Government prods industry towards vertical integration27 Chinese semiconductor companies have formed a High End Chip Alliance HECA aimed at creating a more integrated ecosystem across the Middle Kingdom and with an ambition to create new silicon standards.Some of the members don't have enormous profiles outside China – hands up if you're familiar with Tsinghua Unigroup, Yangtze River Storage Technology, SMIC or the China Academy of Telecommunication Research – but heavyweights Huawei.Lenovo, Baidu and Alibaba and ZTE are also aboard.The Chinese government is behind it – it runs the Academy mentioned above and the president of the China Circuit Industry Investment Fund Ding Wenwu will head the alliance.Jian-Hong Lin, research manager at semiconductor analyst outfit TrendForce, says the alliance aims to create a complete ecosystem for domestic semiconductor manufacturers that spans chip architecture … chip production, operation systems, devices, platforms and finally to the IT service market.
The Chinese company with the strange name unveiled its flagship product at a press event in New York City Monday afternoon, a new VR headset that looks more like a pair of Oakleys than an Oculus Rift.Beyond just looking good, the company claims the product has specs that compete with headsets from Samsung, Google, and others.Inconvenient cables and brick-shaped headgear are a real problem for the VR industry.To address those issues, Dlodlo claims more than 100 employees, and oversea branches in the U.S. and Japan, and it cites creative design and hardware teams featuring former employees from Olympus, Motorola, Tencent, Huawei, and more.We asked the CTO about the issue, which was noted during the press announcement by CEO Gang Li, and were told that the Dlodlo V1 was designed for Asian faces, which have somewhat different facial structures than Western faces do.If I buy one, will you actually send it to me?
It's a decent way to check for perfect focus, or to see how much detail is really in that night shot you just took, without having to get two fingers involved.Huawei is a bit of a trailblazer here, its efforts are likely to inform how Google employs 'official' support in a future version of Android.Both handsets are made of aluminum, but this one is buffed to such a high sheen you can see your reflection in its rear.It's a tight, dense, skinny rectangle, just 7mm thick.Prices - Huawei P9 Plus:The Huawei P9 Plus runs Android 6.0.1, but also has Emotion UI 4.1, the latest version of Huawei's custom interface at the time of writing,
With Android 7.0 Nougat and the new Nexus devices fast approaching, Google is no doubt hard at work developing and testing the latest wave of features coming to the Android ecosystem.These could trickle down to other devices someday, but for now it seems like Google is developing a suite of Nexus-exclusive features to further differentiate the Nexus line from regular phones.For 2016, there is apparently a new Google home screen called the "Nexus Launcher," which re-imagines what an Android home screen should look like.First is the complete lack of an app drawer button.The app drawer still exists—it's now opened with a swipe up gesture, as the small "up" arrow in the bottom third of the screen is supposed to indicate.The bottom row of icons is still a sticky "dock" that exists on every home screen, and the dock is differentiated with a frosted background.
At this point we have a pretty good idea of what to expect from the iPhone 7 and while a brand new design probably won't happen before 2017 there could be three major new features on the phone.According to "people familiar with the matter" talking to Mark Gurman of Bloomberg, the iPhone 7 will have a pressure-sensitive home button, no 3.5mm headphone jack and, in the case of the larger iPhone 7 Plus, a dual-lens camera.We've heard all of this before a number of times, but this time there's more detail to the leaks.The camera, for example will apparently be able to take brighter, more detailed photos with the two sensors, which "each capture color differently", simultaneously taking a photo and merging them into a single image.Supposedly the camera can also sharpen photos taken in low-light and allows users to zoom in while maintaining more clarity.It's a system that sounds closer to the Huawei P9's monochrome and color sensor pairing than the LG G5's dual-camera which has a second lens for wide angle shots, though there's no mention of monochrome here, so it could well take a different approach to either of its main dual-lens rivals.
Earlier nowadays the world was treated to a sneak peek at the new Nexus launcher that is believed to be coming with the 2016 Nexus phones.This new launcher additional a chevron to open the app drawer and a shortcut to Google currently at the top of the homescreen.Now due to some incredibly fast work from Corey Zonin anyone will have a really similar experience in Nova!You can also see a short video we made here of the setup in action, running on a Huawei Mate 8 (with the display density tweaked to allow for more screen real estate). 
The Moto Z, actually the Moto Z Force Droid, was already rated to have one of the best smartphone cameras in town.But who's to say it can't be made better?As leaked before, there is still one, or two, official Moto Mod missing from the first batch that Lenovo and Moto unveiled in June.That is the "Pro" camera mod, which is now leaked to be called the "True Zoom Camera" mod and is being made by famed camera and lens maker Hasselblad, adding not just physical controls to the already competitive setup.Smartphone makers are truly pushing the limits of mobile photography, to the point that they have started roping in big names from the camera industry.Huawei, for example, managed to get Leica's certification for its Huawei P9.
This story was delivered to BI Intelligence Apps and Platforms Briefing subscribers.To learn more and subscribe, please click here.The number of users in China accessing the internet via mobile continues to stagnate, according to data just released by QuestMobile and cited by China Internet Watch CIW .The number of monthly active mobile internet users at the end of March grew just 1% from the previous month, which is flat from the growth over the past six months.Chinese mobile usage habits are fairly dependent on city status and location, with more than half of all mobile internet users located in Tier 1 cities such as Beijing and Shanghai, and Tier 2 cities, or provincial capitals and coastal cities.As these markets approach saturation, growth will need to come from Tier 3 and Tier 4 cities.Here are the key takeaways from QuestMobile s report:Overall, mobile web is predominantly used via a Wi-Fi connection in all four tiers.Notably, 2G network penetration is still higher than 3G, which suggests that consumers with 2G-compatible phones are not upgrading to faster networks.On average, users across all four tiers open the same number of apps each day.Although users in Tier 1 cities have an average of eight more apps downloaded on their handsets compared with users in Tier 4 cities, users across the board open an average of 15 apps each day.Samsung and Xiaomi lead brand penetration across the board in all four tiers.As the third-most penetrated brand, Huawei has an almost equivalent penetration rate of first tier cities to that of Xiaomi, with 15.8% vs. 16.6%, respectively.By comparison, Oppo and Vivo have seen more success in lower tier cities than in higher tier cities.
An actual iPhone 7 that works and everything has been leaked and caught on video, with the clearly final version of the handset held up for our analysis and worship.It even gives us a quick look at Apple's debug software that's running on the device.Some poor old Chinese factory worker is about to get their hands cut off for allowing this to happen.Imagine having such a world exclusive then ballsing it all up by filming it in bloody portrait:Camera hole a bit different.I'm waiting for the postman to bring me a Huawei P9 so am not really in the market for the next year.
An actual iPhone 7 that works and everything has been leaked and caught on video, with the clearly final version of the handset held up for our analysis and worship.It even gives us a quick look at Apple's debug software that's running on the device.Some poor old Chinese factory worker is about to get their hands cut off for allowing this to happen.Imagine having such a world exclusive then ballsing it all up by filming it in bloody portrait:Camera hole a bit different.I'm waiting for the postman to bring me a Huawei P9 so am not really in the market for the next year.
Your browser does not support HTML5 videoPlayPausePlayPauseMute0%00:00 / 00:00FullscreenSmallscreen Close Embed Feed Uber merges with Didi Chuxing in $35bn deal after another failed attempt by a big Western tech brand to dominate the Chinese market.News that the mighty taxi company Uber, rather than slaying the Chinese market, has been slain by local rival Didi Chuxing, suggests the lions — or since we are talking about China, dragons — have learned to carve."We were a young American business entering a country where most US internet companies had failed to crack the code," Uber CEO Travis Kalanick admitted this week.Uber was pretty well assured to join the long list of mighty US tech giants — Google, eBay, Facebook, Twitter, Groupon — that have been savaged by the Chinese dragon."So far we haven't seen a foreign internet company that has made it big in China," Andrew Teoh, managing partner of Ameba Capital, told The Wall Street Journal.Speaking earlier this year, Baidu CEO Robin Li, made it clear the Chinese search giant is not content to stay in China, counting its cash.
It s not just the hardware that impresses: OnePlus has finally ditched their ludicrous invite system, so anyone should be able to purchase the OnePlus 3 with relative ease.This 5.5-inch handset is powered by a modern Snapdragon 820 SoC, and there s a huge 6 GB of RAM complemented by 64 GB of storage as standard.It s slim, it s sleek, and it uses premium materials: all key design aspects I love to see in high-end smartphones.Naturally this leads to the introduction of antenna lines, which, colored black, complement the lustrous matte metal quite well.By default, the button to the left of the fingerprint sensor is back , while the one on the right opens the app switcher, however the functions of these buttons can be changed in the settings.This is why OnePlus uses basic backlit dots to denote the location of the buttons, rather than icons.
A European Union plan to help shield the bloc s telecommunications-equipment companies from a rush of Chinese rivals is floundering, according to EU and industry officials, compounding the European industry s troubles amid weak demand for its mainstay wireless products.Beijing, the officials say, isn t abiding by the terms of a 2014 pact with the EU, in which Brussels dropped the threat of import tariffs on gear made by China s Huawei Technologies Co. and ZTE Corp. ZTCOY -4.44 % In exchange, Beijing agreed to a number of measures aimed at helping European champions Ericsson ERIC 1.25 % AB and Nokia Corp. NOK -0.55 % secure more Chinese business while containing the relentless market-share gains of their Chinese rivals.A key plank of the agreement called for empowering an independent commission to monitor telecommunications-equipment markets.Western officials have long said Beijing provides hefty subsidies to favored Chinese companies.For telecommunications equipment, Western officials have previously pointed to large credit lines provided by Chinese state banks to finance exports by Huawei and ZTE as evidence of the companies state support.But enticed by the prospect of doing business with China, many EU nations were reluctant to back tariffs on Huawei and ZTE for fear of alienating Beijing.
Image caption ZTE is China's second-largest telecommunications company, behind HuaweiElectronics giant ZTE wants the public to help design one of its next mobile phones.Initial proposals have included a solar-panel case, a second screen that can rotate 360 degrees, and a modular design to connect with keyboards and games controllers.ZTE has promised to release the "crowd-sourced" phone in 2017.Known as Project CSX, the initiative was first announced in January at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.Submissions officially opened on 3 August, and ZTE's community website now features a growing list of ideas proposed by the public.
Polar, known for its previous GPS-equipped fitness trackers, seems to have decided to move away from scaled back, limited-function wearables, as its new M600 device is an all-out Android Wear smartwatch.This means it does far more than just tracking sleep and activity, including features like smartphone notifications, heart rate monitoring, GPS, and the ability to run any number of existing Android Wear apps.As an Android Wear smartwatch, the M600 is in the same product segment as the LG G Watch, Moto 360, and Huawei Watch, but Polar's emphasis on fitness and sports is still present.The device features a utilitarian design in black or white silicone, a 1.3-inch touchscreen, and its heart rate monitor features six LEDs instead of the standard two, making it both reliable and accurate.The M600 is also waterproof and boasts of a 48-hour battery life when paired with an Android phone — it's about half that if you're using an iPhone.There's also GPS for location tracking and mapping out routes, as well as Polar's own fitness-focused software like Smart Coaching and Activity Guide.
Over the last 12 months, the world of mobile phones and tablets has been exciting with innovative new products and this is the time to celebrate.Now, here's your chance to vote for your favourite devices of the last year and win a massive prize in the process .Our friends at Mobile Choice magazine want your help to vote in the Mobile Choice Awards 2016, and the shortlist is packed full of exciting categories including Best Value Phone, Best Camera Phone, Best Online Retailer, Best High Street Retailer, Best Network and many more.Tablet computing hasn't had the most launch-packed year, but the shortlist of the Acer Iconia One 10-inch, Apple iPad Pro, Lenovo Yoga Tab 3, Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 and the Huawei MediaPad M2 shows there are still some brilliant tabs out there to be judged.You also have the chance to vote in Phone of the Year with your choice being between the iPhone SE, HTC 10, Huawei P9, LG G5, Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge or the Sony Xperia XA.But the big award is Manufacturer of the Year, and in 2016 it's a showdown between Apple, Huawei, Motorola, Samsung and Sony.
According to Strategy Analytics, the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge the android mobile that sold the most copies during the initial half of the year.Marknadsanalysföretaget estimates that Samsung shipped 13.3 million units in H1 2016, which is equivalent to 2.3 % of all shipped android devices during the period.the Same report says that the Galaxy J2 2016 is the second most popular Androidmobilen with 13 million shipped copies, followed by the Galaxy S7 11.8 million .According to Strategy Analytics, in other words, the three most successful Androidtelefonerna from Samsung.the Models from chinese manufacturers such as Huawei P9, Oppo R9 and Vivo X7 is said to not, however, lie far behind.
That's according to Android Police, which got hold of an image showing that if you swipe down on the rear-facing scanner the notification tray will descend, giving you a quick and easy way to check your notifications.Though existing Nexus handsets like the 6P and 5X will still probably be the very first to run Android 7.The Chinese company wants to be taken seriously as a competitor to Apple and Samsung, but right now it's rooted firmly among the second tier of Android manufacturers, competing with the likes of Sony, LG and Motorola in western markets.Huawei knows it, and the P9 has the specs on paper, and a focus on camera technology, that will catch the eye of even the most discerning prospective purchaser.It's compact compared to other Huawei devices like the Mate 8 , and that works in its favor.So there's just a few millimeters in it, yet Huawei manages to include a 5.2-inch screen while the iPhone 6S only has a 4.7-inch display.
Huawei-phones allows users to perform various commands by swiping over the fingerprint reader on the back cover.According to a rumor, Google has been inspired by the manufacturer.In the next Nexus phone, it is said, namely to be possible to swipe down over the fingerprint reader to open the notifications menu.It can be difficult to reach the top of the screen with one hand on larger phones, such as the Nexus 6P.the fingerprint reader is the easier to reach and such a function may prove to smooth.Manufacturers like Huawei and LG also offers a separate virtual button at the bottom of the navigation bar to expose the menu.
Alongside Huawei s announcement of the gargantuan Honor Note 8, the Chinese phone manufacturer also announced the significantly cheaper Honor 5 Play, the latest in the existing Honor 5 line of affordable phones, GizmoChina reports.Created as the successor to 2014 s Honor 4 Play, the Honor 5 Play features a 5-inch, 1,280 x 720 resolution display, with a meager 2-megapixel camera above it and the 8MP main camera with dual-LED flash around back.Some features of the camera software include a self-timer and lighting up the screen in order to provide illumination in darker environments.The Honor 5 Play also includes what is called Easy Key, which we assume is similar to the Samsung Galaxy S7 Active s convenience key, in that it might launch multiple applications through a short tap, long press, or a quick double-tap.Under the hood, a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6735P chipset and 2GB RAM power the Honor 5 Play, with the 16GB of built-in storage augmentable by up to an additional 128GB through the MicroSD card slot.Elsewhere, the 2,200mAh battery might not seem like much, but thanks to the display and low-power chipset, it should keep the phone running throughout the day.
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