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Google starts white spaces database

Several big names in the technology space, including web giant Google, have started work on a database to track the location and availability of white spaces – the vacant buffer spectrum between television channels. The White Spaces Database Group, which includes include Comsearch, Dell, Google, HP, Microsoft Corporation, Motorola, and NeuStar, is championing the right […]

Google unveils net neutrality testing platform

One of the biggest proponents of Network Neutrality, Google, has come up with a way of measuring the ‘openness’ of communications networks, in a bid to help policy makers and regulators make more informed decisions. The concept of net neutrality is a hotly debated and controversial issue, with the content and application providers of the […]

Google 4Q results tarnished by AOL and Clearwire

  Google, the internet search engine giant, has posted a fairly impressive set of financial results given the worsening economic environment. 4Q 2008 revenues were $5.7bn, an increase of 18 percent compared with 4Q 2007. Operating income was also up during 4Q 2008 at $2.15bn, or 38 percent of revenues. This compares to an operating […]

Qualcomm backs Android platform

US chip shop Qualcomm is throwing its weight behind Google’s Android platform, demonstrating the OS running on its Snapdragon chipset. The demonstration runs at WVGA resolution, supporting larger displays for mobile devices. As we reported at the end of 2008, web giant Google’s foray into the mobile space is picking up significant steam and it […]

iPhone beating Android in web access stakes

Last month’s launch of the Google-based Android platform stirred up considerable hype, but not enough to unseat the iPhone from its position as hippest mobile device. According to figures released by web analytics firm WebTrends this week, the excitement surrounding Android, and the first phone to use it, the G1, seems to have levelled off. […]

2009 to be year of the Android

Web giant Google’s foray into the mobile space is picking up significant steam and it looks like 2009 will be the year of the Android. Late Tuesday, the Open Handset Alliance (OHA) announced the additional membership of 14 more companies: AKM Semiconductor, ARM, ASUSTek, Atheros Communications, Borqs, Ericsson, Garmin International, Huawei, Omron Software, Softbank Mobile, […]

Google revises ad model for iPhone, Android

Internet giant Google has tweaked its mobile advertising options to better support the newest breed of mobile phone operating systems – Android and Apple’s iPhone platform. A new campaign level option allows AdWords advertisers to show desktop text and image ads on the iPhone, the G1 and other mobile devices with full internet browsers. Google […]

Google launches unlocked version of Android phone

Web giant Google, which is backing an assault on the mobile space through its Android initiative, upped the game for open mobile development this week with an unlocked release of the world’s first Android handset. Targeted at developers, the Android Dev Phone 1, which is sold to consumers as the G1, is a SIM unlocked […]

Clearwire approves WiMAX deal, shares plummet

  As expected, Clearwire shareholders on Thursday approved the ‘new’ Clearwire joint venture. Comprising Sprint Nextel (51 per cent) and Clearwire (27 per cent) – with the remaining equity held by Intel, Google, TimeWarner Cable, Comcast and Bright House Networks – the new company has ambitious plans to roll out mobile WIMAX across the US. […]

Nokia should jump on Yahoo, says analyst

Web giant Yahoo is floating rudderless following the departure of co-founder and chief executive Jerry Yang. The company has had a tough time of it lately – failing to secure a takeover by Microsoft, and then the collapse of its advertising partnership with Google. As a result, at least one industry watcher reckons Yahoo’s low […]

Android hit by security bug

The recent debut of Google’s much hyped mobile operating system, Android, has been marred by the exposure of a known security flaw. Security experts, Charlie Miller, Mark Daniel, and Jake Honoroff of Independent Security Evaluators, claim to have identified and exploited a security vulnerability in the Open Handset Alliance (OHA) platform. Android is an open […]

Google polishes up mobile Gmail app

Web giant Google released a new version of its Gmail, email application on Thursday, catering for BlackBerrys and Java-capable devices. As well as expanding its potential user base through support for more platforms, Gmail for mobile 2.0 is also designed to be more reliable in low signal areas and provides basic offline support for phones […]

OHA releases Android code

As the first Android phone hits shelves in the US, Google and the Open Handset Alliance (OHA) have announced the availability of the platform source code. As Android is developed under an open source licence, it can be downloaded and modified by anyone for free. The idea being that such a licence will enable people […]

Open source blazing the trail for mobile platforms

Open source is fast emerging as an attractive development model for mobile handsets, with Nokia and Google’s respective strategies putting increasing pressure on other players to adopt an open source strategy. With an open source development methodology capable of reducing operational costs, harnessing innovation and shortening time to market for new devices and services, analysts […]

BlackBerry to get app store

Keen to get in on the application distribution action that Apple and Google have brought to the industry’s attention, BlackBerry maker RIM (Research In Motion) on Tuesday revealed its own plans. In March 2009, RIM will launch the BlackBerry Applications Storefront, a marketplace which will put developers apps in front of the millions of BlackBerry […]

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, […]

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