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Google+ boosts local search with Zagat user reviews

Google is integrating user review site Zagat into a new service 'Google+ Local', using online community content to refine local searches. Google bought Zagat in September for $125m, and its integration means that all of its subscription-only information is now available to everyone registered for Google+ Local. The new service will utilize Zagat's "poor-to-perfect" 0-to-30 rating scale and seeks to create "pages for all known places," including businesses and locations such as Yellowstone National Park.

Watch a video explaining how the service works below:

31/05/2012  |  Full story...

Google Zeitgeist- Web giant talks ghost towns, AR glasses and secret search tweaks

Google’s annual Zeitgeist conference has kicked off, with the web giant defending accusations that its social network is a ‘ghost town’, promoting its augmented reality glasses and admitting its search ‘was astoundingly bad five years ago’. Google’s current big bets are autonomous cars and augmented reality glasses, which Page was wearing on stage at Zeitgeist. Those projects might seem ridiculously far-reaching, but Page said Google’s previous big bets that are now reality include Android, Chrome, YouTube and language translations.

Watch Larry Page on stage at the Zeitgeist event below:


25/05/2012  |  Full story...

Google becomes mobile maker: $12.5bn Motorola Mobility deal gets green light

Google has finally completed its $12.5bn acquisition of Motorola Mobility after regulators in China gave the deal a seal of approval over the weekend. Having announced the bid back in August 2011, it has taken nearly a year of negotiations and fending off inquiries from authorities to complete the move. It had been claimed Google would keep its Motorola subsidiary at arm's length, but the appointment of long-time Googler Dennis Woodside as CEO of Motorola Mobility suggests a more inclusive operation.

24/05/2012  |  Full story...

Kindle Fire takes over half of Android tablet market in US

The Kindle Fire, introduced to the market in November 2011, has seen rapid adoption among buyers of tablets in the US, according to new research. The data, from comScore, also indicates that the larger 10" tablets have a 39% higher content consumption rate than 7" tablets.

18/05/2012  |  Full story...

America’s new mobile majority- Smartphone owners take the lead

Smartphone owners now outnumber feature phone owners in the US, as mobile users switch to more web-friendly devices, according to new research. The study, from Nielsen, indicates that in March 2012, a majority (50.4%) of U.S. mobile subscribers owned smartphones, up from 47.8 percent in December 2011.

14/05/2012  |  Full story...

Facebook takes on Apple with online app store

Facebook has launched its own app store, offering apps personalised to users’ entertainment habits, as the social network looks to prove its mobile credentials ahead of its much-anticipated stock market flotation. The move will put the social network in competition with Apple, Google and Amazon in the growing app store wars. For the first time software developers can sell apps to consumers directly on Facebook.

11/05/2012  |  Full story...

Global smartphone trends- 1.7bn units to be sold in 2017

Smartphones will outperform the overall market for mobile phones, growing by 24.9% to reach 1.7 billion units by 2017, according to Ovum. Predictions show Android as the dominant operating system over the next five years as handset vendors rush to make it their primary smartphone platform.

09/05/2012  |  Full story...

Global smartphone trends- Samsung sells most mobiles… but Apple makes most money

Samsung is selling the most smartphones worldwide, but Apple is making the most money, according to new research. The study, from Juniper Research, indicates that almost 60% of the 139 million smartphones shipped worldwide in the first quarter of this year were either Apple (35.1 million) or Samsung (46.9 million) devices.

02/05/2012  |  Full story...

Yandex claims Google is ‘shutting out rivals’

The co-founder of Russia's Yandex search engine has claimed Google is 'semi-open', criticising its Android smartphone platform and Chrome web browser. Speaking to the Guardian Ilya Segalovich Yandex co-founder described Android, as a "strange combination of openness and not openness" and its Chrome web browser as anti-competitive.

30/04/2012  |  Full story...

Google axes 7 more products- One Pass and Blackberry sync ditched in ‘spring clean’

Google has dropped its publishing payments platform ‘One Pass’ and its Blackberry sync tool as the internet giant continues to focus on core products in its battle against the likes of Facebook, Apple and Microsoft. The move forms part of as part of CEO Larry Page's ongoing 'spring cleaning', which also saw its Google Related browsing assistant, the mobile web app for Google Talk and a number of Picasa photo sharing services.

24/04/2012  |  Full story...

eMusic takes on Spotify with Android app

eMusic has launched an Android app, as the long running online music store looks to take on the likes on Spotify and Rdio in the mobile arena. The app brings together curated radio stations, music recommendations, playlist mixes and downloads (with a subscription) to the Google mobile OS.

24/04/2012  |  Full story...

Google tests augmented reality glasses

Google has revealed details of its research into augmented reality glasses, as part of a bid to introduce wearable computing into the mainstream technology industry. The firm released a short video demonstrating how the technology, still in development, could work. The wearer is seen taking pictures, checking the weather, getting directions, and placing a video call, all of which are controlled using voice activated icons that appear in the user's field of vision.

10/04/2012  |  Full story...

Google plans to sell own-brand tablets via online store

Google is planning to sell branded tablets directly to consumers through an online store, as it tries to wrestle away market share from the Apple iPad. According to The Wall Street Journal, the search giant plans to sell a number of co-branded tablets, which are expected to be manufactured by partners including Asus and Samsung.

02/04/2012  |  Full story...

Microsoft apologises after Windows Phone speed challenge backfires

Microsoft has apologised after initially refusing to reward a tech writer who "smoked" a Windows Phone using an Android handset, as part of a new in-store competition to promote its new smartphone range. Microsoft has now rewarded a new laptop and Windows Phone to Sahas Katta, the CEO of Skatter Tech CEO, who used an Android phone to beat a Nokia Lumia during a "Smoked by Windows Phone" challenge.

Watch a video from this year’s CES showing how the campaign should work:

29/03/2012  |  Full story...

Instagram photo app set for Android launch

The popular photography app Instagram is set for launch on Android ‘very soon’ according to one of its founders. Instagram is a free photography app for applying custom filters — many of them with a retro aesthetic — and sharing the images on Facebook, Twitter and other social networks.

13/03/2012  |  Full story...

Video: Angry Birds launch into Space with NASA

Rovio has teamed up with Nasa to launch its latest Angry Birds title, Space, which aims to add a new educational twist to the hugely popular game. The new game will be released on 22 March and will be available on iOS, Android, PC and Mac.


12/03/2012  |  Full story...

Google takes on iTunes with ‘Google Play’ app store

Google has rebranded its Android Market under the new name of Google Play, bringing together the internet giants various download stores in abid to challenge the likes of Apple and Amazon. Google has launched the service on mobile devices that run its Android operating system and will release a Web browser-based version for personal computers.

08/03/2012  |  Full story...

Video report: Android apps caught sharing private data with advertisers

Many Android apps are sharing personal data with advertisers without clear consent, according to an investigation conducted by Channel 4. Data that was available to advertisers included contacts, location data and even calendar entries.

06/03/2012  |  Full story...

Sky Go launches on Android devices

Broadcaster Sky has launched its Sky Go app on Android, giving smartphone users access to its web TV service. The Sky Go Android app is currently available for what Sky describes as “the most popular handsets,” such as the HTC Sensation and Samsung Galaxy S2. The app is free and gives Sky customers live access to the Sky Sports channels, the Sky Movies channels, ESPN and Sky News - depending on what they subscribe to - via their mobile at no extra cost.

21/02/2012  |  Full story...

Low-Cost Android smartphones ‘to take 80% of market in Africa, India, and China’

Low-cost Android handsets will reach a penetration rate of 80% of total smartphones in Africa, India, and China by 2015, accoriding to new research from In-Stat. The low-cost Android smartphone segment is comprised primarily of smartphones released with Android 2.2 or 2.3, since these versions are a good blend of features with modest memory and processor usage.

20/02/2012  |  Full story...

Google – Motorola deal gets green light from US and Europe

Google’s $12.5bn acquisition of Motorola Mobility has been backed by regulators in Europe and the US. The European Commission ruled the deal would not raise competition issues in the market for operating systems for devices like mobile phones or tablets. Regulators in the US agreed, although both authorities vowed to monitor the company and rivals' use of patents.

15/02/2012  |  Full story...

Google revamps YouTube app for Google TV

Google has updated its YouTube app for Google TV, designed to make it easier for viewers to find videos and channels to watch on their big-screen TVs. The ‘Discover’ feature forms part of Google’s attempt to make YouTube appeal more to people ‘leaning back’ on their sofas, as opposed to ‘leaning forward’ over a desktop or laptop computer.

14/02/2012  |  Full story...

Google’s Chrome for Android brings tabbed browsing to mobiles

Google has launched a mobile version of its Chrome browser, initially available on newer Android smartphones. The browser currently works on smartphones fitted with Ice Cream Sandwich, and can be downloaded for free on the Android Market. The new Chrome app is 'focused on speed and simplicity' and features many of the same features as the desktop version.

09/02/2012  |  Full story...

Mobile marketing strategies - Facebook vs Google+

Is battle about to intensify as two of the social giants go head to head? The mobile marketing strategies of Facebook and Google are under the spotlight again after Facebook raised concerns that Google could be putting hurdles in the way for Facebook on Android. The big push from Google for integrating Android with Google+ and the single Google cookie is yet to come, but when it does, here’s why Facebook thinks it matters...

06/02/2012  |  Full story...

US: Apple closes gap on Android in smartphone market

The high-profile launch of Apple’s iPhone 4S in autum had an enormous impact on the proportion of smartphone owners who chose an Apple iPhone, according to new research from Nielsen. Among recent acquirers, meaning those who said they got a new device within the past three months, 44.5 percent of those surveyed in December said they chose an iPhone, compared to just 25.1 percent in October.

02/02/2012  |  Full story...

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