Google plans to launch new wireless service

By Silky Malhotra | Published on 03 Mar 2015
  • Google confirmed plans to launch a small scale U.S. wireless service at the Mobile World Conference 2015.

Google plans to launch new wireless service

Google has confirmed plans to launch a new wireless service of its own in the coming months. The service would be small-scale and not intended to compete with the four big U.S. national carriers, stated Google's Sundar Pichai.

Sundar Pichai, senior vice president of products for Google, confirmed that the company was in talks with various wireless carriers and will be revealed "in the coming months."

Media reports had emerged earlier that Google has struck deals with Sprint and T-Mobile to resell service on their networks. The wireless service would sift through cellular connections from Sprint and T-Mobile and Wi-Fi “hot spots,” picking up the best signal for routing calls, texts and data, sources close to the project revealed. Google stated that the service aims for seamless handoffs between Wi-Fi and cell networks to prevent dropped calls and automatically re-connect them.

Google's wireless service, could potentially shake up the US wireless industry. The internet giant's Google Fiber project had forced traditional telecom and cable companies to increase speeds and cut costs.

Pichai stated, "We're trying to show innovations, like calls automatically reconnecting if someone drops on one end. Those are the kinds of ideas we're pursuing with this project."

"We don't intend to be a network operator at scale," Pichai said in a keynote address at the Mobile World Congress trade show. "We are working with carrier partners. You'll see our answer in coming months. Our goal is to drive a set of innovations we think should arrive, but do it a smaller scale, like Nexus devices, so people will see what we're doing."

Google announced Android Pay at the MWC 2015 which is an API framework, that developers could use to build payment methods into their own applications. Android Pay will use tokenized card numbers method to make mobile payments more secure.

Source: The Verge

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