The falling prices of handsets and the buildout of advanced mobile networks will help Android grow at unprecedented rates in the developing world, according to Google's head of Android.
Andy Rubin tweeted last week that Google (GOOG) was activating 300,000 Android phones a day. That number reflects incredible growth in a year that started with a tenth as many activations. At 300,000 phones/day, Google is on track to activate over 110 million MORESeth Weintraub - Dec 14, 2010 10:25 AM ET
Google may now be the biggest smartphone vendor on earth.
Andy Rubin just Tweeted that Google (GOOG) is activating 300,000 phones a day. That passes Apple's (AAPL) iOS, that passes Blackberry (RIMM). That even matches any figures that Symbian has ever put up (though Canalys says Nokia might be at 325,000/day).
Google is closing in on an astounding 10 million phones per month. Recall that Apple just had its biggest quarter MORESeth Weintraub - Dec 8, 2010 11:45 PM ET
The investment bank added $30 to Google's target, which may see an additional uptick on account of the strong holiday sales season.
Scott Devitt at Morgan Stanley (MS) added Google (GOOG) to the "Best Ideas" list today while raising its price target from $700 to $730. Three factors played into the decision:
I) Google Instant, which makes searching more efficient by displaying search results as users type, could drive increased user loyalty and MORESeth Weintraub - Dec 7, 2010 10:32 AM ET
The two tech giants need to fend off rivals and each other to protect their growing app businesses. So why is the same open standard their weapon of choice?
We've already debunked the mysteries surrounding HTML5 itself -- the pros, cons and progress -- but one pesky question remains. Namely, what do Google and Apple, two companies that obviously thrive off sales and earnings, have to gain by backing a free-for-all MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Dec 6, 2010 4:37 PM ET
Questions whether the Google has abused its dominance in online search.
The European Commission launched an investigation today to discern whether Google (GOOG) "imposes exclusivity obligations on advertising partners, preventing them from placing certain types of competing ads on their websites, as well as on computer and software vendors, with the aim of shutting out competing search tools," it said in a statement this morning.
Microsoft Corp. service Ciao, price comparison site MORESeth Weintraub - Nov 30, 2010 9:05 AM ET
As GOOG flirts with $600 this morning, analysts are weighing in and raising forecasts.
Jordan Rohan of Stifel Nicolaus set the tone and raised his price target from $600 to $650:Seth Weintraub - Oct 15, 2010 11:53 AM ET
The full featured app signals the rise of Android in business.
Google's (GOOG) Android platform is starting to make significant inroads into businesses. One sure-fire indicator is that Bloomberg has released an Android app for their news readers on Google's smartphone platform. Android Bloomberg users were previously able to access their information via a mobile web interface but the new app is a "richer, more interactive, and engaging experience".
One unique (and MORESeth Weintraub - Sep 30, 2010 2:57 PM ET
Google has a clearinghouse for Google information called Google new.
Google has blogs. They have Twitter accounts and RSS feeds. They have events and speaking engagements. How do you keep up with everything Google? Wouldn't it be nice to have a one-stop shop for all of the new stuff emanating from Mountain View?
A few Googlers in their 20% time created Google new to help:
A few of us had a 20% project idea: create a single MORESeth Weintraub - Sep 22, 2010 3:14 PM ET
Sure Google is gaining on Apple, but not as fast as comScore's latest data suggest
I don't want to get into what Ben Bradlee, the Watergate-era editor of the Washington Post, used to call a "defensive crouch," but I've got a bone to pick with some of the headlines that came out of comScore's July 2010 mobile market share report, issued Wednesday afternoon. For example:"Apple Continued To Lose U.S. Marketshare Despite MORE Philip Elmer-DeWitt - Sep 16, 2010 7:56 AM ET
My account hasn't even been activated yet.
Wow, how is that for scale? Google tweeted today that it had already surpassed the 1 million call mark on its first day of Google Voice integration with Gmail. And not everyone has even had their Gmail accounts integrated yet (like me!).
In a tweet on their official feed, Google (GOOG) said:
Over 1,000,000 calls placed from Gmail in just 24 hours! Thanks to everyone using MORESeth Weintraub - Aug 26, 2010 2:36 PM ET
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