IDC: Android, iOS Market Share Dominance Increases

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Global market shares for Android and iOS smartphones edged even higher in both 4Q and all of 2014, moving Google and Apple closer to complete market domination, according to new market research from IDC. Taken together, Android and iOS smartphones accounted for 96.3 percent of...Learn More

Samsung LoopPay Purchase Seeks Leg Up in Mobile Wallet Market

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Samsung yesterday afternoon said it has reached an agreement to acquire LoopPay, developer of mobile payment technology that converts existing point-of-sale (POS) terminals into contactless receivers. LoopPay’s approach to mobile payment has the potential to work with approximately 90% of existing POS terminals, the companies...Learn More

AT&T Vs. Google Fiber Gigabit: A Five-City Face-Off

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AT&T today launched the company’s gigabit broadband service, dubbed U-verse with GigaPower, in parts of more than five cities in the Kansas City metro area. Additionally the company said it will expand the service to Independence, Mo. and Shawnee, Kan. Google Fiber already offers or...Learn More

Sonic Gigabit Plans Not Limited to California

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Several communities in the San Francisco Bay area will be getting gigabit service from Sonic,  a local Internet service provider best known outside its home turf for two things: It’s the company that in 2011 built a gigabit test network for Google Fiber at Stanford...Learn More

Report: Multi-Screen TV Viewing Far Exceeds OTT Video Viewing

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Americans spend an average 175 hours per month engaged with a combination of multi-screen TV, four major Internet portals, YouTube and Facebook – 35 hours/month more than they spend working, according to recent Nielsen and comScore market research findings. Eighty percent of that time is...Learn More

Ring Central Integrates Cloud Communications Suite with Google for Work

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January 29, 2015 — SAN MATEO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–RingCentral, Inc. (NYSE:RNG), a leading provider of cloud business communication solutions, today announced that RingCentral Office® is now available with Google for Work, a suite of tools that includes Gmail and Google Docs. RingCentral Office® turns Google for...Learn More

Google Fiber Expansion is Here, Four Additional Markets on Tap

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Google will announce this week Google Fiber expansion plans to four additional markets, according to numerous reports, including the Wall Street Journal. The markets are all in the Southeast and include Nashville, Atlanta, Charlotte, and Raleigh. Google has not formally confirmed these reports, but has...Learn More

Smartwatch Forecast Calls for 68% Annual Growth

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Allied Market Research is forecasting extraordinary growth for the global smartwatch market – 67.6 percent compound annual growth (CAGR) – from 2014-2020. That would bring smartwatch market revenue to $32.9 billion by the end of the decade, according to Allied’s “Global Smartwatch Market – Size,...Learn More

Google and Title II: Company Sees Infrastructure Cost Benefits

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Although it was initially quiet on the topic of Net Neutrality, Google now sees at least one potential benefit of reclassifying broadband as a Title II, or telecommunications service. In a letter to the FCC sent December 30, Google Director of Communications Law Austin C....Learn More

2014’s Gigabit Network Boom: A Recap

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The gigabit network trend accelerated substantially in 2014. I took a look back at Telecompetitor’s coverage (see list below) and was astonished how many new players this year entered the market or announced plans to do so. In addition, several carriers that announced gigabit plans...Learn More

Gigabit Services: Who Has the Inside Track – Google, Telcos, Municipals, or Cable?

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The rise of Gigabit services has attracted a wealth of interest from broadband service providers of all types, both old and new. The movement began with municipal provider EPB of Chattanooga with their Chattanooga Gig initiative. Since then, Gigabit action has come from large tier...Learn More

Study Finds 1.9 Connected TV Devices Per U.S. Home

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Americans’ ownership of connected TV devices grew 5 percent quarterly and 28 percent year-over-year (YoY) in 3Q 2014 to reach 168 million units, according to Strategy Analytics’ latest USA Connected TV Device Tracker. Researchers found nearly two (1.9) connected TV devices per U.S. home. That...Learn More