Google Pay will now note if an app contains advertisements. ‘This label will now appear alongside the existing designation which indicates if an app offers in-app purchases,” TechCrunch reports. “The change could impact existing developers who monetize with ads, as it will help customers avoid apps that use ad-supported business models.”
Samsung reports that revenue for the first calendar quarter was up year-on-year, as was profit. “Samsung’s current product mix all contributed to the growth,” Forbes reports. “Its semiconductor business saw more efficient sales of value-added products, while the display business saw a drop in earnings due to the transition of many partners from LCD to OLED panels.”
By next year, all new mobile phones sold in India will need to have a panic button that lets users make emergency calls, Mashable reports. “Further, in-built GPS navigation will be mandatory for all phones from 2018,” it writes. “The new rules were announced by India's telecom ministry to improve safety for women.”
After more than a decade of remarkable growth, Apple is expected to report a 10% decline in annual sales growth, later today. That’s according to Re/code, citing analysts. “Apple’s incredible growth streak is expected to officially come to an end today … when the company reports its second-quarter results after the market close.”
Trying to regain its digital footing, Nokia is buying Withings -- a French startup that makes connected health products from fitness bands to sleep-trackers. The deal is costing Nokia about $192 million, Venture Beat reports. “Withings suite of products will be added to the Nokia Technologies arm, which signals an interesting new direction for a company once synonymous with mobile phones.”
Apple is hoping to add cell-network connectivity and a faster processor to its next-generation Watch, sources tell The Wall Street Journal. The news comes amid a general sense that the product hasn’t lived up to expectations. Yet, as The Journal notes, its sales numbers have been pretty solid.
Apple appears to be falling out of favor with Chinese regulators. “Last week, Apple’s iBooks Store and iTunes Movies were shut down in China, just six months after they were started there,” The New York Times reports. “A regulator, the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television, asserted its authority and demanded the closings.”
Apple has hired Chris Porritt -- former Tesla Vice President of Vehicle Engineering and former Aston Martin Chief Engineer -- to work on “special projects,” Electrek reports. Oh, and, “‘Special projects’ is where Apple’s Titan car project lives,” it notes. Apple’s electric car program is named ‘Project Titan.’
Adjusting to a fifth year of declines in the personal-computer market, Intel plans to cut 12,000 jobs, or 11% of its workforce. “The world’s biggest maker of semiconductors said it’s shifting focus to higher-growth areas, such as chips for data center machines and Internet-connected devices,” Bloomberg reports. “Intel also posted disappointing first-quarter revenue.”
The European Union has charged Google with abusing the dominant position of its Android mobile operating system. “European Union antitrust regulators said that by requiring mobile phone manufacturers to pre-install Google Search and the Google Chrome browser, the U.S. company was denying consumers a wider choice of mobile apps and stifling innovation,” Reuters reports.