Michael Larsen

Google Releasing A Bunch Of Features For Its Pixel Series Smartphones

Google Releasing A Bunch Of Features For Its Pixel Series Smartphones

This week, Google has brought a broad smile on the faces of Pixel owners by announcing the release of its first “feature drop.” The leading OS-developing company has also assured that the feature enhancements will be released on a monthly basis without any delay. The first drop is bringing quite impressive and remarkable features in Pixel smartphones.

The call screen update is considered as most prominent of the bunch. In this featured update, US-based Pixel 4 users can see a different display for unknown callers, screening out robocalls during the process. In case a call is not a spam and screened out, users will receive a transcript of the message after a while.

The update releases a fundamental editing tool in the Photos app through which captured clicks can be converted into portraits if in case users forgot to turn on the portrait mode while shooting.

Google also releases an update for its patented video-calling app Duo. Through this feature, the users can use the bokeh effect to blur the background view. This update is released for Pixel 2 and succeeding models.

On a related note, last month, Google has released the Incognito feature for Google Maps on Android devices. Now, the same feature is coming on iOS as well. The apps and Android OS developer put the limelight on this feature at the I/O developer conference held this year.

Incognito mode, like in the Chrome browser, would not allow Google to save the information, such as past searches, to the users’ Google account. However, users can turn off this mode if they want, as this feature serves more privacy.

Not only Maps but Google has also launched In-app Incognito mode for YouTube and Chrome browser for data safety purposes.

Apple Ditching The Charging Plug For Its High-End Phones By 2021

Apple Ditching The Charging Plug For Its High-End Phones By 2021

Reportedly, Apple might remove the Lightning connector in the high-end versions of the iPhone from 2021, hinting that the devices will need wireless charging, as per a report from Ming-Chi Kuo, Analyst at TF Securities. The withdrawing of the Lightning cable with other distinguishing updates would boost deliveries and the standard selling price of the highest-end iPhone models, Kuo stated. He said that the top-tier iPhone—without the connector—will offer a “completely wireless experience.” There are conjectures for several years that Apple intends to eliminate the Lightning cable. In 2017, Kuo forecasted that Apple will remove the Lightning connector in support of the USB Type-C connector, which is normally utilized in the industry.

Nonetheless, Apple has persisted to incorporate Lightning ports in the recent iPhone models. Apple’s latest models announced in September—iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro Max, and iPhone 11 Pro—all have Lightning ports. Apple has begun to include the USB-C connector in a few products. All of the latest iPhones support Apple’s fast charger—up to 50% charging in just 30 Minutes. The charger utilizes USB-C and needs iPhone customers to purchase a particular cable that goes to USB-C ports from the Lightning connector.

On a similar note, earlier Apple was in the news as JP Morgan stated that the tech giant might change its iPhone release program to twice a year starting from 2021. This shift in strategy will permit Apple to even out its traditional seasonality and present the company with increased flexibility to alter its products in 6 Months time span and contend with other device makers that release new phones throughout the year. From 2011, Apple has launched major new iPhones in September–October period; setting up the quarter that concludes in December to be the company’s largest and boosted by the new models & holidays.

Tesla Will Charge $10 Per Month For Premium Connectivity

Tesla Will Charge $10 Per Month For Premium Connectivity

Tesla had earlier announced that it will be planning to implement fees on a few of the in-car data from July 2018. But, due to some reasons, the implementation did not take place. The owners have finally coughed up saying that the automakers will have the charges applied to customers who have ordered on or after July 1, 2018. The company will switch the customers to 30-day trials of Premium Connectivity followed by a subscription for $10 per month in order to enjoy using the functionality. The customers who have made orders before July 1, 2018, will have access to all features without any charges.

It is not that bad but the only drawback is that the customers will not have access to satellite maps and live traffic visualizations in the basic tier (Standard Connectivity). The accessibility to web browsing, media streaming, and Caraoke would still be available but for that, one must be connected to the Wi-Fi. The phone data can help the customers reclaim all the functionality. However, the phone data cannot help one get through the entire tour of the in-car data. Tesla had started displaying the changes in the data caps right from September 2018. However, the basic concern is that the increase in data costs. The cost hike is not actually a burden for the customers as purchasing an SUV and putting in $120 per year to enjoy the satellite and music facilities is not that bad. All these years, the no-charge access to data features has been Tesla’s plus point and there are definitely going to some unhappy customers.

Similarly, Tesla’s Model 3 that was built in the Shanghai car plant has been added on a list of vehicles eligible for subsidies, as per the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. The buyers will be eligible for a subsidy of approximately 25,000 Yuan from the government. The subsidy is, in fact, a bonus for the automaker as the company plans to sell the vehicles right from the car plant in China. Earlier in October, Tesla had stated that it will be selling the locally built vehicle for $50,000. In short, China-made vehicles will be qualified for subsidies.

Porsche Plans To Add In A Stability Software In Its E-SUVs

Porsche Plans To Add In A Stability Software In Its E-SUVs

Porsche has plans to make more changes in the Taycan model by removing the conservative tag rendered to its power plant. The Stuttgart crew has stated that it has plans to start working on a four-motor powertrain for electric SUVs. This new powertrain is something that the Taycan may have never seen before. The carmakers are not just trying to improve the quarter-mile times but instead designing engines to help gain more control while speeding. The plan is to have one motor each for the wheels to help balance the power distribution based on the needs. The four-motor powertrain will help have extra control on slippery roads or around the corners at the time of speeding. The people carrier should have the agility of a sports car as well as the safety of the driver as the first priority.

The technology does not ask for a complete redesigning or supplementary sensors but instead for a software control update to redistribute power within milliseconds rather than the usual limited-slip differential set up in gas cars. Porsche confirms that it has been testing the software from the past 2 Years. The carmaker has announced that its Macan EV will be having the new system. It would not be surprising if the company plans to have it in larger SUVs whether a Cayenne’s EV variant or a completely new design. The new system will definitely help all the electric SUVs get unrestricted data that the combustion-powered vehicles are not able to provide.

Similarly, Porsche has confirmed that it is planning on going all-electric in the future. According to the luxury carmaker President Klaus Zellmer, the company wants to begin the transition phase in the car industry. The customers expect more sustainability from luxury cars and Porsche confirms that it will have plugs in every car produced in or after 2025. At the second annual The Year Ahead: Luxury summit, Porsche also stated that its legendary 911 will be the last in its line to go electric. The company plans to attract new and younger customers to go green at the Super Bowl ad in 2020.