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Thursday
May302013

Google Announces HTC One with Clean Version of Android

JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Google has taken another step in its efforts to sell Android phones that run the software as it intends it.

At the All Things D conference, Google Android and Chrome OS chief Sundar Pichai announced the HTC One Google Edition, which will take HTC's current One smartphone and put Google's untarnished version of Android on the phone.

HTC's One currently ships with HTC software tweaks to 4.1.2. With this phone, the phone will get Google's own stock version of Android without HTC's new camera features or its Blinkfeed home screen, which brings in personalized news and social updates. Last month Google introduced the Samsung's Galaxy S4 with the same Google software experience. It scraps Samsung's new features for just Google's Android software.

The new phone will be sold only through Google's Play Store for $599 starting June 26. Yes, it is more than the $199 HTC One at AT&T, but this version of the phone is unlocked. You don't have to sign a contract with a cellular carrier, but it will work on AT&T and T-Mobile's network. The rest of the HTC One hardware experience is the same. It has an ultrapixel camera, 5.7-inch, 1080p screen and a quad-core processor.

Pichai said the introduction of the HTC One and Galaxy S4 Google Edition phones doesn't change Google's dedication to openness of Android. "These are the beginning steps about us thinking about how we can get the right user experience including the differentiators some OEMS [phone makers] want."

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Tuesday
May292012

Apple Products Made in the USA?

David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images(LOS ANGELES, Calif.) -- “Designed by Apple in Cupertino, Assembled in China.” That’s what it says on the back of the iPhone right now.

But Tim Cook wishes it could say “Assembled in the United States.”

Speaking at the All Things D conference in Los Angeles, the Apple CEO said, “I want there to be a product made in the United States.” Cook was responding to a question by interviewer Walt Mossberg about the issues Apple faces with manufacturing overseas and why it doesn’t attempt to make an iPhone in the United States.

Cook highlighted the issues with manufacturing in the United States -- cost and facilities -- but also noted that parts of the iPhone are made in Apple’s home country. “The glass on your iPhone is made in a plant in Kentucky,” Cook said on stage. Additionally, he said that “the engine for the iPad and iPhone are built in the U.S. in Austin.”

Apple has faced criticism about working conditions at its Foxconn factory in China. ABC News’ Nightline exclusively reported on those conditions in February.  In March, Foxconn and Apple agreed to improve the conditions, including worker pay and hours, after the Fair Labor Association made a series of recommendations.

Cook detailed the challenges with manufacturing in the United States, including the lack of processor production in the country. Still, when asked if one day it might say “assembled in the United States" on an iPhone, he responded by saying, “It may, it may. But you could put down there several parts are made in the United States.”

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