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The Pixel 5 may have a midrange Snapdragon 765G instead of a Snapdragon 865

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The revelations come from a teardown of the Camera app.

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  • Google may not launch a flagship phone later this year.
  • Instead, the Pixel 5 series may have a Snapdragon 765G powering them.
  • It's unclear what the pricing of the new phones will be if this comes to pass, or what the fate of the Pixel Xa series will be.

According to a teardown of the Google Camera app on a pre-release version of the Pixel 4a obtained by 9to5Google, next year's Pixel phones may not be true-blue flagships, eschewing the Snapdragon 865 in favor of a Snapdragon 765G, the top-end of Qualcomm's midrange lineup.

The teardown revealed two files called "photo_pixel_2020_midrange_config" and "photo_pixel_2020_config." These are seemingly references to the Pixel 4a and Pixel 5 series, since Google's naming convention for the Pixel 3a and Pixel 4 was previously "photo_pixel_2019_midrange_config" and "photo_pixel_2019_config."

The device codenames corresponding to the "photo_pixel_2020_config" — by all accounts, Google's nomenclature for the 2020 'flagships' — are Bramble and Redfin, as per 9to5Google's breakdown. These codenames are also backed up by an investigation by @Cstark_27 on Twitter.

Where things get really interesting, though, is the fact that we've seen these codenames before. Back in January, the same codenames were discovered in the AOSP source code, with both Redfin and Bramble sporting a Snapdragon 765G. At the time, it wasn't clear if Google was just planning on releasing more midrange phones like the Pixel 4a in 2020 or if these were simply codenames for internal prototypes.

The reality, according to this latest report, is perhaps far stranger, and it looks like the company may entirely forego flagship offerings this year, with both the Pixel 5 and the Pixel 5 XL launching as midrange phones. Both phones will support 5G, however, thanks to the integrated 5G modem in the Snapdragon 765G.

If this is, indeed, true, it would undoubtedly be a significant departure from the company's direction so far. At the same time, since the biggest draw of the Pixel line is Google's software, it's certainly possible for the company to pull off many of the same camera tricks that it's achieved on the Pixel series with a less expensive but still very capable processor. It was, after all, able to do just that with the Pixel 3a.

How much these phones would, then, cost and what the change would mean for the future of any Pixel 5a remains to be seen.

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No flagship? Well plenty of others out there
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Google is helping the U.S. government build a coronavirus screening site

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The president made the announcement at a White House press conference on Friday.

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  • Google will collaborate with the White House on a screening website for the novel-coronavirus.
  • The company has reportedly donated 1,700 engineers to the effort.
  • The website will help people who suspect they may have the virus find a testing site.

Google is collaborating with the United States government to make it easier for people who suspect they have contracted the novel-coronavirus (COVID-19) to see if they need to be tested.

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The announcement was short on details, but the idea, it seems, is to give users the ability to enter their symptoms and see if they need additional testing. None of this sounds extremely complicated, but according to Trump, Google has 1,700 engineers working on this.

According to Debbie Birx, the White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator, users will have to log into this new screening website, fill out a screening questionnaire and risk factor questionnaire and then directed to a "drive through" testing facility.

In essence, it'll help streamline the process of determining whether you need to be tested for the virus or not and alleviate some panic for individuals who feel like they have some symptoms that match with that of the virus. While some governments like South Korea have engaged in aggressive testing, others have opted to wind down their testing under the assumption that the virus has been too widespread that any test would be meaningless.

The United States has yet to reach any decision point and has been criticized for its slow rollout of tests and perceived inaction in recent days. Measures like this will help inform what strategic changes may or may not be made further down the line.

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Alphabet will not Google. Get the facts right if you are going to report stuff.
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Sweden fines Google $8 million for violating the right-to-be-forgotten law

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It is also issuing a cease and desist order against informing site-owners when a site is delisted.

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  • Sweden's Data Protection Authority has fined Google 75 million kronor or $8 million over violations of the right-to-be-forgotten law.
  • It has also issued Google a cease and desist order over informing website owners when a URL has been delisted from its search results.
  • Google has stated it will appeal the fine with a spokesperson saying, "We disagree with this decision on principle and plan to appeal."

Sweden is the latest country to use Europe's General Data Protection Regulation to fine Google. On March 11, 2020, the Data Protection Authority of Sweden issued a fine to Google for 75 million kronor or $8 million.

The exact reasoning behind the fine stems from two instances where Google had not removed search listings from requests using the right-to-be-forgotten law. In 2017 the Swedish DPA performed an audit and "concluded that a number of search result listings should be removed and subsequently ordered Google to do so." Then, in 2018, the DPA followed up with another audit and found that Google had still not fully complied and decided to issue a fine to the company

Along with fining the search giant, Sweden is also requesting that Google go a step further and stop informing site owners when a URL has been removed. Currently, when Google delists a webpage from its search results, it informs the owner of the site what page is being removed and who requested it.

This practice gives the site owner the opportunity to move the information to another URL that is still accessible through Google Search, and essentially nullifies the right-to-be-forgotten law. That is why the DPA is now issuing Google a cease and desist order against informing site-owners when it delists a webpage.

Google does not have a legal basis for informing site-owners when search result listings are removed and furthermore gives individuals misleading information by the statement in the request form. That is why the DPA orders Google to cease and desist from this practice.

Google has three weeks to appeal the fine and has already confirmed with VentureBeat that it plans to do so. According to a Google spokesperson, "We disagree with this decision on principle and plan to appeal."

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And the law doesn't say they cannot tell site
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The right to be forgotten is to broad and easily used frivolously

The Trump administration could soon block all chip supplies to Huawei

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The move could have a devastating impact on China's biggest smartphone maker.

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  • The Trump administration is reportedly planning to change U.S. regulations to allow it to block chip supplies to Huawei from TSMC and other chipmakers.
  • If the proposal is approved, it would be a massive blow to Huawei's smartphone business.
  • The U.S. Commerce Department has declined to comment on the proposal.

Huawei lost access to Google services last year after the Chinese company was put on the U.S. Commerce Department's "Entity List." While Huawei's smartphone business has not been severely affected by the U.S. blacklist so far, a new report from Reuters claims the Trump administration is mulling changing U.S. regulations that could cut Huawei off from global chip suppliers. The news comes less than a week after the U.S. Commerce Department issued a 45-day extension to allow American firms to continue trading with Huawei.

By altering the Foreign Direct Product Rule, the U.S. government will be able to force foreign companies using American chipmaking equipment to get a U.S. license before they can supply chips to Huawei. While the U.S. Commerce Department declined to comment on the draft proposal, Huawei is yet to respond to requests for comment.

Citing a trusted source, the Reuters report says while the chip proposal has been drafted, it isn't certain that it will be approved. Needless to say, the proposal would be a massive blow to both Huawei as well as TSMC. The Taiwanese chipmaker has been working with Huawei subsidiary HiSilicon to manufacture Kirin chipsets for a long time now.

A report from China's Everbright Securities had revealed that the majority of chip makers depend on U.S. equipment. Manufacturing any chipsets without U.S. equipment would be very difficult as there is no production line in China that uses only 'made in China' equipment.

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All this trade/licencing stuff only seems to target Huawei. Why can Apple to work with Chinese manufacturers to make chips/phones/etc?
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Google is making a messaging app for G Suite that combines Gmail, Hangouts Meet/Chat, and Drive

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You are probably already privy to the news that Google will be doing away with Hangouts sooner or later, and in doing so, they’ve broken it apart into two different services for G Suite enterprise users: Hangouts Meet, which serves as a platform for video chatting for online meetings, and Hangouts Chat, which helps users within an organization communicate easily and painlessly. While this solution works alright, it can be confusing for some enterprise users who may not be able to immediately tell the difference between the two apps just by the name, especially given how the regular Hangouts app still exists. Now, Google is aiming to fix this inconsistency and try and fix fragmentation by merging most of their work/enterprise-oriented solutions into a whole new service.

This new Google messaging solution aims to be a unified messaging platform for businesses, so that means that it will be available for G Suite accounts only. It would contain both recently-arisen variants of Hangouts for business users and not only that, it could even contain elements from Gmail as well as from Google Drive, and may even overtake these two apps entirely for G Suite accounts. This would mean that the app, instead of just being yet-another messaging app from Google, would act instead as a central hub where you could check everything work-related.

We aren’t really sure how such an app would work, but my personal guess would be something like Slack with a lot more capability. It’s not clear when, or if, Google will launch this service, which has no name yet. But if we’re lucky, it may be something we’ll get to see during Google I/O 2020 in May. It’s still too early to tell as Google hasn’t even done an official announcement yet, and everything is still within the realm of speculation.


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It's not another chat app, it's description of Slack/MS Teams
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Pixel 4 “Feature Drop” is a first of several planned quarterly updates

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Google is going to start giving the Pixel line more than just monthly security updates and yearly major OS updates. Yesterday, Google announced the first "Feature Drop" for the Pixel 4, and according to a new report from The Verge, this is the first of several planned quarterly feature updates for Google's flagship smartphone.

There are four big updates included in this first feature drop. The most important sounds like an update to the Pixel 4's memory management, which Google says "proactively compresses cached applications so that users can run multiple applications at the same time—like games, streaming content and more." The Pixel 4's 6GB of RAM is less than most of its Android competition, which means it can't run as many apps in the background as other phones. This feature is also coming to older Pixel devices like the Pixel 3; with only 4GB of RAM, these devices are definitely RAM starved compared to other Android phones.

The Pixel line has long had a "Call Screen" feature that allows the Google Assistant to pick up a call and ask the caller who they are and what they want. Their answer would then be transcribed on your phone screen, allowing you to see what that call was about without having to actually pick up the call. Before, this was a manually activated feature—your phone would ring, and instead of pressing the "answer" button, you could send the call to the Google Assistant. With this new update, the Google Assistant can now screen calls automatically. Robocalls can be automatically declined, and unknown numbers can get sent to the Google Assistant, where the caller can identify themselves, and then the phone will ring, showing the caller's statement on the call screen.

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US customers only for most features so meh
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