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The Best of 2014: The Phone-y Hollywood Awards

The Best of 2014: The Phone-y Hollywood Awards

As we reach the end of 2014, we remember the most notable devices of the year in a Hollywood inspired ceremony. Any similarities to films, celluloid or digital, is purely coincidental. The “Exodus: Gods and Kings” award for Biggest, Most Magnificent Device Just like the film named after it, it might have attracted more attention for its appearance and presentation, […]

 
     
 
 

Five Smartphone Trends That Ruled in 2014

Five Smartphone Trends That Ruled in 2014

Every year smartphone manufacturers try to come out with the ‘next big thing’, with expectations to stand out from the rest. While some companies managed to get it right (Motorola), some also terribly failed (we’re looking at you Amazon Fire Phone). A few just follow in the footsteps of what the successful ones are doing in terms of product design […]

     
 
 

“We Do it for the Users”: Opera’s Twinkle-Toed Tenor

“We Do it for the Users”: Opera’s Twinkle-Toed Tenor    

Twinkle toed. Those are not the words that come to mind when you see Lars Boilesen. The man, in true Nordic tradition, is tall. And with a great head of hair. And in supremely non-Nordic tradition, looks a bit like author-actor-iPhone fan Stephen Fry. And yet the man drove into an Indian mall in a rickshaw, got off and shook […]

     
 
 

Six Things Other Phone Brands Could Learn from the Chinese

Six Things Other Phone Brands Could Learn from the Chinese

In some ways, 2014 could well go down as the year in which Chinese brands finally grabbed a share of the mobile phone limelight. Yes, they had been around for a while, but this is the year when they have actually occupied centrestage in a big way, with the likes of Xiaomi, Lenovo, Huawei, Gionee, Oppo, OnePlus, Vivo, and others […]

 
     
 
 

Google is Working on a Version of Android Auto to be Built Directly into Cars

Google is Working on a Version of Android Auto to be Built Directly into Cars

Google has announced Android Auto in June this year at the Google I/O conference. To put it shortly, Android Auto allow Android smartphones and tablets to be operated in automobiles through the dashboard’s head unit, offeing drivers control over GPS navigation, music playback, SMS, telephony, and web search. Both touchscreen and button-controlled head unit displays are supported and hands-free operation through voice commands is also possible. But […]

     
 
 

BlackBerry Classic: BlackBerry Falls Back to the Old Guard

BlackBerry Classic: BlackBerry Falls Back to the Old Guard

Almost two hundred years back, in the Battle of Waterloo, in spite of knowing that defeat is almost certain, Napoleon’s best soldiers, the ones that had served him the longest, the Imperial Guard, storm into the battlefield. Trying against all odds to turn the tide. Admiring their courage, an English general stopped his soldiers from firing at them and riding […]

     
 
 

Android Needs Killer Apps, Not Better Hardware

Android Needs Killer Apps, Not Better Hardware

“Our community demanded a newer, faster processor than the one we had originally planned. So we put a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor in the OnePlus One,” a OnePlus spokesperson said on stage a few days ago, detailing the role the user community played in determining the hardware of the OnePlus One. A number of people in the audience applauded, but […]

 
     
 
 

But Seriously, It’s Time to Show Micromax Some Respect

But Seriously, It’s Time to Show Micromax Some Respect

“In this business, it is volumes that count, not brand stature” – we wish we had a penny for every time we have heard those words (they would make such a massive difference to our revenue stream) from mobile industry experts. And indeed, at the end of the day, even the biggest brand would concede that all the brand equity […]

     
 
 

Smartphone Price Revolution? Not Yet, Not Just Yet

Smartphone Price Revolution? Not Yet, Not Just Yet

At the launch of the Xiaomi Redmi Note yesterday, Hugo Barra put up a slide that showed the price, specifications and performance comparisons of a number of devices, ranging from the Galaxy Note 3 to Xiaomi’s own Note. The idea was simple: to highlight how Xiaomi was offering more than the competition and yet managing to keep prices astonishingly low. […]

     
 
 

5 Practical Ways to Solve the Smartphone Battery Life Problem

5 Practical Ways to Solve the Smartphone Battery Life Problem

There are countless how-tos written on how to save your smartphone battery life. All those ask you to turn off your WiFi, Bluetooth, 3G, reduce brightness, use task killers, disable GPS for location reporting, disable Google Now… basically turn your smartphone into a dumbphone. So then, what’s the point of spending tens of thousands of rupees every few years on […]