Motorola Launches Cliq XT/Quench

Motorola today announced Motorola CLIQ XT (in USA) / QUENCH (Rest of the world) with MOTOBLUR at the Mobile World Congress. Motorola Cliq XT is an Android powered device and comes with 3.1high resolution display and a 5 megapixel camera with Auto-Focus and LED Flash. Though, the device runs on Android OS it runs on Android 1.5, which is an age old version of Android.


Features and Specifications:

  • 3.1″ High Resolution Display.
  • MOTOBLUR , Motorola’s Android-powered content delivery service created to make phones more personal and socially smart. It is the first solution to sync contacts, posts, messages, photos and much more — from sources such as Facebook ®, MySpace, Twitter ®, Gmailâ„¢, work and personal e-mail and Last.FM — and automatically deliver them to the home screen. Content is fed into easy-to-manage streams allowing you to spend less time managing your life and more time living it.
  • Android OS with pinch-to-zoom capabilities
  • A-GPS, FM Radio and Stereo Bluetooth.
  • 5 megapixel Camera with Autofocus and LED Flash.
  • Dual microphones and noise cancellation technology for better audio quality
  • Adobe Flash Lite support

This is the eighth Android-powered device launched by Motorola around the globe. Motorola Quench will be launched in the first half of Q1 and will be called Cliq XT.

Reliance Expands ‘Simply Mobile’ Plan For Fixed Wireless Subscribers

Reliance Communications today announced a new plan for its CDMA and GSM fixed wireless subscribers. The Simply Mobile’ Reliance Plan offers one single rate of 50 paise per minute across India covering 24,000 towns and 600,000 villages. With the new plan, RCom extends its simply Mobile plan, where subscribers can enjoy call rate of 50p to any CDMA/GSM number in India,  to the fixed wireless platform Reliance Hello.

Reliance Hello service users can now enjoy all Local and STD calls at Re.1 for a three minute pulse under Pay Per call plan and with Pay Per Minute.  Subscriber can make all Local and STD calls just 50 paisa per minute to any GSM/CDMA network in India.

To enjoy this plan, existing Hello subscribers needs to recharge of Rs.38 for pay per call and Rs.48 for Pay Per Minute which are valid for an year.


RCom Orders 2 mn CDMA handsets From Huawei


Reliance Telecommunication has placed an order worth Rs. 340cr for two million CDMA handsets  from Chinese telecom vendor Huawei Technologies. Reliance plans to roll out these devices within next week.

These CDMA handsets will be priced in the range of Rs 1,700-1,950 each device and will come with bundled value-added services (VAS). The device also comes with camera and FM radio and have a one-press access to the VAS platform. The RCom will deploy these handsets in Tier-II and Tier-III cities.

We are leveraging our extensive CDMA capabilities to drive VAS revenues as part of a larger business growth plan,said Krishna Durbha, head, VAS, Reliance Communications. The decline in Average Revenue Per User (ARPU) has been the major concern for most of the operators due to the telecom price war in the market. Reliance will offer a free bundled wallpaper pack from its R-World platform along with these handsets. The handset comes with a browser that enables customers to access entertainment-based VAS services, thus trying out a way to increase ARPU. R-world would mostly offer bollywood and cricket contents, which sells more.

Adobe Air Launches AIR and Flash Player On Mobile


Adobe Systems Incorporated, announced the launch of Adobe AIR and Flash player 10.1 on the mobile platform, at the Mobile World Congress 2010.

Adobe AIR will be initially launched for Android and Blackberry devices. AIR provides developers with a feature-rich environment for delivering rich applications outside the mobile browser and across multiple operating systems via mobile marketplaces and app stores. Developers can make use of features like multi touch, gesture inputs, accelerometer, geolocation and screen orientation etc.

Flash Player 10.1 Beta, the Open Screen Project enabling uncompromised Web browsing of expressive applications, content and high definition (HD) videos across screens including new tablet devices, smartphones, netbooks, smartbooks, desktops and other consumer electronics.  Mobile platforms that will support the full Flash Player include Android, the BlackBerry platform, Symbian OS, Palm  webOS and Windows Mobile.

The most amazing thing for the developers is that developers can test and deliver applications to multiple devices and operating systemsusing a single tool chain and API set across platforms with Flash Platform tooling and the Adobe Creative Suite ®. And using Adobe ® Flash ® Professional CS5 with the Adobe Packager for iPhone,developers can reuse their iPhone application code to create the same application for Android platform.

This is a huge and obvious step by Adobe after Apple made it clear that none of its device would integrate the buggy software. Now, let us see how other’ devices perform with Adobe’s buggy software.

Check out the video demoing Adobe AIR and Flash Player in action:

Nokia Messaging for Email Updates To Version 10.2

Today, Nokia rolled out an update for its Email client — Nokia messaging for Email to version 10.2 for S60v5 devices. S60v5 won’t be the lone version to  receive  this update, Nokia plans to release updates for other devices too.

S60 5thedition will see 10.2.04 as the version number in the client.  On Software Update on your device, this release will be identified as 10.2.  The major update in this version is using the Destinations feature, you simply add your preferred WiFi access points to the Internet Destination (or any other Destination that you configure), and Nokia Messaging will automatically switch to it when it’s available.

The Change Log  includes:

  • Localized in 38 languages
  • Support for Destinations on S60 5th edition devices
  • Improvements to on-device-setup wizard
  • Deleted items folder now automatically empties itself, faster client deletions
  • Various bug fixes

To Download and install the new  Nokia  Messaging  v10.2, just head over to  Software Update/SW Update application on your device.

Image credits: AAL

BSNL Not Yet Ready For MNP

Last time we blogged stating that operators are ready for the Mobile Number portability (MNP) to be  implemented by March 2010  , but it looks like that isn’t true anymore.  This time it is BSNL to be blamed for the delay.

“We have asked mobile operators to stick to the March 31, 2010 deadline for rolling out the MNP and we are confident that the March 31, 2010 deadline would be met by them. We will continue to review their preparedness,” Telecom Secretary P J Thomas told PTI.

“We got security clearance for MNP gateway only in February 3 which cause a two-month delay in our preparedness. We have issued the advanced purchase order but supply of equipment, installation and testing would take time till mid-May.. March 31 deadline looks difficult as fas as we are concerned”, BSNL CMD Kuldeep Goyal told PTI.

The MNP was to be implemented by 31st  December  2009, but it was delayed until March 2010 because the operators weren’t ready. We can safely comment that nothing in Telecom industry in India can be achieved without delay.

Nokia N8 To Be Announced at MWC with Symbian^3

Just when we thought Nokia is just getting geared by revealing Nokia C5 and Nokia C6, there are rumors that Nokia might launch a new device —  Nokia N8 at the MWC 2010, held in Barcelona next week.

Nokia N8-00 will come with a capacitive multitouch 3.5 inch display and will be the first to offer Symbian^3 OS. Apart from that it sports a 12 megapixel camera and capture 720p at 30 frames per second. It will also feature an HDMI output. Another interesting mention is Video on Demand through the Ovi Store.

Now that the Mobile World Congress – 2010 isn’t too long away, there is possibility that these are just baseless rumors.


Work On 4G Starts Even Before Deployment Of 3G

Even before the 3G service has been deployed in India, India is now getting ready to welcome the fourth-generation (4G) service. The early preparation might help in introducing the service in next four years at least (Work on 3G started way back in 2003). The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on Wednesday sought industry views on advanced 4G mobile systems, as it prepares a consultation paper on the new technology, that it said would be 10 times faster than 3G.

It is necessary that our country should be prepared to introduce 4G services at the earliest,” the TRAI said. Countries like Sweden are already enjoying the 4G service. he TRAI said it would deliberate on issues such as pricing of spectrum and licensing in its consultation paper.    There were talks that Indian operators might skip 3G altogether, but now that looks highly unlikely as we have seen that operators upgrading their network for 3G.

Do you think 4G might arrive earlier than 3G, considering there won’t be any problem with the spectrum allocation?

Tikona Launches Wireless Broadband In 10 In India

Tikona Digital Networks launched its wireless broadband service in 10 cities in India, including Delhi. The internet service provider (ISP)  plans to expand its network to 50 cities by the end of 2010. The speed offered is quite decent too — up to 2Mbps. Apart from that, users need not buy an extra device for the service, the company will offer it as a part of the package, which might work in advantage for the users. ISPs like Relaince, Tata Indicom and others force users to buy the device worth 3-4k INR to use their wireless service.

Mr Prakash Bajpai, Founder, MD & CEO, Tikona Digital Networks explains, The current broadband internet scenario is similar to what the mobile scenario was 10 years ago. India has just a little under 10 Mn Broadband while China has more than 120 Mn Broadband. China could reach this level as they had a large wireline plant of over 400 Mn lines. India has only 40 Mn and only a fraction of this is usable for Broadband. Wireless broadband is the only option for India to increase its Broadband base to levels that are similar to China’s. We envision a powerful broadband enabled India and believe that it is an imperative for an emerging IT and software superpower.^

RCom To Launch App Store

CDMA and GSM telecom service provider, Reliance Communications is set to launch its own App store. RCom, will soon launch Mobile Applications Stores across the country through its data portal, RWorld. Just this morning we saw the news of another operator, Airtel launching its own App store. By the end of March, even Aircel would be launching its app store.


RWorld 2.0 would be 3G ready and will support all latest features available on mobile handsets such as on-device portals, idle screens, widgets and RSS readers. The first version of the store would go live on GSM handsets later this month and the expanded version will be launched across CDMA and GSM handsets later this quarter. Reliance Communications has a customer base of 100 million.

Krishna Dhurba, head, value added services, Reliance Communications said “Application developers in India and abroad can deploy their applications on RWorld 2.0 and monetise it through revenue share model. Applications on RWorld are powered by over 300 partners including Jumpgames, Mauj, Hungama, Astute, Kodiak, Gameloft and Indiagames. Durbha claimed that currently over 500,000 applications get downloaded each month on RWorld. Applications Store is a highly experiential product and therefore, the promotion of the product largely depends on consumer experiences which, we are confident, will be positive. Therefore focus will be on on-ground events and BTL (below-the-line) for demonstrations and experiences. Also, as sponsors of the ICC Cup, we will certainly be planning activities around the event to promote the product.^