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Tech Giant Samsung Temporarily Shuts Smartphone Plant in Gumi Due To Coronavirus Case

The Gumi plant produces Samsung's flagship smartphones, including the Galaxy Z Flip foldable smartphone

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Samsung plans to complete disinfection work at the plant in Gumi, 260 kms southeast of Seoul, by Sunday and resume operations at the plant on Monday, Yonhap news agency reported. Pixabay

Samsung Electronics said on Saturday that it has temporarily shut down a smartphone plant in the South Korean city of Gumi, shortly after a plant employee tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Samsung plans to complete disinfection work at the plant in Gumi, 260 kms southeast of Seoul, by Sunday and resume operations at the plant on Monday, Yonhap news agency reported.

Employees who made contact with the virus patient have quarantined themselves as a precautionary measure to stem the spread of the coronavirus, Samsung said.

A company official said the temporary shutdown is unlikely to affect the production of smartphones.

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Samsung Electronics said on Saturday that it has temporarily shut down a smartphone plant in the South Korean city of Gumi, shortly after a plant employee tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Wikimedia Commons

The Gumi plant produces Samsung’s flagship smartphones, including the Galaxy Z Flip foldable smartphone.

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South Korea reported 229 additional cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, bringing the total number of infections in the nation to 433. The country reported the second death of a coronavirus patient on Friday. (IANS)

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Indians Spend More Time on OTT Media, Education and Fitness Apps During Coronavirus Lockdown

With the complete lockdown, social media and messaging apps have also seen an instant boom

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OTT platforms like Hotstar, Amazon Prime and Netflix have seen an 82.63 per cent increase in time spent, said the report. Pixabay

With the COVID-19 lockdown keeping most people at home, Indians are now spending more time on over-the-top (OTT) media services and educational and fitness apps than ever, a report said on Wednesday.

After the COVID-19 outbreak in India, video conferencing applications like Zoom, Hangouts, Google Duo, and Houseparty have seen over 71 per cent increase in time spent, with more than 104 per cent increase in active user count, said the report by Gurugram-headquartered tech company Bobble AI.

The findings are based upon the anonymised and aggregated insights collected on Bobble AI platforms post and during the COVID-19 outbreak in India, the company said. While video conferencing desktop and mobile application Houseparty has seen a massive increase of 215.97 per cent in time spent, along with a spike of 8,142.55 per cent in active users, Zoom has seen an increase of 141.69 per cent in time spent, with an 85.43 per cent increase in engagement rate and a 2,542.23 per cent increase in active users, the results showed.

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OTT platforms like Hotstar, Amazon Prime and Netflix have seen an 82.63 per cent increase in time spent, said the report. The Bobble AI data intelligence and analysis revealed that fitness applications like, Lose Weight at Home, Cure.fit, Home Workout has seen a 39.50 per cent increase in time spent with a 14.72 per cent increase in engagement rate, and 104.53 per cent increase in daily active users.

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With the COVID-19 lockdown keeping most people at home, Indians are now spending more time on over-the-top (OTT) media services and educational and fitness apps than ever, a report said on Wednesday. Pixabay

‘Lose Weight at Home’ app has seen a 46.98 per cent increase in time spent, with a 49.33 per cent increase in active users.
Similarly, e-learning platforms like Udemy, Unacademy and Byjus have seen an 82.73 per cent increase in time spent, along with a whopping 122.62 per cent increase in engagement and 25.12 per cent increase in daily active users, said the report.

With the complete lockdown, social media and messaging apps have also seen an instant boom. Applications like Instagram, Facebook, WhatsApp, and Twitter have seen a 46.28 per cent hike in time spent, with a 49.23 per cent increase in engagement and a 29.55 per cent increase in daily active users, said the report.

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There is a 57.64 per cent increase in time on WhatsApp, with a 49 per cent increase in engagement, followed by Instagram with a 50.30 per cent increase in engagement rate, it added. (IANS)