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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 […]

 
     
 
 

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 […]

     
 
 

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 […]

 
     
 
 

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 […]

     
 
 

Is Samsung Really Losing?

Is Samsung Really Losing?

Over the past month or so, tech world is abuzz with news, diagnosis, and prescriptions about the decline of Samsung’s dominance in the mobile space. Poor Q2 earnings of Samsung, Micromax becoming the largest mobile vendor in India in Q2 2014 (according to Counterpoint Research), Xiaomi overtaking Samsung as the largest smartphone vendor in China during the same quarter (according […]

 
     
 
 

Missed the Xiaomi Mi 3? Try These Six Alternatives

Missed the Xiaomi Mi 3? Try These Six Alternatives

Missed the Xiaomi Mi 3 yet again and not in the mood to wait for the next batch to be made available? You could consider these alternatives that deliver decent performance in the same – and sometimes lower – price range. Asus ZenFone 5 Rs 9,999 Perhaps the most viable challenger to the Mi 3, the ZenFone 5 comes with […]

     
 
 

Why is Windows Phone Not Winning?

Why is Windows Phone Not Winning?

Guest Article by Criselle Lobo. Humans are known to be resistant towards change. More often than not, we are so used to the operating system on our phones that we are reluctant to change to another one. Personally, I have been an avid iPhone user since the past 4 years. There have been times when I did get bored of […]

     
 
 

The Tablet Has Not Lost, the Phone Has!

The Tablet Has Not Lost, the Phone Has!

“The days of the tablet are coming to an end” goes the word around tech corridors, in the face of declining sales of tablets – even the mighty iPad has not had the best of times. Many are already writing the obituary of the tablet, saying that like the netbook, it was a 4-5 year phenomenon that after making history […]

 
     
 
 

The Android Order Changeth? The Moto-Asus-Xiaomi Effect

The Android Order Changeth? The Moto-Asus-Xiaomi Effect

Time flies. But when it comes to technology, it pretty much wings along at warp speed. It was barely a few months ago that many people in India felt that Sony had pulled off a pricing coup of sorts when it launched the Xperia Z2 at Rs 49,990 but bundled its SmartBand worth Rs 5,999 along with it. That was […]