Internet film subscription service Netflix has announced that it will launch in the UK and Ireland in early 2012. The service offers unlimited TV shows and films that can be streamed instantly to PCs, consoles, TVs and a range of mobile devices, for a monthly subscription. Meanwhile, Google has also launched a new film rental service for its Android mobile operating system, and is preparing to launch a music service too.
Global mobile operator Telenor has teamed with Google to launch a personalised Android App store for its customers. Telenor will offer its Android users access to a portal within Android Market that contains a suite of apps tailored to the local market.
The return of Android devices by consumers is costing operators around $2bn per year, as they struggle to manage consumer expectations, according to research released this week.
Consumers are now prioritising mobile operating systems more than ever in their purchasing decisions, which is worrying news for handset manufacturers which have traditionally relied on strong customer loyalty, according to research firm Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.
Google and Samsung have unveiled the first smartphone running on the latest version of the Android mobile operating system 4.0, codenamed Ice Cream Sandwich, which is expected to rival Apple’s popular iPhone 4S handset. The Galaxy Nexus is the first Android handset that supports LTE, as well as HSPA+ technology. It also features a 4.65-inch display with 720p resolution and a dual core 1.2ghz processor.
I’ve just been to the site of Google’s first physical store, to see how the company is faring in its efforts to entice users away from the Windows operating system and switch to its internet-based Chrome OS.
While long suspected, the reasons for ex-CTO Rich Green’s departure from Nokia have this week become clear. The Finnish firm’s first and last Meego-based handset was released Tuesday, while the OS itself was formally executed with a view to what’s left being assimilated by the LiMo and Linux Foundations.
Google’s mobile wallet venture has become a commercial reality, although it remains very much in its infancy. A trial was announced in May and, at present, the service is supported only by the Samsung Nexus S 4G (WiMAX) handset on the Sprint network in the US, although the retail side is supported by the MasterCard PayPass network
Chip manufacturer Intel is teaming up with Google to ensure that future releases of the Android operating system are optimised for Intel’s Atom processors. Intel said that it wants to step up its efforts in the lucrative smartphone arena at the opening keynote of the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco.
The ongoing patent disputes between Apple and Google and its Android partners is killing innovation, according to Malik Saadi, principal analyst at Informa Telecoms & Media.
The world’s smartphone users will download a total of 18 billion mobile apps during 2018, up 144 per cent from 7.4 billion in 2010, according to Ovum. The firm forecast that the number of downloads will grow to 45 billion in 2016.
Google is working with Open DNS and five other firms on an initiative aimed to speed up the internet. The Global Internet Speedup is a collaborative effort aimed to make online tools and web pages run faster, achieved through cooperation between recursive domain name server (DNS) services and content delivery networks (CDNs).
To have a future strategy, means to have a mobile strategy, says Ian Carrington, mobile advertising sales director at Google.
The acquisition of Motorola Mobility by Google could be seen as the first time ever that an Internet company acquires an established hardware business. We are likely to see more acquisitions of this kind in the future, thanks to the strong investment force and cash availability of Internet giants, such as Google, Facebook or Twitter, that have the potential to absorb the most established tech businesses even beyond telecoms and media.
Google’s entry in the mobile phone hardware market with the acquisition of Motorola Mobility seems to be the outcome of the company’s desire to acquire the 17,000+ patents that Motorola holds and compete more effectively with Apple and other smartphone/OS vendors. The acquisition will however, not only have an impact on the handset market but possibly will also have a big impact on the mobile services market. In particular, this may help Google to accelerate the growth of the m-commerce market.
While Google’s acquisition of Motorola’s handset business brings potentially rich rewards in terms of intellectual property, the search firm must be careful to keep its new employees at a respectable distance, industry analysts have warned.
Web giant Google has agreed to acquire handset vendor Motorola Mobility for $12.5bn. “The acquisition of Motorola Mobility, a dedicated Android partner, will enable Google to supercharge the Android ecosystem,” Google said.
There’s no doubt that mobile apps have proved to be a runaway success, early in July Apple announced 15 billion downloads since it first opened the App Store in 2008 and Google is hot on its heels. But what yardstick should we use to really quantify this growth? As it’s silly season, software firm Sybase 365 chose hamburgers.
Orange’s pan-African operations have partnered with Google in a bid to exploit SMS as a platform for delivering Google services to low-end devices in use across Africa and the Middle East.
Orange’s decision to partner with Google to provide Google’s Gmail SMS Chat to the subscribers of its operating companies in the Middle East and Africa is an acknowledgement by both parties that those who live in emerging markets are just as interested in accessing Internet services as those who live in developed markets. By enabling Gmail Chat via SMS, Orange and Google are also acknowledging that SMS is a key delivery channel for internet services in emerging markets, where there is low penetration of internet-enabled PCs and of internet-enabled mobile devices.