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If there’s one thing I hate about the European Union, It’s the way
they keep coming up with irrelevant policies every now and then.
 
 
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I can still understand the fact
that Android is one of the most widely used mobile operating system on the
market, hence, it is subject to scrutiny and constant assessment by regulators
from the countries where it is present. However, now according to the latest
reports, Google will charge $40 per device for Android. 
 
This is coming as a result of a
fine imposed on Google by the European union. In case you don’t know what
happened, in July the European Commission fined the tech giant Google because
they felt the company took advantage of Android’s market leadership to force
distribution of the search application and Chrome on the various smartphones
manufacturers. In exchange, Google provided these companies with a license to
access the Play Store at no cost.
 
 
The European Commission
allegedly considered this anti-competitive, because, it “denied rivals the
chance to innovate and compete on merits.” Although it is appealing the fine,
the tech giant Google decided to change its licensing rules to comply with the
determinations of the European authorities.
 
 
This is where the issue of
license collection appears. Android itself, when treated solely as an operating
system, has open source and zero cost as long as there is no Google app in pre-installation.
But to make it minimally usable to the user, you need to include applications
and services. But these tools are not free or open source, hence, it is
necessary to license them.
 
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Before the fine, the
manufacturer who wanted to insert a Google application into their device (for
example, the search engine) could do so if it installed everything else like
Chrome, Maps, To Do, among many others. In return, there was no charge for
licensing.
 
 
 
But that was not the only rule,
as the tech giant, Google allowed the installation of competing applications.
If a manufacturer wanted to distribute the Bing app, for example, it would have
to position the Google search engine on the Android home screen. This is what
the European Commission has played, essentially.
 
As a precaution, the tech giant
Google is treating the matter with secrecy, but the documents obtained by The
Verge indicate that this licensing scheme will be kept optional. If a
manufacturer wants to install Google applications but does not follow the
conditions of the company, it can do so, but paying for licensing.
 
If companies end up paying for licence for Google products expect
the price of each phone released by smartphone companies to go up a bit. Unless
Google decides to restrict the law to Europe else you’ll be paying more for an
Android phone soon.
 

Michael Ajah is a Computer Science Student of The University of Port Harcourt and a Chelsea Fan. He loves RnB and a little mix of Trap Music. An awesome tech reviewer and analyst. Email - [email protected]

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Vivo S5 will have a very peculiar triple rear camera, reveals official image

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We are just a week from the official presentation of Vivo S5, the next mid-range smartphone to be launched by the brand. Now, an official image published on the Chinese social network Weibo, has confirmed several details about the design of this smartphone.

According to the picture, the Vivo S5 will come with a rear ‘quad-chamber’, centred on the rear panel with a diamond shaped module. In addition, it will come with a small punch-hole in its screen, where the front camera will be embedded.

 

Vivo S5 has confirmed design on the official poster

In the diamond-shaped module, three of its four cameras are integrated, and the LED flash. The fourth chamber is positioned immediately below the ‘protrusion’.

In the front panel, we can confirm that you will not have a notch on the screen by choosing a small punch-hole in the upper right corner, where your front camera will be embedded.

Although visible, their margins appear to be quite thin, ensuring an immersive user experience. In addition, an AMOLED screen is confirmed as an on-screen fingerprint reader is present.

Alleged Vivo S5 Specifications

Although not officially confirmed by the manufacturer, certification of the smartphone at TENAA agency eventually revealed the main details about its hardware.

  • 6.44 “inch AMOLED display with Full HD + resolution
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 Processor
  • Up to 8GB of RAM
  • Up to 256GB of internal memory
  • Four rear cameras: 48MP + 8MP (ultra wide-angle) + 5MP (depth) + 2MP (macro)
  • 32-megapixel front camera
  • 4,010mAh battery
  • Android 9 (not confirmed)

Regarding its price, there is no information yet. Still, it is expected to arrive at a competitive price, which could possibly be around € 250.

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Vivo announces Exynos processor smartphone with 5G connection up to 3.55Gbps

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Vivo presented today during an event in China, its new smartphone Vivo X30. This smartphone stands out thanks to the presence of the Exynos 980 processor, the first to support dual-mode 5G (SA / NSA). Support for both 5G ‘bands’ will allow you to achieve better performance with regard to mobile internet speed and stability.

In fact, the manufacturer promises impressive performance at speeds up to 3.55Gbps using 5G networks. As for the choice of the Exynos 980 processor, they had little choice, as this is the only chip in production that supports dual-mode 5G.

Unfortunately, during the announcement of the Vivo X30, the manufacturer did not disclose any further information about its specifications. It was just revealed that it will be marketed during December in China. They have also confirmed that it will reach several European markets that already have a stable 5G network.

Alleged Vivo X30 Specifications

Even though official information about the specifications of the Vivo X30 has not been revealed, there are already several leaks and rumors about this smartphone. So we already have a good idea of ​​what you can offer users.

The Vivo X30 should come with a 6.5 “inch Super AMOLED display with Full HD + resolution, 90Hz refresh rate and built-in fingerprint reader. The Exynos 980 processor will be supported by up to 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of internal memory.

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In the photographic segment, this smartphone will not disappoint either. It is believed that it will have a total of four cameras on its rear panel: 64MP + 13MP + 8MP + 2MP. Dedicated to selfies, will be a 32MP front camera.

It was also revealed that it will have a generous 4,500mAh battery with support for charging at 30W / 22.5W.

Despite being a mid-range smartphone (thanks to its processor), the Vivo X30 should have quite impressive specifications. As for its price, it is believed to be between € 410 and € 460.

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