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Samsung Galaxy Chat Goes On Sale In India For Rs.8500

Back in July, Samsung announced the entry-level Galaxy Chat smartphone. The specs of this device is nothing extra-ordinary, however it comes with a touchscreen display and a unique form-factor similar to the previously launched Samsung Galaxy Y Pro Duos and HTC ChaCha. Samsung Galaxy Chat runs on the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS. Sadly, this device is not expected to get the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) update and you might get stuck forever with the ICS.

Samsung Galaxy Chat comes with a dedicated Samsung ChatOn key which allows you to share text, animations and images with your friends. Samsung has not yet officially launched this device in India, however popular online retailers such as Saholic and Infibeam has already started selling this device in India. Mahesh Telecom, a popular retailer in Mumbai is also selling this affordable smartphone in India.

samsung galaxy chat

Samsung Galaxy Chat features a 3 inch QVGA touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels, 850 MHz processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, full QWERTY keyboard, TouchWiz UI, 2 megapixel rear-facing camera, VGA front-facing camera for video calls, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G connectivity and more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, FM Radio with RDS, 4 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Bluetooth 3.0, USB 2.0, Google Play Store, GPS with A-GPS, up to 520 hours of stand-by time, up to 15 hours of talk-time and a 1200 mAh battery.

Samsung Galaxy Chat is pre-loaded with the Samsung’s AllShare Play and S Planner app which allows you to play multimedia from other connected devices and manage your schedule respectively. This handset comes with a price-tag of Rs.8500 in India. To get this handset, head over to Saholic or Infibeam.

Nokia Lumia 900 Goes On Sale In India For Rs.32,999

Earlier this year, Nokia tried to re-enter the smartphone market with the Nokia Lumia 900. This handset was exclusively launched for the AT&T subscribers in the US. Nokia Lumia 900 is the upgraded version of the not-so-popular Nokia Lumia 800 with a slightly large display and a better battery backup. This device is already available in the US from the last 5 months. Nokia fanboys in India were not sure if the Finnish manufacturer will ever launch this device in their country.

Today, Nokia has finally fulfilled their wish by releasing the Nokia Lumia 900 in India. It is the first Nokia’s Windows Phone powered device to feature the high-speed LTE connectivity. The Nokia Lumia 900 runs on the Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) Operating System. We already know that Microsoft will not upgrade the last generation Windows Phone devices to the Windows Phone 8 OS. However, the Nokia Lumia 900 will at least get some of the features via Windows Phone 7.8 update.

Nokia Lumia 900 features a 4.3 inch ClearBlack display, sporting a resoulution of 800 x 480 pixels, 1.4 GHz Snapdragon processor, Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) OS (upgradable to Windows Phone 7.8 OS), 8 megapixel rear camera with f2.2/28mm Carl Zeiss lens and dual LED flash, auto-focus and HD (720p) video recording, 1 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, 512 MB RAM, 16 GB internal memory, 14.5 GB user memory and more.

It also comes with a 3.5mm headset jack, Office 365, Xbox Live, Windows Phone Store, A-GPS, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, IE9 with HTML 5 support, USB 2.0, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, Nokia Drive, Nokia Maps, Bing Maps, Zune, SkyDrive, Wi-Fi Internet Sharing for up to 5 devices, up to 60 hours of music playback in offline mode, up to 7 hours of talk-time, up to 300 hours of stand-by time and a 1830 mAh battery.

Currently, there is no point in buying this handset when Nokia has already announced the next generation Windows Phone powered devices at the Nokia World 2012. I have no idea what nokia was thinking before launching this smartphone in India. I’m quite sure that Nokia fanboys will disagree with me. If you are one of those, then just grab this link and get the Nokia Lumia 900 from the Nokia Store for Rs.32,999.

Looking for a much better smartphone at this price range? Don’t forget to check our Samsung Galaxy S III review and HTC One X review.

Motorola Atrix 2 Gets The Android 4.0 ICS Update In India

Motorola Atrix 2 is the successor of the popular Motorola Atrix smartphone. It features a 4.3 inch qHD display, 1 GHz dual-core processor, 8 megapixel camera, 1 GB RAM and so on. Motorola Atrix 2 was originally shipped with the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS during the Q4 of 2011. Earlier this year, Motorola launched this handset in India with a price tag of Rs.21,000 in India.

The manufacturer has already promised the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update for this device, however it was delayed for several months. Now, Motorola has finally started rolling out the Android 4.0 ICS update for the Atrix 2 owners. Currently, this update is available only in India and it will be rolled out in other markets in the coming days.

The latest update is numbered 672.1.18.MB865.AsiaRetail.EN.03 and brings the usual ICS goodies along with some new features such as face unlock, customizable launch bar, direct access lock screen, data usage monitor, enhanced notifications window, recent apps feature, improved settings and enhanced email experience. It also improves Bluetooth audio quality while listening to music, Mobile Hotspot performance and much more.

The size of the update is 257 MB and it will be available via Over-The-Air (OTA). We advise you to backup all of your data and use a Wi-Fi network before updating this device. If you still haven’t received this update, then just go to Settings > About > Software Updates and check for the update.

Micromax Funbook Alpha Launched In India For Rs.5,999

Back in April, Micromax launched the company’s first tablet device, the Micromax Funbook. This 7 inch tablet was powered by the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System and it runs on the 1.2 Ghz Cortex A8 processor. After the huge success of this device, Micromax launched another Android 4.0 powered tablet in August. The Micromax Funbook Pro packed a large 10.1 inch display and a 1.2 GHz processor.

Now, Micromax went ahead and launched the third tablet in the Funbook family, the Micromax Funbook Alpha. This device is touted to be the stripped down version of the original Funbook. It runs on the old Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS and the much-awaited Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) update seems unlikely for this device. Check out the complete specs below.

The Micromax Funbook Alpha features a 7 inch capacitive touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, 1 GHz Cortex-A8 processor with dual Mali-400 GPU, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, 0.3MP VGA front-facing camera for video calling, HD video playback, Wi-Fi Connectivity, 3G Dongle support via USB, 512 MB RAM, 4 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, USB 2.0, HDMI out, up to 5 hours of browsing time, up to 9 hours of stand-by time and a 2800 mAh battery.

It comes with the usual E-learning app which offers reading materials, videos, multimedia, tests, assessment, references from leading content brands. Micromax Funbook Alpha comes with a price-tag of Rs.6,499. However, you can easily get this device from nCarry for just Rs.5,999.

Google Navigation Now Available In India

Google Navigation is undoubtedly one of the best navigation (and free!) services available out there for Android. However, like most of the Google services out there, Google Navigation is only available in the United States, Canada and a few other regions of the world.

Today, Google has silently rolled out its Navigation feature to Android users in India. Rumors of the service coming to India started floating around since yesterday, when Google India uploaded a video that demonstrated the Navigation feature working in India.

In a country with more than a billion people, and millions of Android handset owners, this move from Google will definitely be appreciated by a lot of people. The Navigation service, itself, still remains in beta though.

This move from Google has also effectively killed the local sat-nav. GPS providers in India including MapMyIndia. While the maps from MapMyIndia and other such services might be more detailed and accurate, the free price tag of Google Maps and its Navigation service is too good to be ignored.

HTC One X Android 4.0.4 Update Rolling Out In India

HTC One X is the company’s most powerful smartphone which comes with a 4.7 inch Super LCD HD display, 1.5 GHz Quad-Core processor, 8 megapixel camera, NFC and so on. This handset was originally shipped with the Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. However, the manufacturer has already rolled out the Android 4.0.4 update in the US and Europe. Now, the same update is rolling out for the One X users in India.

This update comes with general stability improvements, music improvements, enhanced camera capabilities, improved browsing experience and much more. After upgrading your device, the recent apps key will open context menu inside non ICS app, instead of opening the multi-tasking grid in Sense. This update will also brings Hindi, Tamil and Marathi language support. Check out the changelog after the break.

Changelog:

  • System performance and stability enhancements
  • Internet browsing experience enhancements
  • HTC Car user experience enhancements
  • User interface enhancements
  • Music improvements
  • New SDK support for developers
  • Hindi, Tamil, Marathi keyboard Support

The latest update is numbered 2.17.720.2 and it will upgrade the handset to Android 4.0.4 OS and bump the UI to Sense 4.1. The size of the update 141.21 MB and it will be available 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.

Intex Launches Android Powered Dual-SIM Aqua 4.0 Smartphone In India

Intex recently launched the Android powered Aqua 4.0 smartphone in India. It is basically an entry-level smartphone with dual-SIM functionality. Intex Aqua 4.0 will be shipped with the old Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread) Operating System and it won’t be upgraded to the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS. This handset is specially designed for students and young professionals, who are planning to upgrade from their feature phone to an entry-level smartphone without burning a hole in their pocket.

Sanjay Kumar, GM- Mobile Business, Intex Technologies (India) Ltd, said:
“We have been in the mobile business from the last five years and hence offering smartphones is a natural progression in growing our product portfolio in the country. While smartphones are mostly used by urban population, our market survey has established the huge demand in smaller cities and towns. We at Intex are geared up to offer best of the smartphones. AQUA 4.0 is one such offering which has a host of bundled applications and features that make it an ideal choice at a pocket-friendly price for youngsters.”

Intex Aqua 4.0 features a 3.5 inch touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 480 × 320 pixels, 800 MHz processor, Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread) Operating System, 3 megapixel rear camera, VGA video recording and playback, 0.3 megapixel front-facing camera, Mobile tracker, GPRS/ WAP and so on.

It also comes with the usual 3.5 mm headset jack, FM with recording, Bluetooth, 512 MB ROM, 131 internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, G Sensor, Proximity and Light Sensor, Auto call record, social networking apps, Wi-Fi 801.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, up to 3 hours of talk-time, up to 140 hours of stand-by time and a 1400 mAh battery.

Intex Aqua comes pre-loaded with popular games such as Angry Birds, Talking Tom, Fruit Ninja, etc. This device is available in Black and White colors. Intex Aqua 4.0 comes with a price-tag of just Rs.5,490 (approx. $100) in India. You can easily get this device from your nearest retailers as well as from 70 Intex Squares across India.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 750 (Tab 10.1) Gets The Android 4.0 ICS Update In India

Last year, Samsung launched the Galaxy Tab 750 in India. It is nothing but the Indian variant of the company’s popular tablet, the Galaxy Tab 10.1. This device was shipped with the Android 3.1 (Honeycomb) Operating System. Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 was the first device to get the Android 4.0 OS. However, Samsung has already rolled out the much-awaited Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update for the Galaxy Tab 10.1 international variant.

Now, we have good news for the Galaxy Tab 750 owners in India. After waiting for a couple of weeks, Samsung has finally rolled out the Android 4.0 ICS update in India. This update brings the usual ICS goodies including the redesigned UI, new keyboard with next word prediction, improved performance and stability, improved multi-tasking, enhanced notification bar and much more.

The size of the update is and it 232.71 MB and it will be available via Over-The-Air (OTA). If OTA update is failed, you can even connect your device to your computer and update it using the Samsung Kies software. According to the company, settings for music playlist, APN, Samsung account and more will be reset during the update, so we advise you to backup all of your data before updating the device. You should also make sure that your battery has at least 50% charge.

You will be automatically notified when the update is available for your device. If you have not yet received the update, then just go to Settings > About Device > System updates and check for the update. Samsung Galaxy 730, the Indian variant of the Galaxy Tab 8.9 is expected to the the Android 4.0 ICS update in the coming weeks.

Samsung Galaxy Note 800 (Note 10.1) Launched In India For Rs.39,990

Do you still remember the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1? Yes, we are talking about the same Android powered tablet, which was first unveiled at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012 in Barcelona. This tablet was not released in any of the markets, since the manufacturer wanted to make some changes before launching it globally. Earlier this month, Samsung re-announced the Galaxy Tab 10.1 with updated features and specs.

This tablet is already available for purchase in the US. Samsung recently went ahead and launched this device as the Galaxy Tab 800 in India. The company is already known for changing the name of its tablets before selling it in India. Previously, Samsung released the Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1 in India as the Galaxy Tab 730 and 750 respectively.

Mr. Ranjit Yadav, Country Head, Samsung Mobile and IT, said:
“India is one of the first 10 markets in the world where the Galaxy Note 800 is being launched. With the Samsung Galaxy Note 800, Samsung provides a unique user experience that goes beyond passive content consumption to a new world of productivity, active creation and personalized communications. While the S pen offers both active content creation and passive content creation, the Multi screen capability finally enables true multitasking. I expect this device to in many ways to fuel the growth of the tablet market in India and help us further strengthen our market leadership in the tablet market here in India.”

Samsung Galaxy Note 800 features a 10.1 inch TFT display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, 1.4 GHz quad-core Exynos processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, Samsung TouchWiz Nature UX, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, 5 megapixel rear camera with LED Flash, Full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls and much more.

Other features include a 3.5mm audio jack, Bluetooth 4.0, S-Pen stylus, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Google Play Store, Bluetooth 3.0, USB 2.0, S Note, S Planner, Adobe Photoshop Touch, Samsung Kies, Samsung Hub, Samsung ChatOn, GPS with A-GPS, Wi-Fi Direct, IR LED and a 7,000 mAh Li-ion battery.

Samsung Galaxy Note 800 comes preloaded with the Adobe Photoshop Touch, which allows you to control the brush size and opacity by just adjusting the pressure of the pen on the screen. This device also offers the Pop up Play feature which was first seen on the Galaxy S III smartphone along with the added functionality of resizing the video window. Samsung Galaxy Note 800 comes with a price-tag of Rs.39,990 (approx. $720).

Finally, Kindle Arrives in India – At the Stores and on Amazon.com

Amazon has finally launched India Kindle Store with the largest selection and lowest prices of any e-bookstore in India. The India Kindle Store would feature a vast selection of titles from a range of Indian authors priced in Indian Rupees (INR) catering to a growing number of Kindle users in India who’ve ordered their devices from Amazon US. That too will change now, since Indian customers can now purchase Kindle at Croma retail stores across India.

“We are excited to be the first retailer in India to offer the latest generation Kindle to our customers. This product will launch exclusively in all Croma stores across India at an introductory price of 6,999 INR.”

– Mr. Ajit Joshi, CEO and Managing Director, Croma

With the availability of Kindle on retail shelves and the ability to download ebooks from India authors, Kindle would soon see mainstream adoption even if it continues to battle unfair comparisons from tablet devices at every price point. In my opinion, it makes for an affordable gift for not just voracious readers but also young students and senior family members.

Along with this announcement, Amazon also launched Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) for independent authors and publishers in India. KDP is a fast, free and easy way for authors and publishers to make their books available to Kindle customers in India and around the world.