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Resso is a new music streaming app from the makers of TikTok, arriving now in India

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.

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Xiaomi to unveil the Redmi Note 9 series with four cameras next week

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.

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Oppo launches international Reno3 Pro model with a MediaTek processor and dual-selfie cam

You may remember the Oppo Reno3 Pro name from back in December when a version of the phone was launched in China. That one featured a Snapdragon 765G chip and a curved screen with a single front-facing camera, but the company is now launching a different model in India that shares the same branding. Unlike the China-only version, this Reno3 Pro uses a MediaTek Helio P95 processor and packs a dual-camera punch hole into a flat display.

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The Vivo IQOO 3 is a cut-price flagship with a Snapdragon 865 and 55W charging

Vivo sub-brand IQOO has just announced its latest phone in India and it's got a relatively impressive set of specs. Among the headline features are pressure-sensitive "Monster Touch" shoulder buttons and 4D vibration engine intended to woo gamers as well as 55W fast charging.

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Google Pay (Tez) for India gets a Material Design makeover to improve usability (Update: Broader availability) (APK Download)

The Indianized version of Google Pay has cornered the largest chunk of India’s UPI market, piggybacking the username-based P2P payment system. Launched as Tez, Google rebranded the app to Pay following the global consolidation of its payment solutions, though the app retained its distinct functionality that contrasts with its stateside counterpart. About two years into its existence, the app is now getting a design change under Google’s refreshed material guidelines, tidying up some of its UI elements.

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Poco X2 announced with 120Hz display, Snapdragon 730G, and six cameras for around $225

Xiaomi’s spin-off brand Poco made a splash with its first phone by bringing a Snapdragon 845 chip to the $300 price bracket, reminding many of OnePlus’s early days. A year and a half after the Poco F1 was unveiled, the company is finally coming out with a follow-up called the Poco X2, initially only for the Indian market. The handset is basically a relabeled Redmi K30, which was announced in China alongside the $284 K30 5G in December 2019.

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Indian banking app Paytm no longer works with remote access apps like TeamViewer or AnyDesk installed

Spam and fraud protection are great features to have in apps, especially if they handle your finances. It’s one thing to take precautions, but it’s another to downright block other apps that could enable such nefarious purposes. For Paytm—a well-established, mobile-first payment service in India—remote control and screen sharing apps like TeamViewer and AnyDesk are now considered security risks.

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Opera reportedly has multiple predatory loan apps in the Play Store with interest rates of up to 876% (Update: Apps updated)

It's no secret that Opera isn't doing so well in the era of Chrome dominance. According to a report published by Hindenburg Research, the company's losses in browser revenue have apparently led it to create multiple loan apps with short payment windows and interest rates of ~365-876%, which are in violation of new Play Store rules Google enacted last year.

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Uber Eats sells Indian business to local rival Zomato

Uber spent 2019 shedding its loss-making businesses and laying off staff on a global scale in a bid to become profitable. The latest to get the ax is the Indian arm of Uber Eats, which has been sold to the local rival Zomato. Uber Eats ceased all of its operations in the Asian market earlier today, following a blog post by Zomato founder Deepinder Goyal.

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Spec leak shows exactly how the Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G outclasses other S20 models

The tidal waves of Galaxy S20 leaks continue to roll in. It's been high season for leaks bloggers like Max Weinbach, who we've just had on the Android Police Podcast. For Ishan Agarwal, who, along with India's MySmartPrice, is responsible for the latest spec dump on the S20 5G, S20+ 5G, and S20 Ultra 5G models that will be sold in many parts of Europe and Asia, this season just got a bit higher.

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