Heard about the Internet of Things yet? If not, you soon will. Some major players, like Google, Apple and AT&T are all looking at ways to bring IoT--a "networked connection of people, processes, data and things" by Cisco's definition--to consumers. They're particularly looking to compete in the home. FierceWirelessTech 's Monica Alleven takes a deeper look at the next generation of networking in this special report.
In the next few weeks Google and its partners will expand the search giant's Android One phone initiative beyond India to the neighboring countries of Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka. The world's first Android One phone was unveiled in September for around $105, and the wider program represents Google's most intensive effort yet to not only expand Android to entry-level phones in emerging markets also to control the user experience.
The buzz around the connected car has increased lately--nearly every major car OEM has a connected car strategy and roadmap for the future. And car makers are even beginning to tout their in-car connectivity to consumers through television ads and marketing campaigns with the goal of calling attention to the advantages of driving a connected car.
Google is developing a version of its Android software that would be built directly into the consoles of cars, obviating the need to have a smartphone connect to the car's infotainment system, according to a Reuters report.
It may not have quite the punch of Apple's iPhone 6 launch, but BlackBerry's attempt to re-ignite interest in its platform by bringing out an updated version of one of its most popular smartphone designs got some surprising reactions from app developers.
Google Fiber has delayed an announcement about where it will extend its 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) data and video services until "early next year," according to various reports.
Will Google and Apple Continue to vie for the connected home, or will someone else emerge triumphant? How well positioned is AT&T to grab market share? Can Cisco conquer the world with its Internet of Everything analytics? Find out in this special report.
Lawyers for Google are going to try to persuade a federal judge on Thursday to toss out an antitrust suit that claims Google forces its Android hardware partners to use Google Search, Maps and other services as default applications. Google contends that agreements it strikes with companies like Samsung Electronics and HTC on Android that include those provisions are not anti-competitive.
Cisco projects that the Internet of Everything--which it defines as the networked connection of people, processes, data and things--will generate $19 trillion in value between 2013 and 2022. Given the colossal nature of the IoT and activity buzzing around the industry, FierceWirelessTech decided to take a closer look at some of the companies making the biggest waves, querying a handful of industry analysts for their take on which ones to watch in 2015. You can read the full report here.
So much for machine-to-machine (M2M) communications--that part of the wireless industry that used to get knocked for its low average revenue per unit (ARPU) tendencies. Now it's the Internet of Things (IoT), a colossal category that not only includes M2M but also every other kind of thing imaginable, from toothbrushes to cars, and it promises to brings lots of revenues.