Google Track your Activities Believe or Not: Report by the Associated Press Aug 14 2018 8:38 AM | Google’s smartphone services store users’ locations even when privacy settings are adjusted to shut these features off, according to a report by the Associated Press. While the company asks permission for users to share location information on its applications, it doesn’t halt tracking services when users pause Location History, according to the AP. Google Maps, for instance, grabs information when a user so much as opens the app, and automatic daily weather updates on Android phones give an approximation of user location. Computer-science researchers at Princeton University confirmed the Associated Press’s findings. Google’s official message is to promote user autonomy when it comes to deciding what information to share: “You can turn off Location History at any time. With Location History off, the places you go are no longer stored,” according to the company’s privacy page. But the AP said that isn’t true. Even pausing the Location History, some Google apps automatically store time-stamped location data without permission. Bloomberg
Xiaomi will launch the much-awaited Mi A2 today the successor to the popular Mi A1 on the Amazon India. Xiaomi Mi A2 is a strong contender in the lower end of the mid-range Android smartphone category come with powerful specs and cool features. Xiaomi will officially launch the device in India today. Incidentally, the Mi A2 is already available internationally. Surprisingly, Amazon India listed the price for the 4GB RAM + 64GB storage variant of Xiaomi Mi A2 ahead of the launch.Read more..
Alphabet Inc released a much-awaited operating system Android Pie or Android P or Android 9 the one of the most advanced Android version to date. Android P that is claimed to have been tested by more than 140,000 beta testers till date. Google also earlier this year announced its partnership with seven OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) to bring the beta releases of Android Pie to their flagship devices.
The new Android 9 Pie platform come with Gesture-based navigation and adaptive battery movements
Android 9 Pie is initially rolling out to Pixel devices, including the Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL. The update is already live as an over-the-air (OTA) package, and you can manually check its presence on your Pixel device by going to Settings > Software updates.
Smart Reply: Google unveiled its ‘Smart Reply’ to Inbox, Gmail and Allo platforms which not only automated responses that show up as a reply to mails or a chat, using machine learning algorithm but also saves your time.
Message in Notification: Users will be able to see images in the message notification by swiping down the tray from the top of the screen, something which was not possible until now.
Improved Message Interface: Android users will also be able to see which text message is one-to-one or is in a group from inside the notification tray.
Text Zooming Tool: Just like in iphone X, Google Android Pie is introducing text zooming tool which gives users a clearer look at what they are typing by giving a magnified look when the user swipes the cursor on the sentence or a phrase.
Improved Password Autofill: This Android Pie feature prevents users to type in each section while filling up online forms, passwords and more.
Improved Setting Page: Introducing volume slider vertically and the White/Blue colour palettes are now multi-coloured, which many will find as a refreshing change.
Dual or Multiple Camera Support: Android Pie OS offer the dual-camera setup for developers can make their apps support multiple cameras now.
Image Compression: Just like in Apple iphone, Google Android P come with image compression technology which saves more space than ever, due to Android P’s support for HEIF (heic) image encoding.
New Wifi Protocol: Android P will bring along the support for the IEEE 802.11mc Wi-Fi protocol, which is also known as Wi-Fi___33 Round-Trip-Time (RTT).
Display Cutout Support: Just like in Apple, Android P comes with the ‘Display Cutout’ support. Android 9 offers support for the latest edge-to-edge screens that contain display cutouts for cameras and speakers.
Epic games take an epic decision and the rumor that company not going to distribute his Fortnite Games on Google Play Store and Fortnite for Android will exclusively be available on the Fortnite Official Website and you’ll need to download the Fortnite launcher to get the battle royale game on your device.
Fortnite Battle Royale is the FREE 100-player PvP mode in Fortnite. One giant map. A battle bus. Fortnite building skills and destructible environments combined with intense PvP combat. The last one standing wins. Available on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One & Mac.Read more..
People panic in India when found a UIDAI number showing up on their smartphones without their consent. This left thousands of users fear to hacked by the search engine giant after many hours later, UIDAI responded to the incident and denied forcing any smartphone manufacturer or telecom service provider to add a helpline number to their device.
However, Google has accepted that in 2014 it inadvertently coded the 112 distress number and the UIDAI number into its setup wizard for Android.
Google spokesperson said that it would like to assure users that “this is not a situation of an unauthorized access of their Android devices”. It said that if users wished, they can delete the number manually.
Google has also promised an “upcoming release of SetUp wizard which will be made available to OEMs over the next few weeks”.
Google search engine giant come with a newly improved search result especially the table data. And there has never been more data out there, with record numbers of data journalists working to make sense of it all. In fact, a study by the Google News Lab found that just over half of all newsrooms now have a dedicated data journalist.
Data journalism takes many forms, and it’s not always clear from the headline that there is potentially useful data within that document or story. The way that data is presented can vary as well, and though data tables are often the most useful format for data journalists, it isn’t always easy for Google Search to detect and understand tables of data to surface the most relevant results.
Based on feedback from 30 of the top data journalists in the world, Improves tabular data appears in Google Search and in doing so make it easier for all people to find the data they’re looking for. It works like this: news organizations that publish data in the form of tables can add additional structured data to make the dataset parts of the page easier to identify for use in relevant Search features. One of the participants, ProPublica has been testing the structured data on its interactive databases.Read more..
Huawei dominates in Chines Smartphone market and beat Apple and set record sales this quarter and Huawei became the world second largest smartphone vendor’, ahead of Apple. This is the first time that Huawei has piped Apple for the number two position. According to numbers shared by research firms International Data Corporation (IDC), Counterpoint Research and Canalys.
While the global smartphone shipments declined 2 per cent annually in the second quarter of 2018, according to Counterpoint, the top 10 players have managed to capture 79% of the market. According to IDC, smartphone vendors shipped a total of 342.0 million units during the second quarter, which was a 1.8% decline on a yearly basis. This is certainly the highlight of this quarter.
“Huawei achieved this by launching smartphones in the premium segment and capturing the mid-tier segment with its fast-growing Honor sub-brand. Huawei with its Honor brand is offering a broad and recently refreshed portfolio at affordable prices that is driving growth in the overseas market,” noted Tarun Pathak, Associate Director at Counterpoint Research. The firm also expects Huawei and Honor’s store counts to increase in the future, further boosting shipments. while comparing to Apple performance which is slipped to number three, iPhone X remains the top seller during the quarter. Apple shipped 41.3 million iPhones during the quarter.