Now Playing: The Battle for the Phone’s Silicon Soul

Now Playing: The Battle for the Phone’s Silicon Soul

A lot of pieces go into a smartphone to make it work. From the display to the battery, there is an entire ecosystem of suppliers in China based in Shenzhen that is responsible for the Lego-like pieces that when put together in the factories of the likes of Foxconn and Pegatron result in the smartphones that we all know. During […]

 
     
 
 

Net Neutrality, Broadband Access…DTH Still Does not Have Much Hope

Net Neutrality, Broadband Access…DTH Still Does not Have Much Hope

Ever since I wrote the article on the impending demise of DTH in India, a number of people have highlighted that the current fair usage policy (FUP) of fixed broadband providers is simply not high enough to provide IPTV and that Net Neutrality can be a potential issue. FUP and Net Neutrality Well, as regards Net Neutrality, TRAI has made […]

 
     
 
 

RIP, DTH: Is the End in Sight for DTH Operators in India?

RIP, DTH: Is the End in Sight for DTH Operators in India?

In the early days, the Indian TV scene had always been dominated by MSOs or what are popularly known as the local ‘cable wallas’ (the local cable guy). DTH, in spite of being an old technology, had not really picked up in India, with the exception of Dish TV. And even Dish TV had been operating for a long time […]

 
     
 
 

One Company to Serve them All: Is Bundling Coming to India?

One Company to Serve them All: Is Bundling Coming to India?

In the past, at least when it came to our digital lives, Indians could use a wide variety of companies for their different needs. Even now, you might be using Tata Sky for watching TV, BSNL for broadband, Airtel for cellular services, Samsung for your smartphone, and so on. Similarly, when it comes to buying online, you might be using […]

 
     
 
 

Yes, Prime Member: What Reliance Jio’s Rs 303 Plan Could Mean!

Yes, Prime Member: What Reliance Jio’s Rs 303 Plan Could Mean!

There’s no doubt that Jio has come a long way since its launch on September 5th, barring certain long distance calling issues with Airtel. POI issues are now all but over. The network has started getting back at least some of its speed (which it had seemed to have lost) when the daily data cap was revised from 4 GB […]

 
     
 
 

The Unlimited Mobile Data Era Cometh?

The Unlimited Mobile Data Era Cometh?

Smartphones have come a long way over the years. The smartphones we use today have much more internal storage capacities, better cameras, processors, etc., than the ones just a few years ago. Smartphone displays are much better now in terms of color accuracy and resolution, and processors in today’s smartphones pack more processing power and consume lesser power than their […]

 
     
 
 

Dr Jekyll Becomes Mr Hyde: The Curse of Android

Dr Jekyll Becomes Mr Hyde: The Curse of Android

Few technologies from Silicon Valley have managed to create an impact as big as Android has. Whatever be one’s views on Android (especially versus iOS – what a debate that is!), there’s no denying that with the advent of Android, hundreds of millions of people that earlier had no access to any form of computing device are now in possession […]

 
     
 
 

The Power of Three: Why the Vodafone-Idea Merger is Not a Good Idea, Sirji

The Power of Three: Why the Vodafone-Idea Merger is Not a Good Idea, Sirji

Consolidation has been the theme of the Indian telecom industry for the past few years. It started with Loop trying to sell its Mumbai operations to Airtel but failing to do so because of issues DoT had with Loop customers being transferred to Airtel. The deal with Airtel fell apart but Loop nonetheless packed its bags and left Mumbai as […]

 
     
 
 

Chip and Charge: The Qualcomm-Apple Fracas

Chip and Charge: The Qualcomm-Apple Fracas

Qualcomm is one of the best-known names in the mobile phone industry. The company’s Snapdragon line of chipsets has now become the equivalent of “Intel Inside” for smartphones. Considering the fact that SoC (System on Chip) plays a very important role in smartphones, Qualcomm’s influence amongst component makers far outweighs everyone else’s. The Snapdragon 810 might have been a disaster […]

 
     
 
 

VoLTE Feature Phone: The Final Piece in the Jio Puzzle

VoLTE Feature Phone: The Final Piece in the Jio Puzzle

In an earlier article, I had explained why a Jio VoLTE feature phone made very good strategic sense. I had written the article well before the Jio VoLTE feature phone’s images leaked on the Internet, although news of the phone had leaked by the time it was actually published. Now that the images of the Jio VoLTE feature phone have […]