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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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OnePlus To Launch its Latest Smartphone OnePlus 6T in India This October

The OnePlus flagship is rumoured to house 3700mAh battery and will support the company's "DashCharge" technology

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OnePlus 6T coming to India on October 30.

Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus on Monday announced that it will refresh its line-up with OnePlus 6T in India on October 30.

The upcoming flagship from OnePlus which has been promoted through teaser videos on social media is expected to be unveiled globally on October 17.

The upcoming device will house in-screen fingerprint scanner.

The company’s CEO Pete Lau recently said that the 3.5-mm headphone jack has been done away with to make room for the new “Screen Unlock” feature — OnePlus’ name for the in-display fingerprint sensor.

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The upcoming device will house in-screen fingerprint scanner. (IANS)

The smartphone will feature a 6.4-inch AMOLED screen with a waterdrop-style notch and an aspect ratio of 19:9.

The screen is expected to sport Corning Gorilla Glass as it houses the in-display fingerprint scanner, enabling the “Screen Unlock” feature.

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OnePlus 6T will be based on Android 9 Pie, and will run the Snapdragon 845 processor.

The OnePlus flagship is rumoured to house 3700mAh battery and will support the company’s “DashCharge” technology. (IANS)

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