Author Archives: Loknath Das

Can Google and HTC Crack the Apple-Samsung Smartphone Duopoly?

Google late Wednesday announced that it would pay $1.1 billion (roughly Rs. 7,159 crores) for employees from HTC’s smartphone unit, prompting waves upon waves of speculation about what might come next from this hookup. But I have one hope: that Google’s clout and HTC’s design can give us something to challenge Appleand Samsung. Now, let me be clear. I’m not against either Apple or Samsung ... Read More »

iPhone 8, Apple Watch Series 3, Apple TV 4K Receive Rare Mixed-Bag Reviews

Despite the strength of its brand, Apple Inc. occasionally releases a product to mediocre reviews – remember the original Apple TV or Apple Watch? But reviewers have rarely been as grumpy as this month, when Apple unveiled its collection of new gadgets for the holidays. Each product was docked by reviewers for specific functional flaws, ranging from the iPhone 8’s middling design to Apple Watch ... Read More »

Can Google and HTC Crack the Apple-Samsung Smartphone Duopoly?

Google late Wednesday announced that it would pay $1.1 billion (roughly Rs. 7,159 crores) for employees from HTC’s smartphone unit, prompting waves upon waves of speculation about what might come next from this hookup. But I have one hope: that Google’s clout and HTC’s design can give us something to challenge Appleand Samsung. Now, let me be clear. I’m not against either Apple or Samsung ... Read More »

Nokia 8 Now Has a Beta Build of Android 8.0 Oreo Available for Users

HIGHLIGHTS Nokia 8 users can now beta test Android Oreo Users can sign-up for the beta test Nokia 3 likely to receive Android 7.1.2 update Nokia brand licensee HMD Global is indeed keeping its promise of timely software updates for its new Android smartphone portfolio. The company has launched Android 8.0 Oreo beta for the flagship Nokia 8. Juho Sarvikas, ... Read More »

OnePlus 5T Price & Specifications Listed, Pre-Orders Now Open on Chinese E-Commerce Retailer’s Site

HIGHLIGHTS OnePlus 5T has been listed online ahead of official launch The phone has been listed with a price tag of $549 OnePlus 5T said to be the company’s first all-screen smartphone OnePlus 5T price and specifications have leaked online courtesy a listing on third-party Chinese e-commerce retailer Oppomart. As per the listing, OnePlus 5T price is $549 (roughly Rs. ... Read More »

Apple Acquires PowerbyProxi, a New Zealand-Based Wireless Charging Firm

HIGHLIGHTS Apple has acquired a New Zealand-based firm PowerbyProxi The deal amount has not been disclosed PowerbyProxi specialises in wireless charging technologies based on Qi Apple that recently introduced wireless charging to its smartphone lineup has acquired a New Zealand-based firm PowerbyProxi for an undisclosed sum. According to a report in stuff.co.nz on Wednesday, Apple bought PowerbyProxi which specialises in wireless ... Read More »

Kult Gladiator Review

HIGHLIGHTS The Kult Gladiator sports a 5.5-inch HD display It is powered by a MediaTek 6737 SoC and has 3GB of RAM Camera performance suffers in low light Some smartphone companies try to make a mark with high-end flagships, but the entry-level segment is still where most of the action is, and plenty of companies focus only on the low-end. ... Read More »

iPhone X Demand Will Be Substantial, but Not Exceptional: Bernstein Survey

Days before Apple Inc’s much-awaited iPhone X opens for preorders, a survey by brokerage Bernstein showed that demand for the device will be substantial, but not exceptional, with about a quarter of the respondents planning to buy the phone. Heightened anticipation around the 10th anniversary iPhone, which opens for pre-orders on Oct. 27 and begins shipping from November 3, has already dented demand for ... Read More »

Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 to Go on Sale Again in India Today, via Flipkart and Mi.com

HIGHLIGHTS This is a preview sale of Mi MIX 2, with general availability next month Mi MIX 2 is Xiaomi’s first premium smartphone for India in a while It sports a 5.99-inch bezel-less display, powered by Snapdragon 835 Xiaomi Mi MIX 2, the bezel-less display smartphone that is also the company’s first premium offering in the country in a while, ... Read More »

Bill seeks to make social media firms liable for online content

Legislation which will be published on Tuesday would see responsibility for online content shifted back on to tech giants rather that the person who posts the content. Social media companies could face the prospect of unlimited fines if they fail to remove posts which risk prejudicing criminal trials. Legislation which will be published on Tuesday would see responsibility for online ... Read More »