Nokia smartphones are poised for a comeback after former managers at the Finnish company licensed the handset brand from Microsoft and struck up partnerships with Google and phone manufacturer Foxconn. Nokia was once the world’s dominant cellphone maker but missed the shift to smartphones and then chose Microsoft’s unpopular Windows operating system for its “Lumia” range.
It’s difficult to tell when you’re in the midst of a landmark moment in history. Few guessed that in 2008 when Google debuted the G1, the first phone to run Android, the mobile software would transform the wireless world. It didn’t help that when Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin went up on stage, they were wearing roller blades.
For years Google has been involved in a proxy war with the iPhone maker. It makes a rival operating system, Android, it buys up patents and it goes to court to protect them. Unlike Apple though, which is essentially a hardware company that makes software to sell its hardware, Google has always been a software & services company until now.Google has long been happy to develop and license Android software to third-party smartphone makers like Samsung, and sell its software and services through them rather than create its own devices in-house. Not to say Google did not do hardware at all, it did a few, like the chromecast. Continue reading
Packing a Snapdragon 821 chipset, 4GB of RAM, 32 or 128 gigs of native storage, and finally, a camera that is allegedly among the best ones in the class, the Google Pixel and Pixel XL are here to wage war on the very best the Android market has to offer.
Google, what’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the name? The logo? The search engine? The plethora of software (such as Android and Chrome) and services (such as Gmail)?
When we hear ‘Google’ we do not immediately think of the hardware side of Google, not sure even Google does. But the Mountain View, California-based tech giant is increasing its focus on hardware, and the winds of change could start blowing with the upcoming Pixel and Pixel XL phones.
Google has been long been trying to create a social network to compete with Facebook. Everybody knows this, but a year ago, when google began unwinding it’s latest attempt, Google+, it felt like a positive sign for the company’s under-performing social efforts. After sinking years into building a product overstuffed with photos, communication tools, link-sharing, and discussions, Google began to shrink them into more manageable tools.
As a result, Google photos, a feature hardly anyone used has become the favourite photo managing app for over 200 million users. But when it comes to messaging, the hot and burning platform of the smartphone era, Google’s efforts are only multiplying into a plethora of disconnected services. Continue reading
Getting back to 2007 to 2010, the world had seen how much better an iPhone was than a Blackberry, Nokia was still trying to catch up in the smartphone race with its Symbian OS, it was the king of feature phones. Smartphones however were a luxury gadget only for those who could shell out some big bucks. Android came into the scene in 2008, and it wasn’t as historic a moment as the launch of the shiny iPhone in 2007, in fact, far from it. Android sucked. Apps crashed, the hardware was cheap, they were nowhere near an iPhone, but android had one big advantage, ‘the hardware was cheap’.
With the evolution of Android, smartphone sales saw huge growth, and it benefited it’s rivals as well. People started opening up to the idea of a $300-$400 phone that could do so many things.
Remember the reports of Microsoft ending Lumia production by the end of the year? The speculations just got a boost today from a report out of the U.K. Winbeta reports that a user in UK has been refused a warranty replacement for his Lumia 950 XL because Microsoft had no further stock of the device, with all remaining units already sent to distributors. Production of the handset has reportedly stopped a month ago already.