Google continues trying to whet the public's appetite for information on its Project Loon airborne Internet project with informational videos detailing the effort. In its latest video, the company highlights challenges involved in keeping Project Loon's batteries warm enough to operate properly in the sub-freezing temperatures of the stratosphere.
Google's Motorola Mobile division filed a patent for an electronic neck "tattoo" that could serve as a way to send voice signals to smartphones. Such a tattoo would have a microphone with a transceiver and power supply put on a user's neck and then could directly capture sound "emanating from a throat" and send it to a smartphone or other device.
Google has introduced Helpouts, a paid video advice service. Google said it hopes users will turn to Helpouts for help with homework, housework or general advice on topics like fitness or writing.
After years of reverse-engineering electronics gadgets and looking for infringing products, a patent consortium owned by Apple, Microsoft, Ericsson, Sony, EMC and BlackBerry has filed a battery of lawsuits against Google and Android manufacturers like Samsung, HTC, Huawei and others. The action opens another, major front in the patent-infringement war that has engulfed virtually all of the world's major mobile players.
Google unveiled its Nexus 5 Android smartphone, built by LG, which Google will sell unlocked starting at $349 for the 16 GB model. Google said the LTE-capable phone will be sold by Sprint, T-Mobile US and AT&T Mobility, according to reports, but that the phone will not work on Verizon Wireless' network.
Samsung Electronics welcomed application developers to San Francisco on Monday for its first-ever Developer Conference, and although the company is a behemoth in the Android smartphone and tablet markets, it has been quietly making a push for another platform it supports: Tizen.
First it was Intel, now it's Amazon. According to multiple reports, the e-commerce giant's rumored plans to introduce an online video set-top box have been pushed back to next year.
Google's Motorola division made a splash by unveiling Project Ara, its open-source modular phone project that will work with Phonebloks, a similar effort, to craft a system that will let users around the world customize the hardware of their phones. It's an entirely laudable goal, both from an environmental perspective. I just don't think it can get off the ground and practically function.
Google's Motorola Mobile division unveiled Project Ara, an open-source program designed to bring modular smartphone design to the masses--in effect giving end users the ability to retrofit and continually customize the hardware of their smartphones.
Indoor positioning based upon LED visble light spectrum gained a vote of confidence as ByteLight closed a $3 million Series A round of funding contributed by institutional and individual investors.