Google’s head of Android to oversee its most important products

From the Cnet Article ‘Google’s head of Android to oversee its most important products’ by   

By promoting one of his most trusted lieutenants, Google CEO Larry Page can spend more time focusing on the future.

Google’s most powerful product chief just got more powerful.

Sundar Pichai, a well-respected executive who oversees some of the company’s most important businesses, has been elevated to take on even more of Google’s core products, the company confirmed to CNET.

Pichai already runs Android, the most widely used mobile operating system in the world; Google’s Web-based software Chrome; and the company’s suite of apps, including Gmail and Docs. Under the reorganization, he will additionally have oversight over research, search, maps, the Google+ social network, ads and infrastructure, according to Recode, which earlier reported the news.

The promotion punctuates Pichai’s quick rise inside the company as well as CEO Larry Page’s desire to off-load some of his management duties to better focus on overall business strategy. While Google’s search and advertising business still generates $50 billion a year in revenue, some financial analysts fear its business is slowing. The company last week reported that paid clicks for the third quarter rose 17 percent from the same period last year. That compares with 26 percent growth the year before.

While Pichai is taking on those new responsibilities, Page will continue to directly oversee a number of Google’s divisions, including the YouTube online video service run by veteran Google employee Susan Wojcicki. Page will also manage business and operations.

Pichai, a well-liked figure at the company, has been a magnet for Google’s product teams. He has been at the company since 2004, managing the Chrome department. He added Google Apps to his responsibilities in 2012 and Android in 2013.

Pichai was the clear star of Google’s I/O developer conference in June — serving as the keynote’s master of ceremonies as Google showed off its latest developments in Android and Chrome.

Though Google confirmed the staff change to CNET, it declined to comment further or disclose his compensation.

 

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Google looks to test ultra-high-speed wireless Net technology

From the Cnet.com article ‘Google looks to test ultra-high-speed wireless Net technology’ by .

Google is seeking permission to test a high-speed Internet service that could be in your home before Fiber.

Google is seeking FCC permission to test new technology that could marry the speed of Google Fiber to wireless services.

In an application to the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Monday, the tech giant requested permission to conduct tests in California across wireless spectra. Of particular interest, as noted by Reuters, is a rarely used millimeter-wave frequency that’s capable of transmitting vast amounts of information through the air.

According to the publication, the tests could signal the creation of the base technology for use in high-speed, wireless connectivity — part of Google’s plan to extend its reach in the Internet service provider industry. If so, this would obviate the need for underground cables or fiber. A fast broadband service beamed into our homes could act as an extension to Google’s slowly expanding Fiber service, which offers up to 1 gigabit in upload and download speed — but laying the groundwork is a slow process.

The application, signed by Google Access and Energy division chief Craig Barratt, documents a 180-day test the company says will provide “valuable insight into Google’s technology innovations and potential business plans and strategy.” Though much of the application is redacted in order to protect confidential data, the tech giant states that the purpose of the test is to “expeditiously test radios in a way that is likely to contribute to the development, extension, expansion or utilization of the radio art.”

The test, if approved, will run on three sites in California’s San Francisco Bay area. The filing says that tests will be conducted in the 5.8GHz and 24.2GHz frequency, as well as the millimeter wave bands of 71-76GHz and 81-86GHz, and will be based on narrow-bandwidth transmissions.

In related news, Google recently unveiled plans to back the construction of a new undersea fiber optic cable spanning from the Brazilian cities of Santos and Fortaleza with Boca Ratón in Florida. The $60 million project will hold data capacity of 64Tbps, which will help improve Brazil’s poor Internet speed.

This article originally appeared as “Google tests ultra high-speed wireless Internet technology” on ZDNet.

 

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