A recent report from Digitimes claims that the Android’s new OS dubbed “Jelly Bean” is scheduled to launch at some pint in the second quarter.The publication feels confident enough to quote a number of Taiwanese suppliers claiming that we will see a range of tablet devices and notebooks which are capable of running dual operating systems.
The publication also claims that vendors will be able to add Android 5.0 to a Windows 8-based tablet or notebook, allowing users to switch between the operating systems without a reboot.
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A recent investigation into Google‘s public records has hinted that the company is planning large expansions that would accommodate the multitude of secret projects that are in the works. Apple, Microsoft, and others that design their own hardware already have their own similar facilities.
According to Mercury News Google was spending over $ 120 million in construction around its Mountain View headquarters for both public and private work, secret projects like Android @home wireless audio device and Google’s well-known but still secretive Project X labs.
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On Google’s company blog, the CEO, Larry Page explains why Google decided to drop $12.5 billion to purchase the smartphone vendor, Motorola Mobility. Page had plenty to say regarding Motorola’s extensive history and how Motorola has played a leading role in the Android platform’s explosive growth, he also pointed out how the company has one of the leading factors behind the deal: patents. “We recently explained how companies including Microsoft and Apple are banding together in anti-competitive patent attacks on Android,” the CEO wrote on Google’s blog. “The U.S. Department of Justice More >
When Google first mentioned its Google Chrome OS software several years ago, one of the selling points was the promise that it would come with better built-in security compared to other operating systems. The Chrome OS has commercially been available for a few months now and security researchers have already figured out how to hack it.
Two researchers told a crowd that they had used web-based hacker tricks to compromise the security of the Chrome OS at today’s Black Hat security conference. The Chrome OS is the software that powers the recently launched Chromebooks from a variety of More >
Google is now greeting everyone with a brand new interface for tablet users as mentioned on the Google Mobile Blog. To sum everything up in short, search just got bigger. This ultimately means that everything is easier to touch, which means everything should be easier to use. The new look isn’t anything revolutionary but should be a welcome use of a roomy-screened tablet display. The Google Mobile Blog mentions the following:
We’ve simplified the layout of search results pages and increased the size of page contents like text, buttons and other touch targets to make it faster and easier to More >
Google has found itself caught in a bidding war with the other tech giants such as Apple, Microsoft, and others over more than 6,000 patent filings from Nortel. It was a war that the search giant lost when a group which consisted of Apple, Microsoft, Research in Motion, Ericsson, Sony, and EMC joined together to bid $4.5 billion in cash. Google chose to bid using numbers based upon mathematical formulas and constants, with their final bid based upon pi ($3.14159 billion). A post over at the Official Google Blog, Patents and Innovation, by Google’s Senior Vice President and General Counsel More >
Google is rolling out a new version of Android Market to all handsets running Android 2.2 or higher (which now makes up a vast majority of Android users). It’s bringing a new UI, performance improvements, and a variety of features designed to help with app discovery, including lists such as “Top Grossing,” and recently trending applications. Google showed these additions off at the Google I/O press conference but hasn’t rolled them out to the mobile client until now.
Everyone in the US is going to get their hands on the long-awaited Videos application, which was showcased at Google’s I/O More >
The most popular custom ROM for rooted Android phones has been updated again today. The first release candidate for Cyanogen Mod 7.1 is up for grabs for users who are interested in getting more from their Android smartphones. Cyanogen Mod is a custom ROM based on Google’s Android OS that is developed and maintained by the CyanogenMod team. Users with rooted Android smartphones can install the custom firmware on their devices to enjoy features otherwise not available on official Android releases.
Today’s update brings support for new devices, bug fixes, performance updates, and a handful of More >
Google has been hard at work and has recently unveiled two big things. One of them being Google+, which is a unique twist to social media and a direct competitor to Facebook, and another being Swiffy, a new experimental tool for developers which converts some .SWF Flash files into HTML5 code compatible with devices like the iPhone and iPad.
Google+ aims to change the way we stay in touch with people online. The service emphasizes on how data is shared, and with whom, as well as privacy (a department we all know Facebook makes frequent unwanted changes to). The service is organized into five More >
Google recently unveiled tweaks to its core search product. Amongst the tweaks is the ability to search by voice or image. Searching based on image has been around for quite a while now, but Google intends to popularize the alternative search method by supporting it right from within the main Google Images search engine. Users can initiate searches using images hosted on the Web, or they cn upload the images from a PC to start a search. Searches that are initiated by a photo will return both text and image-based results.
The other feature announced recently may have slightly less utility More >