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Report: 68 Percent Indians Already Smitten by Digital Assistants-Enabled Devices

It's more than double the figure of what the US citizens believe

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69 per cent Indians believe that technology has significantly improved their lives. Pixabay

While still getting acquainted with advanced technology, 68 per cent Indians are already smitten by digital assistants-enabled devices, according to a report. According to the “State of Digital Lifestyles” report by US-based Cloud services provider Limelight Networks, 69 per cent Indians believe that technology has significantly improved their lives. It’s more than double the figure of what the US citizens believe.

As the popularity of smartphones is escalating, 86 per cent Indians confessed that they would not be willing to give them up for more than a day. Merely 4 per cent smartphone users are willing to give up the devices permanently in the country.

So used to screens, even majority desktop users in India don’t wish to let go of their dear screens. But 23 per cent people accepted they could avoid desktops for over a day.

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52 per cent Indians listen to digital music, 41 per cent download or watch movies and TV shows online. Wikimedia Commons

Now that Internet-based services and latest gadgets have become an integral part of daily lives, people, despite their digital dependency, are scared of online frauds and breaches.

Over 61 per cent Indians are more worried about personal information being stolen online currently, than they were a year ago. About digital assistants, 46 per cent Indians have expressed concerns about data privacy.

“India is on a rapid growth trajectory in terms of digital adoption. More people are assimilating digital technologies into their day-to-day lifestyles as the perception continues to improve on the ground. With it, we are witnessing the rise of a new, digitally-empowered India,” said Ashwin Rao, Director – Sales (India), Limelight Networks.

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About digital assistants, 46 per cent Indians have expressed concerns about data privacy. Flickr

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In addition, 52 per cent Indians listen to digital music, 41 per cent download or watch movies and TV shows online. Around 90 per cent Indians have expressed frustration with digital content, but 88 per cent expect that 5G networking would bring faster download speeds.

Two-third of the Indian consumers, 67.2 per cent, prefer to shop online rather than choosing an offline medium, the report said. The “State of Digital Lifestyles” report is based on responses from 4,500 people from India, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, the UK and the US. (IANS)

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Now Google Assistant Lets Users Ask Frozen Characters to Tell a Story

Each of these tales from Frozen is about three or four minutes long from the beginning to end

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The stories on Google Assistant last just a few minutes, making them a decent option when you need a bathroom break without the kiddo or want to put something quick on before bedtime. Pixabay

With Frozen (movie) fever taking over, Google Assistant has a new skill that now lets users have characters from the film read them a story.

The new update is currently available across all Google Assistant devices by default. To activate it, users just need to say: “Hey Google, tell me a Frozen story.”

When you do, you’ll launch the skill (there’s some music and an intro), which takes you to a campfire with some of the film’s main characters. After the intro has finished playing, you or your child can select a character you’d like to tell you a story, Life hacker reported on Sunday.

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With Frozen (movie) fever taking over, Google Assistant has a new skill that now lets users have characters from the film read them a story. Wikimedia Commons

Each of these tales from Frozen is about three or four minutes long from the beginning to end.

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The stories last just a few minutes, making them a decent option when you need a bathroom break without the kiddo or want to put something quick on before bedtime, the report added. (IANS)