Actual numbers are finally being attached to the European “right to be forgotten” ruling that lets regular people ask Google and other search engines to remove links to some search results. Since Google created a form for people to use when requesting that a link be taken down, over 91,000 requests have been made. Some of the requests dealt with multiple links, and so the total number of search links affected by those requests is actually 328,000.
Another Google X project is underway and it is completely different than consumer-facing projects like Glass. This time, the Google X team is enlisting the help of scientists to determine what a perfectly healthy human actually looks like, and the team is collecting data from hundreds of people to find that out.
The future of the Nexus family is settled once and for all, despite no N5, N7 or N10 sequels being on the horizon. But Google’s straightforwardness hasn’t extended to the rumored Android Silver program yet. Or to Google Play Edition devices, stuck in limbo for the time being.
For people who need to brush up on their geography or simply want to have a little trivia fun, Google has launched Smarty Pins. The Smarty Pins game combines trivia questions with Google Maps, and it asks users to drop a pin on the location that corresponds with a certain factoid. The goal of the game is to move through as many questions as possible before reaching 1000 miles, the total number of miles your pins can be away from the correct location.
One of the least publicized but most relevant Google I/O software announcements has seen a program called simply Android One go official, courtesy of which Big G intends to bring stock versions of its OS in a timely fashion to dirt-cheap smartphone users in emerging markets.
Google I/O came with a handful of important announcements related Google and its services. It’s not just about the smartwatches running on Android Wear, or the upcoming Android L release, Google also launched Drive for Work, which give businesses some exciting new features, as well as improved security.
As Google polishes its next (and possibly final) Nexus tablet effort, the developer-focused I/O conference is nearing. And Big G must showcase some exciting new hardware on June 25 and 26. The N9 is but a faint possibility, and so is the N6, while a third-gen N7 or second-gen N10 are even bigger stretches.
With the demise of the highly successful but maybe not extremely profitable Nexus line nigh, it’s only fitting to expect HTC be asked back in the program. The fun all started with the Taiwan-based device manufacturer four years ago, so them bringing an end to Nexus as we know it would be symbolic. Almost poetic.
EU antitrust authorities have looked into practically all international technology companies at one point or another, and it appears that Google is up once again for an inspection. GigaOm has revealed that at the same time as the EU is looking into the Google Search business, it may also examine the Android app store business. A complaint is reportedly being filed against Google by Aptoide, an app store for Android that runs as an alternative to Google Play. From Aptoide’s perspective, Google is engaging in anti-competitive behavior by dominating the Android app market.
Google is diving even further into the business of satellites with its latest acquisition of Skybox Imaging. Google has purchased the satellite imagery company for $500 million and while it will initially use the acquired technologies for projects like Google Earth, Google has already stated that its use for the satellites extends to internet expansion projects. When it was first reported that Google was considering an acquisition of Skybox, many pointed out that the satellites would be perfect for Google Loon and it turns out that they were correct.
As Google’s often glitzy I/O developer-focused conference is nearing its seventh annual installment, you’d expect rumors concerning possible product announcements to be blowing up right about now.
China’s state media has initiated an all-out campaign against Apple, Google, and Facebook which it considers “pawns” of the US government in regards to their potential involvement in the NSA’s mass surveillance. The involvement that the Chinese media is referring to was first brought up nearly a year ago when PRISM was first uncovered, so it is not clear why the Chinese media is now calling for the companies to be punished and for new regulations to be put in place.