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YouTube Premium and Music introduce prepaid plans in India

YouTube launched YouTube Premium and YouTube Music in India last March, and while at the time users could only subscribe to a monthly plan, Google today announced that customers in India can prepay for the services one or three months at a time, with no subscription required.

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Flipkart is launching an Android TV dongle in India

Android TV boxes have risen in popularity over recent years thanks to some outstanding products like the Nvidia Shield TV and the platform's general ubiquity among TV operators, so it's no surprise that companies are looking into expanding their business to this device category. And sure enough, Indian e-commerce merchant Flipkart has taken the opportunity to launch its own-brand MarQ TurboStream Android TV dongle for about $50.

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[Update: Wider rollout] Google Maps keeps you safe by alerting you if your taxi goes off-route

When you're traveling to a new country, region, or even an unfamiliar part of your own town, and hailing a ride, you may be suspicious of the driver taking advantage of your cluelessness to charge you more or for more nefarious reasons. That's why I often keep a tab on the drive in Google Maps when riding a cab while traveling, but I have to repeatedly glance at my phone to notice any awkward routing. Maps recognizes this use case and is now offering to do the work in the background and notify you when your driver goes off the logical path.

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OnePlus 7T and 7T Pro update brings cloud photo backups in India, front-facing low-light camera improvements

The OnePlus 7T and 7T Pro snagged a new update over the weekend. OxygenOS 10.0.4 adds a new "Cloud Service" for folks in India, which gives device owners a Google Photos-like experience, backing up images through the built-in Gallery app. Outside of India, the update is mostly minor bug and usability changes, plus some front-facing low-light camera improvements, which seem to be unnoticeable in our testing.

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India won’t get the Google Pixel 4 as Soli fails to secure government’s approval

Google officially announced its highly anticipated Pixel 4 series earlier today at a jam-packed event that also introduced a slew of hardware under the ‘Made by Google’ branding. The flagship phones naturally stole the show and drew strong attention from the countries where they’re slated to be available soon. One country that’s missing from this list is India, a key overseas market for Google that’s usually among the first ones to receive new hardware. The company has clarified in a statement to India Today that its 2019 smartphones aren’t headed to the nation due to some regulatory issues with the Soli radar.

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Xiaomi Redmi 8A comes to India with whopping 5,000mAh battery and Snapdragon 439 for less than $100

Xiaomi just introduced its crazy concept phone, the Mi Alpha, coming with a display that wraps all around to the back of the device, but of course, the company also keeps working on its bread and butter mid-range and entry-level phones. Thus, Xiaomi has just launched the Redmi 8A in India, pairing a USB-C 18W fast-charging 5,000mAh battery with a Snapdragon 439, which could allow for quite long browsing and video-watching sessions.

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Google is bringing internet-free Assistant access to users in India

A staggering proportion of the global population owns smartphones, but access is far from universal. Google is partnering with carrier Vodafone-Idea to bring Assistant access to users in India who either don't have smartphones or reliable mobile data in a clever, old-school way: over the phone.

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Google announces Data Saver mode for Android TV

What happens if you want to watch something on the big screen, but your main source of internet is your phone, and you don't want to max out your available data? That's enough of a problem in India that Google is addressing it with a new Data Saver mode for Android TV, which is now rolling out in India and will come to more regions soon.

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[Update: Spanish and Portuguese] Google's Bolo helps children read and understand English and Hindi

You can't underestimate the benefits of a good education, and one of the first pillars of that is the ability to read. When I travelled to Nepal a couple of months ago, I was astonished by how thirsty for learning children in rural areas are. In the afternoon, many were being dropped off by their bus miles away from any village and had to (literally) trek up hills to get back home. In the morning, many could be seen carrying their backpacks and walking for at least half an hour or more just to get to their school or bus. And us privileged folks complain about waking up early to catch the bus that picks us up right from our doorstep!

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The Play Store now supports UPI as a payment method in India

UPI is the leading digital payment platform in India, which lets users make transfers directly from one bank account to another. It's already used for more than 900 million transactions a month, such as utility bill payments, mobile recharges, in-store purchases, and more. From now on, Indian users will also be able to buy content from the Play Store using the payment solution.

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