Cos the deciders are on desktop…

Sam Altman – Bubble Talk

Chetan Sharma – 5G

The Sad truth about developing executives

A shared future – Global Economy of Haves and Servants

Awesome read on Mobile Internet

No Stacks Startups 

The Days are Long but Decades are short – by Sam Altman

[PODCAST] Making Sense of Big Data, Machine Learning and Deep Learning 

[PODCAST] How to Think About Enterprise Security Today


Khichdi Linkfest 18th Aug – Design Special

Design web_development


Design Tips and Tools

DPI deciphered – GOLD Content


Origins of X in Design – GOLD Content

 An overview of using vectors in digital design

Material Design in 2014 IO 

A market for Design

Android Design Tips

Principles of Site Design

Density Convertor

The Android Screen Fragmentation Myth

AirBnB Design Case Study

Web Development

 Single Element CSS Spinners

Beautiful sites for Open Source projects

Angular JS

Polymer Features



Everything about Drones


Khichdi Linkfest May 28th 2014

Separating Signal from Noise

Separating Signal from Noise


Tech & Business

Under Appreciated Business Story

The Capitalist’s Dilemma  — Will Finance eat Strategy ?

Interesting Analysis of Android UI Design

VideoStream for Chromecast – I like it very much

Amazon INDIA vs Flipkart. Who is going to come out winner ?


Position Sensor — Long awaited in mainstream

Nice Resume Templates

BreakingStereotypes in INDIA

Asia Funding Summary last week 


What can cause failure at Huawei 

Smartisan Story   — Love it


Left Brain vs. Right:  Is it a Myth ?

Time Management

How to fight Unfair Practices Of Builders And Real Estate Developers (INDIA ONLY)


Khichdi linkfest 26th May 2014

The Naked Future — A World That Anticipates Your Every Move

Alibaba’s American Aspirations

Startup Lessons: 80% of your culture is your founder

Separating Signal from Noise

Separating Signal from Noise


Michael Dell on the new (private) Dell

Android Fragmentation

Emerging Players in Wearables

China Updates:

How to get Google Play on Xiomi

Oppo Find 7a Review


The strength of RSS lies in adapting to change: Ram Madhav

Good days may or may not come..But good nights will always be there



Q1 2014 Smartphone OS – AOSP focus

Here is the latest look at SmartPhone OS Share .

(from ABI Research).


  • AOSP ( Mostly in CHINA) yet to take significant market share. Will Xiomi, OnePlusOne, Oppo change this number ?
  • According to Gartner, 41 percent of the Android devices sold in China aren’t Google Android at all, but AOSP phones attaching to a range of different app stores with different built-in apps.
  • CyanogenMod will provide full SW to OnePlusOne (and possibly others in future)
  • Amazon’s Fire OS is the another example of an AOSP-based platform.
  • Is Nokia AOSP .. i am not sure..  [It is ] [ It is not]
  • Sony has been experimenting with it [Link]



AOSP Evolution


Common Sense is so Uncommon..!


  • Nokia deciding not to make Android phones for too long ( What happened .. licking your own spit ??)  ..!


  • Apple deciding not to make smaller ipad and bigger iphone for too long ( What happened .. licking your own spit ??) ..!


  • Samsung spending billions in Brand building for too long (Brand Castle or Sand Castle ??) ..!

Samsung spends a whopping 5.4 percent while competitor spends only 0.6 percent of its annual revenue on ad spending, 


  • Network Operators ignoring open ecosystem, innovation and OTT for too long and still continuing .!


Mobile OEMs hitting a high wall..!



One doesn’t have to be an Einstein to know what is happening in Mobile Industry. It is in many respects similar to what PC industry went through.

Today, Everyone has access to same HW + OS, thanks to democratization by Qualcomm,Bcom,MTK and Google. More than Basic App package is part of OS which satisfies 70% of customer needs. Rest are available as “free downloads” from market places. In Nutshell, It is a very level playing field for everyone small or big, new or old.

With Operator’s relevance going down, entry for new player is relatively easier. OPEN Market share is increasing every year against OPERATOR closed markets.

Absolute ZERO innovation from Network Operators have made them redundant in today’s  device (or Ecosystem’s ?) discussions. They are sitting on sidelines and chewing bandwidth revenues. Some half cooked attempts failed miserably (e.g. Joyn). Their say in product is decreasing day by day. Still it is not late for Operators to realize that they have no business to be in Device Business. They should focus on services on their networks.

Back to OEMs, their fate will be no different if they fail to innovate here. The one with best value offering will eat other’s lunch over time. Those basking in false glory of brand will have unpleasant shocks. I seriously doubt there is much brand loyalty in this market except “High End” bracket. Everything under the “High End” is OPEN market which only values “VALUE”.

But, how can OEM’s differentiate (Innovate) ?? I wish I knew the answer..But, here are few things i will try aggressively.

1) Appcessories == Application + Accessory. Opportunities are endless. Practically every electrical/electronic small device can be converted to Appcessory with nice interface Mobile App. Imagine Security Cameras, Small Health devices, Sensors gadgets etc.

2) Enterprise Services. Samsung Knox is good example. This is open space..If OEMs dont move fast and partner with existing players, those geeks in startup colonies will very soon eat this lunch as well.

3) Productivity Increase: Anything else which increases Productivity: A very good example in early days is Dual Sim phones. Another good example i think is Note series of Samsung with Spen.

4) B2C Services:  No one has done it better than Apple. Apple has used the devices as digital agents in customer’s hands which are used to deliver all kinds of services. This is a fantastic and sustainable business model.  No other OEM is even close.

5) Design:  Apple has shown in the past that even in mature products, if design limits are pushed, it can create a whole new product. I think this is another area where we should see lot of action in coming days.  Imagine a phone which with material/color/shape customized for each customer.

In Tech product or service category, it is very important to do things right and fast. Work-In-Progress quality is brand destroyer and leaves market with bad tastes.

It will be very interesting to see the reshuffle in Top5/Top10 by value and volume next year.

Comments welcome ..!