Thursday, October 10, 2013

Samsung announces Galaxy Round with curved display

The first curved display smartphone is here. Samsung today announced Galaxy Round featuring a 5.7-inch full HD Super Flexible AMOLED display. As earlier rumoured, Samsung Galaxy Round seems like variant of  galaxy  Galaxy Note 3 with flexible display and absence of S-Pen slot being the only differences.Samsung Galaxy Round

Samsung Galaxy Round will begin selling on Korean telecom operator SK Telecom as soon as tomorrow in luxury brown colour option for around 1 million won (around $1,000). There is no word on release elsewhere.

“Samsung has been a mobile display innovator by introducing color TFT-LCD, AMOLED, and Super AMOLED flexible display for its mobile product. With this pioneering curved display technology, GALAXY ROUND blends the latest smartphone screen innovations with unique design features,” Samsung noted in a press release.

XOLO Q700i goes on sale in India for INR 11,999

Just a day after we first reported about  XOLO’s Q700i smartphone, it has gone on sale in the country. Available now via online retailers like Flipkart, the smartphone has been priced at INR 11,999.XOLO Q700i

The phone is an upgraded version of XOLO’s previously launched Q700 with imaging capabilities being the only difference between the two devices. XOLO Q700i comes with an upgraded 8MP rear camera and 2MP front camera instead of 5MP rear camera and 0.3MP front camera present on Q700.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Celkon RahmanIshq AR45 dual-core smartphone launched at Rs. 7,999

Celkon Mobiles has launched its first AR Rahman-themed smartphone, the AR45, introduced under the RahmanIshq series for Rs. 7,999. The Oscar-winning music director was roped in to provide an exclusive ringtone.

LG India launched G2 for INR 41,500

LG  has announced the launch of its flagship smartphone ‘G2’ in the Indian market. The smartphone, which is available starting today, has been priced starting INR 41,500 in the country.

Originally unveiled in August, LG G2 features a 5.2-inch full HD IPS display, 2GB of RAM, 3000 mAh battery, and 13MP rear camera. The phone also comes with 2.26 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor, 2.1MP front camera and 16/ 32GB of internal storage.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Sony Xperia M dual goes on sale in India for INR 14,490

Sony has released its dual-SIM version of Xperia M smartphone in the Indian market. Known as Sony Xperia M dual, the smartphone is now available at online retailers like Snapdeal and Saholic for around INR 14,490.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear launched in India

Samsung's latest device offerings, the Galaxy Note 3 and the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, recently went up for pre-order in India. The company has now starting shipping the devices to users who had pre-ordered the devices from the company’s online store. Multiple buyers reportedly started receiving tracking details of their shipments yesterday, according to BGR.

A quick look at the Note 3 reveals that the phablet comes with a refreshed design, sporting a leather-esque material for the back panel with stitched accents. In terms of specifications, the phablet comes with a 5.7-inch full HD Super AMOLED display, 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution and a pixel density of 386ppi. The Note 3 model being sold in India comes with the company’s improved version of the Exynos 5 Octa chip clocked at 1.9GHz, packing an ARM Cortex-A15 chip as well as a more power-friendly Cortex-A7. It runs the latest Android 4.3 Jelly Bean as well as 3GB of RAM.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

LG G2 goes on pre-order for INR 40,499

LG's  upcoming G2 smartphone is already up for pre-order at online retailer Saholic  in the Indian market. The smartphone, which is set to be launched on September 30 in the country, has been priced at INR 40,499 and will be available on the launch day itself.

Considering the specifications of this LG flagship, the pricing seems to be decent and the phone will be competing with the likes of Sony Xperia Z1.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Flipkart finally launched Android app

Flipkart has launched an Android app that offers users the ability to browse and purchase from the online shopping website's product catalogue from their smartphones.

The app allows users to navigate through Flipkart's different product departments including fashion products, electronics and accessories, books and entertainment, beauty and personal care and toys and baby care.

The app also lets users search for products, categories or brands through text based keywords, barcodes and even voice, which was recently introduced on Flipkart's website and offered to select users.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Sony Xperia Z1 launched in India at Rs. 44,990

Sony  has launched its latest flagship smartphone, the Xperia Z1, in India. The phone was unveiled at IFA, Berlin earlier this month.

Sony Xperia Z1 comes with 5-inch full-HD display and the power of a 2.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, recently seen inside the blazing fast Sony Xperia Z Ultra (Review), alongside 2GB of RAM. The Xperia Z1 comes with 16GB of internal storage, that can be expanded by up to 64GB via a microSD card. The phone runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean with a 3,000mAh battery underneath.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Android OS Lassi or Ladoo Coming Soon?

After Google's announcement that the next  Android OS will be named KIT KAT, Indian Android users came up with their own ideas for future Android releases.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Samsung India begins pre-bookings for Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear

Samsung has started taking pre-orders for its new Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear devices on the official e-store. Like other Samsung devices in the past, Samsung is asking for INR 2,000 as the pre-booking amount and the users will be able to pay for the rest once the devices are available and priced.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Celkon launches Jelly Bean-based Campus A10, Monalisa ML-5 and Signature Swift A112 smartphones

Celkon Mobiles, a domestic handset maker, has launched three new Android smartphones for the Indian market, the Celkon Monalisa ML-5, Signature Swift A112 and Campus A10.
The Celkon Monalisa ML-5 features a 4.5-inch qHD (540x960 pixel) display, and is powered by 1.2GHz quad-core processor (presumably the MediaTek MT6589) along with 1GB of RAM. The smartphone runs Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, and comes with 4GB of inbuilt storage which can be expandable up to 32GB. The device sports an 8-megapixel rear camera while there is a 2-megapixel front-facing camera also onboard. It includes an 1800mAh battery, though the company has not detailed the talktime and standby time of the device. The Celkon Monalisa ML-5 is the first smartphone under the company's Monalisa portfolio, and has been priced at Rs.10,999.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Samsung Galaxy Grand duos getting Android 4.2.2 update in India

Samsung  has started rolling out Android 4.2.2 update for Galaxy Grand duos smartphone in the Indian market. The update is now rolling out over-the-air as well as via Kies app.

There is no official change-log available at this point but the update is expected to include Android 4.2.2 changes like lock-screen widgets, quick-settings in notification shade, DayDream support and performance improvements.  Several goodies are expected on the Touchwiz side too.

You will be automatically notified once the update is available for your phone, however you can also check for the update manually by going to Settings << About Phone << Software update << Update. If you want to update your phone via Kies, the application can be downloaded from the Samsung support site.

In case, you have already updated your Galaxy Grand Duos I9082 to Android 4.2.2, do let us know about the experience in comments. Also, if you have spotted any other changes than the ones mentioned in the post, do share them too.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition) coming to India next month

Samsung is planning to launch its Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition) tablet in the Indian market around late-October, reports Press Trust of India (PTI). The news agency has apparently got this information from Samsung senior VP (CE division) Atul Jain, who has also confirmed Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear devices are being launched in the country on September 25, as reported by us earlier.

According to PTI, Samsung will release Note 10.1 2014 edition close to Diwali, probably to capitalise on the festival shopping season. The agency has also revealed that Galaxy NX smart camera, which was announced by Samsung back in June, will be coming to the country sometime this month. There is no confirmation on the exact launch date but we wouldn’t be surprised if it was launched alongside Note 3 and Gear on September 25.

To remind you, Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) comes with 2560x1600p resolution display, 1.9GHz octa-core processor, 3GB of RAM, 8MP rear camera, 2MP front camera and Android 4.3.

On the other hand, Samsung Galaxy NX smart camera packs 20.3 effective megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, quad-core processor, 4.8-inch TFT LCD, Android 4.2, 2GB of RAM and support for multiple lenses.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

HTC One Dual SIM (CDMA+GSM) with Expandable Memory Launched in India for ₹53,590

Taiwanese smartphone major HTC and telecom carrier Tata Docomo have jointly announced the availability of the HTC One dual-SIM phone in India.

Commenting on the launch of the new HTC One variant, HTC South Asia President Jack Yang said, "Dual SIM smartphones are becoming more popular as they allow consumers to take advantage of the most effective network coverage in the vicinity of the user for the best possible connections."

"This phone (HTC One) uses the dual networks (GSM and CDMA) of Tata Docomo to offer great data & voice experience to customers. Our innovative offerings will appeal to both individual and business customers who desire a data rich experience," said, Tata Docomo Head (Non Voice Services), Sunil Tandon.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

XOLO launched its first tablet ‘XOLO Tab’ for INR 13,499

Smartphone vendor XOLO has announced the launch of its first tablet in the Indian market today. Dubbed as XOLO Tab, the tablet sports an 8-inch IPS display with 1024x768p resolution.

According to the company, XOLO Tab runs on Android 4.1.2 and is powered by 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor. It also features 1GB of RAM, 4000 mAh battery, 3G and voice calling support.

In addition, the tablet packs 2MP rear camera, 0.3MP front camera, 4GB of storage, microSD card slot, and support for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Google says next version of Android will be called KitKat

Sundar Pichai, head of Android division at Google, on Tuesday revealed on Twitter that the next version of the company's mobile operating system (OS) will be called Android KIT KAT.

"We now have over 1 billion Android activations and hope this guy in front of the building keeps that momentum going," Pichai tweeted as well as posted an image of a giant Android mascot built like KitKat chocolate.

Earlier, there were rumours that the next version of the OS would be called Android Key Lime Pie.

Since Android 1.5, Google has named each version of the OS after a sweet. Android 1.5 was Cupcake. Android 1.6 was Donut. Android 2.0 was Eclair. Android 2.2 was Froyo. Android 2.3 was Gingerbread. Android 3.0 was Honeycomb. Android 4.0 was Ice Cream Sandwich. And Android 4.1, 4.2 and 4.3 have been called Jelly Bean.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Micromax Canvas Fun A74 now available online for INR 7,749

Micromax has quietly released a new Canvas Fun-series smartphone in the Indian market. Dubbed as Canvas Fun A74, the smartphone is now available at various online stores including Saholic and Snapdeal for INR 7,749.

The phone runs on Android 4.2.2 and is powered by 1.3GHz dual-core MediaTek processor. Micromax Canvas Fun A74 also comes with 4.5-inch FWVGA display, 512MB RAM and 4GB of internal storage. Other specs of the phone include dual-SIM support, 3G, 5MP rear camera, 1500 mAh battery and microSD card slot.

Now an android app to help you stay safe

Post the Mumbai gang-rape, several reports on how unsafe the city is for women have surfaced. Three women — Chinmayi S K, Ankita Herurkar and Sanik Sahasrabuddhe — have come out with an Android app that looks to instill some level of confidence in them. Called Bachchao (spelt as
Bachao on the app), the mobile app can be used to keep trusted friends informed of your location when travelling to a new city or staying out late.

“The happiest moment in our last six months of work has been when a friend contacted us. She had gone to a pub at around 10 pm and was testing the app. She told me that she felt safe because of it. All she had to do was to click a giant red button in the app and I would instantly get her co-ordinates. She was coming back by an auto and sent me her location three times,” says Chinmayi, co-creator.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Facebook Home updated, brings lock-screen music controls

Facebook has released an update for its Facebook Home launcher in Google Play. The update might not be a huge one but still brings one important change – lock-screen music controls.

The small number of users, who are still sticking to Facebook Home, will now be able to play/ pause or go to the next/ previous song directly from their lock-screen.

The change-log does not mention any other features as a part of latest Facebook Home update. In related news, with the latest update, Facebook for Android now includes some animated stickers in messages like Pusheen, Beast and Anooki wave, dance and wiggle. The Facebook for Android change is only applicable to Android 4.0.2 or above users. In addition to all this, the update also brings some bug-fixes.

You can now update Facebook for Android on your device to get the new features for both Home as well as core Facebook app.

XOLO Play getting OTA software update

XOLO has announced that it is rolling out a software update for XOLO Play smartphone. The update is now available over-the-air and can be triggered by going to Settings << About Phone << System Updates.

The update is also available as a manual download from the company site and then can be applied using the embedded later in the post.

XOLO has not provided any change-log for this update and just notes that this update will improve the performance of this Tegra 3 smartphone. XOLO Play T1000 currently runs on Android 4.1.1 and it is unclear whether the new update bumps the Android version in the smartphone or not. If you have already updated your smartphone, do let us know the details in comments section

Originally launched last month, XOLO Play comes with 4.7-inch IPS display with 720p resolution, 8MP rear camera and 2MP front camera. The phone also features with 1GB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, microSD card slot and 2000 mAh battery.

Android 4.3 update release date: Galaxy S3 & S4, Moto X Phone, HTC One

The Android 4.3 software update is Almaty mythical in status, as it’s already been officially released but has yet to show up on most Android devices. While users of Google’s own Nexus devices already have 4.3, the rest of the Android platform still awaits its release date a month after it’s already surfaced. There’s precious little official information as to when the “Jelly Bean” Android 4.3 update will arrive on devices like the Samsung Galaxy S4 and S3, HTC One, and Moto X Phone. But here are our best estimates.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Twitter for Android with new conversation view

Twitter has released an update for its official Android app earlier today. The new update brings a new conversation view and better support for entry-level Android devices.

According to a blog post by the company, the company wants to make to easier to follow conversations and be a part of them. From now on, users will be able to see conversational tweets linked by a vertical line.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

XOLO launched Q1000S phone with quad-core CPU & Android 4.2

After multiple teasers on its social media channels, XOLO has finally announced the launch of its new XOLO Q1000S smartphone in the Indian market today. This QCore-series smartphone packs some impressive specifications in just 6.98mm thick chassis.

According to a press release issued by the company, XOLO Q1000S has been priced at INR 18,999 and will be available in the coming days.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Videocon launches A42 with Android 4.2 & 4.5-inch display for INR 7,490

Videocon Mobiles has announced the launch of a new Android smartphone in the Indian market today. Dubbed as Videocon A42, the smartphone runs on Android 4.2.2 and packs a 4.5-inch FWVGA display.

According to Videocon, A42 also comes with a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and 512MB of RAM. The phone supports dual-SIM cards and the usual connectivity options. It will be sold for INR 7,490 in the country.

LG offers 7K discount on Optimus G Pro for your old smartphone

After Samsung and Sony, now LG has decided to try a buyback scheme to boost its smartphone sales in the country. The company has launched “The Best Exchange” offer for LG Optimus G Pro and is giving INR 7,000 discount on the best buy price of the smartphone if you trade-in your old smartphone.

The company has also bundling one year extra warranty (zero interest EMIs as well) with every purchase made via this buyback offer to sweeten the deal.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Google Translate for Android now supports handwritten input in Hindi

Google has released an update for its official Translate app on Android. The updated version brings several new goodies including Handwrite support for Hindi and Thai. So, users will now be able to input handwritten Hindi or Thai in addition to 46 more languages and translate it into other languages.

In addition to the new languages support in Handwrite, Google has also added camera input translation for Afrikaans, Greek, Hebrew and Serbian languages, which takes the total of supported language for this input type to 34.

“Simply tap the camera button, point at the text you want translated and take the picture, and brush over the text you want with your finger—in an instant you’ll see your translation,” Google notes in a Google+ post.

That is all for the new version and if you identify any other new features, do let us know in comments.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

iBall launches Slide i9018 Android tablet with 9-inch display for INR 9,990

iBall has added another name to its growing Slide Android tablet lineup today in the form of Slide i9018. The new tablet has been priced at INR 9,990 and will be available in the coming days.

iBall Slide i9018 features a 9-inch 1024x600p resolution display, 1GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM. The tablet also comes with Android 4.2, 2MP rear camera, front camera and 5,000 mAh battery.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Celkon launched Campus A63 for INR 4,499

Celkon has announced the launch of a new smartphone in the Indian market today. The new smartphone is part of the company’s Campus series and is known as Campus A63.

According to a press release issued by the company, Celkon Campus A63 has been priced at INR 4,499 and will be available in the market beginning today.

Celkon Campus A63 features 4-inch display, 1.2GHz dual-core CPU, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, and 3.2MP rear camera. The phone also packs front camera, Wi-Fi, microSD card slot, dual-SIM support and 1500 mAh battery.

The company is included a free back cover in the box with every phone.

Celkon is also expected to launch more device in its Campus series in the coming weeks. Some of these upcoming smartphones are A60, A20 and A10, these pricing and availability details of the phones are unclear at this moment.

Android Device Manager website is up, track your Android device

Days after the Android Device Manager started appearing on some Android phones, Google has made its webpage live too. If you have already received the new Google Play Services version on your Android device, you can now head over to this link to remotely track your Android tablet or smartphone or even wipe it remotely if needed, however you will first need to activate the wipe function in Android Device Manager settings on your device.

Android Device Manager can also be used to track a misplaced smartphone by making it ring loudly.  As the service is being rolled-out in batches, it might take days to reach your phone or tablet.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Karbonn Smart A11+ Android phone for INR 5,799

Karbonn has silently released a new Android smartphone in the Indian market. Available at e-retailers like and, the smartphone is dubbed as Karbonn Smart A11+.

A11+ is being sold around INR 5,799 and comes with features like 4.7-inch FWVGA display, 512MB of RAM and 3.2MP rear camera. The phone also packs Android 4.0, dual-SIM support, 2G, 1GHz dual-core processor, and 1450 mAh battery.

This is one of the few smartphones that come with such a large display in under INR 6,000 price-bracket. The specifications also look interesting and while we would have liked 3G and Jelly Bean on-board, not every user desires latest specifications.

Karbonn A11+ will join the recently released A1*, A5*, A27+ and A50 Android smartphones in Karbonn’s portfolio in the country.


  • 4.7-inch FWVGA capacitive display
  • 1GHz dual-core processor
  • Android 4.0
  • 3.2MP rear camera, front camera
  • 1,450 mAh battery
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3.5mm audio jack, EDGE support
  • Dual-SIM support
  • 512MB of RAM, 512MB of internal storage (161MB usable)

Xolo A500S Android 4.2 Jelly Bean smartphone launched at Rs. 6,999

XOLO has announced the launch of a new smartphone in the Indian market today. Dubbed as XOLO
A500S, the new smartphone has been priced at INR 6,999 and will be available in the coming days.

Running on Android 4.2, XOLO A500S features a 4-inch WVGA display, 1.2GHz dual-core processor and 512MB of RAM. The phone also comes with 4GB of internal storage, microSD card slot and 5MP rear camera.

According to a press release issued by the company, XOLO A500S will be sold in four colour options – Black, Blue, Red & White.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Micromax A34 with Android 2.3 now available for Rs. 4,399

Micromax seems to be targeting the budget mobile segment yet again with its latest smartphone, the Micromax A34, priced at Rs. 4399. The handset is now available on online retailer, Flipkart.
The Micromax A34 features a 3.95-inch HVGA display with a resolution of 320x480 pixels. The handset weighs 85 grams. It is powered by a 1GHz processor with 256B RAM.

The handset is a dual SIM device with GSM+GSM support. It sports a 2-megapixel rear camera with flash. The camera includes features like multi-shot, night mode, zoom (8x) and brightness control (7x).

The device is backed by a 1350mAh battery that the company claims, delivers up to 4 hours of talktime and 120 hours of standby time. The Micromax A34 runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread which is disappointing considering that Android 4.3 Jelly Bean has been released recently. It includes an internal memory of 165MB that can be expanded up to 32GB via microSD card. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPRS, EDGE and Micro-USB. Other features include FM Radio, G Sensor and Light Sensor.

The Micromax A34 does not support 3G networks. With the launch of A34, the company hopes to strengthen its budget smartphone range. The indigenous handset maker has been aggressively launching smartphones across different price segments.

Recently, Micromax launched the Bling 3 A86 at a price point of Rs. 9,599 through online retailers. It features a 4-inch capacitive touch display and comes with dimensions of 65.5x128.5x11.4mm. It is a dual-SIM (GSM+GSM) device that runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and is powered by 1GHz dual-core processor. The Bling 3 A86 sports a 5-megapixel rear camera and a 0.3-megapixel front camera. There is no mention of the internal storage but it comes with expandable storage of up to 32GB. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G, GPRS, EDGE and GPS. It comes with Micromax's own apps and content stores such as M! Zone and M! Live. It also supports FM Radio.

Monday, August 5, 2013

New Lava IRIS smartphones now available in India

Lava has started selling three new smartphones in the country recently. Part of the company’s IRIS series, these smartphones are IRIS 356, 402, and 349+. All three smartphones are now available at online retailer Flipkart.

Talking about the specific smartphones, Lava IRIS 356 features 3.5-inch HVGA display, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.2 and dual-SIM support. Other specifications of the phone include 1.3MP rear camera, 256MB RAM and 512MB of internal storage. IRIS 356 has been priced at INR 4,199.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Google Adsense Android app now available in Google Play

Google has finally released the official Android app for Adsense in Play Store on Thursday. As you can expect, the Adsense Android app can be downloaded for free and works on Android devices with version 4.0 or above.

“The Google AdSense app provides an easy way to access key data from your AdSense account. Access reporting features anywhere, directly from your mobile phone. The first version of the app gives you access to: the key earnings information, top custom and URL channels, ad units and sites reports, payment alerts,” Google notes in Google Play description.

App features:

  • Estimated earnings details
  • Channel-wise earnings
  • Site-wise earnings
  • Account notifications
  • Site-wise earnings

HTC One dual-SIM version headed to India.

Looks like India is going to become the third country to get the dual-SIM version of HTC One smartphone in the coming days. The smartphone was today spotted on HTC India website and is being currently shown as “coming soon.”

Originally released in Chinese market, HTC One dual-SIM version is also sold in Russia. There is no word on the exact India launch date or pricing at this moment but if Chinese or Russian pricing is any indication, we can expect HTC One dual-SIM version to get priced around INR 43,500 in the country.

BlackBerry Messenger for Android shows up online in leaked images

BlackBerry had announced it’s intentions to introduce its wildly popular messenger service to the Android and iOS platforms earlier this year. We’ve been hearing rumors of a late summer release and if our sources are to be trusted, the application will see a release in the coming weeks on both the platforms. Ahead of the release, screenshots from the Android build of the application have been leaked online.

Not only is BlackBerry testing the application internally, it is also looking at inviting selected BBM users to test out the application. The leaked screenshots of the Android build indicate that the app is functionally complete and is undergoing testing to detect and fix bugs. The advent of cross platform BBM would obliterate one of the most popular reasons for users to stick to a BlackBerry device. It’ll be interesting to see how the troubled smartphone manufacturer spins this in its favor.

Are you excited to enjoy BBM on your Android or iOS device ? Sound off in the comments below and be sure to tell us why you prefer it over the dozens of other alternatives.

iBall Andi 5h Quadro launched for Rs. 11999

Looks like its iBall making news these days a lot. Yet another smart phone, iBall Andi 5h Quadro has been launched in India by the brand. The device costs Rs. 11999 in India.

Available in 9.9mm slim built, Andi 5h Quadro is powered with 1.2GHz quad-core processor, which is believed to be a MediaTek Cortex A7 chipset. It has been included with 1GB RAM and comes with 4GB on-board storage along with support for memory expansion up to 32GB.

The latest smart phone from iBall comes with 5.0 inches Touch Screen, offering a resolution of 960×540 pixels. Its display uses IPS technology and offers a good viewing angle.

Further, the handset has been included with a 12 Mega Pixel Rear Camera along with 2MP front facing snapper. A 3G enabled handset, it supports dual-SIM calling. iBall has included Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS in its new phone. The phone utilizes 2200mAh battery to power up.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Sony launches Xperia Z Ultra in India for INR 46,990

Sony India has officially launched its Xperia Z Ultra phablet in the country today. Unveiled at a press event in New Delhi, the device will be available for INR 46,990. It is already being sold at some online retail stores for around INR 44,990, however according to the company, the sales begin August 2.

Sony Xperia Z Ultra is the first smartphone to reach India with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 processor. It features a 6.4-inch full HD TRILUMINOS display, Android 4.2 and 2GB of RAM. The phone also packs 3,000 mAh battery, 8MP rear camera, 2MP front camera and 16GB of internal storage.

Micromax Bling 3 A86 now available for Rs. 9599

Micromax has started selling the third Bling phone in the Indian market today. The Bling 3 is the 3rd phone in the Bling series Bling phone that was launched back in 2010 and Bling 2 A55 that was launched in 2011. The Bling 3 has  Swarovski Zirconia crystals similar to the other Bling phones. It has 4-inch touchscreen display, powered by a 1GHz dual-core processor and runs on Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean). Still no details about the display resolution, RAM and Internal memory.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Nexus 7 on Amazon India for just INR 11,999

Google might have already launched Nexus 7 (2013) but the original Nexus 7 continues to be a great tablet. It has already been updated to Android 4.3 and packs capable hardware for all your tablet needs.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Coming soon, an Android smartphone for Narendra Modi fans

Rejoice, Modi fans! Soon, it seems, there will be an Android phone dedicated to Narendra Modi.

According to reports, Smart Namo, an independent body formed by Modi fans, has announced it will soon launch a mobile phone by the same name.

The official website for the device says, the Android phone will be the group members’ way of showing their dedication and respect to Modi.

“We are from land of Gujarat and in electronic smartphone business in China. NAMO stands for Narendra Modi and Next Generation Android Mobile Odyssey,” says the description of the website.

Saavn Pro launched on Android

Saavn (South Asian Audio Video Network), a US-based Indian digital music service, has updated its Android app and introduced its premium subscription service Saavn Pro on it.

Saavn Pro, available for $3.99 (in US) and Rs 220 a month (in India) is an ad-free service and it allows users to cache and save the songs they like and listen them offline. In Saavn Pro, they can save music up to 3GB. Considering a song on an average could be anywhere between 5MB and 10 MB, 3GB would mean users can store anywhere between 400 and 450 songs for offline listening. Users can sync these songs across five devices. Saavn Pro is also available for a 30-day trial before users begin the subscription. When it was launched earlier this year on iOS, Saavn Pro received around 10,000 sign-ups within the first 48 hours of early interest registration.

Groupon App now available on Android

Groupon India, a leading player in the daily deals segment today launched the app on Android platform as well. The Android App will be available on Google Play for download and will allow users to browse through hundreds of deals from an array of selections ranging from local, travel to shopping and offer suggestions on best things to do, see, eat, and buy. By a mere touch or press of a button, Android users will now be able to use their smartphones as a "Groupon wallet".
The feature-rich app is devised not only to deepen engagement with regular Groupon users, but also to reach out to a larger audience through the fastest growing platform.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Android 4.2-powered Cloud X3 at INR 3,790 launched from Intex

Indian computer peripherals maker Intex has announced the launch of a new budget Android smartphone in the country today. Dubbed as Intex Cloud X3, the phone has been priced at INR 3,790.

Cloud X3 features 1GHz dual-core processor, 256MB RAM, Android 4.2, and 115MB internal storage. We are no sure how the Android 4.2 is going to perform with just 256MB RAM in the phone.

Other features include 3.5- inch HVGA display, dual-SIM support and 1450 mAh battery.

New features in Android 4.3 Jelly Bean

Google has announced the roll out of the next iteration of its Android operating system, dubbed as version 4.3, with the launch of its new Nexus 7 tablet. The new version will be called 'Jelly Bean' and would actually be the third version to carry the same tag after Android 4.1 and Android 4.2. The latest update comes about nine months after Google introduced Android 4.2.
However as suggested by previous leaks, the new Android version doesn't bring a big makeover and comes with a few major features. The new OS is being rolled out first to Google's Nexus range of devices including the original Nexus 7, Nexus 4, Nexus 10 tablet and will ship with the new Nexus 7. We take a look at its new features.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Google introduces Chromecast: A dongle to stream content to TV

Along with new Nexus 7 and Android 4.3, Google also took the wraps off Chromecast today. Running on
simplified Chrome OS version, Chromecast aims to be your go-to device for streaming video and audio content from computing devices to television.

“To help make it easy to bring your favorite online entertainment to the biggest screen in your house—the TV—we’re introducing Chromecast. Chromecast is a small and affordable ($35) device that you simply plug in to your high-definition (HD) TV and it allows you to use your phone, tablet or laptop to “cast” online content to your TV screen,” Google’s Sundar Pichai writes in a blog post.

Sony confirms Android 4.3 upgrade plans for selected Xperia Devices

Xperia Z, ZL, ZR, Tablet Z, SP and Z Ultra to get 4.3 upgrade; some 4.1 devices could jump straight to 4.3

Sony is the first Android OEM to commit to device updates to Android 4.3, less than a day after Google unveiled the new version of Android in San Francisco. The Japanese company says it can confirm that the Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR, Xperia Tablet Z, Xperia SP and Xperia Z Ultra will all get upgrades to Android 4.3, though no specific update timetable is offered.

In addition, Sony says it's looking at upgrading some of its Android 4.1 devices directly to 4.3, leapfrogging 4.2 entirely. (It wouldn't be the first we've heard of a manufacturer possibly jumping straight from 4.1 to 4.3.) Again, Sony's not committing to any timeframes, but says it'll share more details when it's able.

Meanwhile, the Android 4.2 updates will continue rolling out for existing Sony devices. The manufacturer says the Xperia ZR and Tablet Z will start seeing 4.2 push out from early August.

Source : Android Central

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Android 4.3 release date and features announced

Android 4.3 Jelly Bean has been officially announced alongside the Nexus 7 2 at Google’s San Francisco event.

Android 4.3 has been rumoured for quite a while and although there aren’t many front-end changes, the added back-end features should enable some very interesting experiences on Android handsets – especially if you're an avid gamer or parent.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Galaxy S4 zoom up for pre-order on Samsung India website for Rs 29,390

The Samsung Galaxy S4 zoom smartphone is finally up for pre-order on the Samsung India website for Rs 29,390 – the smartphone was launched at Rs 29,900. After officially announcing it last month, Samsung Electronics finally launched the Galaxy S4 zoom smartphone in India this month alongside the Galaxy S4 mini.

Monday, July 22, 2013

iBall launched Andi 4Di budget Android phone for INR 5,995

Indian computer peripherals maker iBall has announced the launch of a new budget Android smartphone in country today. Dubbed as Andi 4Di, the smartphone has been powered by Android 4.0.

iBall Andi 4Di features 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, VGA front camera and 5MP rear camera. The phone also comes with 4-inch WVGA display, 1700 mAh battery and dual-SIM support.

Considering the on-paper specifications, the phone seems to be decent but the real-life performance will matter the most.

Sony Xperia ZU could be available in India by July 31

Last month, Sony unveiled the Xperia ZU 6.4-inch phablet globally and now it appears that the product could be available in India by July 31 itself. An e-commerce website has indicated that the product will start shipping from July 31 onwards. Giving more credibility to this is the fact that Sony has slashed the prices of the Xperia Z and ZL smartphones, which could only mean that the company is planning to launch a new flagship product.

The Xperia ZU is Sony’s flagship product and it will be the first product in India to ship with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core CPU clocked at 2.2GHz. It is also the first Sony mobile product to be equipped with a TRILUMINUS display, something which the company uses in its high-end HDTVs.

New Android 4.3 Jelly Bean Release Date Hints, Leaked For Galaxy S4 Google Edition

Google has been maintaining a studied silence about its Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update which is expected to be released any time now. However, while that is awaited, we have been treated with several leaks of the said version in the past. The latest addition to this saga is the Build JWR66V which has been picked up by the inquisitive guys at Android Central from XDA Developers. The update is meant for the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition. Also, what seems likely is that the latest update will only be compliant with the GSM versions of the Galaxy S4 in the US and Canada though the latter bit is mere speculation as of now.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Sony offers 5K discount on Xperia Z/ZL for your old smartphone

Sony has started exchange offer for its flagship Xperia Z and ZL smartphones. The company is giving an assured discount of INR 5,000 if you trade-in your old phone. We don’t have a list of eligible phone for trade-in right now but we will update the post as soon as we get hold of it, till then you can visit you nearest retailer to learn if your old phone is eligible for Sony’s Big Xperia Xchange offer or not.
Sony is also bundling a free case worth INR 1,990 with every Xperia Z purchase and snap-on cover worth INR 1490 with Xperia ZL.  This is not all; the company is offering 12 or 6 months EMI plans for these phones without any processing fee at select stores.

According to the company, the exchange offer, which went live on July 15, is valid until August 15, 2013. After getting discount as a part of exchange offer, you will able to get new Sony Xperia Z for INR 33,790 or lower (depending on your old phone) and Sony Xperia ZL for INR 30,690 or lower.To remind you, Sony Xperia Z and ZL were released in the country earlier this year and come with 5-inch full HD display, quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 13MP rear camera and 2GB of RAM.

Google Play Store Reaches 50 Billion Downloads a Year Faster Than The App Store

CEO of Google Inc. Larry Page announced that the Google Play store, the equivalent of Apple's App Store, has seen users download more than 50 billion apps. The announcement was made Thursday during the second quarter earnings call.

Apple recently hit the same milestone of 50 billion unique downloads from its App Store. However, what Apple took five years to accomplish has only taken Google four. It was only in May that Google announced at its I/O developers conference that people had downloaded 48 billion apps on the marketplace designed for Android users. Meanwhile Apple announced its 50 billion milestone. While everyone took it as a win for Apple, the speed with which it achieved this goal compared to Google was glacial.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Rovio account now available worldwide on Android and iOS

Rovio Account is now available for iOS and Android devices globally – a step further in the company’s gradual rollout plans for the new feature.

Released this year, Rovio Account lets players save their game progress and continue playing on another device. The feature was introduced after Rovio fans began asking the company for a way to play their game across devices without losing their progress. As it stands now, Rovio Account is available on the original Angry Birds game and The Croods, and will be rolled out to other Angry Birds and non Angry Birds titles in the future.