LG launches the much anticipated Full Vision G6 in India

Flagship Smartphone Features Bold New Screen Aspect Ratio, Ergonomic Excellence, Glass Metal Design and Superb Durability

New Delhi, April 24, 2017LG Electronics India has launched its much awaited flagship smartphone, the LG G6, that features a bold new display format complimented by a cinematic viewing experience, exceptional screen to body ratio, wide angle cameras, water and dust resistant and more. Designed in response to consumer feedback and user opinions, the G6 is a much refined approach to premium smartphones, with a focus on the features consumers want, most notably a big screen that actually fits in one hand.

LG G6 launch - Picture

Mr. Kim-Ki-Wan, Managing Director LG Electronics India said, We are immensely proud to introduce our flagship smartphone, the LG G6 in India. The product has been designed in response to the feedback that we got from our consumers. We are persistent in seeking that all our products enable peoples’ lives to become easier and which will help them work smarter. With LG G6, we live up to our promise of offering breakthrough technology and distinctive features along with great aesthetics.”

Mr. Amit Gujral- Head Corporate Marketing, LG Electronics India said,LG G6 is a perfect example of our focus on innovation and continued investment in delivering truly compelling smartphone experience to our consumers. The LG G6 is a perfect blend of all that consumers’ desire- minimalistic design, ergonomic excellence and superb durability. We are confident that this product is the best in its league.”

Commenting on the partnership, Mr. Noor Patel, Director Category Management, Amazon India, said “We are delighted to be the partner of choice for one of most anticipated phone of 2017, the LG G6 and offer our customers a chance to own the exclusive access to the smartphone. Smartphones are one of the fastest growing product lines and have repeatedly been one of the top selling categories on Amazon.in. As a customer obsessed company we are constantly looking at increasing our selection and offering the best products to our customers.”

LG and Jio collaboration is not just a partnership, It is a way of celebrating togetherness. It is our endeavor to ensure that under this collaboration, LG and Jio users get the best experience and best value every single day. It will unleash the best experience across 4G voice, video, high speed internet and digital services that will empower the Indians to do greater things.” stated Mr. Sunil Dutt, President, Reliance Jio.

The key features of the LG G6 are:

Excellent viewing experienceOne of the most important aspect that users consider when deciding on a smartphone is the display quality it offers, that majorly dictates how their overall experience with the phone will be. LG G6 flaunts a 5.7-inch QHD+ (2,880 x 1,440 resolution) FullVision display, and for the first time ever in a smartphone, an 18:9 screen aspect ratio. Compared to conventional 16:9 aspect ratio displays, the 18:9 format offers more viewing space and a more immersive experience when streaming videos and playing games.

More to See, Less to HoldThe seamless design which offers a slim width, rounded display, flat camera and a metal frame in 3 colors are some of the other features that ensure one-handed usage, secured grip, increased speed and accuracy, premium feel, manageability while outdoors, pocket-ability and durability. Complimented by narrow bezels, the upper bezel is minimized by rearranging the camera, sensor and speaker in a row on the front upper side. The rounded corners of both the body and display not only unify the design but also dispersing the impact if the phone is dropped. The new UI 6.0 with control functions located at the bottom of the screen allows for more convenient single-handed operation.

In fact, ergonomics research teams led by Dr. Andris Freivalds at Pennsylvania State University and Dr. Ji Yong-gu at Yonsei University tested the LG G6 for stability when holding the phone, comfort in various postures and actions, as well as muscle fatigue when using the smartphone for long periods. The LG G6 received the highest marks in all test categories.

Transform Your Mobile Viewing Experience with Dolby Vision- The LG G6 is the first smart phone to feature Dolby Vision technology which supports HDR 10, both of which are standards for High Dynamic Range (HDR). With this upgrade, the picture quality is enhanced with the colors being both dark and brighter than ever before, revealing greater detail for a truly immersive viewing experience. A special treat for the consumers who love to access content online has been introduced in the smartphone. HDR content from Netflix and Amazon can now be watched on the G6 in stunning HDR quality. Amazon will also increasingly create 18:9 content for a cinematic viewing experience on the 18:9 QHD+ display.

Get More In, Leave Nothing Out –The G6 comes with a dual wide angle camera to ensure that your clicking experience is a pure delight. G6’s 5MP front camera covers a wide range of 100 degrees for more inclusive selfies. Plus, the wide angle camera reduces edge distortion, which makes for more natural images. Its 13 MP rear camera covers 125 degrees lens on the wide angle to capture panoramic shots that regular phones cameras can’t. The G6 delivers an outstanding and unique camera experience by creating seamless transitions when zooming in and out between the wide-angle and standard camera lenses even during 4K video capture.

Square Up and ShareAnd to view selfies, wefies, wide angle pictures and even the ones in the new Square Camera Mode, recent LG G6 photos appear in one window in film mode which means users don’t need to move to their gallery to review them. The G6 provides a Square Camera function which divides the 18:9 ratio display into two identical squares. The LG G6 can also take perfectly square photos in 1:1 ratio, ideal for Instagram, Snapchat and other social media apps. Users can also choose other ratios, such as 4:3, 16:9 and 18:9. Users can also take pictures in 1:1 ratio in one window, while checking, editing and uploading pictures in another window immediately after shooting. What’s more, users can create GIFs by combining between 2 and 100 photos from the gallery.

Built for the Unexpected –The G6 is the top notch in its league when it comes to reliability. It is durable, water and dust-resistant and battery safe. The IP68 water and dust resistance makes it safe to be immersed in up to 1.5 meters of water for as long as 30 minutes. While full screen with glass and minimal bezel is prone to breakages, G6 has passed MIL-STD 810G tests—26 different angle drop tests from chest height. It supports QC 3.0, enabling users to charge up their phones in less than an hour.

Google Assistant, now at your service –The smartphone has built-in Google Assistant that works seamlessly and intuitively with LG apps, empowering users to get fast answers, manage everyday tasks, enjoy the best music and videos and search the G6 more quickly and efficiently than ever.

3 variants (64 GB) are available in black, white & platinum priced at 55,000/-.

Key Specifications: *

The key features of the LG G6 smartphone are:

  • Chipset: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 821 Processor
  • Display: 5.7-inch 18:9 QHD+ FullVision Display (2880 x 1440 / 564ppi)
  • Memory: 4GB LPDDR4 RAM / 64GB UFS 2.0 ROM / MicroSD (up to 2TB)
  • Camera: Front 5MP Wide (F2.2 / 100°) and Rear Dual: 13MP Wide (F2.4 / 125°) / 13MP Standard OIS 2.0 (F1.8 / 71°)
  • Battery: 3,300mAh (embedded)
  • Operating System: Android 7.0 Nougat
  • Size: 148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9mm
  • Weight: 163g
  • Network: LTE-A 3 Band CA
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac / Bluetooth 4.2 BLE / NFC /
  • USB Type-C 2.0 (3.1 compatible)
  • Colors: Astro Black / Ice Platinum / Mystic White
  • Other: Water and Dust Resistant / Fingerprint Sensor / UX 6.0 / Dolby Vision™ / HDR10 / Qualcomm Quick Charge™ 3.0 / 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC

Mahindra Electric Promotes the Cause of Sustainable Mobility on World Earth Day

Organizes ‘Electric Drive’ with its EV fleet in Delhi, Pune & Bengaluru 

From LtoR Praveen Salins, Sanjay Krishnan and Mahesh Babu, CEO, Mahindra ElectricBengaluru, April 22, 2017: Mahindra Electric, part of the diversified USD 17.8 billion Mahindra Group and a pioneer in the development and production of electric vehicles in India, today organised the ‘Electric Drive’ with its electric vehicle fleet on the occasion of the World Earth Day. A unique customer engagement initiative aimed at encouraging a clean drive for a greener and better today and tomorrow, the drive was organized in Delhi, Pune and Bengaluru.

A cavalcade of around 77 electric vehicles from the Mahindra Electric stable, which included the e2o and the e2oPlus drove around Bengaluru spreading the message of conserving the Earth and making it a better place to stay. The idea was to encourage people to go green by switching to a zero emissions car.

Speaking on the occasion, Mahesh Babu, CEO, Mahindra Electric said, “As a responsible corporate citizen and the pioneer of electric vehicles in India, we take it upon us to spread the awareness about the benefits of electric vehicles. There could not be a better opportunity to do this than the World Earth Day.  At Mahindra Electric we will continue to uphold the cause of sustainable mobility and encourage the adoption of electric vehicles to outsmart pollution. After all it is about a change for a cleaner smarter and greener today and tomorrow.”

Since 2013 Mahindra Electric has negated over 5,200 tonnes of tailpipe emissions with its all electric cars.

 

NI and AT&T Collaborate on One of the World’s Fastest mmWave Channel Sounders for 5G

New System Provides Measurements of mmWave Spectrum in Milliseconds 

Bengaluru, India, April 13, 2017 – NI (Nasdaq: NATI), the provider of platform-based systems that enable engineers and scientists to solve the world’s greatest engineering challenges, and AT&T* (NYSE: T) today announced their collaboration on one of the world’s fastest and most accurate tools for 5G  Millimeter Wave (mmWave) channel characterization.

mmWave frequencies look to play a big role in the future of 5G. They have already been earmarked by the FCC, 3GPP and other standardization bodies for 5G mobile networks. Channel measurements capture how wireless signals are affected in a given environment. For instance, channel measurements can show how signals reflect off of, or are blocked by, objects, such as trees, buildings, cars and even people.

Wireless channel characterization is very important for wireless researchers defining 5G technologies as it will help lay the foundation for the architecture and design of these new wireless networks. AT&T and NI believe this work will likely play a role in AT&T’s future 5G deployment, through the creation of accurate models that help map out the details of where AT&T places its network equipment to provide customers with the best possible mobile experience.

“Utilizing mmWave spectrum for mobile 5G presents many challenges which we believe can be solved,” said Marachel Knight, senior vice president of wireless network architecture and design, AT&T. “We identified early on that designing and real-time monitoring of mmWave spectrum needs to be much more precise than today’s cellular systems. With the help of NI’s flexible hardware and software platform, AT&T developed a new type of channel sounder and we’re using it to develop highly-advanced models that will work for our network.”

Nicknamed internally within AT&T as the “Porcupine,” the channel sounder is the first of its kind and is proprietary to AT&T. It provides real-time channel parameter measurement and monitoring capability. The channel sounder, designed by AT&T, utilizes an architecture based on NI’s mmWave Transceiver System. This one-of-a-kind design provides several key advantages. It allows angle-of-arrival (AoA) measurements that would typically take 15 minutes or more to be completed (using pan-tilt units) to be performed within 150 milliseconds and display the results in real-time.

The channel sounder uniquely captures channel measurements where all the data is acquired and processed in real-time. Other channel sounding approaches capture raw data and post process to characterize the channel while only giving one-measurement every 15 minutes. The “Porcupine” on the other hand can provide about 6,000 measurements in that time. It’s like capturing 15-minutes of action with a video instead of a still photo. A video tells the whole story, while a photo just shows a moment.

The capability of real-time measurement eliminates the need to repeat experiments or to adjust the equipment to take multiple measurements from one location.  Since parameter extraction is done in real-time, the integrity of collected data can also be evaluated in real-time. Thus inaccurate data can be replaced immediately with a new set of measurements at the time of evaluation. Using other approaches, an entire evaluation day could potentially be lost if the collected data is post-processed.

To AT&T and NI’s knowledge, the speed and accuracy of this mmWave channel sounder makes it uniquely capable of making fast measurements of a channel. Thus, for example, the “Porcupine” allows the measurement of 5G mmWave frequencies via drive testing. This capability has previously remained out of reach for other mmWave channel sounders. As the 5G ecosystem looks at new use cases for 5G such as assisted driving, connected car, self-driving cars and more, the ability to study and model vehicular channels will become ever more critical.

“The NI mmWave Transceiver System and LabVIEW system design software enabled AT&T and NI to define and develop a channel measurement system unmatched in the industry today,” said James Kimery, director of RF research and SDR marketing at NI. “The combination of PXIe and LabVIEW FPGA provided the bandwidth, data and signal processing capability, and flexibility necessary to meet the requirements of mmWave and expedite 5G deployment.”

V-Guard launches ‘Smart DUPS’(Inverters) – the first Intelligent Digital UPS(Inverter) in India

The Smart new DUPS(Inverter) for the Smart New Generation

Bangalore, April 7th, 2017: V-Guard Industries Ltd., India’s leading consumer electrical and electronics major, after the success of its Smart Water Heater, launched the country’s first ever Smart DUPS (Inverter) in the city today.

Launch of V-Guard Smart Inverter

The Smart- DUPS (Inverter) that comes with 9 Smart Features is the first ever in the country that allows you to manage it across various functions with your mobile phone.  In a country that is often marred with power cuts, the need for a stable and reliable inverter often results in consumers purchasing big and bulky inverters, which also results in unpredictable batteries, messy wires and a lot more. To address this need and make life simpler, V-Guard after a lot of research brings to you an Inverter that can be easily controlled through your smartphone. Just download the app from the play store and get going. You scan the QR code from the packaging and register the product. Using smart technology to drive a connected world, the app allows consumers to turn it on/ off, know the DUPS battery usage & back up, control the performance levels basis the appliances you want to use, Run high-intensity appliances like iron, coffee maker, grinder, toaster/roti maker, hair dryer and more on lower capacity inverter models for short spurts of time during emergencies, mute the annoying buzzers apart from enabling a super charge mode to ensure longer back up during emergency situations.

The app is also equipped with a special Holiday mode to allow you to save power while you are off on a vacation. Complaints can be registered through the App by a single click which will notify the customer service centre who will attend the problem immediately without having the Service Engineer even visit your home.

“The company recently completed 40 years in the business and aims to grow its Smart appliances portfolio with many more such products. We launched the highly successful, Smart Water heater last year and this year we are bringing the Smart DUPS series to our consumers. V-Guard is known for its extremely stable and sturdy Inverters and what better than to launch the country’s first Smart inverter in our 40th year of business. The future of the urban home is clearly a connected and networked one, hence we hope this DUPS  will live up to the expectations of our consumers across.” Said the Managing Director, Mr Mithun Chittilappilly, V-Guard Industries Ltd.

Speaking on similar lines, the Chief Operating Officer, Mr V. Ramachandran said “The app lets you monitor the performance of the device, control its performance according to your usage and also allows you to run your various small appliances using lower capacity models.  This is a Bluetooth enabled inverter that connects with your smartphone enabling you control everything with the touch of a button.”

The DUPS will be priced between 10,900 – 18990 and will be available at all leading electronic, electrical , home appliances, and Battery stores in the South to start with.

MAHINDRA PARTNERS AND EIGHT ROADS VENTURES LEAD $21 MILLION SERIES B ROUND IN MEDWELL VENTURES

Bangalore, April 5, 2017: Medwell Ventures Private Limited, the operator of Nightingales specialty home healthcare services in India, today announced a $21 million Series B investment round led by Mahindra Partners with participation from existing investors, Eight Roads Ventures and US-based F-Prime Capital Partners, alongside early angel investors and the founders. This is the first investment by Mahindra Partners in the healthcare sector, where the company intends to have a greater participation going forward.

Medwell Receives series B funding

The Nightingales Home Healthcare business has grown rapidly from a single branch in Bangalore in 2014 to 13 branches across 4 cities with a full-time team of over 1000 medical, paramedical and healthcare professionals. This expansion was funded by a $10 million Series A round led by Eight Roads Ventures in May 2015. The company has established a leadership position in specialty-led home healthcare delivery, providing out-of-hospital care plans for patients with chronic diseases. Nightingales currently serves Mumbai, Bt angalore, Hyderabad and Pune, with plans to build its network across 10 metro clusters in India.  The company has cumulatively raised about $35m across its seed, series A and series B rounds.  The company is promoted by a highly experienced team of healthcare professionals including Vishal Bali, Chairman; Dr Ferzaan Engineer, Joint Chairman; Lalit Pai, CEO, and Himanshu Shah, CFO.

“Over the last 2 years we have not only scaled our presence in multiple cities but have also built a strong foundation for rapid expansion. We are witnessing strong consumer demand for our services in our current markets and this investment will accelerate our growth in the next 4 years” said Lalit Pai, CEO, Nightingales Home Health Services

Nightingales Home Healthcare Services provides over 25,000 services each month and plans to support more than 1 million patients in the next few years. The Nightingales team comprises doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, speech therapists, and trained bedside paramedical caregivers specializing in chronic care disease management. They develop care plans for chronic diseases such as congestive heart failure, stroke management, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD), diabetes, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and arthritis with health outcomes being monitored through a validated protocol-driven approach. The company’s focus on new models of care has also led to the start of an innovative home dentistry program. Nightingales has established relationships with key medical technology providers and invested substantively in ramping its information technology including the Nightingales patient app and electronic medical records for patients.

Commenting on the investment, Zhooben Bhiwandiwala, President – Mahindra Partners, said “Our aim is to build and grow great companies. The demand for home delivery of chronic care services is slated to continue to increase. The healthcare sector has tremendous growth potential and we will continue to play a more active role in the industry. We are very pleased to partner with the Nightingales team and wish them great success”.

 “We continue to be impressed by Medwell’s strong focus on execution; building on foundations of clinically driven holistic home care, an enabling technology backbone, and the highest levels of corporate governance. Eight Roads is delighted to continue its partnership with the company and welcomes Mahindra Partners to join this exciting growth story,” said Dr Prem Pavoor, Partner, Eight Roads Ventures.

 “We took an early position in creating a clinically driven home healthcare model. The closure of this round cements our conviction behind this opportunity to create India’s leading company in this space. In partnership with our world-class investors and the talented Nightingales team, we are confident about leading a paradigm shift in healthcare delivery in India,” said Vishal Bali and Dr Ferzaan Engineer.

For more information, please visit http://nightingales.in/