Google Partners with Movidius to Enhance Deep Learning Capabilities in Next-Gen Android Smartphones

Google today announced a partnership with a Silicon Valley chip manufacturer Movidius Work to bring powerful machine learning image recognition technology directly to Android smartphones.

As part of the agreement, Google will deploy its advanced neural computation engine on Movidius’ ultra-low-power platform, revolutionizing the usual server-based AI computation model. This enhancement will allow complex machine learning algorithms to run on device locally without an Internet connection and little to no latency issue.

The head of Google’s machine intelligence group in Seattle, Blaise Agüera y Arcas commented said,

What Google has been able to achieve with neural networks is providing us with the building blocks for machine intelligence, laying the groundwork for the next decade of how technology will enhance the way people interact with the world. By working with Movidius, we’re able to expand this technology beyond the data center and out into the real world, giving people the benefits of machine intelligence on their personal devices.

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Lollipop for Your Phone

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In case you were wondering, your smartphone won’t be asking you to buy it a Lollipop. Not any time soon, anyway.

Back to the actual topic, Google has announced to roll out one of the biggest version upgrade since Android 4.0 today. Lo and behold, Android L(ollipop) 5.0, following the tradition of name its operating systems alphabetically after sweet delicacies. This latest version of Android have been in spotlights ever since Google announced it in I/O 2014 a few months back.

So what’s new?

A bunch of stuff, really. From complete revamp of internal workings to a sexier, sleeker user interface to material design, it is said to be the

largest, most ambitious release on Android

Some of the most notable features of Android Lollipop are:

  • Consistent design and look-and-feel in all of the devices.
  • 5,000 new API’s for developers.
  • OS sync (yes, OS sync) across multiple devices running on Android Lollipop. So you launch an app on your phone, do some stuff on it, pick up your tablet, and continue where you left off on the phone. Your photos, songs, searches, recent tasks, and even applications get sync across devices.
  • Categorization of notifications – say you’re on a dinner date and wouldn’t want to have it disturbed so you allow only certain kind of notifications to be displayed to you, like a text message from a family member or a voice note from your home land-line number.
  • Android now runs on Android own runtime environment making it more efficient and less power hungry than its previous versions. Google claims that its optimizations into core Android will give your device an extra juice of 90 minutes every day. For you tech-savvy people out there, here’s a comparison between Android Lollipop’s ART and previously used Dalvik Virtual Machine.
  • Material Design – unified experience across device platforms and screen sizes allowing a user to intuitively use an Android application whether they’re tapping away on their smartphone, tablet, your smart watch, or an in-car Android computer.  For more detailed features of Material Design, read this article.
  • Ability to create multiple user profiles and switch between them. Switching a profile would keep your photos and other data private, including the apps you’ve installed on the device.
  • 3D but flat, yet 3D.

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    Look, ma, it’s both flat and 3D

There are plenty of features in Android Lollipop that are yet to be disclosed about the operating system. So, if you’re saying to yourself, “Well, awesome! So when do I get my hands on a phone running Android L?” And the answer is: if you’re a developer and have Nexus 5 or Nexus 7, you can get to play with it. For the rest of the folks, Google is going to release Android L on 1st of November. So hang tight!

Basit Saeed

Passionately a software developer, Basit Saeed considers himself a person who believes in software and social media being the change agents of 21st century. He is a techy, a gadgets freak, and loves playing with code whenever he can. He tweets at @basit_saeed.

Microsoft Buys Nokia for $7 Billion

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) doesn’t really need any kind of introduction. Whether you’re a mid twenties person using your netbook for browsing or running a data centre worth millions of dollars, you would be familiar with Microsoft. Same can be said about Nokia, a Finnish multinational mobile phones manufacturing and information technology corporation.

With the exponentially growing industry of smartphones, and of course the operating system that runs in it, every big shark in the global market is hungry for its share. Currently Google single handedly holds the first position with 65.2% share of its Android operating system in the global market. Although Apple manufactures hardware for its smartphones and tablets, Google has an upper hand: there are a lot of smartphone manufacturers that make phones for Android OS. Continue reading