Thailand Stories August 4, 2015

Google brings Android One to Thailand with the i-mobile iQ II

Update: Google has now announced the expansion to India on its blog.

Google continues its roll-out of Android One devices in Asia today, with the launch of i-mobile’s iQ II in Thailand. This is the first Android One smartphone to be available in Thailand and costs 4,444 THB (roughly $126 USD).

The i-mobile iQ II has a 5-inch 1280 x 720 resolution display, an 8MP rear camera, 2,500mAh battery and 16GB internal storage with the option to expand up to 32GB. What’s more, it has dual-SIM support, 1GB RAM and a 2MP front facing camera.

As an Android One phone, the i-mobile iQ II combines hardware that’s been tested by Google with the latest version of Android (Lollipop 5.1.1). Android Lollipop offers Google’s new Material Design interface, up to 2x better performance, a battery saver feature, and smarter notifications.

For those unaware, the program is intended to create high quality, affordable smartphones for developing markets using readily available parts to keep cost down. Most recently, Google announced that a new generation of hardware, in the form of the Lava Pixel V1 is making its way to the original Android One market: India. Other countries have also recently been introduced to Android One, including Pakistan and Myanmar.

Customers in Thailand can buy the phone direct from i-mobilephone.com in black or white.

Thailand Stories December 22, 2014

Google released the latest version of its Transparency Report today, revealing data about government requests the company received between June and December of 2013. According to the report, Google received 3,105 requests to remove 14,637 pieces of content within that time period, which brings the total number of requests received by the Mountain View corporation up to 6,591 for the entirety of 2013, a figure that’s about 60% higher than the previous calendar year.

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Thailand Stories March 23, 2012

Google launched its Street View galleries this past week for Amazon and Thailand without a hiccup, but the Internet giant was not-so lucky elsewhere, as it has faced many obstacles over its mapping applications throughout the globe—especially in Asia.

Reuters published a lengthy reported today detailing how Google often meets hurdles worldwide, such as the recent debacle on its privacy policy, and it fully described the Mountain View, Calif.-based Company’s tenacious attempts to chart the streets and landscapes of Asia while consistently meeting privacy, political, and cultural barriers.

For those that live under a rock: Google Street View is a service highlighted in Google Maps and Google Earth that offers panoramic views of streets. It launched in 2007 in the United States and has expanded to many cities and rural areas worldwide.

A round up of Asia’s criticisms is below.

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