From late Microsoft arrivals and early Steam deals, to more Sony leaks, Lollipop on LG, Denim on Verizon, and a phone the size of your head, we look back at highlights from the week's top tech news.
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After launching its first Windows tablet earlier this year, iBall is now selling its first Windows Phone too - the Andi 4L PULSE, which has an ultra-affordable price tag of just Rs.4,899 ($77).
The latest firmware update from Microsoft is now rolling-out to select devices around the world including India and Europe. The focus currently is on the low-end devices as they're the most numerous.
The Lumia 638 will be India's most affordable 4G Windows Phone when it goes on sale this week for Rs.8,299, and - unlike the Lumia 635 on which it is based - the 638 gets a full 1GB of RAM.
Indian customers will now be able to buy Microsoft's products, including Windows, Office, Xbox and Lumias straight from Amazon India as the company has opened a brand store with free shipping.
YouTube has a new feature that lets you view videos temporarily in offline mode to ease viewing access for slow internet connections. A few Asian countries gets their hands first on this new feature.
From festive deals and low-cost devices to Windows Phone developments, Lollipop updates, Firefox for iOS, Street Fighter V, and Xbox outages, we look back at highlights from this week's top tech news.
The dual-sim variant of the first generation Moto G has started receiving the Lollipop update for Android, according to an updated support page on Motorola India's website.
Lava - parent company of XOLO - has launched its first Windows Phone in India, with a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 200, 1GB RAM, front and rear cameras, and an ultra-low price tag of just Rs.4,999 ($81).
OnePlus has launched the One in India, but only the 64GB model will be sold there, and the usual CyanogenMod UX will be replaced by a beta version of the company's own Android 5.0 Lollipop ROM.
The most popular messenger service will remain free indefinitely for developing countries like India and users will be exempted from the $1 annual subscription fee.
Skype, the Microsoft-owned VOIP service, has just announced that starting November 10th they will be restricting local landline and mobile calls in India. Affected customers will be refunded.
Karbonn Mobiles is the latest brand to join the Windows Phone platform, as its Titanium Wind W4 goes on sale in India for Rs.5,999, with three colour options, front and rear cameras and a 4in display.
The Jolla phone is now available in India - exclusively through Snapdeal.com - for Rs.16,499, offering a dual-core Snapdragon 400, 1GB RAM, 8MP camera and a 4.5-inch 960x540px display.
Indian devices brand iBall has unveiled its first Windows 8.1 tablet, featuring an 8-inch display, quad-core 1.33GHz Intel Atom CPU, 2GB RAM, front and rear cameras and integrated 3G connectivity.
Google has just announced that YouTube users in India will soon be able to download and replay videos at their convenience. This is a whole new model for YouTube, one that many people hope catches on.
A Microsoft spokesperson tried to explain to the Indian public that the Windows Phone platform simply gets a bad rap, despite reaching parity with other platforms when it comes to apps.
Competing against the ultra-low tier of feature phones, the manufacturer Spice Mobility has produced a $38 Firefox OS smartphone with some fairly interesting specs for its extremely low price.
Microsoft's most affordable Windows Phone 8.1 device, the Lumia 530, has gone on sale in India, where it can be purchased for as little as 7349 INR, while the first European pre-orders are now open.
Microsoft has launched Cortana in the UK with more localized content and a British accent, and in China with a whole new look - and will be available in India, Australia and Canada as an 'alpha'.
An Indian company has developed 'smartshoes' that vibrate to help you to navigate around town. Originally developed to help the blind, they also include fitness sensors, and go on sale in September.
Google is expected to launch the first Android One handsets in India in October, in partnership with five local manufacturers - including Karbonn, Spice and Micromax - with devices priced around $100.
Following Micromax and XOLO, Indian manufacturer Karbonn says it will launch three Windows Phones this quarter, expected to be priced between $130 and $250, although none will offer 4G connectivity.
Micromax looks set to beat its rival XOLO to become the first Indian OEM to launch its own Windows Phones, with two new handsets expected, including one that may cost as little as $100 (Rs.6,000).
A spokesperson for Nokia is quoted as saying that their smartphone plant in India, which is in the middle of a tax dispute with the country's government, is "highly unlikely" to be sold to Microsoft.
A new report quotes HTC's chief financial officer as saying the company could buy the Nokia smartphone plant in India that is in the middle of a tax dispute with that country's government.
Nokia has just announced that it has received clearance from Chinese authorities to sell its devices business unit to Microsoft and is moving closer to completion of the deal.
In an ongoing dispute between Nokia and India, it looks like a newly requested special audit could delay the sale to Microsoft beyond the recently extended deadline of April 2014.
In a bid to gain marketshare with cheap handsets from local manufacturers, Microsoft is reported to have waived the licensing fee for the Windows Phone mobile operating system in India.
After complaints from an Indian website, the Competition Commision of India has started a probe against Google and if found guilty the search giant will have to cough up a massive $5 billion fine.
A new report claims Microsoft will help to launch a number of low cost Windows 8 tablets that will be made especially for the Indian market, to try to fight off Android dominance in that country.
Indian smartphone manufacturer Karbonn is reportedly releasing smartphones that dual-boot both Android and Windows Phone
A new rumor claims that Nokia is already providing samples of its unannounced Nokia X Android smartphone to developers in India and plans to launch the phone sometime in March.
Nokia posted up a brief press statement on Friday denying that a current tax dispute with the government of India will delay the sale of its Devices and Services division to Microsoft.
After confirming its plans to release its first Windows Phone in 2014, Indian manufacturer Micromax - which has a sizeable share of the domestic market - is said to be launching the device soon.
Amit Vikram Tiwari will be the first person to be charged under India's cyber security laws. The man is accused of operating a hacking service where bank and email details were breached for a fee.
Apple is rumored to be relaunching the iPhone 4 in India. This comes after weak sales of the newest iOS devices that have priced themselves out of the market and are facing heavy competition.
HP has confirmed it will release two large Android smartphones in February, the Slate 6 and Slate 7 Voice Tab, but the products will only be released in India for now.
Indian manufacturer XOLO has said that it hopes to launch its first Windows Phone handsets in the first quarter of 2014, priced between $150 and $300, while Windows tablets are also in development.
India's Aakash 2 tablet has gone on sale in the UK as the UbiSlate 7Ci for just £30, featuring a 7in display, 1GHz CPU, 512MB RAM and Android 4.0.3. The device will also be offered in the US for $38.
Microsoft India sent out a press release this week saying that banks there that are still using Windows XP could be at risk if they don't ditch the OS before the April 8th support cut-off date.
India's Minister of Communications and IT has reportedly called for a domestic ban on Android, calling it unsuitable for children, despite helping to launch an Indian Android tablet aimed at students.
A new company is soon to join the (pretty exclusive) club of manufacturers building Windows Phone 8 devices - but in most parts of the world, there's a good chance you'll never have heard of Micromax.
At a New Delhi event Nokia just announced its new low-end Asha smartphone: the 501. Its design is inspired by the Lumia line and it's supposed to be the first step in the next chapter of the Asha line
Nokia is preparing for a busy month with a number of important events. The first one starts tomorrow in India where Nokia is expected to launch a new low-end Asha device for developing markets.
Samsung thought it would be a good idea to launch the Galaxy S4 in India with a stage performance reworking of PSY's 'Gangnam Style'. The result, 'S4 Samsung Style', is pretty cringeworthy
A knock-off Lumia 920, called the Lamia R920, has appeared in India for around US$82, packing a wonderful 4.5-inch display and a huge 200 kB of internal memory. Don't expect Windows Phone though.
A message from Microsoft's MSDN India Twitter account claims that Windows Phone is "now the number 2 OS in India" but there are no other specifics that have been revealed.
Pranav Kalyan, a nine-year old 4th grade student who lives in California, has now become the youngest person in the world to pass the Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist exam.
As Nokia readies its Windows Phone 8 launch in India, tax officials have raided one of its factories and offices, amid allegations that the company has evaded tax payments there, amounting to $545m.