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Posted by on Jun 15, 2016 in Consumer Electronics, Enterprise Mobility, Semiconductor, Smart Devices |

Modular Smartphones in Market

Modular Smartphones in Market

Almost 18 month back, I had written a blog on Project Ara. Google (Motorola Mobility) launched Project Ara to develop modular smartphones with the announcement of Fairphone 2 (module/customizable) in December 2015. Neither Project Ara based phone nor Fairphone 2 phone are yet to hit the market, though the latter has sold 40,000 units of pre-ordered phones. LG has demonstrated its interesting modular smart phone LG G5 in MWC 2016 and launched it in February 2016. Similar to Module Developer Kit (MDK) of Google Project Ara, LG has released SDK and MDK for G5 to build its own market place for G5 modules [LG calls them LG Friends] Of course, LG G5 is not truly modular like expected Project Ara device. However, LG G5 is capable of morphing itself to another device such as digital camera and extending itself as a VR Control, Smart remote control through Accessories, “LG Friends”. Since there are details of LG G5 on Internet, I will not provide a complete review and details of...

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Posted by on Feb 25, 2016 in Consumer Electronics, Enterprise Mobility, Networks, Smart Devices, Telecom, Wireless |

Mushrooming Mobile Wallets and Payment Applications

Mushrooming Mobile Wallets and Payment Applications

First, plastic money replaced physical money. And now, digital money has taken over the role of the plastic credit and debit cards. We are talking about mobile wallets and payment solutions that have replaced the way we were handling electronic financial transactions. Though companies like PayTM and MobiKwik have been around for a few years now, they have recently become popular. Applications such as Momo and Ultracash have partnered with mobile wallets to help users to pay easily using their mobile phones at various partner places such as restaurants, malls and cinema multiplexes. These applications provide the option of registering credit cards, debit cards for payment to various merchants. These applications also provide net banking as an option for payment. Recently, many merchants – even local grocery shops – allow users to pay through these applications. All parties in the ecosystem that includes merchants, mobile wallets, and application vendors are providing attractive offers in the form of discounts and cashback to promote usage of these applications. How it works:...

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Posted by on May 26, 2015 in Automotive, Consumer Electronics, Enterprise Mobility, Smart Devices, Telecom, Wireless |

Android in Automobile – Android M

Android in Automobile – Android M

Though Android development started for digital cameras, it has been modified for handsets after Google acquired it. Many OEMs launched handsets with Android starting with HTC G1 in 2008. Thereon, Google enhanced Android stack with frameworks that are application development friendly and features that delight consumers, in various versions of Android. Due to its openness and ease of customization, manufacturers of devices other than handsets began adapting Android for their target devices like Robot, digital cameras, wearables and SmartTVs since 2011. Google also launched Google glass as a separate Android-based project. In Android Lollipop, Google officially included support for TV (Android TV) and wearables (Android Wear). Google started focusing on including support for automotive segment in Android with the Lollipop (5.0) version. It has included Android Auto in Lollipop. There is news that Google is planning to make Android available on Automotive hardware directly unlike Android Auto. This blog gives specifics of Android Auto and details the features Android M should have to make it usable in Automotive. In...

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Posted by on May 15, 2015 in Consumer Electronics, Enterprise Mobility, Smart Devices, Telecom, Wireless | 2 comments

Android M – What to expect

Android M – What to expect

Google I/O 2015 is just a couple of weeks away and rumor mills are running strong on what features Google might introduce in the next version of Android. Debates are also frenzied with discussions about which dessert will Google name its latest version of Android after – Muffin, Marshmallow, Malai Barfi or our very own Malpoa! While the share of Android Lollipop has just reached ~10% (and climbing) Google has already turned its attention towards its next release – Android M. A plethora of expectations and predictions are flooding the internet all over the world. We take a look at some of the features we expect to be (or not be) part of Android M. Improvement on Android for Work This seems to be a definite feature for there was a momentary spill out on this subject from Google in their I/O schedule. Android M might bring the power of Android to all kind of workplaces (small businesses, desk-less workers, etc.) Android Auto to Android M for Auto We...

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Posted by on Jan 28, 2015 in Consumer Electronics, Enterprise Mobility, Networks, Telecom, Wireless |

Google Enters Wireless Services – More avenues for ads?

Google Enters Wireless Services – More avenues for ads?

Google is getting into the business of becoming a network carrier to start selling wireless services to customers. Business Week has reported as recently as last week that Google has reached an agreement with Sprint Corp. to use its network and operate as an MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator). How does it benefit Google? Before we try to understand this, let’s examine if this is an unusual step. Going by history, exploration into uncharted territories is nothing new to Google and this isn’t the first time they are entering into communications infrastructure business. Google is already providing internet services through their Google Fiber initiative. Not to forget their other giant and ambitious initiatives like Project Loon and Self-Driving Car. Coming back to the subject, some possible reasons why Google is doing this: To demonstrate stock Android’s adequacy for present market and the unnecessary medium to high amount of customizations that network operators demand. The line of Nexus devices is time and again substantiating this wherein OEMs are already shedding...

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Posted by on Nov 6, 2014 in Consumer Electronics, Enterprise Mobility, Semiconductor, Wireless |

Snapshot of Project Tango

Snapshot of Project Tango

Project Tango is Google’s brainchild, conceptualized and run by the advanced technology and projects (ATAP) team, which was a part of the erstwhile Motorola Mobility. The objective of the project is to equip devices with depth sensors, motion sensors and software that enable it to build an accurate 3D model of its immediate environment and surroundings in real time. It harnesses years of research in computer vision and robotics to bring the features to small form factor devices like smartphones and tablets. In Google’s parlance, “The goal of Project Tango is to give mobile devices a human scale understanding of space and motion”[1] In its characteristic style, google is creating an ecosystem of developers to utilize the varied global technology expertise across multiple areas that this project needs. In this direction, Google will promote Project Tango by providing kits for developers interested in exploration of 3D sensing applications. Although the first set of development kits were in a smartphone form factor with a 4MP camera, motion tracking camera and...

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