Android chief leaves Google for Chinese fork-phone maker Xiaomi (The Register)
A senior Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG)’s Android product exec is leaving Mountain View for an up-and-coming Chinese smartphone-maker. Vice president of Android product management Hugo Barra has announced he’s joining Android smartphone maker Xiaomi as vice president of its global team to expand the device-maker’s product portfolio and worldwide reach. The company, which developed its own Android fork under the direction of co-founder former Google engineering director Bin Lin, also makes other devices that are integrated with its MIUI-based firmware, including an internet telly set-top box called the Millet.
Why Google Won’t Respond to the 5,000 Reconsideration Requests They Get Every Week (Search Engine Watch)
The latest Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG)e webmaster help video deals with the possibility of Google providing true support to webmasters, where if a webmaster has a specific issue such as with ranking, they can talk to someone at Google to get it resolved. Now this is something that webmasters have long wanted. Personalized handholding assistance from Google on what to do to rank better, get themselves back in the index after being banned, eat competitors, and essentially rank number one for any competitive search term.
Australian Sex Party gets no love from Google’s AdWords (PC World)
The Australian Sex Party, a political organization, has a hard time getting some love from Google Inc. The search engine has rejected several AdWords advertisements related to the party’s position on marijuana legalization and voluntary euthanasia. AdWords is Google’s pay-per-click product that shows advertisements related to keyword searches and content. The Australian Sex Party, founded in 2009, is fielding 54 candidates in Australia’s upcoming federal election, which will take place on Sept. 7. The party also supports same sex marriage, the decriminalization of personal drug use and better public transport.
The real plan for Google Glass may be to sell it to businesses, not consumers (Quartz)
Yesterday evening in New York City, Google’s Glass team threw a party. It brought together “Explorers” and “Influencers”—the lucky few people who got to try out the computerized glasses Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) is developing. Over cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, the diverse crowd gushed about the joys and dissected the drawbacks of the device, which they’ve been wearing for the last few months. The takeaway? Google Glass is not for who you think it is. Though Google has been promoting the device with heart-warming videos on rollercoaster rides and in children’s playgrounds, for the next few years at least, its main customers will be large businesses.
Review: Google, Apple’s alternatives to MS Office (The Times of India)
Over the years, as I’ve added laptops, smartphones and tablet computers to the collection of desktop machines I use at home and work, it has become a chore to keep track of which files are where. Once I bring in friends and colleagues to collaborate on some of these documents, the task becomes downright painful. Because my devices are all connected to the internet in one way or another, I’m able to take advantage of syncing features that come with the leading word processing and spreadsheet packages. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)‘s Office is the industry leader and a good option when you’re working with others. The main drawback is the price – $100 a year for up to five computers and five phones. Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) and Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) have free or cheaper alternatives that may fit your needs better, but both have limitations.