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Charbax of ArmDevices.net does it again: Teclast P98 Air Factory Tour
Tour at the factory in Guangzhou that is now mass manufacturing Allwinner A80T based Teclast P98 Air tablets selling in China.
Filed under Android, Video
With Android One, Google puts itself firmly back in the OS’ driving seat
Its Android One partnerships mean Google no longer has to put its eggs in one basket, and also make sure that local OEMs stick with Android as Google envisages it, not as handset makers and operators would have it. Google seems to have been increasingly trying to reduce others’ influence on the operating system — banning the customisation of Auto, TV, and Wear; wrestling Samsung over its Magazine UI; and gradually withdrawing its support for the AOSP version of Android.
Android One is just the next step in that progression. Google is using the lure of a turnkey mobile platform to get everyone else in the value chain to give up hope of tweaking Android for their own ends. While most handsets in developed markets use the GMS version of Android, which puts Google’s services front and centre, in the developing world AOSP — the original open source Android that can be forked and adapted at will — is far more prevalent. Google has been slowly allowing AOSP to wither and has now stepped in with Android One an alternative — an alternative that puts Android back under its control and its services back in users’ eyelines.
Boldfaced emphasis added by me.
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Screensnaps and video after the break.
Checking blog search here, I’m surprised that no other tech site has reviewed it yet. IMP3Net is the first [Google Translate].
Recently the Chinese government’s SARFT agency issued new guidelines for Internet TV set-top boxes.
The restrictions have been very grim and have had a huge impact on the industry.
Today, Sina Tech News has an article about the impact [Google Translate].
Basically, the government is killing that industry. SARFT has come up with a “unified platform” that all OTT boxes must use. This basically wipes away all content box makers have offered and replaces it with government-approved content on a software framework the government has mandated. And this even affects games on such boxes.
The final paragraph sums it all up:
Instead, the biggest user may be affected, because for users, the benefits of the original Internet TV will disappear. Introduction of relevant regulatory policy, cottage box might be completely banned, users will only be able to buy the regular channels of Internet TV boxes. Even obtaining a license to continue to sell its products will be limited, and can watch the content will also be subject to strict controls SARFT.
Many Internet TV box players will simply go out of business and users will be subjected to what the government allows them to have.
Xiaomi has issued a software update for the software that syncs with the MiBand [Google Translate].
A Weibo communiqué (from an account without any connection to Apple, despite the avatar) points out problems with the much-hyped OnePlus One phone:
The Teclast P98 Air and Onda V989 are both using the octa-core Allwinner A80 CPU with 2GBs of RAM, 32GBs of internal storage, USB 3.0, and a 9.7-inch Retina-class screen. Aside from the styling of their cases — the Teclast tablet is more of flat slab while the Onda is sloping like an iPad Air — is there much difference between the two?
Tablet wonk iambillbil in the IMP3Net forum does a hardware evaluation of the Teclast P98 Air and compares it to the Onda V989 he previously evaluated [Google Translate].