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India bans AliExpress, WeTV, and 41 more apps in latest purge

India bans AliExpress, WeTV, and 41 more apps in latest purge

India began banning mobile applications and services based in China earlier this year, following a series of border tensions. The bans have taken place under the guise of national security, though the government rarely states how the violating apps are placing India or its citizens in danger. There have been several additional bans, and now the latest order includes AliExpress and other services.

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OnePlus phones will point you at the company's charging stations in some airports

OnePlus phones will point you at the company's charging stations in some airports

OnePlus is rolling out a new feature that's sure to help folks traveling on a low battery — if that's something we ever get to do again. A new feature will point OnePlus phone owners to the company's charging stations in some airports, offering directions so you can top up quickly while waiting for your next flight. The feature is India-only for now, available in Bangalore airport, and coming soon to Delhi airport.

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PUBG Mobile plans return to India with modified game and $100 million investment

PUBG Mobile plans return to India with modified game and $100 million investment

India banned the incredibly-popular mobile shooter PUBG earlier this year, partially due to concerns over younger players becoming addicted, but mostly due to the game's ties with China-based publisher Tencent. PUBG was banned along with hundreds of other Chinese apps, but now it might be coming back.

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PUBG could return to India thanks to a new partnership with Microsoft

PUBG could return to India thanks to a new partnership with Microsoft

PUBG is one of the most popular mobile games around, but players in India lost access to the title when the government banned a number of Chinese apps earlier this year. The PUBG Corporation has been working on ways to respawn in the country, and now it looks like it may have found a path to return thanks to a new partnership with Microsoft.

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Google explains what GPay India’s new icon is supposed to be (APK Download)

Google explains what GPay India’s new icon is supposed to be (APK Download)

Google’s Workplace rebranding came along with icon facelifts for a bunch of its core services, giving them a more uniform but horridly colorful icon set, and mildly sparing just a few. Our biggest gripe with the new-found consistency was that it made it harder to distinguish between the apps with a quick glance. It looks like our woes are going to aggravate further as the Indian version of Google Pay is getting a similar treatment, and this time it’s worse.

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WhatsApp is rolling out peer-to-peer payments in India

WhatsApp is rolling out peer-to-peer payments in India

WhatsApp has been working on a mobile payment solution in India for a long time, with the first test runs starting all the way back in 2018. After this extensive period of trials and an unrelated (attempted) launch of the feature in Brazil, the time has finally come — Facebook has announced that it's launching Payments on WhatsApp in India.

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YouTube India is finally allowing HD streaming on cellular networks

YouTube India is finally allowing HD streaming on cellular networks

Back in March, when the world was trying to adjust to a new online-focused lifestyle, video streaming platforms, including YouTube, decided to cap the video quality to spare some bandwidth for the more important stuff. As things eased, those restrictions were removed in subsequent months in most countries, except India. After more than seven months, YouTube is, at last, getting rid of the 480p resolution cap for its app users connected over LTE.

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From hyper-nationalism to brazen racism, Micromax’s comeback has started off on the wrong foot

From hyper-nationalism to brazen racism, Micromax’s comeback has started off on the wrong foot

The box you see above is Micromax’s media invite, sent out for its momentous return to India’s smartphone market after a long absence. But the charm of these quirky props all withers away when you read the prominent slogan in transliterated Hindi, “aao karein cheeni kum.” The phrase is used here as a double entendre, as the Hindi word cheeni is used for both sugar and the demonym Chinese, to allusively mean ‘let’s cast out the Chinese.’ This is Micromax stooping to a new low just days after its founder tried to capitalize on border skirmishes in a video promoting the brand’s resurgence.

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Google's lack of foresight and strategy is stifling Pixel sales in India

Google's lack of foresight and strategy is stifling Pixel sales in India

When Google announced that its new budget champ, the Pixel 4a, would cost ₹30,000 — a whole 25% less than the Pixel 3a — it felt like Google has finally learned to hit the right note for India. The company nearly checked all the right boxes: the release was well-timed, coinciding with Flipkart’s month-long Diwali extravaganza, and user interest in the phone was right at its peak. It all paid off when the 4a opened to blockbuster sales with units flying off the (virtual) shelves, and then… Google happened. Stocks dried up in a matter of minutes, and Google wasn't able to replenish them for over two weeks.

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Android TV gets a Data Saver mode when connected to mobile hotspots (APK Download)

Android TV gets a Data Saver mode when connected to mobile hotspots (APK Download)

Google is rolling out a set of new data-friendly features on Android TV to help users monitor and reduce their TV's bandwidth usage when connected to a hotspot instead of Wi-Fi. The features are coming to Xiaomi, TCL, and MarQ TVs in India in the next few weeks, but should be available globally afterward.

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