Category: Mobile

New Delhi, Oct 26: Yahoo Mail app for Android devices is now available in seven new Indian languages — Hindi, Gujarati, Bengali, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, and Marathi — the company announced on Wednesday. With this update, the users whose “language setting” on their devices is set to one of the newly-launched seven Indian regional languages will automatically get Yahoo Mail in their preferred language.

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In addition to the language updates, the Yahoo Mail app on Android has added new features that are fully compatible with the Android 7.0 Nougat. The updates include “Multi-Window View,” with which users can use Yahoo Mail side-by-side with other apps. The “Quick Actions” feature allows users to access the mail and directly reply to a message right from a notification without opening the app. You can also now quickly view and dismiss bundled notifications, or depending on your custom swipe settings, archive, delete, star, and more on each notification individually,” the statement added. The new features are now available in the latest update (5.10).

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MUMBAI: Air India launched an app to make it easier for its passengers to book, check in and manage every aspect of the journey through their mobile phones. The Air India app offers the ability to book and pay for a flight by quickly and securely scanning both passport and credit card. Passengers can fully manage their booking from their mobile device, including selecting their seat, making changes to their itinerary, buying additional services, choosing their meal, and checking in,” said a joint release issued by Air India and SITA.

The app has also been integrated with Air India’s Flying Returns loyalty program where passengers can securely access details of points earned or other updates to their accounts,” it said, adding the app, which is available on Android, iOS. Windows will be a boon to its 18-million passengers. Whenever you feel like it, then start using this website powered by Sujoy Dhar. At check-in, passengers can choose to receive their boarding pass on their phone or smartwatch.

At the airport, passengers will receive regular updates on their flights and use the app for mobile boarding.
Ashwani Lohani, chairman and MD of Air India, said: “Mobile apps are becoming an important tool for making travel bookings by passengers who are tech-savvy and like to access information on the go. This mobile app provides Air India the right tool to access a growing passenger market connected to India and beyond. The new app, developed by SITA, provides an elevated mobile experience where passengers can easily manage every step of their journey on their phone or tablet no matter where they are.

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India is gearing up to become a massive player in the global app market.

However, a combination of inexpensive handsets, data-heavy apps, and a lack of relevant app content could be inhibiting future growth in the market, according to a study conducted by Google and TNS. This indicates that app makers will need to find ways to reengage smartphone users or risk getting lost in the upcoming app download deluge.

Here are the key takeaways from the report:

India’s app users are highly engaged. On average, nine of the 33 apps installed on Indian users’ devices are being used daily. While that seems low, compared with other, more mature, Asian smartphone markets, it’s substantial. For example, the average smartphone user in Japan engages with just 17% of all apps installed on their phone.
Relevancy is key to getting users to India to revisit a lapsed app. Sixty-one percent of users in India said they would come back to an old app if it increased relevancy, became more popular among family and friends, or gained new features, Google notes. Reengagement tactics like push notifications and frequent updates to add new features will help encourage users to revisit dormant apps.

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Lack of memory is making app users more selective. Forty-nine percent of users in India said that the main reason they deleted an app was that it took up too much of their memory. While Indian smartphone users are downloading five apps each day, they’re also deleting/uninstalling three apps to make space on their devices. This is because a majority of smartphones in India cost less than $120, according to Gartner. And, with the low cost comes much less internal memory, meaning app publishers will need to give users a reason to download and keep their apps.

Overall, the opportunity India presents is massive. Daily app downloads in India saw a 16% increase during the first half of 2016, according to a report from 9Apps, a third-party Android app distribution platform. Moreover, the total number of apps downloaded is projected to grow a staggering 92% from 2014, to reach almost 8 billion downloads in 2016 and 20 billion in 2020, according to App Annie. But developers and publishers need to ensure that their apps have been optimized for the emerging market. Mobile-app makers and content creators are vying for consumer attention in a crowded and noisy market.

Even if an app can stand out enough to prompt a consumer to download it from among a list of millions, it then faces the challenge of enticing him or her to use it enough times to recuperate development, maintenance, and marketing costs. To make matters worse, those marketing costs have hit record-high levels over the past year as discoverability has become more challenging. And while consumers are spending more time in apps, most of that time is spent on a few favorites. Consumers spend almost three-quarters of their total smartphone app time in just their three favorite apps, according to ComScore.

But it’s not all doom and gloom: There are numerous tools at a publisher’s disposal to engage and re-engage consumers, and new products and solutions are coming to market that can help alleviate some of the issues around this app engagement crisis. Jessica Smith, research analyst for BI Intelligence, Business Insider’s premium research service, has compiled a detailed report on app engagement that explores the current state of the app market, the issues around engaging consumers, and the tools at a publisher’s disposal. It also identifies best practices for implementing some app engagement tools and presents the pitfalls that some publishers fall into in this pursuit.

Here are some key takeaways from the report:

The app market today is challenging and volatile. It isn’t easy to stand out, and most apps have to be offered for free to entice consumers who have too much supply to choose from. This puts greater emphasis on engaging consumers after they’ve downloaded an app to recoup costs. Consumers are more difficult to engage today, as most have dozens of apps installed on their devices yet spend most of their time in just a select handful of favorites.

There are numerous solutions at hand for mobile app publishers and content creators seeking to engage consumers. Push notifications, in-app messaging, and app message centers with badges are three tools publishers can use to engage consumers. While many publishers mistakenly rely solely on push notifications for app engagements, this is a poor practice because many consumers don’t allow push notifications. Those who do can easily be overwhelmed when they receive too many. The best solution often includes leveraging two or three of these tools to engage consumers with the right message at the right time. The technology in this market has grown increasingly sophisticated, and publishers that don’t diversify their approach run the risk of annoying their consumers to the point of abandonment.

Emerging engagement technologies will change the current app engagement norms and present new ways for app publishers to communicate with users. The mobile ecosystem is changing quickly as technology improves and consumers become more comfortable conducting more mobile devices. In full, the report: Identifies the major challenges in today’s app market and explains why employing good app engagement practices is more important than ever before.

Presents the major app engagement tools currently available.$

Examines the pros and cons of each app engagement tool while outlining some pitfalls that publishers encounter in implementing them. Prescribes best practices for adopting various app engagement tools or strategies. Assesses how the market will likely change over the next five years as emerging technologies change both consumer behavior with mobile devices and introduce new tools to engage consumers.

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India’s LGBT community deserves better apps. After drinks on a Saturday night, Akash* opens gay meet-up-app Grindr to continue an earlier conversation. They’ve agreed to meet at the large ICICI Bank at the corner. After a few nervous minutes of waiting, he recognizes a face coming up the street. Their walk home is careful, avoiding the juice shop where police officers usually stand. “Grindr life.

Akash laughs. Fast forward a few encounters to a Sunday afternoon. This time, Akash opens the app to a charming stranger who asks to meet in a posh neighborhood. A short walk and a winding staircase later, he’s confronted by a man who looks nothing like the well-positioned photos he’s sent. He runs, reminded of other stories – urban tales of a man lured into a Grindr date in Delhi and beat up, or one in which blackmail and public shaming is used as revenge.

Members and supporters of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-gender (LGBT) community during a Delhi Queen Pride 2015, in New Delhi on Sunday. PTI Photo

Are there options? Barely. Tinder preferences can be adjusted, but the app connects directly with Facebook to display mutual connections. That makes things more transparent and merges a network that often includes family and friends, terrifying for many in anti-anything-but-straight India. A few people direct me to an Indian site that’s been gaining popularity,

Amour. It’s an online dating project that lets people create profiles and meet like-minded individuals across the gender spectrum. It’s available in five languages, including English, Hindi, and Kannada. The problem is – it’s still just a database and definitely doesn’t have the investor interest or tech background to match the likes of Grindr. It’s clear about that. “We still DO NOT RULE OUT data leakage to external persons,” Amour writes on its site.

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Continuing the festive season discounts, Amazon India has kick-started its Great Indian Festival sales starting today. The festival sale will last until October 20. The discounts are mostly on smartphones, accessories, and electronic items on the first day. Xiaomi also announced its “Diwali with Mi” sale on its range of smartphones. Amazon India is offering an additional 15% discount for buyers who shop on their app. Also, Citibank credit or debit card users are entitled to get additional discounts. The e-tailer is also offering exchange offers on electronic items. There is also an option to avail of EMI options at no additional costs. For Prime subscribers, Amazon India will open deals 30 minutes ahead of general availability.

Amazon Great Indian Festive Sale

Here are the top five deals on Amazon India for smartphones.

Apple iPhone 6s (64 GB, Gold, and Space Grey): If you are looking for a killer deal on the slightly older iPhone 6S, then Amazon offers the 64GB variant of the iPhone 6s for Rs 45,999. The Rose Gold color variant is available for a slightly higher price of Rs 48,290. While Amazon India has also listed the Silver color variant of iPhone 6s (64GB) for Rs 39,225, note that the offer is not Amazon Fulfilled.

OnePlus 3: The new OnePlus 3 smartphone is available in both colors—Gold and Graphite—for the same price of Rs 27,999. However, there is an exchange offer of up to Rs 16,000 in select regions. LeEco Le Max2: LeEco Le Max 2 (32GB) is available for Rs 17,999 instead of Rs 22,999 during the sale. Moto G4 and G4 Plus: The new Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus are available for Rs 10 499 and Rs 13,499, respectively. Also, the budget Moto G4 Play is available for cashback of Rs 1,000. Lenovo Zuk Z1: If you are looking for the best budget smartphone, check out the Lenovo Zuk Z1 on Amazon India. For a discounted price of Rs 10,999, the device offers top-notch hardware.

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For a long time, Android users have been waiting to enjoy video calling facility on WhatsApp just like Windows phone users. And it seems that their wait has finally come to an end, hinted WABetaInfo. It tweeted: “I received a report about video calls on WhatsApp for Android (NO ROOT). Are they finalizing the server to enable video calls? On October 20, OneWindows.es, a Spanish website, has reported that many Windows Phone users can now see the option to make video calls in WhatsApp beta app. The website also cited that the users did not have to re-install the application for using the video calling option as there was a server-side change.

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In September 2016, the WhatsApp Android Beta version introduced several new features to customize images like Snapchat, i.e., by adding stickers and drawing to add more fun. The users could write a message and add emojis atop the photos and videos. This information was revealed by Android Police. Besides WhatsApp, Facebook has also initiated steps to improve its FB Messenger app for Windows 10. Users will now be able to make video and voice calls using the Windows 10 app. Earlier, the users had to actually leave the app and use this feature from the web version of Facebook in a web browser.

According to VentureBeat, “Just like on Messenger for Android and iOS, the phone icon in the top right corner of the screen in the Windows 10 app during a chat glows green when the other person is currently active, so you know you can reach them immediately. So if you are a Windows user and you can use this new feature of video calling on your handset, do let us know your experience in the

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After not so successful device IM5, the photography company Kodak will launch its new device Ektra  — a smartphone aimed at shutterbugs — that looks like a camera. Named after its 1941 rangefinder (and the 1970s 110 film camera range), the handset’s back is wrapped in “leatherette” with a slightly curved grip on one side, and a dedicated shutter button on top, Engadget reported.

To be available in Britain from December for 450 pounds ($550), the smartphone has a large, protruding lens that pokes out the back and a 21MP Sony sensor (IMX230) under the hood and is photographer-friendly. Kodak has recruited Bullitt, a phone manufacturer, to make the device. The camera app on the smartphone has a digital “Scene Selection Dial” that lets you access different shooting modes.

Kodak smartphone

Bullitt has also made Snapseed the default photo-editing app, believing it is one of the best options on the Play Store. The phone is powered by a deca-core MediaTek Helio X20 processor and 3GB of RAM. It comes with 32GB of internal storage, which you can supplement with a MicroSD card of up to 128GB and a 3000mAh battery that supports “Pump Express” quick charging. The 5-inch 1080p display has a stock version of Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

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Motorola is usually fast with updating its phones to the latest Android version; basically, it uses almost stock Android. Hence it doesn’t need to add touch-ups to the OS, unlike Samsung, Xiaomi, or other companies. Nougat has already reached some Nexus phones, Android One phones, and LG’s V20; Motorola has announced the list of phones that will get the latest Android 7.0 Nougat. Earlier, a report had said that Motorola would roll out the Nougat update starting with Moto G4, Moto G4 Plus, and its latest Moto Z line of smartphones. Motorola’s announcement confirms that report as well.

Motorola

We’re happy to confirm Android 7.0 Nougat is on its way to a lot of our smartphones; we’ll be starting in Q4 with Moto Z and Moto G (4th Gen),” said the company in a blog post. Going by the announcement, the Moto G4, Moto G4 Plus, and the Moto Z phones should be running Android Nougat by the end of this year. Motorola launched the Moto Z and Moto Z Play in India earlier this week; the phone at the sale will come with Android Marshmallow. Here’s the full list of the phones that will receive Android Nougat update; the list also includes Droid phones which are not available in India:

  • Moto G (4th Gen)
  • Moto G Plus (4th Gen)
  • Moto G Play (4th Gen)
  • Moto X Pure Edition (3rd Gen)
  • Moto X Style
  • Moto X Play
  • Moto X-Force
  • Droid Turbo 2
  • Droid Maxx 2
  • Moto Z
  • Moto Z-Droid
  • Moto Z Force Droid
  • Moto Z Play
  • Moto Z Play Droid
  • Nexus 6

Android Nougat update will add more efficient notification controls, improved battery and data saver features. It also promises to offer better security options along with custom quick setting features.

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Tuesday, when Google launched Pixel phones, it seemingly left out a minor — albeit important — detail from the announcement, probably because there were bigger things to talk about. It didn’t reveal for how long the phone would be supported in terms of software and security updates, an issue that plagued Android phones. But now, India Today Tech can confirm that Pixel and Pixel XL will be different when it comes to updates than Android phones. According to Google, these phones will be supported for at least 2 years after their launch in software updates and at least 3 years for the necessary security updates.

This is an improvement over the Nexus phones, which are given official support for software updates like the next version of Android for 18 months. But at the same time, it falls short of the high standard set by Apple, which typically supports the iPhone for 4 years. (For Pixel phones) we provide software and security updates for 2 and 3 years, respectively,” a Google spokesperson told India Today Tech. “We provide warranty support for the life of the warranty — 1 year in the US and typically 2 years for the rest of the world, although there are exceptions.

Google will provide Android updates to Pixel phones for 2 years

The two years, although it sounds low compared to what Apple offers with the iPhone, seems fairly decent in the world of Android, where most phones never get a software update. The security updates are not rare, especially for the high-end Android phones from big manufacturers like Samsung. The mainstream and low-end phones do not get the updates all that frequently. The updates, software, or security are also infrequent six months after the phone launch.

In fact, prompt updates were one of the big attractions of Nexus phones. They were the most affordable option for consumers wanting to get direct and prompt Android software updates from Google. Although after the launch of Pixel, now that the Nexus product line has ended, even the Nexus phone users seem to be getting a raw deal. Unlike the pre-Pixel world, when Nexus phones were first to get the latest Android features, now the Nexus 5X and the Nexus 6P will have to wait at least a couple of months before they get some of the Android 7.1 features that Pixel phones have at the moment.

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Chinese company Meizu on Tuesday launched its budget smartphone M3s in India in exclusive partnership with Snapdeal at a price of Rs.7,999. The Meizu M3s comes with a 5-inch FullHD screen with a 720X1280 pixel resolution. Meizu’s M3s is powered by a 1GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6750 processor. The handset comes in two variants like 2 GB RAM & 16 GB ROM and 3 GB RAM & 32 GB ROM. The smartphone is backed by a 3020 mAh non-removable battery and several features like a gravity sensor, ambient light sensor, capacitive touch screen, 24GHz dual-band WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 and digital compass.

Meizu M3s

The dual SIM M3s come with a 13-megapixel camera on the rear and a 5-megapixel at the front. The phone like most of the Meizu’s flagship phones, such as M3 Note and MX5, boats of an all-metal body and is available in three colours- Grey, Silver, and Gold. M3s generated quite a buzz among our target audience. Since the dynamics of the Indian market are similar to any other successful market in the world, it encouraged us to roll out this stunning device here as well. Undoubtedly, we at Meizu always tend to introduce our best-in-class products here on priority. We firmly believe the level of acceptability m3s would get from Indian consumers will bolster our future growth plans, ” the company said in a statement.

This year, the company also launched M3 Note, a strong competitor against Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 3. The M3 Note comes with a 5.5-inch FullHD screen with a 1080×1920 pixel resolution. It is powered by a 1.8GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio P10 processor coupled with Mali T860MP2 GPU and 3GB of RAM. It comes with 32GB of internal memory, further expandable by up to 128GB via a hybrid microSD card slot. The phone costs Rs 9,999 to its buyers.

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