We are in the mid of 2020, and up until now, it turned out to be a very dark year of this century. Wild-fires, earthquakes, global pandemic, hurricanes, we can say it’s the anger of our nature that’s coming out right now. Well, on the positive side, so many good things also happened. The SpaceX launch, new business strategies discovered, the earth started to heal itself when everything was shut-down and much more.
Today, we will be talking about two updates of 2020 – 5th generation internet and Google Meet. You might already know about these two, but there are new updates regarding these two. So let’s take a look:
5G will be more affordable with Snapdragon 690
The high-end smartphones of 2020 offered 5G services that differentiate them from older devices. Companies thought that users would tempt to upgrade from 4G to 5G, but it did not turn out that way. The reason was the price value of 5G smartphones.
Up until now, only higher-cost Snapdragon 865 and 765 series processors supported 5G. But recently, Qualcomm announced the new Snapdragon 690, a low-cost SoC to bring 5G to much cheaper phones.
Some Facts about 5G & Snapdragon 690
- Snapdragon 690 is a capable processor for most tasks, but you might hit a few stutters when you install the latest games with larger configurations.
- SD690 will be included in the smartphones that range between $300-$500, including the likes of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro, Motorola One Zoom, and Google Pixel 3a.
- Qualcomm’s new chipset comprises of X51 5G modem that supports SA and NSA modes, download speed up to 2.5GBps and dynamic spectrum sharing. The chipset does not support mmWave 5G. It comes with sub-6GHz 5G, which is used by the majority of networks across the world.
- As compared to Snapdragon 675, SD690 outputs a 20% performance boost with its 2GHz octa-core CPU (Two Cortex-A77 cores & Six Cortex-A55 cores).
- The company lowered the cost of Snapdragon 690 by neglecting mmWave 5G. The sub-6GHz 5G offers a wider regional and city block coverage, even though it’s not as fast as mmWave 5G.
- SD690 will support Wi-Fi 6-ready connectivity, Quick Charge 4+ technology, 4K HDR video recording, Bluetooth 5.1, and 192MP snaps.
- It’s the first processor that consists of Cortex-A77 CPU in the mid-range Snapdragon 600 series or Snapdragon 700 series family. It will provide better power efficiency on an 8nm process.
- According to Qualcomm, Adreno 619L GPU will offer a 60% graphic rendering boost and will support a 120Hz refresh rate at FHD+ resolution.
- In the coming months, HMD Nokia, TCL, Motorola, Shap, and LG will all have smartphones work with Qualcomm SD690 chip. Pixel 4a might get a 700-series chipset.
- 5G license is still expensive to buy, so $350 smartphones might be priced $400 or so, depends on the manufacturers.
- In the second half of 2020, we can expect the first 5G iPhone 12 model.
- Based on coronavirus pandemic, the budget-minded Nokia or LG smartphones will also have 5G connectivity.
So let’s wait and see how well carriers equipped with networks will support faster download speeds and bandwidth.
Integrating GOOGLE MEET With Gmail for iOS & Android Users
Up until now, Android and iOS users have to download the Google Meet app to start video meetings. But soon, they will be able to start or join meetings through Meet directly from Gmail. It means they don’t have to install the app separately.
Google announced that they are integrating Meet with Gmail on iOS and Android. As the demand for video-calling apps is at peak right now, Google also wants to conquer this golden opportunity and beat its rivals Skype, MS Teams, and Zoom. For your information, Meet Tab is already available for non-G-Suite users that use mail service on the web.
Gmail has 1.6 billion active users all over the world and is available for Android devices by default. Integration Google Meet with Gmail app will be a game-changer for the company, especially when the global pandemic has restricted everyone’s movement to meet with others. Schools and universities are conductin e-classes, and businesses are holding online meetings and webinars. According to Google, the Meet video calling users are increasing steadily, going up to 3 million per day in April. If things went smoothly, it would be interesting to watch the tight competition between Zoom, Microsoft, and Google.