Category: Content & Applications

Moto buys Soundbuzz music shop

Troubled handset and equipment vendor Motorola this week acquired mobile music company Soundbuzz for an undisclosed sum. Soundbuzz is a privately held, pan-Asian music platform, and will help Moto expand its Asia mobile music offerings beyond China and into India, Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand. The US vendor said that it aimed to capitalise […]

Music rental market to outpace ownership model

The market for subscription-based music rental services is estimated to reach $3.3bn by 2012, eclipsing the market for paid-for original recordings, according to industry analysts on Tuesday. Juniper Research said that mobile subscriptions which offer unlimited music downloads on a rental basis are expected to surge in popularity over the next few years, and will […]

Sony adds Skype to PSP

Japanese electronics giant Sony beefed up its PlayStation Portable (PSP) gaming device on Monday, with confirmation that it is to add Skype VoIP functionality later this month. From January 24, Sony will make a firmware update available for the PSP-2000 series of devices, which includes the Lite and Slim models, containing the Skype internet telephony […]

Microsoft Zumobi platform goes into beta

Microsoft spin off Zumobi has pushed its mobile widget platform into the beta stages, with a release of the platform that can be downloaded by consumers. The beta version of Zumobi, launched with 75 partner widgets, or ’tiles’, as the company calls them. These tiles work in much the same way as widgets do on […]

Nokia N-Gage returns next week

Leading handset vendor Nokia said Thursday that its ill fated N-Gage platform will be making a comeback next week. Owners of the Nokia N81 and N81 8GB will have exclusive access to a pre-release version of the N-Gage application and one or more N-Gage games, the vendor said. Nokia will also be opening up its […]

Nokia unveils ad funded video service

Not content with putting the terrors on the operator community by rolling out its own music services, Nokia is provoking its customers further with an ad supported video service released this week. On Monday, Nokia announced a video service called Medeo, which focuses on delivering red carpet news, movie star interviews, film trailers and fashion […]

3 UK goes radio ga ga

UK 3G operator 3 reckons it’s come up with a novel music service in the shape of its Non Stop Music offering, launched on Thursday. The service gives customers unlimited access to eight genre-based music streams, ranging from ‘dance’ to ‘classic’ at a price of £0.49 for 24 hours. But we can’t help but think […]

Nokia promises users music they can keep

Finnish vendor Nokia announced an extension of its mobile music platform on Tuesday, with the unveiling of a subscription service that allows users to keep their music. At its annual investor day in the Netherlands, Nokia announced its ‘Comes With Music’ platform, that enables people to buy a Nokia device with a year of unlimited […]

London trials electronic wallet, ticket platform

Londoners could be using their mobile handsets as electronic train tickets and credit or debit cards from as early as next year, as the UK’s first large scale trial of Near Field Communications (NFC) technology gets underway. On Wednesday, mobile operator O2 UK revealed the details of its O2 Wallet application, which has already been […]

Mobile porn market heating up

Global revenues from mobile porn and adult services are set to rocket to $3.5bn by 2010, driven by increasing adoption of streaming video and video chat services over 3G. According to figures released this week by Juniper Research, Western Europe will remain the largest regional consumer of mobile porn, with revenues rising from $775m in […]

First app appears on Android

Wireless security developer SMobile Systems claims to have created one of the first applications for Google’s Android mobile operating system. SMobile has made a mobile security offering, called SecurityShield, featuring antivirus, anti spam and firewall protection available on the platform. Although Android is based on Linux, which is widely seen as a more secure operating […]

Nokia gets Kylie before rest of world

Finnish manufacturer Nokia has scored something of a coup with its newly launched Music Store, bagging the rights to sell the forthcoming Kylie album before it goes on general release. Described as “the most anticipated album of the year”, ‘X’ by Kylie will be exclusively available to download from the Nokia Music Store on November […]

Can Android succeed?

Well this week was certainly less eventful, and much of the blogosphere continued its analysis of the fallout from some of the previous week’s news. Naturally, much attention is still being lavished on Google’s Android platform, with Francis Sideco, senior analyst for wireless communication, at analyst iSuppli wondering whether Google’s foray into mobile phones can […]

Microsoft buys Musiwave for $46m

Perhaps feeling the pressure of Google’s advance into the mobile space, Microsoft spent $46m on the acquisition of mobile music firm Musiwave on Thursday. The Redmond Giant bought the entertainment unit off mobile software and applications developer Openwave Systems. “Musiwave’s strong customer relationships, superior quality of services, and leadership position in mobile music were attractive […]

Samsung intros TD-SCDMA/HSDPA multimode handset

Korean handset manufacturer Samsung launched what it claims to be the first multi-mode mobile phone combing HSDPA with China’s homegrown 3G technology TD-SCDMA. The SGH-T578H phone is based on the T3G7210 system, which features an implementation of one of the industry’s earliest soft modems and was built in conjunction with NXP Semiconductors and T3G Technologies. […]

This is Android

As promised, the Google fronted Open Handset Alliance lifted the curtain on the Android platform on Monday, with the release of its Software Development Kit (SDK). The SDK will allow developers to start creating applications for the Android platform, as well as give them the opportunity to provide feedback throughout the development process. Android is […]

Androids, iPhones and WiMAX

It’s been an eventful week in the wild world of telecoms. Google set the pace on Monday with the launch of Android and the Open Handset Alliance, which has been met with mixed reception: Bill Weinberg, general manager of the LiPS Forum, is a bit mixed up about the whole thing, mainly because he wears […]

Jury out on Android; Linux knitting circle nonplussed

The activation of Google’s Android and the formation of the Open Handset Alliance earlier this week has raised more questions than answers, and nowhere more so than within the mobile Linux ‘knitting circle’ itself. On Monday, Google and the newly formed Open Handset Alliance promised great things. The Android platform is described as a fully […]

Sony Ericsson revamps music shop; shows new devices

Japanese Swedish joint venture, Sony Ericsson, jumped on the mobile music bandwagon on Wednesday, with an overhaul of its PlayNow music store. The next generation PlayNow store will allow consumers access to a greatly expanded range of content, discoverable through features such as TrackID, which allows users to search for songs using snippets of lyrics. […]

Nokia still friends with Google after Android incident

The world’s leading handset vendor has extended a warm welcome to the newest member of the mobile handset operating system family, Android, and its accompanying alliance of Linux-loving supporters. Despite being noticeably absent from the lineup of the Open Handset Alliance, inaugurated on Monday, Nokia told that its and Google’s strategies are not that […]

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