Google polishes up mobile Gmail app

Web giant Google released a new version of its Gmail, email application on Thursday, catering for BlackBerrys and Java-capable devices. As well as expanding its potential user base through support for more platforms, Gmail for mobile 2.0 is also designed to be more reliable in low signal areas and provides basic offline support for phones […]

Telefonica puts WiMAX on trial in Brazil

Telefonica, in cooperation with Motorola and Intel, has started a mobile WiMAX trial in Sao Paulo. The pilot, which involves around 150 users, is using the 2.5GHz frequency band and is aiming to provide 2Mbps on the downlink and 600Kbps on the uplink. The trial partners reportedly want to make the WiMAX service commercially available […]

G1 Android phone gets updated after one day

Just one day after the launch of the first Android-based phone in the US, official G1 carrier T-Mobile USA has already started pushing out updates. The official T-Mobile forums for the G1 have been a hive of activity this week, not least because of the revelation of a new software update which was made available […]

India delays 3G, WiMAX licensing until next year

India’s much anticipated auctions for 3G and WiMAX licences look to have been delayed further and may now not take place until next year. The hold up appears to be a result of the government failing to clear the relevant radio spectrum in nine circles, or operating regions, out of India’s total of 22. In […]

Blyk brings in NSN to help with expansion

Ad funded MVNO Blyk announced plans to expand into Belgium on Thursday, tapping Nokia Siemens Networks to host its core network. Blyk, which launched its first services in the UK just over a year ago, is unusual no just in the fact that it has an ad funded business model, but also in that it […]

Texas bets chips against integrated silicon

US chip shop Texas Instruments is looking to cut its cellular baseband operations, by flogging off its merchant market business, the company revealed this week. TI reported a 26 per cent drop in third quarter income, from $758m last year to $563m this year, while revenues dived 8 per cent year on year to $3.4bn. […]

Fring brings true VoIP over 3G to Austria

Mobile VoIP player Fring made wave on Wednesday, announcing a partnership with leading Austrian mobile operator, mobilkom. Under the agreement, mobilkom austria, which offers products under the popular A1 brand, will give customers access to a dedicated version of the Fring mobile client. The fact that this service will use proper VoIP over 3G, rather […]

France paves way for mobile broadband harmonisation

The French Government this week laid the foundations for the harmonisation of mobile broadband services across Europe, announcing plans to share the so called ‘digital dividend’ between electronic communications and audiovisual services. France’s move follows the recommendations of the Digital Dividend Parliamentary Commission, which were published in the summer, and form part of the government’s […]

Kyocera jumps on Android bandwagon

Japanese electronics manufacturer Kyocera is the latest vendor to sign up to Google’s mobile device platform, Android. On Tuesday, the vendor revealed it was planning a portfolio of CDMA-based Android devices, tapping software company Wind River Systems to help with the integration of the Open Handset Alliance’s (OHA) platform. Wind River will provide software systems […]

OHA releases Android code

As the first Android phone hits shelves in the US, Google and the Open Handset Alliance (OHA) have announced the availability of the platform source code. As Android is developed under an open source licence, it can be downloaded and modified by anyone for free. The idea being that such a licence will enable people […]

Apple claims to be beating BlackBerry

Californian kit maker Apple laid into BlackBerry vendor Research In Motion (RIM) late Tuesday, with head honcho Steve Jobs bragging to analysts that he had sold more handsets than the Canadian firm. As Apple’s financial results were posted, Jobs said that in the quarter to the end of September – the first period in which […]

iPhone subsidies hit AT&T profits

US carrier AT&T said Wednesday that iPhone 3G subsidies had taken a $900m chunk out of its pre-tax third quarter profits. Given that the device is selling like hot cakes – Apple shifted 6.9 million units in the last quarter – AT&T warned that earnings dilution associated with the iPhone 3G is likely to run […]

BlackBerry in motion

The firm that made its name selling mobile email into the enterprise sector is moving into the consumer space, proving necessity really is the mother of invention. With the BlackBerry, Canadian smartphone manufacturer Research In Motion (RIM) managed a rare feat: The creation a brand so strong that widespread consumer awareness of the product and […]

DoCoMo to build HSUPA chip

Japanese operator NTT DoCoMo had teamed up with electronics manufacturers Fujitsu and Sharp and semiconductor firm Renesas Technology to co develop and HSUPA platform. DoCoMo said the SH-Mobile G4 single chip LSI device, will support HSUPA1/HSDPA2/WCDMA and GSM/GPRS/EDGE. The technology is due for completion by the first quarter of 2010. The SH-Mobile G4 will be […]

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 […]

Moto reveals flamboyant Aura

The designers at struggling manufacturer Motorola appear to have been taking their minds off the financial crisis by designing an ostentatious gadget, revealed this week as the Aura. Featuring craftsmanship inspired by high end watches, the Aura claims to “mark the return to the golden age of hand crafted design”. In keeping with the watch […]

T-Mo USA beefs up 3G ahead of Android launch

US GSM operator T-Mobile USA is expanding its 3G network ahead of the launch of the much hyped Google phone, the G1. Based on the Open Handset Alliance’s (OHA) Android operating system, the G1 will go on sale at T-Mobile stores on Wednesday, costing $179 with a two year voice and data agreement. This week, […]

Open source blazing the trail for mobile platforms

Open source is fast emerging as an attractive development model for mobile handsets, with Nokia and Google’s respective strategies putting increasing pressure on other players to adopt an open source strategy. With an open source development methodology capable of reducing operational costs, harnessing innovation and shortening time to market for new devices and services, analysts […]

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 […]

LG keeps pace in handset market

Korean handset vendor LG Electronics bucked the economic trend, experiencing strong growth in the mobile space during the third quarter. On Monday the firm reported that operating profit for its Mobile Communications division climbed to KRW387bn (Eur224m), from KRW227bn in the same period last year. Sales at the unit increased 30 per cent to KRW3.8tn. […]

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