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Google Play Books Goes Live In India

Earlier today, Google’s Play Books service went live for Android users in India. Play Books will allow users to purchase and read eBooks right on their Android device.

The whole Play Books service is tied with the Play Store itself, thus if you have already added your Credit or Debit card details to your Google Wallet, you are all set to start buying eBooks from the Play Store.

The Play Book does have a vast library of eBooks available including some of the classics and nearly all the books from Indian authors. While users can grab some of the Books for cheap on Play Books compared to say Flipkart’s eBook service, some books are comparatively much costlier than their print edition.

It is quite surprising that Google launched the Play Books service first in India, and not its other two popular Play Services – Music and Movies. Hopefully, it will also launch Play Music and Movies in India soon.

Apple’s iTunes Music store went live in India back in December last year and allows you to buy music and rent or purchase movies directly.

Asus Memo Pad ME172V Launched In India For Rs.9,999

Last month, Asus introduced the entry-level Memo Pad ME172V tablet. Today, the Taiwanese manufacturer launched the same tablet in India. This device looks strikingly similar to the extremely popular Asus Google Nexus 7. However, the specs of Asus Memo Pad is not on a par with the Nexus 7. This tablet runs on the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System. It comes with 8 GB of internal storage and packs a MircoSD card slot for those who want to store movies, music and large eBooks.

Asus Memo Pad ME172V features a 7 inch display, sporting a resolution of 600 x 1024 pixels, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS, 1 GHz single-core VIA WM8950 processor, Mali-400 GPU, 1 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, microUSB 2.0 and a 4270 mAh non-removable battery. This device measures 196.2 x 119.2 x 11.2 mm and weighs 370 grams.

Asus Memo Pad ME172V comes with a price tag of just Rs.9,999 (approx. $185). This device will compete with the Acer Iconia B1 and other entry-level Android tablets in the Indian market. The Acer Iconia B1 has a powerful dual-core processor, however the Asus Memo Pad comes with 1 GB of RAM and a better battery life.

BlackBerry Z10 Launched In India For Rs.43,490

Last month, BlackBerry unveiled the new BlackBerry 10 Operating System and introduced two new smartphones — the full touchscreen BlackBerry Z10 and QWERTY + touchscreen BlackBerry Q10. Today, BlackBerry finally launched the much-awaited BlackBerry Z10 smartphone in India. This is definitely a great news for all the BlackBerry fans in India, who were eagerly waiting for the launch of BlackBerry’s next generation of smartphones.

Mr. Sunil Dutt, Managing Director for India at BlackBerry, said,
“Without a doubt the BlackBerry Z10 is among the most important and much awaited BlackBerry launches in the history of the Indian smartphone industry, and we are thrilled to launch the new BlackBerry Z10 smartphone with our carrier and retail partners across India. With BlackBerry 10, we have re-designed, re-engineered and re-invented BlackBerry to create a new and unique mobile computing experience, and we are uniquely positioned to change the way in which our customers view mobile technology.”

BlackBerry Z10 features a 4.2 inch 4 point multi-touch LCD display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 768 pixels, Touch On Lens, 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, BlackBerry 10 OS, 8 megapixel rear facing camera with auto-focus and 5X digital zoom, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 2 megapixel front facing camera with 3X digital zoom, HD (720p) video recording and much more.

It also comes with a 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB internal memory, hot swappable MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 3G/4G Connectivity, Assisted GPS, NFC (Near Field Communication), microUSB, microHDMI-Out, Bluetooth 4.0, up to 60 hours of music playback, up to 11 hours of video playback, up to 10 hours of talk-time, up to 305 hours of stand-by time and a 1800 mAh removable battery.

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BlackBerry Z10 comes with a price-tag of Rs.43,490. This handset will be available in both white and black colors. The BlackBerry Z10 will go on sale from tomorrow and it will be available at retail outlets by the end of this week.

LG Optimus G Goes On Sale In Europe; Coming To India This Week

Last year, LG unveiled the powerful Optimus G smartphone. This handset was expected to launch in Europe during the Q1 of 2013. Now, the much-awaited Optimus G is finally available for purchase in most of the countries across Europe. This handset was launched with the old Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, however, the manufacturer is shipping the device in Europe with the newer Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) Operating System.

Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company, said,
“Since the successful initial launch of Optimus G, LG has continued to improve the smartphone to offer better usability and value for our customers. We’re excited to be bringing to Europe the improved Optimus G, our most powerful Quad-Core device optimized for 4G LTE networks.”

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LG Optimus G features a 4.7 inch WXGA True HD IPS PLUS display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 768 pixels, Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) OS, Optimus UI 3.0, 1.5 GHz quad-core processor, 13 megapixel rear-facing camera with auto-focus and LED flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Stereo FM Radio with RDS, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 4G LTE Connectivity, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot, microUSB 2.0, MHL, GPS with A-GPS, 2 GB DDR RAM, 32 GB internal memory, NFC (Near Field Communication), Google Play Store, up to 335 hrs of stand-by time, up to 15 hrs of talk-time and a 2100 mAh battery.

Saholic, a popular online retailer has already started selling this handset in India for Rs.30,990 (approx. $570). LG has also send us an invite for an event on January 27, 2013. It seems that LG will finally launch this powerful handset in India on the same event. Stay tuned for complete updates!

Micromax A116 Canvas HD Goes On Sale In India For Rs.13,990

Last month, Micromax unveiled the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean powered Canvas HD smartphone in India. This handset packs some powerful specs including a 5 inch HD display as well as a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor. However, the Indian mobile phone manufacturer surprised everyone with its ultra cheap price tag. Today, Micromax finally launched this smartphone in India. Micromax has partnered with Snapdeal, the popular online retailer to fulfill the orders of this smartphone. Planning to buy one? Check out the complete specs after the break.

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The Micromax A116 Canvas HD features a 5 inch HD IPS display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 720p pixels, 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS, dual-SIM capabilities, 8 megapixel rear camera with flash, 0.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, 1 GB RAM, Wi-Fi Hotspot functionality and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm audio jack, 4 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Google Play Store, GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth technology, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G connectivity, 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. This handset measures 144mm x 74mm x10.7mm.

Micromax A116 Canvas HD was previously announced with a price-tag of Rs.14,999, however the company is currently selling this device for just Rs.13,990 (approx. $260). This handset will compete with the recently launched Samsung Galaxy Grand in the Indian market. However, Micromax Canvas HD is likely to sell more than its competitor, thanks to the HD display, quad-core processor and entry-level price. To get this smartphone, head over to this page.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 Wi-Fi Goes On Sale In India For Rs.13,900

Last year, Samsung announced the Galaxy Tab 2 3G as well as Tab 2 Wi-Fi at the Mobile World Congress (2012) in Barcelona. The South Korean manufacturer has already launched the 3G variant of this tablet in India, however the company failed to launch the Wi-Fi variant due to unknown reasons. In the meantime, Indian as well as global manufacturers has launched a number of Android tablets in the Indian market.

Exactly one year after its official announcement, Samsung finally launched the Galaxy Tab 2 P3110 Wi-Fi in the Indian market. Thankfully, this device is shipped with the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System. If you don’t want to spend a few thousand bucks for the 3G Connectivity and looking for an great Android tablet in the sub-15k range, then you should definitely have a look at this device.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 P3110 Wi-Fi features a 7 inch TFT display, sporting a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels resolution, 1 GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System, Samsung TouchWiz UI, 3 megapixel rear-facing camera, Full HD (1080p) video playback, VGA front facing camera for video chats and so on.

It also comes with a 3.5 mm headset jack, Music player with SoundAlive, Wi-Fi 801.11 b/g/n, Samsung ChatON, Google Play Store, A-GPS, 16 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Bluetooth 3.0, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi Direct, Samsung Apps, Games Hub, Readers Hub, Samsung Kies and a 4000 mAh battery.

Samsung is selling the out-dated Galaxy Tab 2 Wi-fi in India for Rs.13,900 (approx. $260). We are not sure if anyone will be willing to buy this device, when you can get a much powerful device from Asus, Acer, Micromax and Lava at a cheaper price. Moreover, the next generation of tablets from Samsung is expected to be announced at the end of this month in Barcelona. If you still want to get this tablet, head over to Samsung India’s eStore.

Huawei Ascend G330 Launched In India For Rs.11,490

Along with the Ascend G600, Huawei has also launched the Android powered Ascend G330 smartphone in India. This handset comes with entry-level specs including a 4 inch display, 1 GHz dual-core processor, 512 MB RAM and much more. Sadly, the device is being shipped with the out-dated Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. We are not sure if the manufacturer will upgrade this device to the newer version of Android. The Huawei Ascend G330 offers 7 Indian languages – Hindi, Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, Bengali, Gujarati & Punjabi.

Anand Narang, Marketing Director, Huawei Device India, said:
“The Ascend G330 sees Huawei, again, set a new standard for mid-range smartphones customized for Indian market. It offers 7 Indian languages, brings together office power and functionality for young professionals who want a perfect balance of performance and mobile entertainment, without breaking the bank.”

Huawei Ascend G330 features a 4 inch WVGA display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, 1 GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, Huawei Emotion UI, 5 megapixel front-facing camera with auto-focus and LED flash, VGA front-facing camera for video calls and so on.

It also comes with the usual 3.5 mm headset jack, Wi-Fi 801.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, Bluetooth, DLNA, 512 MB RAM, 4 GB internal memory, Micro SD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, A-GPS, MicroUSB 2.0, Google Play Store, up to 350 hours of stand-by time, up to 5 hours of talk-time and a 1500 mAh battery.

Huawei Ascend G330 comes with a price-tag of Rs.11,490 (approx. $210) in India. This handset will compete with other entry-level Android smartphones such as Micromax A101, Xperia Tipo and HTC Explorer in the Indian market. Huawei Ascend G330 can be easily purchased from online channels like Flipkart, Infibeam, Snapdeal as well as from retailers such as Reliance Digital, Croma and Huawei Experience outlets.

Huawei Ascend G600 Launched In India For Rs.14,990

Back in August, Huawei introduced a new member in its Ascend family of smartphones, the Huawei Ascend G600. After waiting for nearly 5 months, the Chinese mobile phone manufacturer finally launched this mid-range smartphone in India. This handset packs a 4.5 inch display as well as a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor. It runs on the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System and the device is likely to get the latest Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) update in the coming weeks.

Victor Shan, President, Huawei Device India, said,
“We are very excited to introduce the new Huawei Ascend G600, which gives more functionality and power for people who expect more from their technology. Building on the success of the Ascend range of smartphones, the Huawei Ascend G600 is the latest masterpiece in mid range portfolio that makes exceptional product experiences accessible for more people.”

huawei ascend g600

Huawei Ascend G600 features a 4.5 inch LCD IPS qHD display, sporting a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, Huawei Emotion UI, 8 megapixel BSI auto-focus camera, VGA front-facing camera for video chat, double speakers with DTS surround sound and more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Wi-Fi 801.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, NFC (Near Field Communication) Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth, DLNA, 768MB RAM, 4 GB internal memory, Micro SD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, A-GPS, MicroUSB 2.0, Google Play Store, up to 15 days of stand-by time and a 1930 mAh Li-Polymer battery.

This handset is designed for young professionals looking for power and functionality not delivered by entry-level smartphones. Huawei Ascend G600 comes with a price-tag of Rs.14,990 (approx. $280) in India.

Lava Launches The Intel Lexington Powered Xolo X500 For Rs.8,999

Lava was the first handset maker to launch a smartphone based on Intel’s Medfield platform. Today, the Indian mobile phone manufacturer launched its second Intel powered smartphone, the Xolo X500. This handset is based on Intel’s Lexington platform reference design. Sadly, the entry-level Xolo X500 runs on the old Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System.

Lava Xolo X500 features a 3.5 inch HVGA touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 320 pixel, 1.2 GHz Intel Atom Z2420 processor with Hyper Threading technology, 400 MHz GPU, Dual-SIM capabilities, 5 megapixel rear facing camera, full HD (1080p) video playback and much more.

It also comes with a 3.5 mm headset jack, 4 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Bluetooth 2.1, A-GPS support, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, Micro USB, 512 MB RAM, Google Play Store, 15 days of stand-by time and a 1500 mAh battery.

Lava Xolo X500 comes with a price tag of Rs.8,999 (approx. $170). This handset will go on sale starting next week in India. Xolo X500 will not only compete with entry level Android smartphones from Micromax, Huawei, Sony and HTC, but it will also face a tough competition from Windows Phone 7.8 powered Nokia Lumia 510.

Samsung Galaxy Grand Launched In India For Rs.21,500

Samsung recently launched the mid-range Galaxy Grand in India. This handset runs on the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System. It comes with some decent specs including a 5 inch display, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 8 megapixel camera and so on. Samsung Galaxy Grand is one of the world’s top performing Dual-SIM smartphones. This handset also sports the Multi-Window, Smart Stay and Direct Call features, which was first seen in the Galaxy Note II.

Asim Warsi, Vice President, Samsung Mobile, said,
“Continuing with our legacy of launching innovative devices that redefine consumer experiences, I take great pride in announcing the launch of the Galaxy Grand in the Indian market .The Galaxy Grand is revolutionary not only in terms of the great smartphone experience that it provides but also in terms of its value proposition. I feel the Galaxy Grand will further fuel the growth of the Smartphone market in India and will especially delight consumers looking for a great Smart Dual SIM phone.”

Samsung Galaxy Grand features a 5 inch touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS, TouchWiz UI, 8 megapixel rear camera with auto-focus and LED flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls and more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, FM Radio with RDS, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 64 GB expandable memory, GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, S-Pen, S Note, S Planner, Samsung Hub, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, DLNA, Google Play Store, Wi-Fi Direct and a 2100 mAh battery.

Samsung Galaxy Grand comes with a price tag of just Rs.21,500. For a limited time, Samsung will bundle a Flip Cover right in the box. You will also get the new ‘My Services’ worth Rs.8000 for free along with 50 GB of Dropbox space. Additionally, Vodafone users will get 2 GB data download per month for the first 2 months.