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Google Inc. Unveils Chromecast Audio
Oct 1 15
On September 29, 2015, Google Inc. announced Chromecast Audio, a new line of Chromecast devices that plug directly into speakers and receive music sent from a phone. Google simultaneously announced a new partnership with Spotify, the popular music streaming app that is in a battle with Apple's new Apple Music offering. Price was also a selling point for Google's new line of Nexus phones. The smaller Nexus 5X, manufactured by LG, is just over five inches long and has an ultrasensitive camera that is designed to work better indoors, where people take most of their pictures. It starts at $379 for an entry-level phone without a contract. The other larger phone, the Nexus 6P, which is made by Huawei, is 5.7 inches and starts at $499.
Microsoft and Google Agree to End Patent Lawsuits Between Them
Sep 30 15
Microsoft and Google are giving up on a spate of patent lawsuits the two companies have been fighting for years. The two companies announced they would dismiss as many as 20 lawsuits between them over the use of various patents for mobile phones, gaming consoles and more. The announcement ends a years-long patent war that started in 2010 when Microsoft claimed Google's Android operating system used the Redmond company's technology without paying royalties. Since then, intellectual property lawsuits have piled up. Google even inherited a Microsoft lawsuit when it acquired Motorola. That was after Microsoft sued the mobile phone company in a royalties dispute. The two companies battled for years over video technology patents. The agreement will mean both companies can move forward and end the expensive battles. Lawsuits over patent rights and licensing contracts between tech companies have become omnipresent, accepted as simply one of the costs of doing business. The number of patent lawsuits has climbed steadily over the past 20 years, and the damage awards are growing as well.
Huawei and Google Unveil the Ultimate Premium Smartphone
Sep 29 15
Huawei and Google introduced the Nexus 6P, an innovative smartphone featuring Android 6.0 Marshmallow in San Francisco, Google’s newest operating system for mobile devices. Elegantly Designed: The Nexus 6P is beautifully designed with an elegant all-metal unibody. Crafted from aeronautical-grade anodized aluminum with diamond chamfers encircling its edges, the sculpted back of the phone accents the low-light-loving, fast-movement-capturing camera. Pure Android: With the Nexus 6P, Huawei and Google have introduced a truly premium device that is 100% Android, integrating the newest OS, Android 6.0 Marshmallow. INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY - Built on a foundation of power: Nexus 6P features a 5.7” WQHD 518ppi AMOLED display perfect for playing games, watching movies and getting work done in stunning clarity, and front-facing stereo speakers for crisp, clear sound. With the latest version of the octa-core Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 810 v2.1 processor under the hood, Nexus 6P delivers great performance, and the 3450mAh battery keeps user talking and texting from day to night. With the reversible USB Type-C port, there's no more guessing which way is up. The included Type-C fast charger gives up to seven hours of battery life from a 10-minute charge. CAMERA - A powerful camera that captures more light: Nexus 6P has the best all-around camera. The Nexus camera is great for outdoor photography, but where it really shines is in conditions with less-than-ideal lighting. The larger 1.55um pixels capture more light even in the dimmest conditions to produce stunning details and sharp images. Nexus 6P is also capable of recording 4K and high-frame-rate slow-motion videos. With a faster Google Camera app, user never miss a moment, and with the smart Google Photos app, user memories are easy to relive and always at user fingertips. Nexus 6P also features an 8MP front facing camera with Google’s innovative HDR+ technology, making it one of the best selfie cameras in the market. FINGERPRINT SENSOR - Simplified security: One fingertip: Nexus is quicker and more secure with Nexus Imprint. Placed on the back of user device to complement the way user naturally hold it, one touch will turn on user phone and unlock user apps for smooth, easy access. For users in the U.S., Nexus Imprint will also work with Android Pay for quick and easy purchases at thousands of locations nationwide. PURE ANDROID EXPERIENCE - Always new. Now running Marshmallow: Built from the inside out to make the most of the world’s most popular OS, Nexus is the ultimate Android experience. You’re always among the first to receive software updates. And you’ll have the freshest, fastest version, Android 6.0 Marshmallow, working for user right out of the box. Availability: The Nexus 6P will be available in more than 30 countries including the U.S., Canada, Germany, the UK, Japan, Australia and India. The Nexus 6P will be available for pre-order in the U.S., Canada, the UK, Ireland and Japan through the Google Store beginning on Sept. 29, 2015.
Google Unveils Nexus Phones with 'Marshmallow' Flavor
Sep 29 15
Google is countering the release of Apple's latest iPhones with two devices running on a new version of Android software designed to steer and document even more of its users' lives. The Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X unveiled are the first smartphones that will be sold with an Android upgrade called 'Marshmallow'. It features changes that will give Android's personal assistant, Google Now, expanded powers to explore the information that people call up in the mobile applications. Google uses its Nexus line of phones to showcase how the company would like Android to be set up. Most phone makers, though, still take advantage of the freedom that Google gives them to alter Android. Prices for the Nexus 6P start at $499 and at $379 for the 5X.
Google Inc. Enters New Seven-Year Agreement Providing Access to Technology from D-Wave Systems Inc
Sep 29 15
Google Inc. entered a new seven-year agreement providing them access to technology from D-Wave Systems Inc. The deal covers the installation of D-Wave systems located at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif. The agreement supports collaboration among Google, NASA and the Universities Space Research Association on a study of how quantum computing can advance artificial intelligence and machine learning. Scientists at Google, NASA and USRA have used previous D-Wave technology to explore the potential for quantum computing and its applicability to complex problems such as Web search, speech recognition, planning and scheduling, air-traffic management, robotic missions to other planets and support operations in mission control centers.