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Google requires all Android phones approved after January 31, 2020 to run on Android 10

Google launched Android 10 last month. Now the company is forcing smartphone makers to upgrade their software. Google said that it will not approve new Android phones running on Android 9 Pie after January 31, 2020.

Shweta Ganjoo New Delhi
October 9, 2019
UPDATED: October 9, 2019 13:53 IST


Google will not approve devices running on Android 9 after January 31, 2020.

All Android smartphones approved after January 31 will run on Android 10.

OEMs can launch devices running on Android 9 if they have been approved before January 31.

Google launched Android 10 last month. And now Just a month after its launch, Google has announced that all Android phones launched after January 31, 2020 must ship with Android 10.

According to Google's GMS documents accessed by XDA Developers, Google has made it mandatory for all smartphone makers to ship new smartphones approved after January 31, 2020 to ship with the lastest version of the company's mobile operating system. GMS stands for Google Mobile Services, which is essentially a suite of Google apps, services, and libraries that must be licensed by smartphone makers like Samsung, Xiaomi, Vivo and others. Licensing GMS suite is important because it enables smartphone makers to pre-install Google Play Store and Google Play Services on their smartphones.

The documents also confirmed that Google will not approve any new smartphones running on Android 9.0 Pie after January 31. The new deadline, however, does not ensure that all smartphones launched after January 31, 2020 will run on Android 10. Smartphone makers can launch new phones running on Android 9.0 Pie if they have sought approval for GMS from the Mountain View, California based company before the January 31 deadline. All Android phones approved after January 31, 2020 will run on Android 10.

As far as the smartphones that won't get Android 10 update are concerned, the report says that Google will continue to approve software updates based on Android 9.0 Pie until the launch of Android 11, which is likely to happen in August 2020. After the launch of Android 11, Google will only approve security updates for devices running on Android Pie.

Apart from making changes pertaining to Android 10 shipment, Google is also making it mandatory for Android smartphone makers to pre-install the Digital Wellbeing app with built-in parental controls on their smartphones. Alternatively, smartphone makers can also include their custom Digital WellBeing and parental control solution on their smartphones. According to a separate report by the publication, Google is requiring all smartphones launched after September 3, 2019 running on Android 9 Pie or Android 10 to come with a wellness app and parental controls.

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3 years after Mukesh Ambani said Jio customers will ‘never’ have to pay for voice calls, company announces tariff for voice calls to rival networks


JKR Staff


October 10, 2019

Three years after announcing that Jio customers will never have to pay for voice calls to any network in India, the mobile company owned by Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance on Wednesday said that it will now charge its customers 6 paise per minute for voice calls made to rival networks.


Announcing the launch of Reliance Jio in September 2016, Mukesh Ambani had said, “No Jio customer will ever pay for voice calls to any network in India.” However, on Wednesday, Reliance Jio said in a statement that its customers will have to pay 6 paise for calls made to other networks. The company said that it will compensate them by giving free data of equal value.

New charges will not be applicable on calls made by Jio users to other Jio phones and to landline phones and calls made using WhatsApp, FaceTime and other such platforms. Incoming calls from all networks will continue to be free.

The 6 paise charge will remain in force until the Indian telecom watchdog TRAI formulates a new policy on what’s known as interconnect usage charge (IUC). The TRAI in 2017 had fixed the IUC charge at 6 paise per minute. Reliance Jio said that since it was not charging its customers, the company has had to pay nearly Rs 13,500 crore to rival operators such as Airtel and Vodafone as net IUC charges on behalf of its customers.

“The amendment to the IUC Regulations in 2017 was after considerable deliberations and consultations…the (new) consultation paper has created regulatory uncertainty and therefore Jio has been compelled, most reluctantly and unavoidably, to recover this regulatory charge of 6 paise per minute for all off-net mobile voice calls so long as IUC charges exist,” Jio said in a statement.

The TRAI had said that the IUC charges regime will end in January 2020. However, the telecom regulator has once again floated a consultation paper asking if this regime needs to continue even in the future. Jio’s net IUC costs stood at nearly Rs 851 crore in the June quarter.



Leh is the new Goa: People are opting for short holidays during long weekends

Arya Sharan | TNN | Oct 5, 2019, 04:56 IST

“Holidays are longer annual affairs but a reason to get away every few weeks. Long weekends have changed the way travellers and the tourism industry look at the Indian traveller,” said Daniel D’Souza, president and country head, leisure, SOTC travel. Despite an economic slowdown, the industry has not seen any dip in bookings. People on the lookout for better deals are planning trips well in advance, leveraging flash sales and discounts.

“We are seeing a noticeable trend of advance booking, where leisure travellers are planning early. Driven by social media, travellers are increasingly opting for Instagram-worthy experiences and are exploring domestic destinations such as Leh, Kerala, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand,” said Rajeev Kale, president & country head, holidays and MICE visas at Thomas Cook India. Travel agencies say there has been an increase in travellers from the city’s middle class to nearby destinations for short getways during weekends.




Get these Aadhaar details updated without any documentary proof

Updated Oct 07, 2019 | 17:35 IST | ET Now Digital

UIDAI said in the tweet, "No document required for update of Photograph, Biometrics, Gender, Mobile Number & Email ID in your Aadhaar. Just take your Aadhaar and visit any nearby Aadhaar Kendra."


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New Delhi: Did you know that you can get certain Aadhaar details updated without any documentary proof? According to the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), you can update your photo, mobile number, email ID etc. updated in Aadhaar without submitting any document.

Recently, UIDAI tweeted that for getting the Aadhaar photograph, as well as other details such as biometrics, the registered mobile number and email address, updated, the Aadhaar cardholder only has to walk into an Aadhaar Kendra (Aadhaar Centre) with the Aadhaar card.



UIDAI said in the tweet, "No document required for update of Photograph, Biometrics, Gender, Mobile Number & Email ID in your Aadhaar. Just take your Aadhaar and visit any nearby Aadhaar Kendra." Note that UIDAI is the issuer of the 12-digit personal identification number, Unique Identity Number, also known as the Aadhaar number.

In order to obtain an Aadhaar number, applicants are required to provide certain demographic and biometric details for the enrolment process. The biometric information comprises fingerprint and iris scans as well as a photograph. Enrolment for Aadhaar card also requires the applicant to provide basic details such as name, date of birth, address, mobile number and email. According to the UIDAI website - uidai.gov.in, these details can be updated by visiting an Aadhaar centre.

The UIDAI has started Aadhaar Seva Kendra services in cities like Delhi, Bhopal, Chennai, Agra, Hisar, Chandigarh and Vijayawada. Adhaar Seva Kendras in Chennai, Bhopal, Patna and Guwahati are also likely to become operational soon. These Aadhaar Seva Kendras have eight to 16 enrolment counters, 40 to 80 seated waiting area and electronic token system besides other amenities.

In fact, two Aadhaar Seva Kendra with a capacity to handle up to 1,000 service requests/day are functional at Akshardham and Inderlok metro stations in Delhi. Besides these, over 600 banks, post offices and designated government offices in Delhi also offer Aadhaar services. You can visit any convenient Aadhaar Seva Kendra for Aadhaar enrolment or update services.

Worth mentioning here is that any resident can take an online advance appointment and visit as per their convenience. New Aadhaar applicants, as well as existing holders, can book appointments at ASKs for services related to fresh Aadhaar enrolment, name update, address update, mobile number update, Email number update, Email ID update, date of birth update, gender update and biometric update including photo, fingerprints and iris.