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Google Keeps Motorola’s Advanced Technology Group After Sale

Google Keeps Motorola’s Advanced Technology Group After Sale

Google has just let us in on another tidbit about the deal it has built with Lenovo over the sale of its Motorola Mobility assets: It keeps the high-tech Q division-type stuff being developed at Motorola’s Advanced Technology Group. That means the Ara modular smartphone concept, as well as sensors you swallow and ...

Google’s Newly-Acquired Nest Employees to Form a Core Hardware Group

Google’s Newly-Acquired Nest Employees to Form a Core Hardware Group

Google on Wednesday sold Motorola to Lenovo for $2.91 billion. While many speculated that Google would release phones after it bought Motorola in 2011, it didn’t happen — Motorola remained a partner like other Android OEMs. Recently, Google acquired Nest, and TechCrunch has learned that Google has big plans for the team ...

Lenovo Buys Motorola Mobility from Google for $2.9 Billion

Lenovo Buys Motorola Mobility from Google for $2.9 Billion

Google is selling its Motorola Mobility smartphone unit to Lenovo for about $2.91 billion, the companies announced on Wednesday. Google’s Mobility unit includes handset technology that the search giant acquired when it bought Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion in 2011. That acquisition was Google’s largest by far, and ...

Google Convinces Samsung to Stop Tweaking Android So Much

Google Convinces Samsung to Stop Tweaking Android So Much

In early January, while the rest of the consumer technology world at CES marveled at the sheer size of Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy tablet, Google execs were dismayed by what they saw on the screen of the massive 12.1-inch slate — a fancy new user interface called Magazine UX. As Re/code’s Bonnie Cha wrote at the time: ...

Court Rules Google Infringed Patents, Must Pay Up to Vringo

Court Rules Google Infringed Patents, Must Pay Up to Vringo

Vringo is a tiny company that purchased some patents from Lycos, an old search engine, in 2011 and then used those patents to sue Google. In December 2012, Vringo won $30 million in a jury trial, but that was far less than the hundreds of millions it was seeking. On Wednesday, Vringo got the payout it was looking for: a ...

Analyst: Android Accounted for 79% of Smartphone Activations in 2013

Analyst: Android Accounted for 79% of Smartphone Activations in 2013

2013 has been dubbed the year of Android by Strategy Analytics, which has just put out its smartphone OS shipment figures for the year. This follows a mobile device-maker centric report it put out on Tuesday. Google’s Android platform accounted for 79% of global smartphone OS shipments in the year, according to the latest ...

Google Glass Now Available With Prescription Lenses on Four Frames

Google Glass Now Available With Prescription Lenses on Four Frames

Just shy of a year after the Google Glass Explorer edition started arriving on early adopters’ doorsteps, Google is announcing a way for people who need prescription glasses to use it. The company is releasing four different frames that can both fit the Google Glass hardware and accommodate corrective lenses. Glass is ...

Two Starwood Hotels Now Let You Use Your Phone as a Room Key

Two Starwood Hotels Now Let You Use Your Phone as a Room Key

Guests arriving at the Aloft Hotel in Manhattan or one in Silicon Valley will soon be able to do something hotels have dreamed about offering for years: walk past the check-in desk and enter their rooms by using a smartphone as a room key. The boutique hotel brand from Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide plans to offer ...

Rumor: Google to Discontinue Nexus Line of Phones in 2015

Rumor: Google to Discontinue Nexus Line of Phones in 2015

Russian blogger Eldar Murtazin said on Twitter that the Nexus line of devices will be discontinued in 2015, replaced instead with a new brand spawned from the current Play Edition family. Google has launched various Play Edition devices this year, including the HTC One, the Samsung Galaxy S4, the LG G Pad 8.3, the Sony Z ...

Rumor: Samsung to Announce Google Glass-Like Device This Fall

Rumor: Samsung to Announce Google Glass-Like Device This Fall

Samsung has been rumored to be working on wearable glasses similar to Google Glass, supposedly under the Gear Glass name, and according to a report from The Korea Times, Samsung will unveil Gear Glass this year at IFA in September. According to the report, the smart glasses are tentatively called “Galaxy Glass” – a ...