Blackberry Town by Chuck Howitt

With the dominance of Apple and Google on the mobile phone market in the last decade, I feel puzzled and sorry for the two earlier leaders in the space – BlackBerry and Nokia. Both were dominating mobile giants and not from the USA. BlackBerry was from Canada, a country I have travelled to briefly on a weekend trip to Vancouver from Seattle. Even today in tech circles I hear people talking with high regards for the technology chops of BB. As a result, I always wondered where the company stumbled…

Move from Android to iOS and transfer WhatsApp from Samsung Phone to iPhone

With the public backlash against WhatsApp with their privacy policy revision, this may not be the best time for this post, but still here it is. I recently got a new iPhone. I am coming to an iPhone after exactly a decade, my last was iPhone 4 in 2010 and now it is iPhone 12 Pro. While waiting for the new phone, I made a check list of all the items and apps that needed to be moved from the Android phone (Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite) and where their data…

For Apps is Mobile first and Web last?

As a farewell thought for 2020, let me leave you with an observation of a trend of last few years that got cemented this year. As an early developer for the web, I had believed that applications will get developed for the web first, depending on the market you then write native apps for iOS and/or Android. Using iPhone for the last few weeks, I am observing it is the other way round nowadays. Even if there is a web version of an app they are crippled compared to the…

An open letter to Facebook - what is a story, and do we need it?

Dear Facebook, Please understand that not everyone is as smart as your product managers, I am certainly NOT. I don’t understand the #UI for “Your Story” feature on the web. When I see a notification that a friend has posted a new story, I click and I get a weird looking “mobile” like window which goes away even before I can read the whole post or story or text or whatever you are calling it today. And, if I reply to a story, I am unable to figure out where it went.…

Anyone for a premium mobile service?

The mobile market in India has (stabilised) become an Oligopoly play – with Airtel, Vodafone and Jio racing to the bottom (~lower ARPU) with ever poor customer service. I am leaving out Government owned BSNL & MTNL as I see no future for them – both have surrendered their 4G spectrum many years ago. In this scenario, I see an opportunity for luxury brands to offer a white-labelled service (backhaul provided by one of the 3 players). I will be happy to pay more for such a premium service. This…