I have always been an android admirer and after my initial misadventures with some android phones I adopted Google Nexus phones. I liked that fact that the android versions that google phone came with were the latest and also if there was a new release it would be mostly rolled on to a Nexus before it was seen on others.
My Initial craze for Nexus gradually faded when the feeling of being a guinea pig for all those experimental features crept in. The phone memory mostly insufficient for all those memory hungry new apps would stall the phone and the phones would usually get very hot .Recurring updates now became more a pain than something to be happy about. I consider the Nexus 5 to be the best form factor and the right choice for people who like to experiment with it , may be root it etc., I even like it as display device for my Raspberry Pi. I still use my Nexus 5 (2 of them) as home devices with no sim but connected to my home wifi it serves as a alarm clock, music player (Google Music). I use my Nexus 7 (2 of them) for my social media needs like Facebook, news, Flipboard or occasionally use to play snooker.
I have recently become a fan of Huawei. The first one I bought was Mate 8, The phone felt awesome in more than one ways. The battery life was exemplary with charge lasting more than 2 days at times even after heavy usage. It came with the octo-core processors which would let dozens of application run simultaneously effortlessly. I have to mention the camera which had now become my second camera (Along with my Canon DSLR). There were times when I would not miss my DSLR and be happy with my Mate 8 photographs. With my DSLR i could only shoot others but it comes to selfies its the best.
When Huawei Mate 9 was released this November, 2016 I did not wait to grab it when it was available on stores. Unlike the Nexus phones which I retained while buying a new phone I swapped my Huawei Mate 8 to get the new Mate 9. The Mate 9 to me is undeniably “the best smartphone” in market. I don’t want to bore you with the specs but would like to share my personal experience with the phone. Mate 9 even though is large it still is convenient to handle. The Mate 9 comes packed with more power than its predecessor and feels better in hand. The finger print recognition is amazingly fast and accurate. Mate 9 comes with the new EMUI 5 and Nougat (Android 7). The Smart controller allows me to use it as a remote control for home Television, Set Top Box and also for my Canon as remote. The Huawei comes with a dual rear Leica camera which is better than the Mate 8.
The most disruptive technology of this decades undoubtedly is the Internet of Things or IoT as its called in short. If you keep track of the technology you might have already noted that the hype has moved on from Internet, Cloud , Big data or mobility to something which encompasses all of these in one. The IoT is a buzz word for most and I would like to clear some air and put it in plain simple terms. Internet of Things revolves around increased machine-to-machine communication; it’s built on cloud computing and networks of data-gathering sensors; it’s mobile, virtual, and instantaneous connection; and it’s going to make everything in our lives from door bell to dog collar “smart.”
Unlike other technological trends in the recent past, IoT is not a single thing but a lot of things working together. What makes it even more interesting is that it touches the life of each and everyone without even them knowing and still using it. Microprocessors or intelligent chips have been a part of your everyday electronics but they had mostly been up to themselves and not communicating with each other. As the internet has increased its reach in the past decade and half it has become accessible to everyone and has become a part of the household now. People may argue that internet is not fully available to all in the remotest part of the world or even in countries like India only a fraction of this population has internet access. However things are changing with one another revolution which came a few years after internet. I am referring to the smartphone age which has made internet available in every individuals pocket. This change has made the internet itself mobile and available in the nooks and corners. The smartphone not only solves the connectivity part of the IoT but also acts as sensors for many applications. The smartphone is loaded with sensors which can now report back location, capture sound and video, identify if you are stationary, walking , riding a bike or on a vehicle. Cloud and Big data which seemed like a good to have thing has become a must have for enterprises. Enterprises who have been slow in adopting Cloud or mobility have now realized that in order to keep up with the trend and ride the IoT wave they have to have cloud and mobility.
IoT opens up infinite possibilities for enterprises to interact and engage with customers in a more customized way. While its still in the nascent state and a long way to go this one technology is going to be the one to watch out for the remaining of this decade.
The past decade was the time when Credit cards reached the masses and a lot of banks moved from the traditional on-premise banking to online banking and debit/credit cards. Almost a century old practice of using paper money was replaced overnight with credit cards and debit cards. People started actively using plastic money rather than the paper money. The wallet got shrunk for some time and people found it greatly helpful not to be carrying wads of money but were able to easily buy stuff without much fuss and not worrying about the need to have exact change. Of course there was security concerns on what if someone stole your card or the information and siphoned out your hard earned money. Cash transactions had become a thing of past and card money was in vogue. But the problem here again was people started accumulating cards from different banks and again the wallets now got crowded with half a dozen of credit/debit cards and again started swelling.
With the changes that we have seen as the decade started it has witnessed a total shift in technology with people adopting smartphones. Digital wallets are the new things. Some of the early ones like paypal seems to be a thing of past now. its more of Google wallet or apple pay or alipay the list is never ending. The same kind of rush to adopt a new form of money which was seen a decade ago is being witnessed now with banks now coming up with wallets. eCommerce which was once in its peak with www and y2k and had a sudden death is now seem to have a comeback. The death of eCommerce in the last decade was mostly due to factors like lack of internet reach and lack of awareness and social media now seems to be full of life.
The recent changes made by the Indian government to void high value currency like Rs.1000 and Rs.500 had people run to the ATM to exchange their cash in hand, however one more positive out of this dramatic change was movement of a large group of people to digital wallet. With the demonetization move and people left with no cash people have willingly/unwillingly adopted to digital wallets like Paytm, Statebank Buddy, Airtel money, Jio Money and other similar providers even for their day to day needs. Its really surprising to see small vendors like tea shops, vegetable vendors, street vendors accepting such mode of payments.
One major success factor of any such digital initiative is volume of transaction and users and one thing for sure is that India has got that. Being the second in number with respect to population.