LAS VEGAS--A top executive from General Motors said the company is working to remain open to a variety of connected car services, including those from smartphone vendors like Apple and Google. The comments are notable in light of reports that Google is working to develop a version of Android that would be built directly into automobiles.
After its petition to the FCC asking for clarification on Wi-Fi management rules triggered a slew of opposition from the likes of Google, Microsoft and others, Marriott International released a statement designed to clarify its position.
Google Fiber wrote in an FCC filing that if the FCC proceeds with reclassifying broadband providers under Title II of the Telecom Act, it could enable it to more readily gain access to utility poles and related infrastructure like ducts owned by electric and gas utility companies.
As independent theaters queued up to commit to screening North Korea's current least favorite movie ever, The Interview, Sony announced that the movie will also be available to stream online via several streaming outlets including YouTube, Google Play, and Microsoft Xbox Video, beginning Christmas Eve. What's more, Netflix is reportedly interested in making the movie available to its subscribers soon.
Heard about the Internet of Things yet? If not, you soon will. Some major players, like Google, Apple and AT&T are all looking at ways to bring IoT--a "networked connection of people, processes, data and things" by Cisco's definition--to consumers. They're particularly looking to compete in the home. FierceWirelessTech 's Monica Alleven takes a deeper look at the next generation of networking in this special report.
In the next few weeks Google and its partners will expand the search giant's Android One phone initiative beyond India to the neighboring countries of Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka. The world's first Android One phone was unveiled in September for around $105, and the wider program represents Google's most intensive effort yet to not only expand Android to entry-level phones in emerging markets also to control the user experience.
The buzz around the connected car has increased lately--nearly every major car OEM has a connected car strategy and roadmap for the future. And car makers are even beginning to tout their in-car connectivity to consumers through television ads and marketing campaigns with the goal of calling attention to the advantages of driving a connected car.
Google is developing a version of its Android software that would be built directly into the consoles of cars, obviating the need to have a smartphone connect to the car's infotainment system, according to a Reuters report.
It may not have quite the punch of Apple's iPhone 6 launch, but BlackBerry's attempt to re-ignite interest in its platform by bringing out an updated version of one of its most popular smartphone designs got some surprising reactions from app developers.
Google Fiber has delayed an announcement about where it will extend its 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) data and video services until "early next year," according to various reports.