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April 9, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google's digital store for Android smartphone users is getting a face-lift. Google announced Tuesday that it has begun to roll out a new look for the mobile version of Google Play, its rival to Apple's iTunes. Some users around the world will see the new design starting Tuesday, then over time, more and more users will see the redesign on their devices. Currently, the mobile store is text heavy, but the redesign will change that and instead emphasize the use of large images. QUIZ: How much do you know about Google?
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BUSINESS
December 4, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The former head of Android is now working on a new robotics effort for Google. Andy Rubin, who cofounded and then led the Android mobile platform up until this year, is turning his passion for robots into a new "moonshot" venture for the Mountain View, Calif., tech company, the New York Times reported Wednesday. Though few details have been revealed by Rubin or Google, the robotics effort is targeted at manufacturers and aims to improve the way Google and other companies assemble and deliver products.
SPORTS
December 28, 2012 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers have released an official mobile app for both Android and iOS platforms. Partnered with developer Lucid Appeal, the Lakers app provides "news, statistics, schedules, image and video gallery, user profiles, and more," according to a release from the team. "Launching this mobile app is a part of our long term strategy to engage Lakers fans across digital platforms and deliver content to fans in all the ways they want to consume it. We're excited for this launch, but even more so for the long-term road map we have for the mobile app and the dynamic features coming in future versions," said Nick Kioski, director of new media and technology for the Lakers.  To download the free app, navigate to the App Store on an iOS device, or to Google Play on an Android device.
BUSINESS
May 18, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Motorola was given bad news by the U.S. International Trade Commission, which banned several of its smartphones from coming into the country due to an infringement of a Microsoft patent. A total of 18 devices Motorola devices running Android, including the Droid, were affected by the ban, which was issued Friday. The ban affects Motorola's Blur devices as well as Google Experience mobile devices, a Microsoft spokeswoman told Bloomberg News. The decision goes back to a 2010 complaint filed by Microsoft claiming that Motorola violated nine of its patents, according to PCMag . Motorola said it will not be immediately impacted by the decision because of a 60-day presidential review period where it can continue to import the devices, but it must pay 33 cents for each unit it brings in. "Although we are disappointed by the commission's ruling that certain Motorola Mobility products violated one patent, we look forward to reading the full opinion to understand its reasoning," the company said in a statement.
BUSINESS
May 15, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google announced Wednesday that 900 million Android devices have now been activated, up by 500 million from last year. The company made the announcement at its Google I/O developer's conference in San Francisco. Google also announced that 48 billion apps have been installed from its digital store, not too far off from Apple's 49.9 billion app downloads. The announcement came just before various Google executives took the stage to begin announcing new features for its mobile operating system.
BUSINESS
January 24, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
"Temple Run 2," the sequel to the wildly popular mobile game, is now available for Android and Kindle devices. The app hit the Google Play store and Amazon.com Appstore early Thursday morning. Just like the original "Temple Run," the new game is also available free -- although users can purchase upgrades within the game. "Temple Run 2" is similar to the original game where users are running through an endless world, trying to survive and achieve the highest score possible.
BUSINESS
May 22, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
Android smartphones on Boost Mobile's network can now serve as a mobile wallet. Boost Mobile subscribers can head to any of the carrier's stores to load cash into their virtual wallet. The approach differs from a long-rumored app - designed to virtually store credit cards - that's said to be coming from the country's major carriers.  Boost's focus is on customers who rely on cash payments and don't have credit cards. Payments can be sent across the world, including to 3,500 companies in the U.S.  In a twist from existing mobile-wallet apps such as Square, users also will get a prepaid Visa card that's linked to their mobile wallet.
BUSINESS
July 10, 2012 | By Michelle Maltais
Surprise: Twitter released its update for iPhone and Android on Tuesday. OK, not really, but it's real now and not just expectation . As expected, both platforms are getting expanded tweets that show content previews, images and videos for tweets with links to partner websites. If you update and don't have it yet, hang tight. Twitter notes that it's "rolling out gradually. " Also coming to Android's version 3.3 and iPhone's version 4.3 are push notifications from your tweets and tappable avatars that take you right to the profiles.
BUSINESS
May 20, 2011 | By Nathan Olivarez-Giles, Los Angeles Times
Google Inc. is updating its Android operating system to fix a security flaw that is believed to have left millions of smartphones and tablets vulnerable to personal data leaks. The flaw "could, under certain circumstances, allow a third party access to data available in calendar and contacts," a Google spokesman said in a statement. "This fix requires no action from users and will roll out globally over the next few days. " The fix is being issued for each version of Android released, and phones and tablets began automatically getting the updates Wednesday, according to a person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to speak about the software update.
BUSINESS
October 30, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Panoramic photos are nice, but Google just did Apple one better with a new feature that allows users to take a photo with a 360-degree view on the latest version of its Android operating system. Along with some new devices , Google introduced Android 4.2 Jelly Bean on Monday, and the standout feature is called Photo Sphere. It lets users photograph the scene around them and then automatically stitches them together to create a 360 degree photo. It's similar to the 360-degree panaromas we do here at The Times.
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