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October 30, 2017

Xiaomi narrows gap with Samsung in India — report

Xiaomi has substantially increased its market share in India in the third quarter of the year and almost eliminated the gap with Samsung, according to a report from Counterpoint.

The Chinese manufacturer’s market share in the country was 22 percent in Q3, up from just six percent in the same period a year ago. Samsung’s market share remained the same and is just one percentage point larger than Xiaomi’s — 23 percent.

This means that the two companies accounted for 45 percent of the entire market. They were followed by Vivo (nine percent), Oppo (eight percent), and Lenovo (seven percent).

Smartphone shipments in India grew by 18 percent [...]

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October 26, 2017

The US is no longer the world’s second largest smartphone market

As predicted, India has now surpassed the US to become the second largest smartphone market in the world, with two brands accounting for nearly half of the total shipments.

Editor’s Pick Google promises stronger Pixel presence in India, but the price tag won’t help

Google wants to boost offline sales of the Pixel 2 duo in India, but with the phones starting at $950, it might be easier said than done.

India is set to surpass the US and become …

India’s economic growth – notwithstanding the country’s political and social dilemmas – is an incredible tale. The demand for mid- and high-end smartphones has increased substantially over the past [...]

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August 26, 2017

Vivo launches Vivo Y69, a mid-range selfie-focused smartphone, in India

Vivo has announced a new smartphone under its mid-range Y series, the Vivo Y69. The smartphone sports a 13 MP camera at the back and a 16 MP Moonlight Selfie Camera.

The Y69 offers several camera modes like Bokeh, Group Selfie, and Live Photo. Vivo’s first smartphone with Live Photo feature allows the rear camera to bring photos to life by creating a moving image.

We are pleased to introduce the Y69 in the Y series product portfolio and are confident that its premium design and superior camera features will offer great value to customers at an ideal price point. With the festive season around the corner, we are committed to fulfilling our brand promise and [...]

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August 14, 2017

Google announces support for voice search in eight more Indian languages (updated)

Update, 08/14/2017, 11:10 ET: In addition to the new Indian languages Google announced voice support for earlier today, the company has also revealed a number of other languages now compatible with Gboard and Voice Search. In a blog post titled “type less, talk more,” Google highlighted 13 more languages now supported as part of its efforts to make the internet more inclusive. These are:

Amharic (Ethiopia) Armenian (Armenia) Azerbaijani (Azerbaijani) English (Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania) Georgian (Georgia) Javanese (Indonesia) Khmer (Cambodian) Lao (Laos) Latvian (Latvia) Nepali (Nepal) Sinhala (Sri Lanka) Sundanese (Indonesia) Swahili (Tanzania, Kenya)

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