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July 26

Years in the making: How Google worked its way up to the Pixel Buds Pro

These days, we’re just floating in a sea of truly wireless earbuds that all sort of do the same thing for too much money. While Google has been working with truly wireless earbuds for years now, the first-party buds to come from the company haven’t always been heavy hitters. Now, Google is launching and shipping […]

June 28

‘Google Public Sector’ is a new subsidiary focused on US government, education 

Google today is home to two divisions that have their own CEOs: Cloud and YouTube. “Google Public Sector” was announced today as a “new Google division that will focus on helping U.S. public sector institutions.”

March 1

Google, looking to ‘distinguish’ future Pixel Buds, has been buying up audio-related IP and teams

Google’s first two attempts in the massive wireless audio market didn’t go over super well, but its latest release in the Pixel Buds A-Series has been well received overall. Now, in line with a desire to “distinguish” its future first-party audio products, Google has been quietly buying up audio-related IP, including an entire team from […]

February 21, 2017

Snapdragon 210 w/ 4G LTE connectivity to support Google’s Android Things OS later this year

Announced late last year, Google is going full steam ahead with its rebranded Internet of Things OS. Android Things is especially aimed at allowing existing Android developers to easily build smart devices. Qualcomm has now announced that its entry-level Snapdragon 210 will support the OS later this year.

May 31, 2016

Xiaomi preinstalling Office & Skype on all devices as it enters patent deal w/ Microsoft

Microsoft and Xiaomi have announced today what they are calling the start of a long-term partnership. As part of the agreement, Microsoft is selling about 1,500 of its patents to Xiaomi, while the deal also includes a cross-licensing arrangement for other patents. Additionally, Xiaomi has agreed to preinstall Microsoft Office and Skype on its Android […]

May 27, 2015

Justice Dept urges US Supreme Court not to hear Google’s appeal against Oracle in Java copyright case

The long-running dispute between Oracle and Google over whether Java application programming interfaces (APIs) used within Android were protected by copyright has taken another strange turn, with the Justice Dept urging the Supreme Court not to hear Google’s appeal. The legal battle is over whether small sections of code originally written by Oracle’s predecessor, Sun Microsystems, […]

January 15, 2015

Google patent could mean private browsing will be switched on automatically

A Google patent could mean that you never again have to remember to switch to incognito mode when searching for presents for your wife (other uses for incognito mode are available). The patent was applied for in 2011 and granted this week.

The patent describes a method by which your browser (presumably Chrome) can work out whether privacy is required “based on the plurality of identifiers.” A diagram in the patent application shows that the browser would analyze the URL, metadata and page content in order to determine whether incognito mode may be appropriate.

The sole example given curiously doesn’t mention browsing online stores for gifts.

Metadata that identifies adult content may automatically trigger that webpage [to] be opened in the privacy mode.

The patent was first spotted by Patent Yogi (via TNW).

October 16, 2014

GOOG Q3 2014 earnings a miss, stock down in after hours trading

  Google reported Q3 2014 earnings today that didn’t quite meet analyst expectations. Sales rose 20% to $16.52 billion in the quarter. Profit was $6.35 a share. Analysts’ expectations were $16.59 billion and profit of $6.54 a share. “Google had another strong performance this quarter, with revenue up 20% year on year, at $16.5 billion,” said […]

May 6, 2014

Epson releases second-gen Android-powered Moverio BT-200 smart glasses for $699.99

We’ve seen several competitors to Google Glass over the past few years, including smart glasses from Vuzix and Epson. The latter of those, in fact, beat Google to the market back in 2012 with its Moverio glasses. Today, Epson has announced its second generation smart glasses, powered by Android.

April 3, 2014

Google wants to trademark dat ‘Glass’

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Google has been working for the past year to register the word “Glass” as a trademark in the United States. The company successfully received a trademark for the “Google Glass” name, but so far, has been unsuccessful to its attempts to trade the single word “Glass.” According to […]

February 12, 2014

Google Mobile Services restrictions for OEMs once again coming under scrutiny

The Wall Street Journal has published a new report in which it claims that there are some major “strings attached” for manufacturers when it comes to using Android. According to documents obtained by the publication, Google has imposed strict regulations on companies that wish to have access to YouTube or the Play Store on their […]

January 10, 2014

Google X employees meet w/ FDA staff in charge of biosensors, mobile medical apps

Bloomberg reports that a recent meeting between Google’s secretive Google X team and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration raises “the possibility of a new product that may involve biosensors.” While it’s not that surprising that the Google X team behind Glass would meet with FDA staff that regulate eye devices, it’s also said to […]

January 9, 2014

Samsung Galaxy S5 confirmed for April, new design, may have iris-scanner

Samsung didn’t reveal much that was new in a fairly wide-ranging interview with Bloomberg, but exec VP of the company’s mobile division Lee Young Hee did tease a couple of things while confirming that the Galaxy S5 would be released by April. The company is “studying the possibility” of including the iris-recognition security system we told you about […]

December 18, 2013

Google increases commitment to defending open-source software projects from patent trolls

Google’s Open Source Blog advises that Google has moved from an associate to a full board member of the Open Invention Network, an organisation designed to cross-licence Linux patents to reduce the risk of being sued by patent trolls.

Open-source software like Linux has spurred huge innovation in cloud computing, the mobile web, and the Internet in general. Linux now powers nearly all the world’s supercomputers, runs the International Space Station, and forms the core of Android. But as open source has proliferated, so have the threats against it, particularly using patents. That’s why we’re expanding our participation in Open Invention Network (OIN), becoming the organization’s first new full board member since 2007.

Companies that join the network are guaranteed protection from being sued by other members, provided that they make the same promise. Google will now sit alongside IBM, NEC, Novell, Philips, Red Hat and Sony on the board.

Google’s former head of patents, Michelle Lee, was recently named as the new interim head of the US Patent & Trademark Office, promising faster processing of applications and ‘higher quality’ patents – diplomatic language for greater barriers to patent trolls.

December 12, 2013

Former head of patents at Google is new interim head of US Patent & Trademark Office

Google’s former head of patents Michelle Lee has been named as the interim head of the USPTO, starting work there on 13th January, reports Yahoo! Finance. Although technically Lee is deputy director, the agency hasn’t had a director since David Kappos left back in February, meaning that Lee will be running the show for the immediate […]

November 19, 2013

Samsung patent shows what to expect from wraparound screen phone

A patent application spotted by The Verge gives some clues to what Samsung has in mind for the user interface for the wraparound screen Bloomberg reported last week. There are a few boring ones, like slide-to-unlock and a battery meter at the side, but also some rather interesting ones, like ebook chapter bookmarks. More below the fold […]

November 11, 2013

Google files patent for a neck tattoo with lie detector capabilities and a microphone

It’s no secret that Google thinks big when it comes to crazy, innovative technologies, and that appears to be just what the company is doing with its latest patent filing (via The Register). Google’s Motorola Mobility division, a year ago, filed for a patent relating to a temporary neck tattoo that can serve as a lie […]

October 23, 2013

Deal with Gorilla Glass maker Corning could give Samsung head-start in new display technology

Samsung could see itself getting priority access to new glass technologies after taking a 7.4 percent stake in Gorilla Glass maker Corning and simultaneously signing a 10-year supply agreement. The net effect of a complex series of share swaps and cash investments, allied to a long-term procurement commitment from Samsung, is a $2B deal that will […]

May 15, 2013

Google TV gets updated to latest 4.2.2 Jellybean, will see quicker updates and allow secure content Lost in the shuffle of today’s events is that Google TV is getting significant updates today. Today, Google TV is moving to the latest version of Android (Jelly Bean, 4.2.2), and we’ve refactored Google TV so that our TV OEM partners can update to future versions of Android in a matter of weeks rather […]

May 13, 2013

‘MedRef’ Google Glass facial recognition app for doctors now available for download

When talking about potential applications for Google Glass, the ability to use facial recognition is one area that we’ve seen discussed in many patents and projects from Google and others. Today, points us to perhaps the first facial recognition Glassware available with info on a new app dubbed MedRef for Glass that was recently […]

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