Posts Tagged ‘google’

Keylogging Android by design

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Samsung are working on a service that allows application ‘a’ to receive the keystrokes from application ‘b’, ‘c’, ‘d’, etc (reports The Verge) so that application ‘a’ can be more contextually aware and deliver better search results and improved experiences. Automatically.

I can’t see an issue with that at all. I’m sure everyone will be more than happy that Android will allow data to flow to apps, to servers outside of the handset, and be analysed and recorded, with nothing more than a security pop up at install. Nobody would ever leverage that for evil…

Flappy Bird disappears, but Google’s mobile advertising inventory will grow

Monday, February 10th, 2014

Now that everyone on the planet knows that Flappy Bird was earning the author $50,000 a day (that’s set in stone, no matter what the numbers say), every developer is going to try and replicate that success. Not the big boys, but the bedroom coders and the hobbyists will think that ‘the next title’ will be the one to make it big.

And they’ll carry on churning out countless ad-supported games that bring in maybe $100 in total for a ridiculously low per hour rate for the developer.

In the meantime , Google slices a significant percentage off the top of every single banner space. For them it’s not a $100 game, it’s an aggregation game for ad inventory on mobile. The next million or seven will be distributed around millions of developers, while Google reaps the rewards of a ‘success myth’ that sound remarkably like the old ‘record label / new talent’ days.

Coding really is the new Rock and Roll.

Start the death-watch on the Android alarm clock app Timely

Saturday, January 4th, 2014

Bitspin are the team behind Timely, the popular replacement alarm clock for Android, and they’ve just been bought by Google:

We’re thrilled to announce that Bitspin is joining Google, where we’ll continue to do what we love: building great products that are delightful to use. For new and existing users, Timely will continue to work as it always has.

Given Google’s previous form in buy-outs, I expect Timely to be removed from the Google Play store in the first weke in April and the Bitspin team assigned to ‘other roles inside Google’.

If you type Google into Google, you will break the internet

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

…and the third most searched term in Google for 2013 was…


That’s probably strong enough to write an episode of ‘The I.T. Crowd’ around, yes?

Have a break, have… an Android 4.4 smartphone?

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

As if the world of smartphones wasn’t satisfied with Microsoft buying Nokia, Google have announced the new version of Android (v4.4) will be called…


Seriously was Google so annoyed that nobody had written about Android for eight hours that they just rolled out the wackiest, craziest, idea possible? With Kit-kat advertised on every Android handset, and Nexus handsets advertised on ever Nestlé chocolate wafer bar for the next few weeks, it reminds me of the sort of crazy moves Google used to pull on April Fools Day in the past.

I’ll be interested to see how the Nestle boycott around baby milk ( will impact on Android.

BBC Trust decide BBC’s mobile iPlayer was not biased because it focused on iOS

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

The internal inquiry say everything okay, and blames it all on Android fragmentation.

While the BBC must do all that is reasonably practicable to ensure that viewers can access its on-demand content in a range of convenient and cost-effective ways, this did not necessarily mean that it would always be expected to launch new features on different platforms simultaneously.

Nothing to see here, carry on, please stop pestering our mobile developers who can’t handle the multiple variants issue. At least the BBC Trust promise to watch the mobile app during 2013… Which is nice of them.

Google’s ‘secret’ lab that will take over the world

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

Business Week look at Google’s X Lab. Next you’ll be telling me they have a single stage to orbit rocket that can fly through a round house, a transport plane in a cliff, and Mach 22 capable swing wing aircraft under the swimming pool.

Yahoo’s CEO ready to run the search engine deal back to first base

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

So Marrisa Mayer, current Yahoo CEO and former Google VP,  is trying to get the company out of the web-search deal with Microsoft, to presumably switch to one with Google (who have indicated they are willing to go into a similar partnership with the purple site).

Colour me surprised.

Slate’s Graveyard of Google Products

Saturday, March 16th, 2013

Buried in these hallowed grounds are some of Google’s ill-fated services. Some, like Google Reader, lived long, prosperous lives, full of admiration and glory. Most, like Google Wave and Google Buzz, struggled to carve out a place in this harsh, unforgiving world where technologies continuously clash and innovation reigns king. But whether these services transformed our productivity or only polluted our inboxes, they all touched our world in some way.

As Rubin Leaves, Did He Solve The ‘Device by Device’ mobile build issue?

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

Google’s blog post on Andy Rubin ‘handing over the reins’ of Android to Sundar Pichai has this doozy:

But his insight immediately struck a chord because at the time it was extremely painful developing services for mobile devices. We had a closet full of more than 100 phones and were building our software pretty much device by device. It was nearly impossible for us to make truly great mobile experiences.

Go on, ask any Android developer how many mobile devices they have to address with the platform to make a great mobile experience. I guess that Pichai’s first task will be to get the number of models to test to drop under the 100 phones mark.

Of course Google’s Nexus 7 special offer is trending on Google Plus

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

I genuinely believe it. I mean, everyone is talking about it. It’s all over Facebook, and Twitter, and Techmeme. I 100% trust Google’s algorithm when it tells me that the $25 Google Play credit bundled with Nexus 7 is the one thing everyone is posting about online.

Even those people outside the US who are inelgible for the $25 credit are so excited about this that they have to be talking about it.

It’s only natural that Amazon would choose Bing for the Kindle Fire

Saturday, September 8th, 2012

Bing, not Google, to be the search engine for the Kindle Fire tablets. Given Amazon is giving Google an end run on everything (ad revenue, primary sign-in on device, OS branding, app store, etc) it’s only natural they’d turn to another search engine. Still, nice bit of negotiation all round.

Give it six months, and that will probably make Bing the #1 search engine on Android tablets. I’ll be watching Tim Cook very carefully on Wednesday to see which search engine any new iPads will be using…

T’other Ewan is smitten with the Google Nexus 7

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

Ewan MacLeod:

Why is this device a turning point? The quick answer is this: The Nexus 7 appears to be the best Android tablet I’ve ever seen and used — it’s also, by a country mile — the cheapest vs high spec that I’ve ever examined… The Nexus 7 starts at an awesome £159 for the 8GB version. That’s the turning point. £159 is nothing when you’re looking at £399 minimum for an iPad. The 7″ form factor works really nicely.

He’s going to use it in anger for a week or two. The result will be interesting, although I still struggle to see beyond the “tweener” problem of being too small to be tablet and too big to be a phone/pda.

What Happens When Google Buys A Start-Up?

Saturday, July 21st, 2012

Announcement of thrilling acquisition.

Reiteration of startup’s wildly ambitious founding notion.

Explanation that either Google or Facebook is the best place to change the world.

Acknowledgement (or sometimes non-acknowledgement) that the startup’s product is being discontinued or is going into limbo.

Expression of heartfelt gratitude to various supporters, usually including the consumers who are losing their something they liked.

Harry McCracken.


Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Congratulations on landing something memorable for the Google Doodle on the 30th anniversary of the ZX Spectrum, but (a) did we have to share it with St George and (b) given the lack of complexity on show, I suspect the designer was not a master of ZX Spectrum artwork… Yes it follows the rules, but there’s an art to packing in info on a Speccy Screen, and this isn’t quite it.

St. George's Day and 30th anniversary of the ZX Spectrum