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Smaller cities trending to be the next hub of the smartphones: IDC

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The International Data Corporation (IDC) reported that tier 2 and 3 cities will lead the next trend of growth of Indian smartphone market, with the growing dispersion of smartphones.

According to the “Monthly City Level Smartphone Tracker” report issued on Thursday, the top 30 cities of India make around 51 percent of the smartphone market in the fourth quarter of 2015. New Delhi topped the list while Mumbai followed it.

Around 60 percent of the online smartphone sales are created by top 5 cities of India, the report added.

According to the report, around 21.3 percent of Indian smartphone market are created by 25 major tier 2 and 3 cities. The demands in smaller cities is mostly for 3G models. However, the demand of 4G smartphones will be expected to increase with increasing 4G smartphone portfolio. The movement of the trend in smaller towns and cities make it the market of next evolution centre for the smartphone industry.

“The smartphone consumers in tier 2 and 3 cities are becoming more aware and demanding. The 4G revolution is promising to trigger the next wave of smartphone growth with 4G enabled devices already overtaking 3G devices as the largest smartphone category,” said Jaideep Mehta, managing director, IDC South Asia.

“With the first time mobile phone users coming on a smartphone, it will be their only connected device which meets all of their internet and entertainment needs” added Swapnil Bhatnagar, research director, IDC India.

Chinese retailers like Lenovo, Motorola and Xiaomi are due to its quality brand, superior features and value of money are receiving the big market portion in these cities,” Swapnil noted.(IANS)

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Use of Smartphones in Bed Might Ruin Your Sex Life: Study

Couples keen to know how their smartphones could make their sex lives more exciting were surprised to learn the answer is the switch-off key

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An earlier study by Durham University and commissioned by condom-maker Durex found that people are more likely to be seduced by gadgets than by their partners. Pixabay

The heavy use of smartphones is affecting our state of mind and now, the devices are ruining the sex lives of people too, a new study has found.

The sexual health department at the Cheikh Khalifa Ben Zayed international university hospital in Casablanca in Morocco has revealed that nearly 60 per cent of the study participants admitted having problems in their sex lives because of smartphones.

According to a report in Morocco World News on Thursday citing the scientific study, all 600 participants had smartphones and a whopping 92 per cent admitted to using them at night.

Only 18 per cent of them put their phones on airplane mode in their bedrooms.

The study found that the smartphones negatively impacted adults aged between 20 and 45 years, with 60 per cent saying the devices disturbed their “sexual performances.”

“Around 50 per cent of the interviewees declared “not being comfortable” with their sex lives because of the large portion of time allocated to smartphone use,” the report mentioned

A survey by US-based SureCall — a company that produces devices to boost cell phone reception, last year found that 17 per cent millennials reach for their smartphone during sex.

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Smartphones in bed can ruin your sex life for sure. Pixabay

Almost three-quarters said they sleep with their smartphone either on or next to their bed at night. Those who sleep with their phone nearby were twice as likely to admit they feel fear or anxiety when away from the device.

Alarmingly, these people were also twice as likely to say they are “somewhat dissatisfied with their lives”, the survey claimed.

An earlier study by Durham University and commissioned by condom-maker Durex found that people are more likely to be seduced by gadgets than by their partners.

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One third of participants in the study admitted to interrupting sex to answer incoming calls.

Mark McCormack, who carried out the interviews, said taking gadgets into the bedroom has “potentially serious costs to relationships”.

Couples keen to know how their smartphones could make their sex lives more exciting were surprised to learn the answer is the switch-off key. (IANS)