Category: Content & Applications

Google launches unlocked version of Android phone

Web giant Google, which is backing an assault on the mobile space through its Android initiative, upped the game for open mobile development this week with an unlocked release of the world’s first Android handset. Targeted at developers, the Android Dev Phone 1, which is sold to consumers as the G1, is a SIM unlocked […]

Vodafone plots course for location-enabled services

The world’s largest operator in terms of revenue, Vodafone, made a play for the navigation and location-based services (LBS) space on Tuesday, with a SEK239m (EUR) offer for Wayfinder Systems. The Swedish mapping and navigation firm offers a variety of GPS solutions, which are set to be all the rage as mobile broadband takes off […]

Hackers get Linux to run on iPhone

One of the hackers responsible for creating tools to unlock the iPhone from its exclusive partner carriers has gone one step further and managed to load a full fledged version of Linux on the Apple device. A software developer going by the name of ‘planetbeing’, who is also a member of the infamous iPhone Dev […]

Smart pipes to boost content consumption

While the smart pipe – dumb pipe debate rages on in the mobile operator community, another analyst entered the fray this week, proposing a compromise between the two models as the only solution. Industry monitor Juniper Research said Tuesday that it forecasts the global mobile content market will be worth $167bn by 2013, but this […]

Advertising to help kick start mobile TV market

Mobile TV services are forecast to generate $1.5bn in revenues in 2008, rising to over $10bn in 2013, when nearly half the revenues will come from advertising. The figures were released Wednesday by industry analyst and parent Informa Telecoms & Media, which said that while the bulk of mobile TV revenues presently come from […]

Mobile ad revenues wildly exaggerated

Predictions and claims about the roaring success of mobile advertising in European markets are hugely inflated, according to analyst research released Monday. Research firm CCS Insight predicts that advertisers will spend fairly insignificant amounts trying to reach people through their mobile phones over the next few years. By 2010, the firm forecasts that mobile advertising […]

Ubuntu Linux puts mobile at its core

Mobile connectivity is to take centre stage with the latest release of popular Linux desktop operating system Ubuntu version 8.10. The latest version of the Ubuntu Linux distribution, affectionately known as “Intrepid Ibex”, will feature 3G network support at its core. The new features will allow users to move between wired, wifi and 3G networks, […]

Money transfer, NFC to drive m-payments

Mobile money transfer and NFC (Near Field Communications) transactions are predicted to account for 50 per cent of the global mobile payment market by 2013. Industry analyst Juniper Research said this week that while the mobile payments market is currently dominated by purchases of digital content such as ringtones, music and games, it will in […]

Android hit by security bug

The recent debut of Google’s much hyped mobile operating system, Android, has been marred by the exposure of a known security flaw. Security experts, Charlie Miller, Mark Daniel, and Jake Honoroff of Independent Security Evaluators, claim to have identified and exploited a security vulnerability in the Open Handset Alliance (OHA) platform. Android is an open […]

Mobile ticketing popular but still faces hurdles

Around 400 million mobile subscribers worldwide are forecast to use their mobile phones for ticketing by 2013, according to figures released Tuesday. Industry analyst Juniper Research predicts that the leading sectors for mobile ticketing will be transport, followed by entertainment and then sporting events. Already the technology is gaining popularity in the Far East and […]

BlackBerry to get app store

Keen to get in on the application distribution action that Apple and Google have brought to the industry’s attention, BlackBerry maker RIM (Research In Motion) on Tuesday revealed its own plans. In March 2009, RIM will launch the BlackBerry Applications Storefront, a marketplace which will put developers apps in front of the millions of BlackBerry […]

Germans get Voda, O2 backed m-payment service

German wireless operators Vodafone and O2 launched an m-payment service Friday, allowing users to make direct debit payments from their handset. The mpass service can be tied to a user’s debit account, so they can make online purchases just by entering their mobile number and PIN. Before the purchase is cleared, users will receive a […]

Smartphone is a hotbed of security issues

To date, the humble mobile handset has evaded the vast majority of security threats now commonplace among PC users. But every so often security experts issue a warning about the multitude of dangers mobile phones will be exposed to at various points in the future. This week, one such report was published by the Georgia […]

Free TV key to mobile uptake

Free to air mobile TV remains key to the nascent platform’s success, according to analyst research released this week. While more than 330 million mobile users worldwide are forecast to own broadcast TV-enabled handsets by 2013, less than 14 per cent will opt for mobile pay TV services, research house Juniper said Tuesday. The researcher […]

For mobile ads to take off, data needs to improve

Traditional advertising channels such as broadcasting and print are being rapidly eroded by online ads, driven by the opportunities provided by highly targeted media platforms like search, mobile and IPTV. According to research released by analysts at Capgemini on Thursday, mobile advertising is the fastest growing medium among the non-traditional channels, with a CAGR (compound […]

M-payments set to boom in emerging markets

More than 100 million mobile phone users worldwide will use their handset to make international money transfers by 2013, according to research released this week. Although cross border mobile money transfers are currently in their infancy, analysts at Juniper Research expect the market to gain significant traction over the next two to three years, especially […]

Virgin Media intros mobile broadband

UK-based cable carrier Virgin Media showed how convergence is done on Wednesday as it unveiled its first ever Mobile Broadband offer. The new service adds another string to Virgin’s bow, which already includes cable broadband, fixed line telephony, IPTV, and mobile services via the Virgin Mobile MVNO. Mobile Broadband from Virgin Media is available on […]

Flash for iPhone may exist, but it’s not there yet

The iPhone community is foaming at the mouth yet again, in the wake of reports that software developer Adobe has confirmed the existence of a Flash player for the Apple device. At the Flash on the Beach developers conference, which is taking place in Brighton, UK this week, Adobe’s senior director of engineering, Paul Betlem, […]

Nokia worries operators with Oz acquisition

Finnish handset vendor Nokia has significantly beefed up its Ovi mobile services offering with Tuesday’s acquisition of Canada-based mobile email shop Oz. Nokia didn’t say how much it paid for the firm, but analysts say $100m is probably close to the price. With the acquisition, the world’s biggest handset vendor has shifted the focus of […]

‘Mobile broadband’ badge to appear on notebooks

Mobile industry body, the GSM Association (GSMA) made its big announcement on Tuesday, and it turns out the Informer was bang on with his prediction. Firing up the ‘mobile broadband’ hype machine and positioning the technology as a credible alternative to wifi and DSL, the GSMA has unveiled the Mobile Broadband service mark. Essentially, the […]

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