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

Airtel likely to showcase new branding tomorrow

17 Nov

This could be the last time that we will use this Airtel logo in one of our posts. Airtel is holding a press conference tomorrow where the company’s top management is expected to be present. Last week, Economic Times reported that Airtel is spending Rs 300 crores for the new branding and it will be used across India, Africa, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Seychelles. J Walter Thompson has been hired for the rebranding exercise, according to the report.

We can also expect some word on when Airtel would kickstart its 3G services in India. We will be present at the press conference and would be Tweeting it live from there. So follow us at @cellpassion on Twitter.

Does the Samsung Nexus S have a concave display?

17 Nov

Something new about the Samsung Nexus S is being revealed with every passing day. Yesterday it was the presence of an NFC chip and today rumours have it that the Nexus S has a concave display. Yup, Engadget is claiming that the Nexus S is curved and is thinner in the middle than the top and bottom edges. Apparently, this design provides a better experience (or perceived to provide) than the normal flat displays that we are used to. Samsung has reportedly been showing off this design to carriers in the US for almost a year now but could not deliver the goods when Sprint bit the bait. Probably, Samsung showed the same to Google, which led it to become the flagship Gingerbread device. Sounds like a believable story but we would like to see it on the device itself.

SOURCE: Engadget

Sony Ericsson Anzu X12 gets a preview months before official announcement

17 Nov

Eldar Murtazin and his band of merrymen have done it again! Not patient enough to give Sony Ericsson a chance to announce their upcoming XPERIA X10 successor, they have put up a detailed preview of the XPERIA X12 aka Anzu on Mobile Review.

According to them, the X12 will be launched in early-2011 and will run on Android 2.2. It will eventually be upgraded to Android 2.3 aka Gingerbreak later in the summer. While the X12 will be the X10’s successor with its 4.3-inch display and 12.0 MP shooter, they are not impressed by the overall product. The display is not at par with S-AMOLED and S-LCD displays found in most high-end smartphones these days. Also, it runs on Qualcomm’s MSM7230 chipset with a processor clocked at 800 MHz, while most of its competitors will be packing multi-core processors next year that can do real 1080p HD video recording.

The X12 would be just about at par with the current Samsung Galaxy S and the HTC Desire HD and won’t be able to compete with Samsung and HTC products of 2011. Seems like another case of a Sony Ericsson project getting delayed to us.

SOURCE: Mobile Review