360TechLife Podcast#1 : Tech news from Facebook, Google and Samsung

Welcome to 360TechLife Podcast. Today is 20th October 2017. This is the first episode. It’s in Beta. So we have covered only 5 news for today. From tomorrow we will bring more news articles.

  1. Facebook news subscription feature:

Like Google play News, now Facebook has also started working on News Subscription services with some publishers like the “The Economist”, “Washington Post”. This is a trial. Here the users can read some articles (10) from any publisher for free and then they can decide to subscribe to any of their favorite publications.

However major publishers have decided to opt out coz Facebook will not give access to reader data until they purchase a subscription.

Read more about Facebook food order and delivery service. 

2. “Try It Now” by Google:

Google has announced its new “Try It Now” feature for Google Play Store during “Google Play Playtime event” at Berlin and San Francisco. As per the report Google Instant apps are available on Google Play Store along with a “Try It Now” feature. Here if a user taps on this option, they can run the app without installing the app.

This will help the users to decide whether they want to install the app or not and they can save their data just like “360TechLife Podcasts”.

3. An Image sensor on Google Pixel 2 has not been activated yet!

In the era of dual cameras, Google; the tech giant has decided to go with one lens configuration for their Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. But that’s not bad at all. Dual camera is not always meant for better photos.The Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have the best smartphone camera with the highest DXOmark ranking (98).

Surprising fact, there is an image processor called “Pixel Visual Core” which is present in both Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL but they are not activated yet. Google says its a custom-designed co-processor that will help to expand the functionality of HDR+ mode and it can handle heavy imaging applications. Google will roll out a software update to turn ON this processor but the question is why they didn’t do it on the first place?

4. Samsung started working on the S Pen of Galaxy Note 9.

BJ Kang an executive of Samsung Electronics’ Global Planning Group, Mobile Communication Business said in general their product design and development team takes a break after the launch of a new flagship model but this time they’re not. The team has already started working on the S Pen for the Galaxy Note 9.

We know the Galaxy Notes get released on the second half of the year around August-September. But this time as the team has already started working it hints on some points.

  1. Samsung might release the Galaxy Note 9 early next year or may be along with the Galaxy S9.
  2. Or, they are planning to get something extraordinary to the S Pen this time.

Samsung can do anything extraordinary. If you see the record of Samsung’s innovation for the Mobile industry, you can know that who far ahead their vision is.

5. Samsung Unveils Bixby 2.0

Samsung announced the upgrade to Bixby; the least popular or the most hated digital assistant, Bixby 2.0. Samsung says Bixby 2.0 will work on a wide range of connected devices and that’s why they said it will be open for developers. So now with the intelligence of Bixby you can control a wide range of devices around you like your smartphone, TV, home speakers, security system, refrigerator etc. This is a direct hint that Samsung is now on its way to compete with Google Assistant, Siri and Alexa by Amazon.


That’s all for today. Thank you. Feel free to comment your suggestions and questions.