Google predicts that mobile devices will be the source of 15% of the searches on Black Friday. That compares with the 2010 level of 5.6% of searches being generated by mobile devices on Black Friday, according to Google, indicating that mobile commerce may get a significant boost in this year's holiday shopping.
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.