|Motorola Mobility Holdings, Inc. today announced in its definitive proxy statement on Schedule 14A that it has established a record date and a meeting date for a special meeting of its stockholders to consider and vote upon a proposal to adopt the previously announced merger agreement, dated as of Aug. 15, 2011, providing for the acquisition of Motorola Mobility by Google Inc. and other related matters.|
Motorola Mobility stockholders of record at the close of business on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011, will be entitled to notice of the special meeting and to vote at the special meeting. The special meeting will be held on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011, at 10 a.m., local time, at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine, located at 3777 La Jolla Village Drive, San Diego, Calif.
If you have ever accidentally deleted data from your android smartphone or want to retrieve data from your cheating spouse’s phone that he/she may have deleted, then you are in luck. The folks over at The Gadgets Store, sell the Android Recovery Stick to recover deleted data from Android Phones such as text messages, phone numbers, pictures, videos, etc.
The Android Recovery Stick is a thumb-drive USB device that will help you recover deleted data as well as other data from your Google Android phone.
To use, you simply connect the cell phone to any PC with the phone's data cable and then connect the stick to the same computer through a USB port. Once the two devices are connected; run the built-in software on the Android Recovery Stick and recover the data you are looking for with the click of a button.
In May Google announced Google Wallet—an app that makes your phone your wallet—with Citi, MasterCard, Sprint and First Data. With Google Wallet, you can tap, pay and save using your phone and near field communication (NFC).
|Visa Inc., Visa Europe and Google announced that Google has received a worldwide license to Visa payWave, an innovative NFC-based payment technology. Visa payWave enables consumers to make fast and secure payments at retail locations by waving their mobile phone in front of a payment terminal and is currently accepted at hundreds of thousands of retail locations worldwide.|
The agreement sets the stage for Visa-issuing banks worldwide to enable Visa account holders to add their credit, debit and prepaid accounts to Google Wallet – a mobile application that turns a smart phone into a digital wallet. This is the latest effort by Visa and Google to simplify the consumer shopping experience by enabling them to make mobile payments using their mobile phones.
| Sprint and Google announced the rollout of Google Wallet to all Nexus S 4G customers – an app that enables consumers to transform their phones into their wallets and make purchases with a simple tap. Sprint is the first carrier and Nexus S 4G is the first phone in the United States to deliver this convenient, innovative service that lets shoppers tap-to-pay at hundreds of thousands of participating retailers, including American Eagle Outfitters, the Container Store, Macy’s, Foot Locker and Subway.|
“Sprint is thrilled to be the first U.S. carrier to offer Google Wallet,” said Fared Adib, vice president of Product at Sprint. “Nexus S 4G is the first to receive new versions of Android software, and today’s upgrade puts the near-field communications, or NFC, chip in the phone to work so customers can have a secure virtual wallet on their phone. NFC capabilities on smartphones open the door to a new level of convenience and security.”
| Intel Corporation and Google Inc. today announced that they will work to enable and optimize future versions of Android for Intel's family of low power Atom processors. This means that future versions of the Android platform will support Intel technology in addition to other architectures.|
The joint effort is designed to speed time-to-market of Intel technology-based smartphones running the Android platform. Intel will take advantage of the open-source accessibility of the Android platform to provide its customers with technology products that inspire continued innovation and also help enable powerful personal computing experiences that fully leverage Intel technology across a range of devices. This work will enable mobile device OEMs and wireless operators to draw upon the performance and low power capabilities of Intel® architecture and tap into the scale of the x86 developer ecosystem to further drive the adoption of the Android platform.
Google believes that their users should be able to export any data that they create in (or import into) one of our many products, and has created a project called Google Takeout to make this process as easy as possible.
As a result, Google has announced that Google Voice is the latest product available for Google Takeout. This means that all of the data associated with your Google Voice account, from your call history to voicemail messages, greetings and call recordings, is now available for download. Voice mail messages and greetings are exported as mp3s, text messages as microformatted html, and forwarding phone numbers as a vcard. (see video above).
On the last manned space shuttle, Atlantis, NASA sent 2 Nexus S phones on the shuttle as part of the STS-135 mission. The goal was to use Nexus S on the International Space Station to explore how robots can help humans experiment and live in space more efficiently. (see video above).
|Google Inc. and Motorola Mobility Holdings, Inc. today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Google will acquire Motorola Mobility for $40.00 per share in cash, or a total of about $12.5 billion, a premium of 63% to the closing price of Motorola Mobility shares on Friday, August 12, 2011. The transaction was unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies.|
The acquisition of Motorola Mobility, a dedicated Android partner, will enable Google to supercharge the Android ecosystem and will enhance competition in mobile computing. Motorola Mobility will remain a licensee of Android and Android will remain open. Google will run Motorola Mobility as a separate business.
| David Drummond, Google's Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer issued a stated regarding Microsoft's and Apple's attack on the Adroid Platform. The statement is as follows:|
"I have worked in the tech sector for over two decades. Microsoft and Apple have always been at each other’s throats, so when they get into bed together you have to start wondering what's going on. Here is what’s happening:
Android is on fire. More than 550,000 Android devices are activated every day, through a network of 39 manufacturers and 231 carriers. Android and other platforms are competing hard against each other, and that’s yielding cool new devices and amazing mobile apps for consumers.
|Google announced that starting today, you can get public transport directions for London within Google Maps, including Google Maps for mobile on iOS, Blackberry and Android-powered devices. One of Europe’s largest metropolitan areas, London is a major destination for both business travelers and tourists. More than 1 billion passengers are serviced by Transport for London (TfL) every year across over 18,000 bus stops and over 250 Underground stations.|
For example if you’re at Trafalgar Square, and want to visit Madame Tussauds; with a simple directions search, you’ll see all the possible public transport connections. In Maps, click “Get directions” in the left-hand panel, and then the train icon to see public transport directions. Enter your departure location next to A, and your destination next to B. These can be either street addresses or names of popular places, businesses or restaurants. When you’re done, click the “Get directions” button and suggestions for your trip will appear below.
Public transport directions are available on both Google Maps and Google Maps for mobile, so you always have access to a trip planner.
| Since launching Nexus S with Samsung, T-Mobile and Sprint customers have enjoyed the pure Google experience, running the latest Android releases and Google mobile apps. Today we’re excited to announce a Nexus S device optimized for AT&T, available in Best Buy stores this weekend.|
Nexus S runs Android 2.3 and features a 4” Super AMOLED screen, a 1 GHz processor for showing 3D graphics, front and rear facing cameras and support for NFC. It also features the latest Google mobile apps, including Google Earth, Google Maps with Navigation, Google Talk with video chat, Google Voice and Voice Actions, as well as access to more than 250,000 apps in Android Market.
Nexus S for AT&T will be available in Best Buy stores starting July 24. For those of you who just can’t wait, it’s on pre-sale today in Best Buy stores.
You can find more information at google.com/nexus or follow @googlenexus on Twitter for the latest Nexus S updates.
Google has announced Google+ for mobile that makes sharing the right things with the right people a lot simpler. Huddle lets you send super-fast messages to the people you care about most. With your permission, Instant Upload automatically puts the photos and videos you take into a private album in the cloud, so you can share them anytime, from anywhere. And no matter where you are, the stream lets you stay in the loop about what your friends are sharing and where they’re checking in.
|Google announced that spam filtering on Google Voice is now automatic thanks to the help of the thousands of Google Voice users who mark calls as spam everyday—and Google's own spam identification tools. It is now possible to automatically redirect calls, texts, and voicemails from any of the numbers in our database directly into your spam folder.|
You can enable this feature on the Calls tab of Google Voice settings by checking the box next to Global SPAM filtering. And if a number ends up incorrectly marked as spam, you can easily unblock it by selecting the message and clicking the “Not Spam” button in your spam folder.
Today, Google is releasing a new version of Android Market which makes application, games, purchase books and movie rentals available on phones (Android 2.2 and higher). See video above.
Following Groupon's lead, Google announced their first launch of Google Offers beta in Portland last month. Now Google is bringing great deals to the Big Apple and the Bay Area starting today. Subscribers who sign up at www.google.com/offers or via the new “Today’s Offer” tab in Google Shopper 2.0 for Android will start receiving emails with local offers in New York and the San Francisco Bay Area today. (See video above).
Google introduced a new experimental feature called “Download map area." With Download map area if you are visiting an unfamiliar location, Google Maps for mobile will help you get an idea of how close you are to your destination, where streets and landmarks are in relation to each other, or just for getting “un-lost.”
If you don’t have a data signal, or you’re abroad and don’t have a data plan you’ll never need to carry a paper map again. The “Download map area” lab in Google Maps 5.7 for Android is a step in making that statement true even when you’re offline. For more information visit http://googlemobile.blogspot.com/2011/07/download-map-area-added-to-labs-in.html.
Google has announced that they have updated the look of Google Docs for mobile browsers and added the ability to sort, narrow, and share multiple docs in your mobile docs list.
To get started:
- Go to docs.google.com from your supported device’s browser.
- Press Sort to organize the list of docs visible in the mobile browser, or press Narrow by to specify the subset of docs you’d like to see.
To share from your mobile docs list:
- Select one or more documents.
- Press the Share button, and select Share.
- Get the link to share for public or unlisted docs, or Email as attachment.
Sharing a doc in your mobile browser works the same way as it does on the desktop.
Google recently released Google Maps 5.7 for Android. From Bangkok to Baltimore, Google has added Transit Navigation (Beta), updated access to directions, better suggested search results, and a photo viewer to Place pages—all of which can help you whether you’re traveling to an unfamiliar part of town or visiting a city across the world. (See video above).