Category: Content & Applications

Developers get preview of Google Chrome OS

Open source fever continues to grip the industry as web giant Google on Thursday open sourced its forthcoming operating system and released preview code to developers ahead of the platform’s official launch in 2010.

Orange to integrate Twitter into IPTV

Mobile carrier Orange UK said Tuesday it is working to integrate popular social networking platform Twitter into its own service offerings, including TV as well as mobile and web.

Google grabs Gizmo Project

Google has increased its presence in the web telephony space with the acquisition of VoIP pioneer Gizmo5.

If they build it, will they come?

Acclaimed travel writer Bill Bryson once remarked: “We used to build civilizations. Now we build shopping malls.” In 2009, that observation became a theme for the mobile space.

Skype saved by licensing deal

Online auction house eBay has announced a settlement with Skype’s founders and former owners, saving the VoIP provider from potential shutdown due to a licensing issue over key technology.

T-Mobile introduces carrier billing for Android apps

Wireless carrier T-Mobile strengthened its ties with the Android platform this week, revealing plans to roll out a T-Mobile channel in the Android Market and introduce carrier billing for these apps.

Orange puts Google on homescreens

Search giant Google got a major boost in the mobile market on Wednesday, when Orange announced a deal to put Google Mobile App on the homescreens of customers in Europe.

Symbian’s event Horizon

At the Symbian Exchange & Exposition (SEE) taking place in London this week, mobile OS developer the Symbian Foundation officially launched its application publishing platform – Horizon.

An experiment in openness

The newly open source Symbian Foundation is looking to reflect its structural shift in its Symbian Exchange and Exposition event. Mike Hibberd talks to David Wood, the organisation’s ‘catalyst and futurist’ and Lars Kurth, Symbian’s contributor community manager, about open source, open communities and what they hope will prove to be an open Expo.

Telling the user where to go

The more widespread availability of GPS has helped kickstart genuine progress for location-enabled services. But as is ever the case in today’s mobile environment, the carriers have no divine right to be the provider of those services. Competition from the familiar corners leaves all parties fighting for their place in the chain.

Plain old billing is where the real pot of gold could be

In the rush by operators to roll out app stores, cross-network widgets and other services designed to lure Web developers and users, it is easy to forget that perhaps the greatest asset that operators have to secure themselves a long-term place in the digital-content value chain is plain old billing.

3UK bundles Spotify with Android

The UK’s smallest but most disruptive mobile operator, 3UK, said Monday it has struck a partnership with online music service Spotify, bundling the offering with the Android-based HTC Hero.

Developers shun Nokia in rush for seasonal app store trade

I won’t be breaking any news by regaling you with tales of the success of Apple’s App Store. This is due in no small part to Apple opening its software developer kit (SDK) and offering application developers high levels of support and unparalleled access to a mass market.

Shazam notches up 50 million users

Mobile music service Shazam – one of the most genuinely useful and impressive apps out there – said Wednesday it has notched up its 50 millionth user.

Vodafone sees silver lining in cloud computing

Vodafone, the world’s biggest carrier by revenues, picked a bad week to launch its cloud-based services offering. On Tuesday the firm announced a strategic partnership with Decho to launch a range of cloud computing services starting with Vodafone PC Backup.

Searching for the next big thing

The adoption of mobile phones to access information and digital content on the web is growing fast, but the mobile search user experience still leaves much to be desired. If mobile search doesn’t see dramatic improvement, it will hinder device sales and delay the advent of what could become a huge market for mobile advertising.

Nokia bolsters Maemo Linux OS with Qt port

Finnish handset vendor Nokia pressed on with development of its in house Linux platform on Friday, porting its cross platform application and user interface framework – Qt – to Maemo 5.

Keys to success are elusive for iPhone app developers

IPhone application developers don’t need to offer an inexpensive iPhone app in order to make a dent in the marketplace, but, that said, it’s sometimes the simplest applications that derive the most high-profile attention.

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