Raveesh Bhalla

[Discussion] How do you use your tablet to boost productivity?

Sep 2nd - I must admit, tablets have let me down in one particular area: productivity. Ever since they gained a significant mainstream user base, I have believed that with the right set of apps, the tablet would be the perfect gadget to help people get things done. I felt the phone was too distracting with its various …

DeskSMS developer releases TabletSMS, allows you to send texts through your tablet

Sep 2nd - If I had seen this a little while ago, TabletSMS might well have been my Uniquely Android pick for today. I could have always waited a while before posting about it next week, but considering the fan following that DeskSMS enjoys, I thought that would be unfair of me. If you haven’t heard about DeskSMS, here’s a …

Uniquely Android: Unified Remote

Sep 2nd - Uniquely Android is a series we started last month to shine the spotlight on those apps that take advantage of the unique capabilities of the platform and provide an experience that you wouldn’t find in most other phones. So far, we have featured Plug In Launcher, AirDroid, Shush, Llama, Swiftkey 3, SwipePad and Widgetsoid2.x. Full disclosure: I haven’t actually used Unified Remote for …

Google, please, let me localize Play Store to my preference

Sep 1st - I hate Google Play. I can’t remember the last time I discovered an app just browsing it that I wanted to throw my money at. Heck I can’t remember the last time I stumbled across a free app that was worth downloading, and much of that is to do with the kind of apps that …

James Bond will be rocking the Sony Xperia T in Skyfall

Sep 1st - We just got a an update from the Sony Xperia Product Blog on our Google Reader list, where the writer mentions his favorite features from the company’s latest devices. Typically, I ignore most of the stuff since it’s the usual PR stuff. However, one line caught my eye: James Bond handset of choice in Skyfall, the latest …

Huawei’s updated Emotion UI skips the app drawer, tries to appeal to newbies

Sep 1st - The unfortunate truth is that manufacturer skins are here to stay. If the beauty of ICS or Jelly Bean couldn’t put an end to them, nothing will. While I don’t mind certain aspects of some of the skins, some additions seems just pointless. Take, for example, the latest iteration of Emotion UI from Huawei, which has …

Uniquely Android: Widgetsoid2.x

Aug 26th - Uniquely Android is a series we started last month to shine the spotlight on those apps that take advantage of the unique capabilities of the platform and provide an experience that you wouldn’t find in most other phones. So far, we have featured Plug In Launcher, AirDroid, Shush, Llama, Swiftkey 3 and SwipePad. As some of you might know, I recently …

Lenovo, ZTE pip Apple in China smartphone share

Aug 26th - It’s always good to see Apple beaten at an actual game: marketshare. And this time around they’ve been handed a defeat by Lenovo and ZTE. Lenovo came all the way from #7 to #2 in the Chinese smartphone marketshare rankings, while ZTE moved up from #4 to #3. Samsung’s got the top-spot with a 19% …

The LG Optimus G will have an all new True HD IPS+ display, new battery

Aug 26th - Looks like the all new quad-core Snapdragon S4 won’t the only component to make it’s debut in the LG Optimus G, images of which were leaked yesterday. LG has put out a news release stating that their upcoming flagship (not naming it, but do mention the first quad-core S4 device) will contain some of the latest …

The jury form from the Samsung v Apple case made public

Aug 25th - For several reasons, the verdict from the Samsung v Apple case bummed me out yesterday. Firstly, the fact that they actually received a verdict itself so soon raised a red flag for me. A couple of verdicts here and there made me wonder if the jury was being excessively harsh on Samsung, possibly due to …

Rogers pushing out ICS updates to the Moto Razr

Aug 25th - Good news, our Canadian Moto Razr users: the ICS update to your phones seems to have been released a wee bit earlier than the “early September” launch we had expected. Once done with the download-and-install process your phone would make the sizable jump to Android 4.0.4. As always , if you’re not seeing the update …