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Android manufactuers mandated by Google to include more Goog

There's a reason you're seeing more Google on new Android phones — Google wrote the contracts that way

If it seems like Google's apps and services have been becoming more prominent on newer Android phones, it's because they are, and Google's mandated it be so. While Android is technically an open source operating system, as the likes of Amazon have shown with their own complete customizations, the...
Google announces Google Cast for audio

Google announces Google Cast for audio

As CES 2015 starts ramping up, Google has announced Google Cast for audio. This integrates the same tech behind Chromecast into speakers, soundbars, and A/V receivers to let you cast your music from Android, iOS, and the web. From Google: Google Cast Ready speakers pull content...
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Google takes over Times Square with biggest Android advertisement yet

Google has taken over the largest digital screen in North America. You can see it right now in Times Square. The screen is more than 25,000 square feet in size. It is eight stories tall and takes up the whole length from 45th to 46th Street. Want to see it in action? We go eyes-on with the giant...

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Chromecast is now the No. 1 streaming device in the U.S., users have casted 1 billion times

Today in the earnings call coinciding with its Q4 2014 release, Google CBO Omid Kordestani let us in on a few metrics of the Chromecast's success. The $35 (or less) streaming stick has been available for over a year and a half now, and just crossed the milestone of users tapping the "cast" button...
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Google Play drives growth in 'other revenues' section of Google business to $1.95 billion

Google released its Q4 2014 earnings today, showing strong numbers all around, but on the earnings call we also got word on the strength of Google Play. Google CFO Patrick Pichette said today on the call that Google's "other revenues" segment grew by 19 percent year-over-year (6 percent quarter-...
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Google posts earnings: $66 billion revenue for 2014, $18 billion in Q4 alone

Revenues jump, and Motorola is officially off the books as a $740 million net gain Google has just announced its Q4 and full year 2014 earnings, with the search giant and Android purveyor showing growth in revenues for both the final quarter and the full year. Revenues for 2014 came in at $66...
Google reportedly in talks to acquire mobile payments company Softcard

Google reportedly in talks to acquire mobile payments company Softcard

A new report today claims that Google may be in talks to acquire Softcard, a mobile payments solution that has garnered significant carrier backing from the likes of Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile. The report, which comes from TechCrunch citing unnamed sources, says that the potential price...
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You can now buy concert tickets from Google Search

Need to quickly purchase tickets for a major concert soon approaching? No problem, should you be searching through Google. The company has partnered with AXS, Ticketfly and Ticketmaster to link directly to checkout if you search for specific venues. What's more is the search results page will...
Google teams up with auto manufacturers for self-driving car

Google teams up with auto manufacturers for self-driving cars

Google has announced today that it will be partnering with several major car manufacturers, including Ford, Toyota, and Volkswagen, to speed up production of its self-driving cars. According to Reuters: "We'd be remiss not to talk to ... the biggest auto manufacturers. They've got a lot to...
Google announces Google Cast for audio

Google announces Google Cast for audio

As CES 2015 starts ramping up, Google has announced Google Cast for audio. This integrates the same tech behind Chromecast into speakers, soundbars, and A/V receivers to let you cast your music from Android, iOS, and the web. From Google: Google Cast Ready speakers pull content...
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Microsoft teams up with Google to oppose hotels blocking personal Wi-Fi hotspots

Google and Microsoft are joining a wireless industry lobbying group in a bid to oppose a recent hotel industry petition, which seeks the FCC's permission to block personal Wi-Fi networks set up in hotel rooms by customers. The two giant companies may not see eye to eye each day, but they have...
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Google shows off first 'complete prototype' for its self-driving car project

Google has been working on its self-driving car project for some time but today the company revealed the first image of what it calls its "first complete prototype for fully autonomous driving." Google had revealed very early model for its car project in May but that vehicle was apparently...
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Verizon signs a patent license agreement with Google to help fight 'frivolous' lawsuits

Verizon Wireless has announced that it has signed a patent licence agreement with Google. Specific details about the agreement were not revealed, but Verizon did say it was designed "to lower the risk of frivolous patent litigation." The company added: Verizon has long championed patent...

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