Written byShubham Sharma
This week, we have witnessed a number of developments in the tech world, especially from Google.
The company released the first developer preview of Android 11, took down bad apps, expanded the list of phones set to receive Stadia, while also running into some issues at the same time.
Let's look back at all the big stuff from this past week.
The biggest news of the week, as we said, was an earlier-than-expected release of the first developer preview of Android 11, the next mobile OS from Google.
The preview doesn't bring all the features set to debut on the Android 11 final. Still, it sure brings a few noticeable tweaks, including updated permissions, messaging bubbles, and a revamped notifications shade.
Along with Android 11 preview, Google took down as many as 600 ad-laced apps from the Play Store as well as added Samsung, Asus, and RAZR phones to the list phones supporting Stadia, its game streaming service.
Notably, two reports even revealed that Google is working on a feature to let users play games while downloading them and that an extortion scam is targeting some publishers on the company's AdSense network.
In other cases, the social networking giant launched a program to pay users willing to give their voice recordings while Instagram's CEO said they are too busy to make an iPad app.
AI applications are advancing, but just recently, BJP's Manoj Tiwari used the tech for creating deepfake videos to campaign for Delhi elections, a move that raised concerns over how this could even be used to mislead people.
Tesla, the EV company owned by Musk, also drew some attention when a group of McAffe researchers demonstrated how a simple sticker can trick its cars, which also run using AI, into speeding up by up to 80 km/hr.
We also got some weird news this week, including a case of Spot, the famous robo-dog from Boston Dynamics, pulling a rickshaw.
Beyond that, engineers built a device capable of generating electricity out of thin air, while a mysterious '1' notification hit Samsung Galaxy phones around the world, freaking out their owners completely.
One team even built a bracelet capable of blocking nearby microphones.
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