Google, Now With CEO Sundar Pichai, Is Owned By Alphabet, Its New Parent

alphabetHere’s how it works: Google’s founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin have started “a collection of companies”. They have dubbed that collection “Alphabet”, and within it, the letter “G” stands for Google.

In other words, there’s a company bigger than Google, as of today.

Management positions include the appointment of a new Google CEO — none other than Sundar Pichai. Page will take the CEO spot of Alphabet, while Brin becomes its President.

Alphabet’s birth comes as a result from the creation and acquisition of companies that don’t truly make sense under the generic moniker of Google, including health-focused efforts Calico and the Life Sciences.

“This newer Google is a bit slimmed down, with the companies that are pretty far afield of our main internet products contained in Alphabet instead,” Page writes.

The new operating structure of Google means that each letter or company will receive a CEO of its own, with compensation determined by none other than Brin and Page.

Time to see where the Alphabet goes — which is revealed, after the break.

Via: Alphabet, Official Google Blog

Google Cardboard Gets Updated: Expeditions For Classrooms, iOS/Android Support

Screen Shot 2015-05-28 at 2.37.12 PMGoogle Cardboard supports both Android and iOS, fitting phones up to 6-inches, requires just three steps to fold together, and uses a new button to simplify the process of using it across phones. And, of course, it’s still made of cardboard.

To bring virtual reality to education, Cardboard’s Expeditions allows teachers to receive a box filled with Google Cardboard units, phones, and a teacher tablet — allowing for field trips, to everywhere, for just about any classroom.

To record and share virtual reality, GoPro partnered with Google to produce a 360 degree camera array, to be part of the Jump initiative: to easily record, share, and catalog stereoscopic VR video.

YouTube will support Jump, which means that VR experiences will be possible through the app, with Google Cardboard and a phone being the tools needed.

Google Photos: Unlimited Picture And Video Storage, In 16MP And 1080p Resolutions

Screen Shot 2015-05-28 at 2.10.49 PMThe new home of photos, as Google puts it, is the new Photos app for web, Android and iOS. Unlimited picture and video storage uploads, preserved through time, subject, faces, and so on. Quality of images are preserved up to 16 megapixels or 1080p HD, and considering that those are excellent resolutions, the end result is that this is a viable solution for storing images — starting today.

Oh, and in case you wanted to find images, but still can’t sort them through despite the inclusion of multitouch gestures: searching in context is possible, and can generate accurate results.

Brillo And Weave Bring Google To The Internet Of Things

Screen Shot 2015-05-28 at 1.46.22 PMBrillo and Weave: two implementations from Google that have been announced at I/O 2015, bringing the company to the Internet of Things. Easily explained, Brillo is an “underlying operating system for the internet of things,” with a developer preview coming in Q3 of this year. Derived from the core of Android, it’s a polished version of its underlying parts.

Weave, meanwhile, is the common language that allows for communication between physical devices, phones, and the internet.

Integration of both technologies will be worked on by Google and partners this year, in an attempt to bring the world of objects together, seamlessly to your phone.

Google Announces Project Fi: A New Kind Of Wireless Network

ap_resizeBy announcing Project Fi today, Google has taken to the wireless spectrum.

In summary, Project Fi allows the user to pay one rate for data around the world, only paying for used data, unlimited domestic talk and text (with unlimited international texts), which is alongside low-cost international calls, WiFi tethering and coverage in 120+ countries. The first (and currently only) phone to support Fi will be the Nexus 6, built by Motorola. In the U.S., service is provided by Sprint and T-Mobile, both of which will seamlessly be switched on your device depending on signal strength.

Pricing for Project Fi (currently invite-only) starts at $20 a month, which nets you all the basics (talk, text, Wi-Fi tethering, and international coverage in 120+ countries). After that, it’s a flat $10 per GB for cellular data in the U.S. and abroad — 1GB is $10/month, 2GB is $20/month, 3GB is $30/month, and so on. Again, one of the primary strengths of Fi is that a user will only pay for used data, so say you paid 3GB for $30 and only use 1.4GB one month; $16 will be credited to you.

It’s a project, a concept really, but it has the potential to change the way consumers look at wireless coverage, which is interesting above all else. Promo vid, after the break.

Via: Google Blog, Project Fi

Google Mobile Search Now Prioritizes Mobile-Optimized Sites

Screen Shot 2015-04-07 at 2.20.01 AMIt’s more of a wakeup call to web developers who have yet to produce mobile-optimized versions of their desktop sites, which on mobile can task the user with excessive scrolling and zooming to navigate a page. Announced in February, Google is finally rolling out the change for mobile searches. Highlighting mobile-ready versions of sites means that those compliant receive more traffic from searches, and those that stay in the style of yesterday will be penalized with a traffic drop.

Fun times!