Google's Sundar Pichai, chief of both the company's Android efforts as well as its Chrome OS, downplayed the dominance of Samsung Electronics in the Android market, and said that most people choose Android because of Google services, not because of one manufacturer or another.
Google's Motorola Mobility unit will release a flagship smartphone this summer called the Moto X, which may be the actual name of the long-rumored "X Phone." The Moto X will be part of a series of new smartphones meant to reinvigorate the brand, according to Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside.
Google's Sundar Pichai, who heads both the company's Android efforts as well as its Chrome OS, said that users should not expect any kind of merger between the two in the near future. In an interview with Wired , his first since taking over as Android chief in March from Andy Rubin, Pichai also lowered expectations for the company's I/O developer conference this week, saying there will not be "much in the way of launches of new products or a new operating system."
One of the biggest announcements at Google I/O is likely to be the introduction of the long-awaited Google X Phone, rumored to be manufactured by Motorola Mobility and scheduled to launch in the second half of 2013. How could the Google X Phone affect Google's relationship with leading Android smartphone makers?
The European Commission sent a preliminary antitrust complaint to Google's Motorola Mobility, alleging that the company is abusing its dominant position by seeking an injunction against Apple in Germany for infringing on its wireless standards patents.
Google's $12.4 billion purchase of Motorola Mobility was premised, in part, on giving Android licensees protection from patent litigation via the shield of Motorola's more than 17,000 patents--but so far that has not worked out that well for Google or its licensees.
Motorola Mobility's Photon Q is the latest Sprint Nextel smartphone upgraded to Google's Android 4.1 mobile operating system, a.k.a. Jelly Bean. The automatic download began rolling out to subscribers Thursday.
Google CEO Larry Page again hinted at the company's upcoming Motorola phone products, noting the gadgets likely will feature improved battery life and tougher screens.
One day after closing its acquisition of Motorola Mobility, Arris said Marwan Fawaz, the former Charter Communications CTO who had been running Motorola's home division since June 2012, would be leaving the company.
NEW YORK--Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt said that Motorola Mobility's upcoming products will be innovative and described them, somewhat mysteriously, as "phones+"