Samsung Galaxy S10: 50 percent loss of value in a month
In the smartphone leaderboard from Warentest the Samsung Galaxy S10 + and the S10 are currently in the first two places. Now, the highly praised Galaxys have also put in a less gratifying ranking at the top – the loss of value. According to a survey by BankMyCell, a US used cell phone specialist, the S10 models are among the smartest phones registered since 2017. The standard S10 lost 42.7 percent in just one month after its launch in the spring, the S10 + 47.0 percent and the entry-level S10e even 50.2 percent. Two examples: The Galaxy S10 + with 1 TB has fallen from the starting price of $ 1,600 to a current used value of $ 750. And the 128-GB S10e went from $ 750 down to $ 350.
Apple’s current iPhones XR and XS are much better at losing value. Although they have been on the market since September or October 2018, since then they have “only” lost 42 percent of their value. BankMyCell concludes, “The Galaxy S10 lost more in value within a month than the XS and XR iPhones within nine months.” Thus, the iPhones relativize their high prices at least a little. In Germany, the used dealer Flip4New pays for a Galaxy S10 with 128 GB of memory (starting price 899 euros) in “very good” state currently 433 euros, which supports the 50-percent bill of the US company. Until the S11 appears in March 2020, BankMyCell estimates the loss in value of its predecessor S10 to be around 65 percent.
5G modems: Is Apple buying in Germany?
Following the patent dispute with Qualcomm, Apple is still looking for a supplier that could supply the iPhones with 5G modem chips in large quantities from 2020 onwards. A new contract with Qualcomm probably serves only as a temporary solution, because in the long term Apple wants to incorporate its own 5G modems in its devices. However, the development is so complex that a start is barely expected before 2025. Here could now come support from Germany. According to the magazines The information and MacRumors Apple is negotiating the purchase of Intel’s German modem subsidiary, which has its headquarters in Neubiberg near Munich. The Wall Street Journal had already reported on the talks for the first time in April.
Founded in 2011, Intel Mobile Communications GmbH has its roots in Siemens and Infineon. Apple could gain access to patents and product designs for 5G modems, significantly accelerating its own development. Loud The information “Hundreds of engineers” from Neubiberg could work for Apple in the future. In a similar deal, Apple last year bought $ 600 million from British chipmaker Dialog Semiconductor and took on 300 employees. Intel had announced in April to exit the business with 5G modems, the future of the division is since unclear.
The new Firefox logo – fun!
Since 2003, the Fox in the logo is the face of Firefox. This is now final – at least partially. In a blog entry manufacturer Mozilla presents the new corporate design, which allows the Fox to survive only in the logo of the Firefox browser. The rest of the Firefox offers while the usual colors orange and blue, but renounced after 16 years on the faithful forest animal. The change is intended to show that Mozilla now has much more to offer than just a browser: “A fox with a burning tail does not have enough design options to represent the entire product family, so we had to start from scratch.” Mozilla has developed the redesign over the past year and a half.
Huawei has been working on the Android replacement for seven years
Huawei seems to work much longer than previously known for a replacement for Google’s Android operating system. Loud South China Morning Post The Chinese are developing their own OS with the working title “HongMeng” and with the possible worldwide name “Ark” for seven years – well before the inauguration of Donald Trump and the current trade dispute between the US and China. A publication was never planned specifically in the entire period. It was always just a possible alternative in case of a trade dispute with the US.
SlashGear speaks in his story of a “seven-year paranoia project”. HongMeng should therefore be well developed and practically ready for mass production. Huawei engineers are said to have worked on the operating system for years under the strictest security in isolated areas. To continue running Android apps on Huawei’s future Android devices with HongMeng, the manufacturer wants to use components from the freely available “Android Open Source Project” (AOSP). App manufacturers are to be persuaded to distribute their programs also on Huawei’s own Android Store – similar to how the Amazon handles on its Fire tablets.
New study: Facebook pays again for smartphone access
It was only in January 2019 that Facebook stopped its “Project Atlas” after worldwide protests. Teenagers have secretly been paid to give Facebook wide-ranging access to their smartphones. This enabled the network to analyze the mobile phone usage of young customers in detail. Now there is a follow-up project called “Study”, which, however, Facebook wants to handle more open and transparent. Loud The Verge evaluates the new app, which apps are installed on a smartphone, how much time users spend, where they live – and much more.
At least according to Facebook, the app does not transmit content such as messages, passwords or visited websites to the network. Anyone who is prepared to digitally strip themselves off Facebook will also receive a fee / compensation for pain in “Study”. The height is not known yet. Unsolicited applications for the study are not possible. Instead, Facebook sends messages to potentially interesting users, who this time must be at least 18 years old. Another requirement is an Android device – because Apple’s security measures on iOS would prevent deep access to user data through “Study”.
The end of LEAD: Here comes the new Zelda
Nintendo is not represented on the world’s largest games fair E3, which currently runs in Los Angeles. But with their video stream “Nintendo Direct”, the Japanese presented a lot of novelties just in time for the start of the E3 last night. Most important and most surprising message: “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” for the Switch console, celebrated by many experts as the best game in the world, gets a successor. The storyline begins two years after the end of “Breath of the Wild”, but Nintendo still retains more details and a launch date. There is already a first trailer, in which the notorious princess rescuer Link and the eternally kidnapped dizzy princess Zelda in ruins Hyrule explore. An appearance is expected in 2020 at the earliest. LEAD presents the ten most important news of the E3 here.
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