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Mobile Minutes: Google’s build-your-own phone; Personal Wi-Fi at Marriott; Google’s Classroom app; Alibaba messaging app

January 20, 2015

google build 185Google launches build-your-own mobile phone trial
Google will finally launch its long-awaited modular smartphone later this month, which owners can customize simply by pulling out modules and replacing them – but only as a trial, and only in Puerto Rico.
Read more on The Telegraph

Marriott agrees not to block personal Wi-Fi networks
Marriott International says it will stop blocking guests from using their personal Wi-Fi devices at its hotels after receiving customer complaints.
Read more on USA Today

Google is bringing the paperless classroom to teachers’ phones
Google has spent the last couple of years making a big push into the classroom with its affordable Chromebook laptops, education-focused versions of its productivity apps, and its Classroom learning management software, which aims to help teachers reduce the use of paper in their schools. Now the company is taking another step by bringing its Classroom app to iOS and Android devices.
Read more on TIME

Alibaba’s latest mobile messaging effort: social networking for businesses
China’s Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, the world’s biggest e-commerce company, is piloting a mobile messaging app aimed at marrying social networking with business, an Alibaba spokeswoman said on Friday, as the company expands its enterprise services.
Read more on Reuters

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