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Times Internet owned music streaming service ‘Gaana’ has updated its Android app interface to support 9 Indian Languages

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December 13, 2016: Music streaming services in India are significantly increasing since the past few years. A new streaming service launches every now and then. Only a few stand out from the crowd. One of them is Gaana. It is one of the largest streaming apps of India. Now, it is available in 9 Indian languages, other than English.

Earlier, the streaming service had the option to change the language preference through a filter but the interface was available only in English. With the new update, users can change their preferred language by selecting the preferred language options present in the settings menu.

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The languages include Hindi, Punjabi, Tamil, Marathi, Bhojpuri, Telugu, Bengali, Malayalam and Kannada. The new feature is available only for Android, but the iOS will be available soon.

Chief Operator Officer at Gaana, Prashan Agarwal said to medianama.com, “Gaana’s mission has always been to bring the best music experience to all of India. Gaana reaches over 25 million consumers but is now finally usable for hundreds of millions of Indians who can’t read English. This is one of the multiple initiatives by us to provide value to all Indians across India and the world.”

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Recently, The Economic Times highlighted the increasing importance of the application of regional languages in India. It is estimated that by 2020, the regional content apps will be a 1$ billion industry. Regional content apps have been one of the major initiatives in the Digital India campaign.

Gaana is a division of India’s largest digital business by Times Internet. Times Internet has over 175 million users every month. They have more than 30 web and mobile digital businesses. It covers fields like news, entertainment, local partnerships, sports, classifieds, e-commerce, startup investments, and more.

Prepared by Diksha Arya of NewsGram. Twitter: @diksha_arya53

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Aadhaar Helpline Mystery: French Security Expert Tweets of doing a Full Disclosure Tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App

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Google’s admission that it had in 2014 inadvertently coded the 112 distress number and the UIDAI helpline number into its setup wizard for Android devices triggered another controversy on Saturday as India’s telecom regulator had only recommended the use of 112 as an emergency number in April 2015.

After a large section of smartphone users in India saw a toll-free helpline number of UIDAI saved in their phone-books by default, Google issued a statement, saying its “internal review revealed that in 2014, the then UIDAI helpline number and the 112 distress helpline number were inadvertently coded into the SetUp wizard of the Android release given to OEMs for use in India and has remained there since”.

Aadhaar Helpline Number Mystery: French security expert tweets of doing a full disclosure tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App, Image: Wikimedia Commons.

However, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recommended only in April 2015 that the number 112 be adopted as the single emergency number for the country.

According to Google, “since the numbers get listed on a user’s contact list, these get  transferred accordingly to the contacts on any new device”.

Google was yet to comment on the new development.

Meanwhile, French security expert that goes by the name of Elliot Alderson and has been at the core of the entire Aadhaar controversy, tweeted on Saturday: “I just found something interesting. I will probably do full disclosure tomorrow”.

“I’m digging into the code of the @Google SetupWizard app and I found that”.

“As far as I can see this object is not used in the current code, so there is no implications. This is just a poor coding practice in term of security,” he further tweeted.

On Friday, both the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) as well as the telecom operators washed their hand of the issue.

While the telecom industry denied any role in the strange incident, the UIDAI said that he strange incident, the UIDAI said that some vested interests were trying to create “unwarranted confusion” in the public and clarified that it had not asked any manufacturer or telecom service provider to provide any such facility.

Twitter was abuzz with the new development after a huge uproar due to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Chairman R.S. Sharma’s open Aadhaar challenge to critics and hackers.

Ethical hackers exposed at least 14 personal details of the TRAI Chairman, including mobile numbers, home address, date of birth, PAN number and voter ID among others. (IANS)

Also Read: Why India Is Still Nowhere Near Securing Its Citizens’ Data?