Archive | November, 2010

LG's Internet Tablet coming in May 2011, to run Android 3.0

20 Nov

At yesterday’s LG Optimus One launch press conference, I asked LG about its Internet Tablet plans. Expecting a ‘no comment’ reply, I was taken aback when they did not shy away from sharing some details. They are certainly working on one and expect it to be launched in May (it is not clear whether that’s the global or India launch time frame). The Tablet will run on Android 3.0 aka Honeycomb.

The company also plans to launch as many as 10 smartphones in the Optimus range priced between Rs 8,000-Rs 35,000 in the next six months. Of these 10, only two would be running Windows Phone 7 and the rest would run on Android. The first LG Windows Phone 7 smartphone, the Optimus 7, will be launched in India in February next year at a price range of Rs 25,000-Rs 30,000.

When asked about LG’s multimedia phone plans, Vishal Chopra, LG’s business group head (mobile communications) said that they would not have any feature phone priced above Rs 15,000.

Airtel set to launch 3G services in India next week?

20 Nov

Airtel today rolled out its television advertising campaign for its new branding that also doubles up as its advertising for its upcoming 3G services. We have also been getting reports from our readers who are getting 3G signals on their handsets in Delhi. Of course, they have been unable to access 3G services in the absence of a valid Access Point Name (APN) that is required to connect to any data service. One of our sources tells us that Airtel will launch its 3G services as early as next week. Next week or not, Airtel is gearing up for a launch any day now.

Yahoo! Mobile Search taps into GetJar for mobile app discovery

19 Nov

Yahoo! is currently testing the integration of GetJar’s mobile apps repository for its mobile search. Whenever a user searches for apps using Yahoo! Mobile search, the search engine would tap into GetJar’s repository and show the relevant results. This will the first of its kind initiative to make app discover easy.

GetJar is currently asking its developers to add some megatags to their apps to ensure their apps are displayed with relevant search queries. GetJar is the largest mobile app store across mobile platforms and brands.

SOURCE: GetJar Developer Blog

The Economist launches iPhone, iPad and iPod touch editions

19 Nov

The Economist has become the latest magazine to hit Apple’s App Store as an e-magazine. The app is available for free on the App Store and individual editions are priced at $5.99. Existing subscribers of the print or online editions can access the entire magazine without paying additional fee by entering their subscription credentials. The iOS app for The Economist also features audio versions of every article read by professional newscasters. Once downloaded, the edition is stored on the device, which can be read even without an Internet connection. We wonder how long would we have to wait before Indian media houses launch proper iOS editions without piggybacking on solutions like Xinio.

RCom launches Twitter via SMS, voice blogging services

19 Nov

Reliance Communications (RCom) today announced the launch of Twitter via SMS and voice blogging services for both GSM and CDMA subscribers. To get Twitter on SMS, RCOm subscribers have to send START as a text message to 53000. The service is free till November 30.

RCom has also launched a celebrity voice blog service where subscribers will be able to hear voice blogs of their favourite celebs via the carrier’s IVR service. Currently, RCom has roped in John Abraham Lara Dutta, Priyanka Chopra, Sonu Nigam, and regional film stars like Riya Sen (Bengali), Ravi Kisen (Bhojpuri) and Pooja Gandhi (Kannada) among others. The service is powered by Bubble Motion and RCom expects some sports stars to join sometime next year.

Aircel launches Blyk services

19 Nov

As we had reported earlier this week, Aircel today launched Blyk, an opt-in mobile marketing service. Blyk offers content, contests and deals via text and multimedia messages across categories like sports, lifestyle, entertainment and others. Blyk subscribers will receive these messages and can respond to them. Some of these messages can be questions while others can be information about latest deals or events happening in the vicinity. The system profiles the consumer over a period of six to eight weeks and offers targeted messaging/advertising.

To subscribe to Blyk, Aircel subscribers have to recharge their account with a lifetime validity Rs 74 Blyk voucher that offer talktime worth Rs 20. Blyk subscribers are expected to get special deals when they recharge their account in the future.

While not naming their advertising partners, we have learnt that Blyk has about 25-30 advertisers for India in their kitty at the moment. We are told that Blyk would be available exclusively on Aircel for at least six months, if not more.

Now edit Google Docs on your iOS, Android device

17 Nov

Google has rolled-out a new feature to its Google Docs suite that would enable users to edit their documents and spreadsheets from their Android (running Android 2.2 Froyo and above) and iOS devices (iPhone, iPod touch and iPad). This has been one feature we have been waiting for since long and finally it is going live as we type. Check out this video below to see how it works.

SOURCE: Official Google Mobile Blog