QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.” ~ Albert Einstein
GOOGLE PLANS TO CHARGE CHINESE OEMs FOR USING ITS SERVICES
Search Giant reveals its plans to charge Chinese manufacturers for using its Android services.
WHY THIS IS HAPPENING?
This move comes as a response to EU, which imposed a fine on the company last year to stop ‘illegally tying’ apps like Chrome and other services to Android.
According to a tweet from official ‘Android’ account, the company has noted that it plans to charge Chinese manufacturers, which may include Xiaomi, ZTE, Huawei and more. It means, that manufacturers who wishes to put apps like Google Play Store, Google Maps, Gmail, Photos, Drive or Chrome bundled with Smartphones, now have to pay up to $40 per device for pre-installing the apps.
WHAT GOOGLE HAS TO SAY?
This is a big U-turn for the company, we’ve always offered our key software apps for free of charge to reach the widest possible audience. However, the decision to sell our services for up to $40 per device stems from the European Commission’s $5 Billion fine imposed last year.
Hence, in response we’re unbundling the Google Apps like the Play Store and Chrome and charging Android manufacturers if they wish to install or services bundled in the smartphones. The paid agreement will vary according to country and handset size.
WHEN THIS AGREEMENT WILL COME INTO EFFECT?
Google has created three different tiers for charging OEMs. Highest fees will be assessed in the UK, Germany, Sweden, Norway and Netherlands. Based on device Pixel Density, services will be charged and it all will begin from the third-quarter of the year.
At this point, it is unclear if this move will affect end consumer prices or not!
GOOGLE’S PROJECT SOLI GETS ONE STEP CLOSER TO REALITY
Google unit won approval from U.S. regulators (FCC- Federal Communications Commission) to deploy Project Soli.
WHAT IS PROJECT SOLI?
Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) is working on Project Soli since 2015. The project is all about controlling smart devices with gestures. A tiny radar system on a chip will be produced using touchless hand gesture technology which can be placed in variety of products, including wearables, computers, phones and vehicles to detect hand gestures.
Though, it’s on an experimental stage right now but company has pitched Soli as a concept control scheme for speaker, smartwatches, phones and media players.
WANT TO SEE HOW IT WILL WORK?
Google got greenlit from FCC, and according to the official document “With the use of a radar beam, Project Soli could allow a smartphone user to navigate a compatible touchscreen handset by waving his hand and making gestures in the air. It could be used to enable touchless control of device functions or features, which can benefit users with mobility, speech and tactile impairments.”
To see Project Soli in action, click the link below and know why the tech giant first dreamed up the technology.
HOW IT WILL CHANGE THE WAY WE USE WEARABLES?
Moving forward with hand-tracking technology which could pose major threat to Leap Motion, Project Soli is all set to transform the way we use Wearable devices. Because, wearables are possibly the most practical and natural place to apply this new technology.
For instance, Apple watch has the physical Digital Crown that offers users with additional ways to navigate Watch’s OS. However, with Project Soli a smartwatch will not require a digital crown, because every task could be done with just a wave of your fingers. Just mimic turning up a volume dialer to turn up the volume, mimic pressing a button to turn something on or off. The possibilities are truly endless!