We all wondered if Google would ever decide to launch its own smartwatch, as the Wear OS platform went bankrupt. According to a new report, Google has already tried to do it once, but it canceled the effort at the last minute because the experience was not good enough. The Pixel Watch material finally debuted as LG's Brand OS devices, and in fact, they were not good.
The story begins in 2016 as Google prepares for the Pixel launch under the guidance of its new hardware tsar, Rick Osterloh. The Pixel phones would replace the Nexus devices of the company with a new emphasis on elegance and ease of use. The unveiling of the Pixel in October 2016 originally had to also include a pair of Pixel watches. However, Osterloh unplugged at the last minute.
According to a former member of the Google hardware team, some basic features of the watches just did not work properly. For example, the synchronization between new Pixel phones and Pixel watches was at best uneven, and Osterloh was suspicious of the mediocrity of clothing that would weigh on its first major hardware launch.
Google would have prepared the branding, product photos and marketing plans for the watch when Osterloh canceled the project. Google announced the Pixel phones soon after, and the rumors circulating were not visible anywhere. The equipment, manufactured by LG, did not go directly to the trash. LG has recovered the designs to launch two smartwatches under its own brand several months later.
The LG Watch Style and Watch Sport watches were launched in early 2017 for largely lukewarm reviews. Google has given promotional attention to devices because they were the first to use the new Android Wear 2.0 update (this was before the new Wear OS image). Neither one nor the other device sold in significant quantities.
The report also notes that the current state of Wear OS is catastrophic and that no one seems to know how to fix it. Google still does not work on its own smartwatch because of persistent issues with the platform. So, do not expect portable devices during the Google hardware event next month. For now, Google seems happy to let Fossil mediocre release smartwatches generation after generation while Apple engulfs a larger share of the market.
Google launched Project Fi (now only Google Fi) at a time when unlimited mobile data was scarce. Now all operators have an "unlimited" level of service and some offer only unlimited services. Google is tuning in today, adding an unlimited service option on Google Fi. This will cost you more than the standard service, but it might be perfect for frequent travelers who use a lot of data.
Google calls the standard Fi plan launched in 2015 the option "Flexible Fi". You pay a fixed monthly fee of $ 20 for a single line (less if you have more lines), then $ 10 per gigabyte of data used. However, Google has recently implemented a "bill protection" feature that stops billing you after 6 GB of data. This ensures that your bill will not exceed $ 80 for a single line. Fi is an MVNO and your signal oscillates between T-Mobile, Sprint and US Cellular to retain the best signal.
The new Unlimited Fi rate is a lot like what you could get from Verizon or T-Mobile. It starts at $ 70 a month for a single line. If you have more than one, the cost per line decreases. This gives you "unlimited" data with the same operator transfer capability. This plan also includes free calls to more countries than the Flexible option and you get a Google One membership base. That means occasional offers and 100GB of cloud storage in Google Drive.
The unlimited data on the new Fi plan are, of course, not really Unlimited You get 22 GB of data per month on each line. Google reserves the right to limit your bandwidth for the remainder of the billing cycle. So, it's still a little unlimited, but very slow unlimited. Unlimited Google Fi plan as well speeds up the video to a resolution of about 480p. This alone will make the 22GB threshold much more difficult.
In some respects, it's an admission that Google's global approach to mobile MVNOs has not worked. The agreement is really not much different from what you get from the carriers themselves. Perhaps the most unique feature of Fi remains however. You can still use your data fast, without fear, in most countries. The four major US carriers are limiting their speed in other countries or need costly international complements to ensure full LTE speeds. Google Fi, both flexible and unlimited, includes full speed LTE technology in almost every country.
Google is on a ripping lately, updating all of its mobile apps with the new Material Theming design style. In practice, this means a lot of blinding applications. Unexpectedly, there is a method for Google's madness. It is necessary to move to the new Material theme to implement dark application themes. Gmail, one of the most popular Google apps, finally you have a dark theme on Androidbut not all phones have it right away.
Gmail has blinded smartphone users for longer than most apps. As a largely textual experience, there has always been a lot of white space in the inbox and the emails themselves. Google has made Gmail even brighter when it launched the new design some time ago. The red accent colors were replaced by, you guessed it, more white.
Dark themes have been a common joke among Android enthusiasts because of the way Google keeps teasing it. The latest beta versions of Android have included a dark theme that has not been incorporated into the final version. Finally, Android 10 (previously known as the Android Q) finally has a real dark theme. The deployment of Gmail is only the latest example of Google application that uses a dark theme that connects to Android 10.
The first version of Gmail featuring a dark user interface mode is 2019.08.18.267044774, but having this version does not necessarily guarantee that you will have the dark theme. There is also a server-side component that deploys at the request of Google. Until now, a small number of users have this feature, but everyone should be able to switch pretty quickly to dark mode.
The dark theme of Gmail uses a very dark gray rather than completely black, which can make the reading of white text very constraining. The inbox and most emails must use this same color scheme. Emails containing HTML are a notable exception. These will probably always be rendered in other colors, probably white.
If you use Android 10 (almost nobody does), you can automatically switch to the dark theme when you enable system-level failover. In addition to this option, the Gmail app includes a manual flip-flop of light and dark colors. So, even if you're using an older version of Android, you can manually change Gmail to become invisible by searching the settings. It's a step in the right direction, but many Google apps still have no dark theme. Even the white themed Play Store still lacks dark fashion.
Apple is used to promoting the safety of its products compared to the competition, but it was on the defensive last week as a result of a Google Project Zero report. According to Google researchers, iOS had been the target of a sophisticated attack for two years until Google alerted Apple in early 2019. However, Apple now seeks to downplay the severity of the attack, claiming that Project Zero had blown all out of proportion.
The recent announcement of the Apple iPhone vulnerability has recently been the subject of a detailed report by Project Zero, a Google group that specializes in discovering instant hackers threatening users. According to the team, a number of websites have deployed hacks capable of installing malware with root access on the iPhone. The operators of the sites could steal data, monitor the locations of the phones and even access the storage of the user's password on the device. Google said the attacks had occurred "for at least two years" and covered almost all active iOS versions during this period.
Apple issued a press release late last week challenging some of Google's findings. The iPhone maker strongly opposes Google's claim that the attacks have been working for two years. In fact, Apple says it was closer to two months. In addition, Apple said it already knows the flaws and already work on a fix. It is impossible to verify this statement, but it seems suspicious. Google Project Zero researchers are quoted in Apple's Official Change Journal from February for reporting these flaws.
Apple also said the attack targeted the Uyghur community, a group of ethnic Turkish Muslims living in western China. Uyghurs have been targeted for persecution and imprisonment by the Chinese authorities for years. The government often uses technological means like iPhone hacking to track and investigate the Uyghur population.
Apple seems to suggest that Google wanted to make imperfections appear more serious than they were, but Project Zero has always operated without favoritism. In response to Apple's criticism, Project Zero issued a statement confirming its "in-depth research that was written to focus on the technical aspects of these vulnerabilities."
Google is used to being publicly criticized for its security vulnerabilities – Android is open source software, but Apple has the advantage of silently patching exploits as they find them in its closed software. The iPhone maker may be a bit too sensitive with the unveiling of its new iPhone this week.
We do not even have to assume that a new Pixel flagship phone will arrive this year. For the first time, Google announced the features of its new phone before the big announcement. Google has already shown the back of the phone and talked about Soli radar sensor, but we have not heard any official details on the screen. After the announcements, the Google and XDA code features are the best solution. find some lines in Android 10 that support the report of a 90Hz screen.
The standard for mobile device screens has long been 60Hz. It took a long time for Android to regularly reach 60 frames per second in the user interface, but Google has a lot of flexibility in the latest versions of Android and optimizes Pixel phones aggressively. Laptops and desktop monitors have long evolved beyond 60Hz with refresh rates of 100, 144 and above, immediately available for a small charge. However, computers have a lot more power and phones need to be efficient and compact.
It's only been 12-18 months since the high-refreshable mobile screens have become viable. Razer launched the original Razer phone with a 120Hz display, but it was an LCD screen with serious problems of efficiency. It was working at 90Hz out of the box, and even that drained the battery quickly. Asus improved things with the ROG Phone, which had a 90Hz OLED panel. OnePlus launched the OnePLus 7 and 7 Pro earlier this year with a high refresh OLED.
Several weeks back, the first reports "Smooth Display" at 90Hz Pixel 4 appeared. Now, XDA has spent time digging into the open source Android 10 code that has just appeared and finding evidence to support it. Android contains a service called SurfaceFlinger, which connects applications and the system user interface to the display controller. Naturally, the SurfaceFlinger service must know the refresh rate of the display. SurfaceFlinger in Android 10 includes a manual 90Hz rocker that was not present in previous versions of the operating system.
In the current version of Android 10, the 90Hz mode exists as a temporary solution for testing purposes – a permanent version is already in AOSP. The code indicates that the switch should only be used on "P19 devices". Presumably, that means the 2019 pixels, not the 3a pixel. These budget phones were launched last spring and are at 60Hz. It is obvious that the Pixel 4 and 4 XL will actually have 90Hz screens.
We are talking about Courageous, the Chromium-based, privacy-focused open web browser that pays you in crypto-currencies for browsing. Google Chrome is one of its major competitors, so you must accept the charges with tweezers until the authorities decide.
According to Brave, Google would use hidden web pages to get personal data from users and in turn resell them to advertisers. Brave collected the information and handed it over to the Irish data protection authorities.
Johnny Ryan, Director General of Policy, discovered the Google system using this method after finding out how his navigation data was provided in the coming years. Advertising platform called Authorized Buyers, formerly known as DoubleClick, is the world's largest real-time ad sales platform currently active on 8.4 million web pages, including approximately 50,700 in Spanish.
Ryan would have detected that Google had identified him with a single tracker which in turn had given to a third party to register it on a hidden web page. This hidden website has no content, but its URL refers directly to Ryan's activity history. After an hour of navigation, Ryan detected that six different web pages had sent their ID to at least eight different advertising agencies.
They then ran tests with hundreds of people and discovered that in reality, Google uses these unique hidden web pages to allow each user to know his browsing history and share it with advertising agencies. greater efficiency in the ads served. Hidden websites create the ID, which they associate with the location and time of navigation, allowing advertisers to compare them with other profiles that we have created from other platforms.
Thus, Google would ignore the GDPR because it would send this information to advertisers without the consent of users. Google is currently working with the Irish authorities to resolve any possible breach of European regulations, in addition to indicating that they do not send this type of content to third parties without the prior consent of the company. user, as required by the GDPR.