Google faces the prospect of seeing its mobile adverts blocked by a number of European operators, as part of a broader battle between telecoms companies and over-the-top (OTT) content providers.
CenturyLink has launched its Prism IPTV service that will run over its 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) network in Portland, Ore., effectively beating Google Fiber to the service punch.
Verizon Communications' $4.4 billion purchase of AOL will mean the telecommunications giant is no longer just competing directly against the likes of AT&T. The deal is all about advertising technology, or ad-tech, and with it Verizon will now be competing against Google, Facebook and others in the digital ad market, especially in video. If Verizon can develop content for its OTT venture, it now has the tools to make money off of that using AOL.
When you enter the search term "Android apps" in Google, what you mostly get back are lists. "Best free Android apps," for example, along with some headlines from Google News and a direct link to Google Play. Of course, most developers would probably pick much more specific keywords to optimize their Android apps for search, but it's only within the last few weeks that they've been given a major incentive to do so.
The main beneficiary of the transition to mobile has been Facebook, which is the fastest growing in ZenithOptimedia's top 30 media owners.
Uber, the ride-booking service, is bidding for Nokia's HERE mapping unit, according to a report in the New York Times, which cited unnamed sources. The report said Uber's bid could be as much as $3 billion. Previous reports on the price for the HERE unit have reportedly hovered around $2.2 billion.
Google will kick off its I/O developer conference on May 28 with a keynote from Sundar Pichai, the company's senior vice president of products, and he will likely unveil the next version of Google's Android software, Android M. According to the schedule the company released for the conference, the search giant will also be debuting new features related to enterprise mobility and cloud messaging.
It's pretty clear what Google thinks of the National Association of Broadcasters' "emergency" petition asking the FCC to fix serious design flaws in its TV white space database system. In a word, "preposterous" might sum it up.
Google's Project Fi MVNO, which uses Wi-Fi hotspots for calling and data in addition to cellular connections from Sprint and T-Mobile US, is not a competitive threat to MVNOs Republic Wireless, Scratch Wireless and FreedomPop that rely on similar models. Instead, these companies say that the the search giant's entrance into the wireless market is a validation of the Wi-Fi-first concept.
Smartphones keep getting bigger and bigger smartphones are delivering big sales, according to a new report from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.