Tag Archives: Google

Happy Face: Offline Google Maps Coming To Android Very Soon

While offline Google Maps has been available as a labs feature through the browser allowing cached maps for offline use for some time now, it’s coming soon as an official feature. No word yet on when the Google Maps app on Android will receive the update — however, you’ll be able to select what type of maps you want offline to help save space. Awesome. Developing…

Ice Cream Sandwich Marketshare Jumps In May, Still Not On Enough Devices

Google’s just released their newest set of Android OS distribution stats and we’re happy to see a small bit of growth for Ice Cream Sandwich is it now powers up to 7.1% of all Android devices. That’s an increase of 2.2% from May, which saw just 4.9% of all Android devices running on Ice Cream Sandwich. It’s likely that the release of HTC’s One X, S and V smartphones, plus a few carrier … [read full article]

Google To Release Five Nexus Devices On November 5th To Celebrate Five Years Of Android?

On the heels of a Wall Street Journal report indicating Google is prepared to announce a variety of partnerships for their exclusive Nexus lineup of smartphones — comes news that these five devices will all arrive on November 5th. Remember, remember the fifth of November. In fact, the fifth of November this year will mark Google’s five-year anniversary for Android. According to TalkAndroid, a reliable source has provided them with intel … [read full article]

Google Announces Official Acquisition Of Motorola Mobility

As the last remaining hurdle came down in the last few days, Google just announced they have finalized their acquisition of Motorola Mobility. Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha is stepping down as “long-time” Googler Dennis Woodside takes the reigns of Motorola after more than 80 years of history. As Google and Motorola completed their blessings from Europe, US and in the last few days, China, the Internet giant has completed it’s $12 billion … [read full article]

Chinese Regulators Remove Last Hurdle To Google, Motorola Deal

Chinese regulators have approved the the mega-billion dollar purchase of Motorola Mobility by Google. The deal, which has already received US approval, had been waiting for China, the long holdout and inal hurdle for the deal to close. “We are pleased the deal has received approval in all jurisdictions,” Motorola Mobility said in an e-mailed statement, confirming that the deal has been approved in China. “We expect to close imminently.” Google will now be able to access Motorola’s deep library of 17,000 patents … [read full article]

Google To Release Nexus Devices From Multiple Vendors, Sell Through Google Play Store?

The Wall Street Journal is making quite the report this evening as they discuss Google’s efforts to partner with a variety of manufacturers to have up to five (yup, five) Pure Google (read: Nexus) devices available at one time. Better yet, the stable of devices will ship with Android 5.0 (Jelly Bean) and will be sold directly from the Google Play store, unlocked and direct to consumers in America, Europe and Asia. Can … [read full article]

T-Mobile Carrier Billing Now Available For Movies, Music, And Books Through Google Play

Google has announced they beginning direct carrier billing for apps, music, movies, and books by charging them directly to your T-Mobile bill. There are many ways to pay on Google Play. Some carriers offer direct billing that lets you charge your Google Play purchases directly to your monthly phone bill. This week we expanded this service to include all types of digital content on Google Play. In the U.S., T-Mobile customers can now … [read full article]

Google’s Jean-Baptiste Queru Talks Android Updates, Direct Phone Sales On Google+

Google’s own Jean-Baptiste Queru threw up some thoughts on Google+ on Android updates and utilizing Google’s own channels to sell devices. Queru specifically touched on the lengthy process of updating from Android 3.2 to Android 4.0. Explaining that the large differences in framework between the two platforms lends to the often irritating delay in release. Queru goes on to say that updates from Gingerbread take even longer as a greater set of differences between … [read full article]

So What Did The Early Stages Of Android Look Like?

The Google v. Oracle trial is turning into a bona-fide goldmine of past Android news as fresh new images originating from the courtroom show a glimpse at what Android looked like in 2007, and what could have been. This is such a far cry from the Android we know today that these shots are almost unrecognizable as a “preliminary” version of the Android platform. If you didn’t know any better and I … [read full article]

Google Wanted To Subsidize Data Plans Through T-Mobile Before Android Platform Launched

As the Oracle v. Google trial continues today over patents, documents shown during the trial hinted that Google mentioned to T-Mobile back in 2006 that it wanted to subsidize Android data plans for $9.99. By Google’s math, customers would pay just $9.99 a month for unlimited data — to help subsidize the reduced cost, the company would forgo commissions it would earn from T-Mobile for referring Android buyers to its online store. Google … [read full article]