Lenovo purchases Motorola from Google

Motorola Mobility/Lenovo Acquisition DayYou know what’s interesting about big companies? They can buy other companies. Today, Lenovo bought Motorola Mobility from Google, for a price of about $2.91 billion.

It appears that Lenovo owns the Number 3 smartphone maker, and I believe they will own all the cool phones that are out now like the Moto X, as well as the Droid series. Just so you know, Motorola’s HQ will still be in Chicago, and I’m guessing they will keep the name. I guess that means that I’ll be visiting two booths at CES as usual.

By the way, Google originally bought Motorola for about $12.5 billion in 2012. So I guess Lenovo got a deal here, or is Motorola not worth as much as it was before?

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Google announces Nexus 6, Nexus 9, Android TV player, and Lollipop (Android “L”)

Google AnnouncementsSome of you might have realized that I am a little late in my posting today, but this was because I knew Google was going to make a big announcement today. In fact, it is four different announcements while I will detail in four separate sections.

The first is the Nexus 6, a smartphone that has a 6-inch screen, the biggest smartphone to date. It’s made by Motorola, with a Motorola Turbo Charger so you can plug it in for 15 minutes and get 6 additional hours of battery life. The camera is 13 Megapixels with 2 Megapixels on the front. The price is a high $649, and will be available for pre-order in late October.

As for the Nexus 9 tablet, it has an 8.9 inch screen with a pixel resolution display of 2,048 x 1,536. Inside is a 64-bit processor on NVIDIA’s Tegra K1 chipset with 2 GB of RAM, and it also has up to nine hours of battery life. It can be pre-ordered October 17th, to be released on November 3rd. The price is $399 for the 16 GB model and $479 for the 32 GB model.

The other is the Nexus Player, which is a streaming media player made by Asus. It is also the first device that is running Android TV, and it will cost $99 with an optional controller for $40.

Here’s another big announcement: Android 5.0. It is Android “L”, or Lollipop. Both the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 will have this new operating system, and it looks like I was wrong on the naming system.

Tomorrow, Apple will make their big announcement, which will probably be new versions of the iPads. We will cover that, for sure.

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Google acquires Boston Dynamics

google-roboticsI know that Google is a huge company, and they probably buy up a lot of small companies daily. Man, I don’t know if I will ever understand this kind of living.

I have recently heard that the big G has purchased Boston Dynamics. If you haven’t heard of Boston Dynamics, they make robots. I often report on them because their robots look very cool, like the Wildcat.

Now, that is a guess some news, but here’s a little fun fact. This is the eighth robot-based company that Google has purchased within six months. Now, one would probably say that Google is trying to corner the market in robotics. Well, we will see about that. After all, someone has to be the Apple of robots. Or the Google of robots?

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Google and Motorola announce the Moto X, and this could be big!

MotoX-512x460It is difficult to announce a big phone without a big event, and the Moto X was no exception. Yesterday, Google’s company Motorola announced the Moto X, and it has taken me a day to talk about all the features.

This new flagship smartphone has a curved back along with a 4.7-inch screen. The new phone will sport Jelly Bean version 4.2.2. It also has an X8 processing system with a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro SoC processor, which in the end will be a mobile system on several chips. The battery is a 2200 mHA which is good for constant updates on the device itself with 24 hour battery life. The camera is about 10 Megapixels, good for low-light, but I can’t seem to find any specs on the front-facing camera.

Another superior feature is that the user can go almost all voice control. It is all about performing Google searches and phone calls with one’s voice, and no buttons or screen unlocks required to access the vocal controls. It also has a weird curve-like controller on it.

As an added bonus, I have heard that the Moto X will know if it is in your pocket, or a moving car, or on a desk. Because of this, the device knows what functions to activate given its environment.

The Moto X should have 16 GB of memory on the initial launch, but no option of any memory card slot. Google is going to offer 50 GB of free Google Drive storage for two years for all Moto X owners.

Speaking of memory, I have heard that the Moto X will come with only six icons on the homescreen. This means a lot less bloatware than most Android smartphones.

One of the big features on the Moto X is its customization feature. You can create and customize your device online, and then it will be built for you. This includes 16 colors for the back of the device, and 7 accent colors. This is assuming you are a customer on AT&T’s network. I’ve heard of the possibility of engraved messages. All in all, I heard of 2000 possible color and material combinations.

The Moto X will be available on all four major U.S. carriers and this includes AT & T, Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile, and Sprint. It should be available everywhere in late August or early September in the U.S., Canada, and Latin America. It should cost about $200.

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Google I/O 2013, the bullet points

378318-google-i-o-2013Every year, Google hosts its big I/O conference. Last year, it served as a stage to introduce Jelly Bean and that elusive Nexus Q. This year, there are also some interesting things on display, and here are the bullet points:
• Conversational Search: Apparently, Google is working on some method of searching that could make the verbal search engine Siri look very, very bad. If you thought that the iPhone could put Siri as a great feature, think again.
• New Photo tech: Apparently, Google + wants to put out some photo-enhancing features which will touch-up, fix red eyes, and it may just do this automatically. Not only that, Google+ will up the maximum amount of storage on their social network from 5 GB to 15 GB. Part of it is a tie in with the famous Flickr.
• WebP: What is WebP? Imagine a new file type to deliver lossless images from JPGs or GIFs, at 26 percent smaller sizes. Animations are also possible and it is optimized for Chrome. Now imagine that Google has this tech.
• For Education: Google is working on a new platform for buying applications, textbooks, and even videos for schools. Just imagine Google being your go-to guy when it comes to education.
• Google Wallet: Not only will this program have your address, credit card, and billing zip code, but it could all be available automatically logged on your smartphone.
• Google Play Music All Access: This new paid music subscription service that can be linked and integrated to your Google account. It is good for listening to full tracks, storing tracks, or playing Internet radio. Should iTunes be scared?
• Hangouts: This I discovered while I was on Google Play today, and can do texts, photos, and albums between one person and groups. This is one unified chat.
So, with all this, does Google plan on taking control of the world? Or does it already have it?