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Why I wait for smartphones on Android One

4 years ago
The other day Google has held presentation of the new Android One platform which it is however more correct to call not platform, but the concept in India. Therefore, there will be (and already is) devices which correspond to it. In my opinion, basic reason of creation of Android One? attempt to bring order to segment of smartphones of initial level. Because now the sheer mess is created there or, I will risk to use this word from the 90th, lawlessness.


Sundar Pichai tells about features of Android One

I will begin from far away. In the market of smartphones local brands start playing the increasing role. Tells about it, for example, the report of analytical office Juniper Research: the pier, is Apple and Samsung which at the expense of the megapopular leaders feel freely and in respect of share of the market so far, and in respect of money, and there are others it seems as serious global corporations (Sony, HTC, LG, Acer, ASUS and so forth) which suffer because of the local brands offering the same but only are much cheaper. In practice, however, all a little differently: local brands offer the same? and even better!? according to specifications? on paper?, and here in practice the level of devices at them is lower, than at Sony or HTC. But buyer, especially buyer unaware, which majority? he buys digits: kernels, gigahertzes, inches, megapixels, millimeters and so on. Buys? and then faces number of problems which pour out in hatred tons in relation to Android in general. And next time he will buy it seems not the brand new budget Android-smartphone, and two-year ayfonchik. Whether Google is interested in such development of situation? It is clear that is not present.

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The E-Ink market of readers in Russia: on the way to growth or oblivion?

4 years ago
IT journalists, in my opinion, extremely seldom sin with silly headings. Seldom? but it is well-aimed, as well as in published yesterday on news Hi-Tech.Mail.Ru? Sales of E-Ink of readers grow in Russia?. In? confirmation? the first paragraph we are told what in 2013 these sales have in kind fallen to 25%? after growth by 54% in 2012. The first half of the year 2014 has also not brought optimism, minus 35%. These data are provided in research? M.Video?, which in free access, alas, is absent. And it is a pity? it would be interesting to learn, than the distribution network explains nevertheless the available growth of sales of readers of E-Ink, let only in terms of money, for 15%. In other words, now buyers if are also ready to make choice for E-Ink, give money for expensive models.

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In Russia Samsung salons are closed: the second echelon comes?

4 years ago
Last week information on bankruptcy (more precisely, the request for that) the retailer has been published? White wind digital?, which in top of the Russian sellers of consumer electronics takes the 16th place. Among more than fifty requirement of repayment of debt Apple with desire to return most was especially selected? 456,9 million rubles (~ $ dollars 12,3 million). Today there was curious newsmaker directly connected with the given bankruptcy. The monobranded retail network Samsung has started becoming shallow, work of 35 shops is stopped. Why? The answer is simple? just was engaged in management of these salons? White wind?. How specifies? Kommersant?, all since the beginning of year of Samsung has suspended work about 20% of corporate salons across all Russia.

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Advise Russians to refuse iPhone and to select domestic smartphones

4 years ago
In Russia to consumers continue to impart love to domestic production in the accelerated order. This time the chairman of the Central Electoral Commission Vladimir Churov speaking in the past weekend with lecture at youth forum has caused a stir? Seliger?. On action Churov was handed set of souvenirs, where among the other? buns? there was cover for iPhone with national symbolics and the image of the Russian cities. According to RIA Novosti, the chairman has told literally the following:? Why for iPhone cover? All of you know, what iPhone is popular, but it is necessary gradually from? iPhones? to refuse and pass to domestic devices. Perhaps they in the long term even will be better?. In addition Churov has noted that he would prefer to set the magnetics staying among souvenirs only on products of domestic production.

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HTC One M8 with WP 8.1 spends the battery more economically than the Android-version

4 years, 1 month ago
HTC has shown quite good example of ingenuity and search of additional ways of increase in sales of the flagman smartphones. In particular, last HTC One M8? in New York last night the company has provided the version of top model to variations with Windows Phone 8.1. In comparison with the Android-version of special differences it is not observed (about autonomy? later), with one exception? the novelty will be on sale only in the version from 32 Gb of memory.

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Last reports of statistics on smartphones: in Russia and not only

4 years, 1 month ago
The research IDC has confirmed that the market of Android-smartphones grows mainly at the expense of inexpensive models. Following the results of the second quarter of the current year it is reported that 58,6% of all released smartphones with Google system cost less than $200. Analysts of IDC consider that in the light of recent representation to public of Android One with possible devices at the cost less than $100, the observed tendency in the long term will only become stronger. However, on the latest news, within the same Android One not everything is so simple while there are disputes on the final price between Google and the [Indian] vendors, the last achieve exposure of level not lower than $150. Anyway, at the same time IDC notes special progress of Android in emerging markets.

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Announcement of Samsung Galaxy Alpha: the next? threat? to wellbeing of iPhone

4 years, 1 month ago
One? murderer of iPhone? in the market became more, Samsung Galaxy Alpha has been officially provided today. The device is interesting to what it practically the first case of so unambiguous attempt? to wring out? users at the smartphone of Apple from other A-brand. Still frank? competitors? iPhone preferred to let out brands of the second echelon, quite often? the Russian. The expected Samsung novelty price in Russia? 24 990 rubles (~ $694), allegedly in Russia (and it is global) allegedly start sales on November 12 (at the price and date all refer to hi-tech.mail.ru). Truly, exactly on the eve of receipt in sale of iPhone 6. Strangely enough, today there was the first detailed overview of novelty, read here.

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The Russian pilots again report about failures of GPS? now in the territory of the Russian Federation

4 years, 1 month ago
The day before yesterday there was first information that in the night of the sixth for August seventh over air space of Nizhny Novgorod and Voronezh mass loss of signal of GPS system was observed in the morning. Different sources claim, what emergency messages have arrived approximately from dozen of airplanes of the companies? Transaero?? Utair? and? Orenburg Airlines?. So far, alas, especially new information or comments has not appeared therefore it would be desirable to take an interest at habrosoobshchestvo in opinion about event? what technical reasons and whether it is worth waiting for the similar phenomena in the future?

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Sequel? Intel Inside? in Russian with 3G: overview of the iconBIT NETTAB THOR IZ 3G tablet

4 years, 1 month ago
At the end of last year we told about the iconBIT NETTAB THOR IZ tablet which has wonderfully combined in itself among other concepts? Russian B-brand?? top Intel processor? and? attractive price?. The last? taking into account IPS matrix of the Full HD format and appearance for which IXBT even has handed models award? Original Design?. Most likely, the device was pleasant to the people therefore the decision to let out a little more functional has been made? sequel?. And here before me iconBIT NETTAB THOR IZ 3G lies. As it is easy to guess, the main innovation consists in adding of support 3G. From trifles? color of the body has changed, the dominating white was succeeded by the black.

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MediaTek and LTE: first results

4 years, 1 month ago
It is known that chipsets with the integrated LTE modems before recent time were available only in line of Qualcomm. For this reason the vast majority of the Android-smartphones which are on sale in the West are based on platforms of this vendor: the local operators investing in development of networks of fourth generation need to beat off means, and they? order? to developers of smartphones to implement LTE in the models. For this reason in modifications of Samsung Galaxy S5 for the USA, Europe, South Korea and, by the way, Russia it is used Qualcomm chipsets, and in option for the same Ukraine? Exynos where support of LTE is not provided.


Collage from the Internet

To the Taiwan company MediaTek, the immemorial competitor of Qualcomm, the way on the developed markets before recent time has been ordered: solutions with LTE in its ruler were not. However at the beginning of 2014 business has moved off dead center: at the CES 2014 exhibition Taiwanese have shown executed in the form of the separate module (yes, it not the integrated solution, but is better, than anything) the MediaTek MT6290 modem supporting including LTE. Then top chipsets of MT6595 and MT6732 in which also there is support of networks of fourth generation have been still announced, however devices on their basis will appear in sales towards the end of year. That is not? here? and not? now?.

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