Android One: Noble Intentions, But Will It Succeed?

Android One: Noble Intentions, But Will It Succeed?

When Sundar Pichai, he who oversees Android, Chrome and Google Apps, stepped on to stage earlier today to launch the first phones as part of Google’s Android One initiative, the expectations in the room were high enough to have prompted Dickens’ ghost to write a sequel to his classic work. When he did announce the devices, the hall was filled […]

 
     
 
 

First Look: Spice Dream UNO Mi-498 [Photo Gallery]

First Look: Spice Dream UNO Mi-498 [Photo Gallery]

We have had a look at one the Spice Dream UNO, one of the first Android One phones to be unveiled today. And here are our impressions with pictures – feast your eyes. Although it is no eyesore, the Spice Dream Uno is not going to win any design awards. It is an all-plastic device with curved edges. It will […]

     
 
 

Tim Doesn’t Need to Cook, but Conjure!

Tim Doesn’t Need to Cook, but Conjure!

(Warning: this is NOT an article about the leaked specs of the iPhone 6, the iWatch or the iWhatchamacallit) When Tim Cook strides on to stage to launch a new iOS device later today, the world will have a pretty good idea what he has up those sleeves of his. And honestly, that should be a matter of concern for […]

     
 
 

“I Have Never heard of Them!” What the Micromax CEO’s Go at Xiaomi Could Mean

“I Have Never heard of Them!”  What the Micromax CEO’s Go at Xiaomi Could Mean

“Thou shalt not name thy competitor at thine own event” is an unwritten principle of technology events. Yes, people do poke fun gently (and sometimes not so gently) at their opponents, but prefer to leave them unnamed, dropping mysterious hints instead about “some of our rivals” or “one of our worthy competitors,” or displaying excerpts of reports that show their […]

     
 
 

Review: HTC One E8: Much, Much More Than a ‘Plastic M8’

Review: HTC One E8: Much, Much More Than a ‘Plastic M8’

When HTC took the wraps off the successor to the One, the One M8, earlier this year, there were many who sighed in rapture at the amazing design. When a few months later, it revealed its brother, the One E8, the reaction was similar to that given to the iPhone 5c in the wake of the 5s. That was because […]

 
     
 
 

Xiaomi’s Secret Weapon: The Hugo Barra Mystique

Xiaomi’s Secret Weapon: The Hugo Barra Mystique

Last week, after Xiaomi unveiled the Redmi 1S at a café in Delhi, the question and answer session duly got underway. A hand was raised for a question. In most conferences, this would be the signal for someone (generally a young lady) to walk to the person and hand him or her a microphone to ask their question. A mike […]

 
     
 
 

In Defence of Firefox OS: Seven Points to be Considered

In Defence of Firefox OS: Seven Points to be Considered

Firefox OS has arrived in India, in the form of the Intex Cloud Fx and the Spice Fire One handsets. However, initial impressions about the devices and the OS have tended to be less than kind with their performance and hardware attracting criticism. We at TechPP, however, feel that some of the criticism has been a bit unfairly harsh, and […]

 
     
 
 

App Review: Hyperlapse from Instagram(iOS): Speeding up Video, Bringing out the Chaplin in You!

App Review: Hyperlapse from Instagram(iOS): Speeding up Video, Bringing out the Chaplin in You!    

Remember those Charlie Chaplin films /where at times everything seemed to happen at the rate of knots? Well, Instagram’s new app, Hyperlapse, lets you do something similar, with minimum fuss. Yes, we could get into explanations of what hyperlapse videos are, how they are different from timelapse and so on, but we will keep things very simple. As simple as […]

     
 
 

Making ‘Value for Money’ Hot: the Xiaomi Way in India

Making ‘Value for Money’ Hot: the Xiaomi Way in India

“Sold out in 2.3 seconds.” “Servers crash due to excess demand.” “Next batch of products to be available on August xx. Register for you order. Limited units.” Earlier this year if you had told us that a smartphone would generate headlines of this sort, we would have shoved a breath analyzer in your face. Today, a month and a half […]