Google took a step today to improve its presence in India with the announcement that it will be opening brick and mortar stores called Android Nation. Google’s retail locations in India will follow the opening of two such stores in Jakarta, Indonesia last year. The stores carry Android powered tablets and smartphones from several manufacturers like Samsung, Sony, LG, HTC and ASUS. Besides buying the latest in Android devices, customers can visit Android Nation locations to get expert help with their devices and the Android operating system, get info and help with the latest apps, or browse the aisles and shelves for accessories. The stores in India will be opened in partnership with Spice Global. » Read the rest
Panasonic recently decided to launch its first device in Indian markets with the Panasonic P51. The phone will come loaded up with Android 4.2, a 5-inch, 720p LCD screen, and a quad-core 1.2GHz MediaTek processor. The phone is slightly reminiscent of a lower-end Galaxy Note 3, as it ships with a capacitive stylus and a magnetic flip cover. The RAM sits at only 1GB, there are 4GB of expandable storage, and the phone includes an 8MP rear-camera, a 1.3MP front-facing camera, and support for both HSPA+ and dual SIM cards.
The phone will launch in India next week at 26,900 rupees ($517 USD) contract-free which is a little expensive but should be a bargain when compared to its competition from Samsung. Hit the break for the full press release. » Read the rest
Lava is the trailblazer of merging Android and Intel, launching the first Intel-based smartphone with the Xolo X900. They’ve gone back to traditional ARM processors for their latest offering, creating a high-spec’ed device at a fantastic price. The Xolo A800 features dual-sim slots, a 4.5 inch IPS screen with a 960 x 540 resolution, and a dual-core MediaTek MT6577 chip. It also features an industry-standard 8 megapixel rear-camera and VGA front-camera. Want to take a guess what a device of this caliber costs? 11,999 rupees, or $220. It’s currently only slated for Indian release, but hopefully this budget-friendly beast comes to the States.
Earlier today the President of India announced the government-subsidized Aakash 2 tablet, a follow up to the country’s unsuccessful original Aakash tablet that was announced a couple of years ago. The second iteration of the device has been completely redesigned, effectively allowing for a decent low-cost tablet alternative for college students.
What exactly qualifies as “low-cost”, you ask? Well, when the 7-inch tablet hits the market in the coming months, it will be priced at 2,236 INR, or about $40 US. Moreover, the Indian government will be offering the Aakash version 2.0 to students at a subsidized price of 1,132 INR, which equates to around $20 US.
Don’t think you’re getting a complete pile of garbage for that price either. Datawind, the Canadian-based manufacturer responsible for producing the device, has managed to pack in some adequate hardware, including a 1GHz Cortex A8 processor, 7-inch capacitive display, 512MB of RAM, a 3,000mAh battery, 4GB of internal storage, as well as a MicroSD slot for further expansion. Additionally, the device will run Android 4.0 at launch.
Sure, it isn’t the most powerful device by any means, but considering the inexpensive price point and the targeted customer base, this tablet could prove to be incredibly beneficial. The new slate is expected to make its way to over 220 million Indian students over the next few years, with 244 select engineering colleges to receive first access as a part of the country’s “Aakash in Education” program. Jump past the break for the official PR. » Read the rest
We all knew this day was coming, so hopefully you all haven’t forgotten about the intriguing new Intel Medfield-powered Lava XOLO X900, right? Good because the device is no longer a thought, but rather a reality. The world’s first Intel-based smartphone has officially been unleashed and will be available in Indian markets. The Xolo X900 will feature a 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z2460 processor with Hyper Threading 400MHz graphics clock, 1GB of RAM, a 4-inch screen, 8MP camera capable of recording in 1080P HD & 1MP FFC, an HSPA+ radio and Android 2.3 (though Intel does confirm a future Android 4.0 update).
For those of you living in India who are interested, the landmark smartphone is now available for INR 22,000 ($445 USD). Intel highlights the XOLO X900 will be available for purchase to customers from Croma and XOLO starting April 23rd, other retail chains and online stores follow in early May.
Is this a blue android I see before me? It certainly is as it’s the figurehead for the ‘Blue Bot’ campaign launched by Google and Reliance. Both parties have significant interest in the success of this campaign, for Google it looks to drive interest in the Android OS in India and for Reliance it’s all about attracting new customers to its new 3G network.
The promotion promises 1GB of free data usage for all new Reliance CDMA sign-ups and renewals, both pre-paid and contract, who purchase a new Android handset. The data is for one month only and must be used within the calendar month. The deal is available right now and is due to run until June 15th. There is a separate, similar promotion for GSM handsets due to launch on May 5th.
The Indian market is still very much dominated by Nokia with Android market share slowly creeping up, a free data offering is certainly an ideal way to kickstart a sales surge. Google’s quest for Android world domination continues. Click the link below to take a closer look at the deals on offer.
source : Reliance
via : tech2
Looks like Sony may have laid out its plans for 2012. GSM Arena came across what appears to be a Sony roadmap leak from Sony’s sales report from India. The information includes the prices and approximate release dates of upcoming and unannounced Sony devices— all of which will use the Android OS. While the prices and approximate dates are for the Indian market, the information listed should be applicable to both the European and Asian markets also. GSM Arena was also kind enough to convert the original projected prices from the INR to Euro.
The codenames for these devices aren’t familiar and as previously mentioned, have not yet been announced. Look for more info to leak out in the coming days and weeks especially with Mobile World Congress coming up.
[via GSM Arena]
It looks as though the rumored release date for the HTC Explorer, a.k.a. Pico, has come to fruition. Last week we told you that it was to be released on Sept. 29th, and well… it did! Today HTC announced that the budget friendly device will be heading to India and Europe, expanding the market for affordable smartphones. The phone will arrive in India and EMEA markets in Q4. UK’s Vodafone also said they too will soon offer the device. There is no word on price as of yet but you can be sure that it won’t break the bank. The Explorer will be available in three colors, Metallic Black, Active Black, and Metallic Navy, and will have enough specs to get the job done:
- 3.2-inch touchscreen with 320 x 480 resolution
- 600 MHz processor
- 512 MB internal storage
- 512 MB RAM
- 3 MP camera
- WiFi (802.11 b/g/n)
- Bluetooth 3.0
- 1230 mAh battery
Full press release after the break.
iBall, a popular and innovative Indian company, is entering into the tablet market with the iBall Slide (doesn’t Apple own the lower case i?). See that cool dude up top? That’s Indian Superstar Hrithik Roshan, an actor who is helping to advertise this new device. Coming in at 13,995 Rupee (aprox. $307) this should be a good budget device for India. The device also has a good number of ports as well though it’s a bit too much device vs. screen for me. I know Roshan in that picture up top has gotten you interested, so hit the break for a full breakdown of specs and screenshots.
Handset manufacturer Intex is slated to launch an Android 2.2 phone in India the first week of February, 2011. The device will be priced around Rs. 5,500 and feature Android 2.2, a 2.8-inch resistive touchscreen, and a 3.2MP camera.
The major downside here is the resistive touchscreen, which does not allow for multi-touch and has genuinely poor visibility in direct sunlight, among other things. Still, progress is being made with Android phones in India, and we should begin seeing cheaper phones with capacitive touchscreens (hopefully) fairly soon.