reveals a mini drone attached to a smartphone, creating a unique flying selfie stick that aims to capture travelers’ moments from a new perspective. Coined as “Flyfie” by @abhibus and ixigo, this concept promotes hands-free aerial selfies and vlogging. Excited users are already ditching their traditional selfie sticks in favor of this innovative drone accessory. Ixigo’s Flyfie is certainly every travel…

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Parents' constant stream of texts contributes to anxiety and distraction for students at school, hindering their independence and problem-solving skills. (AP) News 

Reduce distractions from phones: The importance of refraining from texting your children during school hours

Joe Clement, a high school teacher in Virginia, monitors the text messages that parents have been sending to students in his economics and government classes. “What did you get from the test?” “Did you get the tour form signed?” “Would you like chicken or hamburgers for dinner tonight?” Clement appeals to parents: stop texting your kids at school. Parents are alarmingly aware of the distractions and mental health issues associated with smartphones and social media. But teachers say parents may not realize how much those struggles are at school. One…

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India now stands as the world's second largest producer of mobile phones, and 30 per cent of production in FY24 will now be meant for exports. News 

All You Need To Know About India Approaching Rs 20 Lakh Crore Mobile Production Target

India is close to achieving the target of Rs 20 lakh crore worth of mobile phone production in the last 10 years, but will surpass Rs 1.20 lakh crore worth of phone exports in the current financial year (FY24), marking a whopping 7,500% year-on-year export growth. decade – India Cellular and Electronics Association (ICEA), the leading electronics industry body, said on Thursday. The industry had set itself the goal of 20,000,000 trillion worth of mobile phone production in the last 10 years (2014-2024). “It ended the decade with a cumulative…

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The ChatGPT home screen widget has been rolled out for Android smartphones. (Pexels) AI 

OpenAI introduces ChatGPT widget for Android phones, allowing for faster access directly from the home screen

OpenAI’s popular AI chatbot, ChatGPT, has rolled out a new widget for Android smartphones, enabling faster access directly from the home screen. This move comes as part of OpenAI’s ongoing efforts to stay competitive in the market, particularly against rivals like Google Gemini. In addition to introducing memory capabilities that allow ChatGPT to recall previous conversations without the need for constant reminders, the company is now focusing on enhancing user accessibility with the new home screen widget. ChatGPT gets a widget The home screen widget feature was revealed by Android…

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Do you wish to replace your phone soon? If so, these are the top smartphones available in India under Rs 30,000. Take a look. News 

Top smartphones under Rs 30,000: Vivo V20 Pro and Motorola Edge 40 recommended for purchase

Today, smartphones under Rs 30,000 offer exceptional performance and a wide range of modern features. Unlike previous years, several leading brands have launched their versions of high-end smartphones in this price range. The best smartphones under Rs 30,000 can fulfill all your needs without breaking the bank. For the price, these phones are all very good in terms of performance, features and value. The most popular smartphones in this price range (Rs. 30,000) can be found in this list and come from popular manufacturers like Samsung, OnePlus, Mi, Realme, Vivo,…

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Lower tariffs on components are crucial for India's ambitions to attract smartphone manufacturers (Bloomberg) News 

India’s IT ministry concerned about falling behind China and Vietnam in smartphone exports

According to government documents seen by Reuters, the deputy IT minister has warned that India could potentially lose its position as a significant smartphone export hub to China and Vietnam. To attract global companies, India must swiftly take action by offering lower tariffs. Smartphone manufacturing is a key part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ambitions to boost the economy and create jobs by luring the likes of Apple, Foxconn and Samsung to India, the world’s second-largest mobile market, where production grew 16% year-on-year. $44 billion last year. This success, the…

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According to a new report, a typical smartphone user picks up the phone 70-80 times a day. This is based on actual clicks/swaps data of over 1,000 users and in-depth consumer interviews conducted across India. News 

Report Reveals: Smartphone Users Check Their Devices 70-80 Times Daily on Average

One in two (50 percent) Indian users pick up the phone without knowing why they turned on their smartphone, a new report revealed on Monday. According to the international business management consulting firm Boston Consulting Group (BCG), a typical smartphone user picks up the phone 70-80 times a day. “Based on our research, we’ve found that about 50 percent of the time, consumers aren’t clear about why they’re picking up the phone — they’re doing it out of habit,” said Kanika Sanghi, director of India’s Center for Customer Insights. The…

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After phone neck, phone knee has risen as a big worry. Check out what the new study says about the overuse of phones. (Pexels) News 

New study reveals a new health concern: phone knee, forget phone neck!

In today’s world, electronic devices have become an integral part of our daily lives, with our phones being the most relied upon for personal and professional tasks. However, this excessive dependence on smartphones is proving to be detrimental to our physical and mental health. While we are familiar with the concept of “phone neck,” a recent study has now highlighted the emergence of “phone knee” problems. The study reveals a surprising link between excessive phone use and persistent knee and joint pain. Experts suggest that this pain is directly associated…

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For the first time, Apple has crossed the 10 million units mark in India, despite overall shipments remaining flat. Here are the details. News 

Report: Apple’s Involvement Boosts Popularity of High-End Smartphones in India

India’s smartphone shipments remained flat at 152 million units in 2023 as Apple crossed the 10 million unit mark in shipments and topped the calendar year’s revenue for the first time, a new report released on Wednesday showed. According to Counterpoint Research, Samsung rose to the top with its 18 percent share last year for the first time since 2017. Vivo ranked second in 2023 with a 17 percent share and topped the affordable premium segment (Rs. 30,000-45,000) with a 33 percent share. Xiaomi fell to third place in 2023,…

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For the first time, Apple has crossed the 10 million units mark in India, despite overall shipments remaining flat. Here are the details. News 

Report: Apple’s Involvement Boosts Popularity of High-End Smartphones in India

India’s smartphone shipments remained flat at 152 million units in 2023 as Apple crossed the 10 million unit mark in shipments and topped the calendar year’s revenue for the first time, a new report released on Wednesday showed. According to Counterpoint Research, Samsung rose to the top with its 18 percent share last year for the first time since 2017. Vivo ranked second in 2023 with a 17 percent share and topped the affordable premium segment (Rs. 30,000-45,000) with a 33 percent share. Xiaomi fell to third place in 2023,…

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Smartphones didn't reinvent the wheel in 2023, but iterative changes made them more mature and practical to use than their 2022 counterparts. News 

Small adjustments over time make smartphones in 2023 a testament to product maturity.

Although we haven’t seen any major changes this year, the changes made have made the products more mature and practical to use than their 2022 counterparts. For example, the iPhone 15 Pro has a new ProRes LOG recording feature, and Google has finally realized that its strength is artificial intelligence with the launch of the Pixel 8 series. Smartphones have come a long way and now there is something for everyone. Why are iterative updates compounded over time Smartphone features increase over time, like compound interest, giving you a a…

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Unwrap the joy of tech this Christmas with realme! Dive into exclusive discounts on the narzo series – a perfect blend of style and innovation. News 

Check out the prices of narzo 60 Pro and narzo N53 as realme introduces Christmas Sale offers on narzo smartphones.

Realme, a well-known smartphone provider, has introduced attractive deals on several models such as the realme narzo 60 Pro series 5G, realme narzo 60x 5G, realme narzo N55, and realme narzo N53, as part of their ‘Christmas Sale.’ These exclusive offers can be availed from 18th December, 12 PM onwards until 26th December, and are accessible on Amazon.in and the official realme website. The offer information covers various options for reduced prices and coupons. For example, the realme narzo 60 Pro 5G offers different configurations with discounts and coupons, making…

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To check digital frauds, the government has disconnected 70 lakh mobile numbers so far involved in cybercrime or financial frauds, Financial Services Secretary Vivek Joshi said on Tuesday. News 

70 Lakh Mobile Numbers Banned: Government Cracks Down on Cybercrime and Digital Payment Frauds!

To check digital fraud, the government has so far blocked 70,00,000 mobile phone numbers that have been involved in cybercrime or financial fraud, Financial Services Secretary Vivek Joshi said on Tuesday. Emerging from a meeting discussing issues related to financial cyber security and increasing digital payment fraud, Joshi, who chaired the meeting, said banks have been asked to strengthen the system and processes in this regard. More such meetings would be held, he said, adding that the next meeting is scheduled for January. During the meeting, it was noted that…

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Ashwini Vaishnaw has claimed that India's mobile industry has grown by 20% in just nine years, and this has reduced the import of mobile phones in the country as well. News 

Indian Mobile Industry Booms: 99.2% Of Phones Sold Are ‘Made In India’!

Electronics and Information Technology Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw shared the remarkable achievement of the Indian mobile industry. Vaishnaw said on X, formerly known as Twitter, that India’s mobile industry has grown 20 percent in just nine years. “Look at the mobile industry to gauge the progress. The industry has grown 20 times in 9 years. 2014: 78% import dependent 2023: 99.2% of all mobile phones sold in India are ‘Made In India’,” said Ashwini Vaishanaw. Met Mobile industry to review progress.Industry has grown 20 times in 9 years.2014: 78% import dependent2023:…

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The global smartphone market contracted by 8% to its lowest thirdquarter level in a decade on subdued demand for major brands including Apple and Samsung in most developed markets, according to data from Counterpoint Research. News 

Q3 Smartphone Sales Reach Lowest Level in 10 Years: Report

According to data from Counterpoint Research, the global smartphone market shrank 8% to the lowest third-quarter level in a decade. The data, shared exclusively with Reuters, showed that the share of the top five brands, which also includes China’s Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo, had fallen to a three-year low. Fans of the report worry that the market’s continued downturn could hurt future earnings for companies like Apple, whose shipments fell 8 percent in the quarter. Market leader Samsung’s sell-through volumes fell by 13% during the period. Among those gaining market…

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For the 2023-2024 period, the overall foldable market is expected to witness 84 per cent growth (on-year). News 

India Could Experience 6.3 Million Foldable Smartphone Deliveries By 2027

According to the report, folding shipments in India grew by 141 percent (year-on-year) till August this year, with the overall folding market CAGR increasing by 56 percent to reach 6.3 million units by 2027. In the period 2023-2024, the entire folding market is expected to grow by 84 percent (yearly). According to market research firm CyberMedia Research (CMR), increasing localization of foldable products, including flagship devices such as Samsung Z Fold 5 and Flip 5, as well as Tecno foldable devices, is driving market growth. As foldables become more accessible…

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The e-commerce platform also announced that Amazon Pay ICICI Bank credit card customers can get 5 per cent unlimited cashback News 

Amazon India Announces Launch Date for Great Indian Festival Sale – October 8

Amazon Great Indian Festival Sale: E-commerce giant Amazon is hosting its Great Indian Festival Sale starting October 8 with 24-hour early access for Prime members. The platform has also revealed that customers will get early access to more than 25,000 products through October 6 through Kickstarter offers. According to the company, customers using SBI bank debit or credit cards can get 10 percent instant discount during the sale. Additionally, Amazon Pay Later allows customers to get instant credit of up to Rs 100,000 to shop now and pay next month…

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