Category Archives: Android

The Pokemon Go phenomenon

I just caught a Meowth in my neighborhood park and I am thrilled to bits, just like my 8-year old. As were the 6 or so kids around me and a few adults too. If the phenomenon that is Pokemon Go hasn’t swallowed you already, consider yourself warned. Pokemon Go is an addictive Augmented Reality (AR) experience […]

Google’s Fi wireless service- Opportunities and Challenges

As expected, Google announced its wireless service, Project Fi on the 22nd of April. Details about the program as just filtering in but this is a high level take on what it means to the mobile operator ecosystem/model and implications for handset and wireless device makers. This is a pretty exciting development that could have […]

Payments 2.0: Facebook Payments, Apple Pay and Google Wallet – Sending money on Messaging platforms

Over the past few months, I have been trying to put together a series of articles on the changing face of payments. I have a bunch of drafts sitting in a place without a cohesive thread to wrap it with. This week’s announcement of Facebook launching its own Payments service acted as a catalyst for […]

Wearables 2.0: Impact of Android Wear on the existing wearable market

Hopefully by now, everyone has had the time to digest the news about Google’s Android Wear announced a few months ago. Google I/O is upon us and there is expectation of the unveiling of the first set of Android Wear products from LG and Moto. In the third part of my multipart series on the second […]

Hands-on with the new 2014 HTC One (M8)

Last year, HTC decided to rethink and completely redo its flagship Android phone. The result was the classy HTC One (M7). Taking the best of HTC One X, a noble but flawed product, HTC made a whole new chassis and surprised everyone. The One went on to win many awards all over the world but […]

The Misfit Shine: Early Impressions

I am a big fan of personal fitness trackers and have written about it in the past. I continue to look for innovation in the field. Early this year, I came across an indiegogo campaign for a unique looking personal fitness tracker called the Misfit Shine. It was being backed by two people of significant […]

Hands-on with the new Google Nexus 7(2013)

Last year, I wrote about my experiences with the first generation Google Nexus 7 Android tablet. It was Google’s first meaningful foray into the tablet market and something that was sorely needed given the state of Android tablets at that time. Much has changed since then. The ASUS-built original Nexus 7 sold very well and […]

Google Chromecast: Well worth $35

A few days ago, Google’s Sundar Pichai announced the launch of Google Chromecast, a small $35 HDMI dongle that promises to change how you view streaming content on your TV. I ordered mine the same day on Amazon and received it today. Here is my brief review. Unboxing The Chromecast package is small measuring no larger […]

HTC One- Review

HTC is making its biggest bet for survival this year with the new HTC One that started shipping last week (in the US). I finally got my hands on the HTC One a few days ago. This is my comprehensive review of the device after 2 days of use. Background In light of rapidly eroding […]

Facebook Home- First impressions

Facebook recently announced its latest and arguably biggest mobile initiative in the form of Facebook Home. I had a chance to install the service on a Galaxy S3 Android handset and here are my first impressions What is Facebook Home? Facebook Home is an Android launcher which replaced the traditional Android home screen with a Facebook […]