• Gadgets

    Nokia 100 and Tamil support

    I had written in 2009 about how Nokia 2626 then an entry level phone supported Unicode rendering and Tamil texts. Today this post is kind of an update to that. Today for a friend of mine visiting Chennai for a week, I purchased an entry level Nokia phone – Nokia 100 for Rs.1100 from Saravana Selvarathnam in Ranganathan Street, Chennai. When I played with it, I realized it supports having User Interface in 6 to 7 Indian Languages – Hindi, Gujarati, Tamil, Telugu and so on. I was curious whether it was UI alone  in local language or whether I can input as well. It turned out I can input…

  • Articles

    Common Man’s Aspirational needs are the new growth engine

    In this month (April 2012) issue of Think Aloud magazine published by Internet & Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) my article has been published. This issue is a Mobile VAS in India, and my article is titled  “Aam Aadmi’s Aspirational needs are the new growth engine”. I have talked about how Indian Mobile Industry is in a cusp of change and it is time they got to move from offerings basics to start addressing consumers’ aspirational needs. In the article I had outlined various offerings that can increase nearly double the revenue to over Rs. 55,000 crore by FY ‘15. The listings are in FIFO (First In, First Out) order…

  • Events,  Rostrum,  Speeches

    Challenges of Indic Adoption on Mobile Web

    Last month on 15th March 2012 at New Delhi, W3C India & IAMAI (Internet & Mobile Association of India) had organized an one day conference titled “Mobile Web Initiative in India”. I got invited to participate in one of the panel discussions on the day “Challenges of Indic Adoption on Mobile Web” covering on the Technology for enabling Indian Languages on Mobile Platform & Lack of standard interoperability.  The panel was moderated by Ms.Swaran Latha (W3C India Country Manager & Director & HoD for TDIL Programme of MC & IT of Government of India). The moderator covered in length the challenges in this area, what Govt. of India is doing…

  • Gadgets

    iPad in the enterprise & Windows 8

    It is no news iPad has taken over the world by storm, with 55 Million units sold in just under 2 years this is phenomenal. For entertainment and consumption of content no other portable device has come closer to iPad. Microsoft & Bill Gates have pioneered and spent enormous resources on Windows Tablets for over a decade now, but they didn’t get one secret sauce right – the secret was ease of use and not power. I have a iPad2 and love the device for its simplicity & convenience. Apple got the formula right due to several reasons – correct timing, technology was available in 2010 to make it happen;…

  • T.N.C.Venkata Rangan delivering the keynote address for Mobile Workshop in Anna University on 1 April 2011
    Events,  Rostrum,  Speeches

    Keynote–Mobile Workshop in Anna University

    Inviting me to do a Keynote for a workshop beginning on April first, I thought it was an April Fool’s joke. But it turned out Anna University new Department (Information Science and Technology) Professor Dr S. Sendhilkumar was for real on this. And so yesterday I was honoured to be the Chief Guest for their Mobile Application Development two day Workshop on Mobile and asked to deliver the keynote. The inauguration event was graced by Dr.S.Shanmugavel (Registrar Anna University) & Dr.G.V.Uma (HOD Dept of IST, Anna University). In my keynote address I talked about two main ideas: The first was how during last decade innovation in Mobile Phones technology happened…

  • Microsoft

    Nokia & Microsoft

    After the Nokia & Microsoft partnership announcement last few days back, it has been the main news on the tech world. Many pundits have rushed to criticize the partnership and writing it off as failure even without knowing the full details, with Google’s Vic Gundotra leading the pack with his pre-emptive tweet “Two Turkeys do not make an Eagle”. For me this deal can be best described as “The Devil is in the Detail”. At this moment, none of us know any details about the partnership, the timelines, money’s involved, exact IPs that will be exchanged – basically who brings what to the table. We only the broad one-liner –…

  • iPhone 4 from Singapore
    Gadgets

    My new iPhone 4

    I have been using iPhone 3G from Dec ‘08 (exactly two years ago) and I got so used to it. By far it is the best device to do email, browsing, twitter, Facebook and above all to make/receive calls & messages. It is very hard to imagine a mobile before the iPhone, that’s the impact it has had on me. The upgrade to iOS 4.0 turned out to be a double-edged sword. On one hand, the device started to support display of Tamil language natively in all applications – messaging, contacts, email, browsing, twitter & more. On the other hand, the device became very sluggish. Clicking on contacts or messages…

  • Gadgets,  Microsoft

    HTC Mozart 7–Windows Phone

    I have been an early user of Windows Mobile (as it was called earlier) with BenQ P50 (disaster when it came to Battery life), HTC S710 (a versatile phone I liked and used for a long time), but over the years I have moved to Nokia 9300 and finally settling with iPhone for last few years. Though Windows Mobile had a lot of technical capabilities, they lacked on user experience and ease of use – it had a lot of Desktop Windows legacy carried forward unnecessarily. From the time of early previews of Windows Phone, I was impressed with the new User Interface of Tiles and Microsoft focus on standardizing…