Google's Andy Rubin has stepped down from his role as the head of the Android mobile operating system to "start a new chapter" at the Internet giant. Rubin will be replaced by Sundar Pichai, who presently heads the firm's Chrome and Apps division.
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Google Play is celebrating its first birthday today by giving away free and cheap Android applications. Well, it's not really Google Play's first birthday, but it is exactly a year since Google rebranded its Android applications store.
YouTube is reportedly planning to launch a music streaming service later this year to compete with Spotify that will be tightly knit into Google Play and the Android ecosystem, will apparently offer both free and paid-for subscription models.
Google Maps for IOS app reached 10 million downloads in just two days. Jeff Huber, SVP of Commerce and Local at Google announced the news on Google+ saying, "More than 10 million downloads in less than 48 hours after release!"
Facebook released a native app for Android devices, which it claims is "twice as fast" as its previous effort. Facebook for Android 2.0, sees the social network ditching HTML5 in favour of native code - as it did with its IOS app earlier this year.
New data show that IOS has once again pushed past Android in the U.S. The statistics show that IOS now has a 48.1 percent share of U.S. smartphone sales, compared to Android's 46.7 percent share. Android still has the lead in Europe
Google is nearly ready to release Google Maps for iOS. Google has distributed a test version of its new Google Maps for iOS app, and is "putting the finishing touches" on it before submitting it to iTunes App Store, according to a news report.
Google's advanced voice search capability is now available on iOS in an update to its Google Search app. Already available on smartphones running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, Google's updated voice search application looks set to take on Apple's Siri.
Google started rolling out its biggest update to Street View ever, updating 250,000 miles of roads. It's even available on iOs 6. In addition to updating hundreds of thousands of miles of roads, Google has doubled its special collections.
Eric Schmidt says Google "hasn't done anything yet" with regards to developing a Google Maps app for IOS 6. Schmidt said he hopes Google will remain Apple's search partner on the iPhone, but he didn't sound too optimistic that this will happen.
Apple is reportedly seeking employees that have experience working on Google Maps, after it became apparent last week that its own Maps app on IOS 6 just doesn't cut it against the competition. Apple's Maps app has been panned as a failure thus far.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has heralded mobile as the key to Facebook's future success during his first interview since the social network's poor stock market debut. Zuckerberg also discussed search, saying "at some point we’ll do it."
Google has only made the feature available to large brands and verified celebrities so far. Still, the feature that will soon be rolled-out to all Google+ users enables users to personalise, and shorten, their URLs on Google's social network.
Google's Motorola Mobility division is reportedly claiming that Apple devices, including the iPhone and iPad, infringe seven of its patents, including location reminders, email notifications, video players and Apple's Siri voice assistant feature.
Google is being sued by California-based EMG, which alleges that Google's Chrome web browser infringes its patents relating to zooming and scrolling functions. EMG seeks financial damages and to prevent Chrome mobile web browser distribution.
Google has confirmed that the next iteration of its mobile operating system will be known as Android Jelly Bean by unveiling a statue at its headquarters campus in Mountain View, California. Android Jelly Bean is expected to launch as version 4.1.
Google CEO Larry Page won't be speaking at the company's I/O Conference in San Francisco next week because he's reportedly lost his voice. Page says "there is nothing seriously wrong" with him and he will "continue to run the company."