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Google and China: 5 Reasons Why it’s Tough to Bring Back the Play Store

Google and China: 5 Reasons Why it’s Tough to Bring Back the Play Store

China has always been a mysterious market of sorts. The way in which the Chinese tech market works is very difficult to predict. Just three years back, Apple was a laggard in the Chinese smartphone market and Samsung was at the top. Look how the positions have flipped now. Just two years back or so, Xiaomi was also the rage […]

 
     
 
 

State of Smartphone SoC Market [Explained]

State of Smartphone SoC Market [Explained]

A System on a Chip (or SoC) is considered to be the heart of a smartphone. An SoC houses CPU, GPU, DSP, modem and others, so no wonder a good SoC can make a difference between a pleasant and a laggy smartphone experience. There are several SoC vendors in the market. Amongst these, Apple, Qualcomm, Mediatek and Samsung are the […]

 
     
 
 

Should You Pay $1000 for an iPhone? Heck Yes, if YOU think it’s Worth it!

Should You Pay $1000 for an iPhone? Heck Yes, if YOU think it’s Worth it!

“You can get whatever you have on the iPhone from another device that costs a fraction of its price” has been an argument that makes the rounds every time an iPhone is announced. And this time is no different, with many claiming even a basic Android device can deliver pretty much everything that an iPhone 6s can. They are right. […]

 
     
 
 

Why Android One Flight Failed to Take Off?

Why Android One Flight Failed to Take Off?

Android One was an ambitious project by Google. The company intended to bring sub $100 smartphones with specifications that would provide decent performance and fast over-the-air updates to the latest version of Android directly from Google. Android One targeted emerging countries and had made its debut in India. The idea was to team up with local manufacturers and create devices. […]

 
     
 
 

Comparing Indian and US Telecom Markets

Comparing Indian and US Telecom Markets

Telecom networks are an important part of the mobile landscape. It’s the backend that puts the smart in a smartphone. Without a stable internet connection, your iPhone 6s Plus or Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge is as good as a Nokia 1100 (which is still a great phone by the way). Over the years, interesting developments have taken place in both […]

 
     
 
 

It’s Time to Stop the Smartphone Screen Size Madness

It’s Time to Stop the Smartphone Screen Size Madness

Guest Post by Rohan Naravane. Back in 2010, I had the misfortune of using the Dell Streak, a smartphone with huge screen size of 5 inches. Bear in mind that times were different back then — most phone screens measured anywhere between 3 to 4 inches. The first Galaxy Note that catapulted the big screen trend, was over a year […]

 
     
 
 

Busting the ‘iPhone Made Smartphones Expensive’ Myth!

Busting the ‘iPhone Made Smartphones Expensive’ Myth!

“Get ready to sell your kidneys” the call goes out as Apple releases a new iPhone. While that might sound a trifle extreme to some, the fact is that for a signficant segment of the tech using population, the iPhone is synonymous with expensive extravagance. In fact, there are many who hold Apple responsible for the emergence of the premium […]

 
     
 
 

The Indian Summer of Vineet Taneja

The Indian Summer of Vineet Taneja

“Yes, you can now meet Vineet, but be ready with your questions. He is a very reserved person,” those were the words with which a Nokia executive briefed me as we went to meet Vineet Taneja. It was 2009 and Nokia had launched its first salvo at Apple with the N97. Vineet Taneja was the Director Marketing at Nokia, and […]

 
     
 
 

Is the Nexus Even Relevant Any More?

Is the Nexus Even Relevant Any More?

We keep saying that a year is a long time in technology and well, it seems to have taken exactly that long for Android’s flagship Nexus device to slip from uber desirable to also-ran. In case you think we are being too harsh, grab that time machine (the one in your mind or just search Google) and head back to […]

 
     
 
 

The iPhone Lessons: Eight Things Other Manufacturers could Learn from Apple

The iPhone Lessons: Eight Things Other Manufacturers could Learn from Apple

A new iPhone has been entering our lives like clockwork right from 2007, and notwithstanding all the predictions of the doomsday pundits, has gone on to set sales records. The competition has huffed and puffed but so far Cupertino’s iPhone-y house shows no signs of being blown in. There are many reasons for this, of course, ranging from product quality […]