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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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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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Xiaomi Redmi 8A comes to India with whopping 5,000mAh battery and Snapdragon 439 for less than $100

Xiaomi just introduced its crazy concept phone, the Mi Alpha, coming with a display that wraps all around to the back of the device, but of course, the company also keeps working on its bread and butter mid-range and entry-level phones. Thus, Xiaomi has just launched the Redmi 8A in India, pairing a USB-C 18W fast-charging 5,000mAh battery with a Snapdragon 439, which could allow for quite long browsing and video-watching sessions.

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Google is bringing internet-free Assistant access to users in India

A staggering proportion of the global population owns smartphones, but access is far from universal. Google is partnering with carrier Vodafone-Idea to bring Assistant access to users in India who either don't have smartphones or reliable mobile data in a clever, old-school way: over the phone.

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Google announces Data Saver mode for Android TV

What happens if you want to watch something on the big screen, but your main source of internet is your phone, and you don't want to max out your available data? That's enough of a problem in India that Google is addressing it with a new Data Saver mode for Android TV, which is now rolling out in India and will come to more regions soon.

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[Update: Spanish and Portuguese] Google's Bolo helps children read and understand English and Hindi

You can't underestimate the benefits of a good education, and one of the first pillars of that is the ability to read. When I travelled to Nepal a couple of months ago, I was astonished by how thirsty for learning children in rural areas are. In the afternoon, many were being dropped off by their bus miles away from any village and had to (literally) trek up hills to get back home. In the morning, many could be seen carrying their backpacks and walking for at least half an hour or more just to get to their school or bus. And us privileged folks complain about waking up early to catch the bus that picks us up right from our doorstep!

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The Play Store now supports UPI as a payment method in India

UPI is the leading digital payment platform in India, which lets users make transfers directly from one bank account to another. It's already used for more than 900 million transactions a month, such as utility bill payments, mobile recharges, in-store purchases, and more. From now on, Indian users will also be able to buy content from the Play Store using the payment solution.

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OnePlus Mumbai music festival will be headlined by... Katy Perry

Here's a thing that's really happening: OnePlus, purveyor of fine mobile devices (and soon, televisions), is putting on a music festival in Mumbai, India this November. Katy Perry is headlining. You read all of that right.

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Oppo Reno2 series unveiled in India: Three phones with four rear cameras each

Oppo's move into the Indian market continues, and today the company formally revealed the Reno2 which it's been teasing for the last month. It's also just one part of a whole series of Reno2 phones, which includes two cheaper MediaTek-powered devices. All of the new phones sport four cameras, with the Reno2 ostensibly delivering up to "20x" zoom, though most of that is courtesy of software — sadly, it doesn't have the 6x periscope optical zoom benefits of the older Reno Zoom.

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Samsung leak hints at big 6,000mAh battery in upcoming Galaxy M phone

There's no shortage of mid-range phones with multi-day batteries in these times. If you want a 4,000mAh phone for a couple hundred bucks, you've got it. A 5,000mAh brick for even less? Cheers. A 6,000mAh device? You'll either have to wait to spend beaucoup bucks on the Asus ROG Phone II or, perhaps better yet, you should move to India: there have been some signals that Samsung is ready to ride that power pack with a new Galaxy M series phone.

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