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Ex-Apple CEO John Sculley is hell-bent to sell you his new phone; and we know how…

By on July 30, 2014 at 6:08 PM.

Ex-Apple CEO John Sculley is hell-bent to sell you his new phone; and we know how…

"There is very little difference between what is there in a bottle of Pepsi and a bottle of Coca Cola. Yet there is fierce loyalty between the Coca Cola drinkers and the Pepsi drinkers," he says. I find myself sitting face to face with the man who isn't only one of the greatest marketers the world has ever seen but was also the CEO of Apple during Steve Jobs' wilderness years. John Sculley is in town to talk about his latest venture - Obi Mobiles - where he is looking at selling smartphones in India and eventually other emerging markets. With over two dozen smartphone brands operating in India, I'm curious to understand Sculley's play with Obi Mobiles and he is willing to oblige. More →
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Hugo Barra Interview: The secret sauce behind Xiaomi’s magic

By on July 17, 2014 at 12:26 PM.

Hugo Barra Interview: The secret sauce behind Xiaomi’s magic

It has been a long day for Hugo Barra, the former Google VP for Android who now heads the international expansion for Chinese smartphone sensation Xiaomi. We are in New Delhi's Lodhi Hotel for the brand's debut in India, its first major market outside China. Barra has been on his toes all day, first addressing the press conference, shuffling between media interactions and chatting with fans, followed by a two-hour long "deep dive" session with bloggers, fans and enthusiasts by the end of which everyone is enamoured. Fans are giving their ideas on what software tweaks they want to see and Barra's excitement is visible as he goes "done" every few minutes, signifying the feature will be added soon. More →
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BGR India Interview: Skype’s Gurdeep Singh Pall is on a mission

By on June 10, 2014 at 12:51 PM.

BGR India Interview: Skype’s Gurdeep Singh Pall is on a mission

Skype was one of the first multi-platform communication service even before the WhatsApps, WeChats and Vibers of the world became cool. However, one feels that Skype didn't get the love it deserved inside Microsoft and despite having over 300 million monthly active users, it never got the same attention like Apple's FaceTime. That is changing now under Nadella's Microsoft and Gurdeep Singh Pall, who now heads the Skype team is keen to ensure Skype becomes cool again. More →
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BGR India Interview: Joe Belfiore on Windows Phone, Nokia and Moto E!

By on June 2, 2014 at 11:54 AM.

BGR India Interview: Joe Belfiore on Windows Phone, Nokia and Moto E!

It is one of those rare glorious days in Redmond, Washington with the sun out and not a spec of cloud in the sky. I find myself outside Studio F, one of the more than 100 buildings that are spread across the town that stitch together the Microsoft headquarter. Studio F is where the core Microsoft Windows Phone team operates from, headed by Joe Belfiore. The Microsoft comms team ushers me into a massive conference room, where I am told the core team comes together for brainstorming and discussing product milestones. Over the next hour, Belfiore takes me through the evolution of Windows Phone since 2010, why he took some decisions that were necessary for the ecosystem and why he believes Windows Phone has the "app gap" and how he hopes Windows Phone 8.1 will address that problem. We also talk about Nokia and why having Nokia within Microsoft is important for Windows Phone. The fascinating bit for me in this wide ranging interview for me was when Belfiore talks about addressing the vertical and horizontal dimensions of a platform and how Microsoft had been managing the vertical dimensions and how he is working on the horizontal ones. It gives some perspective on why Microsoft took some decisions in the past. Of course, we talk about Cortana, WhatsApp and Moto E. Read on for the edited excerpts of the interview. More →
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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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