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Employees vs Celebs: The Tech Brand Ambassador Debate

Employees vs Celebs: The Tech Brand Ambassador Debate

It might have recently lost its high-profile global vice-president, but Xiaomi has forged a reputation for being unconventional and unorthodox in the Indian smartphone market. And thanks to its success (we hear the Redmi Note 4 has sold a quarter of a million units in ten minutes even as we write this), ever since the brand arrived in India, there […]

 
     
 
 

Understanding Google’s Convoluted Messaging World

Understanding Google’s Convoluted Messaging World

Messaging apps have come a long way. The past year for technology largely revolved around these services as artificial intelligence and chatbots continue to evolve. Google seems to be one of the companies who has been investing fiercely in the sector. But the search engine giant has been unable to keep up its own pace and the industry’s trends. That’s […]

 
     
 
 

My Barra Sahib

My Barra Sahib

“So what is Hugo Barra like?” If I had a Dollar for every time I have been asked that question from late 2014 till his recent, surprising departure from the company he played a major role in making a household name in India, I would have accumulated a small fortune. They say that no media person should ever get too […]

 
     
 
 

The Dual Camera Shoot Out: Honor 6X vs Coolpad Cool 1

The Dual Camera Shoot Out: Honor 6X vs Coolpad Cool 1

Camera performances on the mid-rangers or budget phones have always struggled to make a mark. Of course, they all do well in daylight and macros but when the lights go down, so do their performances and on many occasions, they are not usable. However, that could change with the arrival of a new trend – the dual camera set up, […]

 
     
 
 

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 […]

 
     
 
 

“Browsers had to be Reinvented in Order to Stay Relevant”: Opera SVP

“Browsers had to be Reinvented in Order to Stay Relevant”: Opera SVP

It is perhaps the most innovative browser we have seen for a while, complete with a colorful and interactive interface. But what inspired Opera Software to venture into something as radical as Opera Neon? Nimish Dubey talked to Krystian Kolondra, senior vice president, Opera for computers, to get answers to that, and other questions. Krystian Kolondra, SVP for Opera for […]

     
 
 

Oh Mi Gawd! Did Xiaomi Just Lose its Secret Weapon?

Oh Mi Gawd! Did Xiaomi Just Lose its Secret Weapon?

“A crucial ingredient for the success of Xiaomi in India. It cannot be manufactured in a laboratory. It cannot be patented. It has nothing to do with logistics or supply chains. There are some who say it is artificial. But none doubt its efficacy. It is the charm of Hugo Barra.” Almost two and a half years ago, I wrote […]

 
     
 
 

[Face Off] Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 vs Lenovo P2: Battle of the Battery Masters

[Face Off] Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 vs Lenovo P2: Battle of the Battery Masters

Making a purchase decision about a smartphone these days is no longer the simple process it was about half a decade ago. And it can get particularly tricky if you happen to be looking for something in the relatively affordable smartphone segment (say, sub Rs 20,000 – check out our buying guide incidentally). Barely a few weeks into 2017, we […]

 
     
 
 

Whatever Happened to Micromax?

Whatever Happened to Micromax?

We recently compiled our ‘Buying Guides’ under the Rs 10,000 (USD 150) and Rs 20,000 (USD 300) price brackets for the month of January and witnessed neck to neck competition in various categories. There were at least two contenders in each category which gave a very tough fight, with victory being decided by the slightest of edges. While there is […]

 
     
 
 

Present Perfect, Future Uncertain: What’s in Store for Mobile Gaming?

Present Perfect, Future Uncertain: What’s in Store for Mobile Gaming?

Tap, Swipe, Turn. That’s all is needed to control most smartphone games out there. There are no labyrinthine combinations of keys involved and neither does it demand a high skill level to succeed. And yet, it’s a multi-billion dollar empire. Last year, we witnessed how a bunch of companies reinvigorated the market with their viral titles and attained millions of […]