Items tagged with NASDAQ: GOOG

Since its founding in 1998, Google has conquered a vast number of different markets. From search to email, phones to tablets, watches to thermostats, Google's achievements are admirable. So, what's next? Teddy bears, of course. Yup - Google has set its sights high, here. Well, perhaps not a teddy bear, explicitly, as Google's latest patent is open-ended: "an anthropomorphic device, perhaps in the form factor of a doll or toy." An image pulled from the patent below can help answer some of our questions: It appears Google wants to go the route of the Amazon Echo, but instead target kids. Equipped... Read more...
Google has just introduced its first 'Live Case', as part of an 'Editions' series, for a handful of different Android devices. It's an interesting concept, and from the get go, the first release caters to fans of Skrillex -- or rather, huge fans of Skrillex. When using a phone equipped with one of these cases, which sport art from Skrillex himself, users will gain access to a number of neat perks. The one that will be most noticeable from day-to-day is a live wallpaper, which during the day, shows images of Earth, while at night, shows constellations that are visible from your location. If none... Read more...
Owners of the first-gen Moto X who've been salivating for a taste of the super sweet Android 'Lollipop' have no doubt been a frustrated in recent months given the lack of concrete updates. This is made worse by the fact that the OS has been hitting many other devices. Even the lowly Moto G was treated to Lollipop a couple of months ago, or even as far back as November if we're talking unlocked devices. Well, a new Google+ post made by Motorola's David Schuster gives Moto X owners some new hope: Lollipop could land in a couple of weeks. Pardon the pun, but Schuster doesn't sugar coat what's been... Read more...
The smartphone market may have four major OSes battling it out, but the real fight -- the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao -- is between Apple and Google. Given the trends we've seen in recent years, where Android shot up to command the bulk of the smartphone market, we knew Apple was facing an uphill battle to begin eating away at those percentage points. Well, there's some good news for iPhone fans: according to Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, 32.4% of those who adopted iOS during the first quarter came from Android. It should be noted that in many cases, Apple's overall market share didn't gain - it's just... Read more...
Isn't it great when companies themselves leak some juicy information? That's just what's happened with Google's upcoming 'Android M' OS. In the description of one of the sessions at its I/O conference to be held later this month, Google says that "Android M is bringing the power of Android to all kinds of workplaces." The leak goes on to say that M will impact "millions" of devices for workers including small business, deskless workers, logistics, and even warehousing jobs. What could M possibly bring to businesses that hasn't been taken care of in Lollipop? We won't have to... Read more...
In its latest AdWords blog post, Google delves deep into how it's making its advertising platform better for the future, and also gives us an update on what devices people are using to conduct their searches. From the blog post: "And at these times, consumers are increasingly picking up their smartphones for answers. In fact, more Google searches take place on mobile devices than on computers in 10 countries including the US and Japan." No one should be surprised that mobile search is big business, but to learn that more people now search on their phones versus their desktop or notebook? If you're... Read more...
There's a lot to like about Google's new Project Fi mobile service, but as we now learn, there are some important caveats to bear in mind if you're a hardcore Google Voice user. According to a reddit user, Google has begun sending out invites to Project Fi, and while the entire process appears to be straight-forward, a possible roadblock comes to us in the form of a Google Voice decision screen: If you happen to prefer your Google Voice phone number over your current mobile one, you'll be able to adopt it at this page. Afterwards, Google will transfer some data from your Voice account over to Fi,... Read more...
It looks like Google might have just pulled the plug on its well-liked Nexus 7 tablet, as it's no longer listed in the Play Store. To see the latest iteration removed isn't too much of a surprise, as it was released two summers ago, but the fact that Google didn't release a third-gen version last summer (or since then) does seem to highlight the company's lack of interest in it. So, it's probably safe to say that the Nexus 7 is no more. I admit that I consider that to be a bad thing. When the original Nexus 7 was released in 2012, it was an immediate hit. It offered great value, at its price-point... Read more...
As an Android fan who couldn't imagine "suffering" with an iOS device, I admit that I sometimes get a good chuckle out of some of the jabs that are thrown around. And, it really goes both ways - Apple can give it just as well as Google. But I am not sure of the last time I saw an insult as good as this one, right inside of a Google product: Yes, that's the real Google Maps, just south of Islamabad, Pakistan. Unfortunately, the graphic has already been removed, as well as some others. In case you think Apple was hit too harshly, another now-removed message was seen in a field: "Google review policy... Read more...
Today, it's hard to fathom the idea of Elon Musk's Tesla being sold to another company. A couple of years ago, though? With tepid sales, it almost seemed certain that the company would be folding - and as we can now see, it did almost result in Tesla being sold. And to none other than Google. This is something that's detailed in the upcoming book Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future in great detail. In May of 2013, Tesla surprised the world by turning a profit, thanks to increased demand for its excellent Model S, a car that has now sold well over 50,000 units. Whenever... Read more...
In tech, it's not often that I take sides. I don't care if a GPU is NVIDIA or AMD, or a CPU is AMD or Intel. I just want what's better, or at least better for me at that particular point in time. Where mobile is concerned though, there has emerged a definitive winner for me. Windows Phone has never managed to grab me, and I loathe the locked-down iOS. So for me, I proclaim Android my true love. It's open, flexible, and I can personally do everything I want on my phone / tablet without the need for rooting. If you're like me and are comfortably sitting on one side of the fence (assuming Windows... Read more...
As hard as it might be to believe, Microsoft ceased support for Windows XP last April; the 8th, to be exact. Since then, there has actually been little to report on XP-wise, although earlier this month, we did learn that the classic OS has more users than Windows 8 -- much to Microsoft's chagrin, I'm sure. Realizing that not everyone has moved away from Microsoft's legacy OS yet, or has simply been unable to, Google has vowed to continue supporting the OS with its Chrome browser straight through to the end of 2015. But with this favor comes some sound advice: On April 8, 2014, Microsoft stopped... Read more...
At the Mobile World Congress in early March, Google made its intention of tip-toeing into the mobile carrier market known. For many, the mere prospect is exciting - after all, we see what Google has done for home Internet, with Google Fiber. By entering this market carefully, Google is merely testing the waters, but that doesn't mean that its impact can't be profound. Here's a good example of what I mean: the company will be trying to make roaming charges a thing of the past. Anyone who travels outside of their home country should realize how huge that is. I learned the hard way many years ago... Read more...
Last fall, Google released a tool called 'Arc' that allowed developers to run their Android apps in Chrome OS. Soon after, it became clear that Arc's functionality would expand to other platforms, like Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X - basically, any platform that has a Chrome version available. As Ars technica relays, we can see that Google has begun to really ramp-up its rollout of Arc. At first, developers that ported their apps directly to Arc worked with Google directly, but now, developers can take it upon themselves, submit the app to the store, and relish in the fact that they're able to support... Read more...
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