It will hurt Google a lot: Marissa Mayer’s Secret Plan to Get Apple to Dump Google and Default to Yahoo Mobile Search

Kara Swisher:

Currently, Google is set as the default search on Apple’s mobile devices, but you can change it to either Yahoo or Microsoft’s Bing by adjusting certain device settings.

Mayer aims to change that. A number of Yahoo insiders I have talked to said her plan to pitch Apple on the idea as its marquee mobile search partner is far along. The company has prepared detailed decks, including images of what such a search product would look like, and hopes to present them to Apple execs.

And I actually think Apple will do that. They have nothing to lose by switching to Yahoo as default Search. They already throw out Google from Siri and uses Bing instead, so why not set Yahoo as default in iOS? In for example Safari? I can really see that happen.

And there is a lot of iOS devices (and macs), so that will hurt Google. A lot.

I hope it works as good as on the Sony Xperia Z1: Lens Blur in the new Google Camera app


One of the biggest advantages of SLR cameras over camera phones is the ability to achieve shallow depth of field effects (also known as bokeh). Shallow depth of field makes the object of interest “pop” by bringing the foreground into focus and de-emphasizing the background. Achieving this optical effect has traditionally required a big lens and aperture, and therefore hasn’t been possible using the camera on your mobile phone or tablet.

That all changes with Lens Blur, a new mode in the Google Camera app. It lets you take a photo with a shallow depth of field using just your Android phone or tablet. Unlike a regular photo, Lens Blur lets you change the point or level of focus after the photo is taken. You can choose to make any object come into focus simply by tapping on it in the image. By changing the depth-of-field slider, you can simulate different aperture sizes, to achieve bokeh effects ranging from subtle to surreal (e.g., tilt-shift). The new image is rendered instantly, allowing you to see your changes in real time.

Good to see Google releasing the Google camera app in the play store. My Sony Xperia Z1 has had the lens blur feature from the beginning though. It works great on that phone. Hopefully this app works as good and on all compatible Android phones.