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India Gets Google Play Direct Carrier Billing On Idea Cellular

India Gets Google Play Direct Carrier Billing On Idea Cellular

About a week ago, a couple of readers reported to us that direct carrier billing was showing up for Idea Cellular subscribers in India, but it seemed at the time that the feature wasn't live for everyone and wasn't working reliably for those who had it. Now it's official: the Google Asia Pacific Blog has announced the availability of carrier billing on Idea Cellular.

The post explains how direct carrier billing has positively impacted purchases on Google Play, citing Indonesia as an example of 4x growth in the number of people who make app and in-app purchases after the introduction of operator billing.

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Chromecast 2015 And Chromecast Audio Now Available In Hong Kong And Taiwan, Plus Some Indian Retailers

Chromecast 2015 And Chromecast Audio Now Available In Hong Kong And Taiwan, Plus Some Indian Retailers

About a month ago we spotted two new entries in the country availability listings for the new Chromecast and Chromecast Audio: Taiwan and India. Today both of those are coming true (though India is somewhat conditional - see below), and you can add Hong Kong into the mix. For both Hong Kong and Taiwan, the streaming gadgets are now available on their respective Google Stores. The Chromecast 2015 and Chromecast Audio are HK$349 (around $45 USD) in Hong Kong and NT$1445 ($44.75) in Taiwan.

In India, things are a little more complicated. The new Chromecast and Chromecast Audio aren't available directly from the Google Store.

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The HTC 10 Lifestyle Is A Snapdragon 652 Variant Of The Phone, Headed To Some Markets Including India, Indonesia, And China

The HTC 10 Lifestyle Is A Snapdragon 652 Variant Of The Phone, Headed To Some Markets Including India, Indonesia, And China

When it announced the HTC 10 yesterday, the company snuck in an interesting tidbit in its press release regarding the availability of two variants with different Snapdragon processors that are headed to different markets. It turns out that the second variant is the HTC 10 Lifestyle and it's been shown on several of HTC's global websites, hinting at its release there instead of the regular 10 model.

If you head over to the smartphone's page on HTC's site in India, Indonesia, China, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, or Myanmar, you'll see a small "Lifestyle" written next to the HTC 10's name.

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Chromecast 2015 And Chromecast Audio Should Be Available In India And Taiwan Soon

Chromecast 2015 And Chromecast Audio Should Be Available In India And Taiwan Soon

The original Chromecast was a streaming sensation thanks to ease of use and a low price point. The second generation, while generally well-received, still hasn't made its way to all of Google's various international markets. The next countries to get a chance to buy the Chromecast 2015 and its little brother the Chromecast Audio appear to be India and Taiwan. Both countries were recently added to Google's official hardware availability page.

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[Update: Device Renders Replaced] For $4 You Can Get India's New Low-End Smartphone: Freedom 251

[Update: Device Renders Replaced] For $4 You Can Get India's New Low-End Smartphone: Freedom 251

For $4, you can get an average cup of coffee, or two bottles of water, or maybe a decent sandwich. If you live in India, that same $4 can get you a brand new smartphone from handset maker Ringing Bells. Sorry, I meant $3.67 at the current exchange rate. Excuse me while my mind gets blown into teeny tiny pieces. WHAAAAAAAAAA?!

OK, I'm back. So we were talking about that new $4 $3.67 smartphone. It's called the Freedom 251 because it costs Rs. 251. Clever. It will be officially unveiled later today by Defence minister Manohar Parrikkar likely as part of his "Make in India" initiative which aims to move production lines to India, but the phone's official page is already up and we can spot some of its specs.

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Moto X Force Now Available In India, 2015 Moto G Variants On Amazon India Too

Moto X Force Now Available In India, 2015 Moto G Variants On Amazon India Too

Android aficionados in India have a few more options today when it comes time to get a new device, courtesy of Motorola. As promised, the Moto X Force is on sale, and the previously available Moto G variants have come to Amazon India.

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Moto G 2nd Gen Marshmallow Update Is Widely Rolling Out In India

Moto G 2nd Gen Marshmallow Update Is Widely Rolling Out In India

Two weeks ago, Motorola's Dave Schuster told everyone that the Moto G 2nd gen's Marshmallow update was being soak tested in India and since it doesn't seem like there were any glaring issues reported with the OTA, the update is now ready to roll to everyone.

Motorola updated the phone's support pages in India to include the new software version and a detailed changelog with all of Android 6.0's improvements and added features like granular app permissions, app standby and doze mode, Direct Share, Now on Tap, and the ability to adopt SD cards as internal storage which should be welcome for the Moto G 2nd gen's owners.

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India's Telecom Regulatory Authority Enforces Net Neutrality By Banning Facebook Free Basics And Similar Services

India's Telecom Regulatory Authority Enforces Net Neutrality By Banning Facebook Free Basics And Similar Services

Net neutrality is a tricky beast. The informal principle is usually applied to the idea of data providers charging more for specific services, but it can also extend to telecoms giving away specific services (and, by extension, charging more for everything else). That's the attitude of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, known locally as "Trai," expressed in a statement today. The regulator says that it will not allow any service provider to "offer or charge discriminatory tariffs for data services on basis of content," more or less aligning India's wireless and landline data industry with the principles of net neutrality.

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Amazon Now Local Shopping Deliveries For Bangalore, India Gets A Dedicated Android App

Amazon Now Local Shopping Deliveries For Bangalore, India Gets A Dedicated Android App

Amazon has been rolling out Amazon Prime Now, its local service for delivering goods from nearby retailers in hours instead of days, in a few cities in the US. In India there is no Amazon Prime, so the same service is simply referred to as Amazon Now. (Not to be confused with Google Now, which doesn't have anything to do with shopping.) There was already a dedicated app for the American version, but now the Indian model gets one too.

Unfortunately Amazon Now suffers from the same drawback as all local delivery services: a limited services area. It's currently only available in Bangalore, and even there, only in specific PIN codes (the Indian equivalent of zip codes).

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BlackBerry Priv Comes To India For 62,990 INR

BlackBerry Priv Comes To India For 62,990 INR

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