Google Hopes To Embarrass Smartphone Makers Into Pushing Upgrades

Fragmentation is often cited as the biggest problem with Android smartphones and tablets. Unlike Apple devices, where updates to the operating system are applied quickly and pretty much universally, Android devices are split between different versions of the Android OS.

Part of the reason is that device makers often don’t makes updates to the OS available to customers for months, if at all.

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Now Google is thinking about ranking smartphone manufacturers according to how up-to-date they are and releasing that information to the public in hopes of embarrassing them into being more aggressive about updates. According to recent numbers, only 7.5% of devices are running the latest version of Android.

Robots Could Be Coming To Your Drive Through

The former CEO of McDonald’s says more and more restaurants will be replacing workers with robots and automation. In an interview, Ed Rensi said, “”I was at the National Restaurant Show yesterday and if you look at the robotic devices that are coming into the restaurant industry – it’s cheaper to buy a $35,000 robotic arm than it is to hire an employee who’s inefficient making $15 an hour bagging French fries.”

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Restaurants have also discovered that smart-phone savvy younger people are content to order and pay for food using their smartphones and just pick them up. Among the new generation of automated food include Robofusion frozen yogurt machines that allow customers to order cones and sundaes without every interacting with a human.

Google Wins Android Lawsuit

The folks at Google are breathing a huge sigh of relief after a jury cleared them of charges they stole code from the Java platform to create Android.

The jurors agreed with Google’s claim that they’d used that part of the code under the fair use doctrine. Oracle was asking for $9 billion in damages. Oracle will be appealing the judgment.

~ Cynthia