Archive for November, 2010

Micromax has showcased its first Android run phone, the Andro A60 to the Indian markets. A full touch screen smartphone, the Andro A60 comes with the Android 2.1 Eclair update. The phone will start selling next month and will be available at a price of about 8,000.

Micromax is the third largest mobile phone maker in India and the latest Android phone from the company will further strengthen its hold in the Indian market. The Andro A60 has a 2.8 inch resistive screen with an auto focused 3.2 MP camera. The phone is powered by a 600MHz microprocessor.

Weighing 105 grams, the dimensions of the phone are 106.8mm x 59.2mm x 14.0mm. The phone comes with an internal memory of 150MB and can be expanded up to 32GB using a micro SD card. Connectivity features of the phone include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS.

The Andro A60 also packs in an Accelerometer and gravity sensor for playing the Android-platform based games. The device includes FM radio and is powered by a 1280 mAh Li-ion battery. The battery gives just four hours of talktime, a worrisome feature for an Android phone.

With Micromax grabbing the top spots in the Indian mobile phone industry, it is time that the big wigs like Nokia and Samsung pull up their socks before the Indian company is all out to rule the roost in the Indian market.

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Facebook and Google are in a tug of war as Facebook prepares to launch its new web mail application called “Titan”. Titan will be challenging other web mail applications like Yahoo mail, Windows Live Hot mail and Google’s Mail.

To start with, Google has been in continuous denial that it’s developing a social networking platform to compete with the rival Facebook.”We’re not working on a social network platform that’s just going to be another social network platform,” said Hugo Barra, Head of Google’s mobile product management.

On the other hand, Google CEO Eric Schmidt sparked speculations of a Facebook rival when he said the company would add a layer of social- networking features to its main products. The speculations intensified earlier this week when the search engine company said it had blocked Facebook from accessing a user’s Gmail contacts to add to their friends’ lists accusing that Facebook does not allow Gmail users to search for contacts on Facebook.

The game got interesting as “Project Titan” – a web-based email client unofficially referred as its “Gmail killer” will be launched by Facebook. It is a full-fledged webmail client, but promises huge amount of potential. Facebook will tweak the design of its webmail client to display content in a seamless fashion.

Facebook which has around 500 million users will provide personal@facebook.com e-mail addresses as its web mail ID for its users. Titan will also be a part of the Microsoft’s Office Web Apps suite allowing Facebook users to create and share Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote documents making Titan, the trump card for Microsoft.The social network’s messaging platform enables direct message capability and one-to-many sharing of messages, links, photos and videos. It also offers a Web-based chat client, which provides capable presence. Their applications will tick as the application is developed by Gmail creators Bret Taylor and Paul Bucheit and has all signs of increasing the revenue.

Ethics becomes the first causality in rivalry and same hold true. In order to retain staff engineers Google is offering hefty sums in the range of $3-$3.5 Million, to turn down Facebook offer.

The rivalry Of Google and Facebook doesn’t stop here. War is on and is being fought in close quarters. Both will try to ‘leave no stone unturned’. Coming days will come up with lot surprises till then debates and rumors will buzz the market.