Why Sony Xperia Z3 Compact is the Best ‘Mini’ Flagship Smartphone?

Why Sony Xperia Z3 Compact is the Best ‘Mini’ Flagship Smartphone?

The world is succumbing to bigger displays. Even the long time naysayer, Apple, accepted defeat and introduced a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and a 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus. Almost every single flagship Android smartphone announced in 2014 has boasted of bigger 5-inch+ displays. Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One (M8), LG G3, Moto X, Xiaomi Mi 4, OnePlus One and Sony Xperia […]

 
     
 
 

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 […]

     
 
 

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 […]

 
     
 
 

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 […]

 
     
 
 

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 […]

 
     
 
 

The Tablet Has Not Lost, the Phone Has!

The Tablet Has Not Lost, the Phone Has!

“The days of the tablet are coming to an end” goes the word around tech corridors, in the face of declining sales of tablets – even the mighty iPad has not had the best of times. Many are already writing the obituary of the tablet, saying that like the netbook, it was a 4-5 year phenomenon that after making history […]

 
     
 
 

The Android Order Changeth? The Moto-Asus-Xiaomi Effect

The Android Order Changeth? The Moto-Asus-Xiaomi Effect

Time flies. But when it comes to technology, it pretty much wings along at warp speed. It was barely a few months ago that many people in India felt that Sony had pulled off a pricing coup of sorts when it launched the Xperia Z2 at Rs 49,990 but bundled its SmartBand worth Rs 5,999 along with it. That was […]

 
     
 
 

Is Android Playing the Windows XP Blues?

Is Android Playing the Windows XP Blues?

Remember that time from about 2003-2006? That was the period when Windows XP ruled our computing worlds. After a flurry of Windows versions from 1995-2001 (Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows 2000 and Windows Me) Microsoft finally seemed to have got its act together and released a version of Windows that seemed to please everyone – Windows XP. The OS got […]

     
 
 

Windows 8.1 Update 1: the Revenge of the Desktop

Windows 8.1 Update 1: the Revenge of the Desktop

Change might have become one of the constants of our hectic lives, but managing that change remains a headache. Ask Microsoft. A couple of years ago, the company from Redmond took a bold new step in computer operating systems when it moved from a totally mouse and keyboard based UI to a touch-oriented one with Windows 8. It was magnificent […]