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Pixel has battery woes

lemon batteryGoogle’s Pixel phone might be rather nice, but it appears to be suffering from battery problems.

While these problems do not mean that they do a Note 7 and spontaneously combust, it does mean that they do an Apple and shut down when they still have 35 per cent of their power left.

It looks like they are suffering from the same shutdown bug that plagued the Nexus 6P where the device would prematurely turn off at 25 to 35 percent.

A few Reddit users are reporting that their Pixel devices are also suffering from the same shutdown bug. Some Pixel phones would prematurely shut down at or around 30 percent and would not turn back on until a charger is connected.

Vrski_15, who started the thread claimed that twice in last five days, has the phone shutdown abruptly while he was in middle of something. In both instances, battery was between 25-35 percent, and the phone under normal conditions should have lasted for at least next 3-4 hours.

In the case of the Nexus 6P, Huawei said that this was not a hardware problem but a software-related one. However, users found that the problem persisted even after downgrading to Android Marshmallow. This led Huawei to investigate further with Google, and although the company hasn’t revealed the cause yet, it is probably related to the problem that these Pixel users have been experiencing.

Google’s Pixel will sell 5-6 million


Pixel-announcement-840x469Fortune tellers at financial outfit Morgan Stanley have been shuffling their tarot decks and predict that around 5-6 million of Pixel and Pixel XL will be sold this year.

This will make about $3.8 billion in revenue. Similarly, Morgan Stanley projects that the Pixel will sell three million units in the final three months of 2016, racking up about $2 billion of revenue.

The Morgan Stanley note estimates the Pixel will be half as profitable for Google as the iPhone is to Apple,  because it has better and more expensive materials.

The Pixel phone will generate a 22 per cent -25 per cent gross profit margin, the note says, varying according to the model. For perspective, the iPhone 7’s gross margin is at around 41 per cent, but this has notably declined from 57.7 per cent in 2009.

But Google will profit from the Pixel beyond sales of the phone itself, the note says, through what Morgan Stanley’s analysts refer to as “Android user monetisation.”

People spend three times more money on iOS shopping apps than they do Android ones, but some of the Pixel’s features will help close this gap, Morgan Stanley said.

Features unique to the Pixel, such as the Google Assistant, the Pixel camera, and Daydream (Google’s virtual reality headset, which works with the Pixel), plus the smartphone’s deeper app integration, increased prominence of Android Pay, and improved computing power (compared to other Android devices), will ultimately lead to users spending more money on Android, according to the research note.

Morgan Stanley’s analysts predict that these features could see the Pixel driving higher mobile search monetization for Google as advertisers will spend more to reach the consumers who spend the most on their mobiles.


Google issues fix for Pixel lens flare

lens-flare-star-trekIt is a bit of a problem when your flagship smartphone is shipping with a fault on its camera – as Google is finding out.

Google’s advertisements say the Pixel devices have the “highest-rated smartphone camera ever” but users are moaning that the latest Pixel phone had so much lens flare holiday snaps were looking like one of the new Star Trek movies.

Now Google is developing a software fix to address excessive lens flare on photographs taken with its flagship Pixel smartphones. But some users are  alarmed that Google was trying to solve a hardware issue with a software fix.

What is weird is that at a launch event in October, Google said the phones had received the highest-ever score from DxOMark, which measures camera performance. But the test acknowledged that “flaring was sometimes an issue when shooting in full sun,” but did not identify an issue with other light sources.

Google said it was developing software that could spot the issue and compensate for it.

Google’s Isaac Reynolds said: “We’re working on some algorithms that recognise the halo/arc flare, characterise it mathematically and then subtract it from the image.”

It is a bit on the nose when the pixel costs $750.  Software is only going to doctor the photo it is not going to fix the hardware issue.

Brit researchers aim to replace the pixel

The age of the pixel is fast coming to an end as a team of British researchers  replace the technology with vectors.

According to ExtremeTech, vector graphics have been around for a while. They are  made out of geometric primitives, are infinitely scalable, making them the ideal image format for illustrations, clipart, maps, typography, and Flash.

However, pixel bitmaps have control over streaming videos, digital cameras, movie editing, and video game textures. This is despite the fact that as display resolution increases, so does the number of pixels and larger bitmaps are taxing the computer. They can’t scale and changing formats is rubbish.

Now Philip Willis and John Patterson of the University of Bath in England have come up with a codec that replaces pixel bitmaps with vectors.  Dubbed Vectorised Streaming Video (VSV) it converts a bitmap image into vectors.

The pair had been working with vectorised photographic images converting bitmap images into perfect, vectorised copies but this gets things, literally, moving.

The Bath researchers are working with Root6 Technology which is an outfit that specialises in transcoding, as well as Smoke & Mirrors which is a post-processing studio, to bring the codec to market. Smoke & Mirrors claims there will be working demonstrations of VSV within the next three to six months.  It should take five years for the pixel to go the way of the Norwegian Blue.

The algorithm is similar to the auto-vectorisation tools, such as Adobe Live Trace. Willis and Patterson claim to have fixed the problem of colouring of spaces between geometric shapes and made things photorealistic.

It could also mean that it is possible for cops to go to their computer screens and blow up crucial pictures, just like they have done in the movies since the 1960s.