American tech giant Google last month released the first Developer Preview of Android 14, and now the company is back with the second Developer Preview.
According to GSM Arena, a tech news-related website, the new release comes with additional enhancements to privacy, security, and performance, and continues to refine the experience on tablets and foldables. Google's official timeline suggests that following this Developer Preview, the first Beta release will arrive in April, followed by three more in subsequent months.
Android 14 Development Preview 2 includes support for enabling apps to access only specific photographs and videos, or access to all of them, or no access at all.
In Android 14, Credential Manager is a platform API, and this allows apps to sign in using passkeys. In the second DP, there are improvements to the UI styling of the account selector, along with changes to the API based on feedback to DP1, reported GSM Arena.
Apps targeting Android 14, which will be a very small subset initially, will need to grant privileges to start activities in the background.
DP2 comes with optimizations to Android's memory management system, improving resource usage while apps are running in the background. There will also be fewer non-dismissible notifications in Android 14, and there are improved APIs for app stores too.
As per GSM Arena, the second Developer Preview is still, as the name implies, only recommended for app developers to use for app testing. Once the first beta hits next month, consumers will get easier access too. Android 14 Developer Preview 2 is installable on the Pixel 4a 5G and later Google devices.
API for ChatGPT announced by OpenAI following Microsoft integration
When Microsoft embedded OpenAI's ChatGPT product in Bing and Edge as well as Skype and in the OS' taskbar too, it was only the beginning as OpenAI has announced that ChatGPT and Whisper are now available to developers through its APIs.
According to GSM Arena, a tech news-related website, after some extensive optimizations, using ChatGPT costs 90 per cent less than it did in December. This means that the gtp-3.5-turbo model now costs USD 0.002 per 1,000 tokens. Put another way, you can get 500K tokens for a dollar. This new price makes it much cheaper for companies to build their own chatbot. And for those, who want its bot to answer voice commands and not just text, there's Whisper, a model that can transcribe speech into text at a cost of USD 0.006 a minute.
Whisper not only understands 99 languages but can also provide an English translation of what was said. This has the potential to significantly upset Siri and Google Assistant, both of which can only handle a few languages.
Companies can use OpenAI's APIs to create new chatbots; some have already done so; Microsoft is not alone.
These are a few examples like Snapchat, which introduced My AI for Snapchat+ this week and Instacart's ChatGPT-based bot that can help customers by automatically creating the shopping list they need.
Similarly, ChatGPT is being adopted in learning apps as Quizlet recently introduced Q-Chat, a "fully adaptive AI tutor".
Dedicated instances are available too for companies that want a more reliable experience, otherwise, the model runs on a shared instance whose performance will vary depending on server load, as per GSM Arena.
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