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Google services and products have enriched the lives of tech fans, business people, and anyone who’s ever been curious enough to ask a question on the internet. We all know about Search, Gmail, Maps, Chrome, YouTube, and Android. We’ve recently seen new names added to the Google hall of fame, too — most notably the Pixel smartphones and Google Assistant-powered Nest smart devices.

What about Google’s epic fails? For the Mountain View company’s many successes, a bunch of apps, devices, and other products it birthed or acquired ultimately floundered and died, often killed in an unceremonious fashion.

Also read: A decade of Google: The most notable events from the past 10 years

Websites like Google Cemetery and Killed by Google (as well as Ars Technica’s Google Kills Product series) are dedicated to tracking the big G’s dead products, so we thought it’d be fun to sift through the corpses and put together a list of the most interesting failed Google projects. Here are the top products in the Google Graveyard!

Google Answers (2002 — 2006)

Intended for inquisitive people to ask the internet hive mind questions for cash bounties, Answers eventually devolved into a mad house dominated by trolls and spammers. Google Questions and Answers replaced it, which also shut down in 2014. Nowadays, we have algorithm-based Google Search Answer Boxes for all of our quick-fire questions.

Dodgeball (2005 — 2007)

Dodgeball was a text-based predecessor to Google Latitude. It let users know when friends and interesting places were nearby. One of the original creators, Dennis Crowley, co-founded Foursquare (which built on Dodgeball’s core concepts) after becoming frustrated by Google’s lack of support for the service. Dodge, dip, duck, dive, and dead.

Google Lively (2008 — 2008)

Back when creepy virtual life simulators like Second Life and Habbo Hotel took the internet by storm, Google attempted to cash in on the hype with Lively — a virtual world sim with user-created avatars and virtual chat rooms. It lasted just five months.

Google Ride Finder (2007 — 2009)

Did you know Google had a ride-hailing service before Uber was even a thing? Ride Finder used the user’s geolocation to find nearby taxis, shuttles, or carpools in 14 US cities. The limited service meant it never really caught on. Uber came to be the same year Ride Finder died; the rest, as they say, is history. It gets some bonus points for being first, though.

GOOG-411 (2007 — 2010)

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GOOG-411 was a telephone directory service connecting callers to relevant US and Canadian businesses using voice recognition technology. Unsurprisingly, most people used the traditional 411 line, but apparently, the voice data Google collected was integral in the early development of voice services like Google Now and, eventually, Google Assistant. It gets a slightly higher ranking just for that.

Google Desktop (2004 — 2011)

This was a nifty sidebar program you could install on Linux, macOS, and Windows. It placed a search toolbox on your desktop for scanning through local files, and offered quick access to a clock, weather, news feed, Gmail feed, and photos stored locally on the PC, among other things. Google killed off Desktop as it began to focus more on cloud storage. It was a useful bit of software that naturally became obsolete as desktop OS’ began to offer similar built-in features.

Related: The best laptops you can buy right now

Google Labs (2006 — 2011) Google Gears (2007 — 2011)

Gears was an open-source browser extension that enabled web-based apps to run offline. That sounds great, so why is it dead? All those features were built into HTML5 and hard-coded into web browsers, which completely eliminated Gears purpose for existing when the new platform launched. It was a noble solution to a common problem faced by web app devs at the time.

Google Fast Flip (2009 — 2011)

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Before Google News, the Mountain View firm had a news aggregator called Fast Flip. The Google Labs project collected news from across the world and presented them in a clever, microfiche-esque style using text and images.

Google Sidewiki (2009 — 2011) Google Body (2010 — 2011)

You’ve probably heard of at least a handful of entries on this list, but there’s a good chance you had no idea Google had a web app for showing 3D models of the human body. You also probably didn’t know that on April Fools’ Day 2011, the site showed a cow instead of a human body. That’s right; there was a Google Cow. It’s honestly a crime this got shut down.

Google Dictionary (2010 — 2011)

Why would you need a Google-made Dictionary when websites found through Search already provide all the answers? You wouldn’t!

Also: The best dictionary apps

Google Buzz (2010 — 2011)

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Buzz was the search giant’s major attempt at social networking before Google Plus. As a social component within Gmail, Buzz was a bit like Twitter, allowing users to post status updates, photos, videos, and links. Google retired the service just over a year after it launched due to privacy issues that cost Google a hefty $8.5 million lawsuit settlement. The crime? Using Gmail information for a social platform without asking users for permission. Oops.

Google Video (2005 — 2012)

Google Video was a free platform where users could upload video clips for the whole world to see. The service came up against impossible competition from YouTube, so Google did what Google is wont to do — it bought YouTube.

Urchin (2005 — 2012)

Urchin was the precursor to Google Analytics, a service that would become far and away the most helpful web analytics program on the market. Mark this one up as another product on this list that’s more notable for what came after it.

Google Health (2008 — 2012)

Google Health was a centralized personal health record service where US users could upload their medical data. It was beset by privacy concerns and closed by Google after failing to make a “broad impact.”

Here: Awesome health apps you should download

Knol (2008 — 2012)

Google Listen (2009 — 2012)

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The release of Google Podcasts in 2023 saw the big G entering the hotly contested podcast app arena, but it wasn’t Google’s first stab at podcast apps on the Play Store. Google Listen didn’t last long, however, as other, better podcast apps pushed it down the charts and eventually into oblivion.

More: Other Podcast apps you should consider

Google Wave (2010 — 2012)

In the dark days before Slack, we had Google Wave. The web-based collaborative tool borrowed its name from the (excellent) Firefly TV series, enabling users to work together in so-called “waves.” Everyone accessing a single wave could see the other participants type letter by letter in real-time as if chatting through an instant messenger. All edits were stored via a timeline, allowing you to see what was edited and when. If that all sounded a bit convoluted and open to abuse, that’s because it was. Google abandoned the project shortly after Wave’s public launch and handed it over to the Apache Software Foundation, which rebranded the service Apache Wave — which it eventually retired in 2023.

iGoogle (2005 — 2013)

The horribly-named iGoogle was an interactive home page for your browser packed with web-based “gadgets.” You could add and remove gadgets (simple widgets) or move them around within the browser window to fit your needs. Google said the need for iGoogle “eroded over time” due to the maturing capabilities of websites and mobile apps. Plenty of websites and Chrome extensions attempt to recreate iGoogle’s widget-based pages, but they’ll never match the magic of the real thing.

Google Reader (2005 — 2013)

Google launched Reader in 2005 as a free tool to easily aggregate RSS-enabled feeds from multiple sites. The company admitted Reader had “a loyal following,” but decided to shut down the service as part of its brutal Spring cleaning in 2013, citing a decline in usage. You can still aggregate your content feeds using Feedly and other RSS platforms on desktop, and on Android, thanks to a bunch of RSS apps available via the Google Play Store. Many still mourn its loss.

Google Latitude (2009 — 2013)

Latitude allowed smartphone owners to disclose their current location on Google Maps via a Google account. This opt-in service was an excellent way to keep up with friends and family wherever they were, but only if they shared their location. As part of a Maps redesign, Google chose to discontinue Latitude and integrate its check-in and location features into Google Plus — and we all know how that worked out. Unfortunately for Google, Latitude has become something of a footnote for online check-ins as Facebook’s equivalent feature — introduced in 2010 — is now the de facto way of letting folks know where you are in the world.

Nexus Q (2012 — 2013)

Hailed by Google as the ultimate digital media player, the Nexus Q was intended to showcase the magic of technologies like NFC and Android Beam to control all media within the home. Less than a year after its grand reveal at Google I/O 2012, the spherical “social” hub was quietly nixed before it even hit shelves. Preview units were sent out to those who pre-ordered the $300 device for free, but a commercial release was quietly abandoned after the Nexus Q received a truckload of criticism over its high price tag and comparatively limited features.

Read more: What is the best smart speaker you can buy?

Orkut (2004 — 2014)

One of the many failed social media apps from Google to make this list (shoutout to Jaiku, which narrowly missed a spot), Orkut enjoyed a brief spurt of popularity in Brazil and India in the late noughties before going right in the bin like every other Google social media platform.

Bump! (2009 — 2014) Google Schemer (2011 — 2014)

Imagine a bucket list site your friends and family could see online, and you’ve basically got Google Schemer. The service was another victim of Google Plus’ unfulfilled ambition to be the Next Big Thing.

Google Offers (2011 — 2014)

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After trying and failing to buy Groupon in 2010 for a reported $6 billion, Google decided to take a crack at the deal-of-the-day-style coupon market with its own service, Google Offers. Groupon is still going (for now). Google Offers was canned after three years. That tells you all you need to know.

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Google Moderator (2008 — 2024)

Moderator was made famous by then-President-elect Barack Obama and was designed to aggregate a huge pool of user-submitted questions and suggestions based on crowdsourced feedback. A smart idea for sure, but Google eventually took the site offline, citing low usage.

Google Catalogs (2011 — 2024)

Back when tablets were the hottest new thing in consumer tech, Google waded into the space with Catalogs — a tablet-focused app hosting virtual product catalogs for various retailers. Those same retailers quickly realized they were better off having their own apps, leaving Catalogs as something of a forgotten relic.

Google Play Editions (2013 — 2024)

The precursor to Android One, Google Play Edition phones were essentially regular smartphones made by Samsung, HTC, and other OEMs with stock Android. Almost exclusively available to buy direct from Google, the series included Google Play versions of beloved phones like the Samsung Galaxy S4, Moto G, and HTCOne. We don’t necessarily want Play Editions back in their previous incarnation, but we’d love to see more Android One-ified models hit the market.

More: The best Android phones running near-stock Android

Helpouts (2013 — 2024)

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Not to be confused with Hangouts, Helpouts was a user-led online helpdesk for anything and everything where “providers” could get paid for offering online support and tutorials. Another service shuttered due to lack of growth. Helpouts was a great idea and, in theory, paved the way for altruistic apps like Be My Eyes. In reality, it was too closely linked with Google Plus’ lackluster ecosystem. It also forced experts to cough up 20% of their revenue, which was as unpopular as you might expect.

Picasa (2002 — 2024)

Initially developed by Lifescape, Picasa was a free image organizer and editor for Linux, macOS, and Windows that Google purchased in 2004. Google discontinued the desktop program in 2024 to focus solely on its successor, Google Photos. While some desktop users still mourn Picasa’s loss, the cross-platform support of Google Photos is a considerable improvement.

Panoramio (2005 — 2024) Google Code (2006 — 2024)

Google shut down its project hosting service in 2024. The platform served as a hub for developers for ten years, giving them tools to store their code, control revisions, document the project’s progression, and more. Google decided to shut down the service a decade after its creation and moved around 1,000 of its projects to GitHub, which continues to grow in popularity, and is unquestionably a far superior platform.

Related: The most important Android smartphones since the Google Nexus 5

Google Now (2012 — 2024)

A necessary evil to get us to the promised land of Google Assistant, Google Now was a Search feature with nascent voice support that bombarded Google app and Android users with predictive information cards. Assistant’s improved AI would eventually streamline all of Now’s more cluttered UI elements and transform Now’s stilted, one-way conversations into something a little more natural. It was still way better than Siri, though. Siri sucks.

Project ARA (2014 — 2024)

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This short-lived project was one of the best concepts nuked by Google. The idea was to divide all major smartphone components into modular parts. Customers would simply upgrade a specific component instead of spending hundreds of dollars upgrading the entire phone. The ambitious blueprint was diluted over time until Google pulled the plug. This hurts even more in hindsight, as phones continue to surge past the $1,000 mark.

Google Talk (2005 — 2023)

Before Hangouts, Allo, Messages, and Duo, we had Google Talk — Google’s first and probably best messaging app. The service was free and integrated into Gmail, letting you send and receive instant messages within Google’s email client from any device. There were also Google Talk apps for Android, Windows, and Blackberry phones. You could even use Talk to place a real-time video call with a paid Google Voice account. Times changed, though, and Google’s (doomed) desire to plug everything through Google Plus spelled the end for Talk. It was slowly phased out for Hangouts, which later evolved into an enterprise-focused pair of apps for G Suite. Don’t worry. Google has plenty of other apps and services for your messaging and voice needs — too many.

Google Chrome Apps (2010 — 2023)

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Google’s attempt to create a utopia of Chrome-based web apps fell on deaf ears, with the company admitting that only one percent of Windows, Mac, and Linux users used Chrome-packaged apps a year before its death. Progressive Web Apps are the future, don’t you know?

Google Spaces (2024 — 2023)

Yet another Google messaging app that died a quick death, Spaces let users create private group chats for sharing links, photos, and videos. The big selling point was direct integration with YouTube, Chrome, and Search, but no one took any notice and carried on using Messenger, WhatsApp, and other non-Facebook-owned social apps. It’ll officially be dead in April 2023.

Google Hands Free (2024 — 2023)

Do you ever feel a slight pang of embarrassment as you reach for your expensive smartphone or watch to pay for a bag of chips with Google Pay instead of using a card or cold hard cash? Imagine that multiplied by a hundred, and that’s Google Hands Free, a Bluetooth-enabled mobile payment system where you had to actually say “I’ll pay with Google” out loud to confirm a transaction.

In theory, voice payments are a great idea, but can we make the activation phrase a lot less cringey next time, please.

Nexus Player (2014 — 2023)

After failing to get the Nexus Q off the ground (more on that later) and with its semi-replacement Google Chromecast flying high, Google turned to ASUS and Intel for help with its efforts to bring its nascent Android TV platform to the masses. Despite receiving support for two years after its discontinuation, Google never really got behind its full-fledged digital media player, instead focusing on Chromecast and letting other, better Android TV boxes represent the OS.

More: The best Google TV and Android TV options

Google URL Shortener (2009 — 2023)

Created as a simple tool to shorten web addresses, Google shut down chúng tôi just shy of its tenth birthday. As well as shortening URLs, chúng tôi links could also send web surfers directly to specific apps on iOS and Android. Google cited changes to how people access webpages and content as its reason for discontinuing the URL-shrinking service, but it’ll be sad to see the funky-looking short URLs go offline for good on March 30, 2023.

Google Goggles (2010 — 2023)

A dumb version of Google Lens, Google Goggles was the company’s first stab at creating an image recognition app for smartphones. No one used it. Ever. If anyone says otherwise, they’re lying.

Google’s long-awaited answer to Facebook, Google Plus (or Google+), launched in 2011, but never gained even a fraction of the latter’s popularity. The experience was just plain weird, with the final redesign turning the social site into something akin to a tile-based news feed. The final nail hammered into the Google Plus coffin stemmed from a serious need to overhaul the platform’s privacy and security components after a massive security hole was discovered. Of all of Google’s many social projects, Google Plus represents its most high-profile failure. The doomed social network was erased from existence for good in April, 2023.

Opinion: Here lies Google Plus: Why it never scored (a lasting audience)

Inbox by Gmail (2014 — 2023)

Google launched Inbox as a Gmail offshoot with a more experimental slant. Innovative features like Smart Reply, snoozing, bundling, and much more gave the Inbox app an AI-powered edge over the standard Gmail client — at least until 2023. Gmail’s redesign incorporated most of Inbox’s smarts. Promises that the product would carry on as normal proved hollow as later that year, Google called time on Inbox. It shut down for good in March 2023. Sad times.

Google Allo (2024 — 2023)

What if WhatsApp had a digital assistant? It’s a question no one asked, but Google answered it anyway. The Allo messaging app suffered from a serious identity crisis. It wasn’t quite a typical instant messenger, but also definitely wasn’t built for SMS. Many of Allo’s features — like Smart Reply and desktop support — have transferred to Google’s Messages app, and Allo itself perished for good in March 2023.

Related: How to export your Google Allo chat history and media files

Google Daydream (2024 — 2023)

Google Clips (2024 — 2023)

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GoPro-style active cameras are a huge success, and Google wanted to break into the portable camera market with Google Clips. This was a small camera with a gorgeous, clean design, and good quality. What made it different? The camera could tap into Google’s algorithmic power to automatically record fun clips. It was a fun little gadget, but had too many downsides when compared to its competition. As such, the project found no success and was killed in 2023.

Google Cloud Print (2010 — 2023)

Google Cloud Print was a convenient service that allowed you to connect to printers remotely. You could use it to print photos and documents from any connected device, even from across the world. It was a beneficial tool, and we don’t know if Google is working on an alternative. Regardless, there are now more ways to connect to your printers remotely. Most newer ones come with their own connectivity tools.

More: How to print from your Android phone

Google Play Music (2011 — 2023)

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Why create a whole new music service when you can build it right into YouTube? Google decided to simplify its services and replaced Google Play Music with YouTube Music in 2023. Play Music died gracefully, and we all had to move to YouTube Music, or other services.

Google Fiber TV (2012 — 2023)

Fiber now focuses on offering super-fast internet services, but it was also a cable TV competitor at first. Google Fiber TV had live TV services over the internet, even including premium channels and DVR functionality. Fiber’s TV services were terminated in 2023, likely because the company might have felt the service was no longer necessary. There are now plenty of live TV online services, including Google’s own YouTube TV.

More: The best internet providers in the USA

Google Toolbar (2000 — 2023)

Google Toolbar was a handy feature that placed a toolbar on web browser URL bars. You could use it to make Google searches, access your Google services, and more. The service may seem much less necessary now that Chrome is the top player. Additionally, you can always set Google as your default search engine on any browser.

Google Play Movies & TV (2011 — 2023)

Here’s another service YouTube took over. Google Play Movies & TV was the de facto hub for renting and buying movies and TV shows from Google. It died in 2023, and now YouTube is the place to go.

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Backup and Sync (2024 — 2023)

Google didn’t really kill Backup and Sync. Think of it as a rebrand, instead. It was replaced by a desktop tool called Google Drive, which does precisely the same job. You can use it to sync your Google Drive files with your PC.

Chrome Apps (2013 — 2023)

Google Chrome Apps were convenient applications that could run directly from the Chrome browser. They were light and fast, and worked on Chrome OS. Google has been phasing these failed Google products out since 2023. In 2023, Chrome apps for enterprise will be axed, killing the project altogether. Don’t worry, though! You can still use Chrome Extensions.

Also: The best Chrome extensions

YouTube Go (2024 — 2023)

YouTube Go was a lighter version of the full YouTube app. It was an alternative for YouTube viewers with lower-end devices and less sophisticated internet connections. Google no longer deems this necessary. It claims to have enhanced its normal mobile YouTube app to work perfectly on less powerful handsets and slower internet connections.

YouTube Originals (2024 — 2023)

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10 Healthy Foods That Are Great Sources Of Iron

Why does the Human Body Require Iron?

Iron is one of the prime modules of hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is the protein in the blood, and it helps red blood cells to carry oxygen to the lungs. Hence, if there is a lack of iron, it becomes tough for the red blood cells to transport oxygen, leading to fatigue. Besides being an essential part of hemoglobin, it is also significant in myoglobin. Myoglobin is also a protein that transports oxygen to the human body’s muscles. Iron is an important part of children’s brain development, and it also helps in a child’s growth.

How Much Iron do You All Need?

Iron deficiency can lead to many health hazards. If there is excess or too low iron in your diet, you can suffer from several problems like heart damage, anemia, liver problems, etc. It is tough to measure the portion of iron that you should consume every day. Consumption of iron entirely depends on gender and age. Kids up to 13 years of age need to drink at least 0.27 mg of iron daily.

Teenagers should consume iron at least 15 mg of per day, whereas adult males should consume 8 mg of iron per day. An adult woman should consume iron at 1 to 3 grams daily.

Food with a Great Source of Iron

Men and women both need to consume foods that are rich in iron. Lack of iron in the body can cause several health hazards. Hence doctors always suggest maintaining a healthy diet for a proper supply of iron. All need to know the foods rich in iron that can keep you healthy for a long time.

Shellfish

Shellfish is an excellent iron source and contains many nutritional values. It is also rich in many dietary values like protein and Fat. Consumption of this food may also lead to weight loss. Shellfish contain home iron that the human body can easily consume. Consumption of shellfish is also suitable for increasing heart health.

Spinach

The best part of Spinach is that it has essential health benefits and is low in iron. If you consume 3.5 ounces or 100 grams of Spinach, your body will get 2.7 mg of iron. Spinach comes with non-home iron, and the normal human body cannot absorb non-home iron easily. But, Spinach also contains Vitamin C, which helps in iron absorption. This food is also rich in carotenoid antioxidants, which will help reduce the risk of cancer.

Liver and Other Organ Meat

Red meat and liver are considered excellent sources of iron. Organ meats are highly nutritious. It has been noticed that 100 grams of organic meat can cause 6.5 mg of iron. These meats are also high in protein, vitamins, copper, and selenium.

Pumpkin Seeds Red Meat

Red meat is always considered a good source of iron and necessary vitamin. The consumption of red meat is essential for producing red blood cells in the body. Red meat is high in protein and helps build muscles and bones. However, regular consumption of red meat can lead to digestion problems and other heart problems.

Broccoli

The nutritional benefits of broccoli must always be addressed. One hundred grams of broccoli gives the human body 34 calories, protein 2.8g of, iron 3% of the body’s total requirement, Dietary Fiber 2.6g of, and more. Besides, broccoli contains other plant compounds like Sulforaphane, Carotenoids, etc. Broccoli is rich in several health benefits. Eating broccoli can prevent cancer, lower cholesterol levels, enhance eye health, etc. It also works as a blood thinner and is good at resolving thyroid problems.

Oat Cereal

Oat cereal is always considered an excellent food that is rich in different types of nutritional value. One cup of oat cereal contains 5.3 grams of Fat, sugar 0.8 grams of, protein 10.7 grams of, and iron.

One hundred grams of oats give the human body 19.8 mg of iron. Oat consumption helps your body get essential antioxidants, fiber, etc.

It helps in reducing cholesterol levels and maintaining blood sugar levels. Oats help supports digestive health and enhance the immune system.

Beetroot

Beetroot has been considered a superfood in recent times. Doctors often suggest beetroot to those who are suffering from iron deficiency. Beetroot has several nutritional values, like 58.5 calories, 13 g of carbohydrates, 2.19 g of protein, etc. Consumption of beetroot is good for improving blood flow, low blood pressure, etc. It can also be considered an excellent way to detoxify your liver.

Strawberries Dates

For people suffering from iron deficiency, dates seem the best food option. 100 grams of dates serve 5% iron of the total requirement of the human body. Besides, it contains other nutritional values like 277 calories, carbs 75 grams of magnesium 13%, protein 2%, etc. Dates are high in fiber and hence maintain the overall health of any person. Women are suggested to consume dates during their pregnancy period.

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Iqoo 11 And 11 Pro: The New Kings Of Antutu Have Been Announced

So, the Pro version adds 200W charging, along with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip from Qualcomm, a 144 Hz refresh rate screen, and the Vivo V2 ISP processor.

iQOO 11 and iQOO 11 Pro are now official

Also, each phone has a 6.78-inch E6 AMOLED screen that supports HDR10+, 144 Hz refresh rate, 2K resolution, and 1,440 Hz PWM. In addition, the iQOO 11’s curved screen sets it apart from the conventional model, which has a flat one.

The two smartphones are powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 platform, and they include internal storage options of 128 GB, 256 GB, and 512 GB in addition to 8 GB, 12 GB, or 16 GB of LPDDR5X RAM. The regular version has UFS 3.1, while the Pro model has UFS 4.0 for higher data writing and reading rates.

Also, the iQOO 11 Pro camera has a triple module with a 50-megapixel Sony IMX866 primary sensor, a 50-megapixel ultra-wide-angle sensor, and a 13-megapixel depth/telephoto sensor. All three cameras have optical image stabilization. The basic sensor is identical to the ordinary model, but the ultra-wide angle only has 8 megapixels and the telephoto only has 13 megapixels with a 2x optical zoom. The smartphones have a 16-megapixel front sensor for selfies and video calls.

The new V2 exclusive chip created by Vivo is also found in the iQOO 11 and 11 Pro. It promises to make the process of taking portrait photos and recording movies in low light better.

The iQOO 11 has a 5,000mAh battery with 120W fast charging support, whereas the iQOO 11 Pro has a smaller 4,700mAh battery with 200W fast charging support.

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Both devices have Android 13 as their default operating system in China, with the Origin OS user interface, while Funtouch OS 13 will be available in the international versions.

iQOO 11 and iQOO 11 Pro specifications

aspect ratio screen with HDR10+, 1-120Hz variable refresh rate, 1.07 billion colors, DCI-P3 color gamut, up to 1800 nits brightness, 1440Hz PWM dimming

Octa Core Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 4nm Mobile Platform with Adreno 740 GPU

8GB / 12GB / 16GB LPDDR5X RAM with 128GB (UFS 3.1) / 256GB / 512GB (UFS 4.0) storage

Android 13 with OriginOS 3.0

Dual SIM (nano + nano)

11 – 50MP camera with 1/1.57″ Samsung GN5 sensor, f/1.88 aperture, OIS, LED flash, 8MP ultra-wide camera with f/2.2 aperture, 13MP 2x telephoto camera with f/2.46 aperture, V2 imaging chip

11 Pro – 50MP camera with Sony VCS IMX866 sensor, f/1.75 aperture, OIS, LED flash,50MP 150° ultra-wide-angle camera with macro option, f/2.27 aperture, 13MP 2x portrait camera with f/2.46 aperture, V2 imaging chip

16MP front-facing camera with f/2.45 aperture

In-display (Ultrasonic in 11 Pro) fingerprint sensor, infrared sensor

USB Type-C audio, Stereo speakers, Hi-Fi audio

11 Dimensions: 164.86× 77.07×8.4mm;Weight: 205g (Legend Edition) / 208g (track edition)

11 Pro Dimensions: 164.76× 75.30×8.89mm;Weight: 210.5g (Legend Edition) / 213g (track edition)

5G SA/NSA, Dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 6 802.11 ax, Bluetooth 5.3, GPS/GLONASS, USB Type-C, NFC

11 – 5000mAh (Typical) battery with 120W ultra-fast flash charging

11 Pro – 4700mAh (Typical) battery with 200W ultra-fast flash charging, 50W wireless charging and 10W reverse wireless charging

iQOO 11 series prices

Orders for the iQOO 11 can be made starting today, and it will go on sale in China starting on December 12. Orders for the iQOO 11 Pro will be accepted starting on December 21 and the device will start selling in China on December 29.

The iQOO 11 will be made available worldwide starting from Malaysia later today. While the iQOO 11 Pro is anticipated to be made available worldwide at some point in early 2023.

The Alpha, Green, and Legend colors of the iQOO 11 line were introduced in China and Indonesia. See below for the official pricing:

iQOO 11 Pro

8GB+128GB – 3799 yuan (about $ 544)

8GB+256GB – 4099 yuan (about $ 588)

12GB+256GB – 4399 yuan (about $ 631)

16GB+256GB – 4699 yuan (about $ 676)

16GB+512GB – 4999 yuan (about $ 717 )

iQOO 11

8GB+256GB – 4999 yuan (about $ 717)

12GB+256GB – 5499 yuan (about $ 788)

16GB+512GB – 5999 yuan (about $ 860)

5 Problems That Could Halt Xiaomi’s Rise To Glory

Licensing and lawsuits

Part of Xiaomi’s rise in China can be explained by its early strategy of copying Apple. If you can get past the similar aesthetic of devices like the Mi 4 and Mi Pad, next to the iPhone 5S and the iPad Mini, there are some very obvious differences between them. Xiaomi clearly has a different attitude to design, customization, and many other facets of its mobile device business, but it has shamelessly aped Apple when it comes to marketing.

The cost of licensing patents and fighting lawsuits has the potential to take a huge bite out of Xiaomi’s bottom line

As Business Insider pointed out, the CEO, Lei Jun, certainly seemed to be inspired by Jobs with his on stage presentations and “one more thing” slide, but the company has also closely emulated Apple’s marketing. It doesn’t just copy Apple, it also used copyrighted photos in its marketing. It gets away with this in China, but it won’t get away with it in countries with stronger IP laws. If Apple could win in court against Samsung, then Xiaomi has very little chance. Microsoft and the other Android OEMs also won’t hesitate to have a go if they see an opportunity.

The cost of licensing patents and fighting lawsuits has the potential to take a huge bite out of Xiaomi’s bottom line and it doesn’t have deep pockets like Apple or Samsung.

Lost in translation

Even if wasn’t going to set the stage for a series of lawsuits, the Apple-style marketing is going to need a rethink for markets like the US anyway. Realistically Xiaomi will have to completely re-imagine its marketing approach. It has relied on a close relationship with its fan base with more than 100 million MIUI users enjoying weekly updates to the custom ROM. It has made a huge deal out of listening to its customers and giving them what they want.

Online only

Xiaomi sells devices directly to consumers online. It’s a model that’s accepted in many markets, but the US and much of Europe is still dominated by carriers and long term contract deals. It can be very tough for OEMs to strike deals with carriers. If you want shelf-space then they want a cut, they want a design input, they want their bloatware pre-installed.

Even Google itself has had limited success selling devices direct online. Even at knock-down prices the upfront cost often exceeds the on-contract deal. People end up paying a lot more in the long term with contracts, but it’s a model they’re used to and it’s still the dominant one. The online only approach has limitations.

Wafer-thin profit margins

Direct online sales are only part of Xiaomi’s model. It also has a small portfolio with long product cycles. The phones and tablets are sold near cost and Xiaomi looks to make money on accessories and apps. That’s part of the reason it describes itself as an “internet company” and not a smartphone manufacturer.

The lower cost of Xiaomi devices is an obvious attraction for consumers, but will Western markets buy into the accessories and app ecosystem? They may ship with Xiaomi apps in China, but worldwide Xiaomi is a Google partner and its Android devices carry Google’s apps and the Play Store. Can it hope to turn a profit without these additional income streams?

Copycat competition

Ironically, given the criticism often leveled at Xiaomi, one of its biggest risks could be the competition copying it. HUAWEI has already emulated the online-only approach with the HONOR line. Other than a head-start in China, what does Xiaomi have that other OEMs don’t in terms of strategy? Given that it would be starting from scratch in the US, how is it going to differentiate itself?

A lot of work to do

None of these problems are insurmountable, but it would be naive to assume that Xiaomi’s success outside China is assured. Its performance in other emerging markets will serve as a test, but the process of international expansion is clearly underway. Hiring Barra from Google in 2013 and using him as the international spokesman was one of the first steps. Holding its first US event last week was another one. Concrete plans for the US are still very vague and you don’t really get a sense that the company is deluding itself about its prospects. There seems to be an understanding that there’s work to be done yet.

Xiaomi does have plenty going for it. Amid the copying there is innovation. A combination of low prices and listening to consumer feedback has the potential to crack any market. It’s just too early to tell whether the fierce brand loyalty it has cultivated in China will cross the border with its international ambitions.

The Biggest Myths About Ram That Many People Have

RAM stands for Random Access Memory. It is a volatile memory and the most crucial component of the computer. Every software requires RAM to run on a PC. This is because when an application runs, there is an exchange of data between RAM and processor. The faster the transfer of data takes place, the better is the performance of the system. Because RAM is a faster memory than ROM, it can handle this task better. There are some misconceptions about RAM that many people have. In this article, we will try to bust some of the most common myths about RAM.

Myths about RAM

Let’s see what misconceptions about RAM do people have.

1] More RAM means faster computer

This is the biggest misconception that many people have. They think that more RAM means a faster PC. Due to this, they give more importance to the RAM size. Apart from the RAM size, the speed of data transfer between RAM and processor also impacts the performance of your system. This is the reason why SSD RAM is better than HDD RAM.

Hence, what your system needs – a bigger RAM or a faster one, depends on the usage. For example, despite having more free RAM, your system freezes or runs slow, you need a higher frequency RAM instead of the larger one.

Read: Optimize and improve Windows 10 computer performance.

2] You do not need RAM because it is never full

“My system’s RAM is never full, so I do not need more RAM.” Many people have this misconception. It is not true. When you download a particular software, you read its system requirements. In the system requirements, it is also mentioned how much RAM does the software needs to run. Okay, it is the minimum RAM requirement. But what about the maximum? Did you ever think about it? One more thing that you should know about RAM is that every software or app requires a certain part of the total available RAM, which is expressed in percentage.

Let’s understand it with an example. Suppose your system has 4 GB RAM and an app or software consumes 10% of it. This means it will use 410 MB of the total system RAM when you run it. On the other hand, your friend’s computer has 8GB RAM and he is using the same software. Here, 820 MB of RAM is available for the software. Hence, the software shows better performance on your friend’s PC than yours.

If you use your computer for simple tasks, like browsing the internet and working on MS office, the minimum requirement of RAM on the Windows 10 PC is 4GB. But it will be better if you have 8GB RAM.

Read: How to check which app is using more RAM?

3] You cannot use different RAM Sticks

For the ultimate performance of your PC, the RAM should use the same voltage and pair with the matching hardware. That’s why it is always suggested to use the same RAM models for all the RAM slots. However, it does not mean that you cannot use RAM of different capacities in different slots. For example, if you have a RAM stick of 4GB, you can insert a RAM stick of 8GB in another slot. When you switch on dual-channel mode, they will perform as two 4 GB RAM sticks running side by side for optimum performance.

What about the remaining 4GB memory of the 8 GB RAM stick? It will run in single-channel mode. Also, if the two RAM sticks have different frequencies, they both will run at the lower frequency. Hence, the overall efficiency will not be as good as you will get on using the two RAM sticks of the same size and frequency but still, you will get better efficiency than what you had before.

4] Clearing the RAM can make the PC faster

The idea of clearing RAM makes a PC faster came from software like “RAM Boosters” and “Memory Optimizers.” Today many people use such apps on their Android smartphones. That’s why they think that clearing the RAM makes their device faster. But it is a misconception about RAM. The job of RAM is not to sit empty. Clearing the RAM means you are erasing all the data it has stored to make the system process faster. Let’s understand it with an example.

If you launch software, say, Excel, it takes some time to load. But if you launch it again, it takes less time than before. This is because Windows stores some of its data in RAM to make the process faster. Hence, by erasing the data on RAM, you are decreasing the system’s performance. In technical language, emptying the RAM means erasing all the calculations that the processor has stored in it.

RAM is different from hard drives. It is designed to store the data temporarily. Your system continuously writes, erases, and rewrites the data on RAM according to the requirement. Hence, you need not do anything to empty it. Also, your system can manage the data on RAM better. So, it is better not to install RAM clearing software on your system.

These are the most common myths about RAM that many people have. We hope this article has cleared your misconceptions regarding the RAM (if any).

TIP: RAMExpert offers you detailed information about your RAM. You might want to take a look at it.

Ten Cryptocurrencies That Have Zero Or Lesser Transaction Fees

The price of cryptocurrency coins and transaction fees strongly correlates with the rise in demand for the market, which drives up demand dramatically. When purchasing a coin, an investor deals with a variety of trading fees. Amongst them are the crypto transaction fees. Cryptocurrencies usually charge crypto trading fees to cover the costs of maintaining the network and rewarding the miners or validators who process the transactions. However, some cryptocurrencies have very low or even zero transaction fees, making them more attractive for crypto investors who want to save money or transact frequently. Here are 10 cryptocurrencies that have zero or lesser transaction fees

IOTA – IOTA is a cryptocurrency that uses a directed acyclic graph (DAG) instead of a blockchain. The DAG is called the Tangle, and it allows transactions to be validated by other transactions without relying on miners or fees. Transactions on IOTA are fast and feeless, and the network can scale to handle millions of transactions per second.

NANO– NANO is a cryptocurrency that uses a novel block-lattice architecture, where each user has their blockchain that they can update asynchronously. This eliminates the need for miners, consensus mechanisms, and fees. Transactions on NANO are instant and free, and the network can handle up to 1,000 transactions per second.

Dash– Dash is a cryptocurrency that aims to provide fast, secure, and private transactions. Dash uses a two-tier network of masternodes and miners, where the masternodes provide services such as instant transactions and private transactions for a small fee. The average transaction fee on Dash is $0.0033, which is much lower than Bitcoin’s $6.18.

Stellar– Stellar is a cryptocurrency and a platform for cross-border payments and remittances. Stellar uses a federated consensus protocol that allows transactions to be confirmed in 3 to 5 seconds. The average transaction fee on Stellar is 0.00001 XLM, which is equivalent to $0.0000026 at the current price of $0.26 per XLM.

EOS– EOS is a cryptocurrency and a platform for dApps that claims to offer high performance, scalability, and usability. EOS uses a delegated proof-of-stake consensus mechanism that allows users to stake their tokens for network resources such as bandwidth, CPU, and RAM. The average transaction fee on EOS is $0.0008, which is very low compared to other dApp platforms.

Zilliqa– Zilliqa is a cryptocurrency and a smart contract platform that uses a technique called sharding to achieve high throughput and scalability. Sharding divides the network into smaller groups of nodes that process transactions in parallel. The average transaction fee on Zilliqa is $0.0007, which is very low compared to other smart contract platforms.

NEO– NEO is a cryptocurrency and a platform for dApps that aims to create a smart economy based on digital assets, digital identity, and smart contracts. NEO uses a delegated Byzantine fault tolerance (dBFT) consensus mechanism that allows users to delegate their voting power to professional node operators who validate transactions and produce blocks. The average transaction fee on NEO is $0.0012, which is very low compared to other dApp platforms.

Litecoin– Litecoin is a cryptocurrency that is based on Bitcoin’s code but with some modifications to improve speed, efficiency, and scalability. Litecoin uses a proof-of-work consensus mechanism with a different hashing algorithm than Bitcoin’s. The average transaction fee on Litecoin is $0.05, which is much cheaper than Bitcoin’s $6.18.

Tron- Tron is a cryptocurrency and a platform for decentralized applications (dApps) that aims to create a global digital content ecosystem. Tron uses a delegated proof-of-stake consensus mechanism that allows users to vote for representatives who validate transactions and produce blocks. The average transaction fee on Tron is $0.0003, which is negligible compared to other dApp platforms.

Cardano- Cardano is a cryptocurrency and a smart contract platform that uses a proof-of-stake consensus mechanism called Ouroboros. Cardano claims to offer scalability, security, and interoperability with other blockchains. The average transaction fee on Cardano is $0.17, which is significantly lower than Ethereum’s $4.84.

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