Times of India — NEW DELHI: Starting Tuesday, people can see traffic information for 12 new cities, including Kolkata, Thiruvananthapuram and Bhopal, on Google Maps, a company statement here said. The other cities for which the facility would now be available are Coimbatore, Lucknow, Surat, Indore, Ludhiana, Visakhapatnam, Nagpur, Kochi and Madurai.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: People can see traffic information for 12 new cities, including Kolkata, Thiruvananthapuram and Bhopal, on Google Maps, a company statement said. Among the other cities are Coimbatore, Lucknow, Surat, Indore, Ludhiana, Visakhapatnam, Nagpur, Kochi and Madurai. This latest update to Google Maps makes traffic information available for all national highways and expressways in India, it added.
MIS-ASIA — With bottles of bubbly and a purification ceremony, a Google-backed undersea cable was given a warm welcome on a beach in Japan last week, a critical step in building the highest capacity data link in the Pacific ever created. The 9,000-kilometer FASTER cable will have a peak capacity of 60 terabytes per second (Tbps) when it enters operation next year, joining Japan with Oregon on the West Coast of the U.S.
Google has launched a Ramadan companion site created to help Muslim users organise their fasts – and feasts. Launched in time with the start of Ramadan, when one billion Muslims begin a month-long fast that breaks daily at sundown, My Ramadan Companion serves as a digital assistant and features everything from Iftar recipes (the evening meal when followers break their fast) as well as local sunrise and sunset times.
An employee from China-based Huawei revealed that the company is working on the next model of Google Nexus. This news comes amidst rumors that were already indicating at a partnership between Huawei and Google for the upcoming Nexus model. On condition of anonymity, an employee from China-based technology firm has revealed that the firm could be working on the next model of the extremely popular Google Nexus smartphone. The representative confirmed the news in a statement given toIB Times UK.
GOOGLE Inc’s recent update to Android Wear to 5.1.1, which began rolling out to all smartwatches in late May, brought about a number of new features that have given the platform a bit of a boost. One of those new features is support for more than one Android Wear smartwatch, which means that you could own two (or more) Android Wear devices and both can be synchronised with your smartphone at the same time. This may seem like overkill, but since watches are also a fashion accessory, it’s not inconceivable that consumers may actually have two or more Android Wear smartwatches to use on different occasions.
NEW DELHI: In a bid to promote paid apps in India and make it easier for users to buy apps in the country, Google has launched prepaid vouchers that can be redeemed on the company’s Play Store. In a country where may people do not have credit cards and most are wary of sharing their debit and credit card information online, Google has launched a programme that allows users to buy prepaid cash vouchers via stores using cash or any other form of payment accepted by retail stores.
Android One, a budget smartphone project initiated by Google last September, has been hindered due to the fierce competition in the budget smartphone market, especially from Chinese brands, reports Tencent’s tech news web portal. Under the project, Google has partnered with smartphone companies in developing countries. The manufacturers are responsible for hardware manufacturing and sales while Google takes charge of the preinstall and upgrade of Android system and apps. Android One smartphones are mostly priced at under US$100 and use components with a lower performance than more expensive models.
Search engine Google is reportedly in talks with Chinese phone makers on introducing its Play app store to the country, where the mobile market has recorded explosive growth, according to Shanghai’s China Business News. Sources told the newspaper that three of China’s six major handset makers–ZTE, Huawei, Coolpad, Lenovo, Vivo and Oppo–received offers from Google, which would pay US$1 for each phone that is pre-installed with a version of Google Play. “For Chinese handset makers that post thin margins, a subsidy of 6 yuan (US$1) is a lot,” said Wang Yanhui, director of Mobile China Alliance.
Taiwanese chip designer MediaTek confirmed on Monday it is developing a mobile chip for use in low-cost laptops running on Google’s Chrome operating system. The new chip is expected to hit the market by the end of this year or early next year, MediaTek president CJ Hsieh said at the company’s media and analyst cocktail party at Computex Taipei, the world’s second-largest computer trade show. MediaTek will count multiple major manufacturers of Chromebooks as its clients when their new laptops are released, said Hsieh, who cautioned that the company’s customer base in the Chromebook market would be limited initially.
Google will launch two Chromebox digital signage solutions for commercial application through cooperation with Taiwan-based AOpen in the middle of the third quarter of 2015, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers. Google announced at the end of the first quarter of 2015 the cooperation with AOpen to launch the solutions. Google originally scheduled the launch for the second quarter but has to defer it until the middle of the third quarter due to issues with product certification, the sources indicated.
Google will build a second data centre in Singapore next-door to its existing facility, with plans to have the centre operational by mid-2017. The company’s first Singaporean data centre was opened in 2013 at an estimated cost of US$120 million (A$156 million). The new data centre will bring Google’s investment in its Singaporean infrastructure to US$500 million, and investment in Asia to US$1 billion. In a blog post today, Google vice president of data centres Joe Kava said the facility would use 100 percent recycled water for its critical operations.
DELHI| BENGALURU: Google has put on hold plans to provide free data to end users in India by zero rating certain apps, due to recent public backlash against a similar initiative by Facebook and Airtel, two people familiar with the development said. The internet giant, which was in early discussions with telecom operators and applications developers to launch a zero rating platform, has now decided to take a wait and watch approach, they said. “Google has shelved the idea of any kind of zero-rating tie-up because they are very scared of the backlash which came up against (Facebook’s) Internet.org in India,” said one of them.
Google’s Chromebook team has come to Taiwan to talk with Acer and Asustek Computer as well as Quanta Computer in a bid to seek cooperation to extend marketing of Chromebooks from the education segment in North America to emerging markets, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers. The team is also negotiating plans to ship Chromebooks in the second half of 2015 and 2016, the sources said.
NEW DELHI: Only one-third of the total Indian population with access to the internet are women, says a survey conducted by Google. The survey revealed that 49% of women do not see any reason to access the internet. “While there is low awareness about the benefits of internet amongst women in India, there are many who want to get online to succeed in life,” said Sandeep Menon, country head marketing for Google India.
Google will continue to roll out its next-generation Nexus smartphones, and a number of handset vendors including Lenovo, Xiaomi Technology, Huawei and LG Electronics are likely to gear up efforts for winning the cooperation project, according to sources at Taiwan’s supply chain. But since LG has produced the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5, Google is more likely to choose China-based handset makers as new partners, either for strengthening its presence in China or supporting the development of new production partners, said the sources.
SEOUL: Google formally opened its first Asian start-up “campus” in Seoul on May 8 – a marquee-name nod to South Korea’s aspirations as a regional hub for a new generation of tech entrepreneurs. Opened by President Park Geun-Hye who has touted establishing a “creative economy” as a key policy for her administration, Campus Seoul is housed in the capital’s upscale Gangnam district which has become a focal point for the Korean start-up community.
NEW DELHI: The Competition Commission had ordered probe against Google in four different cases for alleged abuse of dominant position while it has received a combined investigation report in two cases so far, Parliament was informed today. Corporate affairs minister Arun Jaitley told the Lok Sabha that Competition Commission of India (CCI) has received four cases against Google for alleged abuse of dominant position.
Although Google Play, the Android-based app store operated by Google, has yet to enter the Chinese market officially, it has been speeding up its efforts to help developers in China export and sell their apps to Google Play users in more than 130 countries, reports the Shanghai-based China Business News. Chris Yerga, vice president of engineering and head of Google Play in the Asia Pacific, said in an interview with Chinese media that since Google announced merchant support in China, it has set up a local team to help Chinese developers enter the global market.
A new report (paywall) today from tech-focused investment bank Digi-Capital shows, for the first time, Android apps made more money than iOS apps in 2014. But before you switch to an Android-first development schedule, keep in mind that iOS apps are still far more lucrative on a per download basis. The wider proliferation of Android devices across the world means Android makes more as a gross total, despite iPhone owners spending much more on apps than their Android counterparts.