Google offers new sales options for Chrome Web Store

Google has added new options for developers selling software through its Chrome Web Store.

Those selling software for Google's Chrome browser and Chrome OS operating system now have a variety of new sales possibilities, according to a blog post Tuesday by Chary Chen of the Chrome Web Store team. Among those options are the ability to offer:

Free trials of Chrome extensions and Chrome packaged apps.

Themes that cost money.

Extensions and packaged apps that include in-app payment possibilities.

Subscriptions for Chrome extensions.

Google's Chrome Web Store has brought the app store approach to Web apps and to … Read more

Apple won't own the dashboard with CarPlay

At the 2014 Geneva auto show, we got the first hands-on demonstrations of CarPlay, the feature of iOS7 that Apple announced last year as iOS in the Car. From comments on the Internet, you might think Apple software has now taken over car dashboards, leaving Android users with the choice to convert or walk.

It may seem unlikely, but many Internet commenters are wrong, at least about CarPlay. I was one of the first journalists to get a demonstration of the system at the show, and I was impressed.

Click here to read my take on the CarPlay demonstration.

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Google paves the way for more wearable apps

CNET Update finds these drones stunning:

In this episode of Update:

- Get ready for more Android apps that work on smartwatches. Google is launching a software development kit for Android on wearable gadgets.

- Update to iOS 7.1, now that Apple added new features and bug fixes to its mobile operating system.

- Spoil the official reveal of HTC's new flagship phone with new leaked photos popping up online.

- Listen to what Edward Snowden said at SXSW. It was his first time speaking to a public audience since he left the country for exposing classified documents … Read more

Google launches referral program for enterprise apps

Google is hoping customers can spread the word on its suite of productivity apps.

The company on Monday announced a bounty program, offering to pay people $15 for every new user they refer to Google Apps -- a group of business-targeted software that includes Google Docs, Hangouts, and Drive.

"The referral program makes it easy to share Google Apps with your network and show them how they too can use these tools at work," wrote Prajesh Parekh, a Google Apps marketing rep.

The program is currently available to people in the US and Canada.

Google's Pichai touts wearables SDK, 'APIs for hardware'

AUSTIN, Texas -- Google plans on releasing an Android software developer kit for wearables within two weeks.

That was the biggest announcement from Sundar Pichai, Google's head of Android and Chrome, during an on-stage interview with John Battelle on Sunday at South by Southwest.

But during the hour-long talk, Pichai also discussed a wide range of issues related to how Google imagines its two operating systems being rolled out around the world, and how people will use and implement them.

Pichai's announcement of the new Android wearables SDK came as he discussed the potentially huge market for the … Read more

Google to launch SDK for Android wearables in two weeks

Google plans to release a software development kit in the next two weeks that will allow third-party developers to create Android software for use on wearable computing devices

The announcement was made Sunday by Sundar Pichai, Google's senior vice president of Android, Apps, and Chrome, during a panel discussion with John Battelle at the South by Southwest conference in Austin, Texas.

"In two weeks we are launching the first developer SDK for Android," Pichai said. "That will lay out the vision for developers in how we see this market working."

Likening the evolution of wearable … Read more

Schmidt: Not even US gov't can get at Google user data

Though he didn't get into specifics, Google's chief executive, Eric Schmidt, told a packed house in Austin, Texas, on Friday that the company has completed its efforts to secure user data against unauthorized access.

On the first day of the annual South by Southwest Interactive conference, Schmidt told panel moderator Stephen Levy of Wired that the solution to governmental intrusions was "to encrypt data more."

"We are pretty sure that now the info inside of Google is safe from prying eyes, including those of the US government," said Schmidt, who clarified that his company … Read more

Google cited as bothered by Android-Windows hybrid

Google is the force behind a potential delay in the first tablet to instantly switch between Windows 8.1 and Android 4.X using Intel technology, a fresh report from Asia says. A CNET source backs up this claim.

A report on Friday from Digitimes fingers Google as holding up the Asus Transformer Book Duet TD300, a novel laptop-tablet hybrid that can instantly switch between Android and Windows 8.1.

This follows earlier reports from CNET and Digitimes.

Here's what Digitimes said on Friday, in part:

Currently, only Intel's...chip can support dual operating systems, giving consumers an … Read more

Google doodle celebrates International Women's Day

You might wake up on Saturday and imagine it's just another Saturday.

How could you forget it's International Women's Day?

The feast of March 8 was originally celebrated in Eastern Europe as International Working Women's Day, a positively cheery hosanna to women who worked the fields and stood in meat queues, while the men drank themselves silly.

It has since been expanded to be a worldwide lean-in for which some people wear purple ribbons.

Google's doodlers have leaped to join the celebration a day early.

This, I am sure, has nothing to do with recent … Read more