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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 […]

Google phone is legion; Android to take on Symbian

Web giant Google has shown its hand, revealing plans for an all out assault on the mobile handset space using a “software stack” comprising an operating system, middleware, user interface and applications. And troubled handset vendor Motorola is throwing its chips in with the services specialist, as one of the founding members of the Open […]

Femtos ready for deployment

During the summer, web giant Google invested some $25m in femtocell maker Ubiquisys and now those devices are ready to be deployed. The Ubiquisys femtocells, which are like mini mobile base stations deployed either in homes or on campus, are presently in mass production. The femtos have completed “intense trials” with eight tier one operators […]

US 700MHz auction delayed

US communications regulator, the FCC, has delayed the forthcoming auction of 700MHz spectrum to give interested parties more time to pull a plan together. Auction 73 will now take place on January 24, 2008, eight days later than originally planned. Bidders must apply for the auctions between November 19 and December 3. The FCC has […]

Google buys Jaiku; more mobile plans revealed

Web giant Google said Tuesday that it has snapped up Jaiku, a Helsinki-based presence sharing service, creating further inroads into the mobile space. Jaiku, founded by Finns Jyri Engestrom and Petteri Koponen in 2006, is a micro social network, much like Twitter. Users have options to update their status and location and broadcast this info […]

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