Wednesday, August 27, 2008

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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Taiwan market: HTC ranks fourth in handset sales with 9% sales value share

High Tech Computer (HTC) managed to capture a 9% share in the Taiwan handset market in terms of sales value in July, pushing its ranking one notch higher to fourth place from a previous fifth ranking, according to data provided by sources in the Taiwan retail channel.

In terms of sales value, Sony Ericsson continued to be the top vendor with an over 31% share, followed by Nokia at 29%, said the sources.

However, in terms of unit sales, HTC was ranked the sixth largest vendor in July with less than 2% of the market, the data showed.

Arima Communications suffers exodus of top executives, says paper

Leading ODM handset maker Arima Communications is currently suffering an exodus of its top executives which might affect significantly the company's future business development, according to a Chinese-language Commercial Times report.

Vice president Wang Wei-min (translated from Chinese), who previously supervised Arima's production of handsets for LG Electronics, already left the company in mid-August, while JS Liang, vice president for the smartphone business unit, will resign from the company at the end of this month, the paper said.

Liang and a number of Arima's R&D staff are expected to join Acer to help advance the development of PDA phones at the Taiwan-based notebook vendor, the paper noted.


Thursday, August 7, 2008

Apple, Palm, RIM under fire in GSM patent lawsuit

lawsuit gavelIt's been some time since we've heard of any major lawsuits stemming from questionable patent holdings in the mobile space. We've almost lost faith in shady patent holding companies looking to make a quick buck from whatever vague patents they may or may not have.

The latest patent lawsuit involves none other than the famous smartphone trio of Apple, RIM, and Palm. WiAV Solutions, a patent holding firm, filed its lawsuit in Virginia last month. The suit names Apple, Palm and BlackBerry maker Research In Motion (RIM) for violating ten patents that WiAV either owns or licenses from Mindspeed.

The 23-page complaint details WiAV's right to patents regarding GSM technology and Adaptive Multi-Rate (AMR) voice-compression technology.  And, as with all lawsuits standing on the kind of shaky ground beneath this particular suit, WiAV's claim generically applies to various aspects of cellular communication - from voice-detection to power management.

Interestingly, WiAV only owns the rights to two of the ten patents in question here. The remaining eight patents are actually licensed to WiAV from partner Mindspeed, who has been involuntarily dragged in to this lawsuit.

We'll keep a close eye on this one folks.

[Via: AppleInsider]

LiMo Foundation picks up 11 new members

LiMo foundation logoWhen it comes to a Linux-based mobile platform, Google's Android captures more than its fair share of the wireless industry's attentions. The Android initiative is spearheaded by Google, after all.

But, that doesn't mean Android is the only game in the Linux mobile market. In fact, while Android struggles with bad press from unfair developer partnerships that leave Google's claim of an open mobile platform in doubt, and a complete lack of any real hardware to show the consuming public, the other Linux mobile initiative is gaining ground.

The LiMo Foundation has announced that they've recruited an additional 11 members to join the team. LiMo Foundation now boasts over 50 members that have signed on to develop applications and services for the group's own special flavor of Linux mobile OS.

LiMo actually has a hand-up on Android with real, live handsets on market. As of now, 21 handsets are available running the LiMo Mobile platform.

"The new membership intake further extends LiMo's reach in multiple dimensions: regionally, technologically and within the industry value system," according to LiMo.

Bring on the Android-killers!

LiMo Foundation

Apple can blacklist and remotely disable applications on your iPhone

Sounds a bit Orwellian, doesn't it? The idea that some corporate entity can monitor the applications installed on your iPhone and remotely disable blacklisted apps just seems wrong. But, newly discovered code within the iPhone 2.0 OS and the newer iPhone 2.0.1 OS has confirmed that Apple has built a blacklisting mechanism in to the iPhone.

The "phone home" feature essentially allows the iPhone or iPhone 3G, running newer iPhone OS versions, to connect to Apple's servers (at and check for iPhone can phone home to disable blacklist appsblacklisted applications on the iPhone. Upon finding these blacklisted, or unauthorized, apps, Apple can remotely disable the applications, rendering them useless to the iPhone user.

The feature was uncovered by iPhone developer extraordinaire Jonathan Zdiarski. Says Zdiarski:

"This suggests that the iPhone calls home once in a while to find out what applications it should turn off. At the moment, no apps have been blacklisted, but by all appearances, this has been added to disable applications that the user has already downloaded and paid for, if Apple so chooses to shut them down.

"I discovered this doing a forensic examination of an iPhone 3G. It appears to be tucked away in a configuration file deep inside CoreLocation."

The discovery of a remote application disabling feature is disturbing, but Apple's motivation is likely to keep malicious and unstable applications from rolling through the global iPhone fleet and doing massive damage. It's unclear if Apple can check for and disable third-party applications installed via jailbreak solutions.

[Via: TheRawFeed]

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

New Samsung's S60 Powered Phone On The Horizon!

The folks over at KingMobile website have managed to get the first spy photos of the new S60 powered candybar Smartphone which is rumoured to be Samsung i7110, the little brother of the awesome S60 slider known as i8510 or INNOV8!

Photos are surprising sharp and clear for the very first "spy" shots so I guess that phone is ready to be released soon and actually all we need is official confirmation from Samsung.

Unfortunately, the most of the specifications are totally unknown and the only obvious thing is the 5 MPX camera sensor and high quality metal body in the well known Samsung's style. Samsung is known as the producer of the high quality mo... .. .

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Missing Sync goes Symbian

Missing Sync goes SymbianMark/Space has recently unveiled The Missing Sync for Symbian to allow wireless synchronization of Nokia, Sony Ericsson and Motorola Symbian OS mobile phones with your Mac.

Thanks to the unique feature called Proximity Syncing, the process is done almost automatically — all you have to do is bring your S60 or UIQ based device within Bluetooth range (about 30 feet/10 meters) of your Mac and the application will take it from there.

Best of all, not only your contacts, calendars and tasks will be synced — you can also include music, photos, videos and files to the mix.

The Missing Sync for Symbian is available in English, French, Italian, German, and Spanish for $39.95. If you own a Mac and a Symbian-powered smartphone, it's one of those must-have apps you won't be able to live without.

[Via: TUAW]

UK: Top 10 phones, commencing 1/8/08

It's been a while since I did it, so I thought I would re-visit the "Top 1o" handsets in UK retail - with information kindly provided by Mobile Choice UK. So let's take contract devices first:

weekly top 10 contract devices in uk retail from 1 august courtesy of mobile choice uk

Not surprisingly the Tocco has made an appearance at the top of the chart, but it closely followed by Nokia's star performers, the 6500 Slide, and N95 8GB. Nokia and Samsung also have a smattering of other devices each, comprising most of the rest of the Top 10.

As regards Prepay, it looks kinda like this:

weekly top 10 prepay devices in uk retail from 1 august courtesy of mobile choice uk

Samsung again occupy the top of the chart, but after that, it's Nokia and old favourite Sony Ericsson all the way… a real mixture of older devices, plus newer budget ones in there too!

[Via: Mobile Choice UK]

Monday, August 4, 2008

India to Hold 3G Auctions Soon

India is the world's second-largest mobile phone market with 287 million phone users (and one of the fastest-growing), and none of them are using 3G technology. But that may all change soon as India's government has announced plans to begin auctioning off 3G licenses.

Up to this point there has been little demand for high-end multimedia services because 90% of the phones in the country are used as pre-paid.

The auction, set to begin within the next few months, will require a minimum price of 20 billion rupees ($472 million US) to compete. According to Financial Times, aggressive bidding is expected from several leading firms and telecom companies in competing for key cities.

Questions still remain about how profitable this may be for telecom but it's now or never. Mobile providers realize the need to take a risk in order to continue forward, even if it means pushing through a few years with low demand.

via FT via Engadget Mobile

Upcoming Apple iPhone nano

Upcoming Apple iPhone nano

According to rumors, Apple will release a cheaper and smaller version of iPhone during Christmas 2008. The new iPhone nano handset will retail for £150 in UK via O2. Unfortunately, there is no further info about the gadget's specs and functions. Stay tuned for more updates. [Distorted-Loop]


Nokia Working on Zune Marketplace Integration [Zune]

Zune Scene's been tipped off by a "well placed source" inside Microsoft that Nokia is working on integrating Zune Marketplace into its phones. What's the deal here? Would Microsoft take what they wanted to be a complete vertical solution—Zune player with Zune Marketplace with Zune software on the PC—and let other people get their hands on it? Perhaps. If the rumor is true, it could point to MS wanting to get as wide a footprint for their Zune platform as possible, even if it does mean integrating the ability to play/watch content on other devices. [Zune Scene]

Saturday, August 2, 2008


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