Chrome Web Store Now Available To All 160 Million Chrome Users In 41 Languages

The Google Chrome Web Store has reached all Chrome users (as of today), which according to Sundar Pichai of Chrome, is 160 million users. An in-app payment system with a 5% flat rate will also be added to Chrome and the Chrome Web Store. Also: Within the first three months since launch, 17 million apps have been installed. Nice. So with that, go ahead and browse the Chrome Web Store, as Angry Birds has been added. If that’s your thing.

WiFi Motorola Xoom Users To Receive Android 3.1 Honeycomb In Weeks

From Google’s I/O came some uncertainty: When will WiFi Motorola Xooms get the Android 3.1 Honeycomb update? Well, Motorola answered that question this very morning: “Within the next several weeks”.

That settles that, doesn’t it? However this also comes to show it will be a while (until Q4 of 2011) for Google and the Open Handset Alliance to get Ice Cream Sandwich working on both tablets and phones, with little to no delay in receiving over-the-air updates and upgrades. Press release after the cut.

Android 3.1 Honeycomb Announced, Rolling Out To Xoom 3G On Verizon Today

This slight update for Xoom 3G Verizon Wireless customers allows you to resize widgets, a new multitasking launcher, the host mode that will let you import photos to your tablet directly from your digital camera and allows you to USB devices, even the Xbox 360 controller. The Movies app will also debut, alongside Android 3.1 hitting Google TV sometimes this summer.

Android Ice Cream Sandwich Announced For Tablets, Phones, And All

Android Ice Cream Sandwich is here. The focus of this new version of the Android operating system is that it will be unified OS on all devices, deemed by Google as “one OS that works everywhere” — tablets, phones, and everything else (essentially no more “fragmentation”). A new framework and UI will be present, which automatically resizes and scales itself to the screen size device in question, and the entire gig launches in Q4 of 2011. The new age of Android at its high-point is near. Via: Google I/O

Google Music Beta Page Is Live (Updated!)


It begins. Google’s cloud service for music is live for everyone at, but not available for use, as you have to request an invite. Until the Google I/O 2011 keynote states what Google Music actually does, this is all you have to know about:

Music Beta is a new service from Google that gives you instant access to your personal music collection without the hassle of wires or syncing. Add your music collection and listen on the web or any compatible Android device.

Looks a lot like Amazon Cloud Player.

Update: It’s official. Google Music Beta will launch in the U.S. for now, only via invitation, or via Xoom and Google I/O attendees. The Music Beta is based in the cloud and allows you to stream up to 20,000 songs free by uploading them from your PC or Mac via an exportation app. Offline listening is available as well, as some songs can get cached for offline listening. The Music app is available for Android 2.2+ devices, including Android 3.0 to 3.1 Honeycomb tablets.

Microsoft Has Purchased Skype For A Rather Large $8.5 Billion

Microsoft just bought Skype for $8.5 billion. What comes out of the deal is that one, Microsoft and Skype will bring Skype to Kinect and Xbox, as well as tight Windows Phone integration. Also, the new Microsoft Skype Division will be open to accommodate Skype/Microsoft management, while current Skype CEO Tony Bates will be the head of that operation, and will be reporting directly to Steve Ballmer.

Also, Skype will stay a multi-platform application, meaning all platforms that are supported at the moment will stay.

Press release after the jump. Via: Microsoft

Apple Has Surpassed Google As The Most Valuable Brand In The World

According to a report from advertising firm WPP’s “BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands” study, Apple has surpassed Google as the mast valuable brand in the world, with their brand value exploding to an unbelievable 859% since 2006 and increased 84% to $153.3 billion this year alone. AT&T, China Mobile, IBM, and Microsoft all are in the top-10 most valuable brands list, while McDonald’s is the only non-tech company in the top-5. This ends Google’s four-year reign as most valuable brand in the world, while Amazon passed Walmart by as the No. 1 retailer overall. Check past the break for WPP’s official report.