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What’s happening in the Mobile world ?

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How many of you have ever owned Nokia’s brick phone or that awesome BlackBerry that you company gave you ? I guess at one point you did enjoy those phones. So what happened now. Where are Nokia phones ? How many of you still own a BlackBerry ?

First iPhone happened then Android and then future of mobile changed for ever. Since the release of the first iPhone people have blindly followed the craze of Apple products. No doubt they look and work great but I wont say they are the best of them all. I am not an Android fan and neither BB or Windows. I believe in healthy competition. There should always be alternatives. After 4yrs of enjoying the success of iPhone consumer got bored of it and left wanting more out of their device. Android successfully took the lead in market share last year after the release of Samsung Galaxy S 3.

Until last summer I used to see everyone carrying an iPhone. In bus, metro, train, groceries or hospitals everybody were hooked to iDevices. But recently I have seen that trend fading out. I am seeing more Galaxy S3 phones on the street. This made me wonder what happened to iPhone ? I found that some people are bored of their iPhone and they want something different. It is exactly like buying any other consumer product. User eventually gets overwhelmed by one product and starts looking for something else.

At the end of last year we saw the launch of new Windows 8 products, tablets and phones. It received mix reviews. Mostly people were frustrated by its Metro interface on tablet and PCs  but most of them welcomed the Windows 8 on phones. We are still not sure where the Windows 8 product stands. Consumers are not very enthusiastic about it. As a mobile application developer I would love to have one of the Windows 8 tablet or a phone but I am not sure I really want it.

BlackBerry was the most used phone in the world pre-iPhone era. It enjoyed both enterprise and commercial success. People loved the intuitive use of a full qwerty keyword and BBM (BlackBerry Messanger). But RIM (now BlackBerry) had a big fall on their face since iPhone and Android took over the market. Their shares have fallen and their attempt to enter tablet market was a big disappointment. BlackBerry 10 was released last week with a promise to change the mobile world. I was eager to see what the new device from RIM has to offer. Will it even match the performance of iPhone or Android ? Even though BB10 made it extremely late in the market there is still some hope for BlackBerry to survive.

With the launch of new product most of the company sees some rise in their stocks. But it was opposite for BB. The stocks actually went downs (afte rising up during the hype period). The new user-interface and user-experience are extremely great. The BB10 touch phone uses the same processor Snapdragon S4 as Galaxy S3 (international edition). Even though everything looks great about it, it is not an iPhone killer. Yet !!

BlackBerry has only one chance to prove that they are in the game. It seems they bought some time for themselves with the new release. With BlackBerry 10 RIM is giving Windows tough competition. They both will be fighting for the 3rd place in the mobile market. Windows 8 has nearly 40,000 apps right now but BB leads with 90,000 apps. Its tough to say what will happen next. If BlackBerry fails to deliver this time they should purely focus on their BlackBerry Enterprise service or else its the end of the beloved Canadian company.

There are few more new players entering the market. Ubuntu is releasing its own OS for the mobile phones. Huawei and ZTE, though being there for long time, have recently been able to catch up with the mobilel market and are suppose to give prove challengers in the Asian market.

Some say Apple’s innovation died with Steve Jobs but some are still huge fan of iDevices and think Apple still rules the mobile world. Apple will have to keep their innovation and creative machine running in order to stay at the top position. Android is already ruling with its huge market share. And BlackBerry has re-entered the market with a solid device. Now lets see how the mobile market turns around.

From here onwards people will always be confused on what phone to select. Almost every phones are on the same level and offers decent performance. Mobile world is getting bigger and bigger. More phones and tablets are coming into market killing PCs and Laptops. There are more choices than what we need. Technology here is solving problems that do not exist. We want better apps not another iPhone killer. We want better support better service. Do not release ten different model release one and improve it. Motorola, LG, Nokia and HTC still need to deliver that one phone that can compete with Apple, Samsung and BB.



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February 3, 2013 at 6:02 am

The Motorcycle Show – Montreal

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So recently I went to a motorcycle show called “The Motorcycle Show” in Montreal. I went to few car shows before in Montreal called “The Auto Show”   but this was my first time to motorcycle show. I will not say it was an amazing or very impressive exhibition of engineering excellence but it was not bad either.

What I noticed was there were very few Promotional Models (or most commonly knows as car/bike babes) and there were lot of old folks. The ones that you see in gang. Still there were quite a few young enthusiastics  like me. Other than that there were lot of exotic bikes but mostly older models. I think none of the companies displayed the new ones. I might be wrong but thats what I noticed.

The one good thing about this exhibition is that a person can buy bikes and bike accessories for very discounted price. A bike that usually costs $5-6k in the market can be bought at the show in just $3-4k, for example. Also you can get twice the period of warranty and other services. You can also purchase used jackets, helmets and other accessories for the bikes over here. So its a great show to visit if you are going to buy a new bike or just passionate about it.

Because of the lack of attractive promotional models I spent all my taking pictures of motorbikes. Enjoy them below.

Motorola Droid Maxx – Battery on steroids !!

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Claiming exceptional battery life, with 21.5 hours of continuous talk time Motorola is ready to challenge its competitors in this power supply segment of the worlds most used technology. Motorola Droid Maxx can also playback native videos for 15 hours, 10 hours of GPS navigation, and 6 hours of HD streaming over Verizon’s LTE network.

It’s like a battery is on steroids. Device power is the most common issue consumer faces everyday. Most popular smartphones in the market needs to be charged 2-3 times in a day which is very frustrating. Many manufacturers focuses on stuffing every piece of gadget in to one device others focus on improving chip design where as most wants HD playback and HD screens.

But Motorola has put a step forward in pushing the limits of power supply and provide the kick for companies like Samsung and Apple to stress battery life on phones for true full-day use. This will give Motorola a competitive edge.

The only question remains is the life of that battery. How long it will live to give such boost all the time before eventually dying and crashing that awesome game you were playing which you didn’t save. Well only the time will tell.

Check-out the specs here: Mobile Specs

Inspired from: VentureBeat Article

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January 20, 2012 at 2:57 pm

iPhone Tracker: your phone knows where you have been

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Have you ever been in a situation where you just can’t remember what was that place where I saw the street spider-man dancing to a gummy bear song ? Well admit it and say “yes”.
So to fill up your memories shortcomings a hacker from UK and an ex-Apple britishers developed this iPhone Tracker that can show you where you iPhone has been in past few days/months.
iPhone stores the location data hidden and unencrypted in the device according to experts Alasdair Allan and Pete Warden.
With right software, it can be used to map exactly where the person has been. Now this is scary for most of the people out there. You never know who is tracking you.
This feature has been added since iOS 4 and experts think it is “clearly intentional”.
Now i dont know what are intentions of Apple are but it was very interesting to see your foot prints on the map.
The map shown on the left shows is self explanatory. Its great for user to know where they last used their stolen wallet or locate that cool restaurant at the corner of intersection-of-this and this.
You can download the software iPhone Tracker from the website and use it on own computer which musch more safer than processing online. The data is also transferred to the owner’s computer and stored in a file there each time the two devices are connected to carry-out a backup or synchronisation.
“But it is an object lesson about reading the terms and conditions”

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April 21, 2011 at 5:55 pm

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Mobile JAVA

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August 24, 2010 at 8:06 pm

An Apple to keep MS and Google away

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August 24, 2010 at 7:29 pm

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Social Media – New age marketing

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Cloud computing is the latest and the greatest trend in this mobile computing era. The last decade was spent in building Web2.0 technology that people took with great passion. Blogging was like hitting the jackpot for not only the online fanatics but also for people who want to share their ideas, feelings, pictures of their latest vacation and videos of coke and mentos. But the biggest and the greatest invention was “Social Networking”. It was blessing in disguise. People have embraced this networks as they did to their first teddy-bear or like their first TV set. Within the matter of time they got addicted to these online phenomena.
Cloud computing is Internet-based computing, whereby shared resources, software, and information are provided to computers and other devices on demand, like the electricity grid. Facebook and Twitter are the two mafias running that rules the private lives of millions. Earlier days news used to spread like wildfires through word of mouth but now-a-day within the click of a button the fire already diminishes leaving behind the ashes and smoke.
Social networking is now no more about meeting old friends and sharing events but it has become the latest weapon for every small and big companies to market their product as well their company. Forget about TV commercials, entertainment companies thrive on these media channels.
Small and up-coming companies are so blinded by these cloud computing that they often forget to evaluate their product to the fullest. It doesn’t matter if the main objective of the product is fulfilled or not. They just want to put their product poping in front of the consumers every single time and they will spend their fortune.
I am not saying social media marketing is bad but if small companies give more time to their product functionality than how their product looks with those mascara and foundation then they will see growth, the real one.

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August 24, 2010 at 1:33 pm

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