Xiaomi reaches another level in its home country and WhatsApp offers a significant update. Meanwhile, Google acts as internet police to bring down sex offenders.
Xiaomi may be small and unknown for most of the world, but in China they are skyrocketing to the top of the mobile industry. In fact, they have just taken Samsung’s crown as the top manufacturer in China, which happens to be the world’s largest smartphone market.
During Q2 2014, Xiaomi shipped around 15 million devices, while Samsung’s numbers dropped to 13.2 million. This success is about to spread world wide, with plans of Xiaomi coming to Mexico, Thailand, Russia and Turkey.
Opinion: We should think twice before saying a small manufacturer like Xiaomi can’t beat the all-time giant. Samsung’s smartphones are not known for being the best and are often over-priced.
Android Wear support is growing magnificently, and the most recent major supporter is WhatsApp. The popular messaging service will now bring users the ability to read their messages, as well as answer them via voice, which comes in very handy.
The Google Play Store app still doesn’t have this feature, though. The app is kind of in beta (though they don’t call it that). You can go ahead and download the app straight from their website to get this new feature.
Opinion: Android Wear is becoming much more of an asset with its growing number of supporters. Apps are coming faster than we can count, so I may soon be getting myself one of these gadgets.
Google may love protecting our rights, but when it comes down to breaking the law they are proving to be quite strict. The Search Giant has tipped the police after a Gmail scan, which brought up child pornography in an account from a Texas resident.
A few images were enough for the police to get a warrant, after which they found more pornography in his cellphone and tablet. The man is now facing a 200,000 bond.
Opinion: We can all agree that we are happy to see Google doing the right thing, but what does this really say about our privacy as users? Do we really have any?