Sundar Pichai Confirms MVNO Ambitions and Android Pay, Was Wearing an Unreleased Device Earlier

Early this morning, Google’s Sundar Pichai sat down for a keynote address at Mobile World Congress to talk about a handful of new ideas that his company is working on. From Google Translate to Project Loon delivering LTE to Project Titan’s little planes taking over the skies, he touched on a bunch of interesting topics in an opening chat. He then transitioned into a Q&A session where he acknowledged the fact that Google is looking to enter the wireless game as an MVNO, and that Android Pay is a new API that is coming soon.

I can’t find a replay of the event, but The Verge has a transcription of the talk.  (more…)

Google Looks to Break Down Google+ Into Three Areas; Hangouts, Photos, and Stream

In a recent interview between Forbes and Google’s Sundar Pichai, the Google+ service as we know it today may change drastically in the near future. According to Sundar, who currently oversees everything in relation to Android, Chrome, Google Apps, Maps, Google+, and other sectors at Google, Google+ is currently seen as a single area, but the company hopes to break it down into three in the future.

Sundar stated in the interview, “I think increasingly you’ll see us focus on communications [Hangouts], photos, and the Google+ stream as three important areas, rather than being thought of as one area.”  (more…)

Larry Page Reassigns Sundar Pichai, Now Manages Most of Google’s Products

According to a report out of re/code, Larry Page, CEO of Google, has placed Sundar Pichai in control of essentially the entire core Google business. Sundar, who has grown from head of Chrome to managing the Android business in Mountain View, will immediately take on additional roles, but an official title change at Google is yet to come.

Ready to hear what Sundar has on his plate? Let’s get started.  (more…)

Report: Cyanogen Inc. Turns Down Acquisition Attempt by Google, Seeks $1 Billion Valuation

According to a report from The Information, Google’s own Sundar Pichai, the overseer of all things Android and Chrome, met with Cyanogen Inc. executives recently, and was turned down after expressing interest in a complete acquisition. Ultimately, in theory, a buyout by Google would protect the company’s control of the Android ecosystem, as Cyanogen’s home-brewed version of Android is potentially the first real threat to ship on phones that Google has encountered.

With this news, Cyanogen is now discussing a Series C round of funding with a few major tech firms and late-stage investors, seeking a valuation close to $1 billion.  (more…)

Sundar Pichai: We are Previewing the Next Version of Android at Google I/O

Bloomberg published a massive story on Android/Chrome boss Sundar Pichai this morning that we have barely had a chance to peek at, since we are traveling to Google I/O at the moment. But as you can imagine, I/O was one of the topics highlighted, and boy did Sundar have something exciting to say in terms of Android. According to Bloomberg, Pichai and crew will show off the next version of Android at the show tomorrow to be more transparent (probably with developers and manufacturers). In other words, this gives everyone in the Android ecosystem a better chance to prepare for the next version of Android. (more…)

Sundar Pichai: Wearable SDK for Android Coming in Two Weeks

A few weeks back, a report surfaced suggesting that Google would unveil a wearables platform some time in the month of March, with a device potentially arriving a couple of months later at Google I/O. That report is now at least half correct, as Android head Sundar Pichai announced today during an interview at SXSW that in two weeks time, his team would launch a new wearable SDK for Android.  (more…)

Google I/O 2014 Happening June 25 and 26

This afternoon, Sundar Pichai announced that Google I/O 2014 will take place at San Francisco’s Moscone Center on June 25 and 26. That’s exactly 126 days from now.

Registration info was not given just yet, but Pichai promised that the process will be different this time around. Rather than having to flock to Google’s registration page the second it opens, Google will instead allow you to submit your interest in attending. After you have submitted interest, applicants will be randomly selected and then notified.

That seems, well, kind of unfortunate in a way. In other words, you have no control over whether or not you will be able to attend Google I/O this year. While that process may eliminate the complaints after crashing servers and tickets selling out in minutes, I can imagine people not liking the lottery format and instead complaining over having no control. Hopefully, they at least offer previous attendees a chance to attend again.  (more…)