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 […]

 
     
 
 

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 […]