The past week was memorable for the «charged» crossover from Tesla, the first test build of Android Q & a simulator of Russian melancholy. In addition, there were no new devices and announcements.
The first test build of Android Q
Google has released the first test build of the tenth version of Android Q designed for three generations of smartphones Pixel. Before the full release in the third quarter of this year will see the light of six test versions of the operating system. It is worth considering that they are meant for developers and may not function properly.
Among the major changes in the first beta Android Q: more control over location data and applications running in the background, the API settings panel, support for foldable devices like the Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X.
Updated control to track the location of shared access to data about the device’s location with the direct operation of programs in the background. This means that the user can allow the app to «see» the location only when using it, but not in the background.
Now to exit from background and obtain the attention of the user app should send a notification with high priority has already been from which the user can navigate in full screen mode if he wants to.
New API settings panel in action
New API settings panel gives access to settings, Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth, mobile network and volume directly within the application without switching to the settings menu. In the program interface window appears with the required settings.
In addition, our first beta Android Q was discovered the desktop mode with the desktop containing shortcuts and applications open in separate Windows.
Apple has appointed a presentation on March 25th at theatre of a name of Steve jobs at the Cupertino campus. The latest leak promises a paid subscription to the Apple News, which opens unlimited access to journals and publications.
It is also reported about the new service to stream movies, TV shows and TV series. It will compete with Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.
Announcements expected from Apple this year include the iPad mini the fifth generation with four speakers, a port of Type-C and a 3.5 mm audio Jack, docking station wireless charging AirPower and second generation AirPods with a splash guard, noise cancelling, new Bluetooth module with high quality of communication, voice call function, Siri, chargers, case port, Type-C and wireless charging.
The SUV with the «behavior» of a sports car from Tesla
American manufacturer of electric cars introduced a compact crossover Model Y built on the basis of the available Model 3 sedan. Electric vehicle body inherited crossover Model X, but this time in a Tesla without doors, rising upward in the manner of a bird’s wings.
Already in the basic version of the Standard Range for 39 thousand dollars (~2.5 million rubles) Model Y offers a panoramic roof, 15-inch display in the center of the torpedo, rear wheel drive, a range of 370 km, acceleration to 60 mph (~97 km/h) in 5.9 seconds and a top speed of 193 km/h.
The top configuration Performance for 60 thousand dollars (~3.9 million rubles) is equipped with all-wheel drive with two electric motors on front and rear axles, which break up the crossover to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds. The maximum speed is 241 km/h, range — 450 km.
Sale of equipment Performance will begin in 2020, while the configuration of the Standard Range will be delayed until 2021. Then the customers will be able option in the form of a third row of seats, along with which Model Y fit seven people.
A new series of premium watches from Garmin
American company Garmin has introduced five models in the new series MARQ. Watch unite: own OS, support service contactless payment Garmin Pay, the streaming services of Spotify and Deezer, satellite systems GPS, GLONASS and Galileo, as well as the use of premium materials in the form of titanium, sapphire, ceramic, carbon, nylon and Italian leather.
MARQ Driver — model for fans of cars and motorsports with pre-installed circuits in the quantity of 250 pieces. By built-in module GPS watch to track speed and lap time.
MARQ Aviator model for pilots with a worldwide aviation database and the traceability of the route directly on the watch.
MARQ Captain model with useful features for regatta events sailing or rowing. Watch monitor a virtual start line, countdown and offer tips on switching to a different tack.
MARQ Athlete — model for athletes and track the running dynamics, the counting time of recovery after training and determination of the value of physical training V02 max.
MARQ Expedition — model for the conquerors of the peaks and lovers of long hikes with the topographic map, tracking oxygen levels in the blood, data about climbing in real time and support inReach satellite Communicator Mini allows you to send messages anywhere in the world.
The recommended price models of the line MARQ in Russia is not specified. Sale hours will begin in the second half of this year.
Microsoft announced the public test Project xCloud
Microsoft unveiled a time frame for a public testing service streaming games Project xCloud — the second half of this year.
The principle of operation Project xCloud is reminiscent of the streaming services play music or movie when the user regardless of which device gets access to the desired content on the network at any convenient time.
For data centers Project xCloud Microsoft has created special equipment that is compatible with existing and future games for the Xbox. The company says that the «unfolding» of games from the Xbox Project xCloud does not require developer effort.
The list of platforms that support xCloud Project, not yet announced, but we already know that internal testing of the service runs on smartphones and tablets using a Bluetooth controller for the Xbox. In the latest demonstration of the operation of the service used a smartphone on Android. Microsoft clarify what will be supported and touch input using the on-screen keys.
Simulator Russian melancholy
On a digital platform Steam appeared indie game «WXL: WINTER» or IT’S WINTER — the first representative of the genre of russian toska.
The game has no plot or purpose. List of locations limited to the snow-covered courtyard and apartment in the panel Khrushchev. The player is invited to walk and interact with the surrounding objects, like food in the fridge, soap, broken radio receiver or debris.
IT’S WINTER, created by indie developer Alexander Ignatov, available for Windows and macOS for 259 rubles. The game is part of a multi-format project «WXL: WINTER» Moscow musician and poet Ilya Mazo. It also includes: book, music album, short film and performance.