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Jolla: Doughty Dinghy With its Own Lord Nelson

Jolla: Doughty Dinghy With its Own Lord Nelson

“Who’s the fellow standing in the corner?” That was the query of the most of the non-tech media in India (and they do end up at tech events – how and why is another story for another blog, perhaps) were asking at the launch of the Jolla phone at an event in Delhi a few days ago. Some wondered if […]

 
     
 
 

The 10 Most Successful KickStarter Projects Ever

The 10 Most Successful KickStarter Projects Ever

In case you’re not familiar with KickStarter, this is a platform that lets an entrepreneur share his project idea with general public, while hoping to get funded. It basically is a crowdfunding system that allows for some of the greatest ideas in the world to receive the money they need to turn it into reality. There currently are 13 different […]

 
     
 
 

Android One: It’s Google vs Manufacturers Now!

Android One: It’s Google vs Manufacturers Now!

In 2010, a major cellphone manufacturer held a press briefing. The idea was not to showcase a new product or technology, but simply to convince mediapersons that a phone did not need the latest version of Android to perform well. The company was defending its smartphone that ran Android 1.6 even though Google had already released Android 2.1. In a […]

     
 
 

Hands On With Android One: The Attack of the Clones?

Hands On With Android One: The Attack of the Clones?

It is raining Android Ones. Hallelujah. Well, that has been the sentiment in our quarter as we have received each of the Android One devices that were unveiled last week by Google. Yes, we have in our possession (review-oriented, we assure you) – drum roll – the Micromax Canvas A1, the Karbonn Sparkle V and the Spice Dream Uno. All […]

 
     
 
 

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 […]