JioPhone Next: Google, Reliance Jio Eye the ‘Next 500 Million’ Smartphone Users

Reliance Industries (RIL) held its 44th annual general meeting (AGM) on June 24, 2021, where Chairman Mukesh Ambani updated the shareholders and media on the company's progress and its future plans. RIL's telecom arm Reliance Jio has already disrupted the sector by democratizing 4G voice and data offerings, which are the cheapest across the globe. The launch of JioPhone in 2017 at an “effectively…

Android 12 Beta First Impressions: Google Focuses on Redesigned UI, Enhanced Privacy & Convenience Features

At the I/O 2021 developer conference in May 2021, Google showcased upcoming features and updates for its range of products. Google Maps is getting eco-friendly and safer routes feature. Google Workspace is getting Smrt canvas feature that will allow users to communicate and collaborate more effectively. Google also announced its next-gen chatbot LaMDA, a language model for dialogue applications,…

This is why hardly anyone buys Google’s Pixel phones

Google’s Pixel marketing plan has demonstrated there’s plenty of room for it to invest more. But Counterpoint Research’s Neil Shah thinks Google may be stuck between a rock and a hard place. “Google is in a Catch-22 situation with its hardware strategy. Google’s DNA is cloud, software and AI – it’s not hardware. Also, building your own hardware and competing with your partners, especially Samsung…

Google Now Owns Fitbit: What It Means For Your Fitness Data Privacy

However, Fitbit’s market share may be less than you’d imagine, according to Counterpoint Research. Fitbit accounted for just 2.4% of the global smartwatch market, by the revenue value of devices shipped, in the first half of 2020. That compares to 51.4% for Apple, 9.4% for Garmin, 8.3% for Huawei and 7.2% for Samsung. Read more

Google Pixel 4a Review: Compact Camera for Stunning Still Photography

The Pixel 4a now flaunts an OLED display with HDR10 support. The smartphone features a single 12MP rear camera and an 8MP front snapper. Under the hood is a Snapdragon 730G SoC with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. Google launched three new Pixel smartphones in 2020 – the Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5. Out of the three devices, the Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5 support 5G connectivity (Sub-6GHz and…

Google disputes drive Indian companies to new Paytm platform

"From the customer point-of-view, this is beneficial in that they need not have many apps in their phone and only one app will serve their purpose which will give them more memory space to use for other stuff. Also, the performance of the phones will be enhanced," said Pavel Naiya, senior analyst for devices and ecosystems at research company Counterpoint Research. Read more

Google Looks to Capture Mid-range 5G Device Market With New Pixel 4a and Pixel 5

On September 30, Google launched two Pixel devices — Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5. This follows the August 3 launch of the Pixel 4a (a non-5G version), which is yet to hit the shelves in all its key markets, like India. This means that three Pixel devices will be available for retail in most markets by mid-November, which will be a first for the Google Pixel team. With its latest Pixel devices,…

Google AdMob Is the Leading Mobile Ads Platform in the World’s Largest Android Market – India

More than 60% of the app developers are using Google AdMob for mobile advertisements in India. Appnext and InMobi follow with second and third positions, respectively. More than half the mobile app developers have tried to monetize app data in India, others are interested to try it in the future. Seoul, Hong Kong, New Delhi, Beijing, London, Buenos Aires, San Diego 11th May 2020 Google…

CORE Evaluation & Analysis: HERE, Google and TomTom Lead the Location Platform Landscape

Overview: Counterpoint’s CORE (COmpetitive Ranking and Evaluation) is a comprehensive evaluation and comparison of the leading companies and their platform/product/service/solution capabilities, ecosystem and business success for an important technology area/vertical/offering. This report we evaluate the most active top 25 companies globally offering location-centric offerings from maps to…

HERE, Google & TomTom Continue to Lead Location Platform Landscape

HERE led the Counterpoint’s CORE evaluation of the location platform capabilities and effectiveness index widening the lead with Google and TomTom. Players such as Mapbox, ESRI, Telenav, Apple, NavInfo & Sygic are rapidly challenging the established platform players with unique and targeted capabilities. San Diego, Buenos Aires, London, New Delhi, Hong Kong, Beijing, Taipei, Seoul – April…

Huawei expects a 20% drop in phone sales, thanks to lack of Google apps

China takes up 60 percent of Huawei's shipments, according to Counterpoint Research, and this large chunk of Huawei's business should be unaffected by the ban. Google doesn't do much business in China, so the lack of Google's ecosystem is a reality in China no matter what. Many of the top-tier US apps don't have much of a foothold in China either, thanks to a market preference for homegrown apps…

Will Google Regret Having To Cut Off Huawei?

With 36 percent of the market (according to Counterpoint Research) that is not reliant on Google’s online services, Huawei can build up HMS, confident that the handsets will continue to sell in its home territory. Read more

Huawei, Xiaomi, Vivo and Oppo reportedly to join forces against Google Play Store

Last year Huawei had the unpleasant experience of launching a flagship phone, the Mate 30 Pro, with no support from Google's Mobile Services. It ran Android, which is open source. But no Google apps worked, nor did apps like Uber, which rely on Google apps (Maps, in Uber's case). Instead of the Google Play Store, Huawei offered its own AppGallery. Devoid of most of the apps you know and love, it…

Google Cloud: Customer centricity critical for future growth

Over the past year, we have seen an evolution in Google Cloud’s strategy.  Building on the company’s strong technology and product foundation, Google Cloud has taken the next step by becoming more customer-centric.  As CEO Thomas Kurian put it in a recent interview, their goal has been to pair their expertise with “empathy for what [their customers] are facing”.  This focus on the customer…