Top 5 Mobile App in Nepal

31st October 2021
"Here's the list of the top 5 Mobile apps which are worth using so as to make your daily life much easier."

Mobile apps have made our lives simpler. Whether it’s shopping or playing games or learning, we rely on mobile apps for so many things. Here’s the list of apps that are more useful in our daily lives and makes our lives simpler.

Essential app:

1. Hamro Patra

Hamro Patro is an easy way of keeping track of dates in Bikram Sambat. The app also notifies users of upcoming festivals, events, and holidays. You can even add notes and reminders. It has made the date conversion between Bikram Sambat (BS) and Iswi Sambat (AD) a lot simpler.

2. Hamro Nepali Keyboard

Hamro Nepali Keyboard was the first keyboard that was designed entirely for Nepali typing. Using the app, you can type in both English and Nepali. If you find it difficult to type in Nepali using the Nepali keyboard layout, the app also allows transliteration. The keyboard gives suggestions based on what character you have typed. It even makes Nepali typing faster.

Educational App:

1. E-Pustakalaya

The E-Pustakalaya was started with an aim to improve children’s learning skills and to enhance reading culture among the students by providing them with age-appropriate materials. Hence, the E-Pustakalaya has full-text documents, books, images, videos, and audio files to motivate teachers, parents, and students to be benefitted from different educational materials available in the app/web related to agriculture, technology, health, and environment.

2. Edupatra

Edupatra is a Nepali news portal system dedicated to education. It is powered by Edusanjal, which happens to be one of the biggest education portals of Nepal. Other than news, it also publishes notices, interviews, cartoons, and blogs – all centered around the education system.

Food App:

1. Foodmandu:

Foodmandu is the first on-demand food delivery service provider in Nepal. Foodmandu is a trending food app that helps you order food from over 130 restaurants around the city. Foodmandu not only lets its users order food from restaurants, it even provides choices to order bakery items, liquor, vegetables from the food markets.

2. Bhojdeals:

Bhojdeals is similar to Foodmandu in a way that it lets users order from the selection of restaurants and delivers it to their homes. The good thing about this app is that the restaurant listing comes with user ratings, and there are no minimum order requirements. You can pay cash on delivery or use online payment methods such as Esewa.

Entertainment App:

1. Net Tv:

NetTV is one of the oldest OTT (Over-the-Top) streaming service providers in Nepal. NetTV aims to develop an open platform where anyone can host and sell their content. NetTV promises a wide selection of over 200 channels to choose from, including channels like Kantipur HD, AP1HD, AL-Jazeera HD, Zee Tv HD, Sony Ten 1 HD, etc. Different channel packages like Nepali, Hindi, English, Kids, Sports, Infotainment, etc are available for users.

2. SonyLIV

SonyLIV, a very popular OTT platform from Sony Pictures Networks India (SPNI) has partnered with Telenet Pvt. Ltd. to distribute its subscriptions in Nepal, across local billing channels providing easy access to consumers. It is the first globally popular, on-demand OTT platform in Nepal integrating with Telenet Pvt Ltd, a Local company of the region. It is an authorized distributor-reseller. SonyLIV’s subscriber gets uninterrupted access to all web series, movies, international content, exclusive sports content, international shows, and more on the platform.

E-commerce App:

1. Daraz:

Daraz is an online shopping platform in Nepal with thousands of products listed online.  This app is used for searching for a wide variety of products. Daraz Online Shopping App is very easy to use, better User Interface and has Fast loading. Daraz has a team that picks up the item from the sellers and then delivers it to our doorstep.

2. Hamrobazar:

Hamrobazar is an online classified in Nepal that lets users sellers connect to potential buyers. Sellers list their items with adequate descriptions and photos and wait for interested buyers to contact them. Hamrobazar enables individuals as well as companies to list a wide variety of new or used products online like Buy or Sell used or brand new cars, motorcycles, real estate, mobile, laptop, electronics, etc.

Mobile Wallet/ Payment App:

1. Esewa:

Esewa is one of the pioneers of the digital payment system in Nepal. It offers a wide range of services and is hence the most popular digital wallet in Nepal. You can make payments like recharging your phone, paying for electricity, drinking water, school/college fees, and insurance premiums. You can even book tickets for transportation (airways or roadways), movies, and different events.

2. Khalti:

Khalti is a mobile wallet, payment gateway & service provider in Nepal. Khalti is an emerging online payment solution in Nepal. It allows users to pay for a range of services like basic utility payments, hotel bookings, movie and domestic flight tickets, events, and many more.

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Best Mobiles under 15000 in Nepal | Updated 2021

11th November 2020
"Mobile phones with the best features under your budget!"

Today, at one-third the size, phones under 15000 sport flagship-like specifications, delivering immense value to customers across the board. The challenge now is to find the best mobile under 15000, and several of the mobiles in this budget range adhere to a very particular need, this can be a challenging process.

There are a few main features to take care of when searching for a smartphone under 15000. There is the screen size of the handset, CPU, RAM, internal storage, memory, and software for the camera. Although not all phones can have best-in-class features at this price point, prioritize the features you want and then continue your quest.

Samsung Galaxy M01

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Perfect format, best for solitary-hand use and decent enough to view movies and videos as well. Its battery life is good, it comfortably lasts for a day or more with mild to slightly heavy use. It's lightweight feeling better for daily use today. It is a really nice smartphone for those users who need a convenient mobile with a good look that can handle all the tasks well.

Samsung Galaxy M01 Specifications

  • Dimensions: 147.50 x 70.90 x 9.80mm
  • Weight: 168g
  • Battery capacity:4000mAh
  • Wireless charging: No
  • Colors: Black, Blue, Red
  • Screen size: 5.71inches
  • Touchscreen: Yes
  • Processor make: octa-core
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 439
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Internal storage: 32GB

Samsung Galaxy M01 Price in Nepal

The mobile is priced at Rs Rs. 14,999.

 

Realme C11

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For consumers who are moving from a functional phone to a smartphone, it is probably a successful investment. The system has nice features, a great monitor, a dual camera, and a huge 5000mAh battery not to be lost. The fingerprint sensor is the only feature missing.

Realme C11 Specifications

  • Dimensions: 164.40 x 75.90 x 9.10mm
  • Weight: 196g
  • Battery capacity: 5000mAh
  • Removable battery: No
  • Colors: Rich Green, Rich Grey
  • Screen size: 6.50inches
  • Touchscreen: Yes
  • Resolution: 720x1600 pixels
  • Processor make: octa-core
  • Processor: MediaTek Helio G35
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Internal storage: 32GB

Realme C11 Price in Nepal

The mobile is priced at Rs 14,990.

 

Infinix Hot 9 Play

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The performance of Infinix Hot 9 Play is reasonably interesting. There are various configurations of memory, but on top of that, they still vary when it comes to silicon. You can also extend the phone's capacity to up to 256 GB using the designated slot, which is cool. The mobile is also good for gaming. Mainstream games like Pubg, cod run smoothly here.

Infinix Hot 9 Play Specifications

  • Dimensions: 171.8 x 78 x 8.9 mm
  • Weight: 209 g
  • Battery capacity: 6000 mAh
  • Wireless charging: No
  • Colors: Midnight Black, Quetzal Cyan, Violet, Ocean Wave
  • Screen size: 6.82 inches
  • Touchscreen: Yes
  • Processor make: Quad-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53 - 32/2GB

                      Octa-core- 32/3GB, 64/3-4GB

  • Processor make: Mediatek MT6761 Helio A22 (12 nm) - 32/2GB

                                 MediaTek Helio A25 (12 nm) - 32/3GB, 64/3-4GB

  • RAM: 2, 3, 4GB
  • Internal storage: 32, 64GB

Infinix Hot 9 Play Price in Nepal

The mobile is priced at Rs. 11,490 for 2/32GB variant and Rs. 14,990 for 4/64GB variant. 

 

OPPO A1k

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The trendy Oppo A1k comes with a waterdrop-style notch monitor and comes with the newest Android Pie OS. The smartphone is decent and has a powerful battery for watching videos and simple gaming. But then, preferably, at the given price point of Rs. 14,690., there should have been a 3 GB RAM and a fingerprint reader.

OPPO A1k Specifications

  • Dimensions: 154.50 x 73.80 x 8.40mm
  • Weight: 170g
  • Battery capacity: 4000 mAh
  • Colors: Black, Red
  • Screen size: 6.10inches
  • Touchscreen: Yes
  • Resolution: 720x1560 pixels
  • Processor: octa-core
  • Processor make: MediaTek Helio P22 (MT6762)
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Internal storage: 32GB

OPPO A1k Price in Nepal

The mobile is priced at Rs. 14,690.

Nokia 2.4

Nokia-2.4

The Nokia 2.4, released earlier this year, is the immediate sequel of the Nokia 2.3. The newcomer has a bigger monitor and a better Mediatek CPU. It comes with a screen of 6.5 inches with a resolution of 720 x 1600 pixels, with a dewdrop notch and a high aspect ratio of 20:9. There are two camera lenses at the rear, comprising an Autofocus 13-megapixel main sensor, f/2.0 aperture, and an Autofocus 13-megapixel main sensor.

Nokia 2.4 Specifications

  • Dimensions: 165.85 x 76.30 x 8.69mm
  • Weight: 189g
  • Battery capacity: 4500mAh
  • Colors: Charcoal, Dusk, Fjord
  • Screen size: 6.50inches
  • Touchscreen: Yes
  • Resolution: 720x1600 pixels
  • Processor: octa-core
  • Processor make: MediaTek Helio P22 (MT6762)
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Internal storage: 32GB

Nokia 2.4 Price in Nepal

The mobile is priced at Rs 12,999.

 

Huawei Y5p

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On this list, the Huawei Y5p is the cheapest handset. It features a 5.45-inch LCD TFT display with a 1440 x 720 resolution. The usual bezels around the screen, not to forget. The 5MP selfie camera is housed here. The Helio P22 chipset is operated by the computer. It comes with 2 GB of RAM and an internal capacity of 32 GB.

Huawei Y5p Specifications

  • Dimensions: 146.50 x 70.94 x 8.35mm
  • Weight: 144g
  • Battery capacity: 3020mAh
  • Removable battery: No
  • Wireless charging: No
  • Colors: Black, Blue, Green
  • Screen size: 5.45inches
  • Resolution: 720x1440 pixels
  • Processor make: MediaTek Helio P22 (MT6762)
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Internal storage: 32GB

Huawei Y5p Price in Nepal

The mobile is priced at Rs.10,990.


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The Mobile Phone Revolution, From 2010 to 2020... | Functions, Features...

31st December 2019
"Looking back to the decade, we got to see many major changes in the tech industry. We have come a long way in technology. Here are some of the changes that took place in tech during the decade."

The year 2020 is here, this not only marks the end of 2019, it also marks the start of a new year, a new decade, and a new revolution. Looking back to the decade, we got to see many major changes in the tech industry. We have come a long way in technology. Phone technology is one of them, with much more functions and feature changes. Here are some of the changes that took place in tech during the decade.

3.5 inch display to 6 inch or above display phones.

2010 was the year when Apple came up with iPhone 4. The phone had a 3.5-inch display, not only Apple many other phone manufacturers were using similar-sized display in their phones, fast forward 10 years, almost all the mobile phones have display size of 6 inches or above. 

10 years ago, no one would have expected that the size of the phones and the size of the phone display would increase so dramatically. If we calculate per year growth in display sizes, it comes out to around 0.25-inch increase in display size per year during this decade.

mobile phone display size revolution

 

60 hertz refresh rate to 90/120 hertz refresh rate.

Phone display size is not the only thing that changed in the last 10 years, other thing that changed was the rate of refresh, display does per second. 

What is refresh rate?

The refresh rate is the number of times in a second that display hardware updates its buffer. This is distinct from the measure of frame rate which means updating with new data. The refresh rate includes the repeated drawing of identical frames, while frame rate measures how often a video source can feed an entire frame of new data to a display. 

Many display still uses 60 hertz refresh rate but many display has started to implement higher refresh rate for smoother transitions. Many displays are shifting from 60 hertz refresh rate to 90 or 120hertz refresh rate which provides smoother transition and overall better viewing experience.

 

Battery size

There is no denying that the size of the mobile has been increasing yearly. So is the display size and other technologies used in the mobile phones. To provide power to these technologies, the battery of the phone also has gone through major changes.

10 years ago, a normal battery in the mobile would have 1000mAh to 1500mAh capacity. 10 years later batteries in the mobile phones normally have 3000mAh or above capacity. Looking back to the previous year, many of the mobiles have crossed the 4000 mAh capacity mark.

Not only the capacity of the battery has increased significantly during the decade, but many other technologies have also now been implemented in the battery to make it safer for the users as well as the environment. Recently we have also started to see phones with two batteries instead of one for the flexible use.

phone battery revolution

Wi-Fi 4 to Wi-Fi 6.

During this decade we have already used two Wi-Fi versions and recently in 2019 have started adopting the latest Wi-Fi version, the Wi-Fi 6.

The previous two Wi-Fi versions were Wi-Fi 5(802.11ac) and the Wi-Fi 4(802.11n). For a normal person, version of Wi-Fi makes no difference as Wi-Fi is Wi-Fi. But for the tech freaks, it makes a lot of difference. Here is the detailed info of all the Wi-Fi versions.

wifi version revolution

 

Symbian to Android/iOS

Don’t get it wrong, Android/iOS existed back in 2010 but back then, Nokia was the king. Nokia year after year came with mobile phones that were great looking and had good performance. Software used in Nokia: Symbian. But Symbian had its limits, where Android/iOS were rapidly developing and improving, Symbian was stagnant. This caused the fall of Nokia empire and rise of Android and IOS devices. 

Nokia is stil here but with Android instead of Symbian. Took them a little while to figure out, what the trend was but better later than never. 

Window phones were also a thing back then but it had its own flaws and were not very popular in Nepal.

Symbian to Android/iOS

Single camera to double/triple/quad camera setup

During 2010 mobile phones came with only one camera, some even came with no cameras. In the end of 2019, phones with dual, triple or even quad cameras is common. This all started from HTC EVO 3D and made popular by HTC One M8. Now almost every phone manufacturers are coming out with mobiles featuring multiple camera sensors. Will penta camera be a thing? We have to wait and see.

mobile camera revolution

Social media

When it comes to the word "Social media", the first thing that comes to mind is Facebook or Instagram. Even though Facebook became very popular during this decade, it has been here for more than that. Facebook opened back in 2004, on the other hand, Instagram which is another very popular social networking site is almost a decade old which was launched in 2010.

After that, there has been a boom in social media. Snapchat, musical.ly, TikTok(Musical.ly shutdown but shifted its users to TikTok), Tinder, Vine, Google+, Discord and many other social media saw the limelight during this decade.

Unfortunately, this decade also saw the demise of social medias like Orkut, Yahoo! Messenger,Musical.ly and Google+.

social media

Plastic to metal to Glass sandwich

In 2010, almost all the phones were made from plastic. Nokia was and still known for its durability, made almost all its phone from plastic. This all changed when Apple came out with phones made of metal. 

Now in 2019, we see phones whose frame is made of metal which is sandwiched between glass, giving it a premium feel and good aesthetics. 

Audio jack to no Audio jack

Audio jack was a crucial part of phones back in 2010. Every phone had one. If not the 3.5mm audio jack, mobile had some variant of audio interface to attach headphones to the device. But in 2019 many major smartphone manufacturers have started skipping the audio jack. This trend started from Apple and is being followed by many others. Advancement in Bluetooth also played a major role in omission of audio jack in our devices.

 

Bluetooth

2010 was the year when tech industry started adopting Bluetooth Version 4 in their devices and during this decade we have shifted from Bluetooth v4 to Bluetooth 5.1. In total, we have seen five Bluetooth versions during this decade. 

In 2010 Bluetooth v4, Bluetooth v4.1 in 2013, Bluetooth v4.2 in 2014, Bluetooth v5 in 2016 and the latest Bluetooth v5.1 on January of 2019.  Many of the device still use the older version of Bluetooth but slowly the tech companies are shifting to the newer version of the Bluetooth which provides more features and supports more devices.

 

Chunky bezel to No bezel mobile

Mobiles from 2010 had its own design and aesthetics. The common thing about the mobiles from 2010 were the bezels. Mobile phones 10 years ago had thick bezels on the top and bottom and even on the sides.

But advancement in the display technology has caused the bezels to shrink. Bezels of the mobiles have shrunk so much that, phones can now be called bezel-less. 

Chunky bezel to No bezel mobile

Mobile Gaming

Back in 2010, mobile gaming was not a major thing. Yes, there were games for the phones but the games were linear and not very immersive. As the years went by, advancement in display, mobile GPU and powerful phones created games, that were immersive and awesome to play.

mobile Gaming revolution

Media consumption

If we think about media consumption back in 2010, only DVDs come to my mind. I still remember buying lots of DVDs to catch on with my favorite Anime.

But now there are many online media platforms accessible via smartphone, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Primevideo and the most famous Youtube are some of the examples of online media platforms to catch on with your favorite videos.  

 

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