Items tagged with NASDAQ:GOOG

Google has a tendency to get our hopes up with awesome “pet projects” only to later shoot them down with delays or cancelation. One such promising Google endeavor is Project Ara, which can be summed up as LEGO for smartphones. Project Ara takes a modular approach, allowing customers to purchase a single “basic” smartphone frame and then build upon it with individual models that easily plug-in, giving you additional functionality. If you want to swap out your puny 5MP camera for a higher resolution 12MP camera, the choice is yours. Or let’s say you don’t want a camera at all and would prefer to... Read more...
Google launched a new website for its Google Hangouts chat service this week. The website comes just a week after Google announced that the Google Hangouts app for Android had received a major update and provides users with an easy way to reach Hangouts. (iOS got its Hangouts revamp earlier in the summer.)That’s not to say it wasn’t already pretty easy to start a Hangout. The service is embedded in Gmail and Google+, not to mention being available as apps for Android and iOS. But the new website gives you one more easy access point. And, as some users pointed out, business users may prefer to visit... Read more...
Considering that Android is installed on around eight out 10 smartphones around the world, it was pretty scary to find out about Stagefright, a vulnerability that's present on almost all of them. Even more frightening is that in many cases, the exploit could be triggered with a simple text message. In theory, an attacker could text your handset while you're sleeping, take control of your phone, and wipe any trace of something nefarious taking place so that you'd never be the wiser. That got the attention of Google, which patched the MMS exploit and sent the code to wireless carriers. One by one,... Read more...
The challenge of raising a child starts the moment you realize you're going to be a parent and must pick out a name. Sounds easy, but it really isn't. You inevitably find yourself looking up baby names, either in a book or on the web, and eventually you land on something you like. However, it's a process, and it's where Google finds itself right now in regards to Android. There's an added challenge to the process for Google since, historically, major Android builds have been named after delicious treats. Not without purpose, Google maintains that "since these devices make our lives so sweet, each... Read more...
There's been a fair bit of chatter over the last several months about Google's next Nexus device, the 2015 Nexus 5 (codenamed Bullhead), and we may have our first real glimpse of the forthcoming handset. The solo shot of the supposed new Nexus shows off the device's backside and, if it's to be believed, confirms that LG Electronics is in charge of manufacturing.As always seems to be the case, the picture is a blurry one, though we've certainly seen poorer quality snapshots. The pictured first appeared on an Indonesian user's Google+ account and was picked up and posted to Twitter by Marques Brownlee,... Read more...
The SHIELD Android TV already has more than 300 compatible titles since launching a few months ago, but Nvidia gave that pool another boost today with the announcement of seven new(ish) titles. Five the games were already available but now have support for Nvidia’s set-top gaming device, while two are completely new to the Google Play Store. Killing Floor: Calamity Of the two new titles, Killing Floor: Calamity will be more familiar for most gamers. While Windward ought to make for some ocean-faring fun, Killing Floor: Calamity is based on the tried-and-true bloodbath of a game that first appeared... Read more...
Google project Niantic Labs is heading out on its own, the newly-formed company announced this week. The move comes as the company that was once Google is restructuring under its own newly-created parent organization, Alphabet. While some Google projects are becoming separate entities under Alphabet, others are launching as independent companies. Niantic Labs, which is known for its augmented reality game Ingress, is one. “Niantic Labs is becoming an independent company,” the company announced on its Ingress Google+ page. “We’ll be taking out unique blend of exploration and fun to even bigger audiences... Read more...
If you're wondering why all your Android device-toting buddies are no longer answering your messages, there's a reasonable explanation. They've all been abducted by aliens! Just kidding -- the real reason you can't get in touch with them is because they're playing Fallout Shelter...on their Android gadgets! Did we blow your mind? No, they haven't hacked their Android smartphones and tablets to run iOS, previously the only mobile platform you could play Fallout Shelter. Instead, Bethesda Softworks finally got around to porting the anticipated title to Android, just as promised, which is now available... Read more...
It’s no secret that Huawei is developing one of two new Nexus smartphones for Google. LG Electronics is the other OEM tapped with developing a second smartphone that will result in a one-two punch for Google’s debut of the Android L operating system. Over the past few months, various details surrounding Huawei’s Nexus device have leaked, including word from Evan Blass that the device would feature a 5.7-inch QHD display and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor. That latter spec is becoming a bit more suspect considering that Qualcomm today said it products featuring the SoC wouldn’t ship until the... Read more...
There's a new app available in Amazon's Appstore for Android that will bring the Chromecast experience to your Fire TV or Fire TV Stick. It's called YouMap Cast Receiver by VMLite Corporation, and it runs $7.99 -- a bit expensive for app, though a fair bit cheaper than a Chromecast dongle, which normally sells for $35 (you can often find it for a few bucks less). To be clear, YouMap Cast Receiver won't replicate the Chromecast experience in its entirety (more on that in a moment), though it will allow you to mirror your phone, tablet, or Chrome browser tab to your TV. It implements the same protocol... Read more...
It's reasonable to think that Google did its due diligence when settling on "Alphabet" as the name for its new holding company. And if so, we can also assume that Google's co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin were well aware that a not-so-little company called BMW owns the trademark for Alphabet, along with the alphabet.com domain.So why step on BMW's toes (or tires, as it were) when the company could have chosen a different name? That's a good question, and if BMW decides to sue Google, it's one that might be answered in court. Or the two sides could settle things privately, though if that's... Read more...
Google has gone and revamped its Hangouts app for Android. It has a fresh new look courtesy of Google's Material Design, along with improved speed and new feature additions to make the experience easier to navigate and better than before. The end result is Hangouts 4.0, a new version that's rolling out to Android devices today.It was only a matter of time before Google took a fresh coat of paint and changed things up. Google's Material Design aesthetic that was introduced with Android 5.0 Lollipop has already been applied to NVIDIA's Shield Hub and, a little more recently, Chrome OS. Apparently... Read more...
The more things change, the more they stay the same. That's how the saying goes and it seems to be one that OnePlus lives by. To recap, OnePlus announced in mid-July that it was revamping its invite system so it would be easier for people to buy a OnePlus 2, the recently released "flagship killer" that runs $329 for the 16GB model and $389 for the 64GB model. An invite system was supposed to solve the problem of demand exceeding supply. Well, that and offering up a lot more units than the company did with the original OnePlus One. The company's co-founder- Carl Pei, promised to build anywhere from... Read more...
Most people already recognize Google as a verb, and now it's officially part of Alphabet. Yes, that's Alphabet with a capital "A," which is a newly formed entity that its CEO Larry Page describes as "mostly a collection of companies." That includes Google, Alphabet's largest building block, along with "companies that are pretty far afield" of Google's Internet products. "What do we mean by far afield? Good examples are our health efforts: Life Sciences (that works on the glucose-sensing contact lens), and Calico (focused on longevity)," Page explains. "Fundamentally, we believe this allows us more... Read more...
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