Celkon to invest Rs.100 cr in R&D, design

Until it set up assembling facilities in Medchal, near Hyderabad, recently, Celkon Mobiles was a heavily import-dependent company relying on China.

Celkon Mobiles is planning to establish an R&D and design house with an investment of around Rs.100 crore and employ 500 people on the facility. The choice of location is either Hyderabad or Bengaluru.

For the consumers, the move is expected to deliver cost benefit of around 12-15 per cent. “We will be initiating discussion with our Chinese partner as well as with the governments”, Chairman and Managing Director Y. Guru said on Thursday.

Until it set up assembling facilities in Medchal, near Hyderabad, recently, Celkon Mobiles was a heavily import-dependent company relying on China. “We do the R&D and design of our phones in China employing 130 people”, Mr. Guru said, hinting that it could ultimately decide on Hyderabad.

Noida in Uttar Pradesh and near Delhi, which hosts several mobile and related units, is out of question.”Everyone says lets go to Bengaluru, I ask them why not Hyderabad,” he said.

On the Medchal plant, he said that the production was being ramped up to achieve 3 lakh units a year by 2016, which is 50 per cent of total sales. The company, he added, had recently graduated to making smart phones priced at Rs.3000 at the plant. Hitherto only feature phones were being made there.

Celkon, he replied to a query, sold feature phones priced at Rs.800 onwards and smart phones in the Rs.3000 and Rs.10,000 band. Mr. Guru was briefing presspersons at the launch of Celkon’s new phones – Millennia 2GB Xpress and Millennia Xplore.

The dual SIM Kitkat (upgradable to Lollipop) 2GB Xpress comes with 2GB RAM, 16 GB ROM, 1.2Ghz Core Processor, 5MP rear camera and priced Rs.6,222.

Millennia Xplore is priced at around Rs.7,000 and boasts of Android Lollipop 5.0, 8GB ROM and 1GB RAM. On the cards from Celkon stable is 5K Transformer.

The mobile, which is likely to be launched within a fortnight, is named after the 5000 mAh battery from which another mobile can be charged. It will have 5 inch screen and priced around Rs.6000, Mr.Guru said.

Originally published by: The Hindu

Celkon launches Millenia 2GB Xpress, priced at Rs 6,222

NEW DELHI: Indian brand Celkon has released its Millenia 2GB Xpress smartphone in the Indian market at a price of Rs 6,222. As the name suggests, the smartphone’s 2GB RAM is its USP.

In fact, the new Millenia 2GB Xpress is among the cheapest smartphones in the market to offer 2GB of RAM.

On the hardware side, Celkon Millenia 2GB Xpress has a 4.5-inch screen with 480x854p resolution and runs on a 1.2GHz quad-core processor. It packs 16GB of internal storage, 1,500mAh battery, 5MP rear camera as well as a selfie snapper, though the company has not revealed the resolution of the front camera.

Powered by Android 4.4 (KitKat), the smartphone is upgradeable to Android 5.0 (Lollipop). Additionally, it comes with software features like Smart Commands, Smart Assistant, and Power Saving Mode.

Y Guru, chairman and director, Celkon Mobiles, said, “Celkon Millennia 2GB Xpress offers a combination of Smart Commands, Smart Assistant and Smart Power Saving Mode along with 2GB RAM & 16GB ROM. It will offer a unique user experience on par with the best in the market. We have many such exciting offerings lined up for the year to help us cross the 1 million customers a month mark.”

Originally published by: The Times of India


Everything you need to know about the upcoming android update
In the alphabet palette, generally M is the letter that comes after L. You maybe surprised to find that Android M is the codename for the next Android version, after Android Lollipop.

Google mentioned Android M earlier, in a discussion of open Android source code that took place in September 2014. But what sweet food does the letter stand for- marshmallows?

Milkshake? Still remains a closely guarded secret.

The codename of the OS may be predictable from an already established pattern: since Froyo has followed the sequence of the alphabet. What may not be obvious is that Android M will bring further refinements to the enterprise use of Android.

As per a recent article, Google is expected to rollout the finished version of Android M sometime in this year’s third quarter, but it did release a developer preview in the recent Google’s Developer conference so that we can get an idea of what’s to come.

“There aren’t going to be big, obvious changes on Android M, mostly just tweaks to improve the experience, but everything will be kept contextual. – Says Rakeeb Rajbhandari, Android developer. “ (Quotes the article)

Android will now tailor-make the experience to suit the user’s preferences using what could be called as contextual awareness, says Rakeeb Rajbhandari. (As per the Article)

Rakeeb Rajbhandari announced a few changes that are likely to come in this new version,

• It would be able to know where you are and what you would need and cater to just that. For example, with Direct Share, Android would now learn about your top contacts and apps that you use frequently and let you share with them directly at the first go.

• Android would be able to detect the inactivity of your phone through motion detectors and allows it to go on an enhanced level of sleep, thus improving on battery life.

• Apart from that Android will now fully support USB Type-C. Instead of the usual shape, the latest version of USB is a small reversible plug, meaning you plug it in right the first time, every time. It also means higher rate of transfer and faster charge.

• Since the cable will also be bi-directional, M will also allow users to direct the power flow—you’ll be able to charge your phone or make it a charger for some other device.

• When you install apps on M, you will not receive all the access permission during installation. Instead, the system will ask for specific permission when the app tries to access a feature for the first time. This would make more sense for the user and would justify the app’s permission request.

There are, however, some minor user interface tweaks that help further polish the already great Lollipop experience, still continuing with the clean and minimalistic material design.


The Google owned operating system, is known to be present in most of the mobile phones in the world. Here are the 10 must-have apps that are exclusive to Android only.
Android is the most popular mobile operating system in the world and Google’s own Play Store is its largest app market. As of January 2015, Google’s play store has reached over 1.43 million apps published and over 50 million downloads.
While Play Store is home to many cross-platform apps there are many apps that are exclusive to Android OS only. We give you 10 must-try apps that exclusive for Android only.

1. Dashclock
It is a lock screen widget customization app with support for multiple extensions that display notifications all on one lock screen.

2. Nova Launcher
Nova Launcher
A top launcher for modern Android, Nova Launcher replaces your home screen with one you can control and customize. You can change icons, layouts, animations and more.

3. ES File Explorer
ES File Explorer
It brings a lot of Windows’ desktop UI’s familiarity to the Android platform – browsing files and folders, unzipping RARs, etc.

4. SwiftKey
In simple words, this is the best touchscreen keyboard ever, something that really goes a long way in making ‘typing’ great fun.

5. Applock
Besides locking screen, how about locking every single app on your phone? Never worry about a friend borrowing your phone to play games again!

6. Llama
Llama is an interesting location-aware app that automates a lot of things. It uses phone masts to determine your location, so that you can change your ringer, vibrate and ringtones depending on where you are as well as the time of day. It also provides you with sound profiles so you can quickly switch between quiet, loud, silent and normal sound settings. You can set your family, partner and children to ring even if your phone is set to silent! You can even create events and home screen short cuts to manage your sound profiles and more.

7. Unified Remote
Unified Remote
This app turns your Android device into an extensive universal remote for your Windows PC. It is preloaded with support for 90+ programs including moue & keyboard, media players, presentations, screen mirroring, power control, file manager, terminal, and much more.

8. Tasker
The Tasker app lets you automate Android like no other, putting it to work like a charm.

9. Airdroid
This is a remote desktop app for your Android device, that lets you transfer files between your devices, and share them with your friends. letting you work on it like a PC.

10. Google Now
Google Now
From your primary home screen, swipe right to access Google Now cards that give you just the right information, at just the right time!

Celkon sets up handset facility in Hyderabad

Mobile handset firm Celkon Mobiles has set up a manufacturing facility in Hyderabad. With an initial capacity of 10,000 phones a day (three lakhs a month) with four lines, the company plans to double the capacity to six lakh phones a month.


“The Medchal facility is our step into manufacturing. We are planning for a bigger facility at the proposed Mobile Manufacturing Hub being planned in Telangana,” Y Guru, Chairman and Managing Director of Celkon Mobiles, told Business Line.

Telangana IT Minister K Taraka Rama Rao will formally inaugurate the facility in a week.


Guru said manufacturing of phones in India would help bring down the cost of phones by 5-6 per cent. “We will pass on the benefit to our customers,” he said.


Originally published by: The Hindu Business Line

How to track updates for the android apps that haven’t been downloaded from the Google play store

In most cases, Android users get all their apps from the Google play store and don’t look for alternative sources. After all, Google play is so vast, in terms of applications, books and services, that one could find it to be too complicated and might lose taste for those apps.
Therefore to break through all that clutter and save time some users prefer downloading apps from third-party app stores like SlideMe. In the end they just choose the best apps, so that they don’t have to go through the clutters of those indistinguishable apps.
The Problem:
However, as the users opt for the third party app stores, how would they monitor the updates of each app that they have downloaded and installed via that store? Google, in contrast, has made an easy way for the updates. But what about these third party app stores?
That’s when ApkTrack comes into the picture. This app takes care of notifying the users about updates available for the apps not downloaded from Google Play store. It doesn’t automatically download them and install the apps for the user. Instead, it notifies the user when a new update to an App is available and it reminds where he has got it from, then all they need to do is visit that third party app store or site, and download the updated version.
Found the article to be useful? Do you need to keep a track on those third party apps?

Then you can download the app from here, (http://www.phonearena.com/news/How-to-track-updates-for-the-Android-apps-you-didnt-get-from-the-Google-Play-store_id69286) the download is available from this link so it can be added as an outbound link.



There was plenty of debate over what the next Android version would be called. Names like “Lemon Meringue” and even the controversial “Licorice” were said to have been in the list.
In the end “Lollipop” got selected, as Google revealed when it unveiled the new Android update, but the name is hardly all that’s been improved since the last version.
Here a few pros and cons that would differentiate the updated Lollipop version from the KitKat version,

Cons: -

1) No Option for Mute: Previously on KitKat, if you press the power button for long you would get the options to put the phone on vibration/mute/flight mode. Now there is no “mute”. If you keep reducing the sound it will switch to vibration mode.

2) Data Toggle: Earlier, using the power toggles to toggle data connection, it was a matter of just one tap to turn mobile data on and off, but now if you tap on that data toggle button, it takes you to networks and data setting and from there you would have to set it manually. From one tap, it is now 3 extra taps, making it more time-consuming

3) Weird Google Keyboard Prediction: When one swipes through the words, the word formed is shown properly as the floating word. But the word at the middle out of the 3 predictions is always different from the word that has been swiped through. It creates a certain amount of ambiguity.

4) Multi Tasking/ Recent Apps: It shows up individual processes instead of apps. For example, if one opens up their Gmail and then start typing a new mail. So in the recent apps screen they will find 2 windows. But if they tap on the square button for recent apps, they’ll often find some processes like android system or some other background processes to be running.


1) Improved Multitasking: Multitasking has improved to some extent after the updated version has been introduced.

2) Adaptive Brightness: Auto brightness wasn’t much effective during the night, and the lowest brightness level was still bright enough to give one a strong headache. But with adaptive brightness turned on, one can further use the brightness slider to reduce the brightness.

3) Notification Shade: It looks better and has two extra toggles – flashlight and hotspot.

4) Battery Life Prediction: It shows how much time is left for the battery to get 100% charged, and approximately how much time is left before it runs out of power.

There are few other new features like screen pinning, battery saver mode, search option in settings etc.

Celkon launches Campus Q405 at Rs 3,199


NEW DELHI: Indian handset maker Celkon has launched a new budget smartphone — Campus Q405. The smartphone is priced at Rs 3,199 and will be exclusively available on e-commerce marketplace Snapdeal starting May 21.

Celkon Campus Q405 features a 4-inch WVGA (480x800p) display and runs Android 4.4.2 (KitKat) operating system. It packs a 1.2GHz quad-core processor with 512MB RAM and comes with 4GB built-in storage and microSD card support (up to 32GB) under the hood.

The dual-sim smartphone sports a 3.2MP rear camera (with LED flash) and a 1.3MP front camera. Available in four colours – white, gold, blue and black, the smartphone packs a 1500mAh battery. For connectivity, it offers 3G, GPRS/EDGE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and a micro-USB slot.

Originally published by: Times Of India



To your surprise, the answer is No!

In fact there has been an increase in the demand for value phones. As consumers are becoming aware about various value phones through discussion forums and gadget review websites, the demand for those phones is also rising!


There’s no doubt that all the flagship smartphones, along with the latest hardware, come with a snob value attached with the device. These phones could literally burn a hole in your pocket with no justification to the hefty price tag.

There are certain phones that provide you both, best price and the good specifications within their segments; these phones are called ‘Value Phones’.


Initially, it was the pricey smartphones that ruled the market and lured the customers in purchasing them, as the features and the applications provided were exclusive as compared to the feature phones. This led to an increase in demand for the smartphones in the market, providing a market entry for all the smartphone brands.


A recent IDC (International Data Corporation) Report claimed that with the increase in awareness about smartphones and their pricing, Indian customers are now more inclined towards value phones. In fact the report also claimed, that although the smartphone brands have a good name in the mobile phone market, in 2015, this will not be the case. Especially, when brands like CELKON are coming up with some really low priced phones with high-end specifications.

As more people have started using mobile phones, the demand for those value phones is increasing as it has been observed that the first-time mobile phone users tend to purchase value phones, more than anything else!

Celkon launches new Campus A359



Celkon Mobiles on Friday launched the new Campus A359 dual SIM mart phone powered by a 1GHz processor.

The phone features Kitkat OS and has expandable memory up to 32 GB.

Commenting on the launch, Y Guru, CMD, Celkon Mobiles, said the company constantly looked at upgrading its offerings with innovation at competitive price points without compromising on quality and features.

Celkon recently upgraded its Q54 model to 1GB RAM + 8GB ROM, making it an irresistible selfie phone.

Originally published by: The Hindu Business Line