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December 16, 2010

Google to announce Honeycomb in February?

Google recently launched the Android 2.3, which is the latest version of Android OS. A few days ago, Andy Rubin showed off a Motorola tablet, and the tablet features an upcoming version of Android known as Honeycomb. Our friends our at AndroidandMe are reporting that Google will launch the Honeycomb officially in February, and the actual name of this version is Android 2.4, not 3.0. May be Google is looking forward to announce Honeycomb during the Mobile World Congress.

Also rumors are on the street that Motorola will launch the Everest tablet on February 6th. Both rumors make sense, because for the launch of Motorola tablet, the announcement of Honeycomb is necessary. As we know that Google launched the Android 2.3 with Samsung, may be they are planning to launch 2.4 with Motorola. Honeycomb features a totally changed user interface, and the UI is actually designed for tablets but not only for tablets, the OS will also run on phones.

December 15, 2010

Google Open Sources Two Projects, Contributes to Eclipse Foundation

Google announces today that it is open sourcing two of the projects through the Eclipse Foundation. Google is donating the source code and the IP for WindowBuilder, the leading Eclipse Java GUI Designer, and CodePro Profiler, an analytics tool that identifies code performance issues. Specifically, the donation includes the WindowBuilder Engine and designers for SWT and Swing – code and IP that Google says is valued at more than $5 million.
October 19, 2010

Google reaffirms commitment to China

Thanks to Yahoo News.

Google vice president John Liu on Tuesday reaffirmed the firm’s commitment to China, the world’s largest web community, after its harsh battle this year with Beijing over censorship and cyberattacks.Liu described China as a “very important market for Google” at a technology conference in Beijing, adding that the company would “continue to provide the best products and services for users in China as in other markets”.China had a huge potential for digital marketing as less than two million out of its 30-40 million small and medium-sized companies were currently able to sell their wares online, he said.”Google, together with our team and partners, will spare no effort in helping China users and companies in digital marketing,” Liu said at the China 2.0 conference sponsored by Stanford University.China in July renewed Google’s Internet Content Provider licence, after the US web giant threatened to completely shut down its operations in the Asian country over what it said were China-based cyberattacks and state censorship.The renewal came after the California-based firm set up a new landing page at google.cn with links to its uncensored Hong Kong search engine, ending an automatic redirect that had apparently irritated authorities.But the company has yet to get a licence to provide web mapping services in the country, which has an online population of at least 420 million.

The government said last month that it had granted the licences to 31 companies including Finnish mobile phone maker Nokia, but many other foreign firms including Google had not yet applied.Google’s share of China’s online market fell to 24.2 percent in the three months to June, from 30.9 percent in the first quarter, figures from research firm Analysys International indicated.Meanwhile, the company’s major China rival Baidu increased its dominance, with its market share rising to 70 percent in the second quarter from 64 percent in the first three months of the year, Analysys said.

October 15, 2010

Google to step up mobile advertising push

Google took time out on Thursday to give itself a pat on the back for the headway it has made in breaking out of its core search market – and then promised to step up its efforts to capitalise on new advertising markets that are opening up on the internet.The search group finally responded to repeated calls from Wall Street to reveal how some of its newer businesses, such as mobile and display advertising, are doing. But it also said that this was a one-off disclosure that would not be repeated.Eric Schmidt, chief executive, pointed to the $1bn in annualised revenue that the company is now making from mobile advertising as evidence that its investment in the Android operating system had been a success. “On that basis alone, Android is wildly successful,” he said.In another sign that its focus is shifting further on to mobile access to the internet, Google earlier this week appointed Marissa Mayer, formerly the executive in charge of its core search products, to a new job overseeing local and location-based services. As mobile access has taken off, many more internet users are relying on these types of services.

Google executives pointed to the evidence of the early headway they were making in mobile, display and YouTube advertising as they promised to continue to focus on long-term opportunities.“We’re thinking about the next five-10 years,” said Patrick Pichette, chief financial officer. “We’re on this growth agenda at full throttle.”

Even in the short term, Google is showing signs of bouncing back more rapidly from the recession than Wall Street had expected.

The Average Teenager Sends 3,339 Texts Per Month [STATS]

If you needed more proof that texting is on the rise, here’s a stat for you: the average teenager sends over 3,000 texts per month. That’s more than six texts per waking hour.According to a new study from Nielsen, our society has gone mad with texting, data usage and app downloads. Nielsen analyzed the mobile data habits of over 60,000 mobile subscribers and surveyed over 3,000 teens during April, May and June of this year. The numbers they came up with are astounding.

The number of texts being sent is on the rise, especially among teenagers age 13 to 17. According to Nielsen, the average teenager now sends 3,339 texts per month. There’s more, though: teen females send an incredible 4,050 text per month, while teen males send an average of 2,539 texts. Teens are sending 8% more texts than they were this time last year.

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October 12, 2010

Google’s Chrome OS may launch on November 11

Google’s most anticipated software project of the year, is on the verge of finally launching. TechCrunch uncovered the fact that the browser-based OS has already hit Release Candidate stage, which is the step that comes right before a full-blown release. Most likely, Google’s engineers are now hard at work squashing bugs and getting ready for Chrome OS 1.0. Further evidence of this lies in a thread over at Google Code where a Google employee referenced ‘November 11’ a couple of times in reply to new feature requests. As in, Google would only consider adding new features after November 11. And that certainly makes sense, since usually while you prep a software project for release, you freeze any new feature additions and focus on ironing out the last kinks.So it seems plausible that Google will release Chrome OS on November 11, or at least code-freeze it then and maybe wait until November 19 to unleash it – that’s the one year anniversary of the event where they first showed it. Either way, they will be able to make that initially promised ‘in time for the holiday season 2010’ target after all. And Chrome OS-powered netbooks (or even tablets) could be on your lap very soon.

October 12, 2010

Google funds power backbone for major wind farm

Google said today it’s invested in a project called the Atlantic Wind Connection, an effort to create a 350-mile power transmission backbone linking wind turbines several miles offshore with sites along the United States East Coast.The underwater cable, “a superhighway for clean energy” in Google’s words, is designed to link multiple offshore wind farms to the U.S. power grid. The wind farms, which are separate from the backbone project, would be located 10 to 15 miles offshore so they would have strong wind and would be invisible from shore. Construction costs of the backbone project are estimated to be $5 billion, according to a story in The New York Times.”By putting strong, secure transmission in place, the project removes a major barrier to scaling up offshore wind, an industry that despite its potential, only had its first federal lease signed last week and still has no operating projects in the U.S.,” Google said.The backbone would have the capacity to deliver 6,000 megawatts of power, enough for 1.9 million households, Google said in its Atlantic Wind Connection announcement. Google has been active in many energy projects, for example by sponsoring research, offering home energy-use monitors, and advocating for smart-grid technology.
October 9, 2010

Google Has Self Driving Cars !

Google has self-driving cars… that travel around in real traffic.In what the company is calling “A first in robotics research”, it has been testing the cars driving themselves around the San Francisco area, clocking up over 140,000 miles on public roads.Google says the cars use video cameras, radar sensors and a laser range finder to “see” other traffic. Map data, collected using manually driven vehicles are used to navigate the road ahead. For safety there’s always a trained human in the driving seat waiting to step in if things go awry.Why is Google doing this? It believes automated cars will be safer than conventional cars and will encourage car sharing. We’re not sure why car sharing will be encouraged by no-one doing the driving – surely the appeal of having your own car is having your own space, whether you’re doing the driving or not.This is all a long way from being mass-market, though. Google software engineer Sebastian Thrun writes ”While this project is very much in the experimental stage, it provides a glimpse of what transportation might look like in the future thanks to advanced computer science. And that future is very exciting.”This is certainly impressive technology and we look forward to seeing Google make the cars transform into robots too.
October 6, 2010

Track Your friends with Google Latitude !

Today, Google has launched a reworked Latitude homepage  (www.google.com/latitude) that does just that. You can now see your friends (and yourself) on a map, manage friend requests and control privacy settings. The new page also makes the service’s excellent stats package (showing trips you’ve made, time spent at work and much more) more easily accessible.

September 30, 2010

Google Says Mobile Will Dwarf the Web; Microsoft Could be the Loser

“One day mobile searches and mobile revenue will far outpace those from the Web “
Google CEO Eric Schmidt.
One day mobile searches and mobile revenue will far outpace those from the Web, believes Google CEO Eric Schmidt. He doesn’t expect that to happen any time soon. But if he’s right, the big winner will be Google, and the big loser likely Microsoft.According to Reuters, Schmidt told the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco:”Eventually we think mobile will be the majority of the searches and the majority of the revenue, but it’s a long time.”Key to Google’s success on mobile is its development of Android and giving it away to phone makers, because Google is the default search engine, mapping app, email app, and more on Android. So the lion’s share of ad revenue comes its way.