Xiaomi to launch in 10 more countries this year, including India

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Xiaomi to launch in 10 more countries this year, including India

Xiaomi, the four-year-old smartphone company that sells more smartphones than Apple in China, is planning to sell its smartphones in 10 new markets this year. Lei Jun, Xiaomi's founder and CEO, aims to sell 100 million smartphones annually by 2015, Bloomberg reports. The ten new markets include India, Brazil and Russia along with a few South East Asian countries, Jun announced at a launch event in Beijing today. Hugo Barra, Xiaomi's VP for international markets had earlier mentioned the new markets and said Xiaomi wanted to first launch in South East Asia followed by India and then Latin America. More →
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HTC says it “has no intention” to buy Nokia’s Chennai manufacturing plant

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HTC says it “has no intention” to buy Nokia’s Chennai manufacturing plant

HTC has denied it has any intentions to acquire Nokia's Chennai manufacturing plant. The facility, which is one of the largest in the world, is in the middle of a tax controversy with the Indian government. Reports in the Indian media yesterday had suggested HTC could look at acquiring the plant. More →
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WhatsApp has over 48 million monthly active users in India

By on April 23, 2014 at 12:39 AM.

WhatsApp has over 48 million monthly active users in India

WhatsApp has more than 48 million monthly active users in India, WhatsApp's "business guy" Neeraj Arora told BGR India. WhatsApp is the world's most popular mobile messaging service after SMS with more than half-a-billion monthly active users globally. India is among the fastest growing markets for the service along with Brazil, Mexico and Russia. More →
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WhatsApp crosses 500 million monthly active users in less than 5 years of its inception

By , on April 22, 2014 at 11:42 PM.

WhatsApp crosses 500 million monthly active users in less than 5 years of its inception

WhatsApp today announced it has crossed 500 million monthly active users. It took the mobile messaging service less than five years to achieve the milestone since Jan Koum and Brian Acton founded the service in June 2009. WhatsApp says Brazil, India, Russia and Mexico are its fastest growing markets. Users are sending more than 700 million photos and 100 million videos over WhatsApp every single day. More →
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Apple iOS 7.1.1 update released for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

By on April 22, 2014 at 10:58 PM.

Apple iOS 7.1.1 update released for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

Apple has released a new update for iOS 7 - iOS 7.1.1. The OTA update is a minor one over iOS 7.1, which was released last month. Many users had then complained about faster battery drain while iPhone 4S users complained about not being able to connect to Wi-Fi networks. The release notes for the update, however does not mention any of these as important bug fixes. The update is compatible with the iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPhone 4s and iPhone 4, as well as recent iPad and iPod touch models. More →
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Inside Amazon’s smartphone: Unique 3D UI revealed

By on April 22, 2014 at 9:27 PM.

Inside Amazon’s smartphone: Unique 3D UI revealed

Our colleagues at BGR Classic earlier exclusively revealed the first photos of Amazon's upcoming smartphone with six cameras. Today they have the exclusive details of how the 3D UI on the smartphone will work. It turns out that the hardware enabled 3D effects are just the tip of the iceberg and it will be baked deeply into how users will interact with the phone. More →
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There are some ideas Apple doesn’t mind Samsung copies

By on April 22, 2014 at 3:58 PM.

There are some ideas Apple doesn’t mind Samsung copies

Apple today released a few videos emphasizing its efforts in the areas of clean energy including the "Better" video ad with Tim Cook's voice over and another showing how Apple Campus 2 will be one of the greenest office spaces in the world. Along with these, Apple has released a tongue in cheek print ad campaign targeted at Samsung, essentially saying it won't mind if the Korean company too copies the steps Apple has taken for a greener planet. More →
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Nokia’s Chennai manufacturing plant’s fate remains uncertain ahead of April 25 deadline

By on April 21, 2014 at 8:28 PM.

Nokia’s Chennai manufacturing plant’s fate remains uncertain ahead of April 25 deadline

Nokia and Microsoft today announced that the acquisition of Nokia's devices and services unit is finally expected to close on April 25. While the deal is almost done, the fate Nokia's Chennai manufacturing facility, which is also one of its largest, hangs in a state of limbo. The plant is in the centre of a tax row and has been frozen by Indian authorities. More →
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HTC confirms it is launching a smartwatch and tablet this year

By on April 21, 2014 at 7:38 PM.

HTC confirms it is launching a smartwatch and tablet this year

HTC is gearing up for an aggressive product portfolio for 2014. Apart from its flagship One (M8) and some smartphones in the Desire series that were launched in India today, HTC will launch multiple smartphones between the Rs 8,000-Rs 50,000 price segment, Chialin Chang, President, Global Sales and CFO, told BGR India in an interview today. Apart from launching smartphones, HTC will also launch a smartwatch and a tablet later this year, Chang revealed. More →
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End of an era: Nokia to be renamed Microsoft Mobile after acquisition

By on April 21, 2014 at 9:35 AM.

End of an era: Nokia to be renamed Microsoft Mobile after acquisition

Nokia's handset and services business will be known as Microsoft Mobile Oy, Nokia said in a mail sent out to existing users with a Nokia account. Microsoft and Nokia are expected to close the $7.2 billion acquisition before the end of this month, which would mark the end of Nokia as we know it. However, Nokia will continue to exist with its telecom networks and infrastructure business NSN, its mapping and location based services HERE and its Advanced Technologies business that handles its IP and patents. Microsoft Mobile Oy will become a subsidiary of Microsoft Corp. More →
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