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64% of Android phones feature nearly three years old OS: Report

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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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Adobe Rolling out First Cross-device Video Editing app for Android Phones

The app debuted on iOS, macOS and Windows last year

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Adobe Acrobat Reader. Pixabay

Software major Adobe on Wednesday announced that it is rolling out its first cross-device video editing app “Premiere Rush” to Android phones.

Adobe has packed its professional editing tools like Premiere Pro and Audition as part of the all-in-one app for Android devices, the company said in a statement.

The app integrates intuitive editing, simplified colour correction, Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered audio clean up, customisable Motion Graphics templates and works across desktop and mobile.

“Premiere Rush” also automatically syncs all projects and edits to the cloud, so users could access the most up-to-date version and work from anywhere, on any device.

The app is available for download through the Google Play Store and Samsung Galaxy Store.

The headquarters of Adobe Systems in San Jose, California
The headquarters of Adobe Systems in San Jose, California. Wikimedia

The trial “Premiere Rush Starter Plan” that gives users access to app features, use of desktop and mobile apps and the ability to create an unlimited number of projects and export up to three projects — is available for free.

Otherwise, the app is available for $9.99 (Rs 696.24) per month to individuals, $19.99 (Rs 1,392.57) per month to teams and $29.99 (Rs 2,089.21) per month to enterprise customers.

Adobe is bringing the app first to Android smartphones including Samsung Galaxy S10, 10+, S9, S9+, Note9, Note8, S10e, Google Pixel 3, 3XL, 2, 2XL and OnePlus 6T.

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The company plans to expand the app compatibility for more Android devices in the future.

The app debuted on iOS, macOS and Windows last year. (IANS)