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Google Asks FCC for Four 6-MHz Unlicensed Channels in 600 MHz Band

March 7, 2014 3:26 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

According to a filing, Google specifically requests unlicensed spectrum use in “any guard band separating broadcast and LTE licensees; any duplex gap separating LTE uplink and downlink operations; the reserved wireless microphone channels on a shared basis with wireless microphone users; and Channel 37 on a shared basis with WMTS and radio astronomy users.”

Friday Flick: A Project Ara Update

February 28, 2014 10:17 am | by Wireless Week Staff | Videos | Comments

This week a Time profile revealed that Google’s modular handset initiative, Project Ara, could yield a $50 smartphone within a year or so. In this recent video update, project head Paul Eremenko and others involved talk about the direction in which Project Ara is heading. We’re still far from owning a modular handset but, considering the success of the Lego Movie, people could be in the mood for building their own smartphones.

Google’s Project Ara Modular Smartphone Could Start at $50

February 27, 2014 10:46 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Google washed its hands of Motorola and handset hardware in general but Project Ara, the company’s modular phone effort, is still in the works and could produce a $50 smartphone by next year. That entry-level Ara device would feature only Wi-Fi, forgoing a cellular connection to drive down cost, according to TIME. But because of the device’s modular design, upgrades would be available via self-service channels.

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Woodside Leaving Motorola, Heading to Dropbox

February 13, 2014 1:50 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Motorola Mobility CEO Dennis Woodside has confirmed that he's leaving the company and heading to cloud storage provider Dropbox. In an open letter posted on Motorola's website, Woodside said he will step down at the end of March and move to a position as Chief Operating Officer at Dropbox. 

Internet Firms Release Data on NSA Requests

February 4, 2014 10:38 am | by Michael Liedtke, Associated Press; Stephen Braun, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Major technology firms have released new data on how often they are ordered to turn over customer information to the government for secret national security investigations, resulting in the collection of data on thousands of Americans. That release came after the companies were freed by a recent legal deal with government lawyers.

Google, Cisco Sign Patent Cross-Licensing Agreement

February 4, 2014 10:18 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Google and Cisco have signed a “long-term” patent cross-licensing agreement. The companies said the agreement will increase the value taken from their respective portfolios and, more importantly, diffuse some of the risk for future litigation. Google’s new agreement with Cisco comes shortly after the company entered similar agreements with Samsung and Ericsson related to GSM, UMTS, and LTE standards for both networks and handsets.

Google's 4Q Earnings Rise 17 Pct but Ad Rates Fall

January 30, 2014 4:45 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google's fourth-quarter earnings rose 17 percent even though a long-running slump in its online ad prices deepened. The performance announced Thursday indicates that Google is still struggling to close the gap between the rates for ads shown on mobile devices and those on personal computers.

Lenovo Third-Largest Smartphone Vendor with $3B Motorola Buy

January 30, 2014 10:01 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Google Wednesday announced that Lenovo has agreed to acquire Mototola's handset division for $2.91 billion, a fraction of the $12.4 billion Google paid for the business back in 2011. According to a press release the purchase price includes $1.41 billion paid at close, comprised of $660 million in cash and $750 million in Lenovo ordinary shares.

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Gov't, Internet Companies Reach Deal on Disclosure

January 28, 2014 10:29 am | by Jesse J. Holland, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Technology companies and privacy advocates are praising a new government compromise that will allow the Internet's leading companies to disclose more information about how often they are ordered to turn over customer information to the government in national security investigations.

Google Hopes Designer Frames Will Sharpen Glass

January 28, 2014 10:05 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google is adding prescription frames and new styles of detachable sunglasses to its computerized, Internet-connected goggles known as Glass. The move comes as Google Inc. prepares to make Glass available to the general population later this year.

Ericsson, Google, Samsung Sign License Agreements to Ease Patent Spats

January 27, 2014 9:39 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Ericsson, Google and Samsung are looking to play nice by signing cross-license agreements that will put many of their existing arguments to rest. According to a press, Ericsson has agreed to a cross-license agreement with Samsung that covers patents relating to GSM, UMTS, and LTE standards for both networks and handsets. 

Woman to Testify Against Google Glass Citation

January 16, 2014 8:57 am | by Julie Watson, Associated Press | News | Comments

A California woman believed to be the first cited for wearing Google's computer-in-an-eyeglass while driving says she was within her rights and violated no law. The case to be tried Thursday in a San Diego traffic court could help shape future laws on wearable technology as it goes mainstream.

Google Buying Nest for $3.2 Billion

January 13, 2014 5:36 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Google today announced its intent to buy Nest Labs, makers of the Nest Learning Thermostat, for $3.2 billion in cash. The transaction is expected to close within the next few months following regulatory approvals. Nest CEO Tony Fadell will remain in place following the completion of the acquisition.

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First News Briefs: Google, Sunpartner, Bitcasa, Samsung, Novatel

January 7, 2014 10:45 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Google has teamed up with automotive and technology leaders Audi, GM, Honda, Hyundai and Nvidia to form the Open Automotive Alliance (OAA), a global alliance aimed at accelerating auto innovation with an approach that offers openness, customization and scale.

Eric Schmidt's Prognostications for 2014

December 30, 2013 10:28 am | Videos | Comments

Ex Google CEO Eric Schmidt shares some pointed expectations for the coming year in this video from Bloomberg and key to his message is that "mobile has won." Check out just exactly how Schmidt thinks mobile will change industry and society in the coming year. 

Google Offers TV Signal Study for FCC Incentive Auction

December 19, 2013 10:10 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Google and Broadcom are offering to study television power in different markets as the FCC investigates the necessity for a guard band in its upcoming broadcast incentive auctions. Google acknowledged in an ex parte filing that a guard band between LTE and broadcast signals is being considered ahead of the FCC’s 600 MHz incentive auction, scheduled for mid-2015.

US Lawmakers Ask Trade Czar to Stem Data Threats

December 16, 2013 9:18 am | by Marcy Gordon, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of Congress want the Obama administration to demand that U.S. allies back away from proposed restrictions on international data transmissions, saying those actions could hurt U.S. companies. Some nations are seeking to tighten the flow of data after reports this fall of the National Security Agency conducting massive information-gathering efforts abroad.

Wireless Week's Top 25 Headlines of 2013: Episode 3 (15-11)

December 11, 2013 3:00 pm | Videos | Comments

In this five part video series, Wireless Week editors Andrew Berg and Ben Munson will count down the top headlines of 2013. Be sure to catch each installment, as we make our way through all the biggest news events from the past year! 

Gift Guide: Navigating Maze of Phone, Plan Choices

December 11, 2013 9:35 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — So you're ready to buy a new smartphone for your loved one. Which do you choose? Before you do anything, you have to decide whether to buy the phone outright or go the traditional route of buying a carrier-subsidized one with a two-year service contract.

Tech Giants Call for Controls on Gov't Snooping

December 9, 2013 9:57 am | by Danica Kirka, Associated Press | News | Comments

LONDON (AP) — Eight major technology companies have joined forces to call for tighter controls on government surveillance, issuing an open letter Monday to President Barack Obama arguing for reforms in the way the U.S. snoops on people.

Woman Fights Ticket for Driving with Google Glass

December 4, 2013 9:52 am | by Justin Pricthard, Associated Press | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California woman pleaded not guilty Tuesday to what is believed to be the first traffic citation alleging a motorist was using Google's computer-in-an-eyeglass. The device, known as Google Glass, features a thumbnail-size transparent display above the right eye.

Wallet Failure at Register 9 and Other Empty Promises of NFC

December 3, 2013 4:37 pm | by Andrew Berg | Blogs | Comments

The mobile wallet: It's not there yet, it's not there yet, it's not there yet. Let me repeat: The mobile wallet is NOT THERE YET, and NFC is not going to save it. In fact, let me go a bit further and say that the mobile wallet may never arrive in any meaningful way, at least as it’s being conceived right now. 

Apple's iOS Accounts for 28% of Online Traffic on Black Friday

December 2, 2013 9:50 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

What would a Black Friday report be if it didn't compare iOS and Android? According to IBM's Black Friday Benchmark report, Apple iOS traffic reached 28.2 percent of all online traffic, compared to 11.4 percent for Android, and iOS sales reached 18.1 percent of all online sales, compared to 3.5 percent for Android.

Budget Moto G Hits U.S. in Time for Holidays

November 26, 2013 10:17 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Motorola is bringing its budget-friendly Moto G smarpthone to the United States in time for the Holidays. The Moto G comes with HSPA+ connectivity and sells for unlocked for just $179 (8GB) and $199 (16GB). Even at that low-end price, the Moto G packs many of the features associated with a high-end device...

Review: Nexus 5 Delivers Basics at Great Price

November 21, 2013 3:51 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

You don't get a lot of frills with Google's new Nexus 5 phone. There's no fingerprint reader, no waterproof covering, no sensor to detect eye movement or hand gestures. What you get is an Android phone that's very good at the basics — for an excellent price.

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