We received information that Google has just hired Apple’s former Senior Director for product integrity, Simon Prakash. While both Steve Jobs and Eric Schmidt may have had a ‘no poaching’ agreement in the past, it seems like this is no longer in effect. This got us thinking if this will spark another series of patent issues and what-not.
Prakash was with Apple for 8 years and was recently the head for ensuring quality control for all Apple products. As of this writing, there is no news as to what Prakash’s new title will be, or if he will ever be working on Android related tasks. We heard Google assigned him to work on a ‘secret project.’ Does this have something to do [...]
Woah! We knew there are a lot of Android users, but we didn’t expect it would be THAT many.
What we’re referring to is the Tweet and announcement made on Google + by the brand’s very own Senior Vice President of Mobile Andy Rubin:
…and for those wondering, we count each device only once (ie, we don’t count re-sold devices), and “activations” means you go into a store, buy a device, put it on the network by subscribing to a wireless service.
The last count of 550,000 devices a day was first noted by Chairman Eric Schmidt while in Germany. The count was made earlier this year.
So in a nutshell, there are now 700,000 Android devices which get [...]
Despite ongoing lawsuits, Google has confirmed plans to release a new tablet in just six months. The statement came as an affirmation of future plans of the company and it was heard straight from the mouth of Google’s Chairman, Eric Schmidt, giving the information to an Italian newspaper. The report is that they will be releasing a new Nexus tablet.
As of the moment, the Motorola Xoom still holds title of the first ‘Nexus’ tablet; running on a moderated stock version of Google’s Honeycomb OS. The Motorola tablet is also the first to contain the ICS OS.
According to Schmidt:
“In the next six months we plan to market a tablet of the highest [...]
According to Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt:
Google does not work with nor does it support Carrier IQ.
The statement was released last Thursday, after a hacking expert produced a YouTube video encasing his Android-powered HTC device running the Carrier IQ software program. This led many to associate the OS of Google’s Android smartphone along with the software. Yes, it’s the same software maker that has been accused of violating the privacy rights of millions of mobile phone users.
Many mobile phone operators, such as Sprint Nextel and AT&T, have installed the software in their devices. This is because Carrier IQ is capable of transmitting [...]
Google has made a very significant announcement in one of the biggest management shake-ups it has ever faced. The leadership of the company will be transferred to one of its co-founders in an effort to rediscover the ‘spark’ that gave it the means to flourish and become the biggest search engine in the world.
There is no doubt about it – Google has grown up. It has become one of the biggest companies in Silicon Valley. Like any big company, it has arguably lost some of its entrepreneurial culture and, with it, become a slower-moving bureaucracy. Industry insiders are saying it has lost its agility and ability to innovate on the scale it was once famous for.
At CES this year, Motorola showed off their new Atrix 4G Android phone that will come out on AT&T. The phone will have optional “smart docks” that can be configured to take certain actions when they are used. Each individual dock can be personalized. In the example video embedded below, they show situations such as laptop shells and TV connectors as a way to use your phone differently. We happen to like the picture they are presenting, with features that hint that Android, Google TV and Chrome OS could be merging, and as soon as the end of this year. While this would be extremely useful and possible with dual-core phones, I don’t think Google would introduce an idea such [...]
Google CEO Eric Schmidt can be seen in an official press photo with Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam holding what appears to be a Verizon branded version of the HTC Hero, a device that is currently being offered by Sprint.
Verizon isn’t talking about the device or the photo, but it seems pretty obvious what’s going on behind the scenes. Verizon customers will eventually be getting the same Hero that Sprint (and Cellular South) are offering.
I’d be kinda surprised, though, if this were one of the two devices that Andy Rubin said we should expect soon. I understand a small rural carrier like Cellular South getting to market the Hero, since Sprint is trying to [...]
The Wall Street Journal reported on Google’s Andy Rubin’s discussion of the future of the Android OS at a media event in San Francisco last week. Rubin mentioned the code names for the next few versions of Android. Donut, which we were well aware of, will be followed by Eclair and….wait for it….Flan.
Anyway, citing most of the same reasons I mentioned on Friday, Rubin also noted that the arrival of the Chrome OS does not by any stretch mean that Android is dead, because the two systems are very different in how they work and what purpose they serve, saying that “Chrome has a very Web-centric view of the [...]
Speaking at a press event yesterday, Google CEO Eric Schmidt commented that the Google’s Chrome OS for netbooks and its Android smartphone OS, both of which are open source, may get a bit closer to each other in the future.
“Although it appears they are two separate projects, there’s a great deal of commonality. Eventually they may merge even closer.”
That’s far from saying that they will merge, by any stretch, but he’s leaving the door open. Considering that the Chrome OS is basically a web browser that uses web applications for services and doesn’t rely on local storage (according to Larry Page, at least), it doesn’t [...]
This is hardly news, of course, but in case you were worried – Eric Schmidt, Google’s CEO, appeared on CNBC today and reiterated that Android would be ready by the end of the year. You can check out the video directly on CNBC.com if you like. Schmidt spends most of the interview talking about Google trying not to be “evil” and behave better than companies like Microsoft had in the past and how it will make more money from mobile advertising eventually, but if you skip ahead to 7:10 you can hear Jim Cramer ask him about “the Android.” I can save you the time, though, by just telling you he repeatedly answered [...]