SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google’s influential search engine has hit a tipping point in technology’s shift to smartphones. More search requests are now being made on mobile devices than on personal computers in the U.S. and many other parts of the world.
Summary:Google is going to launch its new TV platform Android TV at Google I/O in June. Here’s all you need to know about the politics, strategy and technology behind it.
Voice control is an awesomely futuristic way to control your technology like a spaceman, but only if you can trust it. So you might want to stay tight-lipped around Chrome; Google\’s browser has a dangerous security flaw that can let malicious sites eavesdrop on your every word.
Internet measurement techniques need a complete overhaul. New ways have emerged, potentially displacing older panel-based technologies. This will make it hard for incumbent players to stay in the game.
We’ve hear rumors of Google Chrome tablets in the past but they’ve never panned out. Google, in fact, denied working on one. The most recent Chrome OS build gives strong hints that point to the contrary, however.
Apple and Google are enemies and partners at the same time due to asymmetric competition. According to a report from Morgan Stanley, Google could pay more than $1 billion in 2014 to remain the default search engine on iOS. In 2009, Google paid only $82 million for the privilege. Analyst Scott Devitt believes that it is a per-device deal growing every year.
Happy Q4 Android fans.
Remember when Motorola said it’d update many popular Android phones to a newer version called Ice Cream Sandwich by the end of Q3? Well, now that Q3 is over, Motorola has changed its software update roadmap (which we found from Ars Technica), forever dooming some big-name devices to a nearly two-year-old version of Android called Gingerbread.