Google asked to remedy concerns over alleged abuse of its dominance

By James Robinson, Associate Analyst, Regulatory Telecoms, Ovum

After more than 18 months of investigation, the EC has presented Google with its concerns over the search engine’s business practices. European commissioner for competition Joaquin Almunia has written to Google’s executive chairman Eric Schmidt outlining the EC’s concerns and requesting that Google provide appropriate remedies.

The letter follows an antitrust investigation into the company that began in late 2010, having been prompted...

By Ovum Research, 03 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Google, Government.

New Google TV to launch in Europe, but will it be worth it?

Google’s “all-new” TV offering is being rolled out in Europe next month, marking what the search giant will hope is a vastly improved version of their previous attempt at smart TV.

Google, in partnership with Sony, will release the NSZ-GS7 internet player as well as the NSZ-GS9 Blu-ray player to provide a Google smart TV service outside the United States for the first time.

As a result the technology will be available both in-built and as a...

By James Bourne, 25 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Google, Smart TV.

107m Americans now own a smartphone, says comScore

comScore released data on the key trends within the U.S. mobile phone industry during the three month average period ending April 2012. Their latest market study surveyed more than 30,000 U.S. mobile network service subscribers. They confirmed, once again, that Samsung continues to be the top handset manufacturer overall, with 25.9% market share. Google Android also continued to grow its share in the U.S. smartphone market, accounting for 50.8% of smartphone subscribers, while Apple captured 31.4%. For the three-month average period...

By David H. Deans, 14 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Google, N America, Smartphones.

Google Apps for Business clears ISO security audit

Google Apps for Business has cleared a key security hurdle by achieving ISO 27001 certification, which it hopes will persuade large businesses that it’s safe to move crucial data and processes to its cloud.

The award was announced on Google’s blog this week by Eran Feigenbaum, Google’s enterprise director of security.

Instead of being a barrier, security is now becoming a reason that businesses switch to the cloud, he wrote. “The reason for this shift is that businesses are beginning...

By Matt Henkes, 30 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Google, Security.

Google finalises Motorola deal by bringing in own CEO

Google hasn’t wasted any time in stamping their mark on the newly-acquired Motorola Mobility, with Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha “stepping down” to be replaced by “long-time Googler” Dennis Woodside.

Woodside had previously been president of Google’s Americas region, as well as overseeing the acquisition of Motorola, and has already set about hiring his own management staff.

Jha will continue to work with Google through the initial...

By James Bourne, 23 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Google, N America.

Google: Can it be Everything to Everyone?

Google is the new Microsoft but boy are they faster than Redmond ever was. Part of the reason has to do with the search engine leader’s access to the eyeballs of almost every human on earth via its home page but another reason for the blistering speed of the company has to do with the speed of innovation – which I recently described as (Moore’s Law*Metcalfe’s Law)/Patent Lawsuit Activity.

What we saw happen to Microsoft is telling. As they expanded into market after market like IPTV...

By Rich Tehrani, 30 January 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Google, Industry, Mobile.

Google shares fall on disappointing results

Google shares plummeted yesterday following news that the search giant’s performance for Q4 2011 had come in below predictions.

Despite reporting a 27% increase in revenue, Google shares fell by 10%. In the last three months of 2011, it reported revenues of $10.6bn, with net profit increasing by 6.4% to $2.7bn.

Meanwhile, Microsoft posted flat earnings, reporting $6.62bn over the quarter, following strong business demand for software and services and a successful Christmas period for the Xbox games...

By Matt Henkes, 20 January 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Google, Industry.

Will Companies Be Forced into Google+?

A month or so ago, Google started to integrate corporate Google+ results into its SERPs or search engine results pages. On the one hand this isn’t such a surprising move as a few days after my Google+ personal page went live it showed up in a Google alert for my name.

The potential challenge here is with this new search result behavior Google may be using its near-monopoly in search to take over another market – namely social networking. While the...

By Rich Tehrani, 24 December 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Google, Government.

British Telecom files patent lawsuit against Google services and Android

Google is facing a lawsuit against British Telecom for infringing 6 US patents that are worth billions of dollars in total.

Google Maps, Google Search, Google Music and the Android operating system are among the services that have been accused of infringing BT's patents and face being sued by the telecoms giant.

This may result in the search company having to pay royalties to BT from each handset sold and products used.

According to FOSS Patents, the lawsuit was filed on Thursday with a US District Court in Delaware, seeking damages...

By Dani Millward, 19 December 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Google, Industry, N America.