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Google pledges carbon-neutral shipping for its devices by 2020, recycled plastic by 2022

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Alphabet’s Google on Monday announced that it would neutralize carbon emissions from delivering consumer hardware by next year and include recycled plastic in each of its products by 2022.

The new commitments step up the competition among tech companies aiming to show consumers and governments that they are curbing the environmental toll from their widening arrays of gadgets.

Anna Meegan, head of sustainability for Google’s devices and services unit, said in an interview that the company’s transport-related carbon emissions per unit fell 40% last year compared to 2017 by relying more on ships instead of planes to move phones, speakers, laptops, and other gadgets from factories to customers across the world.

The company will offset remaining emissions by purchasing carbon credits, Meegan said.

Three out of nine Google products for which the company has detailed disclosures online contain recycled plastic, ranging from 20% to 42% in the casings for its Google Home speakers and Chromecast streaming dongles.

In a blog post, Google committed to introducing some recycled plastic to 100% of products by 2022.

Meegan acknowledged that Google’s 3-year-old hardware business trails far larger hardware rival Apple in some sustainability efforts.

Apple, which in 2017 committed to “one day” only using recycled and renewable materials, has at least 50% recycled plastic in some parts of several products, recycled tin in at least 11 products and recycled aluminum in at least two.

But sustainability standards are now a part of Google’s hardware planning, Meegan said. Devices cannot clear the second checkpoint in the company’s design process unless they show that sustainable packaging and materials and ease of repair have been considered.

“We are fundamentally looking to build sustainability into everything we do,” she said. “It’s going to take us time to demonstrate progress.”

Source: https://venturebeat.com/2019/08/05/google-pledges-carbon-neutral-shipping-for-its-devices-by-2020-recycled-plastic-by-2022/

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HMD working on a much cheaper Nokia 5G phone, set for 2020 release

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It seems like most major brands have at least one 5G phone out on the market, but HMD Global is one notable exception thus far.

The Nokia brand licensee hasn’t released a 5G phone just yet, although there are rumors of a 5G flagship. But HMD Global chief product officer Juho Sarvikas told Digital Trends that it’s planning to release a more affordable device in 2020.

More specifically, Sarvikas told the outlet that this Nokia 5G phone could retail for roughly half the price of current 5G devices. He presumably means half the price of $1000+ 5G devices from HuaweiLG, and Samsung, rather than half the price of Xiaomi’s €599 (~$664) Mi Mix 3 5G.

“We see a particular opportunity for us in bringing 5G to a more affordable segment as we enter the market,” the HMD representative was quoted as saying by Digital Trends. “I would say affordable in relation to what’s available today. I would love to see us at half of the price where you have 5G today.”EDITOR’S PICK

In any event, a $500 to $600 Nokia 5G phone would be more accessible to the general population than a $1000 device and could help 5G devices gain traction. This 2020 launch window is also noteworthy as we’d expect way more countries to offer 5G networks by then. HMD probably won’t be the only company offering cheaper 5G phones next year though.

The first wave of mobile technology is usually pretty expensive to begin with, but we generally see a noteworthy drop in price as the months and years go by (see multi-camera phones, for one). So who knows, by the time we see a $500 to $600 Nokia 5G phone, we could see a $300 or $400 Xiaomi or Huawei 5G device too.

Source: https://www.androidauthority.com/nokia-5g-phone-1021031/

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The OnePlus TV is coming in September, but maybe not to you

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The OnePlus TV is coming next month, founder Pete Lau revealed today — just one year after the phonemaker first announced it would build a TV set.

While Lau’s blog post doesn’t confirm any juicy technical details, such as whether they’ll run Android TV and range between 43 and 75 inches diagonally — as filings with the Bluetooth SIG revealed earlier this month — he does say the TV will first be available exclusively in India, and it sure sounds like it could take some time to hit other parts of the world.

“We are also working hard to launch OnePlus TV in North America, Europe and China regions as soon as we establish partnerships with most of local and regional content providers,” he writes.

Based on previous filings, the OnePlus TV for India is likely to have a 43-inch panel, while we can probably expect a 75-inch model in the US and China.

While OnePlus has the reputation of a startup and building TVs might seem…ambitious…it’s worth remembering that OnePlus is an arm of the same BBK Electronics that also owns Oppo and Vivo.

Source: https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2019/8/20/20825824/oneplus-tv-september-release-date-india

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Apple Watch Series 5 will come with new titanium and ceramic casings

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The Apple Watch is the most popular smartwatch on the market and alongside AirPods is turning into a key product category for Apple. The company will look to offer more options with its upcoming series 5 lineup including titanium and ceramic versions in both 40mm and 44mm casings.

Apple Watch Series 5 may come with new titanium and ceramic casings

Brazilian site iHelp BR discovered the upcoming options hidden in the latest watchOS 6 beta. Apple previously had ceramic versions of the Watch, but never offered a titanium one. Other than that we have no other details on what to expect from the new Apple watches.

Apple Watch Series 5 may come with new titanium and ceramic casings

According to past rumors, the Apple Watch Series 5 is expected to launch alongside the iPhone 11 line on September 10.

Source: https://www.gsmarena.com/apple_watch_series_5_may_come_with_new_titanium_and_ceramic_casings_-news-38762.php

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