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 [...]