Google's Project Ara now has a competitor in the market for modular-designed smartphones: the Finnish startup called Vsenn.
Microsoft is going to let users create and edit Office content on iPhones, iPads, and soon Android tablets using Office apps without an Office 365 subscription. It's another example of Microsoft choosing to forgo some revenue in order to get its software on more devices.
Level 3 has enhanced its growing presence as an enabler of cloud services by adding Google's Cloud Platform, which enables developers and enterprises to build, test and deploy applications on Google's infrastructure, to its Cloud Connect Solutions ecosystem.
Google and LG Electronics struck a patent cross-licensing deal similar to one Google announced in January with LG's larger rival, Samsung Electronics. The Google/LG agreement is an indication that the companies are working closely together but they were vague on the long-term implications of the deal.
Google Fiber has equipped a Kansas City Starbucks coffee shop, located at the corner of 41 st and Main Street, with a direct fiber connection to provide patrons with in-store Wi-Fi Internet access.
Instead of the usual "iOS vs. Android" research reports, wouldn't it be a bit more interesting--and accurate--if analyst firms described the race for app developer loyalty as one between a proprietary and open approach? If nothing else, it would help explain why Google recently bought Firebase.
Google's Android platform has long dominated the smartphone market in terms of market share, but research firm Strategy Analytics thinks Android has reached its peak. Android ran 84 percent of smartphones shipped globally in the third quarter, according to the research firm, down from 85 percent in the second quarter. "Android's global smartphone market share is peaking," Strategy Analytics analyst Neil Mawston told the Wall Street Journal.
Google faces a fight to maintain the dominance of its Android smartphone operating system (OS) even though the platform increased its grip on the global market during the third quarter.
Lenovo officially closed its $2.91 billion deal to buy Motorola Mobility from Google, a move that immediately turns Lenovo into the third largest smartphone player in the world by market share. Lenovo, which is popular in China and many markets where Motorola doesn't play, will use a dual-brand strategy to grow the combined company's mobile businesses in emerging markets.
HALF MOON BAY, Calif.--Motorola Mobility has been through several near-death experiences in the past few years, but its impending acquisition by Lenovo will allow it to double the number of markets it competes in and ride the trend toward lost-cost smartphones, according to Motorola President and COO Rick Osterloh.