Archive for: Google

Google HQ Gains It’s Newest Lawn Gnome: ICS Guy.

  • October 13, 2011 4:12 pm


Well lookie there…Google got themselves a sweet new lawn gnome. (Impeccable timing if you ask us — the announcement earlier and now the new yard ornament.)

October 19th is the day it all goes down.

Galaxy Nexus/ICS Reveal Delayed Because Of Patent Woes?

  • October 11, 2011 9:54 am

Up until now the general consensus has been that Google and Samsung delayed the unveiling of the next-gen Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of respect for Steve Jobs’ recent passing. But that may not be entirely true. According to infamous cellular leaker Eldar Murtazin, the duo delayed the new hardware and software because of ongoing issues with ICS features and patents. Specifically, several features are being removed from the final version of ICS so that they don’t get Google (and Samsung) in trouble with Apple.

It’s certainly a valid possibility considering Samsung is already embroiled in a heated multi-courtroom battle with Apple over a slew of alleged patent violations (and vice versa). Going out of their way now to protect themselves later could end up saving the companies millions in patent violation fines.

For now we can only take this with a grain of salt until either side offers up something a bit more official.

Thoughts?

[Update] Google, Samsung Announce Galaxy Nexus Launch Has Been Delayed. “Not The Right Time…”

  • October 7, 2011 7:55 am


Wow. Samsung has officially announced that the “Unpacked” event scheduled just a few days from now (October 11th) has been postponed. “A new date and venue will be announced shortly”, says the duo.

According to Samsung, the decision is shared between them and Google:

“Samsung and Google decide to postpone the new product announcement at CTIA Fall. We agree that it is just not the right time to announce a new product. New date and venue will be shortly announced.”

The context of the statement has already started rumors that Google and Samsung are postponing the event out of respect for Steve Jobs’ recent, untimely passing. We’ve reached out to both parties for official comment. If said rumor does turn out to be true, it’s further proof of the kind of effect Steve Jobs had on the tech world if even his fiercest competitors (and a company whom Apple is suing in over 10+ lawsuits) are delaying their flagship devices that chase after the latest iPhone 4S.

Update

A Google spokesperson just called to confirm what has already been said — that the decision to delay the event was a mutual decision. The spokesperson also confirmed that the decision was made specifically because of Steve Jobs’ untimely passing. With that said, neither Samsung nor Google have announced a replacement date for the “Unpacked” event in which they’ll reportedly unveil the Galaxy Nexus and/or Android 4.0.

Official joint statement:

Samsung and Google have decided to postpone the Samsung Mobile Unpacked event during the CTIA in San Diego, previously scheduled for Oct. 11. Under the current circumstances, both parties have agreed that this is not the appropriate time for the announcement of a new product. We would ask for the understanding of our clients and media for any inconvenience caused. We will announce a new date and venue in due course.

With that in the open now we must say, we’re mighty impressed by both Google and Samsung. As we mentioned above, neither party is in very good standing with Apple at the moment. It’s time like these — where companies put down their battle axes and affiliations and come together for a common purpose/greater good — that makes being a human being invigorating.

Google Opens First Google Store (Chromezone) In London.

  • September 30, 2011 11:02 pm


Apple has a strong retail presence. Microsoft began following in the last couple of years. And now Google is beginning to get into the game too with their new “Chromezone”. The first Chromezone officially “opened” their sudo doors this morning in London’s Tottenham Court Road PC World. Arvind Desikan, head of consumer marketing for Google UK said the Chromezone will help in getting people playing with and figuring out Chromebooks and Google’s ChromeOS. Hands-on experience is key according to Desikan:

“We found anecdotally that when people tried the device and played with it, that made a huge difference to their understanding of what the Chromebook is all about. People will be able to go in and have a play with the devices. We want to see whether people understand what this device is all about and monitor their reaction when they try it out.”

Another Chromezone will go live October 7th in Essex. We’re still waiting on word as to when we can expect this same “Googly Experience” here in the states.

[Update 2] Google Takes Off The Gloves: “Microsoft’s Patent/Royalty Agreements Amount To Extortion.”

  • September 28, 2011 2:44 pm


The argument that Android is “free” became less valid today with news of a new cross-licensing agreement between Microsoft and Samsung over alleged infringing material contained in Android’s source code. From here on out Samsung will reportedly pay Microsoft an undisclosed royalty on each Samsung Android device sold. Google is obviously none too pleased, with the company’s official statement sounding a tad loaded:

“This is the same tactic we’ve seen time and again from Microsoft. Failing to succeed in the smartphone market, they are resorting to legal measures to extort profit from others’ achievements and hinder the pace of innovation. We remain focused on building new technology and supporting Android partners.”

Last year Microsoft signed a similar deal with HTC.

While have no doubt there’s probably some Microsoft IP buried within Android, the same can be said the other way — and for iOS and webOS, and… See where we’re going with this? The mobile market has been ridiculously held in a stranglehold of BS IP lawsuits.

While it’s sad to see other platforms that may/may not be “stealing” IP from competitors, we’d wager it’s even more sad that Microsoft’s best weapon in the mobile market at this point is suing competitors for licensing fees and royalties instead of direct revenue from their own Windows Phone 7 platform.

Update

The royalty payments Samsung must send Microsoft’s way are being reported as high as $15 per device. Yeeeouch.

Update 2

Microsoft’s head of communications, Frank Shaw, just laid out his (non) sugarcoated views on Google’s response as stated above…

The overall reality that the mobile world (and IP law) is screwed up remains. Still, it’s in a way damn funny to watch and refreshing to see an actual person responding instead of some carbon copy PR department.

Google Is Killing Our Memory! [Infographic]

  • September 26, 2011 1:13 pm


Google is killing our memory and ability to retain/find information outside of the world wide web, at least that’s what OnlineColleges.net has portrayed in a handy infographic.

While Google’s vast cache of information is great for knowledge hungry folk, and not to mention readily accessible, it’s wreaking havoc on the human brain’s ability to store information and could negatively affect written records in the future if our reliance on digital nannies doesn’t change.. Sounds bad, doesn’t it?

Infographic time after the break!

Droid Prime/Nexus Prime Rumor Round-up.

  • September 26, 2011 7:43 am

The Nexus Prime is undoubtedly the most highly anticipated Android phone of 2011. While it was to be the first Android phone to feature 720 x 1280 (720p) resolution, that crown has since been claimed by Samsung’s Galaxy S II LTE HD. But there’s still plenty to be excited about. For starters, Nexus devices are “pure” Google phones (ie: they lack manufacturer/carrier customizations such as ugly, performance sucking skins). Even better, however, is that because of their “pure” nature, updates are received far faster and for longer into the future too. Finally, perhaps the most exciting feature of the next Nexus device is the fact that it will showcase Android 2.4/4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich).

But there’s a catch. There are currently two Nexus/Prime devices — the SCH-i515 (Droid Prime) and GT-I9250 (Nexus Prime).

Hop on past the break as we take a look at the numerous rumors surrounding what are sure to be two of the biggest mobile devices of 2011…

Is This Google Branded SIM Card The First Sign Of Google Cellular Service?

  • September 23, 2011 8:09 am


Rumors have long concluded that Google would ultimately move towards creating their own open cellular service in an effort truly shake up the U.S. cellular industry. Though time and time again such rumors get debunked rather quickly as the road to creating a cellular network is full of trials and tribulations, government bodies, red tape, and of course, a ton of money. But the Google-branded SIM cards above discovered by Spanish Android site XatakAndroid rekindle the long running Google Carrier rumor.

Even more interesting, however, are reports via the same site that Google is looking at two Spanish telecoms to partner with — Pepephone or Simyo — and that ultimately Google’s phone service will once again take a partner approach with current cellular providers rather than be a standalone service.

To dream the impossible dream…

Get The (Alleged) Ice Cream Sandwich Launcher Now!

  • September 20, 2011 10:01 am


Ok, ok. Android 2.4/4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich hasn’t been officially unveiled by el Goog, but we have managed to see a few screenshots pop up here and there showing a re-styled homescreen nonetheless. So what better way to get in the ICS spirit than installing a new launcher that resembles said update.

According to the XDA members who developed the launcher, it’s still very much in alpha stage and not fit for daily use. With that said, what kind of Android fanboy would you be if you didn’t hop on the chance to have a sudo-Ice Cream Sandwich launcher before everyone else?

Download it now: XDA