Microsoft phones with Opera browser from early next year


Sunil Kamath (left), Vice-President ( South Asia), Opera Software, and Murali Retineni, Executive Director, Celkon, launching the Campus Nova A352E Android smartphone with pre-installed Opera Mini, in Hyderabad on Wednesday. Photo: P V Sivakumar


Microsoft is likely to roll out phones with Opera browser from early next year. The IT giant, which bought the phone maker Nokia, had entered into an agreement with the Oslo-based browser firm to make it a default browser on its phones.

Though the deal was signed recently, it would take some time before it comes up with the phones with Opera browser. “We expect that to happen from early next year,” Sunil Kamath, Vice-President for South Asia, Opera Software, said.

Addressing a press conference here on Wednesday, he said the Opera browswer was gaining ground in India. “We have tied with 16 Indian phone makers and our browser comes embedded in their phones,” he said.

He was here to announce a tie-up with Celkon Mobiles, a Hyderabad-based phone maker.

Originally published by: The Hindu Business Line

Launch: Celkon Ultra Q500 quad-core Android KitKat phone at Rs. 9,999


Celkon Mobiles has launched its Ultra Q500 smartphone in India at a price of Rs. 9,999 at Snapdeal. Running Android 4.4 KitKat operating, the Ultra Q500 runs on a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor supported by 2 GB RAM and 16 GB ROM. The smartphone features a 5-inch full HD IPS/OGS display.
The company is offering unlimited download of Videos and Music worth more than Rs.1 lakh from Hungama (Hungama app preloaded),along with 2 months of free 1 GB data per month from Airtel.
Ultra Q500 is a 3G model with a dual SIM and is powered by a 2500 mAh. The device comes preloaded with Gameloft games such as Modern Combat 4, Spiderman Power Ultimate, Real Football 2014, Danger Dash Premium, Asphalt 7.
Key specs:
5-inch display
1.2 GHz quad-core processor
Android 4.4 KitKat OS
16 GB ROM, 32 GB expandable memory
8 MP rear camera with flash
2 MP front camera
3G, Dual SIM, WiFi, Bluetooth
2500 mAh battery

Originally published by: Indian Express

Celkon launches phone care brand


After emerging as one of the top domestic handset players in the country, Celkon Mobiles now has set its eyes on the exclusive service space.

“We have been offering service through franchise service centres. But then those franchises are also taking care of mobile service to some other players as well. We have decided to establish a chain of exclusive service stores in major cities in the South,” Y Guru, Chairman and Managing Director of the Hyderabad-based mobile player Celkon Mobiles, told Business Line.

The company, which opened its first in the series of stores here, will call the stores Celkon Care. “Besides offering service to our line of phones, we will provide value-added services such as selling anti-virus solutions and phone accessories,” he said.

These stores would also allow the Celkon users to swap their old phones with newer models. They will also get a chance to see the new line up of phones from the company.

“We are going to open seven centres in the next two weeks in Hyderabad. After setting up centres in 23 district headquarters in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, we will expand to Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala in the next two months,” he said.

Karnataka will have 15 stores, followed by Tamil Nadu with 10 and Kerala with four. The exclusive stores would also be owned and run by franchises with each of them having a Celkon staffer.

Originally published by: The Hindu Business Line