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Smartphone users risk becoming amnesiac

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Beware the ‘smartphone risk’

By NewsGram Staff Writer

In the era of technology with information of anything and everything available online, Google has become the new memory bank.

As per a survey conducted by Internet security solution provider, Kaspersky, almost half the world population uses the internet as an extension of their brains while 75 per cent people use it as a conduit to the information storage bank.

Conducted on more than 1,000 Indian respondents between June 23 and July 2, the survey surmises that almost half of the people are not using their own memory or that they are just not interested in remembering facts.

25 per cent respondents ‘strongly agreed’ that it was essential to just remember the source of the information, while 48 per cent ‘slightly agreed’ with the contention.

One justification for the memory crisis is the fact that there is an information overload in the overall scheme of things. Incredibly high digital communication has meant that much information flows through avenues such as Facebook, Twitter among other social media sites.

However, the survey also throws light on the start of a dangerous phenomenon; addiction.

“It is not just about reliance but rather something more sever, an addiction. The smartphone addiction may lead to amnesia, which should not be taken lightly.

It is very important to limit dependency on smartphones primarily because of its addictive properties,” Altaf Halde, MD at Kaspersky Lab said.

Further highlighting the scope of its pernicious effects, the survey says that smartphone dependency decreases with age, implying that youngsters are more prone to damaging their memory with unhindered smartphone usage.

However, the shift in memory source has not been tremendous. 55 per cent of people still choose to use their memory for remembering things while 31 per cent prefer the on-line route.

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Smartphone Giant Vivo To Introduce iQOO Premium Phone in India Next Month

Vivo grew 76 per cent (year-on-year) in 2019 and 134 per cent in Q4, driven by good performance of its budget segment series

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Vivo captured 21 per cent market share to reach the second spot as Samsung slipped to third place with 19 per cent market share. IANS

Chinese handset maker Vivo is set to introduce a premium smartphone under the iQOO sub-brand in India next month.

The brand, which has focused on the Chinese market, is planning to expand presence to more markets. The global expansion would begin next month, when it would launch its first flagship phone in India, Android Central reported on Friday.

Meanwhile, the smartphone player created history by grabbing the second spot in the Indian smartphone market in the fourth quarter of 2019.

Vivo captured 21 per cent market share to reach the second spot as Samsung slipped to third place with 19 per cent market share. Xiaomi topped with 27 per cent market share, according to Counterpoint Research.

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Chinese handset maker Vivo is set to introduce a premium smartphone under the iQOO sub-brand in India next month. Wikimedia Commons

OPPO and Realme were other players in the top 5, with 12 per cent and 8 per cent market share, respectively.

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Vivo grew 76 per cent (year-on-year) in 2019 and 134 per cent in Q4, driven by good performance of its budget segment series. (IANS)