Shuffle in positions may signal more Android/Chrome consolidation

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Sources within Google indicate some top level executives have shifted around and the changes may be another sign that the company is moving closer to a merger of its two operating systems. Hiroshi Lockheimer, who is the vp of engineering for the Android operating system, has had the engineering team assigned to the Chrome operating system placed under him. Linus Upson was the top engineer for Chrome and it is unclear what he will be doing moving forward.
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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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Sergey Brin discusses changes to patent system to end patent trolling

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Google’s Sergey Brin discussed several changes to U.S. patent law during a recent onstage presentation. Some of the sweeping changes he would like to see include the elimination of business process patents, a requirement that a patent holder actively use the patented technology, and significantly reducing the time allowed for patent protection to exist.
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Sergey Brin says smartphones are ‘emasculating’ and a ‘nervous habit’ while Google Glass is a ‘little freaky at first, but you get used to it’

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Google Glass is the next generation of wearable, internet-connected devices, and Sergey Brin believes smartphones are “emasculating” compared to Glass. Sergey recently spoke at the Technology, Education and Design (TED) conference in Los Angeles.

He made a few points about how people interact with phones and the outside world:

“Is this the way you’re meant to interact with other people? It’s kind of emasculating. Is this what you’re meant to do with your body? I have a nervous tic. The cell phone is a nervous habit — If I smoked, I’d probably smoke instead, It’d look cooler. But I whip this out and look as if I have something important to do. It really opened my eyes to how much of my life I spent secluding myself away in email.”


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Google Glasses Will Make its way to Consumers by 2014

If you have already seen Google’s keynote on this years Google IO 2012, then you are well aware of the grand entrance Google provided on one of their latest and most compelling projects, Google Glasses. Google’s co-founder, Sergey Brin, introduced Google Glasses to us with a bang by using multiple skydivers, BMX bicyclists, and wall repellers to give a small preview of what Google Glasses is capable of. After the introduction, Brin informed us that the product will be available early next year to Google IO 2012 attendees via pre-order for a hefty price of $1500.

Google really wants to get these prototypes out to developers so that they can get as much user feedback as possible in time for a world-wide consumer release by the year 2014. Brin wants to take this project to the next level and has a much larger vision on what these Glasses will be capable of doing by the time they’re ready for mass release. I truly feel the demo Google showed us on this years I/O is just the tip of the iceberg on what Google Glasses could ultimately become.

What do you all think about this project Google has been working on now for over 2 years? Do you think they’re wasting their time with this or do you feel like this could really be something that an every day average person could use? Let us know in the comments section! You can also hit up the source link for a quick video on Google Glasses.

source: Bloomberg

[Video] Google’s Project Glass uses Trackpad for User Interface Navigation

Last month Google’s Project Glass was all over the web and the buzz spread like wildfire about this innovative new tech. Basically as you see from the image above it’s a pair of ‘glasses’ that you wear that Google’s Sergey Brin states will let you be “free to experience the world without futzing with, like a phone”. It’s a well-known trend that our smartphone devices are getting larger, and unfortunately with the cases we want to protect our beloved handsets, they get even bigger. As you’ll see in the video, Brin demonstrates with the help of the host, how the glasses will free up your hands.

For myself, from the initial video that was released, I was in awe at how cool this tech could or will be one day to possess. Seeing the patents Google was receiving gave even more confirmation that this new project would come true one day. I did have questions though: How will you navigate the UI of something that attached to your face? Would the technology be able to follow your eye movements and/or use voice commands to complete tasks? Whatever option that Google came up with, I knew I wanted it. 
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At Google+ Photographer’s Conference, Sergey Brin and Max Braun Discuss Project Glass And How It Creates New Photographic Opportunities [Video]

 

Project Glass, Google’s patented augmented reality glasses prototype, made an appearance at today’s Google+ Photographer’s Conference. Project Glass Tech Lead Max Braun showcased how the glasses can be used to take interesting and unique photographs. Afterwards, none other than Sergey Brin took the stage and continued the talk about exposing new artistic opportunities when you don’t need your hands to take a picture.

To get a photographer’s perspective on the project, they asked the conference attendees to send in their suggestions and thoughts.

Watch the video after the break (you’ll want to skip forward 47 minutes to get to the Project Glass discussion).


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Google’s own Sergey Brin spotted in the wild sporting Project Glass prototype

Perhaps the future really is now. Just hours after Google gave the world a glimpse of the future with the Project Glass announcement, the augmented reality glasses have already been spotted out in public on none other than Google co-founder Sergey Brin himself. Sergey showed up to the ‘Dining in the Dark’ charity event at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco sporting the prototype that is reportedly in testing right now. Sergey was more than happy to pose for photos and discuss the project however he politely declined any requests for a quick sample of the equipment!

The prototype model appears to look exactly like the images used for the official announcement. They don’t look that different from your average spectacles and appear compact and lightweight. If they function even half as well as the promo video suggests, this could be a huge advance in mobile communications.

We have a whole bunch of questions we’d love to have answered such as when can we get our hands on these and how much will they cost? Hopefully we won’t have to wait too long to find out. In the meantime, check out the photos that tech reporter Robert Scoble managed to snap and be sure to let us know your thoughts on Google’s exciting new project.

 

source : electronista

via : Robert Scoble