Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 31st Aug 2011 14:35 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless While US Android users are all full of glee that they're finally getting the Samsung Galaxy S II in the United States, a far more significant Android smartphone is being developed... In China. It's faster than any other smartphone, has a beautiful and fluid user interface, top-notch hardware quality, a dual-partition setup so you can keep using the phone while it updates... And will sell for a mere $310, no contract or whatever other nonsense. Hello Xiaomi Phone.
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Comment by Radio
by Radio on Wed 31st Aug 2011 16:52 UTC
Radio
Member since:
2009-06-20

Huawei has done something far better already :
http://singularityhub.com/2011/08/16/80-android-phone-sells-like-ho...

It is not a phone as good as this Xiaomi, but it is good enough. Thanks to Google, it has stuff like speech recognition/transcription which is unvaluable in a country where many people don't know how to write (yes, even people rich enough to buy this phone may be illiterate. You'd be surprised to meet successful business(wo)men who can neither read nor count).

Maybe worth a news?

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RE: Comment by Radio
by arpan on Wed 31st Aug 2011 16:59 in reply to "Comment by Radio"
arpan Member since:
2006-07-30

yes, even people rich enough to buy this phone may be illiterate. You'd be surprised to meet successful business(wo)men who can neither read nor count


They may not be able to read, but they can definitely count, really really well. Most of them will do complex calculations in their head in a second.

I've met business men in India who can tell you exactly where you are from, even down to the which town you are from, and the fact that you studied in the US for a year etc.

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RE: Comment by Radio
by zima on Wed 31st Aug 2011 17:08 in reply to "Comment by Radio"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Paste that URL in the search box, at the top of this page.

Functional illiteracy isn't particularly rare also in the so called "developed" world, anyway. But don't make too much of such mostly online tools, they are a) probably most useful as small helpers when you do know how to read and write b) problematic in places with very costly data transfers (maybe it leaves the way for some tailored Chinese "forks" of Android, we'll see)

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RE: Comment by Radio
by unclefester on Thu 1st Sep 2011 07:18 in reply to "Comment by Radio"
unclefester Member since:
2007-01-13

"Developing" countries hold most of the top 20 places in world literacy rankings.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_literacy_rate

A more likely reason is because it's a PITA to use many non-Latin alphabets on electronic devices.

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RE: Comment by Radio
by SnowBuddha on Thu 1st Sep 2011 18:39 in reply to "Comment by Radio"
SnowBuddha Member since:
2009-04-17

I have one of these. It's a little slow, and there are a few apps from the market place that don't like the smaller screen, but for the price I got it at it offers outstanding performance. The build quality is surprising considering the price point. It's also been dropped onto pavement several times - once even skidding merrily across several parking spaces - and still works flawlessly.

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