According to media in Korea, LG is planning on making a 2-day visit to Google’s HQ here in California in hopes to continue their partnership. Over the past few years, LG and Google have collaborated to create some wonderful devices that first started with the Nexus 4. In this meeting, LG is coming with no shortage of ammunition as they plan on bringing in their LG Display, LG Chem, LG Electronics and LG Innotek branches. LG hopes that they can woe Google over with their new innovations for this year and possibly continue to make devices (hopefully Nexus).
As many of us know, Android originally started as a project by Andy Rubin as a company completely separate from Google. It wasn’t until 2005 that Google scooped up the mobile operating system, and a few more years until we actually saw it make an impact on the mobile market. However, it turns out that Google wasn’t Rubin’s first choice to find funding for Android. The Android team originally tried to get one of the biggest manufacturers to take up the project.
In 2004, Andy Rubin and the Android team flew to South Korea to talk with Samsung about securing funding for Android, but instead of any enthusiasm, Samsung reportedly laughed the team out of the board room, considering their small development team size. Hindsight is 20/20, of course, but Samsung still laughed at the group of guys that would eventually go on to completely flip the smartphone industry on its head. Fast forward a few years, and Android is arguably one of Samsung’s most valuable assets. » Read the rest
SlickLogin, which announced a new sound-based security system a few months ago at the TechCrunch Disrupt event, has been acquired by Google for an undisclosed amount. The goal of the SlickLogin team is to make logging in “easy instead of frustrating” and that it should not get in the way of a user even when two-factor authentication is used. According to their announcement, SlickLogin says Google agrees. » Read the rest
Although the original Flappy Bird app is no longer available through Google Play or Apple’s app store, players hoping to give the title a try have plenty of alternatives to choose from as developers rush in with spin-offs and mock-ups. As some developers have discovered, although the game is history the name lives on as Google and Apple allegedly are trying to police potential copyright issues for games with the word “Flappy” in the title. » Read the rest
Google will be keeping with their tradition of holiday-themed Auto Awesome photos tomorrow for Valentine’s Day. If you upload a photo to Google+ of people kissing, floating hearts (as seen above) will be added to the photo to make it “extra-special.” You can keep it private, or make it public for all the world to see. It’s up to you— try it out now!
Source: +Erik Murphy-Chutorian
Last week, Google announced the release of the Google Cast SDK, but developers weren’t allowed to release their Chromecast compatible apps until Google Play Services 4.2 was completely rolled out. If you remember, cloud.tv released an updated version of Dayframe with Chromecast compatibility, but had to pull it later in the day since Google didn’t want new apps to be released just yet. For whatever reason, they allowed AllCast to stay in the Play Store.
Google just announced that the rollout is complete, thus the Google Play Services 4.2 SDK is now available. This new version of Google Play Services includes Google Cast APIs as well as updated Google Drive APIs. and more. This means that apps like Dayframe, and hopefully a slew of others, can now be released with Chromecast compatibility. Let the floodgates open.
Lenovo’s CEO Yang Yuanqing is back on the interview circuit, explaining more about how he thinks the company can turn around the financial trajectory of Motorola Mobility once the pending $2.91 billion dollar deal closes. According to Yang, a key part of Lenovo’s strategy will be to reintroduce the Motorola brand to China and emerging markets, which will enable Lenovo to turn a profit with Motorola “in a few quarters.” » Read the rest
As 2013 drew to a close, news broke that Google’s Chromebook platform and devices were storming the U.S. commercial sales channels. Much of their success has been in places like school districts where low cost devices are needed for deployment to large student bodies. The good news for Google is that students are usually not locked into specific applications and schools tend to utilize cloud solutions to make the constant deployment of technology easier. Things are a little more difficult in corporate settings where business users tend to rely on more specific apps and companies may be more hesitant to use cloud solutions, especially with relatively more stable user populations. Google has taken a step to help break into that market with a recent agreement to work with VMWare to bring access to Windows desktops and applications to Chromebook devices. » Read the rest
When new smartphones are released, we are inevitably hit with videos from folks trying to show how well they survive drops and hits, usually in comparison to other leading devices. Although interesting to those who enjoy watching devices get trashed and fanboys or fangirls who like to find any little thing to claim superiority for their favored device, the results of these videos are really just a single data point. For some folks, like SquareTrade which supplies insurance to consumers who buy electronic devices, the breakability of different devices is important for their rate setting and more extensive, controlled testing is required. The company recently completed another round of testing of popular devices and released the top 10 results. Leading the way as the most breakable device was Apple’s iPad Mini, but other Apple devices along with those from Samsung and Google fill out the top 10. » Read the rest
As Google moves from smart phones to smart homes, their recent acquisition of Nest is now official and complete according to a recent SEC filing. Google reports the transaction closed on February 7, 2014. That was the same day that news broke that the FTC had approved the deal well ahead of the typical 30 day window for anti-trust law compliance reviews. Google’s acquisition of Nest for $3.2 billion was first announced on January 13th, so less than a month later they have already closed.
While Google has moved quickly to wrap up the acquisition of Nest, it remains to be seen whether they will move just as quickly to develop and deploy new hardware to consumers.