Marsha Coleman-Adebayo

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Google Launches the First Developer Preview of Android 12

 

Just about precisely one year since Google announced its first Android 11 developer preview, the company today launched its first Android 12 developer preview. Google postponed its implementation of Android 11 slightly even as teams, as well as partner organizations of the corporation, were adjusted to work during a pandemic, but that doesn’t seem to stop Android 12 from being kept up on schedule. As you might anticipate from a previous developer preview, many other alterations have been under hood and also for unfortunate non-developers who would like to start giving it a spin, no over-the-air updates yet.

One of the best bits of the publication to date – but it’s worth noting that Google appears to append more user-faced changes and UI updates throughout the entire preview cycle – is the ability to transcode media into higher-level formats, such as AV1 image format, quicker and much more responsive notifications as well as a new program to developers which can now switch over individual platform adjustments.

Google also guarantees that, as with Android 11, this will add a stabilization platform to Android 12 to advise creators when final app-facing changes take place in the operating system’s development process. This was the milestone that the team hit last year when its second release candidate started in July.

“We’re trying to make the OS simpler, smarter to get and best functioning with privacy and security at its core from each version,” writes Dave Burke, Google’s VP Engineering. “We are also working in Android 12 to provide you with new tools to create a good user experience. Begin with stuff like media transcoding that helps your app operate with new video formats when you wouldn’t support these formats and already make a copy and paste rich content, such as videos and pictures, simpler into your applications. We still add privacy safeguards, refresh the user productivity and interface to maintain your apps receptive.”

There are many, clearly dozens of notifications in Android 12 that look like developers. Let’s take a closer look into some.

Google will therefore be using the same SameSite cookie performance for the WebView in Android 12 as in Chrome, for instance. Last year, the firm slowed down the implementation of changes, making it more difficult for advertising agencies to track your business across Chrome websites simply as it broke too many websites. Presently, the Android squad apparently feels such as this implemented fully in Chrome, as well; it could use the same security tools on WebView that other applications use for web content display, as well.

With regard to just the encode capable functions, he says, “With the incidence of HEVC hardware encoders on smartphones, camera apps have been increasingly being recorded in HEVC format, that also offers considerable performance and compression advancements over old codecs.” For many other apps, however, Android 12 presently provides a service for transcoding files into AVCs. For all those applications that are not capable of HEVC, he reports.

Furthermore, Android 12 presently supports this same AV1 Image File Layout as a picture container as well as the GIF image sequences. “AVIF takes full advantage, like many advanced image formats, with intra-frame video compression content,” says Burke. “The picture quality of the same file size improves greatly in comparison with older image formats, like JPEG.”

 

 

Google proceeds to tinker with an alert system like with any Android release. One such time, the group guarantees an updated design that makes it “extra advanced, easier to operate and much more operational.” Burke calls for optimized transitions as well as animations and also the capacity for applications to customize customized data notifications. Google is also now requesting creators to implement a system that immediately transfers users without even a broadcast recipient or service from either a notification to the app, which it suggested earlier.

Now, Android 12 is also more effective for multi-channel audio (a bounce to music and other audio applications, no doubt), MPEG-H, Space Audio, as well as haptic-coupled audio, vibrational strength but also frequency-based sound (a boon for games, no doubt). Enhanced navigation of its gesture and numerous other improvements and slight operating system alterations are also provided.

Google is also continuing to push its Project Mainline forward, which enables an overwhelming number of core Android operating system capabilities also to be revised using Google Play — thus bypassing most hardware producers’ slow update cycles. The Android 12 module is added to the mainline by Android and can then push updates to the core execution time and libraries to devices from Google. “Without a complete system update, we could even enhance runtime performance and correctness, handle memory extra effectively and speed Kotlin operation,” says Burke. “The features of existing modules have also been expanded – for instance, we provide our seamless transcoding capabilities inside the modernizable module.”

Developers wishing to get their apps to Android 12 began by flashing a picture of the device on a pixel device today. The Pixels 3a and 3a XL, Pixels 3 and 3 XL, Pixels 4a and 4a 5G, Pixels 4 and 4 XL, and lastly, Pixels 5 are now supported by Android 12. In Google’s Android Studio, users could also use the system image throughout the Android Emulator.

 

YC-Backed Queenly Launches a Marketplace for Formalwear

 

Queenly, a marketplace for formalwear, was introduced to a world whereby the core products of clothing and garments had a greater and much more elusive competitor than Poshmark: quarantine.

The disease outbreak of the coronavirus led to fantastic events, like award shows, pledges, pages, and weddings being cancelled to limit the prevalence of the disease. But although you may have rocking sweats about slackening, Queenly co-founders Trisha Bantigue, as well as Kathy Zhou, said that last year they had half a million sales and more than 100,000 users visit their website each day.

“When all the rest of the world wasn’t really, many other women purchased dresses only for the purpose of feeling normal and dressing,” Bantigue,” says. The events cancelled also discovered new residences, like zoom weddings, socially distant proms, Twitch pageants, as well as car parades for graduations. “It’s made them feel grounded and stabilized throughout this chaotic pandemic environment.” The co-founder added that creators of content also purchased queenly dresses from TikTok as well as YouTube.

Queenly’s disease outbreak growth has added a striking dimension, as well, as the startup of the bay area presently participates in the winter Y Combinator cohort to navigate the company. It has so far gathered 800,000 USD from investors such as Mike Smith, Stitch Fix’ former COO, Thuan Pham, Uber’s former CTO and Kelly Thompson, Samsclub.com’s former COO, and Walmart.com. The objective is, I am told by the founding members, to become the formalwear StockX.

Queenly is indeed a platform for the purchase and sale of formal costumes, from wedding garments to pageant gowns. The platform’s 50,000 dresses seem to be new or reselling. Sellers receive 80% of the price for the robes.

According to the co-founders, one of the company’s biggest sales is their algorithm matching buyers to clothing. Zhou used to be a software engineer in Pinterest before Queenly, who worked to make the content as well as the back of the portal. She focused on search as well as development is driven by data and implemented it to Queenly, as were her as well as her Pinterest colleagues.

The search engine could go wider than normal Macy’s dress search, which might generate colour, cutting choices and size. Queenly can, by contrast, help have a much more diverse insight with a wider variety of silhouette options, various sizes, and different colour shades.

Last week a salesman married a label which says that perhaps the dark mesh is indeed a darker tone on her dress. Queenly is a beta-test function that allows you to search for medium-scale pure possibilities or options for dark skin. The group knows skin-tone filters are among their search engine’s long term objectives.

 

 

“These are only stuff we agree on since we are women, as well as we understand how to create these goods for women,” said Zhou. “Unlike if it were a male founder, you wouldn’t even know that women were looking for anything.”

The Queenly platform is presently available to sell more than 50,000 dresses varying from 70 USD to 4,000 USD.

With this search insights, Queenly goes on to say that this can sell clothes within a couple of weeks, and some people say that they have been on the Poshmark platform for five months.

The diversity of costumes is one path. Queenly remains competitive with major retail brands such as Nordstrom.

“It would be very capital-intensive for every startup to purchase and transport inventory,” Bantigue,” says. “As that of the minority female founding members, this was difficult for anyone to start raising at first.” The startup, therefore, does not keep a physical inventory of dresses but uses dresses from the proprietor to just the buyer conversely. If a cost is less than $200, Queenly starts sending the seller directly to the final purchaser with the prepayment label. If a dress is more than $200, Queenly will send it directly to the organization and instead send it to the user, clean it easily and authentically.

The payment process involves trying to bring customers into risk coating as it relies on people doing things to make the beginning an achievement. The incentive is to make up 80 percent of the selling price and give Queenly the other 20 percent.

The largest expense of the startup is transport. Queenly doesn’t currently accept or honour returns to restrict such costs unless the dress at check-in is not what the post describes.

Although the business decision is sensitive, it may be an obstacle for the clientele of startups. Dimensions are complicated and incoherent, which may first make the customer’s appetite to purchase less likely to be unable to return the dress.

“We have been concerned about it before, and yet we [did not] have such a complaint regarding sizing for two years,” says Bantigue.

The co-founders say many purchasers have to customize a dress before buying, and sellers have to post photos, so expectations are determined before purchasing. No falsified brands to date have existed, Bantigue said.

A programme started to help small businesses digitize their stock via the Queenly platform, which is Queenly’s for another plan to bring boutique stores as well as clothing designers to Queenly partners.

“The formalwear sector is already mainly offline for years, with only major players accessible online,” said Bantigue. “That’s also something we want to modify.”

 

AWS Chief Andy Jassy Gets Top Job at Amazon as CEO Bezos Steps Down

 

I saw this not coming, and it would seem nobody else could do from outside the close sanctum of Amazon.

I would have expected Arvind Krishna to go off this year at IBM — giving space to his hair-like James Whitehurst if you would inquire what important technology CEO could do in the near-future. Or perhaps Larry Ellison would finally decide to invest additional time on his island in Hawaii, Lanai.

And yet Jeff Bezos is leaving Amazon’s CEO work? No way! 

Following Amazon’s Q4 2020 revenues, the company confirmed that its founding director Bezos is anticipated to be the Chief Executive Officer throughout the third quarter of 2021, in a shocking movement.

The high point will be Andy Jassy, leader of Amazon Web Services (AWS).

And what’s the verdict of the founding director and executive director to exit in the statement announcing his departure? Now, of course, Amazon.

“This was a bizarre thing we did together and then normalised it,” says Bezos in a statement. “We’d pioneer customer feedback, 1-click, prime’s insane quick service, custom recommendations, just walk purchasing, kindle, climate pledging, Alexa, infrastructure cloud computing, the marketplace, care and other things.”

Surely all of this is true. E-commerce still was a vague idea when Bezos established Amazon in 1994. He might sell books, sure. But genuinely, many other people at that time assumed Amazon would be just another illusion for finance. It would have the fate of being engulfed with brick and mortar powers like Noble and Barnes or Borders.

In 2000 Bezos founded Blue Origin as the manufacturer of sub-orbital spacecraft and aerospace services. The New Shepard spacecraft from Blue Origins came into space in the year 2015 and then landed on Earth successfully. In 2013 he bought Washington Post as a major US daily newspaper for 250 million USD, which handles several other investments through its Bezos Expeditions risk capital business. 

Boy, they’ve been mistaken. And boy, they didn’t see how Amazon will indeed transform the book market completely and e-commerce in the first place.

 

 

“If you’re doing it correctly, a few years after such a surprising invention, the new phenomenon has now become normal,” Bezos continued. “People ostensibly ostracised. That ostracism is the most complimentary that even an inventor could even receive. Looking at our financial performance, what you currently see here is the cumulative results of an invention.

Something is really there to this. Nobody would have looked at AWS a decade earlier when Amazon determined how retailing would function in the 20th Century and then said, “This is going to change the world almost as much as e-commerce does have.”

Nowadays, in a cloud world — AWS seems to be the public cloud’s undisputed monarch. It is, therefore, no wonder that Bezos turns the reins of Amazon into a person apart from a retail maven or perhaps a specialist in the supply chain. Rather, Jassy is the top job.

Throughout the early 2000s, he as well as his group worked to enhance the inner IT system of Amazon as just a marketing manager. He rapidly had become a major player. By 2003, they had a small plan to call Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Jassy’s company has since led the public cloud to something like a pinnacle.

Maybe this change is not as shocking as it appears first, and if you believe about Bezos and Amazon. Bezos spent less time at his desk and much more time in his life till he struck COVID-19. Even so, once the pandemic changed the world, Bezos again took part in daily management.

It is not easy, since we all fully understand, to deal with work during coronavirus days. And maybe Bezos has already needed to move back and live with the vaccines as well as the end state of the disease outbreak. As late Apple CHO Steve Jobs found, money, as well as dedication, cannot buy yourself another day, even for one of the richest people on the planet (and the Covid virus has unquestionably pushed many of us to rethink our lives).

As far as Amazon is concerned? It’s going to do well. Nobody better at retail, supply chain management as well as cloud technology than people like or hate how he does what he does. The name at the top is changing, but in coming years, Amazon still will gain market share.