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Google Intros AMP Project, Aims to Dramatically Increase Speed of the Mobile Web

Posted by Tim-o-tato October - 7 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

This morning, Google announced a partnership with publishers and technology companies to build a faster mobile web experience for everyone. Named the Accelerated Mobile Pages Project, or AMP for short, Google states that the goal of AMP is quite simple – dramatically improve the performance of the mobile web.

Using AMP HTML, an open framework built on existing web technologies, the idea is to build lightweight webpages, allowing for faster loading times on smartphones and tablets, regardless of the content they hold. Publishers will still be able to provide rich media content for readers, including pictures and videos, while also continuing to monetize the content with any ad network of their choosing. Essentially, it will be the same mobile web as we have today, complete with ads, but should load significantly faster. 

Over time, Google hopes to implement AMP across the web and their own services, such as Google News. As for a few of the companies signed up to take part in the project, Google listed Twitter, WordPress, Adobe Analytics, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Chartbeat, and others.

Google posted the below video to give folks a sense of what to expect from AMP. In addition, you can test AMP yourself on a mobile device by following one of the below links. Just make sure you are on your phone or tablet to see it correctly. | fashion | mars | syrianytimes

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Google’s new Accelerated Mobile Pages initiative aims to make the mobile web much faster

Posted by wicked October - 7 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Google is well aware that browsing through the mobile web can be quite the hassle, especially when your favorite websites don’t load as fast as you’d like them to. This is why Google today announced a new initiative called Accelerated Mobile Pages, which aims to drastically improve the performance of the mobile web. If all goes well with the project, Google says webpages will be able to load rich content like video, animations and graphics alongside smart advertisements without a hitch.

And in a perfect world, the same code will be able to work across multiple platforms and devices so content will be able to appear everywhere in an instant. The project relies on AMP HTML, which is a new open framework built out of existing web technologies. This new framework will allow websites to build light-weight webpages.

Part of what makes this new project so big is all of the partners that are already on-board, including Twitter, Pinterest, WordPress, Chartbeat,, Adobe Analytics and LinkedIn, as well as about 20 others. These partners are already planning to integrate AMP HTML pages into their websites. Google says that it will work with these partners to bring more features and functionality to the project in a few key areas. Currently, those areas include:

  • Content: Publishers increasingly rely on rich content like image carousels, maps, social plug-ins, data visualizations, and videos to make their stories more interactive and stand out. They also need to implement ads and analytics in order to monetize the content and to understand what their readers like and dislike. The Accelerated Mobile Pages Project provides an open source approach, allowing publishers to focus on producing great content, while relying on the shared components for high performance and great user experience. The initial technical specification—developed with input and code from our partners in the publishing and technology sectors—is being released today on GitHub.
  • Distribution: Publishers want people to enjoy the great journalism they create anywhere and everywhere, so stories or content produced in Spain can be served in an instant across the globe in, say, Chile. That means distribution across all kinds of devices and platforms is crucial. So, as part of this effort, we’ve designed a new approach to caching that allows the publisher to continue to host their content while allowing for efficient distribution through Google’s high performance global cache. We intend to open our cache servers to be used by anyone free of charge.
  • Advertising: Ads help fund free services and content on the web. With Accelerated Mobile Pages, we want to support a comprehensive range of ad formats, ad networks and technologies. Any sites using AMP HTML will retain their choice of ad networks, as well as any formats that don’t detract from the user experience. It’s also a core goal of the project to support subscriptions and paywalls. We’ll work with publishers and those in the industry to help define the parameters of an ad experience that still provides the speed we’re striving for with AMP.

Google hopes that the open nature of the project will help protect the free flow of information by ensuring the mobile web will work faster for everyone, no matter which platform or device they’re using. For more information on this big initiative, head to the Accelerated Mobile Pages Project website.

Android market share in the United States experiences a minor slump

Posted by wicked October - 7 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

Android_LogoJust this past month Android saw market share gains but the same can not be said when looking back at early months.

A new report from comScore states that Android experienced some losses when it comes to market share in the states during a recent three month period. From the end of May to the end of August, Android dropped from a 52.1% share to only having 51.7%. This is a point change of .4%. Microsoft and Blackberry also saw losses during the period, dropping .1% a piece. Apple made up all the loss and gained .6% share during the time frame. However, Android remained the dominant OS for the period.

According to comScore, 191.1 million U.S. residents now own a smartphone. That’s just over 77% mobile market penetration. In the states, Apple remained the number one OEM when it comes to sales, as predicted. The company managed to increase its share .6% during the period reaching 44.1% market share in the month of August. Samsung was second but managed to lose 1.3% of its share, ending in August with 27%. LG saw the largest gain over the period placing third overall with a growth of .9%. The company now lies at 9.1%. Placing a close fourth and fifth were Motorola and HTC.

When it comes to applications, Facebook continues to lead the way with a % reach of 75.4%. Rounding out the top five were Facebook Messenger, YouTube, Google Play and Google Search. These included downloads on both the Android and iOS platform added together. More details can be seen at the source link down below.

Source: comScore

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Tablet demand is weak and shipments are falling, sources say

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Tablets have never been a strong point when it comes to Android, and it seems that manufactures agree with intentions to begin phasing out various tablet-IC businesses, according to Taiwanese industry sources.

Shipments of tablets running Android could be less than 160 million units in 2015, according to sources. These same sources predict that numbers could fall to as low as 120 million in 2016. While 120 million is a staggering number for a years worth of sales, it’s really nothing to write home over. After all, Android tablets are created by many different companies, all pricing their tablets at different levels, mostly at very low prices.

Many vendors are leaving the tablet-IC market due to these low prices simply because they’re seeing low profits and low demand. Interestingly, despite these findings, competition between tablet chip makers remains high, according to the report from Digitimes. There’s no official confirmation, but this could largely be due to some of the more popular Android names out there–Google’s Nexus 9, Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S2, and so on.

Either way, Android tablets are seeing a rather hefty decline, and there doesn’t seem to be a plan for recovering these numbers.

source: Digitimes

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Google denies Android Auto data collection claims following harsh Motor Trend report

Posted by wicked October - 7 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

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If you happen to own an Android smartphone, tablet, or use pretty much any other type of Google product, it’s no secret that the Mountain View-based company is collecting your data. Some people are okay with this fact, others are not. And as it turns out, this is the main reason why Porsche decided to forgo Android Auto, Google’s connected car platform, for Apple’s CarPlay in its new 2017 Porsche 911.

First reported by Motor Trend, the American automobile magazine, Porsche said that it chose Apple’s CarPlay instead of Android Auto because Google would collect far too much information from its Android Auto head units for the car maker to feel comfortable. What kind of information? Motor Trend says:

Stuff like vehicle speed, throttle position, coolant and oil temp, engine revs—basically Google wants a complete OBD2 dump whenever someone activates Android Auto. Not kosher, says Porsche.

It’s obvious why Porsche wouldn’t want Google collecting all of this data. Part of this information is what makes Porsche’s cars so special, so the car maker doesn’t feel comfortable handing it over to Google without question. According to Google, though, Porsche has it all wrong. In a recent statement, Google told The Verge:

We take privacy very seriously and do not collect the data the Motor Trend article claims such as throttle position, oil temp, and coolant temp. Users opt in to share information with Android Auto that improves their experience, so the system can be hands-free when in drive, and provide more accurate navigation through the car’s GPS.

android auto review aa (14 of 16)See also: Volkswagen announces availability of Android Auto in most 2016 models6

Whether we should believe Porsche or Google is unclear at the moment, but Google is probably telling the truth in this case. Porsche’s parent company, Volkswagen, has plans to support Android Auto in most of its 2016 lineup. It wouldn’t really make sense for VW to be on-board with the new automobile tech while Porsche is so adamant about passing on it.

Google ditches its strange interview questions, says they don’t work

Posted by wicked October - 7 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off


Google’s always been known for asking job candidates some out of the ordinary questions during the interview process. In fact, there’s been plenty of books created around answering Google’s strange interview questions. But Laszlo Bock, SVP of People Operations at Google, in an interview said they’ve done away with these silly questions.

“Everyone likes to ask case questions and brain-teasers. It turns out our data shows that doesn’t actually predict performance. There’s no correlation with your ability to do that,” Bock said. “Part of the reason is that those are tests of a finite skill, rather than flexible intelligence which is what you actually want to hire for.”

They’ve moved away from these loaded questions, instead replacing them with more specific and direct questions aimed at fishing for quality employees. In an interview, you might see more standard questions found in interviews, such as “Give me an example of what you’d bring to the company” or “Give me an example of how you’d solve this problem we’re facing.” These questions are designed to help Google find long-term quality employee’s over just your standard worker. Google is looking for the type of people that will go above and beyond, which is the image they really want to push and already are, thanks to new initiatives.

There’s a lot of psychology and different elements that go into these questions. The interview with Bock is actually pretty interesting, and it’s only 25 minutes long. If you’re interested, hit the source link below!

source: KPCB
via: Business Insider

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Nexus 6P and 5X to launch in India on Tuesday

Posted by wicked October - 7 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Last week, Indian price details appeared for the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P and now we have a release date. Google has been issuing invites to a launch event in New Delhi at 11am IST on Tuesday. Google’s Rajan Anandan, Vice President & Managing Director for South Asia & India, will be at the event.

If you missed our launch coverage, the Nexus 5X kicks of the range at a lower price point. The phone is set to cost Rs. 31,900 for 16GB of internal storage and Rs. 35,900 if you want 32GB of space. The phone comes with a 5.2-inch 1080p display, Snapdragon 808 processor, 2GB of RAM and a 2,700mAh battery. Both phones share a 12.3 megapixel rear camera, support for Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 technology and have a fingerprint scanner on the back. Don’t forget the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system too.

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The Nexus 6P is the slightly more high-end of the two phones, featuring a 5.7-inch QHD display, more powerful Snapdragon 810 SoC, 3GB of RAM and a larger 3,450mAh battery. The phone also has a metal build and front facing speakers. In terms of price, the 6P will cost Rs. 39,999 for the 32GB internal storage option and Rs. 42,999 for the 64GB variant.

The Nexus 6P will be available in Frost White, Aluminium, and Graphite colour options, while the Nexus 5X will come in your choice of Carbon Black, Quartz White, or Ice Blue. Keep your eyes peeled for all the official Indian launch details on Tuesday.

Upcoming Droid Maxx 2 coming soon from Verizon, confirms Google

Posted by wicked October - 7 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Still after months of speculation and leaks, we haven’t seen the official Motorola Droid Maxx 2 from Verizon. Not that we’re doubting it will ever arrive in the country because it’s simply just the Moto X Play but we want to know when exactly and for how much.

After a couple of months, Google is confirming its arrival although not officially–accidentally. A Chromecast support page was spotted listing Droid Maxx 2 as one of the “Optimized devices for Android Screen casting” together with Android One, Moto X Pure Edition in North America, Moto X Style, Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Nexus 6P, and Nexus 7.

We’re guessing Google just made a slip up here listing a Verizon Droid Maxx 2 when it’s not yet officially launched. We believe it’s only a matter of time before Verizon makes the official announcement—still as an exclusive deal.

So far, we know the upcoming Moto Droid Maxx 2 will feature a 5.5-inch screen, 21MP rear camera, 5MP front-facing camera, 2GB RAM, Snapdragon 615 SoC, and a 3630mAh battery. It’s basically the Moto X Play so we’re assuming the smartphone will also have a 16GB or 32GB built-in storage, and 1080p display screen. We can expect it to run Android 5.1.1 Lollipop out of the box and will soon be upgradeable to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Other specs include Bluetooth version 4.0 LE, WiFi, NFC, 3G, and 4G/LTE connectivity.

VIA: 9TO5Google

Porsche doesn’t trust Android Auto and refuses to put it in their cars

Posted by wicked October - 7 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

android_auto_sample_directionsPorsche make some of the best cars in the world and one of the reasons for this is driver comfort. Not only do you get a fast car, but you get one that has all the features you could ever want inside. However, Porsche will not be including Android Auto in their new 911 Carrera and 911 Carrera S because Google wants too much data.

According to Porsche, Google wants basically all of the collected data including things like “vehicle speed, throttle position, coolant and oil temp, engine revs—basically Google wants a complete OBD2 dump whenever someone activates Android Auto”.

Porsche do include Apple’s CarPlay in some of their cars and have said that Apple asks for much less data, basically, they only want to know if drivers are using CarPlay while the car is moving.

Liz Markman, a Google spokesperson for Android Auto has made a statement to Motor Trend, who wrote the story, saying Android Auto does not collect all of the data listed. According to her, it does not collect things like throttle position and coolant temp. However, she declined to give a full list as to what data is collected, only claiming that everything is user opt in.

Source: Motor Trend

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T-Mobile announces which devices are getting Marshmallowed soon

Posted by wicked October - 6 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Officially, Google’s latest update for its Android mobile devices, Android 6.0 Marshmallow, is rolling out today, but of course to the Nexus smartphones and tablets first. But this means pretty soon, everyone with a newer or newish Android gadget will be expecting the update to roll out to them soon. If you’re a T-Mobile subscriber, then you can already check if your smartphone is guaranteed of an upgrade, as they released a list of devices that will be Marshmallowed soon.

The carrier also offered up a sort of detailed explanation of the process of updating to the newest Android version, probably to answer why it takes that long for the new version to roll out. It isn’t as simple as them just pushing the update since it’s a concerted partnership between the carrier, the software developer (which is Google), and the device manufacturer. Once Google has turned over the final build of Marshmallow, the OEM will now then work with T-Mobile to customize it to the device, including changes to device hardware, etc.

The update process consists of three stages. Stage 1 is Manufacturer Development where the OEM and T-Mobile have agreed to support the new software update. Right now, all the devices, except for the Nexus ones, are in this part. Stage 2 is the T-Mobile Testing where the carrier will make sure that you are getting the “best quality software possible”. When you get to Stage 3, which is called Completed of course, this means the update is now available.

You’ll receive a message on your device that the update is already available, with instructions as well. The list of devices include HTC One M8, M9; LG G3, G4, G Stylo; Google Nexus 5, 6, 7, 9;Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Note5, Note Edge, S5, S6, S6 edge, S6 edge+, and Tab S2.

SOURCE: T-Mobile

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