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Omkar Dutta is a Mobile Enthusiast from Mumbai, India. He loves to check out latest software, mobile phones and web services. Currently, he writes for this awesome blog as well as Fone Arena. You can follow him on Twitter @0mkarr

10 Million Samsung Galaxy Devices Sold In India

It all started with the Galaxy S! Back in 2010, Samsung decided to group all the Android smartphones under the Galaxy brand and Bada smartphones under the Wave brand. The first smartphone in the Galaxy family to reach India was none other than the original Galaxy S.

This handset went on to become the largest selling smartphone in the history of Android. Later next year, Samsung launched the Galaxy S II which broke the previous record in just few months of its launch. This record was once again broken this year by yet another Galaxy smartphone. No prizes for guessing the answer.

Last year, Samsung launched the Galaxy Note and created a new category of phone/tablet hybrid device. Today, almost all of the major Mobile phone manufacturers has already launched their own phablet or in the process of unveiling it next month at the CES 2012. Sadly, none of them managed to compete with the Galaxy Note and Galaxy Note II.

galaxy s 3

Samsung has not only launched hi-end smartphones and phablets under the Galaxy brand, but also launched the entry-level Android smartphones such as Galaxy Y, Galaxy Ace and so on. These handsets were specially target at the youngster as well as for those who do not want to burn their pockets for the Android experience.

As expected, Samsung recently announced that the company managed to sell 10 million units of Galaxy devices in India right from the beginning till date. This number includes Galaxy smartphones as well as tablets. The Galaxy brand not only changed the fortunes of the company, but also took the Korean mobile phone maker to the top spot in less than 3 years.

Asim Warsi, Samsung VP (Mobile), said,
“Innovative devices like the Samsung Galaxy S, Galaxy SII and SIII, Galaxy Note, Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy Y have caught the imagination of customers and helped us democratise the smartphone experience in the Indian market. Through our series of consistent smartphone launches, Samsung has fuelled the growth of the smartphone market in India and has been a category leader since last year. Samsung’s portfolio of 13 Galaxy devices in the Indian market are priced between Rs. 6,790 to Rs. 39,990.”

Nokia 2050 Launched In China With Dedicated QQ Button

Some of the major mobile phone maker has already tried their luck by manufacturing a smartphone which focuses on the social networking sites, specially Facebook. Last year, HTC launched the mid-range HTC Chacha and HTC Salsa smartphones with a dedicated Facebook button. Even Vodafone launched the entry-level Vodafone 555 Blue with a Facebook button. Sadly, none of them managed to attract the Facebook addicts in developing countries.

Last month, Nokia joined the bandwagon and announced the company’s first QWERTY phone with a dedicated Facebook button, the Nokia Asha 205. It was already rumored that Nokia will replace the Facebook button with the QQ button before shipping it in China, since Facebook is already blocked up there and QQ is the most popular instant messaging service among Chinese users.

Today, Nokia finally confirmed the rumor and launched the Nokia 2050 in China. And you guessed it right! The Nokia 2050 comes with the exact same specs found in the Asha 205 minus the Facebook button and Asha branding. This device is specially targeted at the youngsters, who wants to stay connected with their friends and family on the go.

The Nokia 2050 comes with a 2.4 inch QVGA display, Series 40 Asha UI, full QWERTY keyboard, VGA camera, Nokia Xpress Browser, Nokia Life+, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, 3.5 mm headset jack, Slam feature, 10 MB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, GPRS/EDGE, 2.0 mm charger connector, up to 25 days of stand-by time, up to 11 hours of talk-time and a 1020 mAh battery.

The Nokia 2050 comes with a price tag of 399 Chinese Yuan (approx. $65). You will also get an exclusive gift of 40 EA games which includes titles such as Tetris, Bejeweled, Need for Speed The Run and EA Sports FIFA 12.

Toshiba Excite 7.7 Gets The Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Update

Back in April, Toshiba announced the Excite 7.7 tablet featuring a 7.7 inch display, 1.5 GHz quad-core processor, 1 GB RAM, 32 GB internal memory, 5 megapixel rear camera, 2 megapixel front-facing camera for video chat and much more. Later in June, this handset was finally shipped with the old Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System.

Toshiba is not known for rolling out updates in a timely manner. But the manufacturer surprised us by rolling out a major update for the Excite 7.7 tablet. You heard it right! After waiting for nearly 8 months, Toshiba finally started rolling out the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) update for the Excite 7.7 across the world.

The latest update is numbered JRO036 and it comes with Hybrid UI and other important Jelly Bean features such as Google Now, Project Butter, offline text-to-speech, improved overall performance, smart keyboard, improved voice search, enhanced notifications, improved power management, advanced notifications, improved Face Unlock and more.

The size of the update is 348 MB and it can be downloaded via Over-The-Air (OTA). As usual, we advise you to backup all of your data and completely charge the battery before upgrading the device. If you still haven’t received this update, then just go to Settings > About > Software Updates and check for the update.

Karbonn Launches A30 Smartphone; Comes With 5.9 Inch Display, Android 4.0

Some major handset makers such as Samsung and Huawei are expected to announce a phone/tablet hybrid device with a large 6 inch display at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2013 in Las Vegas. However, the Indian mobile phone manufacturer Karbonn went a step ahead and launched the world’s first smartphone with a large 5.9 inch display!

The Karbonn A30 is a dual-SIM smartphone, which runs on the old Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. The price of this device is nowhere close to our favorite phablet, the Galaxy Note II. Karbonn has also pre-loaded some useful apps such as Facebook, WhatsApp, PayTM, Saavn and Karbonn Smart.

Shashin Devsare, Executive Director, Karbonn Mobiles, said,
“By devising the Karbonn A30 – Ta Fone, our endeavour is to form the world’s first 5.9” screen smartphone which blurs the differentiation between a Tablet and a Smartphone and creates a hybrid category of devices which is sure to see a lot of buzz in times to come.”

Karbonn A30 features a 5.9 inch capacitive touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, 1 GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, Dual-SIM (3G + 2G) capabilities, 8 megapixel auto focus rear camera with LED flash, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, Wi-Fi, 3G Connectivity, Bluetooth 3.0, USB 2.0, Google Play Store, A-GPS, 4 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory and a 2500 mAh battery.

Karbonn A30 comes with a price-tag of Rs. 12,990 (approx. $235). However, you can easily get this device from popular online retailer Saholic for just Rs. 11,500.

Samsung Galaxy Note To Get Android 4.1 And Premium Suite Update

Samsung Galaxy Note is the Korean mobile phone manufacturer’s first phone/tablet hybrid device. It was not only the hottest selling device of 2011, but also created a new category of Android phablets. Samsung managed to sell more than 10 million units of this device in less than 8 months of its launch.

Similar to the Galaxy S II, the Galaxy Note was shipped with the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. As promised, the manufacturer has also rolled out the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update for this device. Now, Samsung will soon surprise the Galaxy Note owners with the new Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) update.

samsung galaxy note

The latest update will bring the usual Jelly Bean goodies along with the Galaxy Note premium suite. Yes, you head it right! This update will bring the multi-window (full-screen multitasking), pop-up video/browser/note apps, photo note/photo frame, easy clip, paper artist, new S Planner and email app. Galaxy note will be the company’s third device after Galaxy Note II and Galaxy S III to feature the much useful multi-window multitasking.

Samsung has not yet announced the any release date for this update. However, the company has already updated their product page with the upcoming features. It might be an indication that the much awaited Jelly Bean update is already on its way. We will let you know as soon as the update starts rolling out. Stay tuned!

Samsung Galaxy Music Duos Goes On Sale In India For Rs.9,199

Back in October, Samsung announced the Galaxy Music and Galaxy Music Duos. These entry-level smartphones runs on the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. Galaxy Music and Music Duos features a dual frontal stereo speakers along with advanced audio features such as Sound Alive and SRS. These devices are specially targeted at music lovers.

Samsung has not yet launched these devices in major markets across Asia. However, folks living in India can finally get their hands on the Galaxy Music Duos. Samsung’s official online store has recently started selling this handset in India. If you are planning to buy a sub-10k smartphone powered by the Android 4.0 OS, then you should definitely take a look at this handset.

Samsung Galaxy Music Duos features a 3.0 inch QVGA touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels, 850 Mhz processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System, dual-SIM (GSM+GSM capabilities), Samsung Touchwiz UI, 3 megapixel rear-facing camera, VGA video recording, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity and more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, music player with SoundAlive, FM Radio with RDS, stereo speaker, Samsung ChatON, Samsung Social Hub, MicroUSB 2.0, Bluetooth 3.0, Document Viewer, A-GPS, Google Play Store, 512 MB RAM, 4 GB internal memory, Micro SD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, up to 370 hrs of stand-by time, up to 6 hours of talk-time and a 1300 mAh battery.

Samsung Galaxy Music Duos comes with a price tag of Rs.9,199 (approx. $165). To get this handset, head over to this page.

Intex Launches iBuddy Connect Tablet With Voice Call Facility For Rs.7990

Intex has previously launched a number of budget tablets. However, the company recently launched its first tablet device with voice calling facility. This device is called as the Intex iBuddy connect and it runs on the old Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. The manufacturer has also packed some useful news and social networking apps such as Nimbuzz, Skype, Facebook, India Today and Aaj Tak.

Sanjay Kumar, General Manager – Mobile Business, Intex Technologies, said,
“Intex iBuddy Connect is an interesting blend of latest technologies and smart look. Today, youth segment both in urban and semi-urban cities and towns are looking for a computing gadget which comes with calling facilities as well. Addressing to the evolved needs, we have introduced this compact tablet.”

Intex iBuddy Connect features a 7-inch touchscreen display with, 5-point touch capabilities, 1 GHz single-core processor, GSM SIM Support, Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, 2 megapixel rear camera, VGA front camera for video calls, Wi-Fi Connectivity, Bluetooth, Google Play Store, 4 GB internal memory, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 512 MB RAM, HDMI support and a 3000 mAh lithium ion battery.

Intex iBuddy Connect comes with a price tag of just Rs.7990. This device is available in white and chocolate colors. It offers a USB 2.0 port with support for 3G USB dongles. You can easily get this device from your nearest retailers as well as from 70 Intex Squares across India.

Reliance Offers Unlimited Facebook Messenger Access For Just Rs.16

We have a good news for Facebook addicts. Most of the operators in India have already launched the unlimited BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) plan, which allows the BlackBerry users to enjoy unlimited BBM access for just Rs.129 per month. Along similar lines, Reliance Communications recently launched the new Facebook Messenger plan.

You can subscribe to this plan for just Rs.16. It comes with a validity of 30 days. The new Facebook Messenger plan offers unlimited access to Facebook Messenger without subscribing to any other data plans. This plan will prove to be extremely useful for those who does not want to subscribe to any costly data plans, but still want to get in touch with their Facebook friends on the go.

Sadly, this pack is currently available only for pre-paid subscribers. The plan is auto-renewed every 30 days unless the user unsubscribe it manually. Facebook Messenger is currently available for iPhone, BlackBerry and Android. You can also use Facebook Messenger even if you do not have a Facebook account. Similar to WhatsApp, the new Facebook Messenger for Android allows you to sign up with just using your name and phone number. You can download the app from fb.me/msgr.

Nilanjan Mukherjee, Wireless Chief Revenue Officer, Reliance Communications Limited said,
“We have always been at the forefront of offering innovative products with incredible affordability for our customers and the launch of Facebook Messenger Plan is yet another step in that direction. We are confident that ‘Facebook Messenger Plan’ with unlimited usage of Facebook without any extra data charges is set to provide a compelling new experience with incredible affordability to smartphone users across the country on our superior network. We are hoping this offer to trigger a significant shift of youth customers using smartphones to our superior network.”

Zync Launches Six New Dual-SIM Phones In India

Zync is known for manufacturing entry-level dual-SIM phones. Recently, the company went ahead and launched 6 new dual-SIM phones, Zync C18, Zync C21, Zync C22, Zync C24, Zync C27 and Zync C30 in India. These handsets are available in the range starting from just Rs.1,399 to Rs.2,499. These phones support Facebook, Yahoo, MSN, etc. Check out the complete specs below.

Amul Mittal, Co-founder, Zync Global, said,
“This is the first time we have entered the mobile phone category. With the mobile segment growing by leaps and bounds and recording sales of around 200 million units in 2012, we felt this was the right time to expand our horizon and enter a new territory. At Zync, we continuously work on innovation with our product range and seek to provide the right solutions for our customers for their technological needs. With the launch of these six new cell phones, we aim to bring a powerful and dependable device with great features at a very affordable price point.”

Zync C18:

  • 1.8 inch display
  • 128 x 160 pixels resolution
  • Dual-SIM (GSM+GSM) capabilities
  • 200 SMS Memory
  • 300 phonebook memory
  • 1.3 megapixel camera
  • VGA video recording
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Audio/Video player
  • FM Radio
  • Dual LED Torch Light
  • Price: Rs.1399

Zync C21:

  • 2.4 inch display
  • 240 x 320 pixels resolution
  • Dual-SIM (GSM+GSM) capabilities
  • 200 SMS Memory
  • 500 phonebook memory
  • 1.3 megapixel camera
  • VGA video recording
  • GPRS/EDGE
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Audio/Video player
  • FM Radio
  • Dual LED Torch Light
  • Price: Rs.1999

Zync C22:

  • 2.4 inch display
  • 240 x 320 pixels resolution
  • Dual-SIM (GSM+GSM) capabilities
  • 200 SMS Memory
  • 500 phonebook memory
  • 1.3 megapixel camera
  • VGA video recording
  • GPRS/EDGE
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Audio/Video player
  • FM Radio
  • Dual LED Torch Light
  • Price: Rs.1999

Zync C24:

  • 2.4 inch display
  • 240 x 320 pixels resolution
  • Dual-SIM (GSM+GSM) capabilities
  • 200 SMS Memory
  • 500 phonebook memory
  • 1.3 megapixel camera
  • VGA video recording
  • GPRS/EDGE
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Audio/Video player
  • FM Radio
  • Dual LED Torch Light
  • Price: Rs.1999

Zync C27:

  • 2.4 inch display
  • 240 x 320 pixels resolution
  • Dual-SIM (GSM+GSM) capabilities
  • 200 SMS Memory
  • 500 phonebook memory
  • 1.3 megapixel camera
  • VGA video recording
  • GPRS/EDGE
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Audio/Video player
  • FM Radio
  • Dual LED Torch Light
  • Price: Rs.1999

Zync C30:

  • 2.6 inch display
  • 240 x 320 pixels resolution
  • Dual-SIM (GSM+GSM) capabilities
  • 200 SMS Memory
  • 500 phonebook memory
  • 1.3 megapixel camera
  • VGA video recording
  • GPRS/EDGE
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Audio/Video player
  • FM Radio
  • Dual LED Torch Light
  • Price: Rs.2499

These handsets are available at more than 500 retailers across India. You can also buy these devices from major online retailers such as Snapdeal, Naaptol, IndiaTimes, Flipkart, HomeShop18 and Infibeam. The manufacturer also offers one year comprehensive warranty for the mobile phone along with a six months warranty on the accessories.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Review

We have reviewed a number of smartphones, tablets, music players and other gadgets at Techie Buzz. Now, for the first time, we are going to review a digital camera at your favorite blog. Panasonic recently sent us its flagship super-zoom digital camera, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200. After playing with the device for a couple of weeks, it completely changed my perception regarding bridge cameras. The Lumix FZ200 is the successor of the last year’s Lumix FZ150. The Lumix FZ200 is the first super-zoom camera which packs a 12.1 megapixel High Sensitivity MOS sensor with 24x zoom and maintains a fixed aperture f/2.8 lens starting from 25mm to 600mm.

Apart from that, the FZ200 comes with a 3 inch rotating LCD display, 0.2 inch electronic viewfinder (EVF) with 1.31 million dot equivalent resolution, full HD (1080p) video recording at 60fps, manaual shooting mode, Panorama shot mode, iA (Intelligent Auto) mode, Creative Control mode, 12fps continuous shooting without autofocus and 5.5fps with autofocus, 3D still images, RAW format support and much more. It captures the same amount of light throughout the zoom range and take amazing pictures even in low light and with higher ISO settings.

Specifications:

What’s In The Box?

  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 camera
  • Battery Pack (DMW-BLC12)
  • Battery Charger
  • USB Cable
  • Lens Hood
  • Lens Cap
  • Lens Cap String
  • Shoulder strap
  • CD-ROM
  • Basic Manual