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Google Acquires Mike and Maaike Google Acquires Mike and Maaike

Google, on the heels of finally acquiring Motorola for $12.5 billion, has also bought industrial design firm Mike and Maaike, a company that contributed to the design of the G1 smartphone, launched in 2008. Here’s a look at the G1: …

YouTube Launches Site for Smartphones
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Smartphone users now have their own version of YouTube. The company says that smartphone users with "capable" browsers like the iPhone, G1, and Palm Pre can access the mobile site.

Google Pulls Copy-Protected Apps from Unlocked G1 Phones
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In a Google support forum for the Android market, a user asked, "Does anyone know why Shazam and Calorie Counter are no longer available in the Android Market?"

"If you’re using an unlocked, developer phone, you’ll be unable to view any copy-protected application, including Shazam and Calorie Counter. This is a change that was made recently," responded Google Employee Ash.

Search from Android By Speaking
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Google is rolling out an update for the T-Mobile G1 in the US starting this week. With this update, users will be able to use their voices for searching. The feature will be integrated into the Android browser and the home screen search widget.

To use the voice search function:

1. On the home screen search widget, look for the microphone button next to the search box and search button (as pictured below).

Google Releases My Maps Editor for Android
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Google introduced today My Maps Editor for Android. It is a tool that allows you to created, edit, share, and view personalized maps on Android phones synched with the My Maps tab on Google Maps.

So what are some practical uses for this? Google Software Engineer Brian Cornell says: There are plenty of ways to put this to good use during the holiday season:

Google Rolls Out AdWords To iPhone, G1

Google said today that AdWords will now be available on the iPhone and on the T-Mobile G1 along with other mobile devices that have full HTML browsers.

A Closer Look at Google Maps on the Google Phone

Google is giving those interested in the new Google Phone (the G1 from T-Mobile) a closer look at the different aspects of it on the Google Mobile Blog. Today Android Product Manager David Conway talks about the Google Maps capabilities on the device:

A Closer Look at Search on the Google Phone
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Google is giving those interested in the new Google Phone (the G1 from T-Mobile) a closer look at the different aspects of it on the Google Mobile Blog. Today Android Software Engineer Andy Stadler talks about the search capabilities on the device:

The Android Phone T-Mobile G1

T-Mobile’s G1 phone was officially announced today. It’s going to be the first mobile phone based on Android, the Google-and-partners powered (and supposedly soon to be open source released) mobile operating system.

Google Phone Comes Out Today!
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G1Today’s the big day for the Google Phone. T-Mobile will announce the availability of the G1 today, the HTC-manufactured phone featuring Google’s Android mobile platform. The phone is expected to be the top competitor for Apple’s iPhone, and will supposedly cost $199 with a two-year contract.