The LG G3 is one of the most popular smartphones of the South Korean company. There are thousands of happy users with this phone who don’t really feel like they need to upgrade in order to improve their experience. The LG G3 in the past few months has lost its charm with users, so to speak, because the last update, Android 5.0.2 Lollipop ruined the user experience for many people. Although LG is usually quick with updates, in the LG G3’s case it would have been better not to release updates so fast. Since Android 5.0 Lollipop, LG G3 bugs and issues have surfaced repeatedly with limited possibilities of fixing them. With Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update now rolling out to the LG G3, more and more users across the world are getting the opportunity of a better experience.
The update started hitting devices in the U.S. earlier this month, so most users should have the possibility to install it by the end of the month. That’s a bit surprising, however, since the word was that the company would send Android 6.0 Marshmallow and skip other updates ahead of it. Users are worried that their phones might have to wait until February or March to get Marshmallow, which is rather disappointing. LG has not announced a timeline for their updates, but Android 6.0 is already rolling out to the LG G4, so we expect the LG G3 to get it by November, too. Not everyone seems to agree though, as most users worry that the update won’t hit until Spring 2016, which would be too late. Many have said in forums that they are going to switch devices if Marshmallow takes that long to hit. Considering the difference between Android 5.1.1 and Android 6.0 is not that big…. we’d say they’re over-reacting. Unless they are among the ones that are having LG G3 bug issues even after the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop installation.
Unfortunately, the LG G3 Android 5.1.1 update isn’t perfect. Users who have already installed the update are experiencing various bugs, although we don’t know how widespread they are since only a handful of bug reports are available at this time. The majority of those who are running the latest available version of Android are reporting good performance. However, the bad reports sound rather annoying. While some experienced Wi-Fi issues, others had problems with battery life and charging. Wi-Fi issues can be solved in minor cases with a factory reset or simply a reboot, while battery life issues are common when new software is installed on a device. However, problems with the built-in fast charging might be caused by a software issue.
While the update mostly impacted battery life and performance positively, a handful of users are having issues with them. After updating, these users started experiencing random reboots and battery drain, which would not be fixed by a reboot. Hopefully, these are isolated issues. These users turned to rooting their devices and installing custom ROMs in order to get their LG G3 back on track. Other users report that they’ve had issues with Data and signal strength upon installing the update on the LG G3. In this case, the first thing you should try to get it back running correctly is a factory reset or an update reinstall. We’ve only seen one report about data issues on the LG G3 after the update, so it doesn’t sound like a widespread problem.
Ultimately, Android 5.1.1 Lollipop for the LG G3 seems like a good release. While part of the users are having trouble, the consensus is positive among members of the Android community. It’s definitely better than before, and most say the update has improved the battery life as well as the performance of the device. Hopefully, people who have been experiencing issues will see them fixed, otherwise they could poke around at custom ROMs. Those of you who like to tinker could go to XDA Forums and read up about how you can flash a custom ROM with Android 6.0 M on your LG G3.
Pixel 8 Pro runs Google’s generative AI models
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.
Telegram launches a global self-custodial crypto wallet, excluding the US
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.
Google’s massive antitrust trial begins, with bigger implications
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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