Flipkart starts EBook Store

After launching Flipkart Digital Music store Flyte, they have started Digital EBook Store.

Key Points to note:

  • EBooks can be read only on Android Devices: Phone or Tablets. The EBook App can be downloaded from Google Play.
  • Has good collection Indian author Books- like Amish Tripathi & Chetan Bhagat
  • Ebooks costs from Amazon Kindle Store and Flipkart is alomost same. But Kindle is offered in several platforms: IOS, Android, PC, Separate hardware
  • We need to wait & see if they will add addition client support on various platforms.


SMS from Gmail in India

Google has added option to send SMS from Gmail in India.
Here is the steps to follow:

You can send SMS messages to your contacts’ mobile phones using Gmail Chat. To do so from Gmail:

  1. Enter your contact’s name in the ‘Search or invite friends’ box in Chat, and select Send SMS from the box of options that appears to the right of your contact’s name. Or, if you already have a Chat window open for this contact, just click Options, and select Send SMS.
  2. In the dialog box, enter a phone number in the ‘Send SMS messages to this number’ field. This feature is only launched in selected countries. Click here for the list of supported countries and operators. If you are not located in one of these countries you can still use it, but you won’t see the SMS option in Chat until you enable it manually in the Chat settings page.
  3. Click Save.
  4. A Chat window appears. Just type your message as you would normally. When you hit Enter, the message will be sent to the phone number you entered.

Message Limit:

They give 50 Message credit. the exact details are below:

SMS credit is an allocation of SMS (text messages) that you’re able to send to a mobile phone:

  • Initially, you’re granted a credit of fifty messages.
  • Every time you send a message, your credit decreases by one.
  • Every time you receive an SMS message in Chat (for example when a phone user replies to one of your messages) your credit increases by five, up to a maximum of 50.

If your SMS credit goes down to zero at any point, it will increase back up to one 24 hours later. So, you won’t ever be locked out of the system.

 Supported mobile operators in India:

All Mobile operators in India are supported for this feature. Initially major operators like Airtel & BSNL were not present. Looks like Google has come to agreement with them and every operator is supported.

What happens when reach the SMS limit:

Keep in mind that if you’d like a higher message credit, you can always send an SMS to your own phone, and then reply to that message multiple times. Every time you send a reply message, your SMS credit is increased by five. Effectively, you’re buying more messages by paying your phone company for these outgoing messages.


Track Train Status and Live Location in in Google Map

What to know the exact location of the train in a map? Now, a service launched by TrainEnquiry shows the live status of the almost 2000+ Indian trains in a Google Map.

Track Train Status Tool is nice given that train services in India are unpredictable. If they get is as a mobile APP it would be great. But the site is mobile compatible and can be browsed by the regular mobile web browsers.

The tool has option to search a train based name, train number. Or you could give a station name and navigate to that location easily. Then the details of the trains close to that location is listed.

Apart from providing details on map, the parent site also give train cancellation and diversion details.

Flipkart Music Store: Flyte

Flipkart one of the reliable online stores in India, has launched Online music store called Flyte. It is very interesting move given that most of the online users in India downloads mp3 songs from thousands of warez sites available. Many do not even know that their downloads may be illegal.  Flipkart tries to change the game with iTunes like music downloads where you can buy individual songs.


The key features include:

  • DRM free music – you can play on any device anywhere and there is no control over who copies it and uses.
  • Song preview: You play the song for 30seconds before you can buy it
  • Looks like they offer only 128kbps encoded mp3 which is good for most purposes. But there are audiophiles who can differentiate 192/256/320kbps VBR from 128kbps. they may offer that future.
  • Available Language albums currently: Hindi,English,Tamil,Telugu,Punjabi,Malayalam, Bengali,Bhojpuri, Marathi, Gujarati, Kannada, Rajasthani, Oriya, Sanskrit, Konkani, Urdu, Assamese, Angika, Awadhi, Bundeli, Chhattisgarhi, Garhwali, Haryanvi, Himachali, Kashmiri, Khortha, Kumaoni, Maarwari, Magadhi, Maithili, Manipuri, Naga, Nepali, Pali, Sambalpuri, Sindhi, Italian, Spanish, French, Swedish
  • The available Generes: Devotional & Spiritual, Hindustani, Carnatic, Pop, Rock, Film / OST, Indipop (Indian Artists), Qawwali, Ghazal, Sufi, Lounge / Fusion, Electronic/Dance, Folk, Special Interest, Jazz, World Music, Blues, Children & Young Adults, Country & Western, Dance Styles, Exercise & Fitness, Rap & Hip-Hop, Reggae, Soul / R&B, Festivals & Occassions, Instrumental, Live, Classical

Too early to comment if they will offer lossess encoding like WAV,FLAC . They seem to have plans for player like iTunes and Android/Apple iOS clients

The important question is: Will the Indians ‘buy’ digital music ‘online’?

Reliable Online Shopping sites in India

Slowly the eCommerce is picking up n India. Here is some of the reliable Online stores in India:

1) Flipkart


3) Homeshop18

Now the online shopping makes the shopping easy by providing several payment options: Credit card, Debit card, Online banking. The important one that brings in new users is the COD( Cash on Delivery). With COD user does not pay in advance and the cash is collected only at the time of delivery. When you make a COD purchase, the online store representatives calls you make sure you will be making the payment during delivery.

As Amazon is also planing to setup shop in India, the Indian sites are gearing for the battle. These sites are now more reliable and has good customer service. Flipkart provides 30 day replacement guarentee!


Translate from Tamil,Hindi to English and several languages & vice versa

A week back, Google Translate had support for only Hindi in Indian languages. Now it has added support for five more South Asian languages: Tamil, Bangla, Telugu, Gujarati & Kannada. Now users can translate from English to Tamil, Tamil to English, Bangla to Hindi, Telugu to Tamil, Tamil to Hindi, Hindi to Tamil or simply put: any combination with the currently supported 63 languages!

Though the translate has issues, it’s still useful when you don’t know a specific language and translate to the language of your choice.

Sample Tamil to English:

Tamil to Hindi:

Google India Launches Music Service to Find and Play Legal Content

Google India has launched a Music service in partnership with in.com, saavn, saregama.

It is available at Google.co.in/music

Google writes in the blog:

Bollywood music is innate part of our life both online and offline. That’s why, every day, millions of users in India use Google to search for their favorite Bollywood songs – latest or classic. Users not only search for songs but also spend quite a bit of time to explore and discover new music on Internet. However this search and exploration has never been an easy thing.

This search engine is useful for listening to legal Bollywood Hindi songs. But, the support for Tamil and other regional sons are not available as they have not signed up with Tamil online music streaming services like raaga.com. This will surely reduce piracy as user will know where to get legal contents instead of downloading from illegal sites.

You can find Hindi Robot songs easily , but not Tamil Endhiran songs! hope things improve in future.

Participate in Doodle 4 Google 2010

Last year 4th Std student from Gurgaon, Puru Pratap sing got his logo on the Google Home page on Children’s day Nov 14th.

Do you want your kid’s doodle appear on the famous Google home page? The contest for this year has started wit the theme: My Dream for India

We want you to fast forward to the future and capture your image of what you think India will be like 20 years from today.

* A cleaner, greener India
* Freedom from poverty
* Education for all
* The world’s center of technology
* Better roads, futuristic cities

Entry criteria is very simple:

Any student from class 1 and 10 can participate.