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By Newsgram Staff Writer

In order to strengthen the relations between the two countries, Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar met South Korean counterpart, Gen Han Min-Koo on Friday to discuss the ways to expand defense ties.

The efforts to develop mutually-beneficial partnership between the two countries in defense production were discussed at the meeting in Seoul.

“We are focused on ways to expand contact between the countries for defense establishments and building deep partnerships between their defense industries,” said the two ministers.

While on the visit, Parrikar also met senior South Korean defense officials, including National Security Advisor Kim Kwan-Jin, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff and minister of Defense acquisition program administration.

In the meeting, the regional and global issues of peace and security were also discussed.

Parrikar said “I chose South Korea as the destination of my first visit under the ‘Make in India’ campaign in recognition of the importance of India’s attachment to the country as a partner.”

Moreover,the meeting also concentrated on the ways to intensify bilateral cooperation and enhance defense in a manner to commensurate more with close strategic partners.

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79% Smartphone Users in India Using Over-the-Top (OTT) Apps

The OTT platforms installed on the devices are in addition to the casual entertainment apps such as YouTube and UGC

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Hotstar is the most-penetrated OTT entertainment app with 49 per cent of smartphone users having it installed on their devices. Pixabay

Seventy-nine per cent smartphone users in India are using over-the-top (OTT) apps for entertainment and as many as four out of five users have at least one OTT entertainment platform on their device, a new report said on Thursday.

Hotstar is the most-penetrated OTT entertainment app with 49 per cent of smartphone users having it installed on their devices.

The OTT platforms installed on the devices are in addition to the casual entertainment apps such as YouTube and UGC (User Generated Content) platforms like TikTok and with such as penetration, OTT entertainment apps have become the ‘most-penetrated’ app category for smartphone users in India after social networking, chatting and e-commerce Apps, revealed the report by market research firm techARC.

“Over the past three years, we have seen a lot of enablement both from the smartphone OEMs as well as operators’ sides. This has facilitated the growth of OTT entertainment services as well as consumption.

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Seventy-nine per cent smartphone users in India are using over-the-top (OTT) apps for entertainment and as many as four out of five users have at least one OTT entertainment platform on their device. Pixabay

“While 4G has undoubtedly created this category, it has been complemented by the smartphone industry that has innovated to save every micron on the screen for full-screen viewing, backed by a powerful battery and stereophonic sound,” said Faisal Kawoosa, Founder and Chief Analyst, techARC.

One of the main factors for Hotstar’s growth has been its sports content, especially cricket.

Meanwhile, Amazon Prime Video has slightly better penetration than Netflix in India. Prime Video penetration is 15 per cent as compared to 13 per cent of Netflix.

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This is a result of Amazon’s close relationship with some smartphone OEMs where Amazon apps like Amazon Shopping and Amazon Prime Video come pre-loaded in the device. (IANS)