The Nike Air Mags, though not the prettiest shoe, represent a sort of nostalgic geek beauty. These Google designed Nike Dunks though? Just plain fugly. Even the geekiest, worst-dressed Googler would never be caught dead in these.
This is great news for Android users -- Google Books has finally appeared in the UK. Available on Android 2.1 and higher devices, the ebooks service has over two million free public-domain ebooks, plus a few hundred thousand for sale. [Android Market via Eurodroid]
Google's Google Earth mapping tool has been downloaded over one billion times. That number includes downloads on your laptop, your desktop and your phone, plus downloads on your new laptop, new desktop and new phone, but still... [Google]
The number of Honeycomb-optimised Android apps continues its slow rise, thanks to Google's updated Google Docs app, with custom features for 3.0 tablets. It includes a new, three-panel layout, to make editing and sharing easier on the larger screen. [Google]
Searching your Twitter stream is a pain in the ass. You usually end up scrolling down, down, down, until you find that gem of a tweet. CloudMagic will end the scrolling game with its updated browser extension.
Everybody freaked out when Google bought Motorola Mobility for £8 bil, because they though that was the end of Android's openness, and Motorola would get the love of the favorite child. Google's Chairman just put the official kibosh on that.
Blue t-shirts. Minimalist design ethic. Smiling staff. Lovely tables. The above familiar retail scene isn't the latest Apple store, it is in fact the very first "Chrome Zone"--A Google shop dedicated solely to trying to sell the UK some Chromebooks.
Internet Explorer, the old, fat, mad king of the online kingdom still reigns uncontested. But beneath him, a power struggle between Chrome and Firefox, the latter of which has clung to the number two spot. But that's about to change.
Samsung now pays Microsoft for the privilege of selling Android phones. Of course, it's being called a "partnership." And yes, we've seen this before: Microsoft also strong armed HTC into giving them a cut of the profits for every Android device sold.
Facebook started out as a fun distraction, then it became something integral. And while it's currently trending towards being an essential part of our lives, will it someday become inescapable? If these graphs are any indicator, then it's very well possible.