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HTC has launched its second Android OS-based smartphone, the HTC Hero, in India. This handset will come loaded with intuitive HTC Sense user interface. The phone was first launched in June at an HTC event in London. Airtel customers are offered 100MB free data transfer for six months and pack of Airtel apps like Portfolio Manager, Hello Tune Manager, Weather Channel, Mobshare, In-Mobile search and City Search.
Most importantly, HTC Hero will have Android Market preinstalled. It comes with the support for Google apps like Gmail as well as Google Maps which isn’t offered in Airtel exclusive HTC Magic handset. HTC will offer Hero for Rs. 31,990 in India but for Rs. 34,600 in Maharashtra; blame it on the 12.5 percent VAT rates in the city.

HTC Hero has 3.2-inch HVGA (320×280) TFT-LCD touchscreen that will add to HTC’s new intuitive mobile interface dubbed HTC Sense. Well, as we noted earlier, HTC sense is the same Android UI that was dubbed as Donut/Rosie when it leaked. Hero packs Qualcomm 528MHz MSM7200A processor with 512MB ROM and 228MB RAM, all together promising a zippier UI navigating experience. Hero supports Adobe Flash which will aid the users for easy mobile web browsing and enjoy Flash-based multimedia content.

The best part is that HTC will integrate HTC Sense UI to the portfolio of its phones and hence, HTC Magic customers can expect new Sense update for their handsets too. HTC will also push firmware updates for Hero since many users had reported lagging and speed issues.

HTC Sense UI boasts of three major features – gesture control, widgets support and integration of different apps in single view. Gesture control offers features like the phone can be turned over to put into silence mode. Slew of widgets for social networks and productivity can be set to the homescreen – like Nokia and Samsung smartphones now allow. Single view of contact specific interaction is enabled by integrating the history of calls, SMS, and mails with the respective contact photos and Twitter/Facebook updates.

Boasting a 5 megapixel camera, Hero also has a built-in internal GPS antenna which can be used in future for geo-tagging the pictures clicked. HTC has added digital compass and accelerometer in Hero just like Apple had digital compass along with Accelerometer in iPhone 3GS.

Unlike in HTC Magic, music fanatics can hook up any headphones with 3.5mm audio jack in Hero and store more music on media card in microSD memory expansion slot. HTC assures a battery life of 7.8 hours with a 1350mAh lithium-ion battery.

Technical Specifications of HTC Hero:

Processor: 528 MHz Qualcomm MSM7200A –
Memory ROM: 512 MB
RAM: 288 MB
Operating System: Android
Display: 3.2-inch TFT-LCD touch-sensitive screen with 320×480 HVGA resolution
Network HSPA/WCDMA: 900/2100 MHz – Up to 2 Mbps up-link and 7.2 Mbps down-link speeds
Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
Device Control: Trackball with Enter button
GPS: Internal GPS antenna
Connectivity: Bluetooth 2.0 with Enhanced Data Rate and A2DP for wireless stereo headsets
Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 b/g
Data connection interface: HTC ExtUSB (11-pin mini-USB 2.0 and audio jack in one)
Camera: 5.0 megapixel color camera with auto focus
Audio slot: 3.5 mm audio port
Expansion Slot: microSD memory card (SD 2.0 compatible)
Special Features: G-sensor, Digital Compass,
Audio supported formats: MP3, AAC (AAC, AAC+, AAC-LC), AMR-NB, WAV, MIDI and Windows Media” Audio 9
Video supported formats: MPEG-4, H.263, H.264 and Windows Media Video 9
Dimensions (LxWxT): 112 x 56.2 x 14.35 mm (4.41 x 2.21 x 0.57 inches)
Weight: 135 grams (4.76 ounces) with battery
Battery: Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery
Capacity: 1350 mAh
Talk time:
Up to 420 minutes for WCDMA
Up to 470 minutes for GSM
Standby time:
Up to 750 hours for WCDMA
Up to 440 hours for GSM

HTC has smartly priced Hero lower than the iPhone 3G model and offers a number of features that puts the phone head-to-head with it.



RIM, after launching the BlackBerry Curve 8520 in U.S. and Canada, has bought the device into India. Bolstering the Curve line-up, The 8520 is an affordable, feature packed alternative to the more expensive BlackBerry Curve 8900 that was launched not long ago.
The BlackBerry Curve 8520 is the first device to sport the new “innovative” (as RIM puts it!) touch-sensitive trackpad. Also new is the addition of a dedicated multimedia key. In fact, this phone might just go down in to the annals of history as the first device where RIM’s transition from being a purely business oriented phone maker to more of a mass market player has come to light. Its multimedia intentions are evident from the presence of a 3.5mm jack and support for iTunes and Windows MediaPlayer.
RIM has tied up with Airtel to offer the Curve in India. There is a new prepaid BlackBerry service plan from Airtel, for a monthly rate of Rs. 299. The device is also targeted at a virtually untapped segment of young professionals and retail consumers who have been inching to get their hands on to a BlackBerry device but were intimidated my the pricing of the earlier models.
As for the features, the 8520 comes with a standard full-QWERTY and Wi-Fi support. It is quite light weight as well, tipping the scales at just 106 grams. The phone comes with 256MB Flash memory and a sports a decent 512Mhz CPU. It supports memory expansion hot swappable microSD/SDHC cards and supports cards of up to 16 GB. The screen is a 2.4 inch one with 65k colors,which certainly is a step backwards with most of its contemporaries sporting better screens. There is nothing much to talk on the camera front. The 8520 comes with a decent 2 megapixel camera with support for video recording. The battery is a decent 1150 mAhr one good for up to 4.5 hours of talk time and 17 days of standby time. Airtel customers can sms ‘BB’ to 543210 to register to purchase the BlackBerry Curve 8520 and to get more information about the plans offered with the smartphone.
The BlackBerry Curve 8520 will be available nationally from Airtel’s authorised outlets through Bharti Teletech across India from Aug. 7. It is priced at Rs.15,990, which, for a new BlackBerry, is affordable!

Source: http://www.techtree.com/BlackBerry 8520

New Delhi: Nokia has announced to roll out its N86 8MP smartphone in the Indian market. The Nokia N86 8MP is designed to excel in both bright and low light conditions, and it’s optimized for both video and still imaging.nokia-n86-8mp-in-india-now

Its high-speed connectivity ensures easy and convenient sharing.

Juha-Pekka Sipponen, Director, Nokia N series, says “People demand mobile cameras that take excellent pictures in all light conditions.That’s why the aperture of the Nokia N86 8MP is comparable to that of a high-quality, stand-alone digital camera.”

Every detail of the metal-framed Nokia N86 8MP is thoughtfully designed with photography in mind, including 8 GB of internal memory for up to 4,000 images.

Like any high-end digital camera, the memory can be increased with an exchangeable 16 GB microSD card.

Shipping with the latest version of Nokia Maps and full Ovi integration, the Nokia N86 8MP gives a personal dimension to photos and videos. People can share their location with personal content like geotagged photos.

The Nokia N86 8MP comes with a built-in compass, along with a trial navigation license for driving. It also includes pedestrian navigation so that happy snappers don’t lose their way when capturing life through the camera lens.

The Nokia N86 8MP, with its integrated kick stand, is ideal for watching videos and playing games. Each Nokia N86 8MP can play up to 25 hours of music on one charge which can be enjoyed with the Nokia Bluetooth Stereo Headset BH-214 also announced today.

Source: http://gizmopassion.com/

Deepika_Padukone_thumb[2]NEW DELHI: Continuing its growth trajectory, the Indian telecom sector is expected to generate revenues of over $30 billion by 2013, according to
global analyst firm Gartner. The country’s telecom subscriber base is expected to cross the 770-million mark by 2013. India has over 450 million telecom users at present.

“The Indian mobile industry has now moved out of its hyper growth mode, but it will continue to grow at double-digit rates for the next three years as operators focus on rural parts of the country,” Gartner senior research analyst Madhusudan Gupta said. As per Gartner, India’s telecom market is unlikely to surpass China as the largest telecom market by 2013 and would retain its position as the second-largest market in the world.

The mobile penetration in the country is also expected to reach 63.5% by 2013, up from 38.7% at present, according to Gartner. Growth is largely expected to come from telecom operators increasing their focus on the rural market, local consumer durable and electronic companies entering the domestic mobile handset segment, and decline in handset prices.

The increased adoption of value-added services (VAS) will also stimulate growth. While the bulk of revenues for telcos would be generated from voice services, data usage will grow at a faster rate, Gartner said.

With the entry of new operators in the Indian telecom market, it is expected that voice tariffs will continue to fall. Also, expansion in rural circles is expected to pull down average revenue per user (ARPU).

The number of people with prepaid connections would also increase to contribute about 96% of the total subscriber base by 2013, due to increased adoption in rural circles. Currently, about 93% of the users own a pre-paid connection. The churn rate is also expected to go up in India as more players enter the fray and the government allows mobile number portability (MNP). MNP will allow users to switch their telecom service provider while retaining their mobile number.

Surce: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/

NEW DELHI: The government on Wednesday put quality restrictions on mobile phones, dairy products and toys in a measure aimed mainly to block
their imports from China and which may trigger another round of wrangling at the WTO between two of Asia’s biggest economies.

The Directorate-General of Foreign Trade said mobile handsets without the IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) number, which helps authorities to track the sale and use of the phones, cannot be imported from now on. An estimated eight lakh such phones come into the country every month from China. These are unbranded and cost a lot less than the branded variety.

Security agencies had raised concern over the use of these phones, many of which, they said, were being used by terrorists to set off bombs and communicate among themselves. Since these sets do not have the 15-digit IMEI number, or cloned numbers, the authorities find it difficult to track the sale or usage. Approximately 30 million such phones are in use at present.

On June 11, TOI had first reported that import of such phones was yet to be banned as neither the home ministry nor the telecom industry had written to the commerce ministry on the issue.

The DGFT also banned till January 2010 the import of toys that do not meet international safety standards and norms. This move too will hit imports of toys mainly from China and several other countries. India had blocked import of toys from China in January on health grounds, after concerns over their safety were raised in developed markets. But the restriction was eased later after Beijing questioned the restrictions on the ground that New Delhi did not put such curbs on toys from other countries.

The ban, however, will not be applicable to toys that come with a certificate from laboratories accredited to the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC). The volume-driven, price-competitive Chinese toys are estimated to have a 70% share in the global toy market. The domestic market is estimated at Rs 2,500 crore.

Import of milk and milk products were banned earlier in September last year to ward off entry of these items, contaminated with deadly whitener. The ban was to expire on June 24. Melamine, used for making plastics and fertiliser, was found in infant milk and other dairy products of several Chinese firms. The dangerous chemical can cause kidney stones as well as failure of the organ.

More than a dozen countries in Asia and Africa had also banned milk and dairy product imports from China, while several others had recalled the products suspected to be contaminated. India, world’s largest milk producer, does not import milk products from China. The ban is being seen as a preventive measure.

Meanwhile, the government has asked its missions in the African region to step up vigil against bootlegged drugs being sent to those markets with fake `Made in India’ tag. The commerce department last week lodged a complaint with the Chinese embassy here and the Indian embassy in Beijing and sought action against the impostors.

The Indian action comes after Nigeria’s pharma regulator reported the detention of a large consignment of fake drugs for treating malaria. The consignment carried `Made in India’ labels but was produced in China. A laboratory test of a recent consignment of anti-malaria drugs Maloxine and Amalar tablets proved these were fake. Had the drugs flowed into the market, about 642,000 lives would have been affected.

SOurce: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/

The Nokia 6600i, which first showed up a few weeks ago, has made a grand entry into the Indian market. Nokia is pushing the 6600i, a series 40 handset, as the slimmest 5-megapixel sliderphone you can buy today.
The phone has decent imaging abilities and sports an attractive design that should appeal to most. On the features front, apart from the 5 megapixel camera, it has 8x zoom (digital of course), dual LED flash and auto focus. Being a Series 40 device, the phone supports installation of Java applications. There is an XHTML browser too that takes care of your basic browsing needs. You can always install Opera Mini if you wish to have a ‘better’ browsing experience.

It also comes preloaded with Nokia maps, FM radio, a stereo headset and a music player which supports MP3, AAC, AAC+ and WMA. For storage purposes, it comes with a decent 1GB of storage capacity with the supplied microSD card. Those who need more can always upgrade to 16GB.

The phone will be available this very month in two colors Black and Silver. The price has not been reveled as yet.


Research In Motion (RIM) will soon introduce ‘unlocked’ versions of its signature handset BlackBerry in India.

Unlocked versions of the phone will allow the currently network-restricted (Airtel, Reliance Communications, and Vodafone) BlackBerry to function on the network of any telecom service provider.

After attempting an image transition from being just an enterprise phone to a multimedia device in order to appeal more audiences, now RIM wants to attract another segment of the Indian masses that prefers to choose its telecom service provider.

BlackBerry comes under the premium segment handset bracket; hence to crack the Indian market, it may also introduce a price-wise stripped down version of the Blackberry for the Indian market, reports suggest.

Till now, the BlackBerry products were sold in India through partnerships with telecom operators.

Now that there will be no such restrictions, to increase its presence in the market, BlackBerry handsets will now be more in sight of the consumers as RIM has collaborated with Redington India — a distributor for popular brands like Nokia, Western Digital, IBM, Canon, Samsung, Seagate, APC, Asus, Computer Associates, Cisco, HCL and Hitachi.

Redington will offer a wide range of BlackBerry smartphones beginning with the BlackBerry Pearl series, the BlackBerry Curve series and the BlackBerry Bold smartphone.

As part of the retail distribution agreement with Redington India, BlackBerry smartphones and service plans from supported carriers will initially be available in retail and modern trade outlets across nine cities: Mumbai, Delhi, NCR, Hyderabad, Chennai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Pune and Ahmedabad.

RIM also plans to launch localized applications in India for specific areas such as entertainment and sports.

The company currently has 13 handsets in India — the latest one being the BlackBerry Storm, RIM’s very first touchscreen phone which is a strong competitor for the Apple iPhone.


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