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.
NEW DELHI: Google search has answers to most of your questions. But not all. If Amitabh Kumar Singhal succeeds in making the ‘Star Trek computer’ he set out to build, it just might. At Google, the 46-year old India-born executive is the search czar. Google fields over 100-billion search queries every month, a service which generated most of its $55 billion (Rs 3.3 lakh crore) revenue in 2013. In India, there is also another important target on his mind-—helping increase the number of internet users to 500 million by 2017.
NEW DELHI: Internet search giant Google plans to tie up with smartphone makers in India to install its Hindi keyboards on the devices that will be sold to millions of users who know the language, the most widely spoken in the country. The partnerships, which will be similar to the Indian Language Internet Alliance (ILIA) announced on Monday, will also allow the Hindi keyboard to be available through software updates on existing smartphones, making it easier for mobile phone users to type out emails and messages in the local language.
Stressing the need for Indian language content on the Internet, Google’s India MD, Rajan Anandan has today announced the Indian Language Internet Alliance. Anandan also said that Google aims to get 500 million internet users in India by 2017. In an effort to promote local language content on the internet, Google also announced its Hindi Voice Search. It also launched the website hindiWeb.com, which shall offer curated content in Hindi.
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.
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.
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.