Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Arriving In India On August 10

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is the successor of the Samsung’s popular tablet, the Galaxy Tab. This device was first announced at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2011 in Barcelona. To compete with the new iPad 2, Samsung went ahead and completely redesigned the Galaxy Tab 10.1. The new Galaxy Tab 10.1 was showcased at the CTIA 2011. This tablet is already available in most of the countries. Even, Verizon recently launched the 4G LTE version of this tablet exclusively for its customers in the US.

This device was expected to release during mid-June in India. Most of the Indian customers, are still waiting for the launch of this device. The guys at BGR India, have learned from their multiple sources that, the Galaxy Tab is finally arriving in India on August 10. If you are willing to buy this tablet, then check out the complete specs below.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Specs:

  • 10.1 inch WXGA display
  • 1280 x 800 pixels resolution
  • 1 GHz Dual Core application processor
  • Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) OS
  • Samsung TouchWiz UX
  • WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • 3G Connectivity
  • 3 megapixel rear camera with LED Flash
  • HD (720p) video recording
  • Full HD (1080p) video playback
  • 2 megapixel front-facing camera
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • Adobe Flash Player 10.2
  • Gyroscope
  • Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync
  • Quickoffice HD Editor
  • Stereo Speaker
  • 16GB / 32GB / 64GB memory
  • microSD card slot
  • 32 GB expandable memory
  • Android Market
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • USB 2.0
  • Samsung Mini Apps Tray
  • 6800 mAh battery

The price of this device is still unknown. Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is expected to be available soon for pre-orders at online retailers such Flipkart and LetsBuy. Stay tuned for more updates!

Motorola Xoom Gets The Android 3.1 Update In India

Motorola Xoom is the company’s first tablet device. It was announced at the CES 2011 in Las Vegas and launched in India at the end of Q2 of 2011. This tablet originally runs of the Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) Operating System. But, Motorola recently announced that existing users of Motorola Xoom and Motorola Xoom WiFi in India will receive the Android 3.1 update starting from July 29. This update brings resizable home screen widgets for Gmail, Calendar and Browser, support for PC joysticks and gamepads, new high-performance Wi-Fi lock and more. Check out the complete changelog below.

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  • Improved multi-tasking providing instant visual access to a larger number of applications
  • Resizable home screen widgets for Gmail, Calendar and Browser
  • Both keyboard and mouse support, which allows simultaneous input for devices over Bluetooth (in any combination)
  • Support for most PC joysticks and gamepads that connect over USB or Bluetooth
  • Picture transfer directly from camera, so users can connect their cameras over USB and import their pictures to the Gallery with a single touch
  • New high-performance Wi-Fi lock lets applications maintain high-performance Wi-Fi connections even when the device screen is off
  • Preloaded Adobe Flash Player, as well as File Manager

The Android 3.1 update also activates the SD card slot, so you can insert a 32 GB card and expand the total memory of the Motorola Xoom to 64 GB. This update will be available via Over-The-Air (OTA). You will receive a notification, as soon as the update is available for your device.

To check the update manually, go to Settings > About Tablet > System Updates. The size of the update is just 40 MB. The Android 3.1 update will also be available in other countries including Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore.

Airtel 3G Services Launched In Kerala

Back in March, Airtel launched its 3G services in India. Airtel has won 3G license for 13 telecom circles in India Mumbai, Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh (West), Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, West Bengal, Himachal Pradesh, Bihar, Assam, North East, Jammu & Kashmir. Airtel has already launched its 3G services in most of the telecom circle, but it has failed to launch 3G in all the circle. Now, Airtel went a step ahead and launched its 3G services in India.

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Commenting on the launch, Mr. Rajiv Rajgopal, CEO Kerala & Tamil Nadu, Mobile Services, Bharti Airtel said, With the highest Human Development Index and literacy rate in India, Kerala is indeed well poised to represent the strong growth and development being observed by our country today. Following the deep penetration of voice telephony across urban and rural India, the introduction of 3G services in the country marks the next wave of telecom revolution , one that will offer a world class data services experience on the mobile device. Today, we are truly excited to bring the Airtel 3G promise for our customers in Kerala. We believe that Airtel 3G will lead the data and internet revolution in Kerala, bringing our customers in this part of the state closer to an all new world of possibilities.

In the first phase of rollout, Airtel 3G services will be currently available in major cities including Kochi, Trivandrum and Calicut. The company will soon roll out 3G in other major parts of the state. Airtel customers in Kerala can enjoy multimedia services, high speed mobile broadband, videos on phone, live TV, video calls and much more.

Airtel 3G customers can also enjoy popular Bollywood and regional movies (including Malayalam) on their mobile phones, thanks to the Airtel’s Video Talkies portal. Airtel 3G comes with the Mobile TV, which allows you to watch more than 100 live channels on the go. To learn more about Airtel 3G plans, head over to this page.

Microsoft Launches New R&D Facility in Bangalore

Today, Microsoft  launched a new state-of-the-art research & development facility in Bangalore, India. Dr Qi Lu, President, Online Services Division, Microsoft inaugurated Vigyan, the swank new 154,000 sq. ft. facility is situated in the heart of the city. Vigyan in Hindi language means Science’.


Vigyan is now home to researchers from Microsoft Research India and Microsoft India Development Center (MSIDC) team that works on Microsoft adCenter. Microsoft IDC’s first centre was set up in Hyderabad in 1998. The Hyderabad campus along with the Beijing one are Microsoft’s biggest R&D facilities outside of the United States. At MSIDC, Hyderabad, Microsoft Research India was established in 2005.   Dr. P Anandan, Managing Director, Microsoft Research India was also present at the inauguration.


The decision to set up our second R&D centre in Bangalore reinforces Microsoft’s commitment towards India.   – Dr. Qi Lu

After the search alliance between Bing and Yahoo last year, Microsoft extended engineering efforts in Bangalore. Also, several Yahoo employees moved to Microsoft as part of the alliance. Microsoft has several facilities in Bangalore already that house  Microsoft Global Training Support Center (GTSC), Microsoft Research India, and different teams from Microsoft’s business groups like Sales & Marketing Support Group  (SMSG) and Developer & Platfrom Evangelism (DPE).

Photos Courtesy: Microsoft India Development Center

Maxx Mobiles Launches The Soul MS727 Slider Phone

Maxx Mobiles recently launched a new slider phone, the Maxx Soul MS727 in India. It comes with a 2.4 inch touchscreen display, Dual-SIM support, 1.3 megapixel camera and much more. The Maxx Soul MS727 is an entry-level multimedia phone, which allows you to listen music and watch videos on the go. This handset also lets you browse the internet with the help of Opera Mini browser. Check out the complete specs below.

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Sharing his strategy behind the launch of MAXX SOUL, Ajjay Agarwal, Chairman & Managing Director, MAXX Group said, At MAXX Mobiles, as we continually strive to provide our users with value-for-money products, we closely watch market trends and keenly track what our consumers desire in a mobile phone. MAXX Mobile is predominately focused on designing phones that provide convenience to users. MAXX SOUL is developed keeping in the mind the users who like touch phones but prefer using keypads for basic texting and calling. So we have packed both the features into one exciting bundle, at an affordable price!

Maxx Soul MS727 features a 2.4 inch touchscreen display, slide-out T9 keypad, dual-SIM support, 1.3 megapixel camera, 2 GB memory card bundled, pre-loaded with licensed multimedia content including music and videos, FM radio with scheduling, audio player supported by MP3 & WAV formats, video player supported by MP4& 3GPP formats, 3.5mm headset jack, JAVA enabled, Opera Mini browser, Bluetooth, MySync (PC suite), USB Mass storage and a 900mAh battery.

The Maxx Soul MS727 comes with a price tag of Rs.3,395. You can easily purchase this handset from more than 25,000 retailers across India as well as from modern retail outlets including Planet M, Tata Croma, Hyper City, Star Bazar, Mobile & Gadgets, Indian Naval Canteen, Kings Electronics, Hotspot, Reliance Web World and NEXT electronics.

Amazon Coming to India in 2012

Amazon, the world’s largest online retail company, is planning to enter the Indian market, according to a report by TOI. It is in talks with multiple Indian e-commerce startups like Flipkart and Letsbuy, about a possible acquisition.

An acquisition would be the best way for Amazon to enter the Indian market, and ramp up quickly, in terms of market share. So far though, most of the talks haven’t been working out, and Amazon may also consider entering the market on its own.

It is currently in the process of hiring more than 200 people in Hyderabad, Bangalore and Chennai to man its operations. We had reported about this around a month back – Amazon Might Be Preparing to Enter India Soon.

It has already bought space for a warehouse in Mumbai. Flipkart is currently the biggest player in the Indian e-commerce space. Like Amazon, it started out by selling books online, but has since branched out into multiple products. It recently raised $20 million in Series C funding from Tiger Global.

Considering the huge e-commerce opportunity in India, it is unlikely that they will sell to Amazon, unless they get a huge premium above their current valuation.

The Indian e-commerce market is supposed to be worth around $10 billion in 2011. If Amazon enters now, with a big ticket acquisition, it has a good chance of dominating the space in a couple of years.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro Up For Pre-Order In India For Rs.15,099

Back in May, Sony Ericsson announced the Xperia Mini Pro smartphone. This handset runs on the latest Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System and comes with a small 3 inch touchscreen display, 1 GHz processor, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 5 megapixel camera and much more. If you were eagerly waiting for this handset, then we have a good news for you. Flipkart, a popular online retailer in India is currently taking pre-orders for this amazing little smartphone. Check out the complete specs, after the break.

xperia mini pro

Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro features a 3 inch touchscreen display with 320 x 480 pixels resolution, 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, Wi-Fi Connectivity, 5 megapixel camera with 8x digital zoom, auto focus, Face detection and Face recognition, HD video recording (720p), VGA Front-facing camera, Sony Ericsson Music Player, Android Market and more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm audio jack, Stereo Bluetooth with A2DP, PlayNow service, 3D games, FM radio with RDS, A-GPS, DLNA Certified, Micro USB support, USB High speed 2.0 support, Wisepilot turn-by-turn navigation, 320 MB internal memory, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 2 GB microSD card included, up to 29 hrs Music plauback, up to 6 hrs Video playback, up to 5 hrs 40 min talk-time, up to 331 hrs stand-by time and a 1200 mAh battery.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro allows you to access more than 250,000 apps from the Android Market. This handset is available for pre-order at Flipkart for Rs.15,099. To pre-order this handset, head over to this page.

G-Five Launches 4 New Dual-SIM Phones In India

G-Five, the second largest selling mobile phone brand in India, has recently launched 4 new entry level phones. The new G-Five Movie King E680, E650 and E620 models come with a 4 GB data card preloaded with 20 full-length movies, 20 ringtones and 5 FTV videos. These handsets are pre-loaded with blockbuster hits like Singh is King, Rock On, Pardes, Taal, Wakeup Sid, Bhool Bhulaiya etc. On the other hand, the G-Five G20 is the company’s first gaming phone which comes preloaded with 1000 video games including the most popular family of 16-bit games like Mario, Contra, Tetris, Goonies, Battle City and so on.

Industry innovations are largely restricted to high end or smart phone category and not much has been done for the mass category which is over 60% of the market. We, as a mass market brand are committed enhance consumer experience in this category. G’Five has consistently offered innovative compelling products at most competitive price. In the last 6 months we have launched several innovative models like the projector phone. During Cricket World Cup, we launched a complete range of TV phones, so that our consumers can enjoy their Cricket telecast anywhere. The latest in our series of innovation for the mass market are the Movie King range and the gaming phone targeted at those desiring non-stop entertainment on the go,said Mr. Arshit Pathak, Managing Director, Kingtech Electronics India Private Limited, a group Company of G’FIVE International.

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The G-FIVE Movie King E680 comes with a 2.2 inch QVGA display, dual-SIM dual standby, dual camera, built-in Yamaha amplifier for surround-sound effect, FM radio player, music player, video player, 3.5 mm headset jack and so on. The G-Five Movie King E620 features a 2.2 inch QVGA display, dual-SIM dual standby, music player, video player, built-in Yamaha amplifier, FM radio player, 3.5 mm headset jack and analog TV.

The G-Five Movie King E650 is a stylish flip phone with 2.4 inch touchscreen and the same features mentioned in the above phones. The G-Five G20 is a gaming phone with 2.4 inch QVGA display, dual-SIM capabilities, dual memory card slot, analog TV, built-in Yamaha amplifier, universal 3.5 mm audio jack, music player, Wi-Fi connectivity and more. This handset also has a gaming simulator with 1000 pre-loaded games.

G-Five will soon launch Android smartphones as well as tablet PC’s in India. The company also plans to launch other consumer electronic products in 2011 such as netbooks, laptops, music boxes etc.

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Airtel Hikes Prepaid Tariff Rates By 20% In 6 Circles

Bharti Airtel is the India’s largest telecom operator. Earlier this year, Airtel launched its 3G services in India. The company has won 3G license in Mumbai, Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh (West), Rajasthan, West Bengal, Himachal Pradesh, Bihar, Assam, North East, Jammu & Kashmir, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka circle. Airtel subscribers in other circles will also be able to enjoy the 3G services, thanks to the Intra Circle Roaming Agreement (ICRA) with private operators such as Idea and Vodafone. This is definitely a good news, but we also have a bad news for the Airtel subscribers.

Airtel has recently hiked its prepaid tariff by 20% in 6 circles across India, including New Delhi, Andhra Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh circles. Pre-paid subscribers will be charged 1.2 paisa per second instead of the usual 1 paisa per second tariff. It means that, Airtel subscribers will need to shell out Rs.0.90 per minute for local and STD calls. Airtel has also increased the rates of local and STD SMS to Rs.1 and Rs.1.5 respectively.

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According to the reports, Bharti Airtel has hiked the price because the company has paid $10.7 billion last year to acquire the Africa business of Kuwaiti telecom operator Zain. The company has also paid $3.3 billion to buy the 3G spectrum in India. Last year, Airtel has reached a new milestone of 200 million customers. To celebrate the success, the company has also changed its logo and signature tune. Airtel currently operates in 19 countries across South Asia, Africa and the Channel Islands.

“Telecom is probably the only industry where despite increasing inflation, tariffs have been falling unabatedly. Continuously declining margins, high 3G & BWA auction prices, constrained spectrum and rural roll out aspirations leave us with little choice but to make some price corrections. We are committed to enhance value for our customers through continued investments in network, technology, customer experience and life enriching services,” the company said in a statement.

After Airtel, other private operators such as Vodafone, Tata Indicom and Tata Docomo are expected to join the bandwagon. We have a question for the Airtel subscriber out there. What are your views regarding the hike in price? Will you shift your Airtel number to other operator using the MNP or you will stay connected with Airtel? Let us know your views in the comments below.

Idea Finally Launches 3G Services In Mumbai

Idea has finally  launched  its 3G services in Mumbai. Earlier this year, Airtel, Vodafone and Reliance Communications announced their 3G services. And now, Idea became the fourth private operator to launch the 3G services in Mumbai circle.  Idea is already offering 3G services in  Maharashtra, Goa, UP, Kerala,  Madhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh, Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh. Idea subscribers in Mumbai can  enjoy speeds up to 21 Mbps on their 3G smartphones.

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Idea Cellular had won 3G license for 11 circles Maharashtra & Goa, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh (E), Uttar Pradesh (W), Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, and Jammu & Kashmir. But the company does not have 3G license in Mumbai circle. To offer 3G services to its subscribers in Mumbai and other circle, where the company have not won 3G licence, Idea has mutually signed an Intra Circle Roaming Agreement (ICRA) with private operators such as Airtel and Vodafone.

Idea 3G is currently available only for selected customers in Mumbai. Idea offers free 100 MB of data for free with a validity of 15 days. After using the free data, Idea subscribers in Mumbai will be charged just 10 paisa per 10KB. To select 3G data plan, Idea subscribers will need to dial *800#. To deactivate 3G services, SMS DEACT3G to 12345. Check out the Idea 3G plans here.