Everyone has known for a long time that smartphones collect and send a lot of data to Google and Apple servers – even if the user prohibits telemetry. However, as it turned out, the amount of this data in the case of one and the other companies is fundamentally different. And not in Google’s favor.
Researcher Douglas Leith from Trinity College Dublin published a study in which he said: even if the user forbids telemetry, it is still carried out, and the collected data is sent to Google and Apple servers. But Leith is not worried about the very fact of this, how much data is collected and sent: he claims that when turned on, the average Android smartphone sends Google 1MB of various kinds of information, while the iPhone is only 42KB. But that’s not all: in standby mode, an Android smartphone sends Google 1MB of data collected in 12 hours. Whereas the iPhone sends only 52 KB to Apple’s servers over the same period of time. It turns out that Android only in the US collects and sends data 1.3 TB in 12 hours to Google, while iOS only 5.8 GB.
Leith notes that Android and iOS send data to the servers of Google and Apple, respectively, even when performing the simplest operations with a smartphone – such as viewing settings or inserting a SIM card. The preinstalled apps send data to Google and Apple without fail, even if they are not opened or used. These programs include Siri, Safari, and iCloud on iOS, and Chrome, YouTube, Google Docs, and others on Android.
Apple and Google have already commented on the results of the Douglas Leith study and, as you would expect, their point of view differs from that of the researcher. So, Google explained everything by the difference in methodology. Allegedly, the study only describes the principle of operation of a modern smartphone, but it is similar to the principle of operation of a modern car, when the manufacturer receives various data from cars in order to be sure of their safety and normal maintenance. Similarly, in a smartphone – the data collected by Google is needed so that the company, figuratively speaking, sees that the device’s software has been updated to the latest versions, the services are working correctly, and the smartphone itself is safe. As for Apple, a spokesman for that company also referred to the data collection misinterpreted by the researcher. He also noted that Apple provides “transparency and control of personal information,” and also provides “safeguards that prevent the company from tracking users’ location.”
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 is the first smartphone with Android 12L
Samsung’s flagship smartphone, the Galaxy Z Fold4, was unveiled this week and is immediately available for pre-order. According to Samsung, the new foldable flagship comes with One UI 4.1.1 out of the box and has a host of new features for optimal multitasking that have been developed “together with partners.”
The main attention during the announcement was given to design, screens and cameras, but an important novelty went unnoticed. The fact is that the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 is the first smartphone that will ship out of the box with the Android 12L operating system.
Google initially introduced the L version of Android 12 back in October 2021, and then reminded about it six months later. L stands for large screens, meaning this operating system is designed for foldable smartphones, tablets, and Chrome OS devices. Android 12L can be installed on any device, but it’s optimized for multitasking and apps have been redesigned for larger screens.
Google apps are arranged in two columns, making it easier to navigate on the square display, while productivity and social media apps also know when the device is folded, so they switch to their normal orientation.
Android 12L will only be in the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 for now, the small Flip4 clamshell has received the standard version of Android 12.
In the morning we published a comparison of Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Xiaomi Mix Fold 2.
The smartphone market is declining, but Apple does not expect demand for the iPhone to fall and has ordered 90 million units of the iPhone 14
According to Bloomberg, Apple does not expect iPhone sales to fall in 2022 amid a general slowdown in the smartphone market. The Cupertino-based company expects iPhone demand to continue strong and has asked suppliers to produce 90 million iPhone 14 models, which is the same as the iPhone 13 production in the same period last year.
Apple expects to release about 220 million iPhones in 2022, which is the same level as 2021 production. Bloomberg sources said that Apple could weather the downturn in the smartphone market because Apple’s customer base is still willing to spend money on premium devices.
Until 2021, Apple released about 75 million new smartphones. In 2021, that number increased to 90 million as the company anticipated high demand for iPhone 13 models, and Apple is now sticking to that bar for 2022.
Earlier, Ming-Chi Kuo, a well-known analyst at Tianfeng International, said that the current supply chain of the iPhone 14 line of smartphones has not been affected, so the smartphones will be released as scheduled.
In the morning we published a comparison of the screens of the iPhone 14 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro.
iPhone 14 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro screens compared
For the first time in five years, Apple is due to radically change the design of its flagship smartphones: judging by the available data, the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max will lose the notch that appeared in the iPhone X and will receive screens with two cutouts. Some people call these cutouts an exclamation point, others think they look like the letter i.
While this change has been met with mixed reception, according to user feedback on social media, it does allow for more effective screen real estate. This note provides a comparison of the screens of the iPhone 14 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro.
This design, in theory, will allow more icons and other information to be displayed in the status bar on either side of the cutouts.
This week, Apple released another beta version of iOS 16 to developers, which returned the battery percentage icon to the top right of the screen. However, not everyone liked this decision.
The presentation of the iPhone 14 line is expected in September. The minimum amount of flash memory iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max will be 256 GB, so smartphones will rise in price.
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