Google is about to take another crack at its ultra-low-cost smartphone initiative, called Android One. The company’s managing director in Southeast Asia, Rajan Anandan, says that a new plan for Android One will be unveiled in “the next few weeks.” Few details are available, but Anandan adds in an interview with The Financial Times that part of the plans will be a push to hit the “sweet spot” of $50 smartphones.
The company released the number after The Associated Press reported that Google had notified California of three collisions involving its self-driving cars since September, when reporting all accidents became a legal requirement as part of the permits for the tests on public roads.
The director of Google’s self-driving car project wrote in a web post that all 11 accidents were minor — “light damage, no injuries” — and happened over 1.7 million miles of testing, including nearly 1 million miles in self-driving mode.
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Indian government will be monitoring online activities of bureaucrats on official computers, block content which it feels is adversely affecting the productivity of the babus and also have a right to delete e-mails or internet history on such computers after intimating the user.
The measures are a part of twin notifications issued by the Narendra Modi government on February 18 by which the use of private e-mail networks like Gmail and Yahoo has now also been officially banned for all government use.
In the first half of this year, tweets will start to be visible in Google’s search results as soon as they’re posted, thanks to a deal giving the Web company access to Twitter’s firehose, the stream of data generated by the microblogging service’s 284 million users. Google previously had to crawl Twitter’s site for the information, which will now come automatically from Twitter.
Google is working on a version of Android that would be built directly into cars. This will allow drivers to enjoy all the benefits of the Internet without even plugging in their smartphones! The first such vehicles may debut in 2015.
If successful, Android would become the standard system powering a car’s entertainment and navigation features, solidifying Google’s position in a new market where it is competing with arch-rival Apple Inc.
Direct integration into cars ensures that drivers will use Google’s services every time they turn on the ignition, without having to plug in the phone. It could allow Google to make more use of a car’s camera, sensors, fuel gauge, and Internet connections that come with some newer car models.