It’s Wednesday May 9, and the day after Google I/O kicked off brings some key announcements on the Android front. The Nokia 6 (2018) 4GB RAM variant now has availability details, Uber shows its flying car prototype and details on the massive acquisition of Flipkart by US retailer Walmart are confirmed. Here are the top stories in technology today.
Android P Beta available for download on select devices
The next version of Android doesn’t even have a name yet, but owners of select smartphones will have a chance to try out the new operating system before it’s launched properly later this year. The latest beta version of Android P is out now for select devices, including the Google Pixel series and the Nokia 7 Plus. OnePlus has announced that its upcoming OnePlus 6 will also be part of this select list.
WATCH: How to install Android P beta on select smartphones
Nokia 6 (2018) 4GB RAM launch date in India confirmed
The 4GB RAM variant of the Nokia 6 (2018) is set to go on sale on Amazon India on May 13 for Rs 18,999. The smartphone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 SoC, and also comes in a 3GB RAM variant with 32GB of internal storage. Nokia also has the Nokia 7 Plus and Nokia 8 Sirocco on sale in India, as part of its new range of devices.
Uber shows its flying car prototype
Uber is betting big on flying cars, and the future could well be one where our taxis take to the skies. The ride-hailing company has showcased its flying car concept, with the initial renders showing a vehicle that looks like a giant flying drone. The flying taxi service will operate under a separate company called UberAIR.
Android Oreo cross the 5 percent mark
The latest Android distribution numbers for May are out, and the number of Android devices running the current latest version of the mobile operating system have crossed five percent. Android Nougat (a combination of versions 7.0 and 7.1) is the most-used version of Android today, with over 30 percent of all active devices on it.
Walmart announces its investment in Indian e-commerce giant Flipkart
Walmart will pay approximately $16 billion for a 77 percent stake in Flipkart, as announced by the US-based retailer today. This will make it the largest shareholder in Flipkart, and the company will take over control of Flipkart’s operations in India. Flipkart is currently the second largest e-commerce player in the country behind Amazon India, holding a 40 percent market share.