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Sailfish OS lovers can buy Jolla phones via Snapdeal in India

Jolla Sailfish OS

Apart from Firefox OS and Tizen (?) as potential alternatives for Android, another expectant is Jolla’s Meego-inspired Sailfish OS.

Despite the fact that Jolla couldn’t make any buzz in Smartphone market since its commercial handset launch in Europe last year, the company has almost landed in India, one of the fastest growing smartphone market, via Online retailer Snapdeal.
Jolla Sailfish OS

The company quietly announced this news in Twitter with a link to company’s home page where we can subscribe to Jolla’s Newsletter.

Though India is a place where a lot of smartphones are sold nowadays, it’s always tough here for a new brand to rise if it’s not widely known in the market and Jolla is one such rare species that came alive from dead after Nokia shunned Meego and Yes, it’s popular among Devs who are strived to support this fallen warrior but Devs aren’t the only consumers in India and with almost no marketing activity so far (apart from a few bloggers covering this news) it’s too hard for Jolla to make an impact in India, and Jolla’s Indian sales partner Snapdeal knows this very well but still when I search for Jolla in Snapdeal,all I see is Footwear (Men & Women) and that’s worse sign indicating that there is no enthusiasm from both Jolla and Snapdeal in launching the device in second most populous country where a proper launch with competitive pricing and excellent marketing can sell any device like cakes.

Fine, Let’s Keep Calm and see what are these guys – Snapdeal and Jolla – going to Carry on.

XiaoMi Mi3, RedMi 1S and RedMi Note launched in India at Killer price

Redmi 1S

Conquering the South East Asia right from Mainland China to Singapore, Xiaomi’s latest landing place in India, the world’s second fastest growing Smartphone market.

In India, Xiaomi has officially launched the company’s fastest selling smartphone, Xiaomi Mi3 along with budget smartphone RedMi 1S and Phablet RedMi Note at Rs.13,999, Rs. 9,999 and Rs. 6,999 respectively.
Xiaomi Mi3
Xiaomi’s flagship smartphone Mi3 features a 5-inch Full HD IPS Display from Sharp and JDI running MiUI V5, the company’s customized Android OS, powered by 2.2GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with 2 GB RAM and 16 GB Internal Storage. Sporting a 13 MP rear-camera with Sony sensor and a 2.1 MP front-camera, Mi 3 boasts a stylish unibody polycarbonate design inforced with Aluminium that gives a metal body design impression and a powerful 3050 mAh Battery.

Redmi 1S

On Budget front, Xiaomi RedMi 1S features 4.7-inch 720p HD IPS display powered 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with 1GB RAM, 16GB internal memory with expansion MicroSD slot and fueled by a 2,000mAh battery, RedMi 1S sports an 8 MP rear-camera and 1.6 MP front-camera.

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For Phablet lovers, Xiaomi RedMi Note comes with a 5.5-inch 720p IPS display, a MediaTek octa-core processor, 2GB RAM, 8GB internal storage with a microSD expansion slot, a 13-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel front camera and a 3,100mAh battery.

Launching three different devices with different flavours at Killer price for different target audience, Xiaomi has made a pretty safe landing in India and now it’s time to satiate the demand on time. As of now, Xiaomi doesn’t have its own retail sales channel rather uses the country’s leading online shopping partner Flipkart which has already proven to be a successful online gadget sales partner with Moto G’s success and riding on the same, if Xiaomi provides a successful customer support and optimizes its supply chain (which is always its problem as Xiaomi usually runs out of devices in minutes), the company can become a giant smartphone vendor in India.

[via Mi India]

Spoiler: Nokia by Microsoft to launch Android Lumia Phone

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The What-could-be-the-most-bizarre-news-of-the-day is out from popular leakster Evleaks. And the news is, “Android-powered Lumia incoming, from Nokia by Microsoft”.

While Nokia by Microsoft is yet to launch a smartphone with the new branding, an Android-powered Lumia is unbelievable but Evleaks has been one of the most successful gadget leaker in recent times therefore the news can’t be left alone without believing.

nokia lumia android

Though Microsoft-acquired Nokia recently launched Android-powered Nokia X devices, the company’s argument on those devices is that to hit mid-range market with Fastlane enabled device so that Tile-based WP Metro UI can be easy-to-use for the same users who opt for high-end Flagship devices. But if Android-powered Lumia is true, Microsoft has derailed from the mission set earlier, indicating that the company is merely looking for revenue from those devices rather than establishing Windows Phone in the market.

And what’s for a typical gadget lover? You get a powerful Camera phone with your favourite OS (assuming Android it is!) but once again misses the-most-used Google Apps, thus leaving the users who bought it in a limbo between Android and WP. Hence Confusion prevails.

[Source Evleaks via GSM Arena]

No Moto 360, but LG G Watch & Samsung Gear Live available to buy in India

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After officially unveiling Android Wear in I/O Conference, Google showcased two OEM’s products – LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live and soon made it available in Google Play Store of 12 countries including India.
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Both LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live, with similar specifications running Android Wear (Google’s Android version for Wearables) are listed in Play Store at Rs 14,999 and Rs 15,900 respectively. While LG G Watch is already up for sale with July 8 availability, Samsung Gear Live is still under Pre-order with Coming soon tag.
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But behold, Moto 360 – the best is coming up soon. It doesn’t mean that these two smartwatches are bad, but Moto 360 is seriously awesome. It’s one of the best smartwatches available in the market and that’s why the wait is worthy.

If you are so eager to put Android Wear on your wrist, go with either of these LG G Watch or Samsung Gear Live, otherwise wait for Moto 360.

Cyanogen hires Pros from MSFT, Hulu, MTK – Revenue model still unknown

Cyanogen Inc Logo

Cyanogen Inc., the company, has strengthened its leadership team by hiring well-experienced professionals from big banners like Microsoft, Hulu, MediaTek.

Cyanogen Inc Logo

Kirt McMaster, CEO of Cyanogen Inc., announces three new VPs - Dave Herman, Tyler Carper and Vik Natarajan in the company blog post.

  • VP of Product is Dave Herman, a talented consumer services veteran who previously held leadership roles at Hulu, Amazon and Microsoft where he pioneered a number of loved products.
  • VP of Engineering Tyler Carper, most recently Director of Engineering at HTC responsible for the team that built many of their software innovations. He also ran a tour of duty at MSFT focused on Xbox.
  • VP Global Partnerships & Distribution, Vik Natarajan who joins us from MediaTek where he was VP Corporate Marketing, managing ecosystem partnerships globally for one of the worlds leading makers of SOCs. Prior to that he spent a number of years at Broadcom.

And he finishes by saying “More to come”. But wait, these are all big names! What could be their remuneration? Cyanogen Inc., isn’t such big to carry these big names neither they have a great business model (First of all, Do they have a B-Model?). But when these VPs are hired, they must have been told something about their future career path that means, Cyanogen Inc., has some revenue-model plans. Beyond Open Source enthusiasm, they have something else in mind and let’s hope that doesn’t disappoint the CyanogenMod community that made this AOSP a promising one.