Google and Facebook are apparently leaving start-ups on their own to wage war with proposed FCC rules that would permit Internet fast lanes.
Microsoft's Nokia unit is going to release a smartphone in its flagship Lumia line that runs Google's Android software, according to a post from noted mobile leaker @evleaks.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is warning that certain devices running on the Google Android operating system may reveal their owner's location history to anyone within Wi-Fi range. That is because when they are not connected to a network, the devices leak the names of wireless networks to which they have previously connected.
Google Fiber announced that it's going to extend the sign-up process for residents who want its fiber to the home (FTTH) service in Provo, Utah, through September.
Studies about Chromecast's demise have been greatly exaggerated. That was Google's message last week at its I/O developer conference in San Francisco. As GigaOM reported Wednesday, the company used its keynote address to contradict a widely reported Parks Associates research note from last month that showed that usage of the Chromecast streaming dongle was down significantly.
Qualcomm gained an ally in Microsoft in its efforts to develop common standards for connected home equipment, but faces a challenge convincing rival chip makers to follow its path.
BlackBerry CEO John Chen said that Google's recently unveiled efforts to make its Android mobile platform more secure are essentially weak attempts to duplicate BlackBerry's existing security features for the enterprise market.
Microsoft, Mozilla, the Tizen Association and others are moving to lower-cost hardware in an effort to gain share in emerging markets. However, Google's Android One software and hardware reference design program could undercut those efforts by enhancing the Android experience on cheap devices in the developing world.
Google's new Android-based software platforms for wearable devices, cars and TV sets will all have software and user interfaces controlled by Google, and OEMs will not be able to create skins on top of them, according to a Google executive.
There were at least a few Google I/O watchers on social media who liked what they saw with Android L.