Android Q Testing Out The Use Of Chat Heads For Notifications

Android Q Testing Out The Use Of Chat Heads For Notifications

One of the nifty features of Facebook Messenger is that it uses chat heads that are displayed on the main screen and overlays on top of other apps. Some might find it intrusive or annoying, but the fact that it is always present means that it is easy to get to, especially if you use Facebook Messenger often.

Now it seems that Google could be borrowing the feature as well because in Android Q (whose developer preview was recently launched), the company is testing out using chat heads as a means to deliver notifications to users. As you can see in the video above put together by 9to5Google, this means that instead of notifications resting at the top of the display in the status bar, they will now exist as chat heads where users can see them easily and click on them to respond to them.

Court Rules Blacking Out Of Moritomo Paper Illegal

Court rules blacking out of Moritomo paper illegal

A court in Osaka has ruled that the government's failure to fully disclose a document in connection with a controversial sale of a state-owned land plot was illegal.

The Osaka District Court on Thursday ordered the state to pay about 500 dollars in compensation to a university professor who asked for the disclosure.

Infiniti Is Pulling Out Of Western Europe, Cutting Models

Infiniti is pulling out of Western Europe, cutting models

BEIJING — Nissan's premium brand Infiniti has announced it will exit Western Europe early next year, as it restructures its global operations and focuses on the world's top two auto markets. Infiniti said it will discontinue the Q30 sedan and the QX30 sport-utility vehicle and cease their production by the middle of 2019 at Nissan's manufacturing factory in Sunderland, England. Both models are sold globally but produced only in Britain. The QX30 is sold in the United States. The move comes as Infiniti seeks to divert its resources to markets with bigger opportunities, such as China and the United States, from a region where non-European premium brands are struggling to compete against local players such as Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Nissan also recently scrapped plans to build its new X-Trail SUV in Britain amid the uncertainty surrounding Brexit, saying it had taken the decision to optimize its investments by building the next generation model in Japan. "Western Europe remains the most challenging and competitive region for premium cars," Infiniti's chief spokesman, Trevor Hale, told Reuters. Infiniti's sales in western Europe almost halved last year to 5,800 vehicles. In addition to the tough competition, the Japanese premium brand, headquartered in Hong Kong since 2012, has struggled to effectively meet emissions and other regulatory requirements in the region, Hale said, referring to stringent Euro 6 emissions requirements and other regulatory challenges. "The commercial reality for Infiniti in Western Europe is that there is simply no visibility of a viable and sustainable business, especially given the regulatory challenges," he said. Infiniti said an exit from Western Europe will allow it to focus on its initiative to electrify a good portion of its product portfolio from 2021 and discontinue diesel offerings. The brand plans to focus more on its SUV lineup in North America, bring five new or significantly-redesigned vehicles to China over the next five years, improve quality of sales and residual value and realize more synergies with Nissan. "This is all part of Infiniti's vision to become a top challenger brand in the premium segment," it said. As it prepares to withdraw from Western Europe, Infiniti said it is working to find alternative opportunities for employees who would be affected, consulting with employee representatives where necessary and identifying opportunities for transition and training support where appropriate. Infiniti has 51 employees in its Western Europe operations. There are 55 Infiniti retail stores in Western Europe.

Carlos Ghosn Steps Out In Tokyo

Carlos Ghosn steps out in Tokyo

Nissan Motor's former chairman has been spotted visiting a park with his family, after leaving a Tokyo detention center on bail earlier this week.

Carlos Ghosn was seen outside his residence on Friday afternoon.

Ghosn Expected To Be Out Soon

Ghosn expected to be out soon

After more than 100 days in detention, ousted Nissan Motor chairman Carlos Ghosn could get bail at any moment. But necessary paperwork and bail payment could take time.

Ghosn has been indicted for aggravated breach of trust and underreporting his compensation for years to the tune of tens of millions of dollars.

Nissan And Habitat For Humanity Kit Out A Titan For Building Stuff

Nissan and Habitat for Humanity kit out a Titan for building stuff

Nissan and the housing organization Habitat for Humanity have gone to work together and created this Ultimate Work Titan concept truck. Based on a Titan XD Diesel Crew Cab, the truck is an off-road capable mobile office for construction work.

Having interviewed construction site supervisors and volunteers across USA, Nissan and Habitat came up with these basic requirements for their joint venture concept: First of all, the truck needed off-road capability, without question. Second, the interior should be able to transform into a mobile office, and third, the bed would need to feature easily accessed but lockable tool storage and space for ladders.

Nissan Versa Note Hatchback Could Be On Its Way Out

Nissan Versa Note hatchback could be on its way out

The Nissan Versa Note hatchback might be playing its swan song as we speak. A recent report from CarsDirect, citing the automaker's 2019 order guide, pegs it as discontinued after the 2019 model year, with production set to end in April this year.

Meanwhile, the Versa sedan looks safe for at least another one or two model years. The Versa Note is one step above the sedan in price, starting at $16,535, including the destination fee. Nissan prices the sedan at $13,245. Both these cars are aimed at folks looking to buy a new car for the cheapest amount possible. Compared to the previous six years, Versa sales dropped substantially in 2018. Nissan doesn't report Versa sedan and Versa Note sales separately, so we don't know the split, but 2018 saw 75,809 Versas find new homes. This was the worst full year of sales ever, signaling some amount of dissatisfaction with the small car — Nissan has sold more than or just about 100,000 Versas every year since 2010.

Razer Phone 2 Android 9 Pie Update Rolling Out Now

Razer Phone 2 Android 9 Pie Update Rolling Out Now

The Razer Phone 2 came with Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box even though it was launched a couple of months after Android 9 Pie had been released. Many would have expected the device to come with the latest iteration of Google’s Android operating system but it did not. Razer later confirmed that this device would get Pie towards the end of February and it has followed through on that promise.

The company has now started rolling out the Android 9 Pie update for the Razer Phone 2. This software update brings all of the features that are part and parcel of the latest iteration of Android.

Paris Rules Out Baseball, Karate In 2024 Olympics

Paris rules out baseball, karate in 2024 Olympics

Baseball, softball and karate will likely be dropped from the 2024 Paris Olympics but breakdancing is expected to make its Olympic debut.

Host cities are allowed to pick additional sports and the organizing committee for the Paris Games announced its candidates on Thursday.

Gmail's Redesign Is Rolling Out To All Android Users

Gmail's Redesign Is Rolling Out To All Android Users

Earlier this year Google announced that they would be launching a new design for its Gmail app on mobile devices. For those who have been anticipating the update, you’ll be pleased to learn that Google has confirmed to Engadget that the update is now being rolled out to all Android users as we speak.

As for iOS users, Google claims that the update should be making its way to them by the end of the week as well, so not to worry. The update will introduce an updated Material Design to the app, where as you can see in the image above, it will result in a much whiter and brighter design.

Android Pie Update Rolling Out To Samsung Galaxy S8 Owners In Germany

Android Pie Update Rolling Out To Samsung Galaxy S8 Owners In Germany

It has been about two years since Samsung launched the Galaxy S8 handsets, and the good news for owners of the device is that if you were worried that Samsung had forgotten about you, it seems that they haven’t. According to a report from SamMobile, it appears that the company has started the rollout of the Android 9.0 Pie update for users in Germany.

The rollout in Germany is good news as it means that Samsung thinks that the update is stable enough to be released to the masses and it should be finding its way to other markets soon. We can’t say for sure when the update will find its way stateside, but hopefully it won’t be too far off. Also it might be slightly later for those who are locked to a carrier as usually these updates will require carrier approval.

30th Anniversary Mazda Mx-5 Miata Sells Out Immediately

30th Anniversary Mazda MX-5 Miata sells out immediately

Remember back in 2014, when Mazda released the 25th Anniversary Mazda MX-5 Miata and it sold out in 10 minutes? Now, just hours ago at the Chicago Auto Show, Mazda opened the books for the 30th Anniversary model — and you guessed right, it's now sold out as well.

This time around, it took four hours, but there's a difference: in 2014, there only were 100 25th Anniversary cars to pre-order, and for the big 3-0, Mazda allocated 500 U.S. cars. We're expecting the 2,500 rest-of-the-world cars will also sell out rather quickly.