Google has just taken the wraps off of a cool new feature for Google Hangouts users in India. Starting today, it’s completely free to make phone calls to US and Canadian phone numbers from within Google Hangouts, and they’ve introduced some pretty low international rates if you need to call another country. Of course, Hangouts to Hangouts calls are still completely free, anyway.
Turning on voice calls in the Hangouts Dialer app will enable the feature automatically. The feature has also made its way to iOS and the web versions of Hangouts and Gmail, so whatever platform you use, you’re covered.
source: Google India
The Nexus 6 has been posted as a product page on Flipkart, an India-based online retailer, but is not yet for sale, as the device is still listed as “coming soon.”
When the phone was unveiled by Google, it was announced that it would be available in 28 counties, India being one of them — the device still isn’t available in India, but this could mark its entrance into the country.
It hasn’t been listen on Google Play in India, but we would expect it to show up soon.
Starting today, residents in India can purchase the unlocked variant of Samsung’s largest smartphone, the Galaxy Mega 2, from the manufacturer’s online store for Rs.20,900 — approximately $340.
Samsung has sent out invites for a Galaxy Note 4 launch event it’s holding in India on Friday, October 15. According to the invitations, the handset will be available to purchase in stores from Sunday, October 17, and is expected to be priced at around Rs. 56,650.
LG 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
Samsung has today announced the Galaxy Grand Prime — the latest addition to its budget-friendly line up. The handset is set to launch in India this week off-contract for INR 15,499, which equates to approximately $250.
Carrier 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.
We 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
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.