Friday, June 14, 2019

T-Mobile And Sprint To Sell Off Boost Mobile

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T-Mobile and Sprint are closer to merger approval, working with the Department of Justice to divest assets that would create a new fourth wireless carrier. The New York Times says the carriers are in discussions with Dish Network, Charter, and Altice to acquire Boost Mobile and some of Sprint's wireless spectrum.

The critical part of the structuring deal is that Sprint would be giving up spectrum holdings, not just the Boost Mobile brand that runs on Sprint's existing network. In order for a new carrier to be a true competitor it would need its own spectrum holdings. If the merger were to be structured with this sort of deal in place it would presumably ease pressure coming from lawsuits that's aiming to block the merger on the basis that it would reduce competition.

The question is why are we going through all of these hurdles to end up with four U.S. carriers once all is said and done. The combined T-Mobile and Sprint would have a large enough customer base and network infrastructure to compete with other major U.S. carriers. But the new smaller carrier would be starting from a disadvantaged position.


Source: The New York Times

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Android Q Beta 4, Rolling Out To Google Pixel Devices

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Android Q is the latest Android OS version by Google. With some advanced features and latest tech device compatibility. Google released the fourth beta version of the Android Q today.

You can download and run Android Q on all Google Pixel devices, to get Android Q on your Google Pixel device, you need to be a part of the Google Android Beta program.


How to Download Android Q:

Once you are a part of Google's Beta program, you will receive the build over the air. Android Beta program users can enroll Google Pixel devices from the source link below.

What's new in Android Q:

Privacy: Google introduced new privacy and security policy with Android Q to enhance privacy for OS controls, file based encryption, Google Play Protect, and more. With Android, Q Google has also provided options to control an apps' access to photos, videos or audio collections via new runtime permissions feature. Also, apps that access downloaded files on your device have to now go through the system file picker. Android Q has a unique real time running feature which will prevent any background app from launching an activity unless it is essential, such as alarms or an incoming call.


Control over location: Android Q will give you more control over the location sharing. With Android Q, the user will have the option to provide app permission to use location all the time, only when the app is in use, or never. This is an extraordinary feature I found which will help your phone to save better and internet data.

Device location access and foldable screen support : With new folding smartphones support one can let two apps work simultaneously, and to notify the app when it has focus. Apart from that, Google will also give you to decide how your app is shown on foldable screens. We should hear more on that in the upcoming betas.

Sharing shortcuts: Android Q with a new shortcut feature in Android Q user can jump directly into another app for sharing content using a feature called Sharing Shortcuts. Also, the next Android version will include a new settings panel which will let you see key system settings such as Wi-Fi connection, network, and aeroplane mode on third party apps via a floating window.

Dynamic Depth Image: With new Android Q image feature, apps can request a 'dynamic Depth Image' which allows you to use specialized blurs and bokeh options as well as enjoy 3D images and support for AR photography.


Source: Android Beta Program

Google Confirms Pixel 4 Design, Via Twitter


Google on Twitter officially confirmed the Google Pixel 4’s design. Tweeted from the official Made by Google account at 11:30AM PT we can see the rear of the Google Pixel 4 including the square camera bump with two side by side lenses a first for the Pixel lineup, but standard on competing Android and iPhone devices. Underneath is a flash, while there are two unknown cutouts at the very top and in the bottom right corner and possibly a microphone.

The photo only shows the rear of the Google Pixel 4 with the lower left device highlighting the cameras while the top right shows the Google logo at its usual position at the bottom. Elsewhere on the phone we see the volume toggle and a white power button but the lack of a fingerprint sensor.

On the right edge when looking at the phone from the rear there is a small recess consistent with a SIM card slot/tray. You can also make out the USB-C cutout at the very bottom.


Google Pixel 4 design

To accompany the image Google tweeted an reference that teases “what it can do.” A hashtag also reveals what the company is unsurprisingly calling its next flagship "Pixel4".



Source: Twitter

Google’s Project Soli Chip Could Debut In Google Pixel 4


Project Soli is a Google ATAP endeavor based on radar hardware most notably for device control via subtle hand movements. Whether you’re using a watch, phone, or tablet this miniature radar sensor can differentiate between very fine motions to perform various platform specific functions.

Google showed off Project Soli working on both a smartwatch and a smart speaker at Google I/O 2016. The demo showed the chip embedded in a Wear OS smartwatch for interface control and the smart speaker integration made it possible to simply wave at the speaker to tell it to stop playing.



Google is rumored to be launching a new generation of the Google Home this year, as well as a smartwatch and gesture based control via Soli. Some details from XDA corroborate that the Google Pixel 4 will have a Soli chip, and suggest that the feature will be called “Aware” for users.


Source: XDA Developers

Monday, April 15, 2019

Hulu Buys AT&T’s Minority Stake In Joint Venture

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AT&T ditched its stake in Hulu. Although it didn't necessarily play out as expected. The telecom has reached a deal to sell its 9.5 percent stake in Hulu (worth about $1.43 billion) back to the joint venture. 

It's not certain exactly how this will shift the balance of power or affect content, but Hulu chief Randy Freer said AT&T's WarnerMedia would stay a "valued partner" for "years to come." AT&T said it would use the money to "reduce its debt."

Between this and Disney's acquisition of key Fox assets, Hulu's joint venture is down to just two companies Disney and Comcast. It's not yet certain just how this affects the ownership ratios but Disney already had majority control with 60 percent while Comcast had a 30 percent share.

AT&T's WarnerMedia is developing its own streaming service and it's expected to be a lot like Hulu, just with an emphasis on in house properties like Warner Bros., HBO, and Turner.


Source: AT&T

Google Teases Google Pixel 3a And Google Pixel 3a XL, Announcement On May 7th




This new teaser page on the Google Store went live with an Avengers Endgame promotion for new Playmoji AR Stickers that were announced earlier this morning. Leveraging that superhero theme throughout, Google says “Help is on the way.” The “G” logo on this site is a Thanos shade of purple and very similarly styled to artwork for the upcoming movie in the Marvel franchise.

The Google Store today allows users to sign-up for news, and recognizes if you’re already on the mailing list. Tuesday, May 7th happens to coincide with Day 1 of Google I/O 2019 in Mountain View.

That opening keynote will likely be the best stage for announcements, with other possible introductions being a Google Home Hub rebrand to Google Nest Hub, and the increasingly leaked Nest Hub Max.
 

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Android Q Public Beta, Rolling Out To Google Pixel Devices


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Android Q is the latest Android OS version by Google. With some advanced features and latest tech device compatibility. Google released the first beta version of the Android Q today.

You can download and run Android Q on all Google Pixel devices, to get Android Q on your Google Pixel device, you need to be a part of the Google Android Beta program.

How to Download Android Q:

Once you are a part of Google's Beta program, you will receive the build over the air. Android Beta program users can enroll Google Pixel devices from the source link below. 



What's new in Android Q:

Privacy: Google introduced new privacy and security policy with Android Q to enhance privacy for OS controls, file-based encryption, Google Play Protect, and more. With Android, Q Google has also provided options to control an apps' access to photos, videos or audio collections via new runtime permissions feature. Also, apps that access downloaded files on your device have to now go through the system file picker. Android Q has a unique real-time running feature which will prevent any background app from launching an activity unless it is essential, such as alarms or an incoming call.


Control over location: Android Q will give you more control over the location sharing. With Android Q, the user will have the option to provide app permission to use location all the time, only when the app is in use, or never. This is an extraordinary feature I found which will help your phone to save better and internet data.

Device location access and foldable screen support : With new folding smartphones support one can let two apps work simultaneously, and to notify the app when it has focus. Apart from that, Google will also give you to decide how your app is shown on foldable screens. We should hear more on that in the upcoming betas.

Sharing shortcuts: Android Q with a new shortcut feature in Android Q user can jump directly into another app for sharing content using a feature called Sharing Shortcuts. Also, the next Android version will include a new settings panel which will let you see key system settings such as Wi-Fi connection, network, and aeroplane mode on third party apps via a floating window. 

Dynamic Depth Image: With new Android Q image feature, apps can request a 'dynamic Depth Image' which allows you to use specialized blurs and bokeh options as well as enjoy 3D images and support for AR photography.


Source: Android Beta program

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Samsung Galaxy S10 Wallpapers, Available for Download

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The Samsung Galaxy S10 wallpapers are now available for download, thanks to the good folks at XDA. There appears to be six wallpapers in total all the same except for the colors used.

As everyone has noticed, each wallpaper is dark in the top right corner. This isn’t a mistake, it’s to hide the punch holes for the front facing cameras. Feel free to download by following the link below.


Source: Download link

Samsung's Galaxy Fold Is Coming April 26

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The Galaxy Fold sports two screens a small 4.6 inch cover display on the front, a main 7.3 inch screen when opened. The primary OLED screen has a ratio of 4.2:3 and is rated at hundreds of thousands of folds before it will wear out. There are two internal batteries, and a total of six cameras.

The internal specifications are similar to that of other 2019 flagship phones. The Samsung Fold has 12GB of RAM, 7mm processor, 512GB of internal storage, and a total battery capacity of 4,380mAh.

The Galaxy Fold will be sold in both LTE and 5G models, with a starting price of $1,980. As expected Samsung's first foldable phone will be a pricey concept, but that's... one hella price tag. 

Retail availability starts on April 26th.


Source: Samsung

Samsung's Galaxy Buds Coming March 8th For $129

Samsung is no stranger to true wireless earbuds, but its first pair had horrible battery life. The second gen Samsung Gear IconX did better but the price tag was high at $200. Now, the Samsung Galaxy Buds are launching alongside the Samsung Galaxy S10 with a reasonable price, even better than the Apple Airpods. The Samsung Galaxy Buds are coming March 8th for $129.


Source: Samsung