TechSummit Rewind 074

Editor’s Note: This is the TechSummit Rewind, a daily recap of the top technology headlines.

Pebble adds Alexa voice controls to upcoming Core wearable

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Amazon’s Alexa virtual assistant will be coming to Pebble’s Core wearable exercise accessory. Alexa can handle tasks like playing music, reading news headlines, shopping on Amazon, ordering food, and controlling smart home tech along with Pebble-specific tasks like reading your Pebble Health summary.

According to Pebble, this is the first time that Alexa is coming to a “fully-independent” 3G-enabled wearable.

A $79 Kickstarter pledge will get you a Core ahead of next year’s launch, while it will set you back $99 when the device ships.

Uber gets $3.5 billion from Saudi Arabia

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Uber has received $3.5 billion in funding from Saudi Arabia’s investment fund, which is the San Francisco-based company’s biggest single investment.

The company added Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund managing director Yasir Al Rumayyan to its board of directors.

“We’ve seen first-hand how this company has improved urban mobility around the world and we’re looking forward to being part of that progress.”

-Yasir Al Rumayyan, Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund managing director

Android phones predicted to outperform in 2016, iOS slump expected

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According to the International Data Corporation (IDC)’s June 1-revised forecast, iPhone sales will fall short of 227 million units in 2016, down roughly two percent from last year’s 232 million total.

The main beneficiary will be Google’s Android, which is expected to exceed 1.24 billion shipments (6.2 percent growth year-over-year), and a dominant 83.7 percent market share.

iOS will follow behind with 15.3 percent, while Windows Mobile is predicted to fall below the one percent mark. All in all, smartphones will continue surging in 2016, but at a slower pace.

However, not all is doom and gloom for Apple. IDC anticipates iOS to return to prosperity by 2017, and a compound annual growth rate of 3.2 percent through 2020. Still, the gap between Android and iOS cloud further widen from a projected 68.4 percent at the end of 2016 to over 70 percent four years from now.

Windows Phone would account for 0.4 percent (6.8 million copies) of worldwide 2020 smartphone sales.

Google Play suggests neglected apps to uninstall

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According to Android Police, Google Play will offer up suggestions to help uninstall apps you no longer need when you no longer have any on-board storage. You’ll be presented with a list of least-used apps, ranked by weight.

Twitter partners with NBA, Samsung for 360-degree video deal

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Twitter is jumping on the 360-degree video bandwagon in a new partnership between the social network, the NBA, and Samsung.

Throughout the NBA Finals, Twitter cards will link to videos shot with 360-degree cameras, allowing users to click and drag around the scenes. The videos featuring “exclusive content” will be sent out on the NBA’s Twitter account.

Micromax will start selling phones in China next year

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According to the Wall Street Journal, Micromax will begin selling its phones in China next year.

Robinhood lets China trade U.S. stocks free through Baidu finance app

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Zero-free stock trading startup Robinhood is barging into China, despite not having explicit regulatory approval, through an integration into Baidu’s Stockmaster finance app.

It’ll allow Chinese citizens to buy and sell U.S. stocks for free with no account minimum from their phones.

“This is going to be the first time the Chinese consumer base has access to the U.S. stock market in such an easy way.

“The level of interest in U.S. stocks’ growth has been unprecendented.”

-Vlad Tenev, Robinhood co-founder & co-CEO

When signing up, investors will need to wire money into Robinhood.

“It’s a tough market but we’re optimistic that we’re providing a lot of value there.”

-Vlad Tenev

Robinhood has brought on Evernote China GM as an advisor to help with the launch.

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