LG G Stylus gets priced on LG’s Indian website

LGG3StylusLG has finally officially listed the G Stylus on its Indian website, along with a recommended price tag. The stylus-wielding smartphone is priced at RS 21,500, which isn’t too bad considering what’s under the hood.

The LG G Stylus packs a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor, a 5.5-inch qHD screen, and Android 4.4 with most of the G3′s bells and whistles. It’s also equipped with 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage plus the microSD card slot, a 3,000 mAh battery and a 13 megapixel rear camera. It’s certainly not a Galaxy Note killer, but if you like the idea of having a stylus without breaking the bank, it’s a solid option.

source: Fone Arena

Google in talks with Airtel to offer Play Store carrier billing in India

Google_Play_Logo_2855Carrier billing is a useful feature on the Play Store, as it allows customers to make purchases without having to use a credit or debit card. Most people don’t mind using a card, but not everyone is willing to put their personal info into a smartphone, and many other people don’t even have a card to use. This is especially true in India, where only about 2% of the general population uses a credit or debit card, and that’s where Google is looking to push carrier billing options next.

Google has been in talks with Airtel, India’s largest wireless carrier, to begin offering carrier billing to their customers. With 40 million customers, that’s a lot of potential market to gain. The terms of the deal aren’t clear, although it’s reported that Google is offering Airtel 10% of each transaction (which is fairly low compared to other carriers) but it seems like the deal will happen in the near future regardless.
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Flipkart leaks Android One device ahead of Monday unveiling

spice dream android oneWe know the first Android One device is going to be announced on Monday, but it looks like Flipkart posted up a purchase page for the device a few days too early. Thanks to the early revealing, we know that Spice’s Android One Dream will feature Android 4.4.4, a quad-core MediaTek CPU, 1 GB of RAM, 4 GB of internal storage and a 5 megapixel camera. It’s also looking like you’ll get dual SIM card slots. Not incredibly exciting specs, but since the device is priced at rs. 6,999 (about $119) it’s extremely competitive, which is the main point behind these Android One devices.

Spice will officially unveil this device on Monday, and Flipkart will be the exclusive retailer. Other Android One devices will likely follow in the next few weeks and months.

source: Android OS
via: Phone Arena

 

Samsung Galaxy S5 mini to be exclusive to only one retailer in India

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It appears that Flipkart, an India-based company, will be the only retailer selling the Samsung Galaxy S5 mini in the country.

The phone (SM-G900) will be on sale in the next few days. This is not Flipkart’s first go-around with device exclusivity — the company was the only retailer to offer the Moto G in India last February.

Via: GSM Arena
Source: FlipKart Facebook

Xiaomi sells 15,000 Mi 3 smartphones in 2 seconds

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In case you were ever wondering whether the ability to quickly tap buttons, like we learn while playing video games, may apply in “real” life, Xiaomi appears to have figured out a way to make it meaningful. Employing a strategy called “hunger marketing” where they only make limited numbers of devices available, buyers in India discovered they had about two seconds to get their order going to grab an Mi 3. According to Xiaomi, a sale of 15,000 units of their Mi 3 handset was conducted today via Flipkart and the entire lot sold out in only two seconds. To give an idea of how quickly the orders were made, some users indicated they clicked the buy button to add it to their cart only to see its status change to out of stock by the time the page refreshed. Perhaps the buyers who did manage to get an order in are really good at Flappy Bird.

Xiaomi indicates they will hold another sale on August 12th at 2:00 pm. In order to participate, buyers have to register starting today at 6:00 pm.

Xiaomi’s strategy of marketing, combined with a well-spec’ed device at a low price, seems to be paying off as they recently surpassed Samsung in terms of smartphones sold during the second quarter of 2014 in China.

source: Mi India (Facebook)
via: phoneArena

Samsung will launch an LTE-capable Galaxy S 5 in India later this year

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In India, Samsung’s Galaxy S 5 has lacked any type of LTE support, primarily because of Samsung using their in-house Exynos processors in the device instead of Qualcomm’s LTE-capable Snapdragon chips. While other manufacturers have launched smartphones that support India’s relatively small LTE market, Samsung has lagged behind the competition. That might change by the end of the year, however.
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