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Will the Nothing Phone really transform the smartphone industry?

Nothing’s Carl Pei (who was also the founder of OnePlus) on various occasions has made it clear that he feels the smartphone industry today has become boring. He says that the large tech companies have lost innovation and almost all of the smartphones today are the same. Pei with his startup Nothing wants to bring the innovation back, bring the excitement and fun back to smartphone. 

New releases today have slight improvements over the previous iterations. This definitely makes the mainstream smartphone market look stagnant and unexciting. Carl with Nothing wants to make the market interesting, he wants people to be excited for upcoming phones because they would bring exciting new features to the table.

On July 12th Nothing would officially launch their first ever phone the Phone (1). The company has already revealed the design of the smartphone and has left a lot of people awestruck. The phone while has proportions similar to any regular smartphone, it also has some very unusual features that look more than just gimmicks. 

The phone (1) is currently marketed in a single white color. The phone features 2 rear cameras and a transparent back that shows the skilfully crafted inside of the phone. It also features unusually shaped strips of leds in the back glass that the tech startup calls the Glyph Interface. The Glyph Interface acts as a notification led on steroids giving a lot more information through various light patterns

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The company has yet not revealed any information on the internals or the performance of the device, but rumours suggest that the smartphone features a snapdragon 778G+ SoC. The SoC can be found in smartphones like Motorola Edge 30, Vivo T2 Pro (upcoming) and Honor 70 (upcoming). The specs place the smartphone in the premium midrange category. 

We expect the price of the Phone (1) to be between 30 to 40 thousand Rupees. The Nothing Phone 1 definitely looks premium for the price range. Carl seems to be using the same strategy he used with OnePlus, building a device at a mid range price yet building features around it that are exclusive to the premium segment. 

The Ear (1) gives a clear indication of this strategy being implied. Priced at Rs. 6999, the ear 1s provide a wide range of features and quality that is much better than its competitors. Carl definitely wants the phone to attract the masses without loosing on it’s plan to become a premium technology company in the future. 

But is the phone really that revolutionary? Carl wants to build an ecosystem of products similar to what Apple has built, but with a more open approach. The ambitious startup wants to build an ecosystem where every device you own works together (even if it is not built by Nothing) with the Phone (1) being at it’s core. They also claims that the Phone (1) would connect seamlessly with not just devices like your headphones and speakers but also your PCs and even a Tesla. 

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While companies like Samsung are already trying to build an ecosystem even working with Microsoft to make Windows and Android work together, these are still not as open as Nothing claims its implementation would be. 

The innovation which Carl claims to have been lost in todays smartphones compared to when the first iPhone was launched is obvious. Considering the fact that the iPhone was the first device with the multitouch and an all screen interface there is very little you could go in after that. The basic rectangular form factor used today might seem a bit boring but it brings about consistency in the smartphone market making shifting from one phone to another very easy. 

Companies today are trying to diverge into different form factors while still keeping a similar experience by announcing foldable devices. While these are still in their early stages they are signs that the innovation is not completely lost. Companies are trying to bring new stuff to the table without compromising the user experience. 

Carl with this new venture has definitely been making big claims and it would only be a matter of time to find out how well would they stand on their promise. Nothing wants to change the smartphone market and might be moving in the right direction. 

History of the smartphone

History of Smartphones: How the mobile phones evolved to the amazing modern age smartphones?

It took smartphones more than two decades to become a highly sophisticated and essential piece of our daily life.

Mobile phones started large and bulky with very little functionality. They were a luxury that only a few could afford. Today we have more than 70% of the global population using affordable smartphones that also have processing power thousands of times more than what the first generation could provide. Today’s smartphones are millions of times faster than the computer that took humans to the moon.

Before smartphones

Mobile phones were a luxury that could only make calls and send text messages. There existed another category of devices called personal organizers or personal digital assistant (PDA), used for business purposes these had a digital calendar, you could take notes and write emails.

Mobile phones then could merely be used for calling and did not serve any other function due to lack of processing power.

1992: The First Smartphone

IBM the biggest computer company in the 90s and wanted to expand its business in its quest for new tech that could fit into the company’s portfolio they decided to take a computer and shrink it down so it fits in your pocket. This idea started the project which later would be termed as the first true modern-day smartphone.


IBM revealed the device that can be called the first smartphone in 1992, a revolutionary device that was way beyond its time. It had a touch screen, and various apps such as an address book, a calendar, an appointment scheduler, a calculator, a world time clock, an electronic notepad, handwritten annotations, etc. This revolutionary device IBM was called Simons Personal Communicator.

The term smartphone didn’t exist then, but the IBM Simons is the first mobile device advanced enough to be called the first modern age smartphone.

1999: The age of Blackberry


Blackberry launched its first hardware device the Blackberry 850 in the year 1999. The BlackBerry 850 did fall in the category of two-way pager. The Blackberry was the largest smartphone manufacturer of the time. The company’s mobile phones provided features that no other manufacturer could provide, email on the go with great wireless network connectivity. Blackberry also had an instant messenger called the BBM a long before Whatsapp and others were even an idea. The Blackberrys also had super secure connectivity and messaging protocols making it a great choice for those who were worried about their confidential data being stolen from their devices. These features took Blackberry in hands of almost every Business customer across the globe.

2001: Mobile and the Internet

It took almost a decade to get a proper 3G connection to smartphones, in 2001 a mobile protocol was built to allow mobile devices to connect with the internet wirelessly. This allowed various new applications and features but these were again not for everyone. The price of the devices had been down but the cost of data was wasn’t worth it for most. Later as the prices of data started going down more and more people started using mobile internet.

2007: Apple & Steve Jobs Changed the World

In the year 2007, Steve Jobs unveiled one of the most influential smartphones in history, A device that defined what the future should look like, a device that reinvented mobile phones, the Apple iPhone. The iPhone was the sleekest touchscreen device ever made, it featured a large glass screen and a single button in the front.

When Apple revealed the iPhone, it received criticism from other mobile phone manufacturers calling the iPhone a gimmick and a waste of money. The press referred to it as a gamble. Five months later when the device hit stores, people lined up outside Apple Stores to get their hands on the future.


“Every once in a while, a revolutionary product comes along that changes everything, Apple’s been very fortunate. It’s been able to introduce a few of these into the world. Well, today, we’re introducing three revolutionary products of this class. The first one is a wide-screen iPod with touch controls. The second is a revolutionary mobile phone. And the third is a breakthrough internet communications device. An iPod, a phone, and an internet communicator. An iPod, a phone … are you getting it? These are not three separate devices: This is one device, and we are calling it iPhone.” said Steve Jobs during the legendary keynote that gave the world the most influential piece of technology it ever had.

While the sales started to fall after most enthusiasts had bought the first iPhone, Apple realized that with so much screen real estate what apps could do was just limited by the imagination of the human brain. Apple launched the AppStore in 2008 one year after the iPhone launch giving users a way to install apps and go beyond what Apple provided. This new addition was one of the major reasons behind the iPhone being a massive hit in times to come.

Google follows with Android

While every major mobile phone company at the time was mocking Apple for the iPhone and its new touch screen keyboard and completely new user interface there was one company that knew Apple had made the future. Google was about to launch its first Android phone just a few months after the announcement of the Apple iPhone but seeing Apple unveil the iPhone on stage google knew it had to completely rebuild Android.

The device that almost made it to market was canceled and Google engineers got back to the drawing board, rethinking every aspect of its Operating System.

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The HTC Dream released in 2008 became the first Android smartphone. The first Android gained criticism due to lacking features when compared to iOS and Blackberry but it was set to become one of the most famous operating systems in the world due to its open nature.

2021: Entire world just a click away

Today 14 years and 27 iPhones later, we can do almost everything with just a few clicks on the touchscreen. Today we do everything from reading news, chatting with friends and family, playing highly sophisticated games and listen to any song in the world, sending emails, and doing all sorts of business stuff.

The smartphone also gave rise to a new industry of apps that is now bigger than Hollywood. Smartphone along with cheaper mobile internet is now changing how everything works. It is changing entire industries and also building new industries such as ed-tech and video and music streaming.

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iPhone 13, Apple Watch Series 7, iPad, and iPad Mini: Everything new launched at the California Streaming Apple Event.

On Tuesday, September 14, Virtual Apple event in California unveiling the iPhone 13 series, the Apple Watch Series 7, new iPad, and iPad Mini. 

The iPhone 13

The new iPhone 13 series smartphones come with the new Apple A15 processor, a longer-lasting battery, camera improvements, and a massive 1 TB storage option on the Pro models. 

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The A15 processor which Apple claims is the “Fastest processor in any smartphone” will improve the iPhone 12 Series’ already great performance and will improve the machine learning abilities of the iPhone allowing it various advantages including real-time video analysis and providing video portrait mode and cinematic mode. 

The Pro lineup will also get 50% faster graphics, along with the Super Retina XDR display and Pro Motion to give a smoother and more immersive experience.

The lineup now also includes a longer-lasting battery giving a 1.5 hour longer life on the 13 Mini and 2.5hr longer life on the 6.1” iPhone. 

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Despite multiple rumors of an increase in the prices, Apple has managed to keep the price constant.

The smartphones will cost as follows:

iPhone 13 Pro Max -$1099 & (Rs. 1,29,900 in India)

iPhone 13 Pro -$999 & (Rs. 1,19,900 in India)

iPhone 13 -$799 & (Rs. 79,900 in India)

iPhone 13 mini -$699 & (Rs. 69900 in India)

The iPads

Apple at the September event surprisingly announced its new iPad and iPad mini. 

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The baseline iPad is powered by the Apple A13 chip making it 20% faster compared to the previous model. The update also brings a new 12MP ultrawide camera with Center Stage. 

The iPad mini now comes with the iPad Pro design language, with smaller bezels, rounded corners, and squared-off edges. The new iPad mini also gets new cameras, the Liquid Retina display, USB-C support, a magnetic connector for Apple Pencil, new and better speakers, and new colors.

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The iPad costs $329 (Rs 30,900 in India) for the 64GB storage option. The iPad mini starts at $429 (Rs 46900 in India ) with a similar 64GB storage option.

The Apple Watch

The company also unveiled its new Apple Watch Series 7 at this event. The Watch Series 7 is not much different functionally but does bring a ton of visual improvements. The watch now has a larger screen with smaller bezels. The edges according to Apple are now smoother and diffract light in a way that gives a more immersive experience using the watch. 

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The new display gives the user almost 20% more screen displaying 50% more text. The series 7 will also have a full keyboard allowing users to type by tapping the keys or by swipe.

The Series 7 starts at $399.

OnePlus Nord 2

OnePlus Nord 2 5G spec revealed ahead of 22nd July launch.

OnePlus revealed that it will launch its Nord 2 5G smartphone in India on 22 July which will be a successor to the company’s Nord which launched in July last year and was a hit.

Through Twitter, OnePlus has shared that the Nord 2 5G will feature the MediaTek Dimensity 1200 AI SoC.

OnePlus also tweeted that the device will have a 6.43 inch AMOLED display with a 90hz refresh rate and HDR10+ support. The previous Nord features a 6.44-inch AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate but no HDR10+ certification. Renders show that the device will host a punch-hole design

As per the leaks, the Nord 2 5G will have a 50MP Sony IMX766 primary sensor, 8MP ultrawide, and a 2MP depth sensor. A 32 MP selfie camera and a 4200 mAh of battery capacity with up to 30W of fast charging.

Amazon has already listed the OnePlus Nord 2, saying that the phone will come with the typical OnePlus orientation for the buttons with a power button and an alert slider on the right side of the phone, and a volume rocker on the left. A speaker cutout at the bottom next to the USB Type-C port is present. A speaker grill can be seen above the display as well. At ₹29,999 the device is expected to be priced slightly higher than its predecessor. It will be available to buy on 22nd July after its official launch


We tried the iOS 15 Public Beta: Here is what’s new, exciting, and what went wrong.

Apple’s iOS 15 Public Beta is rolling out for those who signup for the Apple Beta Software Program. And it can be installed on supported iPhone Models today.

How To Install the iOS 15 Public Beta

To install the iOS 15 Public Beta users, need to register at the Apple Beta Software. If you own an eligible iPhone model you will be asked to install a configuration profile that would register the device for beta testing.

Now you will receive the public beta similar to regular over the air updates and can be install by going to Settings > General > Software Update and then choosing Download and Install.

Note the iOS 15 beta software does come with bugs and glitches hence it is recommended to only install the beta to a secondary phone and to create a backup before doing so.

What’s New

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iOS 15 announced in WWDC back in June brought in improvement and new features to various parts of the iOS operating system. FaceTime now supports spatial audio, portrait mode, and a grid view and now also allowing Android and Windows users to join a facetime call. Apple also announced a feature called SharePlay that lets users watch movies & TV or listen to music or just share your screen with your friends and family completely in sync

iMessage in iOS 15 will now have a better way to manage photos and other multimedia sent and will also allow users easily find articles, photos, news, and more that are shared in the chat in the respective apps.

iOS notifications also get a completely new look with larger icons making the UI look more colorful and easier to recognise. A notification summary can be scheduled to give you a brief about all your notifications, letting you focus on what is really important and have a glance at the less important notifications later.

Apple now uses on device intelligence to allow Siri process all the speech recognition on device making it a lot faster, and a lot of your tasks can now be done without even an internet connection. The iPhone maker also used the on-device intelligence to add a new feature called Live Text that allows users to interact with text in photo as if it was types in, and this as the name suggests happens live.

Apple also added a lot of privacy related features using the on-device intelligence and various other modern protocols and methods to improve the Privacy and Security of the iPhone.

Bugs and Issues with the iOS 15 Public Beta

The Beta software is having various problems and bugs including various FaceTime issues, WiFi issues, Screen brightness problems, crashes, lags and problems with Apple’s own first party apps as well as third party apps. We recommend installing the beta software only on a secondary device and getting a backup of the entire device before you actually install the system.

How To Downgrade to iOS 14

The beta update will carry multiple bugs and if you need to just get back to the good old iOS 14, you can get back to the iOS 14.

To remove the beta install, you need to erase and restore your device, then you can recover all of your data from a backup you created before installing the beta.

  1. Make sure your computer has the latest version of macOS or latest version of iTunes.
  2. Connect your iPhone to your computer, then put your device in recovery mode.
  3. Click the Restore option when it appears. This erases your device and installs the current non-beta version of iOS. If the download takes more than 15 minutes and your device exits the recovery mode screen, let the download finish, then repeat step 2.
  4. Wait for the restore to finish. If asked, enter your Apple ID and password, which disables Activation Lock. 

You now have recovered your iOS 14 and your device is ready to be used.

Samsung Z Flip

Samsung expects a lot more of its new foldables will be sold this year.

Samsung has been the major player in the foldables market for some time now but it is to be noted that the market for these foldable devices is pretty small right now. But Samsung expects that this year it would be able to sell a lot more of these devices.

The upcoming Z Flip 3 and Z Fold 3 are according to leaks expected to be launched on August 27 in a Galaxy Unpacked Event.

It is reported that earlier this week Samsung has begun mass production for these upcoming Smartphones.

The South Korean giant made and sold just 1-2 million of these devices in the previous year but for it’s 2021 model the company expects sales that are lot higher than what foldables have ever seen. Reports suggest Samsung has ordered manufacturing 50,000-70,000 units a day for each device and a total of about 7 million of these devices are expected to be sold.

The higher quantities do hint at a more affordable price for the now extremely premium priced Foldable android phones. It also suggests that the conglomerate is now confident about this new form factor and is getting comfortable with spending more on these devices.

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