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Airtel 4G in Coimbatore – a review

You would be glad to know that Bharti Airtel has launched 4G yes you heard it right 4G in our Covai city. Thats a great speed news since the compelling response Airtel has had from customers in Chennai, Vellore and they will now go spreading the 4G network across rest of Tamil Nadu.

In a world where the Maslow’s Hierachy has been redefined with the access to charging a battery and internet as basic even below the daily needs, it must come as a great relief that 4G is atlast here.

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To give you an idea what 4G can do for you, there is no buffering and imagine downloading 10 movies in half an hour, yes 10 HD movies if you will! Add to that uploading your fav selfies and photographs to the facebooks and instagrams of the world in a flash.

The speeds are F1 paced swwosh and your download is done, this time the coffee will remain as hot as served. Be warned.

Now here is the best part to be a part of this at the same rates atleast initially as I hope so, you get 4G at the 3G rates! Enjoy as much as you can, and all you need to do is walk into an Airtel stores across Coimbatore and ask for a 4G sim and well you need to have a 4G enabled handsets.

Some of the common handsets include, Motorola’s Moto E 4G which can be purchased from Flipkart, don’t forget to get a 500 cashback on the same. Airtel has also ties up with Samsung offering a definite 4G plan along with 4g enabled handsets. It is also reported that Samsung is looking to launch its all new Core Prime 4G mobile smart phone in Airtel 4G markets.

Thanks to Airtel, I was one of the few enlisted to enjoy the power of 4G in Coimbatore. Armed with a 4G wifi dongle that can connect upto 10 devices and a Samsung Galaxy A5 handset and fully loaded data, I set to explore what’s 4G speed all about.

As I write this there is a disclaimer that the infrastructure is in the process of being done and this is a pilot happening and they are trying to make it better may be as you complete reading this piece.

I loved the cute handy design of the 4G wifi modem. It can be on the move for upto 6 hours when fully charged. Being on the power its stays fit.

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Now to the speeds and the overall experience. The moment I got hold of the handset and the modem, the first thing I did was to post it on Facebook and that elicited a response for a Ookla speed test!

And here we go: at two different places in Coimbatore – Veerakeralam some 500 metres off Marudhamalai road in particular is the first picture:

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The result was 6.12 Mbps which meant you could download a 60 Mb file in 10 seconds flat, a 600 mb file in 100 seconds flat!

The second one in a span of two days at Ramanathapuram – Trichy Main Road near Olumbus.

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Well the first impression was Wow thats great and on second thought dil maange more! :P Need more and today bandwidth is in the gold category where you always need more!

But as for as the videos on youtube and other players it was seamless and there was a initial buffer but once the video started there was no buffering. Downloads of apps and games was superfast, well to be frank I did download, Angry Birds and some Candy Crush stuff to check the speed. Some of the video based apps also worked better in this.

Like I said initial days, and this can be a normal stuff and that is great news, simple because it can only get better from here. Well that’s what people at Airtel seems to be working on getting you better bandwidth and better surfing experience.

I want to thank the folks at Airtel for giving me this opportunity to try out the service at Coimbatore.

Before I close, this is the first installment of the review, await another in a weeks time, and in the meanwhile you want to know what Airtel 4G LTE is all about please click here:  http://www.airtel.in/4g/

Senthilkumar

PS: I had been to Goa and we saw 4G modem work seamlessly across some places where even though the reception was a bit down.

I have been to New Delhi too and that made me really pity Coimbatore but yeah I am sure the folks at Airtel are waiting to give us the same speed. Please DO!  :)

For those who want to know how fast 4G can be take a look at the screen shot below at an Airtel Store in New Delhi.

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My Airtel App – the go to app for managing your mobile account

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The biggest telephone mobile operator Airtel has billing issues which often turns the customer very angry. The customers also have a real problem in the sense that they have to get the real readings and I think this has a solution and they have come with a new app! The most important thing for me is to measure my bandwidth usage and that makes all the bill to be readable and make sure I pay within limits. And if you have an Airtel DTH even that can be used around here and you can pay your bills with a click.

Some of the features which I was impressed are here:

1. Unbilled Usage

The download and installation was breeze and it got my number and was showing the bill straightaway with my due date and the amount to be paid. One of the most important features is this and yes you could also see your unbilled amount and this will help you keep tab on how much you are spending. Probably one of the first features I would recommend. We can look at this part to know what could be the billing

2. My Data (consumption)

This is easily one of the best things which I could also look for being authoritative especially when we have different set of readings from an external app with that of the Airtel own meters if we could say.

GIves you a reading on the usage of the bandwidth on a day to day basis and lets you keep tab of the consumption.

3. Recharge any number

With more than 4 Airtel prepaid numbers in the family this is a great new way to recharge and get well get coupons on every recharge. This will be an easy way to recharge when the charge is out especially when it matters most during travel or when they cannot.

Other features include the using the managed services tab and making request. I think request will have a great response provided that there is a need fulfilled way of looking at it.

The overall interface looks pretty cool with the brand colors making it all more cool in a way.

Shake for offers:

You can go shaking your phone and get amazing offers and if you are online shopper you will be all smiles with the offers on hand. There were a lot of irresistible offers.  You could end up talking for free with the offers available.

You can see more details of the same here: http://www.airtel.in/myairtel

Check for a preview of the app in this video here:

And that ring actually is the real sound when you shake your phone. You will find it pretty cool.

This is available on Google Playstore the android version as of now and iOS is in the works and will soon be available in some time.

I am sure this is an utility app and will be quite useful for us to be on watch with respect to the billing. Any money saved is money earned. And thats possible here with My Airtel App.

Senthil

Microsoft Launches the Lumia 640 XL and Lumia 640 in India #achievemore

Bangalore, April 7, 2015: Microsoft today rolled out two new smartphones, Microsoft Lumia 640 XLDual SIM and Microsoft Lumia 640Dual SIM in India, giving consumers greater flexibility and freedom to choose when and where they get things done. Both devices offer the seamless integration of Lumia essentials with a choice of screen sizes and camera capabilities and Microsoft services, to offer incredible productivity, keeping you prepared for anything — for work, at home and on the go.

Lumia 640 XL and Lumia 640, both upgradable to Windows 10 when it becomes available later this year, come armed with the latest version of Windows Phone 8.1with the Lumia Denim update. With the 12 month Office 365 Personal subscription offer, these devices will redefine productivity and with free OneDrive storage, those important documents are always within reach too.

Speaking at the launch, T.S. Sridhar, Director – Marketing, South – Nokia India Sales said,Consumers today are constantly looking for a device to bring them more flexibility to switch easily between work and play. The Lumia 640 XL and Lumia 640are the perfect devices that are enablers of productivity, busting the 9 to 5 myth by letting you achieve more, on your own terms. Packed with Microsoft services and experiences along with the exclusive Office 365 personal subscription offer, the Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL are well positioned to help us get back some of our scarcest commodity, time!”

Lumia 640 XL and Lumia 640 feature the very best of Microsoft’s services to help people accomplish more on the go – right out of the box.

  • Access, edit and share Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents and OneNote notebooks wherever you are, with the pre-installed Office suite
  • Connect with work and personal e-mail while on the go, with Microsoft Outlook built-in
  • Switch seamlessly between voice and video calls with built-in Skype integration and the front-facing wide angle cameras on Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL
  • Smoothly and quickly access important documents or run all of your favorite websites, apps and games, thanks to the onboard 1GB of memory and powerful quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon
  • Enjoy photos and videos on a crisp HD display – either 5” on Lumia 640 or 5.7” on Lumia 640 XL.
  • Power through the work day, thanks to a long-lasting battery – 2500 mAh for Lumia 640 and 3000 mAh for Lumia 640 XL.
  • Capture detail rich photos, thanks to the 8 MP camera on Lumia 640 or 13 MP camera with ZEISS optics on Lumia 640 XL. Both feature LED flash and Lumia Camera software right out of the box.
  • Keep up-to-date on the most important information with Glance Screen, which comes out of the box on both Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL.
  • Comes with the latest version of Windows Phone 8.1 and the Lumia Denim update, complete with one-swipe Action Center, Word Flow and Live Folders.
  • Both Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL will be available in dual SIM 3G variants.

The India offer for Lumia 640XL and Lumia 640

On every purchase of the new Lumia 640 XL and Lumia 640, consumers will get a12 monthOffice 365 Personal subscription worth INR 3,299/- as a limited time offer redeemable between April to June, 2015 which also includes a massive 1 Terabyte of OneDrive storage. This offer will give you access to Office365 across 1 PC or Mac, and 1 tablet like a Windows tablet, iPad® or Android tablet, plus easy access on 1 smartphone.

Adding another exciting offer for consumers on the Lumia 640 XL, Mobikwik,the online wallet will offer a recharge cashback worth INR 1000, redeemable with a minimum recharge of INR 200 per month for five months. Olacabs, the popular and smart cab service, will offer a cashback worth INR 800 on Ola money recharges where consumers will get INR 200 cashback per recharge for the first four recharges of INR 500 or higher.

On Lumia 640 being made available to consumersexclusively on Flipkart, Amitesh Jha, VP, Retail – Flipkart said, “We are excited to announce the exclusive launch of Microsoft Lumia 640 on Flipkart. Known for introducing innovative technology products in the Indian market, this new-age phone from Microsoft will offer a whole new proposition for our tech savvy customers. An extension of our smartphone category, we are positive that this product will sync well with the current customer needs.”

The Lumia 640 XL will be available across channels at a best buy price of INR 15,799/-and Lumia 640 will be available exclusively on Flipkart at the best buy price of INR 11,999/-, both starting 7th April, 2015.

Tech specs summary:

  Lumia 640 XL Dual SIM Lumia 640 Dual SIM
Operating system Windows Phone 8.1 with Lumia Denim Windows Phone 8.1 with Lumia Denim
HERE location services Free global HERE Maps and HERE Drive+ Free global HERE Maps and HERE Drive+
Display 5.7” HD (1280×720, 16:9) IPS, 259 PPI, Glance Screen, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Sunlight readability enhancements
5” HD (1280×720, 16:9) IPS LCD, 294 PPI, Glance screen Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Sunlight readability enhancements
Battery 3000 mAhbattery 2500 mAhbattery
Processor 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor
Main camera 13 MP AF, ZEISS optics, Lumia Camera 8 MP AF, LED Flash, Lumia Camera
Front facing camera 5 MP wide angle HD 0.9 MP Wide angle
Memory 8GB + 30 GB free on OneDrive[1], micro SD up to 128GB 8GB + 30 GB free on OneDrive[2], micro SD up to 128GB
Dimensions 144 g

 

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (NASDAQ “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services, devices and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

About Microsoft Devices

The Microsoft Devices Group includes award-winning hardware used by over a billion people around the world, including Lumia smartphones and tablets, Nokia mobile phones, Xbox hardware, Surface, Perceptive Pixel products, and accessories.

[1]15 GB of OneDrive access comes standard. Additional 15 GB of OneDrive access with activation of camera roll backup.

[2]15 GB of OneDrive access comes standard. Additional 15 GB of OneDrive access with activation of camera roll backup.

The first Mobile journey with Moto E

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I have always wondered about the naming – smart phone. Some one was smart enough to coin that word and what has the world come to after that. In the process it also meant the pricing for smart phone has also made it more elitist until ofcourse the android phones became the buzz word.

I remember the style quotient with the Motorola RAZR v3i the flip phone. a proud owner of that phone especially when the stars in the movies actually flaunted it. For the matter of fact my first phone was a Motorola, the one with a monochrome, yellow display and large digital display. So you can be sure about Motorola anytime and everytime.

Now they have upped the game with the new Moto E and what an imaginative smart phone they have brought to the table. Absolutely matching the best features and in their own word that wont cost you the bank.

Something like bringing the redefined luxury of a premium cars to the sedans on road! An ideal way to choose to start your mobile journey with Moto E. StartwithMotoE

For the first timer this phone is loaded with features which was already getting rave review with the earlier version and yet for the first timer you could be in for a lot of surprises. The latest of OS, Android Lollipop. Tastes better for sure! Just kidding you deserve the latest and therefore it comes with the latest OS the mobile world is running on.

4G – yes you heard it right, it comes with 4G and makes you view the latest of all videos at crazy speeds, why should you be let down by speed. How about this for #choosetostart literally at the latest 4G LTE speeds. Play games, stream videos, listen to music and browse the web all at speeds that you will be envied for.

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Multitasking is in your genes and then ofcourse why not your smart phone. Moto E comes with  powerful Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ processor with a 1.2GHz quad-core CPU and advanced graphics. Lets you switch back and forth with business and personal work at ease or play games and check mails at the same time. Now its time to be faster more than ever.

Taking pictures with your smartphone is now much faster with two cameras –  a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera and a second camera in front. A world of selfies await you so does shots that you want to cherish for posterity. The best of all the Quick capture makes it easy with just the wrist action to change from primary to secondary camera to take selfies at just a twist, yes all without touching the screen ever.

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This is what the team has to say!

Quick Capture has been one of the most popular features we have on Moto X. So we decided to bring it to Moto E, too. It’s just one more way we are able to bring our premium innovation into a smartphone that doesn’t break the bank.

- MICHELLE GATTUSO / Product Management  Director

Moto E just added a dash of color to your life with colorful interchangeable bands and grip shells. For once you don’t have to spend a fortune on a phone and then also on the panels. Be colorful with your

And whats the fun if you dont have a battery to support all that you read just now! Yes the Moto E comes with a 2390 mAh battery, keeping you live and kicking all day!

And just in case you wanted to have a taste of all that watch this video! (features in a nutshell)


I know all the ‘first’ times are really memorable one as much as your going smart phone for the first time with Moto E will be. A definitely a great way to #choosetostart. An unforgettable first smartphone experience awaits you.

Senthilkumar

Microsoft Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL: keeping you prepared for anything

BARCELONA, Spain — March 2, 2015 — Today at Mobile World Congress 2015, Microsoft Corp. introduced Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL, two new smartphones that give people greater flexibility and freedom to choose when and where they get things done. Both phones are upgradeable to Windows 10, which offers more personal computing and greater productivity, and will be available later this year.

In a competitive marketplace, Microsoft continues to deliver innovative smartphone experiences at all price points. Both devices offer the seamless integration of hardware essentials — with a choice of screen sizes and camera capabilities — and Microsoft services to offer incredible productivity with affordability. With Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL, people are prepared for anything — for work, at home and on the go:

  • Smoothly and quickly access important documents or run popular websites, apps and games thanks to the onboard 1 GB of memory and powerful Qualcomm ® Snapdragon ™ processor featuring quad-core CPU running at 1.2GHz.
  • Enjoy photos and videos on a crisp high-definition (HD) display — either 5 inches on Lumia 640 or 5.7 inches on Lumia 640 XL.
  • Power through the day with battery to spare with a long-lasting battery — 2500 mAh for Lumia 640 and 3000 mAh for Lumia 640 XL.
  • Capture detail-rich photos even in low light with the 8MP camera on Lumia 640 or 13MP ZEISS optics on Lumia 640 XL. Both feature LED flash, a front-facing camera for Skype video calling, and Lumia Camera software right out of the box.
  • Enjoy the latest version of Windows Phone 8.1 and the Lumia Denim update, complete with one-swipe Action Center, Word Flow and Live Folders. People can also upgrade Lumia 640 and 640 XL to Windows 10 and enjoy its benefits as it becomes available later this year.
  • Have the best of both worlds with LTE support available on dual-SIM models for the first time. In addition, all dual-SIM models will feature Smart Dual SIM to help ensure people never miss a call.

Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL customers will be able to access new Windows 10 features and innovation through the Windows Insider Program, as well as upgrade to Windows 10 later this year. Key features and improvements of Windows 10 include new universal apps such as Office, Mail and Calendar, and Photos; Internet Protocol-based messaging from Skype and others integrated directly into the messaging experience; an entirely new browsing experience with the new Project Spartan browser; and extended integration of the Cortana personal assistant.

Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL also come with a one-year subscription to Office 365 Personal, which includes the latest Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote) on the Lumia as well as on one PC or Mac and one tablet, plus 1TB of OneDrive storage, and 60 free minutes of Skype Unlimited Worldwide calling per month.**

“Our newest Lumia devices build on our momentum in the affordable smartphones space,” said Jo Harlow, corporate vice president for Phones at Microsoft. “With the Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL, we continue to make innovation accessible to more people. We have packaged competitive hardware with innovative Windows software and Microsoft services to help you achieve more, wherever and whenever you want.”

Lumia 640 XL will begin rolling out globally in March and will be available in matte cyan, orange and black, as well as both matte and glossy white. Lumia 640 will be available starting in April and will be available in glossy cyan, orange and white, as well as matte black. Both Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL will be available in single-SIM and dual-SIM LTE and dual-SIM 3G variants. Lumia 640 XL will also be available as a single-SIM 3G variant. Pricing will vary by market and operator; Lumia 640 is estimated to be around 139 euros for the 3G model and 159 euros for the LTE model, before taxes and subsidies. Lumia 640 XL will be around 189 euros for 3G and 219 euros for LTE, before taxes and subsidies.

About Microsoft Devices

The Microsoft Devices Group includes award-winning hardware used by over a billion people around the world, including Lumia smartphones, Nokia ultra-affordable feature phones, Xbox hardware, Surface and Surface Hub, Microsoft Band, and HoloLens.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services, devices and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

*Like any upgrade to a new operating system, not every phone will support all possible Windows 10 features.   Certain features and experiences will require more advanced future hardware.

**See office.com/information for details. Skype account required. Excludes special, premium and non-geographic numbers. Calls to mobiles are for select countries only.  Skype available only in select countries.  See FAQ for details.

Microsoft Launches Lumia 532 and Lumia 435 at affordable prices…

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Bangalore, 20, February 2015 — Microsoft today launched its two most affordable Lumia devices till date, the Microsoft Lumia 532and Microsoft Lumia 435. With a great 5MP camera, premium layered design, Glance screen, front facing camera, 1GB Ram and more memory, Lumia 532 enables people to achieve their goals and accomplish more with the best of Microsoft’s experiences. The Lumia 435 is the first 400 series Lumia and the most affordable Lumia yet. Lumia 532 and Lumia 435 deliver competitive hardware alongside innovative software that will continue to receive the very latest updates and enhancements, keeping users up-to-date with the best new features.

Offering the latest Windows Phone 8.1 operating system and Lumia Denim, the Lumia 435 opens up the Lumia Windows Phone experience to even more people. Lumia 435 is available at a best buy price of INR 5999/- and Lumia 532 will be available at a best buy price of INR 6499/- starting 19th February, 2015.

The Lumia 532 and Lumia 435 bring the latest Windows Phone experiences to newer price points, without compromising on innovation and overall experiences

  • Comes with the latest version of Windows Phone 8.1 and the Lumia Denim update, complete with one-swipe Action Centre, Word Flow and Live Folders
  • Capture photos quickly and easily with Lumia Camera right out of the box, and take, edit and share great selfies with the front-facing camera and Lumia Selfie app
  • Smoothly enjoy all of your favourite websites, leading apps and games thanks to the on-board 1GB of memory, 8GB of on-board storage and a dual core processor on the Lumia 435. For those who want more power, the Lumia 532 comes with a quad core processor
  • Stay up-to-date with the best features through regular updates to Windows

More on the Go with the new Lumia 532 and Lumia 435

  • Make memorable Skype video calls and seamlessly switch between voice and video with built-in Skype integration and the front facing camera
  • Access, edit and share Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents and OneNote notebooks wherever you are, with the pre-installed Office suite
  • Save and sync photos, videos and Office documents securely with up to 30GB of free OneDrive cloud storage
  • Connect with work and personal e-mail while on the go, with Microsoft Outlook built-in

The India offer for Lumia 532 and Lumia 435

  • All Lumia 532 and Lumia 435 owners on Airtel subscriptions will get to enjoy 500 MB data internet pack per month, free of cost for 2 months.
  • Travellers can use the Windows Phone RedBus app on their Lumia 532 and Lumia 435 and get Rs. 1500/- worth of discounts on bus tickets over 6 single trips through the app (Rs. 250 off on every trip for 6 journeys – Valid for 6 months from the date of app activation)
  • Paytm, India’s largest mobile payments service will offer Rs. 750/- cashback of recharges through the Paytm app (Rs. 150 off every month for 5 months)
  • Consumers can now make your phonebook smarter with Truecaller, get 6 months of Truecaller Premium subscription worth Rs. 360/- free

Lumia 435 and Lumia 532 will begin rolling out in India in February. Both devices will be available in bright green, bright orange, white and black, and will be available in single and dual SIM variants.

Tech specs summary:

  Lumia 435 Lumia 532
Operating system Windows Phone 8.1 with Lumia Denim Windows Phone 8.1 with Lumia Denim
Display 4” WVGA 800×480 screen 4” WVGA 800×480 screen
Battery 1560 mAhbattery 1560 mAhbattery
Processor Dual Core Snapdragon 200 processor Quad Core Snapdragon 200 processor
Main camera 2 MP, Lumia Camera 5 MP, Lumia Camera, LED flash
Front facing camera VGA 0.3 MP VGA 0.3 MP
Memory 8GB + up to 30 GB free OneDrive, micro SD up to 128GB + 1GB RAM 8GB + up to 30 GB free OneDrive, micro SD up to 128GB + 1GB RAM

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (NASDAQ “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services, devices and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

About Microsoft Devices

The Microsoft Devices Group includes award-winning hardware used by over a billion people around the world, including Lumia smartphones and tablets, Nokia mobile phones, Xbox hardware, Surface, Perceptive Pixel products, and accessories.

Look at my valentine! I,Me Myself! #unconditionallove

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Being lost in love to yourself is the best part. And when you have a phone that can just let you be yourself, why do you need a Valentine? eh? Here goes the reasons why Asus Zenphone is the first and the last Valentine!

The High definition Display screen

Watch the images come alive on the screen with IPS technology rendering wide viewing angle to the display enhancing the video viewing experience.  And don’t forget you can navigate through multiple applications on this large touchscreen with ease. with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels it provides clearer images with brilliant contrast quality.

The power to be worry free is a great feeling!

Only when you have an Asus Zenphone do you think more of yourself than worry for so many things. You know when you are powered by Intel Atom Processor which is energy efficient and lets you do what you like talk or play without worrying for you battery

An third eye you would love!

A camera so great makes for your third eye, so you get pictures that others cant. Yeah when you have a 5 element optical high quality lens to click pictures and which has sensor with larger aperture allowing more light and delivering great and finer details to your picture. Click pictures like never before so those moments can be lived again.

As much as you would love yourself, you will end up clicking the most self loving selfies as you have a wonderful camera on the front. Click click click all the way everytime you enjoy being yourself.

Play like no one else..

You are a gaming freak and yes play like never before. With Intel inside and graphics supported you are in for a great time play and never a dull moment again. Your Valentine knows you better than ever.

Multitasking like you

There are so many things you want to accomplish and then ofcourse you get that done your way. Asus Zenfone is your companion helping you work getting it over multitask with the power of the Intel inside – browse the web, stream videos and play games all at a go..

The colour full panels 

Trust Asus to make it more colorful for all your occasions or your ward robe. The panels will make you flaunt your phone like a new one every occasion you go to. With s many colors to choose from this is going to give you the right match when you need.

There is enough and more reasons for you to choose Asus Zenfone as your valentine. I am sure this will be great match for those young at heart . S0 you meet your match with a Asus Zenfone. Check out the options that you have to get your most admired Valentine here: http://www.flipkart.com/asus.

Need more reason to see why Asus Zenfone will be your Valentine, watch this video…. making you feel good that you do have a valentine!

This is a part of Indiblogger #HappyHours…

Senthilkumar

You got a ping! – there’s a message on your mobile!

Social Media Week

There was a time when we could go on with our work without any hindrance. There was a time you had to be at the desk to be on FaceBook well orkut some days ago.

1994_phonesI remember the first  mobile some time in early 2000, I had was the Motorola almost the size of the Cordless phone that we had, the closest resemblance is the second one in the pic, the yellow monochrome screen would flash the number of the person calling in digital font if you can understand what I mean.

The cost was also not that cheap some 16 rupees for incoming and outgoing at double the cost. As days passed by, our regional brand Aircel made the first move making the incoming free and everyone followed suit.

The internet story was happening alongside with dial-up and other ISDN and things like that and the early social was orkut and some hi5 and some myspace et al. There were some other Indian sites with forgettable names. So we would wait for the evening to check what is happening to the orkut scraps as they we called and wait for some testimonials sometimes.

The times went fast literally in case of internet adoption it had overtaken all the media, the tv, the land phone etc… The mobile phones especially the smart fancy & most advanced with internet connections were sought after and did cost a bomb; not to forget the Apple series iPhone making it a way of life.

But all this changed when the Indian smart phone manufacturers like Micromax and Karbonn started it with a price that could be afforded by the large set of population and that’s when the Facebook and twitter came inbuilt and well the life has not been same again for the Indian population.

I am also lucky to be a part of that population who had access to a decent feature phone and upgraded to a smart Blackberry out of corporate style and then ofcourse to the Android next. All those times I have been connected 24/7 to internet and FB and twitter.

There was this innate urge to check them out, literally every now and then when there is a beep saying there is a message somewhere on one of those apps. On a personal  level it has closed the time gap in being in touch. I know what my friends are upto, the twitter timelines and what to expect that day at the news night.

You will have the best of the updated news and the most important things being discussed. You will feel as if you would have lost a part of yourself if you don’t carry the phone with you. There were times when you missed the phone at home and then felt as if you have lost yourself and get back. Its become a part of you, whether you are working or even when you go for a walk. You need it along with you.

Especially the social going mobile is the biggest thing that happened in this  century and the fact is that the next generation would be introduced to the social on mobile and to think we were all a part of the web based Facebook generation. I personally am a big fan of the same. The acquisition of Instagram and later Whatsapp by Facebook is a pointer to mobile first thinking by everyone. (you can read my blog on the same clicking on the names)

That being connected and being engaged got a new paradigm shift with the advent of social on mobile. There is a new generation of millennial  who are hooked to the mobile phone and everything is happening out there.

I would be missing out if the video and the messengers are not mentioned apart from the usual social. The songs then the videos from YouTube or any other player has come to be a part of the content consumption so much so that we don’t know how much of video content we are viewing.

As I am keying I have been served ads on an app named “Hotstar” promising to give all the tv content across the mobile screens. The mobile has for once and all changed the way we are, and the way we think perhaps the way we live.

Just take a look at this report and the future is going to be mobile all the way. “India — the world’s second largest Facebook audience – will surpass 100 million mobile phone Facebook users for the first time this year and by 2017, will have more mobile Facebook users than the US,” eMarketer said.

The above is a part of the report that appeared on Jan 22nd 2015 in the Economic Times, well not so long ago.

As we speak we have seen how social is an integral part of politics today with the result of AAP making a big win. We know both the victors in 2014 and now did use social to a great extent and ofcourse with precision that was characteristic of both the winners.

The mobile will today make the internet accessible to the most rural part of the country. And thanks to Mark Zuckerberg, the Founder of Facebook he has initiated internet.org in India today to give free access to internet in some states.

I am sure we can go on and on on how mobile has impacted us so much. I leave you with one small incident, a young techie had taught his mom to use a feature phone especially on how to text. Mom sent a message promptly the next noon asking – did you have lunch?

So much for bringing the family together even with a text. Imagine a Skype call or the voice on Viber or IMO. I am a happy go lucky guy simply because I got to study these and live these as a part of my job! What more can one ask for.

On the professional side there has been a big change with the apps and tools which help you and make things at ease. So you have all those things at the touch of a button or say a swipe or a tap.

Definitely as a professional in digital and internet of things and personally I am sure the mobile is a way of life going forward and ask me, the bandwidth and internet story has only just begun with the mobile enabling it  and making it happen all the way!

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Senthilkumar R

Get Quikr NXT! Chat your way to a sale!

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SO Quikr is getting quick at innovation. Ask me why, simple the reason why people are getting on with Whatsapp, well you got ! Its the way people are getting to chat, like fish to water.

I have been a user already and some of the best part of the listing have already been detailed in my old blog post.

And when they announced the Chat as a feature I am sure the company has its customers beat with it. Now to the Chat Messenger NXT across the app and the desktop, thats a big leap for a classifieds site to do that a chat as a part of their service at no cost.

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So here the screenshot show the NXT at the right hand corner and you are ready to chat away sell or buy things as you chat.

So why is it that great?? you ask me. Let me explain.  Take a look at the screen shot below!

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There are many reason but lets take the three which impressed me the most.

1. Real Time : I want to sell it now! Well get on with that on chat. You know you got a customer on line. That’s the easy way it works. You know the party is online and then talk with them once you have initiated the chat.  No need to call and then disturb both ways.

2. Instantly Share Images: Well we all know a picture is worth a thousand words – truly put send them as many angles you want them to see the product and convince themselves before they buy it out. I think this is one of the killer ideas to have in the chat. Any doubt will be laid to rest and they can finalize the deal faster. And yeah it is done with a click as easy it can get.

3. Make your contact details private: Privacy Privacy and privacy! Oh forget that, unless you are a dealer, getting our number online is pretty tough. Open to tele-marketing calls and what not, and you might get calls long after the product is sold and many more instances where you just think why did I have to give my number to everyone even if they wont buy the product at the end of half an hour call!

Now that’s not gonna happen again. You decide to take a call only when you want to finalise for sure. Your number remains yours isn’t that a great way to sell or shop?

Apart from that you can archive the chats and also block unwanted chats too. Now who said you need to shout all the way to sell your products online. Chat your way to selling  or buying something you want to sell / buy.

Welcome to Quikr NXT chat.

Senthilkumar

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The advent of smartphones…

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The last Friday, I was at school my alma mater for a reunion with my schoolmates to be precise. Given that the distance from home to school remains the same, it was walkable say some 2.4 km distance, these days we would be doing the same in a bike or a car. Time changes right.

I can also imagine those days of uninhibited roads without the kind of traffic and you could travel without worrying who would jump in front of you. We used to walk to school get the classmates enroute and the gang would reach there. Better still we would cycle all the way to reach there and not get late for the assembly.

Ok the reason I am writing this is when I went to the ground where the school day was being celebrated, I could see almost everyone  with a phone albeit a smartphone actually, i mean every kid was in conversation or fidgeting with the phone. May be this was a day off for them to use the phone.

Well I travelled back to my school days, we didn’t have a phone like this which we could carry with us. We were introduced to a phone the mobile phone to be precise towards the later 90s when the machine would be really big and you had to pay through your nose to make a call or receive one.

In between we had something called pagers that was the SMS part if you ask me and you had to call a pager service provider to  send an SMS to the person who had a pager. The technology had its failings to be only short circuited by mobile revolution.

Then the big changes had happened with feature phones, then the smart phones in the last 5 years! The phones have now become an additional part of your being. An extension of your personal self. You probably wouldn’t sleep without it beside you.

Its become the mode of communication, the messengers, the whatsapp et al. Whatsapp has become a verb than a noun or a name of a service today. It has percolated at all levels and if you know the best part is the ease of use that is driving the usage.

My point here was to take you to a different line. Has these things ever come in the way of the individual being the real one. Has it diminished the so called innocence factor atleast in out kids. Or we just looking at clicking pictures to post on social networks that we forget to enjoy the happenings of what unfolds in front of us.

As long as you control the machine its fine, when the machine starts to control you we need to pause and think over.

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