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Where do you see the Earth in terms of Internet connectivity five years from now? If you ask Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt for his opinion, he’ll tell you that in five years, even more people will have access to the Internet one way or another. In fact, Schmidt thinks that every single person on the planet will be online by the end of the decade. This is what he said over Google+ yesterday morning in a widely-talked about post that has since been +1′d over 500 times.
What the Google exec sees is a future where everyone is able to go on the Internet, and probably quite easily, at that. In his Google+ post, he correctly pointed out that “for every person online, there are two who are not.” He then made the bold claim that by the year 2020, “everyone on Earth will be connected.”
There are two ways to look at Schmidt’s statement here in regard to the Earth’s Internet-connected future. First, it could be seen as a sort of pre-announcement for Google’s imminent aggressive expansion in the world ISP market. As one of the biggest Internet-based companies ever, it is in Google’s best interest to ensure that more and more people get the chance to go online. That explains the company’s push for more connected devices in the hands of consumers (i.e. Android smartphones and tablets), as well as its work towards providing better and faster Internet service for everyone (Google Fiber, which is a work in progress).
Schmidt’s statement could also be seen as a type of wishful thinking, if not for himself, then perhaps for everyone else. The Internet is seen by many as the great equalizer, and it truly stands to change the lives of billions of people in radical ways. There’s no telling where Google itself will be by 2020, whether it will be the one to facilitate the major expansion of the Internet or not, but as long as Schmidt’s statement turns out to be true somehow, then it’s a definite win for us all.
But what will it take for the Google chairman’s claim or wish to come true?
Internet usage: A look at the numbers
According to information from the Internet World Stats web site, which collects data on Internet usage from around the world, about 34.3% of the Earth’s entire population are able to go online right now. So it’s still quite a ways from the estimated total world population of about 7 billion people.
How will Internet access spread to billions?
If Google intends to help bestow Internet access to everyone on the planet, it’s going to have to do more than just launch its Fiber Internet service in a few states across the U.S.
Also, let’s not forget that some countries, even though they have the necessary budget or infrastructure for it — or at least they could — still simply do not allow their citizens to enjoy full access to the Internet. Places such as China and North Korea come to mind. This means that Google will also have to continually brush up its diplomatic relations. So far, it’s off to a good start.
There’s really a whole host of things that needs to be done in order to fulfill this prophecy. In Schmidt’s mind, we’re all probably in for an Android-powered Internet-based future. But it’s worth noting that many things could happen in the next seven years.
It took Android less than five years to make it to the top of the world smartphone market. Now with a bunch of new smartphone ecosystems on the horizon, there’s no telling what might happen. Will Android even still be around by 2020? What about Google? And what kind of company will it be? Whatever the answer, one can only hope that “Don’t be evil” is not forgotten.
Those of you thinking of buying an HTC One when it hits stores in the near future should know that the Taiwan-based Android manufacturer has a handy online service called HTC Get Started to help you with the initial configuration of the flagship device.
The service can be tested already, even before actually buying the device, just hit up the second Source link below. Users can get themselves familiarized with the various menus and settings that can be customized when first using the device.
From the start screen, you can choose your language and your appropriate HTC One version – you’ll not that other One-branded devices could be available in the list – and then make your way through different settings.
Naturally, in order to perform the setup, you’ll actually need the phone, so until you’re ready to buy it, get yourself acquainted with the various menus of what appears to be a simple customizing procedure.
Depending on what menus you select, you’re going to experience the HTC One’s user interface specific to that action on the virtual HTC One screen found on the right side of the page.
In addition to feed settings, you can also choose what apps to have preloaded on the device, customize ringtones, notification sounds and alarms, setup bookmarks (yes, you can add Android Authority right away to your list,) select the appropriate wallpaper (or upload your chosen one) and lock screen for your handset.
After personalizing the look of your HTC One, you’ll be invited to add various accounts that you may be interested in accessing from the handset, including DropBox, Yahoo, Hotmail, Microsoft Exchange or other email accounts.
Once that’s all over, all you need to do is sign in and have your settings saved and sent to the handset. Naturally, this process is optional. In case you want to customize the handset later, you can always skip these steps. Oh, and if you happen to move to the HTC One from the iPhone, you should know you can import your iOS backup straight to your new HTC handset.
Are you buying an HTC One this year, or are you going to go for something different?
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Lava has been making waves in the Android world after becoming the first manufacturer to use an Intel chipset in its Lava XOLO X900 smartphone. Since then, the company has been aggressively marketing its XOLO lineup of devices, which feature an X series (with Intel processors) and A series (non-Intel processors). The latest addition to the company’s XOLO brand is the Lava XOLO A1000, a 5-inch 720p display smartphone running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box.
Let’s take a quick look at the specs of the Lava XOLO A1000:
- 1GHz dual-core MediaTek MT6577 processor
- 5-inch display with 1280×720 resolution
- 1GB RAM
- 4GB internal storage, expandable via microSD up to 32GB
- 2,100mAh battery
- dual-SIM support
- Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
Other than the processor, the hardware of the Lava XOLO A1000 is very similar to the Micromax A116 Canvas HD, with the latter boasting a faster quad-core processor. That’s why it is somewhat disappointing to see that Lava has chosen to price the XOLO A1000 the same as the Canvas HD, at Rs 13,999 (~9). Lava does enjoy a certain brand recognition even internationally, but in this case, the Micromax smartphone will likely be a better choice.
If you’d like to pick up the Lava XOLO A1000 anyway, the device is available from Flipkart with an estimated delivery of 7-8 days. What is surprising is that even though the device is already available online, an official announcement from the company is not yet available. Hopefully there’ll be some bundled offers or discounts which will make Lava XOLO A1000 worth it.
What are your thoughts? Would you consider buying the Lava XOLO A1000 or would you rather go for the Micromax A116 Canvas HD? How much of a price difference do you think Lava should have kept for the A1000 to have been considered a viable alternative?
When it comes to sending your files to the cloud, are you more of a Dropbox person? Even if you say yes, you wouldn’t want to miss the fantastic promotion that its competitor, Box, is currently offering. For a limited time only, Box is giving new users free 50GB of cloud storage space.
Despite the banner on the website, the registration is open to everyone. You don’t have to be the owner of certain devices – all you have to do is sign up and that’s it! Best of all – you’ll get to keep all your files in the cloud for life.
Note that if you don’t register through the link, you’ll only get a measly 5GB storage. If you’re wondering if there’s any catch to the offer, as far as we can tell there really isn’t. But from what we understand, the maximum size that you can upload per file is limited to 250MB, which should be more than enough for many.
What are you waiting for? Hit the link now before the online storage giveaway ends. Once you do, don’t forget to grab the Box app for Android as well.