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The best fixes for older Android smartphones

If you have an older Android phone that seems to be getting slower with each passing day, you need to equip it with faster apps to replace the stock ones.

Not all Android smartphones are the same: older software versions and varying hardware specs mean that fragmentation is high and devices get obsolete a
The launcher is what you see first, the omnipresent layer on Android that dictates the feel and overall responsiveness of the phone. If you have a basic phone, using a launcher is the best way to add multiple customisation options and speed up daily tasks.

The favourite has always been Nova Launcher (by TeslaCoil Software) and once you use it, you'll see why. If you want to go all out with customisation, you can choose the paid Prime version but even the free one is a force to be reckoned with.

Some of the other launchers we recommend on older phones are Google Now, Arrow (by Microsoft) and Evie (by Evie Labs). Arrow is a simple design that includes access to a lot of Microsoft services while Evie includes awesome features like universal searchapp launch, customisable icons and dock, unread badges and gesture control.

Lighter Social Media

Facebook has a Lite version on the Play Store that is specifically designed to run well on older devices and use less data (it even works on a 2G data connection). It still has all the basic features of Facebook (post status, share photos, find friends and so on).

It's also a much smaller download which comes in handy if your device has limited space. Twitter doesn't have a lite app per se so you could use it within a web browser to avoid downloading anything. Or you could try a lite third-party Twitter client like Super Lite App to Tweet (by P Apps).

Faster, Cleaner Email

If you find your phone being bogged down when you configure multiple email IDs or if you just want a faster experience, the quite simply named Email (by Edison Software) is worth a shot. This is a universal app, so you can configure multiple accounts like Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, Outlook, Exchange, IMAP and so on.

Not only is it lightweight and fast, it's also completely free to use without any ads, bloat or a pro version. You'll also discover that lightweight doesn't mean devoid of features. A built in assistant can search for items in your mail by category, it can help you track your packages, get flight notifications and even helps you unsubscribe from junk mail.

Quicker Web Browsing

Typically, Google Chrome is pre-loaded on the phone apart from the company's own web browser. But if you find that your browsing experience is less than satisfactory, you should disable these built in apps and get Smart Search & Web Browser (by Reactive Phone).

It's a fast web browser with a simple interface, built in voice search, QR code scanner, adblocking tech and incognito mode. As for the search provider, you can switch be tween Google, Yahoo or Bing and even directly search YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Wikipedia and so on. It will give you live search suggestions as you type.

And the highlight has to be the useful Readability mode that strips a webpage from all distractions and presents the content in a high-contrast format.

A Snappier Camera

Basic phones won't have a full featured camera app – so in this case, you're wanting to add features, improve quality and speed things up a bit.

One of the best camera apps you can get is Open Camera (by Mark Harman). It's completely free, has no ads and supports features you normally see on flagship phones (ISO adjustment, metering modes, scenes, colour effects, face detection and so on). Not all features will be enabled on all phones but it will still likely be faster and more feature-rich than the stock camera app. Some of the clever extra features it has include better electronic stabilisation, voice capture (sound triggered photo capture) and the option to disable the shutter sound.

Lightweight & Customisable Keyboard

This one is a catch-22 because you would typically want a fast keyboard (opens/responds fast) but still one that offers GIFs, emoji, customisation, swipe to text and so on.

Google's GBoard is our recommendation in this case. There are no ads or extra features that weigh it down. If you still want more, try Bobble Keyboard – it's free and ad-free, includes all the emoji, memes, stickers, GIFs, themes and customisation you need.

There's also a free sticker store for all your social media needs and the ability to create stickers with your own photos.

Google’s Internet Saathi Digital Literacy Programme Reaches 100,000 Villages in India

Internet usage by women in rural areas continues to remain a challenge. Only one in 10 Internet users in rural India is a woman. With this programme, we are creating an enabling environment that empowers them while also bridging the technology gender divide.
Of India's 350 million internet users, nearly 100 million dwell in the rural parts of the country. Of these, only 10 million are women.

Delightedly ,that under the 'Internet Saathi' initiative, theyhave reached a milestone of training 100,000 women in less than a year,"
The initiative aims to empower rural women and communities to facilitate digitally literacy by making them aware of the benefits of internet and the services they can use for their various needs.

Over ten million women in India have Google to thank for making them more aware of the benefits the Internet offers them. Two years after Google announced the Internet Saathi program, an initiative to bring digital literacy to women in rural parts of India, the company says it has already reached 100,000 villages.

"From being afraid to touch a smartphone, worried that they will spoil it, to now demanding services that can help them get more from the Internet – women in rural India have come a long way. Even as India has taken the lead to become the fastest growing Internet user market in the world, India’s Internet is still dominated by male users. The digital gender divide is even wider in rural India where digital literacy amongst women continues to be a challenge, this combined with socio-economic challenges are the major barriers that prevent women from using the Internet.”

That's a major milestone for Google, which is working in conjunction with Tata Trusts on the Internet Saathi program. Through the Internet Saathi program, Google is trying to address a major gender-gap problem India faces on the Internet. Even as about 400 million people use Internet in the country, only a small portion of this constitutes of women.
A report by UK consultancy We Are Social, for instance, noted last year that only 24 percent of Facebook users in India were women. When you move to rural areas, things look more dismal. A report from The Boston Consulting Group from last year suggested that 98 percent of Internet users in rural India are men. In comparison, 79 percent of users in cities were estimated to be men.

Over 25,000 fully trained Internet Saathis, volunteers who are meeting women in villages and then coaching them, are helping Google serve women in ten Indian states, including Bihar and Haryana, two states where the company recently expanded its project. Internet Saathis have already served more than 8,000 villages in Haryana and Bihar states, the company said. Google plans to expand the project to another 200,000 villages.

The women who are participating in the Internet Saathi project are reporting impressive progress, according to IPSOS, a marketing research company. Nearly 90 percent of them said the trainings have helped them have a better understanding of Internet and more than 30 percent of them realised that using the Internet could help them improve their financial condition.

We’re delighted with the progress we have made with the Internet Saathi model, and it is remarkable to see the passion of these women learning about the Internet, not just for their own needs but for their families, kids and their communities," says Sapna Chadha, Director Marketing, South East Asia and India, Google said in a statement.

As a part of the Internet Saathi program, women ambassadors get trained in the know-how of using the Internet by Google. These Saathis then train and educated women across their villages about the Internet and using it for their benefits in day-to-day life. The training includes everything from operating a smartphone to helping them search for information online and even use WhatsApp.

"Internet Saathis are now increasingly seen as change agents in their villages and continue to find more support from the communities and village heads for their work.”

Facebook shutdown its (too successful)AI after it invented its own language

Recently, two billionaire tech revolutionaries had a little public tiff about the future of Artificial Intelligence.
Mark Zuckerberg made a livestream video to share his views on why we need AI for a better tomorrow, and called out to Elon Musk for disagreeing.
Days after Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that artificial intelligence (AI) was the biggest risk, Facebook has shut down one of its AI systems after chatbots started speaking in their own language, which used English words but could not be understood by humans.

The social media giant had to pull the plug on the AI system that its researchers were working on "because things got out of hand". The trouble was, while the bots were rewarded for negotiating with each other, they were not rewarded for negotiating in English, which led the bots to develop a language of their own.

Some of Zuckerberg’s thoughts were,
“I think people who are naysayers and try to drum up these doomsday scenarios — I just, I don't understand it. It's really negative and in some ways I actually think it is pretty irresponsible.”
“Whenever I hear AI is going to hurt people in the future, I think yeah, you know, technology can generally always be used for good and bad, and you need to be careful about how you build and how it is going to be used.”

"The AI did not start shutting down computers worldwide or something of the sort, but it stopped using English and started using a language that it created,"
"The AI did not start shutting down computers worldwide or something of the sort, but it stopped using English and started using a language that it created," the report noted. Initially the AI agents used English to converse with each other but they later created a new language that only AI systems could understand, thus, defying their purpose. This led Facebook researchers to shut down the AI systems and then force them to speak to each other only in English.

"The bots were uttering gibberish. But it wasn’t without meaning. Semantics figured the codes made sense. In fact, researchers realised they bots are “incredibly crafty negotiators”.

Over time, the bots became quite skilled at it and even began feigning interest in one item in order to 'sacrifice' it at a later stage in the negotiation as a faux compromise.

This due to the fact that researchers are currently of the opinion that the humans simply cannot comprehend the logical nature of such communication. And then there are the usual fears of the machines taking over, something that elsewhere has also been called "the Terminator complex". In any case, the debate on the development and use of AI is yet to flare up.

Will the creation try to defy its own master? Are we making the world greater with technology or putting it at inevitable risk?

A big scare occurred last year as well when Google Translate quietly invented its own system to match languages without supervision.

This technology could take over and rule humankind someday if the makers aren’t extremely careful. It has showed signs of having a mind of its own already. Here’s hoping we remain the more intelligent race.

Robotic furniture zooms across apartments

Ask any apartment dweller in a crowded city and they'll likely tell you space is among their biggest issues. Those living in even smaller studios know the battle all too well — some even shelling out monthly cash for storage units as a result just to make more room to live.

Boston-based start-up Ori is out to solve those problems with a system that combines robotics and apartment-friendly modular furniture to transform small spaces in seconds. Think of it as a kind of retractable Murphy bed on steroids.
The company's namesake Ori system is named for the Japanese word "origami," the art of folding paper, and literally does just that. The technology uses modular furniture and software that makes your furniture reconfigurable, transforming small spaces from living rooms into bedrooms and even workspaces with the push of a button. The system is designed for spaces between 300 and 500 square feet.
"We wanted to make spaces in homes, offices and hotels much more functional and efficient but also more intelligent by bringing robotics into play," 

 "When you have so many people moving into the same place, you need to start being more efficient about how you use the spaces." Isn't it?
Unfortunately, you can't get this for yourself — Ori is only accepting pre-orders from large-scale development companies in New York, San Francisco, Boston, Seattle, Chicago, DC, Vancouver, Miami and Columbus. Your best bet is to look for apartments with one in case you really like the idea of being able to customize your space.

The system is now in beta testing and is a business-to-business product. Ori is working with luxury developers to install the furniture in high-end rentals in Boston. 
All of Ori's product is manufactured in the United States, and Larrea said the furniture is actually more expensive to make than the robotics. Assembly is also simple — the unit can be put together in just a day.The biggest challenge for this MIT team was making the system feel and look personal.
"We are robotics people and have created these amazing robots with amazing capabilities,but when you bring a system into a home, it can't look like a robot".

Beyond the comfort and life-enhancing varied accommodations, Ori creates financial value for renters or owners; a studio becomes a one bedroom, for example,. "The Ori system is also valuable for developers by immediately increasing the value of the home.
Fuseproject also came up with the name of the system and company, based on the Japanese word origami meaning "to fold".
Developers will be incorporating Ori systems into homes in Boston, Washington DC and Seattle starting this summer.

Pricing is not yet available, but the system is sold to real estate developers instead of consumers.Tenants, who might normally pay a monthly storage-unit fee, will be instead charged per month for having the Ori system in their apartments. The technology is also ready to be integrated into an apartment's Internet of Things ecosystem, syncing with any existing smart home or office device, like the Amazon Echo system, for example.
"We are trying to show you that your home can almost become an app."

"That is the idea — how to make spaces not only more functional but also intelligent. I call it furniture with superpowers."


OnePlus 5 punching above its weight

One plus ,started in the winter of 2013 with a simple, bold idea: make a better phone.
But, not just a better phone – a better way of doing things. A new kind of tech company that works hand in hand with users to do something amazing, something meaningful.

They believe ,that great products raise people’s living standards and spread happiness, we bring technology back to the community by building an open and collaborative platform.

We are dreamers who always reach for the most ambitious goals.
We are enthusiasts who love what we do.
Most importantly, we Never Settle.

OnePlus is still a start-up. It makes just one phone — but one flagship phone — every year. It operates through online retail stores and it’s only now that the company has started opening some offline stores, which it calls experience centres. It still doesn’t operate in as many markets as a company like Samsung or LG does.
Yet, if you see the hype around the OnePlus 5 and the long queues in front of the OnePlus stores, you can easily forget that this is just a three-year-old company that kicked off its journey . In fact, it would not be amiss to say that despite being one of the youngest phone companies around, with OnePlus 5 the OnePlus has managed to create the sort of hype that the phone industry usually sees around an Apple iPhone.

As the company launched the OnePlus 5, it has not only seen a frenzy of opinions and chatter around the device on internet but also a palpable excitement and anticipation among the more mainstream users. Ahead of the launch, many who wouldn’t care about any phone other than the iPhone, were quizzical about the OnePlus 5, largely also because of Amitabh Bachchan asking on TV “launch 22 ko hai na?“And then after the launch, there were people wondering how OnePlus can price a phone so talked about for Rs 32,990.

In many ways — and despite the fact that OnePlus 5 costs almost half of what the iPhone 7 Plus sells for — OnePlus is carefully following along the dotted lines set by Apple.

Just the way Apple did it in the initial years after the launch of the original iPhone in 2017, OnePlus is making only one phone a year. In 2015, the company tried two phone strategy when it launched the OnePlus X but quickly realised that was not the right way to go about it, at least not at that time. Since then, the company has stuck to one phone a year. Last year this phone was the OnePlus 3, which was then updated with a couple of new features in the form of OnePlus 3T. This year’s flagship phone from the company is OnePlus 3T.

Then, there is the company’s retail strategy. Although it relies on the online shopping, gradually it has started to build a network of retail stores that are completely exclusive to OnePlus and are company operated. These are actually experience centres where people can try out OnePlus devices before buying them, similar to how Apple allows its consumers to touch and feels its phones and laptops in Apple stores.

The reward for following a sorted product line and focussing on quality instead of quantity is possible the biggest reason why OnePlus is seeing fan queue outside its stores to take part in the pop-up events, touch and feel the OnePlus 5 and possibly buy it whenever there is the option for the same.

Don’t believe? See the queues.

In the last three years, if there is another company that can claim of creating a similar fan following then that is OnePlus. It doesn’t yet make OnePlus a 100-billion dollar company. It doesn’t mean it can sit on its laurels. In this industry, there is no time to catch breath or relax for a moment. But ask anyone in the industry, and they say that OnePlus has done well. It has created an identity for itself. More significantly, it has acquired millions of passionate fans around the world. Samsung sells many phones that you can call successful. Same is the case with LG, Sony, Lenovo and many others. But none of them have the kind of the passionate fans that OnePlus now has. And none of them have the kind of brand recognition and loyalty that OnePlus gets among these fans.

Never settle”

Trai to release paper on information Facebook, WhatsApp and other apps seek from you..

Mobile apps seeking blanket access to phone users' information ,even if irrelevant to their functions ,have come under the lens of Trai, which will start consultation on data privacy and security in the telecom sector.

Regulator Trai has already invited public views on contentious net neutrality issue to finalise a framework that would ensure telecom operators do not manipulate network speeds for giving preference to any website or platform over internet.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, which has been discussing the issue of net neutrality (NN) in phases, has floated idea of identifying a body that should be responsible for monitoring and supervision of any NN violations.

There should be a link between what an application does and information the application is asking for… You will see a consultation paper… we are working on the issue,”

The data of users are “integral” to the right of life and personal liberty guaranteed under the Constitution and it would come out with regulations to protect the same. The submission by the Centre was made before a five-judge Constitution.

The information a mobile app asks for should be relevant to its purpose and that “minimal information principle” needs to be followed in normal course. “If an app has nothing to do with your, say, gender, then it should not ask for such information. That is the broad principle,” Sharma said, citing an example. The Trai chief declined to specify whether the consultation would result in norms or regulations around data privacy and security, saying it is “premature”. “It will raise various issues during consultation… the form (it takes) will depend on what stakeholders say, and also how much right we have as a regulator…"
At present, discussions have started internally within Trai to look at these issues of data security and privacy in the telecom sector, he noted. Sharma said he had flagged the matter at a recent ITU global symposium of regulators and stressed on the need for regulators to come together to fix “international norms” in this regard. “…
"In case I am downloading an app and it asks for 20 information, completely irrelevant… and if I don’t provide that information, it does not download… then there should some basis for information that an application can ask for,” he said.

A cyber law expert, said there are no adequate laws to govern mobile apps.
The current dispensation is not enough. The IT Act is India’s
only legislation governing the mobile ecosystem. But it has not gone in the direction of stipulating parameters of due diligence to be done by mobile app service providers,”. Consequently, people’s data are continuously being used by “rogue apps” with consumers having no effective legal remedy.

Indian laws must therefore stipulate cyber security parameters for mobile apps

Microsoft’s New Kaizala App Is What WhatsApp for Business Should Have Been…

Kaizala is a ‘Made for India’ product and brings together the two disparate worlds of mobile-only messaging apps and a digitally integrated modern workplace.

As Facebook chases business and enterprise customers for its popular instant messaging and voice calling app WhatsApp, Microsoft may have just beaten the social juggernaut to the punch. On Wednesday at an event in New Delhi, the Skype-owner launched Kaizala, a messaging app designed to 'get work done' that has already garnered interest from several state governments and businesses in India.
A messaging app in 2017 ought to do more than just enable a few friends talk to each other. This is essentially the pitch of Kaizala, a made-in-India, mobile-only app available on Android and iOS.

One of the major limitations of WhatsApp has been its inability to handle large groups of people. First, there is a cap on how many people you could add to a group (256, to be precise). Then there is the major challenge of making any sense of the conversation that ensues between those tens of dozens of people.
Microsoft is tackling those two challenges. You can add as many people in the group as you want. If that wasn't enough, you can then add those groups to other groups, the company says. Second, the app offers the ability to create polls, documents, and surveys that could be created from within Kaizala app and then shared to the group to get response from the masses.

If these features don't strike a ring, it's because they are not really meant to make conversations between two friends any more convenient. And that remains one of the most interesting pitches of Kaizala, which had its origin as a Microsoft Garage project. The company wants to serve to customers who have to talk to dozens, hundreds, thousands, and lakhs of people at once.

Microsoft has been testing Kaizala with governments and businesses for months in India. During this period, the company says, more than 30 government departments have signed up to the platform. More than 70,000 people from the state government are already using Kaizala for day-to-day work.

Earlier this year, during the state election in Uttar Pradesh, the Election Commission used Kaizala when it wanted to efficiently survey people in the state using Kaizala app. Andhra Pradesh's state government is also one of the major users of the service. The chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu often sends message to the hundreds of thousands of citizens in the state through the app and listen to the feedback.
But Kaizala's appeal isn't limited to government offices. Several major businesses have already signed up for the service. One example is Republic TV, a newly launched media outlet. The company is just getting started. It is now exploring more applications for Kaizala, one of which is using location data of people to offer them texts from nearby groups.

Imagine walking to a mall and automatically getting all the interesting discounted-sales pitches from different shops in that mall in Kaizala app. That's one area Microsoft is exploring, Rajiv Kumar, Corporate Vice President, Office Product Group told this correspondent earlier this year.

The product will make it possible for organisations to interact with people within the organisation as well as outside like partners and vendors in a seamless manner.

There is a pro version of Kaizala too, which gives an organisation advanced admin and user group rights. The pro version is priced at Rs. 130 per user every month. Both of the versions integrate with Office 365 subscription, offer offline support and work swiftly on slow Internet network, the company said.

The public launch of Kaizala comes at a time when Facebook is increasingly looking at businesses and enterprises and wondering how it could make WhatsApp relevant to them and also find a revenue source. Last year, WhatsApp said it will open its platform so that businesses could hook into its service. Months later, the company is still working on the project. And now it already has a major competitor.

Microsoft to kill Paint and Outlook Express with Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

Microsoft is killing legacy applications like Outlook Express, Reader app and Reading list with the upcoming Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. Microsoft Paint made its debut with the launch of Windows 1.0 in 1985 and is widely considered as the first graphic editor used by a large audience.

The era of Microsoft Paint appears to be coming to an end with the upcoming release of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. The image-editing application is officially being classified by Microsoft as a “deprecated feature,” as noted by The Guardian. That means that, come this fall, Paint will “not be in active development and might be removed in future releases.”

Microsoft is planning to kill legacy Windows applications, MS Paint and Outlook Express with the upcoming Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. The Redmond-based software giant has published a detailed list of features that will be removed from the upcoming update of Windows 10.

Microsoft Paint made its debut with the launch of Windows 1.0 in 1985 and is widely considered as the first graphic editor used by a large audience. MS Paint remains one of the core features of Windows and is often the first graphic editors learnt by children. Since its debut, Paint has reshaped itself from a 1-bit monochrome licensed software to a quality graphics tool.

The legacy code is now being killed in favour of an upgraded Paint 3D.

Microsoft announced Paint 3D, a new version of Paint that works alongside traditional Paint application with the Windows 10 Creators Update.

Apart from basic 2D image editing, the new Paint 3D also supports 3D image making features and is a deviation from traditional Paint application. While Microsoft doesn't market Paint 3D as the successor to Paint, it will now be seen as the legitimate successor.

Microsoft is also trashing Outlook Express, Reader app and Reading list with Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. The legacy Paint was never a full blown app and Microsoft somewhat capped its functionalities to bitmap imaging. It also served as a handy tool to scribble text and for quick copy and paste functionality.

Users have been sharing their dismay at the news on social media — although others claimed to be surprised it even still existed.

Others used the hashtag#RIPChildhood.

"Of all the things that might have survived the Trump Era, I figured Microsoft Paint would have definitely been one," Canadian political scientist Paul Fairie said.

But Paint is "a bastion of the past," Carr Nyuli replied: "We need new and better image editors to create new and better memes in this political climate."

However, the "new and better" replacement for Paint, Paint 3D, has not been greeted with universal approval.

"Paint 3D uses a black background, is hard to use, isn't disability friendly, and is NOT a substitute,"

So when will Microsoft Paint be removed?  

Microsoft has not yet confirmed this. The Windows 10 Autumn Creators Update will be released soon, and the date for the same has not yet been announced. But expect this to happen once the new update starts rolling out.

"A whole generation of kids will never know the infuriating joy of trying to make anything on it,"

All things said and done

"Time will tell where the next generation of digital artists gets its start."

India to add more new mobile subscribers than China in next 4 years!

India is expected to add 206 million new subscribers by 2020 while China is expected to add another 155 million subscribers.

About one-third of total global mobile subscribership are from the world's two most populous nations — China and India – and the number will continue to grow in the next few years, according to a study by GSMA. The study said India will add more new mobile subscribers than China over the next four years and hinted at a continuation of the trend.

According to the report on global technology and telecom, the country’s smartphone market will grow at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 23 percent through 2018 and would account for 30 percent of the global growth during the period.

“We expect India to overtake the US next year as the second-largest smartphone market by units. India will grow nearly five times faster than the world’s largest smartphone market China, where growth has decelerated,”

The study titled "The Mobile Economy: Asia Pacific 2017" by GSMA said that Asia Pacific, which has been the biggest contributor to global subscriber growth in recent years, will continue to witness growth till the end of the decade. There were 2.7 billion unique subscribers in the region by the end of the 2016 and about 460 million are expected to be added by 2020, taking the total to 3.1 billion which is three-quarters of the population. The region accounts for more than half the world's mobile subscribers.
Asia Pacific will account for almost two-thirds of new subscribers globally by 2020 and will have the second highest growth of any region (behind Sub-Saharan Africa), with a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.2 percent between 2016 and 2020. The region's subscriber base will grow faster than the global average, and by 2020, three-quarters of the population will subscribe to mobile services (compared to 72 percent globally)," said the report.

The improvement in demographics, as measured by declining age dependency, has been one of the most important factors supporting higher potential growth in India… We expect consumption to maintain a relatively high growth rate, driven by an increase in per-capita income growth and an emerging middle class,”.

On consumption of data, the report said the country is on the cusp of significant growth in data traffic driven by rising data users as well as growing data usage per user.
“We expect India’s internet penetration to reach 50 per cent by 2018, up from 26 percent last year, driven by rising smartphone availability and affordability, online content and changing user behavior,” it said.
The global consultancy estimates 4G smartphones will account for 75 percent of 170 million shipments by the next year, which currently has less than 1 per cent subscriber penetration in the country.

India is expected to add 206 million new subscribers by 2020 with a penetration rate of 65 percent, while China is expected to add another 155 million subscribers during the same period of time, bringing the total to 1.2 billion (86 percent of the population), according to the study. The low penetration rate has indicated that India has more potential for growth in terms of new subscribers in the future.

Thanks to Reliance Jio! India becomes top mobile data user!

India to add more new mobile subscribers than China in next 4 years!

India is expected to add 206 million new subscribers by 2020 while China is expected to add another 155 million subscribers.

About one-third of total global mobile subscribership are from the world's two most populous nations — China and India – and the number will continue to grow in the next few years, according to a study by GSMA. The study said India will add more new mobile subscribers than China over the next four years and hinted at a continuation of the trend.

“We expect India to overtake the US next year as the second-largest smartphone market by units. India will grow nearly five times faster than the world’s largest smartphone market China, where growth has decelerated,”

The study titled "The Mobile Economy: Asia Pacific 2017" by GSMA said that Asia Pacific, which has been the biggest contributor to global subscriber growth in recent years, will continue to witness growth till the end of the decade. There were 2.7 billion unique subscribers in the region by the end of the 2016 and about 460 million are expected to be added by 2020, taking the total to 3.1 billion which is three-quarters of the population. The region accounts for more than half the world's mobile subscribers.