Five million Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 handsets have been sold in India this year

India happens to be the second largest smartphone market in the world, grabbing that title from the U.S. last year. But most major handset manufacturers can not afford to applaud this fact, mostly because of the economics involved. For 2013, the latest data available, India’s per capita income was $1,570 which placed the country 112th out of 164 as measured by the World Bank. Obviously, that doesn’t leave much money for consumers to purchase flagship and high-end smartphones.

However, the environment is perfect for a value-type producer such as China’s Xiaomi. This past week, the company …

Next-generation iPhone SE now expected to arrive in Q1 2018, India will get it first

iPhone SE had an unexpected success among Apple fans mainly due to the lower price compared to other iPhones, but also for retaining the traditional smaller display. Unsurprisingly, an updated iPhone SE is expected to be launched by Apple in the coming months.

Unfortunately, fans of the iconic device waiting to be able to buy the phone this year might be disappointed to hear the next-generation iPhone SE won’t be coming anytime soon. Although a report last month claimed Apple could introduce a new iPhone SE model as early as August, new information surfaced recently …

Black Edition BlackBerry KEYone is official in India with 4GB of RAM

Just a few days ago, we told you that a video teaser revealed that the BlackBerry KEYone would soon be unveiled in India. Speculation pointed to an unveiling date of August 1st. And sure enough, right on target today (which is August 1st), the Limited-Edition KEYone Mercury Black Device By BlackBerry Made By Optiemus Infracom was introduced. While the original KEYone was designed and produced by TCL, which is a partner with BlackBerry, this limited edition is made by Optiemus Infracom thanks to a license the latter has with TCL.

There are a trio of differences between the TCL version of …

Video teaser suggests that the BlackBerry KEYone will soon be unveiled in India

The BlackBerry KEYone is the most exciting and in demand handset that the company has had in some time. The outstanding physical QWERTY keyboard is one of the reasons why, along with the amazing battery life thanks to the energy-sipping Snapdragon 625 chipset. And with the same camera sensors as the Google Pixel, the camera takes photographs that you normally wouldn’t expect to see come from a BlackBerry.

Thanks to some teasers posted by BlackBerry Mobile India’s Twitter account, the odds look good that the phone is about to become available in the country. In addition, a video teaser …

Recently introduced Samsung Galaxy J7 Max renamed the Galaxy On Max for Flipkart in India

Last month, the Samsung Galaxy J7 Max was unveiled in India. Today, the very same phone was introduced again in the same country, but with a different name. As the Samsung Galaxy On Max, the handset becomes a Flipkart exclusive in India. The online retailer has the phone priced at Rs 16,900. With the current exchange rate, that works out to a price of $261 USD for the model, which will go on sale Monday, July 10th. Pay for the phone using a Standard Chartered credit or debit card, and you can take $31 off of the price.

The highlight of the phone is what Sammy is calling a “flagship camera.” …

Pricing for the iPhone, iPad cut by Apple in India following tax reform

Apple, which has been looking to replace slumping iPhone and iPad sales in China by picking up the pace in India, has cut the prices of its devices in the latter country. The price adjustments coincide with sales-related tax reform for Indians. Prices of iPhone models are now 4% to 7.5% lower following the implementation on July 1st of the Goods and Services Tax (GST). This single tax replaces different taxes imposed by both central and state governments.

With the new pricing, the Apple iPhone SE, which is manufactured locally in the country, has been cut from Rs 27,200 to Rs 26,000. Converting …

Motorola Moto C Plus to be unveiled in India on June 19th

Motorola has turned into the bunny rabbits of the handset industry, popping out new phones every so often. Back on June 2nd, Motorola launched the Moto C in India. This low-end model is priced at the equivalent of $94 USD, making it the cheapest smartphone ever released by the manufacturer.. At the time that the Moto C was being introduced, the Moto C Plus was not. This will change on June 19th when the device is unveiled.

According to a Moto C Plus teaser, the phone will be found exclusively at Indian on-line retailer Flipkart. The handset will carry a 5-inch display with a 720 x 1280 …

Motorola releases the budget priced Moto C in India

One day after unveiling the Moto Z2 Play, Motorola has launched the Moto C in India. This is the first-generation of the budget priced series. The device will be available today in all leading stores in over 100 cities in the country. Consumers will have two color options to choose from, Pearl White and Starry Black. The handset is priced at ₹5,999, which is the equivalent of $94 U.S. Dollars, and that makes the Moto C the lowest priced handset in the long and illustrious history of Motorola.

So what do you get for for that price? To start with, the phone features a 5-inch display carrying …

Amazon is closing in on Flipkart in India, one metric at a time


Amazon’s big $5 billion bet in India might be enough for the company to win the country’s ecommerce race.

Amazon India is quickly closing in on the lead Flipkart assumes in the country’s ecommerce space, according to data from intelligence firm 7Park Data. At least in some metrics.

When it comes to mobile engagement, the data suggests, Amazon India is showing promising growth. As of March 2017, four-year-old Amazon India held 30.3 percent of the mobile market share, only slightly behind the decade-old Flipkart’s 30.7 percent mark.  Read more…

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WhatsApp to launch peer-to-peer mobile payments in India

After last year’s demonetization in India, digital wallet apps have skyrocketed in popularity. Reportedly, a big name in the messaging market is also looking to join the race, as WhatsApp is preparing the release of peer-to-peer payments via its messaging app in India.

TechCrunch reached out to the Facebook-owned company for comment, but what it received in response was neither a confirmation, nor a denial of the rumor.

“India is an important country for WhatsApp, and we’re understanding how we can contribute more to the vision of Digital India. We’re exploring …