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India’s Airtel launches Android TV box with Prime Video button

Airtel Xstream Box is the company’s second set-top-box to be powered by Google’s Android TV platform.

What you need to know Airtel has launched a new Android TV box in India called the Xstream Box with 4K support and Chromecast built-in. The set-top-box is powered by Android Pie and lets users download compatible apps from the Google Play Store. It is bundled with a voice-enabled remote, powered by Google Assistant.

Ahead of the commercial launch of Reliance  [Read More…]

India’s oldest record label takes Spotify to court over licensing rights

Spotify agrees to remove Saregama’s catalog of 120,000 songs from its platform.

Spotify made its long-awaited debut in India earlier this year, with monthly plans starting off at just ₹119 ($ 1.70). The launch went through in spite of litigation from Warner Music, which prevented Spotify from streaming the record label’s vast catalog of songs in the country.

In what must feel like déjà vu for the streaming service, it is now facing another injunction, this time  [Read More…]

Amazon India’s $15 annual Prime membership is the best deal in e-commerce

An annual Prime membership costs $ 119 in the U.S., but Amazon does things differently in India.

Amazon isn’t just a thriving retailer anymore; it also sells a host of hardware products in the form of smart home devices, affordable tablets, and e-readers. What started out as a foray into e-readers over a decade ago bloomed into an ecosystem that generates billions of dollars in revenue every year.

But at the center of Amazon’s revenue-generating machine is  [Read More…]

New report suggests India’s local manufacturing sector is struggling

Investment in India’s local manufacturing industry is drying up.

Earlier this month, Samsung announced that it opened a new manufacturing plant in India capable of producing 120 million handsets a year — making it the largets phone factory in the world. The move is a win for Narendra Modi’s “Make in India” initiative, which is designed to facilitate foreign investment in India’s manufacturing industry.

The government’s goal is to get manufacturing industry to account for 25% of  [Read More…]

India’s ACT Fibernet is giving away a free Google Home Mini — here’s how you can get one

India’s largest ISP is giving away a free Google Home Mini to select subscribers.

With over 1.3 million customers, ACT Fibernet is India’s largest fiber-focused wired broadband ISP (think of it as Comcast, but with much better service). ACT Fibernet serves just 12 cities across India — including Hyderabad, Bangalore, Chennai, and Delhi — and the service provider’s ability to offer high bandwidth at affordable rates allowed it to carve out a niche among enthusiast users. The  [Read More…]

India’s Reliance Jio is teaming up with MediaTek over an Android Go phone

India’s largest data carrier is set to launch an Android Go phone.

India’s feature phone market is still thriving, as evidenced by the launch of the $ 25 JioPhone late last year. The phone comes with 4G connectivity and access to Jio’s digital content library, and also has Google Assistant baked in, a first for a feature phone.

It now looks like Jio is once again targeting the entry-level segment, this time partnering with MediaTek over an Android Go  [Read More…]

Wi-Fi calling is coming soon to Pixel, Pixel XL on India’s Jio

Wi-Fi calling is coming with Android 7.1.2 Nougat to the Pixel and Pixel XL on Jio.

Google added VoLTE support for the Pixel and Pixel XL on Jio back in December, and will soon offer Wi-Fi calling via an upcoming Nougat update. The update will make it easier for customers to make calls using Wi-Fi in situations where they don’t have great cellular coverage in their homes. The call will be routed through your phone number, but instead of  [Read More…]

Google could team up with India’s Jio over an affordable 4G phone

A Google-branded budget phone could be in the works.

Google is reportedly working with Jio — which recently crossed 100 million subscribers — to launch an affordable 4G-enabled phone that will work exclusively on Jio’s network. The phone is likely to make its debut before the end of the year, according to The Hindu.

Google is looking to expand its reach in India, and one way to do that would be to collaborate with Jio. The  [Read More…]

Intel teams up with India’s Micromax to pre-install McAfee’s security app

McAfee Mobile Assistant is coming to tens of millions of Micromax phones.

At an event in New Delhi, India’s largest handset maker Micromax announced that it would pre-install the Intel-owned McAfee Mobile Assistant on all of its future phones. All handsets sold after April 2017 will have the security app pre-installed, and Micromax will deliver an OTA update to bring the app to older devices. Intel has already partnered with Lenovo in India to offer its security app, and  [Read More…]

Google Pixel goes up for sale on India’s Snapdeal, gets a minor discount

The Pixel sees its first price cut as retailers incentivize cashback schemes.

If you’re looking to purchase the Google Pixel online in India, you now have more options. The phone is now up for sale on Snapdeal, with the 32GB variant available for ₹54,199, a minor 5% discount from its ₹57,999 retail price.

Snapdeal is only discounting the 32GB model, with the 128GB Pixel and the 32GB Pixel XL available for their launch price of ₹66,000  [Read More…]