In the face of numerous controversies Huawei says it has developed its own proprietary PC and mobile operating systems. The Chinese company, the world's second-largest smartphone manufacturer, says the platforms are a contingency in case it is banned from developing on Google's Android and Microsoft's Windows platforms.
Certainly, trying to create a third mobile ecosystem is potentially a path to disaster. Yes, Huawei has huge resources and a loyal consumer base, but efforts from other companies to rival Android and iOS have failed.
Microsoft's Windows Phone was the third OS on the market but completely collapsed two years ago as Android's lead continued to grow. BlackBerry run its own platform for years but failed to keep pace in the smartphone era and now develops devices on Android.
Even Samsung, the world's largest smartphone manufacturer, has struggled to get its TizenOS off the ground. In fact, when I tested a Tizen powered handset the OS was so sluggish that even simply web browsing looking for a Borgata bonus code was a hassle. Huawei has had its own software problems in the past, with its proprietary Android services often criticized by users. The company may have a backup OS in place, but Huawei will be hoping it can continue to be part of Android's success.
Huawei has been caught up in the political tensions between the United States and China, with authorities in the U.S. accusing the company of spying on users for the Chinese government. Whether a ban on Huawei dealing with US companies is possible or not, the company is taking no chances.
Learning from history, Huawei is planning contingencies. Last year, Chinese rival ZTE was banned from working with US companies for violating US trade sanctions against Iran and closed down for four months. Huawei has denied any spying activity, but tensions continue to rise, and many nations have questioned using the company's 5G technology.
If banned from working with U.S. firms, Huawei would be in a tight position. The smartphone software market is dominated by Google and Apple, with the former's Android taking over 75% of the market. In other words, Huawei would have nowhere to go so has taken preventative measures by creating its own OS.
Richard Yu Chengdong, Huawei's mobile chief, told the South China Morning Post the company is prepared for any restrictions:
"We have prepared our own operating system, if it turns out we can no longer use these systems [Android], we will be ready and have our plan B," Yu said. The company has created a PC and mobile platform but stressed it would prefer to continue working with Android and Windows.
A few years ago the main trend was smartphones featuring lots of features, online mobile games and multiple cameras. As to be expected, the more cameras a phone had, the more effusive were the bragging rights. These days, most smartphones on the market have multiple cameras, with some being so festooned with cameras -especially on the back.
Now, it seems the age of multiple cameras has passed, or at least slowed down, with the next big thing being 5G smartphones. More and more of such smartphones are being launched, primarily by such phone makers like Samsung and Huawei. Not to be outdone, Chinese phone maker Realme has revealed that it plans to unleash its own 5G smartphones on the ever-dynamic Indian market soon.
Realme Gets Real
Just last month, Realme confirmed that it aims to launch 5G-enabled smartphones in India, but only when the network for it has been completed. The exact completion date for the Indian 5G network appears iffy, with the result that Realme has so far been unable to decisively state if it will roll out 5G smartphones in India within this year, or if Indian consumers will have to wait till next year for what folks in a few other countries have begun taking for granted..
The CEO of the company, Madhav Sheth recently disclosed on Twitter that his company plans to start offering 5G-enabled smartphones as of this year. While this is commendable, questions still remain.
For one, left unsaid is if Realme plans to roll out a new 5G smartphone specifically for the Indian market, or if it will offer Indian users the 5G variant of its very fabulous Realme X. According to reports, the 5G variant of this smartphone has the uber-powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chip sitting pretty under the hood and is jam-packed with lots of class-leading features.
Quite Recently, Realme brought its new Realme X to the Chinese market, which is one of the biggest on the globe. This is its very first phone with a pop-up selfie cam that takes the most amazing pics while eliminating the dreaded notch.
Realme has as well revealed plans to launch the phone in India as soon as possible, with all three variants of the phone scheduled to be available. This launch will take place around the middle of this year, with prices ranging from Rs 18,000 to Rs 20,000 according to variant.
X Games With The Realme X
The Realme X is equipped with a 16 MP selfie snapper that has a Sony IMX471 sensor and an aperture of f/2.0. On the back is a double rear camera setup, with the main one being a 48MP shooter that has an f 1.7 aperture, plus LED flash. Complementing it is a 5MP secondary camera that works overtime making sure that its big brother takes the most amazing and fantastic pictures.
If you are like me, a long time Verizon Wireless customer, you will hate to see this, Verizon Wireless has announced that they will be increasing their loyal customers' grandfathered unlimited data plans $20 per month.
Verizon has already exerted some force on this band of unlimited data resistance fighters. It stopped offering unlimited data plans in 2011, so it wouldn't renew two-year contracts. These people continued on Verizon on a month-to-month basis, and they also had to pay full price for new phones.
When asked about this increased, here's the response:
"How do you put a cost on reliability?" Company Rep said. "If you charge a little more, but you're providing an excellent service, customers don't mind that. They know you get what you pay for."
We continuously evaluate the price of our plans and service, so we're increasing the price of unlimited data plans by $20 per line per month for customers no longer under contract with Verizon Wireless. At the same time, we're also offering customers currently on our unlimited data plan the added benefit of purchasing a new phone using our monthly device payment plan, instead of paying full price up-front for the device. This option is available to all unlimited data plan users once their current contract period ends.
These changes will allow Verizon to continue to maintain the highest standards of network performance for all our customers. And it's worth noting that Verizon does not manage the data connection speeds (often called throttling) for its customers - including those who have kept or plan to keep their unlimited data plans.
Most of our customers (99%) are not on unlimited data plans, and for those who are, many could save money by switching to a Verizon Plan, based on their data usage. For the small number of customers still on unlimited data plans, they will see the increase in their first monthly bill after November 15.
Verizon will not increase the price on any lines with an unlimited data plan that is currently in a two-year contract until the customer completes that contract or enters into a new contract. This increase does not affect government or corporate accounts that have unlimited data.
HTC executives reveales the company's plans for a wearable device in a conversation with Re/code. In line with past rumors, the Taiwanese manufacturer confirmed that it will not enter the market for such products until next year.
According to Jason Mackenzie, the head of HTC Americas, the company originally had plans to launch a wearable in this time frame. However, the gadget is not ready for the spotlight just yet.
Furthermore, Drew Bamford, the man in charge of the HTC Creative Labs team that works on wearables, took a jab at the competition. He pointed to the media that none of the current manufacturers has gotten the wearable device concept right.
Today, HTC has confirmed its plans on the Android 5.0 Lollipop Update for its latest flagships HTC One M8 and One M7. The Official @HTC Twitter account confirmed that the company will release the Lollipop update in 90 days after Google release the final software... which will be during this Month. This plans goes for all M8 and M7 devices and variants.
So, you can expect the first Lollipop update to come to your HTC One M8 or One M7 in the first week of February,2015. HTC is reported to adopt Google's Material Design UI on its upcoming version of HTC Sense that will be released with its Android 5.0 update.
Stay tuned fro more info in the upcoming days...
Amidst the biggest mess that the company has ever had to clean up by recalling the 2.5 million Galaxy Note 7 devices shipped all over the world, Samsung is already devising a strategy to let its customers know that their new upcoming batch of Note 7 smartphones will have a safe battery. Samsung will soon start selling the Note 7 once again, as soon as replacements for the potentially dangerous devices are ready of course. The safe new smartphones will sport a green colored battery icon in the UI, while the older phones will continue to sport the white battery icon that has been the norm for Samsung until this incident.
This news report by Cho Mu-Hyun from ZDNet has created a bit of confusion as well because many users who have already replaced their Note 7 with a new one are still seeing the old white battery icon. Therefore it is not quite clear at the moment whether the green icon will only be implemented in Korea or if it will be an international icon of safety. We will know more soon as Samsung makes an official statement.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Samsung sales weren't that good latelty, the Korean company is looking to increase its sales rate performance. Kim Hyun-Joon, Samsung's senior vice president of its mobile communications business, tried to ease things with the investors. He said the company is preparing to launch Two new flagship Smartphones, one of them with new materials and another with a large screen. Sound like the Galaxy Alpha.
Now, it wouldn't take long to figure which these devices are, considering that Mr. Kim specified they're coming in the next six months.
This is yet another confirmation, that Samsung is preparing to launch an Android smartphone wrapped in premium materials, and more specifically, metal. In fact, it is rumored to do so with the rumored Galaxy Alpha in just a week or so.
A major confusion happened yesterday when UK branch of "Three" carrier tweeted that the Galaxy S4 mini will not be getting Android 5.0 Lollipop update due to Memory limitation, after few hours "ThreeIreland" branch tweeted that the S4 mini update is approved and passed the testing process.
Today, we reached out to Samsung to get a clearance about this. Low-end and mid-range users are NOT forgotten by Samsung, the Korean giant is working hard to bring Lollipop love to as many devices as possible, but time is tight.
Galaxy S4 mini Lollipop Update Confirmed
@debbiebabes That's correct Debbie, we'd suggest checking manually on your device via Settings>More>About device>Software update>Update— Samsung Mobile UK (@SamsungMobileUK) April 29, 2015
We reached out for more information from SamsungUK and ThreeIreland. Our Team got confirmation that the Galaxy S4 mini will indeed receive the Android 5.0 Lollipop update but didn't specify any date.
@debbiebabes Hi Debbie, good news, that update has been approved and has started to roll out so you should receive it in the coming weeks.— Three Ireland Online (@ThreeCare) April 24, 2015
So far all the Information points out that ONLY the Unlocked Galaxy S4 mini will get Android 5.0 Lollipop update, ThreeUK and ThreeIreland won't Roll-out the update after the device has failed their final Testing.
Plans for Galaxy Ace 4 and Ace Style
Our source also pointed out that Samsung is planning the Android 5.0 Lollipop update for Samsung Galaxy Ace 4 and Galaxy Ace Style. The Update confirmed for some of the Samsung Galaxy Ace family, we still don't have a confirmed release date for the update yet but here's the list of the confirmed devices:
- Samsung Galaxy Ace 4 LTE (SM-G313F) - packs 1GB RAM Snapdragon 410 CPU
- Samsung Galaxy Ace Style LTE (SM-G357) - packs 1GB RAM Snapdragon 410 CPU
- Galaxy Ace Syle (SM-G357FZ) - packs 1GB RAM Snapdragon 410 CPU
Currently, there is no plans (not confirmed) to release the Android 5.0 Lollipop update for the following device:
- Samsung Galaxy Ace 4 (SM-G357F) - packs 512 RAM and Snapdragon 400 CPU
The Galaxy Ace family Lollipop updates should start later this year. As for the Galaxy S4 mini, according ThreeIreland and ThreeUK the update won't be rolling-out to these carrier's varaints, only the unlocked S4 mini will get the update.
UPDATE (May,19th 2015)
The S4 mini update has been officially canceled by Samsung, More details Here.