Posts tagged with: Google

Google was founded in 1996 by Sergey Brin and Larry Page. The company started off as a new search engine that became very popular and is the most commonly used to this day. Google began expanding its services by acquiring many companies such as Keyhole, Inc. and YouTube. In September 2008, the G1 was released, made by HTC the G1 was the first smartphone running Google's own Android operating system. Google continues to expand and innovate in several areas with Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) being Google's first operating systems designed for tablet computers. Read on for the latest Google news, reviews and videos:

  • by |

    Google Glass was a grand experiment, but the combination of a wary public and sky-high price tag ended up standing in the way of the wearable becoming the next big thing. But while those initial efforts may have petered out, there's been the promise of bigger, better things from round two – and indeed, we started off this year hearing reports that the Glass project had found new management and would be producing a new Glass headset for release sometime later this year. That idea's since been supported by additional statements from Google, talking in particular about finding ways to make ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    It's not a secret that a majority of Google's earnings comes from advertising, but there is a small subset of income that comes from the company's other (more device-related ventures), such as the Play Store and Nexus device program. For perspective, that subset is even clumped into its own "other revenues" category on Google's earnings reports; it makes up a small amount of what Google actually makes. Although, it isn't an unsubstantial bit – this Google Nexus revenue decline does indeed concern us despite its tiny placement on the earnings report released by Google for Q1. Google had ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Google's intention to launch its own MVNO and start selling cellular service directly to users has been confirmed for weeks now, leaving us to wonder about the specifics, including when this all might go live. We just heard a rumor claiming that Google was nearly ready to go, and would be formally launching the service todayi. Just as predicted, Google has officially announced Project Fi. Fi intelligently evaluates available network connections to find the best option for your phone at the moment, whether's that LTE, 3G, or a local WiFi network. Transitions between cellular and WiFi should ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    When Google showed off its vision for Material Design at Google I/O last year, it was a refreshing UI overhaul, the biggest change to the core aesthetics of Android since 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. With its vision, Google promised a refreshing new way of looking at the user experience. Dynamic and vibrant, with its bold use of colors and seamless transition animations, Android would finally be “beautiful and delightful”. Now, a few months down the road, Android Lollipop has been released, and with it came Material Design. It was new, it was refreshing, with its pretty animations and its ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    The Google wireless service is nearly here, according to trusted sources of The Wall Street Journal. The publication reported Tuesday that the Mountain View company is prepared to launch the wireless service, which leverages both the Sprint and T-Mobile networks, on Wednesday (April 22). As per the same sources, the service allows customers to only pay for the data they use – this isn't akin to a model any other major US carrier uses (though some have embraced the concept of rollover data as of late), and it's unclear how it will be regarded in the telecommunications industry. ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    We first caught sight of Google's Android 5.1.1 update back at the start of the month, mentioned in the release of a new SDK. Then last week, 5.1.1 was showing up on some official Android dev pages, measuring Nexus family audio latency. It sure felt like a release could happen at any moment, but when? Well, today's our day, as the first Android 5.1.1 release quietly appears as a factory image available for download. What's maybe most notable about the way Android 5.1.1 is emerging is that the first device to get it isn't a Nexus phone nor a Nexus tablet, but the Android TV Nexus Player. ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    The way we access the web is changing. For a growing number of people, their usage patterns are already heavily skewed towards mobile, and for many, mobile access is the primary way they get online. Google's all too aware of this, and we've already seen the company take steps to highlight content that's optimized for mobile consumption, like the way it started noting mobile-friendly sites in search results last fall. Today it's taking things one step further, making adjustments to its ranking algorithm that will award more favorable placement to sites that offer mobile-optimized layouts. ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    It would be fantastic if devices that once supported a service were guaranteed to keep doing so for years and years to come – that if Netflix works on your TV today, or your car streams Pandora, that it will keep right on working through future server-end upgrades. Sadly, that's not necessarily the case, and given enough time, client-side software can lose the ability to communicate with the service behind it. That's what happening to a number of YouTube-accessing devices right now, as Google updates its API and breaks compatibility with old viewers. The affected hardware includes old ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    With Apple Watch pre-orders upon us, and the smartwatch set to hit customer hands (well, wrists) soon, it's easy to get so wrapped-up in Apple's chapter of the wearable story that we gloss over what's happening with Android Wear. Sure, the other week's announcement about newly curated watchfaces and straps wasn't so hot, but that Moto 360 sale was solid. As it turns out, we just had to wait a little bit longer for the really substantial news, as today Google announces a big Android Wear update delivering some long-awaited features, including WiFi support. For watch hardware that supports ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    It was only a few weeks after Google formally introduced Android 5.1 that we started hearing about its next platform release, as a new Android SDK made reference to Android version 5.1.1. But that was all we had: a number in some software. We're still far away from putting together an understanding of what Google intends to change in its next Android update, but today we do get to check out some new evidence of its development, with another 5.1.1 mention tuning up in an official source. Remember how one of the improvements Lollipop delivered was decreased audio latency? Google's got a page ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    When Google Cardboard premiered at I/O last summer, it felt like some odd combination of a joke, an afterthought, and maybe a passing distraction. After all, Google couldn't really be serious about a passive VR viewer that was little more than a couple lenses and a cheap frame, could it? But what Cardboard lacked in polish it made up for in accessibility and flexibility, and the low barrier of entry it offered has allowed more smartphone users than ever before to enjoy a real 3D experience on their phones. In the time since, we've seen dozens upon dozens of manufacturers come out with ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Rumors have been going back months now that Google's looking to introduce a new level of customizability to Nexus device purchases. Last summer we checked out a leak claiming that a service called Google Workshop would allow users to design custom cases for their phones – the Nexus 5, to be precise. It would permit them to upload photos for a personal touch, or use stylized imagery from Google Maps – a feature dubbed MapMe. We haven't heard more about Google Workshop for a long time now, but now some of the first hard evidence for its existence may have just been uncovered, in the form ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Google's ambitions grow loftier every year, expanding from phones, to wearable electronics, to self-driving cars. But for all the new avenues it pursues, some of Google's greatest strengths continue to reside in the core search business that made it a household name. Untold millions of us use Google to conduct searches every day, and rely on the data it provides to make so many decisions in our lives. Is Google providing us unadulterated, relevant search results, or does it skew its output in order to serve the company's own interests? That's what the EU is asking as it makes formal ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    The expression that “the children are our future” is fantastically trite by this point, but it nevertheless rings true. Maybe most importantly to mobile companies, today's children are growing up into tomorrow's consumers, and exposing them to devices and services now can help shape their future purchasing decisions. Maybe that's one of the reasons why Google's been showing so much interest in youth-focused offerings lately, like the recent YouTube Kids app. Today we learn about another effort along those lines, as Google announces the Designed for Families initiative for Google Play. ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Google's working on plans to offer cellular service directly to users, operating as an MVNO: the company has confirmed that much, leaving us to wonder about the details. And while Google I/O may soon bring new info about the company's ambitions, today we get some early insight into how this all might work, with the discovery of a Nexus 6 firmware image containing an apparent account management app for this MVNO. The app goes by the name Tycho and also makes reference to the Project Nova codename for the MVNO service itself we've heard before, as well as suggests a new internal codename for ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Is Motorola burning thought old Moto 360 stock in preparation for a new model? Late last week we drew your attention to a rare Moto 360 price cut, with a couple big retailers offering some sizable discounts on the Android Wear smartwatch. But for as attractive as that $180 price was, it turns out that an even better deal was just days away. Now Google itself is following in Amazon and Best Buy's wake as it cuts the Moto 360's sticker price even further, bringing the wearable down to a scant $165. Compared to the $250 base price the watch went for just a week ago, that's a tremendous deal, ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Voice commands already let us do so much with our phones, from running searches, to composing text messages, to even turning on and off our home lights. But for as much as we can do, we're really only just scratching the surface, and we're sure to see voice-control functionality expand into new and unexpected areas in the years to come. Right now, the next to arrive is voice-based phone unlocking, as Google starts going live with Trusted Voice. Evidence had already surfaced in Google Play Services pointing to the forthcoming arrival of Trusted Voice, a new component to Smart Lock that ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    The most advanced mobile hardware in the world, easy-to-use, feature-packed, and compatible with all the top-shelf software you could hope for, isn't going to do any of us any good if it runs down its batteries too quickly. As the wearable market matures, and we squeeze powerful hardware into smaller and smaller form factors, having enough battery capacity to meet demand becomes a rowing problem. Plenty of companies are working hard to advance current battery technologies, and one of the latest firms to get involved is none other than Google. Google's battery efforts started out as it ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Today's wearables market offer mobile technology junkies more options than ever before when it comes to smartwatches, but despite all the different devices out there, your options are still going to be limited by your choice of smartphone. If you want to use certain Gear models, that means needing to own a Samsung handset, or if you intend to pick up the new Apple Watch, you're going to need an iPhone. Android Wear's been open to the Android platform at large, but can it do even better than that? We've been hearing talk for a while about the idea of possibly bringing Wear support to iOS ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Android is definitely the most popular mobile operating system in the world, and the market share difference it owns is almost double that of its nearest competitor. It's clear that Google has done an amazing job at expanding Android to as many markets and as many form factors as possible. The only problem is that Android is also the most fragment operating system in the world when it comes to software updates, and today we get some official figures. Google's monthly version number check-in has arrived, and if you were expected to Lollipop to make some major headlines, the figure is far ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    With April 10 just a couple days away, when Apple Watch pre-orders will open as the smartwatch comes to Apple retail stores for demos, this is undeniably Apple's week when it comes to wearables. And while there may be no changing that fact, just because Apple has the spotlight is no reason for the other players to give up altogether, and Google is sure doing its darnedest to remind us that Android Wear is still a viable option – especially if you're not willing to jump platform lines just for the sake of a wearable. To that end, it's promoting some of Android Wear's customization ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    If you have kids like I do, you probably celebrated the launch of YouTube Kids a few weeks ago, as it is definitely difficult to control what children can find on YouTube. The problem is when you find channels like McDonalds in the feed, which are clearly there to sell you products, and not with the sole purpose of providing children with educational content. This particular problem has raised a lot of fire around the concept of YouTube Kids, and today we learn that there are organizations ready to retaliate against Google. A handful of child advocacy groups are ready to file a complaint ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    It's been a little over a month now since Google's Sundar Pichai confirmed rumors that the company is getting into the cellular service game, starting business as an MVNO and selling access to mobile networks. And while Pichai's comments helped crystallize that this is a project that's very much happening, the details have continued to remain a mystery. It may still be some time before we have the compete picture of just what Google intends to offer, to whom, and for how much, but this week a new report attempts to shine some light on one aspect of those plans, claiming that Google's ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Google Wallet may still struggle for widespread acceptance; it got off to a bumpy start with limited support from manufacturers and carriers, and it's never had quit the same kind of PR support that Apple Pay benefits from. And despite how it still hasn't risen to broad prominence, it continues to be a very useful tool for Android users who take the time to learn when and how to use it. For those of us who regularly take advantage of its mobile payment capabilities, the app's transaction history mode becomes a convenient way to check back in on when we spent what, where. Or at least, it ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    It was just a little earlier this afternoon when we were thinking about the state of Android Lollipop releases, and how the availability of Android 5.1 was pushing OEMs like Motorola to reconsider their release plans for earlier Lollipop updates in favor of those using Google's latest version. And while Motorola looks committed to Android 5.1, we may already be on the cusp of the next Android update, as early evidence arrives for a forthcoming Android 5.1.1 release. The 5.1.1 mention shows up in the Android SDK manager, so while we haven't seen any direct evidence of 5.1.1-running phones ...

    Share
    Read On
Mobile Version