India’s Net population is 73.9 million, 3rd largest in world

India with 73.9 million Net users is the world’s third largest Internet population, overtaking Japan but behind China and the US, according to research firm ComScore.

Rising number of mobile audience, devices and consumption habits reveal that consumers are becoming more platform agnostic in their digital media consumption and switch devices to stay up to date on email, news, social media, said ComScore’s India Digital Future in Focus 2013.

“Riding on a 31 per cent year-on-year increase, India’s online population grew to 73.9 million. With an extended online universe in excess of 145 million the market is at a tipping point for online businesses. India is the world’s third largest Internet population,” the report said.

The country overtook Japan by adding 17.6 million users in 2012, the ComScore report said.
Of the total 644 million home and work Internet users in Asia-Pacific as of March 2013, China accounted for a lion’s share of 54 per cent followed by India (11.5 per cent), Japan (11.4 per cent), Southeast Asia (9.6 per cent) and rest of APAC (13.5 per cent).

On consumption, ComScore said that media fragmentation is occurring at light speed in today’s multi-platform environment, which features not only computers, but smartphones, tablets, gaming platforms and a ever-increasing number of emerging devices.

India is now the world’s third-largest smartphone market: Report

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India has now become the third-largest smartphone market after China and the United States in terms of smartphone shipments, according to the latest report by Canalys.The report states that in Q2 2013, the global smartphone shipments were at 238.1 million, an year-on-year growth of 50 percent, while smartphone shipments in India grew by 129 percent to hit 9 million, making it the world’s third-largest smartphone market.

The Canalys report mentions that the top five smartphone vendors in India include Samsung, Micromax, Karbonn, Sony and Nokia.

Jessica Kwee, Canalys Analyst on Indian smartphone market said, “Samsung has invested heavily in its brand and channel relationships over a number of years, which has given it a big advantage over many of its international competitors. Samsung took over a third of the Indian market this quarter, followed by local vendor Micromax at 22 percent. Karbonn, Sony and Nokia made up the top five.”

The report also suggests that the dynamics of the market make it challenging for international vendors, besides Samsung, to succeed.

“India is a market in transition, moving from feature phones to smart phones, and is a market that offers huge potential as hundreds of millions of users have yet to upgrade their feature phones. Domestic vendors, such as Micromax and Karbonn, are capitalizing on the popularity of their feature phones and are quicker to respond to local market demands, hence their current success,” added Kwee.

The report notes that smartphone shipments in China grew 108 percent year-on-year, which is the second highest growth rate, taking the total shipments to the market to 88.1 million. This represented over a third of all worldwide shipments. Lenovo took second place in China this quarter, where it shipped 10.8 million smart phones.

The report also takes note of platform-wise growth and suggests that Android grew the fastest during the quarter, by 79 percent year-on-year. Android now powers 190 million, or 80 percent, of the smartphones shipped in Q2. While the share of Apple’s iOS fell to 13 percent as the Cupertino based company is gearing up to unveil new products in the second half of 2013.

It’s worth pointing out that Canalys, an independent analyst firm compiled the shipments data for vendors in around 50 countries that it tracks, so the findings might be different from actual sales data.

 

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Android 4.3 Jelly Bean: Google Speeds up Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 Update in India

With the announcement of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, Google informed that the update will hit the Nexus devices globally very soon. Now since the starting of this week, it seems LG Nexus 4 and Asus Nexus 7 devices in India have also started receiving the update.

Android 4.3 Jelly Bean: Google Speeds up Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 Update

The Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update is around 157.7MB and it will be available as an over the air (OTA) update. It is better suggested to use a WiFi network for faster downloading. GizBot finally received both the updates today and hence it cab be said that more and more users in India will be receiving the new OS in the coming days.

Talking about the awesome features that Android 4.3 Jelly Bean will bring about in the device will be better performance, multi-user support which means now there will be a restriction on profiles that allows content limitations to specific users.

In simple terms the users can now make contents private. While other features will include Bluetooth Smart, and the ability to project movies etc from the device to the big screen. The Bluetooth Smart feature allows users to connect to other Bluetooth devices such as the Heart Beat Sensor, Fuelband, and Smartwatch and share data between them.

Not only that but a new game center and a whole new suite of Android apps will be coming to the platform. Google Play Games is also added into the mix so the user can more easily beat your friends down when playing multiplayer titles. There are several more features that comes inside the package. Thus stay tuned to GizBot for more updates on Android 4.3 updates and much more. Also take a detailed look at the features of Android 4.3.

Indian develops tech to make software unhackable

A unique system has been designed by researchers that will encrypt software in order to make it impervious to reverse-engineering.

A unique system has been designed by researchers that will encrypt software in order to make it impervious to reverse-engineering.

UCLA computer science professor Amit Sahaiand a team of researchers have developed a system which will only allow someone to use a programme as intended, while preventing any deciphering of the code behind it.

This is known as software obfuscation in computer science and it is the first time it has been accomplished.

Sahai said that the new system puts up an iron wall making it impossible for an adversary to reverse-engineer the software without solving mathematical problems that take hundreds of years to work out on today’s computers.

The researchers said their mathematical obfuscation mechanism can be used to protectintellectual property by preventing the theft of new algorithms and by hiding the vulnerability a software patch is designed to repair when the patch is distributed.

The key to this successful obfuscation mechanism is a new type of multilinear jigsaw puzzle. This new technique has paved the way for another breakthrough called functional encryption.

Google kicks off Start Searching India campaign

Tuesday introduced its ‘Start Searching India’ campaign here to help internet users get the most out of the web with its search tool.

“Internet is no longer restricted to the domain of working professionals and is fast emerging as a life enriching tool catering to the varied needs of the people from all walks of life,” Google India’s Director Marketing, Sandeep Menon said on the occasion.

The objective of the campaign is to help Indian users save time, by showing how they can get instant and to-the-point answers to their most common queries, he said.

Presenting the top search trends that the people of Bhopal search for most using using Google Trends (www.google.com/trends), he said that e-governance is doing well in Madhya Pradesh with ‘mponline.com and vyapam.com’ figuring in the top five web searches.

He said that Google’s mission has always been to make search into an ideal assistant: a search engine that understands exactly what you mean and gives you back exactly what you need.

Also, recent improvements to Google Search have drawn the company closer to that vision, he added.