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Google Leaks Share To Google Drive Functionality In YouTube Video, Then Removes The Evidence

driveThere's really no point in denying it anymore for the folks up at Mountain View. Google's cloud storage solution, likely to be called Google Drive, is happening. In today's Android developer Hangout when the Googlers were talking about apps, the Drive icon and name can be clearly seen in the Android sharing menu.

Google May Be Launching The Google Drive As Early As Next Week, Says The Next Web

google driveRumors about the mythical Google Drive have been ramping up lately. The rumored Google Drive is gunning for Dropbox with universal storage and sync. The Next Web is reporting that the service may launch as early as next week, giving users an initial 5GB of storage space that will sync between Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS devices. Pretty sweet!

Google CEO Larry Page Indirectly Confirms Nexus Tablet

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Google CEO Larry Page never came out and said that Google is working on a cheap Nexus tablet but today they all but confirmed it in their earnings report when he said this:

[Video] Watch Jon Stewart Give His Take On Google's Project Glass And Rip Up Facebook's Purchase Of Instagram On The Daily Show

daily showThis is rather fitting given the fact that the official Daily Show app hit the Play Store earlier today. Jon Stewart talks about Google's Project Glass (turns out that this is actually old technology), Facebook's acquisition of Instagram, and then he gets school on why Instagram is so cool.

Enough banter, the video speaks for itself. Enjoy.


Google considering selling Motorola handset division to Huawei, rumors indicate

motorolaIt has been better part of a year since Google announced its intent to acquire Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion. While we're still waiting for various governmental departments to officially approve the purchase, rumors have circulated as to what Google plans to do with the division. Did Google pick them up just to rope in a ton of (17,000!) patents and protection? Will they continue to let Motorola operate as a separate entity? Would they consider selling off to another hardware maker in the end? The answers to these questions are a little bit of 'yes'on all fronts.

WSJ: Google To Open Online Store This Year, Will Sell Tablets Independently Of Retailers (Perhaps With The Launch Of Jellybean)

nexus tabletA report from the Wall Street Journal offers new details on Google's expected shift in Android tablet strategy, and it's reportedly much more than a single Nexus tablet. The move is being likened to the Nexus One launch, with Google at the center of the distribution and support system for a line of branded tablets. The Nexus One might have been too much for Google to handle, but the search giant is apparently moving full speed ahead this go around, which includes plans to open its own online store where it will sell the rumored tablet line.

Google Pushes Source Code Of Android 4.0.4 (IMM76D) Into AOSP

aospSource code for Android 4.0.4 (AOSP tag android-4.0.4_r1.1), the latest incremental update with "a few hundred changes over 4.0.3," is being pushed to AOSP (Android Open Source Project) as we speak by JBQ, one of AOSP's main sourcerers (yes, I just made that word up).
This is excellent news for any ROM developers compiling their ROMs from AOSP (such as CyanogenMod) - chances are 4.0.4-based ROMs will start appearing very soon, maybe even tonight. Oh, and, of course, it's even more excellent news for custom ROM users (raise you hands).

Earlier today, official 4.0.4 updates got pushed out to the Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi and the GSM Nexus S. Hopefully, we'll be seeing a lot more of these official updates in the coming days - JBQ has only given us the standard disclaimer:

Google IO registration opened

If you plan to go to Google IO 2012 then you will want to get up nice and early!

googleio2012Just a friendly reminder for all of you Android developer types looking forward to the annual extravaganza known as Google IO. Registration for the 3-day event gets underway nice and early tomorrow (7AM PDT) and will likely end in around one hour's time. If the last few years are any indication then the level of interest for the 2012 conference will be off the charts.

Here's a quick, last-minute recap of what to expect and/or need for registration. You can head to Google IO's website for the full details.

Why Google Play Isn't A Bad Name, And How It Represents A New Age For Google As A Company

google play logoI have heard an absolute heap of unpleasantness about the rebranding of the Android Market today. Google Play is childish. It's unprofessional. It makes Google look less than serious about its content business. The logo is weird. The name is ambiguous - play what? It reminds people of Sony products. There are endless gripes and, let's face it, there always will be when a company rebrands a popular product.

LG "Heavily In Discussions" With Google To Manufacture A Nexus Device

lg_googleBringing a taste of truth to age-old rumblings of an LG Nexus device, the head of LG's Smartphone division, Ramchan Woo, has stated (in an interview with Cnet) that the manufacturer is "heavily in discussions" over a possible Nexus device, adding "we're working on it."

While this quote is compelling, Cnet rightly highlights a few sticking points in the deal.
On one hand, while there is no evidence that Google will give Motorola preferential treatment following its acquisition, concerns have manifested, and partnering with any manufacturer (why not LG?) would quash any rumblings.

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