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Airtel announces Internet TV for India, an Android TV box with digital TV built-in

Indian telecommunications giant Airtel has unveiled an exciting innovation in digital TV services in the country. Its new product, Internet TV, was announced yesterday during a special live stream on Periscope, and amid much fanfare from the company on Twitter.

The device itself is a fairly sleek looking 4K set-top box powered by Android TV, with Chromecast functionality also built-in. Out of the box, Internet TV will allow users to stream content through included apps such as Netflix and YouTube, plus with easy access to Google Play you'll be able to download and enjoy many more apps and games.

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Google launches Areo, a food delivery and home services app for India

Going out into the real world is a scary and often unpleasant experience. Better to just stay at home, safe and sound, and have everything you need brought to you via the wonders of the internet. Google's new Areo app allows Indian consumers to do just that by ordering food and booking home services.

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Google Play Music launches in India with monthly subscription starting at Rs. 89

It's been years in the making, but Google Play Music has landed in the country with one of the largest Android user bases in the world: India. Users have been sending us tips about it for the past couple of hours after seeing the banner for Play Music in the Play Store, but there's no official word just yet aside from the addition of India to the list of countries Play Music is available in on the Google Play help page.

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YouTube Go beta is now officially available in India

When YouTube Go was announced last September, the focus was on India and users were asked to sign up to be notified. But then last month YouTube Go made it onto the Play Store unofficially and users around the world were able to download it from APK Mirror and try it out. Some could register their phone numbers and use it fully with the ability to download videos, others couldn't and were limited to streaming. But still, Go wasn't yet officially announced.

Now it is, well at least in beta, and the first official country Go is available in is India.

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Truecaller 8 will add video calls from Google Duo, an SMS inbox, and payments in India

Truecaller had its first annual "Stay Ahead" event in India today and made plenty of announcements regarding its app and platform with partnerships across the board. The popular service, which first started as a way to help you identify unknown callers, is now spreading its wings beyond being your complementary phonebook and voice call app.

With Truecaller 8, the app can be your default SMS inbox, handling unknown senders, blocking spam messages and specific numbers, and integrating flash messaging for sending quick requests and bouts of information to your contacts, like your location or an emoji.

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Samsung officially launches Samsung Pay for everyone in India

After weeks of teasing Samsung Pay in India, the service was made available to testers earlier this month, but today it's been officially announced for everyone.

Owners of supported Galaxy devices in India will be able to install the Samsung Pay app today and add VISA, Mastercard, and American Express cards issued by Axis Bank, HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, SBI, and Standard Chartered Bank, with Citibank India to follow shortly. Digital wallet Paytm is also supported, as well the Indian government's new Unified Payments Interface.

Then, users will be able to tap to pay at various retailers using either NFC or Samsung's Magnetic Secure Transmission technology, which is the most prevalent across POS machines in India. The announcement doesn't say which Galaxy devices are supported, but your best bet based on previous countries' Pay launches are flagships from the last year or two and high midrange devices from the last year.

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Samsung Pay now available in India

As you may know, Samsung has been working on its own NFC payments platform for a while now, fittingly called Samsung Pay. While it shares much in common with Android Pay, Samsung's platform is notable for supporting Magnetic Secure Transmission, which allows payments on terminals without NFC.

Now Samsung has officially made Samsung Pay available in the country of India, with several banks already signed on to support it.

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Samsung launches the 2017 Galaxy A5 and A7 in India

Android fans in India are getting two new phone choices from Samsung today in the form of the Galaxy A5 and A7. Those names will be familiar, but these are the new 2017 edition A-series phones. They've got improved internals, water-resistant design, and Samsung Pay support. They're not too spendy, either.

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The director of Ringing Bells, the Indian $4 smartphone OEM, is arrested on allegations of fraud

About a year ago, the Indian company Ringing Bells made waves when it announced a ~$4 Android smartphone (Rs. 251), the Freedom 251. The device was definitely low-end, and the low price was mostly thanks to government subsidies. But now Mohit Goel, the director of Ringing Bells, has been arrested on allegations of fraud.

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Skype Mingo is now Skype Lite, designed for low data usage [APK Download]

The Skype app for Android isn't great - it's often slow, with somewhat-awful call quality and the occasional crash. Back in December, Microsoft released Skype Mingo in beta, a new lightweight Skype client designed as a hub for all your communications. Now the app is out of beta, and it's called Skype Lite.

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