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Facebook To Launch ‘Phone’ Dialer & Caller ID App For Android

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After attempting to drive Android users to use its Messenger as their default texting application, Facebook is now planning to release an app called ‘Phone’ for the caller ID and dialer needs of the smartphone users.

The existence of this app was revealed after some Android users accidentally received a notification to install the app in Facebook for Android. As the application is still not public, the install links didn’t work, however the notification has given us some key details.

From what we can gather from the notification text, Facebook’s Phone app will be a mix of Truecaller and Google’s Dialer apps.

“Phone is the new app that shows you info about who’s calling and automatically blocks calls from commonly blocked numbers,” read the notification.

Facebook will most likely use a crowd-sourced database to provide the information about the phone numbers and their callers.

There is no word on when the app will become public.

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Celkon Launched A35 with 3.5-inch Display 3G Android 4.4 Bundled with Celkon C329 Feature Phone At Rs 3,333

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The Celkon A356 is an entry-level device with a 3.5-inch display, Android KitKat, and a 1GHz processor”

Indian smartphone brand Celkon has now expanded its range of entry-level Android phones with the launch of the Celkon A356. Priced at Rs 3,333, the handset comes bundled with a feature phone called the Celkon C329 and 1.5GB of free 3G data for three months from Aircel. The device is available online exclusively on Snapdeal and major brick-and-mortar retail stores across the nation.

Coming to the specs, the Celkon A356 features a 3.5-inch display with a resolution of 480 x 320 pixels, and runs Android KitKat. It’s fuelled by a 1GHz processor, accompanied by a paltry 256MB of RAM. The device comes with 512MB of flash memory, which users can further increase by up to 32GB via a microSD card. It is backed by a 1,200mAh battery, which is rated to deliver up to five hours of calling and 223 hours of standby time. Other features include 2MP/VGA cameras, dual-SIM slots, 3G support, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and micro-USB.

Talking about the Celkon C329 feature phone, the device has a 1.8-inch display, and supports microSD cards up to 8GB. It comes with multi-language support including English, Hindi, Telugu and Kannada, auto call record feature, FM Radio, Bluetooth, and GPRS.

The brand recently launched another entry-level Android phone, the Celkon Campus A400. Priced at Rs 2,900, the Campus A400 runs Android KitKat, and offers a 4-inch display, a dual-core processor, a 2MP camera with an LED flash, dual-SIM, and 3G. 

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Microsoft Launched #TileArt App To Customize Tiles on Screen in Windows Phone 8.1

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Microsoft has released a new app that allows Windows Phone 8.1 users to customize their smartphone’s home screen and lock screen. Dubbed as #TileArt  the apps offers a quick way to customize the tiles on the Start screen.

The app which has been made by Ricc Webb, who works as “Mischief Maker” at Microsoft Mobile, enables users to create custom lock screen as per their choice.  #TileArt lets you create tile layouts by managing tiles just like you would on your start screen. Once  the layout is set, users can select an image and edit each tile. These tiles then can then be pinned  to the start screen. The images for these tiles can be selected from the phone gallery or from the predefined photos in the app which are categorically divided into different themes.

Users can create custom tile layouts using either your own images, or creations from the #TileArt Gallery that comes with the app. Transparent PNG files are supported, and you can easily share creations with friends. The #TileArt app is free to download via Windows Phone Store .

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Jolla has launched Jolla Phone Sailfish OS Based Smartphone with Android App Support On Snapdeal At Rs 16,499

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Finnish smartphone maker Jolla has unveiled its Jolla Phone in the Indian market. The phone is being released in partnership with e-retailer Snapdeal.com, where it can now be purchased for INR 16,499.

Running on the Jolla’s own Sailfish OS, the phone comes with support for Android applications, which can be installed on the phone via third-party app stores. Sailfish OS is based on Nokia’s old MeeGo OS, which was ditched by the company for Windows Phone operating system. The interface of the operating system is gesture driven and there are no navigation buttons to go around, something that will take some getting used to.

Jolla claims unlike other operating systems, its Sailfish OS doesn’t track the users and is very privacy oriented. The company also touts that it will compete with other smartphone makers on the basis of the user-experience on its smartphone rather than raw specs.

In terms of the specifications, the smartphone features a 4.5-inch qHD display, 1.4GHz Qualcomm dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and 2100 mAh battery. The Jolla smartphone also packs 16GB of internal storage, microSD card slot, 8MP rear camera, and 2MP front shooter.

The phone has been released in White colour option.


Facebook To Introduce Missed Call Based Mobile Advertising

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When Mark Zuckerberg declared that Facebook is a ‘mobile first’ company, he wasn’t kidding. Facebook is trying hard to be adapt to mobile phones, be it working on faster smartphone apps or focus on mobile advertising. Nearly 66 percent of mobile users in India still use feature phones. As price conscious Indians, we all have used and known the importance of ‘missed calls’. Facebook has announced that it is testing a new way to sell advertisements based on ‘missed calls’ to such feature phone users in India.

When users from India see an ad on Facebook, they will be able to click it and place a ‘missed call’ from their mobile device. This gives them access to information such as cricket scores, celebrity messages or a message from the advertiser in the form of pre-recorded voice messages. According to Facebook, Garnier used this feature recently and received a strong response.

Even though there are over 100 million Facebook users in India, the revenue generated from these users is considerably low when compared to users in UK, US and Canada. This is Facebook’s new strategy to generate more revenue from users in developing countries. If this advertisement strategy pulls off well, Facebook has plans to expand it to other developing nations such as Indonesia, South Africa and Brazil.


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