Worldwide Android News 10/24/14 – a Pink HTC One Mini 2, Xiaomi Moves Its Servers and More!



Hungary Wants to Tax Internet Usage




We all love fast internet these days and it seems that in some circles, a fast speedtest is a badge of honor. In Hungary though, Internet usage could soon change forever. A draft bill that's being proposed by the current government in the country wants to impose a tax on Internet usage. The proposal is to be somewhere around 60 cents a gigabyte and the government there have estimated a further $83 Million a year in tax revenue could be generated if it's bought into effect. Internet Service Providers will be those that have to foot the bill for the new tax, but it could no doubt mean costs being passed onto customers, too. Reuters has the fully story here.

Sony's Xperia Z3 Officially Launches in Japan




Sony's home market is an important one for them and their newest flagship has just launched on a pair of networks in Japan. Unlike the Western models of the Xperia Z3, in Japan Sony's lastest is loaded with 32GB of internal storage, rather than 16GB. For NTT DoCoMo customers, the Xperia Z3 carries a model number of SO-01G and those on au by KDDI will be looking for the SOL26 model. Both devices should be on sale In November and are essentially the same as those launched in the West, aside from the added storage of course.

HTC's One Mini 2 to be Available in Pink from Carphone Warehouse

Mini 2 Pink


If the HTC One Mini 2 caught your eye but sensible colors like steel or gunmetal gray just aren't for you, then HTC has something special for you; a pink one! Sadly, it's exclusive to Carphone Warehouse, but all joking aside this isn't the worst color we've seen a smartphone launch in. A great gift for a certain someone or a device that just matches your style, it's nice to see something a little, shall we say, softer? You can find out more from Carphone Warehouse.

Xiaomi Moves Cloud Servers Out of China




In a move that we covered earlier in the week, Xiaomi is moving its cloud servers out of China. While many have been thinking is due to privacy concerns, what with Xiaomi not having the best track record, Hugo Barra detailed the advantages in faster loading times: "With this migration, we are expecting to cut network request latency for users in India by up to 350ms, and users in Malaysia to experience two to three times faster Mi Cloud photosync". It's nice to see Xiaomi start to think a little harder about their overall experience, rather than simply trying to sell more and more hardware, even if that it is the key so global success.



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