Google's Android One program, which formally kicked off in September 2014, has not had much of an impact on the market, according to a report from research firm CCS Insight. Android One is designed to give consumers in emerging markets, especially those buying their first smartphone, access to cheap, up-to-date Android phones that will receive the latest software updates from Google for up to two years.
Microsoft may actually be doing cable operators a favor by adding over-the-air tuning capabilities to its Xbox One platform because it may reveal how difficult it actually is to be a Community Antenna TV (CATV) provider.
The Merchant Content Exchange (MCX), which will launch a mobile payments service under the CurrentC brand, plans to introduce the service in one market in mid-2015. Meanwhile, there are also indications that Microsoft could jump into mobile payments to counter Apple Pay and Google's Android-based payments service.
As Microsoft turns 40 years old, founder Bill Gates wrote a letter to employees pointing out the company's progress and hinting at its future. "I believe computing will evolve faster in the next 10 years than it ever has before. We already live in a multi-platform world, and computing will become even more pervasive," Gates wrote.
Microsoft is expanding its partnership with Samsung Electronics to pre-load some of its software and services on Samsung's Android devices. Further, Microsoft struck deals with several lesser-known Android device makers to do the same thing, continuing a strategy of getting its services key real estate on phones and tablets running Google's Android platform.
Mobile startup Cyanogen, which aims to cut into Google's control over the Android platform by offering a modified version of the software, raised $80 million in fresh funding.
Apple CEO Tim Cook said that the Apple Watch "will be the first modern smartwatch--the first one that matters," even if its usefulness is not readily apparent.
Around three months after Ford Motor Co. chose BlackBerry subsidiary QNX's technology to power its Sync 3 in-car technology platform, and not technology from longtime partner Microsoft, Ford is now returning to Microsoft. Ford has contracted with Microsoft for the software giant to deliver cloud-based wireless updates to its connected cars.
Mobile startup Cyanogen, which is seeking to chip away at Google's control over Android by offering a modified version of the software, is close to getting a new $110 million round of financing, according to a Bloomberg report. However, the report, which cited unnamed sources familiar with the matter, said that Microsoft declined to invest in Cyanogen.
Microsoft is going to enhance its Cortana digital assistant for its own Windows 10 platform and then offer it as a standalone app on other platforms including Google's Android and Apple's iOS, according to a Reuters report.