The Business Inside: Google Will Delete Web & App Activity, Facebook Discontinues Oculus Go VR Headset

Enterprises all over the world are looking for better ways to optimize their service experience. Whether it’s a small-scale, middle-scale, or a large-scale business, everyone seems to focus on working on online business activities. We all know the reasons, the COVID-19 impact, and everything going online from work to shopping and from entertainment to sports.

And in these troubling times when the economy hits its lowest levels and increase web-activities, two popular news is coming from two big companies, Facebook and Google. So, let’s take a look shall we:

1. Google automatically deleting app & Web Activity for New Users

Google-Privacy-Policy

Whether you like it or not, Google has a history of collecting user’s data and using it to improve the privacy settings for us. As long as you have GPS turned on in your smartphone, it will keep on collecting data. Sundar PichaiCEO of Google, today announced that they are making few changes in how they’ll be handling new users’ data. He disclosed multiple privacy improvements that will help users better control the data they are sharing on the My Activity page. It includes:

  • Location History
  • Google logs search history
  • Voice Commands through Google Assistant
  • YouTube History

Currently, the data gets automatically deleted after every 3 or 18 months. But now, this feature will be enabled for new users by default. For the new users, there location history, voice commands data, and search history will automatically delete after every 18 months by default. Whereas, YouTube search history will get deleted after three years so that the video streaming platform can continue making relevant video recommendations.

For existing or old google accounts, this option won’t get enabled by default. But, you can adjust the settings on the Activity Controls page. Also, it is easy to access your account controls. If you want to see your privacy and security settings box, search for “Is my Google Account secure?” and “Google Privacy Checkup.” In case you want to browse more privately, long-press your profile picture on YouTube, Google Search, and Maps to access Incognito Mode.

Google’s Ad Network business depends upon the user’s data. We get ad recommendations based on our activities on the internet and our interests. So it’s good to see that the company is making some compromises to give users more control over the data they want to share. 

2. Facebook Discontinues Production of Oculus Go VR Headset

In 2014, Facebook took its first step into the VR market by taking over Oculus VR Inc… That time, Oculus Rift was at the top in the VR headsets category as it started the trend of virtual reality media consumption and gaming. But the only problem was the price tag. The VR headsets were too expensive for the average consumers, and they also require powerful PC hardware for tethering purposes. This is why Facebook’s Oculus Go and Oculus Quest VR headsets sales were not as expected. And now, Oculus Go headset, powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 will be discontinued.

Oculus Go launched in late 2017 in partnership with Xiaomi. It was an entry-level standalone VR headset that supports:

  • 5.5.” LCD with 1280×1400 per eye
  • 3DoF (degree of freedom)
  • Up to 72Hz refresh rate
  • 2600mAh battery that gives 2.5 hours of video playback, or 2 hours of gaming

Oculus Quest followed later with a superior functionality that includes:

  • OLED display with 1440×1600 resolution per eye
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor
  • 6DoF (degree of freedom)
  • Active cooling

According to reports, an updated version of the Oculus Quest model will get launched by the end of this year with a refresh rate of 90Hz. So we can expect the price drop in the current Oculus Quest. It shows that Facebook is focussing on the Quest VR headset version, and there’s little room for Oculus Go to grow. Also, Facebook will not launch 3DoF based VR headsets anymore.

Important Information

  • If you own an Oculus Go, then don’t worry. It will still receive security updates and bug fixes until 2020. After that, the device will enter the EOL (end-of-life) status.
  • No new apps or app updates will be launched for Oculus Go after 4 December 2020.
  • After 18 December 2020, no new apps will be published in the store for Oculus Go. Updates that will come after this date will not include any new features. The updates will get restricted to only security updates and bug fixes.
  • If you want to buy a new VR Headset, then look for Oculus Quest, which is a complete and better device.

Facebook is also working on new tactics to allow developers to launch Oculus Quest Apps outside the Oculus store. The company did not disclose how they are going to make this happen but, we can expect that till 2021, developers will be able to launch their Quest Apps without requiring sideloading or being accepted into the Oculus Store.

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