Google announced it will sell its own Wi-Fi router, the OnHub, for $199. The gadget features support for Bluetooth and the 802.15.4-based Weave standard that Google announced earlier this year for Internet of Things applications. Thus, the product could be used by Google in the future to offer additional smart home services-- an area that cable and telco operators have been playing in with their own Wi-Fi-capable modems and gateways.
Intel wants the world to know it is excited about what developers can do to bring its chipsets and technologies into more devices than just PCs, as the company expands into the Internet of Things and partners with other major technology companies.
Google's Project Ara, which is focused on creating modular smartphones consumers can customize, is delaying its pilot launch until 2016. The goal is to create smartphones that are made of different blocks that people can customize as they see fit-- for example, the wireless antenna, battery or camera.
Rumors have been spreading since May that Google is working with two OEMs to create its next Nexus-branded phones running Android M software: a 5.7-inch Huawei device and a 5.2-inch phone from LG Electronics. Now, images purporting to show the LG-made device have surfaced.
Lost in the tidal wave of news coverage this week about Google's decision to reorganize itself and split out its businesses under a holding company called Alphabet was the fate of Google's many projects under its Advanced Technology and Projects group. One of the most high-profile of those, Project Ara, indicated this week that it's not giving up on its mission of creating modular smartphones.
Wearable computing may be hard to get your head around, even for experienced developers, which is probably why so many of them are welcoming Google's new "playground" where they can see what makes a good fit.
Wireless operators now consider Wi-Fi calling to be a key part of their service offering as companies like AT&T, Sprint and Google make Wi-Fi a key part of their service offerings.
Wireless carriers are interested in offering Wi-Fi calling because it's cheaper for their customers, especially when you consider the cost of international roaming. It helps carriers provide better coverage, and they don't have to spend thousands of dollars on new base stations. Special report
Google has been testing its drone delivery program in U.S. airspace and plans further tests in rural California after striking a deal with NASA, according to a Guardian report.
Google's OTT juggernaut, YouTube, will remain a part of the company after the search engine giant reorganizes as a number of separate subsidiaries under a new holding company, Alphabet.