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Android: Now More Than 1 Billion Active Users Per Month

google-io14-600b Google opened its annual developers conference today with some staggering statistics about the growth of its Android mobile operating system. Sundar Pichai told the packed keynote audience that there are now more than one billion active Android users per month, up from about 530 million at last year's I/O conference. He said Google is going to report monthly active users going forward, rather than the general activation count that it used to share. Pichai also shared these stats about Android user activity: Android users send 20 billion texts per day. They take 93 million selfi [...]


Google I/O 2014 Keynote: Android Everywhere: Watches, TV & In Your Car

google-io14-lobby-600 During the keynote of Google's annual developers conference today --  Google I/O 2014 -- the company shared how it will be bringing Android beyond phones and tablets to watches, televisions and cars. Google also shared stats that Android has grown to one billion active users, that any developer will be able to integrate their apps into mobile search results and gave an update on Chromebook, including that Chromebook will soon be able to run some Android apps. Our live blog coverage of the event -- which was interrupted twice briefly by protesters -- is below. But first, here are ou [...]


How Universal Analytics Is Different And What You Should Be Doing Now

logo-ga-upgrade If you've been using Google Analytics (GA) as your analytics solution over the past year or so, you've probably noticed that Google has been promoting its new analytics solution called "Google Universal Analytics" (UA). UA was in beta for well over a year. On April 2, 2014, it was moved from beta to production. While Google is treating this as the "re-imagining of Google Analytics," there are many new features and technologies behind it. How do the new features and technology behind UA impact what you're doing today? For everyone, there is no visible impact beyond the constantly chang [...]


YouTube Trashes The Inbox In Exchange For Google+ Messaging Feature

YouTube-Large Big changes are coming this week to the way that YouTube creators connect with their fans. Gone will be the YouTube Inbox, replaced by a new system that utilized Google+ messaging called, well, Messaging. In order to utilize this system the YouTube creator must be connected to a Google+ account. The new message system will feature: Threaded Conversations - A tool that will help keep the context of any exchange Easier Contacting - To contact the video owner any user can hop over the about tab and click "send message". Spam Detection - The new messages section will have a spam se [...]


Google Glass Gets A Pre-I/O Hardware & Software Upgrade, Lots Of New Apps

(Photo by lawrencegs and used via Creative Commons license.) On the eve of Google's biggest annual event, the I/O developer's conference, Google Glass is getting a number of hardware and software updates, along with nearly a dozen new apps. [caption id="attachment_88782" align="alignnone" width="600"] (Photo by lawrencegs and used via Creative Commons license.)[/caption] New Glass Hardware The company just announced a new version of the Glass hardware that doubles its RAM to 2GB. Glass product manager Steve Lee tells The Verge that the upgrade should make Glass "a bit faster and more reliable," and "will allow for more Glassware to run in parallel [...]


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 [...]


Google Domains: A New $12 Domain Registration Service Google Is Testing

google-domains-600 Google is dipping its toes into the domain registrar business. The company today announced a beta service called Google Domains that looks very much like the beginnings of a full-fledged domain registrar business. The service is invite-only at the moment, and interested parties can request an invite via the link above. Just pretend to search for a domain name and you'll get prompted to ask for an invite. The Google Domains landing page has links like "Manage my domains" and "Transfer a domain name." A separate Features page shows what Google is planning for this service: $12 d [...]


Google Glass Heads Overseas As Explorer Program Launches In The UK

glass-uk-flag-600 On the eve of its Google I/O conference, Google has announced that its Glass Explorer program is expanding to the United Kingdom. The Explorer Program is Google's current beta testing system where interested parties that purchase Glass are given direct support from Google and asked to provide feedback as the device develops. Although the program is wide open in the US to anyone that wants to join, the device still hasn't officially launched to consumers. That may happen later this year, though Sergey Brin recently expressed uncertainty on that timing. Joining the Explorer Program com [...]


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 [...]


Google Builds Up Digital Video Advertising Capabilities With mDialog Acquisition

Google Logo - basic featured In another sign of Google's active plan to attract more brand dollars and capitalize on the digital video boom, the company announced it has acquired digital video advertising tech firm mDialog. Making the announcement on the mDialog site, the start-up said the team will be joining forces with DoubleClick and will eventually integrate its services to manage, deliver, and measure video advertising into the platform for publishers. mLabs will continue to work with its existing customers -- major media companies like NBC and Fox -- to monetize video ad inventory across IP-connected devices, [...]


Shakira’s “La La La” Top Trending World Cup Video On YouTube, But Nike’s The Brand To Beat

Shakira World Cup video Ranking its top trending World Cup ads, YouTube has determined Shakira's "La La La" video takes the top spot, but Nike is the big winner with three separate ads making the top ten list. Originally launched on May 22, Shakira's video includes a number of World Cup soccer players. It was produced in conjunction with the yogurt brand Activia to support the World Food Programme's efforts to end world hunger, and doubles as the 2014 World Cup anthem. Since its release, the Shakira video has generated 135,632,593 views. Nike's three ads - taking the No. 2, 4 and 9 spots - all feature World [...]


Microsoft’s Internet Explorer Influencer Campaign Backfires: Another High-Profile Example Of Why Details Matter

Another case of poor marketing campaign execution is making waves this morning, with news that an agency has been soliciting paid posts on behalf of Microsoft's Internet Explorer. TechCrunch founder, Michael Arrington, posted a solicitation from advocate marketing agency, Socialchorus, to: "collaborate on a sponsored post opportunity for Internet Explorer... If you accept our invitation to work on this program, we would like for you to write a blog post by July 10th, in addition to sharing links to the new Internet Explorer across your social channels. Compensation for this post is availabl [...]


Google’s Android Draws Fresh Antitrust Complaint In Europe

android-featured Google must feel like it's Groundhog Day. Another antitrust complaint has been filed against the company in Europe. This one is focused on Android and third-party app stores. There are also older complaints about Android before the European Commission (EC). According to an article in the Wall Street Journal the new complaint was filed by a Portuguese company called Aptoide, which offers a Google Play alternative. The company argues Google is blocking third party app stores seeking to compete against the Android app store: Aptoide claims that Google creates obstacles for users to install [...]


TrustInAds.org Takes On Weight Loss Scam Ads, Offenders Still Spotted

TrustInAds.org [caption id="attachment_87640" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Source: TrustInAds.org Bad Ads Trend Alert: False Claims in Online Weight Loss Advertisements[/caption] Lose weight without changing a thing! It's a fantasy crafted and perpetuated by direct marketing minds in the weight loss and diet pill industry. It's also a tactic used by online scammers to pedal bogus products that often have hidden recurring fees. Today, TrustInAds.org, an industry organization dedicated to "keeping people safe from bad online ads" whose members include AOL, Google, Facebook and Twitter, released a tre [...]


Google: We’ll Be Giving More Feedback For Reconsideration Request & Other Search Changes

matt-cutts-throwing-hummingbirds-1402575217 Last Wednesday at the SMX Advanced show, Google's head of search spam, Matt Cutts, shared some news and announcements with us during his keynote session. Here are some of the highlights from Matt's talk: Payday Loan 3.0 Launches Matt Cutts announced Wednesday night that Google would launch version 3.0 of the Payday loan algorithm. 3.0 actually began rolling out the following day and specifically was aimed at spammy queries, whereas 2.0, which launched a couple weeks earlier, targeted more spammy sites. Payday 3.0 specifically targets spammy queries, versus spammy sites. What exactly t [...]


Google Glass Reveals Its First 5 “Glass At Work” Certified Partners

google-glass-people-600 Google has given its blessing to five developers that are helping bring Google Glass to business and enterprise by making them certified partners in the Glass At Work program. The companies, announced this morning, are: APX: "APX Labs makes Skylight, the leading business software for Glass. It provides workers with hands-free, real-time access to enterprise data and the expertise they need to do their job. Skylight is used by Fortune 500 companies spanning multiple industries." Augmedix: "Doctors spend over a third of their day pushing and pulling information to and from the Electroni [...]


ESPN Scores Big Traffic Win With World Cup Clips Integrated Into Google Search

worldcup ESPN is getting prime position at the top of Google's search results for World Cup-related searches, thanks to a new deal that will list ESPN video highlights alongside scores and other match information. Here's how it works. Google is showing special boxes at the top of its search results for queries about the World Cup and related information, like this: Searchers who go into the timeline for a particular match will see video clips showing up: Clicking on the clips takes searchers off Google and over to the ESPN FC website where the video is hosted: The deal will surely drive a s [...]


VIDEO: The Daily Show Mocks Real Google Glass Explorers Who’ve Suffered “Intolerance”

thedailyshow-google-glass-mock On The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Jason Jones does a segment about the intolerance Google Glass Explorers need to deal with. Well, Jason Jones mocks Google Glass users and the intolerance they have to deal with. Note, these are real Google Glass Explorers that have documented cases of being abused because of wearing Google Glass. A few highlights.... "You can be treated just on how you look, wearing a $1500 face computer." "It was a hate crime," from one explorer who had Glass taken from her face. "They're going to be wearing these things in a about a year" "Interface between you [...]


First Look: Insights For Google+ Finally Tells Page Managers How Their Page Is Performing

google-plus-analytics-featured In the beginning there were Ripples, Google's surprisingly rudimentary display of the spread of Google+ posts. And that's about it. Google+ didn't provide page managers with much useful information about how their page was performing, and that was one the major impediments to using the platform as an effective marketing tool. That changed yesterday with the release of Google+ Insights for pages, a development that was overshadowed by the major Google My Business news. Now managers of brand and business pages will be able to assess and adjust their efforts on the Google+ platform, [...]


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