Quikr appoints Vineet Sehgal as Chief Marketing Officer

Another Strong Executive To Join The Classifieds Market Leader

Quikr, India’s number one online classifieds company, today announced the appointment of Vineet Sehgal as the company’s Chief Marketing Officer. Vineet will be responsible for marketing strategy and plans across all areas including brand building, performance marketing, partnership and alliances at Quikr.

Vineet brings to the company more than 18 years of experience in marketing and business strategy across diverse industries such as telecommunication, FMCG, banking and management consulting. He has helped scale several operations from start up to maturity in some of the world’s leading organisations such as Nokia, Nestle, Accenture, Cadburys and HSBC.

Commenting on his appointment, Pranay Chulet, Founder & CEO of Quikr said, “We are delighted to welcome Vineet to Quikr. Quikr is made in India and for India, and Vineet has built his career scaling consumer businesses in the country so there was natural chemistry here. Vineet knows the Indian consumer and he knows the Indian consumer on mobile. His arrival was particularly well timed with our own plans, as the fun is just beginning.”

Prior to joining Quikr, Vineet headed Nokia’s programs and planning portfolio. He led large scale launches of some of the most used mobile devices in India. He also founded the Nokia Money start up team and drove its growth from conception to market roll out. He began his career in consumer marketing with Nestle.

Commenting on his role as CMO of Quikr, Vineet Sehgal said, “It is an absolute pleasure for me to have the opportunity to join the team at Quikr which is writing such an interesting chapter of the Indian internet story. Quikr’s business is growing exponentially and its super exciting for me to be a part of this growth curve. Quikr has always been one of the most exciting internet brands and I look forward to further building it as the Indian internet becomes more and more synonymous with mobile internet.”

Vineet has earned his Bachelor of Technology (BTech) in Chemical Engineering from IIT, Delhi and is a graduate from IIM Calcutta

Nokia Here is now available on select Samsung smartphones and smartwatches

Samsung has signed an exclusive licensing agreement with Nokia’s Here division to bring their Here mapping platform to their smartphones and smartwatches.

Nokia Here of course already has a version for Android through the Microsoft’s Nokia X platform.

Samsung gets exclusive access to one of the best mapping engines in the world which fills one of the missing pieces in their offerings if they ever decide to fork out Android in the future.

Nokia Here spoke about the launch:

Beside the ability to use HERE without any Internet connection, there are a few more features we’re particularly proud of: HERE for Samsung’s Galaxy phones can pair with the Samsung Gear S to sync routes with the smartwatch. Additionally, it works with Glympse and with Samsung’s Car Mode. When you pair your Samsung Gear S with a compatible smartphone with the HERE app, you can plan walking or transit routes on your smartphone and then beam them to the smartwatch over Bluetooth to continue the navigation there. So you get the best of both screens!

More: Android fans rejoice: HERE for Samsung Galaxy smartphones – HERE Three Sixty — 360.here.com

Blackberry Messenger Beta is now available for Windows Phone devices

Blackberry has launched their BBM app in beta for the WP devices. It is now available through the Windows Phone store for all users.

The company had previously released it through their own beta program which required users to join the platform to access it.

John Sims, President Global Enterprise Services at BlackBerry spoke about the launch today:

As the popularity of BBM continues to grow, we are thrilled to have the opportunity to expand its availability to the Windows Phone community. The BBM app for Windows Phone is an exciting new chapter for the BBM service, and we are excited to be working with Microsoft to deliver a new level of collaboration to the Windows Phone platform.

More: Download BBM Beta for Windows Phone – Conversations
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Opera debuts as default browser for Nokia X family

With Opera, Nokia X customers will enjoy a super-fast web browsing experience while they save data, thanks to the Opera Turbo compression service embedded in the Opera browser. The news coincides with the unveiling of the new Nokia X2, the latest affordable smartphone from Microsoft and the first of an entirely new generation of Nokia X devices.

The Opera browser, available free to download from Nokia Store, has been available for all Nokia X customers since the family launched in February this year.

“Our companies have enjoyed a long history together, and this represents a huge step forward for both of the companies,” says Lars Boilesen, CEO, Opera Software. “We have worked closely with the Microsoft Devices Group on this project, to make sure the users of Nokia X affordable smartphones can have the best web browsing experience right out of the box.”

Opera for Android is a full-fledged web browser for mobile devices that puts the user in the driver’s seat with powerful, yet easy to understand features such as:

Opera Turbo, a cost and time-saving feature that compresses data before it reaches the user’s mobile device. By switching on compression with Opera Turbo, webpages are compressed by Opera servers, resulting in a dramatic reduction in the amount of data transferred. For users on a pay-as-you-go data plan, or roaming while traveling, the savings can be significant.

The Discover feature, a novel way of finding content that users find interesting. Gathered from hundreds of websites all over the world, the Discover feature offers the cream of the crop in fresh content. It’s customizable and easy to set preferences – the list can be sorted by country and topic – and get going with thousands of articles at a thumb’s reach.

Speed Dial, an Opera Software innovation, has been perfected for the smartphone world. By letting the user save, move and organize Speed Dial entries into folders, Opera for Android lets users keep better track of sites they find interesting – and get to them faster.

Nokia XL Dual SIM now on sale in India at around Rs. 11500

Nokia is now selling their second Android based smartphone Nokia XL Dual SIM in the Indian market.

It is available through retail stores and their online store for around Rs. 11500.

Nokia XL Dual SIM features a 5 inch touchscreen display and is powered with a dual core 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor. It has 768MB RAM and 4GB of internal storage. Owners can add up to 32GB of external memory.

It features a 5mp camera at the back and 2mp camera in front.

Read more: Nokia XL Dual SIM – Affordable dual SIM smartphone with Android™ apps – Nokia – India

Check Nokia XL Deals on: Flipkart | Amazon | Snapdeal | Infibeam

Nokia’s mobile division is now officially a Microsoft subsidiary

Microsoft and Nokia announced today that the acquisition of latter’s mobile division is now complete.

Microsoft as of today is a major mobile phone manufacturer on this planet. And funny enough they are making devices powered by three different platforms one of which is Android.

Microsoft spoke about the new developments:

Microsoft Corp. has announced the completion of its acquisition of Nokia’s Devices and Services business. The completion of the acquisition marks an important step in bringing these two organizations together as one team, a process that is expected to take 18 to 24 months to complete. Stephen Elop, former Nokia President and CEO, will serve as executive vice president of Microsoft’s Devices and Studios Group, reporting to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. Elop will lead an expanded team made up of Xbox, Xbox Live, Microsoft Studios, Microsoft Hardware, Surface and Nokia Devices and Services.

Read more: Microsoft + Nokia Devices

Nokia X now selling for as little as Rs. 7083 in India

Nokia X now selling for as little as Rs. 7083 in India

Nokia X seems to be getting a massive price cut just weeks after its launch in the Indian market.

Flipkart for example has it on sale for around Rs. 7083 for the Black color variant.

This is the first Android based smartphone from Nokia but with a heavily customized user interface.

The phone features a 4 inch touchscreen display and is powered with a dual core 1GHz processor.

Check Nokia X Deals on: Flipkart | Amazon | Snapdeal

Nokia X Dual SIM launched in India for around Rs. 8600

Nokia today announced that they are set to bring their recently launched X platform devices to the Indian market.

Nokia X Dual SIM is in fact going on sale from today. Pricing has been set at around Rs. 8600 though it is not yet available through the official Nokia Store.

This is the low-end offering from the company in this new series powered by a heavily customized AOSP platform. AOSP is of course also the base for Google Android hence Nokia X devices would support most Android apps out of the box.

Specifications:

Dimensions

Height: 115.5 mm
Width: 63 mm
Thickness: 10.4 mm
Weight: 128.7 g
Display

Display size: 10.16 cm
Display features: Brightness control, Tactile feedback, Orientation sensor, Nokia Glance screen, Wide viewing angle, Screen double tap
Photography

Main camera sensor: 3 MP
Camera resolution: 2048 x 1536 pixels
Main camera focus type: Fixed focus
Power management

Maximum standby time with dual SIM: 17 days
Maximum standby time: 28 days
Maximum talk time (2G): 13.3 h
Processor name: Qualcomm Snapdragon™ S4
Maximum talk time (3G): 10.5 h
Maximum music playback time: 26 h

Check Nokia X Dual SIM Deals on: Flipkart | Amazon | Snapdeal

Checkout: Nokia X Dual SIM – Affordable dual SIM smartphone with Android™ apps – Nokia – India

Nokia MixRadio is now available on Asha devices along with X Series

Nokia this week launched their MixRadio service on the Asha branded devices. They have also already announced it for the just showcased X Series devices which are based on the Android AOSP platform.

The company said:

For Asha, such as the 500, 501, 502 and 503, it’s big news. There are lots of devices already out there and, apart from India and Russia, MixRadio hasn’t been in many countries on Asha. Now we’re making it available globally, in 29 more countries, to existing Asha owners, free of charge without registration. Just update the software and press play.

Checkout: MixRadio comes to Nokia X and Asha – Nokia Conversations