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
Google is making progress towards an Android One release, and should have the initiative ready by September. Android One is supposed to be capable of offering the most recent, powerful software experience to low-end specced phones.
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)
Samsung has officially added two new budget devices to its online store in India, including the Galaxy Ace NXT and the Galaxy Star 2 Plus. The Ace NXT has actually been on sale for a few weeks, but now Samsung has added it to their online store.
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.
Google’s Android One program, which is aimed at bringing affordable devices to developing markets, will be making its first stop in India later this year.
Google’s Sundar Pichai will be heading to India to promote and officially launch the program this October — the devices are expected to sell for only $100 each, and will be manufactured by Micromax, Karbonn, Spice, Intex and Celkon. Pre-installed apps will be allowed, although Google will be handling the OTA updates.
Earlier this month, Samsung made the 8-inch and 10-inch versions of the Galaxy Tab 4 available in India, but the 7-inch wasn’t included. After a bit of delay, you’ll finally be able to pick up a Tab 4 7.0 off of Indian retailer Flipkart for about Rs 18,000.
The variant that Samsung is launching is the 3G model, which is typically how Samsung launches tablet products in India. Otherwise, the Tab 4 is identical to the models released everywhere else in the world with a 1280 x 800 resolution screen, 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, and 8 GB of internal storage.
Motorola has an event planned for May 13th in London, but they also happen to be holding an event in India on the same day. There has been a lot of speculation that Motorola would be unveiling the Moto E, and if the device appearing on an Indian import/export site is any confirmation, it looks like we’ll see it unveiled in both locations in May.
The site, Zauba, keeps a track of what comes in and out of India. Zauba lists the XT1022 with a price of right around $105, after currency conversion. Considering Motorola’s tagline for the event is a device “priced for all,” it certainly makes sense that they could be taking the wraps off of a device that hits the price point between the Moto G and Moto X.
Fortunately, May 13th is exactly one week away from today, so we won’t have to ponder this one for too much longer.
via: Phone Arena
On May 8th, Sony India will hold a press conference for the Xperia Z2. Rumors have that the actual device being sold in stores won’t happen until the middle of this month. Pricing of the phone will be priced lower than Rs 56,000. Stay tuned for further news.
According to Motorola Vice President Magnus Ahlqvist, Motorola’s latest budget smartphone, the Moto G, has become the best selling smartphone in the history of the company. We already knew it was beating expectations, but it’s pretty impressive that it’s now outsold every other smartphone Motorola has made, and it’s only been out for 6 months.
Ahlqvist explained that a large factor in getting sales this high had to do with the Indian market, where consumers are very picky about their phones. Motorola tackled this by partnering with Flipkart, a very large Indian online retailer, and chose to sell the phone online-only. Seems like a weird strategy, but it’s worked extremely well for the company and they’re continuing to make a profit on every Moto G sold.