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New Delhi: Around 64 percent of Android smartphones shipped in India in 2015 featured the aging Android KitKat OS, which is nearly three years old, says a latest report.

According to the report released on Thursday by the market research firm CyberMedia Research (CMR), Over 70 percent of Android smartphone users in India do not receive an update to the latest Android Operation System (OS) or its latest features at the time of purchase.

The study was conducted across 158 different smartphone brands and covered 1,476 device models.

“With increase in commoditisation of hardware features owing to competitive pressures, Smartphone vendors will need to start focusing on creating differentiation through user experience enabled by OS and software features,” said Faisal Kawoosa, lead analyst (telecoms) CMR.

“Typically, a consumer nowadays needs to purchase a premium-priced smartphone to access the latest Android OS or software-enabled features,” he added.

The key reason for the delay in sending updates to existing Android smartphones is that handset vendors prefer to launch new models, rather than focus on updating existing ones to provide a consistent user experience.

“While iOS (Apple) users lead with 96 percent users updating the OS at least once, Android lags behind at an abysmal 38 percent,” the findings showed.

Interestingly, the major drivers for OS update are that 77 percent users seek performance improvements and 57 percent users want to explore new features.

The report titled “State of Mobile Operating System Adoption in India” was jointly released by CMR and CREO — a Bengaluru-based consumer technology company. (IANS)(Photo: www.v3.co.uk)

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HTC Officially Announces a New Blockchain-Powered Phone

HTC working on blockchain-powered Android smartphone: Report

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Taiwanese tech giant HTC is reportedly working on a new Android phone named
Taiwanese tech giant HTC is reportedly working on a new Android phone named "Exodus" that will be powered by blockchain technology. Pixabay

Taiwanese tech giant HTC is reportedly working on a new Android phone named “Exodus” that will be powered by blockchain technology.

“The upcoming phone will come with a “universal wallet” and a built-in secure hardware system to support cryptocurrencies and decentralised applications,” TheNextWeb reported late on Tuesday.

Blockchain smartphones are claimed to offer better security and user experience by integrating “cold wallet” storage right into the device and enabling direct trading of the native cryptocurrency with peers on the phone’s network, without mining fees.

Representational image.
Representational image.

“The company plans to create a blockchain network using ‘Exodus’ phones to facilitate cryptocurrency trading among the phone users,” the report added.

Phil Chen, the brain behind HTC’s Virtual Reality (VR) headset “Vive” will be in charge of all blockchain and cryptocurrency related initiatives of HTC including “Exodus”.

“Through ‘Exodus’ we are excited to be supporting underlying protocols such as Bitcoin, ‘Lightning Networks’, ‘Ethereum’, ‘Dfinity’ and more,” Phil Chen was quoted as saying by TheNextWeb.

Also Read: Microsoft’s Search Engine Bing Bans Cryptocurrency Advertisements

However, HTC has still not announced the price of the smartphone but the company is reportedly considering accepting cryptocurrency as a form of payment for the device.

Before HTC, Sirin Labs’ blockchain smartphone which was announced in September 2017, is slated to launch in October 2018. (IANS)

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