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31 Million Indian Users Poised to Embrace 5G Revolution by December, Instagram and Facebook Offer Ad-Free Experience in EU at a Price

31 Million Indian Users Poised to Embrace 5G Revolution by December, Instagram and Facebook Offer Ad-Free Experience in EU at a Price

In our upcoming EcoReporter segment, we will be discussing the latest tech news from October 3rd. One of the highlights is a report by Ericsson, which states that 31 million Indian users may upgrade to 5G phones by December. This presents a significant opportunity for further 5G adoption in the country. The report also explores what drives 5G network satisfaction and user retention, revealing that 5G users spend more time using services like streaming HD video, video calling, mobile gaming, and augmented reality compared to users in other early adopter countries.

In other news, social networking giant Meta (formerly known as Facebook) may start charging European users a fee of $14 to access ad-free versions of Instagram and Facebook. This move is in response to the European Union’s comprehensive digital regulation strategy, which requires companies to obtain user consent for targeted ads.

Disney+ Hotstar has updated its app to offer “MaxView” vertical video streaming ahead of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023. This new feature, developed in partnership with the International Cricket Council, allows users to watch matches in vertical mode for a better one-handed viewing experience.

Super Plastronics Pvt Ltd (SPPL), a consumer electronics player and contract manufacturer, aims to do business worth Rs 500 crore this festive season. SPPL manufactures brands such as Thomson, Kodak, and Blaupunkt TVs and is the first local manufacturing company in India to introduce QLED TVs with Google TV.

HMD Global, the licensed maker of Nokia-branded smartphones, has become the first major smartphone OEM to manufacture devices in Europe. Its first 5G model made in Hungary was designed for enterprise customers who requested additional security in conjunction with their IT security partners.

Oppo is set to launch its foldable device called Find N3 Flip in India. The device features an alert slider, allowing users to toggle between silent, vibrate, and ring modes without having to open the phone. Oppo and OnePlus, both brands under BBK Electronics, are preparing to enter the foldable phone market.

Elon Musk’s X (formerly Twitter) has been hit with a trademark lawsuit by a marketing agency. The agency claims that X Corp’s new name infringes its trademark by incorporating the letter “X” and is likely to cause consumer confusion.

Lastly, Google is expected to release Android 14 on October 4th.

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