Microsoft Unveils Android Phone with Two Screens
Microsoft has embraced Google’s Android mobile operating system for its new smartphone, the Surface Duo.
“The Windows software maker showed off its device … in New York on Wednesday. The company said the two screens (a slightly different design than Samsung's foldable Galaxy Fold) would make users more productive, and it showed video of people using a stylus with the phone. The device has two 5.6-inch displays that expand to an 8.3-inch device,” writes Shara Tibken of C–NET.
For Microsoft, the decision to develop an Android phone couldn’t have been easy. But from my perspective, it’s a good step in the right direction.
“Microsoft tried for over two decades to make operating systems for mobile phones, but it gave up on the effort two years ago,” writes Tibken. “It couldn't compete with the popularity of Google's Android and Apple's iOS, which will be on 87% and 13% of the world's smartphones this year, respectively, according to IDC. Instead, Microsoft has opted to expand its Office software and other services to rival devices, including iPhones.”
Ardent Foe of Silicon Valley Tapped for Top EU Tech Post
A feared opponent of many Silicon Valley firms has been selected to lead the European Union’s digital strategy efforts.
“Margrethe Vestager was picked Tuesday by EU Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen to be her executive vice president in charge of the bloc’s digital affairs –- a post that will hand the Dane oversight of issues relating to artificial intelligence, big data, innovation and cybersecurity,” write Aoife White and Natalia Drozdiak of Bloomberg. “Even more concerning for those hoping to avoid billion-dollar fines, Vestager, 51, will also keep her job as one of the most feared antitrust regulators.”
Although Vestager is known for targeting U.S. tech companies, she’s also raised hackles in Europe by derailing a pending deal between Siemens and Alstom.
“Vestager’s new post lets her move beyond the limits of antitrust enforcement,” according to the Bloomberg article. “She’s paid close attention to how internet platforms host smaller companies they also compete with.”
Marking 70th Anniversary, China Looks to Overtake U.S. in Some Areas of Technology
China, which is already home to some of the world’s largest tech companies, is hoping to close the overall gap in technology leadership between itself and the U.S., and possibly surpass the U.S. in some areas of tech development.
“China is closing in on the U.S. in some areas of technology and could soon even overtake America in certain respects, experts told CNBC. The world's second-largest economy is already showing some good progress in its push on homegrown industries such as artificial intelligence and chips,” writes Arjun Kharpal of CNBC.
It’s a safe bet that China will continue pressing the U.S. in many areas of technology innovation. The big question, of course, is how the U.S. will respond.
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