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Motorola ready to Introduce Android 2.3 based touch and Qwetry phone in India

September 12, 2011

The Mobile Indian reported that Motorola is now ready to introduce Android 2.3 based touch and Qwetry phone on Sept. 12 in India. The phone is priced at Rs. 9,000. Citing a company spokesperson’s confirmation, the Mobile Indian stated that the phone would be called Motorola Fire.

This smart phone is already available on on line merchants like Letsbuy.com and Flipkart.com. The phone has a full Qwerty keypad and a 2.8 inch touchscreen. According to the portal, for a phone with keypad in a bar phone design, this is one of the largest touch screens.

Motorola also has two other touch and Qwetry phones to be launched – Charm and Flipout which are based on Android 2.1 version.

The latest version 2.3 on which Motorola Fire is based is optimized to give better user interface experience as well as support for Indian languages like Hindi. The phone has 600 MHz processor, 3G of upto 7.2 Mbps, WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS. Apart from these, it has a 3 mega pixel snapper without flash, external memory of upto 32 GB, external memory of up to 32 GB, a 1420 mAH battery which gives 2G talk time of up to 7 hours in “ideal conditions,” the portal reported.

Nokia and Microsoft to launch Symbian Software Updates for Symbian Belle Device

September 9, 2011

According to Nokia’s official blog, both the mobile phone manufacturer and Microsoft are going to launch Symbian software updates called Microsoft Apps. The blog informed that these updates aim to add “some serious business productivity” tools for those who want to buy a new Symbian Belle device. They will also be accessible to those who want to upgrade from Symbian Anna to Symbian Belle.

The fourth quarter of 2011 will see this update rolling and it will be available in the consumer’s phones. Following are free applications that will be available:

  • Microsoft® Lync™ 2010 Mobile – for cost efficient IM, presence, audio and web meetings on the move
  • Microsoft® PowerPoint® Broadcast – quick broadcast of presentations directly from PC to mobile
  • Microsoft® OneNote™ – rich note taking with images. Syncs with Microsoft® SkyDrive®
  • Microsoft® Document Connection – single view to documents stored on mobile, including email attachments as well as documents on Microsoft® SharePoint® 2010 sites.

According to the blog, the second update would release in early 2012 and it will have Microsoft OneNote sync with SharePoint in addition to SkyDrive. It will also have Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint as native applications for the first time outside the Windows platform.

Philips bounces back with six new phones in Indian mobile handset market

September 8, 2011

The Times of India reported that the Phillips brand bought by Sang Fei Consumer Communications in 2007 bounced back into the Indian mobile handset market after with six models priced between Rs.1,700 to 8,200.

According to Moneycontrol, the six phones are X806, X518, X523, X116 and X121. The news paper reported that the phones are dual-sim handsets and they are based on energy-conserving Xenium technology. With this technology, the phones can be run for weeks without a recharge. Citing the company, the TOI stated that this feature and the brand name are likely to take the sales upto 1 million units by March next year.

The Times of India quoted the company’s chief executive Tan Jok Tin as saying: “We are seriously considering a local manufacturing facility (and) research and development unit. Once India sales hit 3 million a year, it will be appropriate for the company to set up a local manufacturing facility.”

Sang Fei is a subsidiary of China Electronics Corporation (CEC) and SED Group.

Vodafone and Facebook partner to introduce mobile handset for social net-workers

September 7, 2011

The Times of India reported that Vodafone and Facebook are going to float a new mobile handset priced at Rs. 4,950 for social net-workers who mostly belong to young generation of the market. This is a move seen as to tap this market. The phone would have Facebook as default home screen once switched on and will have unlimited data access of Facebook for a year.

The handset which is called Vodafone blue, will be available across 4,000 outlets in the country. Citing the mobile phone operator, the news paper reported that the phone will also offer regional language options and localized content which is a sure way to tap the Indian market besides giving access to 3G and WiFi in the next 12-18 months.

The phone which contains a Facebook button is manufactured by TCL-Alcatel for Vodafone and was ideated a year ago. Vodafone told the news paper that 8% of Vodafone India’s revenue and customers using facebook on the network has increased four times in the six months.

According to the news paper, Vodafone is also planning to launch a product called Webbox which it launched in South Africa in India. This device can be plugged into television and then internet browsing is possible with this plugging in.

The news paper quoted Kumar Ramanathan, CMO, Vodafone Essar, as saying: “We are looking to capture the replacement market which is huge in India. We have focused on sharp functionality and eliminated the frills in order to make the product affordable. Around 40-50% of the population accessing data on our network is on Facebook so this is a huge potential.”

Dell and Baidu strike deal to create tablet computers and mobile handsets

September 6, 2011

Reuters reported that Dell Inc. intends to ink a deal with top search engine Chinese company Baidu Inc., to build tablet computers and mobile handsets.

Last week, the Chinese company showed a glimpse of its coming mobile operating system and launched a new mobile application platform. The move is aimed to boost its presence in the growing mobile web market.

Though, Dell declined to provide time line for the new tablets and mobile handsets, local media cited the sources which said that they are likely to be launched as early as November.

Dell’s Streak 5 tablet is a five-inch Android-based tablet and it was discontinued in the United States last month, Reuters reported.

The news agency quoted a Dell spokeswoman as saying: “We have a partnership with Baidu and you know we have the Streak 5 tablet, so the partnership will be in that space.”

Baidu declined to comment.

An Average Indian Smart Phone User More Fond of Internet than the Voice

September 5, 2011

Citing a Nielsen-Informate Mobile Intelligence survey, the Hindu reported that an average Indian smart phone user spends 72% of his time on activities related to internet content and gaming, entertainment and applications.

The remaining 28% of his time is used for voice calls and text messaging.

The survey also suggested that those in the range of 15-24 years spend about three hours a day on their smart phones whereas those over 31 years spent about two hours. The younger users that is to say in the age group of 15-25 spend two hours on browsing and entertainment compared to one hour by those in the age group of 31 years.

The news paper cited the figures of a survey and reported that younger users spent about 31 minutes for chats and smses, whereas others spent about 15 minutes for the same. The survey also suggested that those in the age group of 15-25 year spent about half an hour on other activities such as contact search and alarms whereas the others spent about 45 minutes in the case.

According to the survey, a chat app has been used by 68% of those in the age group of 15-24 last month whereas the same has been used by 42% of those in the age group of 31 and the above. The news paper reported that market research firm Nielsen and telecom industry tracking firm Informate Mobile Intelligence collaborated strategically to capture mobile insights and analytics for marketers and the industry.

Amazon to Introduce Inexpensive Smaller back-lit tablet in November

September 3, 2011

Citing technology blog TechCrunch, Moneycontrol reported that Amazon intends to float a back-lit 7-inch screen tablet which is smaller, and cheaper than Apple’s iPad tablet in November.

The device to be sold at $250, is supposed to play music and movies off the internet. The blog which has tested its prototype, reported that the the company planned to offer Amazon Prime which is its $79-a-year Internet streaming service free of cost along with the gadget.

The blog cited Forrester Research estimates which predict that if it defeats the iPad on price, it may sell as many as 5 million tablets in the fourth quarter. Apple sells 7 to 9 million tablets a quarter.

The new arrival which will be functioning on operating system developed from an older version of Google’s Android software, will be Wi-Fi only and it will come with a color touchscreen but a limited 6GB of memory.

Without citing the source, the blog also reported that the on line retailer may also launch 10-inch version in 2012, if the 7-inch version does well. The tablet’s main screen has a carousel that pins between a book-reader, a music player, movie player and other applications.

Amazon did not respond to requests for comment.

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