Google publishes Q1 2020 report: Search, YouTube and app downloads boom during the pandemic
As we are entering the second quarter of 2020 for many companies, a lot of tech giants are publishing their financial reports of the previous quarter. Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus pandemic and the consequential decrease in customer demand, the smartphone industry appears to be struggling quite a lot and many companies are reporting losses. Google appears to have taken a hit as well.
Apple Maps now displays coronavirus testing locations across the US
The updated Apple Maps app now shows coronavirus testing locations across the United States as red medical dots.
Telus offers two months free wireless for frontline health workers in Canada
Canada’s largest telecom firm Telus has announced plans to offer two months worth of free wireless service to frontline healthcare workers amidst the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.
T-Mobile extends its Keep Americans Connected pledge until June 30
As the coronavirus situation continues to unfold, carriers are making sure people stay connected. Latest announcement made by T-Mobile concerns a commitment that the company made, allowing users to delay payments and still remain connected.
Apple retail chief expects store reopenings in May
Apple retail employees have received a video update suggesting stores will begin reopening in early May.
WhatsApp reaches significant success in fighting viral misinformation
In the beginning of the month, we reported about a new limit, imposed by WhatsApp, that restricted the ability to forward messages to one chat at a time. This action was done in effort to limit the spread of coronavirus-related fake news and misinformation on the messaging platform and now, the change has already made a big difference.
1 million downloads in 5 hours of a new contact-tracking app in Australia
The current pandemic is influencing a lot of tech companies to work on contact-tracking systems, including Google and Apple. The Australian government has also developed a coronavirus tracking system and Mashable reports it has been downloaded 1 million times just for the five hours after its release.
Germany surrenders to Apple
Germany, like France and Britain, wanted data obtained from contact tracing to be stored in a centralized server. But the country's government has decided to reverse course and will now allow the data to be stored on users' devices.
YouTube bans videos claiming that 5G signals caused the spread of coronavirus
YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki told CNN Business that the site is taking down videos that contain misleading claims about the COVID-19 cures and the origin of the virus.
Facebook's virtual Messenger Rooms allow up to 50 people to video chat simultaneously
Facebook and Messenger are launching Messenger Rooms which allow users to video chat with up to 50 people simultaneously. It's a response to the COVID-19 outbreak that limits our connections with friends and family.
Apple and Google's contact tracing project running ahead of schedule
Apple and Google are teaming up to provide a contact tracing interface that is designed to slow the spread of COVID-19. The first phase begins April 28th when an API will be made available for app developers.
A very special edition of Samsung's Galaxy S20+ 5G is officially canceled
The special Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G Olympic Edition that was supposed to go on sale in Japan in June in limited numbers is not happening after all, but a Galaxy S30 Olympic Edition is a definite possibility next year.
Spotify now lets you tip your favorite artists or donate to a charity
Spotify is giving its artists the ability to enable fundraisers on their artist profiles, in an effort to make up for lost revenue during pandemic.
Apple CEO Tim Cook meets with EU official Breton to discuss the Apple-Google contact-tracking system
Apple and Google have recently announced their collaboration on a contact-tracking system that will notify users if they were in proximity to someone infected with the coronavirus. It will most likely get an earlier than announced release date.
LG Display publishes operation loss amidst coronavirus economy
As we all know, the current situation with the pandemic is severely impacting the world’s economy, and we can see its effects on the tech industry as well. The demand for smartphones is decreasing and with it, demand for parts for smartphones also decreases, affecting the orders to chip and display manufacturers.
Twitter actively removing dangerous 5G claims and COVID-19 misinformation
The social network is taking efforts towards removing dangerous claims and misinformation, while amplifying official and authoritative content.
Verizon subscribers get another 15GB of free 4G LTE data in May
Verizon announced today that it is giving its subscribers another 15GB of 4G LTE data to use from May 1st through May 30th. The previously awarded 15GB of high-speed data expires on April 30th.
America's COVID-19 frontline workers get free Samsung smartphone repairs and special discounts
Samsung is showing its appreciation to first responders and healthcare professionals in the US with a free smartphone repair program and discounts of up to 30 percent on everything.
Samsung Display to announce a considerable operating loss for the first quarter of 2020
As the current coronavirus situation unfolds, tech companies start to adjust their expectations, taking into consideration the decreasing market and the effect of the pandemic on the world economy. Now, the leader in smartphone display making, Samsung Display, has suffered a big hit in the first quarter of the year.
Netflix gets twice as many subscribers in Q1 than expected, but a decline may be looming ahead
A letter sent to shareholders reveals that not all is going well for the streaming service.
DEAL T-Mobile customers can 'stay connected' and save 50 percent on their plans during the coronavirus pandemic
All T-Mobile customers need to do is ask their "Un-carrier" for the special COVID-19 3GB plan/add-on to get 50 percent off their monthly bills for three months (with data caps).
Doctor's COVID-19 discovery could drive Apple Watch 6 sales
The Apple Watch 6 is expected top include a new pulse oximeter which can be a very useful tool in the fight against COVID-19. An ER doctor has discovered that a low oxygen saturation rate could be an early warning sign of COVID-19.
Analysts believe Apple to be doing better than competitors in phone production during pandemic
Apple's new strategy of releasing affordable versions of their flagship devices may be a key factor for the company's good standing during such difficult times for most businesses.
Facebook removes anti-lockdown protests’ event listings
As the social-distancing situation continues and lockdowns are in place in a lot of countries, tech giants continue to try to help governments with the crisis. Now, Facebook is taking another measure - BBC News reports that it is going to ban event listings on its platform that violate social-distancing policies in the US.
Warranty on all Nokia smartphones extended by 60 days due to COVID-19
HMD Global has decided to extend the warranty on all feature phones and smartphones by 60 days.
The coronavirus pandemic is not stopping T-Mobile from improving and expanding its 5G network
T-Mobile says its bold post-merger 5G rollout and improvement plans are in no way impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, as network capacity continues to be expanded nationwide.
The mid-range OnePlus Z may have been delayed until summer
The mid-range OnePlus Z, formerly rumored to be called OnePlus 8 Lite, was reportedly supposed to see daylight alongside the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro before being postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
COVID-19 detection smart glasses are coming to the US
Governments and tech companies are working hard on ways to further protect people from the raging coronavirus pandemic. Recently, Google and Apple collaborated in order to provide a contact-tracking app which can help people know if they came into contact with someone with the virus. Now, American entities can soon get smart glasses to help with thermal imaging.
2020 iPhone SE Product Red proceeds will support COVID-19 relief efforts
Apple will begin distributing some of its Product Red proceeds towards coronavirus relief, with devices such as the 2020 iPhone SE being included in the campaign.
Waze adds COVID-19-related data to maps as driving thins down
More than 30,000 map editors from Waze's community around the world provided data about road closures, red zones, checkpoints, and traffic congestion.
Samsung's smartphone production takes a deep cut due to the coronavirus pandemic
Samsung is reportedly planning to manufacture far fewer smartphones than usual this month due to reduced global demand and recent shutdowns of two major factories caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Instagram adds features to support small businesses during COVID-19
In an effort to support small businesses on its platform, Instagram will be making fundraisers easier to discover, alongside the addition of helpful new stickers.
Chip manufacturers look upon 5G phones to save the chip market
The coronavirus pandemic is becoming an economic concern and chip manufacturers experience decreasing demand for handsets. Can the upcoming 5G phones save the day?
WHO launches Facebook Messenger chatbot that can inform you on COVID-19
Facebook Messenger users can contact the bot and select a number of COVID-19 topics to learn more about, such as the latest numbers of infected people, how to protect oneself during the pandemic, news, and more.
Google joins internet congestion relief efforts by reducing Nest Cam video quality
Following Netflix, YouTube, Facebook and Instagram, Google is also taking steps towards reducing the strain on internet traffic during COVID-19 lockdown.
Samsung donates $5 million to India in support of COVID-19 relief
Samsung has made a donation of $2.64 million to the Union and State governments in India, with an additional donation of $658,000 planned for the states of Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.
Stanford Medical and Fitbit want to use wearables to predict infections, COVID-19
The team wants to develop new algorithms that will analyze various data from wearables, like body temperature and heart rate readings, to detect early signs of illness.
Dish may not be able to fulfil its 5G rollout promises due to the coronavirus pandemic
The global coronavirus pandemic is making it essentially impossible for Dish to secure the financing it needs to build a nationwide 5G wireless network, which means delays might be inevitable.
Apple sales in China improving with 2.5 million iPhones bought in March
Apple's iPhone sales in China plunged 61% in February 2020 as compared to last year, but the numbers for March show steady improvement.
Google will deliver the contact-tracking system it built with Apple via updates by Google Play
Google will update Android phones with the new COVID-19 contact-tracking system, built together with Apple, directly via Google Play.