AT&T launches phone powered by AA battery; Google says Chrome OS isn't going away

More wireless news from across the Web:

> The head of the Chrome OS project said there are no plans to phase out the platform. Post

> AT&T Mobility introduced what it says is the world's only AA battery-powered emergency mobile phone: the SpareOne Emergency Phone. Post

> Sprint said it is the first U.S. wireless carrier to sign a direct roaming agreement with Telecommunications Company of Cuba (ETECSA). Release

> Google has reportedly abandoned plans to open its first-ever retail store in New York City. Crain's New York article

> Avago Technologies is reportedly set to win unconditional approval by the European Union's competition regulators for its proposed $37 billion takeover of Broadcom. Reuters article

>  Activision Blizzard plans to buy King Digital Entertainment, the company behind Candy Crush Saga, for about $5.9 billion. New York Times article

> Google today pushed out a security update to devices running Android 6.0 Marshmallow. PhoneScoop article

> Microsoft plans to reduce the amount of cloud storage available to customers through OneDrive in an effort to stem abuse. PhoneScoop article

Mobile Developer News

> How developers should respond to 'The Greatest Apps Ever' lists. Editor's Corner

>'s CEO explains its approach to help game devs create a fan community as early as possible. On the Hot Seat

Telecom News

> Cox Communications has set Providence, R.I., as the next stop on its 1 Gbps adventure, announcing that it will offer its Gigablast service to residential customers in a number of the city's downtown properties. Article

> Lumos Networks may not be seeing a large amount of small cell backhaul opportunities today, but the service provider's ongoing fiber investments will allow it to capitalize on them as wireless operators build out facilities in the territories it serves. Article

Cable News

> The nation's nine biggest cable operators have deployed only around 618,000 CableCards for use in retail devices, according to the National Cable Telecommunications Association. Article

> Altice is set to become one of five telecom companies that control around half the global pay-TV market. According to Ampere Analysis, Altice will control around 3.1 of global pay-TV revenue once its U.S. cable deals close. Altice is poised to acquire Suddenlink Communications and Cablevision in the United States, adding them to its European pay-TV holdings. Article

And finally… Luxury phone maker Vertu was sold to a group of Chinese investors. Article