Google seeking new partners for nexy generation Nexus phones; China vendors may prevail #cloud #cloudcomputing #google #nexus #china

China.gifGoogle 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.


S. Korea grabs Google’s first Asian ‘campus’

KoreaSEOUL: 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.

CCI probe against Google in four cases: Jaitley, from India

IndiaNEW 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.

Google Play helps Chinese developers sell apps overseas

ChinaAlthough 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.

Thanks to China, Android apps now make more money than iOS apps

ChinaA 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.

Five tech companies helping relief and rescue efforts in Nepal

NepalNothing quite unites mankind like natural disasters. Be it nations or corporations. Much like the Japan Earthquake and more recently the Uttrakhand floods, technology companies have once again stepped up to assist relief and rescue efforts in Nepal after it was shattered by a 7.9 magnitude earthquake. From the biggies like Google and Facebook to new-age internet companies like Viber and Uber, tech firms have come up with a host of initiatives to find missing people and get in touch with them.  Thumbs up to tech with a conscience, we say!

Google, Facebook help families, friends locate loved ones

NepalNEW DELHI: At a time when Nepal and parts of India have been convulsed by a devastating earthquake, modern web technology is turning out to be a boon as distressed family members are able to locate their loved ones. Social networking website Facebook, and Google’s Person Finder have helped locate the whereabouts of those stranded in quake-hit areas. For instance, members of one Himmatramka family residing in Birgunj in Nepal marked themselves safe on Facebook. “Our relatives back in India were worried about our safety. So, we marked ourselves safe to inform them,” said Nitesh Himmatramka.

Google launches Person Finder for Nepal earthquake

NepalNEW DELHI: The world’s top search engine Google has launched a Person Finder tool to help the victims of earthquake in Himalayan Kingdom of Nepal. The web application is aimed to help people gather and relay information about those affected by the devastation. The web application is aimed at helping individuals to post details of and search for the status of family members or friends affected by the earthquake.

Google raises cloud storage transfer fees, from AU

AustraliaGoogle will start charging for data transfers between regions and continents from July this year, bucking a recent trend that has seen cloud storage providers slash their pricing.  Starting July 15, data transferred between buckets (the basic containers that hold all customer data) located on the same continent but in different regions will cost US$0.01 per gigabyte. Buckets located in different continents will also be subject to data egress rates from July.,google-raises-cloud-storage-transfer-cost.aspx

Google may set up cache server in India

IndiaNEW DELHI: Google is considering setting up a caching, or mirror, server in India which will enable the Internet major to throw up search results quicker and YouTube videos to load faster in the country which is going through a data explosion, thanks to surging smartphone sales. The US search giant has had initial discussions with fibre manufacturer Sterlite Technologies to co-locate the servers wherever the Indian company’s fibre network is being created, Anand Agarwal, chief executive of the Vedanta Group company, told ET.

Google in talks with Hutchison 3G for free international roaming

Hong KongGoogle is reportedly in talks with Hong Kong-based conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa, the owner of the international wireless carrier 3, to offer free international roaming for its users in the US wherever there is a 3 network, reports the Beijing News. Hutchison Whampoa has been considering eliminating the long existing international roaming fees for some time while Google said previously that it will establish a global network charging the same fee for phone use and text messages services wherever users are.

Apple, Google, Microsoft defend tax structure in Australia

AustraliaSYDNEY: Global technology giants Apple, Google and Microsoft defended their corporate tax structures at an Australian parliamentary hearing, rebuffing allegations they were designed to shift profits offshore to avoid paying taxes.  The three firms also told the upper house Senate inquiry into corporate tax avoidance, which held its first day of hearings in Sydney, that they were among 12 technology companies being audited by the Australian Taxation Office.

Asustek set to become Google’s top OEM partner

TaiwanTaiwanese electronics manufacturer Asustek is to become Google’s closest partner given its full Chrome-series products including laptops, desktop PCs, and the new HDMI sticks called Chromebit, reports our Chinese-language sister paper Commercial Times. The company launched a Chromebook known as the Chromebook Flip at the beginning of April. It is a convertible laptop and tablet allowing users to bend the 10.1-inch touchscreen and use the laptop as tablet. Chromebook Flip uses a Rockchip processor and will be available before the end of June with prices starting at US$249.

Google Freezes Chinese Websites And Certificate Authority

China.gifThousands of Chinese websites will soon be marked unsafe by Google’s Chrome browser. Adam Langley, a Google security engineer, says, “On Friday, March 20th, we became aware of unauthorized digital certificates for several Google domains. The certificates were issued by an intermediate certificate authority apparently held by a company called MCS Holdings. This intermediate certificate was issued by CNNIC.”

Chinese web-surfers may face problems using Mozilla Firefox

ChinaBEIJING: Mozilla, creator of the popular Firefox web browser, said on Thursday it would follow Google and no longer recognize new certificates of trust issued by a Chinese internet agency. Google’s Chrome and Mozilla’s Firefox are some of the world’s most widely used browsers, and the moves could disrupt users accessing a broad range of Chinese web sites.

Google and Mozilla decide to ban Chinese certificate authority CNNIC from Chrome and Firefox

ChinaGoogle and Mozilla have announced that their browsers will stop trusting all digital certificates issued by the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC), China’s main digital certificate authority. The decision follows last week’s newsfrom Google, which said on March 20 it discovered unauthorized digital certificates for several of its domains. Google found that the certificates were issued by Egypt-based MCS Holdings, an intermediate certificate authority that CNNIC allowed to operate.

Asustek, Acer launch Chrome devices

TaiwanComputer suppliers Asustek Computer Inc (華碩) and Acer Inc (宏碁) are deepening their collaboration with Google Inc, with plans to start shipping new Chrome-based computers and devices this quarter. The two Taiwanese firms are some of the global PC brands that have been working with the US search engine giant to design lightweight laptops running on the Chrome operating system since 2011, as Google steps up its challenge to Microsoft Corp in the market for low-priced computers.

Google to help Taiwan banks nurture digital marketing talent

TaiwanGoogle has partnered with Taiwan’s commercial and job banks to help them train digital marketing talent and the company is looking to nurture 2,000 marketing staff via a series of programs. Since almost 70% of consumers in Taiwan would check Internet evaluation before making purchases online and over 70% of enterprises see that digital advertising has become a key method to attract demand, marketing personnel with expertise on Internet promotions have become important resources for companies.

Genetic profiler MapMyGenome raises $1.1M from Google India MD, other angels

IndiaMapMyGenome, a Hyderabad-based startup that screens your DNA for disease markers, has raised US$1.1 million in a pre-series A round of funding from Google India MD Rajan Anandan and other angel investors. The others include CMS Computers MD Aarti Grover, Hive Technologies MD Arihant Patni, and Singapore Angel Network CEO Satveer Singh Thakral.

Google’s Pichai on Xiaomi, Cyanogen and the Apple Watch

ChinaIn a wide-ranging discussion on stage at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Monday, Google senior vice president Sundar Pichai offered his views on lots of issues at the heart of the mobile telecommunications industry. He used the time to confirm Google’s plans to launch a mobile carrier in the U.S. and gave an update on progress of its ambitious Project Loon and Project Titan airborne Internet experiments.