Yahoo is starting to generate money from its mobile business after years of lagging behind larger competitors like Google and Facebook. However, the company still has a ways to go before it can claim significant success in mobile advertising and apps.
Chromebook shipments (referring to shipments of laptops based on Google's Chrome operating system) increased sequentially by 67 per cent globally in the second quarter of 2014.
Magic Leap, a startup focused on augmented reality technology, said it raised $542 million in funding from Google, Qualcomm and other venture capital investors. The company plans to use the funds to speed up the development of its products, develop software and content elements and commercialize its wearable computing system.
According to a handful of new reports, it appears that Google is discontinuing a plan dubbed Android Silver that would have created a line of devices that featured a pure and unaltered version of Android, with the Android brand--and not the brand of the phone's manufacturer--front and center. Instead, now it appears Google is moving forward with efforts to combine its Android operating system for smartphones with its Chrome operating system for laptops.
The Nexus 6 may be the first taste app developers get of Android Lollipop, but some of the social reaction so far has been a little on the sour side.
YouTube is riding high as advertisers continue to buy into its online video offering--particularly its premium Google Preferred ad category. The primarily short-form online video service's partner revenues are up 60 percent from 2012 and 2013, company executives revealed in an earnings conference call on Thursday. And as more viewers access the service through their television screens, Google is looking to invest in content that will keep viewers tuned to the big screen.
In its third quarter Google reported overall growth in its revenues, but analysts continue to fret over the world's slow transition from desktop computing to mobile computing and how Google's advertising business will be affected by that trend.
FBI Director James Comey said that contact lists, photos and other data stored on cell phones needs to be accessible to law enforcement and hinted that attempts to encrypt all that data by companies like Google and Apple are taking things too far.
Google filed applications with the FCC to conduct a variety of tests across a number of spectrum bands, including the 71-76 GHz and 81-86 GHz millimeter wave bands. It's unclear exactly what Google is seeking to discover through the testing--the company said only that it will "enable testing of radios in a way that is likely to contribute to the development, extension, expansion, or utilization of the radio art."
Google has finally unveiled the first device to support its Android TV platform, the puck-shaped Nexus Player gaming and streaming device.