Alphabet G is for Google as Larry Page announced its new holding company, Alphabet Inc.
“We did a lot of things that seemed crazy at the time. Many of those crazy things now have over a billion users, like Google Maps, YouTube, Chrome, and Android. And we haven’t stopped there. We are still trying to do things other people think are crazy but we are super excited about.”
The domain name for Alphabet Inc is abc.xyz — not alphabet.com (which is currently getting hammered with traffic it seems). It looks like neither Google nor Alphabet own alphabet.com — but BMW does. Alphabet is part of BMW group and a business mobility solution with a focus on fleet management and financing.
Google have just rocked the world with some light news on a Monday. It has restructured the company and everything will now report up to Alphabet Inc. — a new corporate name. That includes Google, which will now be CEO’d by Sundar Pichai.
“Sergey and I are seriously in the business of starting new things. Alphabet will also include our X lab, which incubates new efforts like Wing, our drone delivery effort. We are also stoked about growing our investment arms, Ventures and Capital, as part of this new structure.”
Analysis Four months ago, BlackBerry announced it was porting key features of its BlackBerry OS software to Android and iOS – stuff like its onscreen keyboard, Universal Search, and the notification Hub.
BlackBerry is thinking about using Android for an upcoming smartphone, according to a report from Reuters. The potential move is said to be part of a pivot to focus on software and device management rather than owning the operating system from top to bottom. That may well make sense for BlackBerry — after several delays to its BlackBerry 10 OS and an unspectacular launch in early 2013, the storied Canadian company now has under 1 percent of the smartphone market.
According to the report, the sliding phone briefly shown off at Mobile World Congress (above) is likely to use Google’s OS, meaning that BlackBerry would at least be contributing an unorthodox form factor to the Android ecosystem. “We don’t comment on rumors and speculation, but we remain committed to the BlackBerry 10 operating system, which provides security and productivity benefits that are unmatched,” the company said in a statement to Reuters.
While the move would be somewhat surprising, BlackBerry has flirted with Android in the past. BlackBerry 10 relies on emulated Android apps for much of its library, the BBM Messenger app was eventually released on iOS and Android, and BlackBerry has integrated its security technology into the Knox software on Samsung’s Android phones. Releasing a full-fledged Android phone could boost BlackBerry’s enterprise credentials by proving that its security and device management software can work on other, more popular platforms.
After years of speculation that BlackBerry should just give up on the company’s own platform and start making Android phones, it might actually happen. Unlike the previous speculation and prognostication, however, it doesn’t look like BlackBerry would turn into just another Android vendor. Instead, the Android device may help BlackBerry improve its standing as a device management company.
Once the top smartphone vendor, BlackBerry devices are slowly going extinct, accounting for less than 1 percent of worldwide smartphone sales during the first three months of 2015, according to market research firm Gartner. In the U.S., BlackBerry smartphones accounted for 1.5 percent of the market, based on the latest numbers from metrics firm ComScore.
With such lackluster enthusiasm for its handsets, BlackBerry has changed its focus over the last few years to offering support services for multiple device platforms. A key part of that strategy right now is BlackBerry Enterprise Server 12 (BES12), which allows IT pros to manage all kinds of devices on corporate networks, including Android, BlackBerry, iOS, and Windows.
Intel: Commercial Distributions Will Support Android
“Google is not supporting distribution for non-handsets. “And you see a lot of people across Asia jumping to Android, but they don’t have a strategy to have their own OS team, and nobody is offering a commercial distribution for legacy Android.”