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Glance could arrive in the US in the coming months and available on Android devices

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Glance, a subsidiary of adtech giant InMobi Group worth about $2 billion, plans to launch its platform that offers personalized content on the lock screen of Android smartphones in the United States.

According to reports from TechCrunch, Glance’s US debut is expected within a couple of months. Glance offers multimedia content and casual games on the lock screen of Android devices and is currently present on approximately 400 million smartphones in Asian markets.

The company is said to be packaging a premium offering for the US, a market where people are more likely to pay for digital services.

Glance would change the strategy for the stars and stripes market, as telecom carriers control most of the smartphone sales that are sold alongside mobile data plans in the US.

The startup would therefore be agreeing with operators in the United States to launch Glance on different smartphone models within the next month; however, the negotiations seem confidential.

The rapid adoption of Glance has also attracted high-profile investors, including Google and Jio Platforms, India’s largest telecommunications carrier. And Samsung is also using this feature on the lock screen of its Galaxy mobiles in India and other countries.

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Google Pixel 9, Fold 2, and Pixel Tablet Rumored to Receive New Samsung Modem with Satellite Connectivity

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Google is setting up to introduce its next-generation Pixel devices, including the Pixel 9 lineup, Pixel Fold 2, and Pixel Tablet, all of which will arrive with a new cellular modem. 

Google, with its Pixel 7 series, has already jumped on Samsung modems from Qualcomm modems for their Pixel devices. This change corresponds with the Exynos base of the Tensor Processor by Google. Whereas the new modem is sufficient, it has issues with weak signal conditions and also consumes enough battery power.

Now, Google is gearing up to power the forthcoming Pixel 9 and other devices with an upgraded modem. The reports say that a few modem upgrades will arrive in the Pixel 9 series and will bring some essential upgrades, of which satellite connectivity is the most noticeable. 

However, that modem, which will be a part of Tensor G4, will still be provided by the Korean brand ‘Samsung’, and the new generation is signified as 5400, up from the 5300 coupled with Tensor G3. 

It is expected that the forthcoming Pixel Fold 2 and a new 5G Pixel Tablet nicknamed ‘Clementine’ could use the same modem as the Pixel 7 and 8 series. If the expectation comes true, then this will be the first Pixel Tablet with cellular connectivity. 

Pixel devices are getting a modem upgrade with the new 3GPP Rel. 17 standard, authorizing satellite connectivity for emergencies. At the moment, it appears that improvements are being made, but hardware changes are not clear yet. The satellite SoS through the “Satellite Gateway” application will be merged with the Emergency SOS; users will also have to answer questions about the situation, choose to notify contacts, and send messages to emergency services. 

The questions, which may have multiple-choice answers, are mentioned below: 

  • What happened?
  • [Are you, are they, or is everyone] breathing?
  • In total, how many people are [missing or trapped]?
  • What best describes your situation?
  • What is on fire?
  • Are there weapons involved?
  • What type of vehicle or vessel?
  • Do any of these apply?

It is expected that Google could shift to a TSMC-produced Tensor chip in 2025, but it’s yet to be clear whether the brand will change modems at that point. Tensor G4 is, beyond this modem, expected to be a relatively minor change.

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Google Promises AR Announcement At I/O That Could Include Samsung’s Next XR Headset

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Google is all set to hold its annual I/O conference next month on May 14, 2024, at 10:30 PM IST in India, and is expected to get to hear more about Google’s Android XR since it has been promised “AR announcements” in a recent tweet. 

Android XR (Extended Reality) is a term that refers to AR (augmented reality), VR (virtual reality), and MR (mixed reality), and it is the operating system Google has been working on for Samsung’s forthcoming XR headset. The Korean giants revealed last year that they are working on their own XR headset and collaborating with Google on the software. 

Undoubtedly, Samsung Galaxy smartphones and laptops are the tough rivals of Apple’s iPhone and Mac, and the same expectations are from this headset that it will also take on the Vision Pro. Since people are already familiar with it, the Android-based operating system will surely make application development for Samsung effortless. 

A post by X shared by the official handle of Google AR and VR unveiled that “Mark your calendars. Join us at #GoogleIO on May 14th to learn about the latest developer products and #AR announcements!” 

VR has been mostly a recess for hobbyists; as per the Steam surveys, only a small percentage—nearly 2% of the player base—actively uses VR headsets. This means that out of 132 million users, there are only 2.6 million people who use VR. Somewhere, Apple’s entry into VR has also raised interest, and competition from Samsung’s forthcoming headset could be a trendsetter. 

Google appears to be making a move to solidify Android XR’s position as the OS of choice for XR headset manufacturers. A couple of weeks ago, Google tried to get Meta to switch to Android XR, but unfortunately, the request was denied. 


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Google Actively Working on Custom Chip For Pixel 10

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Google is making an efficient change by using a custom-designed CPU in their Tensor chip, initially starting with the future Pixel 10 smartphones. 

Google’s previous Tensor SoC relied on a CPU from Samsung’s in-house Exynos, but that is expected to change soon as it is already proving its capability of doing this. Finally, Google has its first CPU based on ARM architecture; however, that is not an SoC for the Pixel range yet since it’s for AI cloud applications. 

Axion Marks the Company’s First Custom ARM CPU Design

The aim behind this major change with the Pixel 10 is to replace Samsung’s Exynos CPU, which was used previously. For this step, its past success is building confidence in this move. Also, with this chipset, Google is ensuring industry-leading performance and efficiency in data centers. It is expected that Google can also develop its CPUs, and Axion is probably already being used. 

Google is powering the Pixel 9 with the Tensor G4, which is not yet significantly different from the G3 and its predecessors. It is reported to be based on the 4nm process of Samsung and could offer upgraded power efficiency as well as heat management. 

It is expected to be released in the second half of the year. It could feature a 6.0-inch display along with a refresh rate of 120 Hz and a 1080 x 2400 pixel resolution. The camera setup could include a 50MP, an 8MP dual rear, and a 12MP selfie camera. The battery package may count 5100 mAh.


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