BARCELONA, Spain--Google and Facebook executives said that they are willing to work together to expand access to the Internet and basic web services, despite their contrasting visions for doing so.
Verizon's future growth will come from things like the Internet of Things and over-the-top mobile video--things that some other companies are not even investing in today, the company's CFO Fran Shammo said during an investment conference on Monday.
BARCELONA, Spain--Google's Sundar Pichai confirmed that the search giant will launch an MVNO in the U.S. on a limited basis in "the coming months" to spur innovation in the wireless market. Although Pichai did not indicate which carrier or carriers Google will work with, several reports last month indicated that the partners are Sprint and T-Mobile US.
A top Google executive said the company is seeing interest from Chinese Android application developers, and is working on ways it can reintroduce its services into the country.
Grande Communications, a Texas-based cable overbuilder, is leapfrogging competitors AT&T and Google Fiber with plans to launch its new 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) service in San Antonio on March 3.
Google is working to make its Android operating system more salient for business users with its new Android for Work program. Initially unveiled last year at its annual I/O developer conference, Google this week took the wraps off the program, promising Android enterprise users more security and flexibility.
Google is going to unveil a new API called Android Pay at its I/O developer conference in late May, according to an Ars Technica report, and the platform will enable payments in brick-and-mortar stores and in-app payments for third-party applications.
Consolidated Communications reported that while data and Internet service rose to $82.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2014, those gains were more than offset by declines in legacy local calling and network access revenues.
Google's Android and Apple's iOS continued to thoroughly dominate the global smartphone market in the fourth quarter, according to research firm IDC, with Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus driving Apple to gain share at Android's expense. Meanwhile, Microsoft's Windows Phone platform continues to be an also-ran in the market, though the company as vowed to introduce a range of new phones this year running its new Windows 10 software.
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