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Google Android Chrome Merger

Google says Android and Chrome OS will remain separate

March 21st, 2013

When Google (GOOG) announced that Android boss Andy Rubin was stepping down and being replaced by Chrome head Sundar Pichai, speculation erupted suggesting that Android and Chrome OS would eventually merge. According to Google chairman and former CEO Eric Schmidt, combining the two operating systems is not currently part of the company’s plans. Schmidt did confirm to Reuters that there …

Google Babble Messaging App

Google Babble rumored to unify messaging services under one brand

March 20th, 2013

Apple (AAPL) has iMessage, BlackBerry (BBRY) has BlackBerry Messenger and Google (GOOG) will reportedly soon have Babble. According to a report from Geek, Google is interested in unifying its messaging platforms into a single service. The company currently has a number of messaging services across different platforms such as Google Talk, Hangout, Google Voice, Messenger …

Google Chrome OS Security

Hackers fail to crack Chrome OS

March 8th, 2013

Google (GOOG) offered hackers a chance at a big pay day if they could crack its Chrome OS platform. The company held its annual Pwnium competition at the ConSecWest security conference in Vancouver this week where it put $3.14159 million up for grabs. While a number of hackers attempted to get a piece of the …

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Google CFO admits Motorola’s phones haven’t had a ‘wow’ factor

February 28th, 2013

A Google (GOOG) executive revealed that Motorola’s current line of devices don’t include anything that would “wow” consumers. Speaking at the Morgan Stanley Technology Conference on Thursday, Google’s chief financial officer Patrick Pichette said the company inherited a pipeline of unimpressive products, at least by Google’s standards.

Acer Chromebook Sales

Acer CEO looks to Chrome as alternative to ‘not successful’ Windows 8

January 28th, 2013

Executives at Acer (2353) have had some harsh words for Microsoft (MSFT) regarding its Windows 8 operating system. CEO JT Wang was fuming after the software giant unveiled its Surface tablet and even issued a warning to the company, while other executives have blamed Microsoft for confusing would-be Windows 8 buyers. President Jim Wong said in an …

Google toys with major Android redesign as patent wars heat up

July 31st, 2012

The always-eagle-eyed PatentBolt has spotted a new patent application from Google (GOOG) that indicates the company is designing a way to bring radial menus to its Android and Chrome devices. From the initial designs, it looks as though the radial menus will not be visible on the screen until a user makes a swipe gesture from the …

ARM support may be coming to Chrome OS

March 26th, 2012

Users who are interested in a Google-powered Chromebook only have two options, Acer’s AC700 or Samsung’s Series 5 Chromebook. Both laptops are powered by an Intel Atom processor, the only chip the platform currently supports. Recent rumors have suggest that Chrome OS may soon support ARM-based processors, however, opening up a number of new doors …

LG and Microsoft sign patent agreement over Android and Chrome OS

January 12th, 2012

Microsoft and LG have signed a patent agreement that covers LG’s tablets, mobile phones, and other consumer devices running Android or Chrome OS. Terms of the deal between the two companies have not being disclosed. However, this isn’t the first time Microsoft has targeted an Android vendor, previously signing deals with Samsung, HTC, and Acer, …

HTC may be developing Chrome OS / Android hybrid device

November 23rd, 2011

HTC may be developing a new hybrid netbook/tablet “internet access device” that combines both Chrome OS and Android, presumably in some sort of dual-boot environment. Samsung and Acer are the only two major suppliers that currently offer devices powered by Google’s Chrome OS, otherwise known as Chromebooks, but DigiTimes said the two firms have only sold about …

Chrome for tablets caught on film [video]

August 8th, 2011

Google’s Chrome OS was originally designed as a lightweight operating system for devices such as netbooks, which have a constant internet connection. The search giant already has Android 3.2 (Honeycomb) and will soon offer Android Ice Cream Sandwich for tablets but apparently that hasn’t stopped Google from optimizing a version of Chrome OS for use on …