Google is reportedly planning to launch a US wireless network as an MVNO. That means that the company would piggyback on existing network infrastructure instead of building out its own towers. But the idea behind Google’s foray into the Mobile Virtual Network Operator space would be for Google to help drive down the cost of mobile data for customers.
After all, the less you have to pay for mobile data, the more likely you are to use Google Search, Maps, YouTube, and other services on your phone (and to see Google ads).
The company is said to be planning to operate on Sprint and/or T-Mobile networks.
- Report: Google to become an MVNO, launch its own phone service
Google’s already a player in the US broadband industry thanks to Google fiber. Now the company apparently wants in on the wireless space. [The Information]
- MetroPCS launches $50 unlimited 4G LTE plan (on T-Mobile’s network)
Speaking of cheap data plans… [MetroPCS]
- Android benchmarking tool Antutu releases list of top performing smartphones of 2014
Take these scores with a grain of salt: some companies cheat, and some devices might not be tested at all. But at the top of hte list we see the Meizu MX4, Google Nexus 6, and Samsung Galaxy Alpha, among others. [AnTuTu]
- AARP RealPad tablet for seniors reviewed, kind of liked (for its target market)
AARP unveiled a tablet for folks over the age of 50 a few months ago, and while many whipper snappers questioned the need for such a device, it seems like it might not actually be so bad. [Mobile Geeks]
- Report: HTC’s next flagship smartphone, smartwatch coming in March
The next HTC phone will allegedly have a 20MP rear camera (take that, people who hate the company’s UltraPixel cameras!) and an UltraPixel camera on the front (doh!) [Bloomberg]
- Welcome to Liliputing, Lory Gil!
You may have noticed a new name around here over the past few days… but just in case you haven’t, well… there’s a new name around here. Tech journalist Lory Gil has joined the team and she’ll be contributing articles on a range of topics. Click the link above to check out some of her most recent contributions. [Liliputing]