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DateDate: 21-11-2018, 05:57

The rubric “Made in China” contains weekly news from the Middle Kingdom, not included in the main stream of 4PDA: announcements, rumors and simply interesting events from the life of the main supplier of electronic goods in the world. From this issue you will learn about the decline in popularity of smartphones; Xiaomi smart toilet seat; the development of an artificial Sun and Volvo's collaboration with “Chinese Google” to create unmanned vehicles.
China continues to fall shipments of smartphones
The first quarter of this year was a record low for the supply of smartphones in China over the past five years. On this negative statistics is not over. The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China published a report analyzing the domestic mobile phone market in October 2018. It says that for the specified month, 38.533 million units were shipped in the country, which is 1.3% less than in September, but 0.9% more than in October 2017. In total, from January to October 2018, the volume of shipments of smartphones in China reached 343 million units - 15.3% less year-on-year.
Made in China # 146: the fall of the smartphone market, the Xiaomi talking toilet and the artificial sun
The report says that of all smartphones shipped in October, about 36.419 million (94.5% of the total) devices had 4G support, which is 1.6% more than last year, and for the period from January to October their delivery fell 15% year on year. Interestingly, 2.04 million gadgets were shipped with 2G, and with 3G only 101,000 units were shipped. Moreover, this year, deliveries of 2G-smartphones increased by 19.1%, while in the case of 3G the growth was 72.3%.
Made in China # 146: the fall of the smartphone market, the Xiaomi talking toilet and the artificial sun
According to market research, 48 new smart phone models were released in October, which is 25% less compared to the previous year and 47.3% less than last month. The new models include 16 2G models and 32 4G smartphones. In total, from January to October 2018, 683 new products were released - 23% less than in the same period last year.
Xiaomi has released a toilet with voice control
This week, the Xiaomi product range is a very unusual gadget - a smart toilet seat. At the beginning of this year, the company has already released a similar device, but significant improvements have appeared in the new version. The key was the support of voice control and an assistant based on artificial intelligence.
Made in China # 146: the fall of the smartphone market, the Xiaomi talking toilet and the artificial sun
Using voice commands, you can activate the heated seat, control the bidet function and adjust the water temperature. Also, the gadget is able to clean the air from unpleasant odors and kill 99% of bacteria. If you are not ready to communicate with the toilet, then all functions are available through a small console on the side.
If the person is sitting for more than 30 minutes, then a beep will be heard. Owners of Mi Band fitness trackers can program automatic warm-up when they approach.
Made in China # 146: the fall of the smartphone market, the Xiaomi talking toilet and the artificial sun
In China, the novelty is priced at about $ 187. On the availability in other regions and the support of languages other than Chinese is not reported.
China created artificial sun
In one of the previous issues, we talked about the launch of artificial moons to illuminate one of the Chinese cities. This week it became known that researchers at the Kheifay Institute of Physical Sciences managed to achieve a new temperature record of more than 100 million degrees Celsius on an experimental superconducting version of the tokamak installation (toroidal camera with magnetic coils) as part of a project codenamed EAST. This installation is already called an artificial sun. For comparison, the internal temperature of this Sun is only 27 million degrees.
Made in China # 146: the fall of the smartphone market, the Xiaomi talking toilet and the artificial sun
Until now, no one has been able to achieve successful energy production as part of an experiment to create controlled thermonuclear fusion. The VOSTOKA team achieved positive results by using four types of heat energy at once. During the experiment, the energy injection exceeded 10 MW, and the accumulated plasma energy was increased to 300 kJ after the team optimized the connection of all heating methods using an improved plasma control and prediction system.
Made in China # 146: the fall of the smartphone market, the Xiaomi talking toilet and the artificial sun
Chinese researchers say that during test operations they were able to achieve a completely non-inductive stationary scenario with a high retention rate, high density and high degree of energy retention. The results of these tests gave scientists key data to begin experiments on combining two hydrogen nuclei and starting a chain reaction.
The goal of the researchers is to create self-sustaining