Google may be able to launch its first package-delivering drones in the US within a few years, said the head of Google X's Project Wing, Dave Vos. Vos said Google is making "huge progress" in the drone arena, but the Federal Aviation Administration has yet to address automated drone delivery regulations.
Internet users in the U.S. and nine other nations now send more search requests over mobile devices than via PCs, Google confirmed Tuesday at an advertising conference. Google said that mobile ad prices have begun to rise steadily as marketers have begun to realize how to unlock the medium's value.
The Android 2.2 operating system, also known as Froyo, was not originally meant to run on tablet devices, a Google executive said. "If you want Android Market on that platform, the apps just won't run. [Froyo, the latest version of the Android operating system] is just not designed for that form factor," said Hugo Berra, Google's director of mobile products.
Google has posted on its status page that its Mobile service in China is now partly blocked, although it is unclear whether the Chinese government is behind the disruption given that the mobile service has been known to fluctuate.
Google wants the U.S. government to consider withholding aid to countries that censor the Internet and restrict Web sites, a company executive told a congressional committee on China this week. Web censorship has a serious impact on international trade as well as human rights, said public policy director Alan Davidson.