TOKYO — Toyota and Subaru announced they will jointly develop a battery-electric crossover on a platform developed for multiple production vehicles. The first crossover built on the platform will be a C-segment vehicle, which will be a small vehicle similar in size to a Toyota RAV4 or Subaru Forester. It will also be sold by both brands with altered styling and badging.
The small crossover will only be the first vehicle to use the platform, though, as it's being developed for use in medium-small C-segment sedans and both D-segment larger sedans and crossovers. So we could see electric cars similar to the Corolla and Impreza, Camry and Legacy, and even the Highlander and Ascent on this platform in the future.
Once the favored engine configuration for luxury and high-performance cars, the inline-six suffered a bit when the transverse (east-west) engine configuration became popular during the shift to front-wheel drive cars. The packaging benefits are obvious – no driveshaft or transmission intruding on passenger space or rear differential on cargo volume, plus turning the engine 90 degrees meant the front of the car could be shorter. But the inline-six is slowly, slowly crawling out of near-obsolescence, notably in Volvo, Jaguar-Land Rover, and Mercedes-Benz products. Add Mazda to that mix: An investor report first spotted by Jalopnik and confirmed by Mazda reveals that the company is developing a Skyactiv-X and Skyactiv-D inline-six that will be installed longitudinally (north-south) in a new "Large Architecture" platform.
Before reading any further, let's catch up on the Skyactiv-X and -D technologies. The former basically burns gasoline like diesel, providing some benefits and advantages of both types of combustion - here's an explainer on how that all works. We drove a prototype 2.0-liter Skyactiv-X 4-cylinder engine in a Mazda3 mule, too. And the Skyactiv-D series of engines is a comparatively typical turbodiesel. Mazda has a 2.2-liter turbodiesel inline-4 that has had a long and convoluted development and certification process, but is finally showing up in the 2019 CX-5.
One of the ways that Android Go devices have managed to keep its costs down is by using lower-end hardware which is generally cheaper compared to more powerful hardware. It seems that Qualcomm could be trying to capitalize on that particular market because according to a report from WinFuture, the company might be testing out low-cost SoCs designed specifically for android Go devices.
This will reportedly come in the form of the QM215 chipset which is said to be a quad-core chipset clocked at 1.3GHz, and will feature a 650MHz graphics unit. It is also expected to fall somewhere between the Snapdragon 410 and the 425, and will support up to 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage.
Sony's imaging division has developed new 3D camera sensors, and is currently in talks with a number of potential customers including Apple and Samsung. These new cameras use ToF (time of flight) technology which uses laser pulses and measures the time taken for these pulses to bounce back. This is more accurate compared to the current ‘structured light' approach that have limitations on accuracy and distance.
Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono has called for an international solidarity levy to raise funds to help developing countries address poverty and other issues. Kono made the proposal at a symposium in Tokyo on Thursday.
The Foreign Ministry says 14 countries, including France and South Korea, have introduced the levy. These countries tax air tickets charged to passengers taking off from airports in the territories of countries implementing the scheme.
Samsung launched its new premium mid-range handset the Galaxy A8 (2018) earlier this year. Even though the handset was launched after Oreo had already been released, Samsung shipped it with Nougat out of the box. The company has since released Oreo for devices like the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy Note 8 but it’s going to be a while before many of its other compatible devices get it. Those who own a Galaxy A8 (2018) can at least find solace in the fact that Samsung has now started developing the Android 8.0 Oreo update for this handset.
According to a new report, Samsung has started developing the Android 8.0 Oreo update for the Galaxy A8 (2018). That’s good news but there’s a catch. What this means is that Samsung has only just started developing Oreo for this handset which means that it’s going to take a couple of months before the Galaxy A8 (2018) gets Oreo.
Huawei is one of the fastest-growing smartphone vendors on the planet and it would be catastrophic for the company if it were prevented from licensing Android for its devices. However, with the company being investigated for a sanctions violation in the United States that still remains a possibility. Huawei reportedly wants to have options on the table in case it’s banned from licensing Android which is why it’s now believed to be developing its own mobile operating system.
The concerns stem from the recent ban enforced on ZTE, another Chinese company, by the U.S. Department of Commerce. ZTE was found to have bypassed U.S. sanctions on Iran and has now been banned from sourcing components from suppliers in the United States for seven years. There are concerns that this ban could also mean that Google will not be able to license Android to ZTE.