Android inventor: Is this the smartphone of the future?
In 2008, Andy Rubin co-invented Google’s Android smartphone operating system. Or he has copied at least well from the just published iPhone. Rubin left Google in 2014 for $ 90 million in charges of sexual harassment. Since then, the now 56-year-old tries to repeat the former Android coup with his new company “Essentials”. Latest invention, the Essentials now introduced, is “Project Gem”, a smartphone in the format of a TV remote control. The new ruby phone looks like a current smartphone, which was neatly cut apart in the middle.
The result is an extremely elongated format that makes typing on a virtual keyboard virtually impossible. And that is the intention. Because Rubin and his team consider keystrokes on the smartphone of the future superfluous. Everything should work only by voice input and with the help of artificial intelligence. “Project Gem” sees itself as an assistant for the daily life – and not as an entertainment device, on which also films or games run. So Andy Rubin wants to fight the smartphone addiction. Whether and when the half-cell phone comes on the market is still unclear. Gizmodo has concerns about privacy because of the voice input concept, considers the operation questionable and advises potential buyers, also because of Rubin’s recent flop, “wait and see”.
Without Jonathan Ive: Apple puts an end to the annoyance keyboard
The departure of design guru Jonathan Ive, fond of leptosome size zero devices, is becoming increasingly positive for Apple customers. Recently, the Pro models of the new iPhone 11 were slightly thicker – which has increased the battery life by up to five hours. Now, apparently, Apple says goodbye to the unfortunate butterfly keyboards of its MacBooks in 2020, which only offer a minimal stroke when writing, which rattle unpleasantly loud and prone to errors. Instead, according to top analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, all MacBooks will return to a more user-friendly scissor mechanism next year.
Apple had introduced the 40 percent thinner Butterfly keyboards in 2016 – apparently at the instigation of Ive, to be able to further reduce the devices. Since then, the fundamental problems of this design could not be solved with several revisions. The magazine BGR speaks of “nightmares of all kinds” and “one of the worst designs in the history of Apple”. Meanwhile, Apple itself has admitted the problems. Now, Kuo expects in its latest investor announcement that by mid-2020, a 16-inch MacBook Pro will receive a newly developed scissor keyboard designed to improve typing. Later, Apple equips all MacBook Air and MacBook Pro with the new keyboard.
Amazon’s hardware boss: Alexa is like a four-year-old
David Limp, hardware chief of Amazon, has in a remarkable interview with the Handelsblatt Missing conceded in connection with the controversial voice recordings of Assistant Alexa. “We made mistakes,” admits Limp. But he is convinced that Amazon has overcome the problems: “We have done a lot in recent months to create confidence.” Limp criticizes that the industry has so far failed to convey the functionality of artificial intelligence to customers. Because: “We are still years away from the fact that such systems get along completely without human verification.”
The Amazon Manager sees the current state of development of the language assistant: “Today Alexa is as far as a four-year-old child, soon perhaps as a primary school student, then as a teenager and eventually grow up.” His vision for the future: “Alexa should be able to give all the answers, you should talk to her normally, but it will take a long time until we are ready.” Whether the customers should wait for it, and better not get now a curious and plapperfreudiges kindergarten child into the house, remains however open.
Works: The WhatsApp phone from Nokia for 99 euros is there
A little bit pregnant – that’s not possible. A bit of internet but already. The Chinese technology group HMD Global has now released the Nokia 2720 Flip in Germany, Austria and Switzerland for 99 euros. The reissue of the classic from the year 2009 looks like a good old folding phone for telephoning and texting with real big buttons, and is therefore well suited for smartphone detox. If you do not want to go completely offline, you will still find 4G Internet and apps like WhatsApp, Facebook and the Google Assistant on the new Nokia. Even YouTube and Twitter can be installed. This is made possible by the operating system KaiOS, a variant of Firefox OS.
The internet connection can be shared with other devices. Thus, the 2720 Flip also serves as a modem for tablets, for example. The color screen is now a useful 2.8 inches tall – and thus not so far away from the 3.5 inches of the first iPhone from the year 2007. The advantages of the folding format are maintained: A 1.3 inches smaller Mini-screen already displays outside callers and messages. Telephone calls can be answered and closed with open and close. An SOS button sends a message including GPS location to up to five pre-defined contacts in an emergency. And from the standby time of up to 28 days, smartphone owners can only dream of wet until today.
Google: Android 10 mandatory from the end of January
Google requires the official approval of new Android smartphones from the end of January 2020 mandatory installation of the new Android 10. Mobile phones with the Android versions 9 or older may no longer be re-commercialized. The tech experts at XDA Developers discovered this requirement in an actually secret agreement between Google and its hardware partners. With the regulation Google wants to accelerate the straight in comparison to Apple’s sluggish spreading of new Android versions.
Recently, iOS 13 was installed after only one week on 20 percent of all iPhones – while Android 9 even after only eight months, came to 10.4 percent. Especially the manufacturers of cheap Android devices install so far still months or even years outdated Android versions, in order to save the expenditure for the adjustment. Good news for buyers: You can expect from the beginning of next year with a larger selection of devices with the new and thus potentially safe Android 10.
The end of the LEAD: Mobile “Call of Duty” breaks download world record
By contrast, even “Fortnite Battle Royale” looks pale. The shooter “Call of Duty Mobile” has set a new App World Record in the first week after its launch with over 100 million downloads worldwide – before “Mario Kart Tour”, which last managed more than 90 million downloads. 56.9 million call-of-duty calls were made on iOS, 45.3 million on Android, according to Sensor Tower analysts. For comparison: “Fortnite” came in the same period “only” to 22.5 million downloads.
The mobile “Call of Duty” works after the controversial and most recently by commodity test sharply criticized “Free to Play” principle. The basic game is free. However, the pressure on gamers is high to invest in up to 110 Euro expensive in-app purchases. In addition, once again called “Lootboxen” are used as gambling, the certain extras only randomly spend. Manufacturer Activision thus already in the first week on a turnover of 17.7 million dollars.
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