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Galaxy Note 4 Marshmallow update might be late for carrier units

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Samsung and T-Mobile have finally provided confirmation about the handsets that would be getting Google’s new Android 6.0 Marshmallow update. The Galaxy Note 4 is on this list alongside devices launched by Samsung this year and last year as well. Although confirmation of the Galaxy Note 4 Marshmallow update is finally official, that doesn’t entail owners of the device getting the firmware anytime soon.

According to T-Mobile’s listing, the Galaxy Note 4 update firmware is still under manufacturer development, which translates to carriers being delayed in rolling out the update. Like any other software update, the Galaxy Note 4 Marshmallow update first has to go to Samsung so that they can add TouchWIz and do all the tweaks necessary to make the new OS work seamlessly on the device (it probably won’t though). After the manufacturer is done with the firmware, they forward it to carriers.

Carriers then have to make their own tweaks to the OS so that they can include their bloatware as well as features such as Wi-Fi calling and the likes. Everything needs to be tested by the carrier and they have to make sure that they can provide a Galaxy Note 4 update that doesn’t turn the user experience into one from four years ago, filled with bugs. As you can imagine, doing all the tweaking and testing takes time, even if you’ve a team of developers on the job.The Galaxy Note 4 update release date is of course unconfirmed, seeing as neither manufacturers nor carriers like to give precise release dates for updates because there’s a high chance of them not making that deadline.

Bugs in an OS can be discovered in the very last moment, which can delay rollout even further. Regardless, the consensus when it comes to the Galaxy Note 4 update release date is that it should arrive by December. December is an estimation for carrier units, but our best bet would put unlocked units in the same bucket. Samsung is notoriously bad at updates, and so are carriers (T-Mobile being sort of an exception), and even though smartphone users are sick of waiting for updates to have the best experience on their phones, things won’t change from one day to another.Hopefully the Galaxy Note 4 update will have a swift rollout, as it is one of Samsung’s best smartphones to date. The Note 4 was crowned by the Android community as the best smartphone of 2014 in the flagship category, and the device still remains among the top 10 best Android smartphones to have.

The good news is that advanced users can easily get a custom ROM from somewhere and flash it themselves. Note that this action might void your warranty. With the help of such custom ROMs, which you can get from forums such as XDA Developers, Galaxy Note 4 owners can have a fresh user experience without all the wait. We expect the first few Marshmallow-based ROMs to surface in the next few weeks, seeing as someone already created one for the Nexus 4. The one for the Galaxy Note 4 should be ready in no time, thanks to the massive Android developer community that not only loves what they’re doing, but shares everything.

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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