Google Confirms Mobile Network and Payment Plans

By Tim Maytom


Sundar Pichai, senior vice president of products for Google, has confirmed that the search giant is in talks to launch a mobile network within the next few months, and that a new mobile payments API will be built into future Android operating systems.

Google Goes MVNO?

Pichai, speaking during a keynote address at the Mobile World Congress, addressed speculation that Google would partner with mobile networks to provide a hybrid service across cellular and wi-fi networks.

“We don’t intend to be a network operation at scale,” said Pichai. “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 on a smaller scalle, like Nexus devices, so people will see what we’re doing.”

According to CNET, Pichai clarified that any service will not be intended as a competitor to the existing mobile networks, but more as a format for Google to drive innovation across both hardware and software.

Google’s Nexus line of mobile devices has seen the company attempt to present a ‘pure’ Android experience, with hardware makers forbidden from making alterations to the user interface atop the Android OS, or including preloaded custom apps. …read more

Source:: Mobile App News