Facebook Releases Mobile Messenger

Have you ever tried to put together a birthday dinner with your friends but then realized that you weren’t sure what was the best way to contact them? If so, Facebook feels your pain. Facebook announced a new mobile app yesterday called “Messenger“.  It installs as a separate app on your mobile phone.  The goal of the app is to provide a single source for all of your messaging needs.

If you follow this link, you will be taken to the page pictured below. You will notice a button on the left side of the page that reads “Get the App”.

Facebook Messenger

If you click the “Get the App” button you will see the following screen. Just type in your mobile number and Facebook will text you a link to the appropriate place, either the Android market or the iPhone App Store.

Text Link

Once you have installed the app to your mobile phone, it really is simple to use. The app automatically gathers information on both your Facebook contacts and your mobile phone contacts. “Messenger” makes it easy to send out a group message. Now, you don’t have to worry about whether you’re sending the message to the right place, because “Messenger” will send it both as a text and a Facebook notification.

New Message
Image Courtesy of Facebook Blog

You also have the ability to add location information into the message. In the picture above you will see a small blue arrow just to the left of the “Send” button. Clicking this arrow will allow you to insert location information into your message. In the image below, you can see how your location information can be integrated into Google Maps.

Image Courtesy of Facebook Blog

The “Messenger” app is currently available for both the  Android and iPhone markets, however, it only appears to be rolled out in the U.S at this time.

There are, however, a few things I would like to point out from my personal experience using the app. One thing to note is that when you send a message to a mobile number it will blast a message to that person’s Facebook account, too. In my case, the person I sent a message to got it on their mobile, their Facebook mailbox, and an email notification in their Hotmail. Some people may not like getting blasted like that. Also, the mobile message appears from a strange number, so this may be a little confusing to the person receiving it. The person I sent the message to also was confused by a “mute” link in the text. So I believe there may be a few kinks left to work out.

Facebook seems to be committed to improving the mobile experience. They also rolled out a couple of other features yesterday. One was to allow social reporting on the mobile version of Facebook. The second allows users to change their password via their mobile. Some of the changes they are making are not going over very well, as usual (there is still a lot of frustration over the new Facebook chat format). All of this being said, I believe the “Messenger” app will be a pretty nice addition to the Facebook family of products.

What do you think? Is this an app that you think you’ll use? I would love to hear your feedback.

Fly Launches Harmony DS 102, Cheap Dual SIM Mobile for Rs 1449

Fly Mobiles has launched a new dual SIM mobile phone – the Fly Harmony DS102 for just Rs. 1449 ($30) which makes it one of the cheapest dual SIM mobile phones available in the Indian market.

The specifications of the Fly Harmony DS102 are decent and it has a nice design.

Fly Harmony DS102

Fly Harmony DS102 Specifications

Network: GSM + GSM
Dimensions: 106.9 x 46 x 14.8 mm
Weight: 59 gms
Battery: 1000 mAh
Display: 3.7 cm, CSTN display, 128 x 128 pixels, 65K colors
Memory: Up to 2 GB microSD
Radio: FM Radio
Price: Rs 1449
Other Features: Calendar, Calculator, Alarm, Sound Recording with AMR/WAV format, Torch Light, Call recording, Call Black List, Call Conference, Call Waiting, Speed Dial, Auto Redial, Wireless FM, Privacy Protection (Phonebook, Call History, Messages), Language (English, Hindi), Sound Recording, Audio Player

Fly Mobiles – Harmony DS102

Fly Launches the MC170

Fly has launched the new MC170 for Rs. 4500. It is a feature packed budget handset which offers a lot of good features. A majority of the consumers don’t need a smartphone; they just need a phone with some basic features like a camera, FM radio etc and for calls and SMS. The Fly MC170 is aimed at that segment.

Fly MC170

The Fly MC170 comes with a 6.1 cm 262k color display with a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels. It has dimensions of 115 x 51 x 10.5 mm and weighs around 95 gms. The design is quite stylish and it offers features like FM radio with recording and a 3 MP camera. It also offers GPRS and EDGE connectivity along with Bluetooth with A2DP and USB. It has 87 MB internal memory and supports up to 8 GB memory cards.

It comes loaded with various apps like Fly Raashi, Nimbuzz and Snaptu. It also has an accelerometer and comes with motion sensor games. Other features include an audio player with equalizer, music editor, melody composer, contacts backup, ebook reader, mobile tracker etc.

You can check the official webpage for more details.

Tough New Security Rules For Indian Telecom Operators

The DoT (Dept. of Telecommunications) in India has  laid down strict new telecom security rules which may put the onus on operators to ensure that their networks are secure from every sense. Failure to meet the new requirements can lead to carriers being 500 Million rupees and the carriers could also have their contract canceled. These rules were issued in the form of a license amendment and are intended to resolve security fears over the foreign-built networks, and in particular those from Chinese firms Huawei and ZTE.
The DoT also said that operators are completely and totally responsible for security of their networks and must conduct a security audit on each deployment of routers, switches, VoIP installation and other network gear. Operators are also expected to provide location details of mobile customers within up to 50 meters. The new rules require operators to outline their security plans to the government within 30 working days.

Wynncom Launches 7 Dual SIM Mobiles in India

With the smart phone market brimming with new offerings from several established players, the local mobile manufactures have been trying to capture the entry level low end market, specially with Dual SIM offerings which have become a fad these days.


In the past few months several Dual SIM phones have been launched in India, including a Intex Dual SIM phone, Zen Mobiles X380 Dual SIM phone, Videocon V1422 Dual SIM phone, G-Fone G-588 Dual SIM phone among others. Intex has also launched a Triple SIM phone in February.

Now Wynn Telecom has launched seven new low-end Dual SIM phones ranging between Rs. 1500 and Rs. 5000 which include QWERTY and multimedia phones.

According to Tech Gadgets, Saif Ali Khan commented at the launch event saying:

"I am excited to represent brand Wynncom that stands for cutting-edge innovation and style. I admire the brand’s attitude and style and relate to it closely as it is refreshingly trendy and fast"

Most of the new Dual SIM phones by Wynncom have a large LCD display with wireless FM, torch, megapixel camera and expandable memory. Wynncom has promised to make the devices available soon in large metros and rural areas of India.

Nexus One Sales Forecast Cut Down To 1 Million

Google launched the with much fanfare, and it was projected as a serious competitor to the . However, the hype has not translated into sales yet.


Now Goldman Sachs has reduced the sales estimates of the Nexus One from 3.5 million units to 1 million units in 2010. This is definitely bad news for Google who were trying to make a splash in the US market with the Nexus One.

We previously estimated that Google might sell 3.5 mn Nexus One units in 2010. Initial data-points were disappointing, possibly due to limited marketing and customer service challenges. Flurry estimated (based on mobile traffic) that Google sold 20,000 in the first week, and 80,000 in the first month, both annualizing to 1.0 mn. We forecast that Google sells 1.0 mn Nexus One units in FY2010, benefiting from US carriers other than T-Mobile, and non-US carriers such as Vodafone, promoting the device too, but suffering from limited marketing activity. We assume that Google rolls out a second Nexus handset, markets it more aggressively, and makes it available offline, and therefore forecast that Google sells 2 mn handsets per year in 2011 and future years.

Google does have plans to launch a lighter version of Nexus One in India soon, however, don’t expect that to jack up sales.

Nexus One

The biggest problem with Nexus One has been that it is an online only device. Google is yet to put the device in retail stores, even those of their partners like T-mobile. Thankfully, the Nexus One may arrive on the Verizon Wireless network later this month or early next month, and that may increase the sales a bit.

However, unless Google puts the device in stores, they will not see a significant growth in the market. It is time that Google learnt that brick and mortar stores do very well when selling mobile phones, than the online sales.

People who want to buy the phone, want to experience the devices before they make a decision to purchase it, promoting it online helps but it does not convert into sales.