TecQ: New PUBG Update, Android Q Beta, Boeing 737 Max 8 & More

Here’s a look at the top technology stories of the week.

Published17 Mar 2019, 02:35 AM IST
Tech News
3 min read

TecQ is our weekly round-up of technology stories.

Android Q Beta Version Released: How to Install & New Features

It’s time to test drive the upcoming Android flavour.
It’s time to test drive the upcoming Android flavour.
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Android Q, the yet to be named operating system version for 2019, is rolling out to select users who’ve signed up for the beta program.

This version is mostly there for developers to get a quick look at the upcoming Android version and what new features it offers. For now, the Android Q version is compatible with all Pixel series of devices from the Pixel to the Pixel 3.

We’ve heard a lot about what Android Q could offer, but here’s a closer look at what it improves on from Android Pie. Also, wondering how to sign up for the Android Q beta program? Here’s everything you need to know.

Read the full story here.

Latest PUBG Beta Update Adds ‘Auto-Rickshaw’ & New G36C Rifle

The auto-rickshaw is here!
The auto-rickshaw is here!
(Photo Courtesy: PUBG mobile screenshot)

PUBG Mobile has rolled out the beta version of its upcoming v0.11.5 update which brings to the game new weapons, vehicles and also adds dynamic weather to maps like Erangel and Miramar. The update is almost 1.7GB is size.

The game also brings changes to the gameplay and the recently introduced Survival Till Dawn mode (the one with the zombies).

Read more about the update here.

Apple to Kill Older iPhones, May Reposition 6S As Entry Phone

The report, citing three senior industry executives, said that the strategy is to reinforce Apple’s premium positioning in the country. 
The report, citing three senior industry executives, said that the strategy is to reinforce Apple’s premium positioning in the country. 
(Photo: AP)

The Economic Times reported on Thursday, 14 March, that Apple might stop selling the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus in India and move them out of stores that average less than 35 unit sales a month.

The report, citing three senior industry executives, said that the strategy is to reinforce Apple's premium positioning in the country. It also said that this may increase the entry price of iPhones by making the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus the entry-level phones.

Read the full story here.

Should You Worry If You Are Flying on a Boeing 737 Max 8 Plane?

The Boeing 737 Max 8. 
The Boeing 737 Max 8. 
(Photo Courtesy: Boeing.com)

The DGCA has grounded all Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft in India until appropriate modifications and safety measures are carried out on them, according to a statement from the Ministry of Civil Aviation.

Air travel is considered one of the safest modes of travel, because statistically air crashes are rare. However, when there are two fatal air crashes involving the same type of aircraft – the Boeing 737 Max 8 – in a span of 16 weeks, passengers are bound to worry about flying on these aircraft. On 10 March, an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 crashed shortly after take-off killing all 157 on board.

The Lion Air crash in Indonesia on 29 October 2018 and Ethiopian Airlines crash from 10 March are quite similar in nature, both involving Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft.

Read the full story here.

Upcoming WhatsApp Feature to Let Users Search If the Image is Fake

WhatsApp has released a media preview feature in 2019.
WhatsApp has released a media preview feature in 2019.
(Photo: iStockphoto)

Fake news has become a rampant problem and in an election year, such information can make or break the fortunes of a political party. And part of the fake news is images, spread through popular platforms like WhatsApp.

The Facebook-owned messaging app is aware of these issues, clearly, which is why it will soon let users verify the source of images from the web.

This is an upcoming feature, first spotted by the folks at WABetainfo, who’ve made it clear that the Search Image option wasn’t working for now.

Read the full story here.

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