Google roundup: Android fees, search ads, Motorola, Gmail outage

In response to a Guardian report that originally indicated Google collects per-device licensing fees for the apps/services that come with its version of Android (i.e. Google Mobile Services, or GMS), a Google (GOOG) spokesperson tells 9to5 Google the Web giant doesn't charge OEMs a licensing fee for GMS. The Guardian's story has been updated to state OEMs pay testing fees to obtain GMS licenses.

A study by SEO firm Conductor indicates 56% of Google search pages now have 9 or more ads, and that 38% have 11 ads. It also indicates 34% of search result pages now feature rich media content such as images, news, and Google Shopping results.

The study highlights both Google's increasing comfort with assigning a huge share of screen space to ads - the company began testing search banner ads last year - and its inclusion of greater amounts of media and contextual content within results.

Two months after launching the $179 (unsubsidized) Moto G, Motorola Mobility chief Dennis Woodside suggests his division plans to go way downmarket as it tries to regain lost smartphone share. "In much of the world $179 is a lot of money ... I mean why can’t these devices be $50? There’s no reason that can’t happen so we’re going to push that." Some Asian OEMs  have arguably beat Motorola to the punch.

A mid-day Gmail outage (hardly the first of its kind) set the Internet abuzz. Yahoo (had e-mail issues last month) took the opportunity to gloat, but later apologized.

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  • Yesterdays_news
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    I was right.
    Sounds like the SEO experts are correct about Google now floating the larger Adsense laden sites to the top of the search page. So much for getting the best quality content with Google Search now. Maybe that is why so many people have switched to Bing in mass? They can't trust Google for their once famous results!


    Google now ONLY cares about pushing bigger and bigger ads at users that have not yet figured out the search no longer cares about good results. Sounds like they are now hard-up for ad clicks and will do anything to hold the click levels where they are due to increasing pressure from Apple IOS/maps and new moblie ad stealing OS platforms coming soon like Tizen.


    Hey, Matt Cutts, the jig is up on your bogus search settings. Time to leave Google with your millions and with what little credibility you have left.


    Google has gone greed crazy! Get a good bullet proof ad blocker plugin and switch to Bing search ASAP.
    25 Jan 2014, 01:23 AM Reply Like
  • LarryBlumen
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    Yesterday: Sounds like Microsoft is now floating Bing ads in the Seeking Alpha comments section. I'm not clicking.
    25 Jan 2014, 10:41 AM Reply Like
  • Afrika
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    Because Bing has better results? Bing has a low market share so for the meantime they will keep their results somewhat ad-free but in case they grow (which of course will never happen), Microsoft will certainly go down the same path. We all saw what happened with Windows and Office with Microsoft almost forcing enterprise to switch to the latest version of the OS/Office in order to get their license fees. Push it a little bit with all their Servers and their lack of support of backward compatibility for binaries. Do you see any difference?


    One clear benefit of Google new changes is the Knowledge graph and its ability to surface extremely contextual and factual results. You complain about the GOOG but been able to do such things is clearly the future of search. You can't have everything and you should appreciate technology for what it affords.
    26 Jan 2014, 03:42 AM Reply Like
  • msdds1
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    Still would take Google search over Bing any day
    25 Jan 2014, 11:34 AM Reply Like
  • ctownzoo
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    I still prefer Google search. As a serious question, with the run up in Google's price, at some point don't they need to demonstrate real profit from their innovative moves(robots, self driving cars, thermostats, glasses). It seems like this hype can only sustain the run for so long.
    25 Jan 2014, 07:49 PM Reply Like
  • PeteCal
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    I started using yahoo search years ago because they had a lot more historic stock information. Google and MSFT didn't at that time. I have many spreadsheets that automatically access yahoo data.
    So I stick with yahoo. Of course yahoo uses Bing. I usually get what I want in a few tries on yahoo. If not I switch to google.
    27 Jan 2014, 09:42 AM Reply Like
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