A recent patent application shows the search giant may be ready to take the wearable technology concept a big step further. Google is developing an electronic skin tattoo for the throat that can act as a microphone for a smartphone, tablet or other device.
The patent by Google's Motorola Mobility unit shows the idea of putting a microphone on a person's throat via an electronic skin tattoo. The tattoo would communicate over Near-Field Communications, Bluetooth, Infrared or other short-range technology to a nearby smartphone, tablet, wearable computer, gaming device or other mobile computer.
This could well mean Big Red is getting ready to unveil a new Droid tablet. Considering Motorola is the exclusive Droid partner for Verizon, it could be the first new Motorola tablet since the Xyboard.
This is all speculation for now and we likely will have to wait for at least one more teaser video to find out more. But don't be surprised if Verizon springs a new 4G LTE Android tablet this fall.
In an interview with Engadget, the chief exec briefly touched upon tablets and suggested that the firm could follow-up on the Xoom and Xyboard tablets.
“That’s something we are working on, but [there’s] nothing specific to talk about right now,” said Woodside to reporters.
Woodside, who joined from Google when the search giant acquired the Illinois-based firm in May 2012, also hinted at the company exploring other form factors and said that some of the new products could take “design cues, as well as the technologies” from the new Moto X smartphone.
Quality issues with customized engraving has forced Google to scrap that option at launch.
“As with all testing programs, we are adapting and changing the process based on what we learn,” a Motorola rep told GigaOM. “One item that requires some additional work before we launch is creating a custom signature on the back of the phone. As such, creating a custom message is no longer available at this time.”
Wyatt recently spoke to Mobile World Live on the challenges going forward in the enterprise mobility space, and paid particularly close attention to the rise of BYOD.
The Good Technology CEO and president, who joined from Motorola in January, said that the trend is still at the start but warned that it may already be scaring big businesses into making the wrong decisions when it comes to managing these personally-owned smartphones and tablets.
Speaking on how IT departments embrace BYOD, Wyatt said:
“People are bringing these devices into work and forwarding their email but IT thinks ‘whoa, whoa, whoa’, I have to come up for a solution for that. [...]
With businesses looking to cut costs in today’s uncertain economic climate, a new class of tablet bargain hunters has emerged: the office manager and the procurement agent.
Small businesses are increasingly equipping their employees with tablets to create efficiencies and, in some cases, for the ‘cool factor.’ For example, some restaurants are presenting customers with tablet menus rather than printed versions and many retail stores have done away with registers altogether, relying instead on sales associates with tablets to ring up purchases on the spot.
However, as with any hot product, as the popularity of tablets grows, the rise of [...]
Motorola says that the 10.1-inch tablet will offer in-flight entertainment to Business and 'Magnifica' class passengers on select mid to long-distance flights, with this entertainment consisting of pre-loaded movies, music, magazines and games.
The tablets will also tip up at ten of Alitalia’s airport lounges, while crew members will use the Motorola devices to keep tabs on 'high value customers'. In particular, staff will be able to use the tablets to check a customer's preference for seating or food, or to just peruse their travel history.
This is by no means the first time an airline has taken the move to introduce tablets, as recent [...]
China’s approval marks the final step for the deal, and with the US and EU having granted approval back in February, there is a real possibility that the acquisition could be approved at some point later this week.
However, the Chinese didn't just wave the deal through without careful consideration, and have inserted a clause for Google to keep Android free to the world until 2017, presumably on the assumption that Google might one-day close it off for Motorola-only smartphones and tablets. Today that threat remains some way off, however.
Google announced its decision to acquire Motorola back in August of last year, with the search giant apparently keen to [...]
The update will improve browser scrolling, offer a finer touch response – including some stylus enhancements, and will see both tablets come pre-loaded with The Daily, the tablet-only magazine. The slates will also be able to maintain data connection when the user is switching between WiFi, 3G and 4G LTE connections.
Furthermore, the upgrade will bring about a global roaming feature, in two phases. Global support will first be pushed to the hardware, and an air update to the SIM card will make the tablet ‘Global Ready’ thereafter. After receiving this second update, customers will be able to take their Xyboard tablets overseas and use data in over 205 [...]
The company revealed that revenue topped $3.44 billion in the fourth quarter, remaining flat from the $3.43 billion reported the year before. Full year revenue reached $13 billion, up from $11.5 billion in 2010, while the loss of the year was $249 million, up from the $86 million recorded in 2010.
Motorola enjoyed modest success with mobile shipments, shipping 42.4 million mobile devices throughout the year, up from 37.3 million in 2010. This figure included 18.7 million smartphones, but just a million Xoom and Xyboard tablets.
Google confirmed its intention to buy the company for $12.5 billion in August of last year and that deal is now said to be pending regulatory [...]