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Fly MV282 Dual-SIM Multimedia Phone Launched In India For Rs.2,889

Fly Mobiles recently launched a new multimedia phone, Fly MV282. This handset comes with dual-SIM (GSM+GSM) capabilities. Fly MV282 features the King Movie technology, which is basically a high rate compression video format. It allows the user to store ample of music videos and movies in a limited storage space and provides better user experience. The King Movie technology reduces the video to 1/10th of the original size.

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Fly MV 282 features a 2.8 inch QVGA TFT display, sporting a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels, dual-SIM (GSM+GSM), 2 megapixel camera, video recording capabilities, GPRS/EDGE, WAP Browser, MP3 ringtones, English/Hindi support, Auto Call Recording, Call Conference, Torch Light and so on.

Other features include a 3.5mm headset jack, Audio Player with Equalizer, SMS Blacklist, Anti Theft, 613 KB internal memory, 32 GB expandable memory, T-Flash card slot, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, 1000 phonebook entries, up to 400 hrs of stand-by time, up to 15 hrs of talk-time and a 2000 mAh battery.

This handset allows you to stay connected with your family and friends, thanks to the pre-installed Nimbuzz app. The user can not only set a gif image as a wallpaper, but the user can also set a video on the idle screen. The Fly MV282 multimedia phone comes with a price tag of just Rs.2,889 (approx. $60) in India.

Samsung Omnia W Price Drops To Rs.15,200 In India

Last year, Samsung announced the powerful Samsung Omnia W smartphone. This handset runs on the Windows Phone 7.5 Mango Operating System and it comes with a 3.7 inch Super AMOLED display as well as a 1.4GHz processor. Samsung Omnia W competes with the Nokia Lumia 710 in the Indian market. Nokia has already reduced the price of the Lumia 710 from Rs.18,999 to Rs.15,499. Now, Samsung is trying to increase the sales of Omnia W by follow in the footsteps of Nokia.

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Samsung Omnia W features a 3.7 inch Super AMOLED display, sporting a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, 1.4 GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon processor, Windows Phone 7.5 Mango OS, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, 5 megapixel auto-focus camera with HD (720p) video recording and playback, VGA front facing camera for video calls, 512MB RAM, 8GB internal memory and more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Stereo FM Radio with RDS, People Hub, Picture Hub, Games Hub, Music and Video Hub, Office Hub, Bluetooth 2.1, A-GPS, Zune player, Marketplace Hub, 25 GB of Windows Live Skydrive storage and a 1500mAh battery.

samsung omnia w reduced price

Samsung Omnia W was originally launched in India for Rs.20,900 (approx.$425). However, popular online retailers such as Flipkart and LetsBuy is selling this device at a reduced price of just Rs.15,200 (approx. $310). To get this handset, head over to Flipkart or LetsBuy.

Nokia Luna NFC Enabled Bluetooth Headset Now Available In India For Rs.4530

Nokia recently launched the stunningly designed Nokia Luna Bluetooth Stereo headset. The amazing Nokia Luna headset features a unique in-ear design and NFC capability. It can be easily paired with a NFC enabled Nokia smartphone by just tapping the two devices together to share content. The Nokia Luna headset features an advanced multipoint technology, which allows you to pair up to two phones at the same time.

“We are excited to launch the new Nokia Luna Bluetooth headset” said V Ramnath, Director – Sales, Nokia India. “With a stunning design and an innovative technology like NFC, Nokia Luna features noise isolating in-ear design, adaptive volume adjustment and pop it mechanism. It is a perfect combination of top notch functionality and style, which will appeal to our young consumers.”

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Nokia Luna Specifications:

  • Bluetooth 2.1 with enhanced data rate (EDR)
  • Near Field Communication (NFC)
  • -15°C to +55°C operating temperature
  • Automatic volume adjustment
  • microUSB charging interface
  • Handsfree profile (HFP) 1.5
  • Headset profile (HSP) 1.1
  • Advanced Multipoint
  • Up to 8 hours of talk-time
  • Up to 35 hours of stand-by time (Out of holder)
  • Up to 60 days of stand-by time (In holder)
  • Headset: 25.31 x 24.00 x 26.36 mm
  • Holder: 48.98 x 48.87 x 29.95 mm
  • Weight – Headset: 5 g, Holder: 18.3 g

The Nokia Luna headset is available in 5 vibrant colors – Cyan, Fuchsia, Green, White and Black. It come with a price-tag of just Rs.4,530 (approx. $90). The NFC pairing is compatible only with the Nokia 700, Nokia 701, Nokia 600 and Nokia 603 smartphones.

Samsung Launches The Galaxy Ace Duos, Galaxy Y Duos & Galaxy Y Pro Duos In India

Samsung recently launched 3 new dual-SIM smartphones, the Galaxy Ace Duos, Galaxy Y Duos and Galaxy Y Pro Duos in India. The company has already announced the Galaxy Y Duos and Galaxy Y Pro Duos during the end of 2011, however the Galaxy Ace Duos is the latest addition to the Samsung’s dual-SIM Galaxy family.

The Samsung Galaxy Ace Duos is basically the dual-SIM version of the highly popular Galaxy Ace smartphone. Both the Galaxy Ace Duos and Galaxy Y Duos comes with a full touchscreen display. On the other hand, the Galaxy Y Pro Duos features a touchscreen display as well as a full QWERTY keyboard.

Mr. Ranjit Yadav, Country Head, Mobile and IT, Samsung India, said,

“We are very proud and delighted to announce the launch of these innovative hybrid mobile devices. These devices combine the effectiveness of all the smartphone features and at the same time give consumers a unique opportunity to maintain their work life balance. With the increasing demand for being connected 24×7 and yet maintaining a personal life balance, these innovative Dual SIM smartphones enable the mobile consumers to be socially networked through their phones anytime, anywhere, and at the same time separate their personal life from their professional life.”

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Samsung Galaxy Ace Duos features a 3.5 inch HVGA display, sporting a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels, 832 MHz processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS, Samsung TouchWiz UI, dual-SIM (GSM+CDMA), 5 megapixel rear camera, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP, microUSB 2.0, Android Market and a 1650 mAh battery.

Samsung Galaxy Y Duos comes with a 3.14 inch QVGA display, sporting a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels, 832 MHz processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS, Samsung TouchWiz UI, dual SIM (GSM+GSM), 3 megapixel rear camera, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, 384 MB RAM, 160 MB internal memory, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP, microUSB 2.0 and a 1300 mAh battery.

Samsung Galaxy Y Pro Duos features a 2.6 inch QVGA display, sporting a resolution of 400 x 240 pixels, 832 MHz processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS, Samsung TouchWiz UI, Optical trackpad, dual SIM (GSM+GSM), 3 megapixel rear camera, VGA front-facing camera for video calls, 384 MB RAM, 160 MB internal memory, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP, microUSB 2.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity and a 1350 mAh battery.

The Samsung Galaxy Ace Duos, Galaxy Y Duos and Galaxy Y Pro Duos comes with a price-tag of Rs.16,900 (approx. $340), Rs.10,490 (approx. $210) and Rs.11,090 (approx. $225) respectively.

Internet Censorship in India: Google Removes Objectionable Content Following Court Orders

internet-censorshipThe Internet censorship scene in India has been heating up for quite some time now. Late 2011, the Indian government and Telecom frontman Mr. Kapil Sibal asked Internet companies to pre screen objectionable content, which can be a blog post, a photo, a video or a tweet. Google, Facebook, YouTube and 19 other social networking sites were precisely told to remove inflammatory material before February 6th 2012.

Pre screening user generated content is easier said than done. Everyone knows the size and volume of social users in India and removing all the user generated content is nearly impossible because of two reasons:

1. It is literally impossible to monitor each and every user on a social networking site. Anything that is posted online has to be viewed through human eyes, cross checked and then passed through the safe filter. How many eyeballs will faint reading 250 million tweets, that are posted every single day?

2. If we assume that the proposed system is successful in pre-screening content, how do you stop people from creating fake profiles and bulk post all the objectionable stuff in random order?

This idea is nothing but madness.Technically speaking, not at all feasible or achievable.

According to Google’s 2011 transparency report, Indian Government officials and cyber experts have made 68 requests to remove objectionable or obscene content. Metropolitan cities like Mumbai, have dedicated special cyber units who constantly monitor social networking sites e.g Facebook, Orkut and they will go all guns blazing, if they find someone crossing the line.

[January 13th]: Objectionable Content Can’t Be Filtered – Google, Facebook.

On January 13th 2012, both Google and Facebook appealed to Delhi High court arguing that it is impossible to pre-screen content posted by thousands of internet users. Instead, the users should be held responsible, not the social site or the search engine.

“The search engine only takes you to a website. What happens after that is beyond a search engine’s control,” Neeraj Kishan Kaul, a lawyer for Google India, told a packed High Court hearing on Monday. “If you use blocks, which is very easy for people to say, you will inadvertently block other things as well. For example: the word ‘sex’. Even a government document like a voter ID list or a passport has the word ‘sex’,” he added.

Likewise, it is not possible on the part of a social network to take down users who have aggressive thoughts or hatred towards political leaders, religions or a celebrity. A user who is innocent today may have some reactions tomorrow, where from you start drawing the line?

“The issue relates to a constitutional issue of freedom of speech and expression, suppressing it was not possible as the right to freedom of speech in democratic India separates us from a totalitarian regime like China,” advocate N K Kaul, appearing for Google India, told Justice Suresh Kait. For example, if you block the word “Virgin”, how will people find information about “Virgin Airlines”? Times of India has the detailed conversation here.

[February 7th]: Objectionable Content Has Been Removed – Google.

Google India has now admitted that the company has removed or filtered controversial content that were flagged to be offensive towards religious and political leaders. Which websites or pages were removed? Google hasn’t revealed any names but the company is now adhering to the laws of the land and the legal requisitions of the government. Please note that the objectionable content has been removed only from Google’s localized India domain, the same content is accessible to users of a different country.

Just one week ago Google forced a new web address for all blogger blogs in India, shifting from a .com TLD to a more localized .in address. This is definitely in conjunction with selective censorship, as the search giant can control (and remove) objectionable content for Indian users only, while they will continue to be available in other countries.

Amongst other companies, the Delhi high court has issued directions to Facebook and Yahoo to take down offensive content at their earliest. Facebook India came up with a compliance report on Monday arguing that the complaints raised are not specific in nature. Facebook told the court that it does not control or operate the servers that host the website available at www.facebook.com , which are located in the US, according to a report from Indian Express. The operating party is Facebook India Online Services Pvt Ltd and not Facebook Inc.

On the other hand, Yahoo and Microsoft filed applications for deletion of their names from the civil complaint stating that there was no allegation against them for webcasting any objectionable content. “The Defendant no.5 (Yahoo) is primarily a content portal offering e-mail and messenger communication services but not offering features generally associated with social networking websites. So to that extent the website of Defendant no.5 cannot be regarded as a social networking website” – this is Yahoo India’s official remark, after they appealed deletion from the list of alleged parties.

All the alleged websites have to produce official statements and explanations within 15 days counting from today.

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Country wide protests and reactions from online junta/media sources are already pouring in. Pre screening user generated content will eventually lead to the death of free speech, and lets not forget that India is the World’s largest democracy. [Image credit]

Samsung Launches The Champ Deluxe Duos In India For Rs.4790

Samsung recently launched the dual-SIM Samsung Champ Deluxe Duos in India. This handset comes with a 2.8 inch touchscreen display, 1.3 megapixel rear camera, 16 GB expandable memory and much more. The entry-level Champ Deluxe Duos is specially targeted at the youth in India. It comes with the Samsung ChatON messaging service, which allows you to communicate instantly with any mobile phone and share text, pictures, calendar, contacts, emotions, hand-written notes and videos instantly with your friends.

samsung champ deluxe duos

Samsung Champ Deluxe Duos features a 2.8 inch QVGA touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels, TouchWiz UI, dual-SIM (GSM+GSM) capabilities, 1.3 megapixel rear camera, GPRS/EDGE, 3.5 mm headset jack, FM radio, Audio and Video player, microSD card slot, 16 GB expandable memory, micro USB, make fake calls feature, Bluetooth, Samsung ChatON and a 1000 mAh battery.

Samsung Champ Deluxe Duos is available in 2 colors – White and Black. This handset comes with a price tag of Rs.4790. However, you can easily buy this handset at Flipkart for just Rs.3925. To get this handset from Flipkart, head over to this page.

Nokia Asha 300 Already Available In India For Rs.6835

Last year, Nokia announced four new handsets under the new Asha series of phones, the Nokia Asha 303, Asha 300, Asha 200 and Asha 201. These handsets runs on the Symbian S40 Operating System. Out of the four devices, Nokia has only launched the Asha 200 QWERTY phone in India. Flipkart, a popular online retailer in India is already selling the new Nokia Asha 300 in India. This handset comes with a touchscreen display as well as a physical T9 keypad. The Nokia Asha 300 allows you to easily access messaging, email and instant messaging from the home screen. You can even swipe the homescreen to access apps, music or games from the Nokia Store.

nokia asha 300

Nokia Asha 300 features a 2.4 inch resistive touch display, sporting a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels, 1 GHz processor, Symbian S40 Operating System, 5 megapixel camera with video recording, 140 MB internal memory, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory and so on.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Stereo FM radio with RDS, MP3 music player, USB charging, Nokia Life Tools, Nokia Browser, Nokia Messaging with push email and IM, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, Wi-Fi b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, A-GPS, up to 6.9 hours of talk-time, up to 22 days of stand-by time and a 1110 mAh battery.

This handset measures 112.8 mm x 49.5 mm x 12.7 mm and weighs just 85 g. Flipkart is selling this device for Rs.6835. This handset is currently available only in Graphite color. Other colors such as Night Shade, Gold, White Silver, Pink and Red are expected to be available soon after the official launch. The Nokia Asha 300 also comes pre-loaded with the popular Angry Birds game. To get this handset, head over to this page at Flipkart.

Mercury mTab Neo Launched In India For Rs.15,999

Kobian Group, the maker of Mercury brand of computer components and peripherals, recently launched its second tablet device, the Mercury mTab Neo. This device is the successor of the not-so-popular Mercury mTab2 tablet. The previous model had only Wi-Fi and external 3G support, but the new Mercury mTab Neo features in-built 3G and SIM support for voice and video calling.

This tablet comes with a 7 inch capacitive touchscreen display and a powerful 1 GHz dual core Cortex A9 processor. Most of the entry-level tablets currently available in the market runs on the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS. However, the Mercury mTab Neo runs on the super old Android 2.2 (Froyo) OS. Check out the complete specs below.

Sushmita Das, Country Manager – India, Kobian Pte Ltd, said,

“mTab Neo summarizes convergence and convenience. The product combines functionality of two devices and makes the experience and usage more convenient and friendly. At Mercury, we strive to bring products with new ideas and make technology simpler and affordable for all. SIM calling, Bluetooth, in-built 3G, dual camera and overall a strong processor and battery pack up – it’s a complete package needed in the growing market of tablets”.

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Mercury mTab Neo Specifications:

  • 7 inch capacitive touchscreen display
  • 1 GHz dual core Cortex A9 processor
  • Android 2.2 (Froyo) OS
  • 2 megapixel rear camera
  • 0.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calling
  • 4 GB internal memory
  • microSD card slot
  • 32 GB expandable memory
  • HDMI Video Output
  • Dual speakers
  • EDGE/GPRS support,
  • Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11b/g
  • mini-USB port
  • Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP
  • 4000 mAh battery

The Mercury mTab Neo comes with a price-tag of Rs.15,999. You will also get a 1 year warranty, with the purchase of this device. The Mercury mTab Neo will compete with other entry-level tablets such as Reliance 3G tab, Beetel Magiq II and iBall Slide in the Indian market.

LG Optimus Black Gets The Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update In Europe And India

Last year, LG launched the Android powered LG Optimus Black in most of the European countries as well as in India. This handset comes with an unique NOVA display, which is designed to be the brightest, clearest and most readable among mobile screens with 700 nits of brightness for optimal visibility. The LG Optimus Black was originally launched with the Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System.

This handset was expected to get the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update last year, but it was delayed due to some unknown reasons. After waiting for nearly a year, the LG Optimus Black owners in Europe and India has a reason to cheer. LG has finally started rolling out the much-awaited Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) update for the powerful LG Optimus Black smartphone. Check out the complete changelog below.

LG Optimus Black

  • Improved power management
  • Enhanced mobile gaming experience
  • Improved UI to enable faster access and control and a more intuitive user experience
  • One-touch word selection and copy/paste:
  • Better Download management
  • Support for new media formats such as AAC, AVC, MPEG 4 and H263
  • New features and other improvements: active app management, shortcuts, widgets, icons, app groups, updated calendar options, camera geotagging, better email synching and more precise camera auto-focus.
  • App updates and pre-loaded Google Plus app

This update is currently available only via LG Update tool. Sadly, this update is not available via OTA (Over-The-Air). It is advised to backup all you data before updating the device. You should also make sure that, the battery is fully charged before updating your phone. If you find something new, please let us know in the comments section below.

Motorola Xoom Price Drops To Rs.22,500 In India

Exactly one year ago, Motorola unveiled its first tablet device, the Motorola Xoom. This device runs on the Android 3.2 (Honeycomb) Operating System. Motorola Xoom was announced and showcased at the CES 2011 in Las Vegas. Within a few months, Motorola officially launched this device in India. The 32GB Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi + 3G version was originally priced at Rs.39,990. BlackBerry and Samsung have recently reduced the price of the BlackBerry PlayBook and Samsung Galaxy Tab Wi-Fi respectively in India. Now, popular online retailers such as Flipkart and LetsBuy are selling the Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi + 3G at a reduced price of just Rs.22,500.

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Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi features with a 10.1 inch touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, 1 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor, Android 3.2 (Honeycomb) OS, 3G Connectivity, 5 megapixel rear camera with dual LED flash, HD (720p) video recording, Full HD (1080p) playback, 2 megapixel front-facing camera and so on.

Other features include a 3.5mm headset jack, micro USB 2.0, Corporate Sync, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR + HID, 32GB internal memory, SD card support, 1GB DDR2 RAM, Google Chrome bookmark sync and incognito mode, Android Market, Integrated GPS, up to 10 hour video playback and a 3250 mAh Lithium-ion battery.

LetsBuy is currently selling the 32GB Motorola Xoom at a reduced price of just Rs.22,500. On the other hand, Flipkart is selling this device for Rs.22,999. This is definitely a good news for the potential tablet buyers in India, since the powerful Motorola Xoom is also expected to get the much-awaited Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update in the coming months. Are you planning to buy one? If yes, then check out the links below.