White space net box was broken

Microsoft has resubmitted its ‘white space’ broadband device to the FCC for testing, claiming that the original, which failed the test, was broken. Last week, a collaboration of tech firms headed up by Google, Intel, HP, Microsoft and Dell, and known as the White Space Coalition, submitted a gadget that can be used to receive […]

FCC nixes white space broadband

US communications regulator the FCC has thrown a spanner into the works of a plan to deliver broadband services via the white space between TV channels. A collaboration of tech firms headed up by Google, Intel, HP, Microsoft and Dell, had submitted the plan as the White Space Coalition. The coalition has developed a gadget […]

More Google phone rumours

Reports are emerging that the much rumoured Google phone is already in prototype and could be commercially available within a year. The web giant is believed to be touting the phone around vendors and operators to gauge interest and fine tune the specifications. It is believed the phone could be made available to consumers for […]

Google scores as FCC paves way for open access

It looks like Google might end up putting its money where its mouth is, as web companies on Tuesday won the right to access US spectrum coming up for auction later this year. On Tuesday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) revised its 700MHz band plan and service rules to facilitate the availability of “new and […]

Google gets into WiMAX bed with Sprint

Sprint’s mobile WiMAX network gained yet more momentum on Thursday as the US carrier announced a deal with web giant Google to develop a mobile portal for the platform. Under the pact, Google will provide search, interactive communications and social networking tools as well as location assisted services. Sprint described the agreement as a milestone […]

Google puts $4.6bn on 700MHz auction

Google said Friday that it is prepared to spend up to $4.6bn to secure itself a chunk of the 700MHz spectrum due to be sold off in the approaching US federal auction. The web giant is one of the biggest backers of open access and is calling for more competition in the broadband space. “So […]

Google gears up for more mobile moves

Google is understood to be ratcheting up its mobile initiative, testing its AdSense platform on mobile devices and gearing up to launch a mobile content search engine. The web giant is rumoured to be developing a version of its search engine that lets users search for content such as ringtones, direct from their handset and […]

Google boards at GrandCentral

Google has acquired US firm GrandCentral Communications, which offers users a single, lifetime phone number that can be linked to any phone or account – or combinations thereof – that for which the user has a subscription. The announcement, expected for some days, was made on Google’s official blog. “We think GrandCentral’s technology fits well […]

Consumers seek Google, Yahoo-branded phones

A majority of US consumers are willing and ready to purchase a Google or Yahoo!-branded mobile device if and when they become available.According to a study conducted in April by market research firm the EQUS Group, 55 per cent of respondents say they are willing to purchase a Google or Yahoo! mobile device. Conversely, only […]

LG launches ‘Google phone’ in Italy

Korean electronics manufacturer LG launched its first Symbian S60 device, the KS10, in Italy on Monday. The device is the result of a global collaboration with web giant Google to pre-install Google services on millions of LG mobile phones but it is not the much awaited ‘Google phone’. The HSDPA-enabled smartphone is LG’s first foray […]

Google and LG team up

Internet search giant, Google said Wednesday that it has inked a deal with Korean electronics firm, LG Electronics, to put its software on LG’s mobile phones. The move comes days after Yahoo announced its ‘oneSearch’ service – widely hailed by analysts and industry observers as a significant leap over Google’s existing mobile technology. LG, maker […]

Google phone is real – reports

A Google executive in Spain has reportedly confirmed that the internet search company is indeed working on a Google Phone, adding credibility to recent rumours of the device. According to Spanish news site, Isabel Aguilera, Google’s MD for Portugal and Spain, said the company had “dedicated” engineers who were working on the project. The […]

O2 to do Google and MTV

Telefonica’s UK mobile arm, O2, said Wednesday at the CeBit tech fair in Germany, that starting this summer, it will give customers access to Google and Viacom’s MTV music clips to promote mobile internet services. The company said that the relationship with Google will help it to generate advertising revenue. O2 plans to launch a […]

Mobile ops seek out search market – update

Reports that a handful of tier one mobile operators are planning to create a mobile search engine to challenge the likes of Google and Yahoo look increasingly vaporous. Rumours started in the Sunday papers suggest that Vodafone, France Telecom, Telefonica, Deutsche Telekom, Hutchison Whampoa, Telecom Italia and Cingular will meet at the 3GSM World Congress […]

Google to patent mobile ad technology

Google has filed for a patent for delivering adverts to mobile phones and other handheld devices. In accordance with patent office rules, the application provides images of how the adverts could look. Details are also provided on how the user might interact with them. Last year Google’s CEO, Eric Schmidt, told attendees at the Stanford […]

Google to provide mobile search in China

Search giant Google on Wednesday said it had made an agreement with China Mobile to provide mobile search services in China. Google, which has been criticised in the past for providing its service in China, said it will provide search technology for mobile search on the Chinese operator’s Monternet WAP portal. The service was trialled […]

Google claims operators’ demand has “scary implications”

The search giant, Google, has claimed that mobile operators have lobbied the company to prevent their customers accessing its Mobile Maps, a move it described as having “scary implcations”. According to technology site ZDNet, Google’s head of special initiatives, Chris Sacca told an event at Oxford University’s Said Business School, Monday, that his company has […]

Big two team up for free calls deal

A day after Google said mobile calls should be free and supported by advertising, Vodafone has announced it is to offer cheaper calls if they accept adverts from Yahoo. Vodafone has signed an agreement with the internet search firm, making it its exclusive display advertising partner in the UK. The offer will be rolled out […]

Free phones for all says Google chief

Google’s chief executive made a few enemies in the operator community this weekend by declaring that “your mobile phone should be free”. Speaking at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, CEO Eric Schmidt said that while Google has no intention of giving away mobile phones, he does believe calls could be paid for through […]

Google launches free wi-fi service

Internet giant Google launched a freely accessible wi-fi network in its hometown of Mountain View Wednesday. Radios hanging on lampposts throughout the city are now broadcasting an 802.11b/g signal that it publicly accessible by any residents, businesses and visitors within the area of coverage. Google states the network “is a way for us to give […]


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