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Google Find My Device function will now use a new privacy-centric framework

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It becomes really hard when it comes to finding or tracking our device that has been lost or stolen by someone. In iPhone’s case, Apple has provided a “Find My Network” service, which helps to locate or track our iPhone, iPad, Mac, or AirTag without even being in the range of Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. The service also works when the lost device is powered off. Gratefully, Galaxy users have also received a kind-of similar service, “Find My Device,” through the Play Store. Recently, it has been stated that this Android service is about to get some variations with the upcoming Play System update.

Let us tell you, the Play System December 2022 update will bring numerous variations with it, in which the new enhanced Apple-like “Find My Device” service will also be included. According to Google, with this new update, the “Find My Device” service will get the support of a new encrypted last-known-location report for Android devices. It is said that this service will now use a new privacy-centric framework to make device tracking better and more successful (via Android Police). Google also mentioned to use this service, it is necessary to have a v50.22 version of the Google Play services.

Notably, the December 2022 Play System update has yet to be released, not even for Pixel devices. However, we are expecting this update to be rolled to Galaxy and other devices as soon as possible. The new version of “Find My Device”, coming with this new Play System update, will be proven essential and accurate, such as Apple’s. The main essential property of this updated service will be its sending encrypted last-known-location reports feature, which will land the last featured location information of the Android device.


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Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 Rumored to Increase Battery Needs

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A new notice for the smartphone manufacturers who are looking forward to powering their forthcoming phones with Snapdragon 8 Gen 4: you all need to include a larger battery too. 

The forthcoming smartphones must have ‘high-density’ batteries if they have Qualcomm’s next-generation Snapdragon 8 gen 4 processor. This is being speculated by the reports from the Digital Chat Station on Weibo, which state three flagship devices gearing up to run Qualcomm’s forthcoming chipset have started active development with 5,500mAh batteries. 

The reports are reporting that the core material for such batteries is still being developed to support the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4, and the batteries could reach an overhead of 6,000 mAh to overfeed the processor’s power hunger.

The reports also stated that a reason behind the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4’s boosted power hunger could be due to its alleged 2+6 core setup. This rumored setup probably removes the chances for Qualcomm to consist of any effective cores, cutting down on how much power it draws.

Don McGuire, Qualcomm’s chief marketing officer, confirmed a few specs regarding the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 at MWC 2024. He stated that users can expect the chip to arrive during the Summit in October and that it features Oryon CPU cores, plus the cores can output 2x greater CPU performance as well as 4.5x faster AI processing. 

It is expected that the core will probably be escorted by Qualcomm’s seventh-generation modem, along with 5G and non-terrestrial network support for satellite communications functionalities. The reports also revealed that the chip could be built off the 3nm process of TSMC, and the cores could reach 4.0 GHz speeds. With Qualcomm seemingly going all in on power, somewhere, the latest rumors make a bit more sense.


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Apple Get Inspired By Samsung Notes Feature For iOS 18

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Apple is actively gearing up for its next iteration, iOS 18, which could copy Samsung’s one of the convenient features named ‘Samsung Notes.”

The Notes app is not new for Apple, since it has been offering this app in iOS since the initial iPhone. To enhance the facilities within the app, for instance, the ability to insert images and tables, it has rolled out updates continuously. 

Despite all this, Apple’s Notes app is behind Samsung’s Notes app in terms of features. Now, the reports are saying that Apple, with the forthcoming iOS 18, could copy a feature from the Samsung Notes app. It is expected that Apple’s Note app in iOS 18 will permit users to record audio from within a note and add that file to the note. 

Samsung has already offered an audio recording feature in Samsung Notes on Android for some time now. With this feature, users would get the power to add more context to a note. If the reports are to be believed, the interface for recording audio in the Notes app will look the same as the interface of Apple’s Voice Memo application. 

The reports revealed that Apple’s Notes app in iOS 18 will also offer a feature named ‘Math Notes’ that will offer three convenient functionalities, which are as follows: 

  • It could permit users to directly insert calculations from the Calculator app on the device into a note. 
  • It will offer support for properly displaying mathematical notation to avoid calculation mistakes in notes. 
  • It will permit users to write, type, and solve mathematical equations. 

Microsoft OneNote offers the same facilities, but under the name of Math Assistant. It appears that by adding Math Notes with the ability to record audio and attach audio files, Apple’s app could become an amazing tool for academics. On the other hand, Samsung Notes lacks Match Notes, but it is expected that soon the Korean giant will offer.


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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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