Acer to offer Chrome OS on local computers

TAIPEI–Taiwanese computer maker Acer Inc. (宏碁) on Friday said it plans to begin selling its laptops and desktop computers running Google’s Web-based Chrome OS in Taiwan next week to strengthen product offering for education and business markets. The company’s 11.6-inch Chromebook will start from NT$8,690 (US$286) and the larger 13.3-inch model will cost NT$11,900, according to Acer. Its Chromebox desktop PC will start from NT$7,990 — higher than Asustek Computer Inc.’s (華碩) similar product that also launched Friday priced at NT$5,999.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/company-focus/2014/11/01/420825/Acer-to.htm

Quanta said to be main supplier of Google Project Ara

Project Ara, Google’s development plan for modular smartphones, is expected to become available on the market in 2015 with Quanta Computer reportedly being the main hardware supplier. Orders are expected to boost the Taiwan-based ODM’s non-notebook revenues, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. Quanta declined to comment about its clients or orders.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20141029PD218.html

Dell, Asustek and Lenovo eye Chromebook market

Seeing that Chromebooks are enjoying demand from the education sector, brand vendors such as Dell, Asustek Computer and Lenovo have started becoming aggressive about the market, while Acer, Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Samsung Electronics will also launch new products to defend their market shares, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. Currently, Acer, Samsung and HP together account for over 70% of the Chromebook market, and 80% of the shipments are supplied to the education market, the sources said.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20141028PD206.html

Google’s Pichai to oversee major products and services: blog

[SAN FRANCISCO] Google’s chief executive officer Larry Page has put Sundar Pichai, one of his key lieutenants, in charge of the Internet company’s products, according to technology blog Re/code. The India-born executive will have oversight over products such as search, maps, Google+, commerce, advertising and infrastructure. Six executives who previously reported to Page, including the heads of research, social media and search, will now report to Pichai, Re/code reported citing an internal memo.

http://www.businesstimes.com.sg/technology/googles-pichai-to-oversee-major-products-and-services-blog

Competition Commission of India denies media reports on imposing penalty on Google

NEW DELHI: The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has denied reports that it has imposed penalty on Google.  “Media reported that the High Court of Delhi has stayed an order of the Competition Commission of India imposing a penalty of .`1 crore on Google Inc for allegedly failing to provide information in a probe into a case related to unfair trade practices in India.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/internet/competition-commission-of-india-denies-media-reports-on-imposing-penalty-on-google/articleshow/44904527.cms

Nexus 9 Coming to India at ₹28,900; Only 2 Variants Listed on Google Play Store

The HTC Nexus 9 tablet, which was unveiled recently along with the Nexus 6, is being listed on Google Play Store in India. Google has put the price of 16GB WiFi-only model of the Nexus 9 at ₹28,900, while the 32GB Wi-Fi + LTE variant has a price tag of ₹44,900. However, the company didn’t mention the 32GB WiFi-only and the 16GB cellular variants of the device.

http://www.ibtimes.co.in/nexus-9-coming-india-28900-only-2-variants-listed-google-play-store-611727

Here comes Android One: Micromax Canvas A1 arrives to challenge Motorola and Xiaomi (REVIEW)

India’s budget smartphone market is now being blessed with Google’s new Android One program that was first detailed last month. Google has already partnered with three local phone-makers – Micromax, Karbonn, and Spice – to introduce Android One devices at prices starting from INR6,399 (US$105). All three unveiled a device each and made them available through leading ecommerce sites in India.

https://www.techinasia.com/micromax-canvas-a1-review/

HTC, Google unveil Nexus 9 tablet with Android Lollipop OS

TAIPEI — Taiwan’s HTC Corp. (宏達電) unveiled the Nexus 9 tablet computer in the United States Wednesday, the first tablet running on Google Inc.’s latest Android 5.0 operating system, codenamed Lollipop. The 8.9-inch tablet sports a Nvidia Tegra K1 64 bit 2.3GHz dual-core processor, a 2K screen with a resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels, an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 1.6-megapixel front camera and HTC’s signature BoomSound dual front-facing speakers.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/company-focus/2014/10/17/419626/HTC-Google.htm

Google’s public DNS goes offline, from AU

Google’s public domain name system (DNS) service went offline yesterday in South East Asia and Australia/New Zealand regions, affecting a large number of users in the area. Around 10pm AEST, users at the Whirlpool forum reported problems with reaching the Google DNS resolvers at the 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4 Internet Protocol (IP) addresses and complained of experiencing packet loss. The outage was confirmed by Yunhong Gu, the team lead of Google’s public DNS, who said the service was off-air for around half an hour at 1100 hours UTC.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/396732,googles-public-dns-goes-offline.aspx

Xiaomi appoints ex-Google executive Jai Mani as lead product manager in India

NEW DELHI: Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has appointed Jai Mani, a former Google executive, as lead product manager of India operations. In a Facebook post, the company’s vice president of international operations, Hugo Barra said that Mani has relocated from San Francisco to Bangalore. “One of the coolest things I could have wished for happened this past week, perfectly timed to my first “Asiaversary”,” Barra said in his post.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/hardware/xiaomi-appoints-ex-google-executive-jai-mani-as-lead-product-manager-in-india/articleshow/44799343.cms

Google’s Nexus 9 to be Allegedly Unveiled in the Following Week

Tech news blog Bright Side of News said that pre-orders of the HTC-built Nexus 9 would begin Wednesday, with the device to be released on Nov. 3. The Nexus 9 would include Nvidia’s Tegra K1 chip and would retail for $399, according to anonymous sources. On the other hand, Focus Taiwan, a Taiwan-based news channel, reported Wednesday that HTC executive Jack Tong said in a press briefing in New York that the device is anticipated to be sold by the end of the year in Taiwan.

http://www.chinatopix.com/articles/15810/20141011/googles-nexus-9-allegedly-unveiled-following-week.htm

India can be a tough market for Google’s AndroidOne: IDC

NEW DELHI: Google’s ambitious move to address the fragmented Android ecosystem with its AnrdoidOne devices will help in redefining the affordable smartphone segment, but the Indian market will be a tough call for the US-based tech giant, feels research firm IDC.  Last month, Google launched AndroidOne range of devices in partnership with Indian handset makers Micromax, Karbonn and Spice and mobile operators like Airtel and Reliance. The smartphones are priced Rs 6,399 onwards.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/hardware/india-can-be-a-tough-market-for-googles-androidone-idc/articleshow/44789616.cms

Japan court orders Google to delete data

TOKYO: A Japanese court has ordered Google to delete search results linking a claimant to a crime he did not commit, the latest in a series of rulings around the world on what search engines should tell users. The Tokyo District Court this week placed a provisional order that Google delete about half of 237 entries that appear after the plaintiff’s name is entered, the Asahi Shimbun newspaper and other local media reported.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/technology/japan-court-orders-google/1407960.html

Digitimes Research: MediaTek, Rockchip to join Chromebook market, from TW

In addition to gradually integrating Android’s ecosystem into the Chrome OS, Google is looking to support more processors. Chromebook-supported processors will include solutions from MediaTek and Rockchip in 2015, helping vendors to develop LTE-based inexpensive Chromebooks, according to information obtained by Digitimes Research from the upstream supply chain. By boosting device values and cutting prices, the plan is expected to increase shipments of the Chromebook by another 100%.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20141009VL200.html

Google to increase investment in Taiwan cloud data center: report

Taipei, Oct. 8 (CNA) Google Inc. is planning to increase its investment in its cloud computing data center in central Taiwan to better capitalize on Asia’s fast-growing Internet communications market, the Economic Daily News reported Wednesday The report said that Google is expected to invest an additional US$100 million to US$200 million in the third phase of the development of the data center, which is located in the Changhua Coastal Industrial Park. Google has already invested more than US$600 million in the facility.

http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aeco/201410080019.aspx

This startup wants to be Indonesia’s answer to Google Play

25 percent of all mobile users in Indonesia download content at least once a month, according to the Mobile Marketing Association . That’s in a smartphone market projected to reach more than 132 million  users by 2017. Those are encouraging numbers for Stanley Tan from Indonesian Android app store Oomph . Much like Apple’s App Store or Google Play, Oomph is a content distributor. The key difference is that it’s tailor-made just for the Indonesian Android market.

http://www.techinasia.com/oomph-android-app-store-for-indonesia/

Google to enable faster search on slow mobile network in India

NEW DELHI: Aimed at strengthening its foothold in the Indian mobile Internet space, tech giant Google will enable a faster search capability for mobile phones with slower network connections. Using a new streamlined version of its search results page, the US-based company will automatically check if a user has a slow wireless connection and deliver a fast loading version of Search.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/internet/google-to-enable-faster-search-on-slow-mobile-network-in-india/articleshow/44394685.cms

Google to facilitate online marketing of DWCRA products: N Chandrababu Naidu

RAJAHMUNDRY: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu today said that the internet giant Google is ready to facilitate the online marketing of products manufactured by rural women under DWCRA programme in the state.  “Google is ready to facilitate online marketing of products manufactured by as many as seven lakh Development of Women and Children in Rural Areas (DWCRA) groups. 

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/internet/google-to-facilitate-online-marketing-of-dwcra-products-n-chandrababu-naidu/articleshow/44348583.cms

Google’s Android One bet on Asia

Mumbai: Seldom has a global technology company launched a global product or programme in Asia. On 15 September, at an event that rivalled its annual I/O developer conference in San Francisco, Google Inc. did precisely that when it launched the first family of three Android One phones in India as part of a larger initiative to bring “high-quality smartphones at affordable prices, to as many people as possible”, with support for local languages.

http://www.livemint.com/Companies/ZVFcFhYx1ilrYV6IADRYXO/Googles-Android-One-bet-on-Asia.html

China’s InnoLight closes $38M series C round led by Google Capital

China’s InnoLight Technology announced today via a press release  that it has closed a US$38 million round of Series C funding led by Google Capital and Lightspeed China Partners. “We are very excited to have world class investors like Google Capital and Lightspeed China Partners,” said InnoLight board chair Dr. Hsing Kung. “We look forward to working with them closely to [help] InnoLight to become a world class optical component company.”

http://www.techinasia.com/chinas-innolight-closes-massive-series-led-google-capital/