Google's conference call on Thursday could be a platform to announce a significant milestone in Android OS distribution.
At Google's Q2 2010 earnings call on July 15th, CEO Eric Schmidt relayed that Google was activating 160,000 Android devices per day. That was up from the 100,000/day they were activating at the Google I/O event in May. Since then, he announced Google (GOOG) had passed the 200,000 activations/day mark on August 4th.
Since MORESeth Weintraub - Oct 11, 2010 2:55 PM ET
...and Honeycomb and Gingerbread are two different Android OS forks, one for tablets and one for smartphones.
In an excellent story on the Android Invasion, Newsweek's Dan Lyons get's some new activation numbers from Android Chief, Andy Rubin. Rubin says that Google has recently passed the 250,000 activations/day mark, though only once, yet the numbers continue to rise overall.
That rate is 1 million every four days, just under 8 million a MORESeth Weintraub - Oct 4, 2010 4:56 PM ET
A French court ruled earlier this month that Google and its CEO Eric Schmidt were liable for the results of an algorithm.
A man convicted of a three year suspended jail sentence for corruption of a minor claimed that when one Googled his name, the terms "rapist" and "satanist" came up in Google's Suggest feature.
That doesn't bode well for his future job prospects. He claims he tried to contact Google to have the terms MORESeth Weintraub - Sep 26, 2010 11:54 AM ET
Google wants the data in Facebook and CEO Eric Schmidt isn't afraid to say that they'll find a way to get it.
Facebook isn't just winning the battle for web users' time (comScore says Facebook passed Google this month), they are also pulling some of Google's star engineers. Google (GOOG) has been offering huge bonuses to retain some of that talent but the bigger battle is getting the Google behemoth to be more social.
That's MORESeth Weintraub - Sep 15, 2010 11:25 AM ET
At the Apple Event today, Steve Jobs slipped some jabs Google's way but also lauded AppleTV's ability to play YouTube.
There is not much news for Google watchers at Apple events these days and what there is is usually bad. Steve Jobs started off the presentation today saying that Apple was activating 230,000 devices a day. Google's Eric Schmidt last month said that Google was activating over 200,000 devices a MORESeth Weintraub - Sep 1, 2010 4:47 PM ET
With the success of its search engine and products like Android, sometimes it is good to put Google's efforts into perspective.
As Google (GOOG) CEO Eric Schmidt said this month in response to a question about the newly deceased Google Wave, Google celebrates its failures.
"We try things. Remember, we celebrate our failures. This is a company where it's absolutely okay to try something that's very hard, have it not be successful, and MORESeth Weintraub - Aug 18, 2010 10:41 AM ET
Google CEO, Eric Schmidt, casually mentions that the Android OS might be Google's next big thing.
We here at Fortune have been doing a lot of research into what Google's next big thing will be. Currently, advertising against search is Mountain View's 'One Trick Pony' -- a very good trick and one that anyone would love to have, Google VP Nikesh Aurora points out.
So what will be Google's next big trick? MORESeth Weintraub - Jul 28, 2010 3:36 PM ET
Can he really "blow Google out of the water" with his WWDC keynote?
Steve Jobs may come to regret that widely re-posted e-mail promising an Apple (AAPL) loyalist that he won't be "disappointed" by the announcements the company has lined up for the Worldwide Developers Conference, which begins in San Francisco in less than two weeks.
However, if the 5,000 developers gathering at Moscone West leave Jobs' keynote underwhelmed -- as it MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - May 25, 2010 8:57 AM ET
Google is ramping up its efforts in Washington to influence lawmakers according to a Consumer Watchdog press release
Google (GOOG) started its 'goodwill mission to Washington' with the following statement in 2003:
"We established a Washington presence because we felt like it was important to give our users a voice in Washington. Technology can be complicated. We absolutely believe taking the time to help people understand our business is a worthy MORESeth Weintraub - Apr 21, 2010 5:20 PM ET
Silicon Alley Insider peers into the future and sees nothing but conflict
Google and Apple have already butted heads, first in mobile phones with Google's (GOOG) release of the Nexus One, then in online advertising with Apple's (AAPL) announcement of the iAd platform.
But those conflicts are just a prelude to bigger brawls to come, says Silicon Alley Insider's Jay Yarow. In a slideshow posted Wednesday, he ticks off what he sees MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Apr 14, 2010 11:50 AM ET
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