Google ropes in David Beckham to promote Google+, lets you ask him any question which he'll answer in a live interview on YouTube

Well known footballer David Beckham will be making his way to Google”s headquarters for an exclusive interview for the company which will be aired on the company”s video hub YouTube, and will also heavily involve the company”s social media efforts in Google . Continue reading “Google ropes in David Beckham to promote Google+, lets you ask him any question which he'll answer in a live interview on YouTube”

Motorola Xoom gets 44% discount, some much needed attention

Following in the footsteps of RIM”s BlackBerry Playbook tablet, which reached 12,000 new hands in just 4 days approaching 2012, Motorola”s Xoom tab too intends to join the party with a hefty price cut of their own.

RIM officially announced on December 28 that they are offering the Playbook at a 50% discount, with the offer valid only for a limited period. Today, they revealed some staggering sales figures have spurred them to increase the “offer” by another week. Serves right for a tablet who garnered criticism from all ends after it was initially regarded an iPad-competitor but failed miserably, mainly on the software front. Now, after making quite a few bucks and almost selling out its entire stock, RIM”s hungry for more and knows a price-cut is the only way to sell some BB tabs. And in light of this successful strategy, Motorola”s Xoom is now being retailed at a 44% discount, albeit only by a single online retailer and not officially by Motorola itself.

The 32GB Wi-Fi only model is now available for as low as Rs. 21,500 (44% discount) and the 32GB Wi-Fi 3G model is selling for Rs. 25,000 (29% discount).

There”s no official word yet from Motorola and we don”t really know when the new price will be standardized by the retailers across the country. But what we do know is that the strategy is working. At least on a short-term basis.

You can buy the WiFi only 32GB Xoom for nearly Rs. 10,000 less than the usual price from 

Samsung releases list of devices to get official Android 4.x Ice Cream Sandwich update

Samsung Electronics has today released — much to the delight of Samsung device holders worldwide — a list of mobile devices that will be receiving the much awaited Android 4.x Ice Cream Sandwich update officially.

According to their press release, the Galaxy S II, Galaxy S II LTE, Galaxy Note, Galaxy R, and Galaxy Tab 10.1/8.9/7.7/7.0+ will be the first ones to get the Android 4.x Ice Cream Sandwich update in the Galaxy series of devices from Samsung. The Korean company will begin rolling out the update to the said devices between January and March of next year (2012).

Announcements regarding update schedule will be made separately for each upgradeable device and will be according to “market situation” and “carrier requirements”.

From Samsung Electronics’ Official Global Blog:

Samsung Electronics plan to provide the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for GALAXY devices. The platform update for GALAXY S II and GALAXY Note will start in the first quarter 2012, and other GALAXY devices will soon follow.

The ICS-upgradable devices are the GALAXY S II, GALAXY S II LTE, GALAXY Note, GALAXY R, GALAXY Tab 10.1, GALAXY Tab 8.9, GALAXY Tab 7.7, and GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus.

Almost all the Galaxy smartphone/tablet owners all over are rejoicing with this news, even though some Galaxy devices were not mentioned by Samsung, including my own Galaxy Ace. But nonetheless, it’s a welcome start and it won’t be long before Samsung adds more and more devices to its update fold and roll out the latest Android offering to majority of the eligible devices under their banner.

Its Official: Adobe kills flash for mobile, Steve Jobs smiles from the heaven

He just had to have the last laugh!

Before his death, Steve Jobs was involved in a never-ending battle with Adobe, which has seemingly ended today, a little over a month after Jobs’ death. Ever since the first iPhone’s launch back in 2007, Steve was reluctant to allow Adobe’s flash player into his mobile ecosystem, claiming flash makes things slower, sucks a lot of battery and that flash is not the end of the web. Adobe tried numerous times to convince the iconic Apple chief to allow flash on the iPhone, and subsequently on the iPad, but failed at every single attempt, prompting Jobs to finally publish an open letter in April of 2010 titled “Thoughts on Flash“, which sparked a technology stand-off between Apple and Adobe. Today, they have decided to call it quits altogether under the growing emergence of HTML5.

Over the past two years, we’ve delivered Flash Player for mobile browsers and brought the full expressiveness of the web to many mobile devices.

However, HTML5 is now universally supported on major mobile devices, in some cases exclusively.” (perhaps a not-so-subtle hint at iOS?)

The post continued:

Our future work with Flash on mobile devices will be focused on enabling Flash developers to package native apps with Adobe AIR for all the major app stores.  We will no longer continue to develop Flash Player in the browser to work with new mobile device configurations (chipset, browser, OS version, etc.) following the upcoming release of Flash Player 11.1 for Android and BlackBerry PlayBook.  We will of course continue to provide critical bug fixes and security updates for existing device configurations.  We will also allow our source code licensees to continue working on and release their own implementations.”

Today marks a new beginning in the small screen era, headed strongly by HTML5 and remembered partially for the sad demise of flash for mobile.

Via Adobe’s Blog 

iPhone 4S coming to India November 24, will burn your pocket

In all probability, Apple’s latest and greatest iPhone, the iPhone 4S, can make its way to India as early as next month, November 24th to be precise, with popular local carriers Aircel and Airtel. The duo is expected to release their pricing and plan details on that day, with the smartphone itself being available from the midnight of November 25, if history is anything to go by (Apple always releases their iPhone on a Friday globally).

However, if a certain report from BGR is anything to go by, things can’t get costlier than this. Apparently, the report says that the lowest-end 8GB variant of the now obsolete iPhone 4 still won’t retail for anything below Rs. 30,000, while the highest end 64GB variant of the newer iPhone 4S could sport a price tag as high as Rs. 50,000! The report blames it on the superiority of the Dollar over the Rupee as the main culprit for these exorbitant rates.

While it is most likely the credentials of the report are true, we wouldn’t want to jump the gun until we hear anything officially. Stay tuned!

Via BGR

OFFICIAL: Lumia 800 — The ‘first real Windows Phone’ (video)

The curtains are up and we finally have our first real Nokia Windows Phone device named Lumia 800, unveiled at Nokia World few hours ago. A Nokia N9 look-alike, the 800 is a pretty impressive device powered by a 1.4GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 CPU and is sculpted from the same 12.1mm (0.48-inch) thick piece of durable polycarbonate plastic, with tapered edges on the top and bottom to give it that industrial look and make it feel thinner than it really is. Towards the center it sports a curved ClearBlack AMOLED (800 x 480) display, with a Carl Zeiss optics-enhanced lens around the back.

On the inside it comes loaded with 16GB of internal storage, 512MB of RAM and 25GB of free SkyDrive space, and features Nokia Drive, Nokia Music and ESPN Sports Hub — all built into the OS. As for the OS itself, well, its the magical Windows Phone Mango, as you’d have already expected.

Other features include an 8MP camera with f/2.2 aperture, designed specifically for low-light environments, and quad-band GSM support, with HSDPA download speeds of up to 14.4Mbps.

Priced at €420 ($585), the Lumia 800 is already available for pre-order in the U.S. and will roll out across France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and the UK beginning next month, and will make its way to Hong Kong, India, Russia, Singapore and Taiwan before the end of the year, with “further markets” on the horizon for a launch sometime next year.

Press Release

Signals new dawn with the launch of Nokia Lumia 800 and Nokia Lumia 710, the first Nokia smartphones powered by Windows Phone

Introduces a range of stylish, smart mobile phones, superior Nokia Maps, partnership for co-branded accessories with Monster, and more

London, UK – At Nokia World, the company’s annual event for customers, partners and developers, Nokia demonstrated clear progress on its strategy by unveiling a bold portfolio of innovative phones, services and accessories, including the first smartphones in its Windows Phone-based Nokia Lumia range. The stunningly social Nokia Lumia 800 brings content to life with head-turning design, Nokia’s best social and Internet experience, familiar Nokia elements, such as leading imaging capabilities and new signature experiences. The colorful and affordable Nokia Lumia 710 is a no-nonsense smartphone that brings the Lumia experience to more people around the world.

Nokia also launched four new mobile phones which feature stylish design, a rich social experience and location-aware technology. The Nokia Asha 300, Nokia Asha 303, Nokia Asha 200 and Nokia Asha 201 blur the line between smartphones and feature phones, offering QWERTY and touch screen experiences, combined with fast and easy access to the Internet, integrated social networking, messaging and world-class applications from the Nokia Store.

“Eight months ago, we shared our new strategy and today we are demonstrating clear progress of this strategy in action. We’re driving innovation throughout our entire portfolio, from new smartphone experiences to ever smarter mobile phones,” said Stephen Elop, Nokia President and CEO. “From the Nokia Lumia 800 to the Nokia Asha 201, we are bringing compelling new products to the market faster than ever before. I’m incredibly proud of these new devices – and the people of Nokia who have made this happen.”

“Since Nokia’s major strategic shift only eight months ago, the company has found a new energy. It has provided substantial improvements to Symbian, managed to differentiate on Windows Phone and it continues to build on its strong portfolio in mobile phones,” says Pete Cunningham, Principal Analyst, Canalys. “Nokia is delivering on its pledges, and is clearly demonstrating its path to future success.”

The first Nokia Lumia smartphones
First two smartphones based on Windows Phone introduce a range of new experiences designed to make everyday moments more amazing.

Nokia Lumia 800
The stunningly social Nokia Lumia 800 features head-turning design, vivid colors (cyan, magenta and black) and the best social and Internet performance, with one-touch social network access, easy grouping of contacts, integrated communication threads and Internet Explorer 9. It features a 3.7 inch AMOLED ClearBlack curved display blending seamlessly into the reduced body design, and a 1.4 GHz processor with hardware acceleration and a graphics processor. The Nokia Lumia 800 contains an instant-share camera experience based on leading Carl Zeiss optics, HD video playback, 16GB of internal user memory and 25GB of free SkyDrive storage for storing images and music. The estimated retail price for the Nokia Lumia 800 will be approximately 420 EUR, excluding taxes and subsidies.

Both smartphones include signature Nokia experiences optimized for Windows Phone, including Nokia Drive, which delivers a full-fledged personal navigation device (PND) with free, turn-by-turn navigation and dedicated in-car-user-interface; and Nokia Music introducing MixRadio, a free, global, mobile music-streaming application that delivers hundreds of channels of locally-relevant music. In an update delivered later this year, Nokia Lumia users will also gain the ability to create personalized channels from a global catalogue of millions of tracks. Also integrated in Nokia Music is Gigfinder, providing the ability to search for live local music for a complete end-to-end music experience, as well as the ability to share discoveries on social networks and buy concert tickets also coming in the Nokia Music software update delivered later this year.

Completing the ultimate mobile audio offering, Nokia also introduced the on-ear Nokia Purity HD Stereo Headset by Monster and the in-ear Nokia Purity Stereo Headset by Monster, co-designed and co-developed by Monster, a recognized leader in high performance audio. Both products provide a fresh listening experience and are the first output of the exclusive long-term partnership between Nokia and Monster, intended to introduce a range of premium audio accessories to reflect the outstanding quality and bold style of the Lumia range.

The new Nokia Lumia 800 is now available in select countries for pre-order on www.nokia.com and is scheduled to roll-out across France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and the UK in November, with 31 leading operators and retailers providing unprecedented marketing support in those first six countries. It is scheduled to be available in Hong Kong, India, Russia, Singapore and Taiwan before the end of the year, and in further markets in early 2012.

Nokia also announced its plans to introduce a portfolio of products into the US in early 2012 and into mainland China in the first half of 2012. In addition to the existing products, which include coverage for WCDMA and HSPA, Nokia also plans LTE and CDMA products to address specific local market requirements.

For more info visit the product page at Nokia. For a hands-on video visit Engadget.

Apple releases first iPhone 4S Siri commercial (video)

The first Apple iPhone 4S TV commercial has gone on air. The advert concentrates on Siri, the 4S’ intelligent personal assistant, giving a few real-world uses of the feature. Some Siri examples from the commercial:

  • Looking up Google Maps directions (to a hospital)
  • How to do something (tying a bow tie)
  • Checking the weather
  • Location-based reminders
  • Playing music from the iPhone music application
  • Setting up alarm clocks
  • Sending text messages

BREAKING: iPhone 4S release date, price in India

Our sources have bought in some amazing news for iPhone lovers in India. The new iPhone 4S will soon come to India. In fact it is launching as soon as December 2011.

This new iPhone can be a good new years gift for many of us Indians, isn’t it?

This new phone is expected to launch for only Rs35,500 (as against the high prices we are used to for Apple products).

So all you guys who pay astonishing prices in the grey market, wait for a while and you might just save some bucks.

Update: Our source has updated us that the iPhone 4S might avail for 40,000 in Mumbai (12.5% VAT [Value Added Tax] as per Maharashtra Government). Not good!

Microsoft launches HTC Radar, Samsung Omnia W and Acer Allegro Windows Phone ‘Mango’ devices in India, wants some love

Microsoft has, now, officially released its first Windows Phone devices in India and the first three to arrive will all run on the company’s new Windows Phone 7.5 ‘Mango‘ OS. The three devices in question are HTC Radar, Samsung Omnia W and Acer Allegro, and the company believes the trio is good enough to eat into Android’s growing market share in the sub-continent, especially in India, and make Windows Phone devices the number one choice for consumers in this part of the world.

Among the three, the HTC Radar will be the first one to be available from as early as next week for a rumored price of around Rs. 23,000 (Approx. $490), while the Samsung Omnia W and Acer Allegro are all set to arrive sometime in November.

Some rumors also suggest that the Acer Allegro will be the cheapest of the lot and will retail for something around Rs. 18,000 (Approx. $400).

Microsoft has also launched Windows Phone Marketplace and voice recognition support in India officially in order to win over some hearts.

Via Engadget

Banned iPhone 4S Promo (video)

We know this is perhaps not the best time to share something like this, making fun of Apple – who have lost one of their most important and influential members, Steve Jobs but hey, its all in good fun and as the maker says:

This video is in no way meant to make fun of the loss of Steve Jobs. It”s a satire of the iPhone 4S promo that Apple released on Tuesday. It’s been a very dark week indeed, and i think everyone could use laugh. I”m casino sorry if I offended anyone, or if my timing was in poor taste.

So, why do you think Apple made the iPhone 4S? Of course, because they were bored!

Apple confirms October 4 event, says “Let’s talk iPhone”

We’ve known this all along but doesn’t it feel ever so nice when you get official backing to your claims? Apple has begun rolling out special invites for their October 4 event which, as rumored, will be held in their own Cupertino campus in California at 10am Pacific Time. The tagline for the event? A cheeky “Let’s talk iPhone.

The tagline suggests new iPhones are surely on the cards (duh!) but also suggests we’ll have something new in the voice department, maybe a new app or something, based on the Let’s talk part of the tagline. Whatever it is, iPhone 4S, 5, Siri integration, iOS 5, iCloud, etc.. we’ll be covering everything. So stay tuned to Firstain to make sure you don’t miss out on all the hoopla!

October 4, Tuesday — mark your calendar.

Source: Engadget