Monthly Archives: February 2014
Indian telecom operators Vodafone and Idea Cellular have announced that they have partnered with Opera to provide data plans via its Web Pass offerings. There is no word on the when the service will go live for the consumers.
Opera Web Pass is a product for telecom operators, which allows them to offer simple time or website-based data plans to consumers. Web Pass aims to avoid the MB/ GB and jargon-filled data packs, which often deter first-time mobile internet users from surfing the web on their mobile devices. Airtel was the first telecom operator in the country to offer Opera Web Pass and now Vodafone and Idea have joined in.
Vodafone is yet to reveal which data packs it plans to provide via Web Pass, however Idea Cellular has announced its Web Pass packages, which include Daily Internet Pass for INR 8, Weekly Facebook Pass for INR 7 and Weekly Internet Pass for INR 30.
How does Opera Web Pass work?
To use or get data Web Pass data packs, you will need Opera Mini browser (not any other Opera browser) on your phone. If Opera Mini is not installed on your phone, get it from m.opera.com or via your phone’s app store like Google Play.
Once you have Opera Mini installed. You will need to open it and click “Idea/ Vodafone Web Pass” on the Speed Dial page and choose from a list of web pass subscriptions.
Once you have bought a Web Pass, you are ready to surf the web as per the package via the Opera Mini.
Data purchased via Web Pass will only be available through Opera Mini browser, not apps or any other browser.
“Idea has consistently focused on growing data penetration across the country; we understand that a lot of Idea users choose to access a few preferred sites rather than buying full data plans. Our partnership with Opera for the web pass will help us to reach out to those users and provide them with a convenient data-plan option,” says Sashi Shankar, Chief Marketing Officer, Idea Cellular.
Speaking about the initiative, Vivek Mathur, Chief Commercial Officer, Vodafone India, says, “Mobile internet has immense growth potential, and we are looking to play an integral part of this opportunity. Anticipating the need for customized offers in mobile internet, we have partnered with Opera Software. This services enables our customers to buy small ticket, duration based packs to suit their requirements.”
McAfee claims that the app provides comprehensive and award-winning protection against privacy and security threats at no cost to consumers. According to McAfee’s third Consumer Mobile Security Report, Android malware has almost tripled from 2012 to 2013.
The app, apart from working as an anti-virus, will have features such as app protection, call blocker, SMS filtering, and anti-theft. It features Safe Mobile Web Surfing and Wi-Fi Security Alerts as well
After the highly-successful launch of the Moto G smartphone, Motorola is all set to introduce the Moto X in India
Motorola Mobility has confirmed the launch of the Moto X smartphone for Indian consumers. During the MWC 2014 event in Barcelona, the manufacturer tweeted that the phone will be releasing in India and Australia in the “next few weeks”. The Moto X was the first Motorola smartphone after its acquisition by Google, and the search giant recently sold off the company
Instead of competing in the specs race, the Moto X was released with more focus on personalising the user experience. Since it runs on the stock version of Android, the collaboration between the hardware and software is said to provide a smooth user experience. Motorola followed the strategy of providing multiple customisation options as per user choice even for the exteriors of the phone.
To remind you, the Moto X flaunts a 4.7-inch capacitive display with a resolution of 1,280 x 720 pixels (312ppi pixel density). The processor ticking under the hood is a 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, paired with 2GB of RAM. Other features include 10MP rear and 2MP front cameras, 16/32GB internal storage variants, the usual connectivity options and a 2,200mAh battery. It was initially released with Android 4.2.2, but was later upgraded to Android 4.4 KitKat.
Recently the Moto G went on sale in India with an affordable price tag of Rs 12,499. Motorola is already enjoying the massive success of the Moto G in the Indian market, which could be followed by the Moto X too if the vendor prices it right. Motorola has revealed at its MWC 2014 press conference that the Moto G is the most successful smartphone from the manufacturer till date
Probably one of the highlights of each year’s MWC is the organizer GSMA’s Global Mobile Awards, which is on its 19th run this year. This year’s announcement ceremony was brightened up by the comic antics of British actor and comedia James Corden, who played roles in films such as Gulliver’s Travels and Three Musketeers.
Among the less hardware-oriented awards, we have AT&T and FiLIP bagging the Best Mobile-Enabled Consumer Electronics Device. The two collaborated last year on the FiLIP smartwatch and locator for kids. We wonder what vocal T-Mobile CEO John Legere will have to say about AT&T going home with another award, this time with the Best Consumer Mobile Service title for its Digital Life. The GSMA awarded Device 6 for the Best Entertainment App, particularly under the Games category. The Most Innovative Mobile App title went to PointGrab for its CamMe selfie app.
In terms of mobile devices, Nokia was able to get two awards, one for the Nokia Lumia 520 for the Best Low-Cost Smartphone and the Nokia 105 for the Best Entry-level Smartphone. The Best Mobile Tablet award went to Apple for the iPad Air. Finally, the GSMA awarded the title of the Most Innovative Device Manufacturer to LG.
Many of you might be more interested in the Best Smartphone award. Some might be surprised, or even shocked, to see the HTC One getting that distinction, but that is based on last year’s figures and performance. The Best New Mobile Handset, Device, or Tablet, which was revealed at MWC 2014, will still be announced on 27th February at around 9:00 AM CET, which should be around 3:00 AM New York EST.
“BlackBerry goes back to the basics with the just announced Z3 and Q20 handsets”
Apart from the news of BBM coming to the Windows Phone platform, yesteryear’s tech giant, BlackBerry has been missing from the action in this years’ edition of MWC. But that doesn’t mean the company didn’t have anything to showcase at the event. It had two devices on offer – the BlackBerry Z3 (codenamed Jakarta), intended for emerging markets, and the BlackBerry Q20, featuring it’s characteristic QWERTY keypad.
To make the Z3 truly mass-market, BlackBerry has tied up with Chinese chipset manufacturer, Foxconn for the first time. It’s the least expensive smartphone based on BlackBerry 10 OS and offers useful features like BlackBerry Hub, Time Shift camera, FM Radio, among others. Similar to the BlackBerry’s Z30 flagship, the newly-announced smartphone sports a 5-inch display. However, company hasn’t specified any other details of the handset.
For BlackBerry’s keypad addicts, the company has also unveiled the Q20. Not only does it flaunt a physical keyboard, but it also features the traditional layout of physical buttons and trackpad on the top row. Specifications wise, the company hasn’t revealed many details, except that the Q20 features a 3.5-inch touchscreen.
BlackBerry will be launching the Z3 in Indonesia in April for a retail price of $200, and said that the LTE variant of the handset will be shipped globally soon after. The classic Q20 smartphone is expected to arrive in Q3 of this year, but there is no info on its pricing yet