Apple to start India manufacturing in coming months with iPhone SE -source

Apple Inc will in the coming months start assembling its lower-priced iPhone SE models at a contract manufacturer’s plant in the southern Indian technology hub of Bengaluru, an industry source with direct knowledge of the matter said on Friday.

Apple’s Taiwanese manufacturing partner Wistron Corp is setting up a plant in Bengaluru to focus solely on assembling iPhones, a separate source told Reuters earlier this month.

Apple’s move comes as it seeks to boost its share in the world’s fastest growing major mobile market, where handsets far cheaper than Apple’s iPhones dominate. It also comes as smartphone sales growth is slowing in Asia’s other massive market, China.

To lower prices, Apple has been seeking to set up local production and has been in talks with the Indian federal government regarding issues such as tax concessions.

The industry source told Reuters the initial manufacturing of the iPhone SE model was not contingent on those concessions.

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The Economic Times newspaper earlier on Friday reported Apple planned to initially assemble 300,000 to 400,000 iPhone SE handsets in India. The industry source told Reuters the numbers would be substantially lower to begin with.

The source also said it was too early to say what other phone models Apple would assemble at the Bengaluru plant.

Apple shipped 2.5 million iPhones to India last year, with a third coming in the December quarter, according to market researcher Counterpoint, which estimates that three-quarters of smartphones sold in India were made locally.

In the fourth quarter, Apple ranked 10th in India’s smartphone market but led the premium segment with a 62 percent market share, Counterpoint said.

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and a host of Chinese players including Xiaomi and Vivo dominate India’s smartphone market where the vast majority of phones sold are priced below 15,000 rupees ($225).

In comparison, the entry level iPhone SE model sells on Amazon.com’s India site for 28,433 rupees ($424).

Bulk SMS: Smart Messaging Solution for Brand Visibility with Digital Tools

What could be the best way to reach to the masses without spending too much in the process? The digital world is evolving in a rapid manner and the usage of cell phones have become a necessity across the entire world. Bulk SMS services have used the same platform to reach across the masses and it helps you share a lot of data with the employees, staff, customers, and clients at the fraction of the cost, as compared to the other promotional platforms. It helps you reach beyond geographical limitations and gives you very effective marketing. So, how a bulk SMS service is one of the most effective marketing tools? Here is why:

  • To start with, the messages that are sent using service are reached to the phone of a recipient within 5 seconds. This ensure readability.
  • The business data is delivered on a direct basis and it is highly cost effective as compared to any other promotional instruments.
  • When you have a SMS in your inbox, the phone will notify about it till it is read. This gives you a surety that your message is going to be read by the recipient.

An effective bulk SMS promotional tool will help you in the right reach. As the software is very easy to use, small and medium business setup can easily integrate it into their systems without worrying about expense. Here are some of the advantages of sending transactional SMS for businesses:

  • Using the service, you can send SMS across country without worrying about the delay.
  • As there are no limitations, you can send text SMS to tremendous populace.
  • If you have products that are being coordinated with specific database, then you have an option to send the message related to that product to specific group of recipients via SMS API.

Bulk SMS services in India are now giving you a variety of packages and options to choose from, by using which you can plan a better approach and effective marketing strategy to promote your products and services. It helps you in:

  • Assisting to keep in touch with your clients and reach new customers.
  • It opens a channel where you can continuously communicate with clients.
  • Compared to any other promotional medium available in the market right now, it is very cost efficient and effective. It gives you a direct method of marketing, where you can reach the clients on their personal device.

With so many advantages on offer, bulk SMS services give you the best medium to reach a huge population in the most effective manner.

HTC 10 Images Leak Ahead of Launch; April 15 Release Date Tipped

HTC 10 Images Leak Ahead of Launch; April 15 Release Date Tipped

It is no secret that HTC will be launching the HTC 10 flagship smartphone on April 12, based on the invitations sent last week. However, a new rumour now hints at when the smartphone will be hitting retail shelves. Some leaked live images have also reached the Web showing the smartphone in close-up shots along with its metal chassis. In the meanwhile, an online listing said to be that of the upcoming smartphone’s replacement shell has also been spotted on a Chinese e-commerce website.

Starting with the release date rumour, the HTC 10 is now said to be available starting April 15, which is three days after the scheduled April 12 launch. The rumoured release date however, is only for Taiwan. Of course, there is no official confirmation from the company. However, tipster @evleaks last month said the handset’s US launch is set for the second week of May.

htc_10_black_replacement_shell_leak_nowwherelse.jpgAs for the leaks, the HTC 10 has this time leaked in a set of live images coming from Nowwherelse, a French tech website. There is nothing new to talk about the images showing the HTC 10 as the smartphone design stays the same as seen in past leaks. The live shots besides showing the broad chamfered edges also show the metal clad HTC 10 to sport a physical home button below the display along with two capacitive buttons for moving back and accessing multi window options. The slightly protruding rear camera with dual-LED flash is visible along with two antennas running at the top and bottom of the back panel.

Additionally, an online listing of the alleged HTC 10 replacement shell on Taobao, a Chinese e-commerce website, has also been spotted. The shells are seen available in Gray and Black, and cost around CNY 190 (roughly Rs. 2,000). Nothing more is mentioned on the listing page.

iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus Sales on Track to Beat Last Year’s Record: Apple

Apple said sales of its new iPhone models were on pace to beat the 10 million unit sales it logged during the first weekend of sales last year.

The company did not disclose the specific number of pre-orders it received. Analysts had expected the company to log about 4.5 million pre-orders, in comparison with 4 million during the same period last year. Last year, Apple had said pre-orders had exceeded its initial supply.

The company said demand for iPhone 6s Plus, the larger phone, exceeded its forecasts for the pre-order period. The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will begin shipping September 25.

The phones feature improved cameras and 3D Touch, a display technology that responds differently depending on how hard users press their screens.

Apple is also expected to see record sales due to its new upgrade program. The company made buying a new iPhone every year more affordable – a move that analysts said will drive demand from now on, starting with the new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. Apple announced a program that will allow users to finance unlocked versions of the new iPhone models through monthly instalments starting at $32 (roughly Rs. 2,100), regardless of carrier.

Until now, customers could only lease subsidised phones on two-year contracts requiring an up-front payment. The deal for iPhone owners, which will initially apply to the United States and 11 other key markets including China, emerged as one of the most positive announcements at Apple’s annual launch event.

Microsoft Lumia 950, Lumia 950XL Flagships to Launch on October 10

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Rumours about two new smartphone flagships from Microsoft named the Lumia 950 (codenamed Talkman) and the Lumia 950 XL (codenamed Cityman) have been floating around for many months, and now it seems they are absolutely ready for a launch. According to a new report however, Microsoft will be taking wraps off the said handsets on October 10. The launch month is also in line with a recentreport.

Prolific tipster Evan Blass (aka @evleaks) claims Microsoft plans to launch the Window 10 Mobile-basedLumia 950 and the Lumia 950 XL on October 10. Blass further noted that both the handsets will sport polycarbonate shells instead of their rumoured metal bodies.

As for the leaked specifications, which have been reiterated by multiple sources over the past few months, the Lumia 950 sports a 5.2-inch QHD display and is powered by Snapdragon 808 processor coupled with 3GB of RAM and a 3,000mAH battery. The Lumia 950 XL, on the other hand, is said to equip a 5.7-inch QHD display, and is powered by a Snapdragon 810 chipset coupled with 3GB of RAM. Both the handsets are reportedly going to have a 21-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel selfie sensor.

What Blass hasn’t talked about is whether the company will also refresh its Surface lineup with rumoured new Surface tablet, and its wearable fitness tracker the Microsoft Band at the same event. Also it isn’t clear whether the rumoured Surface Mobile exists and is ready for the global unveil yet.

With Microsoft significantly toning down on its Windows Phone efforts, the aforementioned handsets hold the future of the company’s mobile operating system – Windows 10 Mobile.

Google Store Listing Tips ‘Nexus Protect’ Extended Warranty

We have been hearing rumours about Huawei and LG-made Nexus smartphones for weeks now. As with past years, Google is expected to reveal its new Nexus hardware alongside the launch of the final build of Android 6.0 Marshmallow on September 29.

Amidst these rumours, a new product listing at Google Store has tipped a ‘Nexus Protect’ warranty scheme which can be expected to be announced alongside the new hardware from the company. Android Police reports that the references to “Nexus Protect” appeared in listings on the Google Store, which is the company’s new store for its hardware. The “Nexus Protect” seems to be an extended warranty scheme for hardware sold via Google’s exclusive store.

The report points out that the reference appears only when a user digs into the page source and it shows a text pop-up, “You can’t add this phone unless it has the same Nexus Protect choice as other phones in your cart. You can update your choice or purchase this phone in your next order.” The report adds that the pop-up for the new feature was spotted across all (nearly) product listing pages for Chromebooks, Android TV, and Android Wear devices.

Going by the text, it seems that Google is set to introduce a new offer for consumers that will offer a warranty-based protection plan for Nexus devices.

“The Google Store seems to be setting up to limit purchases based on Nexus Protect choices – perhaps if you’re buying multiple devices in the same order, they need to be all covered by a Nexus Protect purchase, or none at all,” added the report.

Readers should remember that all these leaks should be taken with a pinch of salt as Google has not mentioned anything about the upcoming feature and the leaks legitimacy remains questionable.

Based on preliminary leaks, the LG Nexus 5 2015 is said to feature a 5.2-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display; 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor; 2GB of RAM; Adreno 418 GPU; LTE Cat.6 connectivity; 5-megapixel front camera, and 12.3-megapixel rear camera. Based on previous leaks a USB Type-C port and 2700mAh battery are being also tipped for the device.

As for the Huawei-made Nexus smartphone, it is tipped to sport 64GB of inbuilt storage and the MSM8994 SoC aka the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810. It may also feature a USB Type-C port. A 5.7-inch display, front-facing speakers and a fingerprint scanner are also tipped.

We will have to wait till September 29 to see whether Google unravels the new Nexus devices.

Motorola India Says It’s Sold 2.6 Million Smartphones Since February

Buoyed by strong sales of Moto G and Moto E smartphones, handset maker Motorola has sold 2.6 million units in India over the last seven months, via e-commerce portal Flipkart. The US-based company, which re-entered the Indian market in February last year, has also launched a new smartphone – Moto X Play in the Indian market for Rs. 18,499.

“We have received a fabulous response from the Indian market. It continues to be an important market for us. We have till date sold 5.6 million units, of which 2.6 million came in the February-August period. A bulk of the sales were Moto G and Moto E,” Motorola India General Manager Amit Boni told PTI. He, however, declined to comment on contribution from the various devices. The company had announcedsales of 3 million smartphones in January this year.

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Since the re-entry, Motorola has introduced the Moto E (two generations), Moto G (three generations),Moto X (two generations) and the Moto 360 smartwatch in India exclusively through e-commerce firmFlipkart.

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Motorola had stopped sales of its products in India after being acquired by Google in 2012, but came back after its acquisition by Lenovo with the launch of the Moto G in February last year.

Talking about Moto X Play, Boni said the device offers customers the best-in-class cameras, all-day battery, water-repellent design, meaningful software experiences and personalisation options.

(Also see:  Xiaomi Says It Has Sold Over 3 Million Smartphones in India)

According to research firm IDC, 26.5 million smartphones were shipped to India in the second quarter of 2015, up 44 percent from 18.4 million units for the same period last year. Lenovo group (Lenovo and Motorola) had 6 percent share of the Indian smartphone market in the period.

Google Details Fixes in Latest Android Security Release

Google last week released an Android security update to Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7, andNexus 9 devices. The update brought Android security enhancements apart from minor bug fixes.

Now, the company has detailed the fixes contained in the Android security update rolled out to Nexus devices. In its Nexus Security Bulletin for the month of September, Google adds that the monthly release build LMY48M along with source code patches have been released to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) source repository.

Google has released a list including security vulnerabilities such as remote code execution vulnerability in Mediaserver (aka Stagefright); elevation of privilege vulnerability in kernel; elevation of privilege vulnerability in Binder; elevation of privilege vulnerability in Keystore; elevation of privilege vulnerability in region; elevation of privilege vulnerability in SMS enables notification bypass; elevation of privilege vulnerability in Lockscreen, and denial of service vulnerability in Mediaserver.

The company pointed that the most severe out of these issues was a critical security vulnerability that could enable remote code execution on an affected device. Google marked remote code execution vulnerability in Mediaserver and elevation of privilege vulnerability in Kernel as critical severity.

“We have not detected customer exploitation of the newly reported issues. The exception is the existing issue (CVE-2015-3636). Refer to the Mitigations section for details on the Android security platform protections, and service protections such as SafetyNet, which reduce the likelihood that security vulnerabilities can be successfully exploited on Android,” noted Google in its Security Bulletin.

The mitigations provided by the Android security platform and service protections such as SafetyNet ( which are likely to reduce the likelihood that security vulnerabilities can be successfully exploited on Android) include the suggestion for all users to upgrade to Android 5.0 Lollipop as the version includes improved Address Space Layout Randomization (ASLR) algorithm, while the default Verify Apps options that warns users about potentially harmful apps about to be installed. Google has also updated the Hangouts and Messenger apps to not allow media automatically passed to vulnerable processes (such as Mediaserver).

New Tool Can Improve Android Battery Life by Killing Background Apps

Apps running in the background, even when your Android device is asleep, manage to sip a substantial amount of battery juice, as per researchers at Purdue University and Intel who have developed a tool to combat the problem. Called Hush, the tool could reduce the energy drain by about 16 percent.

The researchers said that even when the display of an Android device is off, the apps in the background drain 28.9 percent of its battery power, a conclusion they reached after investigating 2,000 units of Samsung Galaxy S3 and S4 smartphones from across 61 nations.

The researchers found that out of the 45.9 percent of daily battery drain when the screen is off, 28.9 percent of it happens because of the apps that frequently wake up and run in the background. “During screen-off, the phone hardware should enter the sleep state, draining close to zero power,” said Y. Charlie Hu, a Purdue professor of electrical and computer engineering.

“Apps wake the phone up periodically during screen-off to do useful things, but then afterward, they should let the phone go back to sleep. They are not letting the phone go back to sleep because of software bugs and, specifically, due to the incorrect use of Android power control application programming interfaces called wakelocks,” Hu added.

To fix this, the researchers have created a new system tool called Hush which can reduce the total daily energy drain by one-sixth. The tool, which is available in the form of system files (meant for advanced users) for free on Github, shuts off all the apps that are not frequently used by a user. The researchers have not detailed when the tool will be made available in the form of an app.

“The Hush system dynamically identifies app background activities that are not useful to the user experience on a per-app basis and suppresses such background app activities during screen-off to reduce the battery drain,” the researchers wrote in a blog post.

The researchers hope to make further advancements to double the battery life for smartphones. “This is going to be a non-trivial journey because much of the battery drain is caused by various apps when the screen is on and also legitimate maintenance functions,” Hu added.

Micromax Canvas Juice 3, Canvas Juice 3+ With 4000mAh Battery Launched

Micromax has launched its new Canvas Juice-series smartphones – the Canvas Juice 3 and Canvas Juice 3+.

The new Micromax Canvas Juice 3 (see above) has been priced at Rs. 8,999 and will be available across online and offline stores. The Micromax Canvas Juice 3+ will be going on sale by end of September and the company is likely to announce the pricing at the time of release. The company notes that the Canvas Juice 3+ will be also available via offline and online retail channels.

(Also see: Micromax Canvas Juice 3 vs. Micromax Canvas Juice 3+)

To recall, Micromax’s new Canvas Juice 3 smartphone went on sale via an e-commerce website last week.

Both the Canvas Juice 3 and Canvas Juice 3+ smartphones feature almost identical innards. The Android 5.1 Lollipop-based Canvas Juice 3 features a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display while the Android 5.0 Lollipop-based Canvas Juice 3+ comes with a larger 5.5-inch screen with similar resolution. Both the handsets feature Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for protection from scratches on screen.

micromax_canvas_juice_3_plus.jpgThe Canvas Juice 3+ (see above)  sports a 5-megapixel front-facing camera while the Canvas Juice 3 packs just a 2-megapixel front camera. The Canvas Juice 3+ also comes with 16GB of built-in storage, while the Canvas Juice 3 comes with 8GB of inbuilt storage.

Rest of the specifications on the Micromax Canvas Juice 3 and Canvas Juice 3+ are the same.

Much like other Canvas Juice-series smartphones, the Canvas Juice 3 and Canvas Juice 3+ pack a large battery – 4000mAh in this case. The smartphone is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core processor coupled with 2GB of RAM. Both the smartphones sport an 8-megapixel rear autofocus camera with LED flash. Both support expandable storage via microSD card (up to 32GB).

(Also see: Micromax Canvas Juice 3 vs. Micromax Canvas Juice 2)

On the connectivity front, the Micromax Canvas Juice 3 and Juice 3+ include 3G, Wi-Fi, GPRS/ EDGE, GPS/ A-GPS, Micro-USB, and Bluetooth options. Unfortunately, the Canvas Juice 3 and Canvas Juice 3+ don’t support 4G, one of the biggest let-downs for both the smartphones at this price point.

Both feature sensors such as accelerometer, magnetometer, ambient light sensor, and proximity sensor. The Canvas Juice 3 is said to offer a talk time of up to 14 hours and up to 514 hours of standby time. Meanwhile, the Canvas Juice 3+ is said to offer a talk time of up to 12 hours in 2G, up to 8 hours in 3G and up to 500 hours of standby time.

Commenting on the launch, Vineet Taneja, CEO, Micromax, said, “With the introduction of two new smartphones in our Canvas Juice series, we aim to create a perfect value proposition enabling our highly mobile consumers to make the most of these heavy duty marathon batteries for work and entertainment requirements”.

Micromax Canvas Juice 3

Micromax Canvas Juice 3

Display

5.00-inch

Processor

1.3GHz

Front Camera

2-megapixel

Resolution

720×1280 pixels

RAM

2GB

OS

Android 5.1

Storage

8GB

Rear Camera

8-megapixel

Battery capacity

4000mAh

See full Micromax Canvas Juice 3 specifications
Micromax Canvas Juice 3+

Micromax Canvas Juice 3+

Display

5.50-inch

Processor

1.3GHz

Front Camera

5-megapixel

Resolution

720×1280 pixels

RAM

2GB

OS

Android 5.0

Storage

16GB

Rear Camera

8-megapixel

Battery capacity

4000mAh