Huawei mobile phone China release VS international release

我用手头的 Mate 7, Mate 8, P8 总结了几点华为国内版和国际版的区别。

1、谷歌被阉割。这个折腾一下是可以续上,但整个系统感觉不是浑然天成。

再谈下几个硬伤:

2、电话拨号程序里没有内置 Internet call,显然官方仍视 VOIP 如洪水猛兽。

3、电话拨号程序里多了阻止响一声的骚扰电话,IP 固定拨号,黄页号簿,都是跟国内用户需求有关,出了国就是鸡肋。

4、Browser(系统提供的浏览器)提供四个搜索提供商:搜索大全,百度,谷歌,淘宝,如果设定为谷歌,则为中国的谷歌,搜索时询问是否跳转到香港谷歌,非常烦人,而且无法添加新的搜索提供商,这几乎废掉了 Browser。

5、华为穿戴一定要输入华为帐号才能使用,而我之前用过华为穿戴就没有这种限制,我就特别气愤这种中外歧视(特指给外国人的优惠不给国人),就丢开华为穿戴不用。后来发现只要把区域改为英国,Huawei Wear 就不再询问华为帐号。

最后谈谈国内版的好处:

6、Calendar 系统应用里的 Calendars to be displayed 有一个 Other 组,可以选中显示农历,这个选择不随区域的修改而失效。我就是看它知道今年春节是 2 月 8 日。

7、Video 系统应用并不仅是视频播放器,而更像一个类似 Youtube 的视频内容提供商。我在里面可以找到很多中国的节目,其中少儿内容也很多,弥补了 Youtube 的不足。速度还可以。

Streaming YouTube to an Android set top box

I have an outdated LCD TV and a nearly outdated Android smart TV set top box. I mean, this Android smart TV set top box was bought a year ago, and it works very slow compared to current market products.

I want to combine these two equipment to make a smart TV. Actually, the only functionality I need out of a smart TV is a DLNA/UPnP player. To be more specific, a DLNA/UPnP player for YouTube.

I want to search for videos on YouTube using my mobile phone, stream to TV, and watch on TV. I do not want to search on this nearly outdated set top box because it is slow, and it accepts input via a fly mouse rather than a touch screen.

At first, I tried to install a few apps (iMediaShare Lite, aMPdroid, DLNA Server) on the set top box, but none of them is a DLNA/UPnP player.

Then I installed XBMC on the set top box, set it can be remotely controlled by UPnP. I also installed Beam on my mobile. Now I can stream YouTube video to my TV. However, XBMC is not reliable on this set top box, most likely due to some bug – this player is not always shown on the list of available DLNA/UPnP players. Every time I have to untick and retick “remotely controlled by UPnP” to force it.

So I have not found a perfect solution for streaming YouTube video to an Android device. I may have to buy a new TV with DLNA/UPnP player built-in.