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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 […]

 
     
 
 

Honey, Did the Chinese Just Go from Copycats to Creative?

Honey, Did the Chinese Just Go from Copycats to Creative?

“You know, actually the Chinese brands are doing more innovation than the likes of Apple and Samsung…” It was a remark by one of my colleagues at the launch of the Lenovo Vibe X2. My first reaction, conditioned by habit, was almost one of dismissiveness. The Chinese were, after all, supposed to be many things, but not innovative. Nay, China […]

 
     
 
 

The Great iPhone Camera Battle: iPhone 5s vs iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus

The Great iPhone Camera Battle: iPhone 5s vs iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus

For many people, the iPhone is the gold standard when it comes to smartphone photography. The iPhones may not have always yielded the highest quality of imagery – the others caught up in that department a couple of years ago – but their sheer ease of use, speed and consistency, topped off with a terrific dollop of photo editing and […]