Google Hardware Event – Launch Night
An online event, or an infomercial, was organized on September 30, 2020 where the following Google products were announced
- Pixel 5
- Pixel 4a 5G
- Chromecast with Google TV
- Nest Audio
Android Partner Vulnerability Initiative
For the past couple of years, Google has been working hard to keep OEMs accountable for the reputation hits that Android gets. Google’s Android Security & Privacy team has launched the Android Partner Vulnerability Initiative (APVI) to report security issues in OEM builds of Android. All the issues are communicated to OEM first and there is a high chance that the issues are already resolved before showing up in APVI. However, this helps with the checks and balances the Android world definitely needs.
Honda to quits F1 after 2021 season
Honda announced that they would exit the FIA Formula One World Championship after the 2021 season. This would save the company over USD 100 million that the company aims to spend to become carbon neutral by 2050 through FCV and EV efforts.
Multiple app stores in Android 12 and mandatory use of Google Play Billing system by September 2021
In an important blog posted on September 28, 2020, Google announced 2 major changes to Android ecosystem in 2021
- With Android 12, Developers would have a choice of app stores while distributing their apps and Android woudl support loading multiple app stores.
- Play Billing System would be mandatory for all apps by September 30, 2021, if they sell digital goods.
PM Modi to inaugurate RAISE 2020 (AI meet) on October 5, 2020
The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) and NITI Aayog are organising RAISE 2020 (Responsible AI for Social Empowerment 2020), a virtual summit from October 5-9, 2020. PM Modi would inaugurate the event and this event aims to trigger more startups in the AI field in India.
DOW futures fall
As the news of USA President Donald Trump’s and USA First Lady Melania Trump’s COVID-19 positive hit the streets, USA trading took a plunge.
Dow futures were down 445 points, or 1.6%, S&P 500 futures were down 1.7% and Nasdaq futures were down 2.3%.
Markets hate instability and any news regarding the current administration, upcoming elections, or campaign sends shivers down the trading community.