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.