Google defended its business practices following a ruling by Russian regulators regarding the pre-installation of its own apps in the Android operating system, telling FierceWireless:Europe that it offers device makers and consumers a free choice.
By the end of the month, Amazon shoppers won't be able to buy Apple TV or Google Chromecast streaming devices from the online retail giant's website. While ostensibly made to prevent "customer confusion," some analysts are scratching their heads.
In an aggressive move sure to roil the streaming device market, Amazon has instructed its sellers to cease the peddling of Apple TV and Google Chromecast streaming devices.
Research conducted by Analysys Mason for IT software and services company AsiaInfo found that 62 per cent of operators surveyed felt they were currently at least two years behind large Internet players such as Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple in their efforts to monetise customer data.
Bigger doesn't always mean better, but Google's decision to double the maximum size of APKs in Google Play may prove to be a hit with Android developers.
Digicel, a wireless carrier that counts roughly 13 million customers across 31 markets in the Caribbean and South Pacific, said it will begin blocking display and video ads in mobile web pages and in apps. The carrier said the move will reduce its customers' data usage by 10 percent. And, importantly, the carrier said it will charge companies like Google, Yahoo and Facebook to bypass the block so they can deliver their ads to Digicel customers.
Google's latest Nexus-branded smartphones offer hints on the future direction it will take in developing its Android operating system (OS), according to IHS Technology's director of mobile analysis Ian Fogg.
As predicted, Google introduced a newly redesigned Chromecast at its press event, with a sleeker form factor that it says will be easier to plug into TVs with crowded ports. It also has improved Wi-Fi capability, supporting the latest standards, and features an updated content discovery capability on the Chromecast app. Furthermore, the new device supports Sling TV.
As expected, Google today announced its new Nexus 6P (built by Huawei) and the Nexus 5X (built by LG). Notably, the company said the phones would be available through its Project Fi MVNO.
As Advertising Week kicks off in New York, Yahoo, Google and AOL separately gave the multiday confab an OTT-centric push, announcing major updates to their advertising and streaming platforms. Yahoo said it has made BrightRoll its unified brand for programmatic advertising, while Google announced two key updates ad features on its platform.