Intex Aqua Young launched at Rs 5,090

intex_smartphoneIntex has launched a new budget smartphone, Intex Aqua Young, which is priced at Rs 5,090. The smartphone can be expected to be made available in the Indian market in the coming days.

The Intex Aqua Young comes with a 5-inch FWVGA IPS display with Corning Gorilla Glass protection. The handset is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core Spreadtrum (SC7731) processor coupled with 1GB RAM. It comes with an internal storage of 8GB which is expandable up to 32GB via microSD card. The dual-SIM (GSM+GSM) smartphone runs on the Android 5.1 Lollipop operating system.

It features a 5-megapixel rear fixed-focus camera with LED flash and a secondary 0.3-megapixel VGA front-facing camera. The Aqua Young smartphone doesn't come with 4G support. The connectivity options include 3G, GPRS/ EDGE, GPS, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth and Micro-USB connectivity.

The smartphone packs a 2500mAh battery which provides a talk time of up to 10 hours and a standby time of up to 250 hours. The Intex Aqua Young will be a value for money smartphone at just Rs 5,090.

Lenovo Vibe P1m, flash sale on 4th November at just Rs 7,999

lenovo smartphoneLenovo Vibe P1m is the latest 4G smartphone launched by Lenovo. The feature-packed smartphone is priced at just Rs 7,999 and it will go flash sale on 4th November. The flash sale will start at 3PM evening. The handset is available only on the e-commerce website Flipkart. Flipkart has already started the registration for the flash sale on October 28. The registration will end at 2PM on 4th November.

The Lenovo smartphone comes with a large 5-inch (12.7 cm) HD IPS display. The display comes with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels with pixel density 293 PPI and it features 5-point Multi-touch. With the advanced splash-proof nano-coating inside and outside, the device is engineered for protection against sudden drizzle and accidental spills.

The handset is powered by an 1GHz 64-bit quad-core MediaTek MT6735P processor along with a 600MHz Mali-T720 GPU. The processor is coupled with 2GB RAM. It comes with an internal storage of 16GB. You can expand the storage space to an additional 32 GB using a microSD card. The device runs on the Android 5.1 Lollipop operating system.

The Vibe P1m features an 8MP rear camera with LED flash and a 5MP front facing camera. You can click noteworthy photos and selfies with the auto focus camera. It supports Full HD video recording with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.

The dual-sim smartphone supports 4G LTE and 3G HSPA+. Other connectivity options include GPRS, EDGE, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.1, A-GPS, micro USB and OTG support.

The handset is backed by a powerful 3900mAh Li-Polymer battery. The battery provides a talk time of 36 hrs on 2G and 16 hrs on 3G and a standby time of 456 hrs on 2G and 552 hrs on 3G. The device is equipped with a manual power saving switch that lets you extend battery life by disabling functions other than call, SMS and clock. It also features Quick Charge function by which you can quickly boost your device's battery by just plugging it in for a few minutes.

Airtel launches data cashback offer for mobile customers

bharti_airtelBharti Airtel on Thursday launched data benefits for its mobile customers including data cashback and data share offers.

Airtel mobile customers can now enjoy the Airtel data cashback offer to get a daily morning credit of 50% of data (2G/3G/4G) they consume in between 12.00 am to 6.00am. To avail this offer, users have to send an SMS <NIGHT> to <121> or give a missed call to <55555> or log on to the myAirtel app. The offer is available for pre-paid customers starting today, while it would be extended to post-paid users soon, the company said in a statement.

Airtel prepaid mobile customers on 3G/4G can now also enjoy the new Family Data Share plan. It will enable an Airtel mobile customer to become a primary family member and then add any four of members to their 3G/4G data pack enabling all of them to consume data from this primary data pack. To initiate this, customers have to send an SMS <SHARE> to <121> and add members to their existing data pack.

"Airtel is passionate about customer first and ensures that customers are always at the heart of everything we do. Therefore, we are innovating to find newer ways to enrich the lives of our customers. These data products coupled with our superlative network, undisputedly makes Airtel the best smartphone network,” said Srini Gopalan, Director–Consumer Business at Bharti Airtel.

Videocon announced Windows 10 powered TVs starting at Rs 39,990

Videocon in partnership with Microsoft announced the launch of world’s first Windows 10 powered TV. Videocon’s Windows powered TVs will be available in 32-inch and 40-inch sizes and will run Windows 10 Home edition.

"We are extremely thrilled to announce the launch of world’s first Windows 10 powered TV. In these changing times, we realised the needs of our consumers of having easy access to technology at their convenience and therefore we designed world’s first hybrid TV cum PC. With this TV, students can now easily create & share school assignments, home makers can curate and share recipes with the world, and professionals can work outside of their offices,” said Akshay Dhoot, Head of Technology and Innovation, Videocon.

The 32-inch version features a 720p HD display. It is powered by Intel’s Bay Trail based quad-core chip clocked at 1.33GHz coupled with 2GB RAM and 16GB expandable storage. This model comes with 2 HDMI, 2 USB, VGA and audio I/O port.

The 40-inch version features a Full HD dispay. It is also powered by the same Intel’s Bay Trail based 1.33GHz quad-core chip coupled with 2GB RAM and 16GB expandable storage. It comes with 4 HDMI, 3 USB, VGA and audio I/O ports.

To enhance the experience, Videocon is also offering WiFi and screencast features. Users can switch between TV and PC by simply choosing the desired source.

The 32-inch LED TV will be available for Rs 39,990 while the 40-inch model will be available with a price tag of Rs 52,990.

Xolo Black 1X With 4G LTE Support Launched at Rs 9,999

Indian smartphone manufacturer Xolo has announced the launch of the Xolo Black 1X. The Xolo Black 1X with 4G LTE will go on sale on Snapdeal from November 6. Snapdeal has already started the registration for the Xolo smartphone. The Xolo Back 1X is priced at Rs 9,999.

The Xolo Black 1X features a 5-inch full HD display, with 1080x1920 resolution, protected by a coating of Dragon trail Glass. The device is powered by a 64-bit octa-core MediaTek MT6753 processor clocked at 1.3GHz. The processor is coupled with Mali-T720 GPU and 3GB of RAM. The handset features an internal storage of 32GB which can be expandable via microSD card.

The handset sports a 13MP rear camera with LED flash and a 5MP front-facing camera with LED flash. The dual-sim handset supports 4G LTE and 3G HSPA+. It also includes other connectivity options such as Wi-FI 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0.

The handset runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop with HIVE Atlas UI. The device is powered by a 2400mAh battery. As the name suggests, it is available only in black colour variant.

InFocus Kangaroo, the Smallest Portable Windows 10 PC, Launched at just $99

InFocus has announced the launch of InFocus Kangaroo. The company claims that the Kangaroo is the world's smallest portable desktop computer. It is small enough to carry in your pocket or purse. The device measures at just 124mm length, 80.5mm width, and 12.9mm girth.

The InFocus Kangaroo is powered by an 1.44GHz quad-core Intel Atom x5-Z8500 processor with a burst frequency of 2.24GHz. The processor is coupled with 2GB of LPDDR3 RAM. The device comes with 32GB of eMMC storage which can be expandable up to 128GB via microSDXC card.

The Kangaroo runs on the latest Windows 10 operating system. It features Wi-Fi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.0 wireless connectivity options. The portable pc also bears a Micro-USB port for charging. The company claims that the battery of the pc is sufficient to run the device for 4 hours under normal use.

It comes with a removable base unit, which features an HDMI port, one USB 2.0 port, one USB 3.0 port, and a DC power port. The device weighs just 200 grams without adapter and power cord and features a Windows Hello fingerprint sensor.

The built-in fingerprint reader not only adds another layer of protection to your online life, it was designed specifically to take advantage of Windows 10 to it's maximum potential. Windows Hello feature allows you to securely login with your unique fingerprint instead of typing a password.

The Kangaroo is priced at $99 (nearly Rs. 6,500) and is available for purchase in the United States from online retailer Newegg.com. The company says that it will begin to sell the pocket computer at Microsoft Store starting mid-November.

Xiaomi finally rolls out MIUI 7 to all its devices

Mi India has announced the roll out of MIUI 7 global stable build for all MIUI users around the world. The roll out started yesterday after three months of testing and optimisation. Xiaomi has been testing a beta version of the operating system since August.

MIUI 7 is based on Android 5.1 Lollipop and will be available as a simple download on pretty much every single device in Xiaomi’s portfolio. Outside of China, the update will be available for Mi 3, Mi 4, Mi Pad, Mi Note, Redmi 1S 3G, Redmi Note 4G, Redmi 2 or Redmi Prime smartphones.

The notable omission here is the XiaomiMi 4i which is expected to get the update in the following weeks. The MIUI 7 was unveiled on August 19th and it is the latest upgrade to Xiaomi’s Android-based operating system with several new features designed particularly for India such as Interactive Visual Response (IVR), which lets users skip voice prompts when using services like banking and booking flight tickets. There’s also a Child Mode, that lets parents restrict which apps their children can use.

Xiaomi says MIUI 7 has an extensive customization option and deploys colourful interface with better performance and battery saving options. The MIUI 7 also brings data saver feature currently in beta phase and will be rolled out to global stable version soon. The MIUI 7 now supports 10 Indian languages and Xiaomi says it is constantly undergoing localisation.

Samsung and LG unveil new Flexible Batteries

Samsung and LG unveiled prototypes of new batteries at the InterBattery 2015 exhibition in Seoul, South Korea. Both Samsung and LG showcased flexible batteries that could shape the future of wearable devicess and set a new benchmark for other companies to follow.

Samsung showcased flexible band-shaped batteries. Dubbed "Stripe" and "Band", the company claims that these batteries will have a range of applications for wearable devices such as usage in T-shirts, and barrettes. The Band has been developed to be attached to smartwatch straps, while the Stripe is a bendy strip with an ultra-slim waistline of 0.3mm.

Samsung claims that the design in the aforementioned cells improves the battery life by up to 50 percent. But its capacity isn't sufficient to make it fit for use in smartphones and smartwatches yet, the company noted. As for its durability, the company has managed to mould the batteries to the curvature of the human wrist and noted that the batteries were able to withstand 50,000 bends in test conditions.

LG also showcased a flexible battery at the InterBattery 2015 exhibition. Dubbed the "wire battery," the cells can be made to bend into a circle of 15-mm radius, which the company claims, is twice as efficient than a typical battery in its range. Its wire-shaped body also makes it fit for use in wearables. The batteries are not conceptual, and will be available in the market eventually.

An LG representative said that the company has been working on the wire battery since 2013. Samsung hopes that it will be able to deploy the new batteries for commercial applications by as early as 2017.

Apple to remove the Home button in iPhone 7

home-buttonlesss iphoneApple is planning to change the design of its next iPhone. It has been rumoured that the next iPhone model, iPhone 7, may not have a physical home button.

The addition of 3D Touch technology may provide Apple with a way to eliminate the home button on the phone and use the additional space to make the screen bigger or make the device smaller. Eliminating the home button would allow Apple to cut out part of the bezels to make the iPhone's screen larger while keeping the design relatively small and thin.

Apple's fingerprint reader, which is used to unlock the iPhone and authenticate purchases with Apple Pay, currently resides in the home button. Apple could move the TouchID sensor to the side of the phone. Apple has also filed a patent application that describes a system in which a fingerprint sensor could be embedded in the screen itself.

Piper Jaffray’s analyst, Gene Munster, wrote in a recent note that Apple may do away with the Home button, increase the screen size, improve the battery life, and finally switch to sapphire for the screen. He also wrote “As many have speculated, the addition of 3D Touch may provide Apple with a way to eliminate the home button on the phone.” Munster added that a home-buttonless iPhone has a 50 percent chance for the iPhone 7.

Digitimes, a Taiwan-based publication reported in June that Apple is making an iPhone with a home button built into the iPhone's screen. Apple Insider reported the same citing its own sources, but also said an iPhone without a home button wouldn't launch before 2017.

Asus unveils VivoBook 4K with Windows 10

asus vivobook 4k
Asus has announced the latest laptop VivoBook 4K. It comes with a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels to deliver 4K/UHD visuals. The 4K resolution display has 8 million pixels and a pixel density of 282ppi, giving it four times the pixel density of standard Full HD displays. The VivoBook will be available in Icicle Gold, Glacier Grey, Black, and Navy Blue colour variants. The keyboard is surrounded by sand-blasted metal surfaces, while the power button features a spun-metal finish.

The features of the Asus VivoBook 4K include an IPS display with wide 178 degree viewing angles and a wide 72 percent NTSC, 100 percent RGB colour gamut for vivid colours and ASUS Eye Care mode which is said to reduce blue-light levels by 33 percent. According to Asus, the Vivo Book 4K can be specified with a 5th- or 6th-generation Intel Core i7 processor with 8GB RAM which can be expanded upto 12GB and NVIDIA GeForce 940M graphics. Users can choose between up to 2TB of hard drive storage or upgrade to a SSD.

The Asus Splendid technology is also said to correct color temperature and optimize visual settings and includes three preset modes Vivid for movies and photos, Normal for daily productivity, plus Manual mode for full user control. VivoBook 4K also comes preinstalled with Windows 10.

Apple iPad Mini 4 launched in India

After launching the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, Apple has now brought its iPad Mini 4 to India. The Apple iPad Mini 4 comes in six variants, the cheapest of which is priced at Rs 28,900 while the costliest has a price tag of Rs 52,900. The cheapest model has 16 GB of internal memory and is a WiFi model and comes in gold colour.

This 6.1 mm sleek tablet has a 7.9 inch display that comes with 2048x1536 pixels resolution, fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating and anti-reflective coating. It has the A8 chip that is made in 64 bit architecture and is assisted by the M8 motion co-processor.The iPad Mini 4 also has an 8 megapixel iSight auto focus rear camera that has f/2.4 aperture, five element lens and hybrid IR filter. It offers panorama, burst mode, tap to focus, geo tagging and time mode features. Besides, it can record videos in full high definition resolution at 30 fps and slow motion videos at 120 fps.The Mini 4 offers a 1.2 megapixel front camera which has f/2.4 aperture and it comes with auto HDR as well as high definition video recording ability. All the models come with 19.1-watt-hour rechargeable lithium-polymer battery and are based on iOS 9 operating system.

The WiFi+64 GB model is available at Rs 35,900, WiFi+ 128 GB at Rs 42,900, Cellular+16 GB model at 38,900, Cellular+64 GB at Rs 45,900 and the costliest model comes with cellular connectivity as well as 128 GB storage for Rs 52,900.

OnePlus X Expected to Launch on October 29

OnePlus is planning to launch its second flagship smartphone on October 29. The upcoming device named OnePlus X will be unveiled by the company in the London event on October 29. The company is about to start local production in India.

There are some rumors that the OnePlus X will be called as OnePlus Mini. The OnePlus X is expected to feature a 5-inch Full HD display with pixel density 401ppi. It is expected that the device will be powered by an octa-core MediaTek processor coupled with 2GB of RAM. There is no information about the other features. However, there are rumors that the device won't have NFC and expandable memory.

The company has previously launched OnePlus 2 in this year. But they are only able to produce limited number of units. The company is expected to provide enough quantity for its upcoming OnePlus X. OnePlus is also planning to start manufacturing in India.

Intex Cloud Swift with 3 GB RAM launched at Rs 8,888

Intex has launched a 4G smartphone named Intex Cloud Swift on today in India. It will go on sale from October 20 exclusively on the e-commerce website Snapdeal. The registration for the phone has already started on 16th October. The device is priced at Rs 8,888.

The Intex Cloud Swift features a 5-inch High Definition IPS display to provide you superior gaming and video watching experience. The display is protected by Dragontrail glass. The smartphone is powered by an 1.3 GHz Quad core processor coupled with 3GB of RAM. It comes with an internal storage of 16GB expandable up to 128GB via microSD card. It runs on the Android 5.1 Lollipop.

It features an 8MP rear camera with LED Flash and a 5MP front-facing camera. The camera comes with many features like the PIP Mode, which helps the user simultaneously use both front and rear cameras. Other features include Victory Gesture, flash, live photo mode, motion track mode, slow motion video, face detection, face beauty, voice and smile capture, Panorama, multi-angle view, anti-shake camera. Cloud Swift also has a bunch of pre-loaded apps such as Chaatz, Gaana, Hotstar, Skype, Follo, OneDrive, Newshunt, Clean Master, InMobi Services, OLX, Opera Mini.

The dual-sim 4G-enabled Intex Cloud Swift comes with a 2500 mAh Li-Polymer battery. The battery is expected to provide a talk time of up to 7-8 hours and a standby time of 400-500 hours. The smartphone is available in two premium colors - Champagne and Grey.

Apple's iPhone 6S and 6S Plus launched in India

Apple has launched its two new iPhone models - iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus in India today. Apple has started pre-booking for the latest iPhones with the authorized sellers in the country within the first week of October.

The new iPhones will be retailed by Apple's four main iPhone distributors across 12,000 retail outlets, including large format retail chains such as Croma, Reliance Digital and Jumbo, besides the e-commerce websites such as Flipkart, Snapdeal and Amazon.

Apple's iPhone 6S and 6S Plus are the strongest and fastest smartphones ever released by the company. These smartphones are practically indestructible, and as far as the water and ten feet free fall tests are concerned, Apple iPhone 6S and 6S Plus made a great stand against them with no scratch or a malfunction of the speaker, display or any other component in the device.

The main features of these smartphones are A9 chip with 64-bit architecture, 12-megapixel iSight camera with 1.22µ pixels, 4K video recording, 5-megapixel front facing camera, Fingerprint sensor, Assisted GPS and GLONASS and the latest version Siri. Both the smartphones work on latest iOS9.

The phones feature a new 3D Touch display technology, which allows the screen panel to differentiate between types of touches and taps in preloaded apps as well as on the homescreen.

The iPhone 6S delivers up to 14 hours talk time on 3G and up to 10 days standby time. The 6S Plus offers up to 24 hours talk time on 3G and up to 16 days standby time. The new iPhones feature faster-second-generation TouchID sensor and are made of tough aircraft grade aluminium.

The price of the new iPhones in India is slightly higher than the price in the other countries where it launched earlier. The iPhone 6S is available in 16GB, 64GB and 128GB storage options priced at Rs 62,000, Rs 72,000 and Rs 82,000 respectively. The iPhone 6S Plus also comes in three variants- 16GB, 64GB and 128GB storage options priced at Rs 72,000, Rs 82,000 and Rs 92,000 respectively.

Telecom Operators will have to pay for Call drops-TRAI

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has issued a regulation that telecom operators will need to compensate users for call drops. This regulation will come into effect shortly. According to this regulation, the telecom operators will have to pay 1 rupee for each call drop. The regulation will also mention that not more than 3 calls will be compensated in a single day.

According to the latest TRAI report, the call drop problem during peak hours has almost doubled in the last one year. Communication and Information Technology minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had said that the central government is very much serious on the call drop issue, right from the beginning and the inquiry is going on for the last five to six months on call drops. He also added that the telecom department is monitoring the situation across the entire country, and even BSNL is working to improve the situation. He had said that the TRAI had been directed to penalise any operator encouraging call drop.

Samsung Z3 Launched at Rs. 8,490

Samsung launched Tizen-powered Samsung Z3 smartphone on Wednesday at a price of Rs 8,490. The smartphone will go on sale next week via offline retailers and Snapdeal. The smartphone runs on Tizen 2.4 OS and it is available in Gold White and Black color variants.

The Samsung Z3 features a 5-inch HD Super AMOLED display which lets you enjoy crisp detail, true to life colours and vibrant tones, in your movies and images. The handset is powered by an 1.3GHz quad-core processor coupled with 1GB of RAM. It also comes with an internal storage of 8GB which is expandable up to 128GB via microSD card.

The Samsung Z3 comes with a sleek and slim ultra modern design, and a dazzling metal finish. It features an 8MP rear camera with LED flash which can take brighter images even in low light conditions. It also features a 5MP front-facing camera with wide angle selfie. The dual-SIM handset supports 3G and other connectivity options include Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0, GPS and Wi-Fi.

The Z3 comes with My Galaxy, an exclusive app that brings you exciting offers, entertaining content, fabulous deals and special care. With the Intelligent User Interface, the most used apps are accessible at the touch of your home screen and all the other apps are just a swipe away. The Z3 comes with cool and exciting themes. So you can choose and change a theme that defines your style or mood for the day.

The smartphone also comes with an innovative Ultra Data Saving Mode that compresses data and let you save up to 40% data on your favourite apps. It also lets you restrict background data, so that you can browse, read and watch more of what you love.

The Z3 is backed by a 2600mAh battery with UPS mode. The Ultra Power Saving Mode ensures that you stay on even after the other phones are long gone. Even if your phone is at 10% battery, switching to Ultra Power Saving Mode (UPSM) will give you up to 33 hours of standby time. It shuts down unnecessary functions, switching the screen to a battery saving monochrome mode to give you extended standby time.

Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P Pre-orders Starts Today

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Google's Nexus smartphones are arriving in India today. Nexus 5X will go on sale exclusively via Amazon while Nexus 6P will go on sale via Flipkart.

The Nexus 5X is manufactured by LG and the Nexus 6P is manufactured by Huawei. Nexus 5X will be released on October 21. You can pre-order it on the e-commerce website Amazon. The Nexus 6P is already listed on the e-commerce website Flipkart and the pre-order starts at today midnight.

Nexus 5X features a 5.2-inch FHD IPS capacitive touchscreen with 1920x1080 pixels resolution and 423 ppi pixel density. The handset is powered by an 1.8GHz 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 hexa core processor coupled with 2GB RAM. It comes with an internal storage of 16GB. It features a 12.3MP primary camera and a 5MP front-facing camera. The camera supports 4K video recording. The device is backed by a 2700 mAh Li-ion battery. It also runs on the latest Android v6 Marshmallow. It is priced at Rs 31,990.

Huawei Nexus 6P
Nexus 6P features a 5.7-inch Full HD AMOLED display with 2560x1440 pixels and a pixel density of 518 ppi. The display is protected by corning gorilla glass 4. It also comes with fingerprint and smudge resistant oleophobic coating. The handset is powered by a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 v2.1 processor with octa-core CPU clocked at 2GHz. The processor is coupled with an Adreno 430 GPU and 3GB RAM. Nexus 6P is available with internal storage options of 32GB and 64GB. The device features a 12.3MP rear camera and an 8MP front-facing camera. It features USB Type-C port for fast charging. The device is backed by a 3450 mAh Li-polymer battery and it runs on the latest Android v6 Marshmallow. The 64GB variant is priced at Rs 42,999 while the 32GB variant is priced at Rs 39,999.

OnePlus 2 Open Sale today 8AM onwards in India

Amazon India has conducted an open sale for OnePlus 2 for its customers across India on yesterday between 12pm to 1pm. For those who didn't get the opportunity to buy the flagship killer, OnePlus 2, there will be another open sale on today morning starting at 8am onwards. During open sale, customers can buy the OnePlus 2 smartphone without an invite.

The OnePlus 2 is the second flagship smartphone from OnePlus after OnePlus 1. The OnePlus 2 features a 5.5-inch Full HD display (1920x1080) with a pixel density of 401 ppi. The display comes with a corning gorilla glass protection. The device is powered by a 64-bit ultra-premium Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor with 1.8GHz octa-core CPU. The processor is coupled with an Adreno 430 GPU. With the 4GB LPDDR4 RAM OnePlus 2 will continue running smoothly, even when doing heavy multitasking. The handset also has an internal storage of 64GB.

The OnePlus 2 comes with a 13MP rear camera and 5MP front-facing camera. Camera uses 6 lenses to avoid distortion and color aberration. It can shoot 4K resolution and slow motion videos. The Dual SIM device is loaded with Oxygen OS based on Android 5.1 Lollipop. The handset uses the new USB Type-C standard connector. The device is backed by a decent 3300mAh Lithium- polymer battery.

Flipkart announced new fulfilment centre in Luhari near Gurgaon

Flipkart has recently announced their exclusive shopping deals with the 'Big Billion Days'. Now they are considering to open a fulfilment centre in Luhari near Gurgaon. Flipkart has announced their new fulfilment centre today. It is expected to meet the growing needs for consumer electronics and durables in the northern region. With this warehouse, Flipkart strengthens the large appliances supply chain in northern states of India.

With this new facility near Gurgaon, Flipkart now has a total of 17 warehouses covering 1.5 million square feet of storage capacity across the country. The new warehouse has been primarily set up to stock consumer electronics and durables like TVs, washing machines, refrigerators, ACs and microwave ovens. The new facility has a total storage capacity of close to five lakh cubic feet spread over one lakh square feet, which would facilitate quicker deliveries of consumer electronics and durables to the northern parts of the country - Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Punjab and Madhya Pradesh.

Huawei planning to make smartphones in India

Huawei is planning to manufacture its smartphones in India. Huawei currently has a facility in Chennai, which is being used to manufacture telecom network equipment for the Indian market. The company got the home ministry's approval to set up a unit to produce electronic or telecom hardware and support services, including trading and logistics activities, at the SIPCOT Special Economic Zone in Tamil Nadu in July.

"We have started seriously evaluating about local products. We are discussing domestic manufacturing internally," said Zhao Gang, vice president of Huawei's Honor International Business. He was speaking on the sidelines of an event in New Delhi to launch the Honor 7 smartphone this week.

India is the most important market for the Honor smartphone brand globally and more than 300 engineers at the company's research centre in Bengaluru are currently working on Huawei Honor handsets. Huawei's Bengaluru Research & Development center is its largest outside China. The facility houses 3,000 of the about 7,000 engineers it employs globally.

Huawei's Honor brand sold 20 million handsets globally last year, and its target is to double that number this year. The Honor phones are currently available in India only on the e-commerce website Flipkart. The company plans to soon start selling the brand through offline retailers as well. Huawei has earmarked Rs 65 crore this year to establish the Honor brand in the country.

Over the past six months, the company has formed a number of tie-ups with companies like Freecharge, Paytm and CouponDunia under its Honor League programme to offer deals and offers to its customers.

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Coolpad to Invest Rs 30 Crores for Smartphone Manufacturing in India

coolpadPopular Chinese smartphone manufacturer Coolpad is going to invest over Rs 30 crores in India in manufacturing, research and development and design as it launched a new smartphone -Coolpad Note 3. The company also said it will partner with Videocon to manufacture smartphones in the country and will roll out nearly half a million devices from its facility in Maharashtra.

"The first Made-in-India Coolpad phone will be available in the first quarter of 2016," Coolpad vice president Johnson Luo said. He also added that India is very crucial market for Coolpad and they believe they will learn a lot from the investments in India. They are aiming to bring affordable smartphones to the users in India.

Coolpad, which produces nearly 34 million smartphones every year and has $3 billion (roughly Rs. 19,430 crores) revenue, had earlier launched in India with the Dazen brand name which was a partnership between Coolpad and Chinese search engine Qihoo 360.

"Dazen is no longer a part of Coolpad and has been separated due to a change in investor relations," Luo said alluding that Coolpad's 18 percent stake is also owned by Chinese giant LeTV which is also thinking of launching its business in India. Dazen will continue to sell its smartphones in India under the same brand name.

The company, which was the first to invent dual-SIM dual standby, is betting on the 4G revolution, Indian local language support and customizations for India to push sales of its devices.

The new smartphone, Coolpad Note 3 is priced at Rs. 8,999. The main features of this 5.5inch smartphone are 13-megapixel rear camera, 5 megapixels front camera, 1.3GHz Processor, 3GB RAM, 16GB internal memory and 3000mAh battery.

Vodafone India to offer free data for six months with Apple's iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus

Apple is all set to launch it's latest iPhone editions, iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S plus, in India on October 16. It will be available in the e-commerce websites.

Vodafone India today said that it will offer the latest iPhone 6S and 6S plus from October 16 wherein customers can avail free data and voice benefits worth Rs 8,885 for six months.

“Existing or new Vodafone customers can buy a new iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus and get a fully built Vodafone RED 1,299 worry-free plan free for six months from the time of purchase,” the company said in a statement. The plan includes 3 GB mobile Internet, 4,000 free local and STD minutes and 1,500 local and national SMS.

Vodafone India also announced that the charges above plan limits will be 50p/MB for data usage, 50p/SMS and 50p/min for voice calls. Roaming, international calling and VAS charges will be extra as applicable.

The price of the new iPhones in India is slightly higher than the price in the other countries where it launched earlier. The iPhone 6S is available in 16GB, 64GB and 128GB storage options priced at Rs 62,000, Rs 72,000 and Rs 82,000 respectively. The iPhone 6S Plus also comes in three variants- 16GB, 64GB and 128GB storage options priced at Rs 72,000, Rs 82,000 and Rs 92,000 respectively.

Micromax enters Laptop market with Canvas Lapbook

The mobile phone manufacturer Micromax has now entered into the Laptop market with its latest Micromax Canvas Lapbook L1161. Micromax’s Lapbook is available at a price of Rs 13,999 in the e-commerce website Snapdeal starting today.

Micromax said that they are aiming at 10 percent of market share within the time duration of 1.5 years. This statement hints that they will introduce more products in the Laptop market soon.

The Lapbook L1161 comes with pre-instlled genuine Windows 10 operating system. Lapbook features a 11.6-inch IPS display. It is powered by the Intel quad-core processor clocked at 1.83GHz coupled with 2GB DDR3 RAM. It comes with an inbuilt storage of 32GB. For extra storage flexibility, you can use the expandable storage of up to 64GB via the card slot. The Lapbook has a 640x480 front camera for video chatting. The Canvas Lapbook also features powerful dual speakers pumped up with Realtek ALC5645 audio codec which enable a better music experience.

The device is backed by a 5000mAh battery which provides 11 hours of non-stop usage. Micromax also gives 1 year product warranty for the Lapbook. 

OnePlus 2 to be sold without invite on October 12

OnePlus 2 will be available without an invite to all consumers in India from the e-commerce website Amazon. Amazon is scheduling an open sale for OnePlus Two on October 12. The open sale would last just one hour between 12pm to 1pm. The quantity is limited to one per customer.

The flagship killer, OnePlus 2, features a 5.5-inch Full HD (1920x1080p) IPS LCD display that the company says is brighter than that of last year's model. It also comes with a fingerprint scanner below the display which can save up to five fingerprints. The smartphone is powered by 1.8GHz octa-core 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 SoC processor. The device comes in two variants- 16GB model with 3GB RAM and 64GB model with 4GB RAM. It sports a 13MP rear camera with a 1.3-micron sensor, laser autofocus, dual-LED flash, f/2.0 aperture, and Optical Image Stabilization system. It uses 6 lenses to avoid distortion. It also features a 5MP camera on the front.

The smartphone runs on OxygenOS based on the latest Android 5.1 Lollipop. The dual-sim smartphone supports 4G LTE and the device is backed by a 3300 mAh Li-Po battery. The 64GB OnePlus 2 will be priced at Rs 24,999 while the 16GB model will be priced at Rs 22,999.

Motorola Moto X Style launched in India

Motorola’s latest Moto X Style is all set for a launch in the Indian markets. It will be available exclusively via Flipkart, with pre-orders opening next Wednesday. It comes with a price tag of Rs 29,999 for the 16GB variant and Rs 31,999 for the 32GB variant.

Moto X Style comes with a beautiful design and powerful Moto performance paired with a pure Android experience. The Moto X Style features a 5.7" Quad (1440p) HD display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection and a pixel density of 520ppi. The device is powered by an 1.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 with hexa-core CPU (MSM8992), Adreno 418 GPU, Natural Language Processor, and Contextual Computing Processor. The processor is coupled with 3GB DDR3 RAM. Apart from the internal storage options of 16GB, 32GB and 64GB, it supports microSD cards upto 128GB. The phone has an IP52 certified water repellant nano-coating.

It features a 21MP rear camera with dual LED flash which lets you capture beautiful, true-to-life images in any light conditions. It also supports 4X digital zoom , 4K recording and slow motion video. With rapid focus, zero shutter lag, and a colour-balancing flash, the primary camera delivers vivid pictures even in low light. It also includes a 5 MP front-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture, wide-angle lens, and slow motion video feature.

The Moto X Style runs on the latest Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. It supports 4G LTE, 3G, Wi-Fi, GPS and other connectivity options. The device is backed by a 3000 mAh powerful battery with Turbo Charging (10 hours of battery life from 15 min charge).

Huawei Honor 7 launched in India at Rs 22,999

Huawei has launched its latest flagship mobile, Huawei Honor 7, in India at Rs 22,999. The phone will be available on the e-commerce website Flipkart starting October 15.

Honor 7 has a sleek and compact design. The device comes with an optimal 5.2 inch IPS-NEO LCD capacitive touchscreen display encased in a classic full metal body. Display supports Full HD resolution 1920×1080 with a pixel density of 423 ppi. The body, embellished with a ceramic blasted finish, makes the phone look elegant and feel luxurious. The honor 7 comes in two colours – Mystery Gray and Fantasy Silver.

The honor 7 is powered by an octa-core Hisilicon Kirin 935 processor, clocked at 2.2GHz. The processor is coupled with Mali-T628 GPU and 3G RAM which ensures a smooth and stable experience. It comes with an internal storage of 16GB which can be expandable upto 128GB via microSD card.

One of the key features of Honor 7 is its camera. It sports a 20 MP rear camera with 5152 x 3888 pixels, Fast Focus, phase detection autofocus and dual-LED (dual tone) flash. The camera features geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama, photo-taking filters – demist filter, food mode, light painting, slow motion and time lapse. It can record 1080p videos at 30fps. Honor 7 also features an 8MP front-facing camera for taking selfies. Honor 7 also has a fingerprint sensor right underneath the primary camera.

Honor 7 is backed by a 3100mAh Battery. SmartPower 3.0, a patented technology from Huawei, saves power up to 30% by optimising hardware and software usage. The device uses thermal gel cooling system which reduces the power consumption by 15%.

Microsoft is planning to let users install Windows on Android phones

Microsoft is planning to let users install Windows OS on their Android phones. Microsoft has filed a patent for a multi-OS smartphone that would come with multiple operating systems out of which users will have the freedom to pick their favourite.

Microsoft has announced its new flagship Lumia smartphones running its own Windows 10 operating system. They are also having plans to allow users to choose its own operating system to run on their device. The user can run Windows OS even if the device is working on Android. Microsoft has been rumoured to be working with OEMs to release Windows phone ROMs for their Android handsets.

A multi-OS smartphone would allow the company to run a Windows software on an Android phone. The multi-OS platform could also offer users the choice to migrate from one OS to another or run dual or multi-boot as required. Once a user chooses a particular OS out of the compressed platforms, the remaining OS may be removed. This would function in the same manner boot loader works.

Microsoft Unveils Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL

Microsoft unveiled two powerful windows phones at a press conference in New York today. The company unveiled two new flagship devices, the Lumia 950 and the Lumia 950 XL. Both the devices are loaded with exciting features.

The Lumia 950 features a 5.2-inch AMOLED capacitive display with a resolution of 1440x2560 and a ppi of 564. The display comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. It is powered by a hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor coupled with Adreno 418 GPU and 3GB RAM. It also uses liquid cooling technology. It has an internal storage of 32 GB which can be expandable upto 200GB via microSD card. It features a 20MP primary camera with autofocus and triple-LED RGB flash. It also features a 5MP camera at the front. The Lumia 950 is backed y a 3000 mAh Li-ion battery.

The Lumia 950 XL features a 5.7-inch display with a resolution of 1440x2560 and a ppi of 515. The device is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor coupled with Adreno 430 GPU and 3GB RAM. It has an internal storage of 32GB and it also has a micro SD card slot. It also features a 20MP primary camera with autofocus, natural flash, two-stage capture key, 2x digital zoom and more. It uses a 5MP wide angle secondary camera. The Lumia 950 XL is backed by a 3340 mAh Li-ion battery with fast charging option.

Both devices can shoot 4K video and include fifth-generation optical image stabilization technology and a dedicated camera button. Both runs a nearly full version of Windows 10. Lumia 950 will be available for $549 and Lumia 950 XL will be available for $649, both are expected to be shipped in November.

Intex to Set up new Manufacturing Facility in Greater Noida

The Indian smartphone manufacturer, Intex, has decided to invest Rs 1,000 crores to set up a new manufacturing facility at Greater Noida in Uttar Pradesh. Apart from manufacturing, the company will also invest Rs 500 crores in research and development over the next few years.

The manufacturing facility includes over 2 million square feet area which would be ready in three years and will have a capacity to produce 35 million mobile phones. The upcoming facility will also produce Intex products other than mobile phones, which include LED televisions, washing machines, and other computer peripherals. Currently, Intex ha four manufacturing facilities in India- two in Jammu, one each at Baddi in Himachal Pradesh and Noida in Uttar Pradesh.

Intex has started manufacturing in India in 2001. Company is getting more revenue from mobile phone manufacturing. They are aiming to get a growth in revenue to Rs 8,000 crores in the current financial year. The company closed 2014-15 with a turnover of Rs. 4,000 crores. In this about 75 percent revenue came from mobile division. Other Intex products only contributed to the remaining 25 percent.

Apple and Google top Interbrand's Best Global Brands ranking

In the Interbrand's annual ranking of the world's most valuable brands, Apple and Google have topped once again. In the Interbrand's 2015 edition of the Best Global Brands more than half of the top ten spots are represented by companies operating in technology industry.

Companies are valuated by a calculation based on the company's financial performance, ability to influence customer purchases, and the extent to which it can support premium pricing. According to this evaluation, Apple's brand is valued at $170 billion and Google's brand is valued at $120 billion. Apple's brand value has got an increase of 43 percent while Google got an increase of 12 percent.

Microsoft traded places with IBM to take fourth place. Interbrand classifies IBM as a business brand. Amazon comes into tenth place from last year's fifteenth in retail category. Samsung stands same in the seventh slot. The other brands in the top ten are Coca-Cola, Toyota, General Electric, and McDonald's. Lenovo and PayPal are the new entries on the list where Lenovo managed to secure the 100th position and PayPal made its debut at 97th place. However, Nokia and Nintendo dropped out of the rankings.

Gionee Elife E8 is expected to launch in India on October 8

Gionee has announced its product launch on October 8 in New Delhi. It is expected that its new flagship smartphone Gionee Elife 8 will be launched in this product launch ceremony. Gionee has announced Elife 8 in China way back in June.

The Gionee Elife E8 features a 6-inch WQHD Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels which comes with 490ppi. The device is powered by a 2GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6795 processor coupled with 3GB RAM. It also features a separate graphics processor PowerVR G6200 GPU. The device comes with an internal storage of 64GB which is expandable up to 128GB via microSD card.

Elife 8 sports high-quality cameras for both rear and front-facing cameras. The primary camera of the handset is a 24-megapixel sensor with optical image stabilisation and true-tone flash. 24MP primary camera lets you click pictures like a pro. The smartphone also has an 8MP front-facing camera which is perfect for taking selfies.

The smartphone is loaded with Amigo 3.1 UI based on the latest Android 5.1 Lollipop. The dual-Sim smartphone will be compatible with 4G LTE bands in India. The smartphone also features a powerful 3500mAh battery.

Google Officially Becomes Alphabet

Internet giant Google is now owned by a new parent company called Alphabet. Alphabet is a collection of companies. Alphabet works under the leadership of its CEO Larry Page. However, Google will continue to work under its current CEO Sundar Pichai.

Google had already announced about the merging to the new parent company in August, but it took some time to officially merge to the Alphabet. According to a new filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Google has implemented the 'Alphabet Merger' which means that Google stock has been converted into Alphabet stock. But the stock ticker symbol remains the same. When the market opens on Monday morning, it is expected to begin the trading of Alphabet stock.

Alphabet CEO Larry Page said in an official post, "This new structure will allow us to keep tremendous focus on the extraordinary opportunities we have inside of Google. A key part of this is Sundar Pichai. Sundar has been saying the things I would have said (and sometimes better!) for quite some time now, and I’ve been tremendously enjoying our work together. He has really stepped up since October of last year, when he took on product and engineering responsibility for our internet businesses. Sergey and I have been super excited about his progress and dedication to the company. And it is clear to us and our board that it is time for Sundar to be CEO of Google. I feel very fortunate to have someone as talented as he is to run the slightly slimmed down Google and this frees up time for me to continue to scale our aspirations."

Apple iPhone 6S and 6S Plus launching in India on October 16

Apple is going to introduce the new smartphones iPhone 6S and 6S Plus in India by October 16. Apple has started pre-booking for the latest iPhones with the authorized sellers in the country. Also the authorized sellers in India like iNvent has started pre-booking the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus with an advanced payment of Rs10,000.

Apple's iPhone 6S and 6S Plus are the strongest and fastest smartphones ever released by the company. These smartphones are practically indestructible, and as far as the water and ten feet free fall tests are concerned, Apple iPhone 6S and 6S Plus made a great stand against them with no scratch or a malfunction of the speaker, display or any other component in the device.

The main features of these smartphones are A9 chip with 64-bit architecture, 12-megapixel iSight camera with 1.22µ pixels, 4K video recording, 5-megapixel front facing camera, Fingerprint sensor, Assisted GPS and GLONASS and the latest version Siri. Both the smartphones work on latest iOS9.

The iPhone 6S is expected to come with a price tag of Rs 56,000 for 16GB, Rs 66,000 for 64GB and Rs 76,000 for 128GB. For the iPhone 6S Plus we have 16GB at Rs 66,000, 64GB at Rs 76,000 and 128GB variant at Rs 86,000.

Google to launch Street View in India

Google is going to launch Street view service in India. Google is waiting to get security clearance from the Home Ministry to launch its street view service in India.

If google launches this service, people across the world will be able to see Indian streets even before visiting the country. Google has been offering Street View in a limited way in the country to allow people to see historical and tourist sites on mobile devices. Google, through a partnership with the Archaeological Survey of India, was given permission to add Street View imagery for 100 monuments, including Taj Mahal and Khajuraho in 2013.

Street View allows users to see how a city or a place looks like in real. Google uses cars and bikes fitted with cameras to collect imagery. Google takes all the individual photos that have been collected by the cameras and stitches them together to make the 360-degree panorama. This service is already available in countries such as the US, Japan and South Korea.

If Google gets the regulatory clearances, Hyderabad could be among the first few cities where this service will be launched this year.The Telangana government has already expressed its interest towards the launching of the service and they had recently met Google executives on the possibility of launching the service.

Intex Aqua Ace launched with 4G support for Rs 12,999

Intex Technologies has launched Intex Aqua Ace smartphone. The Intex Aqua Ace supports 4G/LTE and is available for Rs 12,999.

The Intex Aqua Ace features a 5-inch(12.7cm) Super Amoled HD IPS display with 1280 x 720 display resolution. The phone comes with scratch free and damage resistant Gorilla Glass 3 which protects your phone.

It is powered by a 64-bit 1.3 GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6735 processor which is coupled with Mali-T720 GPU and 3GB DDR3 of RAM. The phone features 16GB of internal memory which is expandable upto 128GB by using microSD card. The quad-core processor along with 3GB RAM gives an incredible multi-tasking experience.

Intex Aqua Ace sports a 13MP auto-focus rear camera with LED flash. Camera allows you to click pictures like a pro. It also has a 5MP front-facing camera for taking selfies. The camera features face detection, gesture capture, voice capture, panorama mode and mira vision.

The dual-sim handset offers 3G and 4G connectivity. It also includes other connectivity options such as Bluetooth v4, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, and GPS. The handset is packed with Motion sensor, light sensor, proximity sensor, direction sensor, accelerometer, and e-compass. It comes pre loaded with games like Spiderman, All Star Cricket Free, Bubble Bash, Danger Dash and apps like YouTube, Play Store, Play Newsstand, Play Music, Play Movies & TV, Play Games, Play Books, Photos, Maps, Keep, Hangouts, Gmail, FM Radio, Drive, Email, Chrome and more.

The smartphone runs on the latest Android Lollipop 5.1 operating system. The smartphone is backed by a 2300 mAh Li-Polymer removable battery which provides a standby time of 250-300 hours.

Facebook adds Profile video in the new update for Mobile Users

Facebook has released new updates to mobile profile pages to enable users to better personalize their profiles and more easily control their privacy settings. The new update adds profile videos and lot more cool features.

The new Facebook feature for mobile users allows you to upload a short and looped video as your main profile photo. Profile videos have the ability to add a whole new dimension to your mobile profile page. Users can also set a temporary profile picture that reverts to their old picture at a specified time. With this feature, you can support any charity or Facebook campaigns for a specific time period by changing to a temporary profile pic.

Facebook also introduced more ways to control privacy settings so that users can curate what pieces of information are public and which are only viewable to friends or people that they have allowed to view profiles.

Along with these new profile features, Facebook have made some design changes to mobile profile that improve the profile layout and better present information about you and your friends in a more visually engaging way. Profile pictures are now centered, and bigger to give you more real estate to show off what you can do with these new creative tools.

Facebook is currently testing all of these features to a small number of iPhone users in the UK and California, and they will be rolling them out to more people soon. Facebook, in a news release, said that they believe these improvements to profile will give people more ways to connect and share with each other, and express themselves in meaningful ways.

Fujifilm launched its new instant camera- Instax mini 70

Fujifilm has announced its new selfie-friendly Instax mini 70, which is the latest in its instax mini series.

The instax mini 70 instant camera comes with a new selfie mode and a powerful flash. It features an Auto Exposure Control function to capture both the main subject and background in natural brightness as well as Selfie mode. The camera comes with a Selfie mirror beside the lens so that users can check their framing before clicking shoot. The camera also features the self-timer function for group shots.

The new instax mini 70 is available in three new colors including Canary Yellow, Island Blue, and Moon White. The device will launch starting October 23 with a price tag of €129.90 or $139.95.

Microsoft launched its local Data centres in India


Microsoft on Tuesday launched its local data centres in India. The centres are being launched at Pune, Chennai and Mumbai. The data centres will offer Microsoft's Azure cloud services. While Microsoft Azure services were launched on Tuesday, the commercial Office 365 services would be available from October and Dynamics CRM Online services will be made available from the first half of 2016.

"The hyper scale cloud will empower governments, businesses and users and offer enough computing power that will support all their existing workloads," said Bhaskar Pramanik, Microsoft India chairman.

Microsoft Chief Executive Satya Nadella had announced the setting up of the cloud centres almost exactly a year ago in India, pegging the cloud opportunity in the country at nearly $2 trillion. These local data centres would give Microsoft more muscle to complete in the Indian market, especially in the government and regulated sectors such as banking, finance and state owned enterprises.

Competition in the cloud market is increasing with competitors such as IBM spending millions of rupees advertising its Softlayer cloud, and even Oracle making a push in the Indian market with the announcement of several new cloud offerings for different industries.