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

|By:, SA News Editor

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.