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All About Amazon’s Fire Phone

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Amazon has announced the much rumored fire phone in the US. It will be available at a price of USD 199 with an at&t service plan for 2 years. The unlocked version of the phone is priced at USD 649. Note that these prices are for the 32 GB variants of the phone. This pricing is part of amazon’s aggressive campaign to drive sales of the phone. In addition to the above pricing, amazon is also offering a full year of amazon prime membership when you purchase the phone (existing prime users get their membership extended by one year).
 
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The phone runs on Amazon’s android based Fire OS version 3.5 and offers some really innovative features which will surely entice a lot of users:

Dynamic Perspective

This feature gives an immersive user experience to the user enabling them to tilt, auto-scroll, swivel, and peek to navigate menus and access shortcuts with one hand. For example – When you are reading a long email, just tilt the phone to automatically scroll the content. Precise sensors will help you control the scroll speed & direction.

Firefly

This is like Google Goggles. This feature uses the phone’s camera to identify text, music, pictures & products sold on amazon.com. Just point your phone and press the firefly button to let the phone give you options about the object you are seeing.

Mayday

This is going to be a big hit. The dedicated Mayday button on the phone lets you connect with an amazon expert via live video (one sided – they won’t be able to see you). This service is totally free 24×7 365 days a year. Amazon’s goal is to respond to a Mayday request within 15 seconds. In addition to troubleshooting your issues, the amazon expert will also be remotely able to control your phone to do the task for you. They will also have the ability to draw on your screen to guide you what to do. If this feature works as promised, it might just bring a revolution to customer care.
 
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In addition to the above features, the phone boasts of 4.7’’ HD LCD display & a 13MP advanced camera system with 1080p video recording, optical image stabilization and free unlimited photo storage in the amazon cloud. The phone is powered by a 2.2 Ghz quad core processor and comes with a Dolby powered audio engine & flat cable magnetic tangle free ear buds.
 
The fire phone is available for pre order on amazon.com in 32GB and 64GB variants and ships on July 25 in the US.

Official iPhone 5c and 5s prices in India

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Apple has announced November 1st 2013 as the launch date for its latest iPhone 5c and 5s in India. It is no coincidence that the dates fall in the Diwali week, a time when Indians spend money to buy new stuff every year. They have also announced the official prices for the phones:

  • iPhone 5c 16GB: INR 41,900
  • iPhone 5c 32GB: INR 53,500
  • iPhone 5s 16GB: INR 53,500
  • iPhone 5s 32GB: INR 62,500
  • iPhone 5s 64GB: INR 71,500

We did expect a steep pricing of the iPhones this time given the falling rupee, however, what we do not understand is the huge difference of price with the memory bump. For all the previous iPhones, the difference between the price of 16GB and 32GB was not as much as it is this time. And with the reducing cost of memory chips, it is still unclear why Apple has increased the price difference.

Another thing to note is that the unlocked iPhone 5s is available at the same price as the iPhone 5 in the US. So it is not clear why there is such a huge difference in the price of the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s in India, even after considering the import duties. Even if we convert the price of iPhone 5s 16GB ($649) to Indian Rupees, it comes out to be INR 40,000 approx. In our opinion, the taxes and other duties cannot be that much that the price has to be set at INR 53,500. 

Something to feel good about is the fact that the iPhone 5c 16GB is being sold at a lower price than the iPhone 5. Given that it is technically better than the iPhone 5, it clearly shows that making plastic shells for iPhones is a lot cheaper for Apple.

Apple will also continue selling the iPhone 4S 8GB in India at a revised price of INR 31,500. Cases for the iPhone 5S will be available for INR 3,200 and those for the iPhone 5C will be available for INR 2,300.

RCom and Airtel have announced that they will be carrying the new iPhones in India at launch. Airtel has even started pre booking of the phone (in store only).

FirstLook: Lumia 920, 820 Windows Phones, Nokia Hopes For A Comeback

This month’s all about technology launches.. Windows Phone 8, Windows 8, Nokia’s Lumia Phones, Samsung ATIV WP8 Phones, iPhone 5, Amazon Kindle Fire 2, Apple iPhone 5, Apple iPad Mini (still rumored), iOS6.

Nokia announced it’s much awaited flagship Windows Phone 8 phones – the Lumia 920 and 820. Just like the Apple iPhone 4S, Nokia wishes to sell it’s new Camera capabilities (PureView) in these new phones.

The phone comes with a great dual core processor, 1GB RAM, wireless charging, PureView camera and a few other Nokia software.

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Aircel Offers the iPhone 3GS for INR 9,999 in India

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Aircel is offering the iPhone 3GS in India for INR 9,999. This is the lowest price we have seen for the device in India. People planning to buy the phone should rejoice. However, lets take a look at all the bells and whistles the operator is claiming to offer.

The above mentioned low price is for Aircel’s postpaid customers. If you are a prepaid customer, yo have to pay INR 19,999. This is probably the first time an operator is giving an advantage to the postpaid customers over prepaid ones in India. Customers also have to pay INR 3000 which goes towards unlimited data if they are in a 3G circle, or free minutes and message if they are in a 2G circle.

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Micromax X259 Affordable Solar Phone

Micromax X259 Solar Phone

Micromax has launched the X259 Solar Phone in India at a price tag of INR 2499. The phone has a solar back panel which charges the phone when exposed to sunlight. Notable features of the phone include a 2.4 inches QVGA display with 320×240 pixels, dual sim support, & bluetooth.

Sounds like a good deal at a truly affordable price point, however, we hope the phone has a good heat sink to keep it under operating temperatures during charging.

[via BGR India]

Awesome Video Explaining How an Accelerometer Works

Check out this amazing video explaining how an accelerometer helps a smartphone know up from down:

Samsung Opens Pre Orders for Galaxy S III in India

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Samsung has opened pre booking for its latest Galaxy phone, the S III in India via its online store samsungindiaestore.com. One has to pay INR 2000 to book a Galaxy S III. Samsung will send a coupon of the same amount to the customer which can be redeemed against the full payment of the phone when its launched for sale (the rumored date is 31-May-2012). Furthermore, users buying the phone within 3 days of the launch will also get a bluetooth headset worth INR 2900 free with the phone.

To book one for yourself, head over to samsungindiaestore.com now.

[via BGR.in]

Samsung ties up with BigFlix to offer streaming on demand movies on its Galaxy products

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Samsung has partnered with BigFlix to offer on demand streaming movies to their Galaxy line of products. They have launched an app on the Samsung App Store called My Movies which users of their Galaxy devices can download to watch instant on demand movies from BigFlix.com. Currently BigFlix has about 1000 movies to offer and Samsung is offering the first 2000 hours of streaming to its customers for free, post which it will cost them a subscription fee.

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Google and Samsung announce the Galaxy Nexus

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With probably the lamest concatenated name ever, Google and Samsung have announced the (duh) Galaxy Nexus, the next pure Google phone from Samsung. With Google’s latest Android version 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the Galaxy Nexus features a lot of cool features and an improved UI. Check out the video:

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You can check out the phone on the official Google site here. Here is how the phone looks like:

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This Is How Complex Smartphone Patents Legal Issues Are [Infographic]

Everyone who follows tech news knows that smartphone manufactures are neck deep in legal issues related to patents. It seems like everyone is suing everyone for one reason or the other. In fact recently, Google bought Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billions and according to pundits the primary reason is the vast amount of patents the latter have in their kitty.

This infographic by Reuters tries explaining who is suing whom for patent issues.

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