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Exclusive: Flipkart to launch its own branded smartphones in India

By on March 11, 2014 at 6:07 PM.

Exclusive: Flipkart to launch its own branded smartphones in India

Indian online retailer, Flipkart, is set to launch its own branded smartphones, BGR India learns. The online retailer has been in talks with various chipset vendors for almost two years but has finally decided to go ahead with its plans. More →
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Exclusive: Former Apple CEO John Sculley to launch smartphone brand in India

By on March 5, 2014 at 1:04 PM.

Exclusive: Former Apple CEO John Sculley to launch smartphone brand in India

Former Apple CEO John Sculley is planning on launching a new smartphone brand in India. The yet unnamed brand will be led by Ajay Sharma, who was heading Micromax’s smartphone division and was also at one time HTC’s India head. They will launch a series of smartphones and a few feature phones, with the first device expected to launch in April this year. More →
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Uber to launch in Mumbai today

By on February 21, 2014 at 4:00 PM.

Uber to launch in Mumbai today

Uber is launching in Mumbai today in testing phase, BGR India has exclusively learned. The premium car pick up service will initially launch around South Mumbai (Town) and around Bandra. Uber will ramp it up to other parts of the city eventually. Mumbai will be the fifth Indian city where Uber has launched its services, making it the country with the most number of cities where Uber has launched outside of the United States. More →
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Nokia seeds its Android smartphone to developers in India, launch pegged around IPL

By on February 17, 2014 at 12:21 PM.

Nokia seeds its Android smartphone to developers in India, launch pegged around IPL

If you had any doubts whether Nokia was indeed planning to launch an Android smartphone and was simply bluffing Microsoft into buying the company, lay them to rest. BGR India has exclusively learned that Nokia has started seeding the smartphone, codenamed Normandy, to developers in India. The company also shared some launch plans for the smartphone that includes a marketing blitz around IPL in early-April, multiple people BGR India spoke to have confirmed. More →
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BlackBerry BBM boss gone as company looks to strengthen enterprise business

By on February 10, 2014 at 6:21 PM.

BlackBerry BBM boss gone as company looks to strengthen enterprise business

BGR has learned from multiple sources at BlackBerry that Executive Vice President Andrew Bocking is no longer with the company. What is unconfirmed, however, is whether Bocking was fired or decided to leave on his own accord. One source of ours tells us he was let go and that BlackBerry is rolling up the BBM group into the enterprise unit and that Andrew was displeased with BlackBerry as whole, replacing his personal phone with an Android phone instead of using one of BlackBerry’s products. Another source of ours, however, firmly denies Andrew was fired and that him leaving is “a big loss” for the BBM division and he was poached by a competitor. Either way, this doesn’t bode too well for one of BlackBerry’s only remaining products that’s still of interest. We reached out to BlackBerry and they provided the following statement to BGR:
I can confirm that Andrew Bocking, EVP, BBM has made the decision to leave BlackBerry. We thank him for his years of leadership and contribution.
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Flipkart: Traffic for Moto G launch higher than Diwali sales

By on February 6, 2014 at 6:18 PM.

Flipkart: Traffic for Moto G launch higher than Diwali sales

Buying a Moto G has been a frustrating experience for many buyers considering the stocks of the 16GB variant has sold out twice in a matter of minutes. Many buyers have also reported that Flipkart was now delaying some orders by a week. Well, it is not just the potential buyers who are frustrated but even Flipkart that finds itself in unfamiliar territory. More →
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Micromax smartphone biz head quits, probably headed to Oppo

By on January 28, 2014 at 6:59 PM.

Micromax smartphone biz head quits, probably headed to Oppo

Micromax's smartphone business head, Ajay Sharma, has quit the company, BGR India has learnt. Sharma had joined Micromax in December 2011 from HTC, where he was heading the Taiwanese smartphone vendor's India ops. BGR India spoke to Sharma, who confirmed he had put in his papers at Micromax but did not reveal his next move. More →
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No bonus for Nokia’s handset biz employees even as Elop pockets $25 million for Microsoft sale

By on January 28, 2014 at 3:17 PM.

No bonus for Nokia’s handset biz employees even as Elop pockets $25 million for Microsoft sale

Nokia has decided not to give any performance bonus to its employees from the devices and services unit for 2013, BGR India has exclusively learnt. The news was posted on Nokia's intranet on Friday. The company cited that "the business did not meet the threshold on operating profitability, which was to at least break even." This is the same division that Nokia has sold to Microsoft and is expecting the deal to close in this quarter itself, according to statements issued in Nokia's Q4 2013 results. BGR India has a copy of the memo posted on Nokia's intranet. More →
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Here’s why Microsoft needs Nokia to make Android smartphones

By on January 3, 2014 at 12:45 PM.

Here’s why Microsoft needs Nokia to make Android smartphones

Nokia's first Android smartphone, codenamed Normandy, is inching closer to launch with a possibility of it being unveiled at next month's MWC, sources close to the project told BGR India. The project is going full steam ahead and could redefine the company's Asha range of phones. More →
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Xolo LT900 4G LTE enabled smartphone to launch in November in India

By on October 27, 2013 at 1:16 PM.

Xolo LT900 4G LTE enabled smartphone to launch in November in India

A few months back Micromax was reported to be working on a 4G LTE smartphone and now Xolo is also set to debut a 4G LTE enabled smartphone called the LT900 in India. The company has confirmed it to BGR India that they are working on a 4G-enabled smartphone and will be launching it as early as in the first week of November in India. More →
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