At the end of another week, it’s time to recall some of the messages that marked the past seven days. Highlights include the growth of the wearables market and the uncertainties surrounding Huawei’s device division.
After a series of announcements two weeks ago during Google I / O, news volume is back to normal this week, but the news avalanche should repeat itself from June 7th when Apple’s equivalent developer event, WWDC, kicks off.
Let’s look back at some of the events of the past week and then address the picking of winners and losers.
The fuchsia system starts with the introduction
Google confirmed this week that the fuchsia system has been quietly rolled out for the first-generation Nest Hub. The operating system, which has been in development for many years, is not based on GNU / Linux like the brothers Android and ChromeOS and uses its own new kernel (microkernel).
Despite the structural change, the operation of the old Nest Hub – read the new generation review in the link above – shouldn’t change as the system is compatible with the cross-platform Flutter app development kit. As answer to 9to5GoogleThe company has not confirmed a schedule for Fuchsia sales, nor when we can expect the system to appear on other devices.
iPhone 12 Pro Max wins NextPit camera blind test!
This week we had the publication of the results of the cell phone camera blind test with the answers from the NextPit Community. To the surprise of fans, the iPhone 12 Pro Max was the winner, both in terms of the overall votes and the allocation of points to each of the 11 categories assessed.
The test also included the Oppo Find X3 Pro, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, the OnePlus 9 Pro and the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra. To see the photos and voting, just go to the article above. The result showed once again that the image quality does not only depend on the number of megapixels.
Google is launching a new way to meet personal account space quota
A few days after Google I / O and less than a week before the limited storage space for photos and videos ran out, Google announced a new way to use the storage limit on the personal account.
In the next few days, Gmail is expected to offer a new button for attached pictures that will allow you to save the photo directly to your Google Photos account, just as it does for files in Google Drive.
Coincidence or not, on Tuesday (1), images sent to Google’s photo service will now count towards the storage limit – typically 15GB. The change in Google Photos is the topic of our poll of the week. By the way, there is still time to participate.
Winner of the Week: Wearables Are Growing Amid a Pandemic
The chosen winner of the week was the entire wearables segment. Figures from consulting firm IDC show that the sector broke sales records in the first quarter of 2021, exceeding shipping volume for the same period of 2020 by 34.4%.
Compared to the final quarter of 2020, the numbers declined, as is usually the case after year-end sales. According to IDC analysts, the number of units distributed in the first quarter exceeded 100 million for the first time.
Apple followed at the top of the segment, which includes not only the Apple Watch but also the AirPods and Beats headphones, followed by Samsung, which came in second with Xiaomi, and Huawei in fourth with a good performance on the Chinese Market.
Loser of the Week: Huawei’s Astral Hell shows no sign of an end
Speaking of Chinese manufacturers: This week, the company’s “manufacturer side” will be selected as the loser of the week. Amid the US economic sanctions, the brand’s founder, Ren Zhengfei, highlighted in an internal memo from Reuters Agency that the company must focus its efforts on software.
The decision is not exactly surprising as the purpose of the restrictions imposed under the administration of former President Donald Trump was precisely to restrict the supply chain of the Chinese brand, which requires special permits for the manufacture of the software supply chain as well and even requires special permits Manufacture of Huawei proprietary components such as HiSilicon SoCs, which are manufactured by Taiwan’s TSMC.
With no signs that the current U.S. administration is likely to end the sanctions imposed, some uncertainties remain about Huawei’s consumer staples business, particularly in the high-end smartphone segment, which is more vulnerable to the economic blockade.
According to Ren, software development is the key to greater autonomy and independence, as in the case of the Harmony operating system, developed as an alternative to Android (on the basis of which the evidence suggests it is based) and which is news in the days to come. The operating system profile in the social network Weibo has already expanded that the system should equip the next smartwatch company. The start is planned for this Wednesday (2).
And with the anticipation of Huawei’s announcement, we close this edition of Winners and Losers. Did you agree to the decisions? Leave your thoughts in the comments and have a great week!