Chromecast now available for purchase on Play Store in India

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Covered by Talk Android’s Josh Levenson last month (link here), India got its first ability to purchase the Chromecast from Snapdeal during Google’s annual Great Online Shopping Festival. Rajan Anandan, Head of Google India, had made the announcement but gave no indication on when we might see the Chromecast grace India’s Google Play Store.

Starting today, our sisters & brothers on the other side of the globe can get the Chromecast from the Play Store now! It’ll run you a small 2999 (Rs).
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Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo Plus launches in India

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It is not clear what exactly is new, or neo, or plus about Samsung’s latest smartphone to hit the Indian market, but the company has decided to launch yet another device in their low- to mid-range line of Galaxy Grand smartphone devices. The Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo Plus is now available for purchase in India, and given its presence on the Italian version of Samsung’s site, it may be coming to some other countries as well.
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Budget 4G LTE Lenovo smartphone slated for announcement at CES 2015

lenovo_logoLenovo has announced that they’ll be showcasing a brand new, aggressively priced LTE smartphone at CES next month for Indian markets. They did reveal that the device will be powered by Snapdragon’s 410 CPU, but everything else is still up in the air. There’s always a chance it could end up being a rebranded Lenovo K3 specifically for India, but we’ll know for certain in a few weeks.

The Indian smartphone market is one of the hottest points of competition for Android OEMs, and now that 4G is becoming more widely available, the manufacturers are rushing to push LTE radios in extremely affordable phones.
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New HTC Desire smartphones headed to U.K. market in 2015

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At the beginning of December, HTC announced two new mid-range smartphones, the HTC Desire 620 and the HTC Desire 620G. Although the phones are very similar, there are a few hardware specs that differ, notably the processors used in each and the lack of 4G LTE support for the Desire 620G. When the devices were unveiled, HTC did not share any information regarding market availability outside of Taiwan. New information from HTC indicates the device will be sold in the U.K. starting in early 2015. Along with the U.K., HTC is also making the devices available in India later this month and other Asian markets may see the device this month as well.