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Wednesday, August 17, 2005
Bweek reports, Google Buys Android for Its Mobile Arsenal. Android had at one point been working on a software operating system for cell phones. The search giant quietly acquires the startup, netting possibly a key player in its push into wireless, "the next frontier in search". Bweek adds, Rubin of Android once said there was tremendous potential in developing smarter mobile devices that are more aware of its owner's location and preferences. Google has been toiling to make its services more appealing to people who access the Net over cell phones and other mobile devices. In April, the company uncorked local-flavored search for mobile users. Also in April, it announced Google Short Message Service (SMS), which sends text-based information to mobile users seeking everything from driving directions to weather forecasts. Recently, Google acquired Dodgeball, a mobile social-networking service. Using a wireless device, users can send a text message to their circle of friends, announcing that they will be at a certain coffee shop or hangout. In addition, users can be notified if friends-of-friends are within a certain vicinity. With Google's acquisition of Android, it will be interesting to see what new wireless products emerge from the joining.
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