Nokia’s cheapest camera phone launched

Nokia's Cheapest Camera Phone

Nokia’s Cheapest Camera Phone

Currently, Nokia 114 is the company’s cheapest camera mobile phone. It sells in India for Rs 2499.

Nokia has announced the launch of a new low cost mobile phone, Nokia 108. It has both single SIM and dual SIM variants.
The Nokia 108 single SIM is priced at $29 or Rs 1,800 approximately; thus it is likely to be priced at around Rs 2,200 in India – making it the cheapest camera phone of Nokia. The price of its dual SIM variant is likely to be around the same.

The Nokia 108 device features a 1.8 inch colour display and supports FM radio and MP3 playback. Along with that the Nokia 108 also features Bluetooth connectivity and Nokia’s very own Slam functionality. While using Slam, users can transfer data and images with other Slam capable devices by just a touch of the devices, somewhat similar to NFC. Along with that as its signature feature the Nokia 108 comes with a VGA camera at the back capable of capturing images in 640 x 48-0 pixel resolution, great for snappers who have a very little budget.The major advantages of the Nokia 108 is its battery back up – the single SIM variant provides 31 day standby time while the dual SIM version claims to have 28 day standby. The Nokia 108 also comes with 32 GB expandable storage slot (micro SD).The Nokia 108 carries simple yet functional Nokia design with its soft rounded corners and raised island keys, making it great to use. It will be available in red, white, black, yellow and cyan colours.

The new device will soon be making its way to the retail markets globally, including India but the final date of retail availability is not yet revealed by the company.

Samsung Galaxy Gear Smart Watch price, release date and specs

The Samsung ‘Galaxy Gear’ Smartwatch may have already been beaten by Sony’s Smartwatch 2 but it is hoping to take the wind out of Apple’s sails come September

Samsung Galaxy Gear Watch

Samsung Galaxy Gear Watch

The Samsung ‘Galaxy Gear’ Smart watch has been long rumoured ever since the launch of Sony’s SmartWatch 2 with the release date, pricing and the specs all pondered over.

Whilst news relating to Samsung’s Android-powered smart watch remains slim what we do know is that the company will be looking to make an impact this year following the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S4.

Apple are also set to unveil a new iPhone this September so Samsung will no doubt be looking to steal some of the thunder and what better way than with a smart watch.

With smartwear now becoming ever more popular thanks to fitness trackers like the Fitbit Flex and Nike Fuelband smartphone companies have also realised the potential of wrist-worn technology with Sony being one of the first major smartphone manufacturers to start producing a smart watch which will act as a portal to your device.

It comes as no coincidence that as smartphones get bigger we become more and more reliant on using other technology to gain quick access to out emails, texts and calls.

With ‘phablets’ like the  Sony Xperia Z Ultra and the rumoured Samsung Galaxy Note 3 proving that customers are just as interested in screen real estate as they are portability companies have started to look at new ways of interacting with our smartphones without ever having to take them out of our pockets.

Read our Best Smartwatches feature to see the best smart watches of the last 30 years and discover why we’ve become obsessed with controlling the world through wearable tech.

It’ll probably be called the Samsung Galaxy Gear

Unless Samsung is creating one of the biggest  tech diversions in history we’re pretty sure that it’ll be calling its smart watch the Samsung Galaxy Gear after it was reported that the company had filed for the trademark ‘Galaxy Gear’ in both Europe and the US.

With Sony already coining the phrase ‘SmartWatch’ Samsung will no doubt been looking at a way of placing their own unique stamp on the smartwatch market.

Galaxy Gear will come in five different colours

SamMobile are up to their usual tricks and have managed to get insider information on the launch of the Galaxy Gear which confirms that Samsung’s Smart Watch will launch in five different colours.

Initially available in White, Grey, Orange and Black the companion to Samsung’s range of Galaxy tablets and smartphones will then be available in a special White and Gold a week later. It’s not clear if this will be limited to certain regions or if it’ll be a global special edition.

Samsung Galaxy Gear will have a price around £200

This is nowhere near confirmed but by looking at the current market you’re able to guage how much any technology company will price their products in relation to the competition.

For example the Sony SmartWatch 2 costs £159.00 on Expansys whilst the Nike Fuelband costs around £129. If Samsung is looking to release a product that is as flagship as the Samsung Galaxy S4 or the Note 3 then it’ll need to be not only premium in the specs department but also an investment financially.

Taking into account the current rumours which point at some pretty high specs along with a considerable amount of connectivity including Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC it would be reasonable to assume that Samsung will price it slightly above Sony’s own effort which is, at present, the only main competition.

Samsung will announce the Galaxy Gear release date at Samsung Unpacked

SamMobile believe they have confirmed reports that Samsung will not only unveil the Galaxy Gear (SM-V700) but also the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 ahead of theIFA 2013 tech conference in Berlin.

It’s believed the Galaxy Gear will act as a companion device for other Galaxy devices like the Galaxy S4, Note 2 and Note 3 and possibly even Samsung’s Galaxy tablet range including the Galaxy Tab 8.0.

The Samsung Galaxy Gear will run Android

Galaxy Gear specs have been pretty thin on the ground but what we can say with relative certainty is that it will be running a heavily skinned version of Android.

Samsung’s smart watch could also feature a flexible screen after Samsung’s patent filings revealed their plans for a device which would feature a flexible display that would wrap around the users wrist.

The images show a device with a long screen which would bend around the wrist along with two standard Android soft keys at the bottom as found on Samsung’s smartphones.

One of the more interesting specs that has been leaked via the patent is the news that the Galaxy Gear will be able to access the internet, send messages and make calls without pairing it to your smartphone suggesting that the device will actually support mobile networks via what would almost certainly have to be a Nano SIM.

5 things we’ve learned about the future of wearables from Samsung’s Galaxy Gear

VentureBeat got an exclusive early look at Samsung’s upcoming smartwatch, the Galaxy Gear, over the weekend.

5 things we’ve learned about the future of wearables from Samsung’s Galaxy Gear

5 things we’ve learned about the future of wearables from Samsung’s Galaxy Gear

It’s a chunky, ugly block of a thing, even accounting for the fact that the model we saw (and got photos of) is just a prototype, as VentureBeat reporter Christina Farr reported.

But even in its unfinished state, Samsung’s Galaxy Gear tells us a lot about where the emerging smartwatch industry is going. Here are five conclusions we can already draw about smartwatches and wearable tech.

Smartwatches are big devices

According to our source as well as other publications, the prototype is not far from what the real thing will look like. It probably won’t have exposed screws on the front: That’s an unfinished-looking detail that might make sense on a Casio G-Shock watch, but this doesn’t fit in with Samsung’s overall approach to gadget design. It may have different colors and a different skin; it may even have a slightly different shape.

But the basics will likely be just as we reported: a 3-inch-diagonal slab on top of your wrist, with a 2.5-inch OLED screen embedded in it. It will have a camera (4 megapixels), accelerometers, Android apps, and both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for connecting to the Internet and to your phone.

And thanks to recent court decisions, the face of the watch will probably be a rounded rectangle.

Reports on battery life differ: Our source told us it would last about 10 hours, but others are saying 24 hours of normal use and just 10 hours when under heavy use. We’ll have to wait until we have our hands on a production model and can fully test it to know for sure.

It’s not clear who wants to wear a giant, 3-inch chunk of metal and plastic on their wrist. People with skinny wrists, not so much.

That’s why many people have their hopes pinned on Apple’s upcoming news conference on Sept. 10, where they hope to see the Cupertino iPhone maker unveil its own smartwatch. Presumably Apple, even in the faded-glory Tim Cook days, would never embarrass itself by shipping something so huge and blocky as Samsung’s Galaxy Gear.

But even Apple will be limited by physics to a certain extent. As it discovered with its now-defunct square iPod Nano, the smallest you can conceivably make a touchscreen is about two inches square — and even that is a little too small to be usable. But a two-inch-square screen is still going to make for a rather bulky watch, by wristwatch standards.

Wearable tech is fitness-focused

One thing is clear: Samsung is making fitness and health tracking a big part of its push into wearable technology.

It’s a smart choice, since fitness is the route through which wearables have entered the market most successfully so far. To the extent that people are “wearing” technology, it’s been through fitness-tracking bracelets like Nike’s Fuelband, not geek-chic eyewear like Google Glass.

Nike’s Fuelbands are everywhere. Competitors, including the Fitbit Flex and the Jawbone Up, have sprouted up. The Basis watch is closer to a modern smartwatch in that it has a full-blown display.

But while they have their fans, more generic “smartwatches” like the Pebble haven’t taken off to the same extent. The Pebble enhances your experience of using a phone, but it’s not a fitness device.

Samsung’s focus on fitness stands in contrast to Sony, which has its own Android SmartWatch product (which almost no one is using, as far as I know — I’ve never seen one in the wild). Sony’s product does offer fitness apps, but it’s primarily a notification device that enhances your phone by giving you a miniature display that can alert you to incoming calls and texts, help you place calls, etc.

It turns out that people are more willing to put something on their wrist if it helps them achieve fitness goals than if it simply helps them use their smartphones.

Wearable tech is on the wrist

There’s another approach to getting people to wear technology: Embed it into something like your eyeglasses, giving you an omnipresent heads-up display.

But while Google Glass has provoked a lot of excited experimentation and speculation, it has also provoked an equally excited backlash. And “smart glasses” are far less ubiquitous than fitness bands.

The reason for that is clear: Putting something on your wrist is a smaller commitment than putting something on your head.

At a conference earlier this year, Cook made some guardedly positive comments about Google Glass.

But he said, “From a mainstream point of view, this [pointing at his head] is difficult.”

Some day, we may all be wearing heads-up displays that enable us to discreetly Google people as we meet them. But for now, the technology is simply too intrusive-looking and too odd to pass muster with the mainstream — no matter how many Vogue fashion features Google Glass appears in.

In the near term, the wrist is where it’s at for wearables.

Thanks to Samsung and the anticipated entrance of Apple into the smartwatch market, Juniper Research recently estimated that smartwatch sales would jump from 1 million units this year to 36 million in 2018. That’s a typical wild-eyed analyst guess, but it does give some sense of the potential for growth in this market.

Wearables will reshape the health industry

Wrist-mounted computers or smartwatches will eventually prove to be an enormous boon for the health industry, because of their potential to help individuals collect data on their physical activity, motivate them to exercise more, and provide health care companies with real, personal data.

Today, smartwatches and fitness bands can track physical activity through the most basic metrics, such as steps. With more sophisticated accelerometers and algorithms, the Fuelband can make a guess at what kind of activity you’re actually doing. Some devices, like the Basis watch, track heart rate.

Future sensors could enable smartwatches to track things like your blood oxygenation level, muscle activation, posture, and more. In some cases, these may require additional sensors located on other parts of your body: an oxygenation sensor on the tip of your toe, a posture sensor taped to your back, and so forth.

“I envision the iWatch as a sensor network,” Tan Rao, the founder of a wearables startup called Sensing Strip, told VentureBeat recently while speculating about a future Apple smartwatch. “The master sensor will likely be located on the wrist.”

Privacy, of course, becomes a huge issue when devices are gathering such intimate data on what your body is doing. The data becomes valuable for diagnosis, prevention, and fitness when you can share it with your doctor and your personal trainer — but you want to make sure it doesn’t get used to deny you a job, turn you down for medical coverage, or get posted to public networks without your permission.

“No one has created standards around that; no one is digging deep on the privacy side,” said Missy Krasner, an executive in residence at Morgenthaler Ventures, in the same VentureBeat article.

Wearables will need data standards

Finally, with so many competitors in the wearables sector, we need ways to connect them to one another. It’s an issue we already face with the proliferation of fitness apps: I can use RunKeeper on my iPhone, Android phone, or via a web page, but I can’t get RunKeeper’s data to sync with MapMyFitness.

Similarly, if I’m using a Nike Fuelband, I can’t get its obnoxiously proprietary “Fuel” points to translate into data that is usable by other fitness-tracking apps.

After Samsung releases a smartwatch, there will be one more player on the market providing a device that generates data. Is it too much to hope that this data will be easy to integrate into other fitness applications?

The fact that Samsung’s Galaxy Gear is Android-based suggests that interoperability might, in fact, be on its way.

But don’t hold your breath for Apple’s iWatch, if it appears next week, to interoperate with data from the Galaxy Gear — or vice versa.

What this industry needs, if it’s going to grow beyond a few niche products for enthusiasts, is some way to collect all this data, integrate it, and share it — securely, while respecting the privacy preferences of each individual — and feed it into larger health care and fitness-management programs.


Micromax Canvas Ego A113 with Android Jelly Bean and 4.7-inch display available on preorder for Rs 12,999

Micromax’s new Android handset, the Canvas Ego A113, has been spotted selling on preorders at an online store for Rs 12,999. Though Micromax has not yet officially launched the Canvas Ego A113, the company has lately preferred to launch smartphones on e-commerce portals. Recently the company had unveiled the Canvas Fun A74 and Canvas Doodle 2 in a similar way.

Features-wise, the Micromax Canvas Ego A113 is a dual-SIM compatible smartphone, which comes with a 4.7-inch display. The phone comes with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, packs in a 1.2GHz quad-core processor with 1GB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage expandable up to 32GB using microSD card and has an 8-megapixel rear camera with auto-focus and an LED flash, and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. Other features include connectivity options Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS, A-GPS and 3G support, sensors like gravity, proximity sensor, and a 2,000mAh battery with up to 5 hours of talk time.

At this price point, the phone will be facing tough competition from options like Xolo Play T1000 which packs in Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, a 4.7-inch 720p display and is now available for approximately Rs 13,500.

8 Amazing Laser Virtual Keyboard

When it comes to today’s keyboard, the latest craze is those that work virtually; thereby eliminating the need for a physical keyboard. All you need is to carry a tiny device, which fits easily inside your pocket that laser-project a keyboard on any flat surface. Some models even come with the simulated key click sounds for that real-keyboard experience. Here are the amazing laser virtual keyboard being offered today and see the reason why they can easily replace the standard keyboards today.

8. The i.Tech Virtual Keyboard

8. The i.Tech Virtual Keyboard

Known for its compact and sleek form, the Virtual laser keyboard (VKB) utilizes the power of laser and infrared technology to project a full-size keyboard onto any flat surface. Using a detection technology based on optical recognition, it enables users to tap the images of the keys, compete with realistic tapping sounds, which will be fed into the Bluetooth-enabled devices such as PDAs, laptops, PCs and smart phones.

7. Celluon Magic Cube Laser Projection Keyboard and Touchpad

7. Celluon Magic Cube Laser Projection Keyboard and Touchpad

This revolutionary accessory is lauded as the only keyboard that can work in total darkness. Perfectly suitable for your smart phone, PDA, Mac, tablet and PC or any device that runs on Bluetooth HID. Just the size of an ordinary lighter, it uses a laser beam to generate a full-size fully operating laser keyboard that instantly connect to a number of mobile devices. It works exactly like an ordinary keyboard and comes with a rechargeable battery for 150 minutes of continuous typing.

6. Celluon Magic Cube Virtual Keyboard

6. Celluon Magic Cube Virtual Keyboard

The Magic Cube Virtual Keyboard is a very cool and useful keyboard that can be used for all devices that have Bluetooth capability including your Mac, PC, laptops, android devices and iOS devices. The keyboard is fairly easy to use except for the period, which is located toward the top right side. For first-time users, the keyboard takes some getting used to. You will notice that it will not pick up strokes until you actually touch the projected key. You will also think that it will pick up the wrong keys all the time just because your fingers are hovering passed it.

5. Celluon Magic Cube Bluetooth Virtual Keyboard and Mouse

5. Celluon Magic Cube Bluetooth Virtual Keyboard and Mouse

With small and easy-to-integrate components, this compact laser keyboard can be integrated into a number of devices without significantly increasing their power consumption. It has large keys and offers the familiar QWERTY layout that even allows for input speed of 50wpm for those who have advanced typing skills, which is very similar to the physical standard keyboard. One of its major benefits is the ease of usage since it provides a comfortable way of entering data due to its ergonomic design.

4. Celluon Magic Cube Full-size Laser Projection Keyboard for iPhone and iPad

4. Celluon Magic Cube Full-size Laser Projection Keyboard for iPhone and iPad

Made possible through the incorporation of the 3D Electronic Perception Technology (EPT), which tracks your finger movement and translates them into keystrokes in the device;  the portable keyboard provides a number of benefits including fast and accurate data input for iPhone and iPad users. It also sets a new benchmark in mobile input performance as it allows for input speed greater than the 50wpm with similar error rates to that of the standard keyboard. Other features include ease of use due to its ergonomic design, the mouse mode that allows your fingers to be use as a mouse; and also includes a 700mAh built-in rechargeable battery that runs for 150 minutes of typing.

3. Celluon Laserkey

3. Celluon Laserkey

The Celluon Laserkey C800BT has ‘wow factor’ with its laser-projected keyboard that works well with any flat surface and is travel-friendly as well. It does not give much trouble setting up and also possesses a compact form factor in its 3.6 x 1.4-inch 3.8 oz size as it can easily fit into your bag, which also comes with a carrying case. It is also easy to use with its minimal controls and even stays on even if it is accidentally knocked over. A small LED on top blinks orange if you are low on battery, while another LED blinks blue for Bluetooth.

2. Celluon Magic Cube

2. Celluon Magic Cube

Sleek and stylish with no moving parts, the Celluon Magic Cube allows you to type on any white opaque surface so you can send an email or text message on your tablet or smart phone. Perfect for laptop users as well, you can quickly and accurately input text and data where 50wpm can be achieved and allows for surfing the net on-the-go as well. The Magic Cube is a portable laser-projected full-size keyboard and mouse that runs on the EPT infrared technology. It is compatible for use with any mobile devices from iPads, iPods, tablets, desktop PCs, and smart phones that support the Bluetooth technology.

1. Virtual Keyboard

1. Virtual Keyboard

The virtual keyboard uses a revolutionary laser technology that projects a virtual keyboard to any surface. It has an advanced optics track that can be connected to any mobile devices via Bluetooth wireless technology from smart phones, laptops, or tablet. Its keychain design also makes it super portable. With the Brookstone You touch, you can transform any flat surface into your very own workstation.

Galaxy S4 Mini up for pre-order on Samsung’s e-store

The mini version of Samsung‘s latest flagship smartphone, S4, is expected to hit store shelves by end of this week.

Galaxy S4 Mini up for pre-order on Samsung's e-store

Samsung’s recently announced Galaxy S4 Mini is now available for pre-order in India via the company’s e-store. The smartphone has also appeared on other Indian online retailer Flipkart  as ‘coming soon’. As per Samsung’s e-store listing, the expected date of smartphone availability is July 18. The S4 Mini is priced at Rs. 27,990.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini was officially announced for the Indian market last week. The smartphone features a 4.3-inch qHD display with 960 x 540 pixel resolution. It runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean skinned with TouchWiz and is powered by a 1.7GHz dual-core processor along with 1.5GB of RAM.

The Galaxy S4 Mini has 8GB of built-in storage, expandable up to 64GB via a microSD card. The rear of the smartphone houses an 8MP camera and the front has a 1.9MP video-calling camera. The S4 mini supports Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.0, GPS and NFC that will be available on the LTE version only – in terms of its connectivity options. The phone also comes with an IR blaster that lets you use the smartphone as a universal remote.

Samsung had showcased the Galaxy S4 Zoom along with the S4 Mini last week. So far, there’s no word on the availability of the S4 Zoom. The smartphone sports a 16MP backside illuminated CMOS sensor and 10x zoom. Samsung has bundled 25 different scene modes in the smartphone/camera hybrid including “HDR,” “panorama,” “night” and more.

Other important features of the S4 Zoom include 4.3-inch display with a 960×540 pixel resolution, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and 8GB built-in storage.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini listed on Samsung’s e-store

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini listed on Flipkart

Swipe MTV Slash, 7-inch Android 4.1 phablet launched at Rs. 9,490

Swipe Telecom unveiled its thinnest 7-inch budget phablet (they call it a “fablet”).

Swipe MTV Slash, 7-inch Android 4.1 phablet launched at Rs. 9,490

Swipe Telecom unveiled its thinnest 7-inch budget phablet (they call it a “fablet”) – Swipe MTV Slash, which is running on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system, in association with MTV India in Mumbai. The US-based company has already introduced a range of 14 tablets in India, including its latest MTV Volt 1000 sometime ago, which is available for Rs. 11,999.

The Slash features an ultra-slim 7-inch of capacitive touch screen display with a resolution of 1024×600. It is powered by 1GHz dual-core processor, and features a 3000mAh polymer battery. It packs 1GB DDR3 RAM and 4GB of internal storage, which is expandable up to 32GB. It has a 5-megapixel rear camera with LED Flash and a 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera.

The tablet was launched at the hands of VJ Anusha and VJ Chinapa. Both celebrities tried showcasing some of the tablet’s important features such as internal and expandable memory, processor, and built-in connectivity features like support for 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 etc. There was also a rather well choreographed performance, of which we’ll be putting up the video soon. (No, sadly it’s not reminiscent of Ranveer Singh‘s Samsung style debacle)

Also present at the launch was Shripal Gandhi, Founder and CEO at Swipe Telecom. “We at Swipe are yet again excited to be associated with MTV for the launch of this new Fablet. After Volt and Volt 1000, MTV Slash definitely takes the user interface experience to the next level,” he said.

The device has built-in support for Bluetooth 4.0, dual SIM and dual standby, along with 3G connectivity.

Swipe has co branded their devices from the onset and from MTV’s side at the event was Aditya Swamy, EVP and Business Head. “Super performance at a super price…that’s what young people want and that is exactly what the MTV Slash Fablet is. After a very successful start to our partnership with Swipe Telecom, we have now moved to a brand + content leverage. Slash now comes fully loaded with the MTV experience and is embedded across the MTV ecosystem. So now you will never be far from MTV, in fact it will be right in your palm,” he said.

Swipe MTV Slash is priced at Rs. 9,490, and already available for purchase on Snapdeal. It will be available on some of the other leading online portals like Flipkart, eBay, and Infibeam very soon. Stay tuned for our full review as soon as the tablet arrives at our test labs.

VJ Anusha & VJ Nikhil at the launch of MTV Slash by Swipe

Tanmay is a Digit Squad member and can be reached @techtsp

Xolo Q600 quad-core Android 4.2 Jelly Bean smartphone launched at Rs. 8,999

Xolo has added another quad-core smartphone to its portfolio. The device runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, has a 4.5-inch display and is priced at Rs. 8,999.

Xolo Q600 quad-core Android 4.2 Jelly Bean smartphone launched at Rs. 8,999

Xolo is rising to the top of the budget smartphone makers list. with the launch of quite a few interesting devices in the past such as theXolo Q1000Q800Q700A1000X1000 and many more. Today, it has added yet another smartphone to its portfolio, the Q600 priced at Rs. 8,999. The device boasts of a 4.5-incch display and runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. As of writing this article, the device isn’t available on online shopping websites such as flipkart, saholic or infibeam but is available on snapdeal.

The 4.5-inch TFT display of the Q600 has a resolution of 480X854 pixels giving it a pixel density of 217ppi. Under the hood, a 1.2GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6589M processor, a Power VR SGX544 GPU and 512MB of RAM power the device. It has 4GB built-in storage expandable up to 32GB via a microSD card. The rear of the smartphone houses a 5MP camera and the front has a 0.3MP video-calling camera. It boasts of dual-SIM capabilities as well. It also supports 3G, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and GPS in terms of its connectivity options.

A 2000mAh battery powers the Q600 and the company claims that the smartphone will last for up to 13.4 hours of talk time on 2G network and up to 10 hours of talk time on 3G. It also has the ability to last for 333 hours of standby time.

The specifications of the Xolo Q600 are lower when compared to the specifications of the Q700 in terms of RAM and the display resolution. The Q600 is aimed at those who have a really tight budget and can’t extend past the Rs. 10,000 mark.

If you are in the market to pick up a sub-Rs. 10k smartphone, you can consider the Nokia Lumia 520, Micromax Canvas Music, Samsung Galaxy Music Duos and more before making your purchase decision.