Network carriers have for ever whined about their inability to cash in on the riches made by mobile phone hardware and software makers when in fact they are the ones spending billions in building the infrastructure.
It now appears that the carriers have been making some money after all. PaidContent is quoting several sources to have revealed that one of the primary reasons behind the success of the Android OS – which is now being sold to 60,000 new users everyday lies in the fact that Google is sharing its advertising revenues in part with the carriers and handset makers who support the Android OS on their handsets. Interestingly, the deal is supposed to be on the inclusion of Gmail, Search and maps which are not necessarily part of the Android package.
As you may have expected, all companies in question declined to comment.
Google has called upon the human rights violations and censorship laws in China as the reason to quit the operations in China. While there have been lots of conspiracy theories woven to understand the exact reason for Google’s withdrawal from one of the major internet markets, the Mountain View based company has nevertheless earned its brownie-points for having taken the decision.
But will this push other American companies to pull out of China? At least Microsoft appears to be taking Google’s pull out as an opportunity to increase the company’s market share for Bing. A company spokesman said,
“We appreciate that different companies may make different decisions based on their own experiences and views. At Microsoft we remain committed to advancing free expression through active engagement in over 100 countries, even as we comply with the laws in every country in which we operate.”
Microsoft’s position is undersandable. Even if Redmond decides to take the courageous step, Google will forever remain in the limelight for having taken the lead in standing against censorship. As in the search engine market, here too, Microsoft would be seen as a company playing second, or perhaps the third fiddle. Besides, there is a lot of opportunity in China that Microsoft is still lured by. All these factors makes Microsoft’s position in China all the more understandable.
Dell has recently started its operations at its new India plant. On the sidelines of it, Indian Prime Minister hinted at Dell’s statements that implied that the popular hardware manufacturer could be pulling out of China owing to legal and political uncertainties.
Mr. Singh is quoted as saying,
“This morning I met the chairman of Dell Corporation. He informed me that they are buying equipment and parts worth $25 billion from China. They would like to shift to safer environment with climate conducive to enterprise with security of legal system.”
While a statement from the Indian Prime Minister cannot be taken at face value to gauge Dell’s business strategies, the move however could be interesting considering that Google and now GoDaddy have decided to cease their China operations.
Online videos have been a challenge on so many fronts – Not only do they consume more bandwidth (and cost more to maintain), they do not monetize well and are not search engine friendly. While there have been reports of companies such as Google working on scanning online videos to understand the context (and thus be able to rank them more appropriately), AOL seems to have an interesting alternate solution.
In a recently filed patent application, AOL describes a way to “study” the instant messages shared by people viewing a video and scanning this text for keywords that may be added as a metadata. This includes splitting the video itself into frames and assigning particular frame IDs. The algorithm will then study the instances of instant messages shared within a particular time since a frame of the video is displayed.
For instance, if several users watching a baseball game video type in praising a “homerun” 25 seconds into the video, the system immediately recognizes that an event associated with a keyword “homerun” has occured at a frame near the 25 second mark and associates this keyword to the video – thus helping in future searches as well as helping it index its videos better on search engines.
After two months of unveiled threats, is Google finally pulling out of China? According to sources that China Business News spoke to, the search engine giant may finally announce its plans to shut down on March 22 and shall pull out of the company by April 10.
The report also reveals that the company may announce its plans for its Chinese workforce the same day. These revelations are courtesy unnamed Chinese sales agent and Google employee that the publications refused to identify.
“Google hasn’t confirmed the April 10 date for its pullout, the newspaper cited the sales agent as saying. Tokyo-based spokeswoman for the company,Jessica Powell, declined to comment on the report.”
Earlier this month, we had reported that Google is working with Dish TV to bring a TV Listing search service that could be based on the Android operating system. Now, it appears that there is more to the story.
Acording to a story published on the New York Times, Google is working on developing an Atom powered set-top box that will could introduce us to a “Google TV” platform. According to the sources, Google may be opening the platform for third party developers to bring add-on plugins, much in the same way as third party apps are available on the Android marketplace.
Intel is assumed to be powering the devices while Sony is set to be developing the set top boxes. The report claims Logitech to be working on a compatible remote control for the platform.
None of the companies confirmed the report.
[via The NY Times
In January of this year, we had written about a Google patent application that described a way for small biz advertisers to easily create overlay ads on Youtube. Two months on, the rumor’s turned real with Youtube announcing that the website will now offer an easy way for advertisers to serve ads to their demographics.
In a blog post announcing the same, Youtube writes
“Now, any advertiser can use Display Ad Builder to turn their image ads into overlays and run a campaign on YouTube in minutes. Depending on the type of campaign an advertiser wants to run, overlays can be bought on a CPC (Cost Per Click) or CPM (Cost Per Thousand Impressions) basis, and can be matched to YouTube videos based on numerous criteria (like demographics or content categories), or even on a video by video level.”
With a lot of how-to and tutorial videos on Youtube, we expect these videos to get a lot of advertisers bidding in order to reach the customer just when they are looking for something. This can be big for Youtube. And Google.
Looks like an open sourced OS alone may not make Google Chrome OS based netbooks cheap and affordable like the MS Windows counterparts. Folks at Netbook Choice write that the netbook being envisioned by the Big G is expected to come with a lot of high end features including high resolution displays, 64GB SSD, integrated 3G modem etc. that purchasing a Windows netbook may work out to be cheaper.
While paying for a higher end device is a no-brainer, it needs to be noted that the platform does not support many ubiquitous software including Microsoft Office which means that you may be buying a higher end device that can actually do lesser.
However, support for software as this is expected to roll out as Chrome OS proliferates which will nevertheless take some time.
Google is reported to be working with Dish Networks, the second largest satellite TV provider in the US to launch a TV search service that will integrate Google search engine prowess with TV listings from Dish.
The technology is apparently being based upon Android OS and Google is expected to introduce search results from Youtube as well as monetize the service through advertisements. And the win for Dish? Who else to get a search service done from than Google itself? It is not clear if Dish stands to earn a share from ads though that appears to be a logical move.
, Business Insider
Early last month, there were reports that Google was working on an app store a-la Apple App Store in order to cater to the business customers. We are now hearing that this App Store is up and ready to launch this week.
Sources close to Mashable have revealed that Google’s Business App Store will be focused around Google Apps and is likely to launch tomorrow (Tuesday March 9).
As we had opined last time, a business app store has terrific opportunities for developers to create true value adding applications for businesses. Also considering the margins on offer, if this takes off, it could be a major coup for the Mountain View based company. What do you think?