Category: Content & Applications

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 […]

Windows poised to conquer enterprise space

Microsoft Windows Mobile is poised to win high end enterprise customers from Research In Motion’s BlackBerry and the Symbian platform, according to a report from consulting firm BRC.BRC believes that Microsoft’s edge in the enterprise space will be enhanced by the number of tools available for extending corporate applications to mobiles. This is likely to […]

RIM’s international call up

Internet phone specialist EQO Communications has announced that its EQO Mobile application supports the Blackberry Pearl, Curve and certain other handsets from Canada’s Research In Motion. The firm advertises free or local-rate charges for long distance or international calls over carried using its system. EQO users also get cheaper messaging, it says. “Blackberry users are […]

Visa banking on mobile

US bank Wells Fargo and payments firm Visa USA are trialing a service that they say will finally ensure consumer mobile payments will become a mass market reality. Payments and banking are long time partners in one of mobile’s most enduring ‘will they, won they?’ romance stories. This is by no means the first time […]

US mobile video flying

Revenues for mobile videos in the US totaled $146m in the first quarter, an increase of 198 per cent year on year according to consumer research firm Telephia. There were 8.4 million mobile video subscribers at the end of the first quarter with penetration doubling to nearly four per cent since the same period last […]

EC throws weight behind DVB-H

The European Commission is believed to have prepared a document supporting DVB-H as the standard of choice for mobile TV in Europe. Furthermore, the commission is also expected to add DVB-H to the list of standards published in its official journal, which implies that EU countries are required to encourage the use of DVB-H. The […]

3 to launch BREW on X-Series

Hutchison Whampoa’s 3G unit, 3, has agreed to deploy Qualcomm’s BREW content delivery platform across a bunch of its X-Series devices. Using BREW, 3 plans to embed applications on the handset to deliver a more integrated user experience, which in turn will encourage take up of services, the operator said. Qualcomm claims that BREW changes […]

Nuance buys Tegic for $265m

Speech and imaging software house Nuance is to buy predictive text entry specialist Tegic from Time Warner’s AOL for $265m. Tegic’s T9 predictive text entry has been extremely successful and is currently installed on over 2.5 billion handsets worldwide. Founded in 1995, Tegic was bought by AOL in December 1999 for an undisclosed sum. Nuance […]

Little room in wireless data margins

Margins for wireless data are only ever going to get tighter, according to research published this week by Analysys. It may sound blindingly obvious but the quest for greater ARPU in the face of falling voice revenues is resulting in the widespread adoption of low cost bundled data tariffs. This, in combination with new access […]

YouTube readies for iPhone landing

YouTube will be available on Apple’s forthcoming iPhone from launch, the Californian company said on Wednesday. The Google-owned user generate content firm also revealed it has been encoding its clips into a new format in an attempt to improve quality and preserve battery life when viewed over wireless devices. YouTube is using the advanced H.264 […]

Truphone out of luck with Ofcom

It doesn’t look like embattled VoIP provider Truphone is going to get much backing from the UK communications regulator in its tussle over termination charges with T-Mobile. On Monday, the VoIP provider complained that T-Mobile had started blocking connections to Truphone’s new 07978 number range. T-Mobile argues that even though Truphone has managed to acquire […]

Premium SMS racks up healthy revenues

Almost one third (32 per cent) of US mobile content revenue – $237m – came from off portal premium SMS revenues in the first quarter of 2007, according to a report from US digital consumer researcher Telephia. In its Premium SMS report, Telephia investigated trends in off portal content purchases where premium SMS was the […]

Orange steps up mobile ad activity

Orange UK made a brace of announcements this week in the advertising provision space, indicating that the firm is escalating its activities in this area. On Tuesday the company revealed that it has selected US vendor PhoneSpots to deliver targeted listing information for the carrier’s 118 000 directory services offering. This service connects a caller […]

Mobile email gets a boost

A poll by UK market research firm ICM brings welcome, if not surprising, news for proponents of mobile email. There is precious little doubt over the usefulness and popularity of email, however, some question whether there is sufficient consumer pull for the communications tool to take off on the mobile platform. Charles Black, CEO of […]

Anam banks on SMS money transfer

SMS applications developer Anam Mobile, announced a partnership with mobile payment services firm TR2 Communications on Monday, as the duo launch a global SMS-based money transfer service. There is a ready market of consumers seeking cheaper, faster, more reliable and more accessible ways to get money to family and friends elsewhere, particularly in developing markets, […]

Ericsson grabs CMS maker

Ericsson has acquired Drutt, a company that provides software for carriers to manage the delivery of multiple versions of their content. The system monitors user activity on the web in a variety of ways, and adapts content to suit different devices. So far, a total of 60 customers have deployed it in 35 countries. Ericsson […]

Mobile world should look hard at search

Low consumer awareness, poor ease of use and the need for established industry wide metrics are three of the key challenges that need to be addressed for mobile search to establish itself. A report released by the Mobile Entertainment Forum (MEF) on Wednesday, found that while mobile search’s star may be rising, the industry must […]

Mobile gaming pushes right buttons

Mobile gaming is forecast to be the biggest non-SMS data service earner for UK operators in 2007. According to market research firm GfK, the UK’s annual spend on mobile content is set to reach £1bn for the first time next year, an increase of over £100m on last year’s figure. Not surprisingly, the lion’s share […]

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