Why is Google’s Live Translation So Bad? We Asked Some Experts

For the near future, Google may be forced to take smaller steps to improve its speech recognition technology. And while live translation has attracted much criticism, for industry analyst Neil Shah, partner and research director on IoT, mobile and ecosystems at Counterpoint, expanding the reach of it is a way for the company to position itself ahead of the competition: “Google has access to two…

Google to launch Pixel 3 XL and Pixel 3 smartphones in Singapore on Nov 1

The camera has always been the talking point for the Pixel series and there will be strong expectations around its camera capabilities, especially when there are more smartphones with dual cameras in the premium segment," Mr Tarun Pathak, associate director at market research firm Counterpoint Technology, told The Straits Times.   Read more

HERE Continues to Lead as Top Location & Mapping Platform in 2018, Ahead of Google and TomTom

HERE, Google and TomTom continue to lead the location ecosystem effectiveness index, as of H1 2018. The market is evolving rapidly with key firms embracing data analytics and open partnership models to enable real-time location intelligence. Players such as Mapbox, Telenav are rapidly challenging the established platform with unique offerings. San Diego, Buenos Aires, London, New Delhi, Hong…

Google Launches a Suite of Hardware Focusing on Melding AI, SW, and HW

Google held their annual hardware launch event in San Francisco today.  The launch event was much more than a Pixel smartphone update.  It was an unveiling of a suite of devices showcasing Android’s vision incorporating artificial intelligence and machine learning into all of their hardware. Google hopes to differentiate their hardware with their software prowess.  Not surprisingly, the event…

Location Platform Effectiveness Index: HERE Leads Ahead of Google & TomTom

With proliferation of internet, growth in mobile devices, applications, increasing urbanization, rise of e-commerce and on-demand services, the power of location has been the key driver underneath. Location-centric solutions such as maps have been the enabling force not only for getting from point A to B but also for search, discovery and adding context to so many other aspects from content to…

Google-HTC Deal: Make or Break For Both’s Smartphone Ambitions

We have extensively followed HTC since its Windows Mobile heyday, more than a decade ago, and when it was more of an ODM (Original Design Manufacturer). It then changed strategy attempting to becoming a major brand, liked by platform vendors (Google, Android) as well as operators and retailers. However, the growth story for such a potential smartphone manufacturer was short lived.  Fast forward…

Google Android One’s Second Inning Begins with Xiaomi

Xiaomi today announced Mi A1 at a global launch event in New Delhi. One of the major highlight of the launch was Xiaomi's partnership with Google and launching the device under its Android One program. While Android One makes a comeback after a couple of years in India after its less than successful maiden launch. However, this time one can expect Google applying its learnings from its previous…

Deep Dive- Asus Zenfone AR; First Google Daydream and Tango Enabled Device

During CES 2017, Asus announced Zenfone 3 Zoom and Zenfone AR to expand its lineup of Zenfone series. Both the phones grabbed headlines due to certain new features they promise to deliver. However, it was Zenfone AR which managed to grab the attention throughout the show as it became the first ever device to be both Daydream-ready and Tango-enabled. Zenfone AR is expected to be released by…

Waymo – Google’s way forward

Google has been one of the pioneers in autonomous driving technologies. The company’s self-driving ambitions have given birth to Waymo, a self-driving technology company. Waymo has Google’s vast data reserve to leverage. The search giant started with a self-driving car program in 2009, since then the company has accumulated over two million miles of self-driving data on the road and over one…

Alexa says ‘Hi’ but Google Assistant says ‘Hello’ to the future

On October 4th Google revealed an update on the developments it’s been making in the Artificial Intelligence (AI) arena, alongside a slew of new hardware products including two new smartphones – called Pixel and showcased a new virtual reality headset called Daydream View that builds on the previously announced Daydream VR. My interest was particularly triggered by Google Home. Google Home is…

Google Android One: Tighter Control & Mass-ive Scaling

The day has finally arrived as Google formally launches devices under its much talked about Android One program. India's Micromax, Karbonn and Spice Mobile are the marquee partners for the Android One program as they together launch the new Android One smartphones running latest version of stock Android with retail price range around US$100 What does Android One mean for the mobile industry?…

Moto G : Motorola’s Emerging Markets Play With Google At Heart

After almost a couple of years of efforts to revive the once popular "Razr" brand again (but  in the smartphone space) with limited success, Motorola the device company, was on the verge of a complete overhaul to survive in this cut-throat smartphone market. And all commenced with the launch of new colorful and customizable Moto X this summer infused with rejuvenated marketing, attitude and…

Google wins Round One against Oracle

It looks like Google has won the first round on this one. Of the numerous lawsuits that have been spun around the smartphone industry, this was one of the largest in amount, $1 billion. It also is a lawsuit around the fundamentals of the Android ecosystem, the Virtual Machine. Almost all handsets use the JVM (Java Virtual Machine) created by Sun, which is now part of Oracle. But Google’s Android…

Google acquires Motorola, replicating the Apple business model

Nokia’s already resolved to team up with Microsoft and abandon its own Symbian platform. Now it's Google who's surprisingly announced to acquire Motorola! The previous top 2 handset vendors are coincidently pledging allegiance to the current top 2 PC tech companies in the world. Motorola is in a tough situation no doubt. It had been the pioneer and leader of the cellular industry until it lost…

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Top 10 Automotive Announcements at CES 2022

The annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) held this year from January 5 to 7 saw attendance from tech companies from various domains such as 5G, IoT, blockchain, automotive, wellness, sports, entertainment, healthcare, smart home, robotics, augmented reality (AR), gaming, devices and manufacturing. The resurgence in COVID-19 cases forced the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) to cut short the…

Qualcomm in Driver’s Seat To Shape The Future of Mobility

While most companies pulled out of physically attending CES 2022, Qualcomm executives and team made it in person for a series of key announcements highlighting Qualcomm's diversifying business across every vertical. In his keynote, Qualcomm's CEO Cristiano Amon announced new offerings, partnerships, customer wins and traction in four key new categories: ARM-based PCs, namely Snapdragon on…

Huawei Watch 3 Review: Gorgeous Display, Fluid UI & Reliable Fitness Tracker

With the downfall of Huawei in the smartphone segment, the company had been focusing on other segments for growth and sustenance, with IoT being a key focus area. Huawei was one of the top three smartwatch vendors in H1 2020, but it could not sustain the growth and was the only brand among the top five to see a decline by H1 2021. But this decline hasn’t stopped the Chinese giant from innovating…