Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Long overdue: why Google has created the iPhone on Android? – RBC


you have to Google Pixel, presented yesterday smartphones search giant, is iPhone on Android good.

the point is not that “Pixels” is similar to the smartphones Apple (though not without it): for the first time, Google entirely on their own made the device for its software. From the first sketches to the final stage of packing in the box, Google controlled the whole production process, knowing exactly what and how should be done and what the result should be.

And turn out to be perfectly optimized for the smartphone own operating system, which, together with other devices would constitute a strong, solid ecosystem. Nothing like?

of Course, before Google was ruler the Nexus (R. I. P. 2011 to 2016), but its purpose was different. the Nexus-the smartphone was not originally conceived as mass products: it was, first, the object to follow from other manufacturers, and secondly, an ideal test smartphones for developers.

They even sold mainly through the website Google and almost never advertised. To be honest, the majority of smartphone users about them even really knows for sure. the Nexus? Sounds like a regular smartphone some Lenovo.

the Shift probably occurred from 6P: metal housing, the relatively high price — among all the “Nexus” this was the most “commercial”.

Pixel Google goes even further: huge banners on the walls of houses in big cities, beautiful commercials, branding “Made by Google”. It seems that desperate to see, finally, the perfect Androidsmartphone, the search giant gave up and began to solve the problem yourself.

Surprising in that nothing is actually there. In the development of Android Google puts enormous forces and means is a platform where the company is building the future of technology. Each new version of the operating system’s new features; some useful, some not. The fact is that Android is evolving very rapidly — but, paradoxically, the majority of smartphone users on this system that simply doesn’t know.

When Google produces Android 7, most smartphones just receive an upgrade to 6 Android. And if at all you get: many Chinese brands are usually stop supporting their devices immediately after launch, preferring to quickly rivet a new one.

This is fragmentation a huge number of different devices leads to the fact that Google lose on Android all sorts of control. Why create a future if nobody will see? In mountain view years working on Material Design, which will eventually become one of the most successful iterations of visual interfaces in phones — Huawei and LG continue to install in their smartphones own “launcher” in the “material design” only colors.

In versions of Android discovered a serious vulnerability — Google just sent a patch for the Nexus. And when it will have your brand new Galaxy — one more question.

Thousands of models and hundreds of processors, all different, and almost all do not reflect what the Google wants to see a modern smartphone.

And that Apple? Unified line, a new version of iOS tested and driven around. Under each device. Buying iPhone, you know that it will get updates for at least another four years. You are almost guaranteed to be able to experience all that the Apple believes a breakthrough and important.

In General, you want to do well — do it yourself. And so it happened Google Pixel.

What happened

Two smartphones: small Pixel (5 inch, Full HD resolution) and Pixel XL more (5.5 inch, Quad HD resolution). Otherwise both models are identical in their characteristics, except that the XL much more battery.

“Pixels” are working on a top-end processor Qualcomm, Snapdragon 821, and four gigabytes of memory. It is the country’s leading metal casing with a large glass panel on the back cover. Also the fingerprint scanner.

If you believe Google, the smartphones is best on the mobile market camera: even better than iPhone 7 and Galaxy S7 Edge.

Immediately about sad: Google Pixel in the US is iPhone 7, $ 649, is one of the most expensive smartphones in the world. However, he lacks certain important features that have smartphone Apple moisture protection and optical zoom the large version. This puts him at a disadvantage, so to soften the “iron” deficiencies in Google decided programmatically. In Pixel the default personal assistant for the Google Assistant, which embodies the best that can offer Google in the niche of artificial intelligence.

This is Siri, only better: it learns over time and is able to recognize the context. Not just “googling” information, but processes it and issues that may be of interest to you. He is able to find the name of the song or movie on your description (“find me the title song from the soundtrack to “Stranger Things””), send SMS and messages in WhatsApp. And still able to make jokes and generally trying to behave like a man.

of Course, the idea to control the smartphone with your voice quite risky — so Google did Home, a kind of control center to your house where — that’s good luck! — works exactly the same assistant as in your smartphone.

One “Home” to Rule the Home

Google Home is “smart” column, as already mentioned, with a personal assistant inside. It is possible to link all your smart devices ranging from light bulbs and ending with the TV, and manage, giving the team the column. It recognizes human speech and is able at your command to turn on the TV and run the movie. Tell how correctly to defrost the chicken and bring clothes with stains. All this is verbal, without the need of.

In the context Google Pixel it is important that the assistant in Home and the smartphone are the same — he knows your habits, and the information from the mobile device in the column is transmitted in real time. This means that you can put a reminder on the column and it will automatically be transferred to your smartphone. To make a shopping list, adictiva his Home and then open it with Pixel store.

you Cannot call it a revolution. Given the price and the aura of sanctity around iPhone, it is difficult even to believe that Pixel “off”. But for the first time Android think he’s finally in the right hands. In the hands of their creators who want to make it not just a “system for affordable smartphones”, and the whole technological world that needs to change the real world.

Not just the same as when Google aptly dubbed the Corporation good?


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