Tech this week: Moto G, LG G Flex and Flappy birds make headlines in India

Sunday, 9 February 2014 - 10:25pm IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna webdesk

All things that made news in the tech world during February 2 to February 9, 2014.

Moto G
Motorola's much awaited and most talked about smartphone Moto G has finally been launched in India. The 8 GB variant is for Rs 12,499 and the 16GB variant for Rs 13,999. The phone has already been launched in several markets before it has finally reached India and has got a phenomenal response. Enthused by the overwhelming response from shoppers to Moto G launch, e-commerce company Flipkart is looking at forging a long-term relationship with handset maker Motorola Mobility. The US-based firm launched its much-awaited budget phone Moto G in India through Flipkart on February 6 under an exclusive tie-up. The 16GB version being sold out in first 15 minutes of the launch. "It is extremely overwhelming. We were surprised. We did not expect this kind of response. It was more than the traffic on peak Diwali rush. Our site also went down for a couple of minutes on February 6, the day of launch, due to traffic," Flipkart co-founder and CEO Sachin Bansal told. Read more

LG G Flex
The LG G Flex, LG's first curved and flexible smartphone that also includes a self-healing coating on the back, was launched in India this week at a price of Rs Rs 69,999. LG had unveiled the phone in India back in December. Read more

Flappy Birds shuts down?
Dong Nguyen, creator of the Flappy Bird app has reportedly tweeted that he is pulling the game today. The app, deemed as the worst smartphone game ever by some, has been making 50,000 dollars a day in ad revenue. Nguyen in his tweet yesterday apologized to 'Flappy Bird' users for taking down the app and said that he wanted space, adding that the Press has been overrating the success of his games, which he never wanted. Read more 

Facebook turns 10!
Social networking website Facebook is celebrating its 10th birthday this week, marking a decade of ups and downs that has concluded with outstanding profits, more than 1.2 billion users worldwide and the need to keep expanding so as not to collapse. The company launched by Mark Zuckerberg Feb 4, 2004, while a student at Harvard University has created for multitudes of people a different way to share experiences - and for others to gossip - that has made profitable like never before capitalising on the primitive human needs for communication and acceptance. Facebook's impact has been such that it created a new meaning for the word "friend" - as in "to friend someone on Facebook" - a category encompassing acquaintances or contacts who, for whatever reason, are interested in following a person's Facebook posts. Read more

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