Google’s mobile vehicles drove 44,000 km to make panoramic 360 degrees images of areas in Northeastern Japan that were affected by the March 11, 2011 Tsunami.
Much hype surrounds Android’s newest OS version; Ice Cream Sandwich. Ever since it was first unveiled, Android lovers have waited as patiently as possible for the introduction of a new flagship device from Google. The wait is finally over and Google’s Galaxy Nexus — a new Android smartphone designed around Android’s newest version — Ice Cream Sandwich is here.
Google thinks that there aren’t enough mobile-friendly websites, and many with smartphones may tend to agree, albeit for different reasons. More mobile sites potentially means more money for Google through mobile ad campaigns, and more mobile sites mean better accessibility to the web for smartphone users.
Google already dominates a significant part of my life, but it hasn’t really infiltrated my living room just yet. The search engine giant wants to do that and that’s why it has just launched the all-new Google TV 2.0.
It’s been quite sometime now since Google launched their controversial Streetview feature. Anyone can access digital images of streets located all around the world. And now, the virtual world is going to increase in size by help of a group of Brazilian environmentalists who plan to create a 3D on-the-ground view of Tumbira—one of Earth’s most remote areas located at the center of the Brazilian Amazon rain forest. According to Google, the aims of this endeavor are to show the living conditions of the people in the area and to inform the public about the efforts done to protect the forest.
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich software features are now public and the UI and experience has changed dramatically, enough so to get us excited about it. A new typeface called Roboto is used throughout the UI, while landscape controls have moved to the screen, making a bit of magic as they disappear when viewing videos or in widescreen mode.
According to the latest financial figures of the company, over 190 million Android devices have sold around the world, with CEO Larry Page at the ship’s wheel. While 190 million is quite a large number, more importantly is the other one; 2.25 billion dollars, which sums up Android’s success and Google’s alike. Larry Page also declared […]
The Galaxy Nexus is expected to be release very soon, it’s even now listed in the VZW’s Device Management system as “Samsung Galaxy Nexus”, confirming the “G-Nex” nickname. According to the listing, the new phone will have a 4G LTE radio to take advantage of the fastest network out there.
I wouldn’t say that I use it terribly often, but Google Goggles is an amazing little app. I take a picture of something — almost anything — and it will recognize what it is. If it’s a product, I can then do a quick online search for reviews and pricing information. eBay wants to do the same thing with its mobile apps.
When you used to search the names of different places in different countries using Google Maps, you may have gotten confused with all the double naming. English would appear next to the local transliterated name, but it was only referring to one spot. Now, you’ll notice that Google has expanded their coverage of translated labels.
Before you get all worried about bugs and other issues related to either the handset or Ice Cream Sandwich, it’s worth noting that the delay doesn’t really have to do with the products themselves. Instead, a Samsung spokesperson says that it’s out of respect for Steve Jobs
When Google announced it would buy Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion, it’s fair to say even we were a little shocked. What a game-changer! But this acquisition proposal has been subjected to close scrutiny by the United States government.
It’s a “simple location-based mobile application for finding friends in the real world.” In some ways, you could say that it fits somewhere between Foursquare and Google Latitude, but it’ll work with anyone in your address book without having to reconnect through another social network.
Google announced that it is now possible for websites which have been optimized for mobile to increase their ad quality. Google explained that they began to limit ad serving on cell phones last year if the visitor had selected pages that contain Flash-heavy content because they only wanted to improve the browsing experience of their users.
In case you missed it, Google Wallet effectively stores your credit cards and other methods of payment onto your smartphone in the form of an Android app. When it comes time to pay for something, you simply tap your phone
In a conventional modern war, you want to arm yourself with guns, tanks, and fighter jets. In the war between Apple and Google, the ammunition comes in the form of patents and let’s just say that Google has been busy with some stockpiling.
Google has recently updated the Google + app for IOS. New features which were not included in the app’s initial launch are now available. Google+ for iOS possesses the latest version that will bring the app up to version 18.104.22.1684. This will include the popular re-share feature which is deemed as an all-important aspect of the Google+. The re-share feature allows users to pass along unique and interesting Google + links to their friends right within the application. In addition, this feature works in a slick manner.
I was pleased to hear that the Google Docs app for Android has been updated with some new features, the most notable of which is Web Clipboard. The sad news is that it’s not quite as good as I had hoped. Basically, it allows you to snap a photo from your phone and have it uploaded to the Web Clipboard. From there, you have to go to your computer and open up the GDoc of choice to insert the image.
The Google Nexus Prime will be the first Android smartphone to run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (sometimes referred to as 2.4), a blended OS that’s supposed to bridge the gap between smartphone (currently up to 2.3 Gingerbread) and tablet (currently up to 3.2 Honeycomb). Reports say it will be available in October.
Google has upgraded their maps with a new layer: Weather. So not only do you know where you’re going or what landmarks to look for when you get there, but you’ll know how many layers to wear, and the cloud cover, wind speed, ocean surface currents and whether or not you’ll need an umbrella hat, too.
Motorola Mobility has signed on an agreement stating they’ll stop any solicitation of other proposals as of Aug. 15. The contract goes on to say that Google will pay Motorola Mobility $2.5 billion if the deal falls through, and Motorola Mobility will pay $375 million if it decides not to sell to Google.
This is a total game changer. When Motorola split off its Motorola Mobility department into a separate business, we just thought that they were looking to give the handset segment a more direct focus. As it turns out, they may have been gearing up for today. Google has announced it will be buying Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion.
Well, that’s mildly passive aggressive of Steve Jobs, don’t you think? By now, you’ve surely heard about all the patent infringement lawsuits that Apple has launched against companies like Samsung, but it looks like the real target isn’t these manufacturers at all: it’s Google.
It seems that the Google Street View cars were not only taking pictures of the streets and buildings; they were also collecting (and sharing) the locations of millions of laptops, PCs, cell phones, and other WiFi-enabled devices. This goes beyond the sharing of unsecured WiFi networks that they already collected and shared.
Soon, you’ll be playing games on Google’s social network just like on Facebook. They haven’t quite declared how this is going to work and whether you’ll be able to filter out the gaming noise from your social signal, but you can bet that it’s coming. Wording on the Google Plus Help pages, which has been removed, referenced games and potentially a separate stream for finding games.
Using the Google Maps in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Spain and Switzerland, you will be able to access traffic reports and to find out how congested a road is, if there are unexpected incidents or even gridlocks, so that they know exactly what to expect when choosing to go on a certain road. Moreover, they can use the Google Maps in order to find an overland route in case they want to avoid a jammed road or even a blocked one.
Don’t these Google devices make you hungry? First, we had the Google Nexus One by HTC running delectable Gingerbread. Then, we had the Google Nexus S by Samsung. And now, we are already on the cusp of the next Google flagship phone, the Google Nexus Prime. No, there’s no relation to Optimus… possibly because Google sounds like it’s sticking with Samsung rather than switching to LG or back to HTC.
What do you love? is a single search page from Google that utilizes Google’s online tools to deliver information about the stuff you love. The new website was quietly rolled out several days ago, but engineering issues kept it from being officially launched.
Just when I thought Android was on the cusp of giving the iPad a run for its money, there’s word that companies are scaling back their Android tablet operations in light of less than stellar sales. This comes by way of DigiTimes, which is saying these companies are instead shifting their attention toward “supersized” Android smartphone instead.
Google is one step closer to reading your mind. They revealed several new features for mobile yesterday that will make searching easier, faster and more predictive to the point it feels like they’re probing your brain.
Google Wallet is a free mobile app that stores virtual versions of your credit cards, debit cards and coupons, eliminating the need for plastic and replacing your wallet with your phone. It will be compatible with none other than the Nexus S 4G, on Sprint. The app will launch “soon” but we’ve learned a great deal about it in the meantime.
Ford may have implemented the Microsoft Sync system in many of their vehicles, but it’s not turning to Bing for help here. Instead, the Blue Oval has diverted its attention to the Google Prediction API to “predict driver behavior,” hopefully a bit better than Zoltar is at predicting “lucky” numbers.
Samsung and Acer are set to release the first Chromebook laptops on June 15. The Samsung Chromebook is priced at $429 for the Wi-Fi only version, and $499 for 3G. The Acer Chromebook Wi-Fi is priced at $349 and closely resembles the CR-48 prototype. Both will sell initially to the US, UK, France, Germany, Netherlands, Italy and Spain.
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The original Google Nexus One was a statement phone. It was meant to be the Google Phone, getting first dibs on any Android updates and providing users with a pure “vanilla” experience. No carrier branding, no custom skins. The Nexus S is the second generation of that idea and now it’s available for a few more people. That’s because they’ve got the tri-band HSPA (850/1900/2100) version in the wild.
If you happen to be reading this post from Europe and you just so happen to be a happy owner of a Samsung Galaxy S smartphone through Vodafone, I’ve got some bad news for you. Google doesn’t want you to taste Gingerbread yet.
Wait. I thought Android 3.0 Honeycomb was the de facto tablet operating system to come out of Google. Even though we’ve already seen the CR-48 netbook, it looks like Google is still interested in pursuing a tablet-friendly version of its cloud-based Chrome OS.
NFC capable devices are ramping up and soon you will be able to wave your mobile at a teller to complete a purchase of goods. Sprint, the third largest wireless carrier in the US, has told Bloomberg they plan to beat AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon to the NFC game by launching as early as this year.
You’ve seen them everywhere. Those weird 2D barcodes have made their way onto business cards, bus shelter advertisements, product packaging and into the newspaper. And now, the age of the QR code just might be coming to an end even before it ever really made any real mainstream impact. You can thank Google for that.
The Google Nexus S has a near field communications (NFC) chip in it, so you know that Google is interested in pursuing this technology for a variety of purposes. The most obvious application is mobile payments and it looks like the search engine has just made its next big move on this front, buddying up with MasterCard and Citigroup to make it happen.
Plugless Power by Evatran claims to be the world’s first wireless EV charging system. A wireless charging station was installed at the Google headquarters in Mountain View, California.
Isn’t it so much better when everything just kind of fits together? Like a jigsaw puzzle? Where your otherwise scattered life seems to have some sense of order to it? Maybe that’s the motivation behind the announcement that all Sprint phones moving forward will be integrated with a Google Voice experience.
The official Google phone is now rocking some 4G connectivity… depending on your exact definition of what it means to have 4G. The Google Nexus S has been available since December of last year, but the American version only played friendly with T-Mobile’s bands. That’s changed, since Sprint has picked up its own version in the form of the Samsung Nexus S 4G.