After replacing SMS, WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum wants to replace voice calls

By on March 5, 2014 at 9:45 AM.

After replacing SMS, WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum wants to replace voice calls

I am headed back home after spending 48 sleepless hours at MWC and I find myself sitting across WhatsApp co-founder and CEO, Jan Koum at the only coffee shop open at Terminal 1 of Barcelona's El Prat airport. A few minutes ago I had spotted Koum along with Neeraj Arora, who takes care of the business aspects apart from also wearing the publicist and PR hats when required, in the check-in queue. Koum couldn't believe I wanted to interview him at "f#*%!#g 4:46AM" but nevertheless invited me to the table and spent 30 minutes answering my questions. More →
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Nokia’s new design chief talks about smartwatches and curved displays

By on November 5, 2013 at 9:16 AM.

Nokia’s new design chief talks about smartwatches and curved displays

Even while Nokia was in its transition phase that began in early 2011, one division of the company was putting forth some of its best executions in the history of the company. What started with the ill-fated N9, Nokia's design team defined the company's path ahead with its trend setting industrial design and breaking industry-wide shackles of boring colors and experiments with metal and glass. Nokia brought color back into smartphones and how! While the market trendsetter offered smartphones in black and white, Nokia made blaring loud yellow as hot as the summer sun. It made plastic premium and decreed that an affordable phone doesn't have to look cheap. A six-year vet at Nokia, Stefan Pennenbecker's earlier stints include Philips and as a design consultant in the US and Hong Kong. "Currently I head the product design team, meaning that my team is responsible for all Lumia, Asha and Gear devices and some of the UX design for smart devices, which is all the experience we build over the Windows Phone and integrate with the camera," he tells me on the sidelines of Nokia World in Abu Dhabi. On November 1, Pennenbecker took over the helm from Marko Ahtisaari as Nokia's EVP of design. We discuss what is Nokia's design language, his thoughts about wearables and smartwatches, and much more. Read on for the complete interview. More →
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Stephen Elop on Nokia’s future with Microsoft [Interview]

By on October 28, 2013 at 9:29 AM.

Stephen Elop on Nokia’s future with Microsoft [Interview]

It has been nothing short of a roller coaster ride for Nokia and its former CEO and current EVP of devices and services business, Stephen Elop, ever since Nokia announced it was selling its handset and services business to Microsoft. The deal did not really come as a surprise and was in a way predicted in February 2011 when Elop announced a strategic partnership with Microsoft and choosing its still raw Windows Phone operating system as Nokia's only smartphone platform. Nokia's Lumia devices might not have set the smartphone world on fire, but one thing everyone would agree is that they have evolved quickly over the past two years. "We are listening and learning from consumers and are willing to iterate in future products. We are open to learning," Elop said in an interview on the sidelines of the company's annual Nokia World event. However, with the Microsoft acquisition inching closer, the question on everyone's mind is how Nokia would function under Microsoft and what Microsoft would do with the company. Elop provided a glimpse of the future during the interview. More →
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Nokia’s Jo Harlow: Computational imaging and dual-SIMs in future Lumia smartphones

By on May 24, 2013 at 7:07 AM.

Nokia’s Jo Harlow: Computational imaging and dual-SIMs in future Lumia smartphones

Nokia is laser-focused on imaging as a USP for its Lumia range of smartphones. Every senior Nokia executive I met at the Lumia 925 launch in London last week emphasized on imaging. Yes, Nokia has the best music store out there (you get an annual all you can eat music subscription with the phone) and it has the best offline maps, and yet they kept emphasizing on the camera technology. It was only after sitting with Jo Harlow, Nokia's executive vice president for smartphone business, did I realize why. Nokia is not content with cramming 41-megapixel cameras into its phones, it is planning to do something insane. More →
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Notion Ink Adam gets Android ICS update, we chat with Rohan Shravan

By on February 19, 2012 at 5:58 PM.

Notion Ink Adam gets Android ICS update, we chat with Rohan Shravan

Notion Ink has released a beta version of Android Ice Cream Sandwich for its Adam tablet. Adam users can download the update from here. The update process is a little trickier than a regular OTA update like most other tablets get, but we are sure Adam's users are more adept at tweaking and modifying things on their tablets. We also caught up with Notion Ink's founder, Rohan Shravan, to talk about the company, what makes its tablets different from hundreds of Android tablets available out there and much more. Read on... More →
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Huawei MediaPad tablet, Sonic & Ideos X3 Cloud phones launched in India

By on November 15, 2011 at 12:15 PM.

Huawei MediaPad tablet, Sonic & Ideos X3 Cloud phones launched in India

Huawei has launched the MediaPad Android Honeycomb 3.2 tablet and a couple of Android smartphones - the Sonic and Ideos X3 - that also have some cloud features. Aircel will offer some data bundling offer with these devices. The MediaPad is priced at Rs 28,395, the Sonic at Rs 9,210 and the Ideos X3 at Rs 10,229. Hit the break for the press release. More →
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OLPC India head disappointed with govt’s $35 tablet

By on October 4, 2011 at 3:17 PM.

OLPC India head disappointed with govt’s $35 tablet

Tomorrow, the government of India will launch a $35 Android tablet, which it aims to distribute to schools and colleges across the country. The tablet is manufactured by DataWind, a UK-based company and will have a 7-inch touchscreen display, 256MB of RAM, two USB drives and a memory card slot. We caught up with Satish Jha, president and CEO of OLPC India Foundation, on the sidelines of TiECon Delhi 2011, for his thoughts about the $35 tablet. One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) started out with a vision to create a $100 laptop for underprivileged children around the world that would be distributed by governments.While the foundation failed to achieve its $100 price, it still got good response from governments in Latin America among others. The UNDP backed project, however,  failed to get good response from Indian government. Read on for more... More →
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