Category: Content & Applications

Zain sets sights on Morocco

Kuwaiti carrier Zain has teamed up with an investment fund to acquire 31 per cent of Moroccan operator Wana.

Microsoft outlines Windows app store plans

Software giant Microsoft has put more flesh on the bones of its own app store plans this week ahead of the launch of Windows Marketplace for Mobile later this year.

Now Google wants your phone calls

Web monster Google is planning to expand its presence in the telephony space using its 2007 acquisition of GrandCentral as a platform.

Carriers to strike gold with mobile money services

To date, predictions that the mobile phone will one day replace the humble leather wallet have gone largely unfounded, despite a growing number of mobile payment and banking services being made available worldwide.

GSMA targets net gains through OneAPI

The GSM Association has set up an industry-wide initiative, dubbed OneAPI, to help make mobile operators’ network capabilities more accessible to third-party application developers. spoke to Graham Trickey, senior director at the GSMA, about the project’s progress so far and how the OneAPI project intends to improve the lot of the mobile operator.

Cydia offers alternative to iPhone App Store

Given all the fuss over app stores at the moment, it was only a matter of time before the handset hacker community got involved, with the intent of opening up the iPhone platform to even more developers.

BlackBerry revs up app store

Canadian gadget shop Research In Motion (RIM) has started accepting submissions for its application store, which is due to open its doors later this month.

Application stores have become the latest industry bandwagon

The Mobile World Congress has served as the starting line for many of the mobile industry’s bandwagons down the years, and this year’s show – held a week ago in Barcelona – was no exception. One of the largest bandwagons this time around was that of application stores. It seems that everyone wants to sport […]

Time for change

In 2008, two relative newcomers finally made their mark in the handset space, jointly setting the scene for a major shift in the direction of the mobile operating system market in 2009.

Nortel continues to shed assets

Troubled Canadian kit vendor Nortel continues to shed assets from the safe haven of bankruptcy protection. On Friday, as the rest of the telecoms world is shaking off the hangover of Mobile World Congress, Nortel struck a deal with kit manufacturer Radware, to offload elements of its application delivery portfolio. Under the agreement, the products […]

Content consumption driven by messaging

While all the talk at this year’s Mobile World Congress has centred on the launch of a variety of app stores, UK, mobile advertising-funded MVNO Blyk has launched On Blyk, a new content portal. The service is built primarily on messaging and is now available to all Blyk users in the UK. Blyk aserts that […]

Nokia and Skype join forces

Disruptive VoIP player Skype has announced at Mobile World Congress that its eponymous VoIP application will be integrated on Nokia N97s from Q309. The application will be integrated into the device’s address book and be visible to users as a mobile widget. Making the announcement both Scott Derchslag, COO, and Josh Silverman, CEO of Skype […]

Microsoft confirms app store plans

Software giant Microsoft was banging the app store drum at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week, confirming plans to launch a mobile content marketplace of its own in the wake of similar moves by Apple and Nokia. Details of the app shop were thin on the ground however, with the Redmond Giant only revealing […]

LTE is ‘embryonic’, says Agilent

Despite all the marketing noise that is sure to be generated by LTE supporters during the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona this week, Agilent – a test & measurement specialist – believes there is still some way to go before LTE is widely commercially available and delivering the much-touted speeds of 100Mbps and above. […]

Measurability key to mobile advertising success

As the credit crunch takes its toll on marketing budgets across all sectors, mobile advertising is being championed as a cost effective and measurable marketing medium. Speaking with at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week, mobile advertising firm Gigafone said that mobile allows advertisers a more focused and effective use of their advertising […]

HTC intros two Windows devices

Taiwanese handset manufacturer HTC has been customising Microsoft’s Windows Mobile platform again, unveiling two new flagship devices sporting the operating system. The Touch Diamond2 and Touch Pro2 use the latest implementation of HTC’s TouchFLO 3D interface, which has been more deeply integrated into a customised version of Windows Mobile 6.1, delivering more consistency throughout the […]

Handset vendors go app store crazy

The world’s biggest handset vendor, Nokia, is the latest gadget maker to jump on the app store bandwagon, announcing plans to open its own marketplace in May. Billed as an extension of its mobile services platform, the Ovi Store will allow content providers and developers to upload their own applications and sell their wares to […]

Google, Microsoft get in sync

Web giant Google has tapped up its software nemesis, Microsoft, for access to ActiveSync, a protocol which will see Google services info delivered to the iPhone and Windows Mobile devices. The newly announced Google Sync platform allows users to get their Gmail contacts and Google Calendar events onto their phone, and now extends that functionality […]

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