Google says Android 12 will make using third-party app stores easier
Monday, 28 September 2020 Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge
Google is outlining new changes to its developer policies and promising to make using third-party app stores easier on Android 12. The announcement addresses recent concerns around Android app development, including a fight over alternate in-app payment systems and difficulties for businesses moving online because of COVID-19.
Android users can already install apps through third-party stores like Samsung’s Galaxy Store. Google says that in response to developer feedback, it’s adding features to next year’s Android 12 release that will “make it even easier for people to use other app stores on their devices while being careful not to compromise the safety measures Android has in place.” It will release more details on these changes in the...
LONDON — England and Wales launched an app for tracking and tracing the coronavirus on Thursday, September 24, BBC News reports.
The NHS COVID-19 app is available for smartphones running Android 6.0 or iOS 13.5 and Bluetooth 4.0 or higher. It is not available for tablets or other devices.
Google announced that it has achieved one of its goals of using recycled materials in all of its Made by Google products. The company had pledged to achieve the goal by 2022 but have announced that they have achieved it early, The Verge reported. According to Google sustainability systems architect David Bourne, all the new Pixel and Nest products are now designed with recycled materials. That's not to say its products are made entirely of recycled materials, but they at least include recycled materials somewhere in the product. The back cover of the Pixel 5 is made with 100 per cent recycled aluminium, and the new Nest Audio has 70 per cent recycled plastic, with the sustainable fabric cover it introduced with the Nest Mini last year. And on the newest Nest Thermostat, the trim plate (the part that attaches to the wall) is made from post-consumer recycled plastic, informed Google."Google's focus on incorporating recycled materials in our hardware design not only supports our sustainability commitments but also enables our supply chain partners to confidently invest in and develop these types of materials so that the wider consumer electronics industry can use them too," Bourne said in a statement. The company said in September it would run its operations carbon-free by 2030 and that it had purchased enough carbon offsets to cancel out the company's carbon dioxide emissions since its founding in 1998. And starting Monday, it will continue to keep "all shipping of Made by Google hardware to and from direct customers 100 per cent carbon neutral."It further said of working toward achieving zero-waste-to-landfill certification at all of its final assembly manufacturing sites by 2022, meaning the majority of waste from those operations will be recycled, stated The Verge.
Facebook has entered the field of cloud-based gaming service and on October 26 introduced cloud games to its existing Facebook Gaming application. The tech giant's cloud gaming services differs from those offered by competitors Amazon or Google, which both offer standalone cloud gaming services for a fee, The Verge reported. "We are doing free-to-play games, we're doing games that are latency-tolerant, at least to start," said Jason Rubin, Facebook's vice president of play. "We're not promising 4K, 60fps, so you pay us $6.99 per month. We're not trying to get you to buy a piece of hardware, like a controller." According to Rubin, the reason Facebook is exploring the cloud is because it opens up the types of games it can offer. The company started out in games more than a decade ago with Flash-based hits like FarmVille before moving to HTML5 for its Instant Games platform, but both of those technologies are relatively limited to smaller, simpler experiences. Facebook's approach to cloud gaming is quite different philosophically from competitors like Google Stadia or Amazon's Luna. The company isn't hyping up its technology or trying to secure big exclusive games. Instead, it feels like more of an extension of what Facebook already offers: quick, easy-to-pick-up titles that can fill up some idle moments in your day, The Verge reported. Similarly, while the focus right now is on free-to-play games, he said, "There may come a day when it makes sense for us to offer a premium game." But the company wanted to start out by making it as easy as possible to play these games. Free is usually pretty easy.
Gizmodo reports San Francisco and Alameda counties in California have stopped using Verily to test for the novel coronavirus. Google's health-centered sister company launched a $55 million pilot COVID-19 testing program earlier this year to set up mobile and stationary test sites. However, Verily’s services weren’t geared towards filling the needs of communities especially vulnerable to the pandemic.
Police Families Welfare Society, president Pratima Shrivastava inaugurated the Candle Production Unit and Skill Centre at New Police Lines Kingsway camp, Delhi. Recently, this unit was renovated with modern utilities for the ladies providing them with an improved working environment. On this occasion, PFWS president congratulated the entire team of NPL Welfare Centre for the modernized Candle Production Unit which is expected to instill new enthusiasm among the PFWS ladies to soar new heights promoting entrepreneurship and self-reliance. She also reiterated that where COVID-19 has halted welfare activities in various organizations, Delhi Police has pioneered in amalgamation of technology, welfare activities and continues to serve its families through online platforms. She also expressed the idea of opening a beauty parlour exclusively for ladies of police families and run by trained police family members. On this occasion, a prize distribution ceremony of Khana Khazana Cookery Contest and Online Summer Camp, 2020 were also organized.
As first phase of Bihar elections is underway, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a public rally in Muzaffarpur. He said, "You can imagine what will happen to the funds for COVID-19 if they come to power... What else can people of Bihar expect from the 'Yuvraj' (prince) of 'Jungle Raj', given their past record. You know them better than I do."
Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia during a press conference on October 28 informed that schools in national capital will remain closed until further notice in view of COVID spread. "There is a scope of COVID spread if schools are permitted to open. Thus, in view of coronavirus situation, all schools in Delhi to remain close," said Manish Sisodia.