Top news this week: Nexus 4 launched, Google I/O highlights, Windows 8.1 announced and more!

We understand it’s a busy world and it's really hard to keep track of everything that goes on in the tech world. So here’s a handy recap of the top news stories this week.


Nexus 4 finally launched in India for Rs 25,999
Nexus 4 is finally available in the country for Rs 25,999. The flagship smartphone is now available in the country through official channels and it looks like it’s LG who has taken the initiative as the phone is missing from Google's Play Store.

Nexus 4 made a much-delayed appearance in India

Nexus 4 made a much-delayed appearance in India


India may ban imports of mobile phones not displaying SAR
The government has made no qualms about its 'anti' stand on the issue of mobile phone radiation in the country. In what may be a step further in this respect, reports suggest that from September India may ban imports of handsets that do not display SAR warning.

Panasonic launches quad-core P51 with 5-inch display for Rs 26,990
Panasonic India has launched its P51 smartphone - a first in the series of smartphones that mark its entry into the mobile phone segment in India. The smartphone has been priced at Rs 26,990 and will be available from later this week.

LinkedIn now has over 20 million members from India
India is second to none when it comes to connecting with family and friends on social networking websites. And when it comes to professional social networking, the country is not too far behind. LinkedIn announced that it has crossed 20 million registered users in India.

A new avatar for Google Maps

A new avatar for Google Maps


Google unveils new redesigned Maps for iOS, Android and web
The new version of the Google Maps has a completely redesigned UI, a cleaner interface and more emphasis on the map itself along with user-specific custom search results.

Is Samsung 'mentally enslaving' Indian smartphone buyers with its ads?
Is the Korean company’s constant bombardment of advertisement taking the Indian consumer's choice out of the equation? One analyst believes so.

Nokia announces aluminium-clad Lumia 925
Nokia has finally introduced the Lumia 925 smartphone – a new interpretation of its flagship, the Lumia 920 smartphone, with a thinner, lighter body and aluminium construction.

Google Hangouts is here, a unified cross-platform messaging service
Google has finally taken the curtains off the much-anticipated new chat app, dubbed Hangouts. The chatting application combines text chats, image sharing and instant video calls and is debuting on Android, iOS and the web.

Microsoft announces Windows 8.1 (a.k.a Blue) as a free update
Windows 8.1 was officially announced by Microsoft and the update will be available for both Microsoft devices and Windows RT devices alike. The best part: Windows 8.1 will be a free update.

Coming soon: Windows Blue

Coming soon: Windows Blue


Sony job listing hints at speech recognition for PlayStation 4
A job listing on LinkedIn looking for a Speech Recognition Engineering Intern for its SCEA San Francisco studio.

BlackBerry announces Q5, a QWERTY phone running BB10, targetted at countries like India
The Q5 is a mid-end smartphone with a full QWERTY keyboard and it is aimed at emerging markets and young customers. The phone is expected to be available in the month of June.

Twitter user? You're going straight to hell, says Saudi religious police head
Saudi religious police wants to crack down on use of the micro-blogging platform. According to the head of the Saudi religious police, the after-life of Twitter users will have a generous dose of brismtone and fire.

Micromax launches 5.3-inch Canvas Doodle A111 for Rs 12,999
Micromax quietly launched a Samsung Galaxy Note competitor, the Micromax Canvas Doodle A111, which is available online for Rs 12,999.

Jelly Bean-running XOLO Q700 with quad-core CPU launched for Rs 9,999
XOLO launched its Q700 smartphone, its second quad-core offering, in the Indian market for Rs 9,999. The XOLO Q700 smartphone is powered by a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor and runs on the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

Singing from space

Singing from space


Astronaut Chris Hadfield sings Space Oddity as he bids farwewell to the ISS
On the eve of his scheduled return to Earth from the International Space Station, Chris Hadfield has fittingly released a YouTube video of him performing David Bowie’s Space space.

Is Google feeling the May heat after multiple outages this month?
Trouble with Postini services has led to unusually frequent service outages when it comes to Gmail and Google Chat. The popular email service saw multiple disruptions this week.

Published Date: May 19, 2013 04:24 pm | Updated Date: May 19, 2013 04:24 pm