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Google works to make it easier to find bluetooth accessories on Android

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Google has a wide lineup of numerous essential services, and Bluetooth is also one of them. Bluetooth is undoubtedly an excellent technology for wireless connectivity, but it still has a few limitations in some terms. Particularly, the current version of Bluetooth is unable to detect the location of the connected device. But now, it will no longer be an issue because Google has finally started working on a new API for measuring the distance.

As per some reports, to make Bluetooth technology more useful and reliable, Google is currently working to develop a new application programming interface (API), which will help to find the distance between the host smartphone and the connected Bluetooth device. Informatively, to make it possible, this new API will use the Bluetooth RSSI formula or received signal strength indicator.

Unfortunately, this feature can not be seen in current devices because Android 13 or lower devices will not support the change in modules. Conclusively, we should wait till the launch of Android 14, at least, to experience it in real aspects. However, it will not be too accurate, but it will be able to detect the device only if it is under the range of 1 meter from the smartphone.

Notably, as it will be able to detect the Bluetooth device which is connected to your smartphone, it will help you to find when it gets lost (only if it is under the range). Besides, it seems that something similar also appeared at the CES 2023 because Google has said to use the same in the Pixel Watches as well, for the Watch Unlock feature.


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Samsung Display Begins OLED Mass Production for 2026 iPad Mini and iPad Air

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Samsung Display is now ramping up production of its OLED display for tablets. After supplying OLED panels for the iPad Pro this year, they are reportedly working on ones for the iPad mini. 

report from Korea claims that the Korean giant began its production of samples for the new iPad mini last month, and Apple has used LCD panels in the existing iPad series but began applying OL ED to products released this year. Among the four iPad models, including Pro, Air, Regular, and Mini, at the moment only the Pro models arrive with OLED displays. 

Apple decided to apply OLED to the iPad Mini and Air models, which are supposed to be introduced in 2026. On the other side, Samsung Display began developing 8-inch panel samples for the iPad mini last month. A small number of domestic partners conducting advanced development with Samsung Display have also begun responding in this regard. 

Samsung Display is known to have planned to mass-produce the new iPad mini’s OLED panels on their Cheonan A2 production line. This line specializes in making rigid OLED panels, and they may be dedicated to looking into tablet-size panels as compared to smartphone displays. The panel has been mass-produced through the collaboration of Samsung Display and LG since the first quarter of the year. 

An industry insider revealed, “I understand that Samsung Display began developing samples for the OLED iPad Mini last month at Apple’s request. After developing initial samples in the first half of this year, we will be able to enter the development stage for mass production within the year.”. 

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Apple Cuts iPhone Prices in China to Counter Huawei Challenge

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Apple is playing with a new marketing strategy as it makes an incision in the iPhone’s price in China, and the key reason behind this seems to give strong competition to Huawei. 

In the Chinese market, Apple has announced a hostile discounting campaign on its official Tmall site, offering great discounts of up to 2,300 yuan, which is approximately $318 on dedicated iPhone models. It’s the golden chance for iPhone fans from China to purchase a new iPhone since Apple is offering a huge discount.

Here’s the question: Why is Apple offering this huge discount of up to 2,300 yuan? 

The key reason behind this discounting strategy by Apple hints that the brand in China is fighting off growing competition from local phone makers, especially Huawei. You can make a profit from this deal for up to 8 days, from May 20 to May 28. It appears more substantial than the one Apple offered earlier this year, back in February. 

The highest discount in the February campaign was 1,150 yuan, and now the discount is up to 2,300 yuan, which means that this time the brand is offering a double discount off the previous discount campaign and the steepest discount Apple to the 1TB iPhone 15 Pro Max model, whereas other models also see significant price cuts. 

For example, the 128 GB variant of the base iPhone 15 device has a discount of 1,400 yuan, as reported. The boosted competitive pressure on Apple comes after Huawei last month announced its new series of high-end smartphones, the Pura 70, after the debut of the Mate 60 last August. 

Even after going through tough competition and offering discounts, Apple’s iPhone sales in China seem to be recovering, since their shipments increased by 12% in March 2024 compared to the previous year, which is an efficient upgrade after a rough start to the year along with a drop of 37 percent in the first two months. 

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US, EU Team Up to Challenge China in Chip Race with $81 Billion Investment

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The U.S. and the European Union (EU) have sponsored heavily around $81 billion for developing next-generation semiconductors, mounting strong competition in the industry. 

The report says governments around the world have consigned an overall $380 billion with US and EU benefaction and a combined $81 billion to raising production by companies such as Intel and TSMC. Talking about the dedicated investment of the US in boosting domestic semiconductor production, it appears to be $52.7 billion over the next five years. 

Under the Semiconductor Support Act, the U.S. plans to offer a total of $52.7 billion, including $39 billion in production subsidies and $13.2 billion in research and development (R&D) support. Apart from this, the US has confirmed subsidies of $8.5 billion for Intel. $6.6 billion for TSMC, $6.4 billion for Samsung Electronics, and $6.1 billion for Micron. 

On the other hand, the EU decided to invest about $46.3 billion in powering semiconductor manufacturing authorities within the region. Based on this investment, the EU estimates that over $108 billion will be invested in both the public and private sectors. 

In short, the US and EU are building strong competition in the industry for next-generation semiconductors. The US is playing a strategic game by partnering with the EU, South Korea, Taiwan, and Japan, especially against China. The EU is offering subsidies for Intel and TSMC factories in Germany; however, the final license is pending. 

China is estimated to be financing the cost at more than $142 billion, which includes a new $27 billion chip fund. Japan allocated $25.3 billion to support domestic production, which includes subsidies for TSMC and Rapidus factories, and the aim behind this is to triple chip production sales by 2030. 

India confirmed a $10 billion subsidy plan for its very first domestic chip factory, which has seen growth via an indirect support program, but critics point toward direct support being required to maintain its supply chain. The analyst also pointed out that Samsung also needs to provide direct support to maintain its semiconductor supply chain, with this year’s government direct support for the semiconductor industry at only 1.3 trillion won. 

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