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.
With Apple and Microsoft also gearing up for their own developer conferences next month, it is that time of year again when the big market players show what they intend to launch in the coming year.
Google I/O is no different and will most likely see the introduction of a new tablet, smartphone and operating system, even if new Android boss Sundar Pichai has hinted that it will be a low-key affair.
“It’s going to be different. It’s not a time when we have much in the way of launches of new products or a new operating system. Both on Android and Chrome, we’re going to focus this I/O on all of the kinds of things we’re doing for [...]
Referring to the current state of devices, Page said:
“In today’s multiscreen world, the opportunities are endless. Think about your device, battery life is a challenge for most people. You shouldn’t need to carry a charger to make it through the day.
“If your kids spill their drink on their tablet the screen shouldn’t die and when you drop your phone it shouldn’t shatter. There is a real potential to invent new and better experiences, ones that are much faster and more intuitive.”
While Google relies on a huge number of mobile device makers to support its Android operating system, Page said he was specifically impressed [...]
The CEO of Motorola Solutions, which split from the now Google-owned Motorola Mobility two years ago, confirmed that the company was working on a "tablet-style" device in an interview with Bloomberg.
Greg Brown said that the tablet will have a keyboard, will resemble some other handheld devices used in inventory management and expects the model to arrive sometime from the second half of 2013 to early 2014.
“We’re as well-positioned as anybody, given the scale of the devices we have and the relationship we have with Microsoft,” said Brown, on the firm’s chances with Windows 8.
The Motorola Solutions CEO added that police and other [...]
“We ended 2012 with a strong quarter,” said Google co-founder and CEO Larry Page, in the earnings call.
“Revenues were up 36% year-on-year and 8% quarter-on-quarter. And we hit $50 billion in revenues for the first time – not a bad achievement in just a decade and a half.”
Google announced that revenues for the quarter increased by 36% year-on-year (YoY) to reach $14.42 billion, while profits rose 6.7% YoY to hit $2.89 billion. Google earnings also increased, jumping up by 10% to $10.74 billion.
The search giant confirmed that 67% of its total revenues came from Google’s own website, an 18% increase from the previous year, with [...]
Although the variety and quantity of different Android-based devices continues to grow rapidly, fragmentation has been an issue for app developers who can’t be sure their apps will work across all the devices.
Google’s own stats show that less than 7% of all Android devices run the most recent “Jelly Bean” version of Android (v4.1 and 4.2 combined) while another 27.5% run the Ice Cream Sandwich version released late last year (v4.03 and 4.04 combined)
The relatively ancient Gingerbread version of Android is still present on the majority (50.8%) of Android devices.
Schmidt told the WSJ (subscription required) that compatibility [...]
Verizon offers the financing to “postpaid customers” (i.e. those who are billed on a monthly basis) and applies to any tablet costing $349.99 or more, include Apple’s iPad and Android tablets from Samsung and Google's Motorola Mobility.
FierceWireless spotted news of Verizon's tablet financing plan in a report from Current Analysis titled "Shh! Verizon Wireless Has a Monthly Installment Plan for Tablets, but Don't Tell Anyone.”
In the report, authors, Jamie Huff and Avi Greengart wrote that customers must pay a $35 activation fee and a $30 finance charge (and pass a credit check) to get the financing, which can break up the cost [...]
The news comes the week after Apple’s stunning $1.05 billion court victory in a high profile patent dispute with Samsung that the Korean device maker is appealing. Samsung, which relies on Google’s Android operating system, was found guilty on a series of charges that a number of its Galaxy phones and tablets infringed on Apple’s patents.
The two CEOs had a phone conversation last week and are expected to talk again, according to a report by Reuters citing several unnamed sources who confirmed the talked.
What’s not known is the scope of the discussions.
The two companies could, for example, be looking to cease litigation over some of the [...]
The cuts will cost 4,000 jobs at Motorola Mobility and analysts say it’s a sign Google wants to see the group focus on fewer devices.
One of the controversies surrounding Google’s purchase of the smartphone and tablet maker is whether it would favor the group over the many hardware partners it needs to make Android a success. Google has consistently stated it won’t give Motorola preferential treatment in terms of Android releases or exclusive access to the OS. Google has also released its own branded tablet, the Neuxs 7 made by Asus.
“I don’t think this is the end of Moto. But I do expect a scaled back presence for Moto with [...]
Dalton Caldwell is a young developer with an old school idea — web users should pay for services, rather than get them for free in the more typical ad-supported model.
“Why isn’t there an opportunity to pay money to get an ad-free feed from a company where the product is something you pay for, not, well, you,” he says in his Dalton Caldwell does things the hard way” blog. “To be clear: I’m glad there are ad-supported options, but why does that seem like the only option?”
Caldwell’s been working on just such an option for the past eight months; a consumer-facing iOS app he describes as [...]