Why apps won’t matter going forward

Remember the time when there were no smartphones? Seems like a lifetime ago doesn’t it? Most mobile apps we had were simple tools such as unit converters or games. Hardly an app for booking your railway or flight tickets nor did we have as efficient mobile versions of websites. Today, almost every service that caters to a large audience has a dedicated mobile app, a mobile version of its website, and a fully functional desktop version, then there are other standards creeping up on them such as Google’s AMP project.
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Will Nokia’s brand image provide enough of an edge? Let’s talk

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.

HMD Global, led by Nokia veteran Arto Nummela, wants to launch its first Nokia smartphone in the early part of next year using Google’s Android operating system.  Continue reading “Will Nokia’s brand image provide enough of an edge? Let’s talk”

How the Pixel might affect the Android landscape? Let’s Discuss

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 “How the Pixel might affect the Android landscape? Let’s Discuss”

[Poll] Pixel & Pixel XL : Are they worth the price?

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.

But there is nothing out of the ordinary when it comes to specs comparison with the competition. How does Google justify the hefty price tags? Continue reading “[Poll] Pixel & Pixel XL : Are they worth the price?”

Google needs to set the stage on fire (not like the Note 7) if Pixel is to succeed

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.

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Google Allo sounds exciting, but it might not be that great

So, Allo is rolling out now

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 “Google Allo sounds exciting, but it might not be that great”

What’s next for the flagship Smartphones when the mid-rangers are getting so good?

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.

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Forget December Lumia 950XL production has already stopped. What went wrong?

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.

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Why removal of headphone jack in the iPhone 7 is not “courage” but “greed”

There’s a growing trend among smartphone manufacturers to do away with the 3.5mm audio jack that has long been the standard connector for a huge range of audio equipment over the past century. Motorola’s new Moto Z doesn’t feature a 3.5mm audio connector, neither does LeEco’s latest range of smartphones, and Apple has finally done away with the socket this year too. Of course, when Apple did it, it created a much more angry reaction from fans and haters alike than when Moto or LeEco did it.

In fact I had something to say about the removal of headphone jack on the Moto Z and LeEco. And while I still believe that, I am seeing a trend now and all these big names are writing about how Apple did the right thing, how headphone jacks are a 100 year old technology and they should go.

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