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Android Smartphones May Become More Expensive As Google Clashes With EU

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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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Infinix Smart 3 Plus Launched In Nigeria – Full Specifications

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The Infinix Smart 3 Plus is a new device launched by Infinix Mobile and it comes with decent specifications. It’s a device I would say is a mid-range budget device so don’t expect much power from this phone.

INFINIX SMART 3 Plus

I still feel with Xiaomi around in Nigeria now Infinix would have stepped up their game but it seems they’re just recycling designs ever since they released the first device with a tear drop notch.

Infinix Smart 3 Plus Features

The triple rear camera is quite interesting as well.  In terms of design you get a plastic unibody with glass-finish at the back. The glass-finish adds a premium finish to the phone but unfortunately makes it a fingerprint magnet.

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There’s also a microUSB port, the 3.5mm headphone jack and a microphone just right below the device. The front of the phone shows the teardrop notch, the selfie camera and the earpiece. Sound quality is not that bad however, The Smart 3 Plus has a downward firing mono speaker which isn’t too loud and you’ll actually prefer using your headphones. I still wonder why Infinix didn’t use the Dirac Speakers in this device.

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It has a HD+ resolution display with a 2.5D glass for a premium feel. But I’m a bit disappointed with the 720p resolution and the large display doesn’t actually show what we all expected. It’s a bit low but I’m guessing it’s a sacrifice to put the phone in the budget range.

The back of the phone houses the triple-camera setup .The primary sensor is a 13-megapixel camera with a 2-megapixel depth sensor and a low-light QVGA sensor.

Let’s take a look at the quick specifications of the device

Infinix Smart 3 Plus Quick Specifications

  • Display: 6.2 inches
  • Chipset: MediaTek Helio A22
  • RAM+ROM: 32GB / 3GB
  • Operating System: Android 9. (Pie) + XOS 5.0 Cheetah;
  • SIM: Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
  • Camera: Triple 13MP +2MP Depth sensor+ low light sensor
  • Sensor: Fingerprint , accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass ,
  • Network: GSM / HSPA / LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS
  • Battery : 3500 mAh battery

See the Full Specifications here –Infinix Smart 3 Plus

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Huawei Phones Not Allowed To Use Android Officially Anymore

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I woke up to a very disappointing news yesterday,Huawei Phones Not Allowed To Use Android Officially Anymore and believe me I was very upset about this move. This is coming at a time where Huawei is making changes to the Android market as we know it and Google revoked their licence based on mere accusations,

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Accusations that haven’t been even proved to be true. This decision would probably worsen the trade war between China and the United States.

The consequences of this may end up affecting all technological markets and the world economy in general. Don’t forget that Huawei is the world’s second-largest seller of smartphones

Huawei Phones Not Allowed To Use Android Officially

Newer devices from Huawei will not be able to install Android updates, or any Google apps, including Google Play Store and Gmail. However, you can simply access those Android updates through AOSP and GAPPs but without any support from Google.

Donald Trump had accused Huawei of working for the Chinese government, installing back doors in their networks and devices to facilitate surveillance, without any evidence at all.

This made the senior manager of Huawei get arrested a few months ago. Since then, both China and the United States have imposed tariffs on their respective products. Recently, the Trump Administration added the Chinese brand Huawei to the blacklist of the Department of Commerce, hence, forcing American companies to stop having commercial relations with Huawei.

However, according to Reuters, Google is the first to comply with the recently approved law, but other US companies that have commercial relations with Huawei, like Qualcomm, Intel, NVIDIA, will have to make a similar decision.

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