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Xiaomi is a 4 year old Chinese company which started off with MIUI as a third party operating system and further went on to manufacture smartphones. Their reason to enter into the manufacturing space was to give its desired operating software, a home of it’s own. So that everyone can enjoy the custom user interface without worrying about compatibility issues.

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Just weeks after beating Lenovo & LG and claiming the 3rd spot as a the world’s largest smartphone maker, Lei Jun made a striking statement about his company at China’s World Internet Conference in Wuzhen. He stated that within 5 years or a decade, Xiaomi will become the number one smartphone company in the world.

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Apple which purchased Beats earlier this year in May for $3 billion to optimize music streaming is doing what might seem the correct next move. According to the Financial Times Report, Apple will now bundle up its Beats music service into an upcoming version of iOS which will instantly reach its millions of users. It is expected that Beats will be re branded under the iTunes moniker when it relaunches in 2015. It also suggests that the subscription service will be launching globally which was limited only to US till now.

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The timing of this announcement is particularly interesting as Apple recently admitted that it’s sales of music downloads has declined. [click to continue…]

So Uber India isn’t the only one tieing up with local payment partners to reach more consumers (and comply with the laws), Apple yesterday announced that it will allow it’s Chinese customers to make app store purchases through UnionPay. UnionPay is China’s one of the popular credit and debit card system and holds a virtual monopoly on processing payments between merchants, banks and credit card companies. It has issued more than 4.5 billion cards in China and operates in all cities.

Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services has responded to its customers in China by providing an easy payment option as this was one of the most requested feature by its customers in China. [click to continue…]

iPhone users are mostly considered immune to malware and viruses. There are risks involved when you jailbreak your phone, but thanks to the tight controls of the App Store, finding iOS malware is almost impossible. So, if you didn’t jailbreak your phone you simply don’t have to worry about any virus. Until now!

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Security researchers at Palto Alto Networks have found a new family of malware called Wirelurker. It is called Wire Lurker because of its ability to sense when you connect your iPhone or iPad to your computer running OS X. The malware is speeding through the Maiyadi App Store which is a third party source for OS X software in China. [click to continue…]

Consumer electronic brands have asked Amazon India to moderate their discounts, to not more than 15%, during its week long Diwali sale. This comes a few days after Flipkart’s ” Big Billion Day” sale, during which prices were dramatically slashed. Which led to a backlash from the traditional retailers community.Big Billion Day” sale, during which prices were dramatically slashed. Which led to a backlash from the traditional retailers community.

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One look at the Flint Centre, and no one would say that it is a tech event. It was touted to be Apple’s biggest keynote in a while as this was the first time Apple CEO Tim Cook was launching a new product line. So did he pass the litmus test or not? Here is a rundown of what happened at Flint Centre and how good/bad it was:

iPhone 6 / iPhone 6 Plus 

Apple had to finally give in to the demand for big screen phones and hence it launched two new successors to the iPhone 5S. The first one is the iPhone 6 which has 4.7 inch screen whereas the second is called the iPhone 6 plus which sports a 5.5 inch screen. Both the phones are very similar in terms of features and the only thing that sets the 6 plus apart is the resolution and the camera.

The iPhone 6 has a 1334×750 resolution at 326 ppi and Digital Image Stabilization whereas the iPhone 6 Plus has a 1920×1080 resolution at 401 ppi and Optical Image Stabilization. Other specs like the A8 chip with 64-bit architecture, M8 motion processor, 8-megapixel iSight camera with 1.5µ pixels, ƒ/2.2 aperture, etc remain the same for both. Like the 5S, the 6 and 6 Plus will be available in Space Gray, Silver and Gold colours.

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From just a slight chest pain to getting a major heart attack may not take more than seconds. Is there a way to give us a signal of an approaching heart attack? Till now – NO but, maybe the iWatch could change this. There have already been numerous rumours about the upcoming wearable from Apple i.e. the iWatch having the ability to detect an heart attack. And, with this retweet below, did Apple CEO, Tim Cook confirm those rumours?

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The iPod business for Apple is almost coming to end of life. However iPhones is still growing in momentum. It brings Cupertino over 50% of its revenue at the moment. The problem for Apple is that it is no longer the force to reckon with when it comes to smartphones. In India you cannot be iOS first as a developer and perhaps you can survive without an iOS app. Android phones are cheap and billions of users who are still to get their first smartphone would probably get a low cost one. That’s not a market Apple has any hold on.

Apple’s issue starts with the increasing gap between Android and iPhone prices. See the graph below.

Price Gap

 

An average Android phone today sells for less than half of what the iPhone costs. The price gap is a staggering $374. Apple’s earnings call yesterday revealed that 80% of iPhone 4S buyers were first time iPhone users. What does this tell us? iPhone 4S is the cheapest usable iPhone on the market today. People want an iPhone, but they can’t afford the 5c or the 5s. That’s the reality of the Indian market.  [click to continue…]

When the iPad launched in 2010, Apple competitors were taken by surprise. They were still dealing with the iPhone revolution and Apple re-invented another product category that no one was concentrating on. The handheld industry was never the same again.

Samsung was the first one to respond with a underpowered and poorly optimized 7″ Samsung Galaxy Tab. It bombed for all practical purposes with poor reviews all around. However Samsung had sales numbers to throw at the public that made us feel that the Tab was successful. They reported sales of 2 million Galaxy Tab tablets while the true figures released during recent patent trials in US courts was at around 1 million units. These figures as as per Samsung’s own internal documents.  [click to continue…]

While Appel did budge and increase the size of the Apple iPhone with the iPhone 5, however a 4″ screen in 2014 isn’t the right size? Has the market moved away from Apple’s magical iPhone screen size? Something that was gigantic back in 2007 even with 3.5″ surface.

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In documents submitted to the court during the ongoing Samsung vs Apple patent battle, it has come to light that Apple has been fretting over the iPhone screen size falling short of popular demand. Cheap Android devices with 5″ screens have become very popular with manufacturers like Micromax making the most of this opportunity. [click to continue…]

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