Google is set to unveil the next version of its Android platform next week at its I/O developer conference, and according to a BuzzFeed News report it will include native fingerprint authentication.
The CEO of regional carrier and Sprint wholesale partner nTelos Wireless declined to discuss speculation that nTelos will be taken over by peer Shenandoah Telecommunications (better known as Shentel). However, nTelos CEO Rodney Dir last week said that the company's board is focused on improving shareholder value and potential strategic opportunities.
Sprint MVNO FreedomPop is embarking on its long-awaited international expansion by partnering with the operator Three in the UK. FreedomPop is also still evaluating a possible acquisition.
Uber, the ride-booking service, is bidding for Nokia's HERE mapping unit, according to a report in the New York Times, which cited unnamed sources. The report said Uber's bid could be as much as $3 billion. Previous reports on the price for the HERE unit have reportedly hovered around $2.2 billion.
Google is officially getting into the wireless business, and unwrapped its "Project Fi" MVNO in partnership with Sprint and T-Mobile US. The service will let customers dynamically switch between the carriers' LTE networks and Wi-Fi networks, and will also give customers credits for their unused mobile data, as had been expected.
Google's MVNO could launch this week, according to a Wall Street Journal report, and it will give customers credit for unused mobile data.
Little is known about Google's forthcoming MVNO, but according to a leaked Android application unearthed by the blog Android Police, the service will charge customers based on how much data they use, will let customers get a credit for unused data, and will support shared data plans as well.
Nokia is considering selling its HERE mapping unit to focus more on wireless network gear, according to multiple reports.
Silicon maker Altera has broken off talks about a potential acquisition by chipset giant Intel, according to multiple reports, apparently after a disagreement over the price.
Sprint MVNO FreedomPop expects to know whether it will enter into a strategic deal with another company in the next four to six weeks, according to CEO Stephen Stokols. The company is also pushing ahead with its normal business, unveiling a new software feature that will make the handoff between VoIP and cellular calls more seamless.