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WhatsApp Gained Most Monthly Active Users in India in 2020, Facebook Led Downloads: App Annie

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WhatsApp emerged as the top app of 2020 in India with most monthly active users, according to mobile analytics firm App Annie. This might change in 2021 as users are moving away from WhatsApp because of privacy concerns, but in a locked down 2020, WhatsApp took centre stage. The instant messaging app also outpaced leading social apps including Facebook and Instagram in terms of getting users’ attention, with 21.3 hours spent by users per month on an average.

However, Telegram, which strongly competes against WhatsApp, led the chart of top breakout social apps in the country. Telegram has now crossed 500 million monthly users, adding 25 million new users in just three days after the WhatsApp controversy started.

Other apps including YouTube and MX Player also saw an increase in time spent in the country as people stayed indoors for months due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The details available in the State of Mobile 2021 report by App Annie showed that the average monthly time spent per user on WhatsApp in India increased 23.87 percent in 2020 to 21.3 hours from 17.2 hours. Facebook’s native app also saw an uptick and it gained 17.1 hours of average monthly time spent per month in the country. Similarly, time spent on Truecaller in the country increased to 4.6 hours from 3.1 hours.

TikTok, which was banned by the government in late June, also saw an increase in average time spent in the country. According to App Annie, the short-video app saw 29.27 percent increase in average time spent of 10.6 hours in the country in 2020 despite the nationwide ban.

WhatsApp, Facebook, Truecaller, Facebook Messenger, and Amazon were the top five apps in the country with most monthly active users, the firm noted.

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WhatsApp, Facebook, and Truecaller were the top three apps in India in 2020 with most monthly active users
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The list of leading social media apps in terms of monthly active users featured Telegram on top, followed by WhatsApp, Instagram, MX TakaTak, and Moj.

However, Facebook, WhatsApp, Snack Video, Instagram, and TikTok became the top downloaded apps in the country, according to the report. Ludo King, Carrom Pool, Hunter Assassin, Free Fire, and Bubble Shooter by Ilyon, on the other hand, came as the top five downloaded games among Indian users.

Developed by Indian publisher Gametion, Ludo King, also emerged as the top game in the country, followed by PUBG Mobile, Free Fire, Candy Crush Saga, and Carrom Pool. Titles such as Free Fire, PUBG Mobile, Ludo King, and Call of Duty: Mobile received most of the time spent of Indian users in 2020.

As the government imposed lockdown, a large number of mobile phone users started switching to video streaming apps. This trend has been seen in App Annie’s report quite well as the average monthly time spent on YouTube in the country hit 26.4 hours per month. This was up from 21.4 hours in 2019. Apps including MX Player, Netflix, and Amazon Prime Video also saw an increase in time spent in the country.

MX Player emerged as the leading video streaming app in the part of time spent, followed by Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Airtel TV, and WeTV.

App Annie also noticed growth in mobile commerce apps in 2020. Particularly, in India, Flipkart received the most average time spent on mobile commerce apps, followed by Amazon, Olx, BigBasket, and Ajio. One of the reasons could be the lockdown that pushed several Indians towards online grocery shopping.

The lockdown forced due to the pandemic also resulted in the success of online education apps, with Google Classroom emerged as the most downloaded education app in the country. Vedantu, Tips for File Transfer 2020, Doubtnut, and DIKSHA were the following top downloaded education apps in the Indian market.

We weren’t just using apps for longer — spending on apps also increased in 2020, with Tinder, Disney+ Hotstar, Google One, Truecaller, and Netflix emerged as the leading apps attracting money from their users in India. Free Fire, PUBG Mobile, Coin Master, Teen Patti, and Clash of Clans, on the other hand, came as the top consumer spend games in the country.

The report also highlighted that over 24.27 billion mobile apps were downloaded from app stores including Apple’s App Store and Google Play in the country in 2020. This translates to 11.13 percent of the 218 billion app downloads reported globally.

Overall consumer spend on apps in the country hit $500 million (roughly Rs. 3,652 crores). Indian smartphone users also spent over 650.66 billion hours on apps in the year.


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Samsung Galaxy A72 Appears on US FCC With 25W Charging; Galaxy F62, Galaxy M62 Spotted on Bluetooth SIG Site

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Samsung Galaxy A72 has purportedly surfaced on the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) website with 25W fast charging support. The Samsung phone has appeared with the model number SM-A725M. The Samsung Galaxy A72 was also recently spotted on the TUV Rheinland certification and Geekbench benchmarking sites. In addition to the Galaxy A72, the Samsung Galaxy F62 and Galaxy M62 have reportedly been listed on the Bluetooth SIG certification site with model numbers SM-E625F_DS and SM-M625F_DS, respectively. The Samsung Galaxy M62 was also recently spotted on the Wi-Fi Alliance site with the same model numbers.

The US FCC listing suggests that the Samsung Galaxy A72 would come with a travel charger that supports 25W fast charging. This appears to be the same charging solution that Samsung has bundled with some of its existing mid-range and premium phones, including the Samsung Galaxy M51 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. A previous report had also suggested 25W charging on the Samsung Galaxy A72.

Apart from the charging details, the FCC listing doesn’t give away any other specifications of the Samsung Galaxy A72. However, its Geekbench listing suggests the Snapdragon 720G SoC. The phone is also rumoured to have a 5G variant and may come with a 6.7-inch display.

The Samsung Galaxy A72 was originally rumoured to be the company’s first penta-camera phone. However, it was later speculated to come with quad rear cameras instead.

In addition to the purported FCC listing of the Samsung Galaxy A72, the Samsung Galaxy F62 and Galaxy M62 have appeared on the Bluetooth SIG site with model numbers SM-E625F_DS and SM-M625F_DS, respectively, as reported by GizmoChina. That listing suggests Bluetooth v5.0 on both phones.

The Samsung Galaxy M62 has also appeared on the Wi-Fi Alliance site with the same model number SM-M625F/DS. That listing suggested 5GHz Wi-Fi connectivity and Android 11.

Details about the launch of the Samsung Galaxy A72, Galaxy F62, and the Galaxy M62 are yet to be revealed. The company is also yet to provide clarity on their existence and whether the phones will be specific to any markets.


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Vi Subscribers Get Access to Voot Select Premium Content for Free, Rs. 2,595 Prepaid Plan Offers 50GB Extra Data

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Vi (Vodafone Idea) has partnered with Viacom 18 to offer premium Voot Select content on its digital platform – Vi Movies and TV app. Voot Select is a premium paid service that enables subscribers to watch select episodes before they are aired on TV channels and also offers access to premium original content like Asur, The Gone Game, and more. Separately, Vi is also offering 50GB of additional data with its year-long Rs. 2,595 prepaid plan to mobile app users.

Starting with Voot Select, the Vi Movies and TV website and app now offer content from the Voot Select catalogue. Download the Vi Movies and TV app from Google Play store or App Store to access Voot Select content. Users will have to login using the OTP method to access the premium content offering. Separately users can also head to the Vi app > go to the Vi Movies and TV section to access Voot Select content for free (after logging in).

Voot Select offers access to international content, originals, movies, network shows and 54 linear channels. It brings originals like The Gone Game, Crackdown, Asur, Illegal, and The Raikar Case. Voot is also home to premium Hindi shows of Colors and MTV like Bigg Boss, Roadies, Splitsvilla, and Khatron Ke Khiladi. Apart from this, Voot Select streams international shows like Shark Tank, Top Gear, The Office, Tin Star, Nancy Drew, and Pink Collar Crimes.

Apart from this strategic partnership with Voot Select, Vi has also introduced a 50GB additional data benefit on its year-long Rs. 2,595 prepaid plan. This development was first spotted by Telecom Talk, but we can see the offer in the mobile app as well. This additional data benefit is only offered to mobile app users, and subscribers who recharge using the website will not see this benefit. This app-only benefit is showing up in all circles where the plan is active.

 

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This additional data benefit is only offered to mobile app users

The Rs. 2,595 prepaid plan has a banner that reads ‘50GB extra’. This means Vi subscribers get additional 50GB data alongside the data benefit that already comes with the prepaid plan. The 50GB data can be used anytime during the validity. The plan lasts for 365 days, offers 2GB daily data, unlimited calls, 100 SMS messages per day, and one year of ZEE5 Premium subscription.


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Redmi Note 10 Receives FCC Certification; May Run on MIUI 12, Have Dual-Band Wi-Fi

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Redmi Note 10 has received Federal Communications Commission (FCC) certification ahead of its launch. The smartphone was listed with model number M2101K7AG. It may run Xiaomi’s MIUI 12 custom skin, that is based on Android 11. Redmi Note 10 is expected to be launched in India next month. It could be launched alongside Redmi Note 10 Pro 5G, that has also appeared on various certification sites.

The[US FCC listing shows that Redmi Note 10 may come with dual-band Wi-Fi and 4G LTE support. It was first spotted carrying model number M2101K7AG on the FCC site by tipster Abhishek Yadav. As mentioned, Redmi Note 10 is expected to run on Xiaomi’s MIUI 12 custom skin.

While no other information of Redmi Note 10 was revealed through the US FCC listing, it is expected to be launched as soon as next month. The smartphone was officially teased by Redmi General Manager Lu Weibing earlier this week. Weibing posted an image of Redmi Note 9 4G and asked users about their expectations with Redmi Note 10.

The smartphone will be priced aggressively, as per a tipster, as the Redmi Note 9 series did not perform as well as expected in terms of sale. Redmi Note 10 will likely be offered in Gray, Green, and White colour variants.

As per an earlier report, Redmi Note 10 may feature a 6.53-inch display. It could have a triple rear camera setup featuring a 48-megapixel primary sensor. It is also tipped to pack a 6,000mAh battery.

Redmi Note 10 Pro, meanwhile, has been spotted on multiple certification sites, including the US FCC certification website. It is expected to launch alongside Redmi Note 10 next month.


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