Mobile (Phones)

Mobile Industry Rolls Out the LiMo

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Mobile Industry Rolls Out the LiMo

LiMo Foundation, a global consortium  (let’s just say you won’t find Microsoft or Nokia on this list), launched the first globally competitive Linux-based software platform for mobile handsets in March—together with public availability of the application programming interface (API) specs.

LiMo’s initial Founder members—Motorola, NEC, NTT DoCoMo, Panasonic Mobile Communications, Continue reading...

Can Nokia’s “Tube” Answer the iPhone?

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Every mobile maker wants to bury the iPhone. A new Nokia phone with touch-screen is codenamed 'Tube' and will have Java built-in and probably support for the DVB-H mobile TV and mobile video. The device can upload photos to the web, indicating either built-in Wi-Fi or HSDPA connectivity. GPS should be included, as Nokia wants to build location technology into all smartphones.

 

Nokia hopes Continue reading...

Apple Could Sell 45 million iPhones in 2009

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Gene Munster, Apple analyst at Piper Jaffray's, outlines the steps by which he thinks Apple could sell 45 million iPhones in 2009 -- introducing a 3G model and perhaps a lower-end version; capitalizing on international sales; and adding new features like games and remote purchases.

And in another report Munster says (in the consumer market) Mac's market share is up 10% worldwide and 21% in Continue reading...

Now Microsoft Will Offer Full Cell Phone Browsing

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Now Microsoft Will Offer Full Cell Phone Browsing

CTIA, the American answer to Europe’s Mobile World Conference, gave Microsoft a chance to announce Internet Explorer Mobile will be available to phone makers in the Q3 (with the first phones to go on sale by year end).

Before iPhone was launched (with a combined phone, browser and music player), cell phones mostly showed stripped-down web versions.

Microsoft also announces Windows Mobile 6.1 and Continue reading...

Motorola Splits Off Its Mobile Business

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Motorola Splits Off Its Mobile BusinessMotorola splits off its mobile handset business into a separate public company. How well does Motorola know the mobile handset business? Apparently not very well, according to billionaire investor Carl Icahn (major shareholder in Motorola). He wants a court order to force the turnover of documents related to Motorola’s spin-off of the cell-phone unit and to the selection of Motorola's senior Continue reading...

EU Backs Nokia in Mobile TV Standard

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The European Commission decides Nokia’s DVB-H will be the preferred European mobile TV standard.  Some EU states (UK, Germany, Netherlands) opposed setting DVB-H as the single standard: now EU countries will now be required to encourage the use of DVB-H. EC hopes this year's soccer European Championship and the Olympic Games will boost consumer take-up of mobile TV. 

Go Mobile Continue reading...

Altec Lansing Shows iPhone Dock

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Altec Lansing Shows iPhone Dock

Many industry observers were surprised when Gartner reported worldwide mobile phone sales reached 1.15 billion units in 2007 and three new companies made the Top 10. Apple, outsider to the telecom industry, made the list. 

German distributor MacLand, specialist in third party solutions for Apple, held its annual MacLand@CeBIT day in the Convention Center. 

There Altec Lansing’s Dirk Continue reading...

Apple in Top 10, Mobile Phones Reach 1bn

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Apple in Top 10, Mobile Phones Reach 1bn

The iPhone puts Apple in Gartner's Top 10 worldwide mobile phone sales. Worldwide mobile phone sales reached 1.15 billion units in 2007 with three new companies in the Top 10.


“Emerging markets, especially China and India, provided much of the growth as many people bought their first phone,” says Carolina Milanesi, Research Director for mobile devices at Gartner. “In mature markets, Continue reading...

TI Developers Map Future of Cell Phone

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TI Developers Map Future of Cell Phone

Texas Instruments, perhaps the most underestimated company in our industry, held  its Developer Conference to launch new OMAP chips and showcase innovations.

"I'm more excited today, looking forward at the innovations coming in the next five or 10 years, than I have been in my 25 years with this company," says Mike Hames, TI's Senior VP for Applications Specific Products.

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Google's Android Prototypes Show Up in Europe

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Google's Android Prototypes Show Up in Europe

Texas Instruments, Qualcomm and ARM stands all had demos of Google’s Android at GSMA World Congress.

Naturally these stands were packed out with “Google-eyed” visitors but really there is nothing to see. Yes, you could see ARM’s prototype but it’s a welcome screen featuring a plain black background with a series of generic icons along the bottom. And yes, the icons open Continue reading...

One Phone Shall Rule All

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Apple's iPhone is the most in-demand and most-satisfying phone, says researcher ChangeWave who says record numbers of US consumers are abandoning basic phones for more advanced models. iPhone and Blackberry lead the trend in a survey of 4182 consumers. 

72% of iPhone owners are "very satisfied," while only 55% for Blackberry, 34% Motorola, 34% Sony Ericsson, 34% Samsung 34% and Continue reading...

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