Friday 16 November 2012

16/11/2012: Google and Dish planning a mobile network? Apple drops Jelly Bean from lawsuits, Black Ops 2 sales figures and more!

Google preparing to make a mobile network with Dish Mobile.

   In the past we've heard mumbling that both Google and Apple would be preparing to launch their own mobile networks to run their devices on. Today the former has been tipped, by the Wall Street Journal, to be speaking discussion with Dish the possibility of creating a mobile carrier service of their own. However, before we get into it the Wall Street Journal immediately warned that any talks were not “advanced” and that they “could amount to nothing.” 
   If Google and Dish do ultimately team up then there will be a huge conflict of interest with America's big carriers, who will feel threatened by a tag team of Google made devices with a Google owned network! 
With Google and Dish working together the pair would have huge funds to build out a good network! Dish has wanted an opportunity exactly like what we have rumoured here for a while, so they can put their spectrum to good use.
   We should make it clear the the WSJ said that Dish does not want to sell their spectrum they want to utilise it with the help of a partner! Given Google's recent foray into the Fibre broadband space, this would seem like a logical next step if the search giant is genuinely planning on expanding their horizons.

In other news:

  • Twitter has updated their apps for Android and iOS. There's numerous changes for each version, from how you manage your account to finding photos and videos easier!
  • The first days sales figures for Black Ops 2 are finally out! The game raked in more than $500 million worldwide, but we're not sure how many copies that translates to! Via PRNewsWire.
  • Apple have decided to stop short of including Android's Jelly Bean operating system in their latest patent war against Samsung. If Apple had gone after Android 4.1 Jelly Bean that would have implicated numerous other phone manufacturers and it's been ruled that this was far too broad a claim. Florian Mueller from Foss Patents added; "A blanket attack on Jelly Bean would also have created a situation in which Google would have made itself totally ridiculous if it had not done everything in its power to join the case as a co-defendant (or at the very least as a formal intervenor)."

  • Verizon has announced it will start throttling it's users who are repeat users of BitTorrent.
    Via Slashgear.

And finally, Vodafone have announced they will be releasing the Vodafone Smart Tab 2! It's a 3G capable 7" tablet with reasonable specs. There's a single-core 1GHz Cortex A8 processor, 4 GB of internal storage which can be expanded up to 32 GB with an SD card, the display is 1024 x 600 pixels and the tablet has a two-megapixel rear camera and a 0.3 megapixel front camera. Vodafone also offers some accessories such as an optional hardcover for £25! You can find a lot more info, including data plans, here!


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