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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Apple's iOS and Google's Android operating systems inched closer to total dominance of the worldwide smartphone market in 2014, as alternative smartphone operating systems failed to take significant market share from the duo.
Google has asked the FCC to refrain from regulating the informal interconnection agreements that Google and other providers have developed with ISPs like Comcast and Verizon.
Google has acquired Softcard, the mobile payments joint venture backed by Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobility and T-Mobile US. As a result, Google Wallet will now be pre-installed on Android phones (running KitKat or higher) sold by these carriers in the U.S. "later this year," Google said.
Apple detailed plans to heat Danish homes as part of a €1.7 billion ($1.9 billion) investment in two new European data centres.
Google hopes to unveil a new mobile payments service at its I/O developer conference at the end of May, according to a Wall Street Journal article.
AT&T may be offering customers the option to purchase its 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) service in cities like Kansas City, Mo., on a standalone basis for $70, but that low price comes with a catch: The telco will track users' Web surfing activity.
Last month, news broke that Google is working on an MVNO that will ride on the combined networks of Sprint and T-Mobile. This is big news, and many people discussed how this could be a low-cost service that uses the best available signal from the No. 3 and No. 4 carriers combined in order to get network quality close to matching the top two. This, in itself, is potentially disruptive, but Google is likely up to something more, and an MVNO may enable it to do something far more interesting.
AT&T made it official that Kansas City is the next stop in its ongoing fiber-to-the-premises journey, putting it in direct competition with Google Fiber and Consolidated Communications for fiber-based broadband service.