According to a new blog post (which we first saw reported on The Verge), Google is planning to use machine learning algorithms to analyse “performance data, user engagement, and user ratings” on the Play Store’s apps, and downgrade buggy, crashing ones to stop them from rising to the top of listings.
This means that the most visible apps in the Play Store will be less likely to crash, behave weirdly, or even ask for more permissions than they should.
The search giant had already put artificial intelligence algorithms in place to determine an app’s quality, but it’s now acting upon its findings to actually curate Android’s digital store.
Two months ago, Google also announced the new “Android Excellence” program, which expands on what was known as the Play Store’s “Editor’s Choice”. There are now several human-curated categories of rotating apps that Googlers tweak every now and then to highlight apps that they think are good.
The only problem the new machine learning-driven algorithms have is that, because they act somewhat independently, there is no way for developers to know whether their app is getting downgraded and why.
SanDisk’s Extreme lineup of microSD cards advertise 160MB/s read and 90MB/s write speeds, and its new high-capacity card follows suit. As such, it’s the better choice over SanDisk’s Ultra microSD card if you capture a lot of 4K video. File transfers and load times should be a little quicker, too. If you’re interested in getting one of these 1TB microSD cards, you should make sure that your device is compatible. Nintendo’s FAQ doesn’t put a cap on on card sizes accepted by the Switch, though Amazon’s Fire tablets top off at 256GB of microSD storage.
We know that HMD is one of the Android manufacturers supposed to bring a 5G smartphone in 2019. Now, HMD has entered into a patent-licensing agreement with Qualcomm that will allow it to bring its 5G smartphone to the market.
Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) and HMD Global Oy today announced that HMD Global has entered into a direct worldwide license arrangement with Qualcomm to cover branded single-mode and multimode devices manufactured and marketed by HMD Global under the Nokia brand. Under the terms of the agreements, Qualcomm has granted HMD Global royalty-bearing patent licenses to develop, manufacture and sell branded 3G, 4G and 5G single-mode and multimode complete devices.
So, as mentioned in the paragraph taken from the press release Qualcomm has now granted HMD license to develop, manufacture and sell 5G smartphones.
We earlier covered a leak that claims a Nokia 9 PureView successor coming as the first 5G Nokia smartphone in 2019. We can’t vouch for the legitimacy of this leak but so far Snapdragon 855 is the processor that can support 5G and is available for production.
Amazon may yet return to the smartphone market, despite the high-profile flop that was the Fire phone.
An Amazon executive told The Telegraph that it needs to create a “differentiated idea” to be able to return to the market.
Amazon’s first smartphone was a fiasco. The Amazon Fire phone was rolled out in 2014 and pulled a year later, resulting in a $170 million write off.
Analysts say that creating a smartphone today would facilitate the growth of its Amazon Alexa services.
Amazon’s first attempt at creating and selling its own smartphone was ultimately a flop but it’s not ruling the market out altogether.
Dave Limp, senior vice president of devices and services at Amazon, told The Telegraph , that provided Amazon can create a “differentiated idea” for a smartphone, then it will make a second attempt at this.
“It’s a big market segment and it would be interesting,” he said. “We need to keep experimenting and the things we want to experiment with are the ones that are truly differentiated.”
He Limp: “The answer [to whether we’ll try another phone] is the same as to whether we’re going to build a personal computer. What we need to do in order to enter into something new is we have to have an idea to differentiate it.”
An Amazon spokesperson did not immediately respond to Business Insider’s request for comment to confirm whether this is already a work in progress.
Just months after it was rolled out, the company admitted to taking a $170 million hit in its earnings because of the Fire phone and related supplier costs. It was also left with $83 million worth of unsold phones after it failed to take off, Fortune wrote at the time.
Limp initially blamed the phone’s flop on it being badly priced (its prices were later slashed ). But in comments since then, he has pinned its problems to the fact that Amazon didn’t create a product that was differentiated enough for customers. “It just didn’t resonate to the next level of masses,” he said in 2016 .
Last July , industry analysts began to speculate that Amazon could be developing smartphones once more after it dropped a hint in an earnings release. “We want customers to be able to use Alexa wherever they are,” Amazon said in the release.
“We suspect, though this is admittedly speculation, that Amazon will have to re-enter the phone market either directly or indirectly in order to drive Alexa adoption,” Benjamin Schachter, a technology analyst at Macquarie wrote in a note to clients at the time.
“We don’t see how Alexa can evolve to its fullest potential without being available prominently on the main device that so many people carry everywhere, the smartphone. It is hard to see how they don’t do this.”