SpaceX and T-Mobile announced last week that they will bring direct satellite connectivity to smartphones, and Google said the next version of Android 14 will “support partners to deliver all of this.”
This was reported by Hiroshi Lockheimer, Google’s senior vice president of platforms and ecosystems, who described how “it was not easy to get 3G + Wi-Fi working” on the first Android phone released (HTC Dream / T-Mobile G1) in 2008.
The Android team is now “developing solutions for satellites” and this support is planned for the “next version of Android”, which Google will call Android 14. This release of the OS should appear in mid-to-late 2023.
Lockheimer hints that “the user experience for phones that can connect to satellites” will be different from conventional LTE and 5G connections. Expect speeds, connectivity, and even interaction times to be different, with just “two to four megabits of bandwidth per cell area,” as SpaceX noted last week. Given the bandwidth available, Elon Musk said that satellite communications could support “between one and two thousand simultaneous voice calls, or hundreds of thousands of text messages that can be sent depending on the length of the text message.”
Satellite communications on phones are primarily intended for emergency situations and getting rid of dead zones of cellular communications. T-Mobile plans to support text messaging, MMS, and even “select messaging apps.” The operator said it would need to work with partners to “separate messaging traffic from all other data traffic.” He has not yet begun this work and will begin it in the coming months. In the long run, it will take care of data and voice support. An initial beta version of this service is scheduled for the end of 2023.
Don’t need Dynamic Island? Popular apps are in no hurry to adapt to the iPhone 14 Pro
The iPhone 14 Pro, which received the Dynamic Island interactive area in the front camera area, was introduced more than two weeks ago and released at the end of last week, but so far third-party developers are in no hurry to use Dynamic Island.
It was expected that Dynamic Island would initially only work with Apple applications, and developers would start releasing updates to their applications to adapt them to Dynamic Island.
Even before the launch, there was a lot of discussion about the fact that hugely popular apps in China, including WeChat and Tencent Video, are not optimized for use with Dynamic Island. WeChat notification pop-ups do not appear in the Dynamic Island interactive area, but simply under this notch, which does not respond to the application in any way.
WeChat update 8.0.29 for iOS was released yesterday, which fixed some compatibility issues on iPhone 14 series smartphones. However, there was no adaptation to Dynamic Island. Messages continue to appear under the notch. Other apps in China have also been updated but not supported.
Mydrivers writes that Apple has not yet opened the Dynamic Island Application Programming Interface (API) to third-party developers. For the first time this became known a few days ago.
It is worth adding that after the release of almost every new generation of iPhone, we are seeing a similar situation. At first, many shout “everything is gone”, “no innovations”, “a lot of bugs”, but in the end the problems are quickly resolved, and there are more than 100 million owners of new Apple smartphones in the world.
“Personally, I have just crazy freezes in games.” Gamers are massively complaining about the big Windows 11 update
Microsoft wouldn’t be itself if Windows 11’s first major update – Windows 11 2H22 – turned out to be hassle-free. Users (and especially gamers) faced a lot of difficulties after installing the update. Most frequent complaints — on the drop in frame rate in games (this is especially true for Nvidia 3D accelerators), the slowdown of the OS itself, and the blue screen of death.
The largest American form of Reddit is full of resentment. “Personally, I just have crazy freezes in games. Removed the update – it became much better”, wrote one Reddit user.
Another commenter noticed significant FPS drops immediately after the update. According to him, it became impossible to play, while he has a fairly powerful hardware, and before the update of the operating system, there were no problems with games.
A third forum member notes that the same problems were observed in the Windows 22H2 beta version three months ago. The user thought that everything would be fixed in the final version of the update, but this did not happen. “Thank you for wasting another hour of my time“, — wrote a disgruntled Reddit user, referring to Microsoft. By the way, he noted that after installing Windows 22H2, even scrolling the page in the browser turns out to be “twitchy”.
After installing Windows 22H2, there are also problems with sound. A variety of games slow down, including relatively undemanding ones like Call of Duty. Nvidia has joined the investigation and is asking users to submit more data. It is possible that soon the company will update the GeForce driver specifically taking into account the problems identified in Windows 22H2.
For now, everyone has the same recommendation. — do not install the update, and if it is already installed — roll back.
Tesla recalls more than a million cars due to dangerous power windows
Tesla is launching a massive recall campaign targeting nearly 1.1 million electric vehicles in the US. The cause was potentially dangerous power windows.
As follows from the information on the website of the National Highway Traffic Safety Agency in the United States (NHTSA), the reverse function of the power windows simply stops working, which means that if an obstacle is detected between the frame and the glass, the mechanism will not automatically lower the glass, which can lead to injury .
The power window issue affected the 2017-2022 Tesla Model 3, the 2020-2021 Model Y, and the 2021-2022 Model S and Model X. However, this will not be a recall in the classical sense, since owners of electric vehicles with potentially dangerous power windows will not even have to visit the dealership. All work will consist of updating the software, which will be installed “over the air” (OTA).
Tesla itself claims that they have not received a single complaint from customers about this problem, and the company is not aware of a single accident, the cause of which would be the failure of this function. At the same time, the US National Highway Traffic Safety Agency insists that power windows that do not meet safety requirements can pose a real threat to the health of the driver and passengers.
Earlier this year, Tesla recalled 817,000 electric vehicles in the US due to safety concerns.
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