Category: Content & Applications

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 […]

Amp’d buys itself a few extra days

Beleaguered US MVNO Amp’d Mobile has bought itself a few more days grace on Verizon Wireless’ network. It has delayed closure until July 31, according to a posting on the website Tuesday morning, giving its prepay users a few more days to burn through their existing credit. Previously, the company, which filed for Chapter 11 […]

Orange and Sony Ericsson still making music

Orange and Sony Ericsson are launching an unsigned band competition across Europe in a bid to generate marketing exposure for the carrier’s mobile music services on the vendor’s handsets. The service – mobileact unsigned – will first launch in the UK, where content from the competition will also be broadcast by terrestrial and digital broadcaster […]

Nokia socialises with Twango

Finnish vendor Nokia upped its game in the social networking space on Tuesday with the acquisition of US-based media sharing service Twango. Twango is a platform for organising and sharing photos, videos and other personal media and gives Nokia a tool to allow users to share multimedia content through their desktop and mobile devices. Twango […]

O2 preparing to pull plug on i-mode

O2 UK, owned by Spanish telco Telefonica, is preparing to pull the plug on its i-mode mobile web service, the company confirmed Tuesday. Despite the popularity of the NTT DoCoMo created technology in Japan and 24 other operators worldwide rolling out the platform, the launch of 3G services has taken some of the shine off […]

Google gears up for more mobile moves

Google is understood to be ratcheting up its mobile initiative, testing its AdSense platform on mobile devices and gearing up to launch a mobile content search engine. The web giant is rumoured to be developing a version of its search engine that lets users search for content such as ringtones, direct from their handset and […]

Visto and Seven play nicely

At least one of the industry’s long running IPR disputes has been settled, as mobile email software rivals Visto and Seven have reached an agreement that will see Seven licence Visto’s patents. The firms have been court-bound for three years now as a series of battles have dragged on over Seven’s refusal to acknowledge the […]

DoCoMo and Casio share the credit

Japan’s number one operator NTT DoCoMo has announced a joint venture with compatriot electronics giant Casio Computer. The firms are teaming up to provice digital payments systems, mainly for the mobile carrier’s iD mobile credit card platform. The JV, CXD NEXT, will be officially launched this Monday and will begin providing services on September 1st […]

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