Thanks for stopping by for this weekend’s edition of the Wrap-Up! Companies in the news this week include Google, Ouya, Microsoft, and Apple. Let’s find out why.Google is Buying Patents to Thwart Trolls
Patent trolls are individuals/companies that don’t actually do anything with a patent; instead, they sue whoever they believe is infringing on it. Google has an interesting idea for how to deal with this problem: buy all the patents. Well, not all the patents, [...]
One of Android’s coolest features—its voice-activated “Okay Google” feature, powered by Google Now—is about to get a little cooler. The company announced today that a new batch of custom voice commands were just launched, with even more on the way.
So far, Google has two examples. Say “Okay Google, listen to NPR” will launch an audio stream on the NPR app, while “Okay Google, show attractions near me on TripAdvisor” does, well, that. It’s a nice couple of additions, and it’s even [...]
The newest Android Wear device, the LG-made Watch Urbane, is available to order from the Google Store starting today, April 28, for a price of $349. This follows up on a leaked document from a few days ago that the smartwatch would appear at Verizon stores for that very price on that very day.
Interestingly, the arrival of the Watch Urbane has resulted in some changes to other products on the Google Store. For starters, the original G Watch, the blocky smartwatch that was one of [...]
In an effort to shut down patent trolls, one of the tech world’s worst problems and roadblocks towards progress, Google has announced its Patent Purchase Promotion. Described on its Public Policy Blog as “an experimental marketplace,” the promotion looks to give patent holders an easier way to unload patents for cash without working with trolls who tie innovators up in litigation. As a nice bonus, Google will get to increase its own patent portfolio—and, of course, this may not be quite [...]
This may have been a big week for Apple, with the launch of its Apple Watch, but let’s be real — we’ve known it was coming for weeks now. You can’t have news without the word new. Google, however, did manage to make a couple of headlines (for good reasons and bad), as did Microsoft. And Apple did manage to sneak in for a bit of a kerfuffle with its App Store, and, yes, it is related to the Apple Watch.
Let’s jump in.Google Launches Project [...]
It seems that I wasn’t the only Nexus fan disappointed by Google’s decision to make a phablet—Google CFO Patrick Pichette told shareholders that Nexus 6 sales were lower than expected after its debut late last year.
According to 9to5Google, Pichette said that the Nexus line of devices has fallen this year, which has more to do with the Nexus 6’s poor performance when compared to its predecessors:
“Other revenues grew 23 percent year over year to $1.8 billion, but were down [...]
Italian eyewear company Luxottica—one of the world’s largest eyewear makers—is apparently working on a new version of Glass in collaboration with Google, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday. The news comes by way of Luxottica CEO Massimo Vian, who made the announcement during a general meeting at the company, says the report.
There are many, many details missing from this news, like whether [...]
We don’t know how much it’ll cost, and we don’t know how well it’ll work—but we do know that the LG Watch Urbane, the South Korean electronics giant’s latest Android Wear smartwatch, will be available around the world via the Google Store later this month. Meanwhile, it’ll launch in its native South Korea this week.
A Thursday post on 9to5Google offers up a press release from LG on the device’s impending arrival. It’ll be the first smartwatch to receive Google’s new Android Wear [...]
Google finally announced its wireless phone service, Project Fi, on Wednesday. While many of the details had been steadily trickling out like a leaky hose, Google’s official announcement confirms a number of cool features that make it seem like a super attractive wireless option. Except for that whole “Nexus 6 exclusivity” thing, of course.
Here are the basics: Project Fi is Google’s MVNO wireless network, which provides service to customers using the cellular towers owned and [...]
Google announced a fun and functional bunch of new features set to debut on Android Wear in the coming weeks. The update will be the biggest improvement to the Android Wear OS yet, with new ways to interact with notifications and a smarter way to access apps, among other added tweaks.
Smarter Apps, Less Talking
Navigating Android Wear’s UI to find the apps you want has been something of a chore to this point; users have had to either flick through a variety of menus or use [...]