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Google to add new features to Android to compete with Apple

Google is planning to add new features to the Android operating system in its Nexus range of devices to take on Apple devices. The company is putting a lot more thought into its Nexus devices, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said. Nexus devices are the first to receive all the latest updates from Google. However, most device manufacturers offer redesigned software to users, where the key features of the update often gets lost due to heavy customisation. Developing a new version of Android just for Nexus devices will provide will help Google compete with the iPhones.

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OnePlus 3 to be available without invite from day one

OnePlus is doing away with its online registration and sales policy, opening up access for a lot more potential buyers. The company CEO announced its next smartphone, the OnePlus 3 will be available without invites from the first day itself. The invite system was introduced to ensure the company didn’t end up making more handsets than it could actually sell.

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Microsoft sells 1,500 technology patents to Xiaomi

Chinese phone maker Xiaomi has bought 1500 technology patents from Microsoft in order to strengthen its presence beyond China. The patents are related to wireless communications, cloud, and multimedia technology. Xiaomi has also signed a deal with Microsoft to offer Microsoft Office apps and Skype pre-installed on Xiaomi smartphones. This is the first instance when Microsoft has sold so many patents to a Chinese company. Microsoft is also facing a government-backed antitrust investigation in China.

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Mobile data consumption will grow 15 times by 2021, claims study

Indian mobile data traffic is expected to grow 15 times by 2021, Ericsson’s Mobility report claims. One of the reasons is the growing mobile subscription, which is also growing rapidly in terms of net additions. India saw the highest new additions to the subscriber base with 21 million new connections in March 2016. The report also points out that LTE subscriptions are growing strongly. As of now there are 1.2 billion active LTE subscriptions and by 20121 it is expected to reach 4.3 billion subscriptions.

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