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 severaladditionalbans, and now the latest order includes AliExpress and other services.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.