4 Ways Google’s Motorola X And Sony’s Xperia Z Can Still Win

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Sony’s ChallengeFor Sony, the Xperia Z represents something of a restart in the smartphone market. It’s no secret hat Sony has struggled in the smartphone business, a distant follower to Samsung in the Android market. But the Xperia Z is everything Sony’s earlier smartphones weren’t: it’s sleek, stylish and has all the bells and whistles consumers have come to expect. It won’t come cheap, but Sony’s best products never did (and its low-end products were dismal failures). The Xperia Z is a return to form for the Japanese consumer electronics giant.Sony finally has the right product. But it will take more than a better mouse trap to grab jaded mobile customers. To play catch-up, Sony will have take full advantage of the considerable resources at its disposal:1.Tying It All Together. Like Samsung, Sony sells a full line of electronic devices including TVs, gaming consoles and PCs. Sony needs to market these products as pieces of a digital universe offering entertainment and productivity. It should be tied together using the elegant packaging Sony is known for.2.Content. Sony is a unique organization in that it owns content – and lots of it. Sony’s studios produce popular TV shows, movies and music, all of which can be repurposed as mobile entertainment. Unique mobile applications, based on some of Sony’s more popular titles, written exclusively for Xperia Z and able to run on other Sony hardware would help give consumers a compelling reason to buy.Google’s ChallengeGoogle’s obsession with delivering its own hardware into the smartphone market is also hardly a secret. It’s counting on the Motorola X Phone to dazzle. Here’s are are a couple ways Google can make sure it does: 1.A High-End Camera. Smartphone cameras have largely replace point-and-shoot cameras. They offer convenience and many of the same features – like image filtering and photo sharing. But there’s more to digital photography than increasing resolution and panoramic imaging. Google can distinguish itself by offering more advanced digital photography features like augmented reality, high-dynamic-range imaging, low-light denoising and image inpainting. Making them native to the camera wherever possible will boost performance and give the X a competitive advantage.2.A Better User Experience. Android smartphone designers have sometimes been so focused on the inner workings of the hardware, that they’ve overlooked the importance of aesthetics. If the X Phone is to be successful, it must offer a superior user experience. Google can do that by incorporating new user-interface technologies like gesture recognition. biometrics and gyroscopes. According to some of the early rumors, the X Phone would sport a flexible display. More recent reports say that Google has backed out of that plan. If true, it’s a shame. A flexible display would have given the X Phone that extra something the others don’t have.By next fall, there will be two important new entrants in an already crowded field. One will be the latest product from a revitalized Sony. The other, a long-awaited offering from Android inventor Google.But if they really want to have a big impact, they’ll need to do more than just follow the leaders.Images from Sony. Tags:#Android#Google#Motorola#smartphones#Sony Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts prateek joshi Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Guest author Prateek Joshi is a computer vision expert at a stealth startup in San Francisco.The smartphone market is about to get very interesting – with big efforts from two giant companies.Earlier this month, Sony’s debuted its new Xperia Z to much fanfare at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Meanwhile the rumor mill has been abuzz with reports that Google will introduce the long-awaited Motorola X at its annual I/O conference in May. But both companies’ latest smartphone efforts will have to exceed what’s already available to succeed in a crowded market. But the strategies they need to follow are radically different. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Defamation complaint filed against Lalu Prasad

first_imgA complaint has been filed in a court here accusing RJD supremo Lalu Prasad of defamation for his alleged calumnious remark about the complainant’s “friendship” with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar at a recent rally. The complaint was filed by Udaykant Mishra, a member of the Bihar Disaster Management Authority, in the court of Patna Chief Judicial Magistrate Om Prakash and is scheduled to be heard tomorrow. Mr. Mishra has assailed Mr. Prasad’s utterances at a rally in Bhagalpur last month. The petitioner said that he has known Mr. Kumar for many decades and the remark was made to defame him. He also alleged that there were attempts to drag his name into the multi-crore Srijan scam, which relates to fraudulent transfer of government money into the account of a Bhagalpur-based NGO. The CBI is probing into the Rs. 1000 crore scam.last_img read more

Alleged clip of missing J&K boy put up online

first_imgParents of Ehtesham Bilal, 19 — who went missing on October 28 but reappeared on Friday in an online post, wielding weapons under the Islamic State banner — asked their son to return home and appealed to Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind chief Zakir Musa to help them.Distraught and refusing to take meals, Bilal’s mother appealed to her son to shun the militant outfit. “Whatever group you have joined, please return. I appeal to Zakir Musa and will pray for his long life, help me in returning my son,” she said in a video.Bilal, who was a student at Sharda University in Noida was reported missing on October 28by his parents. His father, who owns a hardware shop in Srinagar, expressed shock over his son’s purported audio message,where he pledges allegiance to the IS-motivated Jundul Khilafah and to IS’s Iraq-based leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi.“I heard your audio message. You talk about Islam. Islam says heaven lies under the feet of mother. Islam warns against disobedience to your parents. I order you to return to your family, Your mother hasn’t eaten anything [since you went missing],” he said.On Friday, a six-minute audio, attributed to Bilal, and pictures, where he was wielding a gun and weapons strapped with an IS flag in the backdrop, were uploaded on social media. “I was looking into the eyes of those 100 kufaars (non-Muslims) when they attacked me in groups like dogs. I was defending my Afghan muslim brothers. I was even then an advocate of khilaf (Islamic State)…and have chosen the path of jihad,” Bilal purportedly says in the audio.He was apparently referring to a clash that took place between local and Afghan students at Sharda University on October 4. A senior counter-insurgency police officer told The Hindu that Bilal has joined militant ranks and his movement was traced to Srinagar and Pulwama. “We are investigating the matter,” the officer said.National Conference vice-president Omar Abdullah described the development as “a worrying trend”.“If this is genuine, it’s hugely worrying. Sometimes, seemingly small actions have huge consequences. If what happened to him at Sharda University has led him to choose such a destructive path, it’s even more tragic. One more life on the path to ruin and one more family in turmoil,” Mr. Abdullah tweeted.last_img read more

Arunachal woman becomes first to unfurl tricolour on Mt Everest for fourth time

first_imgWoman from Arunachal Pradesh does it again. Actually she has done it the fourth time now.Anshu Jamsenpa on Tuesday historically scaled the Mount Everest for the fourth time becoming the first Indian woman to do so. Not stopping this, Anshu will attempt a double ascent to the world’s highest peak to make it a total five successful climbs.Anshu Jamsenpa is a mother of two. She started the climb at 1.45 am on may 13 and reached at the top of the Everest at 9 am on Tuesday to unfurl the Indian national flag.ANSHU JAMSENPA’S CLIMBSTibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama on April 2 this year had flagged off the Anshu’s double ascent expedition from Guwahati in Assam.Also Read || Dalai Lama blesses Mt Everest mountaineer Anshu Jamsenpa ||The mountaineer scaled the Mount Everest twice in May 2011. Soon after the 2011 one, Anshu scaled the peak again on May 18 in 2013.If she is successful with her double ascent this time, Anshu Jamsenpa will set a record five climbs of Mt Everest.UNFURLING TRICOLOUR THE FOURTH TIMEAnshu Jamsenpa started her expedition after 38 days of acclimatisation at the Everest Base Camp from April 4 to May 12.”The good news is that she is absolutely well and fine and shall attempt a double expedition,” her spokesperson said.Anshu Jamsenpa spoke to officials at the Everest Base Camp and in Kathmandu over satellite phone from the world’s tallest peak after unfurling the tricolour and clicking testimonial photos.Her health is stated to be perfectly fine and she is descending now to the base camp.advertisementShe acknowledged the support extended by State Bank of India, North Eastern Council, Numaligarh Refinery Limited, North Eastern Electric Power Corporation, Arunachal Pradesh government and all her previous associates for her success.Anshu is motivated and energised to try the double ascent if conditions remain favourable.FYI || In PICS: Enormous iceberg floats and reaches Canadian coast, tourists pour in ||last_img read more