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HTC One M8 Android 6.0 Marshmallow update slated for November

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The HTC One M8 is still the current favorite for HTC fans after the MWC announcement of the HTC One M9 was more of a bust than a success. The HTC One M8 is last year’s flagship but the handset is still considered to be future-proof and powerful compared to the competition. Thanks to being more than a year old, the One M8 can now be bought for a very good price if you do your research, and thanks to Google and HTC, it’s going to be future-proof for a little while longer.

HTC and Google have confirmed that the HTC One M8, as well as the One M9 will get Android 6.0 Marshmallow, the latest installment in operating system from Google. Unfortunately, the One M7 is not part of the Marshmallow update schedule for HTC, as the company dropped support for the phone a couple of months ago. The HTC One M8 should be receiving updates for another year, while the One M9 should retain support for another two.

The HTC One M8 seems outdated in the face of the new devices that have been announced since its own debut, but user testimonies prove that the handset is more than capable of keeping up with the times. Adding the One M8 Android 6.0 Marshmallow update into the mix results in a possibly entirely new user experience, with Sense 7.0 being revamped by the company. Although changes in Sense 7.0 were not yet announced, we might even see Sense 8.0 being launched this year.

The HTC One M8 Android 6.0 update release date is uncertain, seeing as Google hasn’t even released the AOSP of the new OS. Fortunately, the launch of the new Nexus 5 2015 and Huawei Nexus 6 2015 is close, which means the new OS will also be released shortly. Rumors suggest that the new Nexus line-up is going to be debuted this week at IFA Berlin 2015, so we only have a few days to wait. Once the new Nexus devices are released, Android 6.0 Marshmallow will start being sent out to manufacturers and carriers across the globe.

With that in mind, the One M8 Android 6 update release date should be in November, or December at the very latest. Although HTC hasn’t provided a timeline for the update schedule, it seems plausible for the update to start rolling out within two months of the OS update announcement. HTC was a bit late last year to roll out Lollipop to HTC devices, but representatives of the company have reassured fans that they’ll be working hard to make the Android 6.0 update schedule work better for fans this year.

Until the HTC One M8 Android 6.0 update comes around, I suggest you guys follow IFA Berlin and the new launches we’re going to see there, as excitement around the fair is already boiling. We’ve seen the new Xperia Z5 Premium and its compatriots, Motorola has already announced the Moto 360 2015 in two sizes and extra customizability, Asus demoed a plethora of devices and Huawei’s Watch is also official, although expensive. We’ve a lot to look forward to this month, but the One M8 Android 6.0 update might not be one of them. Patience is key, though!

As part of the editorial team here at Geekreply, John spends a lot of his time making sure each article is up to snuff. That said, he also occasionally pens articles on the latest in Geek culture. From Gaming to Science, expect the latest news fast from John and team.

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Pixel 8 Pro runs Google’s generative AI models

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Rick Osterloh, Google’s SVP of devices and services, says the Pixel 8 Pro will be the first hardware to run Google’s generative AI models.

At an event today, Osterloh said the Pixel 8 Pro’s custom-built Tensor G3 chip, which accelerates AI workloads, can run “distilled” versions of Google’s text- and image-generating models to power image editing and other apps.

Osterloh said, “We’ve worked closely with our research teams across Google to take advantage of their most advanced foundation models and distill them into a version efficient enough to run on our flagship Pixel.”

Google improved Magic Eraser, its photo-editing tool, to remove larger objects and people smudge-free using on-device models. Osterloh claims that this improved Magic Eraser creates new pixels to fill in shot gaps, producing a higher-quality image.

Osterloh says a new on-device model will “intelligently” sharpen and enhance photo details, improving zoom.

On-device processing benefits audio recording. The Pixel 8 Pro’s recording app will soon summarize meeting highlights.

Gboard will use a large language model on the Pixel 8 Pro to power smart replies. Osterloh claims that the upgraded Gboard will provide “higher-quality” reply suggestions and better conversational awareness.

Osterloh said an update in December will add on-device generative AI features except for Magic Eraser, which appears on the Pixel 8 Pro at launch.

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Telegram launches a global self-custodial crypto wallet, excluding the US

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Telegram, with 800 million monthly users, is launching a self-custodial crypto wallet. The move will solidify its presence in the vibrant crypto community that has grown from its chat platform and may attract more people to crypto.

Telegram and TON Foundation announced TON Space, a self-custodial wallet, on Wednesday at Singapore’s Token2049 crypto conference, which draws over 10,000 attendees.

Telegram has a complicated blockchain relationship. After the SEC sued Telegram over a massive initial coin offering, the chat app abandoned its Telegram Open Network (TON) blockchain project in 2020. The Open Network Foundation (TON Foundation), founded by open-source developers and blockchain enthusiasts, supports the development of The Open Network (TON), the blockchain powering a growing number of Telegram applications, including the wallet.

The Open Platform (TOP) and TOP Labs, a venture-building division, created the TON-based wallet.

TON Space will be available to Telegram users worldwide without wallet registration in November. The U.S., which has cracked down on the crypto industry and promoted many crypto apps to geofence users, is currently excluded from the feature.

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Google’s massive antitrust trial begins, with bigger implications

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The Justice Department’s landmark antitrust case against Google began in court today, setting off a months-long trial that could upend the tech world.

At issue is Google’s search business. The Justice Department claims that Google has violated antitrust laws to maintain its search title, but the company claims that it does so by providing a superior product.

The Justice Department sued Google for civil antitrust in late 2020 after a year-long investigation.

“If the government does not enforce the antitrust laws to enable competition, we will lose the next wave of innovation,” said then-Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey A. Rosen. “If that happens, Americans may never see the ‘next Google.’”

A large coalition of state attorneys general filed their own parallel suit against Google, but Judge Amit Mehta ruled that the states did not meet the bar to go to trial with their search ranking complaints.

The search business case against Google is separate from a federal antitrust lawsuit filed earlier this year. The Justice Department claims Google used “anticompetitive, exclusionary, and unlawful means” to neutralize threats to its digital advertising empire in that lawsuit.

Justice Department attorney Kenneth Dintzer set the stakes for the first major tech antitrust trial since Microsoft’s late 1990s reckoning on Tuesday. “This case is about the future of the internet, and whether Google’s search engine will ever face meaningful competition,” Dintzer said.

Beginning the trial, the government focused on Google’s deals with phone makers, most notably Apple, that give its search product top billing on new devices. Dintzer claimed that Google maintains and grows its search engine dominance by paying $10 billion annually for those arrangements.

“This feedback loop, this wheel, has been turning for more than 12 years,” he said. “And it always benefits Google.”

Google lawyer John Schmidtlein refuted that claim, hinting at the company’s legal defense in the coming weeks.

“Users today have more search options and more ways to access information online than ever before,” Schmidtlein said. Google will argue that it competes with Amazon, Expedia, and DoorDash, as well as Microsoft’s Bing search engine.

Google planted the seeds for this defense. According to internal research, Google Senior Vice President Prabhakar Raghavan said last year that more young people are using TikTok to search for information than Google Search.

In our studies, almost 40% of young people don’t use Google Maps or Search to find lunch, Raghavan said. “They use TikTok or Instagram.”

Google will be decided by U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta in the coming months. We’re far from that decision, but the company could be fined heavily or ordered to sell parts of its business.

The trial could change Google’s digital empire if the Justice Department wins. Other tech companies that dominated online markets in the last decade are also watching. If the government fails to hold an iconic Silicon Valley giant accountable, big tech will likely continue its aggressive growth trajectory.

If the Justice Department succeeds, the next decade could be different. The industry-wide reckoning could cripple incumbents and allow upstarts to define the next era of the internet, wresting the future from tech titans.

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