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Google working to bring Hulu to Google TV

Posted in Hulu by Conner Flynn on October 6th, 2010

There have been reports focusing on Google TV’s lack of partnerships with major networks, but now Logitech representatives have confirmed that Google is trying to bring the Hulu streaming video service to their new set-top box.

Details are scarce at the moment, but Google is said to be involved in ongoing negotiations with Hulu executives. If the two strike a deal, which is likely, the service will probably be limited to Hulu Plus subscribers. Hulu has already partnered with several hardware companies to bring its streaming service to products like TiVo Premiere and Roku, but none of the set-top boxes provide access to Hulu’s free content.

Google launches official Google TV site

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on October 4th, 2010

Folks are really eager to get them some Google TV, whether through hardware from Logitech, or TVs from Sony. Looks like Google already has a hit on their hands. The service should do well, though it has some competition from Apple’s Apple TV hardware.

Google has just launched a new site, so if you want, hit the link below and take a tour and get to know the features. If you don’t already, you will want to get in on Google TV after you check it out.

Google Street View now on all seven continents

Posted in Google by Shane McGlaun on October 1st, 2010

Google has now announced that it is offering Street View on all seven continents. Google has now added Street View coverage for Brazil, Ireland, and Antarctica to its offerings. Strange to hear Street View on Antarctica considering there are no streets.

The content was apparently either given to Google by people that have been there or the images were taken while walking around. The Antarctica content that is on the service is panoramas of Half Moon Island. There is also a cool image of a bunch of penguins standing around.

1 Million Google TVs to ship by end of the year?

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on September 30th, 2010

According to Digitimes, Google will ship over 1 million Google TVs by the end of the year. We heard earlier that the Logitech Revue Google TV set top box had already been shipped to retailers, and 500,000 units were on their way to stores, so they might just reach this figure.

That 1 million also includes TVs from manufacturers like Sony, and others who have already confirmed that they are producing hardware using Google’s TV software. We just have to see how it plays out.

Google’s Android passes Microsoft in US smartphone market share

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on September 20th, 2010

With all of the Android phones assaulting the market, it’s no big surprise to see Android pass Windows Mobile in ComScore’s latest US smartphone report. In July Google was nipping at Microsoft’s heels and now according to the latest data, Android is rising while the competition is falling.

The research firm’s MobiLens report found that Google’s market share in the US smartphone sector jumped five percent in the three month average ending April 2010. RIM dropped 1.8 percent, Apple 1.3 percent, Microsoft 2.2 percent and Palm had just 4.9 percent of the sales.

Bing passes Yahoo, now behind Google

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on September 14th, 2010

Microsoft’s Bing search engine has just overtaken Yahoo and is now in the second place spot for search engine’s in the US. That means it is now going to go up against Google, the top dog. At least according to The Nielsen Company.

In August alone, Bing grew from 13.6 percent to 13.9 percent of the US search market. Yahoo declined from 14.3 percent to 13.1 percent. While Google’s share went up from 64.2 percent in July to 65.0 percent. Google shouldn’t worry though. With Bing and Yahoo combined, their search share of 27.0 percent is still less than Google’s.

Android notifier sends alerts to your desktop

Posted in Google by Shane McGlaun on September 10th, 2010

There are many reasons why someone might want alerts sent to their desktop rather than only on the phone. For instance, my wife likes crappy music and it drives me crazy to hear it. She also gets 10 million texts per day so when she is wearing her headphones I end up hearing the text alert on her phone all day.

If she was using an Android device and a Mac or Linux computer a new application is available called Android-Notifer that would take those notifications for calls and texts and send them to the computer. The app sends notifications to the PC via Bluetooth or WiFi right now.

Google Walking Navigation beta debuts

Posted in Google by Shane McGlaun on September 10th, 2010

I know in some big cities like San Francisco and New York City, walking is one of the most common ways for people to get around. The trick for people who aren’t familiar with the city and need to walk somewhere is figuring out which way to go to get around.

Google has unveiled a new beta application for Android phones using Google Maps for mobile 4.5 called Walking Navigation beta. The new application works like the GPS driving directions only it takes into account pedestrian walkways to route people on foot.

T-Mobile G2 Keyboard has keys for Google shortcuts

Posted in T-Mobile by Conner Flynn on September 8th, 2010

The upcoming T-Mobile G2 has some interesting features. If you check out the keyboard, you’ll notice that there are a few new keys called Quick Keys. Word is getting around that they’re designed for Google shortcuts, which allows users to customize the keys to access commonly used functions.

The G2 should be announced around the 15th of September and will be launched on the 29th, so we don’t have a long wait for this one anymore.

Google TV to launch this year, Samsung may want Android for its TVs

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on September 7th, 2010

We all knew that Android was going to hit TVs in a big way and now things are starting to happen. We already have an Android powered set from Lava, and now Google has designs on your television too. Samsung is thinking about Android for its sets and the Google TV service is on track for launch this autumn.

Samsung’s plans are uncertain, however about half of the company’s 3-D TVs have web browsers, and that figure will increase over the next couple years.

Google trademarks Speedbook name

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on August 27th, 2010

A new trademark filing by Google shows that Google has trademarked the name “Speedbook” under computer hardware. A speedy notebook? A speedy eReader? A book laced with cocaine? It could be any of the above.

It is likely an upcoming tablet or netbook powered by Google’s Chrome OS. We don’t have any actual details on what the Speedbook might be, until Google decides to fess up and tell us. We’ll keep our eyes and ears open.

Motorola’s Android tablet a direct Google project?

Posted in Motorola by Conner Flynn on August 19th, 2010

Some reports from Digitimes would seem to indicate that Motorola’s upcoming 10-inch Android-powered tablet could be one of Google’s flagship devices. It’s been speculated that Google might consider the device a true representative of what Android 3.0 is capable of.

The device should be powerful if it’s using NVIDIA’s dual-core Tegra 250 chip, but will the display compete with the iPad? It will be using a display from Sharp that isn’t as bright as the one Apple uses from LG. Looks like Verizon is still seen as the main carrier.

Google launching a Chrome OS tablet on Verizon, arrives November 26

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on August 18th, 2010

We’ve been hearing rumors of a Google Chrome OS tablet hitting Verizon for awhile now. The latest rumor has Google’s Chrome OS tablet is being built by HTC, and it will apparently be launched on Verizon on November 26th.

The device will be subsidized by the carrier, and much cheaper than the iPad. The rumor says that it has the following specs: An NVIDIA Tegra 2 platform, 1280 x 720 pixel multi-touch display, 2GB of RAM, a 32GB SSD, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G connectivity, GPS, Webcam and Expandable storage.

PayPal in talks with Google about Android payments

Posted in Paypal by Conner Flynn on August 14th, 2010

PayPal is in talks with Google to add PayPal as a payment method for the Android Market. Apparently Google wants to make paying for apps as easy as possible for Android users so they can start shifting apps. As it stands, you can buy apps through Google Checkout and sometimes using carrier billing.

Both options are fine, but not popular. Using PayPal as a payment option would likely open the flood gates and move a ton of apps. On the other hand, PayPal currently powers Blackberry App World, illustrating the point that no matter how easy it is to buy apps, people still need good apps to buy.

Augen’s Kmart tablet and smartbook won’t have Google-branded apps

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on August 8th, 2010

The future of Augen’s $150 tablet and $100 smartbook isn’t looking as bright as we had hoped. They have slow processors and resistive touchscreens and now their official Google app privileges have just been revoked.

Augen has confirmed that the entire proprietary suite (including Market, Gmail and more) was preloaded on the devices without Google’s permission, and won’t appear on new batches that make it to store shelves. Augen says it’s working with Google to secure rights to these apps for new products down the road. Hopefully it gets sorted out quickly.