In the Indian answer to Google Glass, Bangalore-based Mistral Solutions has designed a wearable computing device that is bagging marquee clients including the Los Angeles Police Department. ”Google Glass is operated by touch, here everything is done by voice,” said Anees Ahmed, founder of Mistral, who has been working on wearable computers for more than five years with a few large technology companies.
A team of ex-Nokia engineers is launching a smartphone based on the former world No. 1 cellphone maker’s old software, hoping to grab a share of a highly competitive market. The Jolla handset’s Sailfish operating platform is based on MeeGo software, which Nokia abandoned in 2011 when it switched over to using Microsoft Corp.’s Windows system.
The 4.5-inch phone features an eight megapixel camera, supports fast 4G Internet connections and includes Nokia’s HERE maps covering 180 countries.
European anti-trust regulator is looking at whether Internet major Google’s popular smartphone platform Android is violating fair competition norms. Android is one of the widely used smartphone operating platforms.
To succeed in a diverse market like India, a manufacturer needs a strong brand, extensive reach, quality products and above all a presence across multiple price bands. While Apple has the brands and quality products, it lacks the reach and broader portfolio, both of which can squeeze the margins. Apple’s India profit for fiscal year 2013 plunged to Rs 112.66 crore from Rs 311.5 crore a year ago as it aggressively chased volumes by unleashing a marketing blitz and promotional campaigns such as zero EMIs and smartphone buybacks to lure more Indians. Read the rest of this entry »