Following a worldwide trend, the new smartphone goes on sale in the U.S. and within hours is no longer available. The phones previously sold out in the United Kingdom in less than an hour. Some customers reported having trouble accessing the store or checking out successfully. Meanwhile, Dutch blog AndroidWorld reported that a planned Netherlands launch was scrapped amid high demand elsewhere. It's unclear how many units Google was able to produce by launch time. The Nexus 4 won praise for its low $299 starting price, the fact that it arrived without a contract, and for subtle improvements in the Android 4.2 operating system, which it is the first phone to run. But itLG Nexus 4 drew criticism for failing to run on 4G LTE networks. The expanded Nexus 7 lineup and the new Nexus 10 tablet, which also went on sale in the United States today, were still available for purchase in all their configurations. … [Read more...] about Google Nexus 4 already sold out at U.S. Google Play store
Google on Tuesday unveiled a new look for its free email service, inviting users to switch if they like what they see. "We're excited to finally share Gmail's new look with you," Google user experience designer Jason Cornwell said in a blog post. "We'll be bringing these changes to everyone soon," he said. "But if you'd like to make the switch right away, we're rolling out a 'Switch to the new look' link in the bottom-right of Gmail over the next few days." The new layout has a revamped "conversation view" to make it easier to keep track of who said what in email trails and improved tools for searching mailboxes, which typically serve as storage bins for users. Google also began providing more insight and control regarding how ad pitches are personalized to users. "We're committed to giving you notice and control over the ads that you see," Google advertising senior vice president Susan Wojcicki said in a blog post. "If you don't wish to see personalized ads, the choice is … [Read more...] about Google gives Gmail a new look
Google says it is retooling its search machine to go beyond recognizing words in queries and begin understanding what it is people are asking for. "Right now, our understanding is pretty darn limited," Google fellow and online search veteran Amit Singhal said of online search Thursday in a message posted at the company's Google+ online social network. "Ask us for the 10 deepest lakes in the US and we'll give you decent results based on those keywords, but not necessarily because we understand what depth is or what a lake is," he explained. To make search smarter, Google is tapping into the virtual brain of a Freebase database of knowledge regarding what things are and how they relate to one another. Google acquired the "open-source knowledge graph" when it bought San Francisco-based Metaweb Technologies in 2010 for an undisclosed sum. "In the time since, we've grown (Freebase) from 12 million interconnected entities and attributes to over 200 million," Singhal said. … [Read more...] about Google making search smarter
LG Electronics (LG) introduced its highly anticipated Google TVs at this month's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2012 in Las Vegas, according to a company's statement in early January 2012. LG smart TV with Google TV combines the familiarity of Google's Android OS with the convenience and comfort of LG's 3D and smart TV technologies, offering consumers a new and attractive home entertainment option. "LG has constantly strived to provide consumers with wider choices in home entertainment that bring the highest level of sophistication and convenience," said president and CEO of LG Electronics Home Entertainment Company Havis Kwon. "Through Google TVs, LG has merged Google's established Android operating system with LG's proven 3D and smart TV technologies, offering consumers a new and enthralling TV experience," he asserted LG's Google TV's most attractive feature is its ease of use, thanks to the combination of its Android-based user interface and the magic remote qwerty … [Read more...] about LG’s Google TVs provide new and attractive home entertainment option.
The popular smartphone became available again in Germany earlier today, and it will now ship from the U.S. Google Play store to buyers in one to two weeks. Google also added Canada to the lineup. Germany isn't the only country getting more Nexus 4 inventory today. The popular Google smartphone is now available in the U.S. and Canadian Google Play stores, as well. The device, which costs $299 for the 8GB version or $349 for the 16GB model, will ship in one to two weeks for U.S. buyers, the site says. That's a big improvement from the recent wait times, as well as the general unavailability of the device. The phone earlier today also became available again in Germany, and it hit Canada shortly after arriving in the U.S. Google Play store. The LG Nexus 4 has been selling out pretty rapidly since its November launch, with users forced to wait many weeks for the device to ship or to even show availability online. The smartphone is one developed closely with Google, giving a … [Read more...] about Nexus 4 back in stock today in the U.S., too