Xiaomi is racing to the top, especially in China. Google is not staying behind with Android One, either. All while we all celebrate VLC’s upcoming Chromecast support.
We know Xiaomi has been surpassing big manufacturers like Apple and Samsung, especially in China, where they are based. The latest reports show the Chinese startup surpassing taking the number one spot in 2014, which is the first year this happens.
Xiaomi’s shipments accounted for 12.5% of smartphones sold in China, while Samsung dragged behind at 12.1%. These would be followed by Lenovo and Huawei.
Opinion: Keep in mind Apple was not actively selling its new iPhones in China at first. I am sure this affected the numbers. But even with that in mind, Xiaomi did beat Apple in the last quarter of 2014. And they are not slowing down.
Android One is Google’s solution for emerging markets, a project that aims to offer capable phones at very low prices. These have been launched in multiple Asian markets already, including India, but today Google has announced these accessible smartphones are soon to launch in the Philippines.
Google partnered with smartphone makers Cherry Mobile and MyPhone to bring a couple devices – the Cherry One and MyPhone Uno. Specs and features are scarce, but we know they are being released in the “coming weeks”. This means more details are to come very soon.
Opinion: Android One is growing strong, and it’s no surprise. There are many countries in which a lot of people can’t afford the best smartphones out there, yet there are not many affordable options. Google also touts there will be promotional plans available to those who sign up for an Android One phone. Could this be related to the free data that was recently rumored?
A new VLC changelog has appeared, showing what could be one of the most exciting related news we have seen in a while. It seems the company is getting ready to integrate Chromecast support to its apps in update version 3.0.
Opinion: This feature is mentioned in a long list of improvements, which you can check out if you take a look at the changelog. VLC is known for its wide support for all kinds of video formats. If it’s a video file, you can simply throw it at it. You will likely be able to play it. This makes this story specifically exciting to video geeks.