Reliance blocks sideloading of third-party Android apps on Jio Fiber box

Reliance Jio, the country’s largest telecom operator, has started blocking the ‘sideloading’ of third-party Android apps on its Jio Fiber set top boxes. The operator had recently introduced Android Pie-based fiber set top boxes for its users over the last few weeks, and subscribers soon realized that the box came with two key assets that […]

Jio’s Gigafiber Box, built on Android, will support some apps

Jio Box, the heart of the new GigaFiber service from Reliance Jio, is built on Android TV operating system and will support some third party apps, according to sources. However, it is not clear whether the box will support all apps that run on Android TV operating system and whether it will come with Google […]

UIDAI Helpline: Google says was hardcoded into Android setup

The mysterious addition of the former hotline of UID Authority of India, which spooked out Android users by mysteriously appearing on their phones, was hardcoded into the Android set-up program, Google has said. Responding to concerns of users’ phones being hacked by some secret agency, which then ‘loaded’ UIDAI’s helpline number, a Google spokesperson apologized […]

UIDAI Helpline: No, your phone has not been hacked!

Telecom operators and the Unique Identification Authority of India have denied having anything to do with the ‘mysterious’ addition of the UIDAI’s former helpline to the contact lists of Android phone users in India. That leaves only three candidates — Google, which makes Android, handset makers and any of the popular apps that has been […]

Airtel teams up with Lava & Micromax to launch Android Go smartphones

Bharti Airtel said it will launch affordable 4G smartphones powered by Google’s Android Go platform next month, under a tie-up with handset makers Micromax and Lava. “Entry level 4G smartphones under Airtel’s ‘Mera Pehla Smartphone’ program will be shipped with Android Oreo (Go edition) as standard OS starting March 2018,” the telecom operator said. “Lava […]

Google will create an iPhone rival with Pixel – expert

Google was forced to enter the smartphone hardware business as makers of Android smartphones have largely failed to develop a product that can compete against the iPhone, an industry expert said, adding that the result of union could rival what Apple has to offer. “With tighter control on Pixel, Google will now focus on making […]

Ricoh printers to come with Android and 10-inch display panels

Ricoh India Ltd., an Imaging Solutions & IT Services company, launched an Android-based printers in India with support for apps, video and audio. The first such device will be the MP C306ZSP, which will come with a 10.1-inch panel. All future models will come with smart Android panels, the company said. Additionally, the existing device […]

Lenovo A6000 Plus and A6000 get Android Lolipop update

Lenovo A6000 and A6000 plus have today received Android Lolipop 5.0. The update fixes bugs, improves performance and stability compared to the KitKat release software. Both the smartphones offer a powerful combination of features, and were pathbreaking when released. Of course, other vendors, notably Micromax’s Yu, has since launched similar models. The A6000 has 1 […]

Samsung continues Tizen developer outreach; new Tizen dev lab in Coimbatore

Samsung Electronic said it organised a Tizen App Development workshop in the Southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, indicating that the company is still keen on pushing on with its Tizen operating system. It also said that a local technical education centre, Sri Shakthi Institute of Engineering and Technology, is establishing a Samsung Tizen laboratory […]

Can Indian brands like Micromax, Lava etc survive the Chinese onslaught?

Yesterday was that many Indian smartphone vendors such as Micromax, Spice Mobility, Lava and Xolo would remember. It was yesterday that Lenovo proved that it’s low-priced 4G phone, the A6000, was no flash in the pan like Xiaomi Mi3, but that it intended to follow through and put up the capable A7000 as proof of […]

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 availability from Tuesday in India, release date 21

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will start selling and be available in stores in India on Tuesday, a week after its official release date. UPDATE: The phone is now available online. While e-stores like Flipkart, Snapdeal and Amazon are yet to start selling the Note 4, a relatively unknown site called theelectronicstore.in has started making […]

Cheapest phones with WhatsApp support in India

The widespread adoption of Android KitKat operating system comes with a key advantage – the possibility of launching cheap Android phones with support for WhatsApp and other applications at less than Rs 2,000 in India. With new models coming thick and fast, particularly from Intex, we give you a constantly updated list of the cheapest […]

Lenovo A328 – the best Google Android One alternative?

So you’re excited about the Google Android One platform, and want to buy one the three phones launched by Micromax, Karbonn and Spice. But just before that, you want to check out other options. Here’s a low down of the alternatives to Google One in the market, all of which have the same quad-core processor, […]

Meet the new breed of cheap Octa-core Phones in India priced Rs 10,000-20,000

A slew of cheap octacore phones have hit the Indian market over the last one month, starting with the iBerry Auxus Nuclea X, Gionee Elife S 5.5, Intex Aqua Octa and ending with the launch of the Panasonic P81, Wickedleak Wammy Neo, Alcatel One touch IDOL X+ and the Karbonn Titanium Octane Plus in the last […]

RCom introduces 5-inch Android quad-core CDMA-GSM dual SIM phone Orison

For long, CDMA users, especially those of Reliance Communications and Tata DoCoMo, had no real choice of decent 5-inch Android phones on offer. To some extent, the Micromax Canvas Blaze HD EG116 filled the gap for a 5-inch Android CDMA Evdo phone, but the phone’s availability is severely restricted. Besides, at nearly Rs 16,000, the […]

Tizen phones to hit India in days, but Nokia X likely to hit first

It’s the battle for the mid segment of India’s booming smartphone market, and it looks like Nokia X series may be the first to hit the market by a whisker, beating Samsung’s Tizen operating system. According to sources, Samsung has exhibited its upcoming Tizen based smartphone to developers in India and the first of Samsung […]