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.
Google Hoping to Glue Its Mobile Wallet Back Together
Google is seeking help from its carrier and hardware partners to revitalize its flagging Google Wallet service. According to sources cited by the Wall Street Journal, Google is waving more cash in front of network operators to feature the app on their Android smartphones.
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.
Google Wireless Service May Require Nexus 6
Google's forthcoming wireless service will only be available to the Nexus 6 handset at launch, reports the Wall Street Journal. Citing sources familiar with Google's plans, the Journal says Google's wireless service will "weave together" access from T-Mobile and Sprint's cellular services, in addition to WiFi.
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 May Combine Android and Chrome By 2017
Google plans to merge its Chrome operating system with Android as soon as 2017, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing sources familiar with Google's plans. Google has already been working to bridge the Chrome-Android gap for two years and has recently made progress.
I wonder what Google has up their sleeves. Exciting.