India Top Country in World in Use of Mobile Apps, Says IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad

India has become the top country in the world in the use of mobile applications and the government is encouraging and promoting Indian innovators to create apps, IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad informed the Rajya Sabha on Thursday. Replying to supplementaries during the Question Hour, he said the Digital India programme coupled with encouragement being given by the government to promote Indian innovators to create apps has of late become a big movement.
“You will be happy to know that India has become the top country in the use of mobile applications. But we have to expand further and I”m quite sure in the coming years, Indian mobile app platforms on hosting of mobile apps will surely give a tough competition to the international platforms,” he said.
The minister said that the government has started allowing Mobile Seva AppStore to also host apps free of cost. “In our mobile government app, all have come on board and its total download is 8.65 crore. Therefore, it is an improvement in the right direction… We are encouraging Make in India apps for Indians. We started a very good Aatmanirbhar Bharat mobile app innovation challenge in which 6,940 app developers came and we selected 25 in nine categories and also rewarded them,” he said.

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Replying to a question on whether the government is developing its own app hosting platform, Prasad said there is already a Mobile Seva app store and there are state government messaging centres and a lot of dedicated messages were sent during the COVID-19 period.
“But we want more innovations to come from outside the government. And that’s what our whole policies are about,” he said. The minister said cyber-security is important and in the grand challenge some people whose products were questionable were not allowed. “We have also stopped some apps which were having vulnerability as far as cyber security was concerned. Cyber security is very much in the focus of our operations,” he said.

In his written reply, Prasad said as per India App Market Statistics report 2021, around 5 percent apps on Android are from Indian apps developers.
“The government also noted that there has to be a proper Indian app store for hosting apps free of cost in the initial stages. Accordingly, the Mobile Seva App Store was started which, apart from hosting government apps, is also encouraging private apps to come on board. This is also in line with achieving the objectives of the Honorable Prime Minister’s Aatmanirbhar Bharat mission. Mobile Seva AppStore, which is India’s first indigenously developed app store, is hosting more than 965 live apps from various domains and categories of public services. Uploading and downloading of apps is free of cost and hassle free,” the minister said.
He also said that while the government encourages private players to host apps, it is equally keen to develop and encourage its own mobile app store.

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YouTube Studio Gets New ‘Checks’ Feature, Flags Copyright Issues Before Publishing

YouTube is incorporating a new feature in YouTube Studio for desktop that checks for copyright infringement whenever a user uploads a video on the video sharing platform. To make money off one’s YouTube videos, one must strictly follow copyright laws. The video sharing platform, along with copyright owners, actively checks for any violation of the laws that can lead the video being pulled down or even the channel being banned. YouTube will now check for copyright infringements before the video is being uploaded to avoid any such instance once the content is uploaded. YouTube Studio has also been spotted with another new feature – a real-time subscriber count.
A recent tweet by @MattNavarra, shows the new feature available to creators on YouTube Studio. The new Checks feature, as the name suggests, checks for any copyrighted content that is uploaded on Google’s video sharing platform before the video is being uploaded. It employs the use of YouTube’s Content ID system that scans the content against a copyright database and reports if anything is found. This system will check for copyright infringement before the video is uploaded rather than after, giving the chance to creators to make changes to the content before it is published.
YouTube has a new video upload screen featuring additional copyright checks before publishing (on desktop)

h/t @YasserM86pic.twitter.com/YR4gxdL2Na
— ???? Matt Navarra (@MattNavarra) March 16, 2021
YouTube confirmed the rollout of the Checks feature on a support page, as spotted by XDA Developers, noting, “You can use the Checks page to screen your video for copyright claims and, if you’re in the YouTube Partner Programme, ad suitability. The copyright check allows you to dispute a claim or edit and fix your video if issues are found. The ad suitability check allows you to request human review if you think that our systems have made a mistake. These checks help you to learn about potential restrictions so that you can address them before publishing.”
While this system may probably not fix the whole issue of copyright infringement, but it is definitely a step forward in reducing the number of issues. However, even if the system green lights the content for copyright infringement, copyright owners can still flag the content after it is uploaded, thus probably not affecting copyright trolling in the future. But it will help creators remove any copyrighted data from their content to reduce the risk of getting banned or being demonetised.

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While trying to test out the feature, Gadgets 360 wasn’t able to view it, but YouTube does note the feature rollout will be slow. “We’re slowly rolling out this feature. If you have access, you’ll see Checks as an option in the upload flow.” When it is made available to everyone, it should help reduce the risk for creators in getting their accounts banned by mistake.

YouTube Studio now shows a real-time subscriber count on the right side of the page
In the meanwhile, 9to5Google reports a new feature spotted in YouTube Studio’s desktop app, one that shows creators a real-time subscriber count on the Creator Dashboard, in the Analytics tab. We were able to spot the feature ourselves, and its introduction will remove the reliance creators have had so far on third-party apps to track similar numbers.
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In other YouTube-related news, the video sharing platform announced that it will start deducting taxes from creators outside the US. This is only meant for revenue generated from their viewers based in the US. However, the new regulations regarding these taxes don’t apply to creators within the US.

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How to Find Your Lost Android Smartphone and Erase Data Remotely

There have been many instances when we lose our phones, sometimes just in our homes when we can’t remember where we last kept them, and unfortunately sometimes they get stolen or misplaced while we are out. In the former instance, it is easy to find our Android phones using the Find My Phone feature on our paired smartwatch, or just asking someone else to ring it. But if it is lost outside of our homes, then we need a bit of extra help. Fortunately, there is an easy way to remotely find and locate your Android phone, lock it, and even erase all data if the need be.
Google offers a simple process in which users can find, lock, and erase all data on your Android phone – in the event that you lose it. The Find My Device feature allows Android users to locate the handset, lock it by remotely setting a pin, passcode, or pattern to keep away unwanted eyes. Users can even display a message on their lock screen to ask the finder to call once they have your phone. The feature also allows users to erase all data on their Android phone so that the finder doesn’t have access to it, and also trigger device protection rendering the phone unusable to anyone but the owner.

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How to find your lost Android smartphone and erase data remotely
In order to find, lock, or erase an Android phone, there are some prerequisites required. The phone must be turned on, the user must be signed in with a Google account, the user must be connected to mobile data or Wi-Fi, they must be visible on Google Play, must have their location setting turned on, and additionally have their Find My Device setting turned on as well. If all of these pre-requisites are met with, the user must follow these steps:
Head to android.com/find and sign in to your Google account, similar to the one used on the phone. Once signed in, you will see your phone on the top left corner. If you have multiple phones with the same account, choose the one that got lost. It will show you details regarding battery life and when it was last online.
Google will simultaneously show an approximate location of the handset on the map. If your phone can’t be found, you’ll see its last known location, if available.
If the phone is located close by and you know the place, you can go to the location and then select the Play Sound option to make your phone ring for five minutes non-stop, even if set on silent.
If the phone is located in an unknown area, readers are cautioned not to try to recover their Android phone themselves, and instead contact law enforcement – who may request the serial number or IMEI code. Here’s how to find the serial number of your phone.
If you wish to lock the screen, select the Secure Device option. This will let you lock your phone and sign out of your Google account. You can even display a message and phone number on the lock screen for the finder to get in touch if they discover the phone before you. If you don’t have a lock, you can even set one through this option.
You can also choose to select the third option – Erase Device. It permanently deletes all data on your phone and after you erase, Find My Device won’t work on the phone. If your phone is offline, erasing will begin when it next comes online. This will prevent miscreants from accessing any data on your phone.

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Chrome for Android v89 Gets Faster Startup, Page Load Speeds

Google Chrome 89 for Android brings performance improvements that were detailed by the search giant on Thursday, despite the version’s rollout starting earlier this week. Google claims that the latest version of Chrome for Android will use fewer resources, launch quicker, and boot up 13 percent faster than before. Google has employed the use of ‘Freeze-Dried Tabs’, which it claim help you load tabs from an earlier session quicker. The company has also incorporated PartitionAlloc on Android as well as 64-bit Windows, optimised for low allocation latency, space efficiency, and security. Improvements for the macOS build were also detailed.
In a post on the Chromium blog, Google claims that thanks to improvements in packaging and runtime of the Chrome for Android app, the latest build now has 7.5 perfect faster startup time, up to 2 percent faster page load time, 5 percent improved memory usage, and fewer crashes due to resource exhaustion.
Google says Chrome 89 for Android’s new Freeze-Dried Tabs help improve startup times by 13 percent, storing lightweight versions of older tabs that are shown at startup while the actual page loads up in the background.
For latest smartphones running Android 10 with 8GB of RAM or more, Google has “rebuilt Chrome as a 64-bit binary, giving you a more stable Chrome that is up to 8.5 percent faster to load pages and 28 percent smoother when it comes to scrolling and input latency,” said Mark Chang, Chrome Product Manager at Google.
Using PartitionAlloc, Chrome 89 for Android and 64-bit Windows are seeing significant memory savings. Google details that Chrome 89 for Windows has memory savings improvements of up to 22 percent for the browser process, 8 percent for the renderer, rendering, and 3 percent GPU improvements. The company is touting improved memory use in the new version of Chrome across platforms as well, “by discarding memory that the foreground tab is not actively using, such as big images you’ve scrolled off screen.” On macOS, the latest build has a smaller memory footprint for background tabs, while the company is also touting an improved Apple Energy Impact score.

Samsung Galaxy A52, Samsung Galaxy A72 Price in India Tipped Ahead of Expected March 17 Launch

Samsung Galaxy A52 and Samsung Galaxy A72 are expected to launch on March 17 and it looks like pricing or the two smartphones has been leaked. They may be launched in two RAM and storage configurations with the Galaxy A52 starting at Rs. 26,499 and the Galaxy A72 starting at Rs. 34,999. The two phones will be successors to the Galaxy A51 and Galaxy A71, respectively, and there have been several leaks for the two upcoming phones that offer a glimpse into the specifications and features.

Samsung Galaxy A52, Samsung Galaxy A72 price in India (expected)
According to a report by MySmartPrice citing industry sources, the Galaxy A52 could be priced at Rs. 26,499 for the 6GB + 128GB storage variant. There is also expected to be an 8GB + 128GB storage model that could cost Rs. 27,999. On the other hand, the Galaxy A72 is expected to be offered in an 8GB + 128GB storage configuration that may cost Rs. 34,999 and an 8GB + 256GB storage variant that may cost Rs. 37,999.

The two phones are expected to be announced at the company’s Galaxy Awesome Unpacked event scheduled for March 17. It should be noted that Samsung has not confirmed the pricing for the two phones or if they will be launched at the event.The report also states that the company will likely skip the 5G model of the Galaxy A52 in the Indian market.

Samsung Galaxy A52 5G specifications (expected)
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G recently appeared in an unboxing video on YouTube. It shows the design and the specifications of the phone. The Galaxy A52 may come with a Super AMOLED display with 120Hz refresh rate and an in-display fingerprint scanner. The phone may be powered by the Snapdragon 750 SoC and run Android 11. The YouTuber said the phone has a 4,500mAh battery. In terms of optics, there is could be a quad rear camera setup that includes a 64-megapixel primary sensor, an 8-megapixel secondary sensor, a 5-megapixel sensor, and a 2-megapixel sensor. The Galaxy A52 5G could come with a 32-megapixel selfie shooter housed in a central hole-punch cutout at the front.Samsung Galaxy A72 specifications (expected)
Samsung Galaxy A72 could feature a 6.7-inch full-HD+ Super AMOLED Infinity-O Display with 90Hz refresh rate. The phone may be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G SoC. The Galaxy A72 is expected to pack a quad rear camera setup that includes a 64-megapixel primary sensor, a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle shooter, a 5-megapixel macro shooter, and an 8-megapixel sensor with a telephoto lens. At the front, a 32-megapixel selfie camera sensor is expected. The Galaxy A72 is said to come with a 5,000mAh battery with 22.5W fast charging.

Samsung galaxy A52 5G to launch as M62 in market


Samsung Galaxy A52 5G has been spotted on Bluetooth SIG certification site in multiple listings, hinting at a couple of details about the phone. For instance, the handset has been listed on the site with model numbers SM-A526U, SM-A526U1, and SM-526W, suggesting that the phone may come in three variants. Furthermore, the Samsung Galaxy M62 5G has been listed with the model number SM-M626B alongside the Samsung Galaxy A52 5G on Bluetooth SIG, hinting that the latter may launch in a few markets under the Galaxy M series moniker.

The Bluetooth SIG certification site has listed the Samsung Galaxy A52 5G with the model numbers SM-A526U, SM-A526U1, and SM-526W. All of these are listed to support Bluetooth v5 and indicate that there may be three variants of the phone at launch. Of course, this could just mean differences in storage and RAM options, and nothing more. The Samsung Galaxy A52 5G is largely expected to launch on March 17 at Samsung’s dedicated ‘Galaxy Awesome Unpacked’ event.

Additionally, the rumoured Samsung Galaxy M62 5G is listed with model numbers SM-M626B and SM-A526B. This suggests that the Samsung Galaxy A52 5G may launch in a few markets as the Samsung Galaxy M62 5G. There’s no clarity on which markets will see this happen. A similar rebranding was recently also reported about the Samsung Galaxy A42 5G, which is expected to launch in a few markets as the Samsung Galaxy M42. To recall, the Samsung Galaxy M62 4G model was launched in Thailand last month as a rebadged model of the Galaxy F62 launched in India.

Samsung Galaxy A82 5G Spotted in Bluetooth SIG Listing, Could Launch Soon

Samsung Galaxy A82 5G has been spotted in a Bluetooth SIG listing, which suggests that the phone could launch soon. The rumoured Samsung Galaxy A82 first came to light in January this year. It is said to the successor to the Samsung Galaxy A80 and debut in South Korea first. And as expected, the Samsung Galaxy A82 5G is now being spotted on various benchmarking and certification sites with Bluetooth SIG being the latest.

A Bluetooth SIG listing for a Samsung phone called Galaxy A82 5G shows Bluetooth v5 support. This phone has model number SM-826S, and while it doesn’t reveal any major details about the specifications besides Bluetooth v5, it relates the name with the model number. It also suggests the phone could launch soon. It should be noted that, as of now, Samsung has not shared any details about the Samsung Galaxy A82 5G, but the company had reportedly trademarked a bunch of Galaxy A-series phones in January last year with the Samsung Galaxy A82 being one of them.

The listing was first spotted by known tipster Abhishek Yadav on Twitter .Last week, the rumoured Samsung Galaxy A82 was spotted in a Geekbench listing with the same model number. The listing showed Android 11 and 6GB of RAM. It could be powered by the Snapdragon 855 or Snapdragon 855+ SoC, both of which are now relatively old mobile processors that were announced in late 2018 and mid-2019, respectively.

However, considering the Samsung Galaxy A80 launched in 2019 with the Snapdragon 730G SoC, the Snapdragon 855 series would be a decent upgrade. The Samsung Galaxy A80 has a unique camera design where the rear cameras act as the front cameras by moving upwards and flipping. This gave the phone a fullscreen display without any notch or hole-punch cut outs. Whether Samsung will continue the trend with the Galaxy A82 remains to be seen.

Realme 8 Pro Teased to Come With Under-Display Fingerprint Scanner, Tipped to Launch on March 25

Realme 8 series is all set to launch soon and teasers have started pouring in via official channels. The latest teaser confirms that one of the phones in the lineup – presumably the most-premium Realme 8 Pro – is likely to integrate an under-display fingerprint sensor. A fresh leak also hints that the Realme 8 range could be launched on March 25. The series is tipped to include three models – Realme 8 4G, Realme 8 Pro 4G, and Realme 8 Pro 5G.

Realme India chief Madhav Sheth tweeted a video that shows Realme 8 Pro from all angles. It shows the back panel with the ‘Dare to Leap’ branding and the quad camera setup placed inside a square-shaped module. He turns the phone to reveal the front panel and unlocks the phone using an in-display fingerprint sensor. The selfie camera cutout is seen on the top left corner of the screen and the volume rockers and power button are placed on the right edge of Realme 8 Pro. In the video, the phone sports a blue finish, but it is likely to launch in other colour options as well.

Sheth also hinted once again that the Realme 8 range may be equipped with a 108-megapixel sensor. He doesn’t specify which variant will integrate it, but an earlier teaser suggested that Realme 8 Pro will be equipped with a 108-megapixel primary camera.

WhatsApp Reminding Users to Accept Updated Privacy Policy by May 15 to Continue Using App

WhatsApp has started reminding users of its updated privacy policy and how it will take effect from May 15. The Facebook-owned instant messaging service updated its privacy policy early in February, asking users to accept the new terms by February 8. However, due to strong public outrage against the new policy, it postponed the date of implementation to May 15. Now, WhatsApp users are sharing on Twitter that the service is reminding them to accept the new policy.
Multiple users took to Twitter to share screenshots of notifications from WhatsApp re-iterating its privacy policy that it announced early in February. WhatsApp seems to be reminding its users that they need to accept the new policy before May 15, if they wish to continue using the messaging app.

WhatsApp sending new privacy policy alert again.#watsapppic.twitter.com/6y9RFPu0tT
— Nishant Pathak (@NishantBareilly) March 6, 2021

Another user tweeted a screenshot showing a notification within WhatsApp in the ‘Chats’ tab that says “We’re updating our terms and privacy policy. Tap to review.”


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So the @WhatsApp Start rolling out new alert regarding their new Privacy policy on Android.

But I still not accept 😜#WhatsApp#WhatsappPrivacypic.twitter.com/laPTdDtzVD
— Piyush (@IndianTech_1) March 5, 2021

It then briefly describes the new policy stating that WhatsApp is not changing the privacy of a user’s personal conversations. It also reiterates that the privacy policy goes into effect form May 15, 2021, and that users need to accept it in order to continue using WhatsApp after the date. The notification can also be cleared away without having to accept the policy.
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WhatsApp drew flak from users when it announced it will be changing the way it shares user data through its platform as part of its updated privacy policy. The updated policy is mainly meant for businesses using its platform, as per the Facebook-owned messaging service, but the app will be allowed to share user details such as their phone numbers and transaction data if the policy is accepted. It also allows WhatsApp to share data with Facebook and its other subsidiaries.
If users do not accept the new policy by May 15, they wouldn’t have full functionality of WhatsApp till they accept. Users will be able to receive calls and notifications for a short time, but will not be able to read or send messages from the app.

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