larry bagina writes: Don't be evil? rumor has it that Google threatened to kill Acer's Android licensing if they released a smartphone running Aliyun, a Chinese, Linux based smartphone OS that's binary compatible with Android.
larry bagina writes: Look out, Apple! Motorola sold^Hshipped 5.3 million Android phones and 200,000 Xooms last quarter. Numbers like that are probably why Google is paying $12 billion to buy them up. It's also why Apple should probably throw in the towel in iOS and focus on Macs.
larry bagina writes: No need to wait for the annual reports to find out how much the new Google/Mozilla deal was worth — sources reveal it was in the neighborhood of $1 billion for three years. You'll probably remember from previous slashdot speculation that Microsoft might make a bid (they did, as did yahoo ) or that Google would get a better price (ha!) as Chrome became more popular than FireFox.
larry bagina writes: 9 days after Apple's disappointing 4th quarter results (must be a bug in iCal!), now we know why: Motorola just announced their third quarter results. TL;DR version: almost 5 million android phones and almost 100,000 xoom tablets. No wonder iPhone and iPad sales were weaker than expected!
larry bagina writes: Yahoo news is reporting (via AP) that Google is in talks to help finance a Yahoo purchase. Interesting rumor. Perhaps they want to have a say in who the new yahoo overlords are (or are not, as the case may be).
from the more-information-would-be-nice dept.
r writes "The New York Times reports on a security flaw discovered in the new Android phones. The article is light on details, but it hints at a security hole in the browser, allowing for trojans to install themselves in the same security partition as the browser: 'The risk in the Google design, according to Mr. Miller, who is a principal security analyst at Independent Security Evaluators in Baltimore, lies in the danger from within the Web browser partition in the phone. It would be possible, for example, for an intruder to install software that would capture keystrokes entered by the user when surfing to other Web sites. That would make it possible to steal identity information or passwords.'"
thefickler writes "A top Google executive has denied outright that the company is developing a mobile phone. Last week rumors were flying after a Google official speaking in Spain said that the company was looking into offering a mobile phone; and British phone analyst Richard Windsor claimed that during CeBIT Google staff confirmed that a Google mobile phone was being developed. However, Alan Eustace, senior vice president of engineering and research, has now said 'We're not doing a mobile phone, I'd like to find something that is broader, rather than do yet another mobile device.'"