Dear IAF, every smartphone not just Xiaomi could be a security threat

By on October 25, 2014 at 4:07 PM.

Dear IAF, every smartphone not just Xiaomi could be a security threat

Earlier this week, a report citing an Indian Air Force (IAF) circular about Xiaomi smartphones being a security threat and banning its use by staffers and their immediate family, created quite a flutter. The circular had called upon an old F-Secure finding that Xiaomi smartphones send data to servers based in China - an accusation Xiaomi had categorically denied and followed it by rolling out a software patch that asked for user's permission to send data to Xiaomi's servers for some of its add-on services to work. However, the point IAF is currently missing is that security threat of snooping or loss of data isn't limited to a particular brand of smartphones but affects every smartphone that is connected to the Internet. More →
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Opinion

Confessions of an Apple apologist: The iPhone 6 disappoints

By on September 10, 2014 at 4:32 PM.

Confessions of an Apple apologist: The iPhone 6 disappoints

Over the years I have been named names, all of which translate into being an Apple apologist. I have been trolled by the Droid brigade at almost every iPhone launch. I have been ridiculed for loving almost every version of the iPhone since the first iPhone, have been called a fool when I say things like specifications don't matter and experience does when I have been asked to explain how an iPhone is better when compared on hardware specifications of the latest Android flagship smartphone. I still believe that if you are convinced about the iPhone, the premium price you pay is worth it, considering an iPhone can easily last you for two years, if not more. Yet, for the first time since 2007, I'm underwhelmed by the iPhone 6. More →
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Samsung’s “evolution of Galaxy Design” looks like an iPhone

By on August 13, 2014 at 3:28 PM.

Samsung’s “evolution of Galaxy Design” looks like an iPhone

The press release for the Galaxy Alpha's launch calls out the smartphone as "the evolution of Galaxy Design." It also quotes JK Shin, CEO and Head of IT & Mobile Communication at Samsung Electronics, “The Galaxy Alpha was built and designed based on the specific desires of the consumer market.” And yet, the only design innovation in the Galaxy Alpha is its metallic frame and chamfered edges, both trademarked design elements of Apple's iPhone. So essentially what Mr Shin is saying is that consumers love the iPhone's design, so we will copy it. More →
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Five reasons why Xolo’s Xiaomi-inspired HIVE UI misses the mark

By on August 6, 2014 at 7:22 PM.

Five reasons why Xolo’s Xiaomi-inspired HIVE UI misses the mark

Xolo today unveiled its HIVE UI that it believes would help differentiate its smartphones from its competitor's smartphones. Inspired by Xiaomi's success in China, Xolo is hoping that having its own unique UI and creating a community of users by involving them in the process of generating ideas for new features. The company also claims that unlike Samsung's TouchWiz and HTC's Sense UI, which are there to "differentiate their products than help users," HIVE UI will make it easier for users to use their smartphones. While the idea is in the right direction, there are a few points that make we wonder if Xolo can pull it off or even if it is necessary for the company to do it. More →
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Samsung misses the biggest tectonic shift in smartphones after the iPhone

By on August 1, 2014 at 11:36 AM.

Samsung misses the biggest tectonic shift in smartphones after the iPhone

The introduction of the iPhone in 2007 was one of the biggest shifts in trends for the smartphone industry. Just look at where companies that chose to ignore the iPhone - Nokia, BlackBerry, Motorola, among others - are today. Samsung, on the other hand, realized the threat that Apple and its iPhone brought and also saw it as a great opportunity to make its presence felt in the smartphone industry. However, seven years later, it seems Samsung has missed the next big shift in the smartphone space and is paying dearly for it. More →
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“F**k You, Xiaomi” – A great price for a great phone isn’t enough if you don’t respect your customers

By on July 28, 2014 at 11:09 PM.

“F**k You, Xiaomi” – A great price for a great phone isn’t enough if you don’t respect your customers

In slightly more than 12 hours from now, Xiaomi will start selling its second batch of Mi 3 smartphones in India via Flipkart, its official retail partner. The first batch sold out in under 40 minutes last week and it wasn't exactly surprising considering the raving reviews the smartphone received. Priced at just Rs 13,999, the Xiaomi Mi 3 promises features that smartphones from rival brands priced at Rs 35,000 provide. Even I was impressed and recommended the Xiaomi Mi 3. But having a great device at a great price isn't enough. More →
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Samsung Galaxy S5 4G edition: Too little, too late

By on July 19, 2014 at 1:08 PM.

Samsung Galaxy S5 4G edition: Too little, too late

Samsung finally righted one of its wrongs by launching the Qualcomm Snapdragon version of the Galaxy S5 in India three months after introducing the Exynos version. At the time of the launch, Samsung executives had hinted that launching the Snapdragon variant would have made the smartphone even more expensive than the Rs 51,000 the Exynos version was priced at. More →
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Opinion

Two must-have features missing from Amazon’s Fire Phone

By on June 19, 2014 at 9:08 AM.

Two must-have features missing from Amazon’s Fire Phone

Amazon today finally unveiled its smartphone, which it calls the Fire Phone. In more ways than one it is an innovative product starting from its Dynamic Perspective UI that brings an immersive 3D experience to all the Amazon services including Firefly that can recognize over 100 million items. But there are two key features that the Fire Phone misses out on, which could be the deal breaker for many users. More →
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Opinion

Here’s why Micromax hired Vineet Taneja as CEO

By on May 25, 2014 at 4:10 PM.

Here’s why Micromax hired Vineet Taneja as CEO

Micromax chose a sleepy Sunday afternoon to make one of its most important announcements of hiring Samsung India's mobile chief Vineet Taneja as its CEO. The move might come as a shock to many but it was an open secret among insiders for whom when and not if was the question. More →
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Why Motorola Moto E could shake up the entry-level smartphone market

By on May 1, 2014 at 3:52 PM.

Why Motorola Moto E could shake up the entry-level smartphone market

With Motorola sending out invites for its next smartphone launch on May 13, speculations are rife it will launch a sub-Rs 10,000 smartphone called the Moto E. Former Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside had earlier hinted that the company was working on a smartphone cheaper than the Moto G. “In much of the world $179 is a lot of money so there’s a big market at a price point of less than $179. We’re going to look at that and just delivering on that value promise is super important. I mean why can’t these devices be $50? There’s no reason that can’t happen so we’re going to push that,” Woodside had said in one of his interviews prior to his departure. More →
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