Yesterday Android fans around the world were stunned by news that Google had agreed to sell Motorola to Lenovo in a deal valued at $2.91 Billion dollars. Many have been wondering why Google would agree to such a move after only a couple years of ownership and signs that Motorola was gaining in popularity. On the flip side, the question is out there regarding what Lenovo hopes to gain from the deal. In a new interview with the Wall Street Journal, Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing and CFO Wong Wai Ming shared some of the thought process and what Lenovo has planned for the future with Motorola. Read more
Google has announced a new feature for their Google Wallet app, the ability to scan a loyalty card with your device’s camera in order to add it to the wallet. According to Google, once you grab a pic of the card with your smartphone or tablet, the app will auto-populate the appropriate data fields. Currently the app will let you scan the barcode to add that to your wallet, but does not add the rest of the information like the merchant name or type of program. Google also indicated in their posting on their Google+ page that the program will now alert you via a notification if you are close to any merchants you have stored. Google says the update will be rolling out over the next few days and includes support for Android 4.0 or higher.
source: +Google Wallet
Now that Lenovo is set to acquire Motorola, everyone is wondering what’s going to happen with that new partnership. The latest leak comes from Eldar Murtazin, the same guy responsible for dropping the hint that Google would be ending the Nexus program.
Murtazin has tweeted that Lenovo will be responsible for making one of the last Nexus devices this year, and that it’s going to be aimed at the US market instead of Lenovo’s home market in China. Now, he only said Nexus “product” so while it’s obviously going to be some kind of electronic device, it could be a tablet, a phone, a follow-up to the Nexus Q, or anything else that Google might be wanting to try. Since Motorola doesn’t have much experience in the tablet space, I would think this means phone, but anything could happen.
Either way, we’re sure to start hearing rumors about Lenovo’s first phone with Motorola in a few months. Maybe we’ll hear more about Google extending the Nexus program, too.
When the news that Google sold Motorola to Lenovo for $2.91 billion broke out of the blue people were stunned. Some people threatened to sell their Moto X and Moto G phones. Others threatened to never buy another Motorola product ever again. Others, well, others thought that Google lost out big time on the deal. If you base the sale on simple math, then yes, Google lost roughly $10 billion in this sale making it a big flop in terms of acquisitions. So let’s break down the math.
Many people rejoiced when Google finally added PDF and EPUB support to Google Play Books. In a short time, another update removed that functionality. When asked why, Google said that the feature was “experimental” and would “return at a later time.” The Mountain View company made good on that promise, as PDF support is now back with this current update. All you have to do is enable it:
“Enable PDF support in Settings, then touch a file in email or Downloads and choose Upload to Play Books.”
Besides PDF support, there are visual, performance and bug fixes all around. Settings and help were moved to the main menu as well. We have the download link and QR code after the break.
While Samsung and Google are getting all chummy these days, Samsung is still working on apps of its own. Currently, an app called Life Times is in the works. Not to be confused with the television channel, it appears to be a diary of sorts. This diary pulls information from a host of other apps and events. This information is then put into a centralized place so users can see the things they’ve been recently up to. Think of it as Story Albums 2.0. Although it remains to be seen if Story Albums will actually be replaced.
The app will include information from all your social networks, as well as, messages, missed phone calls and photos. It looks to follow Google’s design guidelines. We’re not sure if it will be on the Galaxy S5 but with the hints at the new Magazine UI, we wouldn’t be surprised. There’s a gallery after the break.
As soon as the announcement that Google sold off Motorola to Lenovo hit, the immediate thought was that Google is out of the hardware business. That is not the case. Maybe Google didn’t want to be in the smartphone business, at least in its current state. Smartphones are a commodity, and Samsung and Apple control the market.
Google kept Motorola’s Advanced Technology team which means Project Ara stays with Google. This clearly indicates that Google is committed to future hardware. Google’s purchase of Nest is another indicator. Although Nest makes a great thermostat, it’s not the main reason for the purchase. It is the product team, and today we are learning that Google has big plans for this team.
We were already pretty sure that the next big installment of Samsung’s Galaxy series would be called the Galaxy S5, and a recent tweet by @evleaks suggests that the rumors are true. The device is coming soon, and although we don’t know much about it, a second tweet from @evleaks showed an image of an .apk file with the word “QHD” in the file name. (3DTourViewer_WQHD_K.apk.) This may or may not have to do with the fact that the phone could come with a QHD display, but if it does, that’s a pretty big deal. We’ll see soon enough.
Sources: @evleaks 1 / @evleaks 2
You may be thinking it is too soon for The Walking Dead as the mid-season debut is still a couple weeks away, but lo and behold the Google TV platform is still lurking around and Google is still keeping it animated at a basic level. A couple apps key to Google TV have received an update proving the platform is not quite dead yet. The latest updates hit Google Play today and bring a few improvements to some basic search functions. Read more