Google took the opportunity at its annual developer conference to push its next royalty-free video codec, VP9, CNET reported. Work on the technology is expected to be finished next month, at which point Google's Chrome and YouTube will begin using it, according to a recent update to a WebM discussion group.
Google's Android engineering team said it is working diligently to ensure that mobile operating system updates are rolled out in a more efficient manner, reducing the fragmentation that has plagued the fast-growing platform since its inception.
Google is rolling out a revamped version of its AdMob mobile advertising network, promising app developers a host of new tools to improve discovery, distribution and monetization.
A Google executive confirmed the company's new Hangouts messaging platform will integrate SMS and outbound calling services in the near future--before then distancing herself from the comments.
Google CEO Larry Page took questions from audience members during the opening keynote session of the company's annual I/O developer conference and hit on the fact that the tech media likes to play up competition between Google and its various rivals.
Devices running Google's Android generated 52 percent of all mobile advertising impressions across the Millennial Media network during the first quarter of 2013, jumping from 49 percent in the year-ago quarter.
Nearly one-third of U.S smartphone sales in the first quarter were on prepaid carriers, the highest on record, according to a report from the NPD Group. The statistic is another indication of prepaid's growing momentum in the smartphone market.
AT&T Mobility is blocking video chat features integrated into Google's new Hangouts messaging service for Android.
Google's Android long ago eclipsed Apple's iOS in terms of sheer size: Gartner reports that Android powers 74.4 percent of all smartphones sold worldwide during the first quarter of 2013, up from 56.9 percent during the year-ago period and widening its already considerable lead on iOS, which plummeted to 18.2 percent from 22.5 percent in the first quarter of 2012. But size isn't everything, and iOS has always maintained a number of competitive edges over Android.
Google has mailed a cease-and-desist letter to Microsoft demanding the removal of a new YouTube video application for Windows Phone introduced last week.