Homegrown mobile handset maker Lava International is keen to tap the "vacuum" in the sub-10K category, as most Chinese smartphone majors are moving above this price segment. "The current Chinese handset majors, who had earlier disrupted the category with aggressive pricing, are now gradually turning to the over-Rs 10,000 smartphone segment. We want to tap
Intex, the homegrown smartphone brand, was once on the second spot in terms of sales volume in India. The firm is now struggling to remain in the top ten smartphone brands, as competition from China and beyond has won over the Indian consumer base. Now, Intex is readying for another entry with a new smartphone
Reliance Jio has launched the successor to its popular JioPhone at its Annual General Meeting, called the JioPhone 2. The next-generation feature phone is meant to carry on the philosophy of the original JioPhone, offering entry-level and first-time users a richer feature phone experience when using the Jio 4G network. The JioPhone 2 will be
With feature phones like Nokia 8110, Nokia 3300, JioPhone among other gaining so much popularity, Jolla has taken the opportunity to unveil the third version of what it calls the world's only alternative mobile operating system. At MWC 2018, Jolla announced Sailfish 3 OS, which is aimed to serve 4G feature phones exclusively. The rollout
When it comes to smartphone sales, there was a three percent decline in India in the fourth quarter of 2017 owing to a proliferation of low-priced 4G feature phones, like Reliance JioPhone that hit smartphone sales hard, German research firm GfK said on Thursday. "Emerging Asia saw smartphone sales of 58.6 million units in 4Q17,
The Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY) has reportedly extended the deadline for handset makers to provide support for Indian languages in their devices by four months. The deadline, which was initially set for October 1, is now pushed till February 1, 2018, a move which is expected to see more devices sold in the country supporting local languages.
Feature phones supporting features like Wi-Fi and 4G have been the talk in India for some time now and finally, we have a feature phone support Wi-Fi. Ziox Mobiles, a local feature phone manufacturer, has announced the Ziox S333 Wi-Fi feature phone and as the name suggests, the device supports Wi-Fi connectivity. However, the feature phone does not support the one function that has been much talked about - 4G. The announcement from Ziox comes right before Reliance Jio is expected to announce a Reliance 4G feature phone.
Even though 4G-enabled smartphones are growing in popularity in India, feature phones still continue to form a major chunk of the Indian mobile space. According to recent reports, upgradation from feature phones to smartphones have been slower than expected. It is mainly because of the lack of good smartphones that would match the price of the feature phones. While it appears that the base price for smartphones aren't going to go down in the near future, companies are now targeting the feature phones segment by offering basic phones with more value additions, particularly LTE connectivity. Reliance Jio is believed to be working on launching a slew of 4G feature phones whereas chipmaker Speadtrum has also shown interest in the segment and aims to bring down price of feature phones to Rs 1,500.
A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to meet Motorola MD Sudhin Mathur. My first question was whether there were plans to launch a 4G-enabled feature phone. He declined. I must admit, I was surprised that such smartphone giants neither had plans to reach out to the majority of mobile phone users in India nor showed any intentions of lowering the price of their smartphone models to match feature phones. In my opinion, it s tantamount to turning blind eye to the real issues that mar India s mobile phone space.
Domestic handset maker Intex Technologies on Tuesday launched two new feature phones -- Turbo Selfie+ and Ultra 4000i -- at Rs 1,490 and Rs 1,790, respectively. Turbo Selfie+ has a 2.4-inch thin film transistor (TFT) screen and dual camera with LED flash, while Ultra 4000i has a 2.8-inch TFT screen that bring photos and videos alive with their brilliant display.
Micromax has today launched a new series of feature smartphones called Joy. The Joy X1800 and Joy X1850 are priced at Rs 699 and Rs 749 respectively. The talking point however is that the Indian smartphone vendor has used plastic pouches to package these phones.
Never mind Bing and Xbox. What the heck is Microsoft s new CEO going to do about its feature phone unit that is churning out 200 million low-end handsets a year? The dilemma here is that Nokia s handset unit has two very disparate parts: feature phones and smartphones.
Truecaller will now allow users to choose what information comes up on its global phone directory by creating individual profiles on its website. Landline and feature phone users too can create such a profile by visiting the Truecaller website.