Архив метки: Google Play Store

На KitKat работает более 20% активных Android-девайсов

Google выпустил ежемесячный отчет о распределении различных версий своей мобильной операционной системы Android на смартфонах и планшетах, заходящих в Google Play Store.
На KitKat работает более 20% активных Android-девайсов

Для Android Wear приложений уже больше, чем для Google Glass

Менее чем через три недели после выхода смарт-часов LG G Watch и Samsung Gear Live, первых девайсов на базе платформы Android Wear, число приложений в Google Play Store, поддерживающих "умные" часы, превысило число приложений для Google Glass.
Для Android Wear приложений уже больше, чем для Google Glass

Nexus 5: возможная дата выхода и новый цвет

О новом гуглофоне Nexus 5 от Google и LG мы уже знаем достаточно много. Технические характеристики Nexus 5 стали известны после публикации в Сети сервисного мануала, а цена смартфона — после "случайного" появления девайса в Google Play Store, гд
Nexus 5: возможная дата выхода и новый цвет

Google Officially Reveals Play Store Gift Cards, Headed To GameStop, RadioShack, And Target First

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It’s been a week since the first images of Google’s Play Store gift cards first started making the rounds, and the search giant has finally gotten around to confirming their existence.

First thing’s first — the $10 and $25 denominations spotted last Tuesday are indeed the real deal, and they’re joined by a $50 card that’s better geared toward facilitating bigger purchases like e-books and movies. The one big bummer? They can’t be used toward purchasing hardware from the Google Play Store.

Target, GameStop, and RadioShack are among the retailers who will stock the cards over the coming weeks, with Walmart.com (no mention of their physical locations, weird) expected to join the fray before the end of August.

Frankly, the confirmation doesn’t come a moment too soon. Google has said it aims to sell something like 3 million Nexus 7s by the end of the year, and some outlets are claiming that Google could ultimately move between 6 and 8 million of the wallet-friendly tabs before the year is out. The calculations behind those figures are based on a touch panel shipment figure from Digitimes (whose track record sucks in certain respects) — suffice it to say, I’m not overwhelmed with confidence in these estimates.

Whether or not that particular sales scenario plays out though is beside the point. It’s been mentioned before that Google is selling these things more or less at cost, which means the company is shooting to make up for the deficit in Google Play Store purchases. What better way to drive Google Play revenue than with a rack full of gift cards right next to a tablet display in (insert electronics store here), especially as the holiday season closes in on us?

Now that Google has finally made these things a reality, there’s only one big question remaining: when will they roll out to the rest of the world?


Google Officially Reveals Play Store Gift Cards, Headed To GameStop, RadioShack, And Target First

China Finally OKs Google’s Acquisition Of Motorola Mobility

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It’s been just over nine months since Google announced their intentions to acquire hardware manufacturer Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion, and now it seems that the final pieces of the deal have fallen into place.

According to a new report from the Associated Press, Chinese officials have finally given the Google-Motorola deal their blessing.

China’s official approval of the deal has been a long time coming — Google managed to score regulatory approvals from the U.S. Department of Justice and the European Commission back in February (on the same day no less), but China’s anti-monopoly bureau leapt into action just a few days later. That period of intense regulatory scrutiny is a routine part of the purchasing process, as every company that makes more than 400 million yuan ($63 million) in China and 10 billion yuan ($1.6 billion) globally is subject to the process.

Google and Motorola originally expected to close the deal in “early 2012″, and it turns out they weren’t too far from the market. With this final approval in place, Google has confirmed that they expect purchase to be completed some time next week.

With the long process of purchasing Motorola Mobility finally drawing to a close, Google seems to be shifting their attention to the process of selling hardware on their own. The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this week that Google was looking at fleshing out the Devices section of the Google Play Store with unlocked smartphones and tablets — all of them “lead” devices —  from up to five major hardware manufacturers. Now that Google will have their own in-house hardware team, it stands to reason that they might soon offer their own devices alongside those from hardware partners like Samsung and HTC.


China Finally OKs Google’s Acquisition Of Motorola Mobility