Google enables phone calls from Gmail

Google has upped its game in the telephony space this week, by introducing new functionality to its Gmail service that allows users to make calls to phones.

Oracle sues Google for patent infringement

US software firm Oracle has issued a lawsuit against Google, alleging that the Android operating system backed by the internet services player infringes a number of patents that relate to the Oracle-owned Java software. Java was developed by Sun Microsystems, which Oracle acquired in a deal that was completed early this year.

Google and Verizon try to decide future of internet

Turns out Google and Verizon were up to something after all. Behind the scenes the two companies have been doing what the FCC failed to do – forge a compromise agreement on net neutrality. The only thing is that the wording of the agreement raises some of the same concerns that emerged last week when word of the deal was first heard.

Concern grows over net neutrality compromise

The internet was humming on Thursday night and Friday morning with rampant speculation over a supposed deal between web giant Google and US carrier Verizon that many industry watchers fear as the end of the internet as we know it.

Google buries Nexus One

Last week, Google received its last shipment of the ill fated Nexus One device. When this batch sells out, the device will no longer be available from Google.

Stephanie Tilenius, vice president, e-commerce, Google

The announcement that Tilenius was joining Google came a matter of minutes after CEO Eric Schmidt’s keynote presentation at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. And as one operator executive pointed out, hiring the woman who created PayPal for eBay was probably not done “so that Google can interface more successfully with operator billing systems.”

Susan Wojcicki, vice president of product management, Google

Given the pace at which Google is permeating the mobile industry, anyone holding a senior position at the firm’s Mountain View headquarters could be deemed to have significant influence in the sector. But Susan Wojcicki, as vice president of product management (and one of only three women on the firm’s 16-strong operating committee), wields particular power.

Apple does Google a favour; FTC clears AdMob deal

US watchdog the Federal Trade Commission has closed its investigation of Google’s proposed acquisition of mobile advertising network AdMob, concluding that the deal is unlikely to harm competition in the nascent mobile advertising market.

Verizon favours Android for tablet device

By Thursday morning the internet was abuzz with speculation that US carrier Verizon Wireless is collaborating with Google on the development of an iPad rival.

Nexus One will not be available on Verizon

Google has announced on a blog posting that a version of its Nexus One handset that is compatible with US carrier Verizon’s CDMA network will now not be made available. When the handset was launched in January this year, Google said that it would be partnering with Verizon to distribute the phone “in the future”. The announcement raises questions over Google’s commitment to a CDMA-based version of the Nexus One.

Sprint: “Put us down for the Nexus One too”

Not to be outdone by the announcement that North American operators AT&T and Rogers (and Bell and Telus) will be getting the Google-branded Nexus One, US carrier Sprint has revealed similar plans.

Motorola taps Microsoft for Android apps

All’s fair in love and war, and Motorola may owe its recent upswing to the Google-backed Android platform, but this week the resurgent handset vendor hopped into bed with Microsoft, to deploy Bing on Android devices.

Google launches social network by stealth

No surprises here, but on Tuesday evening Google launched its own social network, capitalising on its existing Gmail user base and expanding mobile presence.

Hands on with the Nexus One

The Nexus One is Google’s first own brand Android device. It also serves as a showcase of what can be done by tightly integrating Google services with the hardware, giving us a glimpse of what the Android platform might be capable of in the future.

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