Google Photos will temporarily disable backup from messaging apps 1

Google Photos will temporarily disable backup from messaging apps

During the past few months, the entire world has been plagued by the COVID-19 pandemic and all the consequences it has brought to our lives. Several countries adopted strict measures like the lockdown to force its people to stay at home. After all, isolation seems to be the only truly effective way to prevent the virus from spreading. With more people at home, media services are experiencing a huge traffic from more and more customers. Among the list of most used apps during these days of the pandemic, we have messaging apps. During these days of isolation, messaging apps have been the only way to contact with family as well as it is being used to contact employees working at home or students. Now, Google wants to ensure that its Google Photos app will be making backup only of important files during these days. The search giant wants to save its bandwidth resources that are strained, likely backing up memes, videos, and photos that are shared over messaging apps. The company will begin notifying users of the change on the Google Photos app the next time they open the app. “Due to COVID-19, people are sharing more photos and videos. To save internet resources, backup & sync has been turned off for device folders created by messaging apps like WhatsApp, Messages, and Kik.
Starting today, you’ll notice a message in the Google Photos App about this change. You can change this setting at any time.”
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Google Search, Maps & Assistant Now Shows COVID-19 Testing Centres in India 2

Google Search, Maps & Assistant Now Shows COVID-19 Testing Centres in India

With the coronavirus cases significantly rising in India, Google is now trying hard to provide the relevant and useful information at the tip of your finger. The search engine giant is now working with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and MyGov to bring the appropriate information to the user. Thanks to this collaboration, users can now find authorized COVID-19 testing centres on Google services. This feature is present on Google Search, Maps and Assistant. If you haven’t noticed already, Google has a dedicated result page for all the COVID-19 and coronavirus related queries. The dedicated result page showcases recent news, health info, stats and other details at one place. In fact, it also has a “local and national resources” section where you can find information depending on the city or state you live in. Well, the company has now added the “Testing” tab where you can find the nearest testing centres.
Here’s What COVID-19 Testing Page on Google Showcases!
Apart from just showing the list of nearest testing centres, the listing also mentions whether the centres are government-based or private. Furthermore, it also showcases whether the referral for testing is required or not. Lastly, it also tells whether the testing is limited to certain patients or not. With every listing, you will also see the required steps to verify info before going for testing. This verification is the same for all the centres and includes calling 1075.
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Android 11 beta launch gets delayed 3

Android 11 beta launch gets delayed

Google has cancelled the Android 11 Beta event that was previously scheduled for June 3rd. The company has tweeted the announcement today but hasn’t specified any reasons for the delay. Google’s Developer team took to twitter to say about the cancellation of the event. The tweet says that the event scheduled on June 3rd stands cancelled. This means the First Beta of Android 11 has to be under the wraps for a while. We are excited to tell you more about Android 11, but now is not the time to celebrate. We are postponing the June 3rd event and beta release. We’ll be back with more on Android 11, soon.
— Android Developers (@AndroidDev) May 30, 2020 No new Dates Yet
Google has not specified any specific date of the rescheduled event, but it is expected to hold the event sometime in summer. However, it is unclear why Google had to cancel the event. Reports say that it could be due to mass protests in the USA due to the death of George Floyd this week. The nation-wide spread of protests is due to the death of African-American in a questionable way as he was being restrained by Police in Minneapolis. While Google hasn’t actually mentioned the reason for its decision in the tweet, it is understandable that Google doesn’t see this time as the best moment. Google I/O was also cancelled
Earlier, Google had to cancel its Google I/O that was scheduled to happen last month due to the outbreak of the virus. Earlier, various reports claimed that the launch of the upcominRead More…

Aarogya Setu app is now Open-Source, Govt announces bug bounty 4

Aarogya Setu app is now Open-Source, Govt announces bug bounty

COVID-19 contact-tracing app Aarogya Setu is now an open-source software. The Indian government made it official by releasing the source code of the Android app to a public GitHub repository. Experts are praising the step proclaiming it to be beneficial in the public interest.
Niti Aayog took the decision after several agencies pointed out security and privacy concerns related to the app. The announcement was made after 41 days of the Aarogya Setu app launch date and after the app has gathered private data of 10 crores registered users. Niti Aayog said that about 98 percent of the total users are using the app on Android. The iOS and KaiOS codes will be released after two weeks, said the authority. The server codes that process user’s data will be open-sourced in the near future.
ALSO READ: Aarogya Setu app: How to setup & use Aarogya Setu app for tracking Coronavirus “Opening the source code to the developer community signifies our continuing commitment to the principles of transparency and collaboration. With the release of the source code in the public domain, we are looking to expanding collaboration and to leverage the expertise of top technical brains amongst the talented youth and citizens of our nation and to collectively build a robust and secure technology solution to help support the work of frontline health workers in fighting this pandemic together, ” said the authorities in a press statement. What does the open-sourcing of the Aarogya Setu app meanRead More…

Amazon food delivery kicks off in India 5

Amazon food delivery kicks off in India

Amazon seems to be getting into the shoes of Swiggy and Zomato as the company has begun a food delivery service in the country. The company had earlier planned to begin the pilot program back in March. However, it had to postpone the complete roll-out owing to the lockdown rules.  The e-commerce giant began its testing program with select partners in Bangalore back in March. It started when CEO Jeff Bezos earlier at a conference in Delhi. He announced an infusion of $1 Million into small and medium companies of the country to help revive businesses.
The company has begun deliveries by partnering with select restaurants in Bangalore. The service through the Amazon App is currently available in Bellandur, Haralur, Marathalli, and Whitefield suburbs of Bangalore. Amazon customers have been requesting for a food delivery service for some time.  Additionally, the company assured that only restaurants with high hygiene standards will only qualify for partnership.
Amazon’s venture into this segment is likely to topple the already-stumbling start-ups like Swiggy and Zomato. Both the companies have been facing more than $15 Million losses in the past couple of months . This could be due to the fact that people are scared to order food online fearing any infections in the process.
Planning to topple Swiggy, Zomato?
This has resulted in Swiggy, letting go of more than 2,100 employees and Zomato eliminating about 520 roles in the company, despite acquiring UberEats earlRead More…

Counterpoint: China smartphone sales declined 22% in Q1 2020 thanks to COVID-19 6

Counterpoint: China smartphone sales declined 22% in Q1 2020 thanks to COVID-19

Counterpoint Research shared another of its reports, and the results aren’t surprising. China’s smartphone sales had its worst quarter in recent years, dropping by 22% compared to Q1 2019 values. The reason? COVID-19 pandemic ravaged China as well as several other countries in the globe. The market is being moved by a low demand along with the delay in supply chains. According to the report, shipments in February along declined by 35% Year-on-Year. At the same time, the share of online sales grew up to 50%, that’s 20% more than last year. In counterpart to other OEMs, Huawei suffered minimum impact during Q1 2020. The company actually had a 6% increase in sales. Apple saw a 1% decline while Vivo dropped 27%, Oppo 30%, and Xiaomi 35%. In terms of market share, these companies accounted for 93% of total sales. However, Huawei alone had a nearly 40% share. The remaining 53% is split between the others. In January to February, the best-selling handset was the iPhone 11. However, the period also had other best-sellers like the Huawei Mate 30 5G, Nova 6 series, and Honor 9X. According to the report, 5G phones saw a huge increase of 120% compared to the last year. This is easy to understand, after all, more and more companies are shipping 5G smartphones with competitive prices. During Q1 2020 5G smartphones accounted for 15% of total shipments. However, Counterpoint states that until the end of Q4 2020, 5G smartphone will have at least 40% of the market. SourceRead More…

Samsung cuts smartphone components orders due to COVID-19 7

Samsung cuts smartphone components orders due to COVID-19

The COVID-19 outbreak is ravaging the world and changing the way we live our lives. The pandemic is also affecting several businesses around the world and making a lot of people lose their jobs. One of the industry sectors that is being highly-affected by this is the smartphone market. Smartphone makers, component suppliers, and chipset makers are trying to overcome the challenges imposed by COVID-19. However, the most recent problem is the low demand in light of tepid smartphone sales. According to the latest report, Samsung is limiting its component orders by half. According to several reports, Samsung is now making about 10 million smartphones a month. That’s a major decrease over the 25 million smartphones that the company was previously building. The most recent report regarding the limitation in component orders comes from sources that are familiar with the matter. Apparently, the Korean firm isn’t very optimistic about the market. The effects caused by demand shortage are here to stay and that makes sense. A lot of people lost their jobs, and there’s no guarantee that they will recover it soon. Moreover, we can’t really estimate when this crisis will end. In the next months, we’ll see people prioritizing essential goodies over smartphones. According to the report, the order cuts after Samsung’s entire smartphone portfolio. From the most low-end devices to the high-end Galaxy S20 family. SourceRead More…

COVID-19 lockdown: How to book LPG cylinder using Umang app 8

COVID-19 lockdown: How to book LPG cylinder using Umang app

As India gets into the second stage of the Covid-19 lockdown, we are compelled to go digital for our everyday purchases and bill-payments. One such essential home item is the LPG cylinder. It comes under the list of necessary items that are available for order during the lockdown. And here’s how you can order it. You can book an LPG Cylinder refill using the Umang app. For the uninitiated, Umang is an app launched by the Government of India. It’s a one-stop solution for availing various government services. One such service is booking LPG Gas Cylinders. Steps to book LPG Cylinder online via Umang First, download the app from Apple App Store or Google Play Store depending on your phone.
Open the app and register yourself by verifying your mobile number. Select your service provider. You can search for it too. For example, I picked the Bharat Gas. Ensure you have an account created on the service providers’ website. ALSO READ: How to find food and night shelters near you In the next screen, tap on Refill Order and confirm your details by tapping the Confirm button. ALSO READ: How to Whatsapp video call with 7 other participants You can opt for cash-on-delivery too. Whichever option you pick, tap on Order Now/tap on the Pay Now button. That’s all. Now, wait for the delivery. Share this: RelatedRead More…

India’s Flipkart will resume smartphone sales on April 20

The COVID-19 pandemic came and imposed drastic changes in many countries across the world. According to WHO (World Health Organization), the best way to control the virus spread is to prevent people from leaving home. This forced governments to adopt strict lockdown measures to prevent a collapse in health systems. The world’s biggest lockdown happened in India with nearly 1.3 billion people forced to stay at home for 21 days. However, the rise of COVID-19 cases in the country made the company extend the measures until May 3. However, the Ministry of Home Affairs determined a relaxation of business to start operating by abiding necessary rules from April 20. The government is concerned with the economic effects caused by the lockdown. With the relaxation, one of the country’s biggest e-commerce platform, Flipkart will resume its operations. The platform confirmed that users can expect its activities to start slowly after April 20. A set of products will be available for purchase and that includes smartphones. While Flipkart, Amazon and other players have been operating amid the lockdown. However, these platforms were limited to sell essential products. With the new change in the country’s lockdown policies, all of them will be able to continue selling non-essential goods. Of course, we still need to see how will be customer’s behavior amid the COVID-19 crisis. The market for smartphones and non-essential items will surely decrease. According to some brands, sRead More…

TSMC no longer expects an expressive growth in 2020 due to COVID-19

Earlier this year, TSMC shared a forecast that was easily very optimistic. After all, the company was expecting huge demand and growth in the smartphone market with the expected increase of 5G smartphones. However, the COVID-19 pandemic came and change everything. The company was originally expecting an 8% market growth excluding the memory chip sector. Now, it lowered its foundry market growth forecast to somewhere between 7 and 13%. According to the report, TSMC now needs to adopt a more conservative view of  2020. After all, global pandemic changed the way we live our lives and also changed our needs. In the coming months, we may see a change in customer’s behavior. Smartphones and other non-essential goodies will easily see a drop this year. The company expects that the COVID-19 effects will keep affecting its business through the upcoming months. As aforementioned it will affect the smartphone industry as a whole. According to market analysts, we may experience a 7 to 9% worldwide market decrease in smartphone sales until the end of the year. The only thing that can change this fact is 5G. According to TSMC, vendors and network operators are aggressively marketing 5G and introducing new phones with 5G connectivity. With the advent of mid-range smartphones with the new connectivity, we can also expect it to become more popular among customers who can’t afford an expensive flagship. 5G will definitively drive the market in the coming years. Read More…