Netflix’s nearly global footprint dwarfs Disney+, but the five-month-old streaming service is filling the gaps rather quickly. While the service went live in North America, the Netherlands, and parts of Australasia in November, it’s set to reach more countries in Europe and Asia later this month. Ahead of its March 29 release in India, the entire Disney+ catalog has already gone live on Hotstar—the largest streaming service in the South Asian market by user count. Read More
Google's approach to software can be described as "Just throw it at customers and see what sticks." That shows — many beloved but ultimately unsuccessful projects have been killed over the years, and mentioning Inbox, Google+, and Google Reader only scratches the surface. The latest platform to join the Google graveyard is Neighbourly, Google's India-only Q&A app for questions about places and events in your community. Read More
Like many other countries, all of India is currently under lockdown. There are only a few exceptions from this rule, and going to a Samsung shop to get your device fixed is not among the legit reasons to leave your home —in fact, all Samsung stores are currently closed. The Korean company recognizes this situation and offers extended service for devices that would've seen the end of their warranty during the lockdown period. It's also possible to pick up a pre-booked Galaxy S20 at a later time. Read More
Some cars and head units are capable of displaying Android Auto from your phone wirelessly, but there are additional restrictions to the functionality — other than owning a compatible handset, you also need to live in one of the regions where the wireless connection is available. Luckily, the list of supported countries is expanding, and now you can use wireless Android Auto in almost all locations where the wired version is available, with only two exceptions: Japan and Russia. Read More
YouTube and many other streaming services have lowered their bandwidth utilization to prevent possible network congestion problems due to everyone staying home and using the internet more than usual in these trying times. For many, YouTube videos start playing at 480p or 720p automatically, but it's still possible to manually select a higher resolution. According to XDA Developers, Google has taken a more drastic approach for some regions in India and has started capping streaming quality at 480p for those using the Android or iOS app, with no option to go higher manually. Read More
Catering to the budget segment of the Indian market, the Redmi Note series from Xiaomi has delivered some bestsellers, but lately has started to feel the heat from Oppo’s sub-brand Realme. Bracing to tackle that growing competition, Xiaomi is refreshing its budget line for 2020 by adding two new handsets to the mix. While we expected to see a Pro model accompanying a standard one, the Chinese brand took a page out of Apple’s book and announced the Redmi Note 9 Pro and Note 9 Pro Max today in India. Read More
Celebrations for the festival of colors, Holi, are on in the Indian subcontinent, with Google also partaking in its own way. The company’s digital take on the festivity includes an Easter egg on its search results screen that lets you splash the entire page with paint. After you’re done creating a multicolored mess like a kid (which is actually fun), an option will help you clean the screen and carry on with your dull day as if nothing happened.
Indian music streamers are spoiled with choice, with close to a dozen global and home-grown players scrambling for their attention. That’s in a market where only a fraction of the user base likes paying for their music—the precise reason why Spotify introduced a more robust free tier in India. Eyeing the untapped market segment, Resso has become the latest app to join the list following a brief beta run. The new service comes from China-based ByteDance, whose TikTok app recently rose to immense popularity in the south Asian country.
Xiaomi’s sub-brand Redmi became popular in some Asian markets with its budget-friendly range, but started venturing into the premium segment last year, after it was turned into a standalone brand, much like Poco. Despite now having a broader device portfolio, Redmi has maintained its focus on the lower end of the spectrum, where it continues to get the maximum traction. Expanding its popular sub-$200 Note series, the Chinese brand will announce the Redmi Note 9 series next week in India. Read More