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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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Vivo To Launch its Y95 Smartphone in India

The device is likely to house a 20MP selfie camera with Artificial Intelligence (AI) capabilities

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Vivo Y95 with Snapdragon 439 in India on Nov 25. (IANS)

Chinese handset maker Vivo is all set to launch its Y95 smartphone in India on November 25.

It would be the first smartphone in India to be equipped with the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 Octa Core chipset and would cost around Rs 20,000, industry sources told IANS on Thursday.

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The device with 4GB RAM and 64GB onboard storage will come with “Halo FullView” display and run Android 8 Oreo operating system (OS).

The Y95 will have a dual-camera setup at the back with one 13MP sensor and another 2MP sensor with LED flash and phase detection auto focus (PDAF).

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The device is likely to house a 20MP selfie camera with Artificial Intelligence (AI) capabilities. (IANS)