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App Review: Whoscall

And the winner is… well, you know who. Who else but “Whoscall”! Whoscall?

whoscall3Whoscall is an application designed to determine the origin of calls and text messages regardless if the caller’s number is on your phone book or not. Also, Whoscall helps you block callers you do not want to talk to.

Oh, that’s nice. But wait, what is this “winner” thing all about?

Hmm… it’s all actually about last year’s winner for Google’s Best Application. LINE Corporation in partnership with developer Gogolook utilizes databases of over 600 million numbers taken from the Yellow Pages among others.

But then, good as it gets, there’s still much room for improvement.

One. It is said that the offline databases are only available in Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and the U.S.. This means many of those who would want to install this application would not be able to maximize its capability because of this limitation – besides, we can’t always be online, you know.

Two. Many have been complaining that Whoscall does not work with certain phone brands such as Lenovo. If this is the case, what’s the use of the application then?whoscall4

Three. One of its system requirements says that the “use of battery conservation apps may cause performance issues.” Well, then we won’t be able to take “conservation measures” if we use this application?! Some trade-in, eh?

Lastly, numbers in our phone book would not be “automatically” collected by LINE Whoscall service. Key word: automatically. This means, it would be stored – eventually. So, what about our conversations?

With all these privacy violations nowadays, should we just develop some kind of “Morse code” to be used within our contacts? Hopefully, things gets fixed before another round of problems ring our phones.

Apple is the MVB

Apple is the MVB

Well, what do you know? Apple has overtaken Coca-Cola in the rankings – after having a tug-of-war with Samsung on being the world’s most valuable brand. No, we’re not questioning Apple’s position, certainly not. It’s a quality brand. Just curious.


Incidentally, Coca-Cola who was number 1 last year dropped to number 3 this year; while Apple who was number 2 last year, is now number 1, Google is second.

What’s interesting in these rankings is the metrics that was used, like financial performance. If it means revenue, then certainly the more expensive (yet necessary) product would come out on top. This then makes it a bit questionable. How many units were sold anyway? Right, we should speak in terms of units sold and a “cut off” amount for ranking inclusion.

Let’s say, after tabulation a car brand costing no lower than $100k sold 100 units. Then a pen priced at $5 each sold 1.8 million pieces. Who gets the “best brand” title? The car which raked in $10 million, or the pen at $9 million? The car?? It only sold 100 units! So, it must be the pen! Besides, the pen made the “cut off” in terms of revenue… as say qualification for ranking should be sales of no lower than $8 million. With this, $9 million made the “cut off” and it’s not too far off from $10 million. So..

Criterias should be clarified.