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Topic: Google

Play time over for 60K low-quality apps as Google fights Android spam

04/09/2013, 03:04 pm

Google recently undertook a considerable spring cleaning effort in its Play Store, sweeping away nearly 10 percent of the apps in the Android app repository in order to cut down on the number of "spammy" apps a move that could signal a more Apple-like approach to Google's handling of its marketplace.

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Microsoft lambasts Google for sharing personal information of Android users

04/09/2013, 09:04 am

In the latest phase of its anti-Google campaign, dubbed "Scroogled," Microsoft has begun to highlight the fact that Android users' personal information is shared with developers every time they download an application.

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Google drops UDID support with latest AdMob SDK for iOS

04/08/2013, 09:04 pm

In an update to its AdMob software development kit for iOS, Google finished the process of deprecating UDID access in accordance with Apple's privacy policies, completing the transition that began over six months ago.

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Mobile app downloads grow 11% in Q1 2013, revenues hit $2.2B

04/08/2013, 01:04 pm

The overall app market for smartphones and tablets grew to $2.2 billion in revenue for the first quarter of 2013, according to new figures out from Canalys.

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Struggling HTC reports record low quarterly profit

04/08/2013, 09:04 am

The smartphone industry is increasingly becoming a two-horse race between Apple and Samsung, as rival handset maker HTC Corp. on Monday reported its lowest quarterly profit since the company began reporting in 2004.

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Rumor has Google close to buying WhatsApp for $1B

04/07/2013, 05:04 pm

Google is said to be well into negotiations with the team behind WhatsApp, with the search giant reportedly considering a $1 billion price tag for the popular cross-platform messaging app.

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Editorial: Apple's market disruption savvy is bad news for Android

04/06/2013, 08:04 am

There's more than one way to disrupt a market's status quo, and all forms of disruption aren't equally valuable, as indicated by the value created by Apple's iPhone compared to Google's Android platform.

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Judge denies class action certification in poaching lawsuit involving Apple, Google

04/05/2013, 10:04 am

Former employees of Apple, Google, and a number of other tech companies cannot yet claim class action status in their suit accusing the companies of illegal conspiracy not to poach each other's employees.

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Apple's 'slide to unlock' patent invalidated by German court

04/04/2013, 06:04 pm

As part of an ongoing German patent struggle, Motorola on Thursday won a ruling from the country's Federal Patent Court, which said found all claims of Apple's "slide to unlock" user interface property invalid, though the decision can be appealed.

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Apple extends lead over Samsung, gains on Google in U.S. smartphone market

04/04/2013, 04:04 pm

According to a fresh report from comScore, Apple has shown positive growth in the important U.S. smartphone market for the first months of 2013, boosting hardware shipments to outpace rival Samsung and eating up mobile OS share to the detriment of Google's Android.

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Fragmentation means nearly half of Android users won't get Facebook Home

04/04/2013, 03:04 pm

The "openness" of Google's Android platform may have made Facebook's new Home experience possible, but the fragmented nature of the Android market means that nearly half of all Android users will be unable to run its new Home feature.

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Google forks WebKit with new 'Blink' rendering engine for Chrome

04/03/2013, 07:04 pm

Google on Wednesday announced it will be forking the Apple-backed WebKit to create Blink, a rendering engine that will power the search giant's Chromium initiative, and consequently the Chrome Web browser, moving forward.

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Google preps revamped Nexus 7 to take on iPad mini

04/03/2013, 03:04 pm

Google is reportedly working on a successor to the Nexus 7, one aimed at taking the fight back to both Apple's iPad mini and Amazon's Kindle Fire by shrinking the bezel to accommodate a larger and higher-resolution display.

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Google blames supposedly buried iTunes links on technical difficulties, fix on the way

04/02/2013, 09:04 pm

Hours after media outlets caught wind of a potential search issue relating to direct iTunes App Store links, Google has issued a statement saying the problem has to do with fetching pages from iTunes' web servers.

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Google makes Quickoffice available for iPhone in latest update

04/02/2013, 06:04 pm

After months of waiting, Google has finally released a version of its Quickoffice app that is compatible with Apple's iPhone, allowing Apps for Business customers to collaborate with colleagues who haven't made the switch to Google Docs.

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Google search reportedly 'de-ranking' direct iTunes app store links

04/02/2013, 05:04 pm

Reports on Tuesday point to a possible "de-ranking" of direct iTunes App Store links in Google's search results, with some titles not showing up for six or more pages unless the word "iTunes" is entered in the text box.

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Mid-sized smartphones like Apple's iPhone see most usage, 'phablets' a fad - report

04/01/2013, 12:04 pm

Smartphones around the size of Apple's iPhones are seeing the most regular usage among device owners, a new study says, while larger-screened phablets are something of a fad.

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Gmail for iOS update brings new interface features to iPhone, iPad

03/27/2013, 02:03 pm

On Wednesday, Google released an update for its Gmail app for Apple's iPhone and iPad, adding new interface actions to bring the app closer to feature parity with its Android counterpart.

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Rumor: Amazon smartphone to sport 4.7-inch display, launch this year

03/27/2013, 11:03 am

Amazon is allegedly working on its own smartphone, which could launch as soon as the second quarter of2013 with a 4.7-inch display.

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Google's push Gmail changes surprise new iPhone buyers, Apple store reps

03/25/2013, 04:03 pm

Despite word from Google months ago that it would be discontinuing Exchange support, many users buying new iOS devices have been surprised to discover that push email no longer works with Gmail accounts in Apple's default Mail application.

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