Google “Nexus 7” Will Be Made by LG, Not Huawei


In a curious turn of events, Google is now in talks with LG for the development of its next Nexus smartphone. Although previous rumors indicated Huawei as the next make of a Nexus smartphone, the Korean media not claims otherwise.

A report from eToday cited by Phandroid, says that Google has already approached the South Korean handset maker with the purpose of working together for the next Nexus smartphones.

Google AdWords app launches on Android

Adwords-Mobile-Revised-Graph-UP-01Today, we’re introducing the AdWords app, an easy way to view and manage your ads’ performance when you’re on the go.  This new Android app is available globally for existing AdWords customers.

Businesses, large and small, are increasingly using smartphones to manage everything from customer support to product orders to marketing.

Now, you can use your smartphone to keep your AdWords campaigns running smoothly—no matter where your business takes you.

As a companion to your desktop account, this app lets you:

  • View campaign stats
  • Update bids and budgets
  • Get real-time alerts and notifications
  • Act on suggestions to improve your campaigns
  • Call a Google expert

Google Releases Official Google Calendar App for iPhone


Google, through Robin Züger, has announced today, March 10, the immediate availability for download of the official Google Calendar app for iPhone devices. It is the iOS version of the Google Calendar app for Android announced back in November 2014 by Ian Leader, Product Manager at Google.

The official Google Calendar app for iPhone is now available (finally!) on the App Store and includes the same features that have been available to Android users for about five months, such as support for automatically converting emails from Gmail into Calendar events.

How to get an early look at the new Google Maps with a bit of cookie know-how


We had the opportunity to grab an early look at the new and refreshed Google Maps, but not everyone is as fortunate; you either had to be an I/O attendee or hope you received an invitation after requesting one. However, a tipster has sent Android Police a set of instructions that’ll let you get in on the new Maps without those pre-requisites. All you need is the ability to manually set cookies via a Chrome extension like this one or an alternate browser.

Then visit the Google Maps page, replace the cookie labeled NID with a special code (we’ve included it after the break), and voilà, the brand new Google Maps will appear before your eyes. Now you too will be able to enjoy more visually enticing navigation — just don’t expect it to feel like a skydive.


Google Glass gets a one-stop shop for downloads, including a rooted image


Early Google Glass owners are dominated by developers and tinkerers, so it’s only fair that they get easy access to the downloads they need. Appropriately, Google has quietly set up a page that centralizes both Glass images and kernel source code.

The company has even saved owners from having to hack their eyewear the hard way — one image comes pre-rooted for those willing to toss caution (and their warranties) to the wind. Most of us can’t take advantage of these downloads for about a year or more, but those with early access can swing by the new code hub today.

Acer now selling C7 Chromebook with more battery life and memory for $280


When we got our hands on Acer’s initial C7 Chromebook, our chief gripe was its frankly disappointing 4-hour battery life. We now know that Acer had its ear to the ground after launch. It’s rolling out a new trim level, the C710-2055, that mends the short runtime and beyond.

The new edition carries a 6-cell battery that should give it six hours of battery life — still not as good as the 6.5 hours of Samsung’s ARM-based Chromebook, but it’s at least in the ballpark. Performance should also get a useful kick in the pants now that Acer has doubled the RAM to 4GB.

While the upgrades take the newly available C7’s price slightly out of impulse purchase range, to $280, it’s now a more viable option for those who need more grunt than ARM can currently deliver without venturing into Chromebook Pixel territory.

Google ends Street View litigation in the US, agrees to destroy collected data and pay $7 million fine


Google’s long found itself in hot water where its Street View mapping practices are concerned, running afoul of authorities both in the US and abroad since 2010.

But as of today, the search giant’s putting an end to its domestic legal woes, agreeing to dole out $7 million to the 37 states and District of Columbia involved in the litigation. In addition, the company’s pledged to destroy all of the user information (passwords, emails, etc.) it’s thus far collected from unsecured networks — unlawful snooping it claims was carried out by a “rogue engineer.”

Google admits to fumbling its dedication to user privacy in this one area and, as part of the settlement, has committed to not only educating its employees on best privacy practices, but to also launch a consumer outreach program addressing these same issues. So, for now, consider this case closed… in the US. Its troubles across the pond are another matter.

Google Glass is, in fact, compatible with prescription glasses


We learned a lot about Google Glass yesterday at SXSW, including a sample of the kinds of apps it will be running when it becomes available to the public. Today on Google+, the Project Glass team let out a bit of rather important hardware info: namely that Glass is compatible with prescription glasses.

Turns out that its “design is modular, so you will be able to add frames and lenses that match your prescription,” though the team is still working on the frame design to get it juuust right. The prescription compatibility won’t be ready for the Explorer edition of Glass, but we can expect the frames to officially debut “later this year.”

HTC One review (2013)


One. In literal terms, it’s a number. To HTC, however, it’s a branding strategy — the foundation upon which the entire company is now based. Just take one look at the One lineup and you’ll easily understand this is the manufacturer’s pride and joy. There’s a very good reason for that: in a crowded smartphone market, HTC is the underdog to titans like Samsung and Apple. The company needs to stand out if it even wants the chance to prove itself to consumers.

Last year’s One X marked a solid start, and while it didn’t pick up the momentum CEO Peter Chou would’ve liked, the follow-up model — simply called the One — takes HTC’s design and imaging chops to the next level, bringing a new UltraPixel camera sensor, among other top-shelf specs. But will it catch the eye of potential smartphone buyers, in light of another key product announcement? We’d say it’s got more than a fighting chance.

How would you change Logitech’s Revue with Google TV?

Remember Google TV? It’s still kickin’, but El Goog still has quite a few content distribution quibbles to solve before it can be taken seriously — at least in our estimation.

Logitech was one of the first outfits to buy into Google’s scheme to take over the television, with the Revue first out of the gate to provide Google TV access to existing sets.

We had our fair share of gripes with the box, and while it definitely enabled quite the unusual videocall in a prior episode of The Engadget Show, we were never convinced said fun was worth the price. Enough about us, though — how’s your Revue treating you? Has it revolutionized the way you consume television content?

Anything you’d change about it? Tweak the user interface? Broaden compatibility? Change up the keyboard? Let us know in comments below — something tells us Google’s still listening up for input.