Nokia Launches The Lumia 920 and 820 In India; Lumia 620 Coming Soon!

Today, at an event in New Delhi, Nokia unveiled its new range of Lumia smartphones running on Windows Phone 8. Sitting at the top of their WP8 Lumia range is the Lumia 920. The handset that was unveiled nearly 3 months ago is finally hitting the Indian shores.

The Lumia 920 sports a 4.5-inch ClearBlack Display with 768p+ resolution Puremotion HD+ display. Internally, the handset is powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon Krait processor, Adreno 225 GPU, 1GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. The highlight of the Lumia 920 is, however, its 8.7MP PureView camera at the back. It is the first smartphone to feature Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) and a floating lens technology, which helps in reducing the visible shake while taking videos. It also immensely helps in low-light photography by allowing a long shutter time, thus allowing more light to be captured.

Other features of Lumia 920 include wireless charging, NFC, GPS with A-GPS, Nokia Drive with free turn-by-turn navigation, and the usual bunch of sensors and connectivity options.

The Lumia 920 is accompanied by its smaller brother – the Lumia 820. The 820 sports a 4.3-inch WVGA AMOLED display with ClearBlack Display technology, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot and the same 1.5GHz dual-core Krait and Adreno 225 GPU as found inside the 920. The 820 does not sport a PureView branded camera, but instead comes with an 8MP Carl Zeiss lens aided by dual-LED flash.

Completing Nokia’s WP8 portfolio in India is the Lumia 620 – a budget oriented Windows Phone 8 handset. The handset sports a 3.8-inch TFT ClearBlack Display with WVGA resolution, 1GHz dual-core processor, 512MB of RAM, 8GB of free storage space, a microSD card slot, a 5MP camera at its back and the usual sensors and connectivity options.

The Lumia 920 will be available in a bunch of bold colors including yellow and white for Rs 38,199 beginning from January 11th. The Lumia 820, that also comes with interchangeable back covers, will officially set its buyers back by Rs. 27,599.

Sadly, Nokia did not announce the pricing of the Lumia 620, but it did say that the handset will be priced between the Lumia 510 and Lumia 710, which makes it a fairly tempting device. The handset is expected to be launched in India in the 1st week of February.

Samsung Galaxy R Finally Gets The Android 4.0 Update In India

Back in 2011, Samsung launched the mid-range Galaxy R smartphone with a 4.2 inch display, 1 GHz dual-core processor, 5 megapixel camera with HD (720p) video recording, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB internal memory and much more. This handset was shipped with the out-dated Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System.

Samsung has already started rolling out the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update for this device in most parts of the world. However, the Galaxy R users in India were left behind. After waiting for more than 14 months from its official launch, Samsung finally released the much-awaited Android 4.0 update for the Galaxy R users in India.

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The size of the update is 239 MB and it brings the usual Ice Cream Sandwich goodies including Face Recognition (Face Unlock), Android Beam, mobile data management, performance and stability improvements, updated UI, applications multitasking, better speech recognition, usability improvements, updated Google apps and more.

This update is currently available via Over-The-Air (OTA). You will be automatically notified when the update is available for your device. It is always advised to backup all your data before updating the device. You can also manually connect the Galaxy R to your computer and update the device using Samsung’s KIES software.

Spice Launches Stellar Virtuoso Mi 495 Smartphone And Stellar Pad Mi 1010 Tablet

S-Mobility has already launched a number of entry-level dual-SIM feature phones as well as dual-SIM Android smartphones. Today, the Indian mobile phone maker launched a new Android powered smartphone as well as a tablet in the Stellar series. The smartphone is named as Stellar Virtuoso Mi 495 and it is touted to be the slimmest smartphone by an Indian brand. On the other hand, Stellar Pad Mi 1010 is an affordable Android powered tablet which have been designed to attract urban users and young professionals in India.

T M Ramakrishnan, CEO – Devices, S Mobility said:
“We have priced our handsets affordably to ensure rapid uptake by both – 2G users wishing to upgrade to 3G, and existing 3G users – especially in the metros which are traditional strongholds of Spice. Our focus on consumer experience has been compulsive and keeping in line with the same, we have brought in the dual-core processor with quad-core graphics in the tablet segment and the smart & sleekly designed Virtuoso smartphone.”

Spice Stellar Virtuoso Mi 495 features a 4.5 inch qHD display, 1 GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System, 8 megapixel rear camera with auto-focus, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 801.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, 4 GN internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Wi-Fi Tethering, 512 MB RAM, G-Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor and a 1700 mAh battery.

Spice Stellar Pad Mi 1010 comes with a 10.1 inch HD TFT display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, 1.5 GHz dual-core processor with quad-core GPU, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Operating System, 3 megapixel rear-facing camera, VGA front-facing camera, 16 GB internal storage MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 1 GB DDR3 RAM, Wi-Fi support, 3D G-Sensor, HDMI, OTG and a 7600mAh Li-ion Polymer battery.

Spice Stellar Virtuoso Mi 495 comes with a price-tag of Rs. 10,499 in India. You will also get a free leather cover and a screen guard worth Rs. 1,000 with the purchase of this handset. Spice Stellar Pad Mi 1010 is currently available in India for Rs. 12,999. The manufacturer also bundles a leather cover and a USB ‘on-the-go’ cable worth Rs 2,000.

LG Optimus 2X Gets The Android 4.0 ICS Update In India

LG Optimus 2X is the world’s first dual-core smartphone. This handset was launched during early-2011 in India with a price tag of Rs.30,000. After few months of its launch, the price was dropped to just Rs.19,999. The LG Optimus 2X was originally shipped with the old Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System. As promised, the manufacturer rolled out the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) update for this device.

Most of you might have thought that Optimus 2X will never taste the Ice Cream Sandwich. Even, LG confirmed that Optimus 2X and Optimus Black will not get the ICS update. However, after a couple of months, the manufacturer changed its mind and rolled out the Android 4.0 update for the Optimus 2X in most parts of the world. Earlier this week, the Optimus 2X users in India were finally blessed with the much-awaited ICS update.

The latest update carries the version number v30b and comes with some usability improvements and applications multitasking, improved text input and spell checking, improved menu structure, Face Recognition (Face Unlock), mobile data management, home screen folders, system bar enhancements, advanced voice input, improved email and web browsing, re-sizable widgets, improved battery life and much more.

The size of the update is 686 MB and it can be easily download via Over-the-Air (OTA) as well as from LG Mobile Support Tool.

Micromax A101 Goes On Sale In India For Rs.10,299

Almost all of the major mobile phone manufacturers have joined the phablet race, which was first started by none other than Samsung. Thanks to the huge popularity of Galaxy Note and Note II, other manufacturers such as Sony and Huawei are expected to launch their very own phablet at the CES 2012.

Even the Indian mobile phone manufacturers are not far behind, Micromax and Lava have already launched their very own phablets at extremely low price. Back in October, Micromax introduced the Android powered A101. It is the successor of the popular A100 smartphone and it comes with a large 5 inch WVGA display. Flipkart, the popular online retailer has finally started selling this device in India.

The Micromax A101 features a 5 inch touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, 1 GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System, dual-SIM capabilities, 5 megapixel camera with flash, 0.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G connectivity and so on.

Other features include a 3.5 mm audio jack, FM radio with RDS, 4 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 512 MB RAM, Google Play Store, Wi-Fi Hotspot functionality, GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth technology, Micro USB, USB 2.0, up to 6 hrs of talk-time, up to 207 hrs of stand-by time and a 2100 mAh battery.

Micromax A101 comes with a price-tag of Rs.10,299 in India. If you are planning to buy an Android smartphone without burning a hole in your pocket, then you should definitely have a look at this device. To get the Micromax A101, head over to this page at Flipkart.

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.

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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.”

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 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.”