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Motorola Moto X Review: When experience trumps specifications

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Motorola Moto X Review: When experience trumps specifications

There is an arms race of sorts in the smartphone industry. It is a race to have the latest and greatest hardware specifications that can be crammed into a phone. It doesn't seem to matter whether users really need that kind of hardware, whether the smartphone heats up or the battery drains twice in a day. All that matters is whether the device has the best specifications available. Motorola attempts to change that with the Moto X. It does not boast octa-core or even a quad-core processor and it doesn't even have a full HD 1080p display. Despite having a dual-core processor and a 720p display, Motorola claims the Moto X can provide a better experience than many flagship smartphones out there. But does it? More →
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Former Apple CEO John Sculley launches Obi Mobiles smartphone brand in India

By on April 17, 2014 at 1:51 PM.

Former Apple CEO John Sculley launches Obi Mobiles smartphone brand in India

Former Apple CEO, John Sculley has launched his smartphone brand called Obi in India. BGR India had first exclusively reported about Sculley's plans to launch smartphones in India. Obi will initially have smartphones between Rs 5,000 and Rs 8,000. The brand is being funded by Singapore-based Inflexionpoint, which will initially invest $20 million in the business, CNBC TV18 reports. More →
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Google’s inaction rather than Steve Jobs’ death prompted Samsung’s anti-Apple marketing campaign

By on April 17, 2014 at 7:06 AM.

Google’s inaction rather than Steve Jobs’ death prompted Samsung’s anti-Apple marketing campaign

Last evening a post from Apple Insider portrayed how internal Samsung emails unearthed in the ongoing patent infringement lawsuit between Apple and Samsung indicated that Samsung decided to attack Apple after Steve Jobs died. The post was widely reported (us included) globally but a careful reading of the mail trail points out that it was the inaction by Google to defend its Android hardware makers against Apple's iPhone that prompted Samsung to take matters into its own hands rather than the death of Steve Jobs. More →
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Windows Phone Store is down but that’s good news for Microsoft

By on April 14, 2014 at 11:36 PM.

Windows Phone Store is down but that’s good news for Microsoft

Windows Phone users have been complaining for over an hour now about not being able to access the app store on their smartphones. Normally, it would be a crisis situation for any company but it is actually good news for Microsoft. Because today marks the day when Windows Phone has taken its first major step to compete against Android and iOS. Microsoft today released the developer preview of Windows Phone 8.1, the latest iteration of Windows Phone, which was open for developers to download while existing Windows Phone users would get it sometime in September. However, the demand for downloading even the developer preview was so high that many complained about not being able to access the site. And by many, I don't mean many developers but many existing Windows Phone users who have never developed an app. More →
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Xiaomi’s India launch could take a while

By on April 12, 2014 at 4:44 PM.

Xiaomi’s India launch could take a while

Xiaomi's plans to launch in India could take a while to materialize as the Chinese smartphone sensation looks at other South East Asian markets ahead of its India launch. Xiaomi's vice president for international markets, Hugo Barra, laid out a tentative chronological list of countries where Xiaomi will launch its operations. Barra says he wants to pull in a significant part of South East Asian countries before launching in India, TechInAsia reports. More →
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India Elections 2014: Uber to offer free rides on polling days in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad

By on April 9, 2014 at 3:15 PM.

India Elections 2014: Uber to offer free rides on polling days in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad

In a bid to encourage users to step out and vote, premium cab service Uber is offering free rides to its users on the days polls for Lok Sabha elections are held in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad. Under the offer, Uber will give away two rides up to Rs 1,000 each when people use a special code. The offer will be available to both existing and new users. More →
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Xiaomi sells Rs 970 crore worth of devices in less than 12 hours

By on April 8, 2014 at 3:25 PM.

Xiaomi sells Rs 970 crore worth of devices in less than 12 hours

If there is any reason why smartphone brands in India need to be wary about Xiaomi's plans to launch in India, here's one. The Chinese smartphone sensation today sold more than Rs 970 crore worth of goods in less than 12 hours! Xiaomi is currently hosting a "Mi Fan Festival" or a 12-hour flash sale, where it has 13,000 units of its flagship Mi 3 and entry-level Red Mi smartphones apart from a lot of accessories. More →
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China approves Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s devices and services business

By on April 8, 2014 at 1:35 PM.

China approves Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s devices and services business

Nokia today announced it has received regulatory approvals from China for the sale of its handset business to Microsoft. Earlier the two companies had received approvals from European and American regulators among others. The $7.2 billion acquisition was earlier expected to close in the first quarter of 2014 but the two companies extended it to April-end as it still had not received approvals from some countries including China. More →
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HTC One (M8) Robert Downey Jr ad spot reconfirms HTC’s marketing woes

By on April 8, 2014 at 1:12 PM.

HTC One (M8) Robert Downey Jr ad spot reconfirms HTC’s marketing woes

HTC makes great products. Or to borrow a phrase from the late Steve Jobs, HTC makes insanely great products. Last year's One was our favorite flagship Android smartphone with its polished design. Yet, the One was not the best selling smartphone. In fact, Samsung steamrolled HTC despite of having an expensive smartphone that was made out of cheap plastic while the HTC One had similar features in a much better unibody metal frame. HTC failed miserably to market what was obviously a better product. And from the looks of it HTC will fail to market the One (M8) as well. More →
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Apple iPhone 4S 8GB price dropped to Rs 24,000; iPhone 4 sold out in India

By on April 7, 2014 at 2:43 PM.

Apple iPhone 4S 8GB price dropped to Rs 24,000; iPhone 4 sold out in India

Apple has dropped the price of the iPhone 4S in India from Rs 31,500 to Rs 24,000, sources tell BGR India. Officially, the price reduction is happening by the way of a buyback scheme but for all practical purposes it is a regular price drop as online retailers are already offering it for slightly lower than Rs 24,000 without buyers having to exchange it for an old smartphone. More →
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