EU Readying New Android Antitrust Complaint Against Google

google-android-mascot2-1920 According to a Reuters article, which is consistent with earlier news reports, European competition authorities are laying the foundation for a new antitrust case against Google focusing on Android. It appears partly designed to appease European critics who believe that the proposed "rival links" PC search settlement lets Google off too easily. That settlement hasn't been formally approved but there's an expectation that it will be. Many European officials aren't happy about that. To mollify discontent, outgoing European Commission antitrust chief Joaquin Almunia has reportedly promised [...]


3 Mobile Search Warnings Google Still Needs To Add

mobile-devices-featured No one applauded louder than I did when Google introduced their warning in search results for faulty redirects in June of this year, and then, warnings for Flash earlier this month. It's definitely a step in the right direction for Google -- and for searchers, who have had to endure less than usable mobile search results in Google for years. In 2011, I took a random sample of popular queries and their Google search results and found that only a small percentage of them were usable on mobile devices according to standards defined by the W3C, and the great majority of them scored the absolut [...]


Chinese Android OEMs Gaining, Samsung Lead May Be Waning

mobile-devices-trends The latest smartphone shipments (not sales) figures from IDC shows Chinese hardware OEMs making gains against market leader Samsung and Apple to a lesser degree. According to IDC, Q2 saw a new "single quarter record of 295.3 million [global smartphone] shipments." Huawei and Lenovo appear poised for further marketshare gains in the future. Lenovo's Motorola unit is rumored to be working on a Nexus "Phablet" with Google featuring a nearly 6-inch screen. Ironically, when it owned the company, Google wouldn't have used Motorola to create a Nexus-branded device, given its commitment to [...]


Maybe Google Doesn’t Have A Mobile Ads Problem After All

google-earnings-data-600 [caption id="attachment_91889" align="aligncenter" width="560"] Data Source: Google quarterly earnings statements[/caption] There have been a lot of assumptions that Google's mobile ad business is cause for concern. After its latest earnings report showed the price advertisers pay per ad click fell for the eleventh straight quarter, fears again arose that the search giant isn't keeping pace with the consumer shift to smartphones. So is Google's mobile advertising business in trouble? The truth is nobody really knows. In fact, it might be doing great. We do know that Google reported recor [...]


Google Tries To Kill Android Class Action Before It Gets Going

android-600 The FTC itself declined to pursue an antitrust case against Google, extending to Android. However, private litigants in May picked up the baton, filing a would-be class action in California federal district court. On Friday, Google moved to dismiss the case. The plaintiffs' main arguments are the following:  Google maintains a mobile search monopoly through Mobile Application Distribution Agreements (MADAs) and “tying” — mandatory installation of the full suite of Google mobile apps, with a privileged position for Google’s search app. If OEMs want Google Play they are requir [...]


iPhone Has Largest Market Share Growth Over Past 3 Years

iphone-5-featured With US smartphone penetration among mobile subscribers now at 70 percent, comScore released its May smartphone data yesterday. Compared with last month there isn't much change in the numbers. Android remains the top OS, the iPhone is the top individual device and Facebook is the most widely distributed and used mobile app. When we look at the data over the past three years however it becomes more interesting. BlackBerry has seen a precipitous decline in share (you knew that). Microsoft's share is essentially flat and so is Android's (despite millions more devices in the market in real numb [...]


Google’s Answer To Facebook’s Oculus Rift Is Cheap “Cardboard”

Google Cardboard VR Goggles I was blown away when I recently strapped on the Oculus Rift headset and experienced the potential of virtual reality (VR). Facebook saw that potential and spent roughly $2 billion on the company earlier this year. At last week's Google I/O, the company introduced its answer to Oculus Rift and may have largely undermined Facebook's move to dominate the virtual-reality future of the internet. The image at right is Google's cardboard headset. It uses a smartphone, some open-source software and a few other bits of inexpensive hardware to create a low-cost VR headset. The company introduced [...]


Android Wear Smartwatches Compared: Samsung Gear Live, LG’s G Watch & Moto 360

android wear watches Google's Android Wear smartwatches are here! Well, almost. Those from Samsung and LG are available for pre-order now, with delivery early next month. A third from Motorola arrives later this summer. Should you go for one of the July releases and if so, which one? Or should you wait on Motorola? Here's our guide that may help. Want Google Now For Your Wrist? What's especially unique about Android Wear devices compared to other smartwatches like the Pebble or the Galaxy Gear is Google Now integration. Anyone who uses Google Now on their phone already -- and loves it -- may want to consider [...]


Google I/O Big Takeaway: Android Will Be Everywhere

android-600 The big theme of the Google Keynote at its developer conference was "Android everywhere." That wasn't an official slogan or mantra, but it was the ambition behind the many announcements: Android Wear, Android Auto, Android TV. Google wants to put Android powered screens on your wrist, in your car and on your TV, everywhere you're likely to be throughout the day. In addition, its Drive/Docs/Cloud-related enterprise announcements were about making Google the center of work. It's interesting that Google is not ceding anything or any category to Apple, Microsoft or Amazon. Indeed, it's emula [...]


Nearly 90 Percent Of Google Apps Revenue Coming From “Freemium” Games

Google Play Logo black Mobile developers have long complained that Google Play doesn't generate as much revenue for them as the iOS app store. However, a new report from App Annie argues that revenue growth is increasing rapidly. The firm said that Google Play "quarterly app revenue more than doubled from Q1 2013 to Q1 2014." The top market for Google Play revenue is Japan, followed by the US, South Korea, Germany and the UK. By comparison the top markets for download volume are the US, Brazil, Russia, South Korea and India. There are now roughly 1.5 million apps on Google Play according to t [...]


What To Expect This Week At Google I/O

Google I/O Google is "gearing up" for its annual developer conference this week, Google I/O. On Wednesday, there will be a two-hour keynote to be delivered or emceed by Android and Chrome SVP Sundar Pichai. We'll be there. Based on an array of rumors, we expect to see and hear a number of hardware and software announcements. Here's a non-exhaustive roundup of what some of those might include. Android Wear Smartwatches Android Wear was previously announced, but we expect to see a number of watches finally on display. Devices from Motorola and LG should be among those being shown off at the event, [...]


Letter Hints At Many New EU Investigations Against Google

google-eu-featured.jpg The New York Times is reporting that a letter from European Competition chief Joaquín Almunia seeks to rally support for the existing Google antitrust settlement, quite strangely, by promising future investigations against the company. Essentially he seems to be saying: don't worry if you don't think this deal is tough enough, because there are more investigations coming. The current search antitrust settlement proposal has been revised at least twice to make rival sites more visible in search results. However, there have been many complaints from public officials, Google critics and ot [...]


3 Ways To Use Keyword Planner To Improve Your Mobile Search Visibility

mobile-devices-featured Last month, we discussed what we can learn about mobile searchers from Google's redesigned keyword planner, including that mobile searchers are often local searchers and that most of them use "near me" instead of "nearby." This month, I want to give you three specific ways you can use the new Keyword Planner data to help your business become more visible to mobile searchers. Data-Driven Mobile Configuration Strategy The first thing you should do is look at your high-revenue, brand keywords to see how the majority of searchers are finding you and your competitors online. This can help you [...]


Dueling Smartwatches: Google, Apple, Microsoft Have Designs On Your Wrist

Smartwatch People have been anticipating an Apple smartwatch for what seems like a very long time now. However it's unlikely, at tomorrow's WWDC keynote in San Francisco, that one will be revealed. Financial analysts say to expect an Apple iWatch debut in Q3 this year. Apple's rivals, by comparison are busy bringing their wrist computers to market. Samsung has been the busiest of the bunch with its Galaxy Gear 1.0 and 2.0 efforts, as well as the recently announced Samsung Digital Health Initiative. Samsung's first generation Android-based smartwatches didn't sell particularly well. The new genera [...]


Android To Hit 80 Percent Market Share This Year — Report

smartphones-featured Smartphone growth continues according to the latest "shipments share" numbers from IDC. The firm anticipates Android will reach 80 percent global market share this year but decline to roughly 77 percent in four years largely because of Windows Phone growth. The iPhone remains strong in developed markets and weak in developing markets where the handset is too expensive for many. The report acknowledges the potential positive impact of a larger-screen iPhone but doesn't believe that will significantly affect Apple's global market share. IDC sees Windows Phone handset share growing from [...]


Look Ma, No Steering Wheel In Google’s New Self-Driving Cars

Google self-driving car prototype It now seems inevitable that self-driving cars will become mainstream in the next 25 years. And Google is largely responsible. While other companies have comparable technology, Google has the visibility and cultural sway to push the notion effectively. Today, the company revealed that it had built and would be "releasing" its own car prototypes. They look like a Pixar Animation Studios spin on the Fiat 500: We’re now exploring what fully self-driving vehicles would look like by building some prototypes; they’ll be designed to operate safely and autonomously without requiring human inte [...]


Google Readying 3-D Mapping “Tango” Tablets For Developers

Google Project tango graphic Google is reportedly getting ready to release 4,000 prototype tablets that would help advance the company's Project Tango, which is a 3D mapping and modeling effort involving multiple robotics experts from around the world. The story was first published in the Wall Street Journal last week. Google may provide these specialized tablets to developers attending Google I/O next month. The idea would be to see what sorts of applications and use cases developers would come up with. According to a description of these "Tango tablets" (not Google's term) in the article the devices would have [...]


Google Eyes Future For Enhanced Campaigns: Ads On Thermostats, Wearables, Refrigerators And More

google-logo-glow-featured Google is looking ahead to a future in which ads are served up on any number of "smart" devices in your home, in your car and on your body. In a letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission the company makes its case for not breaking out ad revenue performance by mobile devices in part by saying the definition of "mobile" is continually morphing and it could soon include serving ads on any number of devices beyond the smartphone, tablet and desktops of today: We expect the definition of “mobile” to continue to evolve as more and more “smart” devices gain traction in the mar [...]


MoCo: Mobile, Content & Advanced SEO. How To Prepare

mobile-websites-smartphones-featured What does it mean to be "mobile ready"? You might say having a mobile responsive site -- and that's certainly part of it. But there's much more that goes into ultimately creating an excellent website experience for your ever-expanding and ever-discerning mobile user base. It's a fact that people are starting to use smartphones as the go-to device. According to Google's 2013 Mobile Search Moments study, 77% of mobile searches occur at home or work, even when a PC is likely nearby. We know that smartphones are often used as a multitasking accessory to other devices as well, with 82% using [...]


Google Adds More Recommendations To Its PageSpeed Insights Tool

google-developer Google announced they've updated their PageSpeed Insights Tool to included five new recommendations around mobile usability and speed. The new recommendations include: Configure the viewport: Without a meta-viewport tag, modern mobile browsers will assume your page is not mobile-friendly, and will fall back to a desktop viewport and possibly apply font-boosting, interfering with your intended page layout. Configuring the viewport to width=device-width should be your first step in mobilizing your site. Size content to the viewport: Users expect mobile sites to scroll vertically, not ho [...]


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