Google really wants users connected to its services at all times. The company’s plan to provide wireless service will be available in the coming months, Sundar Pichai, senior vice president of products, said last week during a keynote at the World Mobile Congress.
Sundar Pichai, who heads up Chrome and Android at Google, confirmed that Google is working on a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO). Pichai said that Google doesn’t want to be a big carrier and that it’s actually working with its existing carrier partners on the offering. The exec also teased that Google is working on merging cellular and Wi-Fi networks in a “seamless” manner and that we’ll get more information on Google’s ideas in the coming months.
Pichai also touched on Android Pay, confirming that its an application program interface (API) that anyone can build into their own payment service. Android Pay will have NFC and will be used in both Google Wallet and mobile payment services in China. When asked about the recently-announced Samsung Pay, Pichai said that Google is on a “different timeline” than Samsung and that the two don’t necessarily compete.
However, Google says it doesn’t intend to have all mobile users drop their current service in favor of its own. Pichai said Google is working on this project in the same spirit that it works on its brand of mobile devices. The tech giant intends to carve out a piece of the industry in order to demonstrate how it thinks things should work.
“Our goal is to drive a set of innovations we think should arrive, but do it on a smaller scale, like Nexus devices, so people will see what we’re doing,” Pichai said during his keynote. “It’s a very small-scale compared to the rest of the OEM industry, but it pushes the needle. I think we’re at the state where we need to think of hardware, software and connectivity together.”
Source: International Business Times, Reuters, Phone Dog