After Google earlier today showed off its Honeycomb software, a version of Android designed specifically for tablets, a number of CNET readers posed questions regarding the software, both in our live blog and in e-mails and comments. Here are a few of those questions, answered to the best of our ability.
What are the most interesting new features on Honeycomb? The most significant change is that this operating system release was designed specifically for tablets, unlike earlier Android versions, which were designed mostly for phones and produced a mixed experience--at best--when magnified by the larger screen of the tablet.
Editor's note: We used Cover It Live for this event, so if you missed the live blog, you can still replay it in the embedded component below. Replaying the event will give you all the live updates along with commentary from our readers and CNET editors Donald Bell and Tom Krazit. For those of you who just want the updates, we've included them in regular text here.
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.--We've already seen quite a bit of Google's Android Honeycomb operating system release for tablets, but Google's ready to show it off in more detail.
The tech press descends on the Googleplex this morning for an Android event at Google's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., and CNET is the place to be for live coverage. The event is scheduled to kick off at 10 a.m. PT, and Google has promised to discuss "Android ecosystem news" in addition to its first version of Android designed specifically for tablet devices. Donald Bell will be riding shotgun and providing commentary on Google's news and products.
Follow along with our live updates from the event in the Cover It Live module. Google will have a live stream of the event here. You can also watch a special live episode of Buzz Out Loud while the event unfolds in our video stream below.… Read more
SAN FRANCISCO--Hours after Google accused Microsoft of copying its search results, representatives from the two companies exchanged rhetorical blows over the difference between "copying" and "listening to users."
Google's Matt Cutts and Microsoft's Harry Shum smiled for the cameras at the Farsight 2011 conference today but barely disguised their mutual contempt. It was the first public appearance by each following Google's revelation that it set a trap to test whether Microsoft was using browser click data from Internet Explorer users on Google to inform search results on Bing.
Google, in combination with Twitter and its recently acquired SayNow engineers, has released a service for tweeting without an Internet connection.
Designed specifically for those on the ground in Egypt unable to communicate via the Internet with the outside world, Speak to Tweet allows anyone with a voice connection to dial three international numbers and have their voice messages sent out as tweets with the #egypt hash tag added to those links. "We hope that this will go some way to helping people in Egypt stay connected at this very difficult time," wrote Ujjwal Singh, co-founder of SayNow … Read more
When it comes to user-generated content, Google has adopted a "do as I say, not as I do" policy.
The company's AdSense team sent out a reminder to its partners today that contained a few jaw-dropping statements about Google's policies on the content produced by AdSense partners. "You are responsible for ensuring that all of your content, including user-generated content such as forum posts, blog comments or outside feeds, is in compliance with AdSense policies on any page or site for which you've enabled … Read more
Google spent more money in Washington in 2010 as it tried to make its case while fending off federal regulators.
Doing business in the nation's capital requires some expenses, and this year's lobbying efforts set Google back $5.16 million, a 28 percent increase from last year's total of $4.03 million, according to the Lobbying Disclosure Act Database. Google's interests on Capitol Hill won't surprise many: the company lobbied Congress on issues such as the Internet freedom push from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, cloud computing, intellectual property, data privacy, and Google's pending … Read more
Dodge's Challenger is a modern muscle car. The Challenger explosion 25 years ago was a tragic moment. Other than the name they don't have much in common, but for several hours Friday morning, Google's AdWords system considered them linked.
That's just one example of a weak spot in Google's famous AdWords system, which turned an interesting Stanford science project into the world's most powerful Internet company. Simply put, it takes some time for the AdWords system to determine whether an ad triggered by a search query is truly relevant to that query, meaning that … Read more
Google is recruiting developers to work in-house on mobile apps for its Android operating system, a report says, as the tech giant continues its challenge to Apple's iOS and the popular devices that run on it.
Benjamin Ling, a Google product-management director, has been supervising an attempt to coax software engineers, user-interface specialists, and product managers into the Google fold, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing unnamed sources.
The Journal added that some current Google workers have shifted their positions at the company to join the app project, which will be spread across Google's global offices and cover … Read more
In a blog post last week, Matt Cutts, head of Google's Webspam team, wrote about the progress the team has made in reducing the amount of spam in search engine results. In that post, he hinted at some changes in the works to push spam levels lower, including one that affects sites that copy content from other sites, as well as those that have low levels of original content.