Huawei oppo vivo Xiaomi is jointly building its own "Google play app store"

Each mobile phone manufacturer has its own app store, where users can download apps without downloading the software from Google play, which comes with Android system. In order to enrich the content of their own app stores, manufacturers such as Huawei, oppo and Xiaomi have built their own developer alliance to attract developers to bring more new works through technical support and incentive policies.

Now, there is a new trend in the mobile phone industry. Several leading manufacturers in China are jointly building a new application platform to form an “app development alliance” to unify and enrich the content of mobile app stores, while also facilitating better marketing opportunities for domestic content in overseas markets.

The news comes from the exclusive report of Reuters, which pointed out that several Chinese mobile phone manufacturers, led by Huawei, Xiaomi, oppo and vivo, are jointly building a developer platform called gdsa (global developer service alliance).

The platform aims to provide services to global developers through a unified specification, so that developers can develop according to the unified specification, and it can be used in four manufacturers’ devices. At the same time, the platform may also attract global developers to join by launching incentive policies, such as providing exposure traffic support for works, or directly providing bonus as incentive.

Jitter can call the anti shake function of OPPO mobile phone, and at present, it has a huge number of users overseas.

Through gdsa, global developers can upload works on this platform, and gain exposure and revenue in the mobile app store; for the platform side, the content of the app store has become richer, and through the sale of more categories of works, the platform can also get scores.

In addition, the unified development specification can also provide a new way for domestic applications to enter the overseas market, and several leading manufacturers can also enhance the competitiveness of products in the overseas market through the customized features of domestic apps.

Through the alliance, the four manufacturers can integrate their existing advantages to promote the development of the platform. For example, Xiaomi has a very considerable user base in India, vivo and oppo are strong in Southeast Asia, and Huawei has a large number of users in Europe.

In fact, in addition to the regions mentioned by Nicole Peng, the four manufacturers have businesses in other regions of the world, such as millet in Eastern Europe, Huawei in the Middle East, etc., all of which have great development potential.

40 organizations sent a letter to independent organizations in the United States calling for the suspension of face recognition applications

40 social organizations jointly wrote to the privacy and civil liberties board (pclob), which provides suggestions for the US government, calling on the US government to suspend the application of face recognition technology before “waiting for further review”.

The United States Electronic Privacy Information Center Center (EPIC) drafted a recent report on face recognition published by the New York Times: more than 600 U.S. law enforcement agencies are using the face recognition system of Clearview AI, a start-up company, including 3 billion picture data captured from major mainstream websites.

“On behalf of major consumer, privacy and civil liberties organizations, we urge pclob to recommend to the president and the Secretary of homeland security that the face recognition system be suspended pending further review,” the letter said

These 40 social organizations include the American consumer Union, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Electronic Privacy Information Center, etc.

According to the letter, face recognition technology may not only not be applicable to people of color, but also be used to “control the population of ethnic minorities and limit dissent.”

According to the letter, the National Institute of standards and technology of the United States recently studied 189 face recognition algorithms of 99 developers and found that the false alarm rate of the software to Asian Americans and African Americans was 100 times higher than that of white people.

“Although we don’t think improving the accuracy of face recognition can be used as a reason for further deployment (face recognition system), the obvious bias and discrimination in the current system is another reason why we propose a comprehensive suspension,” the letter said

MIT Technology Review said the move was one of the biggest efforts to stop the application of face recognition technology so far, and the letter showed that people’s attitude towards face recognition is becoming more and more negative.

At present, the direction of discussion about “whether face recognition technology is applied in public places” has begun to change. Initial concerns focused on the accuracy and bias of the technology, but MIT Technology Review noted that lawmakers attending the third face recognition hearing of the U.S. Congress in early January 2020 had begun to ask whether people should use the technology even if it is 100% accurate.

At present, there are different attitudes towards the wide range application of face recognition technology around the world.

In 2019, San Francisco City, Somerville city and Auckland City of the United States successively announced to prohibit the use of face recognition technology by local governments. In early 2020, the European Union was revealed to be planning to ban face recognition technology in public places for three to five years. In addition, the state of Washington is considering legislation to regulate private and corporate face recognition applications deployed in public places.

On the other hand, Seoul, South Korea, said in early January 2020 that it planned to install 3000 predictable crime AI cameras in the city to detect potential crimes. London police also announced on January 24 that face recognition cameras will be deployed across the city.

Sony: the biggest winner in the era of multi camera, continuous research and development for more than ten years

2019 is a special year for Sony. In this year, Sony’s shipment of PS4 hosts exceeded 100 million, successfully surpassing the sales volume of the first generation of PS hosts and becoming Sony’s most popular game console product, which is basically within Sony’s expectation. What makes Sony more happy is that the sales volume of the semiconductor sector in the second quarter of 2019 increased by 22.13% year-on-year, and the net profit increased by 59.5%, becoming the second largest revenue source next to the game machine business, in which the revenue of image sensor accounted for 86%.

Such achievements are not only related to Sony’s personal struggle, but also to the historical process of smartphones entering the era of multi camera.

When the performance is saturated, the focus of mobile phone turns to taking photos

After the smartphone industry entered the era of multi camera, CMOS orders flew into Sony’s factories like paper. For top products, Sony will be asked to customize COMS independently, such as IMX 600 series customized by Huawei mate and P series, CMOS customized by apple, etc. These flagship models not only provide Sony with large profits, but also strengthen Sony’s positioning of CMOS in the hearts of consumers.

The flagship mobile phones want to compete in camera parameters, and buy Sony’s IMX 586 series one after another. They fight miserably in the field of big background + high resolution. Because Samsung’s GM1 series can’t match IMX 586 in performance, the market once saw the spectacle of IMX 586 from 4000 yuan to 1000 yuan Mobile phones.

In addition to the main camera and front lens, almost all mobile phones use more than one lens in 2019, a considerable part of which is provided by Sony CMOS.
In order to meet a large number of CMOS needs in the market, Sony’s semiconductor factory has entered a 24-hour continuous rotation throughout the year. Even so, it is still unable to meet the market demand for Sony CMOS.
Why do mobile phone manufacturers buy Sony’s CMOS even if they are in line? How good is Sony’s CMOS? To understand why Sony can occupy such an important position in the mobile terminal CMOS market, we will return to 2012.

Behind the black technology is Sony’s continuous research and development for more than ten years

In 2012, Sony introduced the first stack CMOS, replacing the support substrate of the original backlight CMOS image sensor with a chip of signal processing circuit. It is thinner than the previous generation of backlighting CMOS and has greatly improved the image quality. At that time, Sony was already the manufacturer with the highest market share of mobile CMOS, with the market share hovering around 30%. After the first release of stack CMOS, Sony Mobile’s position as the top CMOS player has been further consolidated.

After improvement, Sony’s second-generation stack CMOS was used on the iPhone 6 / 6S. In the five-year production process, a total of 250 million units were sold. The excellent imaging quality and huge shipment volume of iPhone 6 series make Sony become the leader of mobile CMOS.

After dominating the mobile phone CMOS market with the stack CMOS of its leading rivals, Sony did not slack off. In 2017, Sony launched its first three-layer stack CMOS, which was installed on its Xperia XZ premium as a unique black technology. Based on the two-layer stack CMOS, DRAM cache is added to the 3-layer stack CMOS, which can directly cache image information in the CMOS chip.

With this layer of “buffer”, the problem of slow continuous shooting speed of mobile CMOS is solved. The IMX 400, which improves the continuous shooting speed, can even shoot 960fps slow motion at the resolution of 720p. People at that time had never seen such “black technology”. After all, most cameras at that time could not produce 960fps video. Under the innovation of video shooting, it is more important to add DRAM to CMOS.

Apple has applied for a new patent to control the car directly by voice

Apple is always worried about the automobile industry. Although it has no courage to become a vehicle manufacturer directly, the technology giant based in Cupertino, the United States, has been researching and developing patents on automobiles to penetrate the trillion level market as much as possible.

Recently, Apple has applied for a new patent which allows automatic driving cars to be controlled by voice.

Apple’s Siri voice assistant has always been one of the company’s proudest technologies – although its recognition rate is not as good. But now, Apple seems to be “porting” it to a car.

Unlike all car manufacturers, which use voice to control the in car entertainment system, Apple will use voice to control the car directly this time.

For example, after saying “I’m going to XX place” to the car with standard voice, the car can automatically arrive at the destination.

This technology is called “using intention signals to guide Guidance of autonomous vehicles in destination vicinities using intent signal” near the destination. The technology was patented in January 2020.

According to the introduction, the more impressive part of the system is that it can intelligently navigate to the right destination based on more fuzzy instructions. Apple explained that users can say “I want to have a cup of coffee” to the navigation in the car, so the car will screen out the most suitable places based on some parameter standards, such as the distance between nearby coffee shops, the price of coffee shops, etc.

In addition, the system can automatically search the most suitable parking lot nearby after the destination is determined by voice command. The so-called most suitable is that if you say “I want to buy some potted plants for my garden” through voice, the system will think it is a “heavy load” and automatically navigate to the nearest parking lot for you, so as to reduce the consumption of users when walking back and forth.

In addition, Apple plans to associate the technology with a range of its smart devices. For example, find a parking lot through an apple watch or iPhone, and then send instructions to the associated car to park it automatically.

These scenarios don’t look as sci-fi as voice control. In fact, in the cooperation project between Daimler and Bosch, the one button parking function of mobile devices has been piloted in Germany and China.

Industry analysts said that patent development does not mean that the technology has been able to land. More importantly, how does Apple plan to use the technology – to sell it to automakers or to use it on their own “Apple cars”?

If it is the second possibility, it must be one of the hot spots in the automobile industry in the next few years.

Lenovo’s statement that it did not break its confession to Huawei was questioned by netizens in public commentary area

In response to Lenovo’s report that Huawei had “broken its supply”, Lenovo issued a statement early this morning saying that at present, Lenovo Group’s supply to Huawei is normal. Lenovo said that Huawei is an important customer of Lenovo PC and services. The company will continue to sell products and services to Huawei on the basis of strictly abiding by the relevant laws and regulations of the countries and regions where Lenovo operates. “A troublesome autumn, to tide over difficulties together!”

Netizens questioned this, commenting in their public address: “On the basis of strictly abiding by the relevant laws and regulations of the countries and regions where Lenovo operates, we continue to sell products and services to Huawei. What does this sentence mean? In a positive response, does the United States want to refrain from abiding by the ban?

Lenovo responded, “Of course in the United States, what’s the problem? You mean if the US government doesn’t allow it, we’ll have guerrilla delivery in the US? Shooting in the face of U.S. law enforcement? To overthrow the U.S. government by the way? Brother, are you good at shooting? Can you outsource the related business to you?