Game4u India’s leading multichannel retailer of PC and video games, game consoles and related accessories, has started taking pre-orders for PlayStation 4. The console that is slated to launch in India on 6th January, 2014 will be priced at Rs. 39,990/-.
The event that is scheduled to take place on 22nd December, 2013, from 12pm – 8pm, will be open only for Team Elite members (rewards program which enables customers to reap maximum benefits for every purchase, offline or online) where a PlayStation 4 Experience Zone will be set-up with full versions of playable launch games.
“With the onset of the digitization in India, the broadcast industry is evolving with a promise to deliver enhanced quality services to the end consumer. This association with Dolby is an excellent opportunity for us to combine a great HD picture with superior Dolby surround sound. We have always aimed to deliver the best cinematic entertainment experiences for our subscribers,” said Mr. Ajay Khamankar, Director, UCN.
With UCN’s HD set-top boxes featuring Dolby Digital Plus, consumers will be able to enjoy Dolby surround sound by connecting their home theater to their HD set-top box and the HDTV, giving them the best TV viewing experience at home. UCN will offer a complete entertainment experience across a bouquet of channels including the STAR HD network, Colors HD, Movies Now HD, Discovery HD, NGC HD, and many more.
“Our collaboration with UCN marks an important milestone in the adoption of Dolby Digital Plus in India’s Cable TV services, which is undergoing a massive transformation with the ongoing digitization. At Dolby, we strive to bring to life superior entertainment experiences for audiences using innovative technology. With Dolby Digital Plus, UCN will bring an exceptional entertainment experience to their consumers —from sports, drama, reality TV, and movies—right into their living rooms,” said Pankaj Kedia, Country Manager, Dolby Laboratories India.
Samsung Galaxy Note 2 recently received an Open Europe test firmware, which was reportedly leaked from Samsung during the development process.
The firmware with build number, N7100XXUEMK9, is currently being rolled out to Samsung Galaxy Note 2, particularly those units with model number GT-N7100. XXUEMK9 firmware can be accessed via Over-the-Air notification on the device.
Those who are interested to install the official Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update on Samsung Galaxy Note 2 will find new features and improvements on their phone after the upgrade process. Some of the features on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update are support for TRIM, Galaxy Gear, Samsung KNOX, and pre-loaded Samsung Wallet.
Samsung claimed that the Galaxy Note 2 offersBetter RAM management after updating to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean but we experienced more RAM usage. Earlier when we used to clear the RAM from the task manager we used get 600-750 MB being used but now its 900-1100 MB of RAM being used.
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The brand is ranked No.1 in subscriber Net additions in all its operational circles including Punjab, Haryana and Gujarat, While in MPCG, the brand slipped to No.3 position to Vodafone by a margin of only 620 subscribers.
The brand is also consistently getting good traction from MNP customers, and has been Net gainer on MNP which has also helped Videocon Telecom in retaining its positioning amongst the top 3 players in net MNP adds across its operational circles.
Within nearly a year of making a comeback into the telecom business, the brand’s subscriber base has grown immensely. This is a testament to the fact that Videocon Telecom is fast becoming the most preferred and admired telecom brand in the country. The brand has also been talking about expanding its footprint across the country and bidding for Delhi 900 Mhz spectrum in the upcoming Auction.
Talking about the continual successes in the Indian Telecom Sector, Mr. Arvind Bali, Director and CEO, Videocon Telecom said “We envision becoming the most preferred and admired telecom brand in the country. We are confident that with our month to month positive results, we are strongly moving towards our goal. We have once again achieved a significant growth figure for the month of November, 13 which shows that we are increasingly becoming the first choice telecom brand. The significant traction that we are getting from MNP customers also shows that consumers across other telecom operators prefer our products & network reach
We are targeting fair Customer and Revenue market share in our circles within next 1 to 2 years and the first step towards this is to keep on adding the highest net adds month on month.”
We feel that these results are quite encouraging and further builds up our confidence to become a PAN India player again. We’re already in advance stage of planning to bid for the 900 Mhz spectrum for Delhi in the upcoming auction to ensure our strategic national presence”, he added.
Kenny Ye, Managing Director of UCWeb India, said “We want to assert that this is just the beginning for us in this market and the coming few years are going to be ‘Golden Age’ for Indian mobile internet, given the rapid growth of mobile internet users in India. The biggest drivers of the growth in this space are thedecreased mobile data charges which result in increased consumption of online video, mobile gaming, and mobile commerce, and we believe that these factors will continue to be the main growth drivers.”
Get a bigger slice of the pie in India by making the internet more accessible
According to an IAMAI report, the number of mobile internet users in India has witnessed a steady rise, with 110 million mobile internet users in October 2013. This is estimated to reach 130 million by the end of December. As the leading mobile browser in India, UC Browser has significantly helped make mobile internet more accessible to Indian users; thereby helping in the penetration of mobile internet and fulfilling its commitment towards this market. As this number of users continues to grow into 2014, UCWeb is poised to welcome these users to mobile internet.
UC Browser is also helping in mobile internet penetration in rural India through its data compression technology, data saving and faster browsing experience. According to IAMAI, the mobile internet users in rural India are expected to increase from 21 Million users in June 2013 to 27 Million by December 2013.
UC Browser leverages cloud technology to compress webpages and therefore speed up webpage loading to users.This process is a perfect remedy for network problems and greatly improves the overall mobile browsing experience.
Despite the less than desirable mobile network conditions, mobile internet users in India have been big on video consumption, as revealed by UC Browser’s statistics. UC Browser offers enhanced video feature coupled with powerful download management, hence making it a favourite venue for online video consumption in India.
UCWeb also increases accessibility and improves browsing experience by catering to local language demand and all kinds of phones of different specifications. Its ability to adapt to India’s unique environment is a main driving force behind the popularity of UC Browser.
An ecosystems that all partners can leverage in the ‘Golden Age’ ahead
UCWeb is not only focussing on improving its product for the users, but is also helping its business partners from the ecosystem that UC Browser has fostered. The foundation of the ecosystem is a user base of 400 million global users. In July 2013, UCWeb launched the Open Add-on Platform for Android. This platform encourages more third party developers to create a wide array of customized feature add-ons for UC Browser, bringing a more exciting and more personalized browsing experiences to users.
Cricbuzz.com, a must-visit destination for cricket fans, is one of UC Browser’s partners in this endeavour. By releasing a Cricbuzz add-on on the UC Browser Add-on Platform, Cricbuzz built up a new platform to stay connected with its audience, and reach the millions of UC Browser users.
UC Browser also helps network service operators and game providers in brand exposure and search engine optimization. 9game.com became a close business partner of UCWeb in early 2012, and it has seen a steady growth of traffic ever since. Now, it is one of the most popular gaming sites in India.
The coming Golden Age brings new opportunities in “smart” mobile e-commerce
According to IDC, smartphone sales in India have grown more than three-fold year-on-year to reach 12.8 million units in Q3 of 2013. Recently, Android has overtaken the long-ruling S40 as the No.1 mobile OS in India according to StatCounter, and it also became UC Browser’s largest platform in India in October.
As a powerful operating platform that can carry complex functions, games and apps, Android is set to drive mobile commerce to boom in India. In October, SAP AG announced a global study and it indicated that Indian consumers are leading the demand for mobile commerce services, with 97% of consumers asking for more mobile interactions with banks, telcos, retailers, utilities and other businesses. More than half of Indian consumers indulge in mobile purchases for entertainment services, games, and music downloads. The study echos with a research done by IAMAI which estimates that Indian mobile value added services (MVAS) market will expand 25% per year and reach US$9.5 billion in 2015.
India is considered a ‘mobile-first’ country, and lots of users, especially those from Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities, are accessinginternet via their mobile phones before PC. Even for such people, accessing and finding content is easy as they have preloaded local content on their mobile browsers already. The demand for localized mobile content is bound to increase sharply in 2014. In the past two years, UCWeb has gained enough local experience by making Indian office its second headquarters and adding Hindi language support to UC Browser, among others. Knowing well its users and the market, UC Browser will continue keeping up with the trend and boost online video, gaming and mobile commerce to take off in India, by helping more and more internet companies to grow.
We have great news for all the gamers based out of Delhi and Bangalore. Just before the launch of Sony PlayStation 4. Game4u has expanded its retail footprint to Delhi and Bangalore. The entry of the gaming destination store in these key markets is an endeavour to provide the ultimate gaming retail experience to gamers of both these cities.
The store in Delhi has opened inside Hamleys – one of the world’s best-known retailers of toys and games. The Game4U store has the latest and the widest range of PlayStation, PC & Xbox 360 Games and related accessories to offer. The stores will start operations in DLF Place, Saket New Delhi on 16th December, 2013 and at Phoenix Market City, Bangalore on 19th December, 2013.
To celebrate the launch Game4u will provide inaugural offers to customers visiting these stores.
Commenting on the launch of the new stores, Mr Jayont R Sharma, Chairman & CEO, Milestone Interactive Group, stated “Our decision to enter the Delhi and Bangalore market is backed by the increasing consumer demand of our target group in these markets. With Game4u’s entry into Delhi and Bangalore, we extend our association with Hamleys and continue providing best-in-class products and services to our customers in these cities.
Currently, Game4u operates 10 retail stores in India with presence across 5 cities and the popular e-tail store www.game4u.com.