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OnePlus To Announce A New Device On October 12 In India

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While the verdict is still out if OnePlus made a “flagship killer” with the OnePlus 2, the company continues on. OnePlus has announced that on October 12 in India, they will be announcing the “next big step” for that market.

OnePlus naturally isn’t saying what they are going to unveil, but current rumors are pointing to that device possibly being the OnePlus Mini. That device is rumored to have a screen of 5″ in size running on top of a MediaTek Helio X10 SoC. The rumored equivalent price for such a device is $249.

However, OnePlus’s CEO Pete Lau posted the following image to his Weibo account (where he goes by his Chinese name, Liu ZuoHu). Based on the image, it suggests that instead of being called the OnePlus Mini, the device could be called the OnePlus X. Also based on the image, OnePlus could introduce a fitness band of their own.

OnePlus X Tease

OnePlus has been heavily focused on the Indian market lately, now offering customers who live in Bengaluru and order a OnePlus One to get it under an hour for free. And much like some pizza delivery options, if you don’t get the phone in under an hour, all costs will be waived and the phone will be free as well.

OnePlus’s event is on Monday, so we should know then what their new plans for the Indian market are. What do you think OnePlus will introduce?

Source: Weibo via Android Central

Benchmark exposes first 64-bit Samsung smartphone: entry-level SM-G510F

More than “true” octa-core power, 3D effects, fingerprint recognition and even Quad HD screen resolution, 64-bit processors are the next must-have feature of high-end smartphones. Make that low-end too, as it appears one of Samsung’s first devices to support the evolved architecture, maybe the absolute first, will be a fairly lackluster SM-G510F.

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The model number is a genuine enigma and makes the handheld’s identity a very tough nut to crack, however the specifications are nearly set in stone, thanks to the all-knowing GFX Bench database. Assuming the benchmark results and data are legit (which they are), the SM-G510F shall sport a large but low-res 4.8-inch 960 x 540 pix res display and 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm chip.

The CPU’s identification isn’t immediately apparent, but since it’s doubled by an Adreno 306 GPU, it can only be a Snapdragon 410. Remember the 410? Qualcomm introduced it back in December 2013 as its very first 64-bit solution, promising sampling will be available in the first half of 2014.

That put gadgets powered by the S410 on track for an H2 launch, and if this SM-G510F test is any indication, we won’t need to wait until the holiday season. July, maybe August is when the 4.8 incher is most likely to see daylight, possibly for a price as low as $150.

At least that’s what Qualcomm said it was eyeing with Snapdragon 400’s evolved but frugal brother, a 28 nm SoC with an ARM v8 instruction set, top clock speeds of 1.4 GHz, built-in 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth and GPS support.

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Oh, and fret not about GFX Bench listing SM-G510F’s processor as an ARM v7-based unit. That’s likely a typo. Meanwhile, we sure hope the camera sensors aren’t typos, as 8 and 5 megapixels would be pretty outstanding features for the expected price range.

The on-board 1 gig of RAM ain’t bad either, and Android 4.4.2 is for all intents and purposes identical with 4.4.3, the newest, hottest, tastiest KitKat build. Also confirmed by Zauba to carry a 4.8-inch screen and sensible price point (INR 9,000, or $150), the SM-G510F entered India for R&D a couple of weeks back and testing and evaluation earlier this week, signaling fairly advanced development work and an imminent commercial release in emerging markets. Stateside as well? I wouldn’t hold my breath.

For the record, the closest we’ve been able to dig to the SM-G510F alias has been through Galaxy Trends and Cores (model numbered SM-G3xxx) and Galaxy Grand 2, aka SM-G710. So again, no idea how Samsung plans to brand the 64-bit beast low-ender. Any guesses?

Via [GFX Bench], [Zauba]

Samsung Galaxy S5 availability and pricing roundup – US, Canada, Europe and India

Prime or no Prime version in the pipeline, Samsung’s “standard” Galaxy S5 is still poised to lead Android smartphone sales for the next six to nine months. Regardless of what analysts anticipate, and increasing competitiveness of rivals LG or Sony, Sammy’s marketing juggernaut is a well enough oiled machine to secure healthy buzz once the 5.2-incher goes up for grabs.

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Whether S5 purchases will remain steady, say, through the end of the summer greatly depends on what other antagonists, primarily Apple and HTC, bring to the table. Pricing looks like a key factor too, plus let’s not forget timing.

By timing, we mean S5’s release schedule, but also its obligatory future discounts, and most importantly, Prime’s ETA. Bottom line, the next big thing’s blockbuster potential leans on a stockpile of elements and components, some of which are unraveling as we speak.

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Without further ado, here’s all we know of possibly the two most vital factors, Galaxy S5 availability and pricing, around the world:

US roundup – when, where, how much

Samsung may have committed to a simultaneous commercial launch on April 11 in roughly 150 countries, which no doubt includes the US of A, however we know better than blindly trust a promise of this nature.

It’s not only their call, so the shipping start might depend on carriers and retailers as well. For now, all big four wireless providers have pre-registration pages set up, with no words on when actual pre-orders will go live.

Galaxy S5 Sprint

T-Mobile and Sprint vaguely hint the Galaxy S5 is “coming April 2014”, whereas Verizon and AT&T are even more discrete, mentioning nada on timelines. Price tags? We wish we had something solid, substantial to give you, but I’m afraid you’ll need to settle for guesses.

Educated guesses, but guesses nevertheless – $200 with two-year pacts across Verizon, AT&T and Sprint, and around $650, maybe $700 full retail price via T-Mo, as well as MetroPCS. Boost and Virgin Mobile are themselves expected to carry the handheld, though they’re part of a second wave of launches, slated for “sometime in Q2”. Translation: May or June.

Galaxy S5 Verizon

Several third-party retailers, including Best Buy and RadioShack, want to update you on availability news as soon as it breaks, but at the moment keep everything on the hush-hush, just like carriers do. Oh, well, odds are pre-orders will begin in one or two weeks, so the mystery shall be shattered before long.

Samsung Galaxy S5 in Canada

Folks looking to score an S5 up north don’t have the full story yet either, however they do know plenty given how early it still is. Eleven carriers around those parts forecast they’ll be able to offer the water-shielded phone starting in April, with Telus, Rogers, Bell, Videotron, Virgin and Wind Mobile leading the pack.

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Of them all, Telus has come forward with the most detailed information, pretty much confirming the S5 is to cost $249 with pacts, though “prices may change”. Yes, $250 is a little steep, and it’s unsettling from a stateside perspective, but Canadians and US networks are not always on the same wavelength, so don’t panic… yet.

Europe availability and pricing

As usual, the hustle and bustle is underway early on the old continent, as Orange Romania officially became the world’s first operator to accept S5 pre-orders a few days ago. Surprisingly, the Eastern European service provider still lists stocks as “sufficient” and promises delivery around April 11 for €700 outright and €250 and up on-contract.

Meanwhile, multiple regional Amazon branches apparently gear up to charge the same €700 in countries like Germany, Italy or Spain. Too pricey? Then you’ll be happy to hear at least one Dutch seller plans to ask €650 for the 16 GB variant.

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Rumors from Bulgaria also call for a sub-€700 price tag (€660 or so, to be specific), and in France Bouygues Telecom lists the Galaxy S5 at a fairly reasonable €649. That’s $900 for the record, which may sound anything but reasonable to American ears. Only Europeans are used to cough up such premiums on top-of-the-line Androids, due to high import taxes.

Interestingly, Russia, a notoriously expensive market, is on the verge of nabbing the Samsung Galaxy S5 at €600, or $830, and Sweden, Finland and the Czech Republic fall in line with their Western cousins, at €700, or $970.

By the by, pre-orders seem to be live now in a host of nations, via a bunch of retailers, so you may want to secure a place in front of the line.

Galaxy S5 Handtec

Oh, right, I nearly forgot about our UK-based readers. Good news, blokes and gals, early pledges of allegiance can be made on Clove, Expansys, Unlocked-Mobiles and Handtec. Oddly, only two of the four have been bold enough to put a price on the SIM-free 16 GB GS5: £545.99 including VAT at Handtec, and £549.98 all taxes covered at Unlocked-Mobiles.

That’s $910 give or take, which sounds costly, but it’s essentially in the ballpark we expected on British shores. First stock is due April 11 through Clove and Unlocked-Mobiles, while the other two aren’t ready to reveal a date. But it can’t vary too much.

As for on-contract pricing, we’re extremely light on specifics. Not that it’s any big secret – Three, Vodafone, O2, EE and Virgin Media shall “sell” the S5 for no upfront fee on their heftiest monthly plans. Also beginning on or around April 11. Everyone ready to rumble?

Samsung Galaxy S5 in India

Saholic caught everyone off guard when briefly selling the Samsung Galaxy S5 last week for an almost unbelievably low INR 45,500, which translates into $740, or €535. But will that pan out as an official price tag, or did the merchant just try to score some easy, free publicity?

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Only one way to find out – wait until April 11, at the latest, for shipping to reboot. Fingers crossed, y’all.

Now, feel free to update us on any new developments we may have missed, and sound off below with a simple “yay” or “nay” if you’re thinking of buying the Galaxy S5 or snubbing it. Is it a must-buy at $650, €700 and £550, or does Samsung need to think about trims already?

HTC One max, One mini, and dual SIM HTC One receiving Android 4.4.2 KitKat update

HTC One max, One mini, and dual SIM HTC One receiving Android 4.4.2 KitKat update

HTC’s dedication towards updating its latest devices to the newest version of Android as quickly as possible continues today with the rollout of the Android 4.4.2 KitKat update for the HTC One max, One mini, and the dual SIM HTC One. HTC India has confirmed that the update is streaming to devices in the country, and reports suggest that other Asian countries are also first in line for the update, though a rollout for other markets shouldn’t be too far behind.

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Samsung cuts Galaxy Gear price by $120 in India, might do the same worldwide

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The Galaxy Gear is a somewhat impressive smartwatch for a first attempt, but if there’s one thing that has made people steer clear of Samsung’s debut smartwatch product, it’s been the rather insane asking price of $299. The Gear doesn’t exactly do any particular thing in a special way, and when you factor in its incompatibility with all but a few Samsung phones and tablets (that too after a firmware update), the smartwatch is one device that doesn’t really make sense for many.

Well, Samsung seems to have understood that the price of the Gear was too high, and as a result, the Korean manufacturer has given the smartwatch a $120 price cut in India. According to DailyTech, this price reduction is permanent, and is expected to go into effect globally in all markets, with the U.S. price to down to as low as $210. At the new price, the Galaxy Gear becomes instantly a lot more attractive than before, and the expected launch of the Galaxy Gear 2 in the next couple of months (most likely alongside the Galaxy S5) might have had something to do with Samsung’s move to make the first-generation Gear a more affordable product.

Would you buy the Galaxy Gear at the new price?

Indian import data exposes Samsung Galaxy S5 zoom, multiple mystery 5.5 inchers

It’s nearly confirmed and set in stone: Samsung plans to unveil the “next big thing” on February 24, just as the Mobile World Congress gets under way, in Barcelona, Spain. The hints and clues are all there, so the Galaxy S5 can’t keep eluding us for much longer.

Samsung Galaxy S4 zoom

Too bad recent speculation got the big guy’s spec sheet all jumbled, as no one seems to know for sure its build, display resolution, battery capacity, number of subvarieties, etc., etc. Basically, we’re certain it’s coming, but everything else is a haze. Kudos to Samsung’s leaksters for pulling that off while keeping the handheld very much in the limelight.

That said, how about we tangle things a little further and add another mystery in the mix? Will the S5 swing by Barcelona’s MWC solo, or are some siblings due for announcements as well? By the by, should we expect the S5 family to be as ample as the S4 line, which continues to get refreshed with bizarro new models essentially every month?

No idea, but here’s a fact for you: an S5 zoom is definitely in the pipeline. Odds are it’ll land down the line, though I wouldn’t rule out an MWC debut just yet. After all, why would Samsung ship it to India for research, development and testing already if the launch was slated for, say, June or July?

That’s right, Zauba import data shows a gizmo believed to be the S5 zoom crossing the Indian border on January 31. The market name isn’t spelled out, of course, but the model number leaves little to doubt. Quick, what does SM-C115 remind you of?

Galaxy S5 zoom

SM-C101 and SM-C105, which just happen to be the aliases of last year’s S4 zoom. Weirdly, the SM-C115 is listed as a “mobile camera”, albeit we might be looking at an innocent typo. Or maybe it’s an intentional “error”, bound to throw us off S5 zoom’s scent.

Well, we’re not biting, Samsung, and I say there’s a 90% chance this is indeed S4 zoom’s follow-up. Any features revealed? Not even a tidbit. Based on what we anticipate the GS5 will be about, its camera-centric kin should probably sport a display of roughly 4.5 inches with 720p resolution, 2 GB RAM, a quad-core Exynos or Snapdragon CPU (or maybe Note 3 Neo’s hexa-core Exynos), 16 GB of built-in storage and microSD support.

As for the actual snapper, fingers crossed for a 21 MP sensor, optical image stabilization and less bulk. Much less bulk, please.

On a somewhat unrelated note, four other unreleased Samsung devices were recently spotted at Zauba, model numbered GT-I9400, SGH-M457, SCH-V479 and SCH-R402. These are clearly phones, specifically 5.5 inchers, though I’m afraid their identities are impossible to crack at the moment.

One moderately educated guess would be they’re some sort of regional Galaxy Note 3 Neo versions, however they seem to use LCD display technology, whereas the Neo boasts a Super AMOLED panel. Sooo, downgraded Neos? Perhaps. Mid-range 5.5 inchers part of a brand new series? Not out of the question either. Guess ultimately, only time will tell.

Via [Zauba] (1), (2), [Sammy Today]

Mystery Samsung SM-T331 Slate Surfaces in India, Is It a Super AMOLED-Toting Galaxy Tab 4?

Samsung is allegedly getting serious about tablets (not a day too soon), with an even bigger emphasis on affordability on the one hand, and at least one higher-end candidate at iPad’s throne on the other. The latter is expected out and about by April with Super AMOLED screen and, though it’s probably too early to call it, we may have caught a glimpse of it while visiting India on an R&D tour.

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The research and development-bound SM-T331 has raised a few eyebrows when it was perused by the folks over at Zauba, carrying as far as I can tell a so far uncharted model number. Sadly, the Indian import tracking authority wasn’t able to get any kind of scoop on the tab’s specs and features, so all we have is that cryptic moniker and a value estimate.

Plenty to make a few educated guesses, mind you, as there’s no way we’re looking at a Galaxy Tab 3 Lite version. Its per unit cost is approximated at roughly $550 (Rs. 33,884), so make no mistake, this is a top-shelf, luxurious thing.

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And if you’ll allow a wild guess, it’s likely a new generation Galaxy Tab 4. This year’s GTab 3 7.0 had an SM-T210 alias, the Tab 3 8.0 is alternatively known as SM-T310, SM-T311 and SM-T315, so it makes perfect sense for an evolved, upgraded variant to get an SM-T331 pseudonym.

Now the million-dollar question is whether it’s an 8 or 10-incher. A 7-incher looks like a long shot based on that hefty value, but I’m afraid that’s all the conclusions I’m ready to jump to. For now, as I bet there’ll be new, exciting developments to the story before long.

Can you picture it? A vibrant-looking Galaxy Tab 4 with Super AMOLED panel, maybe octa-core speed or at least quad-core Snapdragon 800 and 2 or 3 GB RAM? Be afraid, Apple, be very, very afraid, as Samsung is coming after you… again.

Via [Zauba]

KitKat contest winners in India get 2012 Nexus 7 instead of the new Nexus 7

Nexus 7Google has been running the KitKat promotion all over the world which would give away a free 2013 Nexus 7 tablet to winners of its promotional contest. While every other contest winners in the world have received their 2013 Nexus 7, KitKat India seems to have completely mislead the Indian public. According to several contest winners from the country, they were shipped a 2012 Nexus 7 tablet instead of the originally promised “all new Nexus 7 tablet”. This has clearly angered contest winners in the country as they were expecting to receive the new Nexus 7.

However, KitKat India has backed out of any responsibility by claiming that the winners were promised a Nexus 7 tablet in September and the new Nexus 7 was only launched last month in India. But people argue that if this were the case, KitKat could have specified what they were offering and also shown pictures of the 2012 Nexus 7 instead of the new Nexus 7 so as to not mislead the public. It doesn’t seem like Google is at fault here as the responsibility lies solely with KitKat (and perhaps Nestlé). Deprived winners hope that the public outrage created via social media outlets will do enough to convince KitKat India to change its mind and offer them a 2013 Nexus 7 instead, although it seems very unlikely at this point.

Nexus 7 KitKat IndiaSource: Combo Updates

Via: Android Police

Google Play Movies now available in India and Mexico

 

We have good news for people living in India and Mexico. Your long wait is now over. Google has finally made Google Play Movies available in India and Mexico and you have the option to rent it or to download it for viewing it offline.

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It was only a few weeks back that Google made ebooks available in the country and now, the company has finally made Google Movies available for the users. It is also worth noting that only a few days back Google started selling their nexus devices, Nexus 7 initially to Indian customers after a long wait of almost 5 months.

The play store boasts of a number of recent movies from Hollywood like Argo, Ted, The Hobbit, The Bourne legacy, the amazing Spiderman etc. There are even some recent Bollywood movies like Ek Tha Tiger but the collection cannot be compared to the vast list of Hollywood movies available on the store. However, we expect the number of bollywood movies to increase in a few months time as the company manages to strike deals with Indian publishers.

The user can download or rent a movie in two formats, SD and HD. SD stands for Standard definition while HD stands for High definition and naturally the latter would cost you more. However, the company does not have a specific price band for movies on the store as some movies are available to download for Rs. 490 i.e. around $10 while some are available for as low as Rs. 100 ($2). You can also rent recent movies like Argo, The Hobbit in standard definition for Rs. 120 ($2.5). Also, the recent movies would cost you more than the old classics but there is no uniformity in pricing them.

You can watch these movies directly on the web or via the official Google Play Movies app on the store. The app can sync all of your media and can stream movies directly to the device. It also allows you to store these movies for offline viewing. You can get the official app from the link given here.

The availability of Google Play movies comes at a time when Apple launched their iTunes Store in India and it would be interesting to see the competition among these two giants.

Nokia to launch Lumia 820 and 920 in India on January 11th

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lumia920_2330131bNokia has been pretty successful with Lumia 920 and 820 devices. The company has been going through bad times and seems like Windows Phone 8 is probably the best bet that’s going to save the company. Recently there were rumors that Nokia is going to sell their smartphone division to Microsoft.

As of now, the company is doing good with Windows Phone 8 based Lumia’s. In the US, the flagship 920 and 820 are exclusive to AT&T, but the Finnish company has been launching these devices in various parts of the world and the results are good. Nokia launched the Lumia 920 in the Middle East last month and the devices were sold out in mere hours.

When the Nokia Lumia 920 first launched at the Nokia Store in Shanghai in December, 2012, the devices were sold out in just 2 hours. The special version available for China Mobile was sold out on Amazon in just half an hour. China Mobile is apparently the world’s largest mobile carrier and the network uses a proprietary TD-SCDMA 3G network which is supported only by Nokia Lumia 920T. Windows Phone doesn’t enjoy much market share. In China, the market share of Windows Phone is around 3%, which is of course very less, but Windows Phone 8 powered Lumia 920 did manage to grab a lot of attention. In the second lot, the yellow version in particular was sold out in just 20 minutes.

Though the brand value of Nokia has gone down substantially, there are several markets where Nokia brand still has a lot of face value. One such market is India. Nokia is very popular in India and the company manages to sell a lot of mid-range and low-end devices, but it’s surprising that the company hasn’t launched Lumia 920 yet! Lumia 920 is the flagship device of Nokia and apparently the company will be launching this device on January 11th.

A Nokia employee confirmed via Live Chat for Nokia Care that the company will be launching the Windows Phone 8 powered flagship device in India. Also, the slightly lower placed Lumia 820 will also be launched on the same day. Apart from that, the company is planning to launch Nokia Lumia 620 in the fourth week of January 2013.

The dates are in line with the 11 second commercial which the company ran last month. The commercial read “We’re bringing out the world’s most innovative smartphone ever, soon,” although no date was given for the launch. The ad boasts the 4.5 inch screen on the device, the PureView camera with excellent low light sensitivity and the wireless charging capabilities of the phone.

Price tags for the device aren’t known yet, but according to speculations the Lumia 920 will cost Rs. 40,000 (converts roughly to $736 USD), which is pretty steep. Customers can apparently pre-order Lumia 920 for Rs. 2,000 ($36.81) deposit. Do you own a Lumia 920? Let us know your experience with the device and Windows Phone 8 OS using the comment form below.

Lava Mobiles Releases Dual SIM IRIS N400 Android ICS Smartphone

Lava Mobiles is now offering a dual SIM (GSM + GSM) Android smartphone called the Iris N400. The device comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box and currently retails at Rs. 6399, or around US$115 via the Flipkart online store.

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The Iris N400 has a single-core processor running at 1GHz under the hood. Furthermore, it is packed with 512MB of RAM, 512MB of ROM, and just 127 MB of internal storage. Fortunately, Lava Mobiles allows for expansion through a built-in microSD card slot that accepts cards with as much as 32GB extra storage capacity. The Iris N400 draws its power from a 1500 mAh Li-Ion battery.

This bar phone features a capacitive TFT display that spans 4 inches diagonally and comes with a resolution of 400 x 800 pixels as well as 16 million colors.

Two cameras are likewise onboard. One camera, found on its front, has a 0.3-megapixel sensor, and is useful for video chat. The other, found on its rear, has a 5-megapixel sensor for taking better quality photos and video. Said camera also offers flash, night vision mode, and 4x zoom.

Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, WAP, GPS, Bluetooth, and 3G. There is already a pre-installed Android, WAP 2.0 browser. In the entertainment department, the Iris N400 has a music player that supports MP3 files, a video player that can read 3GP and MP4 files, and an FM radio. A light Sensor, G-Sensor, and Proximity Sensor are also on the device.

A full package of the Iris N400 includes a charger, data cable, user manual, and free headset. Lava Mobiles is offering the handset in two colors: black and white.

Dual-SIM smartphones like the Iris N400 are helpful for those who want to take advantage of the different prices of services from two mobile operators.  In India, various phone makers like Karbonn and Micromax are selling such devices. Internationally, Samsung and Nokia also have dual-SIM phones in their product lineups.

via techfresh

Is The Aakash Tablet Made In China?

The Aakash tablet has been a source of pride for Indians both for its being budget-friendly and its made in India label. The tablet is supplied by Datawind, a Canadian company which ensures that the first 10,000 units of the tablet are delivered to Indian schools.

However, officials at Chinese companies say that the second-generation Aakash tablet, known as the Aakash 2, was produced and designed in China.

According to Li Junhao, head of the Shenzhen, China company called Trend Grace, one of the companies making the Aakash 2 tablets, Datawind only takes charge of sales. The name of Trend Grace appears in invoices to Datawind which have been checked by India Ink.

According to the newspaper, it had checked invoices from four companies where it appears that Datawind Innovations purchased “A13” tablet computers. The price of the tablets are around $42 to $42.86 per unit.

Says Li Junhao, “The tablets we sell to DataWind are ready to be sold. They are finished, ready-to-use products.” He goes on to say that “All parts are made in China. We buy the touch screen from a Chinese manufacturer and make the rest of the parts ourselves. We then assemble the tablets into finished products.” Two other China-based companies made similar statements according to India Ink.

Meanwhile, Suneet Singh Tuli  of Datawind claims that although some of Aakash 2 tablet’s parts are sourced from China to expedite the production process, its design as well as the assembly of said parts are done in India. Tuli also notes that Datawind manufactures the tablet’s touchscreen display as well as designed some of its hardware and software. He also explained that the assembly of the parts take place in Amritsar and Delhi.

The Aakash tablet has already been in a lot of hullabaloo since its first version was launched last year. The earlier Aakash was criticized for its alleged poor performance, albeit it did have a less than $50 price tag that meant good news for its target consumers, Indian students.

The Aakash 2 tablet costs around $42, but it will be subsidized by the Indian government for as much as 50 percent to make it affordable for students.

via indiaink

Google Play Seller Support Now Available In India

This is a huge deal. Google Play seller support is on its way to India. Surely you guys over there have to be really excited. Previously, app developers who lived out in India were only able to make free applications, which has obviously limited the potential that apps coming out of India have. Businesses based around app sales couldn’t form, nor could people earn any sort of revenue off of a app that became extremely popular. All of that is really just limiting, but thankfully now that seller support is on its way, things can change. Starting today, Indian developers will be able to submit paid apps, in-app purchases and subscriptions to the Google Play Store. Yes, you can now charge for your application. This is surely going to open up the realm of creativity now that people know they can earn some sort of fruit from their labor. For existing developer who have already gotten their app pushed to the app store, you can simply add a in-app purchases while Google continues to work on publishing a paid version.

On top of all of this, users purchasing applications in India can now purchase them in their respective currency as opposed to USD. Google is encouraging that all developers start setting the proper pricing information for Indian Rupees as soon as they possibly can. As you can imagine, all of this is great news for both Android and India. India is one of the fastest growing areas for the Android platform, as it actually had a 400 percent jump in device activation’s over this past year. Google has even noted that in the last 6 months, more applications have been downloaded inside of Indie than the past three years in India combined. All of that said, these new changes are really going to start influencing developers around the world to start providing great quality applications, which as you can imagine, will benefit anyone sporting an Android device.

You can read the full details that was just released on the Android Developers Blog. One thing that was noted in the blog, is that they are going to start rolling the Seller Support out for other countries soon too. That means we should be seeing more and more countries getting added to the list. I can only imagine some of the great apps that are going to surface because of this. Opening up the selling platform to more and more people is only going to continue to encourage the creativity from developers. Having more options, and even better quality options for the apps we currently have will no doubt be amazing, and who knows what else some of the developers have up their sleeves?

Who knows, maybe this means that users in India will be able to buy Play Store products too (e.g. Chromebook, Nexus Q).

Are you from India? Do you plan on continuing to make great quality applications with this new move from Google? If you don’t make apps already, are you going to start now that you can earn some sort of fruit from your hard labor? Let us know in the comments below!

source: android central

Karbonn Agnee Tablet Packs Support For 22 Indian Languages

Karbonn, an electronics company based in India, has teamed up with Innominds to release a new tablet called the Agnee. The Agnee is slated to hit the market before the Diwali, which happens around mid-October. Neither its price, however, nor its exact date of release has been revealed.

The Agnee Tablet boasts of a QTI Reference Design (QRD) that uses QTI’s Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 MSM7x27A CPU. According to Karbonn and Innominds, it is the “first made in India 3G tablet based on QRD.” Notes Dr. Avneesh Agrawal, the SVP and President of Qualcomm India and South Asia, “Qualcomm is committed to making 3G an affordable offering and continues to play the role of technology enabler and innovator, in concert with our ecosystem suppliers, to ensure that the benefits of 3G touch the lives of those throughout India.”

Among the key specifications of the Agnee tablet is a display spanning 7 inches diagonally, with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. It likewise supports 3G HSPA with voice calling. Fuelling the tablet is a 4000 mAh Lithium polymer battery. Under the hood, it furthermore packs 512MB RAM. Its operating system is Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Also onboard is an HDMI output port, enabling users to connect the device to a larger display, such as an HDTV. The tablet is moreover expected to carry the iCare content platform, which facilitates collaborations between teachers and students.

The Agnee will also feature localized content and apps to make the tablet more appealing for the local market. The apps available will be a mix of free and paid apps, and cover entertainment, education, and reference, among others. Among all the tablets made by Indian companies, this tablet is also said to be the first one to support 22 Indian languages.

Apart from the Agnee, Karbonn is also scheduled to release two other tablets similar to this one within the next few weeks.

via firstpost