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Motorola Razr Maxx Launched In India For Rs.31,590

Earlier this week, we posted that Motorola will soon launch the much-awaited Motorola Razr Maxx in India. This handset was already up for pre-order at Infibeam from last week. Today, Motorola officially launched the powerful Motorola Razr Maxx in India. This device was originally announced and showcased as the ‘Motorola Droid Razr Maxx’ at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2012 in Las Vegas. It offers continuous talk-time of more than 18 hours straight on a single charge, thanks to the 3300 mAh battery.

Robert van Tilburg, senior regional sales director, South Asia, Motorola Mobility, said:
“Razr is synonymous with design excellence and both Motorola Razr Maxx and Motorola Razr V reflect that. With its fantastic battery, Motorola Razr Maxx is in a class of its own. Not only do you get everything you love about the Motorola Razr, but now you get the power to last through marathon calls, hours of surfing the Web or streaming movies. You’ll drop long before this phone ever does.”

motorola droid razr maxx

Motorola Razr Maxx features a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED display, sporting a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread OS (upgradable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS), 8 megapixel rear camera with auto-focus and LED flash, HD (720p) video recording and playback, 1.3-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 headset jack, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of ROM, 11.5GB user available internal memory, Micro SD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, GPS with AGPS, Bluetooth 2.1, micro USB, HDMI out, FM Radio, Google Play Store, up to 18 hours of talk-time, up to 15.8 days of stand-by time and a 3300 mAh battery.

This handset will ship with the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. However, the latest Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update will arrive soon after the launch. The Motorola Razr Maxx comes with a price tag of Rs.31,590 (approx. $565). This handset will go on sale from June 21, 2012 in India.

Samsung Galaxy Ace Duos Launched In India For Rs.15,090

Last month, Samsung unveiled the new Galaxy Ace Duos smartphone. It is the dual-SIM variant of the highly popular Samsung Galaxy Ace. Some of you might get confused with the Galaxy Ace Duos I589 (GSM+CDMA), which was launched in February for Rs.16,990. However, the new Galaxy Ace Duos GT-S6802 comes with the GSM+GSM dual-SIM functionality. This handset will ship with the old Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. The Samsung Galaxy Ace Duos users are not required to turn off the phone, reboot or switch out the SIM cards, thanks to the Smart Dual SIM technology. Samsung recently launched this amazing smartphone in the Indian market.

Mr. Ranjit Yadav, Country Head, Samsung Mobile & IT, said:
“Keeping up with Galaxy Ace’s reputation of premium performance with advanced features, the Galaxy Ace Duos is conceptualized to enable the users to create an optimum work life balance. Based on the Android Gingerbread platform, the Galaxy Ace Duos, allows users to manage their work and personal calls with the Smart Dual SIM while availing the best pricing plans. Besides getting flexibility, the users also enjoy more expansive coverage especially when traveling. With the launch of the Galaxy Ace Duos, we have strengthened our innovative portfolio of Smart Dual SIM category.”

samsung galaxy ace duos

Samsung Galaxy Ace Duos GT-S6802 features a 3.5 inch touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels, 832 MHz Processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System, Samsung Touchwiz UI, 5 megapixel rear-facing camera with auto-focus, single shot, smile shot and panorama shot, VGA video recording and playback, Samsung ChatON, Samsung Social Hub and so on.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, music player with SoundAlive, FM Radio with RDS, stereo speaker, USB 2.0, Bluetooth 3.0, Swype, Document Viewer, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, A-GPS, Google Play Store, 512 MB RAM, 3 GB internal memory, Micro SD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, up to 520 hrs of stand-by time, up to 390 mins of talk-time and a 1300 mAh battery. This handset measures 112.74 x 61.5 x 11.5 mm and weighs just 122g.

The Samsung Galaxy Ace Duos GT-S6802 allows the users to manage their work and personal lives with one smartphone. You can even access more than 400,000 apps and games from the Google Play Store. This handset comes with a price tag of Rs.15,090 (approx. $270) in India.

Motorola Razr Maxx Coming Soon To India For Rs.31,999

Motorola Droid Razr Maxx was the only smartphone which surprised everyone at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2012 in Las Vegas. The reason was its powerful specs as well as the beefy 3300 mAh battery. This handset was first launched exclusively for the Verizon customers in the US. Later, Motorola announced the GSM variant of this handset for the European And Asian countries. The GSM version is called as the ‘Motorola Razr Maxx’.

This handset runs on the old Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. Verizon customers will finally get the much-awaited Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update starting next week. However, it might take some time for the update to be available for international GSM variant. Motorola Raxr Maxx offers continuous talk-time of more than 18 hours straight on a single charge, thanks to the 3300 mAh battery.

The GSM variant of this handset already went on sale in most of the European and Asian countries. Sadly, the folks living in India were left behind. However, Indian users finally have a ray of hope thanks to Infibeam, the popular online retailer in India. The Motorola Razr Maxx is currently up for pre-order at Infibeam. According to the seller, this handset will be released on June 24, 2012 in India. I’m quite sure, most of you might be eagerly waiting to get their hands on this amazing handset. If you are still unaware of the features, then just head over to the complete specs posted after the break.

motorola droid razr maxx

Motorola Razr Maxx features a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED display, sporting a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread OS (upgradable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS), 8 megapixel rear camera with auto-focus and LED flash, HD (720p) video recording and playback, 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video calls and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of ROM, 11.5GB user available internal memory, Micro SD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, GPS with AGPS, Bluetooth 2.1, micro USB, HDMI out, FM Radio, Google Play Store, up to 18 hours of talk-time, up to 15.8 days of stand-by time and a 3300 mAh battery.

infibeam motorola razr maxx pre-order

According to Infibeam, the MRP of this handset is Rs.34,999 (approx. $630), while the customers can pre-order it for just Rs.31,999 (approx. $580). This handset will compete with the HTC One X as well as the recently launched Samsung Galaxy S III in the Indian market. We would not recommend you to pre-order this handset from Infibeam. You should better wait for a week, until the device is officially launched in India. For those who still want to pre-order this powerful beast, head over to this page at Infibeam.

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sanadwich Market Share Grows To 7.1%

Google has once again updated its Android Platform distribution chart to reflect the fragmentation issue market share of the different Android versions out there for two weeks, with the period ending on June 1.

Like last month, this month also Android 2.3 Gingerbread remains the most popular version of Android out there with nearly 65% market share, with FroYo coming in second with 19.1% market share. The latest and greatest version of Android, announced and released late last year, Ice Cream Sandwich, continues its slow adoption rate with a market share of 7.1%.

However, compared to last months’ market share of nearly 5%, a 2.1% growth in the market share for ICS is definitely not bad. Hopefully, with OEMs rolling out Ice Cream Sandwich update for more devices, and with more and more devices hitting the market with Ice Cream Sandwich, we should see Android 4.0 become the most widely used Android OS by the time Jelly Bean arrives, provided it is not released at Google I/O.

We should keep in mind that since most of the lower-end Android handsets will not be upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich, Gingerbread will continue to constitue a fair share of Android’s overall market share for at least the next 12 months.

Lava Unveils The Intel Atom Powered XOLO X900 Handset

Intel in association with a small time local handset maker in India – Lava – released the first Medfield SoC sporting handset – the XOLO X900. Inside the XOLO X900 is a Intel Atom Z460 processor clocked at 1.6GHz, along with HyperThreading technology. The CPU is coupled by a PowerVR SGX540 GPU clocked at 400MHz. Considering this is the first handset ever to be released to consumers to sport an Intel SoC, it would be interesting to see how the single core Atom processor from Intel will stack up against its competitors like Qualcomm’s S4 and Samsung’s Exynos quad-core SoCs. It would be also interesting to see how battery efficient is the Intel Atom processor inside a handset.

“Through XOLO X900, we are happy to bring to the Indian market a device that addresses the needs of those for whom speed and performance matters. After our success in feature phones with over 10 million happy customers in under 3 years, XOLO will be a differentiated player in the fast-growing smartphone segment. The initial reviews of XOLO X900 have been very positive and independent benchmarks clearly point to the fact that when it comes to speed and performance, XOLO X900 is the gold standard,” said Vishal Sehgal, co-founder and director, Lava International.

Other than the SoC, the X900 packs in a 4.03-inch LCD with WVGA (800*480) resolution, 1GB of RAM, an 8MP camera capable of recording 1080p HD videos and the usual bunch of sensors and connectivity options. Sadly, the X900 runs on stock Android 2.3 Gingerbread out of the box, but Lava and Intel have promised that a stock Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the handset will be available “shortly”.

The XOLO X900 will be available from 23rd April at Croma and other retail stores in India with a street price of approximately Rs 22,000.

 

Verizon Unveils The LG Lucid; ‘Mid-Range’ Android Smartphone With LTE Support

After a lot of leaks and rumors, LG and Verizon have finally unveiled a budget Android handset, the LG Lucid. The handset will cost users $80 on a two-year contract with Verizon. However, the low price of the handset does not mean that LG have skimped on the internal hardware of the handset.

The Lucid packs a 1.2GHz dual-core processor (!), 1GB of RAM, a front-facing camera, and a 4-inch WVGA (480×800) resolution display protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass. The handset also sports all the connectivity features, including support for Verizon’s blazing fast 4G LTE network. Yes, the Lucid costs less than half of the previous generation Android handsets, and sports specs similar to them. On paper, the Lucid is one of the most impressive ‘mid-range’ Android handset announced this year.

The handset runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, but LG has assured that they will be updating the handset to Ice Cream Sandwich before the end of this year. The LG Lucid will hit the big red’s network on March 29th, and as stated earlier will cost $80 on a two-year contract, with a $50 mail-in rebate.

Via – AndroidPolice

CM7.2-RC1 Released; Supports 70 Devices, Tons Of Bugfixes and New Features On-Board

After a lot of hard work, the CM team today has finally released a Release Candidate of CM7.2 based on Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread. The last major CM7 release, CM7.1, was released quite a few months back and since then the CM team has worked hard on adding support for more devices.

With CM7.2 RC1, the CM team officially supports a whopping 70 Android devices, including all the Xperia handsets from Sony, the popular Samsung Galaxy Ace, Mini, Epic, LG Optimus Black, Sol, One, and many other handsets. CM7.2 also contains some major bug fixes, including the popular media files disappearing from the SD card bug fix.

Other than bug fixes and support for more devices, CM7.2 also contains many features back ported from Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich including a predictive dialer (finally!), auto-rotation animation, other animations from ICS, and much more. The whole change-log can be found here.

The CM team has also been working hard on CM9, which is based on Ice Cream Sandwich. With CM9, the whole CM team is taking a new approach to things, including enhanced security measures like no root access by default. The CM team has also been rolling out CM9 nightlies for quite a few Android handsets including the Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy S2, Motorola XOOM, and the Galaxy S since the last few weeks.

Samsung Galaxy Beam Announced; Its A Phone And A Projector!

Along with the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, Samsung also unveiled the first phone in the Galaxy series that comes equipped with a projector. Samsung’s earlier efforts at releasing a phone with a projector has failed miserably, but the company aims to attain some degree of success this time with its Galaxy brand.

The Galaxy Beam comes with a 4-inch TFT display with WVGA (800×480) resolution, a 1GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal memory, a microSD card slot, a 5MP camera at the back aided by an LED flash with the ability to record videos in 720p resolution, and a 1.3MP camera in the front. The usual bunch of connectivity features and sensors like Bluetooth 3.0+HS, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Accelerometer, Compass and Gyroscope etc. A beefy 2000mAh battery also powers the Beam, which runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread with TouchWIZ on top of it.

Inspite of packing in a projector, the Beam is pretty thin at 12.5mm. The mini projector on the Beam is capable of beaming a wide range of multimedia content up to 50″ wide.

The press release from Samsung does not mention anything as to when the handset will be available to the general public!

Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 Announced; Comes With a 3.2-inch HVGA Display

Along with the Galaxy Ace 2, Samsung also announced the successor of another l0w-end Android smartphone -Galaxy Mini – the Galaxy Mini 2. The Mini 2 comes with an 800MHz processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal memory, and a microSD card slot which supports cards of up to 32GB.

The handset also has a 3.27-inch HVGA (320×480) TFT display, sensors like Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Proximity, and surprisingly NFC, which is optional. All other basic connectivity features like A-GPS, Wi-Fi, DLNA, Bluetooth 3.0, and HSPA 7.2Mbps are also present. At the back of of the Mini 2 is a 3MP fixed-focus camera, without any sort of LED flash. The phone can record videos in VGA resolution at 25FPS, and can playback WVGA videos at 30FPS.

The Galaxy Mini 2 will be running on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, with Samsung’s TouchWIZ UI on top of it. A 1300-mAh battery powers this Mini handset. The back-cover of the phone will be done in funky yellow color, instead of the boring grey/black, so as to appeal to youngsters.

The handset will be available in France from March, before being available in other regions of the world.

 

Motorola Atrix 2 Gets a Software Update; Reminds People Of Its Existence!

Motorola has started rolling out a new software update for the AT&T’s Atrix 2. Yes, the company did release a successor to the original Atrix. Talk about spamming the market with handsets, and then not even bothering to support them!

Anyways, the new software update for the Atrix 2 brings quite some changes, including a minor bump in the Android OS version to 2.3.6.

Below is the official change-log of the update -:

Camera – Enhancements to deliver better overall picture taking experience so you never miss a moment.

Google Music – Addition of Google Music application so you have greater access to the world of music. Shop millions of songs and hundreds of free tracks. Store your purchases on Google Music for free, and listen instantly on your mobile device.

My Gallery/My Music/My Files – Re-naming of Motorola Gallery, Music, and Files applications for easy access in the Applications Tray

Device Security – Enhancements to deliver greater device security, including addition of Android security patches from Google and Cisco Any Connect VPN enablers.

Emergency Alerts – Enhancement to allow you to receive emergency alerts from authorities such as Hurricane warning notifications.

Amazon Kindle – Enhancement to include link to app for quick and easy method to access your library of Amazon digital books as well as access to the entire Amazon library.

AT&T Messages – Enhancement to include link to app for quick and easy method to give you access to all of your texts, calls and messages which have been stored in the cloud.

Keyboard – Improvements to keyboard functionality for better email experience.

Mobile Hotspot – Improved stability for better overall performance

Webtop – Enhancements to improve stability and better overall performance

As readers can see from the change-log above, the v55 software update does bring quite a lot of enhancements which would be welcomed by the few Atrix 2 users out there.