In a press conference in Hyderabad today, Smartron unveiled its first Android smartphone —the t.phone. The phone will be available in the market for ₹22,999, with the vendor offering beefy specs for the price. You're looking at a 5.5-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display, Snapdragon 810 SoC, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB storage. tphone is a thin smartphone elegantly styled with bold dual tone scheme and at...
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 18 May 2016 6:29 am
Hot on the heels of the launch of the Moto G4 Plus in the country, the Moto X Style and Moto X Play are receiving a discount. Flipkart is selling the 16GB Moto X Style for ₹20,999, and the X Play is down to ₹17,499.
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 17 May 2016 6:23 am
The Moto G4 and G4 Plus are now official. This year's offerings are Motorola's most robust to date in the budget segment, with the phones featuring a 5.5-inch Full HD display, Snapdragon 617 SoC, 13MP camera (16MP on the G4 Plus) with 5MP shooter at the front along with a 3000mAh battery.
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 16 May 2016 8:08 am
MediaTek has seen a fourfold increase in its LTE-enabled SoC shipments in 2015, and the vendor is now looking to the Indian market to drive growth this year. Citing a burgeoning handset market — which saw a 23% increase in sales in Q1 2016 — MediaTek is expecting India to contribute over 10% of its global shipments for 2016.
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 16 May 2016 4:23 am
LG has launched the Stylus 2 in the Indian market for ₹20,500. The phone offers a 5.7-inch 720p display, Marshmallow out of the box, and a stylus with a nano-coated tip that's designed to be more precise than its predecessor.
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 14 May 2016 10:00 pm
4G is finally going mainstream in India.
India's mobile market has seen a meteoric rise in the last few years, and it doesn't look like the growth will abate anytime soon. The country has witnessed a 23% increase in phone sales in Q1 2016, and it is estimated that over a billion phones will be sold by 2020. A key part of that vision is 4G connectivity, which has been rolling out in phases...
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 13 May 2016 5:19 am
CREO has rolled out its first update to the Mark 1. The vendor unveiled the handset on April 13, promising to deliver monthly updates through which the phone "runs like new." This month's update is geared at making the camera more responsive, while introducing more functionality to the vendor's Sense and Echo software-based features. The update comes in at 15MB, and will be rolling out to all...
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 12 May 2016 1:10 am
Motorola's handsets have traditionally been offered on Flipkart in India, but this year's Moto G4 and G4 Plus will be exclusive to Amazon. Motorola confirmed the same via a press release, which was followed by banter between the two companies on Twitter:
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 10 May 2016 7:11 am
Of the 52.8 million phones that were shipped in India in Q1 2016, 67% were locally assembled, according to CyberMedia Research. YoY sales saw a 4.7% decline, and a more drastic 12.8% decrease compared to Q4 2015. On the bright side, the government's "Make in India" efforts are bearing fruit, as more and more international vendors are starting to set up manufacturing facilities in the country.
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 10 May 2016 6:37 am
Google is continuing its push to offer free Wi-Fi access at railway stations across India. Today, the search giant in collaboration with RailWire has rolled out access in Ujjain, Jaipur, Patna, Guwahati and Allahabad railway stations. Free Wi-Fi is now live in 15 stations, with over 2.5 lakh users connecting to the service every week. The goal is to connect 100 stations by the end of the year,...
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 10 May 2016 2:59 am
The Lenovo Z1 is now official in India for ₹13,499. The ZUK-powered phone made its debut last August, but an exclusivity arrangement between Micromax's Yu Televentures and Cyanogen OS prevented Lenovo from launching the phone in India. The exclusivity deal is no longer valid, which means that we're going to see international vendors launching phones running Cyanogen OS in the country, starting...
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 9 May 2016 3:53 am
Samsung has launched the Galaxy J5 2016 and the Galaxy J7 2016 in India. The Galaxy J5 is available in the country for ₹13,990, with the Galaxy J7 debuting at ₹15,990. Both come with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow out of the box, offer 13MP cameras at the back and 5MP front shooters, and feature a metal frame around the sides. The phones will be up for sale starting later today on Flipkart.
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 9 May 2016 1:36 am
The Indian government is working on a new mapping bill that will have serious consequences for companies providing mapping services in the country. Dubbed the Geospatial Information Regulation Bill, the ruling aims to regulate mapping vendors like Google by forcing them to seek out a license from the newly-created Security Vetting Authority.
Three more Indian railway stations are now offering free Wi-Fi to passengers on the network. Should you happen to be waiting for a connecting service at Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh, Raipur in Chhattisgarh and Kacheguda in Telengana, you'll be able to remain connected for free. Google is partnering up with RailTel to provide high-speed internet to commuters at supported locations.
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 5 May 2016 11:59 pm
Update:Google reached out to us and clarified that Android One will continue to function as a platform, with the search giant working with its global partners to roll out affordable hardware with a stock Android user interface.
Original story follows:
Google has failed to make strides with the Android One platform in India, but the search giant isn't giving up on the initiative. The program...
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 5 May 2016 3:29 am
Play Store carrier billing is now available for Idea Cellular subscribers in India. The carrier has partnered with Bango to enable Direct Carrier Billing through the service's payment platform, giving its 182 million customers the ability to charge app, game, music, and movie purchases from the Play Store to their monthly phone bill.
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 5 May 2016 2:18 am
LeEco has set up its own e-commerce portal in India, and has started to sell accessories directly to consumers in the country. Dubbed LeMall, the portal is currently offering Leme Bluetooth Headphones, Letv All-Metal Earphones, and Letv Reverse In-Ear Headphones.
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 4 May 2016 6:49 am
Sony is rolling out the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update to a slew of phones in India, with the Xperia Z2, Xperia Z3, and Xperia Z3 Compact receiving the update. The Xperia Z2 Tablet is also picking up the OTA update, which is now going out to consumers in the country.