Get the Lowest Prices anywhere on Macs, iPads and Apple Watches: Apple Price Guides updated June 7th

Topic: Google

Google may release self-designed smartphone by end of 2016 - report

06/27/2016, 04:06 pm

Google is reportedly working on a new self-branded phone over which it will exert more design, software, and manufacturing control, putting the company in more direct competition with Apple's iPhone.

35 comments

YouTube rolls out Periscope-style live streaming support on mobile

06/24/2016, 11:06 am

Putting itself in direct competition with Facebook and Twitter, YouTube is now in the beginning stages of rolling out live video streaming from its main mobile app.

5 comments

WWDC 2016: Apple's Siri and the future of voice vs. Amazon's Alexa Echo, Google Now, Microsoft Cortana

06/09/2016, 10:06 am

While a variety of tech commentators have played up a dramatic "voice-first" rivalry ostensibly led by the Amazon Echo, a yet-unreleased Google Home and Microsoft's Cortana (and apparently miserably trailed by Apple's Siri), real data shows that's not actually the case.

23 comments

Google to ape Apple's 'Subscriptions 2.0' payout policy without customer retention stipulation

06/08/2016, 06:06 pm

After Apple announced an upcoming change to its App Store revenue sharing policies that will net developers a larger cut for customers who maintain a subscription for more than one year, a report now says Google plans to offer identical terms -- minus the probationary period.

44 comments

iTunes U expands cloud support, new Google app turns Live Photos into GIFs

06/07/2016, 04:06 pm

Apple on Tuesday released an important update to its iTunes U iOS app, adding features like a cloud-capable document picker. Google meanwhile debuted Motion Stills, an iPhone app that creates unusual GIFs based on Live Photos.

1 comments

Tony Fadell, "father of the iPod," steps down from CEO post at Google's Nest

06/03/2016, 04:06 pm

Tony Fadell, the founder and chief executive of Nest--the hardware firm acquired by Google in 2014 for $3.2 billion--has announced that "the time is right to 'leave the Nest.'"

49 comments

Apple's iPhone is no Blackberry: a closer look at AI and the world's biggest company

05/30/2016, 07:05 pm

Last week, developer Marco Arment suggested in a blog posting that if Apple were to fail to grasp the potential for voice-based Artificial Intelligence to change the nature of smartphone demand, the company's core revenue generator could suffer the same fate as RIM's Blackberry, which a decade prior had similarly failed to see the importance of iPhone's advanced multitouch experience until it was too late to do anything about it.

78 comments

Twitter for iOS gets 'Peek and Pop' 3D Touch gesture support, Google adds AMP integration

05/27/2016, 09:05 pm

Ubiquitous microblogging service Twitter on Friday released an updated version of its iOS app with native support for in-app "Peek and Pop" 3D Touch gestures, while Google refreshed its flagship search app with integrated Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) technology.

1 comments

Google staves off Oracle code copyright claim

05/26/2016, 05:05 pm

Putting an end to a contentious trial, a jury on Thursday found that Google's implementation of 37 Java APIs in Android represented fair use -- rebuffing complaints by Java's nominal owner, Oracle.

61 comments

Google preps self-driving car facility near Detroit as Chrysler partnership ramps up

05/25/2016, 02:05 pm

Google on Wednesday announced plans to launch a "self-driving technology development center" in Novi, Mich., just outside the home of the American auto industry in Detroit.

16 comments

Eric Schmidt says he uses an iPhone, but claims to prefer Samsung's Galaxy

05/24/2016, 11:05 am

Alphabet chairman Eric Schmidt has owned up to the worst-kept secret in Silicon Valley: that the leader of the Android mothership leans on an arch rival for his day-to-day communications.

73 comments

IDC: $200-350 Chromebooks shipped 37% more U.S. units in Q1 vs Apple's $1,200 MacBooks

05/23/2016, 07:05 pm

Google's Chrome OS partners Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Samsung and Lenovo collectively shipped 37 percent more low-priced netbooks than the number of premium laptops Apple sold during the quarter in the U.S., although most of those Chromebook sales were to K-12 schools.

46 comments

Google I/O 2016: Android's failure to innovate hands Apple free run at WWDC

05/22/2016, 07:05 pm

Rather than focusing on the incremental innovation needed to win back the attention of enterprise users and premium consumers, Google's vision for Android this year has again leapt in new directions which appear even less attainable. Android's scattered, imitative strategies du jour are resulting in a platform that looks a lot like Apple's--albeit the very unsuccessful Apple of the mid 90s.

95 comments

Google I/O 2016: Android's Instant Apps seek to solve a key mobile problem

05/21/2016, 09:05 pm

Google's Android installed base has long suffered a major problem with fragmentation at the OS API level, due to the fact that licensees continue shipping low end phones paired with old versions of Android. Here's what the company is ostensibly doing to address that in a new project introduced at its I/O 2016 conference: Instant Apps.

43 comments

Google I/O 2016: Android deployment rate slips backward by 20 percent

05/21/2016, 07:05 pm

Over the last year, the pace of Google's Android deployment, already very slow, actually rolled backward by 20 percent over the previous year. Google is leading Android and Chrome toward stagnant beleaguerment.

42 comments

Google's smartphone-based Daydream VR gets support from top Android manufacturers

05/20/2016, 09:05 am

Google's forthcoming Daydream platform for virtual reality has support from Android device makers including Samsung, HTC, LG, and Huawei, though the hardware is predicted to only be "slightly better" than Samsung's own Gear VR.

19 comments

I/O 2016: Android Pay coming to ATMs & mobile Chrome users

05/18/2016, 05:05 pm

Widening the battleground with Apple Pay, Google on Wednesday announced that Android Pay will soon be usable at some ATMs, as well as by mobile Chrome users.

13 comments

I/O 2016: Google Allo smart messenger and Duo video calling coming to iOS, Android this summer

05/18/2016, 02:05 pm

Google hopes to shake up the mobile communications landscape this summer with a cross-platform release of both Allo, a new smart messenger, and Duo, a simplified one-to-one video calling service.

22 comments

I/O 2016: Google's new Home hardware takes on Apple's HomeKit and Siri

05/18/2016, 02:05 pm

The smart home battle between Apple, Google and others continues to heat up, with Google on Wednesday announcing Home, a new voice-activated hardware kit that brings the Google assistant service to any room in your house.

55 comments

Google Chrome to phase out Adobe Flash later this year

05/16/2016, 06:05 pm

Google has revealed plans to switch from the venerable -- but much maligned -- Adobe Flash to HTML5 as the default method for delivering audio and video in its Chrome Web browser.

26 comments