India-China mobile phone industry to hold talks

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Mobile phone industry players of India and China will deliberate on cooperation opportunities to enhance handset manufacturing eco-system in the country. “Chinese companies are keen to participate in the ‘Make in India’ campaign and establish mobile handset & component manufacturing facilities here,” Mobile World (Shoujibao) Shenzhen Founder & CEO Wu said in a statement.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/India-China-mobile-phone-industry-to-hold-talks/articleshow/50518184.cms

India-made smartphones’ share jumps to 24.8% in Q2: Study

IndiaTimes of India — BENGALURU: Government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative seems to have begun bearing fruits as 24.8% of the smartphones shipped in the country during the June quarter were made locally compared with 19.9% in preceding quarter, according to a report. According to the research firm CyberMedia Research, a total of 56.6 million handsets were shipped during the June quarter, of which smartphones comprised 43% (24.8 million units) of the volume.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/India-made-smartphones-share-jumps-to-24-8-in-Q2-Study/articleshow/48540587.cms

Spice launches two new services

CALCUTTA: In an effort to increase the popularity of WAP services among its customers, Spice Telecom has introduced two new services. The first service – Planet Spice – allows Spice customers access information from the Internet. This service, a wireless Internet Portal developed by its in-house R&D team, is based on wireless Internet technology. The other service, Post Me, enables customers to receive and send messages of up to 164 characters to any other Spice customers irrespective of the hand-set type. This person to person (P2P) service is based on an SMS (Small Mail Service) platform acquired from Nokia that enables the passage of messages within seconds.

http://www.ciol.com/ciol/news/115521/spice-launches-services

MediaTek plans to use India as a springboard to scale up in US and Europe

NEW DELHI: Smartphone chipmaker MediaTek will leverage its Android One partnership with Google and use India as a springboard to scale up its presence in the developed markets of US and Europe, where rival Qualcomm has a dominant position. As part of a broader plan with Google, an array of smartphones, including those supporting LTE, a standard for highspeed mobile data, will be launched in India as the associated network develops towards the beginning of next year, Mohit Bhushan, vice president and general manager, US corporate marketing for MediaTek, told ET.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/42668267.cms

Google Unveils 3 Budget Smartphones for Android One

Google announced the first three smartphones that will be part of Android One, the company’s initiative to bring affordable Android smartphones to developing markets. Each of the three devices, manufactured by Micromax, Spice and Karbonn, has a 4.5-inch display and will first ship in India. The phones will also come to Indonesia, the Philippines, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka by the end of the year; Google said it would make Android One available in more countries next year.

http://mashable.com/2014/09/15/android-one-smartphones/

Karbonn, Micromax and Spice get ready for festival sales push, to launch Android One phones for $100

BANGALORE: Phone makers and retailers have more than one reason to celebrate this festival season. With the launch of new devices and falling prices, this Diwali is being seen as a bumper season for smartphone sales. “We are thinking, let’s have the volumes ready. I’m sure it’s going to be a hit. The target is to catch Diwali,” said Sudhir Hasija, chairman of local smartphone brand Karbonn, which is gearing up to launch Android One phones in September. Brands like Micromax and Spic ..

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/hardware/karbonn-micromax-and-spice-get-ready-for-festival-sales-push-to-launch-android-one-phones-for-100/articleshow/41467281.cms

Spice Announces India’s First Firefox Smartphone

Spice Retail Limited has taken the lead in democratizing the handset category through an ultra low cost phone, the country’s first Firefox OS powered smartphone, Spice Fire One Mi – FX 1. Priced at an unbelievable price of Rs,2,299, Spice Fire One is purely targeted to the nearly 90 per cent of the feature phone users wanting to switch to smartphones. The device is aimed at the masses that are looking for a larger than life phone statement but are deterred due to price sensitivity.

http://www.businessworld.in/news/economy/spice-announces-india%E2%80%99s-1st-firefox-smartphone/1495755/page-1.html