Welcome to alphabet city.
This is the show that covers everything related to alphabet inc including whammo, Google, Android, and more.
I'm your guide Iyaz Akhtar, and you are the excellent audience.
Today we're talking about some serious Google issues.
An accident with the whammo car your comments and more.
But first Samsung's unveiled its foldable phone, sort of.
Let's go to galaxy gateway.
The twitter account for android developers posted a tweet.
A new form factor coming next year from android partners.
Android apps run seamlessly as the device folds, achieving this form factor chief feature, screen continuity.
Dave Burke VP of engineering for android At the Android developers conference said that they are already working with Samsung on a device coming next year.
This all happened well before Samsung got around to showing their fold and phone at tit's own developers conference.
So what did Samsung show off?
There was a promo video that didn't show a lot.
Then an exect brought out a foldable phone form his pocket On the outside was a 4 inch screen, when opened up you saw a 7.3 inch screen.
Now it looked like a really chunky design, just hard edged.
The Samsung exec explained that the device was disguised.
The name Aim of the foldable phone was not given.
Instead, we found out that if display is called infinity flex display, the foldable phone to be mass produced in the coming months.
How does Android work on a folding phone?
The apps you're using on the small screen can pop up on your main display when you open up the phone.
Samsung call the small front display the cover display and the large one, The main display.
Samsung also showed off the ability to run three apps at one time with a feature called multi-active window.
Google's head of Android UX also made an appearance to mention that Google is building support for folding phones.
Right into Android, let's stop over at the garden of Google.
A New York Times article detailed how Google handled sexual harassment in the past.
The piece said that the creator of Of Android Andy Reuben was accused of sexual misconduct by another employee.
An internal investigation by the company found her claim credible.
Reuben was asked to resign from his post by Larry Page.
With that resignation, Reuben was paid out $90 million dollars as an exit package.
The Times article also said that Google protected two other executives after accusations of sexual misconduct.
Both left the company but received millions of dollars.
Another executive was able to keep their position.
Google did nothing to publicize any of this events.
After the time piece, a memo was sent to Google employees by Google CEO Sundar Pichai and the VP of People Operation Eileen Naughton, a copy of the memo was published by businessinsider.com.
The memo says that in the last two years 48 people have been terminated for sexual harassment, including 13 who are senior managers and above.
None of these individuals received an exit package.
At a conference Pichai said, quote, There's been anger and frustration within the company.
We all feel it, I feel it too.
At Google, we set a very high bar and we clearly didn't live up to our expectations, end quote.
He also added there are concrete steps coming up.
The report got the attention of many at Google who staged walkouts at offices all around the world.
The organizers of the protest wrote a post on the [UNKNOWN] explaining themselves.
They want a number of things including an end to forced arbitration in cases of harassment and discrimination for all current and future employees.
Equal pay and a publicly disclosed sexual harassment transparency report.
The organizers said that more than 20,000 Google employees and contractors were a part of the walk out.
In response Google announced that it would Taint its harassment policies.
Let's head to Waymo Way.
Waymo published a post discussing a collision between a Waymo car and a motorcycle.
According to Waymo, a test driver took control of the car Car after seeing a passenger car to the left move towards the Waymo car's lane.
The test driver move the Waymo car to the right lane.
The driver did not see a motorcyclist that moved to the right lane to pass the Waymo car.
The bumper hit the motorcycle.
Waymo included a link to the accident report, the motorcyclist reported injuries and was taken to the hospital.
Waymo says that after a review of the accident.
That its technology would have avoided the collision by taking a safer course of action.
The post says that Waymo's tech correctly anticipated and predicted the future behavior of both, the emerging vehicle and the motorcyclist.
So maybe the human shouldn't have taking over.
Way to throw the driver under the bus.
Wait, that's a really poor choice of words.
Let's got to up town updates.
There's a new nook, no, really I'm not kidding.
Barns and Noble will be releasing a new nook on November 14th, and it'll cost a wooping 130 bucks.
Why are we talking about this on Alphabet City?
Because this Nook runs Android.
The Nook has a 10.1 inch screen with 32 gigs of storage.
Unlike the Anazon Fire tablets, the Nook has access to the Google Play store right out of the box.
Meanwhile the pixel slate is up for preorder.
Best Buy says it will be delivered on November 22nd.
Meanwhile Google Store says around the same time.
Let's go to Comment Cove.
This is the part of the show where we shine the spotlight at the most amazing audience in the world.
You fine folks.
Gagan asks is it a right time to buy a flagship or wait for 5g flagship.
That's a great question.
I think it depends on how old your current phone is.
I'm hanging on to my Note eight for another year or two.
I'm curious how long it will take for 5g networks to be widely available.
There's lots of different factors involved.
Guys, let us know your opinion in the comments.
Trent asked, why do we want foldable phones though?
I'll fill that one.
I think the idea is having one device being your everything device.
A largest screen that is portable Could allow that to happen.
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