Sony Ericsson Xperia Play Priced at Rs 32,000 in India; To be Launched in April

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play is one of the most exciting Android smartphone to slated to be launched this year. It should be available soon, but thanks to Flipkart, we can pre-order it in India now.

It is priced at Rs 32,000 ($710) and will start shipping from the 2nd week of April. The pricing is a bit lower than the earlier suggested pricing of Rs 34,000, but it’s still quite steep.

It was announced at MWC in February and will support a library of exclusive PSP games created for the Xperia Play. It looks quite similar to the PSP Go, but sports much better hardware.

It comes with a 4 inch touchscreen display and a sliding gamepad. It has a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels and comes with Android 2.3 Gingerbread. It is powered by a 1 GHz processor, 512 MB RAM and an Adreno 205 GPU. It also has a 5 MP camera with LED flash and will launch with more than 50 gaming titles.

Go ahead and book your Xperia Play right away. Game on!

Book Xperia Play at Flipkart

Xperia Play

Twitter is Now 5 Years Old

Despite Twitter acting like a dick this past week, pissing off both developers and users in the process, no one can deny that Twitter is a revolutionary (literally!) communication tool which has been one of the most popular web services on 2010.

Well, guess what?! Twitter is now exactly 5 years old. It was exactly 5 years ago, on this day that Twitter was born.

In these 5 years, Twitter has exploded in terms of users and tweets.

Here are some interesting statistics about Twitter.

#tweets

3 years, 2 months and 1 day. The time it took from the first Tweet to the billionth Tweet.

1 week. The time it now takes for users to send a billion Tweets.

50 million. The average number of Tweets people sent per day, one year ago.

140 million. The average number of Tweets people sent per day, in the last month.

177 million. Tweets sent on March 11, 2011.

456. Tweets per second (TPS) when Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009 (a record at that time).

6,939. Current TPS record, set 4 seconds after midnight in Japan on New Year’s Day.

#accounts

572,000. Number of new accounts created on March 12, 2011.

460,000. Average number of new accounts per day over the last month.

182%. Increase in number of mobile users over the past year.

#employees

8. 29. 130. 350. 400. Number of Twitter employees in Jan 2008, Jan 2009, Jan 2010, Jan 2011 and today.

Jack Dorsey, the creator of Twitter just tweeted this out and also posted an interesting conversation with Biz Stone which describes the creation of Twitter.

IM with @Biz about starting work on twttr, March 13th 2006, 12:22PM Pacific

me: Biz! How goes? We’re starting work on the twttr implementation today.

Biz: really?! NICE

me: yeah, i roped florian in. i think we’ll be able to get most of it up and working by the end of this week. then i’ll do the sms and style side next week. along with ajax stuff.

Biz: two weeks and we’ll have twttr.
yay!

me: yeah! should be pretty quick. have all of florian’s time and all of mine.

Biz: oh man that’s awesome

Biz: i’ve looking longingly at my empty sms on my phone throuhout the panels

Biz: sucks that teen people has the shortcode

me: i know! that’s going to be tough. doesn’t help that the code also spells TXT

Biz: hmm

yah

Motorola Xoom Available For Pre-Order in India For Rs 35000

The Motorola Xoom, the first Android tablet to run Android 3.0 Honeycomb which has been launched in the US since weeks, has finally shown some signs of coming to India.

Infibeam, a popular online store in India, has made the Motorola Xoom available in India for pre-order. It is priced at Rs 35,000 or $775, based on current exchange rates. It’s a bit surprising that the tablet will be available in India at a lower price than in the US where it is priced at $800. According to Infibeam, the Motorola Xoom will be released in India on 10 May 2011, and will start shipping in 3-4 days after the launch.

The Motorola Xoom is a very good Android tablet, and presently the only decent competitor to the Apple iPad 2. It has received good reviews but is priced a bit high, compared to the Apple iPad 2, which starts at $499, the same as the iPad. It is rumored that a Wi-Fi only version of the Xoom is in the works, and will cost substantially lower, closer to the $500 mark.

The Motorola Xoom has a 10.1 inch display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. It is powered by a 1 GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, 1 GB RAM and comes with a 5 MP camera. It also has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 3G connectivity and comes with 32 GB internal storage.

To preorder it, visit Infibeam

Motorola Xoom

HTC Droid Incredible 2 Specifications and Images Leaked

The HTC Incredible 2, also known as the Verizon Droid Incredible 2, is supposed to be launched soon. It will be one of the few new high end Android smartphones which will be powered by a single core processor. Other than that, the HTC Incredible 2 seems to have some really good hardware specs.

Today, images and specifications of the HTC Droid Incredible 2 have leaked out.

Verizon HTC Droid Incredible 2

It will come with a 4.0 inch Super LCD display with a WVGA resolution. It will run Android 2.3 Gingerbread with the HTC Sense UI (It is running Android 2.2 Froyo, but will get a upgrade to Gingerbread before launch).

It also has an 8 MP camera with flash as well as a 1.3 MP front facing camera. It is powered by a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM 8655 processor and offers 768 MB RAM. It also has 4 GB internal storage and has a 1450 mAh battery.

Compared to the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S 2 or the Motorola Atrix 4G, it seems a bit underpowered in terms of clock speed and RAM, but it is an impressive device nevertheless. Pricing details and launch dates should be announced soon.

via AndroidSpin

Google Displaying Promoted Tweets on Real-time Search

Twitter has been in the news for all the wrong reasons this past week. After the #dickbar fiasco, and the recent update of the Twitter API terms to discourage developers from building new Twitter clients, Twitter, under the leadership of Dick Costolo, seems to be charging ahead to turn profitable, at least enough to justify its sky high valuation which recently jumped to $7.7 billion in a private auction.

Unlike Facebook, which seems to have found a way to make money without irritating its users, every time Twitter makes a move towards monetizing the millions of tweets its users create, somehow it always seems to rub off badly with either the users or the developers.

In its latest move, Twitter seems to have convinced Google to display promoted tweets in real-time search results. It seems like if you search for any keyword in Google for which a promoted tweet exists, the promoted tweet is display on top of the results, highlighted as “Ads by Twitter”. Twitter likely plans to jack up the price of Promoted Tweets based on how much additional traffic they gain from real-time search users.

Bing, Google’s closest competitor in the search space, isn’t displaying the promoted tweets in the real-time search results though. We wonder if this is because Google has only the Twitter firehose as a source for real-time search results, while Bing has access to both Twitter and Facebook data streams. Maybe, that’s how Twitter coerced Google into display promoted tweets in results. At this point, it’s still speculation though.

Google Promoted Tweets Ads by Twitter

Samsung Galaxy Tab Wi-Fi Priced at $399; Launching on April 4

The Samsung Galaxy Tab was the first successful Android tablet which was launched back in 2010. It was the only tablet other than the iPad which had good sales, but compared to the iPad, it was a relative flop, mainly due to its high pricing.

It was priced at $599 which was perceived to be quite high, as the iPad started at just $499. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 will likely be priced even higher, but here’s some good news for Android tablet fans.

The Wi-Fi only version of the Galaxy Tab will be priced at $399, which is exactly the same as the first generation iPad. It will be launched on April 4. Though the Galaxy Tab Wi-Fi has much better hardware specifications, the iPad offers a better OS and more tablet apps.

With the Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi coming in the next month, we don’t know how much of a success the Galaxy Tab Wi-Fi will be, but if Samsung announces an upgrade to Android 3.0 Honeycomb for the Galaxy Tab, it could be a very interesting device.

By the way, you can also expect a Wi-Fi only version of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 soon, but it will likely be priced much higher, closer to the $600 mark.

Galaxy Tab Wi-Fi

via Droid-Life

Kinect Sales Over 10 Million; Bags a Guinness World Record

Xbox KinectThe Xbox Kinect has been a very popular device for users of the Xbox 360 gaming console and has also attracted a very active modder community. It has had record sales since launch which have been vetted by Guinness World Records.

Boosted by Christmas, the Kinect had sold over 8 million units by the first week of January 2011, with an average of 133,333 units sold daily, in its first 60 days of sale. It has been confirmed as the fastest selling consumer electronics device by Guinness.

“The sales figures here speak for themselves,” said Gaz Deaves, Gaming Editor for Guinness World Records. “According to independent research, no other consumer electronics device sold faster within a 60-day time span, which is an incredible achievement considering the strength of the sector.”

Today, Microsoft confirmed that the Kinect has sold over 10 million units. Sales of the Kinect sensor and Kinect games are only expected to rise further. After a long time, Microsoft finally has a huge hit on its hands.

via Xbox and Guinness

64 GB iPhone 4 Prototype Leaked

iPhone 4 64 GBImages of a leaked iPhone 4 prototype were posted to a technology blog today. No, I haven’t gone back in time and I’m not referring to the Gizmodo iPhone 4 fiasco.

Today, a 64 GB iPhone 4 prototype was unearthed in Shenzhen, China from a Foxconn factory. Apparently, Apple was working on three models of the iPhone with storage capacities of 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB, but decided to ship only the first two.

MICGadget has posted images of the 64 GB iPhone 4 on its blog and has confirmed that it is indeed a legit prototype and not some counterfeit iPhone. It is very similar to the iPhone 4 prototype bought by Gizmodo last year and runs iOS 4.1. It has the model number – 995-6049LL and offers 59.1 GB of storage.

It is not SIM-locked and isn’t available for sale anywhere. This particular model was obtained from source who has a few of these.

This prototype seems to indicate that the iPhone 5, which will be launched in a few months, will likely offer a 64 GB version.

Head over to MICGadget for the complete video of the iPhone 4 64 GB prototype

Apple Slashes iPad Prices in India; Starts at Rs 24500

Apple iPadApple launched the iPad in India on January 29, 2011, about an year after it was first announced. Despite being a bit late, the iPad was received warmly in India and many people I know went ahead and bought one, despite it being priced at Rs 27900, which is quite high for an year old product.

Just a week back, Apple officially announced the iPad 2, confirming my suspicion that Apple was just dumping the remaining stock of the iPad on India. After the iPad 2 launch, Apple announced that it would slash the price of the original iPad by $100, pricing the entry level 16 GB Wi-Fi iPad at $399. It also announced that it would refund $100 to anyone who had recently bought an iPad.

Today, Apple India has changed the iPad pricing details, and revised the pricing of all the iPad models. The iPad now starts at just Rs 24500 and goes up all the way to Rs 41900.

Here is a list of the revised Apple iPad prices in India:

Apple iPad with Wi-Fi only

16 GB – Rs. 24,500
32 GB – Rs. 29,500
64 GB – Rs. 34,500

Apple iPad with Wi-Fi + 3G

16 GB – Rs. 31,900
32 GB – Rs. 36,900
64 GB – Rs. 41,900

The iPad 2 doesn’t offer any major improvements over the iPad; it comes only with a pair of cameras and a faster processor with more RAM. The iPad is still a good buy, and at this price point, I would definitely recommend it. Also, considering Apple’s love for India, the iPad 2 will probably be launched here in the next century, so it wouldn’t be unwise to get the iPad now.

via Apple India

Microsoft to Launch Windows for Tablets Only by Q3 2012

Despite rumors of Microsoft working feverishly on a Windows tablet launch in 2011, it seems that Microsoft’s answer to Android and iOS for tablets won’t be ready until Q3 2012. A recent report by Business Week says that Microsoft won’t launch a tablet version of Windows until the 2012 back-to-school season, which by all measures will be too late for the software giant.

“If 2011 is the year of the tablet wars, Microsoft will be awfully late suiting up for that battle,said Michael Gartenberg, a New Jersey-based analyst for research firm Gartner Inc. It’s not a good position to be in.”

It has already been over an year since Apple unveiled the iPad and in less than a week, the iPad 2 will be available around the world. Android has also entered the tablet race and is poised to become the leading tablet platform soon, thanks to manufacturers like Motorola, Samsung and HTC rushing to launch tablets running Android.

Even HP’s webOS tablets and RIM’s Blackberry Playbook will be available by the end of 2011. Microsoft will likely be the last major entrant into the tablet arena, and it will probably be too late for it to gain a foothold of the market then. The only hope for Microsoft is if it is able to leverage the huge Windows market share in PCs and the power of the vast library of Windows software already available.

The tablet market is set to explode in the coming years, as consumer focus shifts from personal computers to tablets. By the time Windows tablets are launched, we will probably see the iPad 3 and the third generation of Android tablets in the market. The future of Microsoft’s tablet OS seems very bleak.