Archive for May 25th, 2012

Indian Telecom Industry Registers Lowest Subscriber Addition in Last 2 Yrs

Posted on May 25, 2012. Filed under: India, Technology | Tags: , , , , , |

With exception of August 2011, subscriber addition of 6.50 million in the month of April is the lowest in the last two years. Airtel adds maximum subscribers.

GSM mobile operators managed to add 6.50 million new connections in April 2012,according to the latest figuresfrom COAI (Cellular operators association of India).

This is the lowest monthly addition in last two years, barring the month of August last year when the figure was slightly lower.
While the biggest contributing factor of this slow growth is saturation of Metro markets which contributed only .99 million subscribers this month,category B circles contributed the highest with more than 40 per cent of the net additions.
The other reason for this slow growth can also be attributed to the cancellation of licenses of players like Etisalat, Loop Telecom, Videocon, Uninor and Stel, which used to add significant chunk of new subscribers during last two years.
However, players like Uninor and MTS (a CDMA operator) continue to add subscribers despite Supreme Court cancelling their licenses. MTS added 0.2 million subscribers to its kitty last month while Uninor got 1.1 million new subscribers in April, making it the third successful player in terms of subscriber additions. Notably, Uninor had added 1.3million to its user kitty in March as well.

Other players like Etisalat, STel, Videocon, Loop Telecom have more or less stopped adding new subscribers.
In terms of net additions, Airtel has regained its place atthe top with 2.0 million net additions (it was number one in March too). Airtel had lost its No 1 status (in terms of subscriber additions) to Idea Cellular in first few months of 2012. Meanwhile, Idea has retained its No 2 position with 1.5 million net additions in April.
Public sector telecom operators continue to be in deep trouble even in terms of subscriber additions. MTNL lost 0.1 million subscribers while BSNL figures for this month was not available but it added only 0.9 million subscribers in the month of March.

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RIM BlackBerry Curve 9320 Launched for ₹ 15,990

Posted on May 25, 2012. Filed under: Mobile, Technology | Tags: , , , , , |

RIM has introduced new BlackBerry Curve 9320 smartphone that steps ahead of Curve 9220.

RIM India has announced the launch of its new BlackBerry Curve 9320 smartphone in India for Rs 15,990. The new BlackBerry Curve 9320 is almost the same handset as the Curve 9220 with the difference in the 3G network support, GPS and the camera. Rest specifications remain the same.
The new BlackBerry Curve 9320 features a 2.4-inch display that supports 320×240 pixel resolution. It houses a 512 MB ROM and 512MB RAM to make the BlackBerry 7.1 OS run smoothly on it. For additional storage, one can add up to 32GB memory card.
In terms of design, it looks quite different than the Curve 9220 and comes with metallic bezel on top and the bottom with curved edges. The Curve9320 supports HSDPA data speeds of up to 7.2 Mbps and also offers WiFi support.
This Curve 9320 features a single button access to the BlackBerrry Messenger without opening the menu. Alsoit features the GPS for geo-tagging and using location based services like Wikitude.
RIM has also added a 3.2 megapixel camera with LED Flash and image stabilisation feature for photography. Other features include Bluetooth 2.1, accelerometer, stereo FM with Radio, and 1450 mAh battery that promises continuous talk time of 7 hours.
RIM India will offer the Curve 9320 in five colours – Black, Blue, Fuchisia Pink, Pure White and Teal Blue.

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Google+ For Android Gets Spruced Up

Posted on May 25, 2012. Filed under: Mobile, Technology | Tags: , , , , , |

Redesigned interface for the Stream, better navigation and Hangout initiation from main menu added in the updated Google+ for Android.

The Android application of Google+, the social network app of Google, has got a major cosmetic face lift, giving a visual refresh to the main Stream pane and also improving the navigation. This update arrives immediately after the Google+ app for iOS was updated earlier this month.
The Google+ social network is currently trying to stay aheadin the game to compete with Facebook. Though Facebook may have a large user-base but its mobile apps continue to lack behind in terms of performance and pleasing user experience. That’s where Google+ team notices the opportunity and trying to make a better looking and simple to use Google+ app for Android and iOS devices.

Google+ for Android app update repaints the stream of the user to appear neater andmore appealing over the Android 4.0 ICS running devices. Though it may lack the parallax scrolling effect found in its iOS counterpart, this is certainly a welcome change along with improved navigation.
Users can initiate a Hangout session directly from the Main menu and even set a ringer notification for Hangouts. While going through the stream or your posts, you cannow also edit your posts and make corrections or add information to it.

The Messenger will now let you download the photos shared during the conversations and will even suggest people you may knowbased the ‘Friend of Friends’ basis.
To try out the updated Google+, download the application from Google Play store.

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Sony Launches Xperia U, P, And Sola; Prices Start From ₹ 17,400

Posted on May 25, 2012. Filed under: Mobile, Technology | Tags: , , |

Android 2.3 smartphones are meant to be entertainment devices, sport large touchscreens with the Mobile BRAVIA Engine.

Sony Mobile has launched three new Xperia smartphones – U , P , and s ola , in India today. This was the official launch after they were announced last month, when we had a chance to take a first look at the three models . They still come with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) , although the world has been moving fast to ICS. However, Sony says that an update will be made available by June this year.
The Xperia U and P smartphones with large touchscreens belong to the higher-end Xperia NXT line-up of next generation mobile phones, whereas the solais a mid-range phone. Meant to deliver a better multimedia experience, these phones feature the Mobile BRAVIA Engine .
The Xperia U comes with a3.5″ display with pixel dimensions of 854×480 and is powered by a 1 GHz dual-core CPU with 512 MB RAM. It sports a 5 MP auto-focus rear camera with LED flash anda secondary VGA camera for video calling. With 8 GB (4 GB user-accessible)internal memory it lacks amicroSD card slot for expandability. The XperiaP has a 4″ (960×540) touchscreen and is powered by the same CPUas the Xperia U. It comes with an 8 MP rear camera sporting LED flash in addition to a front VGA camera, and 16 GB (13 GBuser-accessible) internal memory, with no microSD expandability.
The Xperia sola is an NFC -ready model, and has a 3.7″ touchscreen. Powered by the same CPUas the other two models, it has 8 GB (5 GB user-accessible) internal memory, which is expandable to 32 GB. An additional 50 GB of lifetimecloud storage has been made available by the company with each of the models. The Sony Xperia U, P, and sola are priced at Rs 17,400, Rs 25,800, and Rs 20,500, respectively. The Xperia P will be launched later this month, while the other two models are available as of now.

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