Anand Choudhary

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Xiaomi’s push into India begins with debut of the $200 Mi 4i smartphone, on sale from April 30

Chinese upstart phone maker Xiaomi debuted a new smartphone today, the Android Lollipop-based Mi 4i, which will be sold exclusively in the Indian market.<p>The announcement event took place in New Delhi, where Xiaomi’s vice president of international, Hugo Barra, made the big reveal live. This was the …

First Look At Uber’s Co-Founder’s Shopping Concierge “Operator”

Operator wants to “unlock the 90% of commerce that’s not on the Internet”, CEO Robin Chan tells me. After two years in stealth, Chan was finally willing to give TechCrunch a peek at his startup, which he sees as the convergence of the biggest themes in tech: mobile, messaging, and the on-demand …

eCommerce

All the reasons you won’t be signing up for Google’s new Project Fi wireless service

Google has announced that it’s rolling out a wireless service in the US. The service, called Project Fi, combines access to Sprint and T-Mobile’s wireless networks with the ability to make calls over Wi-Fi. This means calls, texts, and data will automatically be sent out via whichever service has …

T-Mobile

Djay for Apple Watch puts decks on your wrist

Desktop, laptop, tablet, phone and (now) watch. That's a list of things you can DJ (or rather, <i>djay</i>) on, thanks to a multi-platform update to the eponymous(ish) app from Algoriddim. As Apple Watch (kinda) hits stores this week, you'll be able to update Djay 2 for iOS (the Watch version isn't a …

Twitter Launches Highlights For Android To Summarize The Day’s Tweets

If keeping up with all those tweets is starting to feel a little overwhelming, Twitter just announced a new feature that could help — at least if you own an Android phone.<p>Earlier this year, it launched “While You Were Away,” which can put older, popular tweets at the top of your feed. The theme …

Social Media

Uber co-founder's new app wants to be your personal shopper

Shopping these days is easy peasy. You can either buy online if you want to stay in your pajamas or go to a store if you need a sales rep's help. One startup believes it can combine both experiences, though, through a fledgling concierge service called the Operator. The service has been (quietly) …

Xiaomi’s New Mi 4i Packs A Gamut Of High-End Features Into A $200 Smartphone

Xiaomi today took the wraps of off its newest smartphone, the Mi 4i, at an event in New Delhi, India. The device, its first to be designed outside of China and first to run Android Lollipop out-of-the-box, will be available for 12,999 INR (around $205) from April 30. It is customized for India …

Mobile Technology

Europe's looking into tighter controls for America's tech titans

Almost all of the world's biggest tech companies are American, a fact that's got the European Union slightly worried. So worried, in fact, that the EU has started looking into forming a regulatory body with the power to monitor companies like Google and Facebook, ensuring that they don't abuse …

Google Falls Short on Earnings Again, and Wall Street Shrugs It Off (Again)

How do they do it?<p>Google’s first-quarter earnings call was a big one for YouTube. Relatively speaking. The two execs on the call, outgoing CFO Patrick Pichette and business chief Omid Kordestani, opened up about the video service more than in prior calls.<p>But in the end, the YouTube talk wasn’t …

Wall Street

Xiaomi Unveils the $205 Mi 4i, Launching in India Next Week

At its event in India today, Xiaomi announced the Mi 4i. It’s the first Xiaomi phone to see its initial release outside of China, and it costs only $200.<p>It packs an impressive amount of features into its affordable frame: a 5-inch 1080p IPS display coming at 44i ppi, a 13MP megapixel main camera …

Microsoft's Q3 2015: Surface and Lumia up, but profit down

Microsoft has published its Q3 fiscal 2015 earnings report, and the company has made $4.98 billion in net income on $21.7 billion in revenue. Revenue has increased 6 percent from the same quarter last year, but net income has dropped 12 percent. Microsoft does note that its financial results …

Windows Phone

Amazon Web Services is a $5 billion business, and it’s growing 50% a year

Amazon has just revealed the size of its near-decade-old cloud computing business for the first time: Amazon Web Services generated $5.2 billion over the past four quarters, and almost $700 million in operating income.<p>During the first quarter of 2015, AWS sales reached $1.6 billion, up 49% …

Cloud Computing

Microsoft Beats Wall Street Estimates, Keeps Cloud Growth Momentum

It’s been a little more than a year since Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella took the reins at the Redmond software giant to move it into being a cloud and mobile-first company. He seems to be making some progress.<p>On Thursday, Microsoft reported strong financial results for the third quarter that easily …

Wall Street

Why India’s e-commerce boom will look nothing like China’s

China’s e-commerce growth trajectory is often compared to India’s, based on one single factor: Internet penetration.<p>As things stand, the current level of internet penetration in India is the same as China’s in 2007. And, in the next five years, the number of Indians with internet access is …

India