Texting between Android and iPhones isn’t at all times the smoothest expertise. Photos and movies get pixelated, messages from Android customers present up because the dreaded inexperienced chat bubble on iPhone, after which there are emoji reactions. When an iPhone person hits the thumbs-up or coronary heart response emoji, that doesn’t translate to Android, and it reveals up as an ungainly textual content description of the emoji as a substitute.
Google has been attempting to repair a few of that, although it faces the endless problem of buy-in from Apple. This week, Google stated that updates coming to Messages will enable Android customers to answer iPhone texts with emojis. Other updates embody the power to string responses to particular person messages, embed YouTube movies immediately in messages, and get computerized transcriptions of voice messages on sure telephones. It’s a concerted effort by Google to make messaging on Android extra interesting and put strain on Apple to satisfy it midway.
The technical level of rivalry right here has been Rich Communications Services, a messaging customary that Google has been pushing its companions to undertake over the previous yr. RCS handles attachments and media higher than the SMS customary that has been the norm in messaging for many years. Thing is, Apple has its personal messaging customary between iPhones and different Apple units, after which defaults to SMS when an iPhone person and Android person are exchanging messages. And Apple expressed precisely zero curiosity in switching to RCS. So plenty of messages get misplaced in translation between the platforms.
Last month, Google made a public plea for Apple to modify its requirements so iOS messages would play good with Android units. But after Apple CEO Tim Cook’s withering dismissal of the thought, the stalemate between the tech giants continues. At least Android customers—or these contemplating the change—are getting barely higher messages with this newest replace.
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Come Along and Ride on a Fantastic … Advertising Voyage?
Anyone who has ever ridden in a New York City taxicab has seen their fair proportion of commercials on a loop, which through the years has advanced from “Taxi TV” to straight-up programmatic promoting. So it appears inevitable that rideshare companies like Uber would wish to capitalize on all that quiet, peaceable passenger downtime and fill your journey with advertisements.
Uber has tinkered with promoting throughout rides earlier than, like when it added taxi-style ad billboards to the tops of vehicles in 2020. But in a press release this week, Uber laid out its plans to “capture consumers’ attention” by serving them advertisements throughout practically each a part of an Uber interplay. Uber customers can stay up for audio advertisements taking part in whereas they look ahead to a journey and through the journey. The firm can also be planning to show outstanding advertisements throughout the Uber Eats app, ship sponsored emails, and slap much more video advertisements on tablets inside vehicles.
Remember of us, it’s not concerning the vacation spot; it’s about how a lot you purchase on the journey.
Sharing Is Caring, Unless You’re Netflix
In different bleak information from the land of capital extraction, Netflix is about to start out charging for all these further customers siphoning off one particular person’s account. This week, Netflix stated it’s going to lastly transfer to place an finish to people sharing their logins. The value might be $4 a head for every further account that’s not thought-about in the identical dwelling. Netflix has been testing the crackdown since March, although not within the US. But quickly, it appears, it is going to be platform-wide. Netflix stated the brand new coverage will go into impact in 2023.
As if to preempt the choice, Netflix introduced earlier this week that it’ll now permit you to spin off a sub account into its own paying account. You’ll need to splurge on the complete month-to-month charge, however at the least it’s going to preserve your watch historical past and preferences intact.