Sony has a new chief executive officer that replaces long-term CEO Kaz Hirai and a new CEO also means a new plan for the company’s future, a plan that might include a move away from consumer gadgets. And yes, while nobody at Sony admits that, this might well mean that the company is stepping away from making not only phones, but other consumer gadgets as well, including the popular Playstation and Sony cameras.
Late Wednesday, Qualcomm introduced the Snapdragon 710 Mobile Platform. The first chipset in the Snapdragon 700 tier, the SoC is built using the 10nm process and includes a multi-core AI engine and neural network processing. The Snapdragon 710 allows more affordable handsets to offer features that up to now, were seen only on pricey flagship phones. Compared to the Snapdragon 660 chipset, the new chip provides twice the improvement in AI applications.
Google Lens is an interesting thing. It’s sort of like reverse Google image search, where you drop an image and let Google find similar-looking ones, only in the real world. But it can be much more than that and it seems like Google has the ambition to bring out the full potential of Lens in the near future.
Google kicked its I/O conference with an announcement related to Android Things and Android Auto, but Android P got in the spotlight as well. Along with the official launch of the new Android OS for smartphones, Google confirmed that a beta build is now available for download.
However, unlike in the previous years when these beta builds were a Google Pixel/Nexus affair, for the most part, this time the search giant has decided to make Android P beta available to additional smartphones launched by other major companies.
Apparently, this is possible due to Project Treble, which means …
Back in November 2016, we told you about a story in The New York Times that claimed certain Android phones were sending users’ personal data to servers in China. The software, created by Shanghai Adups Technology Company, is on hundreds of millions of active Android handsets. Among the manufacturers whose phones had this software installed were two firms that shouldn’t surprise you in 2018, Huawei and ZTE. But a third manufacturer is one that you might have never heard of, and is actually located in Miami, Florida. The name of that company is BLU Products.
BLU co-owner and CEO Samuel Ohev-Zion …