Indian authorities want Apple and Google to embed Aadhaar based encryption on all smartphones

India’s relationship with the global tech industry has become increasingly fraught. This year alone, the government has banned Facebook’s free web service and declined to exempt Apple from local sourcing rules and open its own stores, or sell refurbished iPhones. Now India could force companies to use technology cooked up in a government-funded lab.

Government involvement in the tech industry has been on a rise and in India especially, the Tech scene has been marked with many such incidents. Aadhaar card that started out as a unified identity program for Indians had run into a fair share of trouble with people pointing over the privacy concerns. Since Aadhar card stores the person’s biometrics, the stakes are simply multiplied.

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Samsung India offering free Gear VR and $50 Oculus store voucher after the Note 7 fiasco

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was Samsung’s biggest release this year with many calling it the iPhone rival but it didn’t exactly go down that well for Samsung. The Note 7 was plagued with software lag, hard reboots and what not. Then it started exploding all over the world and Samsung had to not only halt shipments but recall all the sold Galaxy Note 7 units.

Samsung offered $25 credits to US customers if they choose to stay with Samsung, and now, its offering free Gear VR and ₹3000 (~$50) Oculus store vouchers to the Indian customers who are waiting for their pre-ordered shiny Note.

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Reliance Jio is going live today for everyone. Here’s how you can get a SIM and everything else you need to know

Reliance Jio has created a history in telecom industry,with its cheapest tariffs and plans already. Now the time is for it’s official launch from Sep 5. As announced by Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani,the free welcome offer is open to all from tomorrow and free to use till 31 Dec 2016.

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Reliance Jio : Compatibility to Plans, everything made easy to understand

Reliance is pushing its Jio 4G even before its official launch in the country. The Ambani-owned telecom network is available to consumers across the country in the form of Jio Preview that offers 90 days of free data and voice calls (across all networks and even on roaming).

Initially, Jio 4G was only available to those who bought the company’s branded Lyf phones, which start from as low as Rs 2,999. But after partnering with Samsung and offering its JioFi mobile router, there are now more people eligible for the preview offer. The list just keeps getting bigger by the day.

Want to try Reliance Jio’s new 4G data and free voice calls offer? Not sure which all smartphones the services will be available on? Here’s a comprehensive list of smartphones supporting Reliance Jio’s 4G services.

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Cyanogen Inc. brings Microsoft’s Cortana to India

Last year, Cyanogen added deeper Cortana integration to Cyanogen OS which was done as a part of a deal between team Cyanogen and Microsoft. The integration has been officially available in different parts of the world and now, Cyanogen has announced the official availability of Cortana integration in India.

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Google to launch Google branded smartphones in India and other markets

India is fond of Android, to put it mildly, for whatever reasons, and Google wishes to hold onto the fondness.
After the release of Pixel C tablet last year, Google is all set to launch smartphones of its own brand. The company is planning to release the mobiles early next month in selected markets, which includes India. These smartphones are said to be likely available in hands for public later this September. It is said that two devices to be launched under ‘Google’ brand discontinuing its earlier Nexus line.

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Pokémon Go is now live in 15 more countries in Asia, but not India or China

Pokémon GO continues its global expansion with the addition of 15 Asian and Oceanic countries where it’s now available, but India, China and Korea are still left out of the party.

The full list of new countries are: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Taiwan, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, and Palau.

The game has long been expected to launch in Asia, but it remains to be seen when it will finally hit India, China and Korea. While security issues and other woes related to the game’s reliance on Google Maps may explain Pokémon GO‘s absence in China and Korea, it remains unclear what’s holding it back in India.

In the case of India, where smartphone sales are growing in double-digital percent among its 1.2 billion population, it isn’t clear what is holding the launch up and when the game will go live.

As for those game improvements, the Pokémon GO update has not been well-received by players, sparking heavy criticism, but Niantic promised it was for the better.

Mumbai to get 1,200 Wi-Fi hotspots by May 2017: CM Devendra Fadnavis

In his quest to turn Mumbai into a Smart City, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis has promised that the state government will install as many as 1,200 Wi-Fi hotspots in the city by May 2017. “We are making Mumbai a Wi-Fi city by May 2017 with 1,200 hotspots at important places,” Fadnavis said. He added that of these 1,200 promised Wi-Fi hotspots, 500 will be operational by November this year.

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Android grabs 97% of India’s smartphone market share in Q2 2016, iOS slips to 2%

Android is controlling the smartphone market in India, according to a latest report from Strategy Analytics. The research firm revealed Android maintained first position with a record 97 percent smartphone OS marketshare in India.

Total smartphone shipments in India grew a healthy 19 percent annually from 25.8 million units in Q2 2015 to 30.7 million in Q2 2016. iOS share on the other hand fell 35 percent annually as Apple shipped 8 lakh smartphones in India in Q2 2016. Apple’s market share decreased from 4% in Q2 2015 to 2%. India is currently the third largest smartphone market after USA and China.

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