Google has released a major update to its automotive platform. Android Automotive OS 12L is now available for vehicles running Android Automotive, including the Polestar 2 and Volvo XC40 Recharg.
The Android Automotive OS 12L update is “huge” as reviewers point out online. Among the main innovations is quick control. Manufacturers can add selected settings such as Bluetooth switches, the status bar, or other system user interface elements. As noted by the developers, this will allow users to “safely change key settings while driving without opening the Settings application.”
The notification system has been redesigned in the OS – improved group notifications have appeared. There is also support for rotary controllers (knob and surrounding buttons on the center console of the car) and some bug fixes.
In addition, developers have improved the reconnection of Bluetooth devices, there are new opportunities for car manufacturers, and so on. The full list of improvements, fixes and improvements is quite extensive.
Xiaomi 11T Pro, Global Xiaomi Pad 5, Redmi K30 Pro and Redmi K30S Ultra get MIUI 14 stable based on Android 13
Xiaomi continues to release the final versions of the MIUI 14 interface for its smartphones. Global Xiaomi 11T Pro and Xiaomi Pad 5 received the latest firmware this week, as well as Redmi K30 Pro (aka Poco F2 Pro outside of China) and Redmi K30S Ultra (Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro) in China.
The firmware for Xiaomi Pad 5 is V18.104.22.168.TKXMIXM, for Xiaomi 11T Pro – V22.214.171.124.TKDINXM, for Redmi K30 Pro – V126.96.36.199.SJDCNXM, for Redmi K30S Ultra – V14.0.3. O.SJKCNXM. All of them, in addition to improvements related to the MIUI 14 interface itself, contain a patch with the February Android security updates.
Smartphone makers including Apple to be forced to allow deletion of pre-installed apps in India
India plans to force smartphone manufacturers, including Apple, to allow removal of pre-installed apps and mandatory checking for OS updates under proposed new security rules.
According to two sources and a government document seen by Reuters, smartphone manufacturers will have to enable the ability to uninstall pre-installed apps, and new models will be tested for compliance by a laboratory authorized by the Bureau of Indian Standards.
Apple already allows you to remove many of its own apps, but core apps like Messages, Photos, and Phone can’t be removed from the phone: they can only be removed from the Home screen and hidden in the App Library.
India’s Ministry of Information Technology is reviewing regulations on concerns about espionage and abuse of user data with explicit references to the risk from China.
“Preinstalled apps can be a weak link in security and we want no foreign countries, including China, to use them,” an unnamed official said. “This is a matter of national security.”
After a border clash with China in 2022, India banned more than 300 Chinese apps in the country, including TikTok. The country has also stepped up its controls on investment by Chinese firms.
Chinese brands account for more than half of all smartphone sales in India.
No longer the most compact Android flagship. Asus Zenfone 10 will get a 200-megapixel camera, Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, IP68 protection and a 6.3-inch screen
Last year, Asus Zenfone 9 became the most compact of Android flagships, but its successor will no longer be: according to data published by Pricebaba, Zenfone 10 (catalog number – AI2302) will receive a screen with a diagonal of 6.3 inches (instead of 5.9 inches for the current model).
Zenfone 10 will be built on SoC Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. It will receive 16 GB of RAM, 256 or 512 GB of flash memory. Zenfone 9 has only two modules in the main camera, but Zenfone 10 may have more, and the sensor resolution of the main module will increase to 200 megapixels. The smartphone will also receive a 5000 mAh battery with support for 67 W charging and IP68 protection.
The release of Asus Zenfone 10 will not take place soon: according to Pricebaba, global sales of the smartphone will start only in the fourth quarter of this year.
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