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India passes US to become second largest smartphone market

The US is now the third largest smartphone market in the world, according to a new report by global technology market analyst firm Canalys. The number of smartphone shipments to India grew 23 percent in the third quarter of this year, reaching just o…
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YouTube Go beta launches in India

In last September’s Google for India event we announced YouTube Go, our YouTube app reimagined for the next generation of YouTube users. Today, after months of expanded testing and refinement, we’re happy to announce that we’re making the beta version of YouTube Go available for download on the Google Play Store in India.

You’ll recall that every aspect of YouTube Go was designed from the ground up, with four main principles in mind: It’s relatable, with fresh and relevant video recommendations tailored to your preferences; the app is designed to be offline first and improve the experience of watching videos on a slower network; it gives you more control over data usage, by providing choice and transparency into the amount of data spent on streaming or saving videos. And finally, it’s social, allowing you to share videos quickly and easily with friends nearby.

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Key features of YouTube Go include:

  • A home built for you: YouTube Go home screen features trending and popular videos in your area, so that you can find and discover videos that you and your community care about.
  • Preview videos before you save or watch: On YouTube Go we’ll show you a preview of the video when you tap on a thumbnail, giving you a better sense of what the video is about before you decide if you want to watch it.
  • Choose your resolution when saving or streaming videos: You can choose to save a video for offline viewing later or stream it now. And we also allow you to choose the amount of data you’d like to spend on that video.
  • Share videos with friends nearby: Share videos with friends and family nearby without using any data. You can send and receive videos instantly and offline with others using the YouTube Go app.

To get us to this point, we’ve worked hard on refining the features that you’ve inspired us to build, gaining new insights along the way. Some things we’ve learned in the run-up to this beta release include making the home screen fresher and more relevant for users, so they can find amazing videos easily. We’ve also worked hard behind the scenes to make sharing videos with nearby friends an even more seamless experience, and ensuring that the app works well across a wide range of phones and connectivity. While the app is in its beta release, we’ll continue to listen to your feedback and improve the app before launching more broadly. We’ll also be holding several activities in Udaipur over the upcoming weeks to glean more insights from users on the ground.

If you’re in India, we hope you download the beta from the Google Play Store today, and let us know what you think by leaving your feedback within the app. As before, if you’d like to find out when YouTube Go is fully ready, you can sign up at youtubego.com/signup.

With the rapid transformation sweeping India’s mobile internet landscape, we know there will be an even greater demand for a fast and accessible video app. Thank you for continually inspiring us to build better products for the next generation, and to helping us make YouTube Go the best video app for you.

Jay Akkad, Product Manager, YouTube, recently watched “Vidya Vox @ YouTube FanFest India 2017.”


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Skype Lite, lightweight version of the video-calling app, now available in India

Skype Lite is “the new Skype built for India to help you stay connected on the go.” Targeted at the burgeoning market in the country, Skype Lite seeks to address a number of pain points specific to developing countries.

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India mandates all smartphones must come with a panic button

India has decreed that, from 2017, all phones must be sold with a panic button that lets users instantly alert the emergency services. A year later and all devices sold must also come with GPS as standard in order for authorities to quickly locate vi…
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128GB ASUS ZenFone Zoom goes up for pre-order in India

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The ASUS ZenFone Zoom just went for pre-order on Flipkart in India. Other than Taiwan, the company’s homeland, and the United States, India is the only other country accepting pre-orders.

The ASUS ZenFone Zoom combines a high quality camera into a smartphone while maintaining a fairly thin profile. In matter of fact, ASUS is saying that this is the only smartphone in existence with 3X optical zoom in a body this thin. For a more in-depth look at the list of specifications, view this article covered by a member of our team when the device first released.

The ASUS ZenFone Zoom costs INR 37,999 on Flipkart. This is approximately $ 560 in USD. That will get you a whopping 128GB of internal storage. It’s available in choice of white or black, both in which are still in stock. The device is expected to launch in India early February. This is when all pre-orders will be sent out.

Source: Flipkart
Via: India Today

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Motorola Moto 360 (2015) hits Amazon in India

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Motorola’s latest Moto 360 smartwatch has hit Amazon in India.

Prior to today, the only way to purchase the new Moto 360 in India was on Flipkart. With the addition of Amazon, users now have a secondary option when buying the new Moto 360 just in case one sells out.

Up for sale on Amazon are four versions of the smartwatch, the black 46mm, the silver 46mm, the black 42mm, and the silver 42mm. Both black versions include a black leather band and both silver versions come with a cognac leather band. Pricing is nearly the same as Flipkart which ranges from INR 19,999 (approx. $ 300 USD) to INR 24,999 (approx. $ 375 USD). To purchase yours, tap the source link down below.

Source: Amazon

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Lenovo’s Vibe P1 and P1m handsets to launch in India on October 21st with huge batteries in tow

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Some manufacturers follow the strategy of slimming down the handset’s battery to make the device as thin as possible, often, seemingly, to the detriment of the user experience. Lenovo is bucking that trend, though, with its Vibe P1 and Vibe P1m handsets sporting batteries with capacities of 5,000mAh and 4,000mAh respectively. According to a media invite sent out earlier, Lenovo is launching both handsets in India on October 21st.

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Let’s take a look at the larger of the two handsets first, the Vibe P1. Lenovo has bundled in features such as Rocket Charge, which seems to be very much like Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 technology, delivering 2.8 hours of talk-time for just 5 minutes of charge. There’s also a physical switch that enables the OneKey Power Saver function, extending battery life. The Vibe P1 will launch in India for around Rs. 17,500 ($ 270) on October 21st.

  • Android 5.1 Lollipop with Vibe UI
  • 5.5-Inch Full LD IPS display (Gorilla Glass 3)
  • Snapdragon 615 Octa-core processor @ 1.5GHz (64-bit)
  • 2GB RAM
  • 32GB Internal storage
  • MicroSD card support (up to 128GB)
  • 13MP Rear camera with dual-focus and dual LED flash
  • 5MP Front camera
  • Fingerprint sensor built-in to the Home button
  • Dual-SIM standby
  • 4G/LTE
  • Bluetooth 4.1 LE/ NFC/WiFi 802.11 b/g/n/ac
  • Battery: 5,000mAh (non-removable)
  • Dimensions: 152.9 75.6 x 9.9mm
  • Weight: 189 grams
  • Available in Platinum or Graphite Grey.

 

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On to the mini version of the Vibe P1, if you will, the 5-inch Vibe P1m, and here we see a more budget-friendly offering from Lenovo. The Vibe P1m doesn’t have NFC connectivity, bit it does apparently have a nano-coating to help it withstand accidental spills, as well the physical OneKey Power Saver switch, which helps extend battery life. Check out the rest of the specifications below.

  • Android 5.1 lollipop with Vibe UI
  • 5-Inch IPS display with 1280 x 720 resolution
  • MediaTek MT6735P quad-core processor @ 1.0GHz
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB Internal storage
  • MicroSD card support (up to 32GB)
  •  8MP Rear camera with autofocus and LED flash
  • 5MP Front camera
  • Dual-SIM support with 4G/LTE connectivity
  • Bluetooth 4.1 LE/ WiFi/ GPS/GPS-A
  • Battery: 4,000mAh (non-removable)
  • Dimensions: 141 x 71.8 x 9.3mm
  • Weight: 148 grams
  • Available in Onyx Black and Pearl White

The Vibe P1m will launch in India on October 21st, with a price tag of around Rs. 10,000 ($ 154). What do you think of Lenovo’s Vibe P1 and P1m handsets? Have they been priced keenly enough for India’s congested smartphone market?

 

Source: Phone Radar

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Samsung expands its presence to Leh, India with an all-new Experience store

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Samsung has opened an Experience store in Leh, India, making itself to be the world’s first exclusive brand retail store at the highest altitude: 3600 meters high. This expansion makes Samsung the first brand to offer a direct distribution and service outlet in the Leh-Ladakh region.

This new Experience store will offer demonstrations, consultation, and support to customers in the area, Samsung India says. This will help the company give consumers direct access to its premium products, furthering its presence in India.

“Samsung will be wherever our consumers are. Our brand and service store in Leh, the highest altitude exclusive brand store over 3,600 meters high, will provide a unique and differentiated retail experience to our consumers. This store will not only display our new innovative products, it will also be a one stop shop for consumers to experience advanced features and solutions offered in these Samsung Smart devices,” says Mohandeep Singh, Vice President of Samsung’s Mobile Division Sales.

The Samsung Experience Store and Service center will allow customers in the region to see devices like the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ and no doubt the rumored Galaxy S7 when it launches in a few months time.

“Samsung is the first brand to set foot in the region with an exclusive showroom and we are committed to strengthening our reach further,” Singh said. Samsung’s commitment to have a presence wherever consumers are rings true in how hard the company tries to have a device in every corner of the world.

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Samsung launches the Note 5 in India from Rs. 53,900, available from September 20

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Well, that didn’t take long. After leaving Europe to make do with the Galaxy S6 Edge+ in 2015, many Note fans wondered whether other regions would share the same fate of being unable to upgrade to the Note 5. As was previously rumoured, though, Samsung is putting those fears to bed in India, at least. Note fans in India will be pleased to find out that the Note 5 will be available to purchase from September 20th.

The 32GB variant is priced at Rs. 53,900 ($ 806), while the 64GB version can be ordered for Rs. 59,900 ($ 896) from online retailers as well as stores across India. The Note 5 will be available in Black Sapphire, Gold Platinum, and Silver Titanium options.

As is customary with pre-orders, there are a couple of perks to doing so, namely a wireless charger as well as a one-time screen replacement included in the bundle free of charge. During the launch, Samsung stated that all the smartphones it sells in India are manufactured locally, as part of its ‘Make in India’ campaign.

If you live in India, will you be upgrading to the Note 5? Let us know in the comments.

 

Source: SamMobile

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Xiaomi thinks its next big opportunity lies in India

China's smartphone market isn't the hotbed of new customers that it once was, which means that companies now need to look elsewhere for fresh profits. Plenty believe that India is the next big thing and Xiaomi is putting money where its mouth is by…
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Intex’s 5-Inch Cloud M5 II launches in India for Rs. 4,799

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The Indian smartphone market is fiercely contested, nowhere more so than the entry-level segment which sees a new entrant from Intex called the Cloud M5 II carrying a price tag of Rs. 4,799 ($ 75).  The Cloud M5 II is available exclusively from the Indian retailer, Flipkart.

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Let’s have a look at what the Cloud M5 II has to offer.

  • Android 4.4.2 KitKat
  • 5-Inch TN display with 845 x 480 resolution (FWVGA)
  • Quad-Core Processor @ 1.2GHz (Spreadtrum)
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB Internal storage
  • MicroSD card support (up to 32GB)
  • 5MP Rear camera with Dual-Flash
  • 1.3MP Front camera with flash
  • 3G Network
  • Dual-SIM support
  • Bluetooth/WiFi/HotSpot
  • FM Radio
  • 2,000mAh Battery
  • Dimensions: 71.2 x 144 x 9.1mm
  • In the box: Handset, Battery, Earphones, Data Cable, Charger, manual, screen protector.

For the price of just Rs. 4,799 ($ 75), the Cloud M5 II would appear to be a more than acceptable offering, with its main claim to fame being the front-facing flash, albeit coupled with a 1.3MP camera sensor that means you won’t be entering any photography competitions anytime soon. The Cloud M5 II is available from Flipkart in two colour schemes – white/orange and black/blue. What do you think of Intex’s latest budget smartphone?

 

Full Press Release:

New Delhi (India) – May 21, 2015: Intex Technologies, the leading Smartphone Company that believes in launching the best innovative products today announced the launch of Cloud M5 II exclusively on Flipkart, India’s largest ecommerce marketplace. The smartphone features a 12.7 cm (5-inch) FWVGA TN display which runs on Android 4.4.2 Kitkat on a 1.2 GHz Quad Core Processor and comes with superior sensor technology. The feature rich Dual-SIM smartphone is priced at INR 4,799.

 

Commenting on the launch, Sanjay Kumar Kalirona, Business Head, Mobiles, Intex Technologies said, “The Cloud M5 II is yet another innovation of ours, towards improvising our offerings such that the aspirations of our consumers are reached. We believe in providing our customers with products that fit perfectly in the bracket of their needs and their pocket. This new product will be a package of the right design, colors and features at the right price.”

 

Commenting on this, Amitesh Jha, VP – Retail, Flipkart said, “Intex Technologies is one of the leading players in the Indian mobile market.  Known for its new age technology and superior quality products, we are happy to announce the exclusive launch of its latest offering – Cloud M5 II. We are confident that this smartphone will be a hit amongst our customers.”

Focusing on the design, the device comes with a stunning 5MP rear camera with flash and a 1.3MP front camera also with flash that supports clicking selfies, taking panorama shots and continuous shots by using the volume button.

 

Cloud M5 II also comes with an inbuilt memory of 8 GB, expandable up to 32GB. Additionally, the device has a light sensor that adjusts the screen brightness by detecting the light intensity of the environment. The product has a bunch of pre-loaded apps like Service, Clean Master, Ask Me, OLX etc.

 

This stunning device will be available in the colour variants of  – White+Orange and Black+Blue.

 

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