News digest No. 34. Rivals Android

In this issue of the digest will focus not only and not so much about Android, but about its many competitors, Tizen, Firefox OS, Windows Phone 10 and others.

Apple iOS

This company has always reminded me of plate gauntlet in a velvet glove. Extremely soft and pleasant words, she always behaved most hard. Surprisingly, many things that people enjoy would have killed anyone else, Apple always got away with it. Though this company had a patent on the truth and whatever decision she makes is automatically considered the only true and correct.

A Trivial example – a few price increases on the Russian market in succession. And it's not only about technology but also about the price of apps in the corporate App store, where programs are now being sold based 62 rubles per dollar.

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And it's not just the price adjustment in connection with change of the ruble. Rather, attempt to snatch an extra piece of pie under the pretext. For many companies, such actions would be pure suicide. But in Apple's case, the effect was strictly reverse – many fans of the brand even happy about this state of Affairs, considering that the technique of this company to be expensive. From their point of view, it emphasizes its elitism and clearly separated from any "consumer goods" (ie, all the equipment with any other logo).

Perhaps that is why the video of BBC about working conditions in factories producing the iPhone has done so much noise. It is not that the life of Chinese workers by our standards is not sugar. And that famous Apple round up the usual work, but still in such a place like some Chinese crafts. While it conjures a top-secret factories with robots, nanotechnology and artificial intelligence. Not that the place of Assembly of the iPhone when it was a special secret, but about a lot of things fans of the brand preferred just not to think, considering that Apple is special in all.

on the other hand, there are many situations when a hard approach is only a plus. First of all, it is hard moderation apps in the App Store. Many other companies are afraid to push application developers to strict requirements, fearing that they will switch to other platforms. In the Apple such complexes he has never suffered and always very strictly followed the market. And the result is visible to the naked eye – all applications are done strictly according to the guidelines, fit perfectly into the style of the OS and very well adapted for any "Apple" hardware.

While users of Android smartphones are arguing about whether to date the overpayment for top-end smartphones with 64-bit processors, and about when it will be adapted to their software, Apple is not thinking ordered the developers to implement support for 64-bit until June 1, 2015. Applications that do not meet nominated by the company, just don't fall into the Apple App Store. I don't know how happy the developers, but the users of it.

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Firefox OS

Firefox OS is a very young operating system, which at this stage of development, by definition, inferior to its competitors. It is difficult to say what will come out of it a couple of years later. It is possible that it will never become popular. And perhaps, over time, turning into the very mythical "third OS", which will compete with iOS and Android. Yes, now to believe, to put it mildly, uneasy. But looking at the same HTC Dream running Android 1.1, it was difficult to predict the future success of the "guglofonov".

FireFox OS 1.3 – which offers a platform from Mozilla

However, to Firefox OS there was at least some chance she needed to survive the first most difficult years. Be of interest to manufacturers of mobile equipment. To demonstrate that despite a number of disadvantages, the smartphones based on this OS can be interesting to buyers. And quite frankly, make it quite difficult. To convince people just for the sake of beautiful words and promises of a brighter future to give a lot of money for a "raw" product can't even to Microsoft. And Mozilla Foundation, with all my due respect to her, obviously not the same financial capacity and scale.

However, there is a solution. Since it is impossible to stand in direct confrontation with Android and iOS, you can try to just walk away from such comparisons. To release Firefox OS, a product that simply will not have analogues. In this case, the cons of the new OS will not be as important to choose something in this category would still be nothing. Of course, some significant sales of niche devices should be expected. But this is not necessary, the main thing – "light up" on this stage, show an interesting product and once again remind the world of its operating system.

Something similar to the Mozilla Foundation may be the smartphone LG Fx0, which will be sold by Japanese operator KDDI. The main feature of the smartphone is a unique transparent body, which perfectly shows the main components of the apparatus. According to the designer smartphone Tokujin Yoshioka, this design symbolizes the openness and transparency of Firefox OS.

Specifications of the smartphone are as follows:

  • Screen size 4.7-inch, resolution 1280x720 (312 ppi);
  • Quad-core processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 with 1.2 GHz;
  • A Graphics accelerator Adreno 306;
  • 1.5 GB RAM
  • 16 GB internal memory, microSD slot;
  • Main camera 8 MP, front camera 2.1 MP;
  • Battery 2 370 mAh;
  • Support LTE.

The Expected cost of smartphone in Japan is $416. The chances that it will hit the markets of other countries, virtually none.

The Price of the smartphone is rather big, but sure willing to buy it anyway. And they most likely will keep what is in it iron and on which it is running. Importantly, this is really something unusual, something "not like everyone else."

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Windows Phone

If you believe the representatives of the company, Windows 10 will be the most revolutionary and progressive development of Microsoft... again.

In my opinion, the chance to produce something worthwhile from MS really is. First, the company has from time immemorial follow the principle "through one", alternating successful and failed versions of its OS. Secondly, the pesky tiles finally decided to remove from the home screen, turning them into something really useful.

But do not forget that in addition to the "desktop" Windows, we have a mobile version of the OS. And here with it it is not obvious. And Yes, there are still very few. Whether it will be a development of the ideas of Windows Phone 8, or some fundamentally new interface.

While more like the second option. In any case, it suggests the image of the start screen, which can be seen in one of the MS presentations. Video of the presentation given below, the image of the smartphone on Windows Phone 10 is shown at about 25:30.

But do not forget that this is just the layout based on the early versions of the OS. What comes from Microsoft in the end, is still unknown. But something tells me that is about the same as before, a niche OS for fans of the brand, uninteresting for everyone else.

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Tizen

Sometimes it begins to seem that the most interesting thing about this OS is the fact its release. And not a week goes by that the network does not has another hearing about her fate. While a variety of analysts only add fuel to the fire. This in itself Tizen is unlikely to provide users with great interest. In the deck Samsung is just one of many small cards, which is of special weather does not. That will happen if something completely unimaginable and Android will be discarded, then about Tizen, can, and will remember. And while it is rather demonstrative muscle-flexing, which should show Google that it light a wedge has not converged.

It is Assumed that the first (and possibly only) smartphone on this OS will be the Samsung Z1, which will officially launch in India on January 18. However, a closed presentation of the smartphone has already been, and some details have leaked to the web.

Estimated characteristics of the device are as follows:

  • Screen size 4-inch, 800x480 resolution;
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  • Dual core processor with 1.2 GHz;
  • RAM 168 MB;
  • Battery 1 500 mAh;
  • 2 SIM card;
  • The operating system Tizen 2.3.

About the capabilities of the OS itself while it is known very little. But knowing Samsung, we can safely assume that Tizen will be a pale copy of Android without any striking features and interesting differences. And why someone may need a product that is not very important to the company-the manufacturer is not entirely clear.

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CyanogenMod

Is it Possible to record the CyanogenMod for the competitors to Android. On the one hand, CyanogenMod slowly begin to position as a separate OS. On the other – in fact, it is just a slightly modified build of Android, which the developers have revised and completed to your taste.

At the moment, the brainchild of Team Cyanogen to compete with Google OS about the same as hands competing with his feet. But who knows how it will end in a few years. Take, for example, the situation with Linux distributions, which can be considered the ancient ancestor of the Android. Very often happened that at some point the development of the popular distribution began to go in two different directions. That eventually led to the emergence of a new major player.

The more that CyanogenMod is getting more and more used as a platform for phones. For example, the company Micromax has announced the Micromax Yureka smartphone with all Google services, but on CyanogenMod. The novelty will be sold in India through the local Amazon website. Its cost will be only $140.

Specs

  • IPS display size of 5.5-inch, 1280x720 resolution;
  • OCTA-core 64-bit processor Snapdragon 615, 1.5 GHz;
  • A Graphics accelerator Adreno 405;
  • 2 GB of RAM;
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  • 16 GB internal memory, microSD card support;
  • Use Main camera 13 MP (Sony IMX135);
  • Front camera 5 MP, the viewing angle – 71 degrees;
  • Support LTE;
  • Dual SIM card;
  • Battery 2 500 mAh.

Apparently, the Micromax Yureka will be a very good price, decent features and an interesting shell. The pace of smartphones Xiaomi may have another strong competitor.

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Android

The Main interesting announcements are waiting for us at CES. But a number of Chinese companies decided not to wait for January and presented their new products before the new year.

So, the Chinese company ZTE recently announced a new flagship smartphone called the Star 2. The main feature of the mobile – extended voice control, which supports many new features. For example, opening, closing, switching apps, taking photos, playing music. And if you bring the phone to your ear, it will ask you who you want to call.

Specs

  • Screen size of 5-inch, resolution of 1920x1080 (441 ppi);
  • Quad-core processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 with frequency of 2.3 GHz;
  • 2 GB of RAM;
  • 16 GB internal memory;
  • Main camera 13 MP, f/2.0 aperture, dual-led flash;
  • Front camera 5 MP, wide-angle, aperture f/2.2;
  • Battery 2300 mAh;
  • Android 4.4 operating system, the shell MiFavor 3.0.

In the Chinese stores the device is already sold at a price of $400. When and at what price the smartphone will go on the markets of other countries, is still unknown.

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Huawei has presented at home a phablet HUAWEI GX1. The cost of the device in China – 255$.

Specs

  • CPU: 1.2 GHz, Quad core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 (MSM8916), support for 64-bit instructions;
  • Display: 6-inch, IPS, resolution of 1280x720 pixels;
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  • Camera: 8 MP with backlight, Full HD (1080p) video recording;
  • Front camera: 2 MP, support HD (720p) video recording;
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM, 8 GB internal, slot for microSD memory card (up to 32GB);
  • Battery: 3500 mAh,
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  • Platform: Android 4.4 KitKat;
  • Other: accelerometer, proximity sensors and lighting, two slots for SIM cards.

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Meizu is also not left behind. Recently the company announced the smartphone m1 note, which will become a response to Xiaomi. Interestingly, this smartphone will be only the first in a new line of affordable devices. Its price in China is only $160.

Meizu m1 note. First glance

However, the budget status does not make it less interesting. For example, this is the first smartphone in the world got a new 64-bit processor MT6752.

Specs

  • Display: 5.5-inch, IGZO (Sharp/AUO), a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels;
  • CPU: 1.7 GHz, OCTA core, 64-bit (MTK MT6752);
  • Memory: 2 GB of RAM (LPDDR3); 16/32 GB of built-in;
  • Camera: 13 MP (Samsung), protective coating Corning Gorilla Glass 3;
  • Front camera: 5 MP (OV5670);
  • Platform: Flyme 4;
  • Battery: 3140 mAh;
  • Other: accelerometer, proximity sensors and light, gyroscope, electronic compass.

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Games

For dessert, a little news which is appreciated by lovers of the Saga "Star Wars" and fans of the old RPG.

One of the best games in SW universe, Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic, finally reached Android. And at the moment it is sold with 50% discount.

As is known, on taste and color of comrades there. In my personal opinion, this game is one of the brightest representatives of the genre. And in the Star Wars universe fit just fine, giving many memorable characters and describing the world of "Star Wars" a lot of new. Although how successfully ported it to Android – an open question.

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