Micromax launches first Cyanogen OS 11 featuring smartphone — Yureka

Micromax, yesterday, launched the Yureka smartphone under the new YU Televentures brand. This smartphone comes after Micromax announced a deal with Cyanogen, giving it the exclusive rights to sell smartphones with the Cyanogen OS 11. The phone is the first under the new Yu series of smartphones which are covered under the above collaboration.

The phone will be sold exclusively on Amazon India for ₹8,999 (US$143) in flash sales. Seems like Micromax is looking to building hype about its new smartphone just like Xiaomi.

The Yureka sports a 5.5-inch, 1280×720 resolution IPS display with Gorilla Glass 3 and is powered by 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 SoC with 1.5GHz octa-core CPU and Adreno 405 GPU, 2GB RAM. It has a 32GB internal memory with microSD card slot. The phone features a 13 megapixel Sony IMX135 rear camera with 24fps burst mode and f2.2 aperture and 5 megapixel front camera, 4G LTE connectivity, dual SIM support, 2,500mAh battery and runs on Cyanogen OS 11.

The main reason for the controversy involving OnePlus One and the Delhi High Court order preventing OnePlus from selling phones in India with Cyanogen OS.

As can be seen above, the features and specifications of the Yureka seem quite impressive for the price. We will have to wait and see how the phone performs in real life.

Registrations for the first flash sale, which will happen in the second week of January, begin at 2PM today, only at Amazon.in.

Amazon releases its Chromecast rival, Fire Stick for $39

Following the debacle of its Fire phone, Amazon continues releasing products under the Fire brand of consumer electronics. The latest addition, Fire Stick, is a competitor for famous Google Chromecast at just $4 more.

The Fire Stick performs most of the tasks performed by the Fire TV media streaming box released earlier this year by Amazon.com. It comes with a remote control (without the Fire TV’s voice controls) and access to Amazon’s Prime Video, along with the standard lineup of services like Netflix, Hulu and WatchESPN. The Fire Stick also resembles Google’s  Chromecast, which went on sale last summer.

 

The Fire Stick costs $39, slightly more than the $35 Google version. For the next two days, Prime members can buy it for $19. Continue reading Amazon releases its Chromecast rival, Fire Stick for $39

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos officially unveils the 3D, head-tracking Fire Phone

After several months of speculation, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos has yesterday announced its long-awaited entrant into the phone market, dubbed the Fire Phone on stage at an event in Seattle, Washington. As expected, the device features the much rumoured a 3D display. You can pre-order the Fire Phone for $199/299 with a contract on Amazon. Off-contract, the device is available for $649/749 for 32GB and 64GB of storage respectively.

Amazon released a video teasing the “amazing” device earlier this month, showing customers reacting to the 3D display and how it moved with them. It remains to be seen how many people want a phone with a 3D display, however, especially with previous 3D Android devices never catching on.

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Amazon’s phone has been rumored as far back as 2012, so the company has presumably been hard at work on it for awhile. The WSJ correctly predicted a June launch back in April… Continue reading Amazon’s Jeff Bezos officially unveils the 3D, head-tracking Fire Phone

Amazon to finally launch a new 3D head-tracking smartphone on June 18th

Amazon will be launching what is the company’s first handset, which has been long rumoured and occasionally leaked, but now the company seems ready to make it official: Jeff Bezos is hosting a hitherto unannounced “launch event” later this month.

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The company’s page for the event is little more than an invitation request form, but an attached teaser video meshes well with the purported phone’s rumored head-tracking capabilities. “It moved with me!” exclaims an unnamed tester, staring at an object just out of frame. Sounds neat.

In the video at 0:41, the unnamed device peeks out from behind the video’s bottom edge, revealing what appears to be a blurry power button and a headphone jack. It’s definitely a phone.

Also, the reactions it in the above video are consistent with the prototype BGR uncovered back in April. That handset had a 4.7-inch screen and a staggering five front-facing cameras , which were said to be used for tracking the user’s face as they combed their way through an interactive 3D interface. It was also rumoured to be running a Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU and 2GB of RAM, but what Amazon’s going to show on June 18th is still anybody’s guess.

Still, the teaser page revealed one more thing: the product will have a sleek black bevel and an Amazon logo (pictured above). Well, we can’t say we’re surprised. We’ll let you know all the details when Bezos makes this thing official later this month.

SOURCE: Amazon

Is this what Amazon’s Smartphone looks like?

BGR has posted what it touts as the very first real pics — OK, renders — of Amazon’s still-unannounced smartphone. If you’ll remember the bits we’ve already heard and seen, one of the phone’s most notable features is the inclusion of six cameras: four positioned across the face to enable the 3D and gestures of the OS.

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The above image certainly seems to confirm the earlier leaks with the position of the screws on the bottom and the smallest hint of the cameras on the face tying up the known details quite nicely.

While the pictures do offer a better peek at the whole device, material choices still seem to be  a mystery. The face and back definitely appear to be glass with a thin metal bezel transitioning into a clown-shoe bumper.

One of the handset’s key selling points will be a special data plan Amazon refers to as “Prime Data.” It is unclear exactly what Prime Data will offer users, but our sources suggest that the phone could be an AT&T exclusive and Prime Data may be a monthly data package that includes a certain amount of Prime video and music streaming free of charge. These details have not been confirmed, however.

The device will feature specs including a 4.7-inch display with 720p HD resolution, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 2GB of RAM, six individual camera modules and a highly customized version of Google’s Android operating system similar to the one seen on Amazon’s various Kindle Fire tablets. It will rely on Amazon’s own mobile app store for third-party software distribution.

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Flipkart launches ‘Same Day Guaranteed Delivery’ in 10 cities today

Flipkart, the e-retail market leader,has launched same-day delivery across all categories, in 10 cities, today. The importance of customer service, especially in the last-mile delivery, is apparent as the Bangalore-based online marketplace has launched three new services in April. 

The service will be available in Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Noida, Gurgaon, Faridabad, Manesar, Navi Mumbai, Thane and will be scaled up to other cities soon, according to a company statement.

 

The service will cost you ₹ 140 at the moment but after this Introductory offer is over, the charges will be raised to ₹ 200. According to the statement, if the product does not reach the customer within a day the promised time, he/she will get the product free, up to a value of Rs 5,000, within 24 hours. Once the inaugural offer is over, if the company fails to deliver on time, the shipping charges will be refunded. Also, an amount of Rs 400 will be credited in the customer’s Flipkart wallet.

Continue reading Flipkart launches ‘Same Day Guaranteed Delivery’ in 10 cities today

Amazon to launch a 3D capable Smartphone this July

The Wall Street Journal reports that Amazon is planning to announce its first entry to the smartphone market in June. The possibility of an Amazon phone has been a long-running rumor, but recently sources claimed that the company had partnered with HTC to finally produce the device.

Following the launch of the Fire TV earlier this month, the Amazon phone will mark the second of Apple’s product categories the online retailer hopes to invade in 2014. With its Kindle Fire tablets, Amazon has been attempting to position itself to compete with the iPad for a few years.

The Amazon device will reportedly feature a display capable of creating 3D images without the need for glasses, according to the WSJ report:

They said the phone would employ retina-tracking technology embedded in four front-facing cameras, or sensors, to make some images appear to be 3-D, similar to a hologram, the people said.

The phone is said to pack 6 camera modules: 4 VGA cameras placed at the corners of the phone, while the remaining two will be a 13MP rear-facing camera, while the front-facing camera is said to be a 12MP one. Additional information about the device includes a 4.7” touchscreen display and a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor on board. Assuming that the information is accurate, Amazon’s take on the smartphone would definitely be a unique one and will help differentiate itself from the pack. However given that chances are Amazon will most likely use the same operating system found on their Kindle Fire tablets, that alone would be differentiation enough.

Other manufacturers have tried 3D displays before, but notably none have successfully managed to bring the technology to the mainstream. Whether Amazon’s phone will be able to overcome the stigma associated with those previous models will be an interesting point to watch.

Set-Top Box Showdown – Amazon’s FireTV vs. Apple TV and Others

Earlier this week, Amazon launched its Set Top Box-cum-Media Player — the FireTV. Let’s take a look at how it stacks up against its pre-existing competition.

Here’s the breakdown.

Design

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All these players are  relatively small in size and exhibit colors that blend in with black televisions, with the exception of the purple Roku Streaming Stick.

Amazon Fire TV sits with a low-profile of .07 in and takes on a square shape of 4.5 in x 4.5 in. Roku 3 requires a little more headroom at 1 inch even, but takes up less space at 3.5 in x 3.5 in at its length and width.

Apple fits in between the two at .91 in high and 3.9 in x 3.9 in. At these sizes, it’s not hard to fit them in a media cabinet, or even stack them on top of a cable box.

Chromecast and the Roku Streaming Stick dongles are much smaller – almost the same as an oversized USB pen drive – and conveniently plug into HDMI ports. They’re also very simple to install.

The two downsides to this design are that they still require a power cable to function and there’s no Ethernet port. When it comes to streaming video, that can be a problem for a lot of households.

Remotes

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Remotes

Amazon Fire TV introduces an innovative remote with a built-in microphone for voice search. On the Amazon Fire TV, finding a movie or show title, an actor you like or a genre you want to explore can all be done by talking to your remote control. Another gaming controller is also available, to purchase separately, which allows the users to play Android games, some of which are exclusive, on their TV set.

Roku has a similar 5-button directional pad, without the fancy voice search capabilities. On the plus side, the Roku 3 model’s remote does feature a headphone jack for personal listening.

Apple TV’s click-wheel remote is small and easy to lose. That would be a problem, except the iOS controller app is the iOS way to navigate, so it doesn’t matter.

Chromecast actually requires a smartphone or tablet to control. This means owning an Android or iOS device is a requirement to use the tiny streaming stick. It’s also not as out-of-the-box friendly in this way, especially if you’re a Windows Phone user, but it does mean a QWERTY keyboard is always at hand.

 

The Rest of It

So, here’s the rest of the comparison in a Tabular form so that you can easily decide which one is the best for you. As for us, we decided that the FireTV beats the rest of the lot hands down as it features everything the others do and more!

Parameters

OR

Features

Amazon Fire
Amazon Fire TV

Roku 3
Roku 3

Apple TV
Apple TV

Google Chromecast
Google Chromecast

Pricing

$99

$99

$99

$35

Form Factor

Box

Box

Box

HDMI DOngle

HDMI Compatibility

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Voice Commands

Yes

No

No

No

Processor

Quad-core

Dual-core

Single-core

Single-core

Memory

2 GB

512 MB

512 MB

512 MB

Video Apps

Amazon Instant Video, Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube, Crackle, Showtime Anywhere, Bloomberg TV, Vimeo

HBO Go, Amazon Instant Video, Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube, Crackle, Showtime Anywhere, Vimeo

iTunes, Disney Anywhere, HBO Go, Netflix, Hulu Plus, Crackle, YouTube, Bloomberg TV, WatchABC

Google Play, HBO Go, Netflix, Hulu Plus, Crackle, YouTube

Music Apps

Vevo, Pandora

Vevo, Pandora, Spotify

Vevo, Vimeo, iTunes

Google Play, Vevo, Pandora, Rdio, Songza

Sports Apps

Watch ESPN, NBA League Pass

Watch ESPN, NBA League Pass, MLB.TV, NHL Gamecenter, Major League Soccer

Watch ESPN, NBA League Pass, MLB.TV, NHL Gamecenter

None

Number of Games

100+; “thousands” more coming

Less than 100

Games via AirPlay

None

Remote

Voice search, physical remote (no line of sight needed)

Physical remote, iOS controller app available

Physical remote, iOS/Android controller app available (no line of sight needed)

App controlled

Gaming Controller

Yes; $39.99 (sold separately)

No

No

No

 

Amazon announces its $99 Apple TV competitor – the Fire TV; ships today in the US

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Photo courtesy : The Verge

Amazon has announced its long awaited Apple TV competitor, the FireTV, today. The device is a simple looking small black box, pretty much like the Apple TV without the rounded corners. Also, it supports a lot of the same services, including Netflix, Pandora, Hulu Plus, and of course, Amazon Prime.

It has a powerful quad-core processor, dedicated GPU, 2 GB of memory, and dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi and bluetooth connectivity. It also features a fast, fluid interface, high definition 1080p video, and Dolby Digital Plus surround sound. Another addition is the exclusive new feature called ASAP that predicts what movies and TV episodes you’ll want to watch and gets them ready to stream instantly because “No one likes waiting for videos to buffer”.

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The remote is connected with the FireTV through bluetooth so you don’t have to worry about any IR sensors. The remote also features a built-in microphone that lets users search for movies, TV shows and more using their voice. Amazon demoed this on stage by saying “John Malkovich,” and FireTV returned everything Malkovich has ever been in incredibly quick.

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FireTV supports 1080p content streaming and Dolby digital sound, and connectivity options include HDMI, Ethernet, USB, and an optical out. There’s also an accompanying game controller (above), which will cost $40.With this controller, the FireTV places a big focus on gaming.Also, with the Fire TV you can play blockbuster titles like MinecraftThe Walking DeadMonsters University and an Amazon exclusive Sev Zero. They demoed Mincraft onstage and the game ran pretty smoothly without any glitches all thanks to its powerful quad core processor and GPU.

You can read the full PR text on Amazon’s homepage.