Look out Android: A $550 iPhone is coming to shake things up

 

We’ve been hearing a lot of chatter about Apple’s 2018 lineup already, and we can expect three new iPhone models to arrive this Fall. The new lineup includes an upgraded 5.8-inch iPhone X, a 6.5-inch OLED iPhone X Plus and a new 6.1-inch LCD iPhone. The latter is what I’m the most excited about due to some new details, and here’s why.

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has just dropped some new details on the iPhones due to be revealed later this year, and there’s one remarkable aspect of the new 6.1-inch model that will make a lot of people do a double take. Kuo says in the investor note that the 6.1-inch LCD iPhone will cost as low as $ 550. Based on the price, that makes it a strong competitor to many Android phones.

Apple’s devices are known for their high prices and high quality, so such a low price for an iPhone could invite a bit of suspicion or hurt the exclusivity of the brand. Then again, maybe the potential gains would be worth the risk for Apple. What the iPhone X has lacked in sales numbers, it seems to have made up for in high profitability, and the 6.1-inch iPhone could flip that script to sell a lot of reasonably priced smartphones. Between the third quarters of 2018 and 2019, Kuo expects Apple to sell between 100-120 million units of the 6.1-inch iPhone.

The 6.1-inch LCD iPhone could have two models according to the report. There would be a cheaper standard model with a single SIM and a second model with dual SIM. The dual SIM model would be dual SIM standby (with no eSIM), meaning the user would have to specify which of the SIM cards is able to make calls, as opposed to a dual SIM active where both cards can be enabled simultaneously. Don’t hold your breath for that second SIM slot to have microSD support. 

The single SIM variant of the most affordable of the three upcoming 2018 iPhones would cost between $ 550 and $ 650, while the dual SIM model could go for $ 650-750. The single SIM model could “help increase market share in China and commercial markets” according to Kuo, and I have no doubt that it could sway some Android users in the US whose primary gripe about Apple products is their price.

Right now, there are a ton of the latest and greatest Android options in the same price range: the OnePlus 5T ($ 569), LG G6 ($ 419), Google Pixel 2 ($ 551), Samsung Galaxy S8 ($ 594) and so on, but the new Apple smartphones cost hundreds more than that.

For those of us who don’t want to drop the maximum amount of cash possible on a product that will only last a few years before needing to be replaced, the new 6.1-inch LCD iPhone could be the relatively reasonably priced Android alternative we’ve been waiting for.

Are you excited for a lower price or dual SIM support? Let us know what you think of the upcoming iPhones in the comments!

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7 important tips to clear up your doubts about Google Home

 

I’m not sure if you’re already familiar with the Google Home and Google Home Mini universe. The two smart speakers are becoming increasingly popular, and are making their way into more living rooms, kitchens, and bedrooms everyday (I’ve been moving the Mini around my home for months), but they are also raising doubts about their abilities. Here are some important peculiarities you should know about!

It works even without a smartphone

Google Home (and its Mini variant) runs independently of a smartphone. This means that once it’s configured, the speaker will respond to voice commands even if you turn off your device. This also means that you can buy it for a member of your family (like your grandmother) who might not have their own smartphone. In this case you have to configure it through an app dedicated to the device, and that’s it.

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If Google Assistant is active on a smartphone and home speaker, which device will respond?

If you’ve activated Assistant on both your smartphone and have Google Home in your home, both devices will respond to the ‘Okay, Google’ command. The speaker assistant takes precedence between the two: you’ll have to wait a few seconds before the assistant on your smartphone goes back to sleep.

It should be noted that your smartphone won’t wake up with the ‘Okay, Google’ command. If you have more than one Google smart speaker in the same room, the one closest to you will activate.

Different voices on different accounts

Google Home is smart enough to recognize up to 6 different voices. You can then also set up different Google accounts in the same by selecting the Voice Match option: the speaker will respond to the commands of all six users (and can also access different calendars and playlists on Spotify, for example) and will do this automatically, without you having to manually select the corresponding account.

Google Home Tink Androidpit Google Assistant recognizes up to 6 different voices with Voice Match. / © Tink

No, you can’t customize the OK Google command

There are currently only two magic formulas to activate Google Assistant: ‘Okay, Google’ and ‘Hey, Google’. These two universal commands apply for everyone and still aren’t customizable, but hopefully they will be in the future.

They are also Bluetooth speakers

Don’t forget the Google Home and Google Home Mini are also Bluetooth speakers. This means that beyond their quintessential smart functions, they can also be used as simple speakers if you’re watching a movie or playing a video.

Finding your smartphone is a piece of cake

If you tend to lose your smartphone in your house when moving in between rooms, you can ask Google Home to find it for you. Just say “Hey Google, find my smartphone’, and your device will start ringing, no matter if it’s an Android phone or an iPhone. So you won’t have to keep running between the kitchen and living room before leaving the house!

androidpit Chromecast 2015 28You can also control a Chromecast with your voice! / © AndroidPIT

The perfect companion for Chromecast

Simply connect Chromecast to your home TV via an HDMI output and you can play movies, TV shows, YouTube videos or your TV via Google Home. You can also play your favorite songs on Google Home and Google Home Mini by connecting your smartphone and speaker to the same Wi-Fi network, inserting Chromecast, and selecting the song that you want to play from the app the app you’re using.

Do you have any other doubts about the capabilities of Google Home and Google Home Mini? On this page you’ll find a list of all the things Google’s smart home device can do, but don’t hesitate to ask us if you have any other doubts!

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