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Android phone to hit UK October 30

The first handset to be based on Google’s much hyped Android platform will hit UK shores at the end of October. T-Mobile UK, the exclusive carrier of the G1 device, said that it will start selling the handset October 30. Since the unveiling of the gadget in New York last month, over 25,000 UK consumers […]

Amazon to provide music for Android G1

The curtain is about to be lifted on Google’s mobile progeny, but it looks like online retailer Amazon has spilled at least some of the beans on the device. The web store said Tuesday that the T-Mobile G1 will come preloaded with Amazon MP3, allowing users to search, download, buy and play music from a […]

Android G1 lands today

The first Google phone, based on the hotly anticipated Android platform, will be unveiled at an event in New York City later today. Deutsche Telekom’s US mobile unit, T-Mobile USA, will be the first carrier of the device, which is expected to be made available to the public in early November. There’s a holding page […]

Android takes more than a leaf out of Apple’s book

Web giant Google has shown its hand. At an event in New York City this afternoon, representatives from Google, T-Mobile and HTC showed off the first commercial device based on the Android platform – the T-Mobile G1. There wasn’t much to reveal about the hardware – an HTC unit with touchscreen and trackball as well […]

Google sets up satellite network in emerging markets

It emerged this week that web giant Google is sinking cash into a satellite operator to bring high speed, low cost internet connectivity to emerging markets. The brainchild of American entrepreneur Greg Wyler, who recently rolled out fibre networks in Rwanda with his company Terracom, O3b Networks proposes to wirelessly connect markets in Asia, Africa, […]

Google pulls Bluetooth API support from Android

The development team behind Android has been forced to pull support for Bluetooth and Google Talk as it struggles to make the platform commercially available before year end. With the release of Android platform 1.0 on the horizon, Google and the Open Handset Alliance (OHA) have warned that some APIs will not make it into […]

Android almost ready for commercial debut

The Android software platform, which is Google’s big mobile bet, inched a step closer to commercial reality on Monday, as developers unveiled a beta SDK. The Open Handset Alliance, which is tasked with developing the platform, has lifted the curtain on Android 0.9 SDK beta, which should give some indication of the commercial readiness of […]

Fire Eagle stalks mobile users

Web giant Yahoo is catching flack more typically reserved for Google this week, as it announced the general availability of location mapping service Fire Eagle. In Yahoo’s own words, “Fire Eagle is an open platform that helps users take their location to the web while giving them the ability to easily control how and where […]

Google demos new Android features

Web giant Google stepped up its push into the mobile space this week, showing off new features on its Android mobile phone platform. At the Google I/O developer conference in San Francisco, the company gave a brief flash of the mobile platform’s newest capabilities, showing how development is going over half a year since Android […]

DoCoMo working on Android handset

Leading Japanese mobile carrier NTT DoCoMo has revealed that it is working with Google on Android-based handsets for the Japanese market. At a press conference in Tokyo on Thursday, the Japanese giant announced a partnership agreement with the web firm to deliver search services, mobile advertising and potential i-mode applications to DoCoMo’s customers. There was […]

Clearwire looks to Google for apps

US wireless broadband player Clearwire is teaming up with Google to deliver a bundle of the web giant’s apps to its customers. Clearwire said it will begin migrating its existing customers to Gmail and Google Calendar in the first half of this year and will also give users access to Google Talk. “Clearwire is excited […]

Android debuts on HTC device

Mobile Linux shop a la Mobile has unveiled what looks to be the industry’s first demonstration of fully fledged applications based on Google’s Android platform. The apps were running on HTC’s ageing Qtek 9090 smartphone and a la Mobile demonstrated a web browser, phone dialer, audio player, maps, camera, games, calendar, contacts manager, calculator, tasks […]

Hackers get Google’s Android to run on hardware

The first handsets to use Google’s Linux-based Android platform are not expected until the second half of this year, but several enterprising hackers have already got the OS running on a handful of devices. When the Software Development Kit (SDK) was released in November, it did not offer support for hardware platforms, but featured a […]

Google rejigs site for iPhone access

Internet giant Google said Wednesday that it has redesigned its mobile portal to better accommodate Apple iPhone users. Steve Kanefsky, a software engineer on the Google mobile team, revealed that the introduction of a device with a large touch screen, wifi and a full blown Safari web browser, prompted him to create an application that […]

First app appears on Android

Wireless security developer SMobile Systems claims to have created one of the first applications for Google’s Android mobile operating system. SMobile has made a mobile security offering, called SecurityShield, featuring antivirus, anti spam and firewall protection available on the platform. Although Android is based on Linux, which is widely seen as a more secure operating […]

Can Android succeed?

Well this week was certainly less eventful, and much of the blogosphere continued its analysis of the fallout from some of the previous week’s news. Naturally, much attention is still being lavished on Google’s Android platform, with Francis Sideco, senior analyst for wireless communication, at analyst iSuppli wondering whether Google’s foray into mobile phones can […]

Microsoft buys Musiwave for $46m

Perhaps feeling the pressure of Google’s advance into the mobile space, Microsoft spent $46m on the acquisition of mobile music firm Musiwave on Thursday. The Redmond Giant bought the entertainment unit off mobile software and applications developer Openwave Systems. “Musiwave’s strong customer relationships, superior quality of services, and leadership position in mobile music were attractive […]

Jury out on Android; Linux knitting circle nonplussed

The activation of Google’s Android and the formation of the Open Handset Alliance earlier this week has raised more questions than answers, and nowhere more so than within the mobile Linux ‘knitting circle’ itself. On Monday, Google and the newly formed Open Handset Alliance promised great things. The Android platform is described as a fully […]

Voda opens up to Nokia’s Ovi platform

While Google is still getting its mobile strategy underway, Nokia is steaming ahead with its web services offensive, signing a deal with Vodafone on Wednesday. The “world’s largest mobile operator by revenue” and the world’s largest handset manufacturer have agreed to launch an integrated suite of Vodafone services combined with Nokia Ovi services on a […]

Nokia still friends with Google after Android incident

The world’s leading handset vendor has extended a warm welcome to the newest member of the mobile handset operating system family, Android, and its accompanying alliance of Linux-loving supporters. Despite being noticeably absent from the lineup of the Open Handset Alliance, inaugurated on Monday, Nokia told telecoms.com that its and Google’s strategies are not that […]

Polls

With Amazon and Google launching smart home initiatives, have the telcos missed out on their chance to cash in on this market?

  • Yes, Google and Amazon will now dominate this space (65%, 40 Votes)
  • Consumers won't have made up their mind (19%, 12 Votes)
  • No, Google and Amazon will not be able to replace the telcos in the mind of the consumer (16%, 10 Votes)

Total Voters: 62

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