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Google’s New Hardware Strategy: Actually Make Money

Technology companies like to cite computer scientist Alan Kay’s famous quote that “People who are really serious about software should make their own hardware.” These days, Google’s motto could be, “People who are really serious about AI should make their own hardware—and sell it at a premium.” That appears to be the strategy behind the Pixel, the first Google-designed smartphone, ... Read More »

Google Attacks EU Antitrust Case, Says It ‘Doesn’t Fit the Reality’

Google poured scorn on European Union allegations it skewed shopping search results to favor its own services and said regulators have failed to see that the search-engine giant is competing head on with e-commerce giants Amazon.com and eBay. Google said Thursday that the EU’s allegations lack evidence and would ultimately harm users in favor “of a small number of websites,” ... Read More »

You can now ask Google Now to book an Ola or Uber

Google has teamed up with Ola and Uber to make cab booking even more hassle-free. So, you can now look for directions and then choose the taxi service directly within the Search app or mobile search browser. The feature was made available on the latest version of Google Maps earlier this year, offering a tab with information for cab services ... Read More »

Behind the Pixel: Google’s First Real Threat to the iPhone

Google is embarking on a wholesale revamp of its mobile phone strategy, debuting a pair of slick and powerful handsets that for the first time will go head-to-head with Apple’s iconic iPhone. Alphabet’s Google on Tuesday unveiled the Pixel and larger Pixel XL, the first phones that were conceptualized, designed, engineered and tested in-house. The Pixel handsets feature a Siri-like ... Read More »

The hardware push by Google is a challenge to Apple and Amazon

Alphabet Inc’s Google on Tuesday announced a new “Pixel” smartphone and a suite of new consumer electronics products for the home, planting itself firmly in the hardware business and challenging Apple Inc’s iPhone at the high end of the $400 billion global smartphone market. The string of announcements – including the $649 Pixel, a smart speaker for the living room ... Read More »

Google Cloud Division Announced; Google Apps for Work Rebranded to G Suite

Google repackaged its cloud services and corporate software and hardware offerings into a new unit called Google Cloud on Thursday, the Internet search provider’s latest attempt to catch leaders in the sector Amazon.com Inc. and Microsoft Corp. The new group, run by Google executive Diane Greene, includes web-based work software such as Docs and Sheets, machine-learning and digital-mapping tools that ... Read More »