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Google VP Splits From Android To Join Xiaomi Not Due To Sour Romance

Google has confirmed that Hugo Barra, VP for Android Product Management is leaving the company to join China’s emerging tech company Xiaomi. Sources closed to the matter deny the departure is related to the complicated romantic fall out between Google’s co-founder Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki. It was reported, that Mr Brin was involved with a female Google employee who previously had a relationship with Mr Barra. When asked, Mr Barra told that he had been discussing his move with Xiaomi for some time.

Mr Barra joined Google in 2008. He had a Master’s degree in Computer Science at MIT. He stated the following through his Google+ account “After nearly 5½ years at Google and almost 3 years as a member of the Android team — the most amazing group of people I’ve ever worked with in my life — I have decided to start a new career chapter. In a few weeks, I’ll be joining the Xiaomi team in China to help them expand their incredible product portfolio and business globally — as Vice President, Xiaomi Global.  I’m really looking forward to this new challenge, and am particularly excited about the opportunity to continue to help drive the Android ecosystem.

Apple’s Budget iPhone 5C

The “C” in Apple’s Budget iPhone 5C is perceived as Cheap or Color. The new low end iPhone  is reportedly cheaper by $200-300 and will have polycarbonate casing in 5 different colors. This is seen as the firm’s response to consumer’s demand for affordable yet capable smartphones.

Michael Morgan, analyst at ABI Research says  that “the days of great growth in the high end of the market are gone.” That is why Apple has made efforts to venture into emerging markets  .CEO Tim Cook, reportedly, went to China twice to strike a tie-up deal with China Mobile, world’s largest telco operator with 740 million subscribers. If the agreement goes through, Apple could achieve tremendous growth in China which, currently, has only 4.8% market share. In comparison, rival Samsung  enjoys 17.6%.

iphone 5c

Gold-Colored iPhone 5S Variant

Who wants a gold-colored iPhone 5S variant? I do. It looks classy. Besides, you will agree, we already have enough of just black and white versions. French website, Macboutic  released this rumored gold color version of the upcoming iPhone.

gold iphone5s

Notorious analyst Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI Securities, who has an accurate track record, predicted the next iPhone will have champagne color version. He further added that  the Apple flagship gadget will have:

  1. 128 GB memory which is currently available only in iPad 4,
  2. A7, 64 bit processor that wil improve speed and efficiency by 20%
  3. Sapphire home button with fingerprint sensor
  4. Main Camera, 8 MP, f 2.0  aperture with dual flash lights

Apple To Launch 2 Variants, iPhone 5S and a Budget iPhone

Apple is cooking up to launch two new iPhone variants : iPhone 5S  and the rumored low-cost iPhone, possibly named the iPhone “5C”. This rumor is slated to be announced on September 10, 2013, just 6 days after Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will be unveiled or barely 1 month after the Steve Jobs movie would be released in theaters.

We reported previously that fingeprint sensor is expected to be a major selling point for new iPhone device. In addition, the iPhone 5S is said to come with an A7 quad-core chip, Near Field Communication, a 13MP rear camera, up to 128 GB of internal storage and a longer battery life.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Latest News and Rumors Roundup

We are on the final countdown of Samsung’s launch of it’s next flagship smart phone Galaxy Note 3. It is expected to unveil at the Berlin Radio Show in Germany similar to the announcement of predecessors Note 1 and 2. Samsung has sent out invitation to the event with hints on what to expect. Notice the phrase “note the date”.

samsung note 3 invitation

Like in 2012, Note 3 will be unveiled at IFA event in Berlin on September 4, 2013

Note 2 was billed a success with 5 million units sold within 2 months of release. However, with Samsung’s introduction of newer technologies, some analysts predict a more huge hype on Note 3 which could surpass Galaxy S4’s unprecedented sales record of 10 million units sold in 27 days. That remains to be seen.