LG Uplus to terminate 2G services by June

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January 17, 2021

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Seoul, Jan 17: LG Uplus, a major South Korean telecom operator said it will phase out its 2G services by the end of June, a move that would mark the complete termination of the country's aging network.

The carrier said it has applied to end its 2G operations with the government and will decide on a specific time frame for the service's termination.

The move comes after SK Telecom, South Korea's largest wireless provider, ended its 2G services in July last year, while rival KT Corp. shut down 2G operations back in 2012.

LG Uplus said the looming termination comes as the network has fallen out of favor over the years amid launches of new networks, including 5G, reports Yonhap news agency.

Aging telecommunications equipment and lack of devices that support 2G have led to dwindling subscribers.

The carrier's 2G users stood at 3,74,000 as of end-November last year, accounting for just 2.5 per cent of the carrier's total 14.8 million subscriptions, according to ICT ministry data.

With the shut down of 2G, LG Uplus said it would focus on improving its 5G services, which have 2.5 million subscribers.

South Korea first launched 2G mobile services in 1996 based on the world's first commercial code division multiple access network built by SK Telecom, facilitating the country's advance in the telecom segment.

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March 1,2021

Maruti Suzuki sales rise 4 per cent to 1,60,752 units in January

New Delhi, Mar 1: Maruti Suzuki on Monday reported total sales of 1.64 lakh units during February, up 11.8 per cent from 1.47 lakh units year-on-year.

The country's largest carmaker said total sales included domestic sales of 147,483 units, sales to other OEMs 5,500 units and exports of 11,486 units.

Maruti Suzuki's domestic sales increased by 8.3 per cent to 1.44 lakh units last month as against 1.33 lakh units in February 2020.

Meanwhile, Bajaj Auto said its sales last month totalled 3.75 lakh units against 3.54 lakh units year-on-year, marking a growth of 6 per cent.

Two-wheeler sales jumped 7 per cent at 3.3 lakh units against 3.1 lakh units in February last year while commercial vehicle sales went down 5 per cent at 42,454 units against 44,691 units.

Domestic sales dropped by 2 per cent at 1.64 lakh units against 1.68 lakh units. Exports grew by 13 per cent at 2.1 lakh units against 1.86 lakh units year-on-year.

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March 2,2021

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Washington, Mar 2: Rumours about a folding iPhone have been doing the rounds for a while now but there had been no confirmation about a launch date of the product. If you are one of them who has been waiting with bated breath for the foldable smartphone to come out, then we finally have some details surrounding its launch date.

Top Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that Apple has plans to launch a foldable iPhone by 2023, and the phone could feature a screen of around 7.5-inch to 8 inches, as per The Verge.

The analyst suggested that the foldable iPhone might resemble that of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2, though Apple has not officially locked the design. Kuo's prediction indicated that Apple is not necessarily in a hurry to launch a foldable iPhone as its competitors.
The foldable smartphone form factor is all rage these days, and brands like Samsung, Huawei, and Motorola have already launched foldable devices in the market. 
However, they are mostly expensive and clearly early implementations of the tech.

It is unclear who would be making those folding displays for Apple as there have been rumours of the company working with both LG and Samsung. Kuo's 2023 launch date is dependent on Apple being able to figure out "key technology and mass production issues."

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February 24,2021

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Washington, Feb 24: The Google Maps app is introducing dark mode for its Android users.

As per The Verge, the Google Maps app is getting a true dark mode on Android. The company announced on Tuesday that it is widely releasing the dark theme option that it has been testing in the app since September 2020.

The dark mode will be accessible in the app's settings menu, under 'theme'. Google announced the dark mode rollout as part of a batch of new features coming to Android, including some updates to Android Auto.
In addition to custom wallpapers, Android Auto is now going to feature games as well. Trivia Crack, Jeopardy!, Song Quiz, and Google's own Are You Feeling Lucky? will be available. The games can be accessed through the assistant by saying "Hey Google, play a game."

Android Auto is also getting a split-screen feature that will put Maps side by side with media controls, much like what Apple started doing in CarPlay in iOS 13 in 2019. Though this feature will only be available in cars with wider displays.

Google is adding shortcuts to the Android Auto launch screen, too, which will allow for quick access to weather or setting your home thermostat. The Android Auto features will be available in the coming days on phones running Android 6.0 and above in compatible cars.

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