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Galaxy Note10 Lite and S10 Lite appear in renders, may arrive at event this month

We might be setting the winter alight with new "Lite" Samsung smartphones: the Galaxy S10 Lite and Note 10 Lite have been circulating in the news, but details about them so far have been scant. Now, through India's 91mobiles and Steve Hemmerstoffer's @OnLeaks, we have gained some key insights on at least one of these phones and perhaps a close analogue of the other.

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Amazon's new portable Echo Input has 10-hour battery life, launches first in India

India is an increasingly important market for Amazon’s retail business as a whole and its smart speaker line in part. The Echo range commanded close to 60 percent of the local market last year and gained support for the Hindi language this September to reach a broad base of non-English speakers. Maintaining that trajectory, and by popular demand, Amazon today introduced the portable Echo Input — its second battery-powered Alexa smart speaker — in the Indian market.

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Google Pay (Tez) for India gets a Material Design makeover to improve usability [APK Download]

The Indianized version of Google Pay has cornered the largest chunk of India’s UPI market, piggybacking the username-based P2P payment system. Launched as Tez, Google rebranded the app to Pay following the global consolidation of its payment solutions, though the app retained its distinct functionality that contrasts with its stateside counterpart. About two years into its existence, the app is now getting a design change under Google’s refreshed material guidelines, tidying up some of its UI elements.

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YouTube Premium and Music introduce prepaid plans in India

YouTube launched YouTube Premium and YouTube Music in India last March, and while at the time users could only subscribe to a monthly plan, Google today announced that customers in India can prepay for the services one or three months at a time, with no subscription required.

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Samsung Galaxy A51 leaked with four rear cameras, sticks with headphone jack and microSD slot

It might not be the phone we're going to talk the most about, but we think it's still pretty important to have a look at and learn about one of Samsung's upcoming smartphones coming out next year. Now, courtesy of some leaks, we're getting a preview of what will be the Galaxy A51.

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Flipkart is launching an Android TV dongle in India

Android TV boxes have risen in popularity over recent years thanks to some outstanding products like the Nvidia Shield TV and the platform's general ubiquity among TV operators, so it's no surprise that companies are looking into expanding their business to this device category. And sure enough, Indian e-commerce merchant Flipkart has taken the opportunity to launch its own-brand MarQ TurboStream Android TV dongle for about $50.

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[Update: Malaysia] Netflix might expand mobile-only plan to more markets outside of India

While Netflix is constantly raising prices across its subscriptions internationally, it also debuted a cheaper $3/month plan for mobile-only users in India back in July. The company seems to be caught by surprise by the success of the new tier and is looking to introduce similar inexpensive options to other low-income markets.

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[Update: Wider rollout] Google Maps keeps you safe by alerting you if your taxi goes off-route

When you're traveling to a new country, region, or even an unfamiliar part of your own town, and hailing a ride, you may be suspicious of the driver taking advantage of your cluelessness to charge you more or for more nefarious reasons. That's why I often keep a tab on the drive in Google Maps when riding a cab while traveling, but I have to repeatedly glance at my phone to notice any awkward routing. Maps recognizes this use case and is now offering to do the work in the background and notify you when your driver goes off the logical path.

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OnePlus 7T and 7T Pro update brings cloud photo backups in India, front-facing low-light camera improvements

The OnePlus 7T and 7T Pro snagged a new update over the weekend. OxygenOS 10.0.4 adds a new "Cloud Service" for folks in India, which gives device owners a Google Photos-like experience, backing up images through the built-in Gallery app. Outside of India, the update is mostly minor bug and usability changes, plus some front-facing low-light camera improvements, which seem to be unnoticeable in our testing.

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India won’t get the Google Pixel 4 as Soli fails to secure government’s approval

Google officially announced its highly anticipated Pixel 4 series earlier today at a jam-packed event that also introduced a slew of hardware under the ‘Made by Google’ branding. The flagship phones naturally stole the show and drew strong attention from the countries where they’re slated to be available soon. One country that’s missing from this list is India, a key overseas market for Google that’s usually among the first ones to receive new hardware. The company has clarified in a statement to India Today that its 2019 smartphones aren’t headed to the nation due to some regulatory issues with the Soli radar.

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