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OnePlus TV 32Y1 vs Mi TV 4A Pro 32 vs Realme Smart TV 32: Comparing The Best 32-inch Android TVs

OnePlus has now entered the affordable smart TV space in India by launching its new Y-Series of televisions in two sizes – 32-inch and 43-inch. The OnePlus 32Y1 features a 32-inch HD panel, and is priced at Rs 12,999. The OnePlus 43Y1, meanwhile, features a 43-inch full HD display and is priced at Rs 22,999.

This puts the company in direct competition with Xiaomi and Realme, both of which have similar offerings. So let’s the have a comparison of the entry-level 32-inch variants

OnePlus TV 32Y1

The OnePlus 32Y1 features a 1366 x 768-pixel resolution HD panel. The TV runs on OnePlus’ custom Oxygen Play UI, which is based on Google’s Android TV 9.0 – the same firmware that runs on the OnePlus Q series TVs. In terms of audio, it features two 10W speakers with support for Dolby audio. The TV also offers 93% DCI-P3 panel, dialogue enhancer, in-built Chromecast and OnePlus Connect that lets you control the TV using a OnePlus smartphone.

As for hardware, it is powered by a 64-bit processor with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of inbuilt storage. As for the ports, the OnePlus 32Y1 comes with two USB ports, two HDMI (one with ARC support), an ethernet port, standard RF and AV ports, optical audio, and 3.5mm audio jack. There is also Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.0 onboard.

Price: 12,999

Mi TV 4A Pro 32

Xiaomi has been ahead of the game and offers a variety of smart TV models in India. One of the most affordable ones is the Mi TV 4A Pro 32-inch model which comes with a similar 1366 x 768-pixel resolution HD panel backed up by the company’s 7th-gen imaging engine. The TV also features a quad-core Amlogic processor backed by 1GB of RAM and 8GB storage. On the software front, the TV offers the option to switch between Android TV or its proprietary Patchwall interface. Patchwall brings content from various OTT applications and set-top boxes at a single place along with the option of universal search.

The Mi TV 4A Pro runs on the latest Android TV 9 update that it received last year October bringing apps like Netflix and Prime Video, in addition to apps like Hotstar, Zee5, YouTube and more. Just like the OnePlus TV, you get integrated Chromecast and Google Assistant. For audio, the TV comes with 10W x 2 stereo speakers tuned by dts-HD. As for ports, the Mi TV comes with three HDMI ports, an AV input, two USB ports, 3.5mm audio out, and an Ethernet port. There is also built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

Price: Rs 12,499

Realme Smart TV 32

Realme recently entered the Indian smart TV market with the launch of two variants, a 32-inch and a 43-inch model. Realme has also used a 1366 x 768-pixel resolution HD panel with a proprietary Chroma Boost Picture Engine. The TV is powered by a MediaTek quad-core processor with built-in ARM Cortex A53 CPU and Mali-470 MP3 GPU. There is also 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage. This one also comes with Android TV 9 so you get access to all Google services including Google Assistant and Play Store.

The TV comes with built-in apps like YouTube, Netflix, Prime Video as well as support for Chromecast. As for audio, there are 24W quad stereo speakers with Dolby Audio. Connectivity-wise, the Realme TV offers Wi-Fi, Infrared, DLNA, Bluetooth 5.0, three HDMI ports, two USB ports, SPDIF, DVB-T2 (Digital TV interface), and Ethernet.

Price: Rs 12,999


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Ambrane Has New Smart Plugs For Your Gadgets And They Work With Amazon Alexa & Google Assistant

Image Source: Ambrane India

Image Source: Ambrane India

Both the smart plugs ASP10 and ASP-16 are available for purchase and are priced at Rs 899 and Rs 1,119 respectively.

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  • Last Updated: June 26, 2020, 4:05 PM IST

Mobile accessories brand Ambrane has unveiled a range of new smart plugs namely the Smart Plugs ASP10 and Smart Plugs ASP16. The company says that these will enable users to operate their devices remotely and will be powered to support Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and IFTTT. The 10 Ampere-powered ASP10 Smart Plug which is suitable to be working with small to medium-sized electrical appliances costs Rs 899, while the Smart Plug ASP-16 is priced at Rs 1,119, and comes with a rated power of 16A designed for large-sized electrical devices such as air conditioners and microwave ovens.

As far as the features of the smart plugs are concerned, both the devices can make use of your existing Home Wi-Fi network to provide wireless control to lamps, heaters and other devices. The smart plugs are designed with Type-D Male, 3-Pin plugs to suit Indian-styled sockets. Furthermore, users will get a multiple control feature when they connect the smart plugs through the Ambrane Smart Life app.

Additionally, both the ASP-10 and ASP-16 smart plugs will enable users to keep track of the energy consumption right from their smartphone. The company claims that both these devices are energy-saving plugs and will also help users to schedule and operate their gadgets or appliances no matter where they are located. The Ambrane ASP 10 and ASP-16 smart plugs are currently available for purchase from the Ambrane India website and e-commerce platforms such as Flipkart and Amazon India.


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Spotify Is Now Available On Amazon Alexa For Echo Smart Speakers: Here Is How To Set It Up

The Spotify music streaming service is now available for Amazon Echo smart speakers and smart displays, in India. This means that Spotify users can now stream music on the Echo devices by simply selecting Spotify as the streaming platform choice. This option is available on the Amazon Alexa app for Android and iOS, and will work seamless for all Spotify users, irrespective of whether you are a Spotify Premium subscriber or still using the ad-supported free tier.

To set this up, you need to open the Alexa app on your Android phone, iPhone, iPad or Android tablet. Here, tap on the menu icon near the top left of the screen and select Settings. Scroll down to select Music. Here, you will see a list of any streaming services that you may have already linked with your Amazon Alexa account for the Echo devices. Click on the Link New Service option. Here, you will see the option of adding Spotify. Select that and enable the skill to add Spotify to Alexa. Now, enter your Spotify username and password to link your account and pull in your playlists etc. Now head back to the Music tab and if you wish, you can set Spotify as the Default Service for music playback. Select “Default Services” to set Spotify as your default music service.

Spotify currently offers more than 50 million music tracks on the platform, and that is before we even get to the ever-widening range of podcasts. Till now, Amazon offered the option of Amazon Music, Apple Music, JioSaavn, Hungama Music and TuneIn streaming services, and each of these could either be called on demand or set as the default music playback services. These will work across the entire range of Amazon Echo smart speakers and smart displays, including the Echo Dot, Echo Plus and the Echo Show.

Amazon also confirms that Spotify for Alexa will also be coming soon for the Amazon Fire TV range as well as for mobile devices.


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Chinese Smartphone Makers Witness Rise in Indian Smart TV Market: Counterpoint Research

Leading smartphone brand Xiaomi grabbed 27 percent market share of the India smart TV market in the first quarter this year, followed by LG at distant 14 percent and Samsung at 10 percent, according to a new report. Sony with 9 percent and TCL with 8 percent were at fourth and fifth position in Q1 2020, according to Counterpoint Research. Chinese brands are already dominating the smartphone market in China and India.

“Smartphone makers are leveraging brand recognition that they already have in the market and they have enough technical expertise to develop a product like smart TV. So, the entry barrier in the smart TV market is really low for smartphone companies,” said Debasish Jana, Research Associate at Counterpoint.

Smartphone makers are specifically going into the smart TV business and targeting mostly the Asian market where the smart TV category is less mature than the North American and European market. Xiaomi got the early mover advantage and grabbed a 7 percent share in the smart TV market globally. After the success of Xiaomi in the Asian market, especially in China and India, other smartphone makers entered the market with a special focus on those two countries.

“Although Motorola and Nokia have launched the products only in India to exploit the opportunity in the booming India smart TV market – it is unlikely they will expand to other markets soon. In China, Huawei launched smart TVs running on its Harmony OS under both Huawei and Honor brands,” informed Jana. Most of these brands tapped into a market where consumers are buying a smart TV for the first time. They are offering a tailored and feature-rich product to the consumer at an affordable price point. By contrast, OnePlus is differentiating itself by launching a premium smart TV. However, OnePlus has announced that it will expand its Smart TV portfolio in India with the launch of two new affordable sets via an online event on July 2.

“Realme will likely intensify competition in the affordable smart TV segment with its newly launched smart TV range,” Jana noted. Realme has launched affordable Smart TVs that starts from Rs 12,999 and is now geared up to launch a 55-inch TV. While Chinese smartphone brands are aggressive in the Asian smart TV market, Indian and Japanese TV brands still have a fair chance to increase the share in Asia, especially in the Indian market. The Indian smart TV market is poised to grow as the Internet is penetrating at a faster pace and OTT consumption is growing.

Recently, VU is doing well in India with its wide range of smart TVs. Brands like Kodak and Thomson are technically licensed to Indian EMS, Super Plastronics, and are also performing quite well. Traditional TV brands, such as Samsung, LG and Sony, still have enough brand recognition around the world while new smartphone players are appealing to millennials who are familiar with these brands. “A lot will depend on the positioning for the brands. Moreover, most of the Chinese brands are playing in the affordable segment; the premium segment contains few brands,” said Jana.


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Samsung Frame TV 2020, Smart TVs Launched in India: Check Price, Specs and Offers

Samsung Frame TV 2020 (Pic Source: Samsung)

Samsung Frame TV 2020 (Pic Source: Samsung)

The new TVs sale will go live at midnight on June 19 via Flipkart, Amazon and Samsung’s official online store Samsung Shop, the company said.

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  • Last Updated: June 16, 2020, 3:00 PM IST

South Korean tech giant Samsung on Tuesday launched a new online range of TVs, the next edition of its Frame TV 2020 and 10 new Smart TV models in India. The new TVs sale will go live at midnight on June 19 via Flipkart, Amazon and Samsung’s official online store Samsung Shop, said the company.

The Frame 2020 will be available on Flipkart and Samsung’s official online store Samsung Shop while the new online Smart TV range – 4K UHD, FHD and HD Ready TVs – is being launched under the ‘Get More from TV’ campaign on Flipkart and the ‘Wondertainment’ campaign on Amazon.

The Frame 2020 TVs will be available in three sizes – 50-inch, 55-inch and 65-inch – for Rs 74,990, Rs 84,990 and Rs 1,39,990, respectively. The Frame 2020 will come with a 10-year, no screen burn-in warranty, and one-year comprehensive warranty and one-year additional warranty on the panel.

Among the new range of online Smart TVs, Samsung’s 4K UHD Smart TV models will range from Rs 36,990 for the 43-inch version to Rs 89,990 for the 65-inch version, while FHD and HD Ready Smart TV models will start from Rs 14,490 for the 32-inch model and go up to Rs 31,990 for the 43-inch model. The new range of TVs will come with a one-year comprehensive warranty and one-year additional warranty on the panel.

Consumers can also avail exciting no-cost EMI options, with EMI starting Rs 3,125 for 24 months for The Frame 2020, and Rs 805 for 18 months for the new range of online Smart TVs. The Frame 2020 and the 10 new Smart TV models will also provide native support for a wide range of OTT platforms such as ZEE5, SonyLIV, Amazon Prime, Netflix, Voot, Voot Kids, Jio Cinema and Hotstar.

Consumers purchasing Samsung’s new Smart TVs will get access to content with attractive offers worth Rs 1,095. They can also avail up to 50 per cent discount on subscriptions of OTT platforms such as ZEE5 and Eros Now. Moreover, consumers can get a free subscription for music streaming apps such as Gaana Plus for one-year and Apple Music for 3 months.

Consumers purchasing The Frame 2020 will also be offered a free three-month subscription to the Samsung Art Store worth Rs 897, housing curated artworks from around the world, said the company. The TVs come with Auto Hotspot technology, USB 3.0 and support voice assistants such as Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa in addition to Samsung’s native Bixby.

On the productivity front, based on recent consumer insights, Samsung has added a free subscription to Office 365, along with 5GB of cloud storage space. The TVs are secured by multi-layered Knox for unmatched security and provide seamless access to Office 365 services over the cloud, said the company.


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Alexa Smart Classes In Bastar Schools Bring Back The Smile On Children's Faces

Schools in the remote tribal area of Bastar in Chhattisgarh are using Amazon Alexa to educate children.

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Hey, Alexa! Smart Classes With Amazon Alexa Are a Very Real Thing in Schools in Bastar

As many as 40 schools in the Bastar district are using Amazon Alexa virtual assistant powered Amazon Echo speakers in classrooms to make learning more fun for students, as part of the Smart Classes Project. (Image: Amazon)

As many as 40 schools in the Bastar district are using Amazon Alexa virtual assistant powered Amazon Echo speakers in classrooms to make learning more fun for students, as part of the Smart Classes Project. (Image: Amazon)

Network coverage and reliable internet to make smart devices work seamlessly, still remains a challenge, which the administration say they are working to solve.

  • Last Updated: June 11, 2020, 1:57 PM IST

There has been a lot of talk over the past few years about smarter classrooms. We aren’t just talking about the push towards virtual classrooms, brought ahead by the Coronavirus pandemic, but also certain tools that enable better learning in classrooms. Many schools switched to the use of laptops and Apple iPads as a learning tool. The schools in the small Adivasi tribal belt called Lohandiguda, in the Bastar district of Chhattisgarh are setting a rather interesting example for the rest of us to follow. As many as 40 schools in this district are using Amazon Alexa virtual assistant powered Amazon Echo speakers in classrooms to make learning more fun for students, as part of the Smart Classes Project.

It all started with an Alexa powered Amazon Echo Dot which garnered a lot of interest at a school exhibition. Chandrashekhar Yadav, a Block Education Officer pointed this out to Abinash Mishra, the Assistant Collector. Mishra, an IIT graduate, had heard about Alexa before as well, since he follows the world of technology. But it was this interaction that actually set into motion the mission to get Alexa into classrooms in schools in the region, in an attempt to make studies fun. All 40 schools in the often troubled Bastar district were soon using Alexa assistant in classrooms as part of the regular teaching process.

It is not just curiosity or the new experience of smart technology that has piqued the interest of the students. “The teachers said that after Alexa came to the classroom, the class has seen improved attendance, children becoming more interactive and of course teachers too are loving this new medium of imparting training,” says Abinash Mishra, Assistant Collector, Bastar, in a statement. However, network coverage and reliable internet still remains a challenge, which the administration say they are working to solve.

Furthermore, this adds a modern touch and allows students to interact with smart devices, something that will come in handy for them at a later date. “I truly believe that technology has a large role to play in education and tech augmentation in education is the future. It will bridge the divide that currently exists between urban and rural kids. With tech, no matter which area kids come from – they can be updated on the latest developments in the world of AI, IoT, Data Analytics etc. This will help them acquire the right skills for jobs,” says Mishra.

It was perhaps a matter of time before smart speakers and smart assistants became a part of the classroom life. Students in the rural parts of the country surely stand to gain a lot from this tryst with technology. Not only does it open up a world of information for them which books may perhaps have not been able to cover, but also adds a new hook to make studies more fun.




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OnePlus Has Confirmed an Affordable Smart TV is Coming to India on July 2

OnePlus Has Confirmed an Affordable Smart TV is Coming to India on July 2

Could the new and more affordable OnePlus smart TV get a better hold on the Indian smart TV market?

  • Last Updated: June 8, 2020, 12:58 PM IST

OnePlus launched two premium smart TVs, the OnePlus TV Q1 and the OnePlus TV Q1 Pro, last year in India. Both the models didn’t gain much attraction primarily because the company has been perceived as a value for money champion and had launched the smart TV range at Rs 69,990. But, it seems that the company is learning from its mistakes, and has now confirmed that a more affordable variant is coming to India next month.

In a Twitter post, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau says “We’re making our premium smart TV experience more accessible to our Indian community.” The post also includes a teaser image with the words “Smarter TV. Smarter Price.”

The statement is pretty clear. OnePlus will be making a second attempt to capture the smart TV market in India by offering premium features at a more affordable price tag. This means that it will go head to head with a larger number of brands, specifically Xiaomi and Realme.

OnePlus India chief strategy officer Navnit Nakra had earlier confirmed in an interview with The Economic Times, that the company is planning to launch new smart TVs to reach a wider audience. It was also confirmed that a new entry-level smart TV priced around $200 (15,000) followed by a mid-range TV that could be priced around the Rs 20,000 to Rs 40,000 segment.

There have also been rumours of a new affordable OnePlus smartphone, which was originally supposed to launch with the OnePlus 8 series. It is speculated that due to the Coronavirus pandemic, OnePlus had to change its plans and that the OnePlus Z would now launch in the Summer. Is the company planning to host an event with ‘everything affordable’? In our opinion, it could make a lot of sense to pair both the products at a single launch.




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Realme Smart TV Launched in India With Android TV & HDR10, Pricing Starts at Rs 12,999

Realme Smart TV Launched in India With Android TV & HDR10, Pricing Starts at Rs 12,999

The new Realme smart TV range seems pretty decent on paper, but doesn’t make a splash like Xiaomi did with its Mi TV range by offering 4K options.

  • Last Updated: May 25, 2020, 10:08 PM IST

Realme has entered the smart TV space by launching two new models under the Realme TV series. The company made the announcement where it also announced its first-ever smart watch and a new pair of true wireless earphones. The new Realme smart TV comes in two models, a 32-inch and a 43-inch.

Unlike Xiaomi, Realme is taking it slow and hasn’t introduced a 4K TV. The 43-inch model comes with a full-HD (1920×1080) resolution panel while the 32-inch model comes with an HD-ready (1366×768) panel. Both the TVs run on Google’s Android TV platform with access to the Google Play Store as well as a variety of streaming apps including the likes of YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and so on.

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The TV is powered by MediaTek MSD6683 processor with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. The display is claimed to offer a peak brightness of 400 nits, and there is support for HDR10 as well, which is good to see. The TV also comes with a four-speaker system including two full-range drivers and two tweeters, to offer better and more detailed sound. The company says that the audio output is rated at 24W. There is also support for Dolby Audio as well, and the usual set of connectivity options including Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi, HDMI, USB, SPDIF, Ethernet and a standard 3.5mm audio jack.

As for the pricing the 32-inch variant is priced at Rs 12,999, while the 43-inch variant is priced at Rs 21,999. Customers can buy either of the two on June 2 at 12PM via Flipkart and Realme.com. The television range will soon also be available through offline retailers. The Realme India website also teases the Realme 100W Soundbar, which might launch soon to compliment the TV range.




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Smart Tech vs Covid-19: Dubai Looks to Cutting Edge Technologies to Fight Coronavirus

A file photo of Dubai Police. (Image: Dubai Police/Instagram)

A file photo of Dubai Police. (Image: Dubai Police/Instagram)

Smart helmets, sensors and related cutting edge technologies are at the frontline of Dubai’s battle against Covid-19.

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  • Last Updated: May 25, 2020, 11:16 AM IST

From smart police helmets to research labs, the novel coronavirus has given Dubai an opportunity to test its technological and scientific clout as it shapes its approach to the pandemic. A key part of the glitzy Gulf emirate’s fight is its Covid-19 Command and Control Centre, set up to coordinate the efforts of Dubai’s doctors, epidemiologists and other professionals. It is hosted within the Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences (MBRU) in Dubai’s Healthcare City, also home to state-of-the-art hospitals, labs and research centres.

“For several years, Dubai has endeavoured to put in place solid digital infrastructure, and this has contributed to the fight against the coronavirus”, said Amer Sharif, who heads the multidisciplinary centre. It was established at the start of the health crisis by Dubai Crown Prince and social media star Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum. In one room, young mask-wearing men and women sit at carefully separated desks crunching data on laptops and coordinating with workers on the ground.

The initiative includes a scientific team whose role is “to stay abreast of the latest advances in research and scientific evidence, both in the country and elsewhere in the world”, team head Alawi Alsheikh-Ali told AFP.

Data and science

The United Arab Emirates has carried out more than 1.6 million coronavirus tests, and has officially declared over 28,700 infections, including 244 deaths. This high-tech approach, Sharif said, including “the complete digitisation of the health system”, has prevented a greater spread of the virus and made the lockdown easier. Tom Loney, associate professor of public health and epidemiology at MBRU, said the coronavirus was an opportunity for Dubai to put its capabilities to the test.

“It’s the ability to react, to make quick decisions based on data and science” that sets Dubai apart, said Loney, who is also an adviser to authorities in the city-state. According to him decisions were made by order of Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, whose portrait is featured on the MBRU building. Dubai is one of seven emirates in the UAE, a key Gulf state with big technological and scientific ambitions.

The emirate lacks the oil wealth of its neighbours, but has the most diversified economy in the Gulf, building a reputation as a financial, commercial and tourism hub. The UAE sent an astronaut into space last year, and in July is set to launch the first Arab probe towards Mars, a project sponsored by the emir of Dubai.

Own model

Many tech options were already at Dubai’s fingertips when the pandemic struck, and the emirate was quick at putting its technology to a variety of uses during the virus crisis. Police wear smart helmets that take the temperature of passers-by while laboratories make protective masks using 3D printers. When a night-time curfew begins, Dubai residents — 90 percent of whom are expats — receive a reminder message on their mobile phone in Arabic, English or other languages.

The UAE has regularly announced research advances into the COVID-19 illness, developing several apps to help manage the pandemic. One of them, Alhosn, which the government has encouraged residents to download, helps track people who are infected with the virus or who may have come in close contact with confirmed cases. But the use of technology to fight the pandemic has raised concern across the world over government surveillance and privacy risks.

Tech experts and the media have highlighted this issue in the UAE, where some foreign websites and applications are already blocked. But Sharif pushed back against scepticism. “Dubai and the Emirates respect privacy, whether it is a question of patient records or smart applications”, he said. The emirate was creating its “own model” of responding to the health crisis, Sharif added, though authorities were also looking at countries such as South Korea, seen as a positive policy response to the crisis. “We must follow the developments… but also add to them,” he said.



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