Enlarge ImageThe Prius Prime arrived in the 2017 model year to replace the Prius Plug-In, and it’s remained relatively unchanged since then. Toyota Toyota may have given the regular Prius a redesign for the 2019 model year, but the Prius Prime plug-in hybrid soldiered on unchanged. The automaker will change that, though, with a slew of solid updates for the 2020 model year.Toyota this week unveiled a raft of changes for the 2020 Toyota Prius. However, the aesthetics remain unchanged, leaving the Prius Prime to look like a sharper yet also wackier version of the regular Prius. The two do look a bit more similar, though, thanks to the 2019 Prius’ visual updates. The adjustments focus on interior comfort and tech. Perhaps most importantly, Toyota has added Apple CarPlay, SiriusXM satellite radio and Amazon Alexa compatibility as standard equipment across the lineup. To ensure everybody’s devices are topped off for post-drive adventures, the 2020 Prius Prime now sports two extra USB ports in the second row.Speaking of the second row, it now accommodates three individuals, up from two in previous model years. That’s the major interior update, as the rest are pretty inconsequential. There’s a new extender for the sun visors, the white interior accents have been swapped out for black ones and the front-heated seat buttons have been relocated for easier access. Finally, Toyota also revamped the hierarchy of the lineup. Instead of Plus, Premium and Advanced trims, they’re now called LE, XLE and Limited, mirroring other Toyota vehicles. When the 2020 Toyota Prius Prime goes on sale this summer, it’ll start at $27,600 before destination, rising to $29,500 for the midlevel XLE and $33,500 for the top-tier Limited. Its battery still permits an all-electric range of 25 miles, but taking the gas tank into account, it can run up to 640 miles before it needs more go-go juice. 42 Photos More From Roadshow More about 2019 Toyota Prius • Preview • 2019 Toyota Prius AWD-e: Efficient stability 0 Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Share your voice Toyota Apple 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid: First hybrid minivan wins on fuel economy Review • 2019 Toyota Prius AWD-e review: A thrifty hybrid with more grip 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid review: Sip with subtlety reading • 2020 Toyota Prius Prime picks up Apple CarPlay and a fifth seat 2019 Toyota Prius AWD-e review: A thrifty hybrid with more grip Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Toyota Hybrids Hatchbacks Post a comment Apple Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 2017 Toyota Prius Prime: Meaner style, greener miles Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Tags See All
Foldable Phones Tags 3 Jul 10 • How to get Android 10 right now “Developers don’t plan their apps … with the idea that there would be two different screens with two different aspect ratios,” said Samat. “We wanted to make that as easy as possible to code for. If you make it easy and people can start experimenting and seeing what’s possible; it can accelerate the entire category.” Google’s tools for app developers stems from its close collaboration on the Galaxy Fold. After working with Samsung and other, undisclosed phone brands, Google is opening up its code and tools to other OEMs (original equipment manufacturers).Google’s interest in Android for foldable phones doesn’t stop with its partner OEMs. The company is also working on its own foldable Pixel, at least for internal testing. “We’re definitely prototyping the technology. We’ve been doing it for a long time,” Mario Queiroz, Pixel’s development lead, said in an interview last week at Google’s headquarters. “I don’t think there’s a clear use case yet.” The Oppo Reno’s camera pops up at a jaunty angle. Oppo What about pop-up selfie cameras?Phones with front-facing cameras are also getting a makeover. There are now several models that pop up or slide out of the body, and Samsung Galaxy A80 has three cameras that swivel to take photos in either direction. The One Plus 7 is rumored to have a pop-up camera, too, when it launches on May 14.Cameras that live in the phone’s body aren’t just for show. As with foldable screens, pop-up cameras exist to give you more screen space — in this case, by removing the front-facing sensors from the phone’s face. This design is a way around having to add a screen notch. The OnePlus 7 is rumored to have a front-facing pop-up camera. Slashleaks “I think there’ll be many interesting different form factors in the way people innovate with the front-facing sensors,” said Samat. “We’re starting to see this form factors come to life.Google is working with OEM partners to make sure that the different phone-makers don’t need to worry about the camera’s exact location in order to use Android’s camera software. Every phone has a slightly different camera array, which means developers have to add code to optimize their apps. To that end, Google is building out a library called CameraX , which gives developers “a layer of abstraction” so they don’t have to code for each new configuration a phone might take. The CameraX library comes shipped as a developer library on top of Android. The benefit of CameraX doesn’t stop at pop-up cameras. It has the potential to help third-party camera apps faster, more stable and more consistent, too. Our Galaxy Fold didn’t break. Here’s what’s good and… • Now playing: Watch this: Now playing: Watch this: For example, they can turn a phone into a tablet, as with the Fold and Huawei Mate X. We could also see narrow phones that open vertically, as with the throwback flip phone style of the rumored foldable Motorola Razr, and even designs that bend around your wrist like a watch.”Historically, a mobile phone and a tablet have been two devices. If you think about them being the same device … it can be quite delightful,” said Samat, who has used the Galaxy Fold. Google’s support for foldable centers on App Continuity, which helps you switch apps between foldable phones’ smaller and larger screens without skipping a beat. This software is especially critical because, while device-makers have internally prototyped foldable phones for years, most developers are brand new to the design. reading • How Google plans to make foldable phones and pop-up selfie cameras better Google I/O 2019 10:12 Google I/O 2019 Aug 26 • Android Q has a name: Android 10. Here’s how you’ll use it Jul 24 • Nest Hub Max: Google’s 10-inch Assistant smart display costs $230, debuts Sept. 9 Share your voice Aug 12 • Google will ask you to migrate your Nest account soon: Here’s what you need to know 60 Photos 4:54 See All Google can read the writing on the wall: foldable phones and devices with selfie cameras that pop up from the body are set to pick up steam in 2019, and Android has to be ready. On Tuesday at I/O 2019, Google officially confirmed that it’s including tools in Android Q that will help keep the OS humming along on phones with moving parts. Google had already declared last November that it would support foldable designs like Samsung’s Galaxy Fold.Foldable phones are especially timely, promising to shake up the phone industry with new designs that can expand your screen space without making devices larger. Although early problems with the Galaxy Fold caused a delay in releasing the phone, which Samsung is scrambling to fix, other devices like the Huawei Mate X, rumored foldable Motorola Razr and designs that bend around your wrist like a watch could potentially tangle up Android apps without Google’s guidance.”We’re seeing perhaps the reinvention of the mobile form factor,” Sameer Samat, VP of product management for Android and Play, said of foldable phones during an interview. “While it’s very early, we may look back on this and understand how profound it was.” Android Q beta: What’s new? Close up with the Galaxy Fold screen, notch and hinge Comments Android 10 (Android Q) Google Originally published at 4 a.m. PT.
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Also, BTI Consultants has been approached by some few Flipkart executives whose salaries are over Rs 1 crore per annum, the daily said.More churn in the industry, as well as in the job market, is expected as Walmart is going ahead with key acts of restructuring at the company. The US headquarters has already said Flipkart group companies Myntra and Jabong will be rolled into one, a move that will lead to the layoff more than 200 people at Jabong. Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder of Flipkart, Binny Bansal speaks during the launch of Flipkart’s Largest Fulfillment Centre on the outskirts of Hyderabad on October 30, 2015.NOAH SEELAM/AFP/Getty ImagesIBTimes UKSeveral senior executives at Flipkart have stated looking for jobs outside following the abrupt exit of co-founder Binny Bansal from the Indian e-commerce giant that was acquired by Walmart earlier this year.Bansal, the group Chief Executive Officer at Flipkart, resigned after the Walmart management concluded that there was “a lack of transparency, related to how Binny responded to a charge of “personal misconduct”.Sachin Bansal, the other co-founder, had exited the company earlier this year after the US retail behemoth took a 77 percent stake in the Indian company for $16 billion. With both founders out, Flipkart CEO Kalyan Krishnamurthy became the highest ranking executive at the conglomerate overnight.The rapid ascend of Krishnamurthy in Flipkart had set alarm bells ringing among the senior professionals at the company. The comeback of the former Tiger Global executive to Flipkart in 2016 had caused the exit of more than a dozen senior C-level executives from Flipkart.Krishnamurthy ad joined Flipkart the first time in 2013 as interim sales chief and finance head. According to reports he had fallen out with the then CEO Sachin Bansal and left the following year. [Left to right: Kalyan Krishnamurthy, CEO, Flipkart, Jerry Shen, CEO, ASUS TEK Computer Inc.] Asus Zenfone series phones will be available exclusively on Flipkart in IndiaAsus Press KitIncidentally, it was Krishnamurthy who spearheaded the move to tie Flipkart in the stable of Walmart. Sachin Bansal had reportedly wanted a deal with Amazon, not Walmart.When Flipkart was bought over by Walmart eventually, Sachin quit the company he founded along with Binny more than ten years ago in a Bangalore apartment.As the news of Binny’s resignation spread, there were speculations that Krishnamurthy would be the next in line to become the group CEO. The Walmart management also announced that the CEOs of group companies Myntra and Jabong would report into Krishnamurthy.Soon it was clear that Myntra CEO Ananth Narayanan was on his way out as his equations with Krishnamurthy weren’t great either. Even as reports about his resignation spread, Narayanan clarified on Friday that he hasn’t put in papers. Rush to exit According to a report by the Economic Times, more than ten senior Flipkart executives have refreshed their CVs and started discussions with executive placement agencies.While Delhi-based placement firm GlobalHunt got 10 resumes from Flipkart executives, Bengaluru-based Head Hunters has also intimated discussions with a handful of executive, ET reported.Separately, Mumbai-based executive search firm Hunt Partners has also got feelers from high-ranking Flipkart executives. Close Walmart Employee Harasses Muslim Customer IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/0:57Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:56?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …