Category: Content & Applications

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 […]

BlackBerry steps up push into consumer space

Canadian vendor Research In Motion (RIM) has been stepping up its presence in the mass market of late, focusing on applications that will help its BlackBerry device appeal to the mass market. Following on from the launch of a Facebook application for its devices last week, the mobile email shop introduced the first music download […]

Mobile music gauntlet goes down

The battle for mobile music market share started in earnest in the UK on Thursday, as both Vodafone and Nokia unveiled their offerings. Vodafone has struck an exclusive agreement with mobile music shop Omnifone to offer unlimited track downloads, straight to the mobile, for just £1.99 per week. The MusicStation platform, which launched Thursday, gives […]

Nokia makes demands of social networkers

Finnish vendor Nokia put a new spin on the User Generated Content (UGC) phenomenon on Tuesday, with an addition to its own social network, Mosh. Where the Mosh environment allows users to communicate and share their content, the Seek feature allows users to make requests for content not yet available. “Seek allows Mosh users to […]

Carriers banking on mobile money

The mobile money transfer market will create an almost $8bn revenue opportunity for mobile operators by 2012, from just over $10m in 2006, according to research released this week. Industry analyst ABI Research said Monday that transferring funds safely and securely using mobile phones has the potential to revolutionise the way people use their money, […]

Microsoft brings unified communications to enterprise

Software giant Microsoft unleashed its unified communications suite, of which VoIP is the central core, upon the industry on Tuesday evening. At an event in the US, Bill Gates, chairman, and Jeff Raikes, president of the Business Division, announced the worldwide availability of Microsoft’s unified communications software. The suite includes Office Communications Server 2007, which […]

Linux gets boost as LiPS and OMA come together

The Linux Phone Standards (LiPS) Forum and the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) got together on Tuesday to work on the standardisation of next generation mobile services. The collaboration should pave the way for more interoperability between mobile Linux platforms. LiPS develops specifications and standards for services and user applications on mobile Linux platforms and OMA […]

Nokia adds PlayReady to DRM lineup

Finnish vendor Nokia has added support for Microsoft’s PlayReady digital rights management (DRM) technology to its S60 and Series 40 device platforms. The Finnish company claims that by supporting PlayReady it will be easier for content owners and service providers “to offer premium digital content and enable more flexible business models, such as renting content […]

Apple releases first iPhone update

One month after launch, Apple has wheeled out its first update for the iPhone, primarily designed to rectify a number of security bugs in the Safari web browser. During the first month of launch, the iPhone has been dogged by security concerns after it emerged that there were a number of ways an iPhone could […]

Industry gearing up for mobile ads push

Although the mobile advertising industry is still in the early stage of development, operators and advertisers recognise its potential and are prepared to face the challenges, according to the findings of a recent forum on the subject. A mobile advertising forum, held in London earlier this month, brought together players from across the mobile advertising […]

BT sacrifices Virgin’s mobile TV service

Virgin Mobile customers in the UK are set to lose their mobile TV service after BT announced plans to pull the plug on its Movio platform on Thursday. A spokesman for the UK incumbent told that following a review of its wholesale offerings, BT had decided not to continue with the Movio service. The […]

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