Monday, February 16, 2015

Reliance Jio: a revolution in India's broadband scene?

Reliance Jio Infocomm acquired pan India 4G spectrum in 2010, now is the time when they're obliged to utilize spectrum and launch their services. I'm closely following developments related to Jio from quite some time.

RJIL is aggressively laying fibre almost everywhere. They've also started public WiFi hotspots in few cities of Gujarat with Jionet branding and I'm actively using it. It was started on 26th Jan 2014 in Ahmedabad and was supposed to be free for first 3 months however it's Feb 15 2015 and the service is still freely available. Based on my experience with Jionet, I've seen speeds upto 11 Mbps however most of time it is around 3-8 Mbps, which is good considering that the service is free of cost.

I think there is a big push towards data driven applications, they're also working on apps like 

  • Jio Drive (Service like Dropbox, 100 GB Storage!)
  • Jio Play (Live TV, with 7 days of content, more than 300 channels)
  • Jio Beats (Similar to Spotify, Gaana, Saavn etc)
  • Jio On-Demand (Netflix ?)
  • Jio Movies
  • Jio World (looks like Jio's appstore & deals portal)
  • Jio Friends 
  • Jio Social (WhatsApp + Hike + Viber, sound quality and video quality is great even on mobile data )
  • Jio Mags (e-magazines app)
  • Jio News (all newspapers in electronic format for almost all regional languages, similar to NewHunt)
  • Jio Broadcast
You can install and try some of these apps once you install Jio World.

I've been using these apps on both Android & iOS, I'll write more about above mentioned apps along with screen shots.

They seem to be pushing Digital India dream as well. They're setting up around 15 data centers in India to take care of distributing content as well as providing cloud services similar to Amazon AWS.

Based on few tweets it also looks like they've started powering commercial building and residential societies with 100 Mbps FTTX connections.

I'm looking forward for their launch, I've a feeling that interesting time is ahead for Indian broadband space. It would be great if Mukesh Ambani can pull off the same effect in ISP space as was done by Reliance Infocomm in mobile in 2004. 


Friday, March 22, 2013

Ubuntu Touch SDK, Core Apps & Mac OSX

I have started working on Ubuntu Touch core apps, this involves using Ubuntu UI Toolkit which is basically QML Components designed for Ubuntu Touch OS. Unfortunately Ubuntu UI Toolkit is not available for Mac OS. In order to develop Ubuntu Touch core apps I have to get Ubuntu UI components running on Mac.

So this has shifted my focus from Ubuntu Touch core apps to ubuntu ui sdk. Once I get it, I can start working on Ubuntu Touch core apps.


Coming back to the SDK, it is a straightforward package which contains QML building block for application developers. Now compiling this on Mac should not be diffcult.

I have identified following dependencies causing compilation to fail.


QtDbus:

This is the first error message i got when trying to compile Ubuntu UI Toolkit.
it says Unknown Module : dbus  when I run QMake.

I have no clue why this is coming, as I think I have qtdbus installed. will come back to this point once I have a solution

libintl includes:

Ubuntu Touch SDK seems to be using libintl package for internationalization, hunting down this dependency was quite easy.

just download and this libintl package from

 https://code.google.com/p/rudix/downloads/detail?name=static-libintl-0.18.1.1-5.pkg&can=2&q=


gio

It also uses glib/gio library, installing the library is very simple as it's available on HomeBrew.

brew install glib

added include dirs
/usr/local/Cellar/glib/2.32.4/include/glib-2.0
/usr/local//Cellar/glib/2.32.4/lib/glib-2.0/include/

So I think once I get the dbus module for qt5, SDK should compile fine unless some other dependencies are missing.



Monday, December 26, 2011

New Year Gift From Nokia! :)


Just received Nokia Lumia 800





well no comments about WP7 before trying it :)

wonderful build quality.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Meego Harmattan Web Browser (N950)

Acid 3 Test Nokia N950 Stock Web Browser vs Google Chrome 13.

HTML5TEST - Nokia N950 vs Internet Explorer 8
I'll will add more screenshots soon.

Koza - English to Gujarati Dictionary for Smart Phones






Hi! check out Koza, a very simple Gujarati Dictionary for your smart phone.


Koza is available for Android, Symbian^1 and above, Meego Harmattan (Nokia N9 & N950) and WP7.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Nokia N950 Developer Device




I was desperately waiting for N950 and finally it arrived. I'm yet to get my hands on it as it was shipped to my hometown but anyway I got some pics from home.

so here is my N9 Dev Kit:

Thank you Nokia & DHL :)

can't stop my self from looking at this pic!





Looks awesome! A perfect device for geeks
There are somethings which money can't buy, for everything else we've got visa/master or whatever cards :P

That's all, can't wait to post my experience with this device and ya, keep checking this space for updates on my projects for Meego.

Friday, July 08, 2011

Control VLC over HTTP


VLC Player offers something called VLC HTTP Interface, enabling it will allow you to control VLC Player from any web browser/mobile VLC Remote App.


1. Start VLC, Go to Tools -> Preferences.
2. Select "All" under "Show Settings" in bottom left corner.
3. Click on Main Interfaces -> Select HTTP remote control interface


4. Finally Click "Save" and restart your VLC Player.

you can access the player from any web browser by entering http://[ip address]: [port]
e.g. http://127.0.01:8080

I hope you find this help ful