2015 : At a glance – From Latest Gadgets to Net Neutrality

The year has been quite eventful as lot of changes are taking place in the world of technology. In this article, we will be covering some of the major tech events along with the ongoing issue i.e, Net Neutrality.

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January 

Intel Compute Stick. Image Courtesy : Flipkart
Intel Compute Stick. Image Courtesy : Flipkart

Intel Compute Stick launched

It is a 10.3 cm long USB device that can transform a TV into a computer. The device packs a 1.33 GHz Intel Atom Processor, 2GB DDR3 RAM, 32GB eMMC storage and a microSD slot for expandable storage. It also comes with wireless connectivity features like WiFi & Bluetooth and comes pre-loaded with Windows 8.1. You can purchase the device at Rs. 8,500 (approx.) from Flipkart.

WhatsApp comes to Desktop

WhatsApp launched its Instant Messenger for Google Chrome web browser. However, at the time of using the WhatsApp Messenger for Web browsers, the mobile phone must be connected to the Internet.

 

February

Facebook launches Internet.org in India

Facebook with RCom launched Internet.org in India. It aims to offer a few selected services (online) for Free.

March

Huawei forays into wearables with Huawei Watch

Huawei launches its first smartwatch, Huawei Watch for Android devices.

Samsung launches Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge

Both the handsets supports Wireless charging. S6 and S6 Edge sports a flat display and dual – curved display respectively. They were launched in India starting at Rs. 49,900. Later, they received steep price cuts following poor sales.

April

ASUS ZenFone 2WhatsApp launches its Voice Calling feature

Initially, this feature was available through invites only. To make a free voice call, both the caller and the receiver needs to use the latest version (2.11.5 or above).

Airtel rolls out Platinum 3G services

Airtel started offering Platinum 3G services to its customers. Platinum 3G services are being provided on 900MHz spectrum. Customers can experience 30% better Indoor coverage than traditional 3G network. Platinum 3G is claimed to be 34% faster and phone battery will last 17% longer than 3G on 2100MHz.

Net Neutrality Debate starts

With the launch of ‘Airtel Zero‘ plan, the Net Neutrality debated started in India. Flipkart Pulled out of the Airtel Zero partnership after social media backlash. These developments led the Indian Telecom Regulator TRAI to bring out a consultation paper with 20 questions spread across 118 pages.

Asus launches World’s first smartphone featuring 4GB RAM in India

Asus launches Zenfone 2 smartphones in India starting at Rs. 12,999. While, the pricing of 4GB variants started at Rs. 19,999. Read more…

Receive and Respond to DM to anyone on Twitter

Now, you can receive and respond to DM to anyone on Twitter without asking them to follow you on Twitter. Read more…

May

Android M unveiled

Google at I/O 2015, announced its next version of its Android OS, Android Marshmallow. Supports Type – C, Reverse Charging and Fingerprint sensor. It also includes new application permission models and new power management schemes.

June

5gBSNL Announces FREE Incoming Calls during National Roaming

BSNL starts offering FREE incoming calls to its mobile customers, while on roaming across the country. Read more…

ITU Defines 5th Generation of Mobile Networking

ITU defines 5G network, to deliver speeds of upto 20Gbps. Read more…

July

8-Start1-1024x576NMNP launched in India

National Mobile Number Portability launched in India, allowing subscribers to retain their mobile numbers even if they move to other state.

Windows 10 Launched

Microsoft launches its new Operating System, Windows 10. Existing Windows 7/8.1 users eligible for a free upgrade until July 28, 2016. Read more…

August

Airtel 4G launched across 296 towns

Airtel launches its 4G services across 296 towns with data packs starting at Rs. 25. Read more..

Internet completes 20 years in India

It started in August 1995, with VSNL (Videsh Sanchar Nigam Limited) launching Internet Service in India.

September

Huawei Mate S launched with ‘Force Touch’ Technology

Huawei Mate S is the first smartphone by the company to feature its ‘Force Touch’ Technology. Read more…

BSNL increases its minimum broadband speed to 2mbps (Pre FUP)

BSNL increased its minimum broadband speed to 2mbps (Pre FUP). Post which speeds were capped at 512 kbps. Read more..

Apple iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus launched

Apple laucnhes iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus in India with 3D Touch display. Read more…

October

Motorola Moto X Force launched with ‘Shatterproof’ display

Motorola Moto X Force is claimed to be the world’s first phone with ‘ShatterShield’ display. Read more…

Airtel India introduces 50% Daily Data cashback offer for Mobile Internet users

With the introduction of Daily Data cashback offer, airtel customers will receive daily credit of 50% (2G/3G/4G) data they consume between 12AM to 6AM. Read more…

November

Image Courtesy : Oxford Dictionaries Blog
Image Courtesy : Oxford Dictionaries Blog

BlackBerry launches its first Android Phone

BlackBerry Priv, is BlackBerry’s first ever Android Phone. The device runs on Android L.

An Emoji named as the ‘Word of the Year’ by Oxford Dictionary

‘Face with tears of joy’ becomes the first emoji to be named as ‘Word of the Year’ by Oxford Dictionary.

December

Idea launches 4G services in South India

Idea launches its 4G services across 5 states in South India. Read more …

Reliance Jio launches 4G services for its employees

Relaince Jio launches 4G services for its employees on December 27, 2015. The commercial launch is expected to take place in March – April 2016.

Airtel launches Data Packs with ‘Unrestricted Validity’

Bharati Airtel has announced three new data packs with no validity restrictions for its prepaid users in Delhi and Mumbai Telecom circle. Read more …

MTNL to offer free roaming starting January 1

After BSNL, MTNL to offer free roaming services to its customer starting January 1, 2016. Read more…

 

 

We’ve tried to cover some of the major tech events of 2015. With this we are ending our journey in 2015.

Wishing you a Happy and Prosperous New Year 2016! See you again in 2016 … 😉

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