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BlackBerry, Samsung, Microsoft, HTC, LG, Sony… In a World of Their Own?

BlackBerry, Samsung, Microsoft, HTC, LG, Sony… In a World of Their Own?

The Bible talks of much gnashing of teeth and wailing when final judgement visits those that have sinned. Well, similar are the sounds (well, metaphorically at least) that seem to accompany the announcement of prices of devices from ahem, some brands these days. Ironically, these are the very brands that had dominated the mobile landscape for years – the likes […]

 
     
 
 

For Android, the iPhone is Not the Enemy, it is a Benchmark!

For Android, the iPhone is Not the Enemy, it is a Benchmark!

“That is a very good phone.” When Xiaomi’s Hugo Barra says that about a device, you would expect it to refer to one of his own company’s phones, or perhaps one of the high-profile Androids in tech town. But nay, the device he was referring to was from the company that many of his brethren consider THE enemy. It was […]

 
     
 
 

LG G4 Confirms the Premium-Mainstream Split in Android Flagships

LG G4 Confirms the Premium-Mainstream Split in Android Flagships

When LG unveiled its G4 flagship day before, it rounded off the flagship fleet for the current Android generation, the most notable of which are the Samsung S6 Edge, the HTC One M9, the Sony Xperia Z4, the Xiaomi Mi Note Pro, the Honor 6 Plus, the Nexus 6, the Moto Turbo, the Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro, the Asus ZenFone […]

 
     
 
 

The Day Barra Channeled Jobs

The Day Barra Channeled Jobs

Apple fans can have a new accusation to level at Xiaomi, the company that some call the “Apple of China.” After being accused of copying/being inspired by/paying tribute to the Cupertino company in product terms, now their Vice President is likely to be accused of a copyright violation on a spiritual level. Of channeling Steve Jobs. For about an hour […]

 
     
 
 

Micromax, YU and I: Meeting Rahul Sharma!

Micromax, YU and I: Meeting Rahul Sharma!

There are some people who charge into an office, as if wading into battle. Rahul Sharma is not one of them. The founder of Micromax and YU tends to ooze in quietly, a bit like PG Wodehouse’s iconic gentleman’s gentleman, Jeeves. I had been waiting in the reception of Micromax’s head office in Gurgaon (near the Indian capital of Delhi) […]

 
     
 
 

Seven Things Tech Writers Could Learn From Richie Benaud

Seven Things Tech Writers Could Learn From Richie Benaud

He enjoyed iconic status in cricket – be it on the crease or in the commentary box. When he passed away earlier today, millions mourned. But Richie Benaud could teach a lot of us tech writers a lesson or two in the noble art of coverage, analysis and commentarty. Here are seven things that tech writers could learn from the […]

     
 
 

Ten Years, Ten Things We’ve Observed About Mobile Phone Photography

Ten Years, Ten Things We’ve Observed About Mobile Phone Photography

Ten years ago in 2005, Sony Ericsson released a phone in which the camera was not just an add-on or a slice of trivia on the spec sheet. The Sony Ericsson Cyber-Shot K750’s 2.0-megapixel camera might seem unremarkable and severely sub-par in the modern era, where even phones below USD 100 come with 8.0-megapixel shooters, but at that time it […]

 
     
 
 

Forget Apple vs Samsung! It’s now Lenovo vs Xiaomi

Forget Apple vs Samsung! It’s now Lenovo vs Xiaomi

For most people, last week’s Xiaomi event in Delhi was about the launch of the company’s Redmi 2 phone in India, and the rather announcement of the Mi Pad, which caught a lot of spectators by surprise. Well, it was that. But it was also about something else. Indeed, for us, the most interesting point of the event came in […]

 
     
 
 

Dear HTC and Samsung, Who is Your Competition?

Dear HTC and Samsung, Who is Your Competition?

Dear HTC and Samsung, We followed your events around the One M9 and the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge last night with a good deal of interest. First off, a quick note of congratulations on what seem to be very good devices indeed in terms of design and hardware – a sight for sore eyes, be they mainstream or geek […]