The Information publication has gained access to an internal document from Google, according to which it intends to seriously invest in the development of its own devices. Google is concerned that in developed markets, Android smartphone users are increasingly switching to iPhone. This threatens Google’s mobile advertising business and could ultimately lead to a significant reduction in its revenue. The tech giant’s CEO Sundar Pichai believes that Google investing more in its own devices is the strategy that best protects the company.
According to The Information, Google intends to double its investments in its own equipment, including Pixel smartphones. To do this, it has already begun to transfer employees from its other divisions, including the software development department, to work on devices under its own brand. Such a strategy can actually turn out to be risky: for example, sales of Pixel smartphones over the entire 6 years of the line’s existence did not even reach 28 million. Last year, about 4.5 million Pixel smartphones were sold, while the number of iPhones sold was about 230 million
In addition to transferring employees from other divisions, in order to develop a new strategy, Google plans to expand its cooperation with Android smartphone manufacturers: to maintain a close relationship not only with Samsung, but also with OnePlus and Xiaomi. The document also indicates that Google is going to cut investments in WearOS (the operating system for smart watches) and Android Automotive (OS for car multimedia systems).
Possibly hundreds of millions of smartphones are at risk. A vulnerability has been discovered that manufacturers are in no hurry to fix
Google, as part of its Project Zero project, has published information about a new vulnerability CVE-2022-33917 that affects millions of smartphones.
The fact is that we are talking about a vulnerability in Mali GPUs, which are used in a huge number of single-chip systems. Google does not specify, but the Arm website has information that the vulnerability affects solutions based on the Valhall architecture. And this means that we are talking about a huge number of graphics cores that have been and are being used in SoCs in recent years, including the latest Mali-Gx10. That is, we are not talking about millions of vulnerable smartphones, but rather hundreds of millions of devices based on SoC MediaTek, Exynos and Tensor.
Arm itself patched the vulnerability some time ago, but the problem is that many vendors still haven’t implemented those patches. This applies to many devices from Samsung, Xiaomi, Oppo and even Google itself.
If exploited, the vulnerability is intended to allow an attacker to read and write physical pages after they are returned to the system, potentially gaining wide access to user data.
Will most Samsung smartphones in 2023 look like this? Galaxy A34 renders have appeared
The first renderings of the Samsung Galaxy A34 have appeared on the Web, which demonstrate the same design that we have already seen on renders of other upcoming devices from the company.
The Galaxy A34 in these images is very similar to the Galaxy A54 and the new younger Galaxy S23. At the same time, the author of the new renders is still the same very reliable OnLeaks insider, who almost never makes mistakes.
There are still few technical details about the new product. It is reported about the screen with a diagonal of 6.5 inches and dimensions of 161.3 x 77.7 x 8.2 mm. Also earlier, the SoC Exynos 1380, which is expected to become the basis for the Galaxy A34 and A54, was lit up on the Web. In terms of CPU performance, it is at the level of Snapdragon 695.
OneLeaks publishes several dozen renders of smartphones a year, and it’s extremely rare that something doesn’t add up. In particular, he shared renderings of OnePlus 10 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro, Samsung Galaxy A33 and others.
Elon Musk promised to release an alternative smartphone on one condition: if Twitter is removed from the App Store and Google Play
Billionaire Elon Musk has promised to release his own smartphone model if Apple and Google remove the Twitter app from their respective App Store and Google Play stores, respectively.
Elizabeth Wheeler, an American political commentator, author and podcast host, asked Elon Musk this question:
“If Apple and Google remove Twitter from their app stores, Elon Musk should release his own smartphone. Half the country would happily give up biased, spying iPhones and Androids. For a person who builds rockets for Mars, building a smartphone would be easy, right?”
Of course, I hope that it will not come to this, but, yes, if there is no other way out, I will make an alternative phone.
Earlier, Elon Musk restored the account of former US President Donald Trump on Twitter. Before that, the billionaire conducted a survey.
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