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lumia 610 now available in India

Nokia announces Lumia 610 for Indian market, disappointingly priced at Rs 12,999

It’s here finally. The much awaited low cost Windows Phone device Nokia Lumia 610 was announced today at a press conference in New Delhi extending it’s Lumia lineup to a total of three devices. Lumia 610 comes with Group Shot, Nokia Traffic and Nokia Music – Mix Radio – with offline support (finally!) DRM free with 45lakhs + songs. That is impressive. Lumia 610 comes in four colors and will be available starting tomorrow at Nokia stores.

lumia 610 now available in India

lumia 610 now available in India

You’ll find the usual Nokia exclusive applications  too – but with 256 MB RAM – you’d be missing out on few applications (an insignicant number..if you ask me – excluding Skype of course) in the Windows Phone marketplace.

Our friends over at FoneArena liveblogged the event, so watch their coverage here.

Here’s a review of Lumia 610 that I highly recommend you check out : UnleashThePhones

Fellow desi tech bloggers on Twitter aren’t happy about the price. I wholeheartedly agree with them. This is typical Nokia India stuff though. Release phone at high price point. Wait for some fanboys to pick it up. Suffer sales due to lack of fanboys. Then undergo heavy cut and make those rare fanboys rage. So i’d suggest you wait a month or two if you are really interested in getting Lumia 610 at 10-11k.

This was Nokia’s only chance to get back in the low – mid end market by pricing it under 10k and they completely blow it away. I don’t see why anyone would be crazy enough to pick up Lumia 610 for 13k when Lumia 710 is available at < 15k in the market. This is absolutely crazy. Nokia is planning to launch a Windows Phone 8 device at the end of the year, according to our report. Now we are at the middle of the year and there is no way Nokia will release a device as cheap as Lumia 610 running Windows Phone 8 this year. Windows Phone 8 demands powerful hardware. Dual cores are the standard now. The price of hardware is getting cheaper but not cheap enough to build another Lumia 610 running WP8 without compromises. So this is Nokia’s only chance to battle it out at low – mid end segment which is dominated completely by Samsung. Galaxy Y is still a best seller at Flipkart and it’s been the same since launch. Nokia Lumias have never made it to the list. Ask your local retailers and they will tell you the same. It seems to me that Nokia doesn’t have a strategy in mind for low t0 mid end phones. Too bad because that’s what Nokia used to dominate. Why wouldn’t anyone spend 1-2k Rupees more and get Lumia 710 (no compromise Windows Phone device)  instead? Let us know your thoughts in comments below.

Nokia also unveiled special edition TDKR Lumia 800 at the press conference today. Interested users can purchase the device from Nokia online store.

 

TDKR special edition Lumia 800 in India

TDKR special edition Lumia 800 in India

 

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Nokia planning to launch Lumia 900 and Lumia 610 in India

It’s been a while since Nokia announced the Lumia 900 and 610, but these two phones from the opposite ends of the price spectrum are coming to India as soon as June. OnlyGizmos reports that Nokia India is currently training its sales representatives for the upcoming launch. The budget Windows Phone Lumia 610 is expected to be priced at INR 11,000 and the flagship Lumia 900 will be available around INR 28,000.

The Nokia Lumia 900 is the 4.3 inch high-end device in Nokia’s Windows Phone lineup. It sports a 1.4 GHz Qualcomm processor, an 8 MP shooter and the Clear Black Display technology. The Lumia 610 is among the first wave of budget devices which run Windows Phone. It has a 3.7 inch display, a 5 MP camera, 256 MB of RAM and an 800 MHz processor. Whether the Lumia 610 will launch with NFC inbuilt is currently unknown.

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Wanna get married? Get the Bharat Matrimony app for Windows Phone

If you live in India, you know about the craziness that are Indian marriages. If you don’t, well you have probably heard some stories anyway. Before the marriage comes the hunt for a suitable partner and that’s where Bharat Matrimony comes in. They are the biggest online matchmaking site in India and now they are making it even easier to access their service by providing a mobile app for Windows Phone.

Going by the description in marketplace, the app seems pretty full-featured. Have a look:

BharatMatrimony.com, where more marriages happen than anywhere in the world, is the most preferred destination by 80% of Indians looking for a life partner.

BharatMatrimony is also featured in the Limca Book of records for highest number of documented marriages online.

After establishing a strong leadership in the Internet space, BharatMatrimony has entered the mobile domain to add convenience and speed to life partner search.

The BharatMatrimony FREE Windows Mobile App will help users connect to their life partner anywhere and anytime. Using the application you can:

 Register and create your profile just as you would do online
 Search for suitable Brides or Grooms matching your preference
 Contact members through Express Interest or Personalised Messages
 Reply to the Interests and Messages that you have received
 All activities done on your mobile will be seamlessly integrated with the site

Get started! Your life partner is waiting to be discovered.

So, if you are looking to find your life partner on the go, download the app!

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WPSauce Dev Spotlight : Prasanth Guruprasad [ Habit Tracker ]

Hello Readers, This week the Spotlight is on Prasanth Guruprasad – who has developed apps for Windows Phone. One of his apps for Windows Phone is Habit Tracker, which tracks your habits the KISS way [ Keep it Simple and Silly]. We interviewed Prasanth. Some Excerpts.

 

WPSauce: So Prasanth , what do you do for a Living ?

I am a coder. I work for ThoughtWorks as an Application developer.

WPSauce: Since when have you been making apps for Windows Phone ?

Since this January 2012 . I just started with it after the Nokia devices came out in India.

WPSauce: Do you develop apps for other Mobile Platforms too ?

I tried one app in Android, but that was just playing around. The Android platform is not as easy to develop for as the Windows phone platform.

WPSauce: What are your other apps on the Marketplace ? Please provide links

Habit tracker, Thoughtblogs and Shoporific(Yet to release).

WPSauce: What is the secret ingredient for a good app ?

Simplicity, a clean interface and a good experience. When you are writing mobile apps, developers have to start thinking a lot about the UI.

 

WPSauce: How did you get the idea for HabitTracker ?

It was to help me to start doing my hobbies more regularly and get more focused on doing those. I started tracking how often I study in a week on the app and it was a great guide.

WPSauce: What are the features that you are planning to bring to HabitTracker in future ?

I am planning two more features: Live tiles, and a calendar page where you will be able to see on what days of the month you have been doing your activities

WPSauce: Can we expect Live Tiles for the app ?

Yes. That is one thing that every windows phone app needs to have to distinguish it from other platforms

 

If you are an Indian Developer and want to be featured on the WPSauce Dev Spotlight – Drop in a mail to karthik@wpsauce.com or reach us via the Contact Page.

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WPSauce Dev Spotlight : Pavan Bhattad [ Indian Rail App ]

Hello Readers – Welcome to WPSauce Dev Spotlight . This week, the Spotlight is on Pavan Bhattad , The face behind Indian Rail App. We had earlier reviewed the app here. If you are an Indian Developer and want to be featured on the WPSauce Dev Spotlight – Drop in a mail to karthik@wpsauce.com or reach us via the Contact Page.
So Pavan , what do you do for a Living ?

I am a software engineer and work in Windows team in Microsoft.

Since when have you been making apps for Windows Phone ?

I started working learning and developing since April 2011.

Do you develop apps for other Mobile Platforms too ?

Yes

Which ones do you work on ? Which ones do you find lucrative for a developer and why ?

I did one for Symbian but didn’t publish it. Initially it was iOs platform which inspired me to develop apps. I did some initial study and found that without mac I cannot proceed. So was looking for other options. 

What attracted you to Windows Phone Development ?

Microsoft gifted Windows Phone to all employees. I was amazed by the design and uniqueness of the phone and felt that this platform will thrive in the long run, compared to others. Being Microsoft employee, I got the leverage of free developer registrations, ample learning material, participation in internal distribution lists etc. and it helped to clear all my doubts.

What are your other apps on the Marketplace ?

Other two apps I developed are Eggs and 2 INR

What is the secret ingredient for a good app ?

Simple, Fast, Metro Style, Intuitive. If it is a informative app, then it should have dynamic content.
What are the features that you are planning to bring to IndianRail in future ?
  • Pinning Bookmarked PNR and Saved Train schedule to the start screen.
  • Automatic updating PNR status.
  • Location based alarm, to notify when the destination station is approaching.

Can we expect Live Tiles for the app ?

 Yes, very soon.
How is the Indian App Market Scenario on the Windows Phone Marketplace ? ( The Developer Scenario as well as the User Scenario )

Indian users do not have the habit of purchasing apps as of now. So chances of the paid apps getting hit are low. But I guess ad supported apps can get good revenue from Indian users. Many good apps can be developed for Indian Market, but very few companies have API’s which would allow to fetch their content. If companies develop their back-end infrastructure and expose API’s to developers, many decent apps can be developed which will benefit companies, developers and users.

Any Message you would like to share with Windows Phone Sauce Readers ?

The Windows Phone is one of the best platforms for developers to show their creativity. Also its still naive compared to ios and andriod. Getting a head start early would be quite advantageous for developers. There are plenty of forums, blog posts with lot of code samples along with MSDN documention which will help you clear any doubts within few minutes.

As a Developer, what are the features you want in the upcoming versions of Windows Phone

First thing is pubcenter registration for Indian developers

   Some of the features I would love to see in Windows phone are:

  •     Live cubes instead of Live tiles.
  •     Bluetooth support.
  •     Push notification alerts stack.(so that I never miss Tango/Whatspp or any other app’s alerts)
  •     Battery status notification in percentage in Lock screen.
  •     Copy+Paste in dial pad.
  •     Ability to configure and call one number along with emergency numbers that can be called even with locked screen.(Will help if some one’s phone is lost.)
  •     Easy customization of live tiles for developers

 

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Windows Phone App Review : Indian Rail App

I travel a lot by trains.  In fact so much, that I am responsible for 50% of revenues for Indian Railways ( Ok I am exaggerating but you guys get the point, right ?). I usually check for a train availability via the Indian Rail website. One look at it, and you will understand why I hate it.  Too many ads and very unreliable website. To get a seat availability on the train between two stations, I have to check the codes for the station and then come back and then put in the data and then get the result . OH ! and not to forget the thousands of ad popups that ask me to get a Travel Insurance (Yes, exactly what I need while planning a travel).

There are other sites too like IRCTC, ClearTrip which have good UI but then again they are not really mobile friendly. Since I am on the move most of the time, I wanted a mobile app. And that is when I stumbled upon IndianRail App on the Marketplace.

The App really looks beautiful as it tries to emulate Windows Phone’s Tiles interface and has various sections displayed as Tiles.

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The App has 5 sections

1) Train Schedule : Lets me check any train’s schedule by entering the train number. I can also Save the Train Schedule in this app

2) PNR : One of the best features – It lets me see if my ticket has been confirmed or still waitlisted. I can also bookmark the PNR number for faster access

3) Travel Plan : Quite an extensive feature, Lets me see how many tickets are available in different classes on a given day between two stations.

4) Train Live Status : Live Update of the train which shows actual / expected time of the train in a nice table format

5) Passing By Trains : List of Trains that pass by a certain station in the time frame that the user sets.

I am in love with this app. I use this regularly and one thing I totally heart is how it displays different stations and pops up suggestions when I type the station name. Also the way the stations are displayed in the list ( in the same way , how your music is displayed in Zune on Windows Phone ) is good !

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It all just fits in and the Developer Pavan Bhattad has taken care the app emulates the look and feel of Windows Phone ! The Developer regularly provides updates for the app every now and then.

You can find Indian Rail App on Marketplace here.

P.S : At WPSauce, we are starting with reviewing apps which cater to the Indian Marketplace or are developed by Indian Windows Phone Developers. If you are a Windows Phone Developer from India and have developed some good apps – Drop me a mail at karthik[at]wpsauce[dot]com (or use WPSauce.com/Contact) and I will get back to you.

Windows Phone Camps

Windows Phone Camp coming to Six Indian cities this month, Developers – register ASAP!

After a successful Windows Phone Camp in Hyderabad, Microsoft has just announced that it will organize Windows Phone camp in six Indian cities this very month. The Six Indian cities along with their data of Windows Phone Camp given below.

(click on the name of the city for the registration link)

  1. Delhi – 17th February
  2. Bangalore – 20th February
  3. Indore – 22nd February
  4. Ahmedabad – 24th February
  5. Mumbai – 27th February
  6. Trivandrum - 29th February (yay, leap year!)

Microsoft India is giving both professional developers and students to get to know Windows Phone development in detail. Our Editor, Karthik Ragubathy, attended the event in Hyderabad and he has a lot of positive things to say about the event. So if possible – do attend the Camp. Remember, it’s free!

If you are attending the event at any of the listed cities, do let us know.

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Windows Phone Marketplace gets official Bollywood Hungama and SnapDeal apps

The argument that Windows Phone doesn’t have enough apps is proving to be more and more idiotic everyday. More proof against this comes in the form of two apps released recently. The official Bollywood Hungama and SnapDeal apps are available on the marketplace and here are there descriptions:

Snapdeal (India’a Groupon equivalent): Snapdeal aims at making life more fun for consumers. Being India’s best daily deals website, we bring to you up to 90% discounts on dining, health and beauty services, branded products, travel and more. Our vision is to make Snapdeal your engine of discovery for what to do, eat and buy in your city. With daily deals in close to 100 cities, we ensure that we reach consumers in every nook and corner of the country.
Get the app here.

Bollywood Hungama: Live Bollywood ? Love Bollywood ? then look no more. BollywoodHungama.com , The worlds most widely read Bollywood daily now presents the tinsel towns most happening and glamorous events, news and more on a app in your phone. Get behind the scenes or visit the most happening parties with all the stars at all the times. Get to know what’s running at the box office and how is faring through the reviews section in the app which brings you the most accurate and trusted reviews of movies. Listen to the latest music launches from the jukebox and what’s more, just follow your favorite stars on their twitter timelines.
Get the app here.

Thanks Vinay for the tip!

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Official Economic Times Windows Phone app released in the marketplace

After releasing the Times of India app, The Times group has released the official Economic Times app as in the marketplace. Counting the IBN and NDTV apps, this week has marked some major app releases for the Indian Windows Phone users. With ever increasing momentum, our desi devs are turning their focus on Redmond’s OS. Here are the features of the Economic Times app :

The Economic Times App lets you:
- Get the latest and popular business news.
- Share news articles with friends, colleagues, partners via email, Facebook or Twitter
- Profit from Stock Market views and recommendations from Experts
- Latest updates from the Stock Market
- Track Stocks in the Market with the latest Gainers, Losers, Movers, etc.

 

Get it here.

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NDTV News and NDTV Good Times apps released in the Windows Phone Marketplace

And the downpour of Indian media apps continues in Microsoft’s marketplace. After the Times Of India and BookMyShow apps, NDTV Convergence Ltd. has released two apps of its own apps – NDTV and NDTV Good Times in the Indian Marketplace. Its great to see this kind of drive from Indian content providers in adopting the Windows Phone platform, which is pushing over 50,000 at the Marketplace now.

The features of the NDTV app :
Read
• Breaking news, top stories, India, world, business, cricket, entertainment news and more
• Full coverage of news events
• City news, weather and popular stories
• Sharing via SMS, e-mail, Twitter and Facebook

Watch & View
• Daily video updates from the world of news, entertainment, sports, lifestyle, business, gadgets and news
• Photo galleries and slideshows

Live Video & Audio
• NDTV 24×7
• NDTV India
• NDTV Profit
• NDTV Good Times

Cricket
• Get Cricket scores as full scorecard
• Follow every ball bowled in international ODIs, Tests and T20 matches

Markets
• Live Market updates with gainers and losers

And the features of the NDTV Good Times app from the app page :
Watch latest featured videos on varied topics like food, cuisine, travel, fashion.
The app also allows you catch up on previous episodes of your favorite shows like Highway on My Plate, Yogasutra, Bollywood Confidential, Chakhle India, Band Baja Barat and many more. You can also check out sections on travel, luxury, gadgets, fashion and wellness. This app is your everyday Indian lifestyle expert.

Get the apps here.