Oh, Google. It's not that we don't admire your tenacity, it's that it's definitely keeping things interesting in this game of technology thrones. In this instance, Google's teaming up with Intel for the mobile throne.
The search engine giant is collaborating with the processor maker to help them get their hand at the smartphone game. "We want to make Intel archtecture the platform of choice for smartphones," said Intel CEO Paul Otellini onstage at the Intel Developer's Forum. "Every time we have collaborated with Google, good things have come out of it."
Google today pushed a new release of its HTML 5 equipped web app for iOS users. The Google Music Beta player works with mobile Safari for iOS 4 users and it isn't so bad after all. It's smooth looking and works impeccably, though you'll have to allow it 25 MB of space. You can play any of your songs in your library, shuffle and search within your cloud library. It's also got multitasking enabled so that you can listen to music while accessing other apps. Unfortunately, this means that you still can't download the music within the app and access it offline.
In what seems like an effort to aid restaurant goers in scoping out a place to eat (or relate to picky urban foodies who need reassurance that the place they're dining at is actually the best), Google announced this morning that it has acquired the food rating site Zagat.
"Moving forward, Zagat will be a cornerstone of our local offering--delighting people with their impressive array of reviews, ratings and insights," said Marissa Mayer, VP of Local, Maps and Location Services, in a blog post this morning on Google's official BlogSpot. "I'm incredibly excited to collaborate with Zagat to bring the power of Google search and Google Maps to their products and users."
As the world waits to see what Apple will offer with the next iPhone, rumors continue to build about another highly anticipated device: The Amazon tablet. Built around Google’s Android, many believe Amazon will be the first successful challenge to the iPad thanks to its famous brand and millions of account holders.
In this day and age of tech lawsuit mania, it can be hard to remember them all. However, remember the Apple versus HTC one that is currently in process with the U.S. International Trade Commission? It took an interesting twist recently, where Apple filed in a brief that essentially claims Android co-founder and current Google exec Andy Rubin may have gotten the idea for the Android framework while still with Apple.
Eric Schmidt may not be the CEO of Google these days, but he’s still a very visible face for the search giant. At this week’s Dreamforce 2011 conference in San Francisco, the Google chairman lavishes praise on Steve Jobs as CEO of Apple while lamenting that he couldn't stay on the company's board of directors.
Remember when the internet didn't require you to press a button to tell it that you "liked" something? Back before the function became ubiquitous on social networking sites across the web, users would simply link back to a page or tell their friends about it. But not anymore. Now you've got to "like" something, or "share" it to one of your many other social networking sites for your friends to garner any interest. Well, Google's trying hard to jump on that same bandwagon with its release of the Google +1 button extension for Chrome.
No matter how violently devoted you are to Apple, sooner or later, someone will slip into your circle of friends that just doesn't get it. They might like the look of your iPhone 4, or the slim awesomeness of your iPad 2, but there's just no tearing that Android-powered Xperia Play or Eee Pad Transformer out of their misguided hands. Despite your insurmountable difference of opinion, there's no reason why you still can't interact on a digital level. We've put together a list of 10 apps that will treat your hardware -- no matter whether it's rocking iOS or Android -- as equals, letting you play, chat, and work together.
If you thought that Google+ and that pesky +1 button was going anywhere, you were seriously wrong. Wired reports that Google is planning on turning that +1 button you see pop up on the web into a crowd sourcing tool to figure out what you're reading. The move would usher Google into the new era of search with its social networking offerings and maybe even change the way advertisers use search to make money.