Thursday in CE: Oreo Go May Redefine Smartphones Forever, Commence the iPhone Rumors
Right now, in the world, there are two billion devices running Google's Android. As Google approaches version 8.1 of their mobile OS, that incredible number is underscored by the fact that they could be running any version of the 27 available API. Realistically, they are probably somewhere between version Jellybean and Oreo, but even that spans a five-ish year timeline.
Unlike iOS, Google builds their version of Android unsure if the software will operate on a $1,000 South Korean smartphone with the most cutting-edge processor or a $70 tablet with the cheapest parts coming out of one of the myriads of Shenzhen OEMs.
To fix this problem, Android Oreo Go Edition was developed and optimized for budget phones that should bring the same goodies and security to phones that are, otherwise, under-spec'ed.
Currently, Android Oreo Go helps:
- The system UI and kernel have been optimized to run on memory (aka RAM) as low as 512MB
- Google's core OS and key apps including Chrome, YouTube and Gmail will be streamlined to take up less storage space and run on less bandwidth
- Up-to-date security for even budget devices
So the future of smartphones, according to Google, is keeping everyone on the same page. This is certainly a page right out of Apple's book, who has been updating their older phones for a long time. On the other hand, it's pretty contradictory to Google who has been notorious for dropping support after just two years.
Exhausting the Apple Rumor Mill, One Guess at a Time
Ready for iPhone rumors? Neither are we, but that doesn't mean they aren't out there.Weeks after the release of the iPhone X, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has begun reporting on the next iPhone. Kuo has been extremely accurate on a few predictions, starting with a lot of foresight on the iPhone 6s.
So what does Kuo see in his crystal ball? Firstly, three versions of the iPhone for next year, all with the infamous notch. He reports that a 6.5-inch and 5.8-inch OLED are on the way, followed by a 6.1-inch LCD display. More importantly, the LCD model will have a metal back and be available in several colors. It's safe to assume that the LCD display will fill the role of the entry model - as compared to the iPhone X's early-adopter feel - and lose out on some features like wireless charging.
On the flip, it will also cut back on the ghastly repair costs of an all glass phone so maybe this will be a very lucrative endeavor over Apple's normal high-lux approach.
Around the Net
- Cited as being too volatile, Steam, one of the largest gaming services in the world, has stopped accepting Bitcoins. Steam first accepted the cryptocurrency in April 2016 when it reached about $400, but as Bitcoin approaches the $15,000 mark - a 3,388.37% increase - Steam has backed out.
- After flirting with the idea of revealing the Galaxy S9 at CES, Samsung has reportedly backed off the idea of bringing the next-gen phone to next year's trade show.
- After it's cruel death earlier this year, Vine co-founder Dom Hofmann has teased that he will be self-funding codename 'V2' to bring the six-second-max video platform back to life. With Instagram and Snapchat playing copycat - while Facebook and Twitter fall deeper into mediocrity - now might be the time for the unique video platform to rise.