Newsletter Android O Naming Shenanigans & Uber Goes Aqua

Newsletter: Android O Naming Shenanigans & Uber Goes Aqua

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“If you don’t have the time to read, you won’t have the time or the tools to write.” ~ Stephen King

GOOGLE STILL SEEMS UNSURE ABOUT WHAT ‘O’ IN ANDROID 8.0 WOULD STAND FOR

THE STORY

Google’s senior vice president, Mr. Hiroshi Lockheimer’s recent tweet blows much theorized ‘Oreo’ out of the window.

WHY COULD IT NOT BE OREO?

Despite of most Android users and experts having their money on ‘Oreo’ being the official name for Android 8.0, Google’s vice president’s recent tweets show a different possibility. As Android 8.0’s developer preview is already out and shows an ‘orange-colored’ logo, there sure are some anomalies we can’t seem to ignore. Although Mr. Lockheimer himself teased ‘Oreo’ in his older tweets, his recent tweet pointed towards ‘Orangina’.

In his tweet, he asked people about their choice of dessert from three options namely Peanut M&Ms, Milk Chocolate M&Ms and Orangina.

WHAT IS ORGANGINA NOW?

For those who might not know, Orangina is a popular orange drink from France that was invented in the 1930’s. It was later imported to and marketed in North America named initially as ‘Orelia’ and ‘Orangina’ in the 80’s. It picked up in popular culture quickly as it was marketed by Dr. Pepper Snapple Inc. in US. Google and Android are known for their love for multi-cultural references, whenever they can and Orangina sounds like a pretty strong contender.

COULD IT BE AN ATTEMPTED TROLL BY MR. LOCKHEIMER?

Since fans have already seen such previous attempts by Google to tease and confuse user before actual launches, this could also be one. As it was the vice president himself who pointed fans and followers towards ‘Oreo’. We might remember how fans were similarly pointed towards the wrong direction with ‘Nutella’ for the current Android version. Therefore it seems quite obvious that they would re-attempt such curveballs. Nevertheless, Organgina does sounds good even though it’s not as iconic as Oreo could be.


LEGAL DISPUTES ASIDE, UBER ANNOUNCES NEW WATER TAXI SERVICE IN CROATIA

THE STORY

Uber announces new 24/7 speedboat based taxi service to be available via app by June 26th.

WHAT IS UBERBOAT?

They’ve ruled the roadways, trying to rule the airways and are finally setting sail to take over the vast realm of Poseidon. We’re certainly not quoting greek mythology here, but instead talking about UBER’s brand new boat booking service aptly named as, ‘UberBOAT’. Starting 26th of this month in Croatia, users of the Uber app will be able to book boat services to get around the city or to other nearby coastal regions. This would include two services one of which is a direct shuttle service to Divulje airport. The other one is for people who want a full-day or half-day adventure trip from Dubrovnic, Hvar and Split to surrounding islands and exotic locations.

HOW MANY PEOPLE CAN BE ACCOMMODATED PER BOAT?

The airport shuttle service from Divulje, Hvar and Split will be available at a flat price of €352 for an 8-seater speedboat. A 12-seater capacity XL option can also be availed at €493. Customers will be directed by the app towards their nearest pickup destination where they will be provided with water bottles and life-jackets by their boat’s Captain.

The full-day fare for ‘Adventure’ option is €980 for the standard 8-seater. However, customers also have the option of  booking speedboats for a specific number of hours or location, with variable fares.

WHY ONLY CROATIA?

Although the service could do really well if launched in coastal cities across Europe and Americas, Croatia sure seems like a great testing ground for Uber. We have seen similar such promotional services in coastal cities such as Istanbul and Miami along with France’s UberCOPTER. But never did they become a permanent part of Uber’s business plan. So we hope their plans succeed in Croatia and we can get to see this become a global service.

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Akshay Peter

Akshay Luke Peters is a writer and blogger for Systweak Software. He likes to write about off-beat topics and technological awareness. He is also part musician who likes to explore the future of technology in entertainment and popular media.

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