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Topic: Google

Google's strict policies for 'open' Android OS revealed in newly public documents

02/13/2014, 12:02 am

New documents published to the Web on Wednesday reveal Google imposes decidedly strict tit-for-tat terms on device makers looking to use the "open" Android platform.

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Microsoft considering allowing Android apps to run on Windows - report

02/12/2014, 03:02 pm

In an effort to bolster its struggling Windows platforms, Microsoft is said to be "seriously considering" allowing Android applications to run in both the traditional Windows environment, as well as on the Windows Phone mobile platform.

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Google's collaboration with Foxconn sheds light on robotics ambitions

02/11/2014, 05:02 am

According to a report on Tuesday, Google's Andy Rubin and Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou have been discussing cutting edge robotics technology, including an operating system built to run manufacturing machines.

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Google will own 6% of China's Lenovo once Motorola deal closes

02/07/2014, 10:02 am

As part of the $3 billion transaction that will see ownership of handset maker Motorola passed from Google to Lenovo, the Silicon Valley search giant is set to receive stock representing a six percent stake in the Chinese PC manufacturer.

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With Nest in & Motorola out, Google now looking to acquire wearable tech companies

01/31/2014, 08:01 am

Google's evolving hardware portfolio could change once again with the acquisition of a wearable technology company, as the search giant is said to be contemplating potential purchases, according to a new report.

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Lenovo to reportedly buy Google's Motorola Mobility for $2.9 billion [update: confirmed]

01/29/2014, 04:01 pm

According to multiple reports on Wednesday, Google is nearing a deal to unload Motorola Mobility to Lenovo for some $2.91 billion less than two years after the Internet giant bought the handset maker for $12.5 billion in 2012.

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Gmail for iOS bug may have caused users to accidentally remove messages

01/29/2014, 09:01 am

Google on Wednesday began notifying some users of Gmail's first-party iOS app that they may have inadvertently removed messages they intended to keep thanks to a now-rectified software error.

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Samsung, Google reach worldwide patent cross-licensing pact

01/27/2014, 12:01 am

Two of Apple's fiercest rivals --Android maker Google and electronics titan Samsung --have inked a decade-long, global cross-licensing agreement granting each company access to the other's intellectual property troves.

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Nest's Tony Fadell says it's 'up to Apple' if company wants to keep ties following Google buyout

01/24/2014, 04:01 pm

While Nest Labs has had a close relationship with Apple in the past, all that could change after the company was purchased by rival Google. But Nest CEO and former Apple executive Tony Fadell has said in a new interview that it's entirely "up to Apple" how things proceed from here.

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Google's smart contact lens tracks glucose levels for diabetics

01/17/2014, 11:01 am

Google this week announced it has been working on a wearable device of a different kind than usual --a smart contact lens that could measure glucose levels from the moisture on a user's eyeball.

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Google executives set to break ground on $82 million private air terminal next month

01/16/2014, 03:01 pm

Google's ruling trio of Larry Page, Sergey Brin, and Eric Schmidt are reportedly ready to begin construction of a 29-acre, $82 million private air terminal at Mineta San Jose International Airport.

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Apple, Google anti-poaching class action suit to proceed after court refuses appeal

01/15/2014, 12:01 am

Apple, Google, Intel and other big-name tech companies will face a class action lawsuit over alleged anti-poaching measures after an appellate court refused to hear an appeal of a 2013 class certification order.

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Google doubled patent filings in 2013 as battle with Apple intensifies

01/13/2014, 10:01 am

As a proxy war rages over Android in courtrooms around the world, Apple and Google are racing to stockpile key intellectual property in a bid to stave off a legal extinction event, with Google in particular seeing its patent filings surge last year.

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GM, Audi, Hyundai, Honda, nVidia officially join Google's Android automotive push

01/06/2014, 09:01 am

Google's bid to counter Apple's iOS in the Car strategy with an Android-based solution gained a new head of steam Monday with the announcement of the Google-led Open Automotive Alliance.

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Google to push royalty-free VP9 4K video codec as H.265 alternative for YouTube

01/03/2014, 09:01 am

While VP8, Google's initial attempt at a royalty-free video codec, failed to gain much traction, the search giant is now focusing its efforts on ultra-high-resolution 4K video with its new VP9 codec, with a large-scale unveiling with YouTube multiple hardware partners set to take place next week, according to a new report.

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iOS 7 now installed on 78% of active Apple handheld devices

12/31/2013, 09:12 am

The latest official data from Apple reveals that 78 percent of active iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices are running the company's latest mobile operating system, iOS 7, up four percentage points from earlier this month.

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Google takes aim at Apple's 'iOS in the Car' with Audi-Android partnership

12/30/2013, 10:12 am

Apple is not the only major smartphone vendor with an eye toward a vehicle-integrated future, as Google is reportedly set to announce a collaboration with Audi that would have future cars from the automaker run in-dash systems based on Android.

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NPD: Chromebook sales outperform MacBooks in commercial sector as iPad loses ground

12/29/2013, 08:12 pm

According to a recent NPD report, Apple hardware took a hit in commercial sales during 2013 while Google's platforms rallied; the largest gainer being Chromebook, which outsold MacBooks five to one.

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Editorial: 2013 was a terrible year for both Apple's competitors and its media critics

12/28/2013, 07:12 pm

Tech blogs and mainstream media reports in 2013 consistently presented Apple as beset by a series of unsolvable problems, from flagging sales and slipping market share to a generalized lack of innovation. In hindsight, the media was disastrously, egregiously wrong about the horses it chose to back in the technology market this year. Perhaps they'll do a better job in 2014.

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HTC details how carriers, chipset makers stall & block Android OS updates

12/27/2013, 11:12 am

Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC has shed light on the complex route Android updates must navigate before hitting customer devices, helping to explain why operating system updates take some time to arrive, and how, for some device owners, such updates never even arrive at all.

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