HYDERABAD: Internet giant Google plans to open its own “permanent and big” campus in Hyderabad and is set to sign an MoU with Telangana government shortly to take up the venture. “We are likely to sign MoU with Google. They are likely to open their campus here in Hyderabad. It will be the third campus they will have after the US and the UK,” Telangana IT, Electronics and Communications Secretary Harpreet Singh told PTI here.
Today, Google Play unveiled a banner ad on the Play Store announcing its Newsstand now includes Indonesian content. Google has had a hand in the news aggregating game for quite a while now, making improvements with each iteration. In America it started with the simple news and weather app, then moved on to develop Google Currents, which was then replaced with Google Play Newsstand, an app that allows users to subscribe to both free and paid news sources and magazines, in a similar fashion to Apple’s Newsstand.
Filipinos subscribed to Smart Telecommunications no longer have to go digging for their credit cards when buying that hit game or app for their Android phones. Smart, the leading mobile operator in the Philippines, announced today its customers may now make app and in-app purchases in Google Play by charging directly to their bills or deducting from available prepaid credit. The company commissioned an NTT Docomo subsidiary, net mobile AG, to implement the direct carrier billing.
TAIPEI–Google Inc. launched its Chromecast device in Taiwan Thursday, enabling local consumers to beam media content such as movies, music and sports from mobile devices or laptops to a television screen. Google has now launched Chromecast in 24 markets, including Taiwan. The device is priced locally at NT$1,390 (US$44.6) through stores operated by Chunghwa Telecom Co. and Web portal PChome’s online shopping site.
Following China-based chip maker Rockchip entering the supply chain for Chromebooks, additional China-based makers including Bitland and BYD are expected to further their presence in Chromebook supply chain in 2015 in order to meet upcoming demand from vendors as they expand their lineups, according to Digitimes Research.
CHANDIGARH: With mobile internet users growing by leaps and bounds, Google India today said India is a “strategic market” for it for offering solutions to small medium businesses (SMB) to help them grow. “India is a strategic market for Google and we are committed to invest in solutions that cater to the needs of SMBs in India,” said Suryanarayana Kodukulla, Head of SMB sales, Google India here.
Acer is set to invest heavily in Chromebook development in 2015 with related shipments to grow over 50% on year to reach 4.8 million units. Meanwhile, Asustek Computer is also planning to increase its shipments of inexpensive 11.6-inch Windows-based EeeBook notebooks, and the devices are expected to account for over 30% of the vendor’s overall notebook shipments in 2015, surpassing six million units, according to sources in the upstream supply chain.
Following China-based application processor (AP) supplier Rockchip’s entry into the Chromebook industry, China-based end device makers are also expected to join the Chromebook supply chain, according to information Digitimes Research has collected from the Greater China supply chain. China-based Bitland and BYD will start producing Chromebooks for brand vendors in 2015 and they will be among only a handful of makers capable of making the device.
The Philippines weather agency’s prediction models are telling them that the country might see a cyclone before the end of the month. This time, though, residents will be getting real-time alerts via Google’s search engine and maps. The Philippines Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has partnered with Google’s Public Alerts service to issue alerts for tropical cyclones forming in its area of jurisdiction. FutureGov spoke with Resly George Amador, a member of PAGASA’s technical group on public alerts to find out more.
Google’s Play Store is still banned in mainland China, along with most of the U.S. company’s services. Even with the ban, Google is allowing Chinese developers to upload apps to Google Play, which can be sold in other countries. It is not clear how developers will get past China’s firewall barrier – Google’s back-end is not banned – it just means the developer will have a hard time tracking the progress of their app and reaping the rewards.
Google’s mission to bring internet to regional areas of the world via high-altitude balloons has arrived in Australia, as the company prepares to kick off a 20-balloon trial with Telstra in Queensland. Google’s Project Loon officially commenced in New Zealand mid-last year, when the company launched 30 ballons in the skies above Canterbury in the south island to test whether reliable internet services could be delivered to 50 users in under-served areas.
Lenovo and Asustek are expected to release Chromebooks using Google-certified solutions from China-based Rockchip in the first half of 2015 at the latest, and their devices are expected to be priced at US$149, a new low for notebook products, according to Digitimes Research’s latest finding from the Greater China supply chain. Rockchip is a first-tier tablet application processor (AP) designer in China and has recently cooperated with Intel over chip design and the distribution of Intel’s SoFIA chips.
Lenovo and Google jointly announced that Lenovo formally completed its acquisition of Motorola Mobility from Google, and this now makes Lenovo the third largest smartphone maker in the world. Yang Yuanqing, chairman and chief executive officer of Lenovo Group, said that while enhancing the company position as the third largest smartphone maker in the world, Lenovo will challenge the top two competitors.
CHENNAI: Google is bringing an internationally tried and tested application to India, targeting small firms that are looking to leave a digital footprint. The app is primed to draw business owners who own smartphones, but do not use online platforms to popularise their ventures. “We are looking at the local cab operator, the grocer, the small-time real estate developer, education companies and the like,” said Suryanarayana Kodukulla, Head of Small and Medium Businesses, Google India.
NEW DELHI: Drones, balloons or white spaces – what’s best for highspeed Internet access in rural India? That’s the choice that the government may be faced with. US technology giants are tripping over each other to get a slice of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Digital India and Smart Cities projects. In less than three months, Google and Hewlett-Packard have followed Facebook and Microsoft to queue up in government office corridors to show off their technology wares, highlighting renewed foreign investor interest as India’s economy recovers.
Lenovo reportedly will launch Chromebook models targeting the sub-US$170 segment in early 2015, a move which will further drag down profits for notebook vendors, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers. Lenovo’s Chromebooks will be powered by CPUs from China-based Rockchip Electronics and produced by China-based ODM Bitland Information Technology. Additionally, Rockchip will also be responsible for the integration of the supply chain for Lenovo.
NEW DELHI: Global internet solution provider Tata Communications today said it has become authorised partner for Google Cloud Platform. Under the terms of this agreement, Google’s new service, Google Cloud Interconnect will connect with Tata Communications’ IZO Public platform that enables companies to set up their cloud computing facility.
Google has announced an innovative platform to make non-English users more comfortable in using Internet. The Indian Language Internet Alliance (ILIA), which is a partnership between leading Indian technology and content companies, will encourage the Indian regional language content online. Google expressed they are hopeful that this initiative will bring 300 million Indian users will start using the Internet in the next three years.
Search giant Google announced the creation of a new Hindi-language website in an ambitious bid to add 300 million Indian Internet users by 2017 and bridge the country’s linguistic digital divide. The website, http://www.hindiweb.com, new Hindi-language voice-search and Hindi keyboard are part of Google’s push to incorporate more Indian languages into content in the next few years. Google said nearly all of India’s 198 million English speakers are already online.
Quanta Computer reportedly has received new orders from Google for servers recently and will start supplying in the first quarter of 2015, according to industry sources. Quanta declined to comment on its orders. Quanta had been the sole server supplier for Google’s databank center before the search engine company switched about 80% of its orders to Inventec in the second half of 2014. Quanta’s new server orders are likely to account for 50% of Google’s total purchases of servers in early 2015, the sources estimated.