Taiwan-based Google Play app developers double in 2 years

TaiwanDigi Times — The number of Taiwan-based app developers registered on Google Play increased by 200% in the past two years, while the money spent by users outside Taiwan for applications developed by Taiwan developers grew 250% in 2014, according to Karim Temsamani, president of Google Asia Pacific.


Google ready to test Project Loon in Indonesia, bringing wifi to remote areas

IndonesiaEarlier today, Google’s parent company Alphabet announced its high-flying Project Loon has partnered with Indonesia’s three largest telcos to start countrywide testing. It will deliver internet access in rural areas at the beginning of next year.


Redesigned Google Play Store now rolling out to users, from IN

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: It appears that the redesigned version of Google Play Store is now being rolled out to Android devices. The development was originally reported by the folks at Android Central who have already received the update. This follows Google engineer Kirill Grouchnikov spilling the beans on the Play Store on mobile getting a big visual overhaul.


Google buys stake in $300 million China startup Mobvoi

ChinaBEIJING: Google will take a minority stake in Beijing-based artificial intelligence firm Mobvoi as part of a $75 million fundraising round, the startup said on Tuesday, as the US search giant tries to rebuild its presence in China. Mobvoi works on artificial intelligence (AI) voice-controlled software, like that used in Google’s Android products for mobile search, and also develops hardware like smart watches. Google’s parent company is now named Alphabet.


It’s Apple vs Samsung vs Google this Diwali

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Smartphone heavyweights Samsung Electronics, Apple and Google are set to engage in a battle royale over the next few months to capture a larger share of premium phone users, with their latest models breathing new life into the high-end segment.


Google to set up Wi-Fi in 400 Indian railway stations

IndiaMIS Asia — Google is to provide high-speed public Wi-Fi in 400 Indian railway stations that carry millions of passengers every day, giving the company an important headway in the country. The Internet giant is working with the Indian Railways and RailTel, a government-owned provider of telecommunications infrastructure to the railways, to initially cover 100 of the busiest stations in India before the end of 2016.


Google India confirms Nexus 5X, 6P launch date

IndiaNEW DELHI: It’s official! Google’s new Nexus phones are arriving in India on October 13. In line with rumours, the search giant has sent invites to the media for an event scheduled next Tuesday, where it’s expected to unveil Nexus devices. The same is also apparent from the Android bot featured in the invite. The pricing of the two phones was already online thanks to a slip up on Google Play Store. Flipkart has also started teasing the Nexus 6P on its website.


China’s Huawei rides Google coattails into new markets

China.gifShanghai Daily — WITH a partnership to make one of Google’s flagship Nexus smartphones, Chinese tech giant Huawei is gaining new prominence which could help its efforts to win broader global consumer appeal. Huawei was tapped this week to produce the Nexus 6P, one of two handsets unveiled this week by Google to showcase its Android mobile operating system.


This Google project impressed PM Narendra Modi

IndiaTimes of India — WASHINGTON: Impressed by Google’s flagship Project Loon — that takes internet to the remote and inaccessible areas — Prime Minister Narendra Modi believes this has multiple uses like long distance education, rural schools and telemedicine, officials said. He was given a briefing about Loon during his tour to the Google headquarters in the Silicon Valley over the weekend.


Equinix (EQIX) Helps to Build FASTER Marine Internet Cable

APACNASDAQ — Data center company, Equinix Inc. has scaled a new level of technological success in the field of subsea communications by backing the development of a high-speed underwater cable network between the U.S. and Asia.  The company will help to build the fiber-optic cable system, FASTER, on the Trans-Pacific route connecting the U.S. and Japan. As is evident from the name of the project, the latest subsea cable system can support channel rates of 60Tb/s.


India fastest growing startup nation: Sundar Pichai

IndiaTimes of India — SAN JOSE: India will play a big part in driving technology forward in the future, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said on Sunday as he praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for accelerating India’s effort to become the next global hot bed of innovation and entrepreneurship. Driving technology forward would really improve people’s lives in India and all around the world, Pichai said.


PM Narendra Modi’s speech at Digital India dinner in Silicon Valley: Full text and video

IndiaIndia — Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the Digital India and Digital Technology Dinner in Silicon Valley, California on September 26. He met with global technology chief executive officers (CEOs) at the summit, some of whom were India. Modi began his speech by thanking the CEOs present, including Google CEO Sunder Pichai and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. Some tech leaders also announced India-specific projects like free Wi-Fi at 500 railway stations by Google, and Microsoft’s cloud platform plans.


Google Play Gift Cards now available in India

IndiaNEW DELHI: Following the launch of Google Play prepaid vouchers in June, Google has announced the rollout of physical gift cards in retail outlets across India. Google Play Gift cards will be available in 3 denominations Rs 750, Rs 1000 and Rs 1500 via retail stores of Spice Hotspot, Vijay Sales, Planet M, Planet Mobile and Sangeetha Mobiles. The cards can also be purchased online on Snapdeal.com as COD (cash on delivery) shipments.


Microsoft, Google and Apple promote Hindi apps

IndiaTimes of India — BHOPAL: The ongoing three-day World Hindi Conference here is turning out to be a hi-tech affair with big global brands showcasing electronic gadgets having inbuilt Hindi software and apps that can be downloaded promptly.  Representatives of Microsoft, Google, Apple and other big companies were seen jostling and competing with each other to attract people at the conference in demonstrating how their apps could be downloaded quickly in Hindi from playstore of their gadgetry.


Huawei Nexus 6 (2015) Update: Leaked Images Of Huawei’s First Laser Auto-Focus Device Shows All-Metal Build!

ChinaChina Topix — Huawei Nexus 6 is once again the subject of recently leaked images showcasing its rear fingerprint reader, laser autofocus, a bulging camera, dual front speakers, as well as its all-metal build. Google is rumored to be rolling out two Nexus devices before the end of this year. One of which will be a Nexus smartphone with 5.2-inch display made by LG, while the other will be a phablet with 6-inch display that will be manufactured by Huawei.


Google faces battle-hardened competition in return to China

ChinaWant China Times — After its dramatic withdrawal from the mainland China market five years ago, Google is ready to try again, this time on Beijing’s terms, reports the US tech news site the Information. Its first step will come in the form of a stripped-down version of Google Play, part of the Android mobile operating system platform, the report said.


Facebook, Flipkart, 28 others testify against Google India

IndiaFlipkart, Facebook, Nokia’s maps division, Makemytrip.com and several other companies have corroborated complaints that the US internet giant abused its dominant market position, in their response to queries raised by the Competition Commission of India. Based on the responses from 30 businesses spanning search, social networks, e-commerce, travel and content sites, the CCI director general last week filed a report that accuses Google of abusing its dominant position to rig search outcomes, both the actual search result as well as sponsored links.


Google finally speaks out on net neutrality, bats against zero rating

IndiaIndia Times — After being tight lipped for a few months, Google has finally spoken in the matter of net neutrality in India and it seems to be a stern no. It has asked Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI), which regulates Internet companies, to oppose zero rating. Zero Rating is a plan conceived by (cash rich) Internet operators in collaboration with telecome providers to offer apps and websites for free.


Google marks India’s Independence day with virtual tour

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: To mark India’s Independence Day, search giant Google is hosting a virtual tour featuring some of the landmarks part of India’s independence movement on Google Maps and virtual exhibits on Google Cultural Institute. It will have a special collection of images and artifacts from the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library.


Google Security: Search Engine Giant To Work With Samsung; Plans To Issue Monthly Security Updates To Fix Bugs

KoreaChina Topix — Of late, Samung smartphones, of course powered by Android are increasingly becoming the target of hackers across the globe. In a bid to combat this challenge, Google and Samsung have decided to issue monthly updates to fix security bugs in the system. The plan has come into action, specifically after a prominent security researcher developed a new hacking software that will give hackers more power to tap into the sensitive data of the phone.