Gmail Also has Over 1 Billion Active Users Per Month

Oh, what’s up, WhatsApp? You thought a billion users was something? How about over a billion active users? That’s what Gmail has each month, according to Google’s Sundar Pichai.

Pichai broke the news during the company’s Q4 2015 earnings call, which took place a little over an hour ago. The call also acted as a moment for Google to talk shop about the big quarter it just had before overtaking Apple as the world’s most valuable public company (probably temporarily) in after hours trading. Yeah, it’s a good day to be a part of Google.

And here is a cute video to celebrate the occasion with.  (more…)

Report: Google to Take Top-To-Bottom “Apple-Like” Control Over Nexus Line

Ever since the launch of the Nexus 6P and 5X at the end of 2015, we have begun to see this narrative arise suggesting that Google needs to stop partnering with companies like LG, Samsung, HTC, and Huawei to build its Nexus devices and instead take the Apple approach, where they handle everything from top to bottom and simply contract out companies to help build devices. That essentially means going the Pixel route, where we see products like the Pixel C that were designed and essentially, manufactured, by Google. In other words, Google takes control over everything from the software to hardware design to make a tablet or computer (or phone) that is 100% Google. Sure, they are sourcing chipsets and RAM and displays and all of that, plus they need someone to physically build everything, but they aren’t asking someone like LG or HTC to add their name to it.

While this “Apple-like” control over the Nexus program seems to be the opposite of what the Nexus program was designed for, a report out of The Information this morning, suggests that’s what Google plans to do going forward.  (more…)

Google I/O 2016 Dates Set – May 18-20 in Mountain View

Google I/O 2016 dates are now set. How does May 18-20 sound? I don’t know why I just asked that, because those are the actual dates and it doesn’t really matter what you think. Google CEO Sundar Pichai sent out a Tweet this morning confirming the date for your calendars, but also mentioned that they are taking the show to Mountain View and the Shoreline Amphitheatre.

“More details soon.”  (more…)

Alphabet is the New Google…If That Makes Sense – Sundar Pichai is Google’s New CEO!

OK, hang with me for a moment as I try to explain what Google’s Larry Page just announced.

Through the official Google blog, Larry announced that he (as CEO) and Sergey Brin (as president) are creating a new company called Alphabet. That company, should basically be thought of as you once thought of Google. In fact, Alphabet “will replace Google Inc. as the publicly-traded entity and all shares of Google will automatically convert into the same number of shares of Alphabet.” With me so far?  (more…)

Sundar Pichai Confirms MVNO Ambitions and Android Pay, Was Wearing an Unreleased Device Earlier

Early this morning, Google’s Sundar Pichai sat down for a keynote address at Mobile World Congress to talk about a handful of new ideas that his company is working on. From Google Translate to Project Loon delivering LTE to Project Titan’s little planes taking over the skies, he touched on a bunch of interesting topics in an opening chat. He then transitioned into a Q&A session where he acknowledged the fact that Google is looking to enter the wireless game as an MVNO, and that Android Pay is a new API that is coming soon.

I can’t find a replay of the event, but The Verge has a transcription of the talk.  (more…)

Google Looks to Break Down Google+ Into Three Areas; Hangouts, Photos, and Stream

In a recent interview between Forbes and Google’s Sundar Pichai, the Google+ service as we know it today may change drastically in the near future. According to Sundar, who currently oversees everything in relation to Android, Chrome, Google Apps, Maps, Google+, and other sectors at Google, Google+ is currently seen as a single area, but the company hopes to break it down into three in the future.

Sundar stated in the interview, “I think increasingly you’ll see us focus on communications [Hangouts], photos, and the Google+ stream as three important areas, rather than being thought of as one area.”  (more…)