Android distribution for July shows KitKat coming up on 20%

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When the Android distribution numbers are published each month, a great debate begins. Many point out the fragmentation (that does still exist) while others defend what Android is all about and how Google is fixing its problem. But as of late, the numbers keep getting better and better for Android. In fact, KitKat is approaching 20% after sitting below 15% last month. And everything behind KitKat has actually seen a decline. This includes Jelly Bean, Ice Cream Sandwich, Gingerbread, and Froyo.

So let the hate roll in, even if Android is improving more and more each month. Let us know in the comments what you think about Android’s distribution for July.

Source: Android Developers

Google reportedly working on major plans to take on Amazon

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Although Google is recognized as the giant amongst search engines, much to the delight of advertisers, it is not the “go to” shopping destination for many consumers. That title may be claimed by Amazon which has built an empire on the sales of books which led to a portfolio of just about anything one may want to buy. This means Google is missing out on an opportunity to help advertisers close the deal on the ads they are serving up with search results and it means advertisers may want to focus more resources on Amazon’s platform. To combat this, Google is reportedly amassing a war chest to expand their Google Shopping Express service beyond the limited markets where it is available.
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Larry Page, Sergey Brin talk Google’s product approach compared to Apple’s and more

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Google co-founders sat down with venture capitalist Vinod Khosla to talk about a few different topics. One of them was how the company develops new products. While Google and Apple are both giants in the tech industry, they take very different approaches to developing products. Apple chooses to work on a very small number of products at any given time; however, Google typically tries many things and sees what sticks.

Khosla asked how they differ on this subject, and Larry Page had this to say:

I would always have this debate, actually, with Steve Jobs. He’d be like, ‘You guys are doing too much stuff.’ And I’d be like, ‘Yeah that’s true.’ And he was right, in some sense. But I think the answer to that – which I only came to recently, as we were talking about this stuff – is that if you’re doing things that are highly interrelated [...] at some point, they have to get integrated.

Hit the break for more from the fireside chat and the video.
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Google preemptively prepares for the Terminator apocalypse with robots.txt Easter egg

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20 years ago, the robots.txt file was created as a way to limit what web  crawlers would and would not index. The file disallows certain pages on a web  site from being indexed, and therefore keeping it out of search results. And, like any other anniversary of something related to technology, Google is taking the opportunity to make a clever joke with it.

Google has uploaded a robots.txt file to their servers that can be found at Google.com/killer-robots.txt with instructions for the inevitable Terminator-style doomsday scenario. The file lists two user agents, the T-800 and T-1000, and instructs them to “disallow” the deaths of Sergey Brin and Larry Page. If you’re a fan of the Terminator movies, you’ll notice both of those user agents are also Terminator models.
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Prototype of a Nexus 8 tablet passes through Indian shipping site

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We know that Google is likely to launch a Nexus tablet this fall alongside the release of Android L. The sizing for Volantis’ display is allegedly 8.9 inches, which would put into question whether or not it would be titled Nexus 8 or Nexus 9. A new entry in the Indian shipping site Zauba may have tipped off what the name will be. On June 30, a “NEXUS8 PROTOTYPE” appeared, claiming it is similar to the Nexus 7.

A Nexus 8 tablet has been rumored for a very long time, and this prototype does not confirm anything. Being that it is indeed a prototype, Google may have scrapped this specific device and is now focusing on something else. Either way, we are expecting a new Nexus device this fall considering the program is not dead.

Source: Zauba
Via: GSM Arena

Rochester Optical to design fashionable lenses, frames for Google Glass

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In order to succeed on the mainstream market, Google Glass will certainly have to seem “cool” enough for consumers to wear around as an everyday accessory.

To do this, Google has enlisted many different sunglasses manufacturers to design lenses, frames and more for Google Glass.

The newest designer is Rochester Optical (although not partnered with Google), which just announced new fashion sunglasses for the platform, which will be available internationally.


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