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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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Blackberry Launches 2 New Smartphones

Powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 octa-core processor, Evolve also runs Android 8.1 Oreo OS. The device comes with 4GB RAM + 64GB storage which is expandable up to 256GB.

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 Home-grown company Optiemus Infracom, which manufactures and distributes BlackBerry-branded handsets, on Thursday launched “Evolve” and “Evolve X” smartphones in India for Rs 24,990 and Rs 34,990, respectively.

The devices are designed and manufactured at Optiemus’ facility in Noida.

“Our strategy to partner locally and license the design and manufacture of secure Android BlackBerry smartphones continues to gather momentum with this latest launch by our partner, Optiemus Infracom,” said Alex Thurber, SVP and GM of Mobility Solutions at BlackBerry.

BlackBerry Evolve and BlackBerry Evolve X come with Full View 18:9 display, Dolby surround sound, dual cameras, enterprise-grade security and privacy and quick wireless charging technology.

The devices have facial recognition and fast fingerprint unlock functionalities.

“With BlackBerry Evolve and Evolve X, we have worked hard to refine design and technology elements,” said Hardip Singh, Executive Director, Optiemus Infracom.

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BlackBerry Evolve X sports a 16MP selfie camera and a 12MP+13MP AF dual rear camera with dual tone LED flash.

It has 6GB RAM and 64GB internal memory, which is expandable up to 2TB. Powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 octa-core processor and running Android 8.1 Oreo OS, the device houses 4,000mAh battery.

Also Read: Samsung to Launch ‘Galaxy On’ Smartphone With Infinity Display in India Next Week

The devices have facial recognition and fast fingerprint unlock functionalities.

“With BlackBerry Evolve and Evolve X, we have worked hard to refine design and technology elements,” said Hardip Singh, Executive Director, Optiemus Infracom.

Powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 octa-core processor, Evolve also runs Android 8.1 Oreo OS. The device comes with 4GB RAM + 64GB storage which is expandable up to 256GB.

Evolve is equipped with a powerful 13MP+13MP dual rear camera and dual tone LED flash and a 16MP wide angle front camera. (IANS)

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