10 Most Popular Brands In India (Via Google Zeitgeist 2010)

Each year Google releases a “Year in review” called Google Zeitgeist with the help of which it showcases some wonderful data through the aggregation of millions of search queries that the search engine receives every year. This year, Google Zeitgeist for India had some nice revelations with the IRCTC (railway ticket booking) continuing to top the charts of the year-on-year fastest rising bracket for search queries in India.

The top three most popular searches among Indians on the web during the year 2010 were Songs, Facebook and Google. Amongst the fastest rising people, Indians searched for British actress Aruna Shields and this year’s new Bollywood sensation, Sonakshi Sinha and other favorites from Bollywood like Zarine Khan, Katrina Kaif and Salman Khan.

The zeitgeist also has a list of top 10 popular brands in India in terms of the search volumes generated by Indians on Google search. Here is the list:

Micromax Mobiles
Micromax Mobile ranks 4th among the top 10 popular brands in India during 2010

10 Most popular brands in India

1. Nokia

2. Samsung

3. Airtel

4. Micromax

5. Dell

6. Maruti

7. Vodafone

8. Apple

9. Sony Ericsson

10. HP (Hewlett Packard)

It is really nice to see a relatively new Indian brand Micromax making it to the top 10 in the list and that too it being the 4th most popular brand in India among the big guns!

Nokia Finland To Lose Roughly 800 Jobs

Rolling into 2011, Nokia plans to follow through with previously discussed cut backs. In the upcoming month of January, it is estimated that 800 Nokia employees will be offered severance packages or be relocated elsewhere inside the global cellphone giant. This is in addition to the estimated 1,800 global job losses back in October. Hopefully this is just good restructuring and Nokia can dive right into a strong year after they’re reorganized.

Source: Reuters

Nokia E7 Delayed To Early Next Year

During the Nokia World 2010, the Finnish giant announced the biiiiggg’ Nokia E7. The E7 sports a huge 4-inch screen with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Many people consider it to be the successor to the last Communicator’ E90. When Nokia announced the handset, the company said that the device will hit the retail stores before the year end.

However, now All About Phones is reporting that Nokia has delayed its highly anticipated handset to early 2011.

NokiaE7

Apparently, the reason for the delay is a minor durability issuewith the E7 hardware. However, due to the delay the E7 will be missing the holiday shopping season now I am pretty sure the sales of the handsets are going to take a hit.

Also, next year we will be seeing the launch of some awesome Android devices with NVidia Tegra 2 processors. I seriously wonder how the E7 will be able to compete with them next year.

(Source)

Nokia E71 Firmware Updated To V501.21.001

Nokia has released a new firmware update for one of its most popular business phone the Nokia E71. The new firmware update for the device is numbered version 501.21.001 and is an emergency release to address some complaints from customers and operators. The firmware also aims at improving the performance and stability of the handset.

Nokia_E71

Here is the full change-log via DailyMobile -:

  • Ovi Maps 3.03 Lite with free navigation
  • New version of Music player
  • New version of Ovi Store
  • Office 2007 support
  • Usability and performance improvements

As seen from the change-log above, Nokia has introduced a new version of Music Player for the E71 with this update. E71 owners can update their handset using Nokia Software Updater. Since the E71 does not feature UDP (User Data Preservation), users should make a backup of their data before proceeding with the firmware update.

Nokia C5 Firmware Updated To V61.005

Nokia has released a major firmware update for the Nokia C5. The Nokia C5 is a mid-range S60v3 device from the Finnish giant which is powered by a 600 MHz ARM11 processor. The new firmware update for the C5 is numbered v61.005 and brings in boot loads of changes.

Nokia_C5

Here is the change-log from A2Phone :

  • – memory leak is detected in during SRIT test round.
  • – themes: The first theme in General theme menu is applied automatically after open theme from Settings.
  • – Browser crashes after loading VF Germany Homepage
  • – Nokia C5-00: C5 The default input is set strokes then changed into Pinyin automatically
  • – RM-627_01_(3G), Cert non-pass: TC 8.3.2.2 (34.121) FDD2.
  • – C5-00 mp3 song volume a bit lower
  • – IHF speaker volume is lower after flashing with SW version 32.010
  • – Voice quality issue related to VoIP default codec
  • – Phone freeze when choose Jordan as the country
  • – Phone displays emergency calls only with full signal
  • – Nokia C5-00: C5 missing a game in care sw

I have not posted the full change-log since it’s pretty big containing more than 100 changes. Nokia C5 owners can find the full change-log here. Nokia C5 owners can update their handset either via OTA or by using Nokia Software Updater.

Since the Nokia C5 features UDP (User Data Preservation), users don’t need to make a backup of their data before proceeding with the firmware update.

Nokia’s X7 Sporting AT&T Branding Seen Out And About

The well known Eldar Murtazin has just posted pictures of the, previously seen on video, Nokia X7. This time it’s sporting full AT&T physical branding and a different color scheme on the apparent speakers located at each 4 corners of the device.

Along with an 8 megapixel shooter, it’s purported to have a 4ClearBlack display and a refreshed Symbian update that includes 4 home screens, instead of the 3 that ship with the N8.

Source: Eldar Murtazin

Best Mobile Apps Of the Week for iOS, Android and Symbian – #1

Welcome to the first edition of Best Mobile Apps Of The Week where we will feature some popular and useful apps for different mobile platforms. From now on, every Friday we will be introducing our readers to one new application for the , and platform. We may add any other platforms such as WP7, webOS and Maemo on popular demand. So if you guys want us to feature apps of any other OS drop in a comment and let us know.

Here are the featured of the week for iOS, Symbian and Android:

Remote (iOS)

If you own any of the iOS based devices, chances are you must be using iTunes to manage media and apps on it as well. If you use iTunes as your primary media player, then Remote is going to come in very handy for you. The application basically allows users to control media playback on their PC/Mac running iTunes using their iOS device.

Remote_iOS

However, for Remote to work users must have a Wi-Fi network and their PC/Mac must be connected to the same network as well. Users also need to enable the Home Sharing’ feature on iTunes and share their media library on the network.

iOS owners can download Remote from here.

Gravity (Symbian)

Gravity is among the few good applications available for the old sinking ship Symbian. Gravity is a combination of many apps into one. It is basically a Twitter and a social networking client. It supports Facebook, Foursquare and even acts as a great RSS reader by importing your feeds from Google Reader. The application is available for all the popular Symbian versions S60v3, S60v5 and Symbian^3.

Gravity

There is a 14-day trial version of the application available for download. The full version costs 10 Euros but is totally worth it. The developer of Gravity Janole is also very active on twitter and tries to solve all the problems which Gravity users face.

Symbian users can download Gravity from here.

Launcher Pro (Android)

One of the main reasons why Android is so popular is because it’s highly customizable. Users can customize nearly every aspect of the phone (software wise). It might be possible that you may not like the Launcher your phone manufacturer has shipped your phone it. Users can easily replace the default home launcher app in Android by downloading another one from the Android Market. Launcher Pro is arguably one of the best alternate home launcher app in the Android ecosystem.

LauncherPro-Plus-Android

The application is available for free but a paid version ($1.99) is available as well which adds a few nice features like Widget resizing, Sense Widgets and Gesture Swipes etc. However, the paid version is not available for download from the Android Market.

I will recommend all Android handset owners to try out Launcher Pro once. Not only is it fast, it offers some nice features as well like a 3D app drawer and a landscape mode home screen. The app also looks very sleek and users can easily customize the icons and the background used by the app.

So that’s it folks! I hope you liked the applications suggested by me in our first edition of Mobile Apps of the week.

MeeGo Tablet and Phone Spotted in Russia

At an Intel press event held in Moscow on December 2, for launching MeeGo based netbooks powered by the Intel Atom processor, Intel executives also showcased a MeeGo powered phone and tablet.

Both the tablet, and the phone are powered by Intel Atom. The HI/LO Vibrant phone sports a 5 MP camera and a secondary videocall camera. The tablet looks quite good, but no detailed specifications have been released.

We should probably see the onslaught of MeeGo devices in Q1 2011, but I wonder if it isn’t too late already.

MeeGo Phone

Meego Phone

MeeGo Tablet

Meego Tablet

via MeeGoExperts

Nokia Sets Up Mail & Messaging Server In India

We have already told you about the RIM (Blackberry) – Govt. Of India episode where RIM was asked to allow Indian security agencies to access encrypted Blackberry messenger and e-mail data, to which RIM was constantly opposing the Govt.’s demand. Now it seems that other telecom players have already started feeling the heat.

Nokia announced on Thursday that it would install a mail and chat server in India which will enable law enforcement agencies to intercept email, messenger services and other data sent through Nokia devices. Nokia says that this move will keep it safe in the country as it has conformed with all requirements suggested by the law enforcement agencies, by allowing them access.

Well the strange part is on one hand the Indian Home Ministry is yet to receive a response from RIM (Blackberry) for a similar request and on the other hand Nokia has already taken the required steps without even being asked to.   Here is an official statement from Nokia:

We have installed Nokia Messaging servers, which includes authentication and enterprise servers, in India on November 5. Nokia is fully committed to protecting its users’ privacy and maintaining their trust, while at the same time fulfilling its public responsibility and legal obligations.”

Real Golf For Nokia N8 Released For Free

Nokia has been releasing tons of firmware updates for all its various handsets in the last week or so. Today, the company has released a game Real Golf – for its recently released high-end flagship handset the Nokia N8. Real Golf includes all the top golfers including an exclusive appearance by Lee Westwood. The game features more than 15 hours of gameplay.

Here is a video of Real Golf running on the Nokia N8-:

Real Golf Running on the Nokia N8

N8 owners can download the update by going to Menu->Applications->SW Update. Users should keep in mind that the game might not be available as a free download for N8 owners in all the regions of the world.