Monthly Archives: July 2015

Xiaomi – It’s Not Just About A Smartphone, But An Ecosystem.

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More than a billion devices sold, more than 2000 OEMs in the race and more than 20 different screen sizes and lot more options in terms of Hardware, this is what the world’s leading Smartphone OS by number of devices, Android, can be consolidated into. These are just a few numbers that still speak very less about the rapid growth of Android OS over the past 8 years since it’s public launch in 2008. Just 3 years ago, in 2013, a naive user would have chucked the very though of having a well performing and usable android smartphone under $100 but today, in 2016, we have more than 50 options from various OEMs offering handsets that cost less than $100, run the OS smooth without any glitches and are reliable too! Gone are the days when people used to anticipate only for the FLAGSHIP devices from the best known brands, this is the era where people think twice before spending a bomb on an Android smartphone, especially with the likes of Lenovo, Oppo, OnePlus, Xiaomi and other manufacturers launching brilliant devices in $300 to $400 price bracket or even lesser.

So how does an OEM differentiate itself from the rest? Does all it take to create a brand shift for loyal users is a great device? I often hear how iOS users find it difficult to migrate to Android and vice versa but within the Android OS it was/is as simple as creating a new handset to beat the best existing handset. Here is where I feel Xiaomi plays a vital role in capturing the marke with IoT, smart devices, developer support, apps, awesome hardware and great customer support to create a great experience for an ecosystem of its own.

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Grofers – Has Potential, But A Long Way To Go!

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HyperLocal might be the new fad for a few domains but it’s not really for others. Just like people at Grofers does I too believe that a HyperLocal platform for groceries is quite useful. Irrespective of the huge numbers you hear about e-commerce boom, the billion dollar revenues raised, multi billion dollar valuation and what not, the offline sales still outperform online sales across most product categories in India due to various reasons such as accessibility to online platforms, better payment options, better customer support, love for in-person shopping, trust issues etc,. Things might eventually change but HyperLocal startups aiming to bring in an offline-online model effectively might run great for the next few years.

Coming back to the topic of discussion, I want to consolidate my experiences and pen down a few suggestions on how Grofers lacks at certain areas and tiny ideas on how they can be tackled better.

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Airtel – The Dumb*ss Smartphone Network

airtelFor people who really are in a hurry, here is what this article about. I am trying to vent out my frustration and anger against Airtel through this blog post so that some action will be taken soon, period!

My number has been ported from Idea to Airtel on 26th May 2015 at 11:00 PM and Airtel literally fuc*ed up the entire process! In short, I haven’t been receiving any incoming calls, no incoming SMS nor outgoing SMS since then. All I get is Airtel signals, outgoing calls and an active data connection, when someone calls my number it says that the number does not exist!!. Airtel has no bloody fuc*ing clue how it’s affecting my work and I really want to let people know how unwise it is to port to Airtel, so read on.

PS: Please please please share this article to ensure that some reliable and responsible Airtel employee sees this and resolves my issue.

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