Google’s masterplan to create a standard Android experience

Finally after a whopping 2 and a half months after release, Android 7.0 made a debut on Android distribution charts and now the Android Compatibility Definition Document has been published too. The CDD is a list of rules set out by Google, for OEMs to follow if they wish to include some Google love on the Android devices they sell, most importantly, the Google Playstore and Google Play services. Android may ne open source, but Google Apps are not and as such, Google can set terms and conditions for licensing them to OEMs. Only devices that pass Google’s compatibility tests are allowed to have Google apps on them.

Android’s increasing dependence on these Google Apps or Gapps, as the modders among you know them,  irks many in the open source community but this dependence is how Google looks to have and gain more control over its own platform.  Continue reading “Google’s masterplan to create a standard Android experience”

USB-IF USB audio device class 3.0 specs promise the end of 3.5mm port

Apple said it took ‘courage’ to eliminate the 3.5mm audio port from the latest iPhone 7. While that’s clearly not true, whether you like it or not, the industry is likely to follow Apple’s footsteps and the latest update from USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) ensures the end of jurassic 3.5mm audio ports from your gadgets.

The natural progression of technology is slowly killing the iconic jack and moving towards making the USB port more accessible. To make that happen, USB Implementers Forum recently published its Audio Device Class 3.0 specification, which will provide device makers the solution they need to get audio over USB Type-C port. Continue reading “USB-IF USB audio device class 3.0 specs promise the end of 3.5mm port”

Why removal of headphone jack in the iPhone 7 is not “courage” but “greed”

There’s a growing trend among smartphone manufacturers to do away with the 3.5mm audio jack that has long been the standard connector for a huge range of audio equipment over the past century. Motorola’s new Moto Z doesn’t feature a 3.5mm audio connector, neither does LeEco’s latest range of smartphones, and Apple has finally done away with the socket this year too. Of course, when Apple did it, it created a much more angry reaction from fans and haters alike than when Moto or LeEco did it.

In fact I had something to say about the removal of headphone jack on the Moto Z and LeEco. And while I still believe that, I am seeing a trend now and all these big names are writing about how Apple did the right thing, how headphone jacks are a 100 year old technology and they should go.

Continue reading “Why removal of headphone jack in the iPhone 7 is not “courage” but “greed””

New MacBook Air again said to pack USB-C

Apple’s MacBook relies on a single USB-C port which, at launch, seemed like a bizarre and too-forward-thinking move on Apple’s part. The company will continue with the standard, according to a new rumor, introducing it in a new MacBook Air.

DigiTimes said this week that Apple’s new MacBook Air, still just a rumor without any release date in sight just yet, will employ the USB-C interface. We presume it will offer more than a single port, since it will help distinguish the MacBook Air from the MacBook, but details on how many were not revealed.

Apple is lagging behind on updates to its laptops, which are still operating on older Intel chips. The hope is that Apple will introduce its new MacBook Air and MacBook Pro computers soon, but it hasn’t provided any insight on when.

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