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Google unveils Android M, Android Pay and Google Now enhancements

Google used its opening keynote of its I/O developer conference to unveil a new, polished version of its Android mobile operating system, a new mobile payments app called Android Pay and updates to its Google Now proactive personal assistant.

IHS survey finds support among Wi-Fi providers for Hotspot 2.0 technology

Hotspot 2.0 is here to stay as a technology, and Wi-Fi service providers are clearly interested in moving to the technology in the near future, according to a survey from research firm IHS.

AT&T keeps fighting to get FTC lawsuit over its data throttling thrown out

AT&T Mobility asked a federal appeals court to decide whether the Federal Trade Commission can move ahead with a lawsuit that targeted the carrier's data throttling policies.

Apple exec hints at strong Apple Watch demand, says the car is the 'ultimate mobile device'

Apple has sold "a lot" of Apple Watches, but it is not giving out a specific sales figure so far, according to a senior Apple executive.

Report: Google's Android Pay enhancement expected to be key part of I/O announcements

Google will use its I/O developer conference, which kicks off today, to unveil an overhaul to its mobile payments offering, according to a New York Times report. Further, the report said Apple is going to soon announce enhancements to its own Apple Pay platform, including a rewards program.

Sprint's Claure: In 18-24 months, we'll be No. 1 or 2 in network performance

Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure has a bold claim: that within two years, Sprint will have the top network among U.S. carriers.

Avago buys Broadcom in $37B deal to get further enmeshed in wireless networking chips

Avago Technologies confirmed it will buy rival Broadcom for $37 billion, in a further consolidation of the chipset industry. Avago said it will use the deal to get further involved in the wireless infrastructure, networking and broadband technology markets.

Lowenstein's View: What's next for Verizon?

Over the past couple of weeks, we've witnessed two deals in the ever-consolidating communications and media industries: Verizon-AOL, and Charter acquiring TWC and Bright House Networks. The broadband business now looks like the wireless business, with Comcast and Charter owning some 60 percent of the market and four (rather than two) players splitting most of the remaining 40 percent. I think this is a good opportunity to take a closer look at Verizon, and what might be next for the company.

Russian carriers push to catch up in LTE race

Despite low LTE penetration, Russian mobile operators are starting to close the gap with their Western European counterparts in terms of LTE deployments, even though the government has never held an auction for LTE spectrum. Special report

Analysts: Charter's Time Warner Cable deal could signal shift into wireless

Charter Communications' $56.7 billion bid to buy Time Warner Cable is about more than just the pay-TV and home broadband market--it could also lead to a more assertive push into the wireless realm by the two companies and other cable players, according to financial and industry analysts.

Sony hints at smartphone pricing tweaks to counter currency exchange pressure

Sony Mobile Communications CEO Hiroki Totoki said the company could change its smartphone prices and cut even more costs if needs be to counteract the U.S. dollar's rise in value against the yen. According to Reuters, he said that currency shifts are a bigger potential threat to the mobile unit's turnaround than the cutthroat competition in the smartphone industry.

Cisco: Wi-Fi, cellular data to make up 67% of all IP traffic in 2019

Mobile data traffic is going to more than triple its share of total global IP data traffic during the next several years, according to a new report from network vendor Cisco Systems.

Verizon: Edge customers now must pay off smartphone before upgrading, but get to keep old phone

Verizon Wireless is changing its Edge equipment installment plan (EIP) so that customers will need to pay off the full cost of their devices before they upgrade. However, they will now be able to do so at any time and will be able to keep their smartphones once the device is fully paid off instead of having to turn them in.

Report: Mozilla's Firefox OS to shift focus from $25 smartphones toward more compelling features

Mozilla is shifting its focus with its Firefox OS away from ultra-low-cost smartphones and more toward working with partners to create smartphones with compelling features that may not be as cheap, according to a CNET report.

BlackBerry to slash unspecified number of jobs in its devices business

BlackBerry said it will cut an unspecified number of jobs in its smartphone hardware and software businesses as it continues its turnaround efforts under CEO John Chen.

Apple design guru Jony Ive gets promotion, but steps back from day-to-day duties

Apple said that Jony Ive, its chief designer, has been promoted to a newly created position as Chief Design Officer, but is stepping away from some of his day-to-day duties in his new role.

Microsoft to bring its Cortana digital assistant to Android and iOS

Microsoft is bringing its Cortana digital assistant to Google's Android and Apple's iOS platforms. The company's decision to do so is part of a broader effort by Microsoft to bring features and services from Windows 10 to non-Windows smartphones.

Analysts: T-Mobile/Dish deal still the most likely M&A option for the carrier

T-Mobile US is unlikely to strike a deal in the near term with any other cable or telecommunications providers aside from Dish Network, according to a report from Wall Street firm Macquarie Capital.

10 years of consolidation in wireless: The rise of Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint


Let's take a step back in time--a time when cell phones were carried by just one out of every two Americans, and smartphones hadn't yet hit the scene. Check out this chart was created by Quexor Group for FierceWireless: It depicts the major wireless acquisitions and mergers consummated by today's four major wireless carriers during the past 10 years.

 

Google Android M rumored to add fingerprint authentication

Google is set to unveil the next version of its Android platform next week at its I/O developer conference, and according to a BuzzFeed News report it will include native fingerprint authentication.