Google Asks FCC for Permission to Use 2.5GHz Spectrum
Google has filed a request with the Federal Communications Commission seeking permission to run an experimental wireless network around its Mountain View, Calif., headquarters. The request mentions the 2524GHz to 2625GHz spectrum band, which is currently owned by Clearwire Corporation and is incompatible with the bulk of existing phones and tablets. Much of Google's request is confidential, and does not provide clues as to the purpose of this experimental network. When reached for comment, Google told The Wall Street Journal that it often "experiments with new things." Clearwire declined to comment. This is not the first time Google has sought to run a test network around its headquarters. In 2007, Google had an operational test network that it used to help develop the Android operating system, which launched in 2008. What's not clear is if Google's recent request with the FCC pertains to the old network it ran in 2007, or an entirely new one.
5 Most Important Things Google Announced At I/O
Google I/O, the search company's annual developer conference, is wrapping up after a whirlwind few days in Mountain View, Calif. Google hit attendees with a blitz of announcements centered around artificial intelligence, machine learning, and mobility.
Google Debuts 'Trusted Contacts' Personal Safety App
Google today made a new app available to Android devices that lets people share their location with others during emergencies. The app, called Trusted Contacts, simplifies the process of adding friends and family as emergency contacts.
Google Pay Arrives to Fully Replace Android Pay and Google Wallet
Google today released Google Pay, the revised payment application and service that replaces Android Pay. Google Pay encompasses most features of Google Wallet and Android Pay in a single app, allowing people to use Google Pay to make payments online and via mobile devices.
AT&T Hopes to Score Spectrum from Cellular Properties
AT&T recently filed paperwork with the FCC seeking permission to buy some Cellular A Block and microwave point-to-point spectrum from Cellular Properties Inc. The spectrum in question covers 11 counties and parts of two Cellular Market Areas in Illinois.
I wonder what Google has up their sleeves. Exciting.