How This Fresh Startup Plans to Dethrone the King
Around a year ago, Nothing released its first product, a $99 transparent set of earbuds, the Ear (1). While they weren’t the best-performing earbuds money could buy, they still offered reasonable performance for the price alongside a design like no other. Fast forward a year later, and Nothing has now unveiled its Phone (1), a device that seems to apply the same formula as its earbud brethren.
And, if everything goes to plan, as Nothing applies this recipe to all of its future devices that will make up a theoretical Apple-rivaling ecosystem, the company will be able to develop its own cult following that will give Apple a run for its money. So, that begs the question, can Nothing really pull it off? Or is it several years too late and doomed to be in a constant fight for relevancy in the fast-paced world of tech?
Let’s find out.
The Nothing Phone (1) — A Different Approach to a Familiar Formula
The first thing worth mentioning is that, although it may look similar to an iPhone, Nothing’s first smartphone is not a direct competitor to Apple’s flagship phones. For one, the Nothing Phone (1) starts at just £399 (~$475), compared to the iPhone 13’s starting price of $799. Consequently, the Phone (1) just can’t stack up in terms of chip performance, image quality, or even battery life. That said, it’s still a pretty compelling mid-range phone.
Alongside every mid-range phone comes a list of decisions made by the company regarding which features are worth keeping and which ones are worth compromising or eliminating entirely. In the case of most sub-$500 phones, the build quality and overall design are typically the most notable downgrades when compared to flagship phones. Whether that means a plastic back or thicker bezels, you can typically tell how much a phone costs just by looking at it.
With the Nothing Phone (1), however, it looks like a legitimate iPhone rival, given the flare its intricate lighting system and see-through casing provide out back, and its thin and symmetrical bezels up front. As a result, it’s definitely the most premium-looking offering in its segment, even when put against Apple’s own mid-range offering, the iPhone SE. Adding to that premium feel is a set of stereo speakers and a reassuring haptic-feedback motor.
On top of its killer looks and premium feel, the Phone (1) also has a solid set of features. This feature set consists of an adaptive 120Hz, 6.5″, 1080p OLED display, a 4500mAh battery, a pretty reliable under-display fingerprint sensor, wireless and reverse wireless charging, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage. If you’re in need of more storage or RAM, an option with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage is available for a ~$120 premium.
As for the processor, the Nothing Phone (1) is powered by a modest Snapdragon 778 chipset. While it might not be the ideal phone for intense gaming sessions, the phone’s 120Hz refresh rate and 8–12GB of RAM insure that the phone rarely feels underpowered. When it comes to camera performance, the Phone (1) is equipped with two 50-megapixel sensors, serving as primary and ultrawide cameras. Again, these aren’t on the same level as an iPhone, but they’re perfectly acceptable given its price range.
So, as a whole, the Nothing Phone (1) truly punches above its weight in terms of design and feel, albeit at the expense of a larger battery and possibly the added versatility of a third camera lens.
So How is Nothing Going to Beat Apple?
The main thing Nothing has going for it right now is a compelling design and refined software experience. These are two of the main areas Apple finds success with its customers as well, so it sort of makes sense that a comparison could be drawn between the two companies. That said, on top of a refined user experience and iconic design, Apple’s iPhones also attract users based on their strong performance and ability to blend into the top-tier Apple ecosystem.
Nothing has confirmed that it will be working on an ecosystem of its own but, at the end of the day, it’s still going to be based on Android, and will therefore experience the same growing pains that Samsung’s and Google’s ecosystems are still currently suffering from. It’s also worth mentioning that it will likely take several years for Nothing to piece together a complete Apple-rivaling ecosystem, including a laptop, smartwatch, a larger range of phones, and a tablet or two.
That said, as for where Nothing is right now, I think there’s a good chance that the company is bound for eventual success. In spite of the Nothing Phone (1) likely facing limited availability and production output, I think the fact that Nothing has produced an inexpensive phone with a head-turning design and reasonable specs will quickly attract a loyal fanbase. And with this core consumer base established, Nothing will soon be able to branch out into offering other devices, presumably alongside higher-end counterparts, and slowly evolve into more of an Apple competitor.
As for whether or not Nothing will ever reach the same level of sales as Apple, I think the answer will pretty much forever be a “No”. Although I believe that the Nothing Phone (1) would stack up extremely well in the North American Android smartphone market, there are many global offerings that offer higher-end specs while also featuring eye-grabbing designs. And, because the Phone (1) has a very iPhone-esque philosophy in how it presents itself, I don’t expect that it’ll fair much better in a global market than iPhones typically do. For reference, anywhere from 33%-50% of iPhone sales come from North America, followed by Europe, typically making up another 25%.
Having said that, I believe that Nothing will be able to eventually outperform its spiritual parent company, OnePlus, which currently holds a 2% stake in the global smartphone market. OnePlus’ relative lack of sales success comes down to it never becoming too popular with US carriers, and that the company slowly strayed away from what gave them fame in the first place: the best performance for the money.
With Nothing, this axiom has seemingly been modified to be “modest performance, innovative styling, and a refined user experience.” Nothing’s priorities seem to make for a more sustainable business model, and one that will likely find great success with those in search of an affordable device that stands out in a sea of plainly-styled bricks we call phones.
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Google is suing Sonos over patent infringement once again – Yahoo Movies Canada
Google is suing Sonos (again) over patent infringement in what seems to be an unending legal fight series between two tech companies. The two new lawsuits filed Monday center around various patents involving keyword detection, charging using “technologies invented by Google” and determining what speaker from a group should respond to the keyword.
A post from Bloomberg Law noted that both these lawsuits were filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. The report said that Google accused Sonos products — like the Sonos One, Arc, Beam, Move and Roam — of violating seven patents.
“Rather than compete on the basis of innovation and product quality, Sonos has decided to compete in the courtroom, and started an aggressive and misleading campaign against our products, at the expense of our shared customers. We prefer innovation to litigation but their actions leave us no choice but to defend our technology and challenge Sonos’s clear, continued infringement of our patents,” José Castañeda, Google spokesperson, told TechCrunch in a statement.
The search giant also plans to take these complaints to the U.S. International Trade Commission in the coming days, Castañeda added. The company will ask the commission to impose a ban on the import of any products that are found infringing the above-mentioned patents.
The search giant’s lawsuit document, seen by TechCrunch, targeted the recently introduced Sonos voice assistant, saying that Google has patents for “enabling voice assistant technology and providing improvements to the efficiency, reliability, and durability of voice-controlled and battery-powered devices,” and Sonos is using them without its permission.
“For example, Sonos has recently introduced its Sonos Voice Control feature to control its products in a power-efficient manner through the use of “hotwords,” and to manage battery charging of its products, using technologies invented by Google,” it said.
Google and Sonos have been at loggerheads about wireless speaker tech patents for a while now. The latter got a big win earlier this year when the U.S. Trade Commission said Google had infringed on patents related to casting and group speaker controls. The Mountain View-based company had to remove from its offerings some functionality, like a single group volume control for a set of speakers.
Last week, a California judge sided with Google by canceling a Sonos patent related to transferring the playback queue of tracks from one speaker to another.
We’ve reached out to Sonos and will update the story with a comment when we hear back.
OnePlus 10T vs Google Pixel 6 – PhoneArena
The OnePlus 10T is priced on par with the Pixel 6, skips the zoom camera just like Google’s phone, and sports a snappy and barebones Android interface, again like, you guessed it, the Pixel 6.
That is why we are pitching the new OnePlus 10T versus the “old” Google Pixel 6 to help you choose which one to get on the runup to the September release date here in the US, based on their camera, display, and processor performance benchmarks.
OnePlus 10T vs Google Pixel 6, the main differences:
- Record fast 150W wired charging on the OnePlus 10T, but no wireless charging
- The smaller Pixel 6 display has better color presentation but lower refresh rate
- Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset is faster than Google’s Tensor 1 and offers better 5G connectivity
- The OnePlus 10 comes with twice the RAM and base storage of the Pixel 6
- Two color options vs three
- 50 MP cameras, but Google is still the mobile photography boss
Design and Display Quality
The OnePlus 10T is undoubtedly the more elegant phone at the front, what with the thinner display bezels and the boxy Pixel 6 appearance. At the back, however, it’s a toss-up between the OnePlus camera island fused with the side frame and the unorthodox camera “strip” of the Pixel 6.
The Pixel’s design is a bit more comfortable to hold and use with one hand, not only because it is more compact, but also because the elevated camera strip serves as a great place to press your index finger against. The OnePlus 10T’s elevated camera area holds three cameras and a flash, while Google’s strip has two and a flash, making for a rather baren appearance in comparison.
The 10T has two color options – Moonstone Black and Jade Green – which, despite the drastic difference in texture and looks, are achieved by using a glass back. The Pixel 6, in comparison, offers three colorways – Kinda Coral, Sorta Seafoam, and Stormy Black – and is again offering a glass back which has a wireless charging coil on the inside, unlike the OnePlus 8T which only charges with the monstrous 150W brick.
We have to give it to Google and its Pixel line when it comes to display colors. While phones from the BBK holding, like those of Oppo or OnePlus, offer rare per-unit factory calibration on the high-end models for the utmost in wide gamut coverage, Google’s Pixels have perfect display calibration even towards the midrange which is currently occupied by the Pixel 6.
The Pixel 6, on the other hand, has one of the lowest Deltas we’ve measured, near-perfect white balance, and brightness on par with the OnePlus 10T, as if counterweights to the higher refresh rate of the OnePlus phone.
Performance and Software
The Pixel 6 runs on Google’s own Tensor processor, coupled with 8GB RAM and 128GB of base storage. While both phones run their light Android interfaces well, the OnePlus 10T runs the most powerful Android chipset at the moment, so Google’s Tensor has a hard time catching up, especially when it comes to gaming or 5G connectivity where Qualcomm has no equal in terms of bands and filters supported.
But let’s look at the raw specs from our performance benchmarks and let them speak for themselves, especially in the 3D graphics rendering section which is important if you play a lot of games on your phone, here the 10T easily surpasses the Pixel 6:
The OnePlus 10T has a big but aesthetically pleasing camera island on the back, hosting three sensor and lense combos only one of which makes sense, the 50MP main camera with the Sony sensor. The 8MP ultrawide and 2MP macro camera are compromises and seem to be there for the count.
Can Google compete with the 50MP sensor of the Pixel 6’s main camera and the 12MP of the ultrawide against the newer OnePlus 10T? It can, and then some, as you can see from the samples below.
The crowd-pleasing OnePlus camera algorithms churn out overly warm, yellowish images with unnatural contrast boost. The photos lose some details in the process, while the Pixel 6 not only manages to snap very realistic, true-to-life colors both indoors and outdoors, but also captures more detail and the images have less blur without oversharpening, and the same goes for the 4K sample videos from the two phones below.
Both the OnePlus 10T and the Pixel 6 list “dual stereo speakers” among their virtues, but it’s a single speaker augmented by using the earpiece as the other one to keep the stereo sound off-balance. The sound from both phones won’t rock your socks, especially in the lows and mids, but they are both sufficiently loud to annoy people on your morning commute still.
It’s also worth noting that the phones lack a headphone jack, so you’d have to pick your poison of USB-C headphones, or wireless ones if you don’t want to use the “stereo speakers.”
Battery Life and Charging
The OnePlus 10T’s added value is its 150W charging system that pumps its 4800 mAh dual-cell battery full of electrons for less than 20 minutes. We measured 23 minutes, to be exact, but that was from a completely depleted state, not the 1% that OnePlus measures from.
There’s no wireless charging like on the Pixel 6, but the ultrafast wired and the inclusion of its 150W brick in the box more than compensates In short, both the battery life and the charging rounds go to the OnePlus 10T here.
Conclusion: OnePlus 10T or Pixel 6, which one to buy?
While the specs of the OnePlus 10T and Google Pixel 6 are quite similar, as can be expected given their respective price category, the newer phone is definitely the faster one with its Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 and the 20-minute charging speed. When it comes to photography, the Pixel 6 has the upper hand, though, despite both having 50MP main cameras.
In other words, if performance while gaming, record charging speeds, and a larger display with smoother refresh rate are more important to you than better dynamic range or night colors in your photos and wireless charging, go for the OnePlus 10T which can now be ordered with a free storage upgrade to boot.
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Mobile ERP Software – Features and Its Benefits
It is a fact that real-time communication and mobility are essential factors in the software space. Mobility can affect how businesses operate their processes. Among the tools, you can use today for your business is mobile ERP software.
Mobile ERP Software Defined
Mobile ERP software allows you to use ERP systems through your mobile devices, including tablets and smartphones. With a mobile ERP, you can improve mobility within the framework of an organization, which can boost business productivity.
Using mobile ERP software, you can access, share and create business information via handheld mobile devices. Integrating the software into your business can provide you with real-time data access without setup or significant infrastructure.
Through mobile ERP apps, you can make better decisions for your business. Meanwhile, you should remember that not all mobile ERP software is created similarly. You should choose one which can streamline communication for enhanced productivity and work collaboration.
What are the advantages of mobile ERP software?
A mobile ERP software can simplify the daily operations of an organization by lowering the complexity related to recording information manually. The software is flexible for streamlining processes without affecting operational efficiency.
Mobile ERP platform can provide your organization with many benefits. These include the following:
Mobile ERP software can improve visibility within your business. You can track activities of over one business location conveniently. It allows you to monitor business operations across various locations and departments on your mobile device.
Through a mobile ERP platform, you can collect valuable information and data from various points and offer up-to-date information to stay informed about what’s happening in real-time.
Enhanced data quality
The data fed to the system is the foundation of the ERP platform. It is excellent, like the input data. You can also design the system to capture bad data and prevent it from entering your ERP software. Your mobile ERP system can be your one-stop location where quality data is recorded and input.
With mobile ERP software, you can simplify the procedure of long and tiring implementations. It can add another layer of flexibility to current ERP implementations. With this, you can have a more effective and faster process.
A mobile ERP software can access real-time on-the-stop information about business accounts allowing you to enhance your business’ competitive advantage. As you access the ERP system on your mobile devices, you can have better control over your business operations. It can enhance productivity and lower turnaround time.
Mobile ERP software is the future ahead
More companies today are using mobile platforms. The mobile ERP software drives innovation and was already considered an essential component of a company with a mobile workforce.
Mobile ERP systems can drive visibility across all departments of a business. It can speed up the automation process, delivering enhanced profitability and efficiency for organizations.
Features of mobile ERP software
Mobile ERP software is equipped with innovative features that can meet the specific needs of your business.
With mobile ERP, you can have cloud-based solutions that simplify your business operations. It allows you to experience easy collaboration with users, predictive business reporting, and 24/7 accessibility. Cloud-based ERP is more affordable and will not require you to build new infrastructure for your organization.
Multiple location tracking
Mobile ERP will give you a bird’s eye view of your business locations, so you can identify the most productive and low-performing locations. It allows you to improve decision-making, plan important projects, and detect issues as they occur.
High-performing data reporting
With the system, you can get essential business information to your dashboards. Since you can have valuable data, you can make informed decisions.
Promotes employee productivity
ERP mobile software helps employees in various departments to manage time on different projects with excellent flexibility. It can increase your business’s productivity and reduce turnaround time for essential documents.
Why should you choose mobile ERP software?
Mobile ERP software can offer many benefits to your business. The following are additional factors why you should invest in mobile ERP software.
Increased security, protected data
Your valuable data are encrypted using state-of-the-art security if you access the ERP system through your mobile devices. Managing your business operations in the cloud allows you to track all activities. The data are backed up automatically and have protection from malicious external attacks.
ERP system is specific, so it will need a well-trained specialist to visit your business onsite. As you integrate mobile ERP software into your business, you can access a dedicated service team. You can quickly get support from the experts whenever you experience some issue.
Easier updating and migration
Another unique feature of a mobile ERP system is that you don’t have to change to another software if your company’s demands and workforce grow. You can have easier updating and migration with mobile ERP, allowing you to reduce costs.
What are the industries that may need a mobile ERP?
ERP mobile technology can benefit the following industries:
- Manufacturing factories
- Retail businesses
- Industrial services
- Construction and development
- Professional contractors
- Professional firms ( accounting, legal firms)
- Service-based physical businesses
Mobile ERP system types
Mobile ERP system has various types.
Small business ERP
This mobile ERP platform has laser-targeted features relevant to the daily operations of a startup or small business.
General ERP systems
It features a generalist approach for mobile ERP systems. It can have systems that individuals and small businesses can use to manage basic transactions.
This type of mobile ERP is an industry-specific solution that can be ideal for a business niche. The software is designed and customized based on the focused demands of a business.
Generally, mobile ERP software can be an efficient tool to level up your business transactions by accessing the system through your mobile devices. With its advanced features, your business can increase productivity, leading to growth and development.
Mobile ERP platform can help you save time, effort, and money when it comes to your business projects and processes.
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