Thursday, July 26

Nexus q

First, I want one for just for the sheer beauty of it. Google has come up with something that appeals just by its looks. Long journey from the first G1 to Q.

Second, Google now wants to be in our living rooms n even kitchen. Long and unexpected growth path for what was once a information service

Third, Google wants full control. No multiple partners to built this device. In phones, Google struggled in providing singular user experience due to multiple partners n burned fingers, Google TV didn't take off. While Nexus phones n tablets were after thoughts, Q is the first product that will remain exclusively Google.

Fourth, Google wants to be Apple. Own the entire ecosystem from hardware to content. Only Google play store content and youtube. In, Future Q will certainly open up to players like netflix but still it will be via Google cloud.

Finally, While point 1 worked, hope the rest works in favor of Google.

Check the product reviews here. Google certainly doesn't expect it to be a mass market device given its 299$ price tag. Interestingly its first lot is already sold out.

Wednesday, July 11

Jelly bean : nexus vs others . Does OS version matter?

Google just announced that Jelly Bean update is now rolling out to all unlocked Galaxy Nexus phones. There is no news on what happens to other devices like the brand new S3 or HTC One X.

Is Google out to show its partners that it can stay without them? Or Did HTC and Samsung go ahead stubbornly with their flagships prior to Jelly Bean.
The question is, do OS version n updates have any really impact in device sales?

It's likely that both Google and its partners believes that jelly bean launch will be a no issue in broader market, that it could only affect the purchase decisions of technophiles which are a minority.

As Google haven't been aggressive in driving Nexus devices sales till now, one can't assert that OS versions and updates doesn't matter in sales volume based only on the argument that Samsung and HTC manages huge volumes without bothering on OS versions.

The story will unfold as Google starts focusing on Nexus device sales starting with Nexus 7. All recent news points to a more Hardware focused Google.

Read the related news link from pcworld

Sunday, July 8

Feature Phone based payments in India

Prizm already have an impressive record and now attempts to replicate the square model in India using feature phones.

Focus on feature phones makes this story interesting as it would be much more difficult to develop for and run with a multitude of models currently in market. Especially Chinese phones and smaller Indian re-badgers.

More likely, Prizm would stick to standard models available from Nokia and Samsung etc.

The concept of focusing on feature phones seems bright as most of the business owners especially the local gujju baniya shop keepers n local businesses would be still using feature fones.

The only downside seen is that most  business owners using credit card terminals are found to have already using a smart phone or would be using one soon.

In all it seems to be a fair bet as 80% of Indian phones will still remain to be feature fones for the next few years due to the sheer volume of market and Prizm has a opportunity in hand to enable those businesses who can't afford or don't have the volume to support a standard credit card terminal , especially in the semi urban India

Check the TechCrunch report on d same business here.