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Tech Time: Google launches IoT platform; Deutsche Telekom initiates 5G rollout

In this feature, S&P Global Market Intelligence presents a biweekly global roundup of the latest developments in technology.

TOP STORIES

* Alphabet Inc. unit Google Inc. on May 7 released version 1.0 of its internet of things platform, Android Things. The platform, which has been in developer preview since 2016, is now open to all developers with long-term support for production devices, the company said in an official blog post.

* Deutsche Telekom AG has initiated the rollout of the 5G communications standards in Germany. The company said May 3 that it is using commercial 5G equipment provided by Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd., as well as software and terminals, based on the 3rd-Generation Partnership Project standard for 5G New Radio.

CLOUD

* Verizon Communications Inc. has selected Amazon.com Inc.'s Amazon Web Services Inc. as its preferred public cloud provider.

* Microsoft Corp. teamed up with open-source software services provider Red Hat Inc. to help enterprise developers run container-based apps across Microsoft Azure and on-premises.

5G AND THE INTERNET OF THINGS

* 21st Century Fox Inc.'s FOX Sports will use 5G technology to stream 4K video across the U.S. from the 118th U.S. Open Championship, according to a May 15 news release.

* Verizon's IoT platform ThingSpace unveiled a new program and set of services called ThingSpace Ready, which is expected to help device developers build, certify and manage devices on the U.S. carrier's network.

* Qatari operator Ooredoo on May 14 claimed a world first in deploying a live 5G network on the 3.5-GHz spectrum band.

* China's Xiaomi Inc. said May 11 that three of its smart home products are now compatible with Google Assistant, deepening its presence in the U.S. market as part of its global expansion plans.

* Amazon said May 9 that it is working with homebuilder Lennar Ventures to demo Alexa-enabled model smart homes.

* South Africa's MTN Group Ltd. and Huawei teamed up to conduct what is touted as the first 5G outdoor trial in Africa, BusinessTech reported May 8.

* Microsoft has teamed up with Dell Technologies Inc. to provide a joint IoT service to vertical customers.

VIRTUAL REALITY AND ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

* The White House in the U.S. has set up a group of AI researchers to advise the White House on AI research and development priorities, according to a May 10 report by Nextgov.

* FOX Sports will present over 350 hours of coverage around the 2018 World Cup in Russia in VR through the FOX Sports VR app. Meanwhile, a number of major distributors are going to transmit the 4K Ultra High Definition and high dynamic range signals from the quadrennial event.

DRONES AND OTHER DEVICES

* Google is being investigated in Australia over allegations of harvesting data from Android users via smartphones, following allegations brought about by Oracle Corp., Reuters reported, citing regulators.

* The U.S. Department of Homeland Security will be employing a new strategy to tackle cybersecurity risks in the U.S., according to the 35-page report reviewed by Reuters prior to its public release.

* Indian telecom giant Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd. has called for legal action against competitor Bharti Airtel Ltd., alleging a violation of conditions to offer services on the latest Apple Inc. smartwatch, The Economic Times of India reported.

* Tech giants Apple, Microsoft and Intel Corp. are among the companies tapped for projects in a U.S. government drone-testing program, Reuters reported May 9.

* Amazon and NASA are seeking advice from French experts on how to coordinate drone and aircraft traffic in a bid to convince regulators that unmanned aerial vehicles are safe to operate, Bloomberg News reported May 8.