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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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One Reason Compelling Enough To Never Shop on Paytm

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Well well well, where do I begin? Do I begin my post talking about how I was astonished by the amazingly well made website with super good UX that turned me into Paytm’s loyal customer taking me away from Freecharge or jump right in to my four horrible experiences with Paytm that dragged me back to Freecharge for good? Read on! Read More…

Life After MBA – A Different Analysis

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I have seen various analysis and arguments about doing an MBA and Return on Investment (ROI) for the same. Different people have different perspective on doing and MBA and not just that, different people have different opinion on doing an MBA in India or abroad. This article aims at showcasing a different perspective all together, how comfortable will life be post MBA assuming that the student opts for a loan to fund his MBA.

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Device Fragmentation Might Push Small App Developers Towards Extinction

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With increasing number of devices comes increasing amount of fragmentation; different devices, different processors, different speeds, different GPUs, different screen size and what not! If the hardware trouble isn’t enough, developers have further trouble with different versions of OS on the devices. Flurry release a recent report which says that there are approximately 2130 mobile devices that use an app in the month of January alone! Imagine the plight of developers to make an app compatible with well, say at least most of the devices if not for all. Read on to know more about the scary truth behind app development for developers.

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How An iPad Fits In Perfectly

Back in 2010 when the iPad was about to be launched there were rumours floating around about it. Some were expecting a large touch screen device with a full fledged OSX running on it and others were expecting a blown out iPhone. Well, it was none. It was an iPad, runs iOS, has its own set of customers, has its own set of usage and most importantly has its own base of apps with unparalleled usability. Pundits and gurus predicted not much usage factor for iPad and were quite skeptical about it, but as usual Apple proved the potential of iPad (not tablet!). It changed the game altogether.

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Apple Needs A Purple Cow, Now!

I happened to read this excellent book by Seth Godin, Purple Cow (Amazon/Flipkart). It is a fairly simple concept put by him. Once he and his family were driving through France and they happened to spot beautiful picture perfect cows by which they were quite amazed and kept staring at them through their drive for a while. But after sometime things started to get boring, no the cows didn’t change, they were still the same picture perfect cows but they got more boring now. The only thing that could catch their attention further would be a Purple Cow! That is something remarkable!

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Windows 8 Will Spell Huge Success For Microsoft

You have to agree, Microsoft already has it’s fair share of success with the beta launch of Windows 8. People just love it! Accepted that there are some minor annoying features, especially the lack of the legendary “Start” menu but it’s all for good. People will eventually get used to it. Microsoft has done something amazing at last. It learnt a lot from the modern trend of mobile computing. Windows 8 seems to be a proper mix of desktop class computing with ease of mobile computing. But it doesn’t end there, I expect this success to spill over to mobile devices as well.

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Why iOS Is A Better Choice Of Platform For Developers.

Why do developers chose a particular platform? Is it the ease of building apps? Is the size of target audience? Is it the amount of revenue they can potentially generate from a platform? Well the answer is simple all of the above. I am writing down my view as to why iOS is still developers heaven when compared to other major competing platforms.

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Can The Google Nexus 7 Revive Android Tablets?

The opening day keynote of Google I/O 2012 was a huge hit with the crowd, the geeks and the technologists. One of the major show stopper apart from the crazy skydive product launch of Google Goggles is the $200 Nexus 7. So did Google really get it right finally? Can it revive the Android tablet scenario?

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