Google is in talks to acquire crowdsourced location services firm Waze for more than $1 billion, setting the stage for a possible bidding war with Facebook, Bloomberg reports.
Google, during its I/O developer conference, announced it will refresh its Maps for Mobile product on Android and iOS this summer, bringing coupons, improved routing and support for tablets.
After attending Google I/O in San Francisco next week, many developers may be inspired to give some of their existing Android apps an overhaul. According to a wide variety of media reports, Google is already doing something similar with its Google Maps.
Facebook is on the verge of acquiring crowdsourced location services firm Waze for between $800 million and $1 billion, according to multiple reports in Israeli business journals Calcalist , Ynet , and The Market .
Google introduced an updated version of its free Earth mapping and travel application for Android, adding support for the company's Street View technology.
Apple's is accelerating efforts to integrate its iOS software and services into in-car infotainment systems.
Facebook is redesigning its mobile Pages platform to help consumers more efficiently access local merchant information on the go.
AT&T Mobility is partnering with Scanbuy to introduce new services enabling business customers of all sizes to roll out QR Code-based mobile marketing campaigns.
Facebook has vowed its forthcoming Home launcher will not violate consumer privacy rules, outlining its data collection practices and assuring users they can disable location-based services at any time.
Uber Technologies is expanding its on-demand car service to the BlackBerry and Windows Phone mobile operating systems, concurrently updating its application for Google's Android.