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Samsung Corby Pop Announced

by on Dec.28, 2009, under Gadgets, Mobile, Technology

Samsung Corby Pop

Samsung’s scaled down version of its existing S3650 Corby, the C3510 Corby Pop has made its official appearance at the Samsung India website.

Listed under the ‘Coming Soon’ section, it is clear that Samsung is not leaving any stone unturned with garnering as much sales as possible wit the Corby brand. Incidentally, Samsung is also launching a better spec-ed version of the Corby plus a Wi-Fi enabled version as well. The idea it seems is to cater to almost all kinds of consumers ranging from a person who would prefer a cheaper device to the one who would have wanted a few more extra features in the phone.

As for the Corby Pop, it will be a downgraded version of the Corby (not by much though). Almost all the features are the same starting from the 2.8-inch display, integrated FM radio and the UI. The camera though has taken a beating and has now dropped to a 1.3 megapixel unit. But then, the Corby isn’t far better off with its 2 megapixel cam as well. Now, the reason for the existence of the Corby Pop is obvious – Sales.

The Samsung Corby S3650 has been a hit in the Indian market thanks to its price. Samsung is just capitalising on the same and has just made the phone even cheaper. The Corby POP is expected to be priced at around the Rs. 7,000 which, is a very good price for a decent touchscreen phone.

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Only Few Nokia Smartphones in 2010

by on Dec.04, 2009, under Downloads, Mobile, News, Technology

Just like Nokia leads the "dumb" phones market, it tops the smartphone sales as well. While Nokia continues its comfortable lead over competitors in this segment, its dominance is under constant threat from players like Apple, RIM and Android based devices.

Nokia

In 2009, Nokia had introduced close to 20 smartphones in a variety of price brackets. The notion that smartphones are only high-end devices has begun to fall apart and we now see quite a few moderately priced smartphones as well. As a strategy to retain its lad in this segment, Nokia has come up with a plan that, at first, might raise eyeballs. It is actually planning to cut down on the number of smartphones it will release in the forthcoming year. In fact, we might only see around 10 new phones from the company next year. While it is a good idea to reduce the number of handsets, it also presents to the consumer, far fewer options and freedom of choice which incidentally was one of the strong points for Nokia. People could buy a smartphone of their choice, that suits their needs.

On the flip side, there is also this talk about almost all Nokia phones being similar with the same OS and the consumer being too confused as to what to buy. The reduction in the number of models would mean a simpler, uncluttered product line up. It remains to be seen if this strategy does bear fruit and translates into increased sales.

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BlackBerry App World Comes to India

by on Nov.09, 2009, under Downloads, Gadgets, Mobile, News, Technology

Research in Motion (RIM) has unveiled its BlackBerry App World in India. After being launched on April 1 globally, this app store from RIM underwent a lot of changes beginning with its name. BlackBerry smartphone users can download the BlackBerry App World on their phones by visiting www.blackberry.com/appworld in the mobile web browser. BlackBerry App World is available on BlackBerry handsets running BlackBerry OS 4.2 or higher.

Note that an active data service connection is required to download the BlackBerry App World. Data charges will be applicable on downloading the app.

The BlackBerry App World has a range of various applications available as free downloads and paid ones too. Hungama MyPlay, CNBC TV18 Moneycontrol, Mundu Radio and Arromatics are few Indian-centric applications.

Like App Stores from Apple, Android, Nokia, Microsoft and Samsung, BlackBerry App World has Categories, Top Downloads, and other features. The Recommend function where users can recommend the application just like Apple asks to rate apps by stars is interesting.

BlackBerry App World features include:
Front Page Carousel – BlackBerry App World showcases several applications on its front page carousel, making it easy for users to browse through a select number of featured applications. Featured applications vary from time to time, helping users discover new applications for practically every aspect of life.
Top Downloads – The “Top Downloads” area on BlackBerry App World lists applications that are the most downloaded.
Categories – BlackBerry App World features a variety of application categories. Categories include games, entertainment, IM and social networking, news, weather, productivity and more.
Search/Filter – BlackBerry App World includes a keyword search with filtering capabilities.
Reviews – Applications on BlackBerry App World can be reviewed by users and those reviews are reflected in star ratings. Users can easily access and read reviews, see screenshots and read a description of each application before they download it.
Recommend – BlackBerry App World users can recommend applications to other people through email, PIN, SMS message or BlackBerry Messenger.
Application Storage – BlackBerry App World includes a folder called My World, which keeps track of applications the user has downloaded. It is a personal storage space that allows users to uninstall and re-install applications.
Application Archiving – users can archive applications to a microSD card or built-in storage memory on their BlackBerry smartphone.
Update Notifications – Users are notified of updates to applications they’ve downloaded on BlackBerry App World.

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