Google IO 2015 Coverage

Cloud computing growth in 2015 to be big says Xaiomi

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Most smartphone users are familiar with cloud-based storage providers like Dropbox, Google Drive or on other platforms, iCloud. These are joined by several other options as companies try to get in on the action, resulting in services like Verizon’s cloud storage solutions for their subscribers. Since they are not yet a big name outside of China and other Asian markets, Xaiomi’s cloud storage service is not yet well-known. However, Xiaomi is expecting growth in revenues from the services it provides to grow by 4 to 5 times for 2015 compared to the prior year. Read more

HTC’s WF5w smartphone looks to be their thinnest device yet

htc WF5wA new HTC device was certified in China with the model number WF5w. This phone obviously isn’t official, but the Chinese certification page lists the physical dimensions at just 152 grams and 7.49 mm thin. That bests HTC’s current thinnest smartphone, the E9+, by a small margin.

The phone reportedly runs Android 5.0.2 with a 5.5-inch, 720p display. There’s an octa-core processor on board, 2 GB of RAM, 13 megapixel front and rear cameras, and 16 GB of internal storage with an SD card slot. The phone isn’t bad by any stretch, but it’s clear the thinness will be the most unique feature here. Read more