A Week in Google: Motorola's New Boss, Android Updates and Chrome to Get Do Not Track

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Google has been a very busy company this week, making moves at the top of its businesses and changes across its wide range of products. You can now edit docs on your Android phone, as the Chrome browser improves its privacy and Google+ features appear across the brand.

Moving In on Motorola

When the, now approved, Motorola Mobility deal finally gets done, Google already has a boss lined up for the firm. While the key part of the deal is the thousands of patents that Motorola holds, which will help the lawyers on various sides rake in the cash while the legal battles rumble on for even longer, what happens on the hardware side will interest most phone users.

At the helm of Google Mobility, or whatever it ends up being called, will be Dennis Woodside, according to Bloomberg, who has steered the deal through and will be charged with refining the company into one compatible with Google's aims.

Will Google treat Motorola in a similar way to how Microsoft treats Nokia? Will it be as a preferred partner for its Windows Phones, or will it look to treat its US$ 12.5 billion investment as a research opportunity to bring differentiation and new technologies to the phone market?

The Here and Now for Android

We've already covered Google launching a cloud storage Drive service to compete with the likes of iCloud and SkyDrive this week. To improve things further within the Google-sphere, Android users can now edit Google Docs on their phones via a new update to the Android app.

Learning Opportunities

This productivity boost will help collaboration as all users can make real-time updates, while interface improvements make it easier to navigate and read content on the dinky confines of a smartphone screen. As iPad users wait to get MS Office running, Google is happily steaming ahead with its Docs project.

Do Not Track

In the world of browsers, the Do Not Track scheme seems to be gaining traction -- adding an option to maintain some semblance of privacy online. Google has signed Chrome up to the scheme, promising to enact the feature by the end of the year. Already present in the likes of Safari and Firefox, it should be mandatory pretty soon if the powers that be have their way. 

Also in browsers, there has been much discussion of Google's "+1" button and how it affects SEO. There's an interesting read here that summarizes how the arrival of Google's "plus your world" has affected rankings, with the opinion that using +1 can indirectly lead to a better ranking for pages, but the feature will become more important over time.

As Google+ becomes more popular, that will definitely be the case, and the service is expanding to include the Circles feature with Google Voice, allowing you to arrange your contents in th\t neat social style. 

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