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New York: Most young and tech-savvy Indian travellers now consider smartphones to be their single-most indispensable item while they plan to travel ahead of a toothbrush, a deodorant and driving licence, according to an interesting study.

The relevance of mobile devices is tied to how the device improves the quality of travel itself among 9,642 travellers across 19 countries including India, said the study commissioned by travel website Expedia.com and conducted recently by consulting firm Northstar.

Aman Bhutani, president for Brand Expedia Group, also expressed their foundings.

We have found that travellers are using mobile devices at every stage of the travel process, from researching and booking trips to capturing and sharing the travel experience,

And just because a traveller can use their device to read work email and stay connected to the office, they also believe it improves the quality of their vacations,” he added.

Consumers tell us what they do and don’t like in their mobile offerings and habits, and we’ve been listening and steadily adapting to provide what the mobile-savvy travellers demand,

Business travellers use mobile devices to remain tightly connected to their home office. More than one-half of travellers who are employed check in on work at least once a day while, on vacation, the study found.

“Mobile devices may be a requirement for business trips, however, business, travel and connectivity are changing. Various devices allow for a seamless experience with apps that enable users to be more productive and efficient, which travellers are utilising in order to prioritise work-life balance and disconnect when possible,” said Rob Greyber, president of Egencia.

At least 60 percent travellers who check in with work during a vacation say their travel partner or spouse does not mind. However, among Indians, who are the most likely to check in with work, one-fifth admit that their spouse or travel partner does get annoyed, the study said.

The study analysed inputs from across North America, Europe, South America and Asia Pacific.

(Inputs from IANS)

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‘Good morning’ messages are cluttering smartphones in India

According to Google, there has been a 10-fold rise in the number of searches for "Good Morning images."

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'Good Morning' messages clutter smartphones.
'Good Morning' messages clutter smartphones.
  • ‘Good Morning’ messages are the reason for cluttering of smartphones
  • These messages make smartphones run out of memory
  • Google is trying to weed these messages out

With millions of “good morning” texts, spiced with colourful images and even videos sent and received every morning across India, one in three smartphone user in India runs out of space daily, as compared to one in 10 in the US, the media reported.

According to Google, there has been a 10-fold rise in the number of searches for “Good Morning images” over the past five years.

'Good Morning' messages are eating out your smartphone's memory. Wikimedia Commons
‘Good Morning’ messages are eating out your smartphone’s memory. Wikimedia Commons

It is because Indians have a habit of sending millions of ‘good morning!’ texts along with sun-dappled flowers, adorable toddlers and birds to friends, family and strangers, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday.

Inexpensive smartphones and data plans have brought an unlikely group of users online who begin their typical day — before sunrise and reaches a crescendo before 8 a.m. — by sending good morning greetings.

“We were trying to deconstruct what is the DNA of a good morning message for months. It’s been a lot of hard work to get it right,” Josh Woodward, the Google product manager in Mountain View, California, was quoted as telling the Wall Street Journal.

Also Read : India now the leading market of smartphones in Asia

Currently, there are nearly 400 million Internet users in India, along with over 300 million smartphone users and about 650 million mobile phone users.

The company used its giant image database and artificial intelligence tools to train the app to weed out good morning messages.

Google is trying to weed images with this message out. Pixabay
Google is trying to weed images with this message out. Pixabay

The key to spotting them was looking for a certain size and type of image file, Woodward said, adding that early versions were picking out photos of children wearing T-shirts with words on them.

To counter such storage problem, Google in December launched a new app called “Files Go” that will help free up space, find files faster and share files offline on smartphones that come with less internal storage.

Also Read : Top 5 smartphones trending in India in 2016

“The average ‘Files Go’ user is saving 1GB of space so they can do more on their phone. It was built for Android Go devices, but we’re also making it available on the Google Play Store,” the company said, at the launch of the product in New Delhi.

The app has more than 10 million downloads so far, with more users in India than any other country. It has cleared up on average more than 1 gigabyte of data per user, Google said. IANS