New cheap OnePlus and most durable glass for phones: week

This week held two very interesting events. First, the company OnePlus has finally come to his senses and introduced a smartphone, which price corresponds to what we consider normal in respect to this. Now her product line includes not only the flagships and has a large range of prices. Second, this week the company Corning introduced a new super-tough glass for mobile phones. Its characteristics are really impressive. Was this week’s other news, including Google. Will tell about this in our weekly news selection.

Soon the phrase “phone and a hammer” will only cause a smile from the memories of the stupid video on YouTube.

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The most durable glass for smartphone

How frustrating to drop an expensive smartphone… Even if nothing happened and he was not injured in the fall experience a real fountain of emotions that literally overwhelmed. Think I’ll get it, and the screen will be ”metro map”. Then raise and see that all is well. At this point to mentally thank those who day in and day thinking how to make glass stronger and periodically releases new solutions. This is happening now. Corning is the most famous manufacturer of glass for smartphones made new glass to replace Gorilla Glass 6. It is not only better resists drops, but you can do something.

The new glass will give much more possibilities than the old one.

In fact, the brand Gorilla Glass has long been a dense image to be associated with the industry of smartphones. Initially the company was engaged in Corning ware, having started its journey almost a century and a half ago. Their sphere of activities is much broader than just glass for smartphones. For example, this company I must say thanks for modern automotive glass and even for some of the discoveries in medicine and astronomy. But common users know it is glass for smartphones.

The history of the brand: Corning

However, screen protection by Gorilla glass does not always mean that your phone is protected from scratches or damage. In fact, starting in 2014 and the release of Gorilla Glass 3 protection better. The latest iteration of this safety glass is Gorilla Glass 6. It effectively protects from drops, but not always, resists scratches, and go hard.

The strength of the smartphone is sometimes more important than its characteristics.

The fact is that not beating the glass, which can be a little bend in the fall. Then the deformation of the smartphone it will not break, and ”fulfills” the fall. But in this case it will be softer and will not be able so well to resist scratching. If you make it super-hard and scratch-resistant, it will simply shoot up, as it will not stretch. This problem is known since ancient times, when the Smiths were faced with the choice of what steel to make a sword. He or broke, but not tupilsya, or Vice versa.

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Now Corning has received good news, and the company released a new type of glass, which for some reason has not received the marking Gorilla Glass 7, and is called Victus. In Latin it means ”to Live”. On assurances of the company, the new glass will be twice as better to resist scratches and withstand drops from a height of nearly two metres (6.5 feet)


Present Corning Gorilla Glass Victus — the most durable of all Gorilla Glass, which we were able to improve and protect both from drops and from scratches. In our lab tests, Gorilla Glass Victus survived the fall onto a hard, rough surface with height up to 2 meters, — says the official report.

The company also announced that the first smartphones that will receive the new glass, will Samsung. The company will apply the new type of glass already in smartphones this year. What does it mean? Yes, apparently, this smartphone will be Samsung Galaxy Note 20. That is, Note 20 Note 20 Note 20 Plus or Ultra will come with this glass.

Android continues to get "dessert" names, but we are talking

This is an important step forward, because manufacturers produce phones with excellent performance. For this reason, the longer users hold their devices, and the key to long and happy use is the durability of the device. Nobody will want to use a smartphone that is two years later, heavily scratched, or even broken.

It is very frustrating when glass breaks.

Drop phones can lead to breakage, but because we have developed higher-quality glass, the phone has survived more drops and more resistant and resilient to scratches, which should have a positive impact on the device usage, said John baine, senior Vice President, Corning — Earlier we asked our engineers to concentrate on a single task. It was necessary to increase the strength or to deal with scratches. Now we asked them to focus on improvement in both simultaneously, and they were able to create Gorilla Glass Victus.

It is noteworthy that in one of the videos of Corning shows that Victus is so good that if you used it on the phones, developed only three or four years ago, you could use them much longer. It would have been almost impossible to break, if not try to do it on purpose.

How much pain in this photo

John Bain added that in addition to Samsung, other device makers will also get this glass, but it will be closer to the end of this year.

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Don’t know about you, but I this innovation very much. Extra 0,1-0,2 GHz and a couple gigs of RAM is good, but in General is already enough, but to protect from serious damage, the smartphone is really great. Of course, you can use covers and screen protection, but it has its own peculiarities .Covers are not always convenient, and the film/glass have become much less durable than screens, and permanently or scratch, or break away. The new glass should bring an end to this type of accessories and it’s great when you can not worry about your expensive new phone. And you, what do you think?

What’s the name of the new version of Android

I think we started to forget about good traditions, which for many years was accompanied by Android and was interrupted only on the anniversary version. I’m talking about a clear Association firmware version and the name of the dessert. There was a time when was not only strict numbers, but affectionate names, like ”cake”, ”marshmallow” and the like. Somehow, the management of Google decided that it was time to put an end in its own endearing traditions. You would think that about dessert completely forgotten, but it’s not. In the bowels of the company names continue to be assigned to, and the company does not hide, but rather speaks openly from it. What is going on?

The names of the desserts in Android long ago came to an end. Or not?

The tradition is to name Android versions after desserts really caught on with the early firmware. Gradually, the names have changed, but the tradition for each new version to use the next letter of the alphabet as the first letter of the name of the dessert seemed eternal. However, many wondered what would happen if the letters will end. Now answer this question, we most likely will not get, as the company stopped us to talk about the name of one or another version of Android — only numbers.

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Nougat, Oreo, Pie will remain in the memory of the fans. And in view of the figures next to the office. They were funny and really reflects the essence of each version. However, honestly, do not know what is happening to them and whether they still are, but now they have become history.

This front office looks interesting

It’s time to answer questions about versions of Android and it’s made by Google Vice President and project Manager of Android Dave Burke. The information he shared on the podcast All About Android. He said that the ”green robot” still have a version with the name of the desserts, but they are no one tells you about ordinary users. They are only used for internal use, but the company does not hide them, though, and does not advertise.

Dave Burke.

He also noted that the company has officially switched to version numbers, so Android 11, and Android 10, have not received a PostScript.

Explaining that within the company engineers and developers continue to use the names of the desserts, Dave Burke said that it’s just easier. For example, approaching the employee and asking what he’s doing, it’s much easier to answer the ”RVC”, than to hear the figure. Perhaps it’s easier not to get lost than calling adjacent numbers, by the Way, ”RVC” stands for ”Red Velvet Cake” and is translated as ”Red Velvet Cake”. I agree, strange name.

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Sometimes a shortened name is used in other projects of the company, which also receive the name based on the version of Android. Only in this case, it is cropped and looks like just the first letter. For example, ”Q” or ”R”. So it turns even easier, and at the same time is not exactly messed up version. Earn, 10 and 11 to confuse you, but if the figure will be assigned letter, the error probability will be lower. Someone better versed who-is — it. And just, someone can ”prick” that the letter does not match and he once again checked everything.

With “desserts” nicer.

Burke said that Android 10 not just received the letter ”Q”. According to the internal classification, this means Quince Tart, which is also the name of the dessert. Nice to see that Google is continuing the fun tradition of an assignment to its main software product, the names of the desserts. That’s just a pity that these names do not go beyond the walls of the company. With them was somehow more pleasant — at home or something.

Google has revealed that it can update even the old Android smartphones

Also Dave Burke within a podcast and talked about other things related to Android. For example, he touched on the topic of Project Mainline, the background ”killing” applications and permissions that relate to the upcoming release of Android 11.

Such creativity will be no more.

The new version will really be a lot of new. The updates will affect not only the outer shell and functions that will be available to users, but that will be hidden from them. I mean optimization, increase security restrictions for smartphone manufacturers and many more. These ”behind the scenes” changes are sometimes much more interesting new menu or some additional capabilities which are seen by the users in the first place.


How Google will change the connection to Wi-Fi Android 11

If you are interested to hear everything said Dave Burke, to do that, you can at this link. Perhaps you will find something even more interesting than the version of Android and function on Google. In the end, interviews of senior and interesting that they can literally dissect to understand what awaits us. When a person knows literally everything about the upcoming product, it may or accidentally spill something, or directly (perhaps indirectly, but deliberately) to hint at something. If you find in this interview is something important that we haven’t discussed in this article, write to our Telegram chat. Let us examine together.

How Google fooled everyone

This spring Apple and Google announced a joint project to create a universal system for tracking patients with coronavirus for iOS and Android. It is a software interface that records the user’s contacts with each other, and then notifies them if anyone of those with whom they met were infected COVID-19. The company claimed that their new development is completely safe, because from the very beginning was focused on providing privacy, but this was not entirely true.

Tracking patients with coronavirus can get the users side

To start a small digression. The monitoring system itself, in question, is a standard API or if you want a kind of driver. And the smartphone started to record the meeting between users, you need a special application, the development of which was to engage local health authorities in each country. With their help, managed to keep records of cases who self-reported about their diagnosis, and then an automated system would alert those with whom they met about the need for tests.

Google chose to ignore the promises not to spy on users

But here’s the problem. Despite the fact that Apple and Google claimed that they do not collect data and do not have access to information about the movements of users, it was exactly the opposite, at least with respect to Google. As found in the Ministry of health of Denmark, with an installed Android app for tracking patients with coronavirus is actually a collects data on the movements of the users and sends them to Google. To do this, smartphones are used not only Bluetooth, as mentioned earlier, and GPS.

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Information about foul play Google pretty soon spread among the different governments that have expressed to the company their displeasure. They stressed that it did not agree to work with the company in the current mode when it has the ability to record the movement of their citizens for an unknown purpose. In spite of this, is that no country has renounced the use of tracking contacts of patients with coronavirus. However, they did not rule out this possibility, if Google will not eliminate the violation.

If Google didn’t refuse to spy on users, it runs the risk of really damaging her and Apple

Users must be able to interact with the tracking system of patients with coronavirus, do not fear for the violation of their privacy. We are absolutely not satisfied with the conditions under which Google offers us to cooperate. Therefore, we have to insist that the company abandoned the collection of data through GPS module embedded in the smartphone users who installed the app with the aim to protect themselves from infection, says Dr. sang-Do Kim, head of the digitization of the Swiss Ministry of health.

Will it work tracking patients with coronavirus between countries?

Frankly, the collection of data about users that installed the app for tracking contacts is a very bad practice. Not only that it undermines the credibility of the system, organized in order to protect the people, so also casts a shadow on the Apple, which here seems to be to do with it. In any case, the company from Cupertino has never caught that she is spying on the user, which is a bit dissonant with the behavior of Google, although together they created this system and, therefore, had to initially eliminate any opportunities for surveillance.

Google said how much RAM you need in a smartphone

The amount of memory modern smartphones have long ago reached the computer level. So now no one was particularly surprised when he hears about the release of the next device with 12 or 16 GB of RAM. In the end, it’s clear to everyone that the manufacturer is simply trying to seem cool, when in fact this memory is completely inapplicable. But if the maximum level above which producers cannot increase the RAM of your smartphone, there is minimal that may soon occur.

RAM has always been important for Android, but behind the scenes. And now came the era of glasnost

To start a small digression. Today Android smartphones are divided into two segments: devices based on classic versions of Android and devices based on reduced Go Android. First you all know well. To them is not subject to any special requirements or restrictions. But to the second – are applied, and how. Since this is the entry-level and operating system for them the most pared down and lightweight, respectively, a powerful processor or a large amount of RAM they do not need. They worked properly even with 512 MB, which greatly affects the “average temperature in hospital”.

Now all the smartphones with 2 GB of RAM and less will only work on Android Go

Starting from the 4th quarter of 2020 the minimum allowable amount of RAM for smartphones based on Android classic will be equal to 2 GB. This is stated in the explanatory documentation intended for producers, which is at the disposal of colleagues from XDA. The new rule — of course, after the entry into force will apply to the devices that is compatible not only with Android 11, but with Android 10. This is how Google expects to significantly increase the coverage of the devices that fall under the new requirement.

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All smartphones, the amount of RAM which is 2 GB or less will have to work on the Android Go. This is a key requirement for compatibility with Google Mobile Services (GMS) – pack service tools and mechanisms that ensure the correct operation of the device. This opinion was formed due to the fact that Google plans to ban the installation of GMS on smartphones with the amount of RAM less than the recommended level. That is actually to roll on the device stock version of the OS, cleaned of Google services, it will be possible. But to make it work properly, download apps from Google Play etc. – no longer exists.

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Despite the fact that the new requirement looks like something untimely, because the market is almost gone even a smartphone with 3 GB of RAM, not to mention 2, it can be considered as a guide to action for producers and Board for consumers who choose a new camera. After all, if 2 GB RAM is a standard for Android devices Go, then 3 GB is already the minimum threshold, which is possible, you need to cross. Simply put, the introduction of the new rules to users will be easier to navigate in the characteristics when choosing a new smartphone and keen to purchase vehicles with a maximum possible amount of RAM.

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But, in fairness it should be noted that everything depends on optimization. The same Pixel 4 with its 4 GB of RAM works more than properly and demonstrates that it is not worse than the Galaxy S20 Ultra, which has the top-end configuration – as much as 16 GB of RAM. Why do you need one only Samsung knows. It is possible to apply the same amount of RAM in real conditions it is impossible is banal. So I would recommend to start from the average and choose a smartphone with 6-8 GB of non-volatile memory. As they say, in reserve.

New cheap OnePlus

Company OnePlus officially unveiled its new smartphone, called the OnePlus Nord. For a long time we thought that it will be called OnePlus Z, but it didn’t happen. How long have I waited for this device! Since the release of the eighth generation of the smartphone loved by many people, which took place in April of this year, I never ceased to criticize the company for the price that it has selected new items. No, really… That price tag was just a horse, but now the price is really very pleasant and the new smartphone will easily be sent away many of its competitors. Now he can rest. Although…

At first glance, turned out pretty good.

After much hype, hints and teasers, the company has finally made it. We will not go into the ideological details of such decision. Maybe we’ll talk about this later, but for now you just have to talk about what is new.

Despite the fact that OnePlus Nord is a more affordable alternative to the flagship family, which presented a few months ago, he’s still cool. Primarily due to the fact that despite the price reduction, could save a major part of the DNA line. And just, it’s not that the middle peasant, judging by the performance.

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OnePlus Nord officially started this week and fans will be organized several waves of pre-sale, and the main start of sales will take place on August 4 in Europe, India and the UK. In the US, while the smartphone will not be sold. Not in the first wave countries and Russia. It’s okay to find how to buy or just wait a bit.

Price new will be 24 999 rupees (about 23 700 rubles) for version 6/64 GB, which will be sold only in India. Version 8/128 GB will cost the world $ 399 (about 28 400 rubles). For a model with memory 12/256 GB will have to pay $ 499 (approximately 35 500 rubles). On the background of the OnePlus 8, which starts from $ 699, the price tag seems much more humane.

For $ 399 to buy the OnePlus much nicer than 699.

For the broader market will be released only two versions with memory 8/128 GB or GB 12/256. There will be a separate version for India, which will receive more modest amounts of memory — 6/64 GB. Otherwise all models will be all the same. They receive support 5G, AMOLED screen with a frequency of 90 Hz, and for the performance of all this will be responsible Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, which is not so far behind 865 th.

The phone is plastic, but according to journalists who already managed to touch it, he looks very similar to glass. Front screen Gorilla glass 5. Work smartphone will be running 10.5 on OxygenOS Android 10. Of course, the upgrade to Android 11 is not far off.

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The front panel has two front camera with a resolution of 32 MP (regular) and 8 MP (swearshirt). They are in the extended hole. The main camera has a sensor Sony IMX 586 with a resolution of 48 of MP. Included in it are 8-megapixel swearshirt, 2-megapixel macromodel and 5-megapixel depth sensor.

The battery will have a capacity of 4 115 mAh battery and will have a 30 watt charger, made by the same technology as in OnePlus 8.

To charge a smartphone will quickly.

Nord has many similarities with the usual OnePlus 8. The display is almost identical, the cameras are similar, both smartphones do not have protection against water IP rating. However, OnePlus 8 Pro already looks much more interesting new sublamina. Fast wireless charging, rating and IP68 camera with 3x zoom is already a significant advantage.

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While talking about it early, because it is necessary to thoroughly study it, but if you’re a fan of the brand and do not accept the new policy, which began to play with the flagships, the choice is obvious to you. In this case it is clearly taking the smartphone. Moreover, the characteristics of his more than decent, and the price does not bite. Finally OnePlus is worth as much as it should, even with a simplified processor, which, by the way, get Google Pixel 5.

Still it will work great and its Oxygen OS will please ”fans of the genre”. And you get 5G, which will be useful in a couple of years. Well, save a couple of hundred dollars, if you compare with OnePlus 8.

Wait and see, but while the smartphone attracts attention.

Even for the money there are many alternative options that often will not be worse, but the last time OnePlus is somehow apart from the rest and you can give him another chance with this, at first glance, a good novelty.

Now I am ready to say that OnePlus has released the right phone. If I only had to abandon a top-end CPU, then I’m glad it happened. By the eighth generation it is time to grow up and abandon inherent in the brand of maximalism and gigantism. It is better to take second in the class of CPU and make the smartphone much cheaper than endlessly chasing a unicorn.

A good time to discuss in our Telegram chatas you new smartphone, if you have not had time to Express their opinion.

At the end add a little bit of tar in barrel of honey. Still, too much reduced the price of this smartphone. Have yet to understand. Maybe he is cheap, but the torment is, and will gather all possible data, as do some other manufacturers? It can be. We need to understand.

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