Google Inc. said that less than half of the $12.4 billion it paid to acquire Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. was all devoted to patents and technology. Out of the $12.4 billion, $5.5 billion was devoted to patents and “developed technology,” according to what Google wrote in a document with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission yesterday. $2.6 billion was also devoted to goodwill, which Google said was a financial benefit they expect to receive from the acquisition.
As we reported earlier, Google released a video to introduce the Google Nexus 7 tablet to new owners. We suggested at the time that it may be the first in a series of videos to help new tablet owners get acquainted with their device. It certainly looks like that may be the case as Google has released another Nexus 7 related video. This one is titled “Make Yourself At Home” and provides a brief overview of how to add apps and widgets to the homescreen along with a couple other tips. Like the first one, people who are used to working with Android powered tablets may not get much out of it. Hit the break to view this latest installment. » Read the rest
Looks like Google has made the Nexus Q available once again. The media streaming orb can be yours for just $299 and will ship in 3-5 days. Personally, I would love to have this little gem in all the rooms at my house, but I can’t justify spending $300 bucks for each one! Hit the break for a quick video and decide for yourself!
There are a lot of things you can do with the Nexus 7, but did you know you can propose to your girlfriend with one? Well on July 4th, Googler Raj Hathiramani decided to give a Nexus 7 to his girlfriend Aditi after visiting the Shedd Aquarium, Millennium Park and playing squash in Chicago. He pre-loaded it with her favorite movies, music, books, and apps. Then he did quick demo for her and showed her the video below. It’s actually a pretty cool video and one that took a lot of work.
I’m guessing the wedding favors will consist of some jelly beans. Congratulations Raj and Aditi, we wish you the best.
The VIZIO Co-Star Google TV box looks like a winner for $99. I know, Google TV’s growth is non existent, but when you get an updated version with a nice remote for $99, you have to consider it. If your finally looking to jump on the Google TV bandwagon, the Co-Star seems like the best option. Vizio just announced that pre-orders start today on their website with free shipping for a limited time. They expect to start shipping them by mid August.
Full press release after the break:
The popularity of the Nexus 7 is likely to push the Android experience to a lot of people who haven’t experienced it at all. In fact, when it comes to tablets, very few consumers have experienced Android. Google just released a “Getting Started” video for the Nexus 7. I know a lot of you won’t get anything out of it, but with many newer consumers just learning about Android, I’m sure it will be a big help. Surprisingly, it’s only a little over a minute which seems a little short. We just might see a whole series of videos. Hit the break to check it out.
We already knew about the upcoming Motorola Xoom soak test and now we have confirmation that it will begin very soon… possibly as soon as tonight. Members of the Motorola Feedback Network are receiving emails that pretty much state that it’s coming any time now. Though the email does not specifically state this is the Jelly Bean update, our sources tell us that it is. Of course, that should not be a surprise to anyone considering the Xoom is pretty much a Nexus device (without the Nexus name) getting updates directly from Google.
Hit the break for the full email.
Google has been doing an amazing job with their commercials, so I have been excited to see what they had in store for Nexus 7. In the past it’s been a Hallmark emotional feel with the new Dad realizing his photos were stored in the cloud and the big Super Bowl ad title Parisian Love. The theme continues with the Nexus 7 as it’s the focal point while a father and son are camping. The big question is if they were connecting the game changing tab to a smartphone hotspot or was it an incredible long range WiFi signal? Make sure you hit the break and watch all the way to the end to find out.
Last week Google submitted a letter to the U.S. Senate’s Judiciary Committee outlining their views regarding technologies that become de facto standards and how patent laws should be applied. Of course the subjects of standards and patents is of great interest to Google as they are involved in numerous lawsuits revolving around these issues. » Read the rest
Ever since Google dropped the N7 bomb that’s all people have been talking about lately. The new tablet from Google has received overwhelming response from tech blogs and consumers alike, and sales of the device reflect its high demand. Nexus 7 orders from the Play Store went from a 3-5 day shipping period to the 16GB version being completely sold out. Currently, the higher priced 16GB Nexus 7 is listed as “coming soon” and those who are interested in purchasing the device are asked to enter their email to receive an update when more stock becomes available.
At the time of writing this, the 8GB version was still listed as available and will ship in 3-5 days. For only $50 more I can see why the larger version is much more appealing but unless you already jumped on the bandwagon it looks like you will have to wait for the next batch to arrive. This may not be a bad thing, though. If anything, hopefully the screen issues will have been sorted out by then. We will keep you posted.
source: Google Play