Happy Mar10 Day, Happy PI Day, Pixel 4A is Faster, Android Blocks Fire TV, Support for Original Philips Hue Bridge

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Happy Pi Day everyone! It’s March 14, 2020, or March 3.1415926535897932384626433…

It’s going to be a good day. Whether you make a pizza pie or an Apple Pie, making something round needs the Archimedes’ constant. The constant is vital to how we make things, so I wanted to celebrate it. I also wanted to celebrate Super Mar10 Day. Yes, we also celebrated March 10 or Mar10 day. Mario has been an integral part of technology and innovation for the past 40 years! I have grown up learning more about the Super Mario characters, and now my kids are learning about it (featured photo from my son). In my opinion, I’d reckon that Nintendo has been working on these characters more than most fictional characters in our generation. Recognizing these developments inspires us to continue to grow and dream and apply what we’ve learned. It’s an exciting time to be alive.

Check out the LEGO Mario Day tweet… I want it soooo bad. Cause, “It’s a mee, Mario.” Do you know what I’m saying?

Apart from the things that are immediately impacting the world, it’s also a time to focus on what’s been happening in the Home Automation world. We are going to talk about:

  • The rumor of the Pixel 4A getting some speed enhancements. Wait!, they are going to release a Pixel 4A?.
  • Manufacturer’s either have to have Android OS or Fire OS, but not both. What does that mean for you?
  • The Original Philips Hue Bridge is going to lose support in April 2020.

Pixel 4A gets Faster Storage

Pixel 4A, whenever it comes, looks like it’s getting better storage speeds than the Pixel3A. XDA Developers found information on the new Pixel storage devices – Instead of using eMMC storage chip, it will get a Universal Flash Storage (UFS) 2.1. This means faster read/write capability. I wonder if it also means less stability. Anyway, faster will be better, because, Google wants its Pixels to be the gateway to faster home automation with their Ambient Computing.

Android OS TV’s vs Fire TV OS

TV manufacturers will have to choose whether they want to go with Android OS or Fire TV OS. We know that both versions are in all the major TV brands. Sometimes they build the TVs with both Android and FireTV OS to cater to the demand. However, there are reports from protocol, that Google is telling TV manufacturers to choose between the two. Protocol explains that there is a long-standing history between Google and Amazon. You should take a read: https://www.protocol.com/google-android-amazon-fire-tv.

Support for Original Philips Hue Bridge v1 ends April 2020

Philips Hue has stated on Twitter: “After April 2020 no software updates will be made available for the Hue Bridge v1 and compatibility with our online services will be terminated at that time. The Hue Bridge v1 can still be controlled locally via the dedicated Philips Hue Bridge v1 app”

If you have the Hue Bridge v1, you can still use it locally – which may provide some value. It will be interesting to see what services are actually. The new Philips Hue Lights will not require a bridge. You can find them on our Amazon Affiliate site here (we make money from eligible sales):

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