Xiaomi hit the Guinness Book of Records for the largest animated mosaic of mobile phones. Instead of a boring rectangular video wall, a Chinese company laid out a giant New Year tree from 1005 new Mi Play smartphones. The height of the structure is almost 8 meters.
According to co-founder and head of Xiaomi, Lei Jun (Lei Jun), preparation for the record took two weeks. They needed not only to connect all the devices, but also to achieve complete image synchronization, since even a delay of 0.04 seconds would be noticeable to the naked eye. A Christmas tree was placed in one of Beijing’s shopping centers. Its construction began at four in the morning on December 24th. The work was completed only by four o’clock in the afternoon local time.
Smartphones also handed out internet to visitors, creating the largest access point in Beijing on the eve of the Catholic Christmas. As we have already told, in China, Xiaomi Mi Play comes with a monthly package of 10 GB of Internet for a year after purchase.
The popular publication Forbes conducted an experiment on the level of protection of face recognition systems embedded in smartphones. The final results were not in favor of the latter.
For the experiment, Forbes took the head of one of its editors printed on a 3D printer, and he tied up the face recognition sensors of the flagship LG G7 ThinQ, Samsung Galaxy S9, Samsung Galaxy Note 8, OnePlus 6 and iPhone X to his real face. the made head and all smartphones, except one, recognized it as real. Not revealed before the fake only flagship Apple. Although he had already been hacked many times and even with the help of a twin, in this experiment the Face ID scanner Face ID was the most reliable.
Xiaomi has released a global stable version of MIUI 10 for two budget smartphones of the past.
The update came out for Xiaomi Redmi 3S and Redmi 4. So far, only some of the devices have begun to receive firmware. But all the others can no longer wait for OTA and install the update manually.
Unfortunately, no global innovations should be expected. The update is still based on Android OS 6.0 Marshmallow. The developers of the company only improved the operation of the devices, and also added a new system interface.
Meizu CEO Jack Wong revealed some details about the manufacturer’s next flagship smartphone.
According to the CEO, the flagship Meizu 16s will receive a new Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor. At the same time, it’s not a fact that the device will support the 5G network.
In addition to the new flagship chipset, the smartphone will be equipped with a Sony IMX580 sensor, although it is still unknown whether it will be a dual or triple module. In addition to this, Vaughn confirmed that the Meizu 16s will not get a new-fashioned hole in the screen for the front camera.
If you believe the leaks, Meizu 16s should submit in the first half of 2019. By the way, it can become the first device of the manufacturer with support for NFC-module and wireless charging.
Qualcomm has already announced the new flagship Snapdragon 855 chipset, so nothing has prevented Xiaomi from demonstrating its first smartphone with 5G support. It turned out to be a modification of the flagship slider Xiaomi Mi Mix 3.
The company decided to replace the Snapdragon 845 with a new platform for the 5G modem Snapdragon X50. It supports speeds up to 5 Gb / s, although in Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 the maximum is designated very conditionally – 2+ Gb / s. Perhaps, the engineers wanted to reduce energy consumption and set a limit, or these are the limitations of Qualcomm smart antenna for smartphones.
Xiaomi in 2016 gathered a group for research in the field of 5G. In China, the manufacturer cooperates with the operator China Mobile and explores possible scenarios for the use of networks of the new generation. Among them – broadcast 8K VR-video, navigation with augmented reality, cloud services for streaming games and other technologies.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 with support for 5G-networks will appear in Europe in the first quarter of 2019. In terms of design, this version of the smartphone is no different from the original.
In the third quarter, sales of Nokia smartphones increased by 71% compared with 2017, but this was not enough for the European top 5 manufacturers.
In the Counterpoint regional ranking for the second quarter, Nokia has become the fifth most popular smartphone brand in Europe. Now the place of HMD is occupied by the Alcatel brand (owned by Chinese TCL). Analysts say nothing about the reasons. Perhaps this is a seasonal phenomenon, and it’s too early to sound the alarm.
Recently, HMD representatives announced plans to become the third largest smartphone maker by 2022, but the gap with the current leaders is too big. But in the segment of push-button phones, the company remains number one in Europe:
According to the latest data, HMD decided to postpone the presentation of its flagship Nokia 9 PureView until 2019. At the next presentation on December 5th it will not be shown.
It seems that Apple has gone black: the new iPhone is not in great demand, so their production had to be reduced, and at the beginning of the month it lost the status of a company worth $ 1 trillion. Now, Apple has ceased to be the most expensive public company.
What happens on the stock exchange
Shares of the company in recent days dropped to $ 172, which is almost a quarter less than just a few weeks ago. As a result, the market capitalization of the “apple” company fell to $ 747 billion.
But in the first place Microsoft has risen with a market capitalization of $ 753 billion. Since 2010, she could not “move” Apple to the bottom lines, and finally she succeeded.
However, after all, we note that the decline is observed in many (and Microsoft as well), only in Apple it is more rapid. Therefore, the primacy of Microsoft is still quite shaky.
Then Amazon and Alphabet breathe in the back, with $ 737 and $ 726 billion, and third and fourth places respectively.
It seems that Apple did not expect a cool reception of the “frameless” iPhone. The company from Cupertino reduced the volume of orders for the release of all three models in 2018, sources told The Wall Street Journal.
What is known?
In the case of the iPhone XR, production is no longer cut for the first time. According to some suppliers, Apple ordered the assembly of about 70 million devices from September to February, but by the end of October the plan was reduced by a third. Last week, partners received a notice of another decline. According to manufacturers of components, the company is simply not able to assess the demand for its smartphones. One of the reasons is the expansion of the line up to three models. Do not add clarity to the big picture and sales of devices of past generations.
Major suppliers of Qorvo Inc., Lumentum Holdings Inc. and Japan Display Inc. have already reduced their profit forecasts. There were no claims of weak demand for the iPhone, but Apple’s orders account for between a third and a half of the revenues of these companies. In the assembly shops of Foxconn, too, there were no hard-to-work jobs — the workers hoped to earn more at the expense of overtime, but the number of such shifts decreased.
The new iPhones are all good, except for the price: Apple smartphones have become really expensive.
The company Xiaomi, as promised, has released a new OS Android 9 Pie for smartphone Pocophone F1.
This is still beta and it is based on the MIUI 10 Global Beta ROM version 8.11.15. Changes in the new software is not so much, because the shell MIUI 10 already contains most of the innovations Android Pie.
The developers Xiaomi basically improved performance, autonomous operation time of the device and added the current security patch.
Recall, according to the head of the products of the company Poco Jai Mani, Pocophone F1 smartphone will definitely get the next version of the Android OS Q. Presumably, it will be released in the spring of 2019.
According to the profile resource iGeekPhone, citing Korean sources inside the production, the future flagship of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 will be the largest smartphone in the history of the company.
According to rumors, the Galaxy Note 10 will receive a display with a diagonal of 6.66 inches. This is larger than the size of the fresh and 6.5-inch iPhone XS Max, but smaller than the Huawei Mate 20X with a screen diagonal of 7.2 inches.
In addition, it is reported that there is a flagship 7-nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 8150 processor in the smartphone and a price tag in the region of $1077 for the basic package. Other features and the exact date of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 are still unknown, but it is expected that this will happen in the autumn of 2019.