CEO, Eric Schmidt about Google’s new definition – “did you know?” & fast search

With Google TV on its way – plans are to launch this fall, the Android mobile search traffic which grew 50 percent in the first half of 2010, the increasing money maker YouTube and a new Google Music, Google’s new guiding principle is in serving users automatic and fast search results, all the time.

“Our new definition of Google, we’re trying to get you something fast – never underestimate the importance of fast.”

“Ultimately, search is not just the web but literally all of your information – your email, the things you care about, with your permission – this is personal search, for you and only for you.”

“The next step of search is doing this automatically. When I walk down the street, I want my smartphone to be doing searches constantly – ‘did you know?’, ‘did you know?’, ‘did you know?’, ‘did you know?’.”

“This notion of autonomous search – to tell me things I didn’t know but am probably interested in, is the next great stage – in my view – of search.”

Google TV will call up both free and paid web video, including PPV from DISH Cinema, Google TV product marketing manager Brittany Bohnet demonstrated. Android Market on Google TV is coming early in 2011, she said.

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Here are some hints & numbers offered by Eric Schmidt:

On Google Music – “Think about a music player – if it’s not connected to the internet, it just has what’s stored on it; it can’t get the music nearby, it can’t get the latest music. It has to be on the net. The same is true of everything.”

On Android Mobile Phones – “One in three queries from smartphones is now around where I am. Our mobile search traffic grew 50 percent in the first half of 2010 – it’s growing much quicker than everything else. Search traffic from Android phones tripled in the first half of 2010.”

About YouTube – “Business is doing very well with more than two billion monetized views a week. The number of monetized views is up 50 percent in the last year.”

A smartphone application promises to find free parking

The application works with Google Maps and uses GPS tracking and tagging support. Users actions are, however, essential. Without them the application becomes useless.

Basically, the action arises as follows: the phone holder with Google’s Android operating system, having installed the Open Spot application, will check when he parkes and when he leaves a parking lot. Thus, other users, all owners and all Android phones using the Open Spot application will see when someone has parked on a specific place.

The signs are very simple. When the user has parked in a place, a red indicator appears. When departing from that place, the indicator becomes green. Each user can thus see free and busy parking spaces nearby. Obviously, it’s not everywhere, but only those covered by other users using this application.

From theory to practice is a long way and for this system to become truly useful, it will take time. Moreover, the idea is very good. If there were a universal system for all mobile devices, it could be really effective.

Like any application for Google Android, Open Spot can be downloaded from the Android Market.

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Google Buzz, now on Symbian, Windows Mobile and Blackberry

Therefore, Google Buzz offers support on Android 2, iPhone OS, Symbian, Windows Mobile, Blackberry, and older versions of Android.

The main functions of Google Buzz, the mobile version, are: the messages of those that you follow and local posts.

The latter function does not work, unfortunately, on all phones. For example, it isn’t working on Nokia E55 although it has GPS.

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Acer will launch a 7 ” screen with Android this year

The Tablet with the 7 ” screen comes with a QWERTY keyboard.The interface moved very well through the controlled touch-sensitive screen.

Gianfranco Lance suggested that the tablet could be equipped with a 3G modem, it can be distributed through mobile operators.Release date was not announced and no further details regarding price and software.

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Are Nokia and Intel working at a new iPad rival?

Rumors say that Nokia could be one of the producers that will compete with Apple touch tablet segment.

Nokia isn’t at the first attempt of this kind. They released a tablet with Maemo operating system since 2005.

Moreover, Google is also working secretly on a tablet. Chrome OS and Android are two possible operating systems that Google could adapt to a tablet.

Billionaires Steve Jobs and Eric Schmidt are good friends at a coffee

Apparently they were having a nice cup of coffee along with a – most likely – interesting conversation.

Steve Jobs on the left and Eric Schmidt on the right

After all, Schmidt used to be on Apple’s board. But ever since he stepped down (and actually before he did), the growing animosity between the two formerly close companies has been apparent.

Gizmodo’s tipster saw them and snapped these shots, and noted that the cafe is owned and operated by former Google chef Charlie Ayers. Overheard from the conversation were two lines by Jobs. Enthusiastically, “They’re going to see it all eventually so who cares how they get it.” Which seemed to be about web content, said the tipster. And, “Let’s go discuss this somewhere more private,” after they noticed the crowd gathering around. Brian Lam from Gizmodo thinks that was probably a wise move. Schmidt was very quiet, listening, and Jobs was doing a lot of the talking. What do you make of the body language? And what’s that black thing on the table? No, it’s not an iPad. It’s a menu. Tipster says the first thing he looked for was an iPad, and that isn’t it.

Steve Jobs on the left and Eric Schmidt on the right

On August 3rd, 2009 Apple released this announcement:

Apple today announced that Dr. Eric Schmidt, chief executive officer of Google, is resigning from Apple’s Board of Directors, a position he has held since August 2006.

“Eric has been an excellent Board member for Apple, investing his valuable time, talent, passion and wisdom to help make Apple successful,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “Unfortunately, as Google enters more of Apple’s core businesses, with Android and now Chrome OS, Eric’s effectiveness as an Apple Board member will be significantly diminished, since he will have to recuse himself from even larger portions of our meetings due to potential conflicts of interest. Therefore, we have mutually decided that now is the right time for Eric to resign his position on Apple’s Board.”

Shortly afterward Google provided with the following statement from Schmidt:

I have very much enjoyed my time on the Apple Board. It’s a fantastic company. But as Apple explained today we’ve agreed it makes sense for me to step down now.

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Apple sued HTC

The Apple action into court is not officially directed against Google, but many analysts interpret it as an attack search leader on the Internet, which launched earlier this year Nexus One, a direct competitor of the iPhone.

Apple called HTC to court both at the International Trade Commission (ITC) in the United States and also at a Delaware court, seeking to prohibit HTC to sell, promote or distribute in the United States.

The complaint filed at the ITC it refers to phones HTC Hero, Dream and myTouch, but also at Google model , Nexus One. All these models use the Android operating system developed by Google for mobile phones.

“We are not part of the process. However, we support the Android operating system and the partners who have helped us develop it,” said a representative of Google.

HTC announced that it examines the allegations made by Apple.

“HTC offers great price to their patents and their appliance, but is determined to protect their own innovations in technology,” said Taiwanese company spokesman, Keith Nowak.

In a press release, HTC points out that in the first quarter, the financial results will not be affected by the process with Apple.

Rumor say that Motorola will announce two new Android phones next week

Rumor has it that Motorola will be releasing in 2010 two Android phones on the C.E.S.

According to Global Equities Research analyst, Trip Chowdhry, Motorola “may announce” two new Android phones, one on AT&T, the second on Verizon. Both phones will have, according to him, OLED screens and a slide-out QWERTY for the AT&T model, with the same handset shunning MOTOBLUR in favor of the Google Experiences interface.
Moreover, rumors say that the Backflip / Enzo pictures we have seen recently could be the AT& T model.

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New Tablet to Compete with Apples’ Future Device

Rumors of an Apple tablet are still wandering the web. Other consumer electronic companies aren’t going to wait and see for the Apple wonder tablet, so Notion Ink is just one of the non-Apple which will see in the near future.

Slashgear announced today, few days earlier than expected, details of Notion Ink’s “Smartpad” tablet. It has 10.1″ display, and is one of the first to use Pixel Qi’s 3qi screen.  The following specs for the soon-to-be-released device are quite interesting:

– 6.3 x 9.7 x 0.6 inches.
– 1.7 lbs.
– WiFi b/g, Bluetooth, UMTS/HSDPA (3G).
– Digital Compass, Accelerometer, Proximity, Ambient light, Water sensors.
– USB, HDMI, 3-megapixel autofocus camera, Video Recording.
– 32GB SSD, SD Slot.
– Android OS with Gesture Support.
– 1024×600 Pixel Qi display.
– 48 hrs standby battery, 8 hrs HD video playback, 16 hrs internet surfing over WiFi

Unfortunately, no price was given yet to the device. The Pixel Qi display is expected to offer significant power savings and greater visibility during sunlight exposure.

Apple lovers should wait for a tablet of roughly the same size to be launched later in 2010. The table is expected to run the iPhone operating system.

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