Even before Android and iOS made their debut, smartphones always existed, running on either Windows Mobile, BlackBerry OS, Palm s webOS or Nokia s Symbian OS. As Android and iOS started gaining dominance, the slow and steady fall of other operating systems started. Companies tried their level best to stay afloat, but somewhere lacked innovation, and trust of its loyal users. Microsoft did everything it could for the survival of Windows Phone, but the efforts didn t do any good. Now, the company s VP of the operating system, Joe Belfiore has put the final nail in Windows Phone s coffin.
The Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are unexciting. There, I said it. As a long-time Android user and as someone who doesn't prefer iOS, that s saying something. Let s be clear, the phones are good, no doubt, and a lot of people will value the specific advantages that owning a Google-built device brings. The new Pixels come with Android Oreo out-of-the-box with a promise of software support for three years, as well as a single-camera setup that is touted to be the best in the world. Despite all of that, they just don t excite me. But that s my problem.
The idea of a flagship smartphone by a software company makes absolute sense. The advantages associated with having full control over the device you manufacture, and writing the code yourself is a no-brainer. What makes the iPhone stand out as a product with an impressive user experience is the close synergy between hardware and software from Apple.
The Pixel series is largely considered to offer the best Android experience. From premium design, top-of-the-line specs, great photographic capabilities to running stock Android OS, there s little to complain about. Now, Google is gearing up to unveil its next-generation Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL at an event in San Francisco tonight.
With increasing penetration of smartphones in India, mobile data use has seen a huge surge. As Mukesh Ambani quoted at Reliance Jio s AGM, data has become the new oil. In fact, Jio s entry in the telecom space has stirred a mobile data and tariff war among operators. Now, according to the latest stats released by True Balance, an app that was developed for checking balance and recharging, daily data usage among normal data pack users has doubled from 90MB in March to 180MB in August.
Smartphone pricing is perhaps my favorite thing ever (okay, not really), because I usually tend to guess the price right. And even if I don t guess it correctly, I make some sweeping observations such as hardly anyone will buy it at that price and then I m usually right about that. It all comes down to a handful of factors, including online/offline availability, brand value, the cost of key competition and the quality of the product itself.
For good or for bad, it feels good to be in India. One, it's home. Two, I have access to WhatsApp. Yes, there's fake news. It's a menace, and I don't think it's a problem that's going away anytime soon. But then, it's a global problem.
Apple launched three iPhones last week. One of them is priced at $1,000 (Rs 89,000 in India). Every year millions of consumers eagerly await what the next iPhone would bring to them. And this was not different. In addition to being that part of the year when Apple announces its flagship smartphone, it was also the 10th anniversary of the iPhone.
Last night, like many others, I watched the launch of the worst kept secret this year the iPhone X. It s just written X, but it s pronounced 10. It wouldn t be wrong to call it iPhone 10. Years ago, I used to vouch for my BlackBerry.
When Google announced the Nexus line-up many years ago, it was an instant hit. Although the early goals of the program were to offer affordable devices to increase adoption of Android phones in the early days of smartphones, Google s operating system is now firmly established as the favoured smartphone OS the world over. Nexus devices gradually stopped being affordable, gave way to the Pixel brand name, and eventually became a showcase of just what is possible with clean, unadulterated and up-to-date software.