Google to help empower app developers, from Korea

KoreaGoogle Korea said Thursday it will continue to provide diverse solutions to help app developers more effectively promote their applications and attract new users. “There is plethora of apps out there, but the key is to create more users from the developers’ perspective,” said Jonathan Alferness, a product management director at Google.

Google Capital goes overseas, will set up shop in India

IndiaThe late-stage fund, which was first announced almost exactly one year ago today, is set to open its first office outside the United States, according to a report out from the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday. The country it has chosen: India. Beyond that, details are sketchy right now. There is no time frame for opening the office, it is unknown which city it will be based in, nor did the firm disclose how much funding will be available for investing in startups in the country.

Digitimes Research: Google to finish 2-in-1 Chromebook development in 1Q15

TaiwanGoogle is planning to push 2-in-1 devices in 2015, according Digitimes Research’s inquiries within the upstream supply chain. Google’s 2-in-1 Chromebook designed by Quanta Computer is expected to be completed by the end of the first quarter. The device features a detachable form factor and runs Android in the tablet form and Chrome when attached to a keyboard.

Google brings in PE subsidiary to capitalise on Indian startup boom

IndiaBENGALURU: Google is setting up its growth capital arm in India to double down on startup investing as it turns bullish on fast-growing local emerging companies that have drawn attention from big investors across the world. Google Capital will hire a team and invest in growth-stage companies in India, a market in which investors ranging from Japanese communications group SoftBank to Chinese ecommerce giant Alibaba have recently made big bets. “It made a lot of sense to focus a lot of attention here now,” David Lawee, partner at Google Capital told ETin an exclusive interview.

Google to cultivate digital advertising talent in Taiwan

TaiwanGoogle will begin to implement its Digital Mars Initiative, a plan to cultivate young digital marketing professionals in Taiwan, in March 2015, according to Google Taiwan managing director Chien Lee-feng. Google will allow new university or college graduates to register for free training courses on Google AdWord certification provided by Google in March and select 1,200 trainees for qualification examinations based on their digital marketing proposals and related experience and professional certificates beginning April, Chien said.

Google takes Android One outside India, launches handset in Indonesia

IndonesiaGoogle has taken its Android One initiative outside India with a launch in Indonesia in partnership with Spice Mobility’s local brand Nexian and two other handset makers, Evercoss and Mito.  This comes at a time when the US search giant’s Indian device partners are launching the devices in Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

Toshiba, Einfochips to develop chips for Google’s Ara modules

JapanAHMEDABAD: Techno major Toshiba in collaboration with Gujarat-based Einfochips will provide chips for Google’s revolutionary modular smartphone project, ‘Ara’, a senior company executive said here today.  “Google is designing modular smartphones in which different modules can be assembled as one smart-phone,” said senior vice president and chief technology officer, Toshiba, USA, Shardul Kazi.

Google, Naver, Daum Kakao face probe

The Korea Communications Commission (KCC) plans to inspect Google Korea and other leading location-based services (LBS) providers over data and privacy protection. It will look into the Korean offices of Google, Apple, Microsoft, Qualcomm and BMW to check their latest updates for addressing privacy concerns. The nation’s dominant web portals Naver, Daum Kakao, along with the country’s three carriers ― SK Telecom, KT and LG Uplus ― Samsung and LG Electronics, SK Energy and Hyundai Motor will all be subject to questioning about their privacy policies, said a senior official at the KCC.

Megaport Offers Interconnection Services to Google Cloud Platform as a Google Cloud Platform Authorized Technology Partner

BRISBANE, Australia, Jan. 19, 2015 (Antara/PRNewswire) — Megaport, a leading software-based communications provider, announced today that it has become a Google Cloud Platform Authorized Technology Partner to offer interconnection services to Google Cloud Platform. With GCI enabled, Megaport users and affiliates will be able to reach the Google Cloud Platform via Enterprise-grade connections to Google’s network edge, from wherever their data or their consumers reside.

CyanogenMod Now Available for Android One Smartphones

CyanogenMod, a free, community built distribution of Android, will now be available for all Android One smartphone owners, in a new update to the ROM. It is another move by CyanogenMod appealing to the Indian audience, after Micromax announced an exclusive contract with CyanogenMod in India. The Micromax Yureka is the first device capable of running CyanogenMod inside India.

Google Korea ad platform empowers small business

Google Korea said Tuesday that it will seek collaboration with small and medium-sized enterprises by helping them expand into overseas markets. “Google wants to empower small businesses here in Korea, and enable them to succeed by taking them global,” said John Lee, country director of Google Korea, during a press event in Seoul.

Google introduces Flight Search in India

NEW DELHI: Google has finally introduced flight search in India. Users can search directly for flights on Google or access to find, compare and book flights. The service works on mobile devices, tablets and PCs.  The flight search gives users options to search for round trip, one way and multi-city flights. When users click on the departure date field, the service also offers a calendar with the lowest fares for the route highlighted for each day.

MediaTek to power Google audio streaming

TAIPEI–Taiwan’s MediaTek Inc. (聯發科), the leading chip supplier for Chinese smartphones, said Tuesday it is collaborating with Google Inc. on a home audio streaming technology that enables users to access music quickly and easily. MediaTek’s audio system-on-chip (SoC), MT8507, will allow consumers to connect with Google Cast Ready speakers and sound bars from personal devices such as iPhones, iPads, Android smartphones and tablets, MacBook laptops and Windows PCs using Google Cast Ready apps, the company said in a press release.

CommonFloor joins Freshdesk in Google Capital portfolio. Here’s what it means to the Indian startups

Google Capital today announced its second investment in India – real estate portal CommonFloor, a tech-based disruptor in this space which is poised for take-off. Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee graduates Sumit Jain and Lalit Mangal started CommonFloor in December 2007 with another techie friend Vikas Malpani. Initially, it was meant to be an online space where people living in apartment complexes could collaborate to solve problems.

Report: Google Plans $66M Taiwan Data Center Investment

Google is planning to invest an additional $66.4 million into its data center in Taiwan’s Changhua County, one of two Google data centers in Asia. A government investment commission announced it approved the Mountain View, California-based Internet giant’s investment proposal in late December, Focus Taiwan reported. Local press reported that the company was planning a major data center expansion at the site in October.

Google ready to help India implement PM Modi’s “Digital India” initiative

NEW DELHI: Google is ready to help India implement Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Digital India” initiative, and the government has a well laid out plan to realise it, said Google’s Chief Internet Evangelist Vinton G. Cerf. Cerf was speaking at a seminar organised by Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry ( FICCI) here on Tuesday. “It is very clear that the private sector is going to have to play a major role, but it won’t work unless basic infrastructure that government proposes to bring in is put into place,” he said, adding that Google was in “early stage of discussion” to discuss ways to increase Internet penetration in the country.

Chromebooks get larger, faster with Acer’s Chromebook 15

Acer is supersizing chromebooks, offering the world’s first Chrome OS laptop with a 15.6-inch screen. The Chromebook 15 is also the first device in the category with a processor based on Intel’s latest Broadwell circuit design. Starting at US$249.99, the laptop will offer eight hours of battery life and be among the fastest chromebooks available.

China’s state-run media tells citizens to ‘accept’ Gmail block

The Chinese state-run publication Global Times today told citizens to “accept the reality of Gmail being suspended in China” while simultaneously lashing out at Western media for concluding that the Communist government was behind the outage. Traffic to Gmail servers from Chinese IP addresses dropped sharply four days ago, the block apparently put in place by the Chinese government, according to Internet performance vendor Dyn Research, as communications reached Hong Kong. All Gmail traffic to and from China goes through Hong Kong.

Chinese paper blames Google over Gmail blocking

BEIJING: Internet giant Google’s unwillingness to obey Chinese law is to blame for the shutdown of its hugely popular email service, state-run media said Tuesday (Dec 30) after the last easy way to access Gmail was apparently blocked. “China welcomes the company to do business on the prerequisite that it obeys Chinese law; however Google values more its reluctance to be restricted by Chinese law, resulting in conflict,” the Global Times said in an editorial.

Android One makes its debut in Bangladesh with Symphony Roar

Bangladeshi phone maker Symphony Mobile, in partnership with Banglalink and Google, unveiled the Symphony Roar A50, a budget smartphone which runs on Android One. Priced at BDT 8,700 (US$111), the Symphony Roar is the first ever Android One phone made in Bangladesh. The phone is available for pre-registration on the Banglalink website and sales are expected to start sometime in mid-January.