Monday, July 28, 2008

Stanford to offer “iPhone Application Programming” course

StanfordWe all know how Apple is popular these days and it doesn't surprises to see many of the well established institutions trying to affiliate themselves with Cupertino boys.

That being said, we've just found out Stanford will be offering a course in the Autumn entitled "iPhone Application Programming." Apparently, the course will be taught by one or more of the same Apple employees that teach a Cocoa Programming course on campus…

It's like, there's not enough iPhone apps already. Just kidding, more is better, and the choice is what we crave for. Give us all you can make and let us select the best. ;)

[Via: TUAW]

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Rumor: Microsoft Zune Integration With Nokia Devices

Nate from Zunescene reports that Nokia is working with the Microsoft Zune team on integrating their marketplace with Nokia devices. His sources tell him that it will not be an exclusive deal and can lead to other phone manufacturers. Hmm… Zune? People actually own these things?


There's no estimated timeline when this will occur. I wonder how this will play with Nokia's Ovi Service if it is true. The Music Store is not even available yet in many countries and last time I've checked, there's no Nokia phones that run Windows Mobile.

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Nokia has no plans to merge Symbian with Google's Android

Just in case you were wondering, despite yesterday's predictions by analysis firm J. Gold Associates, official reaction from the mobile giants aren't positive so don't expect union between Symbian, Nokia, and Google anytime soon!! Nokia is not about to roll its Symbian mobile operating into Google's Android and Nokia has "no plans" to combine its efforts with Android, said David Rivas, a Nokia vice president.

"We don't comment on market rumors or speculations," said a Google spokesperson and dismissed prediction as a "rumor"! From other hand, few days ago, Symbian CEO Nigel Clifford said that Symbian would be glade to collaborate with Google, even "on the more fundamental operating system level." Pretty confusing situat... .. .

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No Plans To Merge Symbian with Android - full story

Nokia and Google rebuff claims of Symbian, Android merger

Google Symbian collaborationThe two largest open-source mobile platform initiatives are swirling up rumors that they'll be joining forces to combine the Symbian and Android platforms spearheaded by Nokia and Google, respectively. Allegedly informed analysts at J. Gold Associates are claiming that a merger between Nokia and Google could kick off in three to six months, citing both companies open-source mobile operating systems.

Nokia previously announced that they'll be taking the Symbian code-base public with the creation of the Symbian Foundation. And, Symbian recently extended a hand in friendship to Google, stating that they'd be "happy to collaborate with them." Analysts are apparently taking the collaboration offer as a sign of merger-things to come.

But, that's not the way Symbian, Nokia, or Google sees things. Officials from all three camps have gone on record and dismissed reports of a merger between the Symbian and Android efforts. Other analysts have also commented on the possibility of a merger between the two tech-giants, saying that the rumors are unsubstantiated.

Symbian is expected to match Android on its free-for-all pricing structure, giving open access to anyone wishing to use the mobile platform. The move should help Symbian compete on the same playing field as Android, and makes the case for both mobile platforms keeping to true to their path.

[Via: InformationWeek]

Palm OS compatibility now so close we can smell it

StyleTap have now confirmed that their Palm OS emulation system is now in private beta for Symbian OS - I didn't get an invite into this stage, but by applying to be a beta tester, you might be lucky. After a short while, it will be opened up to all beta testers, etc. The significance of StyleTap is that there are still many people in the world who are hanging onto ancient Palm handhelds and Treos because they depend on one or more specific Palm OS-only apps - StyleTap will help them move fairly seamlessly onto S60 and Symbian.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Exclusive: First screenshots of S60 5TH edition

The above is a screenshot of the VGA resolution version of S60 5th Edition UI. As you see, it is touch enabled and you won't need the application key (top left) on the keypad anymore. The screenshot was taken on Carbide UI 3.2.

A BIG THANK GOES TO ICEman_c81for kindly providing this screenshot (If the name sounds familiar, yes, he's a great theme maker too).

Friday, July 18, 2008

N78 : Where's the memory card?

Quiet some things have changed on S60 FP2, location of the memory card is one such thing.
I wanted to format the memory card but could'nt find its icon in the Tools menu, where its always been since the 2nd Edition.
Its now shifted in the FileManager application, along with its options ;)

Even timed profiles are back with FP2 and Darla is very happy about it.

Sony Announces TransferJet Technology

Sony Announces TransferJet Technology

It looks like Sony and a couple of other electronic companies think that Bluetooth isn't good enough. That's probably why they're working together to push Transjet, a new wireless protocol whose aim is to allow devices to communicate with each other without the current limitations of Bluetooth.

Transjet's theoretical transmission rate of 560Mbps is nothing to be laughed at, though its range of 3cm might raise a few eyebrows. The short-range might be a blessing in disguise, as it'd help users to avoid spam and other Bluetooth nasties. As there are currently enough wireless standards to confuse users, another one probably won't hurt.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Flipsilent gets Symbian Signed

Accelerometer-based apps for suitably-equipped S60 3rd Edition phones are popping up thick and fast at the moment but there aren't many around that do anything really useful.

There are some cute single-use apps like the spirit level app Pypoziomica and plenty of novelty apps like this sword fighting game, but potentially useful things like ShakeMe seem to be in perpetual beta.

Flipsilent, though, that I can see myself using quite a bit - especially now it has been released as a Symbian Signed app and I won't need to jump through hoops to get it to install.

As the name implies, Flipsilent lets you shush your handset simply by turning it over.   The app lets you configure 'flip' behaviour for hanging up calls, switching to a 'silent' profile and muting alarms.  Oh, and it's free.

Check after the jump for a video of the app in action.


It’s the Eiffel Tower mobile phone!

eiffel-tower-phone.jpgThere are many great things about France. The cuisine, the countryside, the Vanessa Paradis… And you can add to that list MobiFrance's FL concept mobile phone. Standing for French Luxury, it's a touchscreen handset with a 7.2-megapixel camera and stereo speakers.

Oh, and it's modelled on the Eiffel Tower. Genius. A prize to the first phone maker to do something similar for the UK market modelled on the Thames Barrier…

Nokia Touch Screen Devices To Hit Market Before End Of 2008

Nokia has been teasing all of us for a while now when it comes to their new touch screen based Symbian devices. It appears that this week Nokia has decided to let the cat out of the bag, releasing news of a final market date, and what type of phones will be featured...sort of.

First lets start with the type of phones Nokia plans to push out. According to Kai Oistamo who heads up the Nokia device division, the handset manufacturer will focus on their mid-level range of smartphones, keeping them out of competition with the likes of the iPhone, but still offering up devices to a large market.

A market so large in fact that Nokia says they decided to go after the mid-range market because it occupies nearly 50% of all handset sales.

For the most exciting news however we need only turn to the release date. Nokia is planning on a ship date sometime before the second half of 2008 ends, meaning Symbian based touch screens should hit the market in the next 5-6 months at the latest.


Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Developer Interest in Mobile Platforms

oreillyradar.gifBen Lorica of O'Reilly Radar has what I think is a contentious post where he has analysed newsgroups for references to mobile platform names from which he has tried to infer developer interest.


I don't think his results will be very accurate. Firstly, developers don't just use newsgroups any more. Most use web sites, wikis and forums. Secondly, the Apple SDK agreement prohibits people from talking about it - strange I know, because you would think people helping each other would help grow the platform. Thirdly, developers who already know about a platform inside out (e.g. Symbian, Windows Mobile) will seek out much less information.

Chatting with various developers, it seems most are surprised by the success of new iPhone app ecosystem. On TechCrunch you can view a periodically updated spreadsheet of how well the top 50 developers are doing. Note however, that the values are for the US app store only. Other countries have their own stores. Hence, the values are actually higher than shown. PinchMedia have a running commentary on how the iPhone app store is evolving (thanks to Sander for the links).

Monday, July 14, 2008

HELLOMOTO is dead, be prepared to join the "We Generation"

hellomoto2.gifMotorola's infamous "Hello Moto" commercials were epic, but how long has it been since you've heard those words leave someone's mouth? The Illinois based company is going with a new motto, crafted by the fine folks at Ogilvy London, that you'll start hearing day in and day out on the radio/tv/internet: "We generation."

We all know how critical marketing is to the success of a product, but did the company cut their oppertunity for a second chance with consumers after the insanely popular RAZR?

One more thing, the ZN5 is supposed to start shipping in the UK by the end of this summer. According to Mobile-Review it's the best 5 megapixel camera on the market but the software that thing runs … he carries a Nokia N82 if that tells you anything.

[Via: Marketing Week]

Microsoft Equipt (subscription based Office) to go on sale this week

EquiptCan't justify spending hundreds of dollars for Microsoft Office? Starting this week, Microsoft will be offering Equipt for $69.99... per year. Equipt is an office suite which features the applications from Microsoft Office Home and Student, Microsoft OneCare, and comes bundled with several (already free) Windows Live services.

When you consider the fact that Microsoft puts out a new version of Office every few years for $300 or more, Equipt might seem like a bargain. But when you factor in the fact that you can pick up a copy of Microsoft Office Home and Student for just over $100, things might start to look a bit different.

Still, your $70 gets you working versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and other programs. You also get free upgrades. And as much as we love free alternatives like, we have yet to find one that's 100% compatible with Microsoft Office. Nothing screams unprofessional like opening a document a boss or colleague sends you and completely messing up the formatting.

At launch Equipt will be available only at Circuit City stores. Microsoft is expected to announce more distributors soon.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

The i8510: Samsung's 8 Megapixel S60 Slider [Samsung I8510]

If the rumor mill is correct, Samsung is cooking up a new Symbian S60 slider dubbed the i8510 with some serious specs under the hood—including an 8 megapixel camera. The full list of specs are impressive, and would definitely pose a threat to the upcoming Nokia N96 if it is the real deal.

The full list of specs are as follows:

•2.8-inch QVGA (240×320 pixels), 16m colors
•8 megapixel camera with auto-focus, xenon flash and 120 fps video recording
•UMTS with HSDPA support, WiFi, GPS, TV out, DivX support, dedicated 3D graphics chip
•Optical mouse (same as i780 and i900 Omnia)
•200 mAh battery
•106.5×53.9×16.9 mm metal case
•16 GB internal memory (possibly an 8 GB version as well)

Impressive. Conflicting reports have the i8510 running either Feature Pack 1 or 2 and there is no word on whether we are talking tri-band or quad-band GSM here. However, as with any rumor, we will just have to wait and see what holds true. [Forum2 via Estato via IntoMobile via BGR]

Apple: Yellow iPhone 3G Screen Is "Warmer" and "By Design"

Those pee-tinted screens Blam discovered in the Gizmodo iPhone 3G review are there on purpose, and are meant to make the screen "warmer" and easier to see, Apple said today in its first official response on the matter. Apple's senior director of iPhone product marketing, Bob Borchers, told MacWorld that the yellow hue was neither a defect nor a bug.

The first gen iPhone's whiter coloring was reminiscent of harsh, fluorescent lighting, he said, and the 3G was designed to be sunnier and warm. Jason Snell of MacWorld did some follow up on the comments, and apparently they're accurate. The new iPhone 3G's color temperature is roughly 6800 to 7300 Kelvins, compared with approximately 8300K on the first iPhone. MacWorld tests also confirmed that at maximum brightnesses, the new display is brighter than the old one. Borchers hinted, but did not confirm, a future software update could include color settings. UPDATE: Testing was completed by Richard Baguley of [MacWorld]

Friday, July 11, 2008

My Nokia and Mobile Me

With today being another 'iPhone day' and with Apple's new commercial Mobile Me service going live, it's worth noting AAS regular Matt Radford's comparison between Nokia's free My Nokia service and the $100/yr Mobile Me. Matt's notes complete the picture somewhat and his conclusion is spot on, although I suspect that within a few months, Ovi Sync will have rectified the relative lack of integration.

What’s so great about the iPhone?

Someone please help me out here, 'cause I'm on the verge of giving up. I've tried - really - to understand the iPhone hype. I've become used to it in the mainstream media, because the mainstream media are gullible, and thus easy prey for Apple's unstoppable spin machine. But here, on a site which specialises in mobile tech, I really thought I might hear some sense amongst the hysteria. But no.

OK, anyone? All I want to know is the answer to one question. What, precisely, is so damn great about the iPhone? I really can't see it. I hear it's "revolutionary" - but it contains hardly any features not seen already on other devices, many of which have been around for quite some time.

It has 3G? Great, there must be at least 50+ devices doing that now. They're pushing a 2Mpx camera with no videocapture when "normobs" are offering 5Mpx or more WITH videocapture. The lack of videocapture means it's actually irrelevant that it lacks a front-facing secondary camera for videocalling. It still can't handle MMS, and Apple's only (weak) response to that has been "but it has full email capability, you don't need MMS" (oh really? And how are you meant to exchange picture messages with the 95% of the market who don't have email capable phones, or is the truth that iPhone users are trying to form an elitist clique where they'll only converse with the similarly equipped while looking down disdainfully on the "normob wielders"?). Can you copy and paste yet in messages? Errrr… OK, what's Uncle Steve's explanation for that one, is copy & paste obsolete now too?

My personal current favourite is the ludicrous congratulations being heaped on Apple for the new App Store. Yeah! Great! Apparently, iPhone users now have the incredible ability to… wait for it… actually install new applications on the devices they paid for! Congratulating Apple for that is a bit like saying Nelson Mandela should thank the people who imprisoned him for eventually releasing him (i.e. he shouldn't actually have been imprisoned in the first place, so why the hell should he thank them?) Just curious, does the app store also include the facility to install your own ringtones instead of being limited to just the ringtones you've had to pay Uncle Steve yet more money for? Mmmm… let's see… oops, let's not go there. The App Store? Every major mobile OS has an "App Store" out there on the web, offering umpteen times the amount of software Apple's does, and when Android-based devices eventually arrive, they'll have an "App Store" everyone will struggle to match. For God's sake - if Steve Jobs physically kicked these people in the nuts, they'd probably thank him for it.

We'll also just gloss over the fact that if I want an app. for a Blackberry, Palm or Symbian-based device, I just need to Google it, and if I can't find what I want… well, I could always write it myself and slap it on there! I could do the same for the iPhone, couldn't I? Well, no. Because the only way of getting an app onto an iPhone is via the iTunes App Store, which means that Uncle Steve STILL gets the last word on what you can put on YOUR device (remember, the one you paid for) and what you can't. Speaking of money, although I can't blame Apple for this directly, the tariffs offered by O2? Still in excess of what you pay for any other device. Same with AT&T in the US, and there's been a virtual revolution in Canada over Rogers's initial data plan offerings.

Bottom line, the iPhone has one (or two, if you're picky) thing(s) going for it - Mobile Safari is the best browser out there, and combined with the multi-touch screen, it offers the best browsing experience currently available on mobile (you trade that off for messaging though, tests have proved the iPhone touchscreen is no faster to type on and suffers from the same error rates as predictive text keypads, both being roughly 3 times as slow as a physical QWERTY a la Blackberry). But for how long? Speaking of RIM, rumours are beginning to circulate that they've seen the iPhone as a shot across their bows, and are going to respond full-force with the upcoming Thunder (or Storm, no-one's quite sure of the name). Electrokinetic touchscreen? The same engine in their new browser as M-Safari? Ouch. If they get multi-touch on that too, the iPhone's only true market-leading features just bit the dust and quite probably got aced. Hard to believe the browser bit considering the existing 'berry browser is so bad, but this is what Apple have brought on themselves in a way - they set new standards in this area, now everyone else is going to copy them.

Still, keep believing the hype. Of course, I forgot the iPhone's other big advantage - ooo… doesn't it look cool sitting there next to the skinny latte and the organic carrot cake? I'm waiting for one of the iPhone poseurs to start claiming that Steve Jobs actually INVENTED 3G. Eh? No, He DID! He really, really, really did. And the internet. Or was that Al Gore?

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Palm closing up MyPalm portal

MyPalm beta logoWith their market share dropping ever lower these days, Palm's taken a proactive approach to streamlining its operation. Rather than finalize and launch their MyPalm portal out of beta-land, Palm has apparently decided to close-up shop on their Palm information portal.

On September 1, 2008, MyPalm will cease to exist.

Here's Palm's explanation for killing of MyPalm:

We?re [sic] working hard at Palm to deliver great products and services to our customers. The MyPalm Beta program gave us an opportunity to provide certain offers and service to members. We collected great feedback from our valued customers on ways to improve customer experience. Participation in new offers and services will not require customers to sign up for the MyPalm Beta program.

Sounds like a roundabout explanation that essentially tries to avoid saying what we all know to be true - MyPalm just didn't work out.  But, once MyPalm turns off the lights for good, at least it's comforting to know that future services and offers won't require the user to sign up for MyPalm.

Confused much?


[Via: PalmInfocenter]

Nokia completes its acquisition of NAVTEQ

Nokia announced today that it has completed its acquisition of NAVTEQ, a leading provider of comprehensive digital map information.

As part of Nokia, NAVTEQ will continue to develop its world-class expertise in the navigation industry, service its strong customer base, and invest in the further development of its industry-leading map data and technology platform. It will continue to build out and expand coverage of countries already included in its database as well as add new pieces of both static and dynamic content.

Powered by NAVTEQ's industry leading maps data, Nokia will redefine the Internet and connected experiences by adding context - time, place, people - to web services optimized for mobility. By bringing context to Internet services, Nokia will lead the next generation of web innovation.

"Nokia and NAVTEQ together make a powerful combination, and customers will benefit as the transaction enables NAVTEQ to accelerate its expansion into new regions and introduce innovative new content. This is an industry poised for further growth and NAVTEQ will play a major role in the field," said Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, President and CEO, Nokia. "The addition of NAVTEQ comes at the right time for Nokia's business, allowing us to create the leading location platform just as context-aware and location-based Internet services expand rapidly into mobile communications devices."

Judson Green, President and CEO of NAVTEQ, said: "Nokia has a deep understanding of the requirements for the industry. As part of Nokia, NAVTEQ will further invest in its map and content capabilities and make our products and services easier for all our customers to use and access."

NAVTEQ is a leading provider of comprehensive digital map data for automotive navigation systems, mobile navigation devices, Internet-based mapping applications, and government and business solutions. NAVTEQ creates the digital maps and map content that power navigation and location-based services solutions around the world. The Chicago-based company was founded in 1985 and has approximately 3 000 employees located in 168 offices in 30 countries.

"NAVTEQ's map data already play an important role in Nokia Maps service, which brings downloadable maps, voice-guided navigation and other context-aware web services to people's pockets. Now that the acquisition has been completed, this role will become even more important as context-aware Internet services grow," added Niklas Savander, Executive Vice President for Services & Software, Nokia.

Nokia Maps covers over 200 countries, with over 70 of them navigable. Nokia Maps 2.0 has improved its optional Car Navigation, enhanced its pedestrian navigation, added multimedia city guides, offers satellite images, and is sporting a redesigned user interface.

Nokia Chat - Presence and IM with friend location features

Nokia Chat is a new, GPS-aware software and instant messaging service which is being previewed through Nokia Beta Labs. Nokia Chat is an instant messaging and presence application with added location features. Generic location information can be shared via your presence message, via matching GPS position with selected existing (Nokia Maps) favourite places or you can send an ad-hoc exact location as a chat message. Read on for more information, a brief review and screenshots.

Joikuspot Premium Turns Phones To Enterprise Hotspot

Joikuspot Premium Turns Phones To Enterprise Hotspot

JoikuSpot has become one of the more popular S60 applications out there, and its position is justified by its ability to turn users WiFi S60 devices into a hotspot, and when that includes 3G, it's even better. JokiuSoft has now released JoikuSpot Premium, which adds VPN support for corporate users and removes the forced Joiku-branded landing page when users first see when they connect to their "hotspot". The Premium version is currently going for €15 (about $24).

NTT DoCoMo Going To China

NTT DoCoMo Going To China

It seems like NTT DoCoMo has its sights set on China as they have established DOCOMO China Co., Ltd. as a wholly owned subsidiary in Shanghai, China. Their new office is expected to start operating from the end of July, once the necessary governmental and commercial approvals are obtained.

Based on their official announcement, DOCOMO China will mainly focus on "providing mobile solutions for corporate customers, especially locally based Japanese companies". Does that mean it doesn't make a difference to the average end user? Let's wait and see how things turn out.

Nokia Says 9 More Firms Sign Up for Symbian Pact

Top cell phone maker Nokia announced today that nine more firms, including telecom operators "3" and TIM, have agreed to support its new open mobile software alliance Symbian Foundation.

Nokia said on June 24 it would buy out other shareholders of the UK-based smartphone software maker Symbian for $410 million and make its software royalty-free to other phone makers, in response to new rivals such as Google.

Nokia said the foundation has now 30 members after also mobile operators 3, America Movil and TIM, chip firm Marvell, and services and software providers Aplix, Elektrobit, EMCC Software, Sasken and TietoEnator joined.

The initial board members are AT&T, LG Electronics, Motorola, Nokia, NTT DoCoMo, Samsung Electronics, Sony Ericsson, STMicroelectronics, Texas Instruments and Vodafone.

Firefox 3.1 is due out in the New Year

InformationWeek is reporting that Mozilla is already preparing Firefox 3.1 for release in the New Year and Firefox 4 is apparently already being discussed.    This despite Firefox 3 only being released less than a few weeks ago.   Take that Internet Explorer!

When it comes to discussing features, the big bone of contention is apparently the AwesomeBar (the URL bar that throws up every kind of previous URL when you type in it).  It has its fans and its enemies (I'm an enemy and I disabled it on day one).   Apparently, Mozilla is convinced that the enemies will eventually come to their senses and come to love it, so they have no plans to remove it.    Well I can safely say that I will never come to love it and mine will stay permanently disabled.

As one reader in the InformationWeek article says :

The awesome bar sucks. My biggest problem is that it displays what you have been browsing to anyone looking over your shoulder. Lets imagine you have have been visiting a jobs site. You boss walks up and asks you to pull up something. You create a new tab and start typing 'www'. You get that far and FF3 displays a huge banner with hotjobs or whatever. What a stupid idea.

What about you?  Do you love Firefox's AwesomeBar?   Is it awesome for you?   Or is it intensely annoying?

Via InformationWeek

Windows XP ain't the only OS retiring this year: Goodbye Windows 3.11

Windows 3.11
Microsoft may have sent Windows XP into partial retirement in June, but did you know that you can still pick up a copy of Windows 3.11 for Workgroups? Microsoft has been allowing OEMs to license the ancient operating system for embedded devices for years. But Windows 3.11 for Workgroups will no longer be available after November 1, 2008. So hurry up and get your copy (if you're an equipment manufacturer) now! Or don't.

In other news, CNET reports that Windows XP is selling like wildfire at online retailers like Amazon. That's because while Microsoft may no longer be offering the operating system through retail channels, any store that's still got a few boxes in stock can continue to sell Windows XP until the inventory is gone.

Right now Windows XP Home version is #15 in software sales at Amazon, while Windows XP Pro is #14. It's not clear how many copies the retailer has left, but the operating system is currently listed as "in stock."

iTunes App Store open for business, with 500+ apps for download

Apple opened the iTunes App Store today, just ahead of the Friday release of the iPhone 3G. The phone is already out in some parts of the word -- lucky Aussies and New Zealanders! -- but while North America is waiting, there's the iPhone 2.0 firmware update and a new version of iTunes to play with. If you install these updates, you don't have to wait for a new iPhone before you start buying apps! iPod Touch users, however, will apparently have to wait until tomorrow for the firmware update, which will cost $9.95 -- compared to a free update for the iPhone.

What about the apps themselves? Well, for starters, there are over 500 of them, and 25% of those are free. So far, games are leading the pack, with Sega's much-hyped Super Monkey Ball as the most downloaded app. Other hot games in the Top 10 are Enigmo, Cro-Mag Rally and Bejeweled 2. Apart from games, the most popular download thus far is OmniFocus, the powerful productivity app from Omni Group, coming in at #4.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Forum Nokia Virtual Developer Lab (VDL) announced

DeviceAnywhere today unveiled the new Forum Nokia Virtual Developer Lab (VDL) - a remote testing service designed to dramatically reduce the time and resources required to develop, test, monitor, and deploy applications and content for Nokia handsets.

The on-line service supports the most popular Nokia devices running on the Series 40 and S60 platforms and is available globally to all members of the Forum Nokia developer community.

Forum Nokia VDL is powered by DeviceAnywhere, a revolutionary online service that provides access to real mobile handsets that are each connected to live netwo... .. .

Read more:
Forum Nokia Virtual Developer Lab - full story

Nokia: Only 3% of people recycle their mobile phones

Nokia: Only 3% of people recycle their mobile phones

Nokia surveyed 6,500 people in 13 countries — including Finland, Germany, Italy, Russia, Sweden, UK, United Arab Emirates, USA, Nigeria, India, China, Indonesia and Brazil — to find out people's attitudes and behaviors towards recycling.

The findings highlight that despite the fact that people on average have each owned around five phones, very few of these are being recycled once they are no longer used.

Here are the highlights:

  • Only 3% said they had recycled their old phone!
  • However, only 4% of old devices are being thrown into landfill. 44% are being kept at homes never used, while others are either passed to friends or family (25%) or sold (16%).
  • 74% of people surveyed said they don't think about recycling their phones, while about the same number of consumers (72%) think recycling makes a difference to the environment.
  • Half of those surveyed didn't know phones could be recycled, with awareness lowest in India at 17% and Indonesia at 29%, and highest in the UK at 80% and 66% in Finland and Sweden.
  • Two thirds said they did not know how to recycle their old phone and 71% were unaware of where to do this.

Responding to the survey findings Nokia is developing a series of campaigns and activities to give people more information on recycling. More information about Nokia's program is available from here.

Android, LiMo demos working on Nokia smartphones...

It's interesting how marketing works these days. We don't have devices yet, but we have a chance to see new mobile OSes in action working on other devices. Mentioned Android and LiMo demos are only Java ME based apps, but this forced me to ask the question: will we have a chance in the future to buy a smartphone with the mobile operating system of our choice - just like in PC world? In case of Nokia Internet Tablets it's possible to run Android (not officially, of course) - I wrote about it here. It looks that the platform is even more flexible - Nokia is actively sponsoring an Ubuntu ARM port


I'm wondering how many people would be interested in experimenting with other mobile operating systems (let's assume that we'll have a possibility to easy (re)install mobile OSes on the same device)... What's your opinion on this topic?

Bonus links:
Android API demo
Android UI demo
LiMo R1 UI demo

Google Lively: a 3D social networking/chat tool that nobody asked for !!!

If you've ever thought it would be a good idea to embed a chat widget on your web site, Google has another proposition for you: Why stop there? Why not embed a 3D environment, let users create avatars, decorate a room, and chat with one another? The company has taken the wraps off of Lively, a 3D social networking/chat service that does just that. You can create or join Lively rooms through or you can embed rooms on any site using a small snippet of HTML code.

We got our first clue that Google was up to something in the social networking/virtual world space last year when a student at Arizona State University snapped a screenshot of the signup page for a top secret Google project. At the time we guessed that Google was building a Second Life competitor. But since it's a web-based service, it looks like Lively is more of an IMVU competitor. That should come as no surprise, since as VentureBeat points out, one of the founders of IMVU now works for Google.

Continue reading Google Lively: a 3D social networking/chat tool that nobody asked for

Which Is Faster - an Android or a LiMo?

Making good software for mobile phones is hard -- even for a technically adept company like Google. Indeed, it's so difficult that the fleet-footed champion of search advertising finds itself in the unaccustomed position of playing catch-up to normally slow-moving industry behemoths. As Google scrambles to release its mobile phone code sometime later this year, a nonprofit consortium of some of the world's biggest telecommunications companies and handset makers has quietly beaten the search giant.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Nokia reminds remaining 97% of mobile phone users to recycle old units

Before you go off to purchase that new N78, Nokia N96, or even the iPhone, have you already sat down and thought about what you'll do with the phone that you'll replace? Maybe you did, maybe you didn't. What's clear is that even if you did sit down to think about it, chances are, recycling it never occurred to you.

That's because according to the results of a global consumer survey conducted by Nokia with 6,500 people in 13 countries including Finland, Germany, Italy, Russia, Sweden, UK, United Arab Emirates, USA, Nigeria, India, China, Indonesia and Brazil, only 3% of people recycle their old mobile phones, even though they have no more use for it.

Nokia reminds remaining 77% of mobile phone users to recycle old units

The survey finds that people either never even thought of recycling, or thought of it but just didn't know how to go about it.

At first, it might not seem like such a big deal, but if you consider the fact that the estimated number of mobile phone users in the world is 3 billion, up to 240,000 tonnes of raw materials could be saved, not to mention the dramatic reduction of greenhouse gases.

This is very alarming news, and goes to show that people may not be so faithful, if not alien to the thought of saving the environment through recycling. But let's face it, recycling, per se, means giving up old stuff for the dumps so they can be turned into something new and usable again. However that means that you'd have to give up a joyous piece of tech that you maybe bought a few years ago for more than half a grand. It's not unlikely that people would rather keep their old mobile phones in dark, dusty drawers where they can always see it and say, "I bought that for $500," than bring it to a recycling plant and have a chance to save the world.

Anyway, since it's never too late to chance, you can still gather up all those unused mobile phones lying around in your home to be turned over in places like Nokia's collection points. You can start by checking out or communicate with the people in your community for a more focused effort.

Via Nokia

The Open Mobile Future

Recently the mobile phone market has undergone a radical transformation with an explosion of open source initiatives and projects. Here is a brief description of some of them.


Providing both the hardware and software, this is by far the most 'open' of all the mobile projects. Not only is the software totally open source and completely customizable, the CAD files for the physical phone are avaliable as well.

Unfortunately this phone is really only for the uber geek, since its primary value is in customizability and openness. If those aren't your main concerns, you can get a lot more for less.


Created by Google for the Open Handset Alliance, Android provides what Google calls a complete mobile platform. This means that it comes with all the software needed for a mobile phone, from the kernel to the core libraries to the basic applications.

In addition to the basic Android system, the are already quite a few third party applications built, due to Google releasing the SDK early and then running the developer challange. You can find many of these early applications at helloandroid, and if you want help building you own you can visit anddev.

Aside from the current lack of actual phones, the biggest problem with Android is their implementation of Java. Instead of sticking to a Java standard, which would have allowed for possible cross-compatibility with many existing applications, they went and created their own virtual machine called Dalvik. For the reason see this article.

LiMo Foundation

As opposed to Android, the LiMo Platform does not come with any applications whatsoever. Instead, each handset manufacturer is responsible for creating all their own applications, from the most basic onward. This means that the software on LiMo phones from different manufacturers will be unique in appearance and even function.

While there is currently no SDK for the LiMo Platform, the APIs are avaliable and well documented, and the SDK is slated to come out late 2008. There are also about a dozen phones already avaliable running the LiMo Platform.

The main issue that the LiMo Foundation has is a lack of a public following and hype. While Android and Openmoko are leveraging the power of community, LiMo seems to be relying solely on the will and desire of the Foundation's companies to use LiMo for purely technical reason. In other words, no one is clamoring for LiMo and very few third parties are writing software for it.

Symbian Foundation

After all the other open source excitment, Nokia bought Symbian and announced the new Foundation which would set it free. Despite the publicity stunt feeling this gives me, most tech news sites are at the least hopeful about the new Symbian Foundation.

Because I don't really know all the details, I am just going to link to some of the more informative news articles.

First Symbian Foundation handsets due in 2010 (zdnet). Link.

Nokia buys Symbian, will open Symbian OS ( Link.

Other Important Articles

Android vs LiMo: What's the difference? Link.

Crossing the chasm with Android: Can we view disruptive initiatives like Android in the context of the existing value chain? (This is a detailed and slightly hard to read analysis of the mobile market and how android might affect change). Link.

Try out Android on the Nokia N810

androidl.jpegIf you are curious about all this new-fangled Android malarky, and happen to have one of Nokia's N810 internet tablets, why not load it up and give it a whirl?

By downloading a specially compiled and patched copy of Android and a special loading app from here you can run an Android environment as an app under the N810's own operating system.

Reportedly, the touchscreen is supported and both the web browser and Google Maps apps are fully working.

You'll need a memory card with at least 110 MB free and, of course, arelaxed attitude to bricking your N810 - although as it just runs as an app I shouldn't worry too much.

Symbian launches Symbian Partner Network

Symbian Partner Network

Symbian Limited launched a new partner program called Symbian Partner Network (SPN) to enable members to innovate more easily, collaborate more closely with the Symbian ecosystem and "accelerate developments with Symbian OS."

The program is designed to deliver maximum rewards to both Symbian customers and members of the Symbian Partner Network by enabling companies to efficiently develop and market products and services on the Symbian platform. Symbian customers enjoy access to the highest quality ecosystem solutions, while members make use of a range of technical, marketing and business development tools and resources, including the Symbian OS Binary Access Kit.

According to Symbian, the key benefits of the new partner program include:

  • Simplified sign-up process, click-through licenses and online payment system
  • Reduced annual membership fee of $1,500 (from $5,000)
  • Access to SDN++ containing the SPN Zone
  • Improved self-service technical support (wikis, forums, SPN Helpdesk)
  • Early access to information such as technology roadmaps and other documentation
  • Enhanced marketing and business development opportunities including admission to private events, such as the annual Symbian Partner Event.

More information about the Symbian Partner Network is available from here.

And before I let you go, I need to add my two cents. This doesn't effect end-users, at least not directly. The good thing, though, is that as a result of this program we could see companies from Symbian eco-system collaborating more extensively and ultimately developing better products…

South Korea wants to ship $70 billion worth of mobile phones in 2012, did $29 billion in 2007


The South Korean Ministry of Knowledge (that sounds like a totally bad ass department for a country to have) has said that by 2012 they want to export $70 billion worth of mobile phones versus $29 billion in 2007.

When I say South Korea I really mean LG and Samsung. This isn't the first time the small country has beat its chest, Samsung recently became the number 2 mobile phone manufacture in the world and LG broke a record in terms of devices shipped in a quarter for Q1 of this year. They're hungry.

[Image of Seoul via Flickr]

Is 3G a necessity for mobile phones these days?

Global 3G landscapeThe fact that we're seeing brand-new handsets being cooked up in R&D labs around the world without 3G radios in tow is a surprisingly sad revelation indeed. With the almighty Motorola MOTOZINE ZN5 failing to give complement its 5 megapixel Kodak camera with an HSDPA data connection, we figured the 3G oversight was limited to Moto's somewhat myopic vision.

Alas, it seems Samsung has given in to making new mobile phones without any 3G guts to back up its smartphone roots. Powered by Windows Mobile Professional 6.1, the Samsung i740 brings integrated GPS, FM radio, Bluetooth, microSD card slot, and 3 megapixel camera to the table. And, seeing as how WinMo's Professional-flavored mobile OS is running the show, the 2.8-inch touchscreen makes sense. But, with nary an EDGE connection to speak of, the Samsung i740 will be hobbling along at GPRS speeds. Sad, isn't it?

The decision to keep the pricier 3G chipsets out of handsets is likely motivated by both financial and demographic factors. Of course, saving a few bucks on every handset allows for larger margins. But, are handset manufacturers catering to demographics without a need for high-speed data by doing away with 3G data? And, if they are, how large a market is there for devices with pokey-slow wireless data connections?

Ubuntu Tweak Helps Install and Update Cutting-Edge Linux Apps

Linux only: The latest release of Ubuntu Tweak, a custom-configuring app we've posted about before, makes it even easier to quickly set up an Ubuntu system with the options, looks, and now software you really want. The app's 0.3.2 release includes a compendium of third-party software—such as the Avant Window Navigator, Google Gadgets, GNOME Do, and more—you can easily add to your system and keep updated. Ubuntu Tweak uses a custom repository feed to keep all these apps up to date, so it might get a bit messy with a future upgrade. Still, for helping out newcomers to Ubuntu—or OpenSUSE, Fedora, or other GNOME-based distros—it's seriously helpful. Ubuntu Tweak is a free download for GNOME-based Linux systems only.

Adobe Reader 9 released, Adobe Reader Lite 9 unofficially released

Adobe Reader Lite 9
Adobe Reader 9 is out, and while the latest version of Adobe's popular PDF reader offers faster launch speeds and native support for Flash content, it still takes forever to run Adobe Reader on some computer systems. If you've ever come across an unexpected PDF link on the web, you know what we mean.

While there are plenty of alternative PDF readers (some of our favorites include Foxit and Sumatra), if you want an application that can handle pretty much any PDF file in existence, you're still best off running Adobe Reader, even if it has a ton of features you'll never need. Fortunately, there's a stripped down version of Adobe Reader called Adobe Reader Lite.

Adobe Reader Lite is maintained by a third party developer and isn't officially supported by Adobe. But version 9 was released last week, hot on the heels of Adobe Reader 9. AR Lite contains all of the basic functions you'd need from Adobe Reader, but none of the extra junk like autorun, desktop shortcuts, or some of the less frequently used plugins.

[via gHacks]

Monday, July 7, 2008

New Symbian Partner Network announced

Symbian Limited, which was recently acquired by Nokia, announced today that it has launched Symbian Partner Network (SPN), "a new world-class partner program" to attract third party developers.  According to the press release, membership to this program will include access to SDN++ and a special SPN zone with access to "arange of technical, marketing and business development tools and resources, including the Symbian OS Binary Access Kit." The cost of membership is reduced from US $5,000 to US $1,500.

Rogers Blackberry Roadmap Updated

The largest GSM carrier in the nation the Blackberry calls home is gearing up for a great second half of the year. Rogers has released its anticipated roadmap for the Blackberry devices on its horizon.

The first one up is the Blackberry Bold. This 3G smartphone will be available to dealers July 25 and ready for customers on July 29.

Next on the map is the Blackberry Kickstart. The Kickstart is the new clamshell and will be set for launch either mid or late September.

Last but not least is the Blackberry Javelin. The Blackberry Javelin plans on a late November or early December debut. Crackberry mentions the Javelin seems to be the Curve's replacement, considering Rogers will launch both the Bold and the Javelin.

What about the Blackberry Thunder, guys? Give us some more touchscreen love.

via Crackberry

Why Is Symbian Charging Its Partners?

Symbian, which recently agreed to be acquired by Nokia, is part of a growing number of mobile platform makers -- Apple, Google, LiMo -- that are all are vying for the attentions of the mobile developer community. The company sent over an email this morning with details of its Symbian Partner Network (SPN), which will theoretically allow members to work better in the Symbian ecosystem. There are tons of benefits to this new partner network, and I'm sure some of them are actually useful.

In exchange, "partners" would have to pay $1,500 for the annual membership, down from a previous $5,000-a-year membership price tag. Yet I wonder if $1,500 is also too much. Somehow it feels like, after spending $410 million on Symbian, its new corporate masters are pinching pennies precisely at a time when they shouldn't be.

Symbian, thanks to Nokia's deep pockets, can afford to spend liberally on the ecosystem. Not only that, it needs to spend liberally, for it isn't the only game in town anymore. If it wants to keep folks (partners) loyal to its ecosystem, Symbian will have to throw in some sops. Google and Apple, after all, are doing their best to attract developers.

Python for S60 gets an update and a community site

python-logo.pngNokia's port of the popular open source programming language Python is the magic ingredient behind some of the more unusual free apps that we have covered here at Pocket Picks.

Open source projects really benefit from a healthy community to share ideas, code and enthusiasm, so it is heartening to see a new community for new Python coders with an interest in S60 apps -

The site is in it's early days, but already has a selection of tutorials and sample code.  The Croozeus blog is running a 'featured applicationn' series for downloadable apps (with full source code) - currently there is just the one, a rather dry-soundinng but quite clever app to solve simple maths equations.

By happy coincidence, Nokia has released an update to bring PyS60 up to version 1.4.4, improving S60 3rd edition SDK 3.1 support and adding some SMS management functions.  Why not download it here and see if the life of a PyS60 developer is for you

3UK and Yahoo! tie up for Ads


Yahoo! has just announced a deal with 3UK to be the exclusive provider of banners and sponsored links inventory on "Planet 3" (the operator's portal). The first ads will apparently appear later this month.

Head of On-Portal Advertising Neil Andrews said: "We believe Yahoo! has the experience to help us take full advantage of our advanced portal and unique all 3G subscriber-base. By combining Yahoo!'s expertise in mobile advertising with 3's valuable inventory, we can help big brands target their advertising with maximum success."

This isn't the first time 3 and Yahoo! have collaborated - we could consider this news to be an extension of their strategic relationship - and of course, a nice win for Yahoo!

[Via: Wireless Week]

Survey: 82% of US doesn't use SMS text messaging

SMS text messageIn a seeming confirmation of the US wireless market's inherent naivety, a new research study has shown that SMS text messaging just isn't as popular as  other reports would have you believe. Sure, there have been trillions upon trillions of SMS text messages sent over the years, but just how does that translate to a "per capita" metric? According to this survey, it wouldn't translate very well.

Researchers at Ipsos MediaCT found that SMS text messaging was either used by a mobile subscriber on a recurring basis, or almost not at all. In the US, 82% of respondents indicated that they had never used the text messaging feature on their mobile phone. A full 3% indicated that they had used text messaging on, at most, a monthly basis, while 15% used text messaging "every week or more."

Apparently, US mobile subscribers using SMS text messaging do so frequently and regularly - the rest tend to not use the service at all. This has resulted in a lop-sided usage-distribution in the US.

So, what's going on here? Are people just using email that much more frequently than SMS text messages? Is voice still "king" in the US?

Sound-off in the comments section - let us know how you use your mobile phone.

[Via: NYT]

TAT’s Kastor finally coming to S60

There was much rumour going on about TAT's fancy and advanced eye catching UI, Kastor, coming to S60. And now, finally TAT has released a press release confirming this. Let's hope this won't be just another press release.

Read the press release here:

Sunday, July 6, 2008

India Mobile Market to Exceed $37 Billion by 2012

A report just released by Gartner, Inc. spells out how fast the rate of penetration is expanding throughout India. According to the report, cellular services is projected to surpass $37 billion as early as 2012. This makes India's market the fastest growing in the world.

The market is also predicted to exceed 737 million mobile connections or subscriptions. This will be achieved if the country continues to grow at its current compound growth rate of 18%.

In 2007 the cellular market penetration was 19.8%; by 2012, expect that number to balloon up to 60.7%.

A large factor in the success of this market is the increasing focus on rural areas, lower handset prices and prepaid services. Most vendors focus on handsets that cost less than $25, and prepaid subscribers account for 89% of the market. This number will increase to 92% by 2012.

The final numbers crunched by Gartner, Inc. shows that churn rates of the market will also increase from 41 to 49 per cent, despite a more mature market.

via India Times via IntoMobile

Vlingo's app for BlackBerry allows users to control their smartphones with nothing but voice

Vlingo recently released a new application for BlackBerry smartphones, allowing users to control their devices using nothing but their voice. Available as a free download, vlingo's BlackBerry app lets users do such things using their voice as:Vlingo

  • Voice Dial - initiate calls to anyone from address book.
  • Text Message - send text messages without typing.
  • Email - start an email and speak the message on-the-go.
  • Applications - open calendar, maps, and other apps.
  • Address Book - search for contacts without typing.
  • Web search - look up anything online in one step.
  • Note2Self - send yourself a reminder in the form of an email, task or text message.

Vlingo currently works on the BlackBerry Pearl, BlackBerry Curve and BlackBerry 8800 series smartphones and is available for download from here.

Facebook for Palm released, gives Centro users something to show off

Facebook for PalmEverybody that has a web-enabled phone and a thing for online interaction in lieu of actually having in addition to a social life knows that the biggest social networking sites are but a few keystrokes away at all times via mobile websites. Of course, even mobile-optimized web applications can be sluggish or glitchy sometimes, since they could potentially be affected by dozens of things like browser incompatibilities or updates. Luckily, smartphone users have an alternative: native application for their phones that talk directly with the service without a web browser getting in the way.

Facebook seems to be one of the more popular mobile websites, which makes it a relatively good candidate for a smartphone application written. Palm seems to agree with this, since the company released Facebook for Palm for their smartphones last month.

Facebook for Palm sports a relatively intuitive user interface, with its five-tabbed home screen; it seems matches the new phone interface included with the Treo 680 phones. The five tabs let you navigate to the Photos, Status Updates, Contacts/Friends, and Mail pages along with your Home page news feed quickly. Of course, the feature that sets Facebook for Palm apart from the regular mobile version of Facebook is the ability to quickly and easily upload pictures and videos to your Facebook profile. You can also easily search through your Facebook contacts and dial or text message someone who might not be in your phone's contact list already.

Facebook for Palm is supported on the Centro, Treo 755p, and Treo 680. However, rumor has it it'll work on your 700p as well, if you select the 755p version for download.

Opera partners with

Although it doesn't always get the most attention, Opera is a solid browser that continues to improve with each version. While they work on their next version, codenamed Peregrine (like the falcon), subtle improvements are being added to the current release, 9.51. The latest addition is for the search bar.

What do we think is so interesting about that? First, it's a step toward competing with Firefox's search engine plugins. Although the promotion is focused on Ask, it also shows off Opera's expandable search bar to users who might not have known about it. Second, it's another option for people who don't want to rely exclusively on Google for their search results. We're looking forward to more from Opera in the near future.

How to Get In on Early Betas

beta_illus.jpgYour friend just messaged you about the coolest new webapp, so you head over to sign up and ... "We're in private beta at the moment." If you strike out with invite-sharing services like Invite Share, the blog has a few recommendations on getting in without an open invite. One is so straightforward, it's likely overlooked in most cases:

Try to contact someone in the PR department, but anyone with the power to grant invites is good. Then simply offer to review the service if you can get in on the beta now. Have a specific site in mind — if you want to post the review to your blog, be able to mention your readership numbers. Otherwise consider lining up the opportunity to guest post on a larger blog.
From my own and friends' experiences, just writing about a service and its possibilities in comments or forums can end up scoring you an invite. How have you gotten in on a webapp, software program, or other beta list? Share your story in the comments.

Sony Ericsson picks GlobalFun as one of two main official content acquisition partners

Eager to fill up the catalog of software in their Play Now Arena and Fun&Downloads service, Sony Ericsson has chosen premium mobile games developer and publisher GlobalFun as one of its main official content acquisition partners.

Sony Ericsson and GlobalFun have been dealing with each other for about 5 years now, and now with this content acquision agreement, things can only get better.


Bertil Krumnack, EVP of Sales&Business Development in GlobalFun, only sees this as a proof that their company's strategy on content acquisition and account management has been and still is the correct one.

For Sony Ericsson, this might as well be just another move to enrich their product offerings as one of the world's leading mobile phone companies, but for the many who are aware of rumors about the possible release of a PSP Phone in the near future, this will come out as intriguing and maybe even add to the conviction that the PSP phone is coming.

But of course, until we hear such from some of the bigger names in the mobile phone games development industry, this could very well be just wishful thinking.


Nokia PC Suite v7.0.7.0 Now Available

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For those of us sticking with the plain-jane vanilla version of the Nokia PC Suite, heads up, there's an update! I'm not sure what all new features are gained, other than that it now shows battery and signal strength for the connected phone, which is very nice, and that some of the more recent desktop applications from the Beta Labs have been integrated into this new version.

You can download it here, from the official PC Suite pages. I've been using this version for a few weeks now and haven't had any issues with stability or Bluetooth connections. Previous versions of PC Suite, in my experience, had issues managing Bluetooth connections with handsets, specifically when there are multiple handsets in range.

Symbian vs. Android - The battle of Open Source

Long time back, Google announced its open mobile platform - The Android. Today, one may get its SDK off their website. Symbian, feeling a threat to their already well established market did the unthinkable. They too made their platform open source. So, in the battle of the 2 open source platforms, which would finally emerge as the winner?

While Symbian focuses on ease of use and rich features, Android focuses on complete touch functionality with several applications. Till now, Android only has test versions out, which are a little buggy. An official stable release is expected later this year. So who will be the king of the mobile platform?

Personally, I feel that a mobile platform cannot be judged on the basis of emulator performance and sadly that is what I had to work on. I have used Symbian OS since the launch of the 3650. Needless to say it was quite an improvement when compared to my old 3310. The old Symbian OS had several problems, like slow software, somewhat erratic operation. The new one however, is pretty good. It boasts of better performance and stable software.

The Android, which is still in development stages, has some problems at the moment. I couldn't even figure out how to turn off Google Maps :D.

Just when Android was looking to be the leader of the mobile platform, Symbian went open source. This will be a major bump to Android, since Symbian already has a decent market share.

In my humble opinion, it will be very hard for Android to capture the market initially, since the hardware that it uses is somewhat similar to the Windows Mobile Platform, and it does not come cheap! Symbian may continue with their current hardware (eg. ARM in case of Nokia).

Symbian has its own structure, but Android uses the rock solid Linux Kernel 2.6.x. This will definitely invite geeks and technology enthusiasts like us to choose Android over Symbian.

It will be an interesting battle to say the least. Let's all look forward to it.. :D

Telenor, Nokia partner on Ovi

Telenor, Nokia partner on Ovi

Nokia has a new partner for its clever Ovi scheme - Telenor. Under the agreement, the Nordic operator will enable its customers in Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Hungary to "experience one of the best Internet services on their devices in the simplest way."

Select Nokia devices will be customized to provide easy access to such services as Nokia Maps, N-Gage, Telenor Music Store and Mobile TV, and more services will follow in the future. The two companies will launch Ovi on Telenor during H2 2008 across a wide range of devices.

Full release is available from here.

Vodafone acquires 70% of Ghana Telecom

Vodafone acquires 70% of Ghana TelecomLike they're not already the largest mobile operator in the world in terms of revenue (China Mobile has more subscribers), Vodafone is acquiring 70% stake in a leading Ghana's telecommunications operator, Ghana Telecom, from the Government of Ghana for $900 million (which would get to keep the remaining 30% of the company).

Ghana Telecom is number 3 mobile player with approximately 17% market share and 1.4 million customers as at 31 March 2008. At the same time, they are leading fixed line and broadband operator with about 99% of the total number of lines and around 90% market share of the retail ADSL market. During last year, Ghana Telecom's revenues grew 9.3% to $290 million.

Vodafone plans to leverage its experience of rapid network deployment in India and other emerging markets and hopes to see Ghana Telecom raising its mobile market share over time to around 25%.