After a two-week long jury trial, the culmination of a years long legal spat that started in 2010, Google has prevailed over Oracle regarding the use of Java in the Android operating system. A unanimous jury verdict held that Google’s use of Java API’s was protected by fair-use provisions of copyright law. Oracle has indicated they plan to appeal the trial results. Read more
The Android operating system dominates the global smartphone market, but in spite of that lead position, there are some frustrations that users put up with in using the platform. One concern is a lack of updates to the operating system being released by manufacturers and carriers for devices that are in the hands of consumers. This has been an issue Google has battled for years and it looks like they may be getting ready to deploy a new tool to aid end users by releasing public rankings and hoping this has a shaming effect on those parties who are lax in keeping up. Read more
Google announced that Chromebooks would finally be getting full-fledged Android app support, but not all Chromebooks are making the cut. Fortunately, Google has released a list of Chromebooks that should be able to take advantage of the new feature, but unfortunately, they’ve left many older Chromebooks off the list. Read more
During Google I/O 2016, one notable subject that the company was silent on was the future of smartphones and tablets in its Nexus line. That was not unexpected despite the Nexus 9 tablet being pulled from the Google Store in late April. With a new report from HTC confirming they have ceased production of the tablet, that means Google currently has no tablet device available for purchase or ostensibly in the pipeline for a future release. Read more
Google may want nothing to do with its original Nexus Player anymore, which launched a near two years ago. The Android TV set-top box vanished from the Google Store just yesterday.
Although the U.S. automaker industry has spread throughout the nation, it still has its roots in the Detroit area. Newcomer to the industry, Google, is planning to add to the mix with the opening of a dedicated research and development facility tied to their self-driving car project. Read more
French authorities this morning raided Google’s Paris HQ, seeking more information for an ongoing tax fraud case.
Google’s Project Loon is an ambitious project: providing Internet connectivity by way of high-altitude balloons. As you can imagine, the search giant has been running into a lot of bureaucratic hurdles, but this latest development could mean that Google will be conducting a pilot run in India very soon.
Timed to coincide with last week’s Google I/O 2016, Google released their latest Spotlight Story, Pearl, to YouTube including full 360-degree viewing support. The short film was originally shown at the Tribeca Film Festival, but the release via YouTube makes it available for all to view. Read more
Couldn’t keep up with everything going on at Google I/O 2016? Don’t feel bad. Google’s three-day event in Mountain View had new stuff appearing every hour, and we were covering it all for you. Now we’ve put everything that came out of this year’s event into a single post so you can pick and choose what you want to check out.