The one thing Nokia got wrong with its Android smartphone

By on March 12, 2014 at 1:29 PM.

The one thing Nokia got wrong with its Android smartphone

Since its launch in India earlier this week, the Nokia X is getting pretty strong reactions over its low-end specifications and the convoluted way in which one can download Android apps on it. There is also a lot of confusion around what apps would work on it and what won't work. All these points would not have been an issue had Nokia gotten one thing right - the price. More →
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Nokia X to destroy Android: It is a bird, it is a plane, no it is Nokia again!

By on March 11, 2014 at 12:21 PM.

Nokia X to destroy Android: It is a bird, it is a plane, no it is Nokia again!

“Nokia X will give users the confidence to move to Windows” is the thundering title in Business Standard derived from a statement by Nokia's Viral Oza. “The strategic intent of the X is to get people to upgrade to Lumia. To execute the strategy, we wanted to offer users what they want (Android apps) but also something that is differentiated. Our primary platform continues to be the Windows Phone and the primary range Lumia.” More →
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Why is Samsung in a mess in India despite being the number one smartphone brand?

By on March 3, 2014 at 3:39 PM.

Why is Samsung in a mess in India despite being the number one smartphone brand?

Samsung India's management is currently under a lot of pressure from its Korean HQ for delivering results for its smartphone business unit, BGR India has learned. Even though Samsung is the country's largest smartphone vendor according to shipments, the India unit has struggled in 2013 in both in the mid-level and high-end smartphone space. More →
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Lenovo’s acquisition of Motorola explained

By on January 30, 2014 at 5:12 AM.

Lenovo’s acquisition of Motorola explained

Moments ago Lenovo signed an agreement to acquire Motorola for $2.91 billion from Google, which is selling it at a massive loss after buying Motorola for $12.5 billion less than two years ago. So what does this deal mean for all the three companies involved? Here's our take... More →
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BlackBerry finally gives an OS its users deserve

By on January 29, 2014 at 12:40 PM.

BlackBerry finally gives an OS its users deserve

BlackBerry has finally started rolling out BB OS 10.2.1 update for all of its BB10 smartphone users. In a closed door briefing yesterday, the company took us through the new features and how it listened to its customers and added features they wanted. Despite having used a BlackBerry smartphone only briefly, I found myself making mental tick marks as the BlackBerry spokesperson introduced one feature after another. Yes, these were the issues I faced on BB1o and they have been resolved. More →
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Are Chromebooks the future of personal computing?

By on January 13, 2014 at 4:24 PM.

Are Chromebooks the future of personal computing?

At a time when smartphone makers are going after the next billion users with a focus on first-time Internet users with low-cost smartphones, for some reason laptop manufacturers are going the other direction. Instead of launching affordable and usable laptops with bare-minimum hardware specifications, what we are witnessing is a quest to cram features like touchscreens and whatnot - two Windows 8 laptops I am currently testing out both cost upwards of Rs 100,000. And the cheapest MacBook one can get starts from upwards of Rs 60,000. More →
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The only tech trend to watch out for in 2014

By on January 1, 2014 at 9:43 AM.

The only tech trend to watch out for in 2014

The new year is finally upon us and the first day has to be about what to expect in the coming year - very much like the trend of doing the top things that happened in the entire year on December 31. We have covered that as well (the top five gadgets of 2013, the 13 big tech stories of 2013 and the top gadget of 2013). Peering into the proverbial crystal ball is not as big a deal as it is made out to be. The usual suspects for 2014 would be 4K UHDTV; 2K displays in smartphones; wearable tech going mainstream; every Apple product being thinner, faster and lighter than the previous generation; flexible (or at least curved) displays; 64-bit processors in smartphones and tablets; cheaper and faster data; the NSA getting better at snooping and tech companies getting better at denying any knowledge of their involvement; Indian politicians attempting to launch an even cheaper tablet; 4G LTE networks finally taking off in India... More →
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HTC’s new smartphones leave a lot to be desired

By on December 10, 2013 at 2:30 PM.

HTC’s new smartphones leave a lot to be desired

HTC today launched a trio of smartphones under its Desire series - the Desire 501, Desire 601 and Desire 700. All the three smartphones have dual-SIM card slots and solid build quality that one expects from the Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer. All the smartphones feel great to hold and are the kinds I would happily like to be seen with. Yet, barring the Desire 501, which offers excellent features for its Rs 16,890 price tag, the remainder leave a lot to be desired. More →
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Moto G is a game changer but likely to be a commercial failure in India

By on November 14, 2013 at 1:56 PM.

Moto G is a game changer but likely to be a commercial failure in India

Last night Motorola took several pot shots at Samsung and Apple about how they are ignoring the mass market smartphone users by offering them obsolete tech when it came to the sub-$200 smartphone segment. It went on to claim how the Moto G would offer a similar experience as the Galaxy S4 and iPhone 5S at a third of the price. Motorola CEO, Dennis Woodside, even proclaimed how the Moto G has been made for the next half-a-billion smartphone users who cannot afford an expensive smartphone but want a premium smartphone experience. But can Motorola translate all of this into commercial success? More →
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With killing spree looming, Elop’s rivals at Microsoft strike first

By on November 12, 2013 at 12:50 PM.

With killing spree looming, Elop’s rivals at Microsoft strike first

Ever since Elop left Microsoft to run Nokia, his rivals back in Redmond have been preparing for his return and likely attempt to seize control of the company. Immediately after Microsoft’s deal to acquire Nokia’s handset unit was announced, Elop became one of three leading candidates to become the next CEO. Should he succeed, his modus operandi will be similar to what he demonstrated at Nokia: Kill all major initiatives that threaten his own turf, get rid of all high-level executives who cannot be shaped into loyal allies and bring in absolutely loyal lieutenants. More →
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