Google makes the software running on most smartphones, and now may also want to manage your mobile data and voice calls.
The world’s largest online search company is getting ready to sell mobile plans that will run on Sprint and T-Mobile’s cellular networks, according to The Information. The project, codenamed “Nova,” would involve Google paying those carriers for access to their networks. The initiative, which is being led by Google executive Nick Fox, isn’t expected to launch this year.
The move underscores Google’s increasingly complicated relationship with the telecommunications industry as both partner and competitor. Google’s Android operating system powers more than 80 percent of the world’s smartphones, but carriers often act as the gatekeeper for where a person buys a device. The initiative, according to the Information, is meant to drive down prices and to try to improve the experience for customers.
Google, Sprint and T-Mobile declined to comment.