Google is welcoming any app developer to become part of its Chromecast offering if they are willing to meet its terms. How many companies will take advantage of its invitation? Josh Wein, editor of FierceOnlineVideo, explores Chromecast's app potential in his latest Editor's Corner.
YouTube said it has started to audit the views that videos receive on its site to cut down on fraudulent traffic. The move could be a boon to advertisers that seek greater accuracy and reliability in online ad metrics.
Half a year after introducing the Chromecast, Google has thrown open the gates to its $35 HDMI dongle, giving any app developer who meets its terms of service access to the TV. That could mean a huge step forward for consumers' ability to watch online video on HDTV sets, and it certainly means a big step forward in the ability of independent app makers to reach viewers. But I wonder who will take Google up on its open invitation.
Chromecast may be getting some new content very soon now that Google has opened the software development kit (SDK) to all developers.
Samsung Electronics has publicly and privately invested a great deal of time, energy and money into supporting the mobile platform Tizen, but momentum for the software seems to be faltering. As noted by the Wall Street Journal, some of the world's largest carriers--including Sprint in the United States--are backing away or hedging their support for Tizen just as it appeared to be on the cusp of being commercially introduced.
Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing said he hopes the company's $2.91 billion purchase of Google's Motorola Mobile division will help it to pass smartphone market leaders Samsung Electronics and Apple, though he acknowledged that would take time.
Google CFO Patrick Pichette said that the company's sale of its Motorola Mobile business to Lenovo would be a "win-win" for the wider Android ecosystem and that Google will continue to support all of its Android partners.
Google's decision to sell its Motorola Mobile division to Lenovo for $2.91 billion represents a large financial loss for Google, but it likely means that Google is prepared to reduce tensions with its Android licensees, according to analysts. Additionally, analysts say the deal will catapult Lenovo into a stronger position in the smartphone market, putting pressure on both Apple and other Android players.
Google will sell its Motorola Mobile division to China's Lenovo for $2.91 billion, the companies announced. That price is far below the $12.4 billion Google paid for Motorola and its patents in 2011. However, Google said it will retain the "vast majority" of Motorola's patents as part of its deal with Lenovo. When Google purchased Motorola, the company said that fully $5.5 billion of the deal was based on the value of Motorola's trove of 17,000 wireless patents.
Google and Samsung Electronics forged a wide-ranging, patent-licensing deal that covers the companies' existing patent portfolios and all patents they will each file over the next 10 years. The move is likely a way for Google to cement cooperation with Samsung, which is the largest OEM making products that run Google's Android mobile platform.