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Huawei’s very own Kirin OS might debut on the upcoming Honor Play

If Samsung has Tizen, Huawei has Kirin

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When we initially heard about Huawei’s plan to create their own mobile operating system, we were skeptical how it would prosper. With Android‘s massive presence, even Apple‘s iOS can’t overtake Google‘s popular mobile OS. Samsung is still trying with Tizen and now Huawei is getting on board with Kirin OS.

Huawei, through its sub-brand Honor, is unveiling a new smartphone soon called Honor Play. The company promised to show a “groundbreaking experience,” but there are no specifics about it. With all the rumors surrounding it, perhaps what they are pertaining to is Kirin OS, a custom OS by Huawei that’s based on Linux.

New images have popped up online showing proof of the OS’ existence. Since it’ll be the first release, it’s aptly labeled Kirin OS 1.0. These images could also be fake because there are plenty of custom ROMs out there. Regardless, the OS is likely to be available in China first.

The Honor Play will be unveiled on June 6, so that’s when we’ll know everything, assuming Kirin OS is real.

SEE ALSO: Huawei is building an AI that can read your emotions

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Apple iPhone sales have dropped considerably in India

And yet, don’t expect any more discounts

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India is the world’s second-largest mobile phone market and every company is looking forward to expanding its operations in the country. But things haven’t been going well for Apple. India is a developing market, and a majority of smartphone sales belong to the budget and midrange segment; the premium segment has also lowered in price considerably thanks to OnePlus and Huawei.

While Samsung has managed to price its flagships at around INR 60,000 (US$ 435), Apple’s iPhone X starts at a whopping INR 90,000 (US$ 1,300). According to a report from Counterpoint Research, Apple shipped 3.2 million iPhones in 2017. Coming to 2018, the company has managed to ship “fewer than a million devices,” giving it a market share of just two percent.

Apple is struggling because it has no new or attractive devices in the INR 30,000 to 60,000 (US$ 435 to 875) range. Why would a consumer shell out such a huge amount for a two-year-old iPhone 6s when there’s a brand-new OnePlus 6, ZenFone 5Z, or Honor 10 available?

Apple is having a hard time keeping the prices in check because of a 20 percent import duty being levied by the government. All other companies have already started assembling a major chunk of their portfolio in India, while Apple is stuck to a couple of devices. In fact, Samsung just inaugurated the world’s largest manufacturing facility last week in Noida, India.

Apple’s trouble doesn’t end at bad sales, though. Three high-level executives have left the company due to restructuring of operations. Apple has also established a new sales audit team that is working on reducing the number of discounts being offered by retailers. The new strategy has already seen the company move away from five national distributors to two to tighten distribution.

Apple wants to offer a full-fledged premium experience to its users, and hence, wants sales to happen through authorized channels only. The giant has started clamping down on smaller physical stores and unauthorized sellers who hoarded products at wholesale value and then offered deeper discounts.

While discounts mean higher sales, Apple wants to gain market share without affecting its brand value in the country. The company’s products are known to have a high long-term shelf value and price cuts are rare.

Source: Bloomberg

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Vivo NEX S pop-up camera goes under the knife in durability test

The fingerprint reader and build quality get tested, as well

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As a tech enthusiast, some of the cringiest videos you can find on web are those from JerryRigEverything’s channel. YouTuber Zack Nelson scratches, burns, and bends the hottest phones on the planet for both our entertainment and to see just how durable these gadgets are.

His latest victim is the NEX S, which is Vivo’s most premium and innovative smartphone to date. Not only does it have an in-display fingerprint reader and some of the thinnest bezels around, it also owns a pop-up camera that discreetly hides when not needed.

While many applauded Vivo for the pioneering feature, others were skeptical of its durability after long-term use. It’s only been a month since the NEX series launched, so we can’t say for certain how well it’ll hold up, but we have JerryRigEverything to speed up the process for us.

In this video, we see the NEX S and its pop-up camera go under the knife — as well as through flames and a pair of hands that try their hardest to bend the phone.

See the torture test for yourself and try your best not to cringe:

Overall, the NEX S escaped the session well enough, proving that its build quality can keep up with the best of them. We can now say for certain that Vivo took physical endurance seriously when crafting its latest high-end device, and that it can take a beating in worst-case scenarios (at the beginning at least).

If you want to see the Vivo NEX taken care of in better hands, you can watch our unboxing and hands-on video below:

 

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Genki finally gives us Bluetooth audio support for the Nintendo Switch

It’s about time!

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When I first bought a Switch, I knew I was getting the best-possible mobile gaming experience available today. However, my high hopes suddenly went downhill once I realized there’s no way of connecting my favorite Bluetooth headphones.

That’s right: Despite being designed for gaming on the go, the Switch has no way of accepting any form of Bluetooth audio — a feature that’s been present on smartphones and other gaming consoles for ages.

If you want sound outside of the built-in stereo speakers, you’d have to connect your headphones or portable speaker to the 3.5mm port. That’s not too bad, but it goes against the truly wireless era smartphones and mobile gadgets are (forcefully) ushering us into.

This is where Genki comes in. It’s a straightforward dongle that plugs into the USB-C port of the Switch and enables you to connect any Bluetooth audio device to the Nintendo console.

What’s great is that Genki draws minimal power from the console and can even provide sound to two devices at once thanks to the power of Bluetooth 5.0.

This is a simple solution to a problem Nintendo should’ve addressed long time ago. The Switch has been available for over a year now, and no first-party accessories have been released to add Bluetooth support.

It’s currently being funded on Kickstarter with only four days left to reach it’s US$ 30,000 goal. Clearly, people are seeing the need for Genki, since it has already amassed nearly US$ 400,000 as of writing!

There’s still time to pledge, but the cheapest US$ 29 deal is already gone and the US$ 49 Day One Edition is also no longer available. The estimated delivery date is October 2018.

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