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Report: Samsung Accounts for Nearly Half of All Android Web Traffic in U.S.

July 17, 2013 10:56 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

A new study from mobile marketing company Chitika looked at Android-based web traffic in the U.S. and Canada and found the Korean phone giant thoroughly trouncing all other Android OEMs. HTC was the next closest with 9.7 percent, followed by Motorola with 9.5 percent, Amazon with 8.8 percent and LG with 8.3 percent.

Majority of Android Users Now on Jelly Bean

July 9, 2013 10:43 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Google updated its Android version usage data and the new numbers show Jelly Bean (versions 4.1 and 4.2) populating nearly 37.9 percent of Android devices, ahead of Gingerbread (34.1 percent) and Ice Cream Sandwich (23.3 percent). Google’s numbers from the month before had Gingerbread out in front with 36.5 percent of Android users and Jelly Bean in second with 33 percent.

Motorola Ad Calls Moto X “First Smartphone You Can Design Yourself”

July 3, 2013 9:48 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The patriotic full-page spread, revealed by Ad Age, confirms what Motorola head Dennis Woodside told the audience at All Things D’s D11 conference, that the Moto X will be designed, engineered and built in the U.S. Specifically, the phone will be put together near Ft. Worth, Texas, and a new Motorola website is saying that its production will bring more than 2,000 jobs to the area by the end of summer.

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Review: Price for Simplicity in New Google Phones

July 2, 2013 2:40 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Two new Android phones will look and sound familiar to those who have been paying attention to phones. That's because these two devices are replicas of Samsung's Galaxy S4 and HTC's One, except they lack most of the bells and whistles added to the original models.

Google Asks US Secret Court to Lift Gag Order

June 19, 2013 9:22 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Google on Tuesday sharply challenged the U.S. government's gag order on its Internet surveillance program, citing what it described as a constitutional free speech right to divulge how many requests it receives from the government for data about its customers in the name of national security...

Confirmed: Google Buys Waze

June 11, 2013 4:42 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

While neither Google nor Waze revealed financial details of the deal, the Wall Street Journal has published a report that GOogle paid just over $1 billion for Waze, which is in line with previous reports released prior to today's confirmation...

Report: Google Offers $1.1 Billion to Acquire Mapping Service Waze

June 10, 2013 10:18 am | News | Comments

Google is offering $1.1 billion to acquire the crowd-sourced maps company Waze, according to a Bloomberg report. The news comes after earlier reports that Apple had been interested in Waze. Waze's mobile app for iOS and Android gathers map information from its 40 million users...

Report: NSA Collects Data From AT&T, Sprint, Google, Apple and More

June 7, 2013 10:01 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

After yesterday’s public reveal of the National Security Agency’s (NSA) demands for Verizon customers’ data, more information is coming out suggesting the NSA’s casting a much bigger net. The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the NSA’s operations, reports that the same initiative targeting Verizon data is also collecting similar information from AT&T and Sprint.

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Casinos Ban Gamblers from Using Google Glass

June 6, 2013 10:26 am | by Wayne Parry, Associated Press | News | Comments

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Casinos in several states are forbidding gamblers from wearing Google Glass, the tiny eyeglasses-mounted device capable of shooting photos, filming video and surfing the Internet. Regulators say the gadgets could be used to cheat at card games.

Google to Sell HTC One with Unmodified Android

May 31, 2013 9:35 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Google is adding the recently released HTC One to its lineup of smartphones running on an unmodified version of its latest Android software. An HTC One model relying on the same version of Android as Google's Nexus brand will go on sale on June 26 for $599...

Review: Google Music Plan Solid, Serendipitous

May 24, 2013 9:17 am | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Google's new music service offers a lot of eye candy to go with the tunes. The song selection of around 18 million tracks is comparable to popular services such as Spotify and Rhapsody, and a myriad of playlists curated along different genres provides a big playground for music lovers.

Friday Flick: Google I/O Keynote

May 17, 2013 10:51 am | Videos | Comments

At its 6th annual Google I/O developer conference, Google packed tons of announcements into three hours of keynote. Less gadget-heavy than last year’s I/O which introduced Google Glass, this year’s event focused more on new and improved services....

Google's Products Dig Deeper into People's Lives

May 17, 2013 9:11 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

For Google CEO Larry Page, happiness is a warm computer. "Technology should do the hard work so people can get on doing the things that make them happiest in life," Page told a crowd of 6,000 software developers and entrepreneurs who flocked to San Francisco Wednesday for...  

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Google Executive Defends Tax Strategy to Lawmakers

May 16, 2013 8:22 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A senior Google executive defended his company's complicated structure before Britain's Parliament, denying charges that it was misleading authorities to dodge paying tax. The U.S. Internet giant is accused that, even though it has rawn billions in revenue from Britain over the past few years...

Google Unveils Cross-Platform Messaging System, Streaming Music Service

May 15, 2013 4:55 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

At its 6th annual Google I/O developer conference, Google packed tons of announcements into three hours of keynote. Less gadget-heavy than last year’s I/O which introduced Google Glass, this year’s event focused more on new and improved services.

Google Poised to Show Off Latest Devices, Services

May 15, 2013 9:10 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is expected to use its annual software developers' conference to showcase the latest mobile devices running on its Android software, while also unveiling other features in its evolving product line-up. Google hasn't spelled out what its executives will discuss during this year's opening keynote, which is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. PT and last for nearly three hours.

How Siri, Google Now Respond to 5 Questions

April 30, 2013 9:29 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

With Google's voice assistant now available on iPhones and iPads, The Associated Press used an iPad Mini to throw five test questions at Google Now and Siri on Monday afternoon in New York. Here's what the two digital assistants had to say for themselves...

Google Now Update Hits iOS App

April 29, 2013 10:43 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Google continues to make inroads on iOS today with the launch of an update to its Google Search app. The company today announced it was adding Google Now functionality to its iOS app. Google Now is a kind of virtual assistant akin to Apple's Siri...

Former Google CEO Shares Vision in Tech Treatise

April 22, 2013 9:59 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Some illuminating books already have been written about Google's catalytic role in a technological upheaval that is redefining the way people work, play, learn, shop and communicate. Until now, though, there hasn't been a book providing an unfiltered look from inside Google's brain trust.

Google Posts $14B in 1Q Revenue, Struggles with Mobile

April 19, 2013 10:35 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Google's first quarter revenue was up 31 percent annually to $14 billion, while net income reached $3.9 billion, but the company is still trying to sort out how best to capitalize on mobile. Shares of Google were up nearly 3 percent immediately following Thursday's earnings call. That trend continued...

Earnings Preview: Google’s 1Q Hinges on Ad Market

April 18, 2013 9:23 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google' first-quarter earnings report, which arrives after the market closes Thursday, is likely to reveal how effectively the company is managing its dominance of the Internet search market as it expands into the mobile device market.

Google’s Schmidt: More Than 750M Android Phones in Use Globally

April 17, 2013 10:06 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Google chairman Eric Schmidt estimated the global number for Android phones in use today at around 750 million. He added that Google sees 1.5 million sales or activations worldwide of Android phones every day. Speaking at the D: Dive Into Mobile event, Schmidt estimated that Android phones in use worldwide would top one billion later this year and pass two billion by 2014.

App Downloads Rise 11 Percent Quarterly, Hit $2.2B in Revenue

April 9, 2013 10:50 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

App downloads across the four leading digital storefronts totaled more than 13.4 billion in the first quarter of 2013, marking an 11 percent increase quarterly. Without revenue sharing taken into account, that total was enough to post $2.2 billion in revenue for all stores combined.

Google's Android Target of New Antitrust Complaint

April 9, 2013 8:52 am | by Juergen Baetz, Associated Press | News | Comments

A group of companies led by Microsoft have called on European authorities to launch an antitrust investigation into Google's dominance of mobile Internet usage on smartphones. The "FairSearch" initiative of 17 companies — which includes Microsoft, Nokia, and Oracle...

Judge Deals Blow to High-Tech Workers' Lawsuit

April 8, 2013 10:43 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

A federal judge on Friday struck down an effort to form a class action lawsuit to go after Apple, Google and five other technology companies for allegedly forming an illegal cartel to tamp down workers' wages and prevent the loss of their best engineers...

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